Just Another Book on the Shelf!

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My début novel, See What Flowers, is on the shelves! How cool is it to see my own book standing beside some of the great novels (well, I DID place it beside them)?!?!

Ways you can get a copy of the paperback version of See What Flowers:

  1. Order it on Amazon.

    See What Flowers is currently available in paperback on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk. If you are itching to get a copy in Canada, you can order from those sites but will have to pay additional shipping. Some distributors are currently selling it on Amazon.ca at a higher cover price. However, it will be available on Amazon.ca in less than 30 days.

  2. Buy a signed copy at the Toronto Book Launch

    Thursday, June 15 at 7:30pm

    The Steady Café and Bar

    1051 Bloor Street West, Toronto

    Paperback copies of See What Flowers will be sold for $20 CAD (cash only)

  3.  Enter my Book Giveaway Contest on Goodreads

    In celebration of will be running a book giveaway on Goodreads from June 3-June 15 in celebration of my upcoming book launch. Please click here for more info on how to win one of 10 copies of See What Flowers.

If you DO read See What Flowers, there are a few ways you can help me promote the book:

  1. Write a review on Amazon.

    Reviews are very important in helping books rate higher in the black hole that is the Amazon bookstore.

  2. Share it on Social Media.

    Take a picture of the book and share your favourite quotes from the book using hashtags #seewhatflowers #amreading & mention me via Instagram and Twitter handle @mullenshannon

  3.   Join the Discussion on Goodreads.

    Join the Goodreads discussion about See What Flowers by asking the author (me–Lol!) questions, interacting with other readers, and write a review. Encourage your friends to join the discussion too!

  4. Tell your friends!

    If you like it, please share your copy with your friends and family. Summer’s almost here, and we’re all looking for a new read, right?

     

    Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support! Happy reading!

 

Author’s Picks: Top 10 Quotes From My Novel, See What Flowers

My first novel, See What Flowers, is now available on Amazon.

Here’s the top ten quotes from the novel. But hey, I’m biased. I wrote ’em!

HAPPY

FLOWERS

FAMILY

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ICEBURG

BAD DREAMS

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WILTED TULIPS

PACIFIC

TRUTH

Do you agree? Check out my Goodreads author profile for more See What Flowers quotes.

For more info on the inspiration behind See What Flowers, read my author Q & A for the Toronto-based website, Shedoesthecity.

My Author Q & A on Shedoesthecity

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I’m so honoured to be featured on Shedoesthecity, a Toronto based site that explores anything from bizarre fashion trends to battling the tough stuff. SDTC was interested in learning more about the inspiration behind See What Flowers, my writing process, and what I learned through the writing and research of my novel.

Click here to read the article.

I’m an Author on Goodreads!

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After my début novel, See What Flowers, was published last week, the website Goodreads accepted me as an “author.” Check out my profile here.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love. It has 55 Million members and is a great way for authors to connect with readers and for readers to discover books that appeal to their interests.

As an author, readers will be able to discuss themes, post reviews, add comments, and ask questions about See What Flowers. They can also highlight, discuss, and comment on quotes from the book as they read.

Here are some quotes from See What Flowers that stand out the most to me. But hey, I’m biased…I wrote them!

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If you’re not on Goodreads, I encourage you to register. It’s free! It’s kind of like an online book club. Also, I encourage you to join the discussion about See What Flowers and add your comments as you read.

 

 

My début novel, See What Flowers, is available as an eBook & Paperback on Amazon

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Since I was a little girl, swept away by books such as Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and The Hobbit, I’ve dreamed of publishing a book.

Today I published a book!

Click here to access the eBook of my début novel, See What Flowers.

Click here to access the paperback.

Hardcopies will also be available to purchase at the Toronto Book Launch on Thursday, June 15 at 7:30pm at The Steady Cafe and Bar, located at 1051 Bloor St W.

Thank you to everyone who supported me through this process.

If you read See What Flowers, I would appreciate if you could please write a customer review on Amazon. This helps with the book’s ratings and can give greater exposure to the book. Thank you!

Sneak Preview! An Excerpt from See What Flowers

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See What Flowers will be available on Amazon on May 20

This time next week, See What Flowers, my début novel about love and mental illness, will be available on Amazon.

Here’s a sneak preview of See What Flowers to give you a feel for what the book’s about.

See What Flowers

By Shannon Mullen

Prologue

“Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”

― Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

Emma: May 10, 2014, 9:30pm EDT

The party is over. I’m floating weightlessly through the sky like Mary Poppins, grasping my flamingo pink birthday balloons so tightly that my nails puncture the skin of my sweaty palm.

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Startled by the sound of myself giggling, I release the balloons. They float to the ceiling as my feet hit the floor but the giggling doesn’t stop. Instead, it becomes louder, more honest: the yelp of a dog off-leash, the squeal of a toddler chasing butterflies, the height of sexual pleasure, the subconscious release of something raw and visceral, something undeniably, yet unexplainably true.

It’s like I’ve pierced a small hole in the balloon, sucked in the helium and exhaled delirium. I’m under the effect of something, certainly too much Malbec, but perhaps also too much happiness.

After more than a decade of cramming for exams, late nights at the library, taking risks, and making tough decisions, I’ve become lighter, like in the way sticking to a running program burns excess fat. The lightness teaches me that struggle lifts us up rather than weighs us down.

I take a blue recycling bag from underneath the sink and start cleaning up empty tall cans–Steam Whistle, Mill St., Muskoka, Great Lakes, Kichesippi and other Ontario Craft beers that I’ve never seen before. Every time I go to the Beer Store, there’s a new microbrew on the market. With so much competition, what makes one product last and another disappear? By the time I’ve tossed a dozen or so empties into the recycling bag, the giggling has stopped and I’m overcome with exhaustion. I check the time on my phone. 3:30 am. There’s a missed call from Adam. Where is he?

Adam will be upset that I already washed all of the dishes—the plates and forks we used to serve my DQ cake, the wine glasses, and the Starbucks mug that that Katie used for her cab sav because we ran out of glasses. Adam wouldn’t make me clean up a mess on my birthday. He’d remind me that a real partner shares the responsibility, and that since I’m the BDG, I deserve to let him pull the weight.

I tug on the ribbon dangling from one of the balloons floating against the ceiling. I want to set it free, let it fly into the wild like a caged parrot being released in the jungle, so I put the recycling bag on the floor and collect the ribbons from all three balloons. How high will they soar before bursting to the ground? Fingers crossed these balloons will drift higher and higher and higher into a limitless universe.

I shiver slightly as a draft of cold air floods the apartment the second the front door opens, like winter has suddenly arrived even though summer’s just around the corner.

I spin around to see who it is. I already know.

Adam.

He’s holding a couple of pink tulips in his hand, freshly picked from the neighbours’ garden. His eyes are glowing with the droopy haze of booze and he looks like a maniac, a wild dog. We are both high on the energy of the party and the awareness that we are on the brink of something wonderful. As I float towards him, a nagging question tugs me back; I want to swat it away like an annoying mosquito. But it keeps buzzing inside me. I shiver again.

Is there such a thing as being too happy?

He hands me the tulips, luscious lips in full bloom. As I accept the flowers, I release my grip on the balloons, and they bounce gently against the ceiling the way they did before—hovering, annoyed, frustrated, contained by the ceiling and disappointed by the limits of life.

He hugs me tightly and an electric current shoots through me as though he’s resuscitating a heart that’s already beating. We hold each other, our bodies linking in the courtship ritual of dragonflies, our brilliant green darners hover as one above our apartment.

Our home.

“This is the happiest I’ve ever been,” I whisper.

It is.

Book Launch: See What Flowers

Thursday, June 15

7:30-9:00pm

The Steady Café and Bar

1051 BLOOR ST W TORONTO, ON, M6H 1M4

Admission: Free

Copies of See What Flowers will be available to purchase for $20.

Cash only.

The evening will include Q & A with writer Louise Johnson and musical performance by Keira Loukes.

This is a public event, so feel free to bring along friends and family members!

For more info, check out the Facebook event.

 

Book Cover for my Début Novel!

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I’m excited to announce that my début novel,  See What Flowers, will be available on Amazon on May 20.

The fantastic cover was designed by Stella_e, a platinum-level Croatian designer who won the contest I ran through 99designs, the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace.

I would HIGHLY recommend using this site for any graphic designs you need ex. posters, merchandise, advertising, packaging, books & magazines, etc.

For more info about the contest click here.

See What Flowers, Toronto Book Launch:

Thursday, June 15, 7:30pm

The Steady Café & Bar

1051 BLOOR ST WTORONTO, ON, M6H 1M4

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I Told a Story at True Stories Told Live Toronto!

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Storytellers Charlotte Blake Alston, Erin Rodgers, me, Karima Armin, and Marsha Shandur

I’ve trekked in the Andes & Alaska and moved to the Arctic by myself. I’ve taken risks for love, even though I wasn’t sure if it would work out.

Telling a story at True Stories Told Live Toronto was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done.

Why?

I’d been to TSTL several times and the storytellers are always engaging and entertaining.

At school, students fall asleep in my classes all of the time…even during gym…

The last time I tried to tell a story to my friend at the bar, she excused herself after five minutes to go to the “bathroom”…

Plus, my story was scheduled during the Toronto Storytelling Festival so I was in the line-up with Charlotte Blake Alston and Karima Armin, ACTUAL storytellers who’d traveled from out of town for the event.

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My storytelling début at TSTL Toronto!

True Stories Told Live Toronto is a fantastic monthly storytelling event held at The Garrison. It’s organized, curated and hosted by Marsha from YesYesMarsha.com.

Although the bar is packed for shows–I’d estimate 200+ people were in the audience for my story, it feels personal, like your at a family gathering.

It’s a fresh space for connection and intimacy in a city that can sometimes feel cold, lonely, and isolating.

Somehow, I pushed through my fear and sense of impostor syndrome and told my story. It was really fun, and while of course there are things I would change for next time, my first live story definitely went better than expected. I feel proud of myself for standing up and doing something that scared me.

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Stephan wearing his Cavs jersey on the frozen Arctic Ocean

Click here if you want to watch my story, Arctic Basketball Team. Join the Facebook group for info about future TSTL events!