A little love from Texas …

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Wicked cool review of “Streaks of Blue” by Whitney Martin of Abilene, Texas, today on Goodreads, Amazon and her blog http://shootingstarsreviews.blogspot.com/2014/02/streaks-of-blue-by-jack-chaucer.html She’s also the first reader so far who wanted to see the main characters hook up.

“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!”

A New York high school librarian’s take on “Streaks of Blue” …

Shannon Mersand, a librarian at Yorktown High School in Yorktown, N.Y., just shared her reaction to “Streaks of Blue:”

“I was super skeptical of this novel, but it was absolutely amazing, with a great message about reaching out and making a difference.”StreaksOfBlue_3D

Additional Questions:

Is your library likely to purchase this title? YES
Will you recommend this title through Readers’ Advisory, book clubs, events, etc? YES

“Streaks of Blue” sells 100th copy: $158.95 raised for Newtown Memorial Fund

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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!

“Streaks of Blue” named Top Read for 2013 by two book blogs; $143.76 raised for Newtown families so far

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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.

http://www.booksunhinged.com/favorite-books-of-2013/

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=468059146634220&set=a.299872416786228.62256.299858246787645&type=1&theater

“Streaks of Blue” sells out at Hickory Stick, plus a boost for the 1214 Foundation

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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 mbaroody@1214foundation.org for more information.