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Feedback is humbling and rewarding.

It’s humbling and rewarding to hear people interact with the story, characters and themes contained within Eastbound Sailing. Here’s what Lisa Taylor had to say:

“I received [Eastbound Sailing] in the post yesterday, but was unable to begin reading until my lunch hour today. Eight chapters in, I left the book in the car so as not to get caught reading at my desk. In the 2 hours since arriving home I have completed it. Not because it is frothy, cotton candy fiction, but because i was ensnared by the first page. Chapter after chapter beckoned me to come in further. Until tears stung in my eyes and pain stabbed at my heart. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shameless plug: Buy my book?

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“Read more books.” Was that part of your New Year’s resolution? Maybe I can help *Sneaky Grinch smile*

I don’t often do blatant pushes for my book, but I wanted to let you know that you can now get the e-version of Eastbound Sailing for just $2.55 via Diesel eBook Store.

Skeptical? Here’s what people are saying on Amazon: Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas shopping? Think of me.

Time for my first shameless plug of the Christmas season:

BookHave any book junkies in your life? Consider giving them a copy of my five-star rated novel Eastbound SailingIntroduce them to Aiden Lawrence. They may like him. They may hate him. Whatever they feel, they will feel something.

Included it in your shopping cart and receive free shipping on orders over $25. Read the rest of this entry »

Ode to synergy.

I hated group projects in college and always tended to be very private with my work, never letting anyone see it before the final product was ready.

For that reason, I hardly let anyone see Eastbound Sailing until I was ready to publish, or even let them know that I was working on a novel. It had to be “just right.”

Oh, how things change. Read the rest of this entry »

Eastbound Sailing excerpt: Shame.

Life has been surreal since Eastbound Sailing released in August. It has been equally terrifying and edifying to have my work out there for people to read, discuss and assess – be it positive or constructive. As a “thank you” to everyone who reads this blog and who hasn’t yet read the story, here’s an excerpt of the novel. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Happy reading! Read the rest of this entry »

How a lunch break hobby turned into a novel – and saved my career.

Via Crosscrafter.com

I love words and always dreamed of making a career out of them. I slaved through my undergrad years, signing up for as many writing courses as possible and taking on whatever gigs I could land. By the grace of God, I nailed a writing and communications job at an awesome non-profit following graduation. I grew professionally, managed projects and expanded my portfolio – and I got paid for it!

One year later, though, I hit a wall and realized something was missing. Work had become work as I lost my zeal for words. Talk about an identity crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

An axe for the frozen sea inside us.

SOUND OFF: What’s the most devastating story (book, film or play) you’ve ever encountered? What was it about the story that made such an impact on you?

“We need the books that affect us like disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Franz Kafka

Why story endings aren’t the end of the story.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith is one of my favorite movies. There’s that spectacular tango scene where the two lead characters interrogate one another on the dance floor. Great irony, slick editing and priceless expressions. Then they say it:

John: So much for our happy ending.
Jane: Happy endings are just stories that haven’t finished yet.

I’ve always loved this exchange. It makes me wonder: What happens after a story’s happy ending? Read the rest of this entry »

Eastbound Sailing – now an eBook as well!

After much resistance, I finally stepped out of the stone age: Eastbound Sailing is now available as an eBook!

The Kindle version comes out Monday, October 21. Pre-order for just $4.79 (the price of a pumpkin spice latte, but you won’t throw it away 10 minutes later…well…hopefully).

Click here to order your copy today!

Dream come true.

Thanks to everyone who came out to my first book signing event for Eastbound Sailing. I was (and still am) blown away by the enthusiasm and support. Truly was a dream come true.