Thursday, March 24, 2016

It's Re-Release Day for Blackbird Flies!

Well, today is the big day for my first young adult book, Blackbird Flies. It has been re-released with additional scenes and a brand new cover.

As I mentioned yesterday, this book took me a very short time to write. The idea came from a young person I know who was going through a very rough time and thought about taking the easiest way out possible, even though she was so talented.

It is my belief that if you have that one positive thing to turn to...the thing that is the core of who you are...and one person to believe in you a and see that core positive thing, you can make it.

I did.

This book is written from a male perspective. Oddly, I found it easier to write from a young male's than a female. And Payton was a great character to work with. He's jaded, but he cares. He's talented, but doesn't push it on anyone. He has anger, but would never take it out on another person. I wish I'd known him back in my youth.

Here is the description:

Fifteen year-old Payton MacGregor is a musical prodigy. To him, though, his music is merely a way for him to escape from the chaos that surrounds him. All of his life, he's had to care for his mother, who copes with her bipolar disorder with booze instead of turning to her own musical talents. He refuses to become a statistic. Then he's thrown a curve ball.

His mother suddenly dies, leaving him to be cared for by his aging grandparents. As much as they love him, they decide to send him halfway across Canada to live with his father, Liam--the man Payton always believed abandoned him and his mother. Payton isn't making the relocation easy on anyone until he finds out he's going to attend the prestigious School of the Arts for musically gifted youth. Any second thoughts he has about his new life are erased when he meets Lily Joplin. Their connection is instantaneous.

Lily is a talented singer, but her struggles with drugs and bipolar disorder hit too close to home for Payton's comfort. And when her issues become all-consuming, he wonders if his music will be enough to carry him through.

I truly hope this new version with the added bits will be something everyone will enjoy. 

Enjoy and share your thoughts! Thank you for your support. 

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