The Unimaginable - Book Description

I'm so pleased to share the official book description of The Unimaginable:


From the author of One Pink Line comes a story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival.

After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors––and aboard a boat named for such promise––comes the unimaginable.


Release date is October 28th. Be sure and add it to your GOODREADS!
I read an article yesterday that made me sad for the state of things in the book biz. You can read it here if you’d like. It's the most recent post on my Facebook page.


Let me start by saying that it doesn’t surprise me because there are shady, slimy con artists in every industry. And I don’t even fault the authors who fell prey to his scheme because we’ve all been guilty of coveting the brass ring of notoriety in one-way or another.

But I felt compelled to comment.

When I began writing novels in early 2009, a few things happened:

·      My agent couldn't sell my romantic comedy, Kat Fight (it was 2010 by then, and I should’ve put vampires in it and called it Kat Bite. I digress…)
·      I read a blog post by Amanda Hocking that changed my life
·      The stigma of self publishing began to rapidly disappear
·      I self-published One Pink Line and became a novelist

Here’s the thing…I went insane when I started selling books. I’d sit at my computer and refresh the KDP report page and clap like Mrs. Klump every time the numbers changed. 


Then I started to get reviews. From people I didn’t know! Great ones, from all over the world. People who’d taken a chance on my self-published debut novel, and me...and loved us. I was truly astonished and a little bit proud of myself.

So, if I were to look back and ask my younger, cuter self from five years ago to list my initial publishing goals, here’s what I would have said:

·      Write a great book
·      Find an agent
·      Have said agent find a publisher
·      See my book on a bookshelf or in a library one day
·      Have someone other than my mom and sister buy said book
·      Write a few more great books
·      Turn one of these great books into screenplays

Money was never a goal for me because everyone always said how difficult it was to make money as a novelist. The revenue was a complete bonus.

But money and notoriety are the number one goals for some people, and that’s okay…if they aren’t mocking the rest of us by compromising the system and the craft as a whole. Can a crappy book make a quick buck? Absolutely. Can a fantastic book get lost in the shuffle and fade away to rankings oblivion? You bet.

The cream doesn’t always rise to the top, but the bullshit sure does.

All I will say is that if you want readers to take you seriously, you need to take yourself seriously. Believe in yourself and keep your credibility in check. Be serious about your writing, your craft, your work, your peers, your brand, and yourself.

Trust me, I’m old now…I know things.


Finally!! A Pub date and a new title for my next novel - THE UNIMAGINABLE

Some exciting updates to announce about my fourth novel!

  1. First of all it has a new name:  The Unimaginable. I LOVE this title because it truly evokes the tone of the story in so many ways.
  2. PUB DATE: October 28, 2014 - can't friggin' wait 
  3. It will be published by Lake Union Publishing, who also published Finding Bliss and re-launched One Pink Line last year. I'm thrilled to be a part of their team, and honored by their excitement for this book.

Yes, October seems far away––mostly because it's March and there's still twelve inches of snow on my front lawn––but don't you worry! I will be posting copious updates and links and photos and excerpts and reviews and giveaways in the meantime.

Lastly, if there are any bloggers that would like to be put on a list to receive an advanced copy of The Unimaginable, please send me an email.  

Here is a little bit about the book that I'd posted before:

This book is exciting because it’s very different for me. Here are a few reasons why:
·      It’s a romance (of course)…but it’s also heartbreakingly emotional and has left every single beta reader in tears. Which pleases me to no end!
·      The story is set in Thailand and the Indian Ocean.
·      A large portion of the book takes place on board a sailboat.
·      There is major trauma and gut wrenching passages that were an absolute thrill for me to write, but may be hard for some people to read. In a good way.
·      It’s based on two very real-life stories. One with a happy ending, and one without. There will be details on both at the end of the book.
 
Thank you so much for your interest in this book. I promise you are in for some unbelievable and truly Unimaginable storytelling!
 

––Dina





THE SILVER SALE!

More of ME for Less!


What is the Silver Sale? Well, this week from January 13th - 19th, all three of my books are on sale. This is rare. Much like the polar vortex. Let me explain...

Why the Silver Sale is like the polar vortex:
  1. It comes every 30 years.
  2. It's entertaining.
  3. People love to talk about it.
  4. It gives you chills. 

Here's a quick rundown on my books.

This week Amazon has chosen Finding Bliss to be a Kindle Love Stories deal. Pause to manage your excitement, because I myself can hardly believe you can get this book for less than $1.

Finding Bliss is my big girl book. A story with real life issues and no sugar coating. Yes there's romance and yes (despite some opinions to the contrary) there's a happy ending.

If you appreciate the good, the bad, and the ugly things in life that make us who we are...then you will find your bliss with this book.

Today thru January 19th it's only $0.99 on Amazon. Enjoy!



Ah, One Pink Line. My debut novel.

A poignant, heartwarming (and often witty) book about love and family. The story spans two decades and is told from two points of view. One from a young mother, and one from the voice of her daughter as she grows to discover the truth about herself.

If you've read it. Thank you. If you haven't, now's a great time to give her a try.

Today thru January 19th it's only $1.99 on Amazon. Enjoy!



Kitty!

Kat Fight is pure romantic comedy fun.

It's loosely based on how I met my hubby and I always say that if people love this book...then they'll love me.*


Today thru January 19th it's only $0.99 on ALL FORMATS. Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Kobo. Enjoy the fight!

*No pressure to like me even the slightest bit.



Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. Feel free to share the Silver Sale with your friends...or anyone else who knows how to read.

Read me for cheap this week!



Imagine my next novel...


Let me rephrase that. Imagine: My next novel.

I don’t have a full synopsis yet, but I wanted to give you all a little peek into Imagine, which will be coming out some time in 2014.

This book is exciting because it’s very different for me. Here are a few reasons why:

·      It’s a romance (of course)…but it’s also heartbreakingly emotional and has left every single beta reader in tears. Which pleases me to no end!
·      The story is set in Thailand and the Indian Ocean.
·      A large portion of the book takes place on board a sailboat.
·      There is major trauma and gut wrenching passages that were an absolute thrill for me to write, but may be hard for some people to read. In a good way.
·      It’s based on two very real-life stories. One with a happy ending, and one without. There will be details on both at the end of the book.

Anyway, I have no cover and no synopsis, but I absolutely can’t wait for you all to read this book.

I will be posting short snippets from the book over the next few months. Here’s your first…

I’ll never forget the smell. It was jarring in many ways, but memorable because I’d never been afraid of a scent before. I closed my eyes beneath the blindfold and breathed through my mouth as I waited my turn.

They came for me third.


Stay tuned and Imagine a fabulous 2014 for yourself. xx

Happy New Year!




My Favorite Things - WINNERS!

Thanks to everyone who entered! I hope you followed this blog b/c we do lots of fun giveaways throughout the year. Here are the winners of My Favorite Things giveaway:

Kindle Fire HD: Jennifer P. Cajas Racines
My Fave Things: Kelly Halverson
Autographed Books: Vivian Situ

Winners were picked at by Rafflecopter and notified via email.

Congrats ladies!

My Favorite Things Giveaway!


People who know me, know...

I love my birthday!!!


So, in honor of my favorite day (October 6th, 19-nevermind), I'm gifting some of my favorite things to you. With Oprah off the air, someone's got to do it.

Here's what's up for grabs on this fab giveaway:

First prize:
A Kindle Fire HD! 
My Kindle is truly one of my favorite things, so this prize was a no-brainer.



Second Prize:
A smattering of my fave things...

Truffle Oil - I like to drizzle pour it on pizza and pasta and scrambled eggs. Take my word for it, and you're welcome.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Hand Lotion -
The scent alone will have you drooling. It's stupidly expensive, but will quickly become your new addiction.

Pride & Prejudice DVD -
I'm OBSESSED with this version of the Jane Austen classic and have seen it easily 45 times. It's a must have fave thing for sure.

Essie Nail Polish -
I'm a manicure, girly girl, and these are my two go-to colors. I want you to have them so we can be twinsies.

Target Gift Card -
Since I LOVE Target, and I LOVE wine (but can't ship alcohol) I'm including a $20 gift card for you to go buy a bottle. Do not disappoint me and buy paper towels instead.

Skittles & Double Stuf Oreos -
No explanation necessary.





Third Prize:
Autographed Copies of Finding Bliss, One Pink Line & Kat Fight! One copy of each.


Thanks for entering, please share!



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