I’m delighted to announce that How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories is now available. You can choose from a paperback edition or electronic versions in two formats everywhere books are sold. You can visit your local bookstore or browse the Internet. Better yet, simply click on the book image on this blog, which will take you to Amazon.
Dilemma of the Cousin Cycle
How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories is longer than the other books in the Cousin Cycle and is definitely best suited for the YA to adult reader. Therein lies a potential dilemma, because readers of The Hoarders or Balance, might expect a story told by one of the younger cousins. Instead, How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories takes you on the journey of how the year’s events impact a seventeen-year-old cousin no one knew about.
First, Brenna must discover that she, in fact, has a family. Then, she has to uncover what kind of people they are. There is romance, danger, even some violence, but always the most important quality of the story is its honest realization of character. The genre term, cross-over novel, perhaps describes How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories most accurately.
A “cycle” not a “series”
Usually a series has a single protagonist that either doesn’t age at all, or ages book by book, like Harry Potter. That’s why I call these four books a “cycle” rather than a series. “Cycle” suggests something rolling around like a year rolls around. In the Cousin Cycle, that describes the one year of disastrous events that sets off so much discovery.
Just to be clear:
- The Hoarders has a 10-year-old male protagonist,
- Balance has a twelve-year-old female protagonist.
- Regrets Tree on Fire has a sixteen-year-old male protagonist.
- And now, How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories has a seventeen-year-old female protagonist.
I’d love it if you’d write a few lines about “How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories and rate it on either Amazon or GoodReads. That will make a big difference in whether other readers discover the book.