• Rachael Clarke

Sequel to The Big Ol' Bike

The weather is warming, the days are longer, and summer is finally upon us. This alone is more than enough to make me smile. Winter gets very long for me. I'm not one of the fortunate people who enjoy the cold. Certainly, I like tobogganing, building snowmen, hoar frost, the blissful lack of bugs, and enjoying a nice white Christmas. But everything else about winter, I'd be perfectly happy living without. I welcome weekends at the lake and warm evenings on the deck, where I can sit and write after the kids have gone to bed.


What seasons do you enjoy the most? Where is your happy place?


SOME EXCITING NEWS:


I mentioned a while back that I was planning to create my own publishing company, as a home

for my own self-published books (and maybe some fun anthologies down the line). Well, I did it! Officially, I am the proud owner of Page Turn Press. The website is currently under construction, but it will be www.pageturnpress.com when it's finished. Hopefully, it will be up and running soon. And, guess what? The Big Ol' Bike has officially been re-published under my company now. It has been a very exciting time, and I look forward to publishing many more sequels in the Oliver's Adventures Series.


The Big Ol' Bike is now available in all formats: paperback, ebook, and audiobook. Signed copies are available through my website www.rachaelclarkewrites.com, and the book can also be ordered via Audible or Amazon - just click here.


**FREE AUDIOBOOK PROMO CODES AVAILABLE** If you'd like to listen to and review the audiobook version of The Big Ol' Bike (read by the amazingly talented Tricia Allen), please let me know. I have free promo codes to give away to eager listeners, who are also able/willing to leave an honest review. I'd love to send one your way. Just shoot me a quick message via the contact form on my website (address listed above). Thanks!



MORE GREAT NEWS:


Book #2 of the Oliver Adventure's Series is in the works as we speak, folks! The first draft is nearly done, and I can't wait to start illustrating it. In this book, the terrific trio (Oliver, Austin, and Sue) go to Summer Camp. Yes! I loved summer camp as a kid. They will experience adventure, hijinks, and a few challenges to overcome. So, keep an eye open over the next few months, because I might be sharing a sneak peak with you. ;)


In other news, my author newsletter is still in the works, so I hope you'll all continue enjoying my blog posts for now. Some big changes in my life have put some delays on a few different things, but it will be coming down the pipe soon. Stay tuned.



NANOWRIMO and FUTURESCAPES:


I thought I'd chat about NaNoWriMo for a minute. Who's done it? Who might be interested in doing it? I'll tell you a bit about it... November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I participate in this awesome writing event each year. For 30 days straight, writers write like crazy, keeping track of their word count each day. The goal is to hit 50,000 words by the end of November. Sounds crazy right? It sure is... but crazy FUN. For me, it's such a great motivator to get words onto the page, and I learn a lot about myself as a writer every time.

Note: they also have two Camp NaNoWriMo events, held in April and July.


Here's the website for anyone who'd like to check it out: https://nanowrimo.org.


Two years ago, I wrote a draft of a fantasy novel (book 1 of 2) called The Bellflower, which is now in the second draft stage. Last year, I started a project, but just couldn't commit the time. Hey, life happens, right? But, this year I had an epic goal in mind. A science fiction western novel called Race to Novus. The idea sparked as a short story, but I couldn't let it rest. There was so much more to the story - a full novel's worth.


This past April, I decided to write the novel during Camp NaNoWriMo. I wrote 60,000 words, and I plan to finish the last half in November. Now, I'm pretty excited about this book, and here's why... I attended Futurescapes in March, 2021, which is an amazing event for authors. With agents, editors, and experienced authors as faculty mentors, every author gets to workshop a novel excerpt, a synopsis, and a query letter.


I decided to workshop Race to Novus. Overall, it went well - better than I imagined. A literary agent enjoyed it and hopes I'll submit it to her when it's done (Eeeeek!), and I was named as a finalist for the 2021 Futurescapes Award. That's a huge honour! So, that's why I'm so pumped to finish this novel. Not only do I love the concept, but I truly hope it'll bring readers joy too.


**More updates on Race to Novus are yet to come.**


So, now that I've chatted your ears off, I thought I'd close things out with a fun book recommendation. Check it out below.



THIS MONTH'S CHILDREN'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:


The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt.


This picture book is pure happiness. It really is. I just love reading it with my kids. It is packed with fun and adventure in an incredibly creative way. The illustrations are eye-catching, and visually dynamic. Plus, it's ripe with nostalgia for the adults reading it. Who didn't love playing rock, paper, scissors as a kid? I can't wait until my littl old enough to start playing it with me. To give a brief overview, this book tells the epic story of three mighty warriors, Rock, Paper, and Scissors. They've bested every foe they've come across, and simply can't find any worthy opponents... until they face each other. Trust me, it's a lot of fun. I definitely recommend it to any parent(s) with kid(s) aged 3-8. Happy reading!



Thanks for stopping by everyone. I'm wishing you all a great and creative summer.

Until next time...



Written by Rachael Clarke

copyright, 2021



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