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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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.

 

 

Cover+Book Trailer News

Too exciting to share with just words! Today is a special day in the life of this debut author. First cover reveal. First book trailer premiere. First giveaway.

So, in anticipation of all that fun stuff–here are some things you might like to know . . .

And this next one will probably make you laugh. Those of you who know me, already know I’m goofy like this. To the un-initiated . . .well. This is what stress + excitement will do to a girl who’s not very good with markers.

To enter the giveaway, visit http://www.yabookscentral.com. Good luck!

First Peek at FLASHFALL

Something exciting happened this past week. My publisher sent me first pass pages, and I got my first glimpse of how Flashfall will look in book form. For the first time, my book baby is looking . . . bookish. I paged through eagerly, taking in every font choice and chapter heading. All those words I’ve written and scrutinized over the past year, suddenly looked different–more real somehow.

The copyright page sort of took my breath away. This dream has been a long time in the works, and seeing my name there did something pretty fluttery to my heart.

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Surprisingly, this wasn’t the moment I teared up. Nor was it the title page or dedication. While reading the final two sentences of my manuscript, the words blurred unexpectedly, and my breath sort of stuttered. It hit me: this is it.

My debut book is done.

In just a few months, Flashfall will be out in the world. I can’t quite wrap my mind around that. SO MANY FEELS. But for now, I’m going to celebrate this moment, this first glimpse of it in book-like form.

It feels a bit like I’ve hiked a steep path, and now I’ve got my feet propped on a ledge, taking in the view. If you are striving toward your own goals and dreams, I wish you moments like this–times you realize that all your hard work has led to something special. May you be able to enjoy the vistas along the way, buoyed by the conviction that the dedication, risks, and sacrifices have been worth it.

Here’s a peek at page one.

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