• Cover Reveal: KILLER POTENTIAL

    Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today’s post is going to be a little different. Today, I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for BookFish Books’ July 19 release, Killer Potential! I’m so excited to read this book, and I love the cover, too!
    Keep scrolling to see it.

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    Title: Killer Potential

    Author: After Brook Szymanski

    Publisher: BookFish Books

    Genre: YA Psychological Thriller

    Release Date: July 17, 2016

    About Killer Potential

    Seventeen-year-old Yvette Gibbs was just admitted to the hospital psych unit in handcuffs as the main suspect in a murder case, which she refuses to talk about.

    Drugs and depression claim her family—leaving Yvette to fight her own demons alone. Adopting the skill of master of passive-aggressive vengeance lands Yvette in the psych unit with no family support, unless she cooperates with her therapist to clear her name, also a convicted murderer.

    Yvette wants revenge on the world that taught her to be afraid, claimed her mother to depression, hid her father in a fog of job hopping, turned her brother to dealing drugs, and swallowed her sister whole, but to achieve this she must lie, manipulate, and most of all survive. Pitting her dead sister’s shady friend whom she fears against the man who reminded her she’s not immune to victimization, is her perfect solution to all life’s hassles, even if that means she ends up with blood on her hands. Until everything backfires.


    About Aften Brook Szymanski

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    Aften Brook Szymanski, at the age of five, once fell on her bum looking out a large picture window while eating a pickle and people laughed. She thought she was funny, life has never been the same. She’s obsessed with LEGOs, cozy reading nooks, and over-the-knee socks. A graduate of the College of Southern Idaho with an Associate of Arts degree, Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and the University of Utah with a Master of Education degree. Learning is more fun than testing, sometimes we have to endure both.

    She lives in a very cold Wyoming valley with her husband, three kids, and one unhappy cat, where they are being cryogenically preserved for all time—thanks to how cold it is.

    Find Aften Online

    Blog: http://aftenbrookszymanski.blogspot.com/

    Tumblr: http://aftenbrook.tumblr.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aftenbrook

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aftenbrookszymanski/


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    There you have it, folks! It’s no secret that I love thrillers, and this is one I can’t wait to get my hands on. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming review of it! Congratulations, Aften, and good luck with your release!

    What do you think about this cover? Are you excited to read the book?

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  • Cover Reveal: TOUCH

    There’s a lot going on in my life right now. I’ve been living in my new house for a month, I just got back from Chicago, I’m working on finishing the first draft of Reflections as fast as I possibly can, I did a photoshoot last week, I’m booking editing clients for March and April already–basically, I’m busy, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone.
    I’m doing what I love and I couldn’t be more pleased.

    While I was in Chicago last week, I had the opportunity to see two excellent plays, Cocked and Cabaret. These productions entertained me, made me think, and rekindled my love for theatre (not that it had been dormant or anything, as you can attest to if you’ve seen my Hamilton fangirling). More importantly, they made me realize how much I want to see my play Touch (which you can read for free here) produced someday. Of course, the next step is getting it published.

    I’m tweaking the play again to make sure it’s how I like it. I’ve also gone ahead and created a new cover for it, which I’m thrilled to share with all of you today. It’s not as exciting as a novel, but it’s still pretty big, yeah? Keep scrolling to check it out!

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    Cover Reveal: TOUCH

    I still can’t believe I designed this bad boy myself. Actually, I can’t believe I designed it myself and am happy with the results. It took a lot of time for me to find something I felt reflected (there’s that word again) the overall tone of the play, and I think I found a winner. If you’ve read the play already, you’ll definitely have to let me know if you agree.

    As I’m still revising the play (again), I don’t have a full-fledged synopsis for you yet. Nevertheless, here’s the tagline:

    In a world in which physical touch is illegal, one young woman seeks to discover what all the fuss is bout.

    It’s mostly just a premise, but I hope to have an eloquent, in-depth synopsis out with the polished product. Here’s a little excerpt to tide you over if you want to wait to read the whole play until it’s been published:

    CURED: You can’t keep it.

    SEEKER: Why not?

    CURED: We’ve been over this. Too dangerous.

    SEEKER: I keep it in the house. No one besides you and me has ever seen it.

    CURED: That doesn’t mean they never will. [She sits down beside the SEEKER.]It all starts with thinking. Then writing. Then the next thing you know, you’re embracing a hug dealer and trying to explain to the police that you stumbled and he caught you–which, by the way, did not work for me.

    SEEKER: Mother, that won’t happen.

    CURED: You don’t know that.

    SEEKER: I’m not you.

    So, yes! Big things are happening every day over here! In the coming months, I expect some even bigger things to materialize, and I can’t wait to share every part of my journey with all of you. Thanks again for the support, encouragement, and motivation. I love you all so much.

    You rock. Never change.

    What do you think of the cover for Touch?

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    What if physical touch were illegal? Check out the cover for @brianawrites’ play TOUCH, which explores this idea. (Click to tweet)