A Quick Note About SGT

Hope everyone is having an amazing Friday!

Exciting news – My debut middle-grade science fiction novel, SNOW GLOBE TRAVELERS: SAMUEL’S LEGACY¬†will be released this spring!

Less than eight months away!

Originally, the plan was to seek traditional publishing. However, the more I prepared for the submission process the more I realized it was the wrong direction for me.

Indie publishing brings additional challenges, but I’m excited to see what God has planned on this journey.

Editing is currently underway and book cover possibilities are being explored. More details to follow in the coming months!

Follow @snowglobetravelers on Instagram for behind-the-scenes insights on the story, settings, and characters.

About Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel’s Legacy (Book 1)

Twelve-year-old Sarah discovers a mysterious shop where the snow globes connect to other worlds. Devastating consequences follow when she drops one and must venture into a world controlled by a genetically-engineered warrior with an army of vicious hybrids.

Vintage Ice (Part 1)

This interactive thriller is an experiment, a complete departure in process and genre.

 I have no idea how the story will end, only how it begins and the events that came before. You, dear reader, will help decide the direction it takes. 

At the end of each post, there will be an opportunity to determine which path the young lady will follow. Vote in the comments to ensure the story continues.

A Dark Place

I shivered and drew my arms to my sides. So cold. It was like standing on the New England coastline just before the first snowfall. Frigid dampness permeated the air. Except, I was face-down on a hard, grainy surface that was sucking all the heat from my body. And there was a sharp pain inside my ear. My head throbbed.

When had I been to the New England coastline?

Click. Click. Click-scratch.

The sound grated in my ear, increasing in volume as the source drew closer. The smell of decaying leaves filled my nostrils. I rubbed the ground below my fingertips, half-expecting soil, and was surprised to discover concrete.

Click. Click. Click-scratch.

What was that sound? I sucked in a quick breath and opened my eyes. But the scene was devoid of light. Darkness mocked me.

Click. Click. Click-scratch.

I strained my muscles, struggling to lift myself off the ground. The pounding in my head set off a wave of nausea, forcing me back down. The clicking sound multiplied, surrounding me.

Click-click-scratch. Click-click-scratch.

Dozens of needles pricked my fingers and toes. Converging and covering my body. As the scratching and shuffling drowned out the fevered clicking sounds. I tensed. Jaw clenched. Air trapped in my lungs. Something was crawling all over me.

I fought to rise again. The shuffling sound became angry. Stabbing, burning pain ignited. My neck. My limbs. My feet. It was like being stabbed by flaming ice picks.

I screamed. “Get off! Get off! Get off!”

I shook the creatures off of me. The pounding in my skull intensified. I swayed. My stomach lurched. A gush of bile rose in my throat, spewing onto the concrete. It splattered across my bare feet. The clickers scattered.

I stretched my arms out, feeling all around me. More concrete to the right and left. Behind and in-front seemed to be empty space. Where was I? Was this normal?

The wood ceiling was only a few inches above my head. I pushed against it and felt it give a little.

Please, let this be a way out.

I gathered my strength and shoved the wood ceiling upward. It popped open along one edge. Light peeked through.

My heart fluttered. I reached to open it further, but a set of long, tan fingers wrapped around the edge and pulled it open.

I shielded my eyes and squinted against the harsh light pouring in behind the crouching stranger. Woozy, I swayed again. A face came into focus as my eyes slowly adjusted. Dark blonde hair, square jaw, chiseled features – a classically handsome man somewhere in his mid-thirties. He was wearing a blue oxford shirt, dark slacks, and loafers.

He smiled and I felt myself smiling back.

“Have we learned our lesson, Alexandra?”

I tilted my head. Who was Alexandra and what lesson?

I glanced around the concrete cell. Was he the reason I was in this hole with dead leaves and…

Click. Click. Click-scratch.

My eyes widened.


You Decide

What happens next? Comment A or B.
A: Go along with him for now and find out what she can.
B: Take her chances and fight back now.
The next installment will be written based upon the choice with the most votes.

Continued – Vintage Ice: Part 2.

Preview Snow Globe Travelers (SGT)

This week, I dove into developmental edits on Snow Globe Travelers (SGT), a middle-grade sci-fi portal/multiverse story I’m preparing for submissions. As of this morning, edits are about 35% complete!

As the final draft of Snow Globe Travelers emerges, my excitement grows. Working on this story over the past several years has been a process of personal transformation that has improved my ability to reach out and connect with others – an answered prayer. I look forward to sharing this special story with all of you.

Since the road of queries and submissions is long, I will be sharing the first chapter of Snow Globe Travelers in an upcoming quarterly newsletter. So if you want to take a peek, sign up and be on the lookout for a preview of it in mid-September.

To all of you who have supported me, encouraged me, or invested your time to provide feedback and guidance, thank you. It means the world to me.

About Snow Globe Travelers

Twelve-year-old Sarah Ann Reisende and her mother travel to Vienna for the Genuss Festival Food Fair. There she discovers a mysterious shop where the snow globes connect to other worlds. But devastating consequences follow when she drops one of the globes.

Venturing into a new world for help, Sarah becomes the target of Malvine, a genetically-engineered warrior with an army of eight-foot-tall carnivorous plant hybrids. Malvine wants access to the shop and has the means to force her to comply.

Will Sarah prevail and find the answers she seeks?

Snow Globe Travelers is the first book in a four book middle-grade series featuring themes of hope, self-worth, love, and redemption. Aimed at ages 10-12.