“This story is different from any story I’ve ever read. I loved Nikki. She was an awesome character, and I really respected her bravery in this book. I also really liked Adam even though he was pretty messed up. I felt like these two started an awesome friendship. And this book really does show how hard it is to be a teenager, and lot of the really hard things in life no one wants to see. I loved how the author portrayed everything in the book. The only thing that I wish would have happened is Nikki and Adam would have become more than friends. But alas that didn’t happen but it was still a really good book! Kudos to the author for doing so well on such a hard topic!”
Thanks to my readers for getting this indie author to 100 copies of “Streaks of Blue” sold since its release on Sept. 27th! In the process, we’ve raised $158.95 so far for Newtown families. And with the recent shootings in New Mexico, Colorado and Philadelphia, among others, this book and this topic continue to be extremely relevant.
A special shout-out to Christina Jackson of Shawneetown, Illinois, who won the Christmas giveaway contest on Goodreads. She said she adored the book and has loaned it to a friend. She said she was inspired by the novel and the fact that I once lived in Freeport, Illinois. Go Pretzels! Thanks also to the 690 other Goodreads members who have added “Streaks of Blue” to their shelves!
Big shout-out to Books Unhinged blog (especially Christine Cheff, aka Lady Balls) and the White Picket Fence Blog (especially Natalie Limardo Wilburn) for selecting my book “Streaks of Blue” as their favorite reads of 2013.
I’ve now sold 86 copies of “Streaks of Blue,” which means my readers have helped raise $143.76 for Newtown families, $127.16 of which I already donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund on 12-14-13. My next donation will be made on the second anniversary of the shooting.
Here are the links for the blogs who honored “Streaks of Blue,” which is very much appreciated by this indie author.
Fran Keilty, owner of Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, Conn., just informed me that “Streaks of Blue” has sold out at her store. That’s 16 copies, including 3 more toward next year’s donation to the Newtown Memorial Fund. And her store is donating a portion of its proceeds from the book to the 1214 Foundation, which is working to build a performing arts center in Newtown. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Two more Amazon paperbacks sold just under the wire. 78 copies of “Streaks of Blue” = $127.16, which I just donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund. Thanks to all my awesome and generous readers! Any copies sold from now on will go toward my donation on 12-14-14. The book is actually set in 2014 so I hope it does even better next year. God bless the angels of Newtown and their families on this sad first anniversary.
P.S. My radio interview with Larry Rifkin of WATR-1320 AM went very well on Friday — an interesting conversation about how we prevent the next one. Sadly, that very day, there was another shooting in Colorado, just eight miles from Columbine. Two more victims plus the shooter. Our struggle continues …