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SIGNS OF ATTRACTION Cover Reveal

23 Mar

Author Laura Brown has a new novel coming out on June 14th called Signs of Attraction. The big cover reveal is happening RIGHT NOW TODAY, and, better still… I get to share it with you right here!

First let me tell you what the story is about:

Do you know what hearing loss sounds like? I do.

All my life I’ve tried to be like you. I’ve failed.

So I keep it hidden.

But on the day my world crashed down around me, Reed was there.

He showed me just how loud and vibrant silence can be, even when I struggled to understand.

He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever known. His soulful eyes and strong hands pulled me in before I knew what was happening.

And as I saw those hands sign, felt them sparking on me, I knew: imperfect could be perfect.

Reed makes me feel things I’ve never felt. It’s exciting…and terrifying.

Because he sees me like no one else has, and I’m afraid of what he’ll find if he looks too closely.

The only thing that scares me more than being with him? Letting him go.

I was intrigued with her premise from the beginning, but I was even more convinced that this was a book I wanted to get my hands on when I learned that Laura herself is hearing impaired. Reading is a way for me to peek into a life I wouldn’t otherwise experience. I like the assurance of knowing that this novel is going to be a good representation of what it’s like to be hearing impaired.

Then I saw the cover.

You guys, IT’S SO GOOD.

Are you ready?

Here we go!

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Who designed this thing?! Someone please give the artist(s) an exuberant high five from me!

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher

It’s available for pre-order (which is the single most amazing thing you can do for an author) using the links above, and you can find it on Goodreads as well.

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About the Author

Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.

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I hope you guys will join me in the wait for this one 🙂

–dustin

currently

19 Jun

I haven’t done one of these ‘currently’ post for awhile. Actually, I haven’t done any post for awhile. Truth be told, I’ve been busy moving and writing and then moving again. I’m done moving now. So let’s get back to blogging with one of these.

I AM CURRENTLY…

WRITING :: I’m finishing up my YA fantasy, Feed Me To the Wolves. It’s about a young Conchan girl (think gypsy meets viking) with a very big secret. You’re going to have to trust me on this one, but when you live with a clan of people who dedicate their lives to killing the shrev (think monster wolves), being able to communicate with canines is not a good thing. I’m hoping to wrap it up this weekend. I’ll share a teaser when I do.

READING :: The Wrath and the Dawn. So far, it is amazing. I want more books like it. Now.

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LISTENING TO :: Famous guys read famous poems. This is what I do when washing dishes. Here is a goodie:

DRINKING :: Earl Grey each morning, french roast each afternoon. I’m in a rut. A beautiful, happy rut that I don’t care to come out of any time soon.

CONSIDERING :: Options in chicken feed and horse feed. Exciting? Oh yeah.

WANTING :: This fantastic little pillow from Shop Jeen:

11.24.14_0124_cry_here_grandeAnd, that’s all I have in my vat of ‘currently’ to pull from. The next time I post I will most likely be spewing joy and sonnets over completing the first draft of my novel. Sonnets? That may be pushing it. Haikus are more my style.

Until then!

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resolutions in reading

9 Dec

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It’s December so I’m thinking about resolutions.

If you’re a hater of all things resolution-y then, by all means, move along. The amount of people blogging about how lame New Year’s resolutions are is pretty astounding, so you have lots of material to work through, material that will resonate with your own bitter heart.

It was a terrible thing to say; I’m sorry. You’re just a realist, right?

Well, I’m not. Not even close.

On to the resolutions.

Last year I decided that I wanted to read 24 books in 2014. That was quite a bit for me. It’s baby numbers for others, but I have four kids, and I homeschool them, and I write novels, and I’m easily distracted. It was a lot to ask. But I read them all and I’ll finish a couple more before the month is over. I get to check that box and feel all warm and fuzzy from a resolution completed.

This year I want to forget about quantity and focus on quality. I read on a whim last year. If I saw a book that sounded even  a little interesting then I requested it from the library. Ghost hunter falls in love with a ghost? Request. Girl gets whisked away to finishing school only to find that it’s a secret school for secret agents? Request. A book pitched as “little house on the prairie meets X-men”? Request.

It’s a pretty fun method that gets you reading far and wide, but I want to hone in in 2015. I want to read books that trusted people have made special places in their hearts for. And I want to take my time.

This next year is going to be about quality books, and I’m already going about the business of finding them. I have two more recs from a person in the book industry whom I admire (Chime by Franny Billingsley and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman), and I’ll start with those. I adore Maggie Steivater’s The Scorpio Races and plan to pull a few titles from her five star recs on Goodreads later today. My father and husband are both urging me to read Foundling by D.M. Cornish (which also means reading book 2 and 3 after it), and I’ve heard so much about Sabriel by Garth Nix that I feel a bit like a sham for writing fantasy without having read his work. So add that to the list.

I’m looking for books like Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief and Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Tiger Lily.

I’d also like to read at least one adult book since I am technically an adult (whatevs), and I’d like to up my poetry game.

Will you be reading this next year? What’s on your list?

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Stay tuned for Resolutions in Writing next…

bring on the cold

19 Sep

It’s been getting cold at nights. When I woke up this morning and padded down to the tile floor in my kitchen, I remembered that I should have bought slippers. I reached for a flannel instead.

I wasn’t really surprised until I open the back door to let the dog out and a gust of wind hit me.

Even the dog thought it was cold; He wanted in sooner than normal.

Me and the kids are gonna hunker down today. I just got back from a trip, running to catch flights, lugging around backpacks that had been weighted down with books, racing through endless terminals with a five-year-old in tow. Is there an end to the Regan airport, really?

Speaking of books, I read the first of the Harry Potter’s. It was so fantastic. Of course people love it so much. It has everything going for it. Harry makes the perfect lead character: A humble hero who is just as ‘normal’ and unlikely as the rest of us. Voldemort is pure evil and has me asking question after question, wondering what’s going to happen. And then there’s this terrific supporting cast that I can’t help but love. Add to all that the world that Rowling created… curiosity and wonder followed me though every page.

I’ll start the second book soon, but not until I finish Sense and Sensibility which I am surprised to say I’m loving. The first two chapters were hard, but by the third I’d gotten the hang of it.

On the list after that is The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, and Captain Blood and Scaramouche both by Rafael Sabatini.

Bring on the cold.