Life With A Publisher

computer_keys_keyboard_282093_hHere’s the thing they don’t tell you about getting a publisher for your book. There isn’t some magical change that happens in your life that makes you feel like you’re more of a writer. You don’t suddenly have a million ideas flowing through your brain and unlimited time to write them. Life continues just how it did before. The baby becomes quite the toddler and sleeps less and you try to find time to write something new even as you are trying to get the edits into your shiny new editor on time.

And that, to anyone out there reading this blog, is why I rarely post updates. But the edits are in now and 18 months is one step closer to being in the hands of anyone and everyone interested in it. That is an amazing feeling. I’ll be debuting the book at Women’s Week in Provincetown, MA and I’m looking forward to sharing it with the world.

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Upcoming Release

18-months officialThe blog has been quiet, but I swear I have been working hard. I’m happy to announce a new title, 18 Months, to be released through Bold Strokes Books next October! Here is the press release:

New Title from Samantha Boyette

Bold Strokes Books is pleased to announce the acquisition of Samantha Boyette’s new YA mystery, 18 Months, scheduled for release in 2016 from Bold Strokes Soliloquy Books.

18 Months  Coming in 2016

Alissa Reeves came out for Hannah Desarno. Hannah is smart, beautiful, and has just gone missing. Worse, she isn’t Alissa’s first girlfriend to disappear. Eighteen months ago, Alissa was caught kissing bad girl Lana Meyers. Too scared to admit her feelings for Lana, Alissa let her friends blame Lana. Weeks later when Lana disappeared, no one in their small town thought much of it until months later when her body was found.

 With Hannah gone, Alissa finds herself following clues that will help her discover what happened to both girls, and the truth will change everything.

About the Author


Samantha was born in Upstate New York and lives there still today; however she has traveled extensively within the United States and the rest of the world. She lives with her wife and son in a small town near the water and writes when her busy life allows it.

 When not being a full-time mom, she likes keeping up with her favorite TV shows, doing puzzles, and enjoying a glass of her favorite wines. Of course she is also a big fan of reading, mostly young adult novels, but with a soft spot for Stephen King.


Visit Bold Strokes Books Online Bookstore for this and other exciting titles.


So yeah, that’s happening! Kind of a big deal to me. I’ll be posting more as we draw closer to the release date. I’ll also be trying to post more regularly, but a 1.5 year old doesn’t always want to share me with the internet.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, 5 stars

carry onFull disclosure that I am in love with Rainbow Rowell. Everything she writes is sheer perfection and this is no exception. I think you probably have to read Fangirl to really get it, but maybe I’m wrong.

Anyway, this fleshes out the world of mages that we are introduced to in Fangirl’s fanfiction. Now, the whole time I read that book I was wanting to know more about this world, so it’s pretty clear this book needed to exist, at least in my mind. Rowell did a good job writing what it supposed to be the end of a series (In the other world) and making it something easy to dive into. There was enough back story to make you feel like you knew the characters.

This next bit gets a touch spoilery

I loved that Baz was the one who had the long lingering feelings for Simon, it wasn’t the way I expected it to play out. They were adorable together. It does read a little bit like fanfiction in that these two were supposed to hate each other and kill one another, but wait the bad guy has been harboring a secret crush the whole time! But again, maybe this is because we aren’t getting the whole series. Maybe starting in book one we would have seen Baz dealing with these feelings. Clearly the big issue here is that Rowell didn’t set off to write the full six book series.

If she wants to go back at book one and start, I support her.

Seriously, the way Rowell builds people is just perfect, they never fail to feel real even when she is writing about a world that is so unreal.

Read everything she’s ever written.

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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume, 5 stars

I’m not one of thunlikelyose people who loved Judy Blume growing up. But I’ve read my fair share and this book caught my eye. I’m so happy I picked it up. It’s as near perfect as a book can be. I love books that feel like you’ve just slipped into someone’s skin and this has that feeling down to perfection for every character’s POV. And there are a lot of POVs in this!

For some people that gets too confusing, but it worked for me. Maybe that had to do with having the audio book, I’m not sure. This book still had a main character in Miri, and all the other POVs only serve to flesh out her story and demonstrate how tangled up our lives become with one another.

Miri herself is great. It’s a coming of age novel and she starts as your basic almost fifteen-year-old worried about nothing more than school and friends. The growth to her character and those around her over the course of the story was awesome. Having three real life plane crashes be the catalyst for the changes that occur was an interesting choice. I think it plays well because it is true and Blume lived where it happened and saw first hand what the fear did to people.

Not a book to read on a plane, but otherwise snatch it right up!

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