So…there has been some heated discussion with my future indie imprint home. As you all may or may not know, I have six books that I plan to publish at my new home. They can be found here.
The heated discussion is about which book will be published first–my debut at the imprint home. Gosh, I wish I could tell you the name of the imprint! That will be coming soon, I swear!
Anyway, I have an opinion about which book should be first, my new DE has a different opinion, and the imprint owner has a third opinion. After a lot of debate, I asked if I could just run a poll on the author website here and see what my readers think. I write books for you guys, after all, so your input is important. My DE and the owner agreed.
Then I had to beg them to set the poll up for me since I have no clue how to do anything with my website right now besides write blog posts, post them, and respond to comments. Oh, I can “like” things, too, without too much going wrong.
The three choices are below. Read the synopses (if you like) and then make your choice. Or just choose based on title/cover art. It is totally up to you how you take this poll. Any input is appreciated. Here we go…
A Boy Called Never
In 1922, Minnie Evans was born during the Prohibition Era. Growing up poor, she worked on her family’s farm to help them survive. She navigated The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, learned to read, married her husband, dug her way out of poverty, had a daughter, lost a daughter, gained a grandson.
In 1978, Brandon was born in a tiny hospital in a tiny town in Iowa. The first arms he was ever placed into were his grandmother’s. His well of energy was bottomless, always running, swimming, dancing—unless he was sleeping, he never seemed to stop moving. At sixteen-years-old, a visit to the doctor changed his life.
In 2019, an old woman sits in an office chair in front of a sixteen-year-old boy, named Zavier, who is getting his first chemotherapy treatment. “Guess how old I am?” she asks. She’ll be 97 next month, so that technically makes her 96-years-old.
Over the course of several months, 3 days a week, a 96-year-old woman sits with a boy who has cancer, talks about life, learns about his, shares wisdom, and tells him the story of a boy called “Never.”
Between Enzo & the Universe
If Enzo listed his problems, being single wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of the list.
It might not even be in the top twenty list of problems that he faces on a daily basis.
His parents are dead. His brother and sister are dead. He has no money. No friends. No job. He’s all alone in a country that will always seem strange. Soon, he also won’t have anywhere to live.
And he’s so angry. At life. Himself. God. The universe. Everyone.
Except the man he sees in the market. Something about the man with the red hair who only speaks English tells Enzo that the universe might not be completely against him for once.
A Million Little Souls
Four high-school seniors receive mysterious invitations to visit the library at night. The same night as the Quarter Century Dance at their high school.
Nate hates having his ethnicity erased. Frankie hates being the only black kid on the baseball team and having to hide his true self. Katina hates that most of the other students treat her like a freak. Marisol hates that she has to wait so long to run away from the town her mother has been trapped in forever.
But what do they all have in common? Why were they the four students invited to the library? When they show up, one-by-one, they soon realize they will only unravel the mystery by following 5 vague rules:
- Learn about themselves and each other.
- Go by the numbers.
- Take a stroll through time.
- Reach a higher plane of understanding, empathy, and compassion.
- Respect the books.
They can only leave once they’ve completed their tasks or sunrise comes. What else is there to do in a library all night besides open some books? But libraries are inhabited by more than just books…
Tremendous Love & Thanks,