This compelling drama reveals what lengths a straight-A student and avid rule-follower will go to in order to save her family. A look at the issue of poverty and marijuana legalization for fans of the TV show Weeds.
Sixteen year-old Honor Augustine never set out to become a felon. After all, she’s the embodiment of her name as an academic all-star, avid recycler, and dedicated daughter to her PTSD-afflicted father. Coloring inside the lines is what keeps Honor’s chaotic existence orderly. But for the sake of family, some lines must be crossed.
When she discovers her father’s VA benefits drying up, coupled with a terrifying bank letter threatening the family’s greenhouse business—Honor vows to find a solution. She just doesn’t expect to find it on the dry erase board of English lit—“Nature’s first green is gold.”
The quote by Frost should’ve been as innocuous as the beige walls of the classroom. Instead, it becomes the seed of an idea. An idea that—with patience and care—could germinate into a means of survival. Maybe marijuana could be more than the medicinal plant that helps quiet her father’s demons. Maybe, it could save them all. What lengths we will go to for the people we love?
Hello my fellow adventurers, from Darcy.
Greetings Hunters! And a big thanks to the prolific LM Preston for giving me a home along the hunt to reveal the cover for my forthcoming YA contemporary, SMOKE! This book holds such a special place in my heart since it borrowed heavily from chapters of my own life story. So it’s been especially meaningful to see the extraordinary care that’s gone into this cover—from conceptualization to creation. And the end result? Designer Ray Shappell completely blew me away (serious debt of gratitude over here!) with this eye-popping, nuanced, and well . . . dope reflection of the story inside.
Now please, go forth and ogle. ;) I hope you enjoy!
Rei was nosy. She’d been told it would always get her in trouble, but it never did. Until she met Megan, who promised her the job of a lifetime. Sure, the high school newspaper wasn’t the ideal job for most, but for Rei, it was a dream. She’d never considered putting her investigative nature to work, but what Megan was asking her to do was way beyond the requirements of a school newspaper. It was part of an underground news for favor service. Her partners, Asher and Eli, annoyed her by never trusting her to do a job alone. Maybe, this one time she should have listened, because being trapped with no one to bail her out may surely be the death of Rei. Not only hers but will spill the secrets about her family she’d been withholding, placing every one of them in grave and serious danger.
QUARANTINE HAS GIVEN ME A LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH MY WRITING
It's true. It's hard to live through dark and uncomfortable times, then write about it - but make sure there is a plausible ending that doesn't crush your readers - when you are feeling a bit crushed.
THE REALITY and MY FANTASY
There is a great difference between the reality of my life during the stay in orders and the crazy world I've created in my latest series, but one thing prevails. Hope.
Also, the revealing of certain situations I had never considered would happen when the world starts to show a major change in the way it operates day to day. The response of people and the disorganized information being shared was something I realize happens, but to live through it is this unsettling feeling of unbalance that expressing through my characters seemed lighter than what a person feels in real life.
It makes me wonder if my readers will want to experience emotion so close to home during these times.
PEOPLE LIKE TO READ OTHER DARK REALITIES
It is amazing to me that many post apocalyptic books and fantasy novels had an uptick while people are forced to stay at home. I've even read and played games that reflected the times. (Yes, I have played Plague, Pandemic and Dead of Winter lately, several times)
I believe it instills the hope that we will win. The human race will overcome it all. You know what, we usually do.
IF YOU WANT TO ESCAPE YOUR REALITY to one where YOU CAN SEE A WINNER a SURVIVOR, the paperback released this week to Scepter of Fire.
As an author that also has other businesses and career moves, having time to write is always great. I've have the time to do all the things on my to do list, finish the expectations for my publishing of Scepter Of Fire release due May 2nd on time (I was falling way behind).
SCOPING OUT MY RELEASE SCHEDULE
I struggled with whether to release Scepter Of Fire during a pandemic. The rumor was book sales would dive during this period of time. I however, had hopes that books would be vital during this time. Therefore, I pushed myself to get the final manuscript edited, proof read, then designed. I also, finished the copyrights and marketing planning for the book. I debated on the print version and decided to release that after the pandemic and all clear since Amazon isn't pushing to fulfill orders that aren't essentials.
MARKETING COST SCALE BACK
When fighting the challenge of limited income, marketing had to change. There are some great vehicles I've been able to collaborate on that were free - one was the YASH SCAVENGER HUNT, that got over 180 eyes on my release and my giveaway got over two hundred interactions - all free advertising! There will also be a blog release tour (because I love doing them and the people I use are professional and reasonably priced). There was a cover reveal - a bit late in the process, but that was a great success. I am also doing some newsletter swaps with other authors that have great books. Have you signed up for my Newsletter here - click.
MORE TIME TO WRITE
Since, having more time at home (no commuting to my day job saves me 2 hours a day). I am able to get more books written. I scoped and started writing the next book in my The Vigilant Series, and plan to write the next two books in which I hadn't planned on writing until later this year.
When artsy misfit Jane Beckles is forced to leave her beloved city life behind for the boring suburb of Kent Waters, she thinks her life is over. But then she finds where she belongs: at the reject table in the cafeteria, along with fellow misfits Brain Jayne, Theater Jane, and sporty Polly Jane. United by only two things-a shared name and frustration with the adults around them–the girls form a secret club dedicated to fighting suburban apathy with guerrilla works of art scattered around their small town. Armed with her sketchbook and a mission of resistance, the PLAIN Janes are out to prove that passion, bravery, and a group of great friends can save anyone from the hell that is high school.
Hello my fellow art adventurers.
My name is Cecil Castellucci. In my book (with Jim Rugg on art) The Plain Janes, the Janes form a guerrilla art group that do art attacks in their small town of Kent Waters. The Main Jane, Jane Beckles, uses this as a coping mechanism to combat PTSD that she has and to deal with her trauma from a bombing in fictional Metro City. I believe, as she does, that Art Saves. One of the first times that I remember really seeing street art when I was growing up was Keith Haring's Chalk Drawings in the NYC subways. Everyday walking in the subway, there would be new drawings that people would walk by or walk on. That was when I started to really appreciate the beautiful graffiti that used to be on NYC subway cars and big wall murals . I love that art can be stitched into the day to day and be delightful. That’s what the Janes do in my book. They do yarn bombings projects. and little toy dioramas and sound installations. All to make the people of their town stop for a moment and see the world in a new way. That’s what art does. I was going to walk around Los Angeles, where I live and take pictures of little hidden beautiful things, but that’s not really possible now. So here are some links to cool art installations that happened around the world. Maybe you will do something in your front yard, as you social distance? Something that those walking by can see and be delighted by while remaining safe. Because art and books will help us now!
Check it out! Did you hear the news? The YA Scavenger Hunt, otherwise known as YASH, is almost here! Are you excited? I know I am. For those of you who are dying to know what to look forward to, here’s a sneak peek of the teams.
The "hunt" is just a simple math problem. You will write down all the secret numbers on a team, total them, and submit the answer to be entered for the grand prize.
There are 4 grand prizes being offered, one for each team. The team prize is a book from each author on that team.
Pick a Color:
Guess what color team I am on?
Da da da!
What Books Can I Win During YASH?
There you go.
All eighty books you could win during the upcoming YASH.
Which team are you most excited about?
But How Do I Hunt?
If you’re new to the YA Scavenger Hunt, don’t worry. I have a YouTube video that tells you everything you’d ever want to know.
1) Read blog post
2) There will be a link at the bottom of the blog to the next link until you finish each author and finish the hunt
3) OR go to the YASH I'm STUCK PAGE
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER A GRAND PRIZE CONTEST from 4 DIFFERENT TEAM and YOU GET A BOOK FROM EACH TEAM
...and there's more, each author may have individual giveaways
You will get a SNEAK PEAK of something from their book or series
Okay, So I’m Interested, Now What?
Now all you have to do is wait for the hunt to start. You can begin hunting on my blog on March 31st, or to make sure you don’t miss out, you can head over to the YA Scavenger Hunt page, scroll down, and sign up for notifications with your email on the right, or you can sign up for my personal newsletter on my website and I’ll be sure to let you know when the hunt begins every season, which happens twice a year.
And You’re Revealing Secret Stuff?
That’s right! This coming season of the YA Scavenger Hunt I’ll be revealing some sneak peeks of my new book, SCEPTER OF FIRE.
To win a prize, you’ll have to check out the YA Scavenger Hunt!
EmVee didn’t know what to think about this new town her father’s passion for boxing lured them. It was an unlikely location for her to pursue her dream of going semi-pro. Just when she started getting used to the school with gorgeous jocks and strange cheerleaders, the depth of the danger her father’s choices dangled them in front of became clear. EmVee hoped Silas and Kayson will be able to help her uncover the mystery identity of the person who is threatening her family. The question is, will she survive to expose the mystery.
The VIGILANT SERIES
Insatiable Darkness - Book 0 - prequel to Caged Fire
Caged Fire Book 1: March 7th, 2019
Unbreakable Darkness - Book 1.5 - prequel to Book 2