Nothing Everything Nothing Goes Live

No one in Molly’s life expected her to pose for topless photos. During spring break Molly meets a charismatic older boy and suddenly she is skipping classes, drinking beer, fighting with her mother, and sneaking out of her house at night. No one but Lance matters – not Molly’s family, and not Brandon, her life-long friend. Anyone who voices concern about Molly’s new lifestyle is driven away.
When Molly refuses to let Lance sweet talk her out of her virginity, pictures that were supposed to be private go viral. Molly’s reputation is in shambles. Lance wants nothing to do with her, insults her, and refuses to take the photos down. Complete strangers are approaching her online, and in her local corner store, asking for sexual favours.
Molly is faced with a painful choice – face the humiliation alone, or end her life and never have to feel the sting of rejection again.

Nothing Everything Nothing is live and available for sale. Get your copy in print, or for all e-readers from Amazon, CreateSpace, SmashWords, and (within the month) Kindle and the iBook store. I’ll post the links at the end of this entry.

Half of the royalties from every book sold between now and the end of November will be donated to Kids Help Phone. That’s between $0.50 and $2.00 per book, depending on the format and distributor.

If you can’t buy a book there is more you can do to help.
* Join the e-book launch on Facebook on October 28th, all day. There will be giveaways so you may just win a copy!
* Invite your friends to the launch.
* Reblog this article.
* If you live in Southern Manitoba you can contact me for promotional posters for the live launch.
* If you live in Southern Manitoba you can attend the live launch on November 27th at the Transcona Library from 5-8pm. Bring a friend or 3!
* If you have friends or family in Southern Manitoba tell them about the launch.
* Tell your librarian (public or school libraries) about the book and give them the link to the paperback. Request a copy for your library.
* Add the book to your “Want to Read” shelf on Good Reads.
* Add the book to your Amazon wish list.
* Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Amazon’s Author Profiles, and Good Reads.

At the end of November there will be a blog article listing everyone who advertised, reviewed, and shared. As well, all the fundraising numbers will be made public.

This book is for everyone. It is for teens who have been bullied, whether they’re still teens, or they’ve grown up. This is for teens suffering from depression or contemplating suicide. This is for teens who have attempted suicide. This is for adults dealing with teenagers in these difficult situations. This is for adults used to be teens in these difficult situations.

This is not a book about “I’ve got it worse”. This is a book about “you are not alone”. This is a book about hope, not about “get better already”. This is a book to raise awareness and understanding, not to judge or accuse.

This is a dark book with a hopeful ending. This is about weakness and strength. This is about trying and not always succeeding.

Thank you for helping me raise awareness. Thank you for helping me reach out to people. Thank you for helping me continue the conversation about mental health and bullying.

Here are the links:
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/schreyerauthor
Twitter: @CasiaSchreyer
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00OW5FSQK
Facebook E-book Launch event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1489327034668181/?sid_reminder=5553758846805082112
Facebook Live Launch event: https://www.facebook.com/events/788296274561994/
Amazon E-book listing: http://www.amazon.ca/Nothing-Everything-Casia-Schreyer-ebook/dp/B00OVGJESS/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1414364385&sr=8-9&keywords=Nothing+Everything+Nothing
Smashwords E-book Listing: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/487516
Amazon Paperback listing: (not yet linked through)
Create Space Store (Paperback): https://www.createspace.com/5065657
Kobo and iBooks will be linked through by the end of the month

You can also search for me on Good Reads.

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Something to Think About

Youth are dying.

528 youth across Canada between the ages of 10 and 24 committed suicide in 2011.

That’s well over half of the population of my entire high school the year I graduated.
That’s 21 classrooms of students.
That’s 48 soccer teams.

Does it scare you to know that children as young as ten are committing suicide?
It scares me a lot.

Do you know the leading “causes” of suicide?

*Depression caused by chemical imbalance in the brain
*Depression caused by side effects of medication
*Depression caused by bullying
*Gay/Lesbian teens are at risk if they suffer bullying, or come from overtly judgmental families/communities.
*Some Aboriginal teens are at risk depending on the situation in their community
*Depression or guilt caused by the suicide of a friend or family member

Do you know the signs of a suicidal person?

*Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
*Seeking access to the means to kill themselves (firearms, pills, etc)
*Actually saying “I’m going to kill myself”, “I want to end it all”, “I wish I were dead”
*Less direct verbal indicators – “No one will miss me” “The world is better off without me” “Pretty soon you won’t have to worry about me”
*Dramatic mood swings
*Giving away possessions
*Reckless, life endangering behaviours

Do you know what to do if someone you love is showing these signs?

*Call a community mental health center. In Canada the Canadian Mental Health Association has a branch in every major city, and some smaller cities as well. They have a webpage and even a facebook page.
*If they are a minor or are living at home, call the parents or primary care provider
*Tell a school nurse of guidance counselor
*Tell a pastoral counselor
*Tell another qualified professional – a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a nurse, or a doctor
*Tell any professional adult such as a teacher, police officer, or fire fighter – while they may not be able to help directly they know who to call
*Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
*Call Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

We have the chance to save 528 lives every year by being aware of our youth, by caring about them, and by raising awareness. No, we have the chance to save 1056 lives every year in North America, and more world wide.

I will be raising money for Kids Help Phone. If you would like more information on that fundraising initiative see my previous posting.

Help me raise awareness. Help me save the lives of countless youth around the world. Let’s raise awareness about suicide. Let’s keep the conversation going.

Please share this blog on social media. Please reblog this post. Please, get this information out there. Make it visible. We can’t help if we don’t understand the problem. We can’t help if we don’t know how to help.

This is for our youth. Our children.

Nothing Everything Nothing Book Launch First Update

Nothing Everything Nothing is a young adult novel that deals with cyber bullying, depression, suicide, and recovery. And I am happy to announce that it will be released in November.

Nothing Everything Nothing will be available in print and as an e-book from Amazon, Createspace, Smashwords, Kobo, and Lulu. The pricing may vary slightly depending on the site and the country you are buying from but here is the basic pricing information.

Print (Amazon.com, Createspace, Lulu) – Paperback – 6×9 – 217 pages
Price – 8.99 +tax +shipping

E-book (Amazon.com/ca/uk/au, Kobo, Smashwords, Lulu) – page count and size dependent on device and settings
Price – 3.50 +tax (shipping is free to your device with a free user account at the site of your choosing)
E-book price subject to change.

The book launch will be held near the end of November. I am in the process of selecting a venue and a date. Paperback copies will be available at the launch for 10$ per book. And yes, I will be on hand to sign them. If you are from Winnipeg or southern Manitoba and are interested in attending the launch, the pre-launch sneak sale (held at the Jake Epp Library in Steinbach on November 18th at the Rae of Hope book launch), or a subsequent signing event and would like to reserve a copy at $10 (or if you live nearby and would like to meet up to get a copy) you can pre-order by commenting on this blog, e-mailing me, or calling me. (If you don’t already have my private contact information I won’t be handing it out, but I am directing family to this page for pricing information).

More details on the time and date of the event, and what you can expect from the event, will be posting in the next week or so.

If you are more of an e-book person you are still welcome to come to the launch. There will be giveaways. If you’re too far out of town to make it do not fear! There will be an e-launch earlier in November with e-book giveaways, fun trivia, and more.

Please help me raise awareness, not only about my book, but about the serious issues of cyber bullying, depression, and suicide. Please share the link to this blog everywhere, please reblog. These are serious issues and they are a cause dear to my heart.

And remember there will be a donation made to Kids Help Phone in honour of my cousin, to whom this book is dedicated. Help spread the word so we can support a great cause.

Sarah’s Child Book Review

Sarah’s Child is a drama by Paul England. It is set in Brisbane Australia, with parts of the story taking place in the UK. The story is told in a first person narration with the narrator changing every few chapters.

Here’s the description:

‘Sarah’s Child’ is all about love, decency and reality in a very contemporary context. When young Sarah Clarkson finds she is pregnant to her boyfriend, Stewart, she thinks her fairy tale life is just beginning. That fairy tale turns into a nightmare of domestic violence and crippling control and jealousy, driving Sarah over the edge.

Coming from a loving family, Sarah watches as her parents bring her newest sibling and their third child into the world, coincidentally the same day Sarah’s child is born. Seeing them enjoying the love and security of a long term marriage only makes Sarah and Stewart’s relationship all the more painful. Sarah develops postpartum depression, joining millions of mothers around the world with this insidious and crippling condition. Even when recovered, her life is wrought with frustration and pain as the father of her child uses every dirty trick in the book to control her.

Desperation drives Sarah to commit a crime that sends her even further down the path of despair and no matter what crimes her spouse may commit against her, it seems society is one sided and there is, for the once mentally ill, no justice. At least not if you are a woman, a mother, alone. Stewart is egged on by his evil step-mother and his worthless, abandoned-him-as– boy father. With such role models is it any wonder he sees nothing wrong in giving her the odd ‘love-tap’, or taking what is hers from her bank account… for the baby, of course.

This story is all too real because it is based on real events. Everything in ‘Sarah’s Child’ has happened to someone: someone you know, someone close to you, maybe someone very much like yourself. Maybe you?

The book was well written and the narration flowed nicely. I enjoyed the familiar way in which the narrator addressed the reader. The limited POV of the first person narrator provided a lot of twists in the story and emotional suspense.

I found the story realistic in a heart-wrenching way that made me want to fly to Australia and save this girl and her daughter. There was one part I didn’t find believable and that was when Sarah’s parents get her a new apartment and ask her to leave so they can have time with their new son without drama. Sarah was right to be upset by this. While it drove the plot I found it didn’t fit the characters or situation.

Otherwise the story was good, the prose were good, and the style was good. I did find the formatting awkward, the author would benefit from adding page breaks between the chapters to make the book easier to follow. This is my only real critique about the book.

I highly recommend this book and I look forward to the second book.

Prince in Exile Book 1 Book Review

Prince in Exile is a serial novel by Helen J Bradley. It is set in the fictional kingdom of Ukonsaari, an island nation existing in the vicinity of Norway and Finland in the late 1970s. It was available on Amazon but has been taken down, temporarily, for editing purposes.

First of all, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy before it was pulled down. Being a serial each part is very short – this first book was only 4 chapters in length. Even though it was short it was filled with intrigue, murder, action, and sex.

The characters are clear and well-written, but of course not yet fully developed – we’re only at chapter 4 after all. The back story of Ukonsaari is well developed and clearly laid out in these brief chapters. We’re also set up for the remainder of the book, this part ending with the reveal of the driving plot point.

The atmosphere is great. It feels like the 70s. Helen uses era appropriate language and cultural norms/believes while creating a sense of the foreign and grand.

The copy I had did have some issues with sentence structure but I will not go into detail as the author is already aware of this issue and is fixing it. I’m not sure when the book will be re-released but when it is I’ll share the link. You can still go to Amazon and read the description and view the cover (which is fantastic).

World of Azglen Book Review

World of Azglen is the first book in the Full Moon Series written by Patricia Mattern and JC Estall. Here is the book’s description from Amazon.

Charley Rabbit is a mentally disabled young man who lives quietly with his widowed mother Mitzi in the American Midwest-but not for long! Charley develops a rapid intellectual growth spurt after being bitten by a vampire. Fressenda and her fraternal twin brothers Cass (Castor) and Lux (Pollux) take an interest in Charley and Mitzi and become part of their extended family, but Mitzi is wary and senses that the changes in Charley may be part of something mysterious,dark and sinister. In the meantime she is offered something she didn’t believe was possible-a clandestine relationship with a younger , and incidentally immortal, male.

The ensuing connection that Charley and his mom develop with V-net vampires (,a brilliantly organized organization that has piggybacked on the existing infrastructure in the U.S), an ancient family history and a dangerous and wily adversary, the Vampire Lord Adrastos puts both their lives and their new relationships at risk and takes them to some of the most remote locales on the planet.

I found this to be a very quick read and overall the book felt like an extended introduction to characters, politics, and the vampire rules/powers of this author’s unique universe. As this is book one in a series that’s understandable. There were some twists I really enjoyed – like how flying was possible by impractical because of modern technology, the portal system, and Charley’s “rapid intellectual growth spurt”. I also enjoyed the main cast of characters: Mitzi, Charley, Fress, Cass, and Lux. I think my favourite though was the minor character, Byron.

The main struggle that is supposed to drive this book is hinted at in the brilliantly written prologue but I found the execution of the build-up and climax to be weak. No, that’s being too harsh. Let me explain a little.

When Mitzi undergoes her traumatic experience she reacts in unexpected ways and the author only suggests that “Mitzi felt that she had been hypnotized somehow, maybe” (to paraphrase). I was really hoping for more on this, a detail about how she had been drugged by the wet nurse, or how Adrastos hypnotizes her, or something.

I was VERY impressed with the outcome of the fight scene, even if the action felt a little choppy. The way Charley wins is unique and a wonderful twist. This is a traditional underdog learns to fight too quickly and too well sort of story – Charley struggles, a lot, in this fight and I liked that since he was the newer vampire and the weaker fighter.

While Byron was my favourite, the other men are hot and sexy and come across as genuine. I found the other back-up characters hard to distinguish (but I did read this novel with a head cold) but the main cast was fully realized and easy to tell apart.

The numbers don’t lie and based on the Full Moon Series’ fan base and status on Amazon’s sell lists Patricia Mattern has hit on a success with this series. She’s producing something that a lot of people like. So I will highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a light, quick, paranormal romance.

Look her up on Facebook and Amazon. There are a lot of books in this series and I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing all of them.

Looking for Book Reviews

Hello Readers!

I am looking for book reviews, be they on Facebook or in a blog. I love reading book reviews and, to be honest, I’m looking to network a little before my books start coming out. So I’m looking to you, dear readers, to help me out.

Do you follow a book review blog/page/site? Do you write one?

If you said yes to either of those please comment with the name of the blog and the link. It’s free advertising for them because I will approve all links that are actually book related so they will be seen by other readers. And I plan to follow/like/subscribe to the majority of the suggestions I receive.

Thank you in advance.

Oh, and if I am already following your blog please feel free to comment that you are a review site as sometimes I find it hard to keep everyone straight.

I’m looking forward to being introduced to many great books through these reviews!

South East Manitoba Writers’ Seminar

Tomorrow I’m attending my first writing seminar! It is being hosted by Marianne Curtis and Alan Bayne.

Everyone has a story that needs to be told. This seminar is for writers in Manitoba who are unfamiliar with the world of book publishing. This is an inaugural publishing event by Manitoba authors, for local authors.

Co- Host: Allan P. Bayne (author) of print book – “Bugs, Sweat, and Fears”, Turnstone Press, (1999); e-book – “Wilderness Wanderings”, Snippet, (2014)

Co-Host: Marianne Curtis (print & e-book) owner of Emerald Publications; author of “Finding Gloria” (2012); Moondust and Madness: A collection of Poetry (2012); Behind Whispering Pines (2012); Brian’s Last Ride (2012) “Discreet Betrayal” (2014); and “Ray of Hope” (2014)

Other locally published authors who will participate in the Q & A times

there will be a a ‘books for sale’ table; includes publisher’s free ‘how to publish’ kits; door prizes, samples of other locally authored books

I’m really looking forward to meeting other local authors and I have a lot of questions about navigating the tax set-up on Amazon. As a perk I’ve been asked to talk about my blogging experience and how it’s helped advertise my writing. They’re interested in setting up a conference for local writers (or a convention? now I don’t know what’s going on, ah well) so the public can meet local writers, attend readings, buy books, get books signed, etc.

I’m hyped to be jumping on board from the start. This is a creative community that I’m looking forward to being a part of. I’ve printed business cards and advertisements for my digital releases. And we’ll have wi-fi so there will be much networking and swapping of contact info and such I’m sure.

Full update upon my return!