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Today Kelly is sharing a few tips on balancing motherhood and a writing career, and you can expect my review in the next couple of days. All you need to know for now is that I loved it! Thank you, Spencer Hill Press for the opportunity to read Touch of Death and participate in this tour.
Publication Date: January 2013
Jodi is deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased…
Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.
After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus.
Kelly Hashway combines intriguing mythological elements with modern excitement in "Touch of Death."
Guest Post: Writer Mom
By Kelly Hashway
I’ve been writing all my life, but I didn't get serious about being published until my daughter was born. At first, I wrote when she napped during the day and again when she went to bed at night. It was tiring, and many times I just wanted to nap, too. But I pushed through because I wanted to make a career out of writing.
Once she was in school full-time (this year), I naively thought I’d have so much time on my hands. Five and a half hours a day to write sounded like a lot. Not at all. Those hours fill up quickly, and I still need to work at night when she goes to bed. But I’m able to separate time for writing and time for being with my daughter. I help out with the PTO and attend all my daughter’s school functions. I love seeing her at school and being able to play with her when she comes home. Being with her is a nice break from writing, and she keeps me sane when deadlines are looming.
Balancing being a mom and being a writer means my days are full, but I wouldn't have it any other way. As far as I’m concerned, I have the two best jobs in the world. Both are tough but very rewarding.
I write for children of all ages from picture books up to young adult. I am proudly represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. My debut YA, TOUCH OF DEATH, releases January 15, 2013 through Spencer Hill Press. Also look for my other upcoming YA novels: STALKED BY DEATH (Spencer Hill Press, July 23, 2013), THE MONSTER WITHIN (Spencer Hill Press, April 2014), THE DARKNESS WITHIN (Spencer Hill Press, TBA), and INTO THE FIRE (Month9Books, spring 2014). My debut MG series CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE releases in 2016 through Month9Books.
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