Another Book for Brooke Williams!

Dandelions on the Road Release Promo Post

After the Final Dandelion

By Brooke Williams

Release Date: May 17, 2016

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After Renee Lockhart appeared on the local TV dating show “Accept this Dandelion” and found the love of her life, she thought she was done with TV. But when she hears that the entire city has bets on how soon she and her fiancé will break up, she is determined to show that their love is meant to last. When Mike, the KETO producer, approaches her about airing the wedding live, she jumps at the chance. Once she is set up with a famous wedding coordinator, plans take a turn for the worse and the simple wedding they wanted becomes the event of the year. In the meantime, Eva Merida is dealing with her own life changing opportunity. Though she’s in love with her boyfriend, who she met on the second season of the dating show, she can’t turn down the chance to investigate a Hollywood TV show when offered a position. When she runs into an old flame, she questions the stability of her current relationship. Will Renee be able to prove her love for Ben to the city before her wedding falls apart? Who will Eva choose on her own emotional roller coaster? Hilarity ensues as the wedding of the decade melts into the disaster of the year. Because everyone knows weeds take over every garden…

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About the Author

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Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “ After the Final Dandelion .” Brooke is also the author of ” Mamarazzi ,” “Accept this Dandelion,” “ Dandelions on the Road ,” “ Wrong Place, Right Time ,” “ Someone Always Loved You ,” and “ Beyond the Bars .” She even has children’s books on the market, such as ” Shower in the Rain ” and looks forward to releasing “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut” in the future. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (7) and Sadie (3).

Connect with Brooke:

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Website

Blog

Note from the Author on the book’s inspiration:

I wrote “After the Final Dandelion” because I loved the characters of the first two dandelion books so much, I wanted to see what would happen to them myself! Everyone had heard wedding disaster stories and since I had never seen one in person, I was excited to create as many as possible for this poor couple. I loved laughing along as I wrote and hope you get some giggles from the book as well!

And next from Brooke Williams….

Dandelion Sprouts

A possibility for the future

The Leftover

Completed, but not yet scheduled for release

Watch her website for details on upcoming releases….

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Artemis Grey’s Path to Publication Post

All right everyone, this is the post I’ve waited for. The post that has me crying the happiest ugly cry ever imaginable as I type these words.

My critique partner, Artemis Grey, is here to tell her Path to Publication story!!!!

*wipes tears with sleeve*

I’m crying because I’ve believed in her for so long, and really am so very very happy this book has finally been published!

Artemis and I “met” forever ago (years!!) when she commented on a blog post I did for Pimp My Novel, and we’ve stayed in contact ever since. Public comments on blogs moved to private chats via Facebook and emails, and then one day we exchanged pages, and the rest is history.

She was vital to making me not look like a complete idiot with the horse and injury scenes in all three of my books, totally “gets” my characters and doesn’t hesitate to call me out when they or any part of my story lines aren’t flowing well, and taught me the epic phrase, “Awesomesauce”.

*wipes more tears on sodden sleeve*

And now, without further ado, here is Artemis Grey…

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IMG_7981 (1)First off, I want to thank Christi for hosting me on her Path to Publication today. Also, anyone who’s read and enjoyed Catskin, take a moment to also thank Christi, because I’m not being dramatic when I say that Catskin would not have been published without Christi. I literally would never have submitted to Clean Reads if not for Christi’s foot on my tuchus, shoving me onward toward publication.

My journey began in childhood, with the oral stories told to me by my grandmother on my Mom’s side of the family, and my Great Great Aunt, and Great Aunts on my Dad’s side of the family. Mom’s side brought tales of mountain hollows, witchy women, ghosts and superstition, both that of Appalachian folk and of the Cherokee. Dad’s side brought stories of Irish rabble-rousing, Scottish mayhem and Italian superstition. It was all fodder for my developing mind, and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write my own versions of the stories I’d been told. Eventually, I began writing completely new stories.

The first novel I wrote, sank into the swamp. So I wrote a second novel. And that one sank into the swamp. So I wrote a third novel. That one burned down, fell over and then sank into the swamp. But the fourth novel turned out to actually be worth reading. Unfortunately, it was also a dystopian, and while everyone seemed to love it, no agents wanted to rep it. What I didn’t know at the time, was that the first book of the Hunger Games was due out in just a few months, and so behind the scenes, everyone in the industry already knew that a glut on dystopian YA was about to hit the country. Dystopians which had already been repped, sold to publishing houses, and were in the works to be released in the same wave as the Hunger Games. So I moved on to a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, there was also a fantasy, and several others.

But in the middle, amidst years of writing, working on other stories and partial novels, came one that Christi insisted right from the beginning would be The One.

That book was Catskin. I’d never written a contemporary YA before, and never had a male main character. Yet, Catskin popped out of me without me intending to write it in any particular way, or in any particular voice. Catskin went through some major revisions, complete rewrites in some places, and though I started submitting it to agents–and getting rejections with feedback–I continued working on it as per the feedback I was getting from prospective agents. I know this is not how you’re supposed to do things. It’s the opposite, of what you’re supposed to do. but at the time, I was so tantalizingly *close* to getting an offer of representation, that I just wanted to make Catskin as good as I could. Finally, the day came when Christi told me to stop futzing around with it and leave it alone. If it wasn’t “good enough” for an agent or publisher, she said, then it wasn’t meant to be wherever or with whomever I was sending it to. So I listened to Christi, and kept sending Catskin out, and kept getting “almost” rejections.

Then Christi told me to just eat my concern and submit to Clean Reads. So, I listened to her again. And she was right. I woke up on the second day of my September 2015 vacation, in a slot canyon in Utah, and unexpectedly heard a bing from my phone as it somehow got enough service to inform me that I’d received an email. An email that contained a contract and offer for publication. I reread that email about a dozen times in the first three minutes, absolutely, fanatically convinced that I was somehow missing something, a catch, or a sentence saying “but unfortunately”. There was none. It was real. I had been offered a contract.

Of course, I completely freaked out and emailed Christi in a panic along the lines of “HOLY FREAKING SH*# WHAT THE H*$% DO I DO???” Christi’s response went something like “CONGRATULATIONS! I’m not surprised. I knew you had this in the bag:) Now, read your contract.”

There isn’t much more to tell. We went through edits, which–again, thanks to Christi–were pretty dang light, and I had the immense benefit of being able to help design my cover, and even use the artist of my own choosing. The astoundingly talented Erin Kelso was able to bring Ansel and Catskin to life, and I could not be happier with the end result! Now, to get book two finished and repeat the process all over again…

 

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Back cover copy:

Sometimes the only way to find yourself is to go missing…

Shy, eighteen-year-old albino, Ansel, thought that letting the runaway girl with the injured ankle sleep in his parents’ shed was a good idea. That was before she passed out in his shower, woke up in a panic and accidentally attacked him. Any average guy would have called the cops but average isn’t Ansel’s style.

When she refuses to tell him her real name, Ansel nicknames the girl Catskin, after one of his favorite fairytale characters, and begins the dubious task of earning her trust. It’s not an easy thing to do, but a few awkward conversations later, one thing is clear: Catskin doesn’t want to be the way she is, she just doesn’t think she can change. Ansel knows from his own experiences that seeing the world around you differently doesn’t mean that you’re wrong, something he intends to teach Catskin.

While the details of her past remain elusive, Catskin creates a new place for herself with Ansel and his family, and develops her own brand of normalcy. Then a terrible accident leaves her hovering near death, and Ansel is forced to contact her estranged parents. But there are secrets hidden in the life Catskin left behind. Dark secrets that chased her all the way to Healy, Alaska and Ansel’s actions unknowingly provoke a shocking confrontation between the wealthy world Catskin was born into, and the starkly average one she now shares with Ansel.

Refusing to give up the imperfect girl who fits perfectly inside his heart, Ansel prepares to go to war with Catskin’s father. But in the end, Catskin might be the only one who can save herself.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D2MWR62

Amazon Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/Catskin-Artemis-Grey-ebook/dp/B01D2MWR62

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Catskin-Artemis-Grey-ebook/dp/B01D2MWR62

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/catskin-artemis-grey/1123543424?ean=2940157746711

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/catskin-1

 

About the Author:

Artemis Grey was raised on fairytales and the folklore of Appalachia. She’s been devouring books and regurgitating her daydreams into written words since childhood. She can most often be found writing by a crackling fire or rambling barefooted through the woods and mountains, napping (yes, napping) on horseback, searching the depths of random wardrobes and wriggling into hollow tree trunks. In her downtime, she herds cats, which is just as entertaining as it sounds. She hopes to make her readers look at the world they’ve always seen, and see the world they’ve always envisioned.

Social Media Links:

Blog: https://greyvale.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artemis.grey

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Artemis-Grey-851681138247610

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreyArtemis

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Artemis-Grey/e/B0089BO30U

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6154946.Artemis_Grey

Email: greyvaledesigns@gmail.com

 

Kay P. Dawson’s Path To Publication Story

Today Kay P. Dawson has stopped by to discuss her Path to Publication. Without further ado, here’s Kay…

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Thank you Christi for hosting me on your blog today!

I have dreamed of being a writer ever since I was a little girl.  But, I always thought the dream was maybe just a bit too big, never believing I would be able to write anything that anyone would want to read.

In 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and my whole perspective on life changed.  With 2 young girls I was determined to be here to see grow up, I chose extreme treatment that included a double mastectomy, and over a year of chemotherapy treatments.  During this time, I realized how fragile life is, and that waiting for the best time to go after a dream means you may never do it.

There will never be a “best time”, so sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet and hope for the best!

I started learning the craft of writing, finally sitting down and writing my first book, “Everly – Wilder West Series Book 1” in early 2015.  I then went on to publish the 3 books in that series, plus a short story before the end of the year.

My new book, called “Phoebe’s Promise” is kind of a special book that is dear to my heart.  The main character, Phoebe, is named after my great aunt Phoebe, who passed away just before I was able to finish this book.  She was my biggest cheerleader, insisting she had never read any books as good as mine, and was determined they should be made into a movie.  (I’m sure she wasn’t biased at all!)

My own grandmothers never got to know I was writing, both of them passing before I got the courage to put myself out there and write a book.  So, my aunt Phoebe had stepped in to give those pep talks that only a grandma can do.

The research I did for “Phoebe’s Promise” was so much fun!  I love everything about pioneer times and the history that these people lived.  I wanted to write a story that included the Oregon Trail, with the covered wagons and life on the trail, but I knew I would need a strong woman to take the reins for this story – someone like my aunt.

My books are in the sweet, clean genre.  I like to write books that anyone can read, including my kids.  I don’t think true love and romance needs to show all of the juicy details, so I try to make my stories show the love growing between two people without all of the extras.  I believe a good story can be carried without the need for anything else.

I love writing in the western historical genre, and I plan on putting out many more books!  I enjoy getting lost in the times I am researching, building the stories as I dream they might have happened.

I hope you enjoy reading my books!

 

 

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In order to keep a promise she made to her dying mother, Phoebe sets off with her younger sister to head across the country on a wagon train bound for Oregon.  Dressed as a boy, all she has to do is find the captain of the outfit and convince him to take them along.

When Colton sees the young boy in front of him, he knows instantly it’s a woman – and he has no choice but to take them along.  Their wagon is packed and ready to go.

The weeks ahead will bring many challenges, heartbreak and hardships.  Does Phoebe have the strength to get them safely to Oregon?  And, can she learn to trust Colton to help when it’s needed?

PHOEBE’S PROMISE INFO:

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Author Links:

Website           Kay P. Dawson Author Page          Newsletter

Contact Kay at:  kaypdawsonwrites@gmail.com

 

Social Media:

Facebook           Twitter

 

BIO:

I am a stay at home mom, who loves to read and write clean historical romance. I enjoy thinking back to a simpler time, a time when men and women were true heroes. I also believe that a good romance can be told without needing to know all of the details😉

All of my stories will tell of people who find true love, and who find their happy ever after. Sometimes the road might be rocky, but that makes it all worthwhile!

 

 

Another Release For Sue Searles

You’ll remember Sue Searles from her last Path to Publication post on the blog, and now she’s celebrating another release!

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Action, intrigue, and deception make up this intensely human story.

Naïve Emily Garrett discovers that her safe, secure upbringing has been a devastating lie. Snatched on the day she was born, apparently by the same people she calls her parents, she is forced to learn the reasons for their desperate actions.

Ifetayo Ayassou finally finds the courage to escape her hellish existence as a trafficking victim and, coupled with the difficult healing process, she begins a search for the child she was forced to give away eighteen years ago.

Two women plunged into the underworld of human trafficking, both in search of freedom and truth—and each other. But, will their paths collide?

EXCERPT

Her plan was set in motion. Lea would take her usual long walk to the market as if nothing was different. But then instead of returning to the house at the end of the day, she’d go in the opposite direction. Destination Togo—wherever that might be.

A wave of terrifying exhilaration washed over Lea as she stepped out of her mistress’s house for the last time. A collection of painful memories was contained under that roof, each room telling its own horrific story. The idea of living alone on the street was beyond frightening. She’d done the unthinkable, and while the idea made her panic she had a plan, up to a point.

But, she was free.

For the first time in her life she had a purpose—to find her mother and see for herself if the woman still remembered her or cared about her. Until then, Lea would have to watch her back and find a way to survive. She bit back tears, too afraid to let them fall. For now, the sweet taste of freedom would be her main concern, and it was more gratifying than she could ever have imagined.

The congested marketplace drew her in with its roadside bukas, each stall taunting her with its enticing smells of smoked fish and snacks sizzling in palm oil. Despite the comfort of the familiar surroundings, Lea felt unusually restless today, second-guessing her decision for the hundredth time. She was still in familiar territory and it wasn’t too late to turn back. She took comfort in the busyness of the jostling vendors and the colorful stalls, a sight she knew so well. It would be tempting to return to a life that was at least predictable, even if it was horrendous. No! She had made up her mind. Perhaps there was still a trace of the spirited girl she once was, after all.

The unforgiving Nigerian sun sliced through a thick, gray blanket of cloud, enveloping the village in a shroud of dreary smog. Lea made sure she’d sold about half her quota of loaves, before immersing herself in the crowd and taking her first steps of freedom. The sense of exhilaration mingled with pure terror, but she had to keep going. Freedom must be foremost in her mind. She tried to picture her mother’s face, even though the memory was hazy. Perhaps that would keep her calm and help her to press on. She thought of Mother’s arms around her and wondered if she’d ever see her again. Lea swatted away angry tears. This was no time for pipe dreams; she had to be strong.

Soon Lea was in unfamiliar territory. The crowds thinned and she was alone in a labyrinth of back streets with old, neglected buildings and overgrown gardens. Obeche trees drooped overhead, pinning her with dense overgrowth. She felt claustrophobic and trapped in this strange, lonely world. She kept going, the early stage of blisters searing her swollen feet. She rounded a corner and was thankful for the bustling activity up ahead. An elderly man buzzed past on a whining scooter and a pair of stray dogs chased each other across the street. A family of six sat on the side of the road sharing an afternoon meal. Lea had never been this far down the end of town and she started to panic. It was too late to turn back now. In a few hours it would be dark and Alina would know she wasn’t coming back. She determined in herself that she could not—would not—get caught.

As the crowds thickened, she clutched the baskets carrying the remaining loaves of bread. They were her only possessions, apart from the threadbare notebook wedged deep in her waistband. She kept checking to make sure it hadn’t fallen out along the way, and walked until her feet ached.

Before long, buildings cast elongated shadows across the narrow street and darkness wrapped its arms around her. Lea’s anxiety multiplied as her mind wandered to Auntie Alina. Did the woman know yet that she wasn’t coming back? The thought choked her with fear.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sue Searles has written several books, ranging from women’s fiction and short stories to poetry and children’s books. Having worked on various forms of storytelling since childhood, writing has been a lifelong passion.

Now somewhat older and wiser, she is passionate about thinking outside the conventional box, and conveys messages that are thought-provoking and life-changing.

Her inspiration comes mainly from studying people, reading, and daily life.

Sue is happily married and lives in sunny South Africa with her husband and son.

PRAISE FOR FINDING FREEDOM

  • I found this book while searching for something to read. I was actually in the middle of another book but thought I would read the beginning of this book to see if it would interest me. I could not put the book down once I started and ended up reading into the wee hours of the next morning. My heart goes out to the victims described in Sue’s book. Be ready to have an emotional rollercoaster ride. I would love to read more from Sue Searles!!!! (H. Smith)
  • This is a story that I recommend that everyone reads as I couldn’t put this book down. This is one of those books that will forever change the way I think of abuse and living conditions in other parts of the world to include human trafficking and slavery – that still goes on today! This story really makes me analyze and appreciate my own life and gives me some motivation to reach out and try to help others – even more than I already do. As an avid reader of at least five books a week, this is the first time I felt compelled to write a review. I highly recommend this book! (Leah Raeon)
  • Sad but true story of child trafficking, children being used as sex slaves children
    being abducted from one country and send to another. Please read this book, this is
    the story of so many young children who are being enslaved. (DeeDon)
  • This is a book that is difficult if not impossible to put down! You find yourself grieving with and rooting for Ifetayo and also wanting Emily to get with it! Emily is a very sheltered young woman who doesn’t really understand what human trafficking means. Because of this, she is quite put out with her parents for rescuing her (kidnapping her) from human traffickers and wants to return to Nigeria to “find herself”. Along the way the author includes quite a bit of information about human trafficking, etc. and it is appalling that this is such a grave concern still today. One piece from the book that I really liked was the following “If you look at a tapestry and turn it over, the back looks like a mess — you’ll see little knots and bits of frayed wool and strange colours splashed all over the place. Then turn it over and it becomes a masterpiece. And that is how God the Father sees you. You are His masterpiece…” The story is well written and all the threads are woven together in the end — I thought the ending was wonderful! I believe that this book showed that despite the darkness of what people can do to other people (especially women and children) — God uses other people to bring the enslaved out of darkness into the light. (J. Kingon)
  • Kudos to Sue Searles for taking the reader on a beautifully written roller coaster ride. This author weaved these two parallel tales together seamlessly. We were taken on Emily’s ride and Ifetayo’s journey with such detail. As one looking for my own birth mother I was able to feel the pain in this book. I will never look at another working child the same after learning about child trafficking. This is one of those books I couldn’t put down and a book all should read. (Rosa L. Ferguson)
  • This book was well written. It kept your interest and left you wanting to read more. (Bymari Bartleyon)

AUTHOR’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

www.suesearlesbooks.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Searles-Author-1505707636405524/

https://twitter.com/sue_searles

https://www.pinterest.com/searles0490/

Instagram – Sue Searles

BUY LINKS

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Freedom-Sue-Searles-ebook/dp/B01B6KGYMA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1454176897&sr=8-2&keywords=sue+searles

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/mobile/w/finding-freedom-sue-searles/1108817778?ean=2940157883904

Kobo Books: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/finding-freedom-6

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611198

L.K. Kuhl’s Path to Publication

Today I welcome fellow Clean Reads Author, L.K. Kuhl, to my blog to share her Path to Publication story.

Without further ado, here’s L.K….

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First of all, I’d like to thank Christi for hosting me on her blog.

I began writing over twenty years ago when my girls were little. In my spare time, I started dabbling in writing children’s books but never got too serious until about two years ago when I began trying my hand at full-length novels. In between writing children’s books and novels, I wrote numerous poems and songs. None of these ever went anywhere, it was more or less just a hobby at this point.

When I wrote my first novel, Chasing Butterflies, it was unbelievably hard. After about a week, I threw in the towel and gave up. But for some reason, the thought of not finishing it ate at me. I was very close to the theme of this book and it meant a lot to me. I couldn’t just let it lie. Ideas and scenarios kept playing over in my head about what I wanted to …what I needed to, write about. So, I dug it back out of the drawer and began again. I sent if off to agents and publishers and got rejection after rejection. After getting so many of these dream-crushing letters, I finally realized that although I loved this book, it just wasn’t up to publishing potential.

I started on book number two, which is now my debut novel, Everlasting. It is a YA Paranormal Romance novel. By now, I was addicted to writing and that’s all I wanted to do. I figured whether it gets published or not, I still wanted to write. Writing is my release from the world. Everlasting went through rejection after rejection also and, after so many, I put it away, thinking it was doomed as well.

I wrote my third book, Chasm. It is an Adult Suspense novel told from a dual POV. I just finished it up in June of 2015 and began querying it. Again, those nasty little letters came pouring in. But, later in the month of June I participated in a couple of twitter pitch parties. I had three or four publishers requesting the manuscript, and I was beyond excited. In my queries I also had a bit more interest, some of them requesting the full. I felt like I was getting closer.

I still wasn’t hearing much on my books, but in August, Stephanie from Clean Reads requested both Everlasting and Chasm from a twitter pitch party. I was still expecting a no because it seemed to be the norm with everything I’d sent so far.

But Stephanie offered me a contract on both Chasm and Everlasting in September. I am beyond excited! Clean Reads seems like the perfect fit for me because it doesn’t focus on nasty language or erotic sex to grab attention, which was always kind of uncomfortable for me.

Everlasting will be the first to be released, with Chasm to follow.

The moral of my story is to never give up. If you have a dream and something you love to do, don’t let it die. Always keep striving and reaching for that goal because someday it will happen. If I can do it, anybody can!

 

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Everlasting is the first book in the Everlasting Trilogy, a YA Paranormal Romance series.

Back Cover Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is scared of boys, and her biggest fear is dying. Boys make her uncomfortable and itchy and dying is …well …dying. She is ecstatic when her long lost friend calls her, inviting her to spend the summer with her on the beach at Charleston, South Carolina.

When a plastic saucer hits her in the head as she’s sunbathing, Sophia has no idea it will forever change the course of her life. It is there she comes face to face with the impressive Tate Forester.

She is scared and …itchy, but he’s gorgeous and she can’t shake him from her mind. They begin dating and Sophia soon knows he’s the one.

But things turn dark when she learns Tate isn’t the person she thinks he is, and the real reason her friend has brought her to the beach will teach her about life after death.

This everlasting summer on the beach gives Sophia a sweet taste of first love—the happiness as well as the heartbreak.

 

Available:

Everlasting is available on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and iTunes

 

Author Bio:

L.K. Kuhl lives in Nebraska with her husband Gene of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg, their Black Lab dog. She has two older daughters, Morgan and Brittani and son-in-law, Trevor. L.K. has been writing for over twenty years. She first began writing children’s books and poetry, moved on to writing music, and is now writing Young Adult and Adult novels. She loves spending time with her family, vacationing, writing, reading, and taking long walks. It’s the characters who write their own stories in her novels, and she is just their messenger, sharing it with the world.

 

Author Links:

Website: https://kuhlreads.wordpress.com/

Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kuhlreads

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynettehoff1

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lynettehofferbe/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28674602-everlasting

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BXDJGIY

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/l.k.kuhl/

Blogger: http://kuhlreads.blogspot.com/

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/lkkuhl1stuff

Julie Fugate’s Path to Publication

Today I welcome fellow Clean Reads author, Julie Fugate, to the blog to share her Path to Publication story.

Without further ado, here’s Julie…

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IMG_0531Thank you Christi, fellow writer and CleanReads author, for having me on your blog.

I’ve loved to read since I was little, and it was definitely my strong suit in school, to the point, I would be chosen to leave class and read stories to younger kids. Stories came natural and writing had always been a hobby . . . something fun to do.

I’d been involved in a creative writing class in High School but I don’t think the teacher cared for my fantasy stories. With college looming, becoming a Writer didn’t seem practical when it came to paying the bills. Yet, I would continue to weave stories and create characters in my head.

Left with the choice to try and fail, or not try at all, I started doling out books to family and friends with mixed results. The stories played out like a movie in my head, but my problem was getting that story down on paper and across to a reader. I was also discovering what kind of writer I wanted to be. Young adult was a given since I enjoyed reading that genre. I wanted to write about characters with issues, problems, and hard circumstances, which included anti-heroes and underdogs. I also wanted to show a God who is alive and active in people’s lives, but with that said my characters (as well as readers) may not accept or even believe along those lines. As you probably already guessed my faith in God runs deep. Once I found myself sleeping, eating, dreaming . . . overwhelmed with these stories I knew I had no choice but to push myself.

In 2013, I joined the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writer) and began entering my contemporary books in a few contests. I quickly found contests were not my forte and again I seemed to be lacking (especially with grammar). I got involved with their general critique group and began learning about action beats, adverbs, white space, and showing vs. telling, etc. Every spare moment I wrote and re-wrote. The first conference I attended that same year I had some interest from a small publisher and agent. It bolstered my confidence, but knew in my heart I wasn’t ready.

Also in 2013, I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo, and picked the most fun story concept that had been rattling around in my head. Teen, Angels, Human-Angel Hybrids, and most of all I wanted to show an involved God. I succeeded and out of that Kings of Renown was born.

In 2014, I joined RWA (Romance Writers Association) so I could be part of YARWA, their young adult group. At every turn I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I again participated in NaNoWriMo and succeeded in writing the next installment of the Kings of Renown series.

I’m now involved in a permanent critique group I trust with writing and life. I’ve learned a lot since beginning this journey. I discovered I wasn’t writing Christian fiction but Inspirational fiction since I dealt with life’s harder themes yet still had religious elements. Not everyone will like what I write. I’ll always be learning and growing as a Writer and a Believer. Writing wasn’t about me, but a way to provide readers entertainment and hope through Christ if they face dark circumstances.

In 2015, I had prepped Query’s and a Proposal to start sending out. At that same time I participated in a YARWA online party, which is where I met Stephanie, the owner of CleanReads. She asked for a copy of my story and I was honored when she asked me to join her family of authors. A dream came true when BETRAYAL, Book One in the Kings of Renown series was published in November, 2015.

Love and prayers,

Julie Fugate

http://www.juliefugatebooks.com

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A seraphim angel joins the fallen and uses his abilities to enhance the human race. After re-pledging his allegiance to God, centuries later his mission collides with the lives of three human-angel hybrid teens.

High school outcast Tara Cox hates her career criminal dad. Despite her reluctance she’s as talented at deception and secrecy as him. When new friends, including the guy she has a crush on, shows her kindness, she dreams of a different life that doesn’t involve violence and solitude.

Sixteen year-old Inara Mason desires to break away from her controlling dad. She develops a supernatural bond with a real angel who shows her monstrous mermaids and offers the illusion of love.

Former juvenile delinquent Leo Price struggles with the stigma of being a killer and keeping his love for Inara secret. He takes comfort in his dedication to God and the support of his mentor, Inara’s father. As evil closes in, they will fight for their lives, love, and the future of their souls.

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Author Bio:  JULIE FUGATE writes young adult fiction where danger, suspense, romance and God collide. Her nicknames include Jay, Juju, Jules, Lizzie and Julio. A tomboy and girly-girl all wrapped into one. Growing up she would spend one hundred percent of her meager allowance on books. You could find her in the library, the porch swing, or in her room reading and listening to music. She fights off two German Shepherds and a snarky Maltese who try to take over her keyboard when she’s writing.

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