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Daily Archives: February 14, 2013

Suicide City by Julie Frayn, you’re gonna want to check this one out!

Trust me on this, the opening chapter of Julie Frayn’s Suicide City is dangerous. Don’t plan on doing anything once you pick up the book and start Cover draft 2reading, because I’ve found it impossible to put down. In fact, I intentionally let my kindle run out of power and am not charging it for the purpose of actually getting some work done. I’m going to suggest you haul ass over to and snag a copy of this book that is so incredibly awesome, it’s in round two of the Breakthrough Novel Award.

Book description: Sixteen-year-old August Bailey yearns for more than pig slop and cow shit. She fantasizes about an apartment in the city, not a tiny house on an Iowa farm. She dreams of new clothes and falling in love with a worthy boy. Not hand-me-downs from the second hand store in Hubble Falls, population two-and-a-half, or having her jock boyfriend grope her and push her for sex. During another fight about makeup and boys, August’s controlling mother slaps her. And August hops the next bus out of town. 

She arrives in Charlesworth to discover that reality and fantasy don’t mix. After a night of gunfire and propositions from old, disgusting men, she is determined to find the ‘real city,’ the ‘real people’ of her dreams. To prove to her mother, and herself, that she is the adult she claims to be. 

When her money runs out, she is ‘saved’ by seventeen-year-old Reese, a kind boy with electric eyes and a gentleman’s heart. Reese lives on the streets. Though clean for months, he battles heroin addiction and the compulsion to cut himself. Each day is a struggle to make the right choice.

 August falls in love with Reese, and knows her love can save him. She breaks down his emotional walls and he tells her his secrets – of abuse and the truth about his mother’s death. As Reese’s feelings for August grow, so does the realization that keeping her could ruin her life too.

 Suicide City is an edgy young adult novel. Told from the points of view of August, Reese, and August’s mother, the story takes an honest look at some hard realities including teen homelessness, drug use, child abuse and prostitution. But at its heart, it is the story of first love – and the consequences of every choice made.

juliefraynFrom nine to five, Julie Frayn is a mild mannered accountant. But the rest of the time, her writer alter-ego comes to life. When she isn’t counting beans or making things up in her head, she is mother to the two most perfect adults on the planet. She isn’t biased, just observant. When they were younger, they were perfect muses for silly poetry about smashed peas and birds with gastroenteritis.

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Wait, why are you still reading? I told you to shuck buns over to smashwords…. GO GO GO!

~Amber Jerome~Norrgard

Get “Four Paws” on the Ellen Degeneres Show

100_0763Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m slightly on the insane side. But I’m also determined, and when I want something? I go after it, balls to the wall, full throttle, and I bust my ass until I achieve a goal.

You all know I’m about to publish Four Paws, a poetry anthology that 100% of all proceeds will benefit, a no-kill shelter here in Dallas, Texas. I recently found out that the Ellen Degeneres show highlights acts of kindness and paying it forward.

So I’m asking for your help: Please go to: and tell them about The Quillective Project’s 2013 anotholgy, Four Paws. Please include the links and E Book Cover

If Four Paws makes it on the show, then that means there are more people aware of the book, and there’s a potential for more sales of the book, which means that Dog and Kitty City will get the help they need. It will take you maybe two minutes of your time. Thank you so much!
For now, check out this most excellent video from contributing author and editor, Scott Morgan. I myself will be getting over my loathing of video cameras and how ishy they make me look, and recording my own video about The Quillective Project and Four Paws this weekend.
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