Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Moment

The Moment is finally here! And I don't just mean "the moment" I make my big announcement. It's also the title of my new book, which, after a two year journey, is finally ready to make its way into the reading world.




I love the cover! Of course, I had nothing whatsoever to do with it other than to give suggestions. If it had been my work you would only see stick figures. My work was limited to what is written on the pages. To give you an indication of what those pages contain, here's the description from the publisher's website.


In a moment of inattention, James loses an important

hockey game, and Neil, the team captain, just

won’t let it go. Later they scuffle, and in the terrible

moment that follows, James is hit by a train. When

he comes to, he discovers he’s lost the lower part of

his leg.



As James struggles to adapt to his new reality,

he’s surprised by a great many things. His teammates

Kimberly and Joel turn out to be true friends. His

visit from the War Amps nets him a new friend,

teenaged amputee Tariq, who plays soccer and challenges

James to think beyond his disability. He also

counsels James to let go of his bitterness and anger

toward Neil. 



He can’t—and when he learns that Neil

is going to receive an award for bravery, he’s furious.

It was Neil who drove James onto the tracks that day.

So what if Neil also pulled him to safety?

It takes a return to the ice and some help from a

secret friend to get James back on the right track and

into the game.


The Moment is aimed at middle grade readers, roughly ages 8 to 12, but I think readers of all ages will enjoy this story. Last year when I announced the publication of Ting Ting I included this quote from C.S. Lewis, and I think it holds true for The Moment as well.

"No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally - and often far more - worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."

The Moment can be ordered directly from the publisher, and shipping is free if you live in North America. Just follow this link. It will also be available on Amazon.com in a few days, including a Kindle edition. That will be your best option for purchase if you live outside of Canada and the US. I'll provide a link as soon as I have one.

This writing business is a tough one, and I am the kind of person who has a very difficult time promoting myself. But the reality is, in today's topsy-turvy world of being a writer, some self-promotion is required. All I can say is Jane Austen didn't know how good she had it. Never once did she have to worry about a bad review on Amazon, or a low rating on Goodreads. So here goes. If you like a good story, a story of redemption, overcoming adversity, and the power of friendship, you will want to have a copy of The Moment in your library. (And if you don't have a copy of Ting Ting, you might want to throw that in your shopping cart along with my new book.)

Now for the fun bit! The publisher has kindly agreed to give a copy of the book away to one of my blog readers. To be entered all you need to do is leave a comment here on my blog. There are a few people who, for reasons the universe is hiding, can't seem to leave comments here. If you can't leave comments here and want to be entered, just send me an email letting me know you want your name thrown in the hat.

I'll talk more about The Moment, and what inspired me to write the book, in a future post. Thank you so much for your support. It means a great deal to me. Now, before I lose the exceedingly small amount of writerly courage I have, I'm going to hold my breath and hit the publish button.

*Edited to say the book giveaway will close at midnight on October 30th!

48 comments:

  1. Oh Kristie, congratulations!!! You must be so very proud! Well done! -- Ruth

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  2. Congratulations Kristie!! A second good book, this is great news!! I have such admiration for writers, it's a lot of hard work and great thinking story telling skills. Sounds like a good story that has depth and meaning, one we all can learn and think about. Yay Kristie!!

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  3. You kept that quiet Kristie! Congratulations on the publication of your second book. I can't wait to read it, once it is available on Amazon.co.uk. Earlier if I am lucky. I grew up with a disabled brother and always wondered what his feelings were when faced with the problems a disability brings with it as a young teenager. He was never much of a talker. Reading your book might give me some late insights! Cx

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  4. Congratulations Kristie! I can't wait to read this one! Love the cover too :-)

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  5. Congratulations, Kristie! I'm so happy for you. I loved Ting Ting and I am sure that this book will be excellent and well-received too. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway, thank you for the chance to win.

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  6. Wow, another book published! I'm so pleased for you, Kristie, and know that your readers will enjoy this new title as much as they enjoyed the wonderful Ting Ting. Roll on availability on this side of the Atlantic. :-)

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  7. Congratulations on your new book! I'm so happy for you.

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  8. Congratulations!! Such exciting news.You must be over the moon excited. Having a book published is a dream of mine also. Here's to dreams coming true!

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  9. Congrats!! How exciting to have a book published, let alone two wow!

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  10. Well done on this fantastic achievement, you should be very proud of it. CJ xx

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  11. Holy cow. Your SECOND book published. And this sounds like my kind of story (I obviously agree with C.S. Lewis), redemption, overcoming adversity, just what everyone should read, repeatedly. Congratulations Kristie, I just couldn't be happier for you.

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  12. Congratulations, Kristie! I thought maybe that might be your announcement. You mentioned some time back about writing a second book, but then you've been so quiet about it since. I'd love to hear about the process of writing it (how long it took, how often you worked on it, etc.). Do you have an agent? Are you using the same publisher? Details, please!

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  13. Congratulations on your second book.

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  14. Wow! Congratulations! Sounds like a great book!

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  15. Well done Kristie! You haven´t heard from me before but I came across your blog recently and enjoyed it so much I went right back to the beginning and read it all...I feel I´ve got to know you by now...I follow you on Feedly. Contratulations on getting two books published, that is some achievement.

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  16. WOW!! That is incredibly awesome! GO YOU!! I would love to win your book, but if I don't, I will definitely be buying it!

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  17. Kristie! This is wonderful, congratulations!!! I can't wait to read it. I'd like to win the giveaway, but either way I will be buying it.
    One of my first memories is of a friend and me sitting on opposite sides of the tracks talking (and throwing rocks at each other) because our parents said we were too young and it was too dangerous to cross over. We stopped heeding that by the time we were James' age.

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  18. I gave my granddaughter Ting Ting and she loved it. Now I can give her The Moment for Christmas.
    Good work on your writing and your self promotion. I know how difficult that can be.

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  19. Wow congratulations on book #2! Amazing.
    best wishes
    LisaRR

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  20. Wow, this is so exciting! Congratulations on your terrific achievement! The Moment sounds like a real heart-wrencher. Count me in to the giveaway!

    P.S. Another great C.S. Lewis quote. Have you ever read his Letters? He wrote just as seriously to children as he did to adults (which was as it should be). I also love his essays on literature.

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  21. Yes, congratulations. Sounds like a story well worth reading and sharing. Everyone has a unique voice and it is wonderful that you are sharing yours.

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  22. Many congratulations - I didn't even realize that you are an author. What a great C.S.Lewis quotation; and so true. Very well done indeed. x

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  23. Congratulations. It must be wonderful to see your own work in print , a great achievement. I shall look out for both your books on amazon for Christmas presents for my granddaughter.

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  24. Congratulations a great achievement.

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  25. However do you find time to write books, with all your other interests and busyness, not to mention visits to your mother and other family members (let alone time with dear Lucy!) - and all that knitting as well? I'm filled with admiration - wish I had your energy. Mind you, I am several years older than you! Many congratulations. I echo Perpetua's comment about the availability of the book this side of the pond. xx

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  26. Hey Kristie,
    Many congratulations. I am in awe of your many and varied talents. What does it feel like to see something that you have written in print?
    Leanne xx

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  27. Congratulations! I know someone who loves to read and is the perfect age.....another tick on the shopping list! Thank you!

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  28. I have a dear friend who is a published author. The promotion part of it is her least favorite aspect, as well, Kristie, this book sounds entirely delightful. I love the C.S. Lewis quote and believe it to be true. I will order this book; just in time for Christmas for a special nephew. Thank you and abundant congratulations!

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  29. Hi, Kristie, your new book sounds wonderful and would make an excellent present for my great grandson who plays hockey. Please enter my name in your contest.
    Love your blog and read every posting!

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  30. CONGRATULATIONS! You must be incredibly excited and very proud of this accomplishment! It's been very fun to watch as you've become an author!

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  31. Congratulations Kristie! Two books published - that's fantastic. Sounds like a perfect Christmas present.

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  32. Thrilling news! Thanks to you and your publisher for this win-the-book drawing. Fingers crossed. . .
    -- stashdragon

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  33. Oh my goodness, another book. I'm so in awe of you and wish you much success with it. Well done you. Patricia x

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  34. Well done that author! You are an inspiration my friend. Hugest congratulations x

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  35. My granddaughter took Ting Ting from me before I could read it...I must get it back!
    Congrats to you on book #2!

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  36. How exciting!!!!! I am in awe of you and your abilities. Congrats and I wish you the very best with your new book.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  37. Congratulations on your new book Kristie! Some of my favourite books were written for "young" people. I sheepishly take out "juvinille" books from the library even though my kids are grown. Who can resisit Charlie Bone or the Dear Cananda books? I look forward to reading yours, it sounds great! Wishing you nothing but positive reviews!

    Bestest,

    Mary Lynne

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  38. My heart leapt with delight when I saw you had a new book! Best of luck with it -- we'll all allow you a little self-promotion, my dear. :))))

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  39. Congratulations, Kristie, I'm so happy for you. The Moment looks so interesting,and the cover design is super. I'm all excited because now I have a kindle, and I can buy your books - woo hoo. Will be onto it when you share the link. I hope your book does really, really well. :))

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  40. Congratulations Kristie!!! I hope that it does really really well and that lots of people enjoy reading it!! Fabulous for you!!!!!!! xx

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  41. congratulations!!! I am so very happy for you :)

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  42. Congratulations Kristie! I'm so thrilled for you. You are such a dark horse, had you even mentioned that you were onto your second book? Can't wait to have a copy on the shelves for the Kids alongside Ting Ting, I just know it will be fantastic...Mel xxx

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  43. Oh, many congratulations, Kristie! You must have a wealth of experience to draw on - but however do you think of the plots?

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  44. Oh Kristie, another one?! You go girl! I loved Ting Ting and will get myself a copy of this one too. Congratulations! ~Kim

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  45. Oh my gosh, another one?! Congratulations, Kristie! I loved Ting Ting, so I'll get a copy of this one too. So happy to see you continuing on this wonderful journey! ~Kim

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  46. Congratulations!! Holy cow, Kristie, you amaze me! Wonderful!!

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