Today’s Kicks off the 1st Day of A Princess Broken Blog Tour

I’m excited to kick off the blog tour today with All Things About Books.  While on the tour, I will not be updating my blog as often, but I would love for you to follow the tour.  Each stop brings something completely different from the others.

For a calendar of stops and dates Click HERE.

For those who have emailed me, yes I will be back to posting here as I did before.  I apologize for not keeping up with it while preparing for this book realease and tour.  I’ll be back soon. :)  Enjoy the tour!

Misty

Check Out the Trailer for A Princess Broken

The book officially releases June 1, so now is the time to really try to get the word out.  Check out the book trailer created by Ember Nevill.  I’m so pleased to share it with you, and I would love for you to share it through your networking sites.  Remember the blog tour begins June 4, and each stop will be completely different from the other.  You can find the tour dates HERE.

I am so excited to present to you the trailer for A Princess Broken.  Enjoy and feel free to share with friends.

A Princess Broken Officially Realeases June 1

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Although, many of you have already had the opportunity to read A Princess Broken, the official release date is June 1, which is just around the corner.  Through the month of June, I will be visiting blogs from all over the country talking about the book and my writing.  This is an exciting time and the beginning of what I anticipate to be a beautiful journey for A Princess Broken.

I’m attaching a calendar below with links to all the tour stops.  I would love if you would stop by these lovely blogs and follow the tour.  You will hear something new each day.  Be ready for some fun giveaways.  For those who have read the book, please take a few minutes to stop by Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, or your eReader and rate the book so those who haven’t heard of it can get feedback from real readers.  Thank you for taking time to do that.

A Princess Broken Blog Tour Calendar:

June 2012
4-All Things About Books
6-My Home Away From Home
7-K. Avery Ellison
8-The Hard Way  (For those who read A Princess Broken already, this is the author whose synopsis is at the end)
11-Freshwater
13-Hedanicreations
14-The Girl That Sings
15-Diapers, Bookmarks, and Pipe Dreams
18-Leelee Writes
20-I Devour Books
21-GP Ching (Author of the Soulkeepers Series)
22-The Hush Project
25-Live to Read
27-Our Crowded Heart
29-Beyond Waiting

A Princess Broken – Now in Print!

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!!!  A Princess Broken is finally in print and on sale!  For those who were with me during the publishing process of The Real You, you might remember that the title will be available through different stores at different times.  Today you can purchase it either through me by clicking A Princess Broken tab at the top of my page or you can purchase through Createspace .  By the end of this week, you should be able to find it on Amazon.com, and other stores such as Barnes and Noble should have it up by the end of the month.

eBook — Do you prefer reading your book through an eBook reader?  A Princess Broken will be available for your eReader by the end of the month!  It will be available through iBookstore, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, ebook Pie, Sony, Baker & Taylor, Copia and Gardner’s.  If you use a different type of reader, please feel free to contact me with what you use, and I’ll do what I can to make it available for you as well.

Pre-Orders – If you pre-ordered a book, you should receive it in the next 1-2 weeks!  I also will send Jackie, Sonja, and Jennifer G. their free autographed copy because your quotes were chosen for the cover.

Help me get the word out about the book.  Share this link with your FB and Twitter friends.  Spread the word, and let me know what you think once yours comes in, and you finish it.  Also, be on the lookout for information for my blog tour coming soon.  You still have time to be a part of it if you would like for me to stop by your blog to talk about it.

Let Me Clarify

After hearing from several of you, I quickly realized I need to clarify about Michael, who I introduced you to on Friday.  I think all of you gathered that he is the main character of my next book, A Warrior Wounded.  However, it seems as though many of you believed he is a real person.  Michael is a figment of my imagination who will be brought to life on paper.  I created him, and I wrote his introduction as if I were him. 

This book is completely fiction just as A Princess Broken is.  He is as fictitious as Sarah, but I am thoroughly flattered that so many of you thought he was a real person who gave his real testimony here last week.  To me, that says he’s already believable and relatable, and his story will touch you just as much as Sarah’s has. And I’m desperately trying to contain some surprises that I already know will be included in the book!

Why A Warrior?

Honestly, God gave me the title a couple of months back, but I wanted to concentrate on A Princess Broken, so I put it on the back burner and felt last week was the time to bring Michael out and let you all know a little about him.  I knew it was time to announce the next book.

I felt a strong urge to write this story because so many young men who are past and current students of mine, as well as men my age, were pulled in to Sarah’s story after reading exerpts.  The problem I found was once they heard the title of the book, they didn’t want to have anything to do with it.  Who could blame them, though?  What guy wants to read a book with the word “Princess” in the title?

I searched my head and my heart and prayed constantly on what to do to open the doors for young men to read and hear his truth in a way that might be different from what they’re used to.  I considered changing the title, but I knew it is one of the strongest pieces of the book, and God had given me the title before I even started writing.  I considered having a separate cover with a different title that would appeal more to males, but that didn’t feel right.  I even considered taking Sarah’s character and making her a boy and changing the cover just for guys to read, but that didn’t make sense.  Her issues aren’t the same as what a guy would face or how he would react, and that seemed like a lot of work that just wouldn’t turn out right.

Then, it hit me.  I heard God clearly give me the words, A Warrior Wounded. I immediately knew it was the title, and then his story started unfolding right in front of me.  I wasn’t at a place where I could write my ideas, and they were flooding my head.  As soon as I came to a place where I could jot down notes, my mind was moving faster than my hand, and I couldn’t contain my excitement over this book.  I was excited for all of you, my faithful readers, and I was excited for the young men that will be impacted by this book, and I was excited for a new type of journey for myself.  My focus has always been on young ladies, so this is completely a new direction for me, but I’m jumping in with both feet, and I’m ready to do something else amazing for God’s glory.

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping up with all my news and updates, and I do plan to write more relevant posts for you very soon.  Thank you for your patience as I’ve worked to finish Sarah’s story, which took my focus off of my blog writing for a while.  You all are great, and I’m forever thankful for you, for your support, and for your encouragement.

I am looking forward to hearing from those first readers who finish A Princess Broken.  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.  AND it should be available to order this week, so those who pre-ordered should get your books within the next 2 weeks if all goes as planned! –> And you can still pre0-order at a discount through tomorrow<–

I’m So Excited to Tell You. . .

I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine that you’ll be hearing more about as the year continues.  His name is Michael, and he’s an anesthesiologist in Fort Worth, TX.  He currently lives in a nice suburb with his beautiful wife and three children.  I’m asking him to tell you a little about himself, and I hope you are as excited to meet and get to know him as I am to introduce him to you!  Make sure you pay close attention to him because he will be the one to tell you my exciting news.

 

Hello to you all.  My name is Michael, and as you already know I’m an anesthesiologist living in the suburbs with my wonderful family.  I have to admit I love my life.  I love everything about it, and I couldn’t ask for more.  However, it wasn’t always like this, and I want to tell you just a small piece of my story if you’ll allow me.  I’m so excited to tell you the big news you’re here for, but first, I need to tell you about myself.

I grew up in a pretty decent home.  My dad worked hard, and my mom and I were pretty close.  She took me to church often, and because she volunteered so much, our church was my second home with the members being an extension of my family.  I loved every minute of it. 

When I was in high school, I was the guy everyone liked.  I was the athlete who made good grades.  I started leading small groups of middle school students at church, and I was always surrounded by people who loved me.  Everything was perfect, or so that’s what people thought when they saw me.

It didn’t matter what I did, nothing was good enough for my dad.  I made 3 touchdowns at our homecoming football game, and he noticed the one fumble I had in the first quarter.  I hit the homerun to win the baseball game, and he pointed out the strike out in the 5th inning.  I had a 3.8 GPA, and he made sure I knew that it could have been better.  I lived my life trying to be perfect, and I always fell short.  I filled my days with projects just to keep me busy so I could block out the fact that he constantly threw my imperfection and weaknesses in my face.

It was my junior year of high school when everything started falling apart in my life.  My dad lost his job, and his drinking became out of control.  For him, with alcohol came violence.  I stayed away as much as I could and when I was home, I did my best to hide out in my room.  I know we were a happy family once but honestly, I don’t remember what that was like.  It’s still hard for me to remember a home without yelling. 

When he yelled at my mom, I would turn my music up in my room and just pray for God to help us and to change my dad.  I prayed every day, and I prayed so many times a day.  At school, it still appeared as if everything was okay, but it was getting harder for me to keep it hidden.  I even found my small group suffering because of it.  The more intense things got at home, the more distance I placed between God and myself.  I began praying out of anger, not toward my dad but toward God for not answering my prayers.  I questioned if he was even listening to my prayers.  It wasn’t long before I began questioning if God even existed.

My dad got so violent one day and hit my mom so badly, I lost it.  Before that moment, I never understood what rage truly was.  I could feel the blood bubbling inside of me, and I didn’t know what to do with it.  I stormed out of my room and saw my mom on the ground.  Every time she tried to stand up, he kicked her back down.  She was bleeding, crying, and clearly defeated.  I shoved my dad into the wall, breaking the precious China my mom loved so much. 

It was as if I blacked out for a moment and when I came out of it, I felt like I was out of my body watching myself punch my dad uncontrollably in the face over and over again.

The next day, my mom left.  I came home from school to find my dad in a state of mind I had never seen before.  I knew what I saw wasn’t the effect of alcohol only.  His eyes were crazed, and he was like a madman searching through every drawer in the house.  It was later that I learned he was looking for a gun but couldn’t remember where it was.  He blamed me for my mom leaving and wanted me as far away from him as I could get.

I was angry at God for not listening, and after my dad tried to commit suicide in front of me, I was angry at myself for believing God even existed.  I was 17 years old, and I decided to make drastic changes in my life.  I decided God was a fictional character made up by people who wanted me to follow the rules they had set.  It was then that I decided rules no longer mattered.  Adults were the enemy, and rules were their only weapon against me.  I would take no part in either of them.

I’ve seen and done things many people have never even heard of.  I’ve witnessed murder, rape, and severe beatings.  You wouldn’t believe the things I found myself a part of.  Here I am, now, Dr. Michael Johnson.  I’m a husband who loves my wife and a father who loves my children.  What did I ever decide about God?  Well, that story along with the gory details of my life through the teen and young adult years will all be told to you in time.  It will all unfold in A Warrior Wounded written by Misty Gatlin this year.

Keep your eyes opened for more information about the book of my life as it unfolds in a very similar manner as Sarah’s story in A Princess Broken.

Oh, and it’s a great pleasure to meet you.

A Princess Broken – Ready for Pre-orders!

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First I want to congratulate Jackie, Jennifer, and Sonja because you all THREE of you will be receiving the first published books for free!  Your quotes were chosen for the cover, and you will be the first to see what it looks like when they’re finally in print.

I’ve made a small update to the Princess Broken tab  where you see a true sample of the book from cover page through chapter 1.  Check it out when you get a chance.

Last, but certainly not least, A PRINCESS BROKEN IS READY FOR PRE-ORDERS!!!!  For the next couple of weeks – until the relase date – I am offering the option to pre-order your book at almost half price, so this is the time to buy!  Find out the rest of Kate’s story, and you might be surprised at the twists and turns of Sarah’s story.  What you’ve read so far is just the beginning.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOK!