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Another Release for L.K.!

You first met L.K. Kuhl when she shared her Path to Publication story (CLICK HERE to read about her journey to publication). Today she’s here to share news of her latest release…

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The Decision’s made. The choice is simple. Or is it?

The guests are invited. The cake is all set. In just a few short hours Sophia Bandell will be saying “I do” to a guy she isn’t sure she loves. But where does she go from here? She feels her life is headed in a downhill spiral. Her first and real true love, Tate Forester, is a ghost. But he’s the man she wants to be with…the one she can’t live without. Sophia is faced with the toughest decision of her life. Does she forget about Tate and marry the egotistical lawyer, Aaron Stuart? Or does she take the plunge and join Tate to be with him for eternity?

 

Excerpt:

Sometime through the night, Tate’s kisses woke me. They landed on my cheek like a soft sigh. He began on my cheek and traveled down my neck, resting delicately on my shoulder. But each one felt like he was snuffing out a candle flame. I knew that this would be the last time I’d ever feel him again. He was telling me goodbye in the gentlest way he knew.

I held in my sobs but couldn’t stop the silent tears from sliding down my cheeks. They spilled to my neck and pooled there in the deep, hollowed indent above my clavicle. Tate kissed them away, and wiped a wet strand of hair from my face.

“Don’t cry. I was hoping I could slip away without waking you. I need to go. Aaron will be home soon.”

My throat ached. I grimaced and tried to swallow away the soreness, but it had its claws dug in too deep. There was no way to release it, to ease this massive tumor that kept growing inside of me each time it was time to say goodbye.

“This is the end, isn’t it? Your kisses told me everything you can’t say. So do your eyes.”

“It has to be. It’s time.”

  

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MF9E55Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476970300&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Decision+by+LK+Kuhl 

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-decision-lk-kuhl/1124913892?ean=2940156873531 

Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-decision-28 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-decision/id1161621322?mt=11 

SmashWords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/673859

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Author Bio:

L.K. Kuhl is the author of the Young Adult Paranormal Romance Series, The Everlasting Trilogy. The Decision is book two of this trilogy. She has also penned Chasm, a Romantic Suspense novel. Chasm was released in May of 2016.

L.K. lives in Nebraska with her husband Gene of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg and Will, their furry dog kids. 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: http://kuhlreads.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

Google+: https://plus.google.com/110924570998555007561/posts

 

 

 

 

Another Release for Ashley Stambaugh!

Readers of this blog first met Ashley when she did a Path to Publication post in March of 2014. CLICK HERE to check it out.

ashley-stambaugh-author-photoAnd now, she’s celebrating another release!

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You have to have the dark to see the light.

Over a month has gone by since Melina won her internal battle between good and evil. She and the elders have been vigilantly waiting for Maura and Adelia to enact their plan, but there have been no signs of them anywhere. Then one day, Melina sees a Noxin demon lurking behind an old building. As more and more demons start to appear around town, she begins to worry that their plan may have already been put into play.

While Melina tries to figure out what the demons are up to, she starts to notice a sudden increase in her negative emotions, which in turn seem to be amplifying her powers. At first, she likes how strong it makes her feel. But when she realizes that her newly acquired demon powers are the cause of her sense of empowerment, she wants nothing to do with it. Even though she has reversed her demon powers to do good, she still sees them as coming from an evil source and fears that by using them the evil she fought so hard to overcome will rise up in her again.

But as the demon activity increases, and the people in her town, including all the people she cares about the most, start to display strange and violent behavior, Melina finally understands that if she wants to stop the demons and help her friends, she must embrace not only the good in her but also the bad. Because the only way to truly empower herself is by finding a way to use them together.

 

Excerpt

She turned to look at the front of her store and saw that the huge front window had been completely busted in, allowing the chilly winter air to blow right through the room. The rest of the store wasn’t in any better shape. Broken glass, splintered wood, and burnt, ripped up books and paper covered the entire floor. She felt like she should be having déjà vu, seeing as how her store had been destroyed by Noxin demons before, but there was a difference this time. She didn’t have her friends to help her pick up the pieces.

Before she was able to get teary-eyed again, she heard footsteps coming from behind her. She turned around and saw that Walter was back, and he had Phinneas, Cecil, and Helene with him. They all nodded at Henry, who nodded back at them, and then they all returned their focus to Melina.

“Hi,” Melina said as she gave them all a slightly confused look. “What are you all doing here?”

“I thought it was necessary to tell them what’s happening with you,” Walter said.

Melina pulled her robe a little tighter around her and turned her gaze down to the floor. She wondered if they were disappointed in her for not telling any of them sooner.

“Melina,” Phinneas said as he took a step toward her. “None of us blame you for feeling the way you do. The fear you have of your anger and of your demon powers is completely valid. But it’s nothing to be afraid of, or ashamed of. I’ve told you before, not everyone is all good or all bad. We all have good and evil in us.”

“Yes,” Melina said as she nodded her head. “I remember you saying that. But then you also said that we just have to choose which one is going to win, and I chose good.”

“And I’m so glad you did,” Phinneas said. “But just because you chose good and were able to reverse the demon powers to use them for good, doesn’t mean that the bad aspects of the demon powers aren’t still a part of you, too.”

“Melina,” Walter said as he took a step toward her. “To truly embrace all of your powers, you must accept not only the good aspects of them but also the bad. I can only imagine how strong it must make you feel when your emotions amplify your powers, but instead of fighting them and trying to stop them, feel all of those emotions and use them in a good way. Use them to empower yourself.” He paused for effect and then continued. “You have become a force to be reckoned with. You just need to learn to accept them and then control them.”

Melina’s eyes were filled with tears again. His words reminded her of what Lee had told her—that she needed to accept all of herself. She knew they were both right, but she still couldn’t let go of her hesitation and fear.

“But what if it makes me susceptible to being taken over by evil again?” She bit down on her lip as she stared over at Walter with eyes full of distress.

He gave her a reassuring smile. “I know you’re scared, but I also think that you know, deep down, that you’re not going to be taken over by evil again. This is just how the demon powers are going to work in you. We all experience negative emotions, Melina. But it’s what we do after the emotions arise that matters. We can act upon those negative feelings and let them control us, or we can feel them, acknowledge them, but then choose not to act on them. And instead of letting them control us, use them as motivation for something good.” He was silent for a moment then said, “You have to have the dark to see the light.”

Melina sat quietly as his last words sunk in. She had never thought of it that way, but he was right. She had both light and dark in her, just like everyone else, but she just needed to make sure that her light always shone brighter.

 

Purchase Links

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LY3LYYJ

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/empower-ashley-stambaugh/1124771929?ean=2940157073169

 

About the author 

Ashley Stambaugh grew up in a small town in Illinois where she and her two siblings created some of the best memories playing on their family’s farm. She stayed in the southern region of the state to attend college where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and also met her husband.

Now, she and her husband live in central Illinois and spend their time creating new memories with their two rambunctious boys. She also enjoys reading, taking long walks, and finding great bargains. When her sons are a little bit older, she has a great desire to travel with her family. Oh, and she also has a slight obsession with chocolate.

When she’s not busy chasing after her two young children or losing herself in a good book, you can find her curled up on her couch with her laptop, writing.

 

 

Social media links

Website: www.ashleystambaugh.blogspot.com
Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/ashleystambaughauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleystambaugh

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8054295.Ashley_Stambaugh

Emily Steward’s Path to Publication

Today’s Path to Publication is by Emily Steward. Without further ado, here’s Emily…

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Even before I knew what a writer was, I loved to tell stories. One of my first memories is telling bedtime stories to my mom and brother. After they fell asleep, I would continue to tell the story for a long time afterward. I even used to tell stories to God because I figured he got tired of just hearing everyone’s problems all day.

In kindergarten, I discovered the people who create stories are called writers. I decided then and there, that one day I would become a writer. My teacher was extremely encouraging and I attribute a lot of my early writing passion to her.

Over the years, my dream went by the wayside, but it was always in the back of my mind. After taking a few writing classes from a local college, I got the confidence I needed to feel like I had at least some talent.

I kept waiting for the perfect idea, or for inspiration to strike, but it never did. Finally, I’d had enough waiting and decided it was time. I started writing with nothing in mind except I wanted something magical to happen to this young boy named Bobby Brown. Well I managed to write nearly a third of my novel before I decided it might need some sort of loose outline. It took me several years and a lot of revisions including changing Bobby Brown to a girl named Penelope Gilbert (RIP poor Bobby) and switching my audience from young adult to middle grade.

When I was ready to start submitting my manuscript to agents, I drove down to the local office supply store and bought a bunch of manila envelopes, paperclips, and stamps. Then I went to the library and printed off several copies of my first chapter. I soon realized the majority of agents now prefer digital submissions. Oops! I think I sent one whole submission through the mail before I dropped that and started sending emails. At least I’m well stocked with manila envelopes and paper clips in case I have a postal emergency one day.

After a few weeks of sending queries, I received my first rejection. I was elated. It made me feel like an official writer! When I received my second and third rejections, it wasn’t quite as thrilling. But I knew this was all part of the process, so I pressed on. My inbox was soon full of lovely, (only slightly) soul crushing rejections.

I got a glimmer of hope when an agent requested my full manuscript. I continued to refine my book through critique groups and submit more queries while I waited for the agent with my full to get back to me. It took over a year before I heard back from the agent. No feedback, no comments, just a simple, “This isn’t right for me.” After that, I started delving into a new project, thinking my novel might just not be publishable.

That’s when I got some interest from a publisher during a contest. Well I’d been looking for an agent, but since I hadn’t gotten any takers, I thought I’d go for it. Plus, I loved the company and their cover art. We had a really good Skype chat, but they decided to put their middle grade lineup on hold. They were still interested enough to ask if they could contact me once they started putting out middle grade books again. That was tough to get my hopes up, but it was nice to know they still wanted it. Just not now.

After that, I finally got the email I’d been waiting for. An agent read my book in just a few shorts days. She loved it, and wanted to set up a time to talk! We scheduled the call and I read a bunch of articles on what to do when receiving “The Call” which is usually a call to see if you are a good fit before they offer representation. I tried not to get my hopes up, but all signs pointed to her becoming my agent. The day of the call, I got up really early because I knew her time zone was ahead of mine. I kept my phone at full volume while the morning turned to afternoon, and afternoon to evening. I was on edge all day, but the call never came.

That was really disappointing to say the least. I may or may not have wallowed a bit with a carton of ice cream and lots of chocolate.

Another opportunity came up to do a Twitter contest called Pit2Pub. I didn’t know if I was ready to go through it all again, but friend convinced me that I had nothing to lose. A publisher called Clean Reads asked for my work. I sent it in and a short time later had a response sitting in my inbox. I had to read and reread the simple message for what they were saying to actually sink in. “I think your book would be a great addition to Clean Reads. I’ve attached a contract below, email me if you have any questions.” I couldn’t’ believe it. Just like that? After all this time, just like that? Seemed too good to be true.

I researched the publishing company like crazy. When I felt comfortable, I took the plunge and signed. Now everything’s been a whirlwind. My husband Chad got to do the artwork, which may not have happened with another company, and I love the idea of being a part of a publishing house that puts out quality material without compromising their values.

My path to publication didn’t go exactly as I envisioned, but what in life does? There were a lot of ups and downs, and things in the publishing world move so incredibly slow. However, God had a plan all along. I just needed to be patient, and persistent. I love so many things about the company I signed with, and I think there are great things to come. Now I can finally say that I’m a published author! How great is that?

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pen-coverWhen 13 year-old Penelope Gilbert accidentally transforms into a stapler during math class, she’s sure she’s going crazy. But she’s not imagining the men in black suits now patrolling the halls at school, nor is she imagining the new substitute teacher who orders the class to take a special new test. A test that requires blood. Hunted for her powers, and torn from the life she knows, Penny is swept up into a world in the clouds where magic meets machine and pirates rule the sky.

Author Bio: Emily Steward spent the better part of her childhood dressed as a ninja and trying to convince others to call her ‘Ace.’ When she wasn’t saving the world from evil samurai, she could usually be found in the branches of a tree reading a good book. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three daughters, and dog Bentley. Though she seldom dresses as a ninja now, her adventurous spirit remains as does her love of tree climbing and reading good books.

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Penelope-Gilbert-Children-Azure-Steward-ebook/dp/B01LTGUPC6

Barnes & Nobel: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/penelope-gilbert-and-the-children-of-azure-emily-a-steward/1124585350

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/penelope-gilbert-and-the-children-of-azure

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/664338

 

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Emily_Steward14

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emsteward14/

Website/Blog: https://estewardblog.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/emilyasteward

 

Another Book For Annie Douglass!


More than just a coloring book, this inspirational activity book will help you relax, unwind, and enjoy some creative fun while hiding God’s Word in your heart. 
The 35 separate verses and passages are printed in colorable word art with decorative borders, blank on the back to make them easier to remove and frame or display, if desired. Each one is accompanied by two different activities or puzzles featuring the verse or key words from it. 


Hide it in Your Heart is an ideal Scripture memorization aid for Christian schools, homeschool programs, Sunday schools, or your own personal use. Children and adults will enjoy learning, practicing, and meditating on these artistically presented verses from the New International Version Bible. 
 
Proceeds from the sale of Hide it In Your Heart will be donated to www.Christar.org to help provide a translation of God’s Word for a particular people group in East Asia who do not yet have the Bible in their own language.
 
Here are a few sample coloring and activity pages from Hide it In Your Heart. If you’d like to color them or complete the word puzzles, click here to access a PDF that you can download and print.
Hide it In Your Heart is available in paperback on Amazon. Click here to order your copy for $8.99. 
HOWEVER, you can get it for 15% off if you order it here on CreateSpace with coupon code JZBVVBH8The code can be used an unlimited number of times and will not expire, so feel free to order as many copies as you like for family and friends. Hide it In Your Heart makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys word puzzles, coloring, or God’s word! 
You’re welcome to share the code with others, too.
Happy coloring!


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About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in
Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and
her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at
Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since
her childhood, and to date has published thirteen books (two YA action and
adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, five anthologies of her
students’ poetry, and a Scripture coloring and activity book). Besides writing,
her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction),
scrapbooking, and international travel.


 
 
Connect with Annie Douglass Lima online:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sign up for author updates and receive a free ebook of “interviews” with characters from her fantasy series: http://bit.ly/LimaUpdates
 

Kadee Carder’s Path to Publication

Please welcome fellow Clean Reads author, Kadee Carder, to the blog! She’s agreed to share her Path to Publication story. Thanks Kadee! Without further ado, here’s Kadee…

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Path To Publication – A Rocky One, A Worthy One

My parents encouraged me to try a myriad assortment of activities throughout my childhood. Softball stuck with me. I played the sport for over ten years, loving almost every minute. One season we didn’t win a single game. That was harsh, but hey, I learned I loved the sport no matter what. To help me improve during my earlier years of playing the sport, my dad drilled a hole in a softball and strung it up on this horizontal branch on a large tree in our backyard. I’d spend hours slamming that softball up and around the branch, perfecting my swing.

Being the overly-imaginative child I was, I’d invent all sorts of scenarios in which I’d have to hit something over and over and over….and just think, if a softball could fly on its own, and was ON FIRE, what would YOU DO?! And the basic premise for Insurrection wiggled its way into my imagination.

I presented the idea to my three friends, who’d play imaginary games with me at recess, and suddenly the four of us became fearless fighters, saving the world from flying fireballs, sword fighting with pirates, and conquering wild lands. We were unstoppable. When Saylor first appeared as a character to me, she was a boy, because when I played in my backyard, only boys had adventures. It’s time to change that, friends, because girls can rock a baseball bat, obstacle course, and beachside kiss just as good as the best of them.

With my husband’s help, I’ve updated the idea to call these abominable creatures “Oxinals,” and they are autonomous, artificially-intelligent sentinels, which can kill any living creature with one single touch. We’d need some brave warriors to save us, yes?

I’ve never been able to shake the camaraderie of the story I shared with my own girlfriends as we played in our backyards twenty years ago. So I began working on writing the Insurrection trilogy while earning my Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, pregnant, working full-time as an office manager of a church. Initially, Insurrection was a quick crack at a thesis I wrote in a month and a half. At that point in my life I began to understand the depths of what it takes to chase after dreams and shake up the stars.

In the years since beginning this journey with Saylor, I’ve sat for hours hunkered over my laptop, vetted with beta readers, chatted with hundreds of readers, and even flown across the country to meet with publishers. My husband participated in a community theater show and after a few nights of sitting in my office bored to tears, I decided to crack out the dusty thesis and see what I could do with it.

Rewriting the first book and working on the second and third books took a little over a year of solid writing. After almost a year of sending out unanswered queries and participating in a nerve-wrecking round of pitching to agents and publishers at the speedy Pitch-A-Palooza at the RT Booklover’s Convention in Las Vegas, I met with Clean Reads. Two months later, I had a contract in hand for the trilogy.

We humans have to be stronger than we ever imagine, love ourselves in the process, and dig in when the ground seems to sink. We not only relish adventures, we create them. And that’s the basis of Saylor’s story in my young adult science fiction trilogy, Insurrection.

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Saylor had always been told she was a stain on the cloth of mankind. Escaping the girls’ home with her orphan sisters Micah, Denise, and Patricia, the four find themselves enduring storms at sea and imprisoned on a mysterious Caribbean island. Separated from her sisters, Saylor must learn to fight for her life and theirs, enduring dark and strange noises, discovering dazzling beaches, and ensnared in the secrets of a covert military base.

Forced to trade her freedom for a contract with Alliance Military Guard, Saylor develops her inner warrior. Wavering between terror and ecstasy, she must face an enemy who exposes her indispensable abilities. In order to rescue her sisters, impress the hunky Australian, and protect innocent lives on a global scale, she must master techniques of fighting an army created to destroy with a single, scorching touch – or die trying.

They wanted a warrior. They got one.

Volume Two arriving February 2017!

Purchase:
Amazon                   Nook/Barnes&Noble                 iTunes

Author Bio:
Deep in the heart of Texas, Kadee Carder resides with her husband and daughters. Carder earned a BA in Public Relations at Howard Payne University and an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. She teaches English courses on the university level and plans her schedule around coffee availability.

Writing and language have been her life-long pleasure, wordsmithery offering the ability to twist emotion in to sense and cosmos. When she’s not dancing around the living room with her daughters, she helps at church activities, creates encouraging blogs, and orders pizza like a boss.
Follow Kadee on social media:
Website: kadeecarder.com
Twitter: @kadeecbooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kadeecarderbooks/
Instagram: kadeecarderink
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Sophia Whittemore Celebrates Another Release!

Sophia Whittemore, a fellow Clean Reads author, stopped by the blog on August 18, 2016 to share her Path to Publication story. And now she’s celebrating another milestone…another book!

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Author Sophia Whittemore released her new psychological thriller novel on August 25th, 2016. A YA romantic thriller that treads the fine line between love and obsession, leaving you wondering who was the true monster all along…

 

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The gamblers at the Red Fields call Avery Faro a Monster. I call him my cousin. I know about his secret weapon though, the thing that wins him all those fights. Avery can’t feel anything, not pain, and not love. We aren’t even that close, third cousins, really. But, somewhere along the way, we became closer than that… far too close. Now I think that he’s lost it completely. He’s jealous. He’s possessive. He’s hiding something from me. He calls me his Laurel, only his. But I know there are secrets at the Red Fields. By day, Avery is just a regular schoolboy. By night, he morphs into an underground fighter. How can I save Avery from himself?

How do you defeat somebody who doesn’t even feel?

 

EXCERPT:

Chapter One

            The fist made contact with the left side of my jaw. It should have hurt; it really should have. It should have killed me.

            But it didn’t.

 I blinked away the memories of last night’s fistfight. I had been at the Red Fields, the usual place, and my opponent had been a young man, anxious and thin.

But he had never even touched me…

            See, a few things happen when you get the living daylights beat out of you. Not a lot of people have experienced it firsthand like I have, but let me enlighten you. First, came the point of contact. It was just pressure hitting the side of your face, like pressing a finger against your cheek. Like all other things that I experienced, it never hurt me. Pain was all in your head. I had only been blinded for a little bit before I paused and stared up at the opponent in front of me. I was like a scholar and he was the experiment, ready to be dissected and disposed of. I gave him a blank, deadpan stare. I had no emotion in my eyes. Others told me that, when I got like this, it reminded them of a cadaver. It was like I didn’t have a soul. The other guy hit me, more times than I could possibly count.

            I hadn’t felt a thing.

            And just like that, I was back in the classroom, staring off into space as memories and images flashed into my mind. The words formed a senseless jumble, thoughts that could never be placed. My mind was incomprehensible, a mystery unto my own self. Well, when school got boring like this, all I could think of was the last fight I had. I needed to fight, as badly as any other person needed to breathe. Anything would be better than doing nothing and being force fed facts all day. Even bleeding was more stimulating than rote memorization.

Click…click…click…” Came the sound of the teacher’s heels against the floorboards. The dean taught this class. Where was he, again? I remembered, faintly, hearing something about Shakespeare before I was off daydreaming again…

            I somehow snapped back to reality. I couldn’t let flashbacks from the Red Fields bother me so much. Right now, I had to focus on my inane studies. I had a ninety percent in my Literature class. That was ten percent below perfect. It was ten percent too many. I blinked, rubbing my fingers against my eyes before realizing a thin dribble of blood and drool trailing from my bottom lip. I pressed my fingers against it, completely ignoring the neglected open textbook in front of me. And then I paused and examined the blood. It glittered against the palm of my hands, kind of like rubies.

And just like that, I was back at the Red Fields. My opponent’s fist made contact with my jaw. Was that the exact moment that my lip had split? All I could remember was seeing scarlet and black and blue all at once. That’s the other thing nobody really knows about fights. A person could experience the most beautiful colors when getting pummeled half to death. I stared at my opponent, a solid mass of tissue shielding a beating heart. I could hear his heart beating. And whether the other guy knew it or not, he was afraid of me.

 And if he wasn’t, then he should have been.

            After all, everyone came to fear the monster beneath their beds at some point or another.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Sophia Whittemore is a Dartmouth student and multiracial author with an Indonesian mother and a Minnesotan father. She has had book signings at Barnes & Noble for her Impetus Rising Series, available on Amazon and other outlets, the first book published when she was only seventeen. She has been featured as a Standout in the Daily Herald and a Rad Reads author in Girls’ Life Magazine. Her love for the English language manifested itself in eighth grade when she went to the Scripps National Spelling Bee and has continued with other languages such as Spanish and Indonesian. Her prior publications include “A Clock’s Work” in a Handersen Publishing magazine, “Blind Man’s Bluff” in Parallel Ink, and winning multiple awards in the Best Midwestern Writing competition for high school writers. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her family and food-loving mini schnauzer called Tiger. Drawing on inspiration from her two cultural backgrounds, Sophia lives a life playing tennis, traveling, and writing about her dual life experiences through other characters in her works or on her blog.

AUTHOR’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Sophia-Whittemore/e/B01CHOEOFS

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15057772.Sophia_Whittemore

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophiawhitte

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Authorsophiawhittemore/

Instagram: @authorsophiawhittemore

Tumblr: http://authorsophiawhitte.tumblr.com/

Blog and Author Website: https://sophiawhittemore.com

Brigid Amos and her Path to Publication

Today I’m excited to host Brigid, a fellow Clean Reads author who has generously agreed to share her Path to Publication story. (And she’s a fellow Western/Historical fiction author!!!) Without further ado, here’s Brigid…

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brigid-amos-headshotI’ve always wanted to be a writer, but never seemed to have a work schedule conducive to the long stretches of time needed to write a whole novel. In the mid-nineties, disillusioned with my career in science, I took a part time job in an independent bookstore in Grass Valley, California. I could barely support myself on the money I made there, but what I finally had was time to write. Surrounded by Gold Rush history, I wrote a young adult historical novel about a sixteen-year-old Missouri farm boy who travels west with a wagon train to make his fortune in the gold fields of the Sierra Foothills.  Then, as my husband likes to say, life intervened. I enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I worked in agricultural research for many years after receiving my Ph.D. My Gold Rush novel sat in a box in the basement, nearly forgotten.

But I hadn’t forgotten my desire to write. I joined a writers group in Lincoln, and resumed working on a second novel that I had started before leaving California. My second novel was set in the gold mining town of Bodie, California and focused on a fourteen-year-old girl struggling to keep her family intact. But again, I made scant progress. Unlike my job at the bookstore, a full time research position, combined with teaching duties at two different universities, was hardly the “writer’s life.” I know there are dedicated and prolific writers who somehow work demanding jobs, but I was not one of those. I needed time again.

Finally, I left my work at the university. At the same time, my parents, who lived in Alabama, were facing one health crisis after another. I found myself traveling back and forth between Nebraska and Alabama, fitting in writing whenever possible. Eventually, I moved my parents to Nebraska in 2013, and while their care consumes much of my time, I finally was able to complete my second novel.

I wasted a huge about of time and energy trying to market my first Gold Rush novel to literary agents. While they often praised my writing, they would usually say it just wasn’t for them. I honestly think that it is very difficult to get a literary agent if they think your book will not be a huge bestseller. This is understandable, as they make their money by taking a commission from the author’s royalties. Just as I was giving up on my first book, I took a workshop with Nebraska author Karen Gettert Shoemaker. She shared with us her similar frustration with finding an agent, and said she finally decided to submit her novel directly to publishers who accepted submissions directly from authors. I followed this approach with my second novel A Fence Around Her. The first publisher I sent it to, Clean Reads Publishing, accepted it. So I am now a published author. I plan to dig out my first novel, dust it off (literally!), and send it to my publisher. (Just kidding! I’ll submit a digital copy.) To any writer weary of rejections from literary agents, don’t despair. There are many paths to publication these days, one of which is to send a manuscript directly to a publisher.

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Can a girl break free from her mother’s past?

Having a mother with a past is never easy. For Ruthie Conoboy it becomes the struggle of a lifetime in 1900, the year Tobias Mortlock arrives in the gold mining town of Bodie, California. Ruthie is suspicious of this stranger, but her trusting father gives him a job in the stamp mill. Soon, Ruthie suspects that her mother and Mortlock have become more than friends. Can Ruthie stop this man from destroying her family?

Buy the book:

Amazon:  getBook.at/AFenceAroundHer

iTunes:   https://itun.es/us/qzAQeb.l

Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-fence-around-her 

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/664339

 

About Brigid Amos:

Brigid Amos’ young adult historical fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Storyteller, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Words of Wisdom. A produced playwright, she co-founded the Angels Playwriting Collective and serves on the board of the Angels Theatre Company. She is also an active member of Women Writing the West and the Nebraska Writers Guild. Although Brigid left a nugget of her heart behind in the California Gold Country, most of it is in Lincoln, Nebraska where she currently lives with her husband.

 

Connecting with Brigid:

Join Brigid’s mailing list:  http://www.brigidamos.com/mailing-list-signup.html

Like Brigid on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/brigidamoswriter/?fref=ts

Follow Brigid on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Brigid_Amos

Visit Brigid’s website:       http://www.brigidamos.com/