Monday, July 13, 2015

Blog Tour: Baby Girl

My Journey through the Baby Girl Series
Baby Girl started as a rough draft I wrote several years ago. After publishing my first book As Snow Falls. I realized I had many other stories just waiting to be finished. Looking through each, Baby Girl was an easy choice not because it had the most potential or was more finished than the others. It wasn’t. I chose it because I already felt a bond with Cleo. A young girl alone in the world who fights against all odds to survive and she does. Her strength, tenacity, and intelligence bring her through the worst times and situations.

At eighteen I married, a year later my oldest daughter was born, four years later my youngest daughter was born. My marriage was an epic fail from the start but my girls kept me hanging on. My girls gave me the strength to get through college and start a career. I have no ill will towards my ex-husband. He is the father of the two beautiful girls god gave us but he was a horrible husband who looked to belittle me every chance he got. It was by sheer will and stubborn determination I made it out of the marriage and with a college degree.

Fast forward after my divorce I met the man I consider my first love. A man who took my breath away every time I saw him. A man who taught me computer tricks, played Halo all summer with me, a man who saw a different world through my eyes. But he was a stubborn man who refused to get help when he needed it. He refused my pleas and after nearly five years together he passed away on New Year’s Day a few short hours after leaving my house. I was devastated along with the hundreds of people who loved him and still miss him today. A few things he said will always stick with me, one of them is, ‘I’ve never met a woman who has your survival skills.’ It is those ingrained survival skills that Cleo and I share.

He passed away before I published any books. It was his encouragement in following my dreams that I chose to publish. My journey with Baby Girl didn’t stop with him. I have had a ton of encouragement and help along the way. My sister ex-English teacher and Author of the Memoirs of an Ordinary Girl series Terri Klaes Harper helped me with the first few rounds of editing. Her commentary kept me laughing as I plugged away at edits and her thoughts to strengthen the story. Then I met Dawn Lewis who helped me through my more recent edits. She’s also become a wonderful friend. Author of Manscapes and Desiree’s Detective Manuela Cardiga graciously designed all five amazing new covers! From the start Baby Girl has had an awesome collection of readers that’s continued to grow without them there wouldn’t be an audience for her story. Baby Girl supporters and helpers is such a long list I can’t possibly name everyone in this post but I have been very blessed. The saying goes it takes a village to raise a child has been the story with my Baby Girl. The village helped bring Baby Girl to life and raise her so to speak.

Together Cleo and I have forged our way through four short stories, now combined into a Box Set. She enjoyed the smell of the paperback pages as much as me. My life has become the life I dreamed. I have an awesome boyfriend who supports me, puts up with me, and cooks for me! He’s an awesome guy. It takes sour grapes to find the sweet one. I hope for Cleo to find her sweet grape amongst the sour ones. If you desire to find out what the future has in store for her send me a message to any of my social media. Her destiny is in your hands.

Elle Klass Bio:
Elle was born in Redwood City, California and spent her childhood growing up in the fabulous San Francisco Bay Area. She is an avid San Francisco Forty Niners fan. She has raised two beautiful daughters, and currently resides in Florida. For fun she reads, spends time at the beach, travels, and enjoys time with her favorite friends, and family. She is a night-owl known as most her creative energy and ideas strike after 9 p.m.

Box set includes In the Beginning, Moonlighting is Paris, City by the Bay, and Bite the Big Apple. 
Abandoned at 12, Baby Girl is forced to face the harsh realities of life and struggles to find her path. She forages for sustenance, steals from the wealthy, and sleeps in any dark hole she can find. A ‘family’ of sorts forms between her and a band of other youngsters. Together they fight for survival, friendship, and love in the midst, but that is only the beginning. Life throws her one curve ball after another until secrets are revealed and the search for her true origins begins and ends with the powerful truth.

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  1. Thanks For Posting and what a wonderful topic to talk about Elle

  2. Thanks Ashley! He'll never know the gifts he left me with. Thank you Amy the post looks wonderful here on your blog :-D