During swim season you can find Marianne Sciucco, a dedicated Swim Mom for ten years, at one of many Skyline Conference swim meets cheering for her daughter and her team, the Mount Saint Mary College Knights.
Marianne is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues.
Her debut novel “Blue Hydrangeas,” an Alzheimerâ€™s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, and a Library Journal Self-e Selection. She also has two short stories available on Kindle, “Ino’s Love” and “Collection.â€
A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New Yorkâ€™s Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college.
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Sometimes winning is everything. Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin’s determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She’s got a new image and a new attitude. She doesnâ€™t want to win anymore. She’s swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone. But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?
â€œIÂ canâ€™t believe you guys get up so early to swim,â€ said Kelsey.
remind me,â€ said Erica. She looked like she was ready to fall asleep at theÂ table.
â€œItâ€™sÂ only three times a week,â€ said Mel, â€œand itâ€™s not mandatory, but anyone whoâ€™sÂ serious about swimming makes it.â€
Aerin,â€ said Erica, giving me a sidelong glance.
Iâ€™ve got gym first period. I donâ€™t want to work out in the pool, dry off, andÂ then hit the gym.â€
â€œAÂ weak excuse,â€ Erica said.
â€œAnd,Â unlike you two, I donâ€™t have a ride, remember?â€
â€œYouÂ could walk,â€ Erica suggested. â€œYou only live a half mile from the school.â€
â€œAtÂ five-thirty in the morning? No thanks.â€
MelÂ finished the rest of her orange juice and crushed the carton in one hand beforeÂ putting it down on the table. â€œTatiana has gym first period, and she makesÂ morning practice. And a few of the other girls walk to practice in the dark, soÂ thatâ€™s no big deal. Aerin doesnâ€™t come because Aerin is a slacker.â€ She met myÂ eyes straight on.
â€œOoooh,â€Â said Erica, sitting upright. â€œThis is getting interesting.â€
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