Happy New Year, y’all. New Year. New Me. I am seeing good things on the horizon and opening my heart to new adventures. I’m leaving the past in the past and celebrating what I want to see more of. Here’s to resolutions and words of the year and becoming a totally new person at the stroke of midnight. Lift up your glasses and shout cheers for the New Year. 2023 is gonna rock… Okay. Yeah. I ain’t done none of that.
Inspired Newsletter. December 2022.
As Fall gracefully bids adieu to her audience of admirers, Winter storms the stage. And I mean storms the stage—with a grand blizzard of an entrance, dropping two feet of snow on Bismarck, North Dakota. Winter is here, my friends. Ready or not.
Book and Merch Giveaway!
I'm giving away 2 copies of my new book, "The Author and The Ilustrator" and 2 merch items! Read on to learn more.
The Author and The Illustrator: Now Available
If you like modern-day, coming-of-age fantasies with mysterious haunted houses, talking animals and creatures, fantastical journeys, ninja-like fight scenes, evil henchmen, female villains with a female lead, you should probably pick up this book. I'm told it's an easy, fast read--a good book to read while curled up in a blanket while sipping a fall-ish drink. Both kids and their grown-ups will enjoy Jayne, her new friends and her mysterious adventure.
Launch in 2 days!
I just watched an interview with a director who is releasing an independent feature-length film on Sept. 30, about 7 hours before my book is released. He was asked if he was excited. He said, “No, it’s terrifying.” I found myself nodding in agreement. It is scary to put yourself out there. I completely share his sentiment.
Bookish Updates and an Announcement!
Is it really "ish" when I am actually updating you on nothing but my book? I feel like "ish" implies that it's kind of about the subject matter, but not really. Alas, I am an elder millennial, and I am likely using the "ish" wrong.
My Novel and My Life: Stifled by Imposter Syndrome
My first glimmer of “The Author and The Illustrator” came to me while I was staring out a a church parsonage window... By chasing everything but writing, I was (and have been) living a life that is not true to myself.
Annie: She Knows Things
Annie. Foster mom. Self-taught baker and chef. Avid reader. Though strict and a bit old-school, she's a fierce protector of the children under her care. But she knows things she couldn't possibly know. Jayne believes she's either watching the kids with surveillance cameras or is psychic... yes, she's most definitely psychic. Annie is a supporting character in "The Author and The Illustrator."
The 1 thing I’ve been Dying to Share with You
I am over the moon with the fact that I, Shawnee Randolph, have finally finished my novel, "The Author and The Illustrator." Learn more about how you can get a free copy!
Play Nice, Nichole!
Character Bio: Nichole is smart, athletic and sometimes a bit of a jerk, especially to Jayne. Nichole doesn’t have a coming of age story; her teen years were thrust upon her, leaving her angry and confused. She doesn't fully understand why, but she believes Jayne has something to do with all the weird things happening at the foster home. The trauma of not knowing her past and her struggle to know the truth mold her into a fierce daughter, sister and friend.