Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It's Release Day: The Upside of Down

Cover designed by Michael James Canales
I'm very excited to FINALLY share my new release, THE UPSIDE OF DOWN, today! This story began in 2011 in the same way most of my stories begin—with a news article and the question, 'What if?' I had read a Parade magazine story about a woman who passed an 11-year-old boy on a Manhattan street corner one day before he asked her for spare change. Instead of giving him money, she asked if he'd like to join her for a McDonald's lunch. To make this long story short, he agreed, and that one encounter started a decades-long friendship which changed both their lives. The story of their connection stuck with me until I began to play with different scenarios in my mind about how two teenagers, each with a very different background, might react in a similar situation. 

To celebrate the e-book's release, I'm hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD and a PAPERBACK COPY of the book. Enter here, then share it with your friends. The more you share, the more entries you get!

E-version available at AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes, & KOBO

Paperback will be available later this month. 

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  1. This sounds like a heartwarming story. Congratulations!!

  2. It sounds like a super read, Dawn! Congratulations!!!

  3. Congratulations, Dawn. Can't wait to read it!

  4. It is really interesting. I read this book and i liked a lot. The story is of Hobbs Crane doesn’t like distractions. He lives for football, rules the basketball court, and does his best to avoid the neighbor girl with the Jupiter-sized crush on him. With a new kid out to steal his starting basketball position, Hobbs needs to feel in control again. Then Hobbs finds a boy living inside a giant blue spruce on an empty city lot who becomes the biggest distraction of all. The boy named Up is in survival mode. check this outLeaving his real name and a neglectful home life behind, Up is running away to Florida to find his older sister who left home years ago. But he’s hungry and desperate, and he finds the overgrown evergreen next to the old factory the perfect hideout until he makes a plan.


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