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I did it! I surpassed the 200k reads mark on wattpad.com. The bright red numbers should draw readers to my book like moths to a flame (forgive the overused cliche). Ok. Not really. But it does look nice. I also passed 1,000 followers this week. Not a bad showing for nine months of hard promoting, interacting, shamelessly self-promoting in the most clandestine way possible.
Really, it’s a game. You have to advertise without advertising. You have to circumvent the trolls and ignore the know-it-all’s professing they know the publishing industry in spite of the fact that they’ve self-published novels no self-respecting publisher would touch if their manuscript was the one left following Fahrenheit 451 like apocalyptic massacre200K of every other book. It’s a game of shadows trying to make one’s dreams into substance.

What has been the key? I believe my understanding of my market has propelled my recent success. One of my cohort members from Stanford recently said, “Girls buy books.” How true she was, and how lucky I that I wrote THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN with the teen female in mind. Women are much better communicators and, frankly, share much more about their lives than men do. We all know this. Sure there are exceptions to the rule, but if one wants to be successful outside of the fantasy and perhaps spy-espionage genres, the teen girl reader must be considered. I can share an example from a recent trip to Europe with a group of teens. One girl was reading THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Before we had boarded the plane, every other girl in the group had their own hardback copy for which they payed premium retail at the airport book store (and they got a nice bag to boot). Word of mouth. Being a part of the group. Not being left out of the conversation. These are key points to understanding why girls buy books. Guys just don’t talk as much about what they are reading (unless Khalessi is involved, over course!).

manuscriptI can’t tell you how hard I tried to write a butterfly theme into my novel so I could use the beautiful blue butterfly on the cover. Why? Because girls like butterflies. They’re pretty. Girls will click on my book just because of the beautiful cover. That’s the first step. The writing is the second step.

So, it has been a week of milestones. 200K readers. 1,000 followers. Plus, I finished the extended version of the novel and am doing a final proof before submitting it for republication. A chapter in my own writing story is closing. Thank goodness! I can’t wait to start the next one.

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#7 Mystery/Thriller top 1000 list
#12 Paranormal top 1000 list


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Congratulations to the winners of the Goodreads Book Giveaway!

Patricia Zashkoff – Yonkers, NY
Cherlyl Stillwell – Cincinati, OH
Alexis Shipley – Maumelle, AR
Jd Guinn – Omaha, NE
Luca Dwiel – Bloomington, IN

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Come and see Dr. Burnham as a member of the author panel for “Things That Go Bump In The Night – Exploring Paranormal Fiction” at the El Segundo Public Library Author Fair

Get a signed copy of “The Fruit of the Fallen”… enjoy poetry readings, author panels, special children programs, live music, and much more.


Sunday, June 5
El Segundo Public Library
2:30 pm – 3:30pm

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T-Shirts are now available!

Thank you to Brianna and Melissa for your input on the t-shirt design. The photo highlighting the blue butterfly against the black shirt turned out great. This shirt is now available for purchase online for only $15. (Women’s Standard Weight)


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I am pleased to be able to post the advertising flyer that provides details about the upcoming book signing event. The creation took the better part of a morning (after an afternoon of rough drafts). I am content with the outcome, though I will say that this one is targeted at an audience who appreciates a good thriller. I will update the quotes to target a more Christian audience when needed.

I hope to see you at the book signing!


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A classy Christian thriller with a dark mystery at its heart.

One misty night, Dr. Jonathan Marshall Keats encounters a mortally wounded nun who thrusts a baby into his arms as a mysterious blond stranger looks on. After 15 years, that child, Serenity D’Evele, arrives with her nun grandmother at an elite Catholic boarding school in California. But when tragedy strikes, heralded by Serenity’s prophetic dreams and spiritual proclivity, the teenager learns that her bloodline stretches back to Joan of Arc and the prophet Enoch. Furthermore, she may just be a key player in the end of the world. She sets out to discover the truth and protect her friends and family, all the while being tempted by a love that could bring about the Judgment. From its somewhat standard mystery setup, Burnham’s story explodes into a globe-trotting adventure featuring vast conspiracies, secret religious societies, biblical prophesies, angels, demons and other beasts drawn straight from the pages of Catholic and Gnostic religious mythologies. The book is theologically complicated, but Burnham does an excellent job of keeping it from going over the reader’s head. Themes of faith, trust and inner strength make this story more than just an action-adventure tale, though the author sometimes presents those themes more heavy-handedly than best suits them. The lush prose matches the setting and subject matter, and each character, even the minor ones, crackles with conflict and complex motivations. Burnham keeps the reader on the edge of her seat, with each plentiful twist deepening the far-reaching plot. While the dialogue is occasionally stiff and characters’ inner lives, though complex, are often told rather than shown, overall the book is gripping and brimming with life.

Religious mystery fans, people suspicious of the Catholic Church and anyone who enjoys supernatural thrillers will welcome this book.





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