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Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.
Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?
Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life's most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.
Available in print, audio, and eBook formats.
It clocks in at five hours and 12 minutes. If you already pay for an Audible membership, you can download it using your monthly credit, or save a few bucks off the regular retail price of $19.95 USD.
If you don’t already have an Audible account, you can get The Fifteenth of June audiobook for $0. Here’s how:
My favorite part of writing The Fifteenth of June was creating the characters—they’re flawed, haunted, quirky, vulgar, relatable, and amusing at times. And I enjoyed every moment of inventing dialogue between them.
I captured some of my favorite quotes from six of the main characters and organized them below as plain text, click to tweet buttons, and images that can be easily shared to Pinterest.
While completing my first draft of The Fifteenth of June, I was introduced to writing software called Scrivener.
It’s popular among indie authors, and for good reason. Among a whole host of plotting, editing, and publishing features, it was designed with the functionality to add notes and images to different chapters, parts, and character bios.
I thought it might be fun to go on a hunt for celebrities who resemble how I envisioned and described each character. A few Google searches later, I had celebrity lookalikes for each character imported into Scrivener.
From John Goodman to Emily Blunt, this is what I came up with:
The world is kind of a crazy place.
Not long ago, an author had to rely on landing a traditional publishing deal if he or she wanted to sell books.
But with the invention of print-on-demand services, such as CreateSpace, and eBook technology, such as Nook and Kindle, anyone can publish his or her work to a worldwide audience. Just yesterday, for instance, someone in Brazil purchased The Fifteenth of June.
That just blows my mind . . . in a good way, of course.
That said, I still have a soft spot for local commerce and the community where I live.
I’m running a giveaway on Goodreads until Friday, March 17.
I’ll be shipping print copies of my debut novel, The Fifteenth of June, to 10 lucky winners. If you’re that reader who prefers physical books to digital, it costs absolutely nothing—as in $0—to enter. All you need is a Goodreads account.
My wife went to a music festival in Orlando last fall. Alone with the dogs for the weekend, I decided to do something I had always wanted . . . to start writing a novel!
After roughly two months, I had finished the manuscript for The Fifteenth of June. I had initially titled it Stuck in One Spot, but my fabulous editor, Laura Mae Isaacman, persuaded me to rename it, and I’m glad she did.
Typing the first keystroke to self-publishing my debut novel took about four months in total, even though it felt like an eternity at times. Almost every day I told myself, “This might turn out to be the worst novel ever, but it’s worth a shot.”
I think I repeated that to myself so often because the thought of someone reading my work—let alone choosing an editor to dissect it—was terrifying.
Do you run a book club or participate in one?
If your club would like to read The Fifteenth of June, I may be able to provide you with a few complementary copies. Depending on my availability, I may also be able to join your club for a 30-minute teleconference. Please contact me for details.
Here are some sample discussion questions based on the book: