Exciting news! The pub date for One Last Song, a brand-new book by S.K. Falls, has been announced! Falls is the award-winning author of the popular Fevered Souls and Glimpsing Stars book series. For those of us who love books and writing, it is our pleasure (nay, duty) to support and encourage one another. Every time we do one book-positive act (and a simple click of “Want To Read” on Goodreads is more powerful than you know!) our industry becomes stronger. (10 Simple Ways to Support Authors You Love, and Love the Readers Who Support You)
Readers and writers, Ms. Falls’ announcement comes at a particularly special time in my life. With her new book on the horizon, S.K.’s plate is full to say the least. Nonetheless, she chose to support our craft and industry by lending her expertise this fall for Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars 2014, a contest where published and agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer to mentor from over 1,000 manuscript submissions.
This is no small task. Mentors read their chosen writer’s entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents, as well a pitch critique. Pitch Wars then hosts an agent round with over a dozen agents making requests. It was my surprise and honor when S.K. Falls chose to work with me on my manuscript, Radio Head.
As Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova says, “There is something quite wonderful about witnessing one human being selflessly bolster the creative achievement of another, especially in a culture where it’s easier to be a critic than a a celebrator or collaborator.” I agree. I think it’s inspiring and admirable that, in the course of writing and publishing her own books, S.K. committed her time and experience to an unpublished author. I am so thankful to her. And I’m excited to share this excerpt from S.K. Falls’ new book, One Last Song!
I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.
My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.
She stayed by my side all night.
I never wanted it to end.
When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It’s scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it’s like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.
For me, that someone was Drew.
Look for One Last Song on January 13th, 2015! For now, you can add it on Goodreads. (I did!)
S.K. Falls likes to believe a degree in psychology qualifies her to emotionally torture her characters in an authentic fashion. Her books have won the gold medal in the 2014 IPPY awards, been featured on USA Today’s book blog, and regularly appear on Amazon’s various bestselling lists. When she isn’t writing her twisted love stories, she can be found gallivanting around Charleston, SC with her family.
Visit her on the web at www.skfalls.com.