We will be reissuing a 2nd Edition of Bend Me Shape me in June with a brand new cover to match the others in the series. What do you think of it?
Here are the covers from Painted Black and Box of Rain. Good match, right?
AskDavid.com has compiled all the links related to Bend Me, Shape Me (Street Stories Book 2) and gives you an opportunity to submit your review of the book right from their site. Painted Black (Street Stories Book 1) can also be found there.
Now available for your iPad and iPhone.
Snow Ramirez hasn’t trusted anyone in a very long time, not even herself. Memories of her childhood on Washington’s Yakama Reservation haunt her even on the streets of Chicago. When her squat mate Blitz slits his own throat in front of her, she knows it’s time to convince someone to trust her instincts. Blitz may have been diagnosed bi-polar, like Snow herself, but no way would he have offed himself like that if the shrink he’d been seeing hadn’t bent his mind completely out of shape.
Normally she wouldn’t care. Who wasn’t crazy in one way or another in this messed up world? After all, she’d gotten out from under the doctor’s thumb weeks ago and it was too late for Blitz now, wasn’t it? Snow’s little brother Alley, though, there might still be time to save him. If only she can get reporter Jo Sullivan to believe her story before Snow loses her own mind.
Available in Trade Paperback or E-book
On November 12 at 6:30 p.m. I will be reading from Bend Me, Shape Me at the Princeton Public library, 698 E Peru St, Princeton IL 61356. I will also talk a bit about how setting influences crime fiction and answer any questions you might have. Afterward, there will be an opportunity to buy books and have them signed.
I hope you will join me. I look forward to seeing everyone.
If you are interested in the reading i did last year from Painted Black, the whole event was recorded and is available on my Painted Black website.
After some very thoughtful reviewers commented that the cover of Bend Me, Shape Me didn’t do justice to the book and might keep people from taking a closer look, my publisher agreed to a small reworking so the title stands out more.
The image now seen on the e-book is a vast improvement, I think, and should be available on the paperback version soon.
What to you think about the new look? Vote today using the star ratings:
Paper.li is a website that offers the ability to gather stories together from across the internet related to a certain subject or interest. I created one called Street Stories that searches various sites looking for stories related to homelessness. I’m not sure I have the filters set up right, because sometimes it will collect stories about homeless dogs, or that don’t seem to relate to the subject in any way that I can tell, but for the most part, it does a good job of collecting relevant info and then sharing it via Twitter. There have even been a few retweets so hopefully it is helping to spread the word.
If you want to get a look at the paper, or subscribe to it, please click the image below . You can see what today’s stories are. If you come back here and click tomorrow, you will even see what tomorrow’s stories are.
In this age of rampant electronic publishing and e-readers, it probably shouldn’t matter if your book ever sees actual “print.” But for old fashioned writers like me, there is nothing as validating as holding that processed tree pulp in your hot little hands. I will have the thrill of doing that soon, because a carton of trade paperbacks is on its way to my front door now.
If you also enjoy reading a book you don’t have to turn on first, I hope you will order your copy from your local book store or at least go to Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com to get this second novel in the Street Stories suspense series.
Keep your eye on this blog for upcoming news about book signings and author events because I’ve got a couple in the works I hope to announce soon.
Meet Snow Ramirez. She’s convinced psychiatrist Mordechai Levinson is responsible for one kid’s suicide, and may be targeting her brother Alley as his next victim.
E-Book or Trade Paperback
Praise for Bend Me, Shape Me
“This was a fantastic follow up to the first ‘Street Stories’ book, Painted Black. This was a rollercoaster of a book both with regards to the action and emotionally.” — 5-STAR at Wistfulskimmies Reviews
“This story is another heart wrenching look into the life of kids on the street. I was immediately drawn into Snow’s story and the book didn’t let go until the end.” —5-STAR at Jenn’s Review Blog
“There are many books that try to delve into the darker areas of life on the streets, yet at best can only come across as somewhat believable; Borys is quite the master at not only creating believable environments, but thrilling tales. – 4-STAR by Darian Wilk
“Bend Me, Shape Me” is definitely going to deliver a jolt. I’m looking forward to Debra R. Borys future works – She’s definitely an author to watch out for! – 4-STAR at Bibliophile Book Reviews
Snow is strong, brave, troubled and incredibly fierce. Watching her open up and trust was profound. Jo Sullivan is a reporter plagued by the conditions of the homeless children on the streets. 4-STAR at Caffeinated Book Reviewer