Once Upon a Time…

So, this is funny and kind of ironic.

I’ve had this site up for weeks now, but I’ve failed to share it so far because I honestly couldn’t think of anything to post on the blog. That’s not a good thing considering that at this point, this site is made almost entirely of my blog.

I’m not a social media person. I never have been, BUT here are all the reasons you should follow this blog.

  1. This will be the primary source I use to talk about Just Off The Path during editing process. So if you’re interested in reading it or even learning about the publishing process, this is your place to go. I will be blogging every step of the way.
  2. Also, if you’re one of the people who have asked for a signed copy or a free copy, this is the best place to be. Over the next couple months, I will be hosting competitions and giveaways!
  3. Every week I’m going to give the spotlight to someone else (because I’m sure everyone will be tired of hearing about me all the time) and post full stories and work of fiction by other writers. There is no stipulation or qualification to be a guest writer. My goal is to give exposure to those who might struggle the way I did (and continue to do) in the competitive world of writing. I don’t fool myself into believing that I or any of the guests will become rich and famous for the posts they make here, but it’s a start! The beautiful and talented poet Danyelle Fay has generously agreed to be the first guest blogger! So watch out for her work later this week!

With that out of the way, I have some news!

This morning, I woke to an email from my editor. She’s finished with her previous project and has started going through her first round of edits of Just Off The Path. This will likely be the first of many long weeks before the book is finally up for preview, but it’s a step in the right direction! This milestone has me so excited for what’s to come that I’ve decided now is the best time to finally answer the most common question I’ve been asked so far: what is the book about? 

So, without anymore of the formal “FOLLOWMYBLOGFOLLOWMYBLOG” stuff, here is the first summary of Just Off The Path:

Hansel never asked to be a hero. He never wanted to fall in love with Rapunzel, Queen of the East. He didn’t ask to be raised by Gothel the Wretch, and he certainly never wanted to be credited for her arrest. But more than any of that, Hansel never wanted to lie: but he did. He lied about everything.

After Gothel’s arrest, Hansel and his sister Gretel retreat into the woods. Years later, Rapunzel’s guards knock at his door, and they say the words he hoped that he would never hear: Gothel has escaped. As he and Gretel take refuge inside Rapunzel’s castle in the eastern capitol of Hildebrand, Hansel is thrust back into everything he never wanted in the first place: his lies, his legend, and his lust. In the wake of it all, he knows that Gothel has escaped to finish what she started. She is out to make sure that the Sleeping Beauty never wakes, and that Grimm suffocates under her blanket of thorn and vine.

In order to find Gothel and save the kingdom, Hansel and Gretel must look for fact in a land of fairy-tale by following a trail of grisly murders, a girl in a red cape, and a powerful little man who can’t stand the sound of his own name. As they search for answers, Hansel finds that he isn’t the only liar in Grimm, and that there may be a traitor among them of royal proportion.

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Well, there you have it! Your first peak at Just Off The Path! Keep an eye on my blog and social media for excerpts and giveaways in the near future. If you’d like to be a guest writer, hop on over the Contact page and shoot me an email. And remember to head on back a little later this week to read some beautiful poetry by the lovely Danyelle Fay.

Thanks for reading!

W.S.