“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

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“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!

My first press release for “Streaks of Blue” …

Adobe Photoshop PDFSince its release on Sept. 27, Jack Chaucer’s new young adult novel, “Streaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her School,” already has motivated an 18-year-old young woman in Georgia (formerly Russia) to reconnect with former friends, a 13-year-old girl in India to go mountain climbing and a mom in New Jersey to hug her little boy much tighter.

Available in paperback ($11.99) on Amazon and as an e-book ($2.99) with Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and Smashwords, the book is dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. The author has pledged to donate half of the proceeds to the Newtown Memorial Fund (http://newtownmemorialfund.org), which directly supports the families. “Streaks of Blue” has been requested on NetGalley by more than 325 reviewers from all over the world, including scores of educators, school librarians and resource specialists. 251 readers have added it to their Goodreads shelves. The book has 47 ratings and 38 reviews on Goodreads (3.74-star average) and 17 reviews on Amazon (4.4-star average).

“A touching and monumental story. Chaucer’s storytelling was truly intoxicating, creating such awesome and fluid characters.”
— Georgina Robinson, “What She Reads” blogger from Leicestershire, England

“While the subject matter might have been trite or exploitive in other hands, Mr. Chaucer treats it with sensitivity and his characters sympathetically. It’s tense, moving and thought-provoking.”
— Stephanine Piro, “Militant Recommender” blogger from Farmington, New Hampshire

“I wasn’t sure I was ready to read a book that references Sandy Hook yet, but he pulled it off. Heart-wrenching and amazing!”
— Amy Vandagriff, resource specialist at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California

“Very well-written, deep and emotional. This book moved me very much.”
— Jennifer Ahlin, book blogger from Uppsala, Sweden

“It is a masterpiece. I think it should be on every English teacher’s to-read list.”
— Annie Wallace, “Just One More Chapter” blogger from Lake Jackson, Texas

Book blurb: Adam Upton and Thomas “Lee” Harvey are plotting the next big school massacre at their New Hampshire high school. Nicole Janicek, who knew Adam in elementary school, tries to reconnect with the damaged teen at the start of their senior year. But will Nicole’s attempt to befriend the would-be killer disrupt the plot and turn Adam’s life around before the clock strikes 12:14?

For more information and purchase links, visit Jack Chaucer’s website at https://queensarewild.wordpress.com. Chaucer also wrote the sci-fi thriller “Queens are Wild” (2012) and two other novels. Contact Jack at jcullen789@gmail.com.

20 books sold in the first month … $24.92 raised so far for Newtown families

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“Streaks of Blue” has been out exactly one month and has sold 20 copies so far. No royalty figures yet for the 2 iTunes copies, but the 11 Amazon paperbacks and 7 Kindle copies sold result in a total net proceeds of $49.84. That’s $24.92 raised for the Newtown Memorial Fund thus far. Thank you to all you have bought the book and I appreciate anything you can do to spread the word.

I want to give a special shout-out to old pal and avid hiker Vin Mansolillo, the inspiration for Vin’s character in the final scene on Mount Kearsarge North. He bought a copy and said he really enjoyed the book. He said he got so into the story that he sometimes forgot the person who wrote it used to be the little kid who tagged along with him and my old man on a whole bunch of hikes in the White Mountains back in the 80s. He made sure I got up Huntington Ravine and Rainbow Slabs without plummeting to my death. I also remember him giving me sugar cubes (the kind NOT laced with LSD!) for energy on the way up Mount Washington. Good times (even though I whined like a little girl before roping up and heading up the Slabs)!

“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:

Amazon/Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Streaks-Blue-Angels-Newtown-Inspired/dp/1492175382/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379606152&sr=8-1&keywords=streaks+of+blue

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/streaks-of-blue-jack-chaucer/1116758449?ean=2940045223355

Apple:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/streaks-blue-how-angels-newtown/id691787532?mt=11

Kobo:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/streaks-of-blue-how-the-angels-of-newtown-inspired-one-girl-to-save-her-school/CrFqSgJMmUaoeOGX8Dvxow

Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/349327

 

Thanks!

Jack