Your chance to win a copy–Becoming Ellen by Shari Shattuck

Julian Froment:

A great giveaway

Originally posted on readful things blog:

I’ve got a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to giveaway to one lucky winner. All you gotta do to enter is share this post with your favourite social media outlet and drop me a comment below to let me know you did. (US residents only please.)

Winners will be chosen on Friday 8/14

Thank you to Putnam/Penguin Random House for the prize :)

Becoming EllenBecoming Ellen by Shari Shattuck

Returning in the bestselling tradition of Jennifer Weiner, Shattuck brilliantly illustrates the deep friendship between two absolutely unforgettable women in this touching yet funny novel.

Ellen Homes is done being invisible. Well, sort of.

Living with her closest friends, Temerity and Justice, has helped her step out of the shell of invisibility she once hid away in. She still seeks refuge in solitary time and observing from afar, but she has pushed herself to open up to others in ways that…

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The First Time

The first time you wrote,
A comment for me,
I could hardly know,
What this would grow to be

The first time we emailed
Privately, of course,
My heart soared and sailed
And you were the source

The first time we texted
More instantaneous now,
The fens to be excepted,
Where 3G is a sow

The first time we spoke
Your beautiful voice,
Took my breath away,
Made me rejoice

The first time we skyped
And I saw your face,
My heart it did flutter,
At your angelic grace

The first time we met,
In the physical world,
Everything shifted,
As my soul unfurled

The first time we kissed
And sizzling sparks flew,
Our lips they touched,
And our love grew

The first time we made …
Such intimate joy,
From the heavens above,
Just a girl and a boy

And all of these firsts,
Led to seconds and thirds,
An infinity of ecstasies,
That you bring unto me.

The ultimate love,
United and free,
Together always,
Is what we shall be.

Indie Author Help Page Answers Elizabeth Tyree

Julian Froment:

Another excellent addition to the excellent Indie Author Resource Pages.

Originally posted on readful things blog:

Today Elizabeth Tyree is joining us to share her experience as an indie author. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom, Elizabeth! You can find the answers of other authors who have been generous enough to help us out on the resource page of this blog and the blog of Charles Yallowtiz . Feel free to answer the questions and send an email if you would like to share your own experience. Every bit of knowledge we can get helps! (

You can find Elizabeth’s Author Central Page HERE with a list of all her books.

1. How did you decide to become an indie author?

It was 2012 and I had already completed 2 novels in my Stone Dragon Saga and was working on the 3rd, but could not seem to find an agent. In all reality, I sent maybe 4 or 5 queries to agents and only a…

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Love’s Eternal Fire

The passion and desire,
That I feel for you,
Love’s eternal fire,
Does burn so true

That glint in your eyes,
That come hither look,
Let’s read together,
Love’s secret book

That smile that plays,
Upon your lips,
The suns fair radiance,
It doth surely eclipse

Angels do quell,
Their jealous rage,
Your perfect beauty
Doth theirs upstage

Love’s sweet nectar,
I drink it down deep,
Love’s sweet mysteries,
Are ours to reap

Always and forever,
Me with you,
Two hearts as one,
Eternally true.

Finally Complete

Clouds of grey,
No sky of blue,
When each day,
I’m without you

But comes that time,
Not oft’ enough,
When the sun doth shine
And I set off

Across the ocean
Back to you
The plane in motion
‘Come on crew!’

Get me to
The one I love,
Fly me in,
From up above

Back to her
I do race,
That metal bird,
Doth cross the space

A finally back,
There in her arms,
Oblivious to all,
But her sweet charms

That pretty face,
Those luscious lips,
I’m whole again,
And now complete