Books Removed From Kobo

16 Oct

I don’t know if most of you are aware of this, but many indie published books have been summarily removed from Kobo, this includes all of my books. Kobo has not responded to my email regarding this matter. Please read these excellent articles for more in-depth explanation of what’s happening.

http://indiereader.com/2013/10/banning-books

http://selenakitt.com/blog/index.php/2013/10/15/porn-hunt-2013-gossip-boys-researching-porn-real-hard/

The gist of the issue is that there was some “moral outrage” against erotica books that some people considered obscene. All self-publishers got the axe. It seems that some authors’ titles are being restored, I have not been included in that group at the time of this post.

If you have a Kobo reader and want to purchase any of my books please visit Smashwords and do so there. I apologize for any inconvenience this is causing. And I’m hoping this is resolved soon.

If you are against censorship please sign this petition.

LibraryThing Giveaway Winners – Notice

29 Sep

The LibraryThing readers who won a copy of After The Darkness: Episode 2 will receive their free copy by Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Thank you for your patience!

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Attention LibraryThing Winners

26 Aug

If you’re one of the lucky winners of my recent LibraryThing giveaway for episode #1 and you want to receive a complimentary copy of episode 2 – 5, please signup for the mailing list. This offer is valid until September 10, 2013. Thanks!

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How I Lost My Friend To Prostitution

9 Aug

ProstituteKaren was only 15 when she was seduced by a pimp, but she was one of my closest friends. I’ll never forget the scars on her face, and the black circles under her eyes, and the fear in her voice when she spoke of him. But I also remember how she needed him to need her and want her. She was lost without him. She was dead without him. And the irony was that he probably would have killed her if she dared leave him. When I wrote New Hope City, I often thought about my friend Karen. I wondered how she had fallen into the pimp’s snare.  And when I look back, I would say that she was much like Sunni, the main character in New Hope City, in that her descent into the hell of prostitution began in a place that’s supposed to be safe – home.

Parents Play Dumb

Some parents are just too busy to uhm…well, to parent. They’ve got their own lives. Or, maybe their life hasn’t turned out the way they wanted and they want their kid to make it a little easier. My friend Karen had a parent like that. She was an only child and her mom was a single parent, and of course they didn’t have much money. Her mom liked to keep boyfriends around, and if she was real nice to them they would leave a few dollars on the nightstand. That could pay the light bill or buy a bag of groceries, but it also made the boyfriends feel entitled to more than just Karen’s mom. They took liberties with Karen too, and her mom would just play dumb, like she didn’t see anything.

Pimps Seem Nice – By Comparison

I’m not too sure about when Karen first started having problems with her mom’s boyfriends, I just know that one Summer she just seemed different, quiet, somber, and maybe even a little angry. That’s when she met Juan, that’s what people called him, but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t his real name. Everyone in the neighborhood knew that he was no good. No one ever used the word pimp to describe him, but we all knew that’s what he was. When Karen’s mood first started to improve I thought that maybe things had gotten better at home, that she had been able to get the men to stop “messing with her” as she always described it, but when she told me that Juan had given her a pair of new (and expensive) sneakers I knew she was headed for trouble.  Juan’s string of gifts made my friend happy but they also made her stupid, well stupid for him. She started hanging out late. And then she stopped hanging out with me and her other friends. And from there things went downhill. Rumors spread that she was “fooling around” with grown men and that she had moved in with Juan. That was the last time I saw Karen. She didn’t even show up for school that Fall.

There Are No Angels

In the movies, prostituted teens are portrayed as innocent victims worthy of a savior. They’re usually kidnapped or somehow forced into “the life.”  But the reality of teen prostitution is a lot more murky.  Prostituted girls like my friend aren’t perfect. They’re flawed and damaged which makes them do things that flawed and damaged people do. These girls may seem like troubled kids, stealing, lying, fighting and engaging in promiscuous sex. And it’s these things that make people less likely to see them as worthy of saving.  Just like my old friend, they get lost. And just like my old friend, they may face an early and tragic end.  But when I wrote New Hope City I wanted to talk about a girl like Karen, someone who may be damaged and flawed but who is in fact worthy of a savior.

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SunHi Mistwalker writes fiction set in dystopic and post-apocalyptic worlds. Her new novel New Hope City, a dark coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic America, follows the life of Sunni Brown, a teenage girl exploited by sex traffickers who tries to get a fresh start when she meets a disillusioned cop. She is also the author of the science fiction series After The Darkness. Please sign up for the mailing list for receive updates, freebies and special discounts. You can also follow SunHi on Twitter and Facebook.

Why I’ve Been So Quiet

1 Aug

I’m usually pretty good about updating this blog, but for the past month I’ve been busy writing the After The Darkness series and working on some short stories as part of the Clarion West Write-a-thon. Right now I’m almost halfway through the sixth episode for After The Darkness which will complete the first season. I’ve also recently finished a first draft of a short story set in the same world. And in addition to all of that I’ve been taking classes and connecting with other writers offline.  And because I don’t have much time, I’ll need to make this post short. Back to writing!

SunHi Mistwalker writes fiction set in dystopic and post-apocalyptic worlds. Her new novel New Hope City, a dark coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic America, follows the life of Sunni Brown, a teenage girl exploited by sex traffickers who tries to get a fresh start when she meets a disillusioned cop. She is also the author of the science fiction series After The Darkness. Please sign up for the mailing list for receive updates, freebies and special discounts. You can also follow SunHi on Twitter and Facebook.

Published: After The Darkness – Episode 5

1 Jul

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The 5th episode in the After The Darkness series has been published on Amazon. ETA: Also available on Nook. It will be available at other retailers later this week.

Congratulations New Hope City Paperback Winners!

14 Jun

The New Hope City paperback winners are:

Laura & Scott

Congratulations! I plan to mail your books by next week.

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SunHi Mistwalker writes fiction set in dystopic and post-apocalyptic worlds. Her new novel New Hope City, a dark coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic America, follows the life of Sunni Brown, a teenage girl exploited by sex traffickers who tries to get a fresh start when she meets a disillusioned cop. She is also the author of the science fiction series After The Darkness. Please sign up for the mailing list for receive updates, freebies and special discounts. You can also follow SunHi on Twitter and Facebook.

Where is After The Darkness: Episode 5?

31 May

Episode 5 is still in production. For those of you who know me personally, you know that 2013 has been all about taking the writing to another level. But to do that, it is taking me longer than usual to write episodes. I hope you guys don’t mind. I am on the final draft of this episode and the plan is to have it released this month. I appreciate your patience. 🙂

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In the meantime please signup for my mailing list to be notified when this episode is released.

 

 

 

How I Overcame Soul Sucking Dead End Jobs, Frenemies and Homelessness To Become A Full-Time Writer

24 May

I’ve written a guest post for the talented writer Vivienne Mathews’ blog. Here’s a snippet and a link to the rest. Please check it out and read all of the other inspirational posts at her blog.

NewHopeCityFinal_thumbnailIn many ways I had done everything right, I had begun training for the writer’s life as a child, working with professionals at a local newspaper in Chicago, training at a radio station and even doing a brief stint as a writer at a local cable show. And that was all before I’d reached eighteen. You might have thought that those years of training would have been enough to launch me into a career as a wordsmith. But it wasn’t. For years I wasted away my life working dead end jobs that only brought in enough money to feed, clothe and house myself, but the work never nourished my soul.  The truth is that I had bought into a lie that many people, not just writers believe – you can’t make your living doing what you love, you should just suck it up and suffer, be the cog in the machine, the engine that runs someone else’s dream.  I spent 12 years of my life living that story and I could feel myself dying, until one day I made the decision to jump off the treadmill and make a go for my dreams. Well, actually it didn’t happen that smoothly. First I was acted upon by an event that forced me to face my own mortality. Read the rest here.

SunHi Mistwalker writes fiction set in dystopic and post-apocalyptic worlds. Her new novel New Hope City, a dark coming-of-age story set in a post-apocalyptic America, follows the life of Sunni Brown, a teenage girl exploited by sex traffickers who tries to get a fresh start when she meets a disillusioned cop. She is also the author of the science fiction series After The Darkness. Please sign up for the mailing list for receive updates, freebies and special discounts. You can also follow SunHi on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you!

23 May

I just wanted to thank all of the LibraryThing Winners who left reviews! Remember, you have until May 31st to use your coupons. Thanks a million!