Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the virtual blog tour for Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado which means we have a special author guest post from B.K. Bostick and a giveaway everyone can win!
Guest Post: The Definition of a Successful Book
I vividly remember this same time last year I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. My first book, Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure was just about to release. I was a nervous wreck! How would it be received? Would the reviews prove me a genuine author or failure? I was planning a huge book launch, planning school assemblies, and preparing for a new baby. This year I’m planning a huge book launch, getting ready for assemblies, and preparing for another new baby. What’s different this time around? Me. And specifically, my definition of success.
With the launch of my first book, I didn’t know what to expect. It’s safe to say that my expectations were a bit unrealistic. I was envisioning NY Times Best Sellers’ lists, Newberry Awards, and lots of royalties. It was fun to dream, but after slogging it out last year, I realized that for every NY Times Best Seller, there are about ten thousand non NY Times Best Sellers. Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure ended up being my publisher’s best selling middle grade novel, but it didn’t meet my out of this world, unrealistic expectations. I’m looking forward much more to my second book launch because I’m no loner putting that kind of pressure on myself. I had a young man facebook me last night who said my book inspired him to read! Is that success? Absolutely!
My advice to new authors when they get a contract is this- dare to dream, work your guts out, but keep your expectations realistic and decide for yourself what success truly means.
While in pursuit of their goal, the group becomes dangerously entwined with a secret society called the Brotherhood of Coronado- a ruthless organization led by three self proclaimed kings, bent on reacquiring the lost fortunes of the Spanish empire for nefarious purposes.
Their only hope of finding the stolen treasure and escaping the city with their lives requires trust in new found friends and in a cloaked figure who reveals clues leading to the Brotherhood’s hiding place. But in a city of strangers, who can you trust?
With a plot that will keep you guessing, Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado is a study abroad adventure you’ll want to be a part of!