Thought you guys might be interested in seeing the cover for the third book in the Guardian Series. Isn't it badass? Many thanks to Tatiana Vila on this one for taking a crazy vision in my head and making it look way better than I could have made it. I'm getting excited to share this book with you. I hope you like it. It's going through the finishing stages of being made pretty, and I can say with absolute confidence it should be available for purchase on January 6th, 2014.
Clare goes to a dark place in this one, and has to fight a rough battle, the likes of which she's never faced before. Though this book is a bit dark, I hope you will trust me and stay with me. 'Cause the next book isn't gonna waste time with dark: it's gonna straight to holy-crap-did-that-just-happen?
I know, I know. I'll stop teasing you now. : )
Also, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who voted and weighed in about the physical copy thing. I'm going to try a few avenues and see if I can A) get it to look good, B) get it at a reasonable price, and C) get it into as many outlets as possible. If none of those things are possible, then I suppose we'll just have to be content with an affordable alternative, i.e. E-books. I'm currently in the process of getting the first book, The Watchers, delivered to me from Lulu. I'll let you know how it turns out.
There won't be any more blog posts for the next little while, because of the day of thanks, so I wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Day, and just be happy.
I am officially frustrated. I mean, really frustrated.
For as long as I've had The Watchers out in the ether of the thing we call the interwebs, I've wanted to have a physical form to sell to people. When I pictured myself as a fancy-pants author girl, it was to the picture of a book in hand as I smiled at the hysterically sobbing fans that adore me. (Only part of that is true). While I thoroughly - and I do mean thoroughly! - enjoy my self-publishing E-book journey, the idea of a book I can hold in my hands (a book you can hold in your hands) is a rather fetching dream.
The dream comes with some problems that I am starting to understand keenly.
The biggest problem, at this point, is price.
When I set The Watchers to free, it was with the hope that more people would be drawn to my writing, be drawn to what I had to say. But it's also because I love free books. I've kept my books at a lower price than some I've seen floating around the E-book market, because I like inexpensive books. All of my books are under three dollars as of right now. It's not because I can't set them higher - I just think it's a fair price for a digital book. I've never been one to buy thirty dollar books. (The only exception was Harry Potter, because let's face it, it's Harry Potter). I LOVE libraries. I think they are the single greatest education we can ever hope to give ourselves. I think that a library can provide you with a better education than most institutions of higher learning these days. But, uh, college is good, kids, etc., etc. : ). And...off my soap box.
My point, and I do have one, my amazingly sexy friends, is that a print book is expensive. At least to do it myself. I've been looking in to Createspace. It's a pretty cool outlet by Amazon, where they make the physical copies when they are bought by the customers. It's a print-on-demand thing. I don't have to spend about a bajilion dollars trying to get my book printed properly beforehand. I approve the book, they print it as customers buy it and they sell it through a bunch of distributors, giving me exposure. It sounds like a perfect marriage.
The only problem I've had with that is the fact that I can't seem to find a way to do that where my book is under $15.00 for you guys to buy. That's right, $15.00!
And while I've felt your love this past year, and have been ecstatic to share in this journey with you, fifteen big ones sounds pretty dang steep. I've tried playing around with Createspace, but I really can't figure out a way to get the book to you cheaper than that. I love having a physical copy to read when I'm in to a story. That's how I do the majority of my reading, to be honest, but giving you the Watchers in physical form just feels rather impossible at this point.
The other option is to go through some of these publishing houses where I have to order, print and buy a bunch of copies of the books, with no guarantee that I can sell them. That means, most likely that I'll have to, again, up the price in order to make back my money. That doesn't come with the guarantee that I'll be able to sell them at all. Createspace at least takes care of the marketing for me. But that brings us back to !!!$15.00!!!. Yikes.
How can I really justify charging $15.00 dollars for a book I've set for free online? I really can't fathom it as being a good idea. I mean, I could do it, as it wouldn't hurt me to try, but I don't want to look like the world's biggest a-hole in the process. More than usual, I mean. ; ).
Which brings us back to the frustrated bit. I know that some of you have been asking about a physical copy. I would LOVE to give you that. I would love to know that my book was safely in your hands. But I simply cannot figure out a cheap way to do that at this point. My little brain is fried.
What are your thoughts? Be honest. I can take it.
It's simultaneously sad and great that there is one time of year where we step back and look at the people around us and give thanks for them.
It's sad because, if we're honest with ourselves, the holiday is so needed because we don't say thanks nearly enough. We could all be better about being grateful, at least I know I can. We let the 'thank you's' and the 'I love you's' slide. We miss our opportunities, and sometimes they can't be found again. The great thing about it, however, is that there is a whole day where we can reflect on the awesomeness that is in our lives. We can take a deep breath and look around at the things that have made our lives amazing in the past year. It's a moment of calm, where there are no stores or gimmicks to draw your attention. There's just family, friends, pets, and loved ones. It's a reprieve; it's a moment to fully appreciate what matters most.
For me, the year has been impossibly wonderful. I've felt like I've met a lot of truly amazing, sweet people. I have my husband, we have our health, and my dog is as hilarious as always. Despite how much I love them, my true thankfulness this year comes from you. That's right: I'm talking to you.
I don't think I can begin to articulate how much the fans I've met along the way mean to me. You guys have encouraged me, given me strength, and geeked out over Clare and Daniel's story as much as I have. You keep me writing, and you keep me excited about where I'm headed next.
The year has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. I've experienced my first wave of truly negative comments, I've had people call me useless and a hack, but around that awfulness, I've had some of the sweetest people on the internet write to tell me how much my story has meant to them. They're eager for what's next, and they're far kinder to me than I probably deserve. They are truly fans. And let's face it, anyone who is trying to make it in writing is nothing without their fans. Some authors ignore their fans, some pretend as if the fans are owed nothing, (because we so magnanimously grant you with the gift of our writing!), but the simple truth is that fans are everything. Without you guys buying my books, I would be back to where I was a year ago. (Not a happy place, I can assure you). Every single day that I get up and have a message in my inbox telling me someone has written in to me, I smile.
I'm so appreciative and awed by your kindness.
So in this month of giving thanks, I wanted to celebrate you in the only way I really know how. I want to give you a free book. Before you get all squeal-tastic and scare the crap out of your pets and children with how high your voice can really go on the register, it's not Clare and Daniel's story. Sorry. I'm still editing that one. The story I want to give you is one I have no intention of releasing this year. I haven't announced it. It's sort of a secret. I planned on releasing it after The Guardian Series and The Cursed Trilogy were over. It's going to be my next project. And I want to give it to some of you for free.
I feel like I should let you know a couple of things about the story before I get to the nitty-gritty of the giveaway. The book is called Revelation. It's the first book of what will be a trilogy. It is fiction, not fantasy. It's told from two different perspectives, the two main protagonists, Willa and Sterling. It's action, it's mysterious, it's romance, and it's pretty fraking awesome. I'm totally in love with the story. It makes me smile just to think about it. If you're more of a fantasy junkie, however, this story might not be for you. No magic or stepping into the place in-between. Just a lot of fighting and crazy karate chopping. And, oh yeah, some people falling in love.
So, if you're interested, I'm going to give the book away to the first thirty people who comment below. Thirty is the absolute limit! I'm going to leave it open until Thanksgiving, at 11:59 p.m. Then, I'm going to tally them up and send away via the emails you give me. The book is going to be in PDF form, so if that's un-doable, again, don't put your name down.
UPDATE 11-14: FREE GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED! THANKS!
Here are the rules:
1) Put 'I want a free book!' in the comments section below to enter your name.
2) Your entry must be on my blog. I won't accept it anywhere else. I can't look in a billion different places for your names. I'll go crazy if I try to do that. If it's not here, I won't accept it.
3) I'm gonna go by the time stamp given to me by the website. No complaining if you don't make the cut. Don't make it icky for everyone else. It's all for fun's sake.
4) It's in PDF form. No complaints, please!
5) Thanksgiving, or when we reach the thirty-person limit, is the cutoff. Sorry!
6) If you like what you read, let me know about it!
Okay, so those are the rules. I hope that you guys know how much you mean to me. And I hope this giveaway, in some way, returns all the kindness you've shown me (a tall order, I know).
For those of you who might be wondering, the third Guardian book is in the editing stages. It's being made spectacularly awesome. When this giveaway is finished, I'll have the title for you. Promise. If you want more up-to-date information on the books, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes, it's easier to make fast posts on there than posting on here.
Anyways, thanks for everything! See you next time! : )
First, and most importantly...I hope everyone is getting psyched up for what is possibly the coolest holiday ever. That's right, it's almost Halloween. Halloween is the whole purpose for October. It's the reason the month exists, I think, so be sure to have fun and stay safe. (For Watcher Fans, you know it's Clare's birthday. Watch Halloween, with Jamie Lee Curtis, in her honor, or throw an epic Watcher-themed Halloween party. It's a moral imperative to have as much fun as possible. Clare would want it that way.) It's also the only day of the year where it's totally okay to take candy from strangers, which just makes everything funnier.
Here's my favorite Halloween movie. Not nearly as scary as Halloween, but then I'm a total wuss.
Secondly, I wanted to let you guys know that Facebook has locked me out because I just moved and it doesn't recognize my new IP address. (As if moving wasn't stressful enough...) I know some of you have emailed and sent messages, but I simply cannot get into the page right now to respond. I will try to get the problem fixed ASAP. Thanks so much for communicating with me through that medium, and know that I totally appreciate it (and that I'm not ignoring you). If you absolutely need an answer to a question, send me a message on my blog, email at lynnie(dot)email@example.com or Twitter @LynniePurcell.
Thirdly, I wanted to share a picture with you. It's the cover to the latest book in the Dreamer Chronicles. The book is still in the editing stage, but I wanted to keep with the Halloween spirit and share my excitement. The cover is creepy, and I love it! I hope you do as well. I'll let you know when they book is ready for purchase.
And lastly, I wanted to wish a very, very, VERY happy birthday to my favorite person in the world. My husband is the best-est person I know, and I wouldn't be here doing what I love without him. He makes the world a little shinier. I love you, boy. To a million more!
I know that many of you are waiting for the next book in Clare and Daniel's story. I'm writing my little heart out to make the book as awesome as possible. I'm in the zone, and feeling the story completely, which is why I haven't written any blogs lately. I'll let you know when it gets to the editing stage. I swear!
Let me know your favorite Halloween story below. I love scary stories, or, you know, stories of any kind. Scare me!
Road trips are weird. I mean, you start out with this simple plan in mind, to conquer the world with snacks, tiny, baby clown cars, and through the amazing power of seeing things. You fully intend to go someplace, then, somehow, you end up somewhere completely different. But that weirdness is awesome in the best of ways. You see the world in a new way. Places you have never been before become places you can talk about for hours. The randomness becomes part of the joy, and you know that you have accomplished something fun, interesting, and downright cool.
Here's a breakdown of my trip. I hope you enjoy. Next post will be strictly about writing. I swear. (Note: I may be lying. I can't be certain.)
Our first stop was Music City. For those of you unfamiliar with the nickname, here's a picture:
If the Batman building still isn't enough of a clue, then, fine, I'll tell you. It's Nashville. We heard people belting out the lyrics to Pat Benatar's Heartbreaker, and country lovers singing songs I don't really know, to jazz I sincerely loved, and more music than I've ever heard per block in my life. It was a very loud town, in a fun way. Rolling hills, beautiful buildings, such as the Parthenon, and touristy shops galore made up the overall feel of Nashville (outside of the music). I had lived near Murfreesboro as a youngster, but I had never been to the city center. It was pretty cool to see.
Then, we were off, driving across the great state of Tennessee, a place I may or may not claim as home. The Mississippi was almost as large as the actual name for it. Almost. It's always fun to drive across it for some reason.
When we reached Arkansas I fell in love. For those of you familiar with Arkansas, you may be thinking about the million-and-one naughty shops that are off the highway. You would be wrong. I'm talking about the Ozarks. I absolutely loved the drive through them. They were perfect, peaceful, and perfectly peaceful.
Next, we were in Oklahoma. My husband has ties to the area, as he is Shawnee adopted by Cherokee, who were sadly transplanted there via a trail that had a whole lot of unnecessary tears, death and heartache. It was cool to see some of the places that his extended family calls home. (Interesting note: Purcell, OK is the Heart of OK. Take that world!)
My first impression of the state was that it was surprisingly hilly. Having never been to the great state of OKness, I was a bit shocked. I had always pictured flat prairie lands where cows munched happily and hills did not roll in a seemingly endless way. You don't believe me about the hills? I have proof!
Coming from the mountains, it may have been easy to laugh at the baby hills, but they were very pretty. It was also redunkulously windy. Also a surprise? Getting sunburned. In September. Without getting out of the car. Is it just me, or is the sun very bright there? What's up with that?
It was about this time that our plan to hit Albuquerque, while trying not to miss any left turns along the way, (thanks Bugs Bunny), was led astray in the happiest of ways. We were sitting in a hotel in Oklahoma City when my husband admits to a lifelong dream of wanting to see the great city of New Orleans. Now, to the common adventure this might be a problem as we are roughly a light-year away from anything resembling Creole, but not to me. I was like...okay! (Truly, that was the extent of my great epiphany.) So, we started south into the great state of Texas.
Texas was unsurprisingly flat. It had one hill. It was very nice. (Please don't email to tell me that Texas has hills. It's called a joke, albeit a stupid one.) The best thing about first entering Texas, you ask? A speed limit of 75! Weeeeee!
Dallas was cool to see, but oh my GOD Houston, how do you deal with the traffic? (This is coming from someone who has sat in L.A.'s traffic). HOW DO YOU DEAL?!!! I thank everything good on this earth that my husband was driving, because it was likely I would have turned homicidal by the end of the hour-and-a-half traffic jam that occurred as we made our way to Galveston. But, the upside of the pain and torture is Galveston!
Galveston was lovely, even though there was a major storm brewing. The wind and rain didn't really seem to take away from the charm. We were lucky enough to experience it without droves of tourists filling up the streets (and I got the feeling that there are a lot in the summer). We saw the water, which was right outside our room, we saw the cool architecture, and we shopped at CVS. It was a very cool stop, and I know that we will be going back at some point. I dare to say that it was one of our favorite cities along the way. Which is to be expected, as I hear a lot of old people like it and I'm 26 going on 89.
Under rainy skies, we finally made our way to New Orleans. The drive was gorgeous. despite the weather most foul. (sorry) Found my favorite stretch of interstate (so far) along the way. Before you reach Baton Rouge, there is a stretch of interstate (I-10) that runs over bayou after bayou after bayou. Eighteen glorious miles of driving over swamp. It was fracking cool.
For those of you who have read The Watchers Series, you know that New Orleans will always hold a special place in my heart hole. It is the place Clare went to discover the Watcher world a little better and ended up in a whole slew of trouble.
New Orleans might have been a place of pain and danger for Clare, but it was at its best for us. There was a slight chill in the air from the storms, which made the humidity less awful, the crowds weren't as hectic as they could have been, and we met several helpful, wonderful people. And, I had the BEST sandwich of my life in Jimmy J's Cafe, which is in the French Quarter. I don't know if the adage of, 'hunger is the best sauce,' is true in this instance, but, my god, my eggplant sandwich was delicious. I didn't want it to end.
The music was also awesome, reminding me a bit of Nashville, save for the awesome trumpet player blowing his heart out to the world near Jackson Park, and the vibe was uniquely New Orleans.
Can't you just see Clare, Spider, and Alex waiting on Serenity here?
The trip was a lot of fun. We only tried to kill each other, like, twice, the weather was a bit gloomy, but it's like I always say...there's fun in everything if you want there to be. I don't know if I always say that, but it's true regardless. We saw a lot of cool things, and I know I won't be forgetting any of it soon.
Brandon says, 'Hi!'. I added the exclamation mark.
There are a lot of bugs in Arkansas and Oklahoma. By the end of the drive through there, our car looked like a bug massacre. May they rest in pieces.
This car looks a lot like a polar bear, especially when it's chasing you through traffic.
I know I said I was going on vacation, and I am, but I just wanted to write this quickie to let you know that I have samples up on my site now. The Watchers (book 1) is posted in its most awesome, free form, if you want to read the whole thing here (though it is available for free at most retailers). The others are three chapter samples. I figure three chapters is enough for you to know if you like it or not. Let me know how you like the feature, and if it works.
The sample looks a bit like this and you can find them under the descriptions of each book. (I'm really hoping it works...it's a new feature, so fingers crossed). Thanks!
First, and most importantly, Happy Friday the 13th. I hope you celebrate by watching the 1980s movies of the same name. If horror isn't your thing, I hope you find a way to ward of evil spirits via your lucky rabbits foot, or whatever works for you.
Secondly, I wanted to let you guys know that I'm going on vacation on Monday, September 16. I'll be gone for a couple of weeks. I am going to try my darnedest to keep up with your emails and comments, but I hope you'll show me the tiniest bit of leniency. I won't be ignoring you on purpose, unless you're rude or mean, then it is totally on purpose.
And lastly, I was hoping you guys could allow me a moment's indulgence to talk about something that occurred to me today while I was brushing my teeth...Well, I'm gonna talk about it anyways. If you don't want to read on, I can recommend some wonderful TV shows to fill up your time... (Firefly, NCIS, Supernatural, Dr. Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender...)
Today's topic is negativity.
It seems like you can't avoid negativity. You could be Pollyanna and still be bombarded with people trying to drag you down on a daily basis. It's unavoidable. But my focus today is on the negativity that surrounds creative people.
I think anyone who has ever put their heart out there through a piece of art knows what I'm talking about. (And those of you who haven't can sympathize, I think.) You work hard on a project for weeks, maybe even months if you are a writer girl like me, you fret, you ponder, you tweak, you tweak again, and then, maybe, you do it all over again, simply because you didn't like how it turned out. It's a non-stop torture-fest of overwhelming passion, joy, and the sinking sensation that it could be better if you were better. And then comes the day where your big project is out there in the world. Like a baby moo-cow, it takes it's first steps into the brave new world before it.
And you are instantly met by opinions. Some of the opinions are good. They tell you that you are wonderful, special, and amazing. They praise your work and you feel a glow of pleasure in knowing that you are affecting someone in a positive way.
Then there are the other people, who have the opinion that you suck. If you write, they call you derivative, boring, or they say you have a poor/annoying writing style; if you do music, they call you a poor excuse for a musician, or the album was flat and uninspiring; if you act, they say that you were too fat, too short, too thin, too unremarkable, too bland, or too annoying. And on it goes.
And then you're left with doubt after all those months of slaving away. Are the people who like my stuff right in their praise, or are the other people right? Are the negative comments because the people making them are bland, angry at their own failed careers, or just plain mean? And, more importantly, are they right in that I suck? Should I listen to them?
For some creative people, I really think this can be the end-all. They meet this kind of negativity and give in. This isn't to say that I think all projects are created equal. There is bad art out in this world. No one can deny this. But I really think the truly passionate find a way to be better. They work hard, they improve, and they stay dedicated to their vision and desire. It's not entirely about success. It's about the joy. Imagine if Spielberg or Audrey Hepburn listened to every single one of their critics. Then we wouldn't have Indiana Jones (!), E.T., Schindler's List, Jaws, Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and their joint venture Always, to name a few. They had plenty of critics who panned them, but they stuck with it. They kept working. Not every project they worked on was perfection, but at least they kept doing what they loved.
I suppose that's my point, my advice, to anyone looking to get into any creative field, be it writing, music, modeling, drawing, painting, photography, sculpting, movie making, acting, etc. Keep trying. Know that not everyone is going to love you; some people, in fact, will hate you. They will never know you, never care about the real you, but they will hate you. If that's too daunting a reality to face, I suggest you go into something less personal than art. (Lobster fishers make a lot of money, I hear.)
You have to find the good in every situation, know when you need to improve and work harder (and not ignore all criticism just because it starts with critic), and know when to feel satisfied. If you worked your butt off to make a project as perfect as you can make it, and then someone comes along who flat-out says it sucks, know that you did your best, tried your hardest, and maintained your grace and dignity throughout. But don't give up. Don't you dare.
Personally, I tend to let the people who hate my writing get to me more than I should. I have to remind myself that they don't have to like it. It is entirely their prerogative to think I'm horrible and should never sell another book again. But what lifts me up is the truth that I love what I do. If I had a billion and one dollars, I would be doing this. If no one read my stories, I would still be happily typing away, creating new adventures for Clare, Daniel, Julie, Ellie, and Thane. I can't help myself. It's what I do. That passion matters. (If you don't have it, maybe it's time to move to something else. Maybe you're forcing a fit. It's okay to realize this.)
And the greatest thing to me is that, because of my passion, I have met some wonderful people who genuinely seem to like my stories. They email, tweet, Facebook, and comment on my blogs. It truly is a bit of a miracle to me that my passion could also turn into other people's passion. I may never be a New York Time's Bestseller, but I definitely appreciate every fan and every moment of this life.
So, if you are looking to get into e-publishing - maybe you dropped by to get some hints on what to do - or any creative field, then the biggest advice I can give is to not let negativity be your everything. Stay true to what you want - what your soul craves - work hard, keep your nose to the grindstone, and, if you stay the course, you will find a way. It may sound overly optimistic, but I genuinely think it's true. I guess I'm just a bucket way-full kind of gal.
I hope this helps. And I hope that you know that you aren't alone. We've all been there. Dust yourself off, pick yourself up, and keep moving. It's worth it.
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you after my vacation. Maybe even with a few embarrassing pictures. : )
Well, The Keeper is finally here! Yay! I'm excited for you to read it. Here are the links to go to the product pages...
That should be good enough to give you the general idea. And, my goodness, a big thank you to those of you who preordered and have already bought the book! Wow! Very cool. How do you guys like the preorder function? It's a new thing that I've only recently discovered. Was the process smooth and awesome? Should I do it again?
The only problem I have with it is that I can't do preorders with Amazon! At least not at this point and time. I can manage it with Barnes and Noble (which I didn't do this time), Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords...Seems to work well, but I'll let you decide for me. You guys are the ones buying, after all.
And my trip! Four of you responded to my call. I've loved reading your responses. The one that seemed to fit our budget and sense of exploration was....drum roll, please! .... Christian's idea to drive down Route 66. It's just seems so 'Americana' to take a drive across country and explore the sights with aimless purpose. So, Christian is the winner of the bookmark. I will contact you presently to get it shipped to you. I want to also thank Shelby, 'Lithechalice,' and Lucy for playing along. I really appreciate your suggestions!
I'd love to hear your opinions on The Keeper or preordering down below. Also, Happy Labor Day to my American friends!
See you soon.... : )
Okay! So, I finally have a mailing list! It only took me two years. Ha! The purpose of the mailing list is very simple. When I have a new book up, it'll send you an email. I don't plan on using it to send anything else. There will be no junk or spam, and it will be only for that one specific thing. So, if you want to keep up to date on the newest releases, sign up! If you sign up by the 29th of August, I'll send you the first two chapters of The Keeper via a word doc. Sound good? Just go to the tab that says 'mailing list' to jump on board.
I just love finding things that have one purpose and then they do that purpose so perfectly. It's just awesome. Maybe I'm a nerd. Jury is still out...
At least I didn't reference Star Wars.
Speaking of that, I just did an interview over at Smashwords, where I definitely reference Star Wars. It was a lot of fun to do. Hope you can check it out. (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/LynniePurcell)
And last but not least, I'm putting a challenge to you. I need an awesome place to visit! My husband and I haven't gone anywhere together in what feels like years, mainly because it has been years. There's been too many distractions, and life has a way of messing with plans. But this year, there are no impedements. I will take your recommendations. I'll also put up pictures here when we get back. Nothing in a swimsuit, I promise! Well, maybe of my husband. ; )
Please let me know where you think the awesome-est place to go is in the comment section and I will let you know if I pick your recommendation. There will be a free Katniss Hunger Games bookmark in your future if I pick yours! (Yeah, I know it's not The Watchers - I don't have bookmarks yet! No harm in promoting love for another bad-ass chick!)
Thanks for stopping by!
Just wanted to let you guys know that I'm still here! ...Been working super hard to make sure The Keeper is fraking awesome for your reading pleasure. (*Stops typing to wipe sweat from brow.)
I can officially say that book 2 of The Guardian Series is going to be epic, sexy, and maybe even a little funny (we can hope!). Just for those of you who have missed the previous announcements - Book 2 will be released August 31st. I will let you know when it's up.
Also, I wanted to let you all know that I am officially on Facebook now. The link is at the top of my page on the left-hand side. If you're a fan of liking things, don't be afraid to like me and tell your friends what you've been reading. You guys are the reason for everything - you're like soldiers in the battle to make Clare and Daniel known around the world. Maybe with your help we can have our favorite couple on the big screen one day! Or, at least lots of people will get to enjoy a free book....Whatever your reason, help a girl out and like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. I can't promise that I'll always be interesting, but I can promise that I'll always be irreverent, full of love, and slightly dyslexic. : )
Also, though I'm not a fan of my own birthday, never have been, I am sincerely hoping that you guys could help me make this birthday special. I saw on Charity Water where a person could pledge their birthday. I've done this! It doesn't take much to help out. Just a dollar can help change someone's life. What's cool is that they also show you where your money goes and how it helps. So, please, help me change someone's life and make my birthday just a little bit more awesome! (http://my.charitywater.org/lynnies-birthday-campaign) or: