“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.




“Streaks of Blue” readers have raised $107.15 so far for Newtown families

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66 copies of “Streaks of Blue” sold = $107.15 raised for Newtown families with about a week to go until I make the donation on 12-14-13. If you haven’t bought the book and want to, please do so in the next few days so I can donate the max to Newtown Memorial Fund, which is all about helping the families long-term, not politics. Purchase links are in the left rail on this web page. Thanks!

Win an autographed copy of “Streaks of Blue” on Goodreads …

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Two autographed paperbacks of my new YA drama “Streaks of Blue” are now up for grabs in a month-long giveaway on Goodreads. Win and one of them ends up at your door. 30 people have already entered. Details at the link below. And remember, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Awesome how this California high school staffer fought through the dark subject matter and loved my book!

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“It was rough, because I am not sure I was ready to read a book that references Sandy Hook yet … but he pulled it off. Amazing, heart wrenching and hard to put down without finishing!”

— from a review of “Streaks of Blue” by Amy Vandagriff, one of the first high school staffers to read the book.

“Streaks of Blue” is officially released today!

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First, I just want to thank everyone for their interest and support. This novel is my own little attempt to turn something horrific that happened on December 14, 2012, into something positive. The massacre left all of us feeling helpless. As a novelist, I turned to writing about this issue directly because what happened that day should NEVER be forgotten and we all need to do SOMETHING about it to prevent the next Newtown.

Based on early reviews from readers young and old, inside the USA and out, “Streaks of Blue” already has inspired a teen in Georgia (Russia) to reconnect with former friends, a mom in upstate New York to squeeze her young son much tighter and a teen in India to go mountain climbing. There are currently 10 reviews up on Amazon and about 16 on my Goodreads page if you want to get the full perspective. Not every review is 5 stars, but even the 3-star reviewers are impressed with main character Nicole Janicek. They all agree she is a rare gem of a female lead in the YA genre for her bravery and compassion along a difficult journey.

Again, I will be donating half of the proceeds from this book to the Newtown Memorial Fund. Below are numerous purchase links for the book, which is now available virtually everywhere online and at Amazon for the paperback version:



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