Award Nod: Twisted Core’s 2013 Debut Author of the Year

I just received notification that Twisted Core Press, publisher of  Seven Dress Sizes , has nominated me for “2013 Debut Author of the Year” in their Readers Choice awards.

 


How about that?  What humbling news to receive!  Now, everyone get on over to the site and cast a VOTE  for your’s truly 🙂

Happy 1st Release Day To Me

Well the day has arrived! My very first story is now available for sale! WOOHOO!!

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I was asked to be a contributing author in the Seven Dress Sizes story story collection by 7 DS Books.  I was very drawn to the collection’s theme because, like most people, I, too, have fallen prey to what society deems as beauty and how I don’t measure up to it.  Standards of beauty vary from country to country, industry to industry, and culture to culture, and it seems everyone (women, men, young adults, children in some cases) are always striving for “beauty and acceptance”, but usually falling short because, by and large, the standard is a moving target.  What one deems beautiful, another deems unacceptable.    The thing I like about this collection is that  it showcases seven different stories about seven different dress sizes, all of whom struggling against the “beauty standard”, but ultimately learning to accept themselves as they are and not be bound by their number.

There will be more to come on this topic, so I won’t dive too deep today.  Instead, join me in the excitement that is my very first release date and story in publication!  The collection is available in both ebook and traditional print via Amazon.  For additional detail and purchasing, please click Seven Dress Sizes
or click the book cover above.

 

Seven Dress Sizes

7 dress sizesWhat is a woman’s worth ? What is beauty? Depending on culture, commercialism, family, or our peers, men and woman have allowed society to dictate a woman’s worth based on nothing more than the outer shell of her existence.

There is no perfect number. No measurement or shape is safe under the judgmental eyes of the world.

No eyes can judge a woman as harshly as her own.

Seven Dress Sizes takes you into the lives of seven different  modern women.  All struggling, in a full scope of shapes and sizes, to find the key to unlocking self worth, acceptance of  their personal beauty, and natural confidence.

I Have a Book Cover!!!

Today is indeed a good day! (for the record, “indeed” is my new it word. I’m reliving my SG-1 days– I LOVE me some Teal’c, but that’s really neither here nor there.)

Anywho, on to the exciting news. I got a sneak peak at my book cover today!! Yes, my dream of becoming a published author has been realized!. I posted a while back about being invited to contribute a short story to an anthology pub’d by 7DS Books . Well, I did it and the book is set to be released on May 7th, just in time for Mother’s Day.

This collection is all about women and how they overcome being defined by  society by one number, their dress size– be it large, small, or somewhere in between.

Here is the cover, my very first!!! (yes, I am well passed excited at this point-lol) 🙂

7 Dress Sizes

Possibilities…Hope….Growth

sun rise

The best part of my mornings is leaving my house and getting my first glimpse of the sky.  Today it looks like there could be two suns rising.  And as dark as some of my more recent times have been, I could use the warmth of two rising suns in my life.  As I am a firm believer that God sometimes uses signs to communicate and mark journeys, I’m taking this to mean by days will be full of  hope, possibilities, opportunities, growth, and success.  All things that  flourish in the sun.

Life plugs along and waits for no man.  Either you let the darkness consume you, or  you dig in and work harder  so that when the rays return, your burdens are lighter and easier to handle now that you can better see the muck you’ve worked through and the path that lies ahead.  You don’t always need to see in full color HD high resolution the ditches and valleys through which you are traveling.  Sometimes, the darkness is a kindness.

While I’m here, a quick update on the writing side of things. I’ve finished my contracted short story and sent it in to the editor. (Can I get a Woot Woot?) Now, the real work begins! I’ve jumped back into my UF story I started last year. Unfortunately, I still couldn’t connect with it.  So instead of beating my head against a rock for another year on this idea, I completely disassembled it and started from scratch with a new story. Very daunting, but I am loving the new direction it’s heading and the energy I have for it.

Oh, and I’ve been asked to contribute to another short story collection! WOOOOT! No deats to share right now, but I just *may* have 2 short stories out this year. 😀

“No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are raise your sights and see possibilities–always see them, for they are always there.”

~Norman Vincent Peale