FRAMINGHAM, MA - In June I wrote about Framingham author Robyn Bradley, on the release of her first novel, "Forgotten April".
Without retelling that entire article, I'll mention again, Robyn is the youngest of six children, an only girl with five older brothers, that she graduated from Framingham North High in 1991, and that her inspiration to become an author came in Mrs. Shea's 4th grade class at the Charlotte Dunning School.
Jumping forward some twenty eight years after getting "three red stars" on a life changing writing assignment from Mrs. Shea, we find Bradley an accomplished writer, able to weave hard-to-put-down tales which take the reader inside the minds and lives of the characters she creates.
Her recently released second novel, "What Happened in Granite Creek" expands on a short story titled "Support Our Troops" which she penned in 2009.
Although much of Bradley's writing is geared towards the womens' fiction market, Granite Creek crosses over to appeal to both genders. The book is definitely not a hearts and roses romance novel -- the sometimes gritty language and adult situations in this story of a quadruple amputee who lost his limbs in Iraq and an unhappily married young mother of three charged with helping care for him earn it an "R" rating.
Bradley's ability to create characters who feel real, ones you can relate to or empathize with although they only exist in ink on paper coupled with a storyline that keep you flipping pages to see what's next make that "R" stand for "Read it!"
The first part of the story takes place in the fall and winter of 2008, but to fully acquaint readers with the characters, Bradley takes them back a decade -- then twists and turns taking the reader into the near future of 2014.
Feedback about the book has been very strong, with Amazon ratings averaging 4.5 stars (out of 5), and many favorable reviews.
Here's some of what people are saying about Granite Creek:
Like many of today's authors, Bradley bypassed the traditional steps of using a literary agent or sending out manuscripts to publishing houses. Instead, she took the indie route - releasing her book in various ebook formats, and opting for "green" publish-on-demand service to print only enough paperback copies as are ordered -- meaning you won't find Granite Creek in the bargain bin, and you won't find unsold copies in any landfill.
The book is available in paperback, ($13.99), and for the Kindle from Amazon.com, for Nook from Barnes & Nobel, ($3.99), and in other ebook reader formats. (Are you the type that flips through the first ten or thirty pages in the bookstore before buying? No problem! You can read the first two chapters for free on Amazon!)
Not shy about self-promotion, Bradley uses social media to get the word out about her books. Friends and fans of her work are encouraged to engage with each other on her Facebook page, while she uses Twitter primarily to communicate with those interested in eBook publishing and writing in general.
Bradley also maintains her own blog and uses it to share what she learns of the emerging indie writer market, to promote her own work, and to share details of her private life. She's also a regular contributor to many other online and print publications.
For more info about What Happened in Granite Creek, or about the author, visit Robyn Bradley's website at: www.RobynBradley.com