COVER REVEAL: 13 CANDLES!

one of the mini-buttons you can get when you back the kcickstarter campaign!

But first: a little gratitude.

When I set out to create this charity anthology over summer, I had assumed I would be doing the entire project alone (outside of the contributing authors, who have been phenomenal to work with, by the way). It would not have been the first time I published a book by myself, but it would be the first time I had done it in such a short amount of time. But I was excited! And inspired! And if I can say anything about myself with any amount of certainty, it is that inspiration and excitement have made me capable of seemingly impossible feats. I was ready to rely on those once again to take me to the end of this project.

But then, quite unexpectedly, I had two (incredible, generous) people offer to lend their skills to this project, free of charge. The first was my friend and recent grad from VCFA, Julia Heller. She offered her experience as a writer/reader/editor, and has helped me sort through submissions and edit the final picks. She’s also been invaluable in those less tangible realms of brainstorming, troubleshooting, and staying hyped, which often work better when more than one person is involved…

The second was my friend (and former roommate…ahh memories!) Laura, an insanely talented artist and illustrator of all things dark and lovely. She offered to create original artwork for the anthology: custom illustrations for each story, plus artwork for the cover. Over the last few weeks, she’s delivered gorgeous art to my inbox almost every day,  kindly dealing with my nitpicky requests for changes, and even drawing through a recent plague/cold.

In other words, I know some pretty dang generous ladies.

So here it is: Laura’s artwork, combined with my decent-to-pretty-OK photoshop skills, to bring you this cover reveal…

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Ta-da!

13 Candles STROKE yeller cropped

And the Kindle pre-order is now up!

(print will be available in October!)

What do you think? :D

Remember, 50% of proceeds from the sale of this anthology will be going to Global Giving, a highly rated organization that delivers funds directly to charities within communities in need. If you want to find out more about how you can help, click here!

Announcing: The Halloween Anthology Title and Contributing Authors!

It’s happening! It’s really happening!

I am SO proud to announce the following amazing authors as contributors to the YA Halloween charity anthology from Unknown Press:

Kathryn J. Benson
S. Carys
Jennifer Diemer 
Bridget Essex
James C. Femmer
Madeline Claire Franklin
Julia Heller
Debbie Manber Kupfer
Michael Leali
Jesse William Olson
Leslie Teel
Diane Telgen
Amanda R. Woomer

Congratulations to all the authors! Send them love and red balloons and cider and donuts! These stories are fun, twisty, spooky, hilarious, and damn fine works of fiction. I’m so pleased to have these amazing authors in our inaugural anthology!

Speaking of vaguely titled projects!

The OFFICIAL TITLE for the anthology is……………..

13 candles title reveal

Are you excited? I’m excited!

There is also an official informational page about the project HERE, including how you can help us get more money to charity, faster.

Remember, 50% of all proceeds from the sale of this anthology will be donated to Global Giving, “the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country.” Global Giving is a respected and recommended charity for those who are looking for somewhere to donate in the face of the recent natural disasters that have struck at home and abroad, leaving thousands of people devastated and without homes.

I’m SO thrilled for the opportunity to work with these talented authors and illustrator to do a little good (maybe a lot of good?) while bringing some excellent short fiction into the world!

Next up: COVER REVEAL.

STAY TUNED!

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