I figured that with the release of A Book About Life coming up VERY soon, I would do something fun: a writing playlist!
These are the songs I listened to while I was drafting, editing and during the countless hours plotting on Pinterest. And while I loved listening to them, I hope you love the way they influenced my words.
You’re in My Veins-For Our Hero Nothing Left to Lose-Mat Kearney My Beast-Smash Into Pieces Dancing with Tears in My Eyes-Kesha Poison & Wine-The Civil Wars Never Too Late-Three Days Grace I’m Not Alright-Sanctus Real Build Me Up From Bones-Sarah Jarosz Find Our Way-My Name is You Falling Stars-David Archuleta The River-For the Foxes Nocturnal-Elle Vee Walk Me Home-P!nk Sleep-Citizen Hey Now-Augustana Twenty Something-Graham Colton
I wrote A Book About Life because I wanted something real. Something that made me feel like I wasn’t out here in this big world alone. Something that gave me a way to bring sense to what I saw, and to some extent, what I’ve experienced.
There is a lot of heartache in this book. So much of it explores the daily life of a 20-something who doesn’t know who she is yet. She wants to know. She thinks she does. But then what happens when everything she’s convinced herself of comes crashing down?
That’s what I wanted to know. It’s not that I don’t want to read books about magic and adventure-because I adore those books. But the ones that I’ve held onto, the ones that I come back to-are the ones that give me a piece of myself that I thought was missing. A sense of belonging.
A Book About Life looks at the world through Alicia Whittemore’s eyes. She’s in her late twenties, working at a hospital as a social worker-her first “adult” job. She has a girlfriend of several years and a ride-or-die best friend.
There’s love, there’s heartache, and most importantly, there’s real life. I hope you find it as relatable and as honest as I did writing it.
A Book About Life is coming to you very soon, but until then, I hope you have a wonderful holiday (if you celebrate) filled with love and fond memories.
I’m so very happy to announce that today is cover reveal day for A Book About Life!
Coming to you December 9, 2019, you have this to look forward to:
*Millennial Protagonist *LGBTQ Protagonist (She’s ACE!) *Pride and Prejudice -esq romance subplot *Character development *A book that deals with things like: student loan debt, what relationships look like in 2019, how to handle burnout (or not handle!) *Social workers and hospitals *vicarious (second-hand) trauma *Lifelong best friends-who support each other! *Coffee
So what’s the deal with A Book About Life?
Well, ABAL (which is what I call it) is a snippet of my experiences as a social work student. What it looks like to wake up and have bills due, while dealing with your most horrible day ever. ABAL tells the story of someone who has chosen stability and control over adventure and passion their entire life, and must now decide if they deserve more.
And more seriously, I wanted to explore what all this meant for myself. So I talk about (but not explicitly!) what it’s like to help someone who has experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence. It’s important to note that I didn’t base any character on real people, but on real experiences. So when I describe the way a person looks, it’s purely fictional. But when I describe the emotions in a therapy session, those are real. Same goes for places.
This book is my thought experiment more than anything. I wanted to know what it looked like to deal with your own life while trying to help everyone else deal with theirs. I took my creative liberties where needed and brought my heart into the focus. And now, I’d like to share all that with you!
So, without further delay, the cover for this emotional journey:
Closer to launch, I will be hosting a giveaway, so please be on the lookout for that!
With the release of A Book About Life coming up in just 4 months, I’m putting out feelers for ARC Reviewers.
This book is inspired by real events, LGBT protagonist, Jane Austen feel, low-concept (character driven), contains mental health topics and even a HEA (happily ever after). New Adult Fiction, romance subplots.
What I’m looking for in an ARC Reviewer: -likes to read -will leave a review (when the book is up for sale) on Amazon/GoodReads/iTunes/etc
Optional things: -put up a blog post about thoughts (or I’ll come around and we can chat!)
What you’d get: -PDF version of A Book About Life for FREE! -This would be sometime around November
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, let’s chat! Inexperience isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I haven’t determined how many ARCs will go out, but I’m thinking about 12 tops, so let me know!
Coming up soon: Cover reveal and dare I say it…GIVEAWAY! (And here you thought November was only good for pie!)