Grandma’s Sock Drawer featured in SCBWI BookStop

I am excited to announce that my debut YA novel, Grandma’s Sock Drawer, is now being featured in the SCBWI, Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators, BookStop.

The 2020 BookStop opened up on October 6 and offers visitors the chance to browse over 1,000 new picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels written and/or illustrated by SCBWI members. Buying a book not only supports book creators, but indie bookstores as well. The BookStop store will be until November 30. Check out my page here:

As a member of SCBWI, I have found the organization to be very helpful in my writing and publishing process. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.

My first goal was to publish my debut novel, Grandma’s Sock Drawer, and then it was important for me to share it in the SCBWI BookStop. It feels wonderful to have reached another milestone on my journey as an author and I am very grateful for everyone who has supported me along the way.

#SCBWIBookStop 2020 is officially open. Start browsing all books here:

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Launch of Grandma’s Sock Drawer

Hurray!!

It’s finally happened!

I’m happy to announce that:

Grandma’s Sock Drawer is up, out, and available for eager readers.

Follow the adventures of Sukey as she struggles to unravel the mystery of the unusual gift left to her by her missing grandmother. Discover, with Sukey, the  meaning behind her grandmother’s most ‘precious treasure’, a sock drawer. 

Many thanks to all the hands, hearts, and help that coaxed this book into its momentous liftoff.

Grandma’s Sock Drawer is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Bookshop.org, and more!

Visit my website: sueagauas.com, for free materials to use with Grandma’s Sock Drawer. You’ll find a delightful word search, match the characters page, and a chapter by chapter comprehension guide, with corresponding answer keys.

Keep your eyes peeled for future adventures with Sukey!

David Stricklen’s Ripley Robinson and the Worm Charmer

David Stricklen’s newest book: Ripley Robinson and the Worm Charmer, is a must read for page-turning reading satisfaction. Stricklen hooks you on the first page and carries you on a roller coaster of ups, downs, and spirals as Ripley attempts to adjust to his new school and classmates. Stricklen skillfully portrays Ripley’s hopes, fears, and his inward struggles to do the right thing, which creates a strong pull through the story straight to the finish. You’ll step off this great ride and, like me, want to see what will happen next in the life of Ripley Robinson. 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Grandma’s Sock Drawer, a teen/young adult novel, has been accepted by Kindle Scout for a 30-day trial!

Grandma’s gone. Sukey’s inheritance is an envelope with Grandma’s letter and a key to Grandma’s ‘most precious treasure’, her sock drawer!

Why did a grandma that Sukey did not know, leave such a strange gift to her?

How do three pairs of unusual socks transport Sukey to other worlds?

Sukey must unravel the puzzle behind the drawer’s contents, and the new worlds they reveal, before the estate sale.

Will Sukey unlock hidden mysteries that lead to peace and connect her fragmented family?

This novel was created during the 2017 National Novel Writing Month, fondly known as NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo is a whirlwind writing challenge to create a new novel, of at least 50,000 words, in the month of November.

During this creative endeavor, the writer is admonished to forsake editing of any kind.  To plunge headfirst into the characters and their mission to solve all problems to attain their goals.

Getting lost in this kind of free-wheeling creativity is a thrilling roller-coaster ride.

Some days you feel like you are just clink-clinking your way slowly to your daily word count of 1,667. You feel like your characters and plot are caught in a never-ending uphill climb.

But then, if you push through, you hit peaks that send you at break-neck speeds through the twists and turns of plot development as your character shrieks with joy before reeling again into another problem.

It’s quite a ride! But worth every moment of creativity.

At the end of November, Grandma’s Sock Drawer was complete.

Well, complete enough to begin the next step in the adventure. Perhaps, a more grueling step than the first.

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” — Izaak Walton