Did you know my debut novel, 18 Things, released on January 24th?! If you did, then my six-week blog tour was a success:-) If you missed my last post of the tour, you can check it out here. You know I LOVE lists, so it’s no surprise I wrapped things up with one! If you’re thinking about querying, you don’t want to miss it.
So what now? I probably should get to all that writing of an actual book that I neglected to write guest posts instead. But first, I want to share the love, baby! The heart of the IWSG is to share and encourage and I think these things fall under both, in addition to making you cry, but no worries . . . there’s a good laugh at the end if you stick around! *Thanks to Elodie for bringing Chad and Bridget to my attention*
First: Chad Morris
Chad is in a hospital, being there for his nine-year-old daughter as she recovers from surgery to remove a brain tumor. As the mother of a nine-year-old daughter myself, I can’t even imagine this. Obviously, he can’t promote his book release, but we can! We can give him the book launch he deserves. If you feel inclined, please mention his book on Twitter, Facebook, on your blog, on Pinterest, ect . . . .
Book Blurb for The Inventor’s Secret:
Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don’t read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn’t around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar.
Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twin siblings Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather’s inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins begin following a trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall.
Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fierce adversary to discover their grandfather’s greatest secret–a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.
Second: Bridget Zinn
Bridget’s debut novel, POISON, releases in a week. Sadly, Bridget died from cancer in May 2011. Being published was her dream, and her husband and friends would appreciate some love in helping her dream become reality. Her husband set up a website that talks about the ways you can help.
Book Blurb for Poison:
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.
Third: Krystal Wade
Krystal is the one who turned my dream of publishing a book into reality. She keeps insane hours and answers every email I have in record time. She’s not editing books anymore so she can devote her time to writing, and right now you can “buy” the first book in her trilogy for FREE!!! But today is the last day of this promotion, so HURRY!!!
Book Blurb for Wilde’s Fire:
Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate’s forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What’s worse, she has no control over her new future, and it’s full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made.
Will Kate discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost?
*I think all of these stories sound pretty awesome, don’t you?
I’m looking forward to reading them with my twelve-year-old daughter.
Speaking of my first-born, she started a new blog with her four best friends this past weekend while they were having a slumber party. If you write middle grade, you’d be wise to give them a follow, and they’d be forever grateful in return!! Kaylee even wrote the first post about tips for surviving middle school! That post is the first thing that will have you laughing, or at least it did for me!
Staying with the topic of daughters, I must share this Father of the Bride video Ellen posted yesterday. No, it’s not a clip from the movie . . . and even though that flick is one of my favorites, I must say that this video tops it for me! Get ready for your second laugh!
*So how’d I do? Did I make you laugh or cry or both?
Yes Jamie, I laughed and cried and was awed by this selection of work. My heat goes out to each of these writers, their families and hopefully to all those who will love reading their books. I have a vision of you sitting with your oldest reading these books together. It warms me because I remember my older, my son and I, sharing the joy of reading together. Thanks so much for this post 🙂
So glad I stopped by to read this! I cried and laughed and will help spread the word (as well as grab some new reading material 🙂 ). I think it’s great your daughter and her friends are running their own blog. I followed and am truly curious what they’ll come up with.
Thank you for sharing all these wonderful stories! You did bring a lump to my throat, but the stories also made me smile.
We all have to carry on! Very inspiring. 🙂
I just downloaded ‘Wilde’s Fire’ thanks for promoting it here! I’m looking forward to reading it.
And your daughter’s middle school advice is awesome. That takes me back…
Oh my goodness, that father of the bride video is so lovely! ❤
P.S Your book sounds awesome!
What an amazing collection of work and my heart just breaks for them. I hope she’s okay. That’s the kind of suffering that tears me apart!
The love and support I’m seeing for Chad truly is a beautiful thing.
And a blogging MG reader…love that too!
So great to see Chad and Bridget making the rounds. Gives me chills jus thinking about them. BTW I emailed the teen author boot camp that your daughter is the winner so they should be contacting you via email. 🙂
P.S. totally crying now after watching that wedding speech!!!
Awesome way to highlight some authors who need it!
So inspiring. My heart goes out to that father with his daughter in the hospital, and to the family who lost their mother, a wife. Life is harsh, but with amazing support in this wonderful community of writers, those two can still receive the success they deserve. Thank you so much for featuring me along side them. I’m humbled, and honored.
Love you, girl. And I will always edit for you. 🙂
YAY!! ANd your other books are doing sooo well now . . . what a great promotion:-)
So many awesome books coming out. Can’t wait to read all the ones you’ve listed. And congrats on your blog tour. ;0)
Wow, those are some touching stories! I visited your daughters blog. Too cute!! What a great idea. I wish them the best. 🙂 It’s wanting me to use my facebook login. But my blog address is http://www.cfitewrite.blogspot.com. Happy IWSG post day! (A day late!)
Your picks looks so delightful. And I’m praying for Chad’s daughter. I can’t even imagine. Your daughter sounds like a trooper. Her own blog, how kewl is that! Happy IWSG. Sorry I’m late. Love your post.
Thank you for sharing for Chad and Bridget, and thanks for sharing all three of these books. They all look like great reads. And yes, you got me teary.
And your daughter’s bog – awesome!
Awww, such is life. Full of good and bad and stuff in between. I’ll go by and check out your daughter’s blog and the Poison website 🙂
Wow… that definitely moved me. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post.
Those do all sound like great books! Man, that’s super sad about the authors of the first two. Hope everything works out with the daughter.