the before now and after then

The Summer of Storms…

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It’s been an interesting summer.  In early May I made a list of all of the activities and goals I wanted to complete and accomplish this summer, and now as the the end of summer closes in on us, I am reminded that I haven’t actually completed many of these goals.  In fact, I had planned to keep a diary for a year, but that plan fell apart on day one.  So what have I been up to this summer?

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Starbucks Hidden Menu Drink Contest!

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My day always starts out the same way: Starbucks. No matter what time I get up, the first thing I do is get in my car and head over to my favorite drive thru Starbucks and order a Venti Iced Coffee with three equals.  No matter where I’m going, I drive out of my way to go to my favorite Starbucks, where, like Cheers, everybody knows my name…and my coffee!(A little shout out to the folks at the 80th and Keystone Starbucks in Indianapolis! Love you guys!) Being that Starbucks is such an important part of my life, I wanted to include it in my book The Before Now and After Then, to pay homage to something that has become a daily staple in many of our lives.

Since I work every day with teenagers, the coffee table in my office is often littered with plastic Starbucks cups of Frappuccinos.  Started several years ago, I noticed when I asked some of these clients what they were drinking they would tell me the name of a drink I had never heard of, only to explain that it was a “hidden menu Starbucks drink”.  I became intrigued with this idea of hidden menu drinks and wondered if it were true, so I asked the baristas I knew and they said that it was in fact true.  They would make any drink as long as you knew what went into it.  I loved this idea and had to include it in my book.

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The Best Chili Recipe Contest!

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Autumn is probably my favorite season in Indiana.  I love the way fall weaves oranges and reds through the changing leaves of the trees and I love the cool whisper of the wind at night.  Since a very young age, Autumn has always represented mystery, suspense and tall tales.  Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  Growing up, all of the neighborhood kids would work weeks in advance designing a haunted house in our garage and then on the night of Halloween trick or treaters would come through our scary maze while we munched on my mom’s chili and apple muffins.

As sad as I am to admit it, summer is over.  But with it’s endings comes that late night whisper as the wind pushes fallen leaves down our street and I am yearning for the perfect horror movie to watch, my favorite genre, while sitting back and devouring a delicious bowl of chili.  It is, after all, the only meal I can cook effectively.

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How Bout Some Fun…Let’s Have a Contest!

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You thought I was going to say KiKi, didn’t you? But that would have been lame.  First of all, let’s pause and take a look at this adorable #TBT above! (Throwback Thursday in case you’re out of touch with reality.) Here’s the deal; for the last six weeks I’ve been busy working hard on my next novel which will be released Spring of 2015(although you can contact me now for review copies…hint, hint book bloggers!).  When I’m not sitting at the computer, I’m driving around thinking about my characters, literally having conversations with them as if they were sitting in the car.  This will make much more sense to you once you’ve read the book, which you better do because it’s pretty fantastic.  That being said, if you haven’t read my current book The Before Now and After Then, finish reading this article and immediately go to the bottom of this page and order it!!!! Thanks I love you too! Anyway, I was driving around today, singing Lady Gaga’s Hair at the top of my lungs with my characters and I thought, If it’s a Thursday and you’re bored driving around town, why not a contest???

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The Art of Bullying

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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.

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Day 2 of #30DaysofBookstagrams…Favorite First Lines

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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!

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The #30DaysofBookstagrams Challenge

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I’m horrible at these 30 Day challenges, but I think they’re so much fun that I’m going to keep on trying them! This one is the #30daybookstagram challenge.  Basically, you follow the rules for each day and post a picture to your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or whatever of the description next to the date.  For example, August first is “August TBR” and since the paperback for my book The Before Now and After Then will be released in August, that’s what I’m going to put for the first one.  (Pretty cheeky huh?) Anyway, you get the drift!

Should be a lot of fun! Stay tuned and check back in tomorrow to see what I post! It might be kind of creative.

I’ll be posting mine on all of my social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for the book(thebeforenowandafterthen) and my personal Instagram(petermonn) so make sure to follow me on all of my sites!

Much love,

Peter

Oh yeah! And go buy my book.  It’s getting pretty amazing reviews and write-ups.  Check it out at the places below!

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