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Discovery’s Official Launch!

Official Launch

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2016

WHERE: 5132 Deer Ridge Ct, Fort Wort, TX 76137

Sally Singletary’s Discovery is now available to the public! Come and join us in a celebration of food, fun, and even a bit of learning. We are featuring Q&A sessions with the author as well as answering questions regarding the writing business at all levels. So even if you’re a teen ready to grab your copy of Sally Singletary or you’re a writer, young or mature, we welcome you to an event that everyone will leave with something.
You do not need to RSVP for this event, but it is helpful so we can judge how many people are coming. You can do so on our Event Facebook Page.

We have a special Guest Speaker: April Gerard, A.L. Deleon Agency  & Co-Owner of Author Sensei. She will be sharing some great resources for writers looking to break into the market.

The pool is available. Bring your swim trunks or just put your feet in! Children are welcome, but please be responsible and make sure they are supervised. Above 10 preferred.

Dinner and adult beverages will be served around 6.

SCHEDULE:

12-3 Author Writing Information/ Q&A

3-6 Meet & Greet/ Games / Fun

6-? Party in the Pool/ Food & Fun

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Booktrope: The Situation So Far…

closed-door-sign-closedAs some of you may know, my publisher has decided to close its doors as of May 31, 2016. I was completely heartbroken when I received the news and have been trying to figure out how best to move forward. Of course, in all situations such as this, there were legal questions involved with whether or not our books would be allowed to move forward at all. I was happy to see that at least they had the forethought and the decency to close up shop without leaving all its authors out in the rain. That being said, there were still many logistical questions that needed to be answered as well. It seems I faired the weather better than some given that I own the rights to my cover. I had to pay out my creative team, but that’s the cost of publishing.

My biggest concern was my creative team. Laura Goodwin and Jenna Roundy have done such amazing work as my editors. I didn’t want to lose them. Fortunately, they both agreed to continue forward on the projects. I say all of this to say, I’m not bitter or angry—a bit emotional still—but I’ve realized this may have solidified my original decision to do this work on my own. I am still not sure how this will affect others on my team. April Gerard was definitely a huge supporter and great Book Manager.

My experiences with Booktrope have not been the best. Whenever a publisher is involved, decisions are made that you don’t always feel are in your best interest. Yes, the road forward will be difficult. A lot of places still don’t welcome indie authors, but my goal was never to be a rock star of the book world. I just wanted to write books people will enjoy.

So my decision is this: I’m moving forward and not looking back. SALLY SINGLETARY’S CURIOSITY will be re-published (once again) on June 1st with a new cover based on MY specifications and design. Also, on June 1st, SALLY SINGLETARY’S DISCOVERY will also be released for the first time. I really think you’ll like this book. My editor raved about it each time she did another pass. And I’m also happy to announce that SNATCHED will be released later this summer.

Just to whet your appetite and get you excited, I’m releasing all three covers right now!

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Aren’t they beautiful? I’m so happy with these designs! They take the best of the originals and still give it the look and feel they need.

Be looking for CONTEST information soon. For everyone you share posts with and  encourage to sign up for our newsletter, you’ll get an opportunity to win not one, but TWO signed books, a bundled set of CURIOSITY and DISCOVERY. Don’t forget to tag me in posts you share so I know how many times you’ve shared and can keep track of how many times to put your name in the drawing.

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SNATCHED*

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 2016

GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction

AGES: 13 & up

AVAILABLE:  PRINT | EBOOK

DESCRIPTION:

Jimmy Figg is ‘snatched’ by a group of hideous creatures from space. Ironically, the thing that has always made him a thorn in his teachers’ side and an outcast among his peers has given him a unique advantage. He can control their technology and plans to use it against them. Can Jimmy use his ability to find out the truth behind his abduction, or will his captors succeed in their insidious plan?

SNATCHED is all about the day-to-day struggle of dealing with ADHD and how it affects our main character, Jimmy Figg. He’s given up in school because of his failures and when he’s abducted by aliens, he doesn’t know how to cope. He finds however that his “disability” affords him a unique advantage. His unique brain allows him to control the technology used by his captors. Jimmy must come to terms with his past, face his present, and build the foundations of his future.

NOW AVAILABLE:

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Sally Singletary’s Curiosity

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SALLY SINGLETARY’S CURIOSITY (BOOK 1)

RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2016

GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction/Mystery

AGES: 13 & up

ISBN-13: 978-1503069480
ISBN-10: 1503069486
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic

PRINT | KINDLE

DESCRIPTION:

In this genre-bending Young Adult novel, Sally Singletary is faced with the strange disappearance of three students and a teacher. As chief editor for the school’s high-tech online newsletter, she’s determined to get the scoop on what’s really happening and what it means for the students at Hidden Lake Preparatory School. With the help of a little magic and few new friends, she discovers a scheme that’s far bigger than she could’ve ever imagined.
    
Can this teen sleuth find a way to stop a plot that may have far-reaching consequences for all of mankind, or will Sally Singletary’s Curiosity lead to the end of humanity?

AVAILABLE NOW!

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This is BOOK ONE in the Sally Singletary series:

Fans of NANCY DREW will appreciate Sally Singletary’s drive, determination, and humanity while the Science Fiction and Fantasy elements bring in a modern edge that FRINGE and HARRY POTTER fans will enjoy! 

WHAT FANS ARE SAYING: 

“I just finished reading this book! It was fantastic! I couldn’t put it down!” 

“5-Stars!” “Adventurous!” “Great Read!” “Loved it!” “Read it twice!” 

Sally Singletary started as way to bring back the nostalgia of the Nancy Drew series. After re-reading some of the originals, it was clear that any attempts at staying true to the original were going to be difficult. Nancy Drew catered to a different era. While keeping aspects of Nancy Drew mysteries, the author wanted a fresh and contemporary feel and perspective. To that aim, this series takes the best qualities of Nancy Drew and puts them into a Fantasy world. Faced with more than simple small town crimes, these books bring more excitement to a modern audience. This isn’t the Nancy Drew you remember! But it retains the sense of mystery and wonder while throwing in some romance, magic, and friendship.

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Elements of Eaa: Tears of Destiny

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ELEMENTS OF EAA: Tears of Destiny (BOOK 1)

RELEASE DATE: 2017

GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction

AGES: 12 & up

DESCRIPTION:

Sixteen year-old Billy Martin is not crazy. Regardless of what everyone says, his twin sister is real and not a figment of his imagination. Sarah was taken from him when their parents were killed in a tragic car accident, and Billy is determined to prove his sanity. He is left with only a few vague clues: a mysterious pendant, a pair of hands, and a cloaked figure in the rain. When the strange jewel whisks Billy away to another world, he must piece together the clues to his sister’s whereabouts and uncover a plot that threatens to unravel the fabric of reality itself. Billy must face an impossible choice between saving his sister, or saving billions of innocent creatures. Can he stop events set in motion eons ago? His only hope: Master the pendant and control the Elements of Eaa.

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Manuscript Complete!

Manuscript Complete!!! The first book of the Sally Singletary series is complete. Going through some final revisions now on the end, but so far I’m pretty happy with it. I’ve submitted it to an agent (wish me luck!).

Now time to tighten up my Elements of Eaa series. I went back and started re-editing the first book and I’ve found that I’m not as unimpressed with it as I thought I was. I still think the book has a lot of potential (now just to convince a publisher of that). Thanks for all the support.

Official Beta Readers wanted. I will be looking for Official Beta Readers soon. If you’re interested, let me know!

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Synopses Require Synapses

Having written a novel I couldn’t even begin to imagine how difficult writing a synopsis would be. It’s like building an empire and trying to describe it in a sentence. I’ve worked for the past two days on a synopsis for a submission to TOR and I tell ya, it’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I’ve found some good sites with good tips and pointers. And some with good explanations of how a synopsis should be written. It all comes down to the craft itself, for me. I’m a creative writer, I write fiction. A synopsis is fact. Writing a synopsis requires you to strip all your creativity and simplify your novel down to the bare-bones facts without sound dull or boring. Sounds easy, right? Not so much. I found that my creativity tends to get in the way of writing a summarized report. Unfortunately, for those of you out there like me, who are trying to get started in this business, a synopsis is critical to a good submission. I wish you all the best, and if you have other good sites for writing synopses that you would like to share, please leave a comment and a link. Till next time!

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Is it SciFi or is it Fantasy?

Scifi vs. Fantasy

It’s so hard to find the line, sometimes, between Science Fiction and Fantasy. There is, of course, the old argument of Rivets and Rivers. Many people claim that Scifi has rivets, where most of the action takes place on space ships or places with lots of metal and technology, where Fantasy has rivers, forests, and trees. But what truly is the defining line between the two? Does there have to be a line at all? My current project challenges the long held belief that the two cannot coexist in one story. Taking from the current research in Quantum Mechanics and String Theory I bring concepts to life which, even to the scientists who study them, seem like Fantasy. I know this all sounds over the top and too hard to understand, but I promise, it’s not written with the intention to confuse. The worlds I’ve created are filled with mystery and wonder and by the time you’re done sharing Billy’s adventure, you’ll understand why the question of Rivets and Rivers exists!

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