Do you have Audible? Do you like to listen to audio books? Do you like to get free stuff? Have you thought about trying Audible but haven’t yet? If so, I’m giving away 20 copies of the audio version of my book The Before Now and After Now!
The Before Now and After Then
by Peter Monn
**Elit Book Awards Silver Winner for LGBT Fiction – 2015**
Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.
All you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you’re interested and that you’re willing to rate it and give a review on Audible! I’ll forward you the code and bingo…it’s all yours! You don’t even have to like it(although I hope you do!!!)
As I was scrolling through Facebook today, I came upon a post about the suicide of 17 year old transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. After reading the article, which included her suicide note posted on Tumblr, I went to her Tumblr page and read both of the notes she left and continued to scroll through the many posts and pictures she had reblogged. While there were many pictures indicating desperation, there were also pictures of Asian pop idols and anime. I smiled to myself thinking about this young girl sitting at a computer in her room,sharing pictures she related to and felt spoke of her true self. That smile was instantly shaken as I began crying, almost uncontrollably. Another teenager lost. Another useless death.
Recently, with the release of my debut novel The Before Now and After Then, I’ve been asked to write a bunch of guest blog posts about bullying. Most of the bloggers want to know why I created a main character who suffered being bullied and if I myself was bullied when I was growing up. If you’re a reader of my posts then it is probably no surprise that yes, I was bullied during all of my years of school, but what you might find surprising is that today, I’m actually grateful for the bullying.
If you read my post yesterday, you know I’m attempting to complete the #30DaysofBookstagrams challenge! The challenge for day #2 is to post a favorite first line, so of course I used the line from my book The Before Now and After Then! Check it out below and buy it! It’s a great end of summer love story with lots of tragedy, Black Jack gum and Starbucks hidden menu drinks!
It seems that I’ve gotten a little bit behind in my book blogging challenge. I wish that I could say that I’ve been busy doing busy people things, but the truth is that I am starting my new book tomorrow and my first book comes out in three weeks, so I gave myself a much needed 2 week vacation of very little reading and writing. Instead, I filled my hours with junk food, reality television and some of the worst films I’ve ever seen, with the exception of The Fault in Our Stars, which I bawled relentlessly while watching. In the interim, I also had a birthday, got married, judged a beauty pageant, celebrated another 4th of July and had blueberry and chocolate pancakes for the first time! It’s been a busy few weeks, but it’s time to get back and catch up on my 30 day book blog challenge!
Several weeks ago, one of my friends on Facebook suggested I write a post about my high school crush. The timing was interesting because at the same time the suggestion was made I was just finishing up the final touches of my first book, The Before Now and After Then, before it went to print. The reason the coincidence was so strange was because the entire idea for my first novel came solely from five minutes I spent with my high school crush, almost exactly twenty-five years ago.
I think it’s appropriate that on Throwback Thursday I’m writing about 11 things I would tell my 16 year old self. It’s actually something I’ve thought a lot about in the past, and especially lately as I’ve been writing my book The Before Now and After Then, which is about a 17 year old, who resembles me in many ways. I’m not sure we change much as we age. My mom once told me, “You never really feel different after age 18. Your hands begin to look older, you become more concerned with worldly issues and you have more life experiences, but the core of who you are never really changes.” I believe this to be true.