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doot-doodoodoo! Announcing my new book, Makena’s Shadow! Here’s the cover:

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And here is the description:

Everything in Gabriel Kane Foster’s life is shady: his family’s move from California to Hawaii immediately after his sister dies, his parents’ strange relationship with the relatives, and the fact that his deranged Mother is constantly carrying his sister around in a bottle. And then there are the secrets. So many family secrets. Can Gabe stay strong while adjusting to his new life without Makena?

“Makena’s Shadow” is a Young Adult novel that takes place in Pupukea on the famed North Shore of O’ahu. It is a coming of age story written from the point of view of a thirteen (and-a-half) year-old boy who, born and raised in the mainland, is forced to immerse himself in the culture of his ancestors. Without his older sister beside him, or his grieving parents to guide him, he finds himself lost, angry, and alone in a world that doesn’t make sense to him.

When his cousins challenge him, he takes them on and discovers the depth and beauty of his heritage, the calm that the ocean brings, and the excitement of the sport of outrigger canoe paddling.

Yes, I am self-promoting my book, (which is also available through booksellers worldwide) because it’s proof that I’ve been busy, and therefore not able to visit this site and do my thing (whatever that is) here.

Although it just came out, it’s weird because I feel really nervous about it.

With the first one, I remember feeling like people were going to have some really strong opinions about it (and they did, but so far, those who reviewed it were very kind) But this one– this one– I get fish in my chest cavity just thinking about it. Maybe because it’s been a part of me so long; this version is actually a redo of a rewrite of a rewrite of a rewritten version of the re-edited version of the first one, which was written in 2003. I actually kept all of the re-edits and they are seriously written in: 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. It’s been with me so long, it feels like a kid. My main character, Gabe actually feels like a part of my family. I know that a lot of novelists feel this way about their books (because I’ve read blog after blog about it) but this kid– this kid I feel happy to send off. Like go, make your way into the world, have fun, thanks for the memories.

I mean, I love the book, but for a long time (and I am not exaggerating this time; see above) my relationship with it was hard. You know those stories that you try to shape and mold into a beautiful Adonis but no matter what you do, it has a mind of its own and until you stop fighting it and just let it go and be what it wants to be, it will never be what it really, really wants to be, which is a beautiful RuPaul? This book is one of those.

So anyway, cut to commercial:

Makena’s Shadow is a multicultural Young Adult novel but adults can read it too. Promise. It’s rich in Hawaiian culture, language, values, and history. It’s a coming of age story. It features the sport of outrigger canoe paddling (because what else is there to do in life?) For all you people wishing you were in Hawaii right now, this book is the next best thing. It’s a trip and it’s worth reading. Buy it, (or at least tell a friend about it, puhleez?)

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conversation with my 15 year old kid.

He may look like his dad but he inherited his smart ass from me.



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