Thanks to all my loyal fans who have been waiting more than a couple of years for the sequel. Here’s a peek:
August 25th, 1998
I pound on the console, threatening and cajoling the car. “Don’t you dare quit on me! I know you can do it! We’re almost there!”
The check engine light defiantly flickers in my face one last time, and then the engine perishes. I rock all one hundred and five pounds of me forward and backward like a mad woman, hoping the momentum will keep the car moving; but this object in motion doesn’t care about Newton’s law, because it’s not going to stay in motion. Maneuvering the vehicle onto the shoulder, I stomp on the brake and throw it in park.
I don’t have a cell phone. I’m stranded two miles from the church, and the ceremony has already started. And the cherry on top of my day? A wicked thunderstorm is brewing. Impressive stacks of robust clouds stretch across the sky like a defensive line. Poised and ready to tackle, they’re throwing off bolts of lightning as a warning.
About the only thing I have going for me is that the car has conveniently managed to break down next to a horse farm. Galloping through the doors of Grace Lutheran Church on a white steed would make quite a statement. However, my equestrian experience is limited, and I’m fairly certain the owners would frown on me jumping their fence and thieving one of their mighty stallions.
All I know is that I have to get there in time to take the pastor up on his invitation to speak now, because there’s no way that I can forever hold my peace. Not in this instance. I don’t have it in me.
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Thanks to screenwriter, Michael Schilf, The Ugly Tree has been turned into a movie script called Cane. Killer script. Fast read. Lots of fun. We’ve submitted it and are waiting to hear back!
The Ugly Tree is now on Kindle…or it should be by the end of the day today! Also, landed a gig as the keynote speaker at Whitewater High School this coming September 1st!
The Ugly Tree snags another prestigious award. It was named a 2011 Eric Hoffer Award finalist Very thrilled. The past three weeks have been amazing. I’m trying to book more speaking engagements, and hoping these awards help the process.
The Ugly Tree was a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards! Also received news that it was a 2011 New Generation Indie Award finalist! I’ll be knock, knock, knocking on an agent’s door come this fall in hopes that my next novel, The Peel and Stick Heart, will be nationwide on EVERY shelf from Walmart to Barnes and Noble.
Fixing Forever Broken is now available on Kindle, so all you tech savvy readers will have to check it out!
I never stop dreaming, and as 2011 begins, I’m setting new goals and am striving daily to reach them. My new novel, The Peel and Stick Heart, will be rough draft complete come March. Check back as I will soon post excerpts for my fans. I’m looking forward to more speaking engagements, high school appearances, and book clubs.
I’m dreaming big, and I hope that you are as well!
Hey everyone, for those of you who have the blog address at www.blog.tamaralyon.com it’s permanently MIA. Not sure what happened exactly because I’m not fluent in techno speak, but when we transitioned to a new website the blog disappeared. Bottom line: you can’t access the preview for The Peel and Stick Heart! Sorry about that. I may repost after the New Year! Merry Christmas!
Book Club tonight, December 6th near Middleton. I will be talking about The Ugly Tree and Fixing Forever Broken! Thanks to Laurie Wood for making it possible!