Farewell, My Heart

I have a younger brother. Or at least I did until a couple of days ago. After a nine month battle with lung cancer, he died. Tragically, painfully, at home, like countless other people. My brother was no famous actor or rock star, but he was the world to me. Our age difference was so tiny that we were virtually twins. Mom would tell us that when we were babies, we had a special language that only the two of us understood. We eventually learned words, but that special understanding never went away. He called me his brain. I called him my heart. Together, we could think up all kinds of trouble. He wouldn’t be happy that I’ve been crying. He hated to see me cry. And no one could make me laugh like he could. You see, I got the hair, but he got the personality. It’s a blessing that I had these decades with my best friend.

My brother was kind and generous in a way I can only dream of being. He was a fierce and loyal friend. Woe to the person who dissed one of his friends. He wasn’t a big guy, but he stood like a mountain when it came to standing up for those he called friend, family, or brother. He wasn’t afraid to speak when he perceived injustice and lost as many fights as he won making his points. The odds never worried him.

He was genuinely friendly and nicknamed nearly everyone. There’s Ironhead, Lizard Breath, Lump, Alejandro, Sissy Sal, Suze, Gerg, Web, Badwrench, Indiglo. The list goes on. He never forgot anyone, even at the end when it seemed like he was aware of so little. He still recognized every face that visited him up to that final moment. He was funny that way. He always saw people even when others might overlook them.

In my head, my brother and I were supposed to be twins forever, so I’m not happy about his death. But I didn’t have much say about this and neither did he. He was a proud father and, never, ever, wanted to be anywhere his girls were not. The fact that he’s not holding his girls right now would piss the hell out of him.

About now, my brother would want me to say something funny and send you away with a smile. I’ve had the funny squeezed out of me over the last few months and the times he made me laugh hard now just make me cry…. But there was one time, a long time ago, when my mother’s kids sat next to each other at their grandfather’s funeral. We were never allowed to sit next to each other in church for good and valid reasons, but this day someone screwed up and there we were, trouble-makers sitting in a row. The minister on that occasion had a vision problem and the horrible task of trying to delicately describe my grandfather’s indelicate death from a heart attack in the bathroom stall of the Mall. He stood there nervously swaying like Stevie Wonder, trying to find the right, funeral-appropriate words, and as we took it all in, we made eye contact. Eye contact has been our ruin more than once, and there we were, shoulders shaking as we tried to hold back what we knew would get us in a whole lot of trouble. I mean, we were at a funeral and this was serious stuff! Too serious. We needed to find the funny because life is all of it: Happiness, sadness, anger, love, joy, the whole mix, including funny.

I’m desperately in search of funny. And I do it for my first and best friend, who would be pulling out all the stops to make us laugh. And he’d no doubt get us in trouble with our mothers, which would only make the laughter worse.

Fly high, my dear brother. ‘Til we meet again.

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Author Interview: Gail Strickland (@gailstrickland1), Author of NIGHT OF PAN

Head-ShotIt is my pleasure to feature Gail Strickland, another debut author on today’s blog. Gail Strickland is the author of NIGHT OF PAN, a young adult historical fantasy. I hope all aspiring writers can look at her path to publication and identify what she did right!

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I’m a classicist, poet and musician with a crazy passion for Greek mythology. In college, I translated much of Homer’s works from ancient Greek. I’ve also had a great time teaching piano to young people and playing Cabaret in San Francisco clubs. I was in an eclectic country-rock band called The Prairie Dogs whose claim to fame was being the only band to play Candlestick Park between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Let’s just say that I’m never bored! J

What is your book’s genre?

Young Adult historical fantasy.

How would you describe your book in one sentence?

Perhaps a question is best: “Was the Oracle of Delphi a drug-crazed teenager manipulated by politically-savvy priests or a prescient seer who saved the cradle of democracy?”

Where do you do you do your best writing?

I raised two children of my own and three stepchildren. I’ve run my own piano studio for upwards of forty-five students…I literally can write anywhere. And I do! I do, however, have my own room in my mountain home that looks out to a stand of aspen, endless blues skies and curious chipmunks. That place is my favorite. But my best writing? That can happen anywhere: coffee shops, the car, and waiting rooms. Carpe diem!

What led you to write this book?

There are two things really that led me to write this book. One was my passion to bring the richness of Homer’s language to young people in a form that is perhaps more storytelling than THE ILIAD. Secondly, I was a little fed up with The History Channel and some other modern historians who claim that the young Oracle of Delphi had no clue about what she was saying. They say that she was high on ethylene fumes and controlled by the priests who had their thumbs on the political climate of fifth century Greece. I decided to reclaim history. Using the four Persian prophecies we know from the ancient Greek philosopher Herodotus from the same time in history as the movie 300, I wove NIGHT OF PAN around history and showed how the prophecies all came true. For example, the Oracle said, “Trust the winds. They will be mighty allies of Greece.” Just after that oracle, a huge storm arose that destroyed one third of the invading Persian navy. How could the priests have known a storm would blow the Persians literally out of the water?

How long did it take you to write this book?

J Not a question I’ll usually answer. Keep in mind that I was raising five children and teaching full time … may I simply say a REALLY long time? It’s funny; the book never let me go. It rather insisted that I write it. It’s a good thing that I am very stubborn!

How did you find your agent?

I don’t currently have an agent. For a while I did. I found her through the Algonkian Conference spear-headed by Michael Neff.

What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises during the publishing process?

This is not really a surprise, because everyone had warned me about it … but the personal marketing necessary with this changing publishing world is very intense. Though Curiosity Quills is an amazing, fairly new press pushing itself to higher and higher levels and provides me with a five person marketing team who have been amazing, I also spend a lot of time on social media (especially because this is my first book and I am mostly unknown) trying to simply get the word out that my book exists. I’ve also hired my own publicist to help me with the process. She’s been invaluable.

What did you do right that helped you break in to publishing?

Wrote. Re-wrote. Revised and never gave up. I also developed a strong platform a couple of years before I was ready to even think about publishing.

What would you do differently if you could do it again?

Ha! Publish when I was twenty-five!

What is your best piece of advice for writers trying to break in?

Everyone always told me to choose my agent with great care. I should have really listened. Though there had been warning signs, out of fear that another offer wouldn’t come along, I signed despite my better judgment. Note to self: doing things out of fear is never a good idea!

What is something about you people may be surprised to know?

Some interviewers have assumed that I gave up my music when I became an author. Just to set the record straight: Still teaching and playing music. Still loving it!

What’s your favorite book that’s not your own?

I definitely can’t narrow this down to one … but maybe two?

BELOVED by Toni Morrison and THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak … uh oh, don’t get me started … anything by Nikos Kazantzakis. I really could go on forever.

Do you have a go to piece of music that helps motivate your writing? If so, what is it?

People seem to want to know this. I always have to laugh. It’s anything by Enya because she sets a wonderful mystical mood that doesn’t interfere with my thoughts. Also, oddly enough, Buddhist monks chanting. Yep! It’s true. When I want to write a livelier scene, I listen to music from Zorba the Greek by Mikis Theodorakis.

Now that this book is published, what’s next for you?

NIGHT OF PAN is the first book of the ORACLE OF DELPHI TRILOGY. So now to finish book two. I’m half done!

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

I’m just now in the middle of my book tour. The most wonderful surprise has been to realize that talking about my book—a project that has been so dear to me for so many years—to a room filled with people who are there because they’re truly curious to understand the pulse and heartbeat of this creature, this book that you poured your heart into … it’s a great feeling! I feel very lucky.

For those who want more information about Gail Strickland and her work, check out:

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Twitter: @gailstrickland1

Like her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gail-Strickland/236766709783010?ref=hl

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=205986003&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

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Author Interview: H.D. Lynn, Author of GOD’S PLAY

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It is my pleasure to feature debut author H.D. Lynn on today’s blog. H.D. Lynn is the author of GOD’S PLAY, a YA urban/contemporary fantasy.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I’m in my mid-twenties and living in Connecticut. I’m an avid reader and a fantasy genre nerd in general. My day job is a biology lab tech, and I enjoy getting outside and being active.

I wrote a picture book about horses when I was six. (Fear not—God’s Play is not a picture book about talking horses.) The first novel I wrote was about space samurai, and it’s all been downhill (uphill?) from there. Every time I’ve tried to leave writing, it’s found me in some form or another.

What is your book’s genre?
YA urban/contemporary fantasy

How would you describe your book in one sentence?
GOD’S PLAY is a YA urban fantasy blending Egyptian mythology, The Odyssey, and Supernatural style monster hunting that should appeal to you if you like action-filled stories and have a wry sense of humor.

Where do you write from?
My apartment in Connecticut, or I’ll stay late after work and write when the computer cluster is quiet. Sometimes I go to a favorite coffee shop, but I do like writing in quieter environments.

What led you to write this book?
I’ve always had this fascination with mythology, and I wanted to write a character who was a hero, but in the Ancient Greek sense of the word. The heroes in old epics weren’t chaste, innocent people. They devoted their lives to the gods or a calling, practiced stoicism, were gifted or unique, and were fiercely determined. Toby is all of those things, and William is his opposite—flakey, self-indulgent, and a smart-ass. It was those two coming together that was the driving force behind this novel. Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

How long did it take you to write this book?
3 weeks, several months of nothing, and then I finished the last 35,000 words in 3 days. That’s not…typical, although I’m usually fast and dirty when it comes to rough draft writing.

How did you find your publisher?
God’s Play got queried around, and while there were a fair amount of full requests from agents, none of them love loved it. I had more luck with publishers, and Curiosity Quills was the right home for the book. The team there is great and were invaluable in getting God’s Play to publication.

What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises during the publishing process?
It takes a long time to publish a book. It’s a glacial process, so don’t get impatient. That said, getting to meet and connect with other authors and the creative team at Curiosity Quills has been amazing. Everyone really wants my book to succeed, and that makes me feel good on the proverbial rainy day.

What did you do right that helped you break in and get your novel published?
I wrote a lot. It’s that simple, yet deceptively hard. There was none of this nonsense of trying to write like someone else, either, which helped me develop my own, organic voice. Those are the only two things no one else could’ve taught me. Like my grandpa said, you’ve gotta do it for yourself.

What would you do differently if you could do it again?
I’d be more patient with myself. That’s something that’s come with time. Being an author is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s true of science, hiking and, well, marathon running. Pacing myself so that my work output is sustainable over the long term is something I’m still working on. A little bit here, a little bit there, and bam! I’ve written three books this year, and it’s felt like less work than writing one book in a year because I’ve become more comfortable with my writing-work style.

What is your best piece of advice for writers trying to break in?
Be kind to yourself. The only way I hung in there was having people and things in my life I loved to keep me going. Also, don’t be afraid to step away from a project. You never know where creative tangents will take you or what will inspire you. I watched a documentary on Prohibition in America and got a crucial plot idea that helped tie one of my WIPs together.

What is something about you people may be surprised to know?

I don’t consider myself good at anything. The imposter syndrome’s strong with this one.  Sure, I try, but there’s always someone better out there, so I do what I love and hope I get a little lucky.

What’s your favorite book that’s not your own?
I love so many books! That answer’s changed over time, too. In YA, I owe a lot to Garth Nix and Robin McKinely for showing teen me what fantasy literature could really be. I rented a lot of books from the library growing up because we didn’t have money to buy books, but Sabriel was one of the first books I remember owning, and I read it so many times. I was also a big fan of A Wrinkle in Time, which might be one of the greatest books in fantasy literature ever. I’m also a long time Potterhead. In more recent times, I’ve gotten onboard the Discworld fandom, too. What can I say, I’m a multi-fandom kind of girl.

Now that this book is published, what’s next for you?
The sequels, duh. I’m also working on an adult urban fantasy trilogy. I’m almost done drafting the third book, and it’s been a blast to write.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t asked?
You can find me and my books online here:
Amazon. Twitter. (I’m H.D. Lovecraft for Halloween.) Goodreads. Throw This Book at Me – a writing and book review blog.

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Goodreads | Book Blog | Personal Blog | Personal/Fan Blog

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Cover Reveal for BILLY LOVECRAFT SAVES THE WORLD by Billy Lovecraft (@billylovecraft)

Billy Lovecraft Cover 1000I am excited to reveal the cover for middle-grade, action-adventure, paranormal, horror, science-fiction BILLY LOVECRAFT SAVES THE WORLD by Billy Lovecraft, which is scheduled for release November 13, 2014. The stunning cover was designed by Andy Garcia.

Description:

The last thing Billy Lovecraft’s parents sent him before the crash was a photo of something on the wing of their plane.

Now he’s stuck with a horrible and heart-breaking mystery: What was that awful creature, and why were his parents targeted?

It’s up to Billy to gather a team of like-minded kids and lead them through a dark new reality where the monsters are real, not everyone is who they seem to be, and an ancient alien wants to devour the world.

Add Billy Lovecraft Saves the World to your Goodreads ‘to-be-read’ list.

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Billy Lovecraft is the young leader of the Cthulhu Detective Squad, which he formed after the death of his parents when he was twelve. He is a writer, scientist, occult scholar, and frequent savior of the world. The things in his basement will give you nightmares.

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Cover Reveal for DEADGIRL by B.C. Johnson (@BobbyCJohnson)

It is my pleasure to reveal the cover for the urban-fantasy, paranormal-romance DeadGirl by B.C. Johnson, which is scheduled for release November 6, 2014. The fantastic cover was designed by Andy Garcia.

Deadgirl, by BC Johnson - coverAbout DeadGirl:

Dead is such a strong word …

Lucy Day, 15 years old, is murdered on her very first date. Not one to take that kind of thing lying down, she awakens a day later with a seemingly human body and more than a little confusion. Lucy tries to return to her normal life, but the afterlife keeps getting in the way.

Zack, her crush-maybe-boyfriend, isn’t exactly excited that she ditched him on their first date.

Oh, and Abraham, Lucy’s personal Grim Reaper, begins hunting her, dead-set on righting the error that dropped her back into the spongy flesh of a living girl. Lucy must put her mangled life back together, escape re-death, and learn to control her burgeoning powers while staying one step ahead of Abraham.

But when she learns the devastating price of coming back from the dead, Lucy is forced to make the hardest decision of her re-life — can she really sacrifice her loved ones to stay out of the grave?

Add DeadGirl to your Goodreads ‘to-be-read’ list.

B. C. Johnson - bio picAbout B.C. Johnson:

Born in Southern California, B.C. Johnson has been writing since he realized it was one of the few socially acceptable ways to tell people a bunch of stuff you just made up off the top of your head. He attended Savanna High School in Anaheim, and an undisclosed amount of college before deciding that weird odd jobs were a far greater career path.

This lead him to such exciting professions as: aluminum recovery machinist, lighting designer, construction demo, sound mixer, receptionist, theater stage hand, wedding security, high school custodian, museum events manager, webmaster, IT guy, copywriter, and one memorable night as the bouncer at a nightclub. He is trying very hard to add “vampire hunter” and “spaceship captain” to that list.

He currently lives in Garden Grove with his supernal wife Gina, his half-corgi, half-muppet dog Luna, and his new half-grayhound, half-living-tornado-of-destruction Kaylee. He also spends time with his two brothers, his parents, and his close friends, whose primary pursuit are usually healthy debates about movie minutiea. When he’s not working or writing, he’s been to known to pursue all conceivable geeky avenues of interest including but not limited to video games, the sort of TV shows/movies Benedict Cumberbatch might star in, graphic novels, podcasts, funny gifs, the whole thing.

He’s also been known to apply his special brand of hyperbole and mania to pop-culture humor essays for various websites that can be found on his homepage, bc-johnson.com. B.C. also has a high school noir short story called “The Lancer” available on Kindle.

Deadgirl is his first novel.

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Cover Reveal for OPERATION CHIMERA by Matthew Cox (@mscox_fiction) and Tony Healey (@FringeScientist)

I am thrilled to reveal the cover for science-fiction, action-adventure Operation Chimera, by Matthew Cox and Tony Healey, which is scheduled for release October 20th, 2014. The awesome cover was designed by the talented Ricky Gunawan.

Operation Chimera CoverAbout Operation Chimera:

Generations of war with the savage Draxx have left humanity desperate for a way to gain the upper hand.

A chance to turn the tide in their favor is all legendary Captain Nicholas Driscoll needs to hear to lead an expedition behind enemy lines to the Chimera Nebula – a region of space so unstable it remains largely uncharted.

Lieutenant Michael Summers sees an opportunity to matter, a chance to let future generations exist in a universe without constant war. He and other brave young cadets join the Manhattan for its first dangerous mission – to penetrate the Chimera Nebula and discover what it is the Draxx are doing in there.

But first the ship and her crew will be tested by enemies both outside and within…

Add Operation Chimera to your Goodreads ‘to-be-read’ list.

Matt Cox - Author PicAbout Matthew Cox:

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests: Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it. He is also fond of cats.

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Tony Healey - author pictureAbout Tony Healey:

Tony Healey is a best-selling independent author. Born in 1985, he has lived his entire life in the city of Brighton, UK.

In 2011, he found his fiction published alongside Harlan Ellison and Alan Dean Foster. A year later, his sci-fi serial FAR FROM HOME became a best-selling sensation, followed by similarly successful sequels. Since then he has collaborated with authors Bernard Schaffer, Matthew Cox and William Vitka on various projects. He has also had work published by Curiosity Quills Press. He is married and has three daughters.

For the latest on Tony’s various projects, visit his site www.tonyhealey.com

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Cover Reveal for NIGHT OF PAN by Gail Strickland @Gailstrickland1

While I wait to see if any of my wonderful Critique Partners land a mentor in #pitchwars, I’m happy to reveal the cover of Gail Strickland’s soon-to-be-released novel, NIGHT OF PAN! Hope you enjoy the cover art as much as I do!

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Genre: young-adult, historical-fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: November 7, 2014
Series: Book One of The Oracle of Delphi Trilogy
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan
Goodreads: Night of Pan

Description:

The slaughter of the Spartan Three Hundred at Thermopylae, Greece 480 BCE—when King Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with only his elite guard—is well known. But just what did King Xerxes do after he defeated the Greeks?

Fifteen-year-old Thaleia is haunted by visions: roofs dripping blood, Athens burning. She tries to convince her best friend and all the villagers that she’s not crazy. The gods do speak to her.

And the gods have plans for this girl.

When Xerxes’ army of a million Persians marches straight to the mountain village Delphi to claim the Temple of Apollo’s treasures and sacred power, Thaleia’s gift may be her people’s last line of defense.

Her destiny may be to save Greece…
…but is one girl strong enough to stop an entire army?

Pre-order on Amazon now: http://amzn.com/B00MQGNYVS

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About The Author:
While studying the Classics in college, Gail Strickland translated much of Homer’s ILIAD and ODYSSEY, Herodotus’ prophecies and THE BACCHAI by Euripides. Living on the Greek islands after college, she discovered her love of myth, the wine-dark sea and retsina.
THE BALTIMORE REVIEW and WRITER’S DIGEST have recognized Gail’s fiction. She published stories and poems in Travelers’ Tales’ anthologies and the San Francisco Writer’s anthology. Her poetry and photography were published in a collection called CLUTTER.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gail grew up in Northern California. She raised her children; was a musical director for CAT children’s theater; taught music in schools; mentored young poets and novelists and introduced thousands of youngsters to piano and Greek mythology. Gail is passionate about bringing the richness of Homer’s language and culture to today’s youth.
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Cover Reveal for GOD’S PLAY by H.D. Lynn

I’m happy to interrupt editing to reveal the cover of H.D. Lynn’s soon-to-be-released novel, GOD’S PLAY! This cover is eye-catching, non?

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Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: September 18, 2014
Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson
Goodreads: God’s Play

Review Tour: The review tour is scheduled for 10.06.14 – 10.17.14; excluding weekends. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up here: Review Tour for God’s Play

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.

Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

And Toby needs his unlikely alley because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel the mystery of his dual nature. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.

About The Author:
H.D. Lynn is like Harry Potter in one way: she’s currently renting an apartment with a bedroom under her building’s stairs. Other than this, she explores fantasy worlds through storytelling like anyone else. She loves books with a mix of humor, adventure, and horror, and especially enjoys the urban fantasy genre. GOD’S PLAY is her first published novel.

When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and running. She’s a voracious reader, and has found listening to audiobooks while backpacking to be a perfect mix of two of her favorite things. She currently lives in Connecticut, but finds herself on the road often.

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Cover Reveal for DECEPTIVE CADENCE by Katie Hamstead

I’m very happy to be taking a moment away from #pitchwars to help reveal the beautiful cover for Katie Hamstead’s soon to be released new adult romance, Deceptive Cadence! Isn’t this cover amazing?

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Genre: new-adult romance with paranormal elements
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: to-be-confirmed
Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson
Goodreads: Deceptive Cadence

Description:

Cadence awakes in a hospital to find her husband and daughter dead, killed in an earthquake. So when her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time with all the knowledge she has, she accepts, desperate to prevent their deaths.

She shoots back eleven years to her fourteen-year-old self, and faces high school all over again. She is determined to do everything better, including preventing the loss of her best friend and not dating any of her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. Her main focus is on her future husband, who she won’t meet for several years.

But James Gordon crosses her path. While she wishes to remain single, the bad boy pursues her. He threatens to disrupt everything that is to come as she begins to develop unwanted feelings for him, and distract her from her original goal: to save her future family.

About The Author:
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter, and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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