It’s Book Birthday Tuesday!

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Today I’m sending huge HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY WISHES to my fellow “Novel 19s” author and friend, Jeff Chen, as he celebrates the release of his debut middle grade novel,  ULTRABALL!

Early reviews of ULTRABALL have been fantastic, with the American Library Association’s trade review magazine, Booklist, saying of it, “… a smart and subtle exploration of socioeconomic inequality. SF and sports readers alike will enjoy the futuristic dystopia Chen has created. Fans of Mike Lupica, Dan Gutman, and Tim Green looking to get their feet wet in SF should be directed to this series opener.”

I don’t often read middle grade novels, but I have to admit the synopsis of this one is really engaging! I mean what could be better than mixing science fiction and sports together? Take a look at the synopsis, and tell me if you don’t agree with me! And y’all don’t tell my reluctant reader but, after reading the synopsis and reviews, I ordered a copy for him!

SYNOPSIS

On the moon, Ultraball players are superstars, and only kids can play. But being an Ultraball superstar means blinding lights, deafening crowds, and the pressure of an entire colony on your back.

That’s how it is for Strike Sazaki, the best quarterback in the league. He loves defying gravity in his Ultrabot suit, crashing through opponents, and firing touchdown passes to his teammates. Strike has led the Taiko Miners to the Ultrabowl three years in a row, but each one has ended in defeat.

This year, Strike thinks he’s finally found the missing piece to his championship quest: a mysterious girl who could be his new star rocketback. But Boom comes from the Dark Siders, a mass of people who left the United Moon Colonies to live in exile. And not all his teammates are happy sharing a field with her.

When rumors surface of a traitor on the Miners, Strike isn’t sure who he can trust. If Strike can’t get his teammates to cooperate and play together, they’ll lose more than just the Ultrabowl. The future of his entire colony rests on his shoulders.

Debut author Jeff Chen introduces an exhilarating smash-mouth sport and a dazzling future world on the moon, where Ultraball is life—and survival is all that matters.

ULTRABALL releases today through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. It’s available in Hardcover and digital versions through all major retailers, but here’s a quick link to the purchase link at Amazon.com.

Give it a read and let me know what you think!

ROAM: The People Who Inspired the Novel

roambirdThere are some events in a person’s life that are completely life-altering—moments when you witness something so unexpected that it changes how you see the world and, sometimes, makes you want to “do” something and be a better person. For me, that moment came in 2014 when I was assigned to write an article for Rochester Women magazine about a local “soup kitchen.”

I should admit up front that I was initially uncomfortable writing the article. It meant visiting the soup kitchen and interacting with an image in my mind of grizzled vagrants who might even be dangerous. The reality of that experience was polar opposite. While there may have been one or two “grizzled vagrants,” what I found more than anything were people just like me who were doing the best they could just to get by. But more than anything, what I found was a community of love, understanding and support. It was truly special and like nothing I’d ever seen before.

On that Fall day in 2014, I was greeted by the meal coordinator, Linda Curtis. In her 70s, Mrs. Curtis was like a mother hen to the guests she served each week. She was cautious about talking to me at first, wanting to make sure the story I wrote didn’t paint a negative image of her guests and reinforce society’s image of the homeless and needy. But, after a lengthy vetting of my intentions, Mrs. Curtis began to open up about her mission and the community she served. And, after further vetting, she allowed me to meet meet her guests.

I’ll never forget my first impressions as I walked into the dining hall of the “Saturday Noon Meals.” My first thought was that it was like nothing I’d ever expected or seen before. In my mind, I’d seen a cafeteria-like serving line where downtrodden people with heads dipped low in defeat accepted paper plates with mystery meat, wilted salad and stale rolls. What I found instead was a community of people—both volunteers and guests—who had a true connection and affinity for each other, all  sharing a nutritious meal prepared with love. Let me paint for you a picture of what I saw that day.

The meal was set to begin at noon but, at roughly 11:00 am, there were already about fifty people gathered in conversation and friendship. Set up around the room were a dozen or so round tables seating eight, each properly set with cloth tablecloths, real dishes, cups/glasses and utensils. As one guest told me later (paraphrased), “It’s the little things that make a difference—there’s no plastic sporks here.”

In the center of each table was a small flower arrangement donated by a local grocery store florist, and a spread of pre-dinner appetizers were displayed on large banquet-sized tables for guests to partake before the meal was served.

Mrs. Curtis was a blur of activity as she directed volunteers and prepared the meal, but she stopped repeatedly to greet guests by name and with a smile. At one point, a gentleman walked in with a bushel of fresh vegetables he’d picked up at the locals farmers’ market on his way to dinner. He presented those vegetables to Mrs. Curtis as his contribution to her efforts. I learned later that this gentleman had been a regular guest for nearly ten years; at first living in his vehicle but, now experiencing better circumstances, he seldom attended dinner empty-handed—he frequently brought “gifts” to Mrs. Curtis or other guests as he noticed an interest he could fulfill. 

As the clock ticked down to noon, Mrs. Curtis called the room to attention where she gave announcements of interest to those in attendance. I think most surprising to me at that moment was how many people she knew by name, and how many people she mentioned. One person was having a birthday, the other had recently been offered a new job, and yet another person had some other exciting news she shared with the group. At the end of her announcements, she asked those assembled to allow her to say a prayer—and then she mentioned even more people in the pre-dinner prayer. It was like she knew and cared about nearly every person in the room.

At the end of announcements and the prayer, a flurry of volunteers entered from the kitchen with rolling carts filled with food. They stopped at each table where they placed serving bowls piled high, after which each guest served himself and then passed the bowls family-style around the table. And throughout the meal, conversation was abundant. These people really cared about each other.

As I sat there and interacted with Mrs. Curtis’ guests, there was no “us” or “them.” There was no poverty or social status. There were just people gathered together to share a meal. And all of this was made possible by the love extended from one woman toward everyone there.

While there I met so many people—people that could’ve been you or me. I met a mom and daughter who used this one week as their opportunity to have mother-daughter time. I met a family who, while not homeless, were only one step away from living out of their car. I met friends who’d known each other for years, and people who’d only just met. And each person interacted with complete warmth and acceptance. 

When I left the Saturday Noon Meals that afternoon, I left a changed person. My perception of homeless and hungry had changed. The people were no longer the vagrants of my imagination; they had faces. They had lives and stories and struggles…all of which I could relate to. No, I’ve never been poor or in jeopardy of losing my home, but the circumstances that led to many of their situations were relatable. Just a single domino falls, and the whole line goes down, one block after another.

For weeks after my visit, I couldn’t get their stories out of my head. Most especially, I couldn’t get the few children in attendance out of my head. What must it be like to “need” the services of a free weekly meal? What must it be like to be a high school student—when we all already know that the caste system in a middle or high school is nothing short of completely brutal,  especially for those who are “different” in any way.

As the days passed and my article was published, my mind kept returning to the people I met that day. I called my mother-in-law to share this experience, and the experience affected her as well. She began sending new blankets, hats, etc., to be given to the guests at Saturday Noon Meals. I’ll never forget on one of my return visits, my arms laden with a couple of large boxes of new blankets and hats, Mrs. Curtis had instructed me to take a father and son to the storage room and allow them to take their pick. The son was about eight and couldn’t decide between two hats. Well, it’s cold and it’s Minnesota. I’d brought a lot of hats, and this was a kid! I said, half joking but completely serious, “Take them both—they’re small.” The boy looked at his father, who shook his head.

“No,” the father said. “We only take what we need and you only need one. For as hard as we have it, someone else has it harder. We never ever take more than we need.”

And that, my friends, is the statement that has lived with me since and which finally forced me to sit down and write ROAM. You see, while there are a lot of reasons for poverty, not everyone is looking for a free handout. While there are certainly some who will take advantage of any system, it’s important to remember that there are equally as many who are just experiencing hard times and are truly looking for nothing more than a hand up which they’ll return in kind to another when their own circumstances improve.

Sadly, Mrs. Curtis passed away this past June. While she knew I’d written this story, and she knew I’d found an agent to sell it, I never had a chance to tell her that this manuscript had found a publisher. I was waiting to surprise her with an image of the finished cover. But when I emailed her, she didn’t respond. And when I called to inquire about her—because it was unusual for her to ignore an email—I learned of her passing quite literally only a few days earlier.

It saddens me that Mrs. Curtis never had a chance to read the book she and her work inspired, but I hope she lives on through the memories of those who knew her, the work that is continued in her name, and by the pages of this novel.

redbirdROAM releases in just 22 days on February 5th. Watch this space for a free first chapter teaser coming soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to read that article I wrote so long ago for Rochester Women magazine, use this link.

 

 


ROAM
Coming February 5

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Being a homeless teen is hard.
Keeping it a secret is even harder.

Seventeen year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha but, thanks to her mother’s awful mistake, they had to leave what little they had behind for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting into school, buoyed by dreams of a boyfriend, college and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers.

Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they’re sleeping or where they’ll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family.

As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her friends let her down the same way they did back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?

 

PRAISE FOR ROAM

“An empathetic tale that treats homelessness with respect and makes it visible.” –Kirkus Reviews

“In Roam, C.H. Armstrong sings with a brilliant, powerful youthful voice as she portrays a narrator named Abby who experiences what it’s like to be homeless with her family, while dealing with the emotional and complex daily challenges of attending a new school. We, her readers, are drawn in from the first page. This lovely book has tremendous heart.” —Brandon Hobson, author of Where the Dead Sit Talking

Roam is a study in empathy, forgiveness, and second chances—an impactful and memorable story of teenage homelessness.” —Foreword Reviews

“In her warm and hopeful novel, C.H. Armstrong has created a spirited heroine who triumphs over her circumstances thanks to those who believe in her; friends, family, teachers and ultimately, herself.” —Lorna Landvik, author of Once in A Blue Moon Lodge

“Armstrong’s book pays compassionate and eloquent attention to teenage angst and love amidst the backdrop of homelessness.” —Cara Sue Achterberg, author of Girls’ Weekend and I’m Not Her

“A must-read for all young people to understand the hardship of homelessness and how they can reach out to help others.” —Cathy Lamb, author of No Place I’d Rather Be

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

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26 Days until ROAM! Win & Read it First!

Happy Thursday! I can’t believe it’s only 26 days until ROAM finally hits bookstores! It feels like it’s taken forever for this day to come, and yet it also feels like the clock is dragging!

To make this time go by a little faster, I’m going to be posting a little more frequently between now and February 5th, and will try to bring you some fun content about the people and places that inspired the story. But before we go there, let’s have a GIVEAWAY!

Here’s how you enter: Follow me on Goodreads (you can use this link). That’s it! On January 21st, I’ll randomly select a winner from my Goodreads followers to receive one of my last Advance Copies of ROAM. If you’re already following me, you’re good to go–you’re already entered! If you’re not following me on Goodreads, now’s the time to do it!

So have fun and check back for the next contest which will be coming your way soon!

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Happy Book Birthday: Match Me if You Can

9781250168719It’s a new year and I’m super excited to kick off 2019 with a new series of regular Tuesday blog posts entitled, “Happy Book Birthday!” Throughout the year, I will attempt to bring you reviews of new releases on the date of their release. And so with this in mind, I’d like to wish a Happy Book Birthday to Tiana Smith and her debut young adult novel, MATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

First let me say: What a fun book! Released by Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, MATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a romantic comedy centered around 11th grade Mia who just knows her life would be perfect if only the school’s golden boy, Vince, would ask her to homecoming. But her best friend, Robyn (a.k.a. “Cupid”), knows better.

An entrepreneur, Robyn has her own tried and true matchmaking service with a 100% 5-star rating from her classmates. But when Robyn refuses to match Mia with Vince, Mia takes things into her own hands and makes the match herself by sending an email to Vince using Robyn’s email account. Predictably, everything from that point goes awry. Best friends become frenemies, and potential true love matches are threatened.

This was an engaging read, plausible, and with a true Happily Ever After ending. And it’s a great place to start your reading list challenge!

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SYNOPIS

(From the Macmillan Website)

Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

For more information on Tiana Smith, or to find purchase links by this author, use this link.

BOOK REVIEW: A LITERAL MESS

cover152796-mediumIt’s been a long time since I’ve read a cozy mystery, and I’d actually forgotten how much I love them. But when I discovered my friend, J.C. Kenney, had authored a new one (A LITERAL MESS), I knew I had to give it a read. I  just couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy! And when I did, I was not disappointed.

First a moment of full disclosure: J.C. Kenney has been a dear friend to me these last three years, often my mentor and always one of my biggest cheerleaders. With this in mind, you should know I was pre-disposed to fall in love with his newest novel. However, with that said, I feel completely confident telling you that I’d love A LITERAL MESS even if I’d never heard of the author. It’s that good! And the best news is that you can get your hands on a copy TOMORROW when it hits bookshelves everywhere. For now, just let me tell you that I loved the cast of characters in this novel. Allie Cobb, the “Kickboxing Crusader” (an inside joke you’ll get when you read the book) is a complete delight.

Similar to Charlaine Harris’ AURORA TEAGARDEN series, J.C. Kenney has created a homespun detective determined to dig her nose in where it doesn’t belong, and very nearly gets herself killed in the process. This first installment of Allie Cobb is page-turning, and left me completely in suspense regarding “whodunit” until the very end.

Trust me: if your genre is the cozy mystery, you’ll want to get your hands on A LITERAL MESS by J.C. Kenney. Friend or not, he’s one heck of an entertaining author!


SYNOPSIS

The first book in a new series featuring Allie Cobb brings the New York literary agent back to her Hoosier home town where a mysterious death keeps everyone on spoiler alert . . .

Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3,216. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father’s hard-drinking, #1 bestselling client is found under the historic town bridge. The local police suspect foul play and their prime candidate for murder is the author’s daughter—Allie’s longtime friend.

Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers. Those with means, motive, and opportunity include the vic’s ex-wife, his rejected girlfriend, the mayor, and a rival agent trying to mooch clients. With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie . . .

 


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Happy New Year from C.H. Armstrong Books!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe 2019 has arrived, and with it comes the countdown for the release day of ROAM! If you’ve not been keeping up, ROAM will release in just 34 short days! It feels like it’s taken forever for February 5 to arrive, and yet it also feels like time is speeding by so quickly as I get ready for launch. But more about that later…

I have so many exciting things to tell you in this first blog post of 2019! So buckle up and keep reading…I’ve got tons of secrets to share and some really awesome news!

First up is the release of ROAM and the multi-state book tour that kicks off the day BEFORE the release with a special pre-release launch party at a local high school. Yes, that’s right! I have a special day planned for the high school that inspired the high school in ROAM. I’ll be leading four presentations with students throughout the day, and the kids will have an opportunity to be THE VERY FIRST to get their hands on finished copies of ROAM. Additionally, the students will be hosting a drive to collect items for the school’s  S.O.S. room which provides necessary items (hats, gloves, blankets, easily portable foods, etc) for students in need. All students who participate will have the opportunity to win lunch with me at Rochester, Minnesota’s, own premier Italian pizza restaurant, Pasquale’s Downtown Pizzeria. Huge thank you to Pasquale for generously donating this prize for the students!

The ROAM Multi-State Book Tour is Coming!

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In keeping with the theme of the ROAM Book Tour, I’ve begun creating events on Facebook so you can keep track of where I’ll be. If you’re interested, you can use this link to find a location near you. If you see an event in your area or where you know people, I’d be grateful if you’d share or invite your friends personally! And, if you come to one of these events, please don’t remain anonymous! Introduce yourself and tell me we’ve talked or that you’ve followed me on social media or this website! I’d love to meet you!

Exciting News About THE EDGE OF NOWHERE!

FULL RESOLUTION EONNow for some REALLY exciting news I’ve been keeping close to the vest for months. About six months ago and by mutual agreement, I parted ways with my previous publisher, Penner Publishing. It was an amicable “divorce,” and was the right thing for both parties. As a result, you may have noticed that THE EDGE OF NOWHERE is no longer available for purchase from bookstores or Amazon. Don’t worry–this is actually a GOOD thing! You see, the AMAZING publisher for ROAM (Central Avenue Publishing) has bought the rights to publish this novel, and together we’re working on edits to clean up the writing and probably add new material. Don’t worry–the story is not changing! We’re simply cleaning up some of the issues I had with my original writing and may add some additional content at the end of the book. And this is where YOU come in! I’ve had tons of questionsimage over the years about the novel, the people who inspired the characters, which parts were real and which were fiction, and even “what happened to the characters.” This is your chance to let me know what you’d like included in this second edition! If you have a question you’d like answered or resoled in this second edition of THE EDGE OF NOWHERE, send me an email! I want to hear from you! But do it soon…my edits are due to the publisher soon and I’ll be working hard on those changes in the next week so we can hit our projected release date of June 2019! That’s right…only 5 months away!  And guess what? We have a new cover, and y’all are the first to see it!

Pre-Order Your Copy of ROAM While It’s On Sale!

RoamCoverAs always, just a heads up that you can pre-order your copy of ROAM before the February 5th release date and save money! The cover price is $14.99, but you can get your copy for much less if you pre-order instead of waiting for the release date when the price is certain to go up to the regular price. I’ve done an exhaustive search of the web and found significant price drops through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and Target that make them (in my opinion) the least expensive outlets to purchase a copy, with a savings of somewhere between $3 and $4.50 off the cover price. So shop early! I’m including some links below I’ve found of places you can pre-order ROAM.

PURCHASE LINKS:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million |
IndieBound | The Book Depository |
Target | Walmart

 

A Huge Thank You!

In closing, I just want to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me, my writing, and my publishing goals. Many of your names I know, but there are probably far more I don’t know. To each of you, I send my most heartfelt thanks! If you come to one of my signings, please introduce yourself! Pull out your smartphone and let’s take a selfie! I’d love to meet you and put faces to names!

In the meantime, I send to each of you greetings for a wonderful 2019! May this new year bring you and your loved ones many wonderful surprises!

WE HAVE A WINNER!!

I’m so excited to announce the WINNER of the ROAM Holiday Gift Pack Giveaway! But first, a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered! I had far more entries on the combined social media of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than I’ve EVER had! It was so much fun seeing the entries come in, and I’m grateful to everyone who took time to enter. If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry…I have one more gift pack to give away between now and Release Day on February 5…so stay tuned.

In the meantime, CONGRATULATIONS to Kerri Ruth whose name was randomly drawn from all the entries! Kerri has won a signed ADVANCED COPY of ROAM, a Disney’s Little Mermaid fleece throw, and a ROAM coffee mug! Kerri’s gift pack will go out in the mail tomorrow!

For those who missed the giveaway, or if this is the first time you’ve ever heard of ROAM, scroll down a bit for more information. This title is now on sale at a GREAT pre-order only price from various booksellers, but the least expensive I’ve found to date is through Target Online at a 31% discount off the regular cover price. So order now and save money!

 

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COMING
FEB. 5, 2019

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SEE THE BOOK TRAILER NOW!

REVIEWS:
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BOOK BOOST: WHEN THE DEVIL CALLS

When I started publishing a few years ago, I was under the terrible misbelief that publishing and writing was a solitary journey. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In just three years, I’ve met many wonderful people — other writers, readers, bloggers and published authors who’ve gone out of their way to help me and other new authors along the way. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that the writing and reading community is endlessly supportive of each other. It’s as though this community lives by the motto, “Pay it Forward,” and I’m deeply grateful to every single person who has “Paid it forward” for my benefit.

While I wasn’t much able to “Pay it Forward” a few years ago, I can certainly repay a kindness for a kindness. And so today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Anthony Renfro, and his novel, WHEN THE DEVIL CALLS. I think you’ll agree that it sounds fantastic!

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What would you do if the devil came calling?

Tom is a ghost hunter and a good one at that. He is a man without morals, without laws, a one man do-it-yourself kind of guy. Then the devil shows up, and Tom finds he is now face to face with pure evil. This sends Tom on a journey that will bring him into contact with all of those he has loved and lost throughout the years. He will reconnect with his ex wives, his kids, and himself. He will explore a side of himself that he never thought existed while the devil tries to regain the soul he is losing. In the end Tom must face down the devil or succumb to a fiery eternal damnation. Win or lose. Tom has no choice but to fight.

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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! “ROAM” Holiday Gift Pack!

It’s hard to believe the holidays are here! Like many, I spent Thanksgiving week scouring websites for the absolute best deals I could find. And believe it or not, I’m DONE with my holiday shopping! But there’s one thing you can’t buy in stores…at least not until February 5th: ROAM.

If you’d like to get your hands on a free advance (signed) copy of ROAM — either for yourself or as a gift for a loved one — then you want to enter this giveaway gift pack! I’ll be giving away (1) Free Signed Copy of ROAM, (1) ROAM Coffee Mug, and (1) Fleece Little Mermaid Throw (believe it or not, it does tie into the story! LOL!).  All you have to do is find my post on one or more social media outlets and follow the directions to enter! You can enter once for each social media outlet for every time you follow the directions.

 

 

ENTER ON TWITTER: Use this link and follow directions to enter the giveaway!
ENTER ON FACEBOOK: Use this link and follow directions to enter the giveaway!
ENTER ON INTSTAGRAM: Use this link and follow directions to enter the giveaway!

Contest ends on December 10th, and I will notify the winner by December 12th and mail the prize pack no later than December 15th. All prizes not claimed by December 25, 2018 will be considered null and void.

Best wishes to you and good luck!

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9781771681513Seventeen year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha, but thanks to her mother’s awful mistake, they had to leave what little they had behind for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting into school, buoyed by dreams of a boyfriend, college, and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers.

Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they’re sleeping or where they’ll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family.

As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her friends let her down the same way they did back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?

Now available for pre-order at a pre-release discounted price through Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Read What Early Reviewers are Saying:  Click Here!

PURCHASE LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-MillionIndieBound |
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GIVEAWAY! “ROAM” Holiday Gift Pack!

It’s hard to believe the holidays are here! Like many, I spent Thanksgiving week scouring websites for the absolute best deals I could find. And believe it or not, I’m DONE with my holiday shopping! But there’s one thing you can’t buy in stores…at least not until February 5th: ROAM.

If you’d like to get your hands on a free advance (signed) copy of ROAM — either for yourself or as a gift for a loved one — then you want to enter this giveaway gift pack! I’ll be giving away (1) Free Signed Copy of ROAM, (1) ROAM Coffee Mug, and (1) Fleece Little Mermaid Throw (believe it or not, it does tie into the story! LOL!).  All you have to do is find my post on one or more social media outlets and follow the directions to enter! You can enter once for each social media outlet for every time you follow the directions.

ENTER ON TWITTER: Use this link and follow directions to enter the giveaway!
ENTER ON FACEBOOK: Use this link and follow directions to enter the giveaway!
ENTER ON INTSTAGRAM: Use this link and follow directions to enter the giveaway!

Contest ends on December 10th, and I will notify the winner by December 12th and mail the prize pack no later than December 15th. All prizes not claimed by December 25, 2018 will be considered null and void.

Best wishes to you and good luck!

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9781771681513Seventeen year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha, but thanks to her mother’s awful mistake, they had to leave what little they had behind for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting into school, buoyed by dreams of a boyfriend, college, and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers.

Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they’re sleeping or where they’ll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family.

As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her friends let her down the same way they did back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?

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