Wednesday, August 22, 2012

BIG News

Things have been a bit crazy around here, and I'm about to tell you why...


I am thrilled to announce my first book, The Secret Underground, will be released September 28!


The Secret Underground is a middle grade adventure about a girl named Ally who discovers all the boys in her neighborhood are digging a tunnel to an abandoned steel mill.

My family and I have decided to donate 100% of the profits from this book to baby Jayden and his family. Most of you probably know a bit about Jayden, since we did an auction for him earlier this year, but for those of you who don't, here is his story:


Jayden was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, just before the horrible earthquake in February 2011 that killed 182 people. He suffers from a combination of congenital problems including Hirschsprung's disease.  Because of this he's been through many serious surgeries during his short life.  He's almost died multiple times, but he's a strong little guy and whenever things look bleakest, he rallies and shows his doctors and family that he will fight to hang on. His family recently moved to Australia in order to be closer to a hospital that could handle his care.  They've been through SO MUCH.  Along with the stress and anxiety of dealing with Jayden's condition, they are also struggling financially because of the massive burden of caring for a chronically ill child. For more details check out his blog.


To support Jayden, my agent has helped me put together the perfect book package. We've worked together to create a print book and ebook (and probably even an audio book) that can be marketed 100% as a fundraiser. It's been quite an exciting (and busy) experiment! 

You can pre-order the eBook on Amazon and Apple.  It will be available at all other online book outlets (Nook, Kobo, Sony, etc.) soon. The print version should be available for pre-order on Amazon in the next few weeks and later this fall you'll be able to walk into to any bookstore and order a copy.

I'm so excited about this project and so happy to be able to do this small thing for Jayden's family. 

Stay tuned!  I'll be posting many more details in the coming weeks. 

Or, if you NEED to know more now, feel free to visit my website

28 comments:

Jill Kemerer said...

What wonderful news, Natalie!! I'm so impressed you're going out of your way to help this child--and with your book! You rock!!

Natalie said...

Thanks so much, Jill! I'm really excited about.

Wen Baragrey said...

You are pretty much the most awesome person ever, this just lets the rest of the world see it too.

I love you, Nat, and I love The Secret Underground! So will everyone else who reads it :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Yaaaay!!!!

Buchfam said...

Wow!!! That is so so exciting! The secret underground is absolutely one of the BEST middle grade books I have ever read!! I am so excited for everyone else to get to read it too!!! Natalie this is such amazing news!!

Impact Directories said...

We're very excited. I plan on buying a few and giving them to friends. Congrats!

Natalie Hansen said...

I'm excited that this will be out soon so we can get a copy! You amaze me with everything you've done to make this happen!

Stephanie Rae Pazicni said...

Wonderful, Natalie!

Cherie said...

Hoo-freakin'-ray! That is an awesome book, and an awesome cause. Congrats Nat!

VR Barkowski said...

Congrats, Natalie! Wonderful cause.

Cherie said...

So Amazing! I can't wait to read it again in it's finished form. Hopefully Jayden can get some great care out of it too. This really is Cherie. Other Cherie comment was Seth.

Catherine Denton said...

SO AWESOME!! Fantastic cover! And I love what you're for this sweet family.
Catherine Denton

Jade said...

I'm so looking forward to reading it!

Jen said...

bless you Nat
I know this will really help Jayden and his family

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

*happy dances*

Woooooooooooooooooot!

*throws confetti*

SOOOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!

*pops champagne*

I love this story, and I love you, and I love that a sweet story is connected with such a sweet cause. It is totally YOU.

*hugs*

HUGE CONGRATS!

Joanne Fritz said...

So happy for you, Natalie! And can't wait to read the book. I think what you're doing for Jayden and his family is wonderful. Bless you for that!

Renee Collins said...

Wow!! Very very exciting news! And what a wonderful, incredibly generous thing for you to donate your proceeds to that sweet boy's family. You're amazing.

Can't wait to help out a good cause and read your awesome book! Win-win!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

so cool! I can't wait to read it and see the illustrations. Best to everyone involved. :)

Laurel Garver said...

Congrats, Natalie. Looks like a gripping book and a wonderful cause.

Jemi Fraser said...

Looking forward to the book - and I hope you raise a TON of money :)

Jessie Oliveros said...

This is really exciting, Natalie. Jayden's family is blessed to have you as a friend. I can't wait to read the book.

Natalie said...

Thank you, everyone! We're really excited about it. I hope it will make a difference. :)

Tracy Loewer said...

I linked to your post on my blog, and I'll be telling everyone I know to buy your book!

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