Cover Reveal, CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND: LIFE

I  had to share my brand new, shiny cover with all of you.

CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND: LIFE will be released in September by Crescent Moon Press.

 

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I hope you guys think it’s as beautiful as I do. I love the colors and the symbolism of the woman sinking in the pond. They did a beautiful job on the cover, and I’m excited that this project, six years in coming, is finally here!

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I should probably share a quick story blurb so you know what it’s about:

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Oh, How I Love Reviews!

I’ve been sick and feeling kinda bleh for the past little bit. Ugh. But there have been a few things which have cheered me up! :)

Augustina received 2 reviews that totally made my day. As part of one review, I shared 10 fun things about me. Plus, there’s another giveaway for Augustina! 

Shauna over at ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com said this about Augustina:

Only Rebecca Belliston can start off a story with the main character’s funeral and turn it into a happy ending. You will keep turning the pages of this book long into the night anxious to find out what happens next! LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT! Didn’t want it to end! (more here)

And Charissa Stastny from joyinthemoments.wordpress.com said this:

This sequel to Sadie is intense. Belliston did a good job taking the reader on a very emotional journey of guilt, grief, fear, want, rage, and ultimately redemption. Sadie’s a sweet character who’s been dragged through a lot of muck in both books, but she becomes strong…and it has been a wonderful journey with her. I couldn’t put the book down near the end–it got so tense and scary. Bravo!  (more here)

And then my friend Braden Bell over at bradenbell.com gave Augustina a nice shout-out here. I feel blessed to have such support for this project I love so dearly.

  • Win an autographed copy of Augustina here. The giveaway is only open until August 27, so don’t wait
  • Read 10 fun random things about me here
  • Buy Augustina here
  • Read the first two chapters here

Love you guys!

Few Updates: Deseret News, B&N, Amazon

Hey friends, I had to update you on a few exciting things. 

1) Deseret News Interview

A portion of my interview with Nick Galieti from the Good Word Podcast posted this morning on the Deseret News, the main newspaper in Salt Lake City. That’s so cool! Read it here or click on the caption below to read the whole article.

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You can also read the full interview with the Good Word Podcast is here.

Augustina update

Also, this morning, AUGUSTINA ranked in the top 1% of all books on Amazon. There are 8,000,000 books on Amazon, so being in the top 1% means it ranked around 80,000, but hey, I’m excited. Thanks for everyone who has supported my new book!

And lastly, AUGUSTINA, is available on Barnes and Noble now. So here are the updated links:Capture

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New LDS FICTION: Augustina, by Rebecca Belliston

I woke up earlier than I wanted today to get my girl off to camp, but instead of going back to bed, I had to check. I had to see if maybe, just maybe, it had cleared. And guess what. It had.

Augustina is now available!

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I’m thrilled beyond reason. I can’t believe Augustina is out in the world. I started it nearly five years ago. Wow. Talk about a long process. :)

I went ziplining two weeks ago in Southern Utah. If you’ve ever been, you know the feeling you get when you’re strapped in ready to go, and you want to do it. It’s going to be a blast! But you have to jump–literally–off the ledge 100 feet above the ground and zip across a river. You have to trust in the harness, in the strong cords, and your guide to show you how not to die.

The whole time, a little corner of your mind is screaming, “WHAT AM I DOING?”

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That’s kinda how it feels to launch a book.

I’m super excited. It’s going to be a blast! But I’m kinda scared, too. What will you all think?

Oh well. I just jumped.

Needless to say, I couldn’t go back to sleep once I found out. 

Giveaways

Even better, though, is the two giveaways of Augustina ended at midnight last night, which means, we have TWO WINNERS of autographed copies! They are:

  • Christine Sidaway (rafflecopter)
  • JoLynne Lyon (goodreads)

And even even better (love my grammar?) is both winners are my friends! 600 people entered to win, and the two chosen by whatever random computer programs were friends. How cool is that?

I wish I could give free books to all my friends–to all of you–but my hubby won’t let me. :) But giving them to Christine and JoLynne topped off my already great morning.

So it’s a good day. A great, awesomely wonderful day!

Reviews

If you read Augustina, please let me know what you think. I love hearing from my readers! And if you have time, I’d love it if you posted a review on Amazon or Goodreads for me. Or if you have a blog and want to do a review, or interview me, or whatever, I can get you a review copy.

It really helps to have reviews on books!

Thanks.

You guys are the best!!!

(Have you ever sat on a proverbial ledge wondering if you should take the plunge? Did you do it? What about launching a book? Any ideas for me on how to not go crazy today?)

Countdown to Augustina: Guess What Came in the Mail?

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Guess what came in the mail!!!!!!

Holding your book, your project, your baby for the first time in physical form is so surreal!

Now I think it’s safe to say that AUGUSTINA in August is gonna happen! The goal is to have it proofed one last time and available by August 1, but I think–I hope–it will be a few days before then.

I can’t wait!!!!!

I hope you guys love it! :)

CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND (my new trilogy) is under contract!

Are you ready for my exciting news? Are you sure?

Oh. If you read the title of this post you already know. Oops. :)

But…

I just signed a three-book deal for my trilogy, CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND!!!

I can’t believe it. You know how you work and work and work on a project, and after long enough, it feels like it will never end? Yeah. But it happened — or it’s happening, or it’s going to happen, or whatever. I’m very excited to work  with Crescent Moon Press. They’ve been so enthusiastic about my book, characters, and setting. I love them already. I’m thrilled and honored to be working with them.

So what’s this new trilogy about?

Glad you asked. :)

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Here’s the brief (ha!) description:

CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND is a New Adult Dystopian Romance (wow, that’s a mouthful). It’s set only a few years in the future after the economic collapse of America. While a lot of Dystopian books have a broad focus on the nation and impending war/doom, this book takes a look at how an economic collapse would impact a small neighborhood outside of Chicago.

Technology no longer exists, and because of that, this ‘clan’ of neighbors are sheltered from the outside world. They have to pull together to learn how to grow crops, sew clothes, find clean water sources, and basically survive. But there’s a catch. They’re living illegally. They weren’t supposed to stay in their homes after the Collapse. They were supposed to move into the government compounds where they could be ‘taken care of.’ The clan is forced to hide from the patrolmen who sweep the countryside for illegal squatters like them.

The story focuses on Carrie, a twenty-something girl, who forms an alliance with one of the patrolmen. He, in turn, protects the clan. Unbeknownst to Carrie, this patrolman has fallen for her. But unwillingly, she’s falls for another man, and she’s forced to choose whether to protect her clan or follow her heart.

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Here’s the more official brief description:

When the financial collapse of America wipes out life as Carrie knows it, she finds the will to survive with the help of a man determined to hate her. Citizens of Logan Pond: LIFE, is the first in a trilogy set in the not-too-distant America.

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If you’re a Pinterest-y kind of person, I’ve started a board to give you some ideas of what this trilogy is about. Find it here.  But here’s a sample of some pictures:

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I can’t tell you how excited I am about this new trilogy! It’s quite different from SADIE and AUGUSTINA, but I hope you guys still LOVE it. I do!!!  (Oh, btw, Augustina should be out late summer or early fall. More details coming on that, too.)

As I get more info, I’ll pass it along, but I had to share my news with all you awesome people because you guys are so supportive of me. You’re the best cheer section ever. :)

(a little giddy over here, can you tell? If I had the ability, I’d be doing backflips.)

What Writing Really Feels Like…

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One more week until school starts. One more week!

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The best way to describe my feelings is something like this…

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Just kidding. Sort of.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. Really. I do. I love the days we’ve spent in pajamas, playing board games, and eating Doritos as fast as humanly possible.

But . . . well . . .

Come May, I’ll be ready to have them back home again ALL. The. Time.

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As I anticipate getting back into writing, I came across this post today by Nathan Bransford. It is about the funniest, most accurate post I’ve seen on writing. It’s nice to know we all feel the same in this crazy business. Just when you think you’re done with the emotional roller coaster, you start up the next hill.

Check out the link here about what writing really feels like.

It’s worth the few minutes for a good laugh.

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What stage of writing are you in? Sadly, I’m in several stages because I’m working on several projects. Lucky me.

As always, have a great one!

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Leave a comment here.

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If You’re Going to Dream, Dream BIG!

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Hey friends!

Long time no see . . . er read . . . er . . . whatever. I missed you! I’ve been cleaning, vacationing (pictures of our trip to Utah at the bottom of this post), laundering, disciplining, laundering some more, and basically working my tail off trying to keep my family afloat this summer. Craziness. Good, fun, insane craziness. The joys of motherhood. Why did I have five kids again?

KIDDING!

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So how y’all been?

A Couple Pieces of Exciting News

  1. SADIE is 50% off in Deseret Book’s summer sale. I honestly don’t know how long the sale will last, so head on over and get a copy for your friends, your daughter, your mom, or just yourself. Especially if you’re an early Christmas shopper. It’s a great gift for females 13 and over. :) Find the deal here.

    Book Signings!  Barnes & Noble, Oak Park Mall, Sept. 14, 7-9pm 11323 W 95th Street Overland Park, Kansas
  2. SADIE‘s sequel, AUGUSTINA, is on the way. As soon as I get my five kids back in school, I’ll be finishing it up and sending it off to the publisher. (Anyone out there able to do a back flip for me?) Thanks for all the nice comments and emails asking/requesting/begging for a sequel. You guys are awesome!
  3. I’m doing a book signing for SADIE at the Barnes & Noble at the Oak Park Mall in Kansas, September 14, 7pm. (11323 W 95th Street Overland Park, Kansas). If you’re anywhere within a 200 mile radius, I expect you to come see me. Just kidding. Sort of. Okay. Not kidding at all. Come! There will be several other LDS authors signing. It’s a big event. So come say hi! I’ll also be at the LDStorymaker’s Writing Conference the next day. You can still get tickets here if you want to go.
  4. Notice the new design for my blog? Not sure that is exciting news. Actually, it’s more like frustrating news for me. Awhile back, I switched from Blogger to WordPress. Not sure I love either one. In the meantime, what do you think of the new do? Can you read the tiny font? UGH! I guess I’m keeping you on your toes. You never know what it’s going to look like around here. (Hopefully this design whiplash will end SOON! Anyone out there know WordPress well and want to offer some help? I know I should probably switch to WordPress.org but how? Where? Why? I just want my blog to match my website. That shouldn’t be too much to ask for, right? )

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Okay. That’s it on the news side of things–for now. Hopefully in the near future I’ll have more news on my other projects!   *crossingfingers*

Now . . . onto the thought of the day.

If you’re going to dream, dream big!

Because . . . why not?

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I was born into a family of dreamers. I blame it on them. My dad worked for CES as a seminary teacher and then eventually a zone administrator. When he was in his thirties, he decided to start writing books because . . . why not?

My mom was a busy stay-at-home mom of seven kids. She wanted to write music, a lot of music, and so she did because . . . why not?

That was the attitude I was raised with. If I wanted to try something new, I would jump in with their full encouragement. My husband calls me a Jack of All Trades. Not sure that’s true, but there are very few things I am not willing to try (this excludes food–I’m a picky eater). And it wasn’t just the passing fads either, my parents encouraged me to dream BIG! Go for it! Take the leap! And I have many times.

I’d call myself a “Glass is 3/4 Full” kinda person. I’m a jump-out-of-an-airplane kinda person (though I haven’t yet–still on the bucket list).

Note: Can you tell I just watched “Rudy”?

Considering where I started, who I was as a child, a teen, and young adult, I’m thrilled with how far leaping has taken me. I mean, I never dreamed five years ago that I would be doing a book signing in KANSAS! First off, I didn’t plan on writing a book. It just kinda happened. And secondly, I’ve never even been to Kansas. How’s that for dreaming?

True, leaping has led to falling flat on my face a few times, but not as many times as I should have. Right?

Right.

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So, what do you want, want, WANT to do?   Here’s the permission to go DO IT!

Dream BIG. Give it a try. Take that leap!

You never know where it will take you!

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Or . . .

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Has dreaming big already taken you somewhere you never dreamed possible? If so, share in the comments here!

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Speaking of big, here are a few pics from my trip to Utah. We did some big things, saw some bigger things, and had an all-around great time.

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Climbing Bridal Veil Falls (note the size of the climbers, that thing is huge)
Another huge fire started while we were in Utah. Freaky summer weather. This is one year Utahns will not forget.

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We LOVED the new downtown Salt Lake City mall at City Creek. Gorgeous! The creek runs through the mall.
While we were in Salt Lake, we had to stop by and see the temple.

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I got my girl on and figured out how to do my daughter’s hair for a wedding. #pattingmyselfonback
Still feeling proud of myself for the hair thing.

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