To Dwell in Dreams, the second novel of the ‘Once Upon a Reality’ series, made the ‘Favorite Books of 2014’ list of fellow eLectio author, Amanda Romine Lynch! I feel so honored- and motivated to keep chugging along with the third book, The Thing About Apples, which is currently in progress.
(And don’t forget, if you haven’t read To Dwell in Dreams yet that you can still start from the beginning of the series with ‘Til the Last Petal Falls! Great way to start your year of reading in 2015!)
Today I finished the first draft of the fantasy manuscript that I started for NaNoWriMo, Painting the Roses Red. Current stats stack the project at forty chapters with 141, 432 words. Regardless of where I go later wit this project, I’m proud of myself for finishing such a big project in five months. The target finishing date was by the June release of my next novel- and I’m nearly two months ahead of schedule. I’ve really enjoyed writing it, and depending on how the first readers receive it, I’m really looking forward to polishing it and seeing how it fares in submission processes somewhere down the road.
I’m going to take about a week off from anything writing-related and just read and play video games in the time I’ve been using for drafting. Then I’ll dive right back into it, beginning the planning processes for The Thing About Apples, the third installment of my current ‘Once Upon a Reality’ series. This next one is going to be the most personal and I also think the most fun out of the current books in the series, so I really look forward for this one being a lighter, more fun coming-of-age novel than the previous two that took on more heady, series subjects.
Thanks to everyone who has been supporting me thus far, giving me encouragement and well-placed kicks in the rear to keep up the momentum.
Can you believe that it’s been a full year since my first novel, ‘Till the Last Petal Falls, was published? I still can’t believe it- even though I’ve already even finished the second and have everything set for a summer publication.
1114 people entered my anniversary Goodreads giveaway- that’s about twice as many people who entered my first giveaway more than a year ago! If you had told the me then that more than a thousand people would be requesting something I wrote, I would have laughed you off.
I’d like to take this moment to thank all of my supporters and fans for one heck of a year. It’s been exciting, jumping headfirst into this whole authoring thing- but I wouldn’t have the strength or the will to keep pushing myself to become a better author, producing better stories for you, if I didn’t have such a wonderful network of encouragement and kindness.
Congratulations to the five winners of the giveaway:
Your signed copies of ‘Till the Last Petal Falls will be shipping out to you this week! For those of you who entered and didn’t win, you can still get your copies at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, through the Book Bar or requesting a copy from your local independent bookstore. If you’d like a signed copy, always feel free to contact me personally through my contact form here!
November 30th, as a part of their participation in Small Business Saturday, the Bookbar in Denver is offering 20% off of all local author titles- including mine! Why not spread the cheer this year and support an independent business, who is in turn supporting local authors who are often published either independently or through smaller presses?
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and is now having a safe shopping weekend!
As I prepare for a couple of interesting opportunities in the next couple of weeks (discussing my short stories with local high schools and a radio interview), I was asked back to the Cult of Me blog for a follow up interview. Click here to see what I’ve been up to since I last chatted with author Michael Brookes, what wisdom I’ve learnt since the release of my first novel, and what I’m working on at the moment.
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!
Here are some highlights from my latest five-star review from Fran Lewis:
Characters that are so vividly depicted and scenes so graphically created that
you can see the destruction, smell the blood and feel the cuts one by one
inflicted by so many in more ways as one young man finds solace in his own pain
caused by the one person who was to protect him from harm……
This is one powerful story told through the voices of so many characters as
Jolee comes to face her own isolation, loneliness and fears when trying to
compensate with those of another. How far will you go to change you life,
protect someone you love? Will you do it to the exclusion of yourself and those
that truly care for you? Read : Til the Last Petal Falls to learn the harsh
realities of mental illness. A definite must read.
Thank you for reading, Fran!