The Upgrade My eBook challenge 2017 has been extended to a whole month this year, giving you plenty of time to read the books–and write the reviews!
The premise for the contest is simple: You’ve got one (or all) of my books in eBook on your Nook or Kindle, right? (And if not, Both Double Life and The Island are free downloads across all eBookstores, and you can get a free copy of Empath by signing up for my newsletter.) Simply write a review of any of my books and tell me about it on the form below, and you’ll be entered to win a paperback in that series.
There will be one winner per series. One grand prize winner will be one of the very first lovelies to get their hands on Resurgence, the first Demon Spring book.
Last week, I shared a little more about my space pirate series. Today, my standalone featuring an anxiety dragon.
Yep, you read that right. Anxiety Dragon. As in the dragon is the manifestation of my anxiety.
Empath is one of those books that you write for yourself. To be frank, I write every book for myself first, but this one more than others. Within the pages of this book, I laid bare all of my insecurities, fears, and feelings about The Break-Up.
Yeah, apologies to The Ex.
Empath is also one of those books that either resonates with you on a deep level, or doesn’t. Either you know exactly what Lauren is doing, or you’ve never experienced it and you’re like “WTF is this girl crying about this crap?”
It was the first book I’ve ever written where every word was intentional. Every feeling Lauren has, every thought she dismisses were ones that I had during my Six Months of Crazy in 2013. Even the ones that I look back and say, “Oh, child. No. Stop. Don’t…”
Empath is also a standalone, but I’ve been toying with an idea for a sequel where Lauren returns to Rhianu with a dude and has to help him through his crap. But seeing as Empath drained my emotional well for about six months, I’m not sure I want to tackle that just yet. In any case, I’m happy with my stand-alone.
Slay Your Fears with Empath
After a mysterious voice promises an easy out to her problems, Lauren finds herself in a fantasy world with magical powers. Just one problem: There’s a dragon that might want to eat her.
From bestselling author S. Usher Evans comes a unique take about a real-world girl transported to a fantasy land and faced with a dragon that just might be the manifestation of her mental illness. Empath has “broken the feels” of readers around the world and helped them slay their own fears.
“I think we should just cut our losses and move on.”
If you ask Lauren Dailey, things are totally fine after the breakup. She doesn’t care that all her friends are getting engaged and moving on with their lives when all her dreams went up in smoke. She’s not crying herself to sleep every night. Everything is A-OK.
That is, until a mysterious voice promises an easy out to all her problems, and she wakes up in a fantasy world with the powers of an empath.
Without a way home, Lauren embraces her new life. There’s a village full of interesting characters, including Cefin, a handsome young man who’s everything a fantasy hero should be. She’s getting the hang of doing laundry in the river. And when she uses her empath powers, she’s temporarily distracted from the sadness that followed her from California and crops up at the most inconvenient times.
Still, there’s one large, dragon-shaped problem: The Anghenfil lives in the mountains nearby, and some say he’s got a taste for empaths. And Lauren’s afraid it might just be that mysterious voice tempting her deeper into her own darkness.
Empath will transport readers to a new world, while remaining firmly rooted in the realities of dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. Recommended for readers who need help overcoming their own dragons.
This is a stand-alone novel. Content warnings for suicide, substance abuse, and adult situations.
Praise for Empath
★★★★★ “A pint of ice cream for your soul.” – Erin Sky, author of The Wendy
★★★★ “A brilliant allegory” – Elizabeth F., Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ “As someone who faces anxiety on a daily basis, this book spoke to me.” – Katrina M., Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ “Empath is encouragement to accept your whole self and move forward into great adventure.” – Sierra D., Goodreads Reviewer
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