So, six months after I had originally planned on publishing the book, MtbB is finally out! Yay! I had issues with cover artists – which is why this took so long – so I had to do my own crappy, uncreative cover. I am not an artist or a photographer or a graphic designer. But I did what I could.
Description: Junior year hasn’t started very well for Ives Fay; his father passed away over the summer and he’s still having trouble accepting it, his mother is dealing with her own depression by chain-smoking and drinking, his sister finds it necessary to sleep with every guy she can in order to deal with her own emotions, and he has an androgynous stalker who comes to school as a guy one day and a girl the next. It’s all really messing with his mind. So he finds his escape in self-mutilation and bottles of alcohol stashed in his closet, hoping that the temporary fix will somehow become permanent. Then, when he’s on a fast track to an early end, he meets Tomi, a guy so much like himself, but so very different. Could their nearly instant friendship be enough to save Ives from his dangerous path? And could Tomi give enough to be Ives’ saving grace? Or will Tomi’s own troubles prevent either of them from ever finding happiness?
Amazon Page (available in both paperback and for Kindle)
You can read all of chapter one for free right here.
But here is a little snippet from later in the book:
Kylle abandoned him as soon as they got to the mall in Madison, and Ives found himself wandering toward a hair salon just outside the food court he had been ditched in. His hair was getting out of control, and was becoming brown again, instead of black. So he checked his wallet to see how much cash he had to spare, then entered.
He was assaulted by the smell of shampoo and hairspray before he even made it across the threshold. The blond girl at the counter took his name and told him there would be a twenty-minute wait. Having nothing better to do, Ives thanked her and sat down in the waiting area.
Two seats away from him was a guy who instantly caught his attention. He was the only other person sitting there, and he looked bored with the magazine he was flipping through. His hair was chestnut with faded black highlights, and hung in his face so that he had to hold it back slightly in order to see the magazine in his lap. His hand had chipped black nail polish and a couple of silver rings. He wore battered jeans, black sneakers, and a plain black hoodie. He appeared to be about Ives’ height, which Ives happily noted. When he pulled his hair back further, Ives could see five silver piercings in his ear.
He also spotted Ives staring at him then.
Ives nodded to him. “Hey. You’re pretty cute.”
Pale green eyes blinked with surprise. “Uh… thanks?” he replied, blushing slightly.
Normally, that was the best part of the game, seeing the other person’s reaction, but this time he realized that he actually wanted someone to talk to. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d had a conversation with anyone except his sister and his teammates. “Okay, that’s probably not a good conversation starter,” he said by means of apology.
The other guy shrugged and flipped through his magazine some more. “It’s a new one,” he commented.
“I’m Ives,” he offered.
“Tomi,” was the reply, green eyes glancing up.
“‘Toe-me’?” Ives pronounced it slowly and deliberately, finding it a very odd name.
“Pretty much.” Tomi glanced at him again and noticed his Raynor archery hoodie. “You’re on the archery team for Raynor?”
Ives nodded, deciding that the kid couldn’t be from Raynor if they didn’t recognize each other. “That’s why I have the hoodie.”
“You’ve probably seen some of my friends, then,” the guy stated. He sounded excited.
“Your friends are on one of the teams?” Ives asked, slightly surprised.
Tomi nodded. “Madison.”
Ives was even more curious. “Who are they?”
“One is Shauna Fabian,” Tomi replied.
Ives thought a moment, then nodded. “She’s okay.”
“And Seth Salvador-Knight,” Tomi offered next.
“Would that be S-K?” Ives asked, nodding. “He’s pretty good.”
“They’re all better than I would be. What about Kiona Carson?” he went on.
Ives let out a surprised laugh. “You know Carson? Man, she is a fucking goddess of archery. She’s probably one of the best in the league. Don’t tell me you’re friends with Kashmir, too.”
Tomi smiled as he shrugged. “You mean Nelson? I sit with him and Seth at lunch a lot, so I’d say he’s a friend.”
Ives laughed again. “You think you could arrange for them to give me lessons?”
“Nelson and Kiona taught Seth how to shoot,” Tomi replied, grinning. “But if they helped you they would be aiding the enemy, wouldn’t they?”
“I would switch teams in a heartbeat just to have them give me lessons,” Ives stated.
Tomi laughed. “I’m sure your team would miss you.”
The conversation ended abruptly there, because the hairdresser came for Tomi, who set down his magazine. He waved to Ives as he followed the woman. “See ya.”
Ives waved back and said goodbye. He was still smiling a few minutes later when another hairdresser called his name. Smiling was something he wasn’t used to, at all, and he loved it.
Finals are over, let the summer begin!
Aside from working for the money I will need to use to buy textbooks in the fall, I plan on doing a number of writing-related thingers.
Yes, thingers. It’s a very technical term.
Anyway, here’s what I plan to do this summer:
- Overhaul the blog: get rid of old links, update areas where needed, possibly change the layout (haven’t decided yet if I want to)
- Get a cover done for MtbB: because I wanted to publish it months ago but things just did not go as planned
- Finish King of Blades: because I need to
- Work on another story I have planned and that will be 100% written via blog: as a change
- Plan my next NaNo: because November will be here very quickly
I must kick myself to get all of this done before September. Begin!
In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia, I am giving away two books! One winner will receive a copy of The Angel and Meant to be Broken, both of which deal with the topic of homophobia.The Angel, however, really deals with it more so than MtbB. In The Angel, Seth Salvadore-Knight must deal with the fact that not everyone accepts his family – because he has two fathers. People constantly try to break his family apart, but they find the strength to keep going. This is a problem that same-sex couples and their families face when homophobic people don’t want to bother trying to understand them as fellow human beings.
If you are new here, here’s what my books are about:
*Note, due to multiple technical problems that resulted in a loss of files, I cannot provide a ebook version of this book, only a physical copy.*
From his very first day at Madison High School, Seth is a witness to Brian’s relentless bullying.
And from the beginning he sets out to protect the bully’s victims.
But when Brian starts attacking Seth’s friends, it gets personal.
Then Brian learns about Seth’s gay parents.
That’s when all hell breaks loose.
The final showdown will leave blood in the rain, shots echoing through the night, and lives in tatters…
Meant to be Broken
*Note, this book is not officially published yet, because of delays with the cover art. The winner will receive a proof copy!*
Junior year hasn’t started very well for Ives Fay; his father passed away over the summer and he’s still having trouble accepting it, his mother is dealing with her own depression by chain-smoking and drinking, his sister finds it necessary to sleep with every guy she can in order to deal with her own emotions, and he has an androgynous stalker who comes to school as a guy one day and a girl the next. It’s all really messing with his mind. So he finds his escape in self-mutilation and bottles of alcohol stashed in his closet, hoping that the temporary fix will somehow become permanent. Then, when he’s on a fast track to an early end, he meets Tomi, a guy so much like himself, but so very different. Could their nearly instant friendship be enough to save Ives from his dangerous path? And could Tomi give enough to be Ives’ saving grace? Or will Tomi’s own troubles prevent either of them from ever finding happiness?
WordPress won’t allow me to use any of the Google forms, so just leave a comment below by the 20th, and I will randomly select a winner. Please include your name and e-mail address so I can contact you on the 21st. If you do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected. US only entry, please.
I haven’t been trying to neglect the blog, but it just happened. I’ve been doing other things, including writing and trying to get ready for transferring colleges. I was honestly going to post a music video yesterday, but I honestly couldn’t think of anything that I wanted to post that I hadn’t posted lately. I’ll fix that at the end of the post, because I stumbled on another fem-metal European band that I now adore.
Anyway, I’ve been posting past short stories on my DeviantArt, and I wanted to nudge my readers over to that site. DA is really awesome, and I suggest checking out some of the people who have left comments on my stories. My way of spreading the love, I suppose. Hey, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, right?
Speaking of, I wrote a V-day story for a writing challenge on Goodreads. It ended up being too long for the challenge, but I’ll be posting it here on the 14th. So come visit then!
Update on Meant to be Broken (henceforth called MtbB): I uploaded it to Createspace yesterday, and was able to order the proof tonight. I’m thinking of a release date of March 1st. I just need to get a cover image…
I think that’s everything… So, I leave you with a song.
And… my favorite ad from Sunday’s big game.
I thought once November was over I’d have so much more time to catch up here. Obviously, I have been utterly failing at that. Mainly, I’ve just been catching up with reading and school. It’s finals time, then I’m going to have two months off to do nothing – except work!
The first thing I plan to do, when I actually get the time (I have to leave to do my Christmas shopping in, like, five minutes – put that off, too) is catch up on my backlog of reviews that I need to post. So, prepare for that.
I’m also going to catch up on posting King of Blades. I like posting it here, since I’ve been failing at short stories lately, too.
Then I’m going to massively update all pages of this blog. And sidebars. And the Facebook page.
Then I’m going to edit Meant to be Broken and hopefully enter it in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Haven’t decided for sure if I will, though.
Then I’m going to finish King of Blades. It’s only going to be a novella. Nothing really big.
And I’m probably going to do a lot of other things, too. Like, feed the dogs before I go shopping with Mom.