Speak of the Devil is my debut novel, just released today! It’s about guardian angels and fallen angels, and while I don’t believe I have a guardian angel, necessarily, I am slightly superstitious and do believe that things happen for a reason. Well scratch that, I believe that when things happen you can shape them into a reasons that suits you.
I started the book when I was teaching marketing at a community college. I’d taught for three years for them and was always told that I’d be hired back again the following year. The year after I started work on the book, I wasn’t hired back. I was shocked and sad and unemployed. My youngest had started school, so it was just me, home alone all day.
I’d been trying to get published my entire adult life so I said to myself, I’m going to finish my book. I’d joined my local RWA chapter and had started SotD the year before, just writing every now and then on it. Most writers I knew would kill for the chance to have alone time all day long to write. So I made a deal with myself. I’d write the book that year and submit it to publishers. If I couldn’t publish it, I’d give up writing and start a new hobby. So I wrote and submitted it. Within a day of submitting, Steph from Crescent Moon Press asked for the full manuscript to read, and two weeks later, on Friday the 13th she offered me a contract. Friday the 13th!
My book comes out today, March 15, the Ides of March. Beware the Ides of March.
Beware? Heck no! I have barely been able to contain myself for the Ides of March! Today is not only the Ides of March, but it’s my book’s birthday! Today I am going to celebrate!
I’ve taught English and Shakespeare before so I was familiar with the quote “beware the Ides of March” from Julius Caesar and knew that ides is Latin for middle. Essentially, the ides of March means March 15. The whole beware thing came about from Shakespeare’s play as a soothsayer foresaw that Caesar was to be assassinated on the ides of March and gave him that ominous warning.
However, a few things I didn’t know was that the ides of March originally was dedicated to the god Mars and was a day of festivities and parades.
I believe that when seemingly bad things happen, it is within your power to make them positive if you only look for the opportunity in them. There is no bad luck. There is only luck. You make it whatever kind you choose.
So today, celebrate rather than beware! Go treat yourself to a present. Perhaps a book? I know of one just released today that you might be interested in. 😉
After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.
Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?
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