I had the unique opportunity (forced?) to step away from a completely finished Stevie Pearl for almost 2 years prior to releasing it. So, when I picked it back up, it was a little like reading it all over again for the first time. I wasn’t anticipating what I wrote – enough time had passed where I was actually reading what I wrote. That lead to another revision. In reality, the published First Edition is practically what would have been its Second Edition. You’re better for it. There’s always room for improvement.
I know you haven’t heard much from me in a while, so hopefully this comes as good news. I’m very happy to announce that my newest novel, The Ballad of Stevie Pearl, is available for download on NetGalley.
It’s warming, and a little reassuring, that some of you have noticed my absence. Thanks! I’m not really sure what to say… I won’t lie—no, things have not been good. Lots of major life changes. At the same time, I’m also not going to get into any details. For now, just know that I’m fine. Writing is a lifelong pursuit for me, content creation is a compulsion, and at some point I will pick up where I left off.
One of the unique and fun aspects of The Ballad of Stevie Pearl is that each chapter is named after a song. In fact, I don’t even call them “chapters” – I call them tracks, i.e. Chapter 1 = Track 1. These songs set the tone, feel, and subject matter of each chapter – the lyrics or melody paralleling the words on the page. It’s a neat little addition, giving the story a real-world connection and creating a richer experience for the reader who wants to connect with the characters on a deeper level.
Taken as entire playlist, all of the songs played back-to-back – kind of like reading the book from cover to cover – the soundtrack tells the story of Alex and Stevie in a new way. Having already read and connected with the book, you can relive each “chapter” just by listening to the song – even welling with joy or tears when a particular crescendo peaks.
She’s curious, shy, gentle, loving, and trying so hard to figure out where life has taken her. Luna The Tuna has been with us for a week. We got her from a local rescue, and her story is pretty vague before that. She was found roaming the streets Los Lunas, NM and dropped off at a shelter. She hung out there for a while without much luck and was eventually put on death row. Fortunately, the rescue here in town takes dogs from kill shelters and tries to find them homes.
Once again, she was at the rescue for another few weeks where she had an operation (spay). Strange people poked at her, she was trapped in chainlink cages, sleeping on concrete floors, surrounded by deafeningly loud cellmates, and not much understanding. The whole system is pretty heartbreaking when you lift the veil. I’m not saying I could do better or have more compassionate solutions, but I also didn’t want to spend another minute in there. I wanted to take them all home. But, ultimately, they gave her second chance. They brought us together.