So, how to do a blog book release tour…and especially as one of the author’s parents…? I guess the best place to start is to honor my daughter:
As her mom, I’ve known her for her entire life (nearly 19 years). Her Dad and I have witnessed her grow from a beautiful child into a lovely, funny, talented young lady. I could blather on about her many accomplishments but unless you are her parent, that sort of thing would likely bore you. Let me instead try to stay on point, and just talk about what I’ve seen through this writing process.
This has been a labor of love for Hannah, who began writing Bold when she was a sophomore in high school. Though she was at least a year ahead in school, she decided to sacrifice a year in order to help us staff our family business because of some difficult circumstances. It was a very lonely year for us as a family. Since writing had always been a way for Hannah to deal with the struggles of life (like relocating, which we have done many times), it was an outlet she turned to again.
Things Hannah wrote were (and are) very personal to her. They were just for her, though she would share them with us sometimes. She had never considered publishing, until God spoke into her life through a long series of encouragements and life changes. He gave her a sense that she was supposed to do something with her writing, something that would allow Him to speak something of His love and character through her.
She then researched the publishing process and decided to try publishing an anthology of some short stories and poems she had written over the years. Being a very prolific writer, there was much material to sort through. Her first book, Tears of Ink, was published just before Christmas 2012. It was a proud moment – my husband and I seeing our daughter’s picture on the back of her book, ISBN number and everything. Very cool!
While conducting research on the publishing process, Hannah was continuing to develop her novel. You might be asking why it took five years to complete. Well, she doesn’t do anything simple. There’s a bit of an over-achiever in there (that’s an understatement!). So she not only developed the novel you’re about to read, but three other novels, all from different perspectives in the same story. It’s called the Breaking Shadows Series. I think it’s a unique approach. And while writing and editing that work, she has written at least three other large works (novels or novellas), has maintained a 4.0 GPA, graduated high school with honors, is currently in the honors program at University of Akron and is pulling a very full academic load. Oh darnit! I wasn’t going to blather on about her accomplishments. Whoops.
The editing process was very time consuming and tedious. She did a significant amount of re-writing because her writing style had solidified more by the time she completed the work than when she began. Like most authors, because it’s a constantly growing art, she can never be completely satisfied with her work and could always find ways to modify it. Realizing this, she knows that at some point you just have to stop and say, “It’s done.”
One thing you should know, though I’m Hannah’s Mom, I’m also a fairly critical reader. I promised her long ago that I wasn’t going to coddle her in her writing. If it wasn’t good, I’d be honest and let her know. Therefore, it’s been fun constantly being surprised and delighted at the talent that’s there. She holds my attention with her plot lines and pace. Her characters are unique and engaging. She develops her word pictures so thoroughly that they make you vividly see the scenes in your mind. I’m certain there’s some parental pride going on here, but if you knew me, you’d know I’m not a flatterer. The credit given to my daughter as an author is based on the quality of her stories. I simply have the privilege to read them because she makes them available to me.
So this Christmas, our family gets to see the release of Hannah’s second book and first novel, Bold. The timing is particularly sweet. My husband and I recently found out that I have breast cancer. I will have radical surgery two days before Christmas, come home Christmas Eve, and hopefully be cancer-free for Christmas. It’s certainly not the holiday season we were expecting, but it’ll be rich nonetheless. We’re looking forward to being home together since everyone’s out of school, the ice cream & BBQ shop we own will be closed for the holidays, and I’ll be recovering from surgery. With Hannah’s book release and cancer surgery behind us along with many other blessings, there’s much to celebrate.
If you’d like to support her in her writing endeavors, here’s the link to her first full-length novel, Breaking Shadows: Bold. Be sure to check out the other stops on her Blog Tour, and read on for a fun giveaway and contest running now through the end of the month!
Holy Apple Crisps! Giveaway
Prizes: Two winners will receive a copy of Breaking Shadows: Bold for 70% off.
To Enter: All you have to do is post about the Bold release on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #HolyAppleCrisps. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, so share away! All entries must be in by midnight, December 29th to be counted.
Winners: The winners will be drawn at random on December 30th and announced here on The Breaking Shadows Project.
You And Your BOLD Self Contest
Prize: One winner will receive a signed copy of Breaking Shadows: Bold free of charge.
To Enter: Read this popular scene from Chapter 2 of Breaking Shadows: Bold, and create your own artistic interpretation. Drawings, videos, audio recordings, written responses – whatever your form of art is, let’s see it! Entries must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, December 29th to be counted. Once again, there is no limit to the number of entries per person, so get creative!
Winners: My top ten entries will be posted here on The Breaking Shadows Project on the final day of the release party tour, December 30th, for voting. The entry with the most votes the following week, January 6th, will be announced winner.