Saturday, July 28, 2012

Join in the effort to improve Lives!

My most recent Ya novel just released on July 27th. A recent press release by PR Associates covered a brief interview with me this week, and below is the release which  posted yesterday.

Unspeakable Things is listed on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com and is available in both digital format and paperback. The pricing is below most of the competing ya novels in it's category, as most are selling at $9.99 and up.

To purchase from Amazon follow this link- Link to Amazon.com
To purchase  from Barnes and Noble- Link to Barnes and Noble

Thank you in advance to all of you who purchase a copy of the book, as we begin a major effort to improve the lives of the Lakota Indian youth of Pine Ridge reservation and assist One Spirit.


Below is the official press release:

The long awaited release of author Heather McBride's newest novel has arrived, Today the novel is available for purchase from the heavy hitting online retailers, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Free-Press-Release.com) July 27, 2012 -- This novel holds a greater significance as this release day breaks, says McBride, since a cut of every sale will be directly donated to One Spirit, to help assist this group in improving the lives of the Lakota Indian youth of Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. McBride has been working with Jeri Baker, the director of One spirit to arrange this on going donation from her books sales.
The goal for this connection, says McBride, is not only to raise money for youth centers and various other projects on the reservation, but to help spread awareness about the living conditions on the reservation, which to date have not been improved by our government, despite many empty promises.
McBride has committed herself and her novel to try and improve the lives of the Lakota Youth. McBride's young adult fiction novel. Unspeakable Things is set on Pine Ridge reservation and it's leading characters are Lakota teen's. The novel, while fictional and not based on any events related to the reservation, is meant to help open the readers eyes to a world they did not know existed. The book also contains information about One Spirit, and the Lakota Indians, in the very first section of the novel. McBride also dedicated the book to the Lakota people, as her way of showing her commitment to working with them and assisting them.

McBride says while doing research for the novel, she happened to see some videos on You Tube of Pine Ridge, and she knew then what her novel was meant to do, other than be "just another book". She set a goal to have it help people living on this reservation. Her mission is to see the statistics of the teen suicide rate go down for Lakota teens, and see their lives greatly improved.

To help with improving the lives of the Lakota Youth, please consider purchasing a copy of Unspeakable Things and also visit Nativeprogress.org which is One Spirit's home web site.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Unspeakable Things, to benefit One Spirit.


As the release date of my new novel nears, I wanted to post on some wonderful  updates.
I mentioned that I wanted to have some of the books sales donated to One Spirit in my last blog post. One Spirit is a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians. 

I was thrilled to contact Jeri Baker, the director at One Spirit, and he was honored to have me partner with them on connecting my book, Unspeakable Things with their wonderful group .  A portion of every book sold, including kindle digital copies, (the novel is exclusively sold only on the Amazon Kindle store in digital format) will be donated to One Spirit, to help fund  various different projects on Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, such as the Allen Youth center.

This partnership means a great deal to me, since I myself have Indian heritage in my own family, I know I don't look  like it, but I promise you I definitely do!  I am also honored to help the reservation and help bring more hope to the Lakota youth.  This is just the beginning of what I hope to be, an epic fund raising effort for One Spirit and the Lakota Indians. I have high hopes that readers will enjoy the fiction novel and then take another step and take the time to learn about what they can do to help One Spirit, but even if they only purchase the novel, they are still helping, as I said before a portion of every sale will be sent directly to One Spirit!
 On the back of the book there is a symbol of  Pine Ridge reservation, which is the circle of eight teepees, and a note about the sales and One Spirit.

First used in 1961, this flag was approved by the Oglala Sioux Tribe OST Council on March 9, 1962 as the official flag of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST).
The circle of eight teepees on the flag represent the nine districts of the reservation: Porcupine, Wakpamni, Medicine Root, Pass Creek, Eagle Nest, White Clay, LaCreek, Wounded Knee, and Pine Ridge.

This fall I will be attending the 2012 Writers Conference in Columbus Indiana, where I have been asked to be one of the featured Authors in attendance. I will be featuring Unspeakable Things, and doing book signings for an hour that day. I will also have my own booth, where we will be sharing information about One Spirit, the new book, and various other things.
 My next project, as I am always working on something, ..lol.. is creating jewelery that ties in with the novel, and that is mentioned in the book. In the novel, my two main characters wore talisman necklaces, and I am working on recreating them and also some bracelets as well.

The jewelry will be available at the writers conference, with %100 of the profits going to One Spirit, I plan to have it for sale on my home website, at heatherswriting.com for readers to purchase along with the book which will be available for purchase as well. 

July 27th is the official release date!

I also want to thank Jeri Baker and everyone at One Spirit for working with me and it is my greatest hope that the books sales will be exceptional, and that the donations will be able to help fund and assist the people of Pine Ridge.

To learn more about One Spirit please visit :http://nativeprogress.org/








Monday, May 21, 2012

Heather McBride/YA Author: Reading Program's for Summer

Heather McBride/YA Author: Reading Program's for Summer: I wanted to get in a blog before my two youngest children begin their summer vacations from school, their last day is Thursday. It's hard t...

Reading Program's for Summer

I wanted to get in a blog before my two youngest children begin their summer vacations from school, their last day is Thursday. It's hard to believe the school year is over already.I know how busy summers can be and keeping kids entertained is another job in it's self! I work from home, as I am a full time writer, and I also organize all of my church's youth activities, as the head youth pastor.  I found some ideas I wanted to share for "things to do" this summer, as you will see below.

Book News:
 I am currently writing my next YA novel Unspeakable Things, which I blogged in detail about in my last post and I am extremely happy on the progress of the novel. I also look forward to assisting One Spirit with a cut of my books sales and promoting their wonderful cause to help the Indian's of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This is book and project are very dear to me and I cannot wait to share it with all of my readers. I will be sharing some quotes from the novel in progress on my Face Book author page this week, here is the link if you would like to stop by and "like" the page! -https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Heather-McBride/120173178069694 I have been asked by several readers if I could do that, and happily I plan to!

Also I am in the negotiation phase of working with a new Editor, and I'm very excited about it. I will share more about that when we have finalized things, but she's super cool!



On to my next Blog Topic:
I was surfing Face Book this morning when I saw the old  "Book It" pin we received when I was in elementary school. The Blog tied to this pic is- Simply Insider,an inside glimpse of all things simply youth ministry- http://www.simplyinsider.com/2012/05/21/the-student-challenge/#comment-1183
We got stars on a button, like the one below, and when we got 5-stars we got a FREE personal pan pizza!
 I had forgotten all about that reading program until today, thus starting my research, and finding a reading program recommendation for Youth Ministry leaders on Simply Insider today. I love this idea, for my own kids and the kids of my youth group at church. Reading is such a vital part of our world and society, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a writer....ok..ok maybe I am a little bit partial to books...:)

I plan on setting up a reading program this summer for Mountain Baptist Youth Ministry, with a reward of the good old Pizza party night when they complete their reading toward the end of the summer. I do hope to have some faith based books listed for the program and books with good moral values and lessons, naturally!

I wanted to share this with all the parents who read my blog as an idea for their kids, and possibly another good idea would be to mention this to your youth pastors, or check with your local library for summer reading programs to join. Pottery Barn is also hosting a reading program, I have the link here for those of you wanting to learn more about them too. http://www.potterybarnkids.com/design-studio/articles/summer-reading-challenge.html

I hope the reading program ideas are helpful to some of you, in making your summers a little less hectic!





Monday, April 16, 2012

What my Book research taught me this week.

This week the combined edition of my very first two novels re-released onto Amazon.com-Kindle store. The new title is -Ever After-.
I decided not to change the story line much from what it originally was (it was written nearly four years ago).

So onto my children's book- Olivia and the search for the Super Giant Imagination-, yes it's still heading for a late April release. It is in the illustration process, something I do not do (no way) I write...I do not draw or do any form of illustrations! I have many talents, but sadly that is not one of them. Again I am so happy to have this little book dedicated to my sweet niece Samantha!

My next YA novel is in progress as I write this. I have the intro done, and can hardly keep from posting it! Ok, I  might post it soon, not sure yet.
The new novel -Unspeakable Things- centers around a 16yr old Lakota Indian girl who witness  the murder of her mother when she is six years old. She sets out to solve the murder investigation the local police mysteriously closed as unsolved. The elders on the reservation, where she lives with her grandmother, know things about her mothers death, but seem to afraid of "someone or something" to tell her. -This is just a short intro, not final. I just thought I would share a bit about the book. 
-Remember this is all fiction- and not based on any real events....this is just the stuff that comes out of my mind, and yes it's a bit weird or maybe even scary at times...just kidding.... I'm a writer it's just how we are!

My daughter, who recently went on a spring break trip out west, mentioned how sad the Indian reservations made her when they passed them. She noticed the homes looked ran down, and she worried the people needed help. This set my writing wheels into motion and my Google search button as well!

On my fathers side of my family we are blessed to have ancestors of the Black foot Indian tribe, so I began my search with them. I happened to be led elsewhere, to the Lakota of South Dakota. I am proud of our family's Indian heritage, and as many Americans should remember, many of us have ancestors of one or more Indian tribes.

During my book research I wanted to base the novel on an actual Indian reservation. I found one, and I was saddened and shocked at what I read, as I looked deeper. I found Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, the following is from the One Spirit Organization's web site. This is an amazing group of people, who are trying to assist the Lakota in improving their daily lives etc.-
The Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations in South Dakota are part of a larger territory established for the Lakota in 1868 by the United States government and later parceled out to non-Native homesteaders and broken up into smaller tribal reservations. Today, Pine Ridge Reservation is home to about 40,000 Native Americans and Cheyenne Reservation about 20,000. According to the US Census Bureau, the reservations lie within the poorest counties in the United States.

Can you imagine that in the United States of America:
  • There is a group of people who have the shortest life expectancy of any group in the Western Hemisphere, outside of Haiti?
  • Families, children and elders go without food on a regular basis?
  • Families are often without heat during sub-zero temperatures?
  • People are without employment opportunities or adequate medical facilities?
That is the plight of Lakota People living on reservations in South Dakota.
  • Life Expectancy is 48 years for men and 52 years for women.
  • Unemployment is estimated to be 87%
  • 90% live below the Federal poverty level.
  • The teenage suicide rate is 3 1/2 times higher than the national average.
  • Infant mortality is five times higher than the national average
  • Diabetes, heart disease, cancer and malnutrition are epidemic.
     
     Despite hardship and adversity, the Lakota maintain their cultural knowledge and traditions and preserve for their children and for the world, ancient wisdom that contributes to quality of life.
    • About 1/3 of the population still speak the Lakota language
    • Almost all maintain their traditional spiritual and cultural beliefs
    • They are leaders in knowledge of environmental preservation.
    • They are a sharing society - when one eats, they all eat - or they all do without.
    • Their exquisite bead work, quill work, quilting, sewing, painting is art at its best.
    • They wish to preserve their culture and find ways to be self-sufficient.
     
    This is just a portion of the information I found their is also a video by 20/20 about the reservation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJapHc7B8Xs. I had no idea this was going on in our country, so I wanted to share this information. If you have a moment please visit One Spirit's web site if you feel you would like to help. http://nativeprogress.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=188&
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    I started the Indian reservation research for my next book, but my heart was touched by the real story's I found and that such proud people, the real first Americans are living this way. I have contacted One Spirit and learned how to help. I hope those of you reading this might do the same. 
     
    As most of you know I am a youth pastor, as well as a writer. I have decided to make the Lakota Indian reservation-Pine Ridge, part of a long term mission project for the youth of our church. We will be collecting clothing and household items on a monthly basis to help the Okini program. To learn more about the Okini program please follow the link here-
http://nativeprogress.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=193&Itemid=54&Name=Value


I look forward to the youth of our church, learning to help others less fortunate than they are and to grow their compassion for other people.

 Upon completion of my novel- titled -Unspeakable Things- I will be donating a portion of every book sold to the One Spirit organization. I plan to base the novel there to help bring awareness to the situation in Pine Ridge, in hopes readers just like you will feel it in your heart to help. I will also have an information page in book for readers on how to learn more about One Spirit, and how to assist the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

So, my journey to the writing of my next novel not only opened my eyes to a great injustice going on in our country but fueled my desire to help. I look forward to writing this book, maybe more so than any of my other novel's. My greatest wish is that my book will help bring awareness to the Lakota Indians of Pine Ridge and in turn more helping hands to make their lives better.


Many Blessing to all of you!
Heather