Friday, June 5, 2015

SPR's Editorial Review of Dismantling Evan

"What binds it all together is the quality of Kimball’s prose, which manages to be both concise and lyrical...this is a 

Hi Everyone!

Hope this finds you doing well.
I received a new professional editorial review for Dismantling Evan.
When you get these reviews, you are unsure of criticism could be awaiting you since these are from people that don't know you from Adam. It is intimidating to say the least and I waited about half a day to open the email from Self Publishing Review for this reason.  I didn't know if they would slam Dismantling Evan to the ground, step on it, then throw it across the room OR if they would really appreciate it.

Well, they appreciated it!  I would be short changing the review if I didn't say that the words the reviewer used for DE held  me captive for a good while after reading.

Here is the review from SPR:

Dismantling Evan is a moving and harrowing novel about coping with bipolar disorder – not just the disease itself, but how everyone reacts to those who suffer from mental illness. Evan Phillips is moved to a small town in Texas after suffering a nervous breakdown. Her parents hope that a new setting in a calmer environment will help her recover. All does not go as planned, as Evan’s family moves next to Gavin Ferguson, a teenager who has mental illness problems of his own. A group of gifted, but troubled, teenagers bond together, but become vicious targets as the town outcasts.
Though the book is laden with issues facing contemporary teens – bullying and mental illness, among others – the novel is never preachy or reads like an after school special. These issues enhance the plot and character development, and so seem all the more real. What binds it all together is the quality of Kimball’s prose, which manages to be both concise and lyrical, and the empathy she has for her characters. Make no mistake, this is a page-turner, resting on the strength of the characterization.
What makes the novel particularly effective is that Kimball doesn’t cut corners on portraying mental illness. Evan and her friends aren’t just victims, they are frustrating, even maddening, at times, a more realistic portrayal of mental illness. Far from this making them unsympathetic, it makes them fully realized and relatable, and compels you to keep reading.
Mental illness is one of those issues that people are too often afraid, or embarrassed, to confront. Venessa Kimball has written a brave and important book that should hopefully reach a wide audience.

I have also included the link for the review on SPR's website.

If you haven't had a chance to read Dismantling Evan, here are the US and UK links to purchase on Amazon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Teaser: Saving Gavin (Companion Novelette for the Evan Series) Part 1. Release June 9, 2015

Good Morning!
I have a brand new teaser for you from the soon to be released "Saving Gavin" a companion novelette to the Evan series.  It will be the first part in a two-part novelette series following Gavin Ferguson's point of view following the "dismantlement" from the first full-length novel in the series, "Dismantling Evan"

Without further wait, here is the excerpt teaser from "Saving Gavin"

December 2013

Don’t know where I am. They won’t tell me when I ask. I take a pen from the counter while the nurse prints documents. My wrists hurt, but I don’t know why. Did they hurt me here? Where is mom, Brody?
I feel cool air on my knee suddenly and I look down at the hole in my pant leg. My knee is bloody.
Think back. What happened?
All of my thoughts are rushing, only slowing for a few pictures in my head.
Evan’s work shed.
The origami crane in my hand covered in moonlight.
Walking through the woods behind my house.
The light of the morning slowly getting brighter as I walked onto campus.
Sitting behind the curtains of the auditorium stage.
Silence of an empty room.
I remember closing my eyes and just listening to the nothingness.
Metal doors to the auditorium clanking as they are opened.
The sound of walking feet and voices filling the room behind the curtain. Adults, students. My hands clutching the black metal gun to keep from shaking.

“Follow me.” A disconnected voice tries to interrupt my memories.
Laughing, cheering, yelling getting louder and louder, I stand and push the curtain away.
That is it. My mind is stuck, like the rest of my memory was wiped away.
“Did I hurt anyone?” The words are mine, but they don’t feel like they come from my lips. The nurse, standing in front of me, clutches her clipboard. “Follow me Gavin,” she says, stoically. 

Make sure to pre-order your copy of "Saving Gavin" now for quick download on release day!