“Vincent in Wonderland” Book Release Day July 1st!!
Updated: Jan 31, 2020
I know my last post was pretty much a downer. Let’s face it, we all have downer days and downer seasons. I can’t say I’m totally out of mine. What I can say is that I feel like there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. The myriad of tasks that have been simmering on the back burner of my mind are slowly being tackled (2019 has been the year of being behind.) Most of these tasks are really boring and monotonous. BUT THIS ONE ISN’T!
The most exciting thing I’ve had on my schedule lately is getting my second book out for publication! And it will be LIVE on July 1st on Amazon!
Vincent in Wonderland is the retelling you never knew you needed! Here’s my promo blurb:
11-year-old Vincent van Gogh discovers a curious new world through a tunnel on the moor. A mysterious white rabbit introduces Vincent to Alice, and their quest begins—defeat the dreaded Jabberwock before it consumes all of Wonderland.
A slithy tove, an ill-tempered caterpillar, and the Cheshire cat meet them along the path as their adventures take them through fields dancing with flowers, tangled forests, and looking-glass pools.
But all is not what it seems in Wonderland, and Vincent may not have— and may not want— what it takes to succeed. Destroying the Jabberwock may cost more than he’s willing to give.
Every chapter has a quote from Vincent van Gogh at the top. For example, one of my favorites:
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” ― Vincent van Gogh
There is also a fun illustration above each chapter heading. My very talented brother-in-law, Todd Holley (firstname.lastname@example.org) did them! Here’s one of my favorites:
Vincent van Gogh is one of my favorite artists, not only for his art, but because his life in an encouragement to me that though we may not see all of the fruits of our endeavors, they are worth continuing. He reputedly only sold ONE painting (and some black and white illustrations to his uncle) in his lifetime, but he painted over nine-hundred works. Do I have that kind of grit? We know his life ended in tragedy, but he did not live his very short thirty-seven years of life giving in to fear and others’ expectations. If he could have seen the impact of his work, would he have held on longer?
I want to hang on, despite any evidence that what I’m doing is unappreciated or unwanted. And I use Vincent as a reason to keep doing it far longer than I have the energy for. I want to never give up, never let go of the hope that what I’m working toward will have an impact on someone someday, whether I ever see the results or not. We are all wayfarers in this life, and here’s to hoping more of us can live for our callings, passionately and without faltering, for eighty-seven, ninety-seven, or one-hundred and seven years and not let life kick us in the teeth and knock us down for good.
Something Alice says to Vincent in my book:
“To be extraordinary is, by definition, to be something other than ordinary. And if one isn’t ordinary, I’m afraid one might very often feel out of place.”
Be extraordinary, fellow wayfarers, and never give up!!!!
And if you read this far, SHHH, but Vincent in Wonderland is actually already live on Amazon! I just haven’t gotten a proof copy in hand yet, and don’t want to tell the WHOLE world until I do. But if you want to see…and you want to risk a glitchy cover or misaligned chapter to buy it before everyone else, here’s the link:
And if you love it, be sure to review! Reviews are the lifeblood of independent authors!
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