Nicholas Forsythe is a self-proclaimed bookworm, and proud to be so. References to his favorite books are littered throughout The Proper Bearing, and they are as tied to his life as our own dear stories are to us. To honor and celebrate the impact books can have on a person's life, I'm giving away what I'm calling Nick's Private Stash: three of his favorite books and a few things to help make your own little cosy reading corner.
The package will come with the following, lovingly wrapped:
To enter ... simply comment here on this blog post! Leave me your preferred method of contact: email, or private message via Twitter/Instagram/Facebook. (I received some feedback which said Rafflecopter was confusing, so we're going the easy route here.) Due to shipping costs, this contest is only open to United States residents (sorry, my international friends!). The deadline for this contest is September 17th, and a winner will be drawn on the following day during the online release party! Until then, please spread the word about both contests, and good luck to you all!
Hello, Readers! You may remember that as part of the celebration of last year's In The Cards, I created and gave away a piece of artwork. This year, I'm continuing the tradition! The Proper Bearing contains many pivotal scenes, but the image which seemed a natural choice was one that another character creates:
The Three Musketeers stood large-as-life in all their finery, each with their foils in the air and a defeated, unconscious Cardinal Richelieu at their feet: but their tunics were Oakridge navy and gold, instead of the robin’s-egg blue and shining silver that Nick had seen in countless illustrations. Each of them bore a familiar face: Scrib had done an amazing job of capturing Terry and Cris’ likenesses, as well as his own. It was clear that she had only had Terry’s caricatures of Goddard to draw on, but even so, there was no mistaking who she had used as her model for the scheming Richelieu.
The original was done with Chameleon pens on 9x12 Bristol, and I will be mounting it on black mat board. In my art shop, Gifts of Awen, this would sell for $60 ... but you've got the chance to own it for FREE! All you have to do is enter the giveaway over on Rafflecopter! You even have chances to gain extra entries in the raffle by helping spread the news about The Proper Bearing on social media or following me ... and if you haven't bought my other two books yet, you'll get super extra entries by doing that.
The deadline for entries is September 17th.
Good luck to everyone who enters! I hope you'll join me next week for the second giveaway!
For many months now, I've had a place-holding cover for The Proper Bearing floating around my website. It had the most basic element I knew I wanted: a vine-covered wall, reminiscent of stately old school buildings. But it wasn't enough. I knew it needed something more: something which hinted that The Proper Bearing is more than just a standard coming-of-age tale. So I went prop hunting.
There's a particular item of significance which helps drive the plot forward after its inciting incidents, and I had a very clear picture of it in my mind... so I went antiquing. I'm lucky enough to live within walking distance of an amazing antique store. The Laconia Antique Center was converted from an old Newberry's department store, right down to the still-functioning soda counter. I could lose hours in there - and have! - but going with a specific item in mind made things a little easier. Soon enough, I found what I was looking for, along with the vintage postcards I used for my new marketing material.
Some careful lighting and a little dance with Photoshop later, I may now happily introduce you to the final front cover of The Proper Bearing, and along with it, the magical artifact known as The Dawning Urn...
It's been a while since I shared a straight excerpt here on my blog, and since I am almost through editing The Proper Bearing, it seemed fitting to give you all one now. Our hero, Nick Forsythe, has just entered his final year of secondary school (what the English consider high school). His friends, trouble-making twins Cris and Terry, have been late in returning from detention for a couple of hours, and when they finally arrive, their reasoning is not what he expected in the least...
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