Thursday, June 6, 2019

Guest Post & Giveaway: CAPTAIN FIN by Amanda M. Thrasher

based on a screenplay by Kevin James O'Neill
  Genre: Young Adult / Adventure / Family
Date of Publication: May 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 432

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Hannah Gunner, once a carefree child, is faced with secrets, lies, and betrayal. A life-changing event during her adolescent years forces her to confront a past that she no longer recognizes. Now, questioning everything she thought she knew, Hannah struggles with the person she is supposed to be. With the help of her boyfriend and her closest friend, they discover several clues that may hold the missing links to her life.

A tattered box filled with worn-out letters holds some of the answers that she needs, but not all of them. With an assist from her aunt, and a visitor from her past, Hannah manages to track down the only person in the world who can answer her questions—the Captain. But why did those closest to her lie in the first place? Will Hannah ever find the answers that she needs to bring her peace? 

Suspenseful, engaging, and with twists and turns that make it impossible to put down, this is a book filled with surprises.
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When Kevin James O’Neill Approached Me About
Adapting His Screenplay, Captain Fin

Guest Post by Amanda M. Thrasher

When Kevin James O’Neill approached me about adapting his screenplay CAPTAIN FIN into a novel, I was intrigued. Once I read the script, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was; thrilled doesn’t cover the joy that I felt. I immediately fell in love with one of the characters, Hannah, but oddly enough, it wasn’t from an angle or perspective that was presented in the script that he had handed me. I could envision so clearly the journey that I felt Hannah should take through the novel that had yet to be written, and once I’d discussed it with Kevin, he agreed.
I was so worried about my time commitments. I was already in the midst of writing BITTER BETRAYAL and working daily at a company where, as a partner and the CEO, I’m obligated to be present every single day. At one point I even told Kevin, ”As saddened as I am, I don’t believe I have the time to finish Captain Fin. I love this piece, and if you’d like to take my ideas and chapters and give them to another writer, I completely understand.”
To my surprise, Kevin did not accept my offer but gave me a call instead. His words not only humbled me, but I felt as if he handed me a gift instead. I don’t think I will ever forget his words. “Amanda, I can’t really see anyone else writing this novel. I love your ideas, what you’ve written so far, and I understand how busy you are. I’ll wait. I’ll wait until you have the time to write it.” I can’t tell you the shock I felt. To hear someone had that much faith in my work was amazing to me. #humbled #grateful

I was worried that the flow of the work would be jeopardized by the amount of time that it was taking me to write the story; again, time wasn’t on my side due to work and family commitments, and it took me every bit of two years to write. But after re-reading early chapters and polishing off the manuscript, everything flowed well. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised, and fell in love with Hannah all over again! Her spirit, strong will, the sadness that reflects through her eyes, and the way that she eventually withdraws from others due to the hand that life had dealt her, combined with her gentle spirit still intact, kills me! LOVE HER! 

I can only hope that I delivered the novel the way Kevin had envisioned; I know it is exactly how I imagined it to be. It was challenging and exhilarating at times, and writing this piece was such a blessing. This piece, now available, took me every bit of two years to write. If you’re writing, don’t give up. It took C.S. Lewis ten years to write his masterpiece The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Time: sometimes it isn’t on our side, but don’t quit. Forge ahead; you’ll be glad that you did!

Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas, and resides here still. Amanda has authored picture books, middle-grade chapter books, early readers, young adult pieces, and a graphic novel written specifically for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center.

Amanda is a multiple Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) for YA, General Fiction, and early-reader chapter books, a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award winner for YA Social Issues, an North Texas Book Festival winner for YA and General Fiction, and she was awarded a New Apple Literary Award for YA and General Fiction.

As co-founder and chief executive officer at Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, she assists other authors with their work and shares her writing process and publishing experience with them. Her latest release, CAPTAIN FIN, was based on a contract to adapt a screenplay into a novel for director, actor, and producer Kevin James O’Neill. Her works-in-progress are the sequel to CAPTAIN FIN and the fourth installment of her Mischief Series.
TWO WINNERS: Signed Copies of Captain Fin
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THREE WINNERS: Signed Copies of Captain Fin
June 4-14, 2019
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