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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

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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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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.

find a girl who reads

15 Mar

“Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee…

…It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow…

…If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

― Rosemarie Urquico

I shortened it a bit, but go here to read the whole quote. It’s wonderful.

And to all of you who thought this was Robert Pattinson quote: 32 thousand bloggers were wrong. Sorry.

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