What's more exciting than receiving a free book? Giving six away!
This week, you can grab a copy of any of my books for FREE. That's right, dear readers, from Saturday, 10/13/18 through Thursday, 10/18/18, a copy of each one of my digital books will be available for free download on Amazon.
Q: "Which book will be available when?"
A: That's part of the fun.... You'll have to keep an eye on my author page on Amazon or on my Facebook or Twitter feed to find out!
Q: "Will your newest book be part of the giveaway, or is this just for older titles?"
A: Nope, all the books will be available for a single day, free of charge. Even Let the Dead Rest, my newest suspense novel, will be part of the giveaway.
Q: "So, how does it work exactly?"
A: On Saturday, 10/13, the first of my six novels will be available on Amazon for a free download. On Sunday, a new book will be featured for you to grab for free. And that will last six days, giving you the option of collecting my entire library of books for free. :)
Of course, if you don't want to wait, you can nab one right now. Or perhaps try the new Green Mountain Trilogy, a collection of three of my most popular supernatural suspense titles?
Really pleased to have been a guest at Tracy Reader Dad's blog recently, where I'm sharing more (yes, MORE) about Gothic suspense. Please stop by and check out the post. Leave a comment and you might be the one lucky winner of a digital copy of Let the Dead Rest! :)
I'm excited to share The Great Book Hunt of 2018 with all of my local readers. What IS the GBH? Check out this 2-minute video to get all the details.
"Fatso!" "Heifer," and "Lard *ss," were names that followed me through school hallways, the playground and even the classroom growing up.
"Why are you so fat?" a girl asked me one day on the playground. I mumbled something about being big boned and got out of there fast, cheeks stained red, our game forgotten.
Growing up as "the fat kid," was a fate I wouldn't wish on anyone. My heart was broken over and over again when others--especially friends and once even a teacher--commented negatively on my weight.
It did, however, give me two gifts that I'm still grateful for.
The gifts that being "the fat kid" gave me
Firstly, it allowed me to feel complete empathy for others who were left out, picked on, or made fun of. Even after I went through my "transformation," in junior high and lost 60 pounds in about a year, I have never, ever lost that righteous anger I feel for the underdog.
Secondly, it brought me my true passions: reading great books and writing stories. When I read a book, I was no longer the fat kid. I was the hero. I was sometimes beautiful, always strong, and often funny. By putting myself in the place of protagonist, I worked through challenges and hardships. This helped me see some of my own problems in new ways. Or at the very least, helped me to see that other people had it as bad, if not worse, than I did. Their stories provided me with a sense of solidarity.
Stories were important to me. They offered me an escape as well as adventure, love, freedom, hope and power. They're still important to me for these reasons today. I'm guessing that's why they are important for most of us.
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. In my books there is often a theme of social justice or of the empowerment/growth of a particular character. I don't do this purposely. It comes from the way that I've always lived my life.
If I had it to do all over again, would I choose to grow up as the fat kid? If I said "no," then I wouldn't be the person I am today. And we don't get a chance to go back.
So, I'm taking the lessons that I've learned and using them to make my life richer. And I hope that along the way I've encouraged other misfits like me in ways that are real and meaningful to them.
Whew! What a busy few weeks it's been...busy but productive and exciting. First, the next book (formerly known as The Creepy Doll Book) has a real name: Let the Dead Rest.
It will be released this summer (likely mid-August) and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you. The awesome designers over at The Cover Collection are working on the cover for it as we speak (!) and it will be delivered to my developmental editor tomorrow.
Guys, I just have to say that writing and then putting a book out in the world is one of the most exciting things to me. I LOVE IT!!! Even when I hate it (like this morning when I was sore and stiff from sitting for hours in front of the computer editing--my very least favorite part of the process) it still rocks. I'm very, very grateful to be on this journey and for your support from near and far. Thank you, dear readers.
Now, more about the book...
I've created an alternate ending and my fantastic beta readers have so far been split right down the middle. What should I do? Should I include both endings in the book? Should I toss one and keep the other via gut instinct? Should I post the alternate ending only here, on the blog after the book has come out? Chime in via the comments and let me know what you think.
PS Here's a Little Something Creepy to Enjoy
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