Cabin Girl has now officially been released for seven entire days. One week. I can’t believe that it’s taken this long to get to this point, and now this week has flown by. How is that even possible?
For a final recap, Cabin Girl is now available on Amazon as a both a paperback and an ebook. And right here on my website (with a slightly longer wait time but it comes signed, with two custom bookmarks)!
And we are now on the very last day of the launch tour! There’s another great review coming up today and you can find all of the information (with links) below. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway! We announce the winner/s tomorrow!
Let’s jump in! At the end of the post, you’ll find a sneak peek at the next project to come…
Sickness. Sharks. Sabotage. Secrecy.
In the rolling hills of 1600’s Ireland, young Éirinn O’Connell learns all she can of medicine, struggling to care for her starving family—until the night Barbary pirates raid her village, and she’s dragged from the only home she’s ever known.
Set on a course to the slave markets of Morocco, and amidst a crew as turbulent as the ocean around her, Éirinn searches for a way home. But who can she trust? And how will she survive the Captain’s constant torment? Éirinn soon discovers the danger in trusting appearances and learns that it’s never too late for a second chance.
Even for the unlikeliest of people.
Launch Tour Schedule
Monday, September 18th
- Cabin Girl Release and Giveaway! (Launch Tour: Day 1)
- Book Review by S. K. Jacklyn
- Author Interview by Abbigail Raine B.
- Podcast Interview by The Wordsmith’s Edge
Tuesday, September 19th
- Why You Should Read Cabin Girl (Launch Tour: Day 2)
- Author Interview by Raina Nightingale
- Author Interview by Kate Willis
Wednesday, September 20th
Thursday, September 21st
- What Readers Are Saying About Cabin Girl (Launch Tour: Day 4)
- Character Interview (Captain Gills) by Issabelle Perry
Friday, September 22nd
- Fun and Random Facts About Cabin Girl (Launch Tour: Day 5)
- Spotlight Post by Saraina Whitney
Saturday, September 23rd
- What I’ve Learned While Writing Cabin Girl (Launch Tour: Day 6)
- Book Review by Elizabeth Mae Wolfram
Sunday, September 24th
- The End…and the Beginning of Cabin Girl’s Release (Launch Tour: Day 7) (you are here!)
- Book Review by Virginia Henderson
Yes, there’s a Cabin Girl themed giveaway! And you only have today left to enter, as the winner/s will be announced tomorrow, September 25th!
There are prizes for one U.S. winner and one international winner!
Here are the prizes to be won:
U. S. Only:
- One signed paperback copy of Cabin Girl
- Two custom themed candles by Flickerwix
- Two custom bookmarks
- One 18″ golden compass necklace by Starlight by Silvie (Etsy)
- Lemon/ginger herbal tea
- One ebook copy of Cabin Girl
- Themed phone and desktop wallpapers
- Exclusive first chapter of Gills (upcoming Cabin Girl prequel novel)
Take a flip through some of the prize pictures below! (Candles and wallpapers not pictured)
What are you waiting for?
The End…and The Beginning of Cabin Girl
It’s been an absolutely wonderful launch tour, you guys. Thank you so much to everyone who participated, whether through blog posts, social media sharing, comments, likes, or reviews. I appreciate each and every one of you!
The reception for Cabin Girl has been so much greater than I expected. Both in the number of people who’ve purchased copies or expressed interest in reading it, and in how many people that have read it have enjoyed it. I prepped myself endlessly before this week to remember that not everyone will enjoy a story like this, and I think my expectations were so low that I’ve just been blown away by the support.
In all honesty, I know that I’ve written books since Cabin Girl that probably have better plots, more historical accuracies and stronger themes, and I look forward to sharing them as time continues. But Cabin Girl has been such a huge part of my journey. I’m so glad that I’ve found such an encouraging and like-minded group of readers to share it with.
So what’s next?
Well, over the next month or two, I will be working on finishing up a still-unannounced recording project, buying a house with my husband, packing, and moving to said house, and taking part for the second time in the Five Fall Favorites blog event (hosted by Kate Willis). That actually starts tomorrow!
I also want to take some time to step away from the writing/publishing buzz and catch up on reading. I’ve learned that after I’ve spent a huge amount of time and energy on one writing project, I need to stop and refuel the creative part of my brain before I pick up another one. I’ll be very thankful for a relaxing activity with all of the current house stress, and besides that, I’m quite behind in my 2023 reading challenge.
I’m also very aware that NaNoWriMo is fast approaching…and while I’m not sure I’ll be taking part in it in the same way I did the last time (writing an over-50,000 word novel in a month), I think I may may use it as motivation to start editing my next project. Said project was actually written entirely during NaNoWriMo back in 2021, and it’s next to work on anyway, so what better time to start?
Hungry. Homeless. Held captive by the agonizing memories of surroundings he’s helpless to change.
And in his sights, The Lonely Eye—a ship he believes could change it all.
Determined to escape Morocco and forge his own future, young Gideon Mansur announces to an entire tavern of The Eye’s crew that he will, in fact, be their captain. The only problem? They already have a captain, and he’s not looking to give up his position any time soon.
That, and Gideon doesn’t know anything about captaining a ship, or the Barbary slave trade. Not that he’ll admit it.
With the reluctant help of his childhood slave and friend, Ibo, Gideon finds himself on a stormy journey to secure the ship—and life—of his dreams. But he’s not the only one with those intentions. Amidst ship fights, attempts to steal his success, grumbling crewmen, and the ever-growing unease of Ibo, only one thing’s clear. He will be a great captain. And he’ll do whatever it takes to get there.
That’s a very early and rough version of the synopsis, but it works! Gills, the second book in The Secretive Seas Series, will be coming to the series next. And I don’t have much more information than that yet, because I still have a lot of work to do on it.
But it is in progress! And I’m very excited about it, as Captain Gills is one of the characters I hear the most and best feedback on, and after being asked for more of his story, I’m only too happy to oblige.
So although it’s the end of Cabin Girl’s launch tour, I’m happy to say it’s only the beginning of its life time, and just one book in its series. Stay tuned for more happening in this story world!
(And if you’ve read Cabin Girl, or end up reading it before Gills is out – which will be a while from now – please feel free to reach out to me if you have anything you’d love to see in a Captain Gills-inspired prequel story. I love hearing feedback and gaining ideas from readers!)
Once again, thank you so much for making Cabin Girl‘s launch tour such a fun and encouraging event. I don’t have enough words to express how very blessed I feel. And I look forward to telling many, many more stories with you all!
Until next time!