DONOR Parts Simplified

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Donor Shreya's Chronicles Book 1

DONOR Shreya’s Chronicles Book 1

DONOR was first offered as a serialized novel in four parts as a way of introducing my novel to new readers. But what I found happening is that readers thought each part was a full novel unto itself. Now I see there were things I could have done differently to make it clearer. All in all, the effort was a great learning experience, but to make things simpler, I’ve decided to offer only the full novel. I may eventually try serializing another novel. It was fun releasing a book in parts. But right now with limited time to manage so many moving pieces, I’d decided to keep it simple.

Thank you to everyone who helped me learn so much from this wonderful experiment. The full novel DONOR can be found  on my  Amazon Author, Kobo, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble pages.

 

#WeNeedDiverseBooks

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Oscar the Red BT & DiversityMy #WeNeedDiversity contribution is posted under my bio–both the image and my essay about what it means to be a person of mixed race and mixed cultural heritage. But I realized that people might not get why I chose to do a poster about Oscar the Red.

Oscar turned a year on October 18th, which basically means that half of the time he’s a lot like a puppy, and the rest of the time he’s a lot like an adolescent. He’s our third dog and our second Boston Terrier. Our first Boston Terrier, Scooter, was easily identified as a BT because of his black and white coat that made him look as though he wore a tuxedo. In personality and looks he was a gentlemanly dog.

Oscar on the other hand…well he’s still a puppy. We won’t know for a while who he’s really going to be, but so far, he’s half-adorable and half-rascal. Oscar is also very different from Scooter in the color of his coat. He’s not tan–although there are tan Boston Terriers. And he’s not brown…although, he’s been called that. But what he’s mostly been called by people who don’t know is a list of other things. Is he a bulldog puppy? Is he a boxer puppy? Is he a french bulldog? And the one consistent remark we get from people is–I didn’t know they (BT’s) came in brown/red/tan.

Which is the point of why I bring it up. People don’t often see Boston Terriers of other colors, so they think they don’t exist. Don’t exist…as in nonexistent.

And that’s the way it is in this media rich generation we live in. The current media market has skewed storytelling to a very narrow bandwidth to the point where it seems other ethnic and racial groups are nonexistent. They’ve done so based on this idea that people aren’t interested. But research and the history of storytelling tell us that people’s interests can be captured and held based on how the story is told.

In Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron, Cron talks about how we humans are intrinsically wired to crave messages, warnings, and entertainment in the form of stories. We just can’t help ourselves. It’s in our survival mechanisms and in our DNA.

Which then begs the question, do we need to know about other people of diverse races and cultures?

Yes. There is a reason why we admire people who are well-traveled or cosmopolitan in nature. They seem to handle new situations so easily. They seem to worry less about the little things we all get trapped in. Perspective puts us at ease with the unknown.

Perspective is what we gain learning about other peoples, other cultures, other lifestyles. The less we know about the people around us the more our worldview is skewed, our perceptions off, and our reality so very narrow that we often find when we are presented with new situations involving new people we falter and fumble. When we learn about other people, we gain greater knowledge not just of the world around us, but of ourselves, through a greater sense of perspective.

So when people ask about Oscar’s red coat, I tell them that BT’s come in many colors including brindle, tan, blue, and lilac. I share this information as if it’s the coolest thing that they asked, because it is–because they’re sharing their curiosity and wonder. What a gift. And I often find that they’re just as delighted to learn that little tidbit of information.

I often find it’s how I share the information that makes a difference, not the what. But that’s another topic for another blog post.

For more information about the #WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS campaign, click the image to visit their site.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks

 

Donor Part 1 and Part 2 is on sale for $0.99 Everywhere!

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romance, solarpunk, YA, fantasy, sci-fi, futuristic, sheryl-kaleoDONOR Part 1: A Bat Out of Hell and DONOR Part 2: The Jeweled City are on sale for $0.99 at Smashwords, AllRomanceeBooks.com, Sheryl’s Amazon Author page,  Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

You can also buy the full novel DONOR (Shreya’s Chronicles Book 1) with all four parts through Sheryl’s Amazon Author page,  Kobo, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble, AllRomanceeBooks.

Donor Shreya's Chronicles Book 1Donor (Shreya’s Chronicles Book 1) is a serialized novel broken into four parts. DONOR Part 1: A Bat Out of Hell is the first twenty chapters. The next twenty chapters of Donor can be found in Part 2: A Jeweled City, the next in Donor Part 3: A Silver Lined Grave, and and the story climaxes and concludes in Donor Part 4: The Heart of the Enemy.

Donor (Shreya’s Chronicles Book 1) features a kick butt heroine. Book 1 follows Shreya’s journey from an ordinary sixteen- year-old girl living in upstate Louisiana to a fugitive on the run from the law, the unlawful, and those beyond any natural laws known to Humankind.

Donor is for sale everywhere!

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DONOR all four books

Donor all four parts of the serialized novel.

You can now buy DONOR as both a serial and the full book with all four parts through Sheryl’s Amazon Author page,  Kobo, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

 

Donor Shreya's Chronicles Book 1

Donor (Shreya’s Chronicles Book 1) is a  serialized SolarPunk fantasy romance that features a kick butt heroine. Book 1 follows Shreya’s journey from an ordinary sixteen- year-old girl living in upstate Louisiana to a fugitive on the run from the law, the unlawful, and those beyond any natural laws known to Humankind.

This book includes Donor Part1: The Heart of the Enemy, Donor Part 2: A Jeweled City, Donor Part 3: A Silver-Lined Grave, and Donor Part 4: The Heart of the Enemy.

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One drop of her blood

The moment when you realize sleeping without a nightlight did nothing to prepare you for the dark chasing you into daylight…?
Yeah. That.

Could start a war

Only when I face life on the run alone do I realize how well Mama trained me to protect myself. If only she’d had time to explain why her tears turned to crystals and what I’m destined to become.

And bring an end to Humankind

 Now I can trust no one, especially Enoch. This all started the day he showed up looking for me and he seems to be everywhere I go—before I get there. Is he one of the Undying? Or something Other? The answer may be my deliverance… or make me wish I were dead.

Donor Part 3 is on sale!

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Part 3 of the serialized novel Donor

In Donor Part 3: A Silver-Lined Grave, When Mr. James and his Cyber Thugs find her in New York City, Shreya accepts the help of a boy to hide from them. Unfortunately, that means going deep down into New York’s subterranean tunnels where darkness is just a light switch away. Excerpt

Print length:  129, Word count: 40,000

 

DONOR is a  serialized SolarPunk fantasy romance that features a kick butt heroine who’s on the run from leechers, cyborg policemen, and human-trafficking thugs in a nonapocalyptic-yet-futuristic world. Parts 1 and 2 are currently available through her Amazon Author page.

The conclusion of the Donor serial Part 4: The Heart of the Enemy will be on sale in November 2013.

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One drop of her blood

The moment when you realize sleeping without a nightlight did nothing to prepare you for the dark chasing you into daylight…?
Yeah. That.

Could start a war

Only when I face life on the run alone do I realize how well Mama trained me to protect myself. If only she’d had time to explain why her tears turned to crystals and what I’m destined to become.

And bring an end to Humankind

 Now I can trust no one, especially Enoch. This all started the day he showed up looking for me and he seems to be everywhere I go—before I get there. Is he one of the Undying? Or something Other? The answer may be my deliverance… or make me wish I were dead.

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In Donor Part 1: A Bat Out of Hell, sixteen-year-old Shreya leaves her home and everything she loves to escape the Shadows and gets separated from her mother. Print length: 137 pages, Word count: 44,000,  Excerpt

In Donor Part 2: The Jeweled City , Shreya heads for New York to find answers about what she’s turning into and to hide from the Human traffickers chasing her. Print length:  132, Word count: 41,000, Excerpt

Shreya’s story continues in Donor Part 4:  The Heart of the Enemy (November  2013,  Word count: 48,000). Excerpt

For more books as they come available, visit Sheryl’s Amazon Author  page.

 

DONOR Part 2 is Out!

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Donor Part 2: The Jeweled City

 

DONOR is a  serialized SolarPunk fantasy romance that features a kick butt heroine who’s on the run from leechers, cyborg policemen, and human-trafficking thugs in a nonapocalyptic-yet-futuristic world. Parts 1 and 2 are currently available through Amazon Kindle Select. Parts 3 and 4 will be coming out this week and the beginning of November.

 

 

In Donor Part 2: The Jeweled City , Shreya heads for New York to find answers about what she’s turning into and to hide from the Human traffickers chasing her. Print length:  132, Word count: 41,000

 

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One drop of her blood

The moment when you realize sleeping without a nightlight did nothing to prepare you for the dark chasing you into daylight…?
Yeah. That.

Could start a war

Only when I face life on the run alone do I realize how well Mama trained me to protect myself. If only she’d had time to explain why her tears turned to crystals when we parted, and what I’m destined to become.

And bring an end to Humankind

 Now I can trust no one, especially Enoch. This all started the day he showed up looking for me and he seems to be everywhere I go—before I get there. Is he one of the Undying? Or something Other? The answer may be my deliverance… or make me wish I were dead.

 ~ * ~

In Donor Part 1: A Bat Out of Hell, sixteen-year-old Shreya leaves her home and everything she loves to escape the Shadows and gets separated from her mother. Print length: 137 pages, Word count: 44,000

Shreya’s story continues Donor Part 3: A Silver Lined Grave (October  2013,  Excerpt.  Word count: 41,000), and Donor Part 4: The Heart of the Enemy (November  2013, Excerpt. Word count: 48,000).

For more books as they come available, visit Sheryl’s Amazon page.

 

Don’t Buy This Book

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DONOR Part 1: A Bat Out of Hell

Please don’t buy my debut novel Donor Part 1: A Bat Out of Hellunless you want to read a YA SolarPunk Fantasy. Instead lend me your words…

If you’re a friend or a colleague that was the request you saw from me today in an email or in a post on my social media because your words mean more to me than money ever can. Instead of paying for a book that you or yours may never read, I’d rather you take a moment to mention it to someone. You don’t have to say much, simply saying, “Hey, a friend of mine (a friend of a friend, neighbor, colleague, some lady) has a SolarPunk book on Amazon for sale. Solarpunk’s a new genre—check it out. Search for Sheryl Kaleo or solarpunk  (one or two words is fine) in books on Amazon.”

Sure, if you really want to read about kick butt heroines who are on the run from leechers and cyborg policemen and human-trafficking thugs in a nonapocalyptic-yet-futuristic world, then please buy my book. And if, and only if, you do read my book… please share what you think. Just the truth is fine. If you’re a friend or colleague, please mention that you are. Most readers appreciate full disclosure and are savvy enough to know when someone’s really read the book and where that person is coming from in terms of his/her opinion.

But to my friends who aren’t interested in reading that sort of thing, save your money and tell someone, or even better, mention it to three people … or more if you like. Spread the word, that’s golden.

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Donor Part 1: A Bat Out of Hell

One drop of her blood

The moment when you realize sleeping without a nightlight did nothing to prepare you for the dark chasing you into daylight…?
Yeah. That.

Could start a war

Only when I face life on the run alone do I realize how well Mama trained me to protect myself. If only she’d had time to explain why her tears turned to crystals when we parted, and what I’m destined to become.

And bring an end to Humankind

 Now I can trust no one, especially Enoch. This all started the day he showed up looking for me and he seems to be everywhere I go—before I get there. Is he one of the Undying? Or something Other? The answer may be my deliverance… or make me wish I were dead.

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A Bat Out of Hell is book one in the serialized SolarPunk fantasy YA series DONOR.  Here’s an Excerpt and it’s available exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle Select. Look for Shreya’s continued adventures in Donor Part 2: A Jeweled City (available October 2013), Donor Part 3: A Silver Lined Grave (October  2013), and Donor Part 4: The Heart of the Enemy (October  2013).

For more books as they come available, visit Sheryl’s Amazon page.