Yella’s Prayers: Deleted Scenes

Yella’s Prayers
~ Deleted Scenes ~

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Check out the Deleted Scenes from my coming of age novel, Yella’s Prayers.
The ebooklet includes not only the extra scenes but also fun tidbits about the earlier, unpublished versions of the story and the original characters.
(The Deleted Scenes ebooklet contains spoilers and should be read after the novel.)
Click the link below to download a free copy!

Yella’s Prayers: Deleted Scenes

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Yella’s Prayers: Meet the Model!

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A new edition of my coming of age novel, Yella’s Prayers, would naturally mean a new book cover. Sure, my book covers include stock photo models, as countless covers do. But for the rerelease of the first book I ever wrote, I knew precisely which model I wanted to represent the novel’s heroine.

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I’m privileged to know the multitalented Shanelle Nicole Leonard—my favorite stage actress. We’ve sung and danced on a couple of the same teams (we’ve even been in a music video before!), but she’s a far better singer and dancer than I’ll ever be. 😀

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Shanelle has performed on a number of stages and has worked with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, and more. She recently played the leading role in The Noise Made by People, an award-winning short film at the Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival. And my favorite role of hers was that of Luna C in Oo-Bla-Dee, performed at Cornish College of the Arts, where she graduated in 2012.

Shanelle is currently in the Professional Actor Training Program in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her latest production is at the Playmakers Repertory Company at UNC-CH.

Keep it up, Shanelle! 🙂

Yella’s Prayers Release Day!

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Knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine…

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It’s Release Day!
The Kindle Edition of my coming of age novel, Yella’s Prayers, is now available at Amazon.
You can pick up a copy for a special new release price, or read it free with Kindle Unlimited.

Yella’s Prayers at Amazon

The new paperback edition is available in my eStore!

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And be sure to check out the novel’s Deleted Scenes!
The ebooklet includes not only the extra scenes but also fun tidbits about the earlier, unpublished versions of the story and the original characters.
(The Deleted Scenes ebooklet contains spoilers and should be read after the novel.)
Click the link below to download a free copy!

Yella’s Prayers: Deleted Scenes

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“A Novel Saved My Life.”

Hope, Inspiration, Genius

A particularly meaningful author interview of mine is no longer available where it once was. So, I’m sharing a part of it here.

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Why did you start writing, Nadine?

I often call fiction my “first love.” I’ve been a bookworm all my life, and my love of writing stemmed from my childhood reading adventures with books by authors like Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and L.M. Montgomery. Hence, I’ve been writing stories since I was about seven or eight years old. Then, during the few days of a horrific experience I had when I was thirteen, a novel saved my life: John Nielson Had a Daughter, by Ruth Livingston Hill (Ruth Munce.) Recounting that experience would take a whole separate interview, but suffice it to say that my purpose for writing books was first awakened there. I now write to help people: to bring hope, to change minds, to expand imagination, to provide entertainment, and to save lives, all of which other authors’ books have done for me.

Fueled by the purpose awakened in me when Munce’s novel saved my life, I wrote my first novel, Yella’s Prayers, when I was seventeen, with the hope of saving someone else. Interestingly enough, I only recently learned that Munce, who lived to be 103, lived all the way until I began the first work I seriously planned on publishing. Munce passed just days after I started writing Yella’s Prayers, in May of 2001.

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It’s important to know why you do what you do…