Seven Oaks Series
“Follow you dreams, follow your heart, love your family and Just Sing."
Release Date: 5th June 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Performing Arts/Music
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.
But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.
By day, René Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into.
Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.
She’s a wife, mother to two beautiful daughters, and four dogs. She’s proud to be a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and believes in giving back through book profits to charities that support breast cancer.
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I was only half paying attention and noticed Aiden didn’t appear to be listening either. Instead, we had our own silent conversation. I was dying to know why he was there, and he seemed content to keep that little nugget of information from me.
“... want to, Aiden?” Shawn asked.
Aiden looked from me to Shawn and rubbed the back of his neck. “Uh, do I want to what?”
Shawn sighed. “Come play video games with me?” He shook his head and shifted his eyes to me. “If you weren’t googly-eyed over my sister, you might have heard me.”
“Shawn!” Gram frowned and shook her head.
When Gram looked away, I threw a piece of ice at Shawn. He dodged it, stuck his tongue out at me, and crossed his eyes.
“Uh, maybe later at my house.” Aiden gave me a sheepish look.
“Aiden came by to drop off these wonderful cookies for us.” Gram handed me a peanut butter cookie that had a chocolate chunk in the middle of it.
Coffee and cookies . . . breakfast of champions.
I grabbed an apple out of the table’s fruit bowl in an attempt to balance my junk food breakfast. Gram
and Aiden continued chatting. I used to think Aiden was an enigma. Now, I simply thought he had walls — a
barrier he kept up to protect himself, and when I was lucky enough to catch those rare moments his guard was down, it was like watching little bits of brilliance.
Just Sing evolves mostly around Lily’s struggle with her family, the reality of her dreams, and her first relationship issues with the neighbors’ son Aiden. Honestly Lily is a truly amazing... She is strong-willed and her loyalty and love for her family is admirable. -Between Dreams and Reality Blog
With the popularity of shows like American Idol and The Voice, Gilley's Just Sing promises to bring high engagement to any YA reader who dreams of the stage, lives the stage, or enjoys the stage as a spectator... -Fictionally Yours Blog
Just Sing was a complete and pleasant surprise. There's not many YA novels out there that can capture my heart and soul wholly. And this book is definitely one of them. -Goodreads Review