I took a photo with my phone that I want to share as evidence of my summer challenge (the monster flight of steps separating me from my place of work that must be mastered in order to walk to that destination) and for some reason have forgotten how to download it on my computer. I'm just drawing a complete blank and I don't' know whether to blame it on my memory or technology:)
Anyway, I'm sure it will come to me when I least expect it...while in the shower...at 3AM...during a walk...Y'know, sometime when writing it down isn't feasible.
But I did accomplish something today and I want to share it here. I have two book signings coming up and after two years of trying to get some ink time in our local newspaper, I think it might happen.
Here is my press release:
Local author will be at the 2013 Monongah Fest August 17 and from 9:00AM to noon at Life Methodist Church on August 18.Lisa A. McCombs is a veteran teacher of 30 years and the author of 2012 Readers Favorite award winning Abby, the story of seventh grade Abigail Van Buren Masterson who has attended five schools in seven years before her widowed mother is diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis, forcing Abigail into yet another school in Monongah, West Virginia. Maybe this move will be the last one and Abigail can finally call this place “home”. She gladly embraces the bullying tactics of Head Cheerleader Sheila if that means being embraced by the security of relatives she never knew existed. As her mother’s MS symptoms take on a frightening reality, Abigail turns her own fears into a class research project that helps her realize society’s unfair treatment of individuals with diversities.
Abigail exhibits the vulnerability of youth while writing to her diary, the most constant friend she has ever known, until now.Praised by the late Dear Abby as “delightful”, Abby is the first in a trilogy of diary-formatted novels that chronicle Abigail Van Buren Masterson through junior high school and high school. McCombs brings awareness not only to the ramifications of MS but the issues of bullying, family, spiritual awakening, first love, and death.
“This age is the most pivotal time in an individual’s life,” McCombs says of the junior high years. “God doesn’t throw us more than we can catch, but they don’t know that yet.” It is her goal to provide an “easy-read” that lets young people know that they are not alone in their journey.
McCombs will be at the Monongah Fire Department with fellow author Linda Stevenski during the August 17 Monongah Fest and will be signing her books again at Life Methodist Church at 1564 Mary Lou Retton Drive from 9AM to noon on August 18. Abby, Raspberry Beret, and Opening Pandora’s Box:The Conclusion can be found The Artisan’s Shop on Fairmont Avenue, Kerri’s Korner Bookstore in East Fairmont, on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble, as well as contacting the author.
Lisa A. McCombs