Today is the print release day for LADY OF SHERWOOD!
(If anybody's wondering, I haven't quite stopped internally screaming while running in circles. I think that's going to take about a week and a half, really.)
To celebrate, I'm gonna giveaway some signed bookmarks. Here's how it'll work:
If you find LADY OF SHERWOOD out in the wild - in a bookstore, a library, etc - or it's your own copy, take a selfie with it. Then, tag me on twitter - @MollyLouise10 - and use the hashtag #LadyOutlaws. On Saturday, May 20, I'll take however many entries there are, pick 10 random winners (courtesy of random.org), and send those winners a signed bookmark.
If you still need a copy, you can get one at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.
Please, if you read it, review it. It helps tremendously.
I hope you're as excited as I am, and I am really excited. Here's the start of a good week!
Hope & Kindness,
It's me. Well, it's you, technically, all grown up. Or as grown up as we wanna claim on a regular basis, which, considering our favorite food is still mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, maybe we'll never officially grow up.
Sometimes we eat ice cream for dinner. That's pretty cool.
Come sit by me. I've got some things to tell you.
First, even twenty years later, you still occasionally make this face. Not so much for funny face pictures anymore, but because sometime things don't go according to plan. We're still cute, though. Promise.
Do you remember that time we were in Barnes & Noble? I think it was that summer before H went to college. We got up early each morning to take mom to work so we could have the car, and we adventured all over. We went to the Sciencenter, to the mall, and made a lot of trips to the bookstore.
Do you remember what you thought that day? You might have even said it out loud.
You said one day, I'm gonna walk into Barnes & Noble and find my name on the shelf.
Brace yourself, kid, because it's actually happening.
You wrote a novel - you've written eight of them, actually - and signed a publishing contract, and tomorrow, that book that you wrote is released into the world. It's the ebook version, the print one doesn't come out until May 15.
But your book is going out into the world. It's going to be on bookstore shelves.
You had a goal, which, at one point, didn't seem attainable, but you worked for it anyway. That's because you don't know how to quit, kid. Trust me when I say you still don't, and I don't think you're ever going to learn. Probably not a bad thing.
I'm not gonna lie, you've got some rough years ahead, and I don't just mean the normal middle and high school year shenanigans. You'll get mono, somehow catch whooping cough, have a mystery pain, and get your wisdom teeth removed. You even eventually have open heart surgery. Which yeah, it's terrifying,
But you do a lot of other really cool stuff before and after. You get to travel. Mom and Dad even let you wander all the way to Wales for, like, four months.
And you play so much soccer.
But the most important thing, kid, is that you didn't give up. There were a lot of people who scoffed at that lofty goal of yours, a lot of people who thought you couldn't do it. And despite all of that, despite sometimes wondering why you kept writing, why you kept trying, you didn't give up.
And that, you mop-headed small child, is something we never grow out of.
It's a long, strange trip from there to here, but it's worth every. Single. Step. And it's definitely worth it for the people you'll meet along the way. Some will encourage you. Some will tell you you can't do it. And some will just let you slog through everything without comment. You'll figure it out.
You'll always figure it out.
And when in doubt, just ask mom for advice. She's got a lot of wisdom she can impart.
But you gotta remember, kid, that in the quiet moments in the middle of the night when no one else was around, it was you who kept going, kept trying, and kept writing. For all those moments when it would have been easy to give up, you didn't.
This was your dream to follow, your goal to get. And you did.
So tomorrow - the release day for LADY OF SHERWOOD - is for you, kid. You never gave up on that dream, and here we are, twenty years later, finally seeing it tangibly come true. Here's to you for saying I want that, and I'm gonna do it one day.
Your one day is here.
Smile. Soak it all in. Have some cake. And maybe, on Tuesday, figure out which new thing you want to reach for next.
Here's to you, kid.
You Future Self
This week has been an utter unexpected train wreck. Most of it has occurred behind the scenes (meaning that it's staying exclusively within the family), But it still carries an impact.
Regardless, we are only 3 days from the release of the LADY OF SHERWOOD ebook!
I am in that ever-so-lovey headspace of being both very excited and very nervous. But I'm going to go primarily with excitement, because tomorrow, April 21, 2017, CTP is throwing a Spring Release Spectacular!
LOOK AT ALL THAT PRETTY!
From left to right it's Shannon A. Thompson, Me, Heather McKenzie, Kristin Smith, and Tamara Grantham. (Clicking on each name will take you to that author's individual website, so you can learn more about them and their books.)
Come hang out with all of us tomorrow from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm EST. Chat with us, ask us questions, and even win some cool stuff. It's gonna be a blast!
Have an awesome Friday, and hope to see you tonight at the Release Spectacular.
Hope & Kindness,
Behold! The cover for LADY OF SHERWOOD!
Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.
After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants—she wants revenge.
As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin’s choices begin to haunt her. She’ll have to choose between what’s lawful and what her conscience believes is right—all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.
LADY OF SHERWOOD is a YA retelling of of the legendary Robin Hood, and set to be released from Clean Teen Publishing in April 2017.
Writers can be a little odd. We have quirks, habits, and routines that might raise a few eyebrows, but the idea usually comes back around to whatever works for that writer, works for that writer.
If I'm going to have a marathon writing day, there's usually a few things I need. A good cup of coffee is the first, followed by a place to work (either in the apartment or somewhere I feel I can get work done with minimal distractions). The last and certainly not least thing on the list? Music. Sometimes the music is there to be a personal soundtrack for a specific character. Other times it's to help set either the tone of the scene or set the scene itself. While I might use a variety of songs, there's always core set of two or three that I come back to, especially when it gets difficult to get the words out.
Here's a few of my go-to YouTube selections from when I first drafted LADY OF SHERWOOD.
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