FLASHTIDE Releases Today!

FLASHTIDE, the sequel to FLASHFALL is out today! Some of you are familiar with the journey it took for me to reach this milestone, so you’ll understand why I”m giddy as I write these words. I’m still absorbing all the wonderful tweets and posts, and texts from friends this morning, but then I’m headed to the bookstore to SEE IT ON THE SHELF. *flails*

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Here’s the deal. I don’t know when, or even if I’ll get to have another moment like this. I am a girl filled with an abundant amount of hope and optimism, but I intend to soak up this day’s special moments just the same. I tell fellow creatives and writers and dream-seekers this all the time: celebrate every win, no matter how big or small. You wrote a scene? Pat yourself on the back. You sent out a query to agents? Congratulations, you’re in the game. You got a rejection letter? Cheers, friend! Buy yourself some shoes because you are taking bold, brave steps. (This worked for me, and I wore those shoes to my first official author event! ; )

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Tomorrow, I have scenes to write and a book to finish. It’s got some issues currently, but that is the wilderness of drafting. I will plow through the weeds and find the story buried beneath it all. But today . . . I have champagne and cupcakes and most likely some happy dancing in Barnes & Noble on the horizon. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to some tears, too. I have a lot of emotions today . . .

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So many feels. Writing these characters and their story pulled me out of a discouraging time when I was trying so hard to get published. Their situation seemed hopeless. Mine did. But there is light in the dark times, if you have the strength to find it. There are sometimes miracles in the mire. Growth and strength that evolve from being pushed and pressed.

There’s a quote on my Flashfall Pinterest board that says “Stars can’t shine without darkness.” That is my favorite thing to write about. I’ll be honest-Orion and Dram go through some truly dark times in this book. But I didn’t leave them there. Sometimes hope is the barest flicker of a flame, but it is enough. This is the conclusion to my Subpars’ story, and I’m going to miss writing about them.

Flashfall fans, I hope I did you proud. Thank you for caring about these cavers from Outpost Five.

And thanks for celebrating with me. Cheers, friends!

 

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Ever Onward: Moving Past Rejection to Creative Courage

These are my rejection letters. They represent a lot of closed doors, all the times my hard work and dreams were met with “no.”

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I heard “you’re not good enough” so many times that I wrote a book called Subpars. It went on to be published and re-titled Flashfall. Tomorrow, the sequel to that book releases.

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But here’s the thing-I STILL get rejected. I’m dealing with it even now.

So what do we dreamers do? Guard our hearts and stop putting ourselves out there? Or can we celebrate the fact that we are making time do what we love? That we are brave souls for sharing our art with the world.

They don’t send out letters for that.

So, from one dreamer to another: I see you there, with your heart on your sleeve. This world is fraught with those who will say we are not enough. But I celebrate you and your courage to do what you love-despite those voices.

I’m currently in the midst of Flashtide promo–and the wild hope that the world will hear about my book and care enough to show interest. That is an incredibly tricky place for me to navigate emotionally, I’ve learned. So, these past few days I’ve neglected some of those marketing “should dos” for the simple task of putting fresh words to a fresh page.

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It seems there are times, no matter how many years I’ve spent writing, where this feels particularly daunting. Scary, even. But I did it anyway, and I’ve broken through to the place where it is a joy to write again. For the first time in three years I don’t have a deadline driving me. Just the call of this new imaginary world and its inhabitants, and my curiosity to see how it all turns out.

That is the true success of overcoming rejection. My creative joy is still there, past the hurt and doubt, waiting for me to find it, and discover what new adventures lie ahead.

What I have going for me this time, is the success of having done this before. Of knowing that all the closed doors can be used as stepping stones to get where I need to be. It still aches, but there is a lightness to my steps that stems from hope.

 

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These letters were not the end of my writing journey or publishing dreams. Because I didn’t give them that power. They don’t represent missed opportunities, but rather proof that I’m bravely engaging in creative pursuit–in all its ups and downs.

We learn, we grow. We get better if we just keep going.

So I celebrate you today, my fellow dreamers. Let’s pick up our pens and start a fresh page. Let’s get excited about this adventure that is ours to take. Let’s toss discouragement aside and see with clear eyes what new discoveries await us.

Ever onward, friends.

FLASHTIDE Pre-order Gifts

FLASHTIDE hits shelves NOVEMBER 14th! To celebrate, I’m giving extra-special gifts to everyone who pre-orders!

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Pre-order FLASHTIDE and receive an adjustable climber’s knot wristband HANDMADE by the author, along with a sticker, bookmark, and signed bookplate.

I wanted to make a personal gift to say “thank you” to all of you awesome readers and fans of FLASHFALL. Your support means more than I can say! Also, the figure-eight knot wristband ties into the book in a cool way! ; )

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BONUS GIFT: If you were a Subpar at Outpost Five, would you be an ore scout like Orion? Or a marker, like Dram? The FIRST TWENTY people to send proof of pre-order will receive an embroidered patch of their choice!

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How to get the gifts:

Email the following to: flashtidepreorder (at) gmail (dot) com by November 13, 2017.

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS

PROOF OF PRE-ORDER (screenshot of receipt, etc.)

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Optional:

WRISTBAND SIZE PREFERENCE (Wide cord or narrow cord. Both are adjustable and will fit most wrists.)

WRISTBAND COLOR PREFERENCE

PATCH CHOICE (Scout or Marker) (Sent to first 20 pre-orders only.)

*All info will be kept private and used only for the purpose of this pre-order gift

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Flashtide continues the story of Orion and Dram, the mining partners from Outpost Five, as they seek refuge with the Conjurors and work to free their people.

Click here for the official book summary and pre-order information.

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Excited for you all to experience the action-packed conclusion to FLASHFALL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal for Flashfall sequel + Win and ARC of Flashtide!

I’m excited to share the shiny, brand new cover for Flashtide, the sequel to Flashfall! Check out the post at Young Adult Books Central to enter to win a signed ARC (advance reader copy) along with swag and other great prizes.

Flashtide continues the story of Orion and Dram, the mining partners from Outpost Five, as they seek refuge with the Conjurors and work to free their people.

Click here for the official book summary and pre-order information.

Excited for you all to experience the action-packed conclusion to Flashfall!

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One of my Favorite Debut Moments + How to Win an ARC of FLASHFALL

 

My publisher is giving away 14 advanced reader copies of Flashfall over on Goodreads! If you’re interested in reading my book–weeks before its November 15 release date, then hop on over and enter the giveaway. It only shows up on computers (not phones or iPads,) and ends 9-27-16. Good luck!

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This photo captures one of my favorite moments from my debut year. These wonderful (fellow writer) friends of mine waited in line for the Fierce Reads Teen Day event at the RT Booklovers’ Convention–in order to get their hands on the first ARCs of FLASHFALL to go out into the world. I’ll never forget looking up from the table where I was signing and seeing them holding my book, grinning. I leaped up and hugged them, and nearly started crying.

Dream moments are even better when we get to share them with people who care about us. Thanks for following my publishing journey. I hope it inspires you to keep dreaming and reaching for your own happy-tears moments.

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You can find FLASHFALL at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indiebound, or request it from your local library.