The Month of Many Travels: A Photo Montage

Hello everyone! I feel like I haven’t written in a while, because, well, I haven’t. August has turned out to be a very fun, very travel-filled busy month for me which means I haven’t been able to write recently.

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I started my travels off with a trip to Maine to celebrate a friend’s college graduation. She lives on a lake and this picture was taken off her dock. Despite the fact that we drove up in a rainstorm, there was beautiful weather that weekend and it was great to reconnect with people from college and meet some new people.

From there I went to visit another friend in Maine a few hours away. She was driving up from the city and picked me up en route and the whole thing worked out rather well. I was there for a long weekend, and we did a lot of relaxing, reading, and hanging out. We also went on a whale watch but there was a lot of fog and we only saw one small whale (I was told usually there are more whales to be seen). I realized I didn’t take many pictures while I was there, but I do have one picture from a local steel drum band that we went to see. It was a lot of fun and just a very summery family get together kind of event.

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After Maine I returned home for a few days (I think it was two to be exact) for a little R&R, which was good because after that I went up to be a camp councilor in Martha’s Vineyard with middle schoolers for a week. The camp is through an organization called FOCUS, which is much like Young Life for independent schools on the east coast. I started going to FOCUS meetings and camps in high school, and have been coming back to volunteer as a leader both in New York and on Martha’s Vineyard ever since. I have met some awesome people through FOCUS and have had some great experiences that really molded who I am as a person. Going to camps there is always the highlight of my summer. This picture is the sunset on our last day at camp over the lake. The sunset there is never quite the same twice and it is always beautiful.

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From there I went to New Hampshire to get together with some other friends from college up at Lake Winnipesaukee. Again, it was great to catch up with people, and while I had seen a few of them in the past couple of months, many of the people there I hadn’t seen since graduation. Many board games were played, and there was a lot of hanging out and taking it easy which is always a good thing. We also went on a hike up Mount Major, which was a lot of fun. While I cannot say that I am an expert hiker (the last time I hiked was probably when I was about 15), it was a lot of fun and there were some spectacular views of the lake – it’s huge!

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I got back home this week and then yesterday my Dad and I went to see some of the matches of the US Open. I had never gone before, and it was something I always wanted to do. The US Open is probably my favorite Grande Slam – its in New York so you don’t have to worry about a time difference and it is on my favorite court surface. We saw a lot of different matches, both the big names like Federer and Nadal, and some of the up-and-comers like Jack Sock, who turned out to be pretty impressive. It was really cool to see this all in real life after watching it on tv for so long, and it is definitely something I would do again in the future!

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Federer’s serve

So now I am home and just taking it easy. I am looking forward to the long weekend, to watching more tennis, and to getting some reading done – I do have a good book that I’m in the middle of (no surprise there). Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone (I can’t believe it’s Labor Day already…)

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Haven: A Stranger Magic and Some Exciting News!

So the past few weeks have been rather exciting in terms of my freelancing work. At the end of July one of the books I helped edit, Haven: A Stranger Magic by D.C. Akers, broke the Amazon best seller list for fantasy anthologies and short stories! And yesterday it was in the top 5!

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Haven tells the story of Sam and his sister Sarah and the ordinary lives that they lead. At least they were ordinary until strange things start happening to them, strange people start following them, and strange secrets are revealed that could change their lives forever.

I have been working with D.C. Akers, for the past few months and I have really enjoyed getting to know him and his story.

I find it is always important for an author, especially a YA author, to establish a connection between their characters and the reader, and I found that connection with Sam and Sarah within the first few chapters of the story. I was immediately invested in the characters and wanted to know what they would do next. D.C. Akers has a unique tone to his writing that is very funny at times, but he does not shy away from the more serious  or dark aspects of life (especially in the second book which we are working on now).

I also found Sam’s world to be very real. In many ways it will be relatable to readers. Sam goes to school, hangs out with his best friend, and bickers with his mean older sister. But in many other ways Sam’s life is anything but ordinary, which draws the reader in deeper to the story itself. Haven is a fun read with many twists and turns along the way.

I feel honored and blessed to have worked on the book in the capacity that I have. Congratulations to D.C. Akers on his success! And if anyone is looking for a fun summer read they should check out Haven: A Stranger Magic!

Here is the link to the original press release for the book which came out in May, and D.C. Akers’ website where you can find out more about the Haven series.

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