February is Black History Month; an annual observance started in the USA to bring attention to important historical figures of the African diaspora. This year, Lulu is featuring some self-published authors and their books that touch on issues facing African-Americans.
Our fourth featured author for the month is Bonnie Synclaire, author of Promises We Break, a moving novel about family struggles. Read on to learn more about this amazing book!
Promises We Break
When Zoe and Marley cross paths, they realize they have more in common than they think, and the two build a secret friendship despite their opposing social statuses. But the more they’re together, the urge to get help becomes more clear yet more frightening, lines between friends and more-than-friends are blurred, and soon consequences for not speaking up will come back to haunt them.
Meet The Author
Hello, Lulu community! I am honored to be a guest on the Lulu Blog to celebrate Black voices and stories.
My name is Bonnie Synclaire, and I am the author of the Young Adult contemporary series Blue Valley Nights and the espionage thrillers The Genesis Files. I have been publishing with Lulu since 2018 and have had nothing but the best experience with them.
I write simply because I have been putting stories together since I’d learned how to write—it feels like I was born to write!—and because some of the genres and topics I write about are important and need light shed on them, but they have little representation of people of color, especially in the gatekeeping world of traditional publishing. This is the main reason why I wrote my full-length novel debut, Promises We Break; I could not find any books that accurately portrayed people of color with disabilities, and I knew I had to write my own story to share with the world.
About Promises We Break
Promises We Break is a Young Adult realistic action novel following two African American teens and their families who are navigating the joys and struggles of their nonverbal-autistic siblings and dealing with difficult and life-changing situations, and is inspired by my twin brother, who is also living with nonverbal autism.
The synopsis is: “Disconnected Zoe’s life revolves around her nonverbal sister, Bailey. Zoe has always been her sister’s protector, but after a series of alarming events, she has started to doubt her importance in Bailey’s life. Her parents want her to let go and live her own life, but they won’t tell her the real reason why.
Marley is the most popular and sought-after boy at Blue Valley High, but he and his nonverbal-autistic brother Monty are battling a painful home life that no one knows about. If he doesn’t speak up soon, their safety will be jeopardized.
When Zoe and Marley cross paths, they realize they have more in common than they think, and the two build a secret friendship despite their opposing social statuses. But the more they’re together, the urge to get help becomes more clear yet more frightening, lines between friends and more-than-friends are blurred, and soon consequences for not speaking up will come back to haunt them.”
I knew I’d wanted to choose the self-publishing route for this book because my last two novellas were self-published, and the big 5 traditional publishing scene overall is not very impressive to me when I know there is a big world of community and opportunity for indie titles to be recognized, read, and loved.
My self-publishing journey has been an amazing and positively life-changing experience. Writing, publishing, and helping other writers is my true calling and passion. Since I first discovered Lulu in mid-2017, I am constantly learning new things in the industry, improving my skill set, and even branching out to helping other authors with services such as editing and cover design.
I’d decided to take on self-publishing after NaNoWriMo 2017 because I was a sophomore in high school and, sadly, I knew that getting an agent and pursuing a large traditional publishing house would be a long, highly competitive, and brutal process, and also because it is very rare to be traditionally published at a young age. I knew that wasn’t the best option for my work.
Bonnie Synclaire’s stories have garnered received several awards, including a state-level title from Reflections® Arts. She began publishing at 16, her novellas and novels appearing on the Kindle #1 New Release chart, Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Month list, and Lulu.com’s Top 100 chart. She is the author of two series: the Blue Valley Nights realistic action series and The Genesis Files thrillers.
She is a member of the Littsburgh (Literary Pittsburgh) roster and is featured in TribLive, Saturday Light Brigade Radio 2x, and more. Bonnie is currently a freshman Communication major with a minor in Professional Writing at Clarion University, where she serves as the social media chair for the school’s award-winning literary journal. Aside from literature, Bonnie has danced for over a decade and loves traveling, car shows, and food. She is also the owner of Synclaire Publishing and Synclaire Manuscript Services.
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