A debut novel emerges on shaky ground, no matter who the author. It’s just fact. It’s an unknown that can be exhilarating, but stressful. Like every other author on the planet, I was optimistic about mine when it debuted in 2015, but honestly had no idea how it would be received. As of this writing, Shadow of the Hawk, has soared beyond my wildest dreams, and I am so grateful.
LITERARY GOLD AWARDS:
Literary Classics International Book Award (2015)
Chaucer Award (2016)
WILLA Literary Award (2016)
RONE Award (2016)
Exciting News! SHADOW OF THE HAWK by K.S. Jones has won the 2016 WILLA Award in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction category. This is truly a dream come true literary award! The competition has amazingly talented writers. I am grateful and humbled by the honor. This award is for outstanding literature featuring women’s stories and is given annually by Women Writing the West.
Shadow of the Hawk, a Depression era story and my debut novel, never ceases to amaze me. It is close to my heart and probably always will be, whether it’s because it was my first, or because it was created from my mother’s memories and her birthplace. Each time its applauded, I imagine her smiling and cheering. Shadow of the Hawk has won the Literary Classics International Book Award for historical fiction, the Chaucer Award for young adult historical fiction, the 2016 WILLA Award in the Children/Young Adult category, and is now a finalist in the RONE Awards. Thank you to all who believed, and to all who hoped, but most of all to my mother, to whom this book is dedicated.
The launch of my second book, BLACK LIGHTNING, had a few surprises. The best was having lots more people attend the Facebook Book Launch than was expected! Thank goodness for a few “behind the scenes” saviors for keeping everything together and on track, including my wonderful publisher, Mirror World. The next surprise was having Facebook claim I was posting too fast in the midst of the launch (I was typing and posting like a fiend!) then deciding to block me. Seriously, I was thrown out of my own party. It’s sort of funny now, but not so much at the time. Lastly, a few minutes after the launch ended, a real storm including lightning, thunder, wind, rain, and hail the size of tennis balls, hit battering my home and breaking windows, destroying outbuildings, demolishing outdoor chairs, garden cabinets, trees, and my beloved vegetable garden! It was one of the biggest storms I have ever experienced.
The BLACK LIGHTNING storm with so many friends, family, readers, and publishing staff attending the book launch was amazing, but I could have done without Mother Nature’s attendance.
I hope you’re enjoying my first middle-grade novel called BLACK LIGHTNING!
Until next time …
Come and join us on May 17th for our online celebration of the launch of Black Lightning! We’ll have prizes, games, contests, and an author QandA!
Life moves on — no matter what…
Following his father’s puzzling disappearance and his mother’s death, ten-year-old Samuel Baker goes through the motions of living in a world turned upside down. He wears an Apache talisman, a long ago gift from his father, in hopes its promise of strength and guidance is true. But what he truly wants is the power to bring his parents back.
Heartless Aunt Janis is elated at the prospect of becoming Samuel’s legal guardian. She is sure an orphan boy will elicit such an outpouring of public sympathy that her husband will win his Senate bid by a landslide. But when Grandpa Tate arrives, things don’t go as expected, especially when black lightning strikes!
Middle Grade, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure. This book is 132 pages.
BLACK LIGHTNING is a middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy, especially good as an introduction to fantasy for readers ages 7-12! Pre-order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or other retailers.
Black Lightning is my newest book. It is a sci-fi/fantasy for middle-grade readers ages 7-12 years-old. Pre-orders are available now for the book’s release on May 17, 2016. Watch for the Cover Reveal soon!