I hadn't planned on returning till next week, but two things happened in the last 24 hours.  One was that three women who had been missing for 10 years were found alive in a house in Cleveland.  Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. At the time of their abductions they ranged in age between 14 to 20.  The similarities to my debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher were, to say the least, chilling.  I started receiving countless messages from friends, family and readers about this news story and how eerily similar this real life story is to my book.  We have almost no details as to what happened to these women at this point, but I will say that I'm so happy they've been freed and I will be praying for them for a very long time, that they are able to effect some kind of recovery from all the trauma they must have endured and go on to live happy, fulfilling lives basking in the love of the friends and family they've been reunited with. I'm heartened that their families will finally have answers after a decade of wondering what happened to them and hoping that they were still alive, in spite of the high probability that they were not.  I wish that more missing children and adults would be reunited.  If you know me at all, then you know that cases like these hit close to home for me--otherwise I wouldn't have written a whole book about this very subject.




Second, on a more buoyant, less grave note, I discovered today that Finding Claire Fletcher has been nominated for the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards in not just one, but THREE categories!


Best Novel

Best Thriller

Best Hero/Heroine (Claire Fletcher)



Pretty amazing stuff. I can't tell you how much this means to me and how excited I am. To think that my little book--the one that took me six years to get published--has been nominated for an award?  That is crazy!  It is the best kind of craziness!  I'm so flattered and humbled that someone considered my book good enough to nominate for these awards.  Words actually fail me right now.  I just want to say to the person or people who put Finding Claire Fletcher down as a nominee for these categories:  thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Truly.  This business is so incredibly hard, so when something like this happens, it really puts you on Cloud 9!


Finally, if you look up at the tabs along this blog you'll see one for The Aberration Blog Hop:  Finding the Most Aberrant Characters June 6-7, 2013.  That will stay up until after the hop and people can sign up there.


For the release of my next book, I'm hosting a blog HOP instead of doing a blog tour.  I think it will be way more fun.  



Here is the definition of aberration and the details of the blog hop:



ab·er·ra·tion

Definition of ABERRATION

1 : the fact or an instance of deviating or being aberrant especially from a moral standard or normal state

2 : unsoundness or disorder of the mind

3 : an aberrant individual

— ab·er·ra·tion·al  adjective

From the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary



What:  The Aberration Blog Hop: Finding the Most Aberrant Characters


Where:  Sign up below or here, feel free to spread the word about this blog hop on your own blogs


When:  June 6 & 7, 2013


What to do:  All you have to do is list your top 5 choices for the most aberrant characters in fiction, television or movies.  Also, if you're a writer, you can then include a short paragraph about who you think is the most aberrant character from your own work.


Where do I sign up?  Below!  I'd also ask that you use the lovely blog hop button you see here which the incomparable Carrie Butler designed for me.


All participants will be entered to win one of the following:


Amazon Gift Card $25.00

Amazon Gift Card $15.00

Amazon Gift Card $10.00

Signed copy of the paperback, Aberration (3 copies for giveaway)

Aberration the ebook (5 copies for giveaway)


Please feel free to spread the word on your own blogs!  


Winners will be chosen at random and announced on June 10, 2013.



You can check out the book and put it on your TBR on Goodreads here!