You know those people who release a book and then you turn around, and they’re releasing ANOTHER book, and you just want to yell, “HOLD ON A TIC! Didn’t you JUST release a book?” But then you remember that “Comparison is the thief of joy” so you smile and say, “Good on you.”
Get ready to smile, friends, ’cause here is book two:
I’m not sure why that poor little girl seems to be frightened out of her wits by the Russian nesting doll…and the boy on the far end looks as if the little girl has just released the Bell Witch into the classroom.
Anyway, there is nothing at all scary about this book. It’s lots of fun and full of information about five different countries. I hope the Korean children will like reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
(And I really hope I don’t find that Korea decides to ban Matryoshka dolls because of Cathy C. Hall’s latest release, Around the World in a Single Day!)
You know what’s fun? I mean, besides a barrel full of monkeys? A BOOK WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!
Makes all the hard work worth it. All the research, all the rewrites, all the edits, and did I mention the rewriting? Because when you take on psychology, you’ve got to know what you’re writing about.
And that’s why I’m very lucky to have a writer friend who also happens to be a psychology professor. Dr. Nicole Harsch checked all those facts and all the real-world examples and read and re-read the manuscript so that all those lovely kids in Korea would get the facts along with the fun. And learn English, too!
Now, honestly, does it get any more fun than that?
I mentioned a few posts back that Shelli Johannes Wells spoke at an SCBWI writer’s workshop, and she mentioned that she’d be releasing the novelette, SUFFOCATE. And guess what? Today’s the day!
I just read the first couple chapters, and seriously, I wanted to run outside and gulp a few mouthfuls of our lovely, semi-clean air. Here’s why:
“For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It’s a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air she breathes.
If those responsible find out what she knows, they won’t stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.”
So you can see why I have this suffocating feeling going on here. SUFFOCATE is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres. The 2nd novella in the series, CHOKE, is scheduled for Fall 2012. The 3rd, EXHALE, is scheduled for Winter 2013.
For now, you can purchase SUFFOCATE for just 99¢ for your Kindle or Nook. And if you don’t have either, you’ll want to zip over to Shelli’s blog here to find out how you can win one during The Indelibles Beach Bash. And you can also win a copy of SUFFOCATE. (P.S. She’s giving away five copies!)
And now that I’ve caught my breath, I’m off to finish reading. (Happy Release Day, Shelli!)