NINE by DM King and His Path to Publishing
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NINE by DM King and His Path to Publishing

TITLE: Nine Author: D. M. King Publisher: Snow Leopard Publishing, LLC Publication Date: May 6, 2016 Amazon  |  Goodreads About the Book . . . 16 year-old Faith Monroe needs to know if there’s an assigned seat for her in the universe before she loses her life. It’s the year 2025, and she’s one of several teens slated to discover her expiration date, but there’s only one complication: The transport she’s riding in has a number of teens, including herself, who never received the extraterrestrial death chip. A device implanted at birth set to kill you at your appointed time. As perfect genetic matches for the leaders of the planet NINE, Faith and her friends must prevent an assimilation of their souls. Training her soul to resist won’t be easy. In fact, she’ll have to die first. A soul can’t fight back while it’s still attached to a living being. Faced with a nearly impossible choice, run away or stay and be trained, she summons the fearlessness to fight. Maybe she’s finally found the real reason she’s survived her illness, to restore the concept of dying by grand design rather than government mandate. Don King Speaks About His Path to Publishing . . . “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Einstein For years I thought for sure I was pursuing what would one day be my full-time job: songwriting. Lo and behold, I’ve been teaching 8th grade English for 21 years, and while I still write a song or two when inspired, it is NOT my job. Having taught reading and writing most of my career, I’ve seen such a decline in teenagers reading books, unless they have to read them. I made it my mission to change that in my classroom, and now some students still come to me instead of the library when they want something good to read. This is also the reason why I started writing YA novels. I pay attention to what teens want to read, so I have an inside track on their likes and dislikes. But that didn’t automatically make me a decent writer. I had a play published by Brooklyn Publishing and thought getting a book published would be as easy. WRONG. While I can honestly say that the past five years seeking an agent has been a learning experience for me, facing rejection after rejection took its toll. Fortunately– I never bowed to the temptation to quit, which is why I finally found success with Marc Estes at Snow Leopard Publishing. He saw something in my work that could be nurtured, and I’m proud to say my debut novel...

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THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO by Kristin Bartley Lenz . . . Cover Reveal
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THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO by Kristin Bartley Lenz . . . Cover Reveal

TITLE: The Art of Holding On and Letting Go AUTHOR: Kristin Bartley Lenz PUBLISHER: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc. PUBLICATION DATE: September 12, 2016 Amazon | B & N | IndieBound |  Goodreads   About the Book . . . “When every piece falls into place, it’s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.” Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She’s enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadorian mountaintop, Cara’s nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt. Starting over at her grandparents’ home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara’s journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started.   Kristin Bartley Lenz Website  |  Twitter Kristin Bartley Lenz is a writer and social worker from metro-Detroit who fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Georgia and California. Now she’s back in Detroit where she plots wilderness escapes and manages the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The Art of Holding On and Letting Go is her first...

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