You can now order print books of Box of Rain from your local bookstore, online, or get a signed copy directly from me.
Yesterday, the babe was born. Box of Rain is now officially downloadable on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. To celebrate, Omnimystery is sponsoring a giveaway contest. Enter today through Dec. 22 to win your free copy. today.
Enter to Win — Box of Rain by Debra R. Borys
One (1) winner will receive a choice of epub or mobi digital format of …
Title: Box of Rain
Author: Debra R. Borys
Series: A Street Stories Suspense Novel
Publisher: New Libri Press
List Price: $5.99
Follow the link below to submit your entry. One entry per person; US residents only. Entry period ends Monday, December 22, 2014.
Box of Rain is the third book in Borys’s Street Stories suspense series about homeless youth living in Chicago. Borys spent over 15 years volunteering with service organizations in Chicago and Seattle. Her books combine quirky suspense plots with realistic portrayals of what life on the streets looks like for the unsheltered.
Borys will read from her new book and talk about the conditions she encountered in Chicago, then introduce three local representatives to talk about services available in LaSalle and Bureau Counties for those who find themselves without shelter and in need of assistance.
Carol Alcorn, Executive Director at the Illinois Valley PADS shelter, will emphasize the importance of having a safe place for the night and explain what resources they offer in addition to beds and meals, such as referrals, service plans, and assessments. IV PADS partners with local communities to offer resources and case management free of charge to achieve results through support and opportunity.
Dr. Rebekah Dees-McMahon from Freedom House in Princeton and Kelly Carlson, their medical/legal advocate, will discuss the services they offer to those who are homeless due to domestic abuse. Freedom House is both a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence program that offers counseling and therapy in addition to shelter and prevention programs. All their services are free of charge for women, men, teens and children.
Steve Graham of Tiskilwa will speak about informal homelessness networks. Homelessness is a fact of life for many in Princeton and the surrounding area due to a variety of circumstances. Listening to people’s stories and getting to know them helps alleviate any misunderstandings and prejudices that might exist.
The Princeton Public Library is located at 698 E. Peru Street in Princeton, IL. All programs at the Princeton Public Library are free and open to all. For more information on upcoming programs and on Princeton Public Library services, go to http://www.theprincetonlibrary.org or call 815-875-1331.
At this current moment, 2014 has brought in the birth and rise of the Pro-B-Boy movement.
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One of the beta readers for Box of Rain brought up the question of whether or not b-boying (known as break dancing to those people outside of the culture) is still a thing in this day and age.
B-boying as a dance style has been around since the 70’s but grew to its height of popularity in the 80’s. It has spread across the world and had a resurgence in the 90’s, but it has always been around to those who love the music and the moves.
Recently, there has been a movement to rejuvenate the b-boy world, as evidenced in the article linked below.
At this current moment, in 2014 has brought in the birth and rise of the Pro-B-Boy movement. Now, I’m sure some of you may be wondering “what the F**** is the Pro B-Boy movement?” In essence, it’s three things: The rise of…
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My beta readers and editor and I are finishing up the final edits in preparation for a December release date.
Annie Walls has designed a great cover and my publisher will be making the pre-order option available on Amazon by October 25, so you could soon line up to have your very own e-copy.
Print release is still expected to be sometime in Spring 2015.
I have six more chapters to compete before the first draft is done. It’s been a confusing couple of days as I brainstormed some plot holes and reorganized the closing structure, but the finish line is in sight. Hallelujah.
I did this for Bend Me, Shape Me, and got that finished and released in record time, plus it is my best written book to date, so I’m going to try doing the same thing for Box of Rain.
In order to reach my deadline of having the first draft done by August 1 of this year, I will be updating the following word count goals as I reach them.
!!! Goal Reached !!!
(Now on to the editing)
Word count goal: 70,000
Total word count as of August 1: