The author is donating $1 from every soft cover sale of this book to the Elyssa’s Mission, a Northbrook, Illinois-based not-for-profit foundation that provides help, support and suicide prevention programs to prevent teen suicide. Donations will help to fund the Mission's Signs of Suicide Program, which they currently provide to junior and high schools in Illinois.

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In good company

Way back in January 2013, I wrote a blog post titled "Love from across the pond," about how my Midwestern coming-of-age road novel, Cheeseland, had rather wonderously found a small and loving audience in the UK. At the time, I pondered what it was about my book that resonated with them. I still have no answers but smiled when I came upon a 5-star rating for the book posted Oct. 24 on Goodreads from a reader named Alice, who lives in the UK. I clicked on her Goodreads page and my smile widened when I saw this:


Yep, that's my book on her "favorite books" list, next to some of the most popular YA books of all time: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Maze Runner, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking for Alaska. That's some pretty good company.

As I noted in that post from January 2013, we live in a fascinating small world, a place where my words – as if placed in a bottle and dropped into the Atlantic – are able to reach out and touch someone who is 4,000 miles away. That's what makes all the blood, the sweat and the tears so worth it. 

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