Sydney Lake has a secret. She has no idea who she is, where she is from, or what caused her to lose her memory in the first place. Four months ago she woke up alone and injured with a message written on her arm.
DON’T LET THEM FIND YOU
Not knowing who “they” were, she took the warning seriously. Sydney ran. For months she lived in hiding—always afraid of being found by Them. When Sydney wakes from a strange dream with a bleeding nose she chalks it up to just another bizarre turn of events. However, when she discovers she is just one of many who have had the same dream she realizes something worse is happening.
The dream sets into motion events that convince Sydney They have finally found her. At first Sydney is determined to run again—to save her friends as much as herself. But, to survive, she has to stop running. To keep her friends safe, she has to save herself.
About the Author:
Brandy Isaacs will tell you first that her name is spelled without an “I”. If that is the case, I will call her Brandy Isaacs. However, that ends up sounding like “Sacks” and will not endear me to her. Just remember, no I. The I is trashy as a terminal vowel.
She was raised in in Kentucky, but not the kentuck of the 70s where people had to dig holes for both one and two. It was a more cosmopolitan version of the place you’re thinking of. Instead of digging those holes, her family was able to hire someone to dig them – big difference. They did, however, love when the Sears Wishbook showed up in the mail each year. They were finally able to stop rubbing dirt in dirtier places.
None of that is true.
But all of it is true.
You’re author is one of those curious people. She is of the library and the local witches. She loved words. Even better, she loved when those words were strung together.
In a word – stories.
Those stories, of witches that were real and those that were not; of boy wizards; of young women who volunteered; of men who would suck blood. These stories define her.
And it is stories that she wants to tell you. I could gloss her Bio for real – high school, college in central Kentucky, Grad school in Kansas, nonprofit work when she returned home – and it would miss the truth. Brandy Isaacs has stories inside her, and she need to tell them to you.
They will excite you; they will scare you; they will arouse you.
And you- — you will keep turning the pages. When you hit the end, you will wish there were more.
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It’s an understatement to say that technology has change the world in the last 100 years or so. The world of writing and publishing is not an exception to this fact. Before, writer’s handwrote or typed their work, mailed it off to publishers and hoped for the best. It was a much slower and arduous process than it is today. And if publishers or editors didn’t like your work? There wasn’t much you could do about it. Today there are many more options and writers have more freedom than in the past.
With the advent of social media, crowdfunding, and independent publishers, a whole new world opened up to writers—and readers. I believe the market today is much more fan based and individual driven. Thanks to the immediate nature of social media and the internet age, writers are better able to own their work and find their own markets. If a publisher isn’t interested in your type of fantasy—you can find your own audience. And it’s out there.
For better or worse, there is a market for pretty much anything these days. I.e. dinosaur porn literature is a thing. Seriously! Look it up at your own risk. And I’m by no means judging—to each their own. The fact that (bizarre) fiction such as this exists is proof that technology has blown open the doors to make the public vastly more accessible than it has been before.
For anyone who chooses the independent publishing route I can whole-heartily assure you it will be an amazing journey that will be exhausting, challenging and incredibly rewarding. To gain any amount of success at all, you have to be prepared to do your own marketing and this is most easily and cheaply done through social media. Sites like Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook allow you to control your own brand—your own message. Your audience might be out there waiting for you—but you have to find it yourself.
I can also tell you that one of your best resources will be other writers. There will always be nasty people in the world—but, as a whole, writers that I have encountered are waiting to help other writers. We all know the struggle—it’s real! We also know how important writing is to ourselves and others. We know what it feels like to create a baby and try to share it with the world.
Writers, bloggers, fans, reviewers, etc. have already found audiences. And instead of jealously guarding what they have—they very often are just waiting to share it. The world of independent publishing and writing, in my experience, is one built upon connections and friendships. Need reviews? Someone else does to. We are always on the lookout for opportunities to connect and get the word out for our work and love returning the favor.
Anyone who wants to be a writer and decides to go the independent route and doesn’t utilize social media is missing out on a huge opportunity. Social media is—by its very nature—an audience waiting for entertainment. Get involved in reading groups. Blogs. Follow other writers. Make friends. Because at the heart of it all—we are a bunch of nerds who love books and want to share them with other people. We are just waiting to share yours.