I hope you’re finding amazing Black Friday sales in the midst of today through Monday. I know I’m staring at pairs of boots and wishing to see them appear on my feet at the moment. Also, so many books on sale. 🥺
But that’s besides the point. Today I have three things to tell you. Firstly . . .
WE HAVE FIFTEEN STOCKING STUFFERS! I am so excited about these adorable little goodie bags. They include one (1) hand lettered card, one (1) vinyl sticker, one (1) scrunchie, one (1) Literary Treasure keychain of Fifteen, and lastly, one (1) handmade felt plush creature of your choosing. We have twelve different scrunchie designs, and so many plush animals, so go take your pick! (I personal love the lace scrunchies and the unicorn plush)
I know a lot of you did get the pre-order goodies, but if you missed out on pre-order goodies, or you have Fifteen on your wishlist, or you are apart of a secret Santa, or even if you just want it for yourself, now you can get them!
I’m so in love with these goodie bags, and I hope you are too! They’re $6.99 (though keep checking them. I hear from a little birdie there will be some flash sales in the future . . . ) and you can order them through the button below. On to the next announcement!
️ Espresso Notes: your daily dose of mental caffeine ️
Not many people know something about Fifteen. Each and every poem comes with a paragraph explaining my thoughts behind it in a (if I do say so myself) Pinterest worthy quote style. All throughout December, I’ll be sending you those quotes, and short letters from me, to encourage you through the last month of 2020.
I know 2020 has been hard for everyone, and so this is just one more pick me up through the holiday season. Each day you’ll get a free printable, and on December 31, you’ll have 31 printable that you can print out and hang along your wall, or put on your mirror to remind yourself of all the things you learned.
You’ll also get all of the news for flash sales on both the stocking stuffers and Fifteen, as well as being told about other fun events going on. You can sign up for your cup of espresso below.
Lastly, but not leastly, Fifteen is 99 cents on Kindle today through Monday, so go snag yourself a copy. I’d love to hear if you do, so reply to this email or DM me over Instagram. I would love to hear about your favorite poems, or what stood out to you. ❤
Tuesday was a day, y’all, let me tell you. My dad asks me every week what my highlight of the week was, and I usually answer that I didn’t have one. Well, this week I did.
Tuesday was the cover reveal for my book, Fifteen, and I couldn’t be happier for how it turned out. I’ll be honest, it was kinda surreal until that moment, scrolling through my Instagram feed and seeing all the posts that held my book. Very humbling and encouraging.
Because of all the amazing people, I wanted to take a moment and just share their posts and allow you to smile at the beautiful pictures, because oh. My. GOODNESS were some of the pictures lovely.
Guys. *sniffles* Can we just take a moment to explain that Hailey is an amazingly sweet human who has been really supportive of my writing since I met her? I’m so excited about her own writing journey, and if you’re looking for upcoming writers to follow, definitely go give Hailey a follow.
Cerra is another supportive, amazing human, and she has a BEAUTIFUL bookstagram account. She’s working on this awesome story, so I would follow her if you want updates on it. 😉
If you know of me on this small blogosphere and don’t know about Kellyn Roth . . . I don’t know what to say to you. 😂 Kellyn was one of the first bloggers I started following, and I’m so honored to have her supporting my journey. ❤️
Sarah Grace Grzy has been mentioned before on my blog, and we all agree she’s a queen of Instagram, don’t we? I was touched that she took time out of her busy day to post about my book.
Hope! Another amazing writer I know. I’m so thankful that she joined the tour. ❤
Can I just say that basically all of my favorite bookstagrammers helped me out on Tuesday? I was so thrilled to see this post on one of my favorite Instagram feeds.
*takes a deep breath* Okay, this Instagram post did make me shed a tear. Kara is one of my favorite authors and she’s also my writing mentor, so to see this post . . . Yeah, you can imagine how wonderful it was.
I was honored to take place in Tara’s book release in May (? Correct me if I’m wrong on the month, Tara. 😂 All the Quarantine months are running together.) and it was such an honor to see this beautiful post. ❤
*happiness* I get to talk about the amazing Rebekah. In January of this year (I think, again with the month thing. XD It feels like 2020 has been two years instead of one.) Rebekah was super kinda and gave me some mentoring on the publishing world, agents, and writing in general. I’m so thankful for her and her super sweet spirit. ❤
Here’s another blogging queen who also knows her stuff about Instagram. It was such an honor to be included with back to Hogwarts day celebration!
A beautiful picture done by a beautiful bookstagrammer. I was so happy to have Kate help with the cover reveal. She has a lovely bookstagram page with lots of awesome recommendations.
This girl has an aesthetic going, and I hope she never stops. When I stumbled upon Caroline’s bookstagram, I knew I had found a likeminded book reader, and I was so excited when she agreed to help me with the cover reveal.
Sarah Baran is another amazing blogger turned into an epic Instagrammer. I mean, LOOK AT THE PICTURE.
Another beautiful post! I love the soft pink of the background. ❤️ Alea is a talented book cover designer in her own right, and I was so honored to see my book on her feed.
Ryan is another super sweet writer friend who was kind enough to feature me on her Instagram. It was honestly so amazing to see all the amazing people who mentioned me on their stories and posts.
I was so honored to be spotlighted on Anna’s instagram. She does some amazing blackout poetry on her page, so you should totally check it out.
*is so honored by this post*
I wish I had all the stories from Tuesday, but I only took a screen shot of one, because I as fangirling so hard. (Nadine Brandes, Shannon Dittemoore, and Ashley Townsend all had very beautiful stories as well, and those are the ones I really wish I had pictures of.)
It was such an unbelievable day. People also wrote some blog posts about the cover reveal.
Carolyn at Words that Speak interview me and posted about the cover reveal here.
Kaelyn at Kaelyn’s life has enthusiasm that I definitely need. XD I loved her beautiful post that you can read here.
I was honored to have Jana at Reviews from the Stacks join the tour. You can read her post here.
My sweet friend, Juliet Artman, wrote this very sweet email to her email list, which you can join here.
I have truly been blown away by how much you guys have done to support me in the journey. I never dreamed that the cover reveal day would have so many participants, or that in the days that I followed my little book would be ranking #2 (for a short time, lol) in Young Adult Poetry eBooks, or that it would be ranking #1 in Christian poetry.
I never wanted to release my poems to the world, but God often calls us to do things we don’t want to do. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
That basically sums up my feelings about Fifteen.
If you want to pre-order the ebook, you can do so by going here or if you would prefer to pre-order a paperback, you can go here.
IF you pre-order a paperback, you can get pre-order goodies here. And let me tell you, the pre-order goodies are stinking adorable, in my personal opinion. So you don’t want to miss out on those. (Plus, you get an extra poem that’s not in the book with the pre-order goodies!)
Again, thank you guys so much for being here through thick and thin. I definitely wouldn’t be here without my little blog that started out as Crazy A. 😉
I’ve written a lot on here about mental health. At the moment, mental health and Christians who deal with it are very close to my heart. Why? Because I’m one of those Christians.
Especially Christian teens that deal with it.
I’ve talked to lots of people in the mental health and disability communities. A little known fact about me is that I grew up in the disability community. My favorite people didn’t look like me, and I would grow livid if anyone talked down to them, or hurt their feelings for that reason.
And so when I appeared in the mental health community, I wasn’t sure what to say or do. Especially since I was apart of it.
I’m not an expert. I’m not super smart. I’m just a teenager going through similar things to you, and if you’re just starting your mental health journey, I’m in front of you, extending a hand to help you. To give you hope.
I hate admitting I’m not okay. What are you supposed to say to people? They expect you to be okay, they want you to be okay. And someday you just have to realize that it’s okay to not be okay. You don’t have to carry the weight of their expectations.
This week I found out that apparently I have anxiety, depression, and dermatillomania. I’ve never considered myself an anxious person, but apparently I am?
(Dermatillomania is the repeated picking of your skin, to the extent that you have open wounds on your skin. It’s related to OCD and anxiety, and yes. It’s really painful and really embarrassing and super super super gross.)
I’ve battled with dark thoughts, with losing the person I’ve always known as me. I’ve struggled with things that I would never wish on anyone else. Even though I wouldn’t want people to go through it, other people do go through it, and so the next best thing I can do? Help the people who are struggling with it.
And so I’m doing something huge.
I’m publishing a poetry book.
One of the ways to express the feelings that I wasn’t even sure I was feeling was to write them in poetry. To express truths and pain in the same poem, so I would know that even if I felt this way today, the truth is that it would be better.
Fifteen will be launching October 23, and it’s a book filled with poems about mental health. About the pains of trying to be okay, but not being okay. It’s filled with hope, because in the end, you don’t have to live with the demons in your head. You can get help, you can get better. It’s filled with the sunshine that follows the tears, it has the lullaby that soothes your fears.
I didn’t want to publish Fifteen originally. I didn’t want to put this out here, to have to work on this. But slowly, God showed me that this is my message. These poems are going out there to help you.
Because YOU have helped me so much.
Fifteen will also have hand drawn illustrations (and a few painted ones!) depicting the story as well. My prayer is that it’ll reach your heart and help you in your mental health journey, even if you aren’t a poetry fan.
And maybe it’ll help you understand others or still touch your heart even if you don’t struggle with mental health. Even if that isn’t the thorn in your side.
So raise a glass, my friend! Let’s celebrate this news!
If you’re super excited, go to my Instagram, follow me, and share my announcement post on your story because AHHHHHH. IT’S REAL, FOLKS! AFTER SO MUCH WORK.
Also, if you’re interested in being apart of the cover reveal, GO SIGN UP HERE!