My new book: Is it worth it?

For anyone who thinks writing a novel is the hard part, I have news for you.

I finished writing my new novel, Throwing Stones, a couple of months ago. And for the first time, I'm not going through a commercial publishing house to get my book into the market.

First, my eyes went kind of wonky browsing through screen after screen of cover-worthy stock photos, looking for just the right one. Then I began to research recommendations for how to launch a new book. And that's when I realized I needed a magic wand. Between the different platforms and the different formatting and the millions of different ways to get the word out (none of which are sure-fire) and—most challenging of all—how to get pre-release reviews, I thought I'd found my way into Oz or Wonderland, and not in a good way.

If I hadn't been really convinced that Throwing Stones was worth it, I would have stopped. But it is. I'm sure of it. See what you think.

Something is drawing seventeen-year-old Jesse Bryce toward the community of Pagans who live in "the village," just outside his rural Oklahoma town. Maybe it's that he has a crush on Griffin Holyoke, a tall, dark-haired boy with a tree tattooed all up his back. Or maybe it's that the Pagans accept Jesse for who he is, unlike his family—or his church, where he hears that being gay is a sin.

After a man from the village is murdered while trying to prevent an assault on a girl from the town, Jesse's confusion at the town's unsympathetic reaction inspires him to set a mission for himself: to build a bridge of acceptance between the town and the village.

As Jesse defies his parents and continues to visit the village, he witnesses mysterious rituals that haunt him with their beauty and intensity. And he falls in love with one enigmatic, mercurial Pagan who opens his eyes to a whole new world.

And regarding that cover... In my next post, I'll show it to you! Hope you love it as much as I do. Especially after all those screens of photos I went through.