New Release…Excerpt and 5 Star Review: Styx & Stones by Carmen Jenner


Cancer sucks … and then you die.

Styx and Stones an all-new emotional, mature young adult romance from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is available now!


Alaska Stone is a walking wet dream.

My wet dream.

For years, I’ve watched her in the halls, wanted her, but she never knew I existed.

Not until she walked into my chemo session.

For me, it was love at first sight.

For her? It might take a little longer.

But hey, it’s not like we’re on a deadline or anything.


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“Come here,” Styx says, giving my arm a weak tug.


           “Come lie with me.”

           I laugh and shake my head. “I can’t. I’ll squash your lines.”

           “They’re plastic; they’ll bounce back.” His face turns serious, and the desperation in his eyes claws at my resolve. “Get your sweet ass up here, Stones. I wanna hold my girl.”

           It takes a little maneuvering with his central line and heart-rate monitor, and my IV, but eventually I settle in against his side and he wraps his good arm around me, holding me as tightly as his weak body will allow.

           I wish we had the power to make time wait for us.

           I’d make it wait forever, right here. I’d use up all of the seconds it’s stolen from me, from us, and the lifetime it’s going to steal from our future. If I had the ability, I’d hit pause right here, and I’d never let him go.




Michel’s Review

Styx & Stones by Carmen Jenner is more than a story about two teenagers finding love while battling cancer. It’s a story about living life to it’s fullest, accepting things that cannot be changed, and making the most of every moment. It’s about finding a partner to spend the rest of your life with even if it has an expiration date. It’s the story of LIFE in all it’s beauty as well as all the undeniable ugly realities.

Styx Hendricks has always been the boy with “cancer”. He has spent most of his school years alone, isolated from the other kids because they just don’t know how to relate with him. They are afraid of death. They are afraid of sickness. They are afraid of loss. He has sat back on the sidelines of life observing it all. Then one day everything changes when the girl he has admired and crushed on walks into his chemotherapy session. As elated as he is to have the opportunity to get to know her, he is also disheartened that someone as vital as her would end up like him. He not only wants to befriend her but also wants to help her navigate her way through her chemo treatments.

Alaska Stone never thought she would become friends with the weird loner kid from school let alone fall hopelessly in love with him. When she walked into chemotherapy it changed the rest of her life.

Styx & Stones found the true meaning of their lives. They lived life to the fullest, savored every moment, and loved with all their hearts. That is what LIFE is all about.

Make sure you have a huge box of tissues on hand. Carmen Jenner doesn’t pull any punches, she slams you in the face with emotional knockouts. She gave validation to Styx and Stones lives with every word she wrote. She gave them LIFE.

*** On a side note, there is a surprising appearance of another beloved character from a previous book that lends his strength and wisdom right when it’s needed the most. That made me cry even harder!***

I highly recommend reading Styx & Stones by Carmen Jenner. It is an emotional event!


About Carmen

Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author.

A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


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