My official Book Launch took place at Boswell Book Company on April 12 in Milwaukee, WI!
For anyone who is still awaiting publication of their first novel and the subsequent rewards, and dealing with all the frustration that goes along with it, let me assure you that it’s all worth it!
At my book launch, I found myself standing behind a podium holding my book and looking into a sea of faces from many areas of my life: family, friends, fellow authors, fresh fans young and old, critique partners, pre-published authors, and the curious who perhaps showed up to see what all the fuss was about.
And who wouldn’t want their book to appear at Boswell’s in the window of the shop alongside one of their children’s book authors, Kwame Alexander? I was certainly thrilled about it and made sure he knew it through several Twitter posts. We exchanged a few pleasantries before I backed off lest Kwame think I was a stalker wanna-be best-selling author. Only half of that sentence is true!
Congratulations to Boswell’s owner for reaching the store’s ninth anniversary. Daniel Goldin’s vision for excellence in independent bookstores has garnered him national acclaim.
An African-American tween uses espionage skills and superpowers in this debut middle-grade novel. Seventh-grader Marty Hayes is excited to work with the world-renowned CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing kit in science class. But things go awry…This rousing book with engaging characters should appeal to readers who enjoy adventurous superhero sagas. A thrilling tale with series potential that highlights science, spying, black history, and the importance of family"
Middle grade readers who pick up The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes expecting a one-dimensional story of a young would-be scientist/superhero will find the read exciting, stimulating, and a powerful probe of heroism’s roots and friendship’s special challenges; highly recommended as a standout tale."