Sketch, a YA Thriller!!

I mentioned a few times last year that I was working on a rendition of my first ever novel, The Stix. In a round about way this book was my saving grace. It’s what help me to realize my love of writing, and introduced me to the notion that I CAN in fact be an author.  When I started my journey as a novelist, I was new in every sense of the word. I knew literally nothing about the bookish world.


I didn’t know that publishers could be vicious and scammy. I didn’t know editing was SO HUGE, and practically impossible to do on your own. I didn’t know that there was millions of books published every year across the globe, with their writers clawing at each other to get to the top. All that I knew was that I’d been through hell emotionally and hormonally for a few years (my husband and I really struggled to have children. Which is a whole other story all in its own) and sitting down to a keyboard helped me to gain back my focus and self-drive. Writing gave me a project that was worth working toward. Something I knew in my soul that I was good at, and meant to pursue. I’d never had that feeling of accomplishment before, and it gave me sense of purpose.


The road I took in the publishing and marketing process with The Stix was just as askew as any aspiring author, with no clue what to do, or how. I made one mistake after another until eventually this book was wedged in a dark hole. It SHOULD be off the market, yet for some odd reason, unbeknownst to me, it isn’t. Also, when people try to order it, they’re usually unable. I can’t seem to get my rights back despite multiple requests, and multiple changes in “publishing company’s” ownership, and I haven’t seen a paycheck… well ever. I won’t go into more detail, but I will say that it’s basically just your classic tale of…. I was had!


I decided that the story itself, paired with what writing a first novel meant to me on a personal level, makes this book worth another shot!!  So I let my creative mind work some wonders and I flipped it!!  I changed the tense, the characters (some), and the writing style a bit. I kept the original plot, yet re-wrote sentence after sentence until I was satisfied in doing the story line justice.



I’ve titled it SKETCH, and I’m shooting for a June release… Just after the release of my next thriller novella Justice for Belle!!

As of right now, R&R Book Tours is putting together a cover reveal, and I’d love it if all the bloggers reading this would sign up and help me (stick it to the man) spread the word on my rendition of a book stolen!


Here’s what Sketch is all about:

Quote: ***John‘s wide awake now, standing just inside the doorway with his hair in a sleepy woosh to one side. He’s holding his shotgun, cocked and loaded, ready to fire if needs be. He isn’t about to let some nut job come storming into his house accusing him of anything. John loves Misty, and would never do anything to hurt her. If Mr. Crawl only knew how he felt, maybe he wouldn’t be making such crazy accusations.***


When the body of the local girl, Misty Crawl, is found dismembered in an underground bunker, the town is thrown into a whirlwind of panic and speculation. Times aren’t exactly smooth sailing with a depression in full swing. The spaced out community of farmers pull together as one, trying to uncover the guilty party.

Thrown smack in the middle of such chaos, is a group of teens. They’re known troublemakers, but have good hearts. Although they’re innocent, the local law enforcers believe otherwise, and the true killer is lurking far too close for comfort. Will the four be able to uncover the truth before one of them pays the price for Misty’s death? Or will the brutal killer strike again, attacking the heart of the four?

(Sketch is a young adult psychological thriller. It’s a quick easy read, appropriate and gripping for mid-teens and up with no sexual content and some bloody gore. Parent’s be advised.)


11 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve already signed up!! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, your support is inspiring, and SO appreciated!! 🤩

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      1. Of course!! I love being able to support authors and help promote their books!! 😊

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  2. Great to hear your story and all the very best for your new venture. Even I have started writing short stories and yes like you said, it is a thrill to write and to be focused in what you are doing and this is what you like. Thanks for this wonderful share and read, Didi.

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    1. Thank you too! I’m so glad to hear you’re writing too! Isn’t it therapeutic!? 🤗


      1. Yes absolutely true and refreshing, Didi. Welcome

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    I haven’t been around in quite a while, as you may or may not have noticed, but it’s great to come across this post😊 I have a lot of catching up to do, (well…if I’m allowed to by my health that is) especially on reading novels, but I certainly haven’t forgotten about you.
    It’s great to see you do this. It only goes to show that you should never let yourself feel disheartened by anything! Always keep fighting. As for the premise of this book: I love it. Definitely going to check this one out! 😊

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    1. Of course I’ve noticed!! I’m glad your back, and THANK YOU, especially for checkin in on my stuff after your break. I’m so excited to see and hear from you! I hope your health is on the up and up. You deserve the best in all areas of life, especially in health! 🤗🤗

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      1. raistlin0903 says:

        Honestely, my health is still the same. But I missed it here, so I am trying, albeit in a bit of a lesser capacity, to be around here more😊
        And it’s good to be back: thank you for the kind words, I appreciate it 😊

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      2. Absolutely, it’s great to have u back! 😊

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