Once Were Friends

Once Were Friends


“A group of characters I recognize and want to get to know better. Pitch perfect writing.” – Cynthia Dagnal-Myron, former reporter, Chicago Sun-Times, Arizona Daily Star, and Rolling Stone

“Young doesn’t simply develop characters individually, but also based on their relationships to one another. This multifaceted character development brings the entire story into vivid clarity.” – Book Blogger Pure Jonel

“Thanks for this potent kick of nostalgia. How important those days were to the adults we’ve become. Call that ‘The High School Theory.’” – Beverly Akerman, author of The Meaning of Children

“A novel which moves along very nicely and captures my attention.” – Ann Elizabeth Carson, author of We All Become Stories


If you think it’s hard to win back the one that got away, try doing it while you’re taking over her family’s company.

To save the firm his father built, ambitious CEO Hal Mercer has to initiate a hostile takeover of industry giant D’Arville Industries.

Owned by the family of the only woman he’s ever loved, Kate certainly isn’t going to stand by and let him destroy her family’s empire. If only she’d have dinner with him, he could make her understand his intentions. If Hal fails, it’s his family’s company that’s doomed, his employees who’ll lose their jobs. He can’t let that happen, but Hal isn’t used to having everyone counting on him like this.

Problem is, it’s becoming less clear which is more important to him—winning the corporate battle of his life or the heart of the woman he loves.

The manuscript version of “Once Were Friends” was long-listed in The Writers’ Studio 1st Book Competition. 

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9 thoughts on “Once Were Friends

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  2. Hi Mark. Your book sounds interesting. Is it your first? I just downloaded a sample to my Nook. I’m crazy busy with my writing right now, but hope to be able to take a peek soon. – Sha


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