We're days away from the release of my upcoming novel Outcast Like Me.
While I normally write contemporary romance, this book, and it's characters, took me on a writing journey I'd not been on before.
Well, for one thing Outcast Like Me is a Young Adult novel. Lexie and Dylan are complex characters, both dealing with social pressures on different spectrum's. In this novel you'll get to see the rise and fall of social status. You'll get an inside look into what bullying can do to a person. How behaviors change in order to keep on keeping on. But you'll also get to see that how with just a kind word, or a hand reached out to pull you from the darkness, can make all the difference in the world.
It's been a long time since I've been to high school, but even in all that time, some things have, and will, remain the same. Bullying is one of them. Social cliques is another. You're either one of them, or no one at all. You either fit in, or you don't. Some kids get looked over completely, while others incur the wrath of consistent verbal and physical attacks. It was my hope with writing Outcast Like Me that I could step into Lexie's world and show those who find themselves in similar situations that, no matter what anyone else says, or does, they are still a person who is loved. They have value. They have meaning. And that they should never bend or break because of someone else's opinion of who they are.
Nobody is the same. It was never intended to be that way since the beginning of time. We might think alike, dress alike, or even act alike, but at the end of the day every single person is a reflection of themselves and no one else. At the end of the day... loving who you are and being true to yourself is all that truly matters.
This book is personal to me. I've dug inside myself and brought bits and pieces of my own history to life, changing a few things to make it work for the story line, but the overwhelming feelings that came with the situations I faced in my younger years gave me the insight and foresight to help Lexie find herself as well. There's also bits and pieces of things that have happened to my own kids, and the things they have witnessed during their years of high school.
Now, I know it seems I went off on a bit of a tangent, but I promise there's a reason :) With the upcoming release of Outcast Like Me, I'm planning on having several giveaways happening on my Facebook author page that will run up to release day, and several after. I'm reaching out to FB pages and Bloggers to do takeovers and giveaways. There will be a lot going on, and I don't want you to miss any of it! The giveaways are intertwined with the theme of the story. Although the book is about bullying, the moral/theme of the story is about finding value and meaning within your own self.
Here's a list of what I have scheduled so far...
Mark your calendars!
FB Giveaway --> 9/10/18
FB Giveaway --> 9/13/18
FB Live --> 9/16/18. No time set as of yet. Watch my page for the announcement.
FB Giveaway --> 9/17/18
Website Scavenger Hunt --> 9/17/18
Release Day Party --> 9/21/18
Rafflecopter Release Giveaway --> 9/21/18 - 10/05/18
* More dates will be added once takeover's are scheduled.
Keep checking my Facebook author page for additional info *
Have a wonderful rest of the day and remember...