Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Nest Wins a Book Award!

I am pleased to announce that The Nest has won a B.R.A.G. Medallion Book Award! IndieBRAG, LLC is an organization that supports independently published authors like me. B.R.A.G. stands for Book Readers Appreciation Group, and the award is based on a rigorous evaluation process in which a panel of readers judges suggested books, rating them on plot, character development, dialogue, writing style, copy editing, appeal of interior layout and cover, and overall impression of the story, the gist of which can be interpreted as, "Would I recommend this book to my best friend?" The answer is apparently, "Yes." Validation feels good. If you would like to have an autographed copy of The Nest, you may order it on the website at www.TheOneNovel.com.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Teaser For Elle's Side of the Story

A Girl Like That is my latest novel being groomed in the stables for release in the spring. This time, the main character is someone you know--Elle McLarin--with her version of what happened in The One, and so much more. Here is a brief summary:

What would you do if you were thirty-seven and single with no family ties and a bad girl rep that you can’t live down? That’s exactly the situation Elle McLarin finds herself in as A Girl Like That opens. Mean girl Elle McLarin desperately needs to reinvent herself. Growing up with her grandparents in their small North Carolina mountain community after her teenage mother, who named her for a fashion magazine, ditched the idea of motherhood and disappeared, Elle found her upbringing to be tougher than most. Add to that a near-tragic mistake—drugging high school hunk Kyle Davis at a party, which landed her in prison for a year—and Elle has long since paid her debt to society. Nineteen years after being dubbed Badass Barbie in high school, and with her grandparents now passed away and her illegitimate son joining the Army, Elle is ready to pull up her bootstraps—and her roots—and courageously go where no one will know her, or what she did.

In coastal Wilmington, Elle opens a bakery called Bake My Day with the proceeds from selling her grandmother’s cabin. Hoping to turn her life around, she still struggles with her constant Good Elle/Bad Elle inner dialogue. But Elle’s electric and budding new relationships help her to move outside of her head to grow the possibilities that surround her if she can prune away the damaged debris from her spirit. Then, just when her new life begins to take root, and love could be a possibility for Elle, a remarkable event brings Elle into the limelight, causing a jealous bystander to uncover Elle’s sordid past, threatening to expose her and drag her under once more.

Told in the first person, readers will get to hear Elle’s side of the story that began in the pages of my first novel, The One. Elle makes cameo appearances in the next two books of the series, though A Girl Like That is a stand-alone novel. If you are meeting Elle for the first time, you may hate her initially, and possibly grow to love her, but it is quite likely that you will not forget her!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Greensboro Daily Photo

Book Club Fun at Vida Pour Tea Room on State St. in Greensboro

Thanks to Sandra Shields for inviting me, and to Janis Antorek for posting her photograph.

Continuing on yesterday's theme of the people of Greensboro, today, we present Greensboro author, Mary Flinn.* Our book club just finished reading one of her most recent novels, The Nest, and Mary was nice enough to come to our book club...

Upcoming Sales Events In 2015

Need to buy a book? Here are the upcoming events for 2015:
Saturday, February 21 O. Henry Book Fair, O. Henry Hotel, Greensboro, from 1-3
March 27-29 Spring Gift Market- State Fairgrounds Raleigh 
April 25- Spring Fest- Southern Pines
May 1-2 Kernersville Folly
May 3 Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Made 4 Craft Show
July 31-Aug 2 Craftsmen's Classic Craft Show - Myrtle Beach, SC
October 23-25 Made in the South- Concord, Greater Charlotte area
You can also order books directly from the website: www.TheOneNovel.com, as well as at local bookstores such as Scuppernong Books, and Barnes & Noble.
Mary Flinn and Mimi Williams, to whom Breaking Out was dedicated, at the launch party at Scuppernong's in Greensboro on November 6, 2014