Sometimes, falling apart is the only way to put yourself together.
“I loved the story line of Participant but I loved the characters even more. The young women in this book are so relatable. They each have their characteristics that make you love them, but then their little quirks that just make you want to smack them. A lot like the people you know in real life! I enjoyed following them on their journey. If you’ve ever questioned yourself, felt stuck in a dead end job or wondered what the heck you were doing with your life, you will relate to and enjoy this book.” ~ Tami
“The story of one woman’s journey to change her life and realize her dreams, or face another crushing failure, ‘Participant’ is a fully engaging novel that showcases author Carmen Kemp’s genuine flair for originality, memorable characters, and inherently entertaining narrative storytelling skills.” ~ Midwest Book Review
Alexis spends most sunny California days in a drab cubicle toiling away at a job that crushes her soul, and goes home to a dysfunctional relationship that is doing a number on her heart. She’s plagued with discontent and haunted by an unsettling melancholy, which only worsens after her fiancé of almost three years packs up and moves out. Desperate to pull herself out of a downward spiral, she spends money she doesn’t have on classes at the Chloe Dillon Modeling and Acting Center. Unexpectedly, she discovers a passion for acting.
Self-discovery and new friendships abound at the Chloe Dillon Modeling and Acting Center, where she opens her eyes to positive affirmations and mingles with talented ambitious classmates. She believes she’s turning her life around as she painstakingly steps towards learning to love life and herself. Battling her way through self-doubt, fear, and depression, she musters the courage to risk it all, quitting her dreaded job and pursuing a huge opportunity that could help her break into the acting industry.
In the throes of preparation for the big acting showcase, she’s saddened to learn that her estranged fiancé has been diagnosed with a serious illness. Alexis, finding herself in a financially and emotionally precarious situation, must choose between a newly discovered ambition that might never become reality, and the relative safety and sense of loyalty she feels for the only man she has ever loved.