Monthly Archives: December 2015
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Hey y’all! Well, I just finished up this thrilling reimagining of the Jack the Ripper murders through Jack’s own point of view weaved in with the perspective of a newspaper journalist. I couldn’t stop turning the pages of Jack’s chilling descriptions of the murders he recorded down in his diary, “When I cut the woman’s throat, her eyes betrayed not pain, not fear, but utter confusion.”
The details of the events surrounding the ghastly London murders given through the dueling viewpoints lend an insightful glimpse into the botched investigations by the authorities, the exploitation by the newspapers, and the dangers face by the lower class, fallen women of the Victorian era. This book will definitely keep you on your toes, while you examine the given clues of the case as if you were Sherlock himself trying to identify the murderer!
Melanie Woodward has everything going for her- great life, loving husband, and two incredible kids. But Mellie is a tormented woman struggling to find reason in the madness of her past. After years of battling with her demons, she becomes convinced that she only has one option left- to write the story of what really happened- what happened with Thomas Scalia.
Through old journal entries and writings she recounts a realm of hard hitting beats filled with shimmering candy kids in the underground rave scene, a descent into self-harm and drug addiction, and the escalating violence of her DJ boyfriend, Thomas. In writing her story, Mellie will find peace one way or another- through the pen or through the blade.
Mellie: A Story of Vinyl and Candy is a powerful and riveting novel that shines light on the dark side of the 1990s rave culture and party drugs, of love and music, of glitter and bruises, of survival and defeat.
Below are the reviews of two of my first readers post completion.
“… I love the abstract prose and introverted journal entries the best. All in all a great freaking story!” – Joseph Williams
“…very powerful stuff. I loved it, and couldn’t put it down… my only disappointment is that I shall have to wait a long while now to read book two.”- Lisa-Jaine Staples
Here it is y'all! Thanks to the great team at Bookbaby for their fantastic work. After shooting them some ideas I had bouncing around in my head, they created a cover that captured the visual mood and theme I was aiming for to present the January 5th release date of my novel.
Hey y’all! Please forgive me for being out of touch for a while, as I’ve spent the past couple of months in Japan. And I’ve actually been pretty busy. It has been my goal to keep y’all updated on the progress of my novel, Mellie: A Story of Vinyl and Candy, and the steps I was taking to get it publish. Well I’m proud to say that it is finally complete and will be available January 5th as an e-book.
Originally I intended to get this book traditionally published by going through an agent. Many, many agents along with many, many rejection letters. It’s disheartening to put your “baby” out there multiple times, wringing your hands, and waiting for the letter from the agent saying, “Hey, I love your work, and I would love to represent you.” As I’m sure many of you know, it’s not as easy as all that. And in all fairness, those agents receive so many queries daily that it can be quite a task skimming through them to decide the ones that are good and marketable.
After further research into traditional publishing vs. independent publishing, I began to realize that with this being my first novel, the independent route was the better option for me. I decided to go through Bookbaby to publish my book, because they offer assistance every step of the way from the cover design to e-book conversion and formatting. So far I have been very pleased, but I still have a lot more to learn about the process. I will be sure to keep y’all updated as I go along. Have a fantastic week and always be willing to throw yourself out there!