May 4, 2016

Chasing My Dream - Storymakers Edition

Packed and ready to go. I can't wait!

Two years ago, I attended my first writers conference.

I was alone, nervous, and the only other writer I knew was someone from church. She wasn't going to be there. I didn't know what I was doing, let alone where I wanted to go. I just knew I needed to write.

Little did I know the journey I was embarking on.

Fast forward two years and I'm preparing to go to that same conference - LDStorymakers Conference in Provo, Utah. This is my third year attending and I'm probably more nervous today than I was that first time. Of course, I have much more at stake.

Because I'm insane and my husband and writing friends are amazingly supportive (and kind of pushy, but I like it), I'm doing more than I ever believed I could. Not only have I entered the First Chapter Contest, but I'm pitching Between Shadow and Light to a real live literary agent - Josh Adams of Adams Literary. I also have an editing session with Eschler Editing. AND I'm attending a three-hour workshop run by James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner.

I can't tell you how many hours I've spent preparing for this. As I type, my mind is racing, wondering if I've missed anything. I sure hope not. I'm already having nightmares about someone stealing my suitcase with my professional outfit I'm planning on wearing for my pitch. That and forgetting my laptop.

This is why I love lists. Lists for packing, lists for shopping, lists for the sake of having lists...

Anyway, I digress.

Suffice it to say, I'm an obsessive nervous wreck. Excited beyond belief, but anxious. My mantra right now is, "I can do this!"

Because I know I can. It's just really, really, REALLY scary.

But I can do this. I CAN DO THIS!!!

Keep watching on Twitter and Facebook for updates from the conference and to root for me as I'm chasing my dreams. I'll post about the First Chapter Contest winners Friday afternoon, so check back to see how I did. I have a really good feeling about this year.

Because I love ya'll and I'm ecstatic about this weekend, I'm going to give you a present - the blurb for Between Shadow and Light. Blood, sweat, and tears went into this thing over the past few weeks and I'm overly proud of it. Enjoy!

(And wish me luck because I'm kind of freaking out over here!)

Between Shadow and Light

As a Between, sixteen-year-old Eric Platt maintains the borders between the realms of Shadow and Light. Armed with a hand-me-down machete and the power to compel Shadow creatures to do his bidding, Platt is tasked to return the dangerous creatures back to the Shadow where they belong. However, Platt's power of compulsion is weakening and he must find a replacement before it fails him completely – leaving him vulnerable to creatures with teeth sharper than knives and blood that burns.

Shyam - vicious creatures supposedly imprisoned in Deep Shadow - attack Platt during his recruiting mission, forcing him to search for answers. As Platt seeks to meet with the head honchos who think they run everything under both suns, he’s detoured by a mysterious force seemingly intent on sabotaging his every move. When the rest of the Betweens are killed by shyam, it's up to Platt to defeat the creatures and return them to Deep Shadow. 

Platt’s compulsion weakens further, compromising his ability to fight even the weakest Shadow creatures. As his soul grows increasingly darker, Platt must keep the shyam from wreaking havoc in both realms as well as discover and overcome the force behind them. Defeating the monsters and saving two worlds shouldn’t be all that hard – he just has to figure out how to restore his ability to compel or die trying.

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