Huh...that didn't take you very long. ;)
Thanks for being the best fans a guy like me could ever hope for. You all rock!
As promised, here's the synopsis of Salem's Vengeance, the first in a YA trilogy set nineteen years after the Salem trials:
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kelly never expected to meet the Devil’s daughter. She only sought innocent dancing in the moonlight, not a coven entranced by their dark priestess. When her friends partake of a powder meant to conjure spirits - and the results go horribly awry - Sarah is forced to make a choice. To keep their secret risks her own damnation, but to condemn them may invoke the accusing remnants of Salem to rise again.
Release date: July 30th, 2014
Preorders of signed/personalized print copies available via Aaron's store next week!
Release date: July 30th, 2014
Preorder signed copies starting next week.
Want a little teaser?
Here's the book's first line:
My freedom comes with the moonlight.
There's something invigorating in the discovery you're capable. That you're no expert, but not totally inept either. You've probably heard the phrase 'Action breeds confidence.' I consider this past year a whirlwind of action and discovery.
A year ago today, I wouldn't have believed someone telling me I'd publish not one, but three books in 2014.
In January, I would've laughed if someone told me I would not only build/design my own website, but create a mailing list, blog somewhat regularly, and even setup my own online store.
None of this might seem like a big deal to most of you. (Technology has become increasingly user-friendly after all.) I, however, still remember my college days when I begged, bribed, and otherwise cajoled friends and classmates to "help" me write HTML code so I could receive a passing grade.
This post is not all about wins and small victories, nor my pretending there haven't been incredibly frustrating moments along the way.
I hail from the film world. Something I've discovered is most moviegoers tend to forget after a film ends that all those names in the credits are actual human beings. It's easy to think of them as shadow people. After all, most of us will never have the chance to meet them, nor ask what it was like to work on such productions.
I've found books to be much the same. Truth be told, I used to skip straight to the story, rather than look at the credits page.
I know better now.
In preparing Salted for its release, I've been blessed with an amazing team of talented individuals and their unique talents. Today, I have a special treat for you! The eagle-eyed copy/line editor of Salted, Jennifer Wingard!
If a father is worth more than a hundred schoolteachers, as the quote by George Herbert goes, then a good father is surely worth more than a thousand.
I have such a father.
That pic you're seeing to the right is Dad and his Chevelle, circa 1977. Isn't she a thing of beauty?
But my Dad isn't just an awesome teacher, he's the definition of what a man is.
I received numerous emails before I flew home to Indiana for my book tour a couple weeks ago. One really caught my eye.
A former manager of mine mentioned her 7th grade daughter, Megan, wouldn't stop raving about Salted. Megan loved the book so much that she chose to write a review.
I asked if Megan wouldn't mind giving me a copy to read. She did and it's awesome! (I even convinced her to autograph it for me!)
So, without further ado, here is 7th grader Megan T.'s review of Salted.
I love learning the writing and world-building processes of other fantasy authors.
Enter Ms. Reich and her debut novel, Reborn. Pretty sweet cover, wouldn't you agree? I was ready to read as soon as I saw the wicked cool phoenix!
Another great thing about Reborn is it also incorporated mythological creatures I humbly admit even I had not heard of before. (Karshipta and woodwoses? Yes, please!)
All that said, I hope you enjoy this interview I held with Ms. Reich. She's pretty awesome. Not gonna lie. ;)
Quick message before I relay a fantastic story to you! For all you who missed me on the tour, here's your chance to grab a signed copy of Salted. I'm now able to sell signed/personalized print copies of Salted through my website! Heyo! ;)
You can find my store in the upper right hand corner of my toolbar or by clicking this link. Shipping costs have already been factored in so the $15.99 price is similar to what's on Amazon, (unless you have free shipping via Amazon Prime), but this book arrives signed by me! Spread the word folks. ;)
Okay, so onto this sweet, sweet story!
I received a message not long ago. The kind I imagine every author dreams of receiving.
It came from a teacher.
Said teacher had read my book and enjoyed it, especially for the diversity incorporated via characters like Lenny, Garrett, Paulo, Ellie, and Chidi (pronounced Chee-dee).
Naturally, I was stoked just to hear this bit of news.
Then, the teacher mentioned taking the book to school for students to learn about...
Whew. What a week. My throat is raw from talking too much, (no new news), I'm exhausted from running place to place, and I have about a thousand emails to catch up on. Meant to keep up a daily recap during the tour. Obviously that didn't happen. I'm even late posting this today because I arrived back in Cali wrecked from exhaustion and sick to boot.
Worth it. ;)
Okay, so here we go. My tour stops broken down by day!
Author. Actor. Rascal.