This is the second go-round for me, and believe me, I know how fragile the dream of writing is. My kids’ contemporary fantasy was first released by a small press which went out of business, and now it's out in a beautiful new edition from Spencer Hill Press. There have been a lot of twists, bumps, and flat tires on this road.
I've been telling my story here on the Operation Awesome blog for four years now, and I'm so grateful for the support this community has shown me. I might not still be writing if I hadn't been forced to have something to say by the bloggers, friends, and readers of OA. In my first blog post in 2010, I wrote, "It's hard to put myself out to the world as a writer, to suggest to others in the literary community that I have something worth saying. As an unpublished writer, the hardest part is to expose my dreams to family, friends, and not-so-friends before those dreams have been fulfilled."
That's still true as a published writer -- my dreams still feel exposed. But it's worth it, and I want to thank you for being here for me during the high and low points. Today is a high one -- thank you for celebrating.
I want to get Deadwood into your hands, and I'm giving away two copies. Just comment, and you're entered. If you win, you can choose paperback or ebook. Giveway winners picked July 13.
Deadwood by Kell Andrews
Martin gets a message from a tree saying that it’s cursed, and so is Martin. He teams up with know-it-all soccer star Hannah, and if they can't break the curse, their whole town will end up with a permanent case of bad luck. Ages 10–14.
“Deadwood blends supernatural elements with an ecological message and some pretty typical middle school issues that most readers will identify with, like not being totally sure of who you are and how you fit in with the world around you … A fun book with just enough creepiness to be exciting.” —Amanda Valentine, Reads4Tweens
“A nice mix of heart and humor. … Give this one to middle grade readers who enjoy magical realism, or to anyone for whom the idea of talking with an ancient, enormous tree is irresistible.” —Jen Robinson, Jen’s Book Page
“A fast-paced, enjoyable, contemporary fantasy that upper middle graders will truly enjoy … The perfect blend of relatable contemporary, supernatural elements, mystery and environmental awareness — an amazing middle grade book for all ages to read!” —Bumbles and Fairy TalesOrder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Powell’s, or from your favorite independent bookstore.