I Wrote a Book!

I have some exciting news (at least for me).

I am officially an author!

My debut novel, The Half Theft (by Brooke Nelson), is a young adult suspense story I have been working on for years. For those of you who prefer books that are part of a series, you will be happy to hear it is the first half of what I plan to make a duology.

It comes out on November 1st on Amazon. You can pick up a print copy or a Kindle edition. It will also be available on Kindle Unlimited!

Now onto the interesting stuff…

The Blurb

Charlie Riverson led a mundane life in the nearly abandoned city of Collinswood. Always had. Always would, at least that’s what he preferred to believe. It eased his mind far more than the truth of his life as of lately—the reality of the unexplainable crime attempted in his home, just three months after the disappearance of his best friend, and a possible link between the two.

The link? The Ducartes, the city’s most notorious family of homicidal madmen—and woman—who spent the majority of their time carrying out promises of revenge upon anyone who dared to disobey them. Most dangerous of all were the children, Grant and Naomi, the two who executed their father’s plans, no matter how gruesome.

Charlie now found himself at the intersection of a terrific and terrible realization. The good news: There was a chance, even if a small one, that Charlie might yet be able to rescue his friend. The bad news: The key to her whereabouts led him straight to the very family he wanted to distance himself from most.

Why I Write

I will not lie and tell you English has always been my favorite subject, or that I’ve wanted to author a book since I was 3 years old, or anything like that. I have always found English classes to be fairly easy for me—I will admit that—but that isn’t the whole of my story.

My decision to write a book came to me a couple years ago when I realized two things about myself. First, I needed a healthy way to cope with anxiety. And secondly, I’m a tad bit of a control freak. I knew that meant I needed something to replace that voice inside my head telling me everything will not be okay with something that tells me the opposite, but that something also had to be entirely my own. And what is easier to make your own than your very own book?

As it turns out, anxiety + control freak tendencies equals a novel.

From there, I wrote a couple chapters, asked for opinions, and was floored by the positive feedback I received. I was finally given the chance to finish my book under somewhat unfortunate circumstances: at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Each day I would finish my online classes as quickly as possible—though college can admittedly be tough work sometimes—so I could sit down to write out or edit another chapter.

After months of writing and rewriting, I was immensely excited when I realized I had finally finished. I had a draft sitting in front of me that I could honestly be proud of.

And that it what I am putting out into the world. My final draft. My slightly creepy, slightly violent, more-than-a-little-mysterious young adult suspense story, full of twists and turns and characters with the most curious responses to their unfortunate circumstances. And I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Thank you.

To those that have already contacted me to speak to me about my book, I want to give you the biggest thank you.

You have no idea how happy it makes me to know you are interested in my work. I love speaking with all of you.

Thank you in advance to anyone who plans to pick up a copy. I deeply appreciate your support!

51 responses to “I Wrote a Book!”

  1. This is so cool! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it.

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    2. Congratulations, what an achievement!!

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      1. Thank you so much!

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    cherelle @ cherelle the bibliophile

    Oh my goodness, congratulations!!!! This looks like such a gem and I am going to get it once the print version is out! (Amazon only has the Kindle one so far, is that right?) 😆 I am so hooked by that blurb and amazing job once again, I am so looking forward!😊

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    1. Yes, you’re correct. The print version will be up for sale starting November 1st. Thank you so much for the support! I can’t wait to hear what you think.

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      1. cherelle @ cherelle the bibliophile Avatar
        cherelle @ cherelle the bibliophile

        Oh okay! Thanks for clarifying! 😊

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      2. No problem. Thanks for your interest!

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  3. Good job to you, Brooke!
    It takes courage to write a book and open up your thoughts for the whole world to see. Really looking forward to your book!(and the second part too ofcourse, though I believe it would take a lot of time for it.)

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your support.

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  4. OMG this is amazing!!!😍 Congrats!🎉 The synopsis sounds so cool! Can’t wait to try this out!💖

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you! If you do end up reading it, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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  5. Congratulations!!! That is so awesome! I’m so glad that you have found an answer to anxiety! I can’t wait to read it!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Millay! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Have a great day!

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  6. This looks really good. I’m always in awe at people who have the motivation to write an entire novel. I know I’d never be able to manage it! Did you self publish? If so I have heard it can be really hard, so I wish you the best of luck. Have you thought about what you’ll do to promote the book?

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    1. Thank you for the kind comments, Aidan! I did self publish through Amazon, which I surprisingly found much simpler than I expected. It definitely included a bit of hard work, and a concerned phone call to a lovely Amazon employee, but the process went fairly smooth for me. As far as promoting goes, I plan on doing it myself through various social media platforms. I know there are great paid ways to advertise books, but I am looking more to share my story for the enjoyment of it than to make money. Thanks for the insightful questions. I appreciate them. Have a great day!

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  7. Go you! Looking forward to the read, sounds well twisted – always a good sign for compulsive reading. Great cover. Yay!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cristina! I so appreciate your enthusiasm.

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  8. That’s so exciting, congratulations!! What a way to turn the possible difficulties of Covid into a huge positive memory to hold on to 😄

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    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah!

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    1. Thank you so much, Nikki!

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  9. Congratulations, this is such a huge accomplishment!!

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    1. Thank you so much!

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  10. Wow!! It looks incredible!!! And great plot too. Congrats, what an accomplishment. Your book is on my tbr… it will be read soon!!!

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    1. Thank you for your interest! I’m so happy to hear you like the sound of it, and I can’t wait to see what you think.

      P.S. I love your name. There is actually a Maeve in The Half Theft!

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      1. Thanks!! That’s so cool. I’m always on the look out for Maeves in books… this will be the third! (A best friend and an irish wolfhound were the others lol).

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  11. Congratulations! How exciting!

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne!

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  12. How exciting! From one indie author to another, I wish you great success. I, too, published during the early months of the pandemic (a mid-grade dragon fantasy). I’m now working on my tenth book. Someday, you’ll be there too! If you need some suggestions for good places to promote, give me a holler. I’ve tried a lot of them. All the best!

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    1. Thank you so much, Alexander! I appreciate the kind words.

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  13. Congratulations! 🎉❤️

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    1. Thank you so much!

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  14. Congrats on releasing your debut novel👏🎉

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    1. Thank you so much, Isha!

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  15. Amazing! HUGE congratulations to you. Look forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! I would love to hear what you think when you get a chance to read it.

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  16. […] The Half Theft by Brooke Nelson (aka me, duh) […]

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  17. oh wow!! congrats! i can’t wait to check it out!

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie! I appreciate it.

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  18. […] can’t believe it’s finally November 1st, the day my debut young adult suspense novel, The Half Theft, […]

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  19. Congrats on the your novel! I’m def reading it soon 😃. You also have a lovely site.
    The blurb sounds really cool and I haven’t read many mysteries so it’ll be a refreshing read too 😃

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    1. Thank you so much for your support and your kind comments! Thank you!

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  20. […] I liked most about the writing process for The Half Theft‘s sequel was the fact that I allowed myself to experiment with a wider […]

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  21. […] Character arcs are oftentimes my favorite part of a story, though a really good one can be difficult to find. Maas was able to take each of her characters, including those that are going unlisted, and form them into something special and completely their own. She even made me love the main character, a feat completed successfully by very few writers, sometimes not even by myself. […]

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