Release Date Chosen!

Alright, everybody, get pumped: The Thing About Apples will be released on July 5th, 2016! That’s a little over four months from now, which means I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then to make sure that I’m helping my publisher release the best version of this work for you possible. In the coming months I’ll be posting a lot of updates regarding how the process is going (I’m always excited when it comes time to see the cover! eLectio does an amazing job with those). Don’t forget to get your copies of the rest of the series in time to catch up!

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Acquisition Notice: The Thing About Apples

Sorry about the day-late post, but I figured that this would be more exciting than anything I could have drudged up yesterday: My third full-length fiction novel, The Thing About Apples, has been accepted for publication by eLectio publishing! We’ll be getting a release date set very soon, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Thank you for all of your support and well-wishes during this time!

Remember, you still have time to get your copies of the first two installments in this series, ‘Till the Last Petal Falls and To Dwell in Dreams, in paperback or in eBook format. Since it’s an installment series, each book is a stand-alone novel, but characters from previous books reappear in the subsequent novels, and it’s always fun figuring out how these very different stories end up being connected.

New Review: ‘What it Means to Be Human’

Got a new five star review on my second novel, To Dwell in Dreams, from Raelee May Carpenter, author of Kings and Shepherds, The Lincoln High Project, and Liberation Song. 

 

I struggled with this book at first, because I kind of hated the main character (just being honest). But when I got past that, I realized how absolutely perfect it was. Rose has an incredibly understanding of what it means to be human and weaves this story, with its cheeky prose and surreal vibe, through so much grace. It’s positively stunning.

 

Thank you, Raelee! And it’s alright to be honest about hating Lyn- she was written as an unlikeable character for a reason. Believe me, I had a couple of coming-to-Jesus’ with her in my head, and she does become better in later installments, when the grace she received in To Dwell in Dreams finally has a chance to really sink in. I enjoyed having the chance to really showcase the kinds of life moments that go into making someone as hardened and bitter as Lyn, and illustrating through her story how even someone like her is still worth giving a second chance to.

 

If you’ve read To Dwell in Dreams, don’t forget to leave an honest review for me on Goodreads and Amazon. I love seeing how words I wrote are received by others- in both the good and the bad ways. And if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a copy today!

Royalty Donations for To Dwell in Dreams

As with all of the installments of the ‘Once Upon a Reality’ series, I will be donating 10% of my author royalties of To Dwell in Dreams to a corresponding charity of my choice.

As this novel deals heavily with the ways in which Lyn, the main character, is unprepared for motherhood even as a young married woman, and makes some drastic and tragic choices based on the lack of understanding in her own circles, I have decided that the donated royalties of To Dwell in Dreams will be sent to the Gabriel Project in Denver. The Gabriel Project, through each of the Gabriel ‘Houses’ offers “spiritual and emotional support. In addition we help mothers with baby items such as infant and children’s clothes, blankets, diapers, wipes, toiletries, formula. We can also help pregnant moms and new moms with personal care items. We help with referrals for resources including housing, employment, education, parenting programs, etc.”

I am proud and excited to be able to help support the Gabriel Project through Lyn’s story. Don’t forget, you can purchase To Dwell in Dreams through the publisher (and get a free ebook with the purchase of the paperback!), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or a signed copy directly from me.

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope  all my American followers are having a wonderful day, whether you’re grilling, camping, fishing, or just waiting for fireworks.

And if you need more reasons to celebrate, I am right now running a giveaway through Goodreads of my second novel, To Dwell in Dreams, a modern re-telling of Sleeping Beauty complete with drugs, a dysfunctional family and long-lost triplets! The giveaway runs from now until the end of this month, and there are five copies to be won. If you’ve been hesitant about buying yourself a copy, why not enter for your chance to get a free copy?

Or if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to wait, you can always visit my website now to see where you can get your own copy from Amazon, B&N or my publisher (if you buy a physical copy from them, you also get a free electronic copy!)

Updates: Finishing Up, Starting New

As of today, I am done with 110k words (404 Word pages) of my current project, a fantasy re-imagining of the world of Wonderland titled ‘Painting the Roses Red’. I ended up going straight into editing rather than beginning my next project, and have been steadily editing the ever-loving spit out of this project (with the help of some extremely patient and passionate beta readers) for two months. At the moment I have about two or three more chapters left to finish up- but they are the ending chapters, which in beta reads needed the most dramatic overhaul, so they’re taking the most time. My plan is to finish this project by mid-week next week, and then begin the process of letting the project go to submission.

Which couldn’t come soon enough- I’m itching to really be able to fully dedicate my attention to The Thing About Apples. I have all of the characters hanging out in my head, fully fleshed out and ready to go, and I feel like they at least deserve a plot at this point in time. It’s going to be a nice, refreshing thing to be writing a brighter coming-of-age story to go into the Once Upon a Reality series, especially one that speaks so clearly to my own coming-of-age experiences. Now that I’ve settled in to my new house, new full-time job and volunteer work, I’m looking forward to being able to get back into a good routine with my writing work.

Make sure you head on over to my website to check out the first two books in the series, ‘Till the Last Petal Falls and To Dwell in Dreams. If you already have your copies, don’t forget to leave a review or send me a picture of you with your copy!

Another Five-Star Review from Succotash Book Reviews!

Today, ‘Till the Last Petal Falls was reviewed by Renee Shelton of Succotash Book Reviews, and here is a highlight :

 

….The story has a running theme: accept responsibility for your actions and be honest with yourself. The best line in the book comes from an unexpected visitor during an especially dramatic point:

“Trauma does not create a monster. A man always has a choice.”

…This was an exciting read. I love retellings of old fairy tales, but this one had characters that were much more flawed and much more vulnerable. Their hurts were genuinely described, in sometimes gruesome detail. I especially enjoyed the author’s choice of not using the basic template of Beauty and the Beast: the beauty doesn’t just save the beast with her love, she must first accept herself before she can love. That is the most important lesson for any young person to learn from any tale, modern or fairy.

Thank you, Renee! To read the full review, click here, and maybe even pick up one or two more recommendations from her list!

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Click here to buy your own copy, in paperback for $16.95  or in ebook form for $5.99!