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The Pen Pal Series: The COMPLETE Collection

The Pen Pal Series: The COMPLETE Collection

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THREE Sweet Romance Books for ONE low price! 

Read all the stories in the Pen Pal Series, and get ready to laugh, cry, and swoon over the sweetest moments! With this special bundle, you'll get access to all three books in the series, plus an ebook with the bonus stories giving extra insight to the characters and their happily ever afters!

It’s time to find a book boyfriend worth falling for.

If you want to read about heroines who are real and honest and flawed, guys who are strong, and sweet and charming, The Complete Pen Pal Romance Series is the book bundle for you.

Packed with three stand-alone, sweet, young adult romances, you will love falling in love, three times over.

✔️ Sweet romance.

✔️ Realistic characters and their struggles.

✔️ Ends in happily ever after!

Readers LOVE the Pen Pal Series!

★★★★★ " fell in love with all the characters in each story, laughed, cried, and swooned! Everyone of them has a different twist but sweet HEA!" - Amazon Reviewer

★★★★★ "This is an awesome series. I'm a 56 years young and I loved each of these books. " - Amazon Reviewer

★★★★★ "This book is amazing from the first page to the last." - Amazon Reviewer

★★★★★ " If you want to read a book that just makes your soul happy and believe in being in love with your best friend then read this!" - Amazon Reviewer

★★★★★ I started this book when I was in a little reading slump. I quickly was hooked on the tragedy that struck Cindy and her life. I felt all the emotions that went through the characters while reading, and I have to say, wow. I truly loved this book very much." - Amazon Reviewer

Start with Dear Adam:

What happens when the bad boy takes over the school advice column...and the “perfect” student body president writes in?

Fabio vs. the Friend Zone

Fabio’s never met a level he couldn’t pass. Until he tried to level up his relationship with his best friend. Can he make Grace see he doesn’t belong in the friend zone?

Sincerely Cinderella

Cindy’s lost everything—her father, her friends, and her eyesight. Jett’s ready to be her knight in shining armor, but what if she doesn’t want to be saved?

So what are you waiting for? For sweet young adult romances, for book boyfriends, are waiting for you. Start reading today.


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  • Dear Adam
  • Fabio vs. the Friend Zone
  • Sincerely Cinderella


Dear Adam

★★★★★"This book is amazing from the first page to the last. I didn't want it to end but also wanted to see what happened next!" - Amazon Reviewer

What happens when the bad boy takes over the school advice column?


I have the perfect life. 

At least, that’s what my thug project partner thinks. He keeps saying I’m a privileged white girl who’s never had to get her hands dirty, but with my dad running for governor, reputation is everything. 

I can’t let him - or anyone - know I’m drowning under the pressure. Which is why the anonymous advice columnist at school is perfect.

I get some advice, and no one knows it’s me.  


The last thing I should be doing is giving advice. My dad’s in prison, my mom’s buried under his credit card debt, and me? I’m one wrong move from getting kicked out of school. 

So when the guidance counselor gives me two options, anonymously take over the school’s advice column or fail my senior year, what choice do I really have? 

They should have picked my project partner, Little Miss Perfect. 

Instead, they got me.

Start reading Dear Adam in the Pen Pal Romance Series today to see whether enemies can really become lovers. Fans of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata will love this sweet young adult romance with a diverse cast of characters that feel real enough to touch.


Dear Adam: Courtney Encheff and B.C. Kinnison

Fabio vs the Friend Zone: Courtney Encheff and Keegan Vaillancourt

Sincerely Cinderella: Hanna Fischer and B.C. Kinnison

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If Mrs. Arthur's stupid bobbleheads kept
nodding at me, I’d rip them in half.

Our guidance counselor had one from every
college within a five-hundred-mile radius stacked in
weird places—on top of papers, in the handles of
her filing cabinets, on the ledge of the lone window
in her office.

My mom hit my leg under the table. She didn’t
have to say anything for me to know what she
meant. Pay attention.

I shook my own bobblehead and looked at Mrs.
Arthur and our principal sitting on the opposite
side of the table.

Mrs. Arthur leaned forward. “Unfortunately,
you’re a credit short, and all of our elective classes
are full.”

I hung my head. Yet another way I’d failed my
mom. But working thirty hours a week on top of
school made it hard to finish homework. Especially
for idiotic classes like consumer math. I could use
my freaking phone to do that math.

Mom worked her hands in her lap. “There has
to be something he can do.”

Mrs. Arthur exchanged glances with Principal
Scott, and he nodded with his eyes closed like this
was the least worthwhile thing he’d do all day.
She took in a deep breath. “You know about the
WAHS Ledger?”

Mom shook her head, the lines around her eyes
looking deeper than ever.

“It’s the school’s newspaper—an award-winning
publication at that. I’m on the faculty editing
board, and we believe there’s one thing keeping us
from placing at a national competition.”

I raised my eyebrows. What did she think was
missing? Actual news? Exposés on mystery meat
weren’t exactly hard-hitting stories.

Mrs. Arthur paused for dramatic effect. “We’d
like to start up the advice column again. And we
want it to be written by a guy.”

Mom scoffed and sat back in her seat.

I didn’t need her to say anything to understand
that either.

Emerick is the last person who should be giving
anyone advice.

And I agreed.

Apparently, Mrs. Arthur did, too, because she
nodded. “Typically, we’d privately select someone
from our journalism class, but seeing Emerick’s
predicament... Well, we’d like to give him a chance.
Supervised, of course.”

Mom took her purse from her chair and situated it over her shoulder. “He’ll do it. What choice do we have?”

I looked from her to Mrs. Arthur. “Come on,
there has to be something else. I wouldn’t even
know what to say to these preppy kids worrying
about their hamsters dying.”

Principal Scott leaned forward, the tips of his
fingers tenting his hands on the table. “You will do
it, and I think it would do you good to realize
you’re not the only one with problems.”

I scowled at him. Yeah, other people might have
to stress about what to wear or where to take a girl on a date, but I had real shit on my plate. Like basically a full-time job. Helping my mom save so we could move out of my uncle’s house. A dad who couldn’t help, not because he ran off, but because cops came to our shitty apartment and took him
away in handcuffs.

Mom stood up and straightened the hem of her
scrub shirt. “You’re absolutely right, Mr. Scott. If
it’s alright, will you sort the details with Emerick?
I’m already late for my shift.”

Principal Scott nodded. “Thanks for coming in,
Mrs. Turner.”

“Ms. Turner.” Mom flashed him a come-get-me
grin, and I almost vomited on the Pistol Pete
bobblehead next to me. Seriously, Ma?

He straightened. “Ms. Turner. I can show you
out. Mrs. Arthur, you’ll get Emerick set up?”
She nodded. “Sure thing.”

For the next hour, we talked about the advice
column. Dear Adam—a spin on Dear Abby. She gave me a school laptop, an email address—–and directions to select three entries a week with responses to put in the

“You can reply to just those three, or more if
you’d like, but we have to have three in the paper
each week.”

“Sure.” I folded my arms and leaned on the table. “There’s just one problem.”

She lifted her eyebrows. “What would that be?”

“I don’t want to.”

“At this point, it’s this or drop out.” She stood up and walked back to her desk. “The choice is up
to you.”

I shoved the laptop in my messenger bag and
picked up my leather jacket from where it rested
over my chair.

“Good choice,” she said.

I gave her a final look and walked out of that
office. And right into my worst nightmare.


I WAS NAMED after the most famous romance
cover model of all time, but I can’t get my best
friend to fall in love with me.

To be fair, it would help if she knew how I felt
about her, but that was beside the point. Today was
the day. Today, I would tell my best friend I’d
harbored a crush on her ever since she found me
crying underneath the stairwell and gave me a pack
of Hello Kitty travel tissues. And before you start
telling me that’s not very manly, I’ll just say
welcome to the twenty-first century. Masculinity is
about way more than flowing golden hair and thighs
thicker than tree trunks. At least, that’s what
Grandma told me. The one who named me after


I had my room all set up for Grace’s last night in
the United States. I’d dawdled around long enough,
and I had about twelve hours to tell her I loved her
before she left to China for a month. Yep. While
Grace went to China to teach young children
English and broaden their horizons, I’d be
here...playing video games. I couldn’t be too mad
about her leaving without looking like a selfish jerk.
Plus, I had a contest to train for. But I couldn’t
think about that when Grace was... I checked my
watch... eleven minutes from knocking on the door.

She always showed up on time.

Always showed up.

I adjusted the candy bars on top of the bowl full
of Twix so each of the labels faced up. They were
her favorite. Then, I fluffed the bowl of gummy
bears—if they sat in a pile too long, they stuck
together, and Grace didn’t like that. Then I used
the mashed potato...masher(?) to crunch up the ice
in our slushy punch. Grandpa threw the blender out
the window last week, so it was the best I could do.
I hoped Grace liked it.

Seven minutes.

I went to my dresser and edged open the top
drawer—the one with all my underwear. Right
against the front was my stack of notecards.

I like you. I have always liked you. I never really
thought about whether it was possible or not to fa! in love as a sixth-grader, but it doesn’t really matter because I did. Grandma says the best relationships form from friendships, and if that’s true, things wi! be great between us. Just give me a chance.

I didn’t know why I signed it. It was meant to
be a speech. But it just seemed right.

Even reading it in that awesome internal
narrator voice, the speech sounded lame. How
could I speak for hours on end while playing COD or HALO but not come up with a stinking note-
card-long speech? Usually, I’d ask Grace for help on
things like this, but... Well, you get the point.

Three minutes.

I scanned the card one more time before
shoving it below a pair of Star Wars underwear.
What? It was the one fandom thing I could wear without catching crap. Except they were under-
wear, so...

Moving on.

Two minutes.

Why was I so sweaty?

Deodorant. That was a good idea.

I pulled open my desk drawer and rubbed some
under my pits. I smelled them, just in case. Blue
Mountain. Whatever the heck that was. It was
better than BO.

One minute.

I looked out the window. Her cute little hybrid
car pulled along the sidewalk.

She was here. Holy mother of Obi Wan, she was

I fluffed the soft blanket on my futon she always
liked to run her hands over and sprinted to the
living room.

Grandma sat in front of the blaring TV with her
nose in a book. Grandpa had just finished yelling
something at the screen. He always gave the best
commentary on power chair commercials.

Grandma didn’t look up from her book, but she
said, “Grace here?”

“In three, two...”

Three knocks sounded on the door—two fast,
one slow. Our secret knock for movie nights.

Way back in eighth grade, we came up with a
secret code so we would know what the visits were
for. Four years later, and it kinda stuck.

I jogged over to the door and pulled it open.
Even though I’d barely gone a few steps, I was out
of breath. Perks of being a nervous gamer.

Grace held up a McDonald’s bag with grease
soaking through the bottom. Who needed popcorn when you had French fries? We’d decided a long
time ago that popcorn got stuck in the back of your
throat and was way overrated. French fries were a
movie night staple now.

I took the bag from her and started walking
back toward my room.

Grace waved at Grandma and Grandpa. “Hi
Gramma, Gramps.”

Grandpa’s bushy eyebrows narrowed that tight,
furry line. “Still going to China?”

She nodded.

He frowned. “Communists.”

Grace laughed and hugged him. “I’ll be safe.”

He patted her arm. “Good girl.”

I watched them, insanely jealous. Of my
grandpa. He had more game than I did, and he was
grouchy and semi-racist ninety-nine percent of the
time. How did that work out?

Grandma put her book down and smiled at
Grace. “Gimme some sugar.”

Grace went to give her a hug too.
What was I? Just someone they kept around to
hold French fries? Oh. French fries. I opened the
bag to get one out, and Grace yelled, “Ah, ah ah!
Not until the movie starts! You know the rules.”

Begrudgingly, I shut the bag. I wasn’t in any

I had this plan. When we got to the part in the
movie where Ron finally quit being a baby and told
Hermione that he loved her, I’d pause it and do the
same. If Ron could do it, I could too. I just wished I
had a deluminator or something cool I could use to
tell her, but hey, Warr Acres High School wasn’t
exactly Hogwarts.

I checked my watch. My time was running out.
“The French fries are getting cold.”

Grace nodded, and Grandma’s book went up to
cover her face.

Grandpa pushed the volume button on the
remote so the sound came back on at full force. He
yelled at me, “See if you can talk any sense into

“Sure,” I yelled, even though I wanted to talk
sense out of her. This whole relationship thing? It
was crazy. Crazy enough it just might work. I

Grace and I walked back to my room, and her
eyes widened at the spread. “How many Twixes are

“Forty-seven.” She knew I’d counted.
She grinned. “So, that means I get forty-six,

“And diabetes,” I added.

She laughed this cute laugh that sounded like a combination between a tiny sneeze and tinkling
glasses, and it sent my heart rattling around my
chest. I swallowed before my heart bounced its way
right out of my rib cage. That was possible, right?

Grace dropped onto my futon, pulled the throw
over her, and ran one hand over the soft material
while using my remote to start the DVD.

The second she pushed play, I opened up the
bag and took my half of the French fries. We each
got one large to ourselves.

Side note: Why are people always hating on
French fries? Potatoes were a vegetable, fried in
VEGETABLE oil. What’s the deal?

Grace took her fries and pulled her knees up to
her chest. The Harry Potter music started, and I
leaned back too. That was another rule we had. No being weird during movies, which included stand-
ing, pacing, texting, or other distracting activities while the film played. Fine by me.

Grace couldn’t see me watching her with her
eyes glued on the screen. At least, not if I was
careful to sneak side glances and wasn’t a total
creep about it. I liked it that way. It meant each
glance was special, showed me something different.

Glance one I might see her raven hair cascading
over her shoulder, shiny even without the sun
hitting it.

On another look, I might catch her lips pulled
to the side. Grace chewed on the inside of her
cheek a lot. Usually when the characters were doing
something stupid.

Or I might catch her dabbing at her mouth with
a napkin. Grace’s parents always made sure she
acted like a lady. She didn’t have to do that fancy
stuff around here, but some habits stuck.

Like the first person who finished their fries got
exactly three more fries from the other person’s
stash. She finished first and took hers all at once.

“Can you believe we’re the same age as they
are?” she asked.

“The actors were in their twenties when this
was filmed.”

She shoved my shoulder. “I meant in the story.”
“Oh. Yeah?”

She gestured at the TV. “Yeah, I mean, look at
them. They’re barely seventeen, and they’re already
carrying the weight of the wizarding world on their

Good thing she was in my house, because even I knew how lame that sounded. “Yeah, but Dumbledore basically trained them that way.”

She sipped on some of the slush punch, mulling
it over. I knew, because she was making her
mulling face. The one with the left corner of her mouth all pinched. “How do you get ready for your

I glanced at the ceiling. “Um. Read a million
books. Like you.”

She laughed through her nose, but it wasn’t
totally happy. I didn’t know why. Didn’t know how
to figure it out.

I handed her a green gummy bear. Her favorite.
She pinched its head and pulled.

I ate the bottom half, and she ate the top half,
and things were normal. At least, for now.

I glanced at my watch. Twelve minutes until the

My breathing got all heavy, and my heart
pounded. I had to be sweating through Blue

Grace looked at me. “Want me to get your

I shook my head. I couldn’t pull off the whole
Kevin James in Hitch move. Nothing was sexy about
an inhaler.

I checked my watch. Nine minutes.
Was there a way to put on more deodorant
without arousing suspicion?

Probs not.

Eight minutes.

If I made it that long.

I went over the speech again in my mind.

Six minutes.

If I made it that long without disintegrating
into a pile of sweat and pubic hair, it would be a


I wiped my forehead. Pretended to go turn up
the AC.

Put on more deodorant.



This was it.

I paused, right on Ron’s shameful face and
looked at Grace. “Grace, I have to—”

“Pee?” She snapped to her feet, sending Twix
wrappers and all my chances of telling her how I
really feel to a pile of garbage on the floor. “Not if I
get there first!”

Grace darted away, toward the only bathroom in
the apartment, and I chased after her. She got there
first—of course she did—and I waited outside the
door. I was half tempted to tell her. Spilling my guts
while she spilled her urine wasn’t exactly romantic
though. I’d waited too long not to have this
moment be perfect.

The problem with perfect moments? They
never came.

After Ron came out to Hermione, there was
just a bunch of bloodshed. Grace closed her eyes
through most of the fight scenes. Definitely not the
right time.

After the movie, Grace leaned back on the
futon, hugging her gut. “Why did you let me eat
thirty Twixes?”

I looked around at the wrappers on the floor,
then the bowl. “You maybe got twenty-five.”
She dropped to the side, burying her face in a
pillow and groaning.

I groaned back. “Mmmm-mmm-mmmm-

Grace laughed that perfect waterfall laugh

Her phone rang, and she answered. Someone
started talking so loudly on the other end, it had to
be her mom. Mrs. Chu still didn’t understand how
phones carried sound. And to be fair, most of us
didn’t. We just didn’t yell into the mouthpiece.

But I digress.

Grace said something in Chinese. Goodbye. I at
least knew that word.

She hung up the phone and sighed. “I can’t
believe I’m leaving tomorrow.”

“I can.” I’d been dreading the day for months.
She hit my arm.

“What?” I said.

She rolled her eyes like she didn’t get it. “You’re
coming to the airport with us, right?”

I nodded. But that wasn’t important. My best
friend—nay, the love of my life—was leaving for
China. China. And if what Grandpa said was
anywhere close to the truth, this could be my last
chance to tell her how I felt.

Man, my pits were sweating again.

Where was that deodorant?

“Well.” Grace stood up and brushed salt crumbs
off her sweatpants. “Mom was asking if I was on my
way. I better get going?”

Nowhere in my carefully laid plans had a curfew
come into play. I’d prepped for tornadoes, a surprise
outbreak of yellow fever, a Russian raid, and even
explosive diarrhea (hey, it happens). But Mrs. Chu
was an even stronger force to be reckoned with.

Was I using that phrase right?

Either way. Grace was giving me a hug and
walking out the door with the rest of the Twix.
And she still didn’t know how I felt.


“EVERYONE NEEDS to feel small once in a while,”
Dad said.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

I took my gaze away from the stars and looked
over at his face. The lines there seemed deeper than usual, and not just from the long shadows cast by the fire. We were both getting older, about to start new chapters in our lives.

His lips lifted a little. Not a smile, but some-
thing in the family. “Sometimes it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the nitty gritty of daily life we forget
how small of a piece we are in the universe.” He
lifted an arm and pointed at a star.

I squinted one eye and followed his finger.

“Good one,” he said. “That star at the top. How
many lightyears do you think it is away?”

A cold wind swept around us, and I pulled my
blanket up tighter against my chin. “I remember
this one...two hundred thousand?”

“Close. Two hundred and twenty. Imagine how
big it must be, and from here, it’s barely a pinprick
of light.” He paused. “Imagine how tiny we are
compared to that little pinprick. We’re not even a
speck of dust.”

I got that feeling. That small feeling Dad was
talking about. But it didn’t seem scary right now
like it used to when I was little. It seemed incredible, like there was this massive universe out there,
and I was somehow lucky enough to be a part of it.

“So,” he said, “you’re turning eighteen in
about...” He pressed the button on his watch so it
lit up. “Three minutes. Before you know it, you’ll be
going to college, choosing a major, making
friends...falling in love.”

My pulse quickened, thinking of Ryan. It might
have been soon, but I was already in love.

Dad continued, “But there will be hard things
too. My best advice that I can give you is when
things get difficult, look at the stars. They’ll put
things in perspective.”

I lifted a corner of my mouth. “Thanks,

He laughed. “My doctorate degree had to come
in handy sometime.” His watch chimed midnight.
“Happy birthday, Cindy.”

I nudged his arm. “Thanks, Dad.”

“You’re welcome, kid.” He shifted and aimed his
gaze back toward the stars. “But you know, no
matter how big the universe is...”

I smiled and finished the line, “You love me just
a little bit more.”

Dad and I fell asleep under the stars that night
in our tent that didn’t quite stand up right. When I
woke up, my hair was frizzy from the dewy morning
and I had bags the size of Texas under my eyes, but
Dad made coffee over a campfire. It tasted awful,
but I didn’t tell him that.

My phone went off, and I checked the message.

Ryan: Happy birthday beautiful.

I smiled.

“The boyfriend?” Dad teased.

“Who else?” I laughed and sent a message back.
Cindy: See you soon?

Ryan: Of course, baby. Get ready for an
awesome day.

“Can we pack up?” I asked.

Dad downed the rest of his coffee. “You didn’t
want to get a hike in?”

“It’s Oklahoma,” I said. “We won’t be missing

Dad frowned, but he nodded. “Anything, pump-
kin.” He put his hands on his hips and stared at the tent we’d barely managed to put together. “Help me
with this, will you?”


We struggled through packing it up and ended
up putting a mass of tarp and tentpoles into the
trunk. He shoved it down, and I sat on it so it
would latch.

He high fived me. “That’s my girl.”

I laughed and shook my head. We should have
been better at dealing with the tent by now. “There
has to be a tent that’s easier to put together.”

“Yeah, but where’s the fun in that?” He winked
and walked to his side of the car.

I got in, and we started down the highway. Dad
blasted the air conditioner and turned the radio to classic rock. Aerosmith blared through the speakers, and I sang along, not caring that the song was twenty years behind my time. It was just my dad
and me and the open road with my boyfriend
waiting to have the perfect day with me back home.

But a semi swerved.

And we didn’t make it home.

I didn’t make it to my date.

I barely made it at all.

I couldn’t remember much of the first few
weeks, between the medication and the pain and
the bandages they left wrapped around my face. I
did remember asking for my dad. He was supposed
to be taking me home. But they said he was gone.

And not just in another room.

That was when the dark months got even

I just didn’t realize that the dark months would
never end. That no matter how much I wanted to, I’d never be able to see the stars through the dark-
ness again.

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About Kelsie Stelting

Hi! My name is Kelsie Stelting. I'm an author of relatable, heartfelt teen romance. Growing up, I always wanted to read books about girls like me. Girls who felt insecure sometimes, who tried their hardest, who sometimes failed and found a way to get back up every time they fell down.

Since I couldn't find those books... I wrote them.

Since publishing my first book in 2016, I've written and released more than twenty books, including my flagship series, The Curvy Girl Club. 

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