Book Trailer | The Blue Jay

Better late than never! Check out the book trailer for THE BLUE JAY!

Also, keep an eye out this summer for the book trailer for my next novel! This time, it will be released BEFORE the book. 😉

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THE BLUE JAY by Michelle Schlicher I BOOK TRAILER

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A debut novel about a young woman and a young boy scarred by abandonment who find they share an unlikely bond.

Josie McCray was eight years old when her mother left. Now a young teacher, she guards her heart carefully but finds herself pulled to mentor a child in need.

Payton Runnells was 12 when his mother left. Now in foster care, he’s slow to trust anyone but senses that Josie might somehow understand the grief that grips him.

As Josie and Payton lower their walls and forge a friendship, they begin to open themselves up to all life has to offer.


Book Trailer | Gracie’s Song

I’m not going to lie. I did not think I needed a book trailer. In my mind it would just be one more thing to figure out. And I really didn’t need one more thing. Did I?

Yes, I really did. Now, I even want to read the book again…and I’ve read it more than a few times…what do you all think?!

Check the trailer out below:

And a shoutout to Shelby Stites who created this video for me!

8 Things You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Know About Me

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    I have a scar on one of my eyes from sleeping in my contacts back in high school. It didn’t affect my vision, but every eye appointment I go to they ask about it which freaks me out a bit. Don’t sleep in your contacts!

  2. Memes make me happy. I love it when I find the perfect meme to send at the perfect time to the perfect person.
  3. I have tried every possible hairstyle except the one hairstyle I’ve always wanted. Curly hair. Not curled hair. I’m talking late-90s “Felicity” hair. That is my dream hair. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s in my near future.
  4. I love chips and salsa. Like, really love chips and salsa. If a bowl of chips and a bowl of salsa are sitting in front of me and someone keeps refilling said bowls, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP EATING THE CHIPS AND SALSA.
  5. I can’t whistle. My oldest daughter thinks this is the greatest thing ever because she just learned to whistle and loves the fact that she can do something I cannot do. I’m cool with it. I still attempt to whistle on occasion, but I’ve mostly accepted the fact that it’s just not happening for me.
  6. I love the smell of cinnamon! I sprinkle it in my coffee and on my toast. It reminds me of the holidays and baking and sweets. It conjures up images of family and togetherness and tradition. There’s no spice quite like it.
  7. I throw away everything. My husband says it’s an obsession. He puts something on the counter, I immediately pick it up and throw it away. I don’t even realize I’m doing it so when he asks me later where something is I really don’t know (well, now we know to check the trash)! Once he pulled out a glass and set it on the counter and before he could even put something in it, I had put it back in the cupboard…oops!
  8. I love to hike. I wish I had more time for it! And the money to travel to all of the cool hiking spots in the world. Maybe that’s why my third novel features a character who is an avid hiker. That’s one of the best things about writing…you can live vicariously through your characters! 🙂

What would you put on a list of things about yourself? Share in the comments below!

Sneak Peek of Gracie’s Song

We are less than three weeks away from the release of Gracie’s Song! I’m finding that the wait until drop day is one of the most exstressful times for me. No, that’s not a typo…that’s a made-up word that means exciting and stressful at the same time. Or, extra stressful if you read it that way. Both would be right. I am freaking out (in a good way) and so ready to get it out there, in large part because living in my self-made world of worry (it’s just what I do) is exhausting. So, as a way to ease into it, I’ve got a few hundred words for you all to enjoy. Check them out under the arrows!

Also, for a week after the release of Gracie’s Song, the eBook will stay priced at $2.99 and The Blue Jay will stay priced at $0.99. After that the prices will go up to $4.99 and $2.99. Order now and get both for under $4! Purchase links here!





Gracie Brannen smiled politely as she reached out for the key. “Thank you.”

Brushing her hair behind her ear, she let her fingers run through the ends, which barely touched her shoulders. Her thick bangs were matted down by the baseball cap she had been wearing before she stepped into the hotel. She fluffed them, letting the air hit her forehead. It was hot for July. While summers in the south could be brutal, this one, especially unkind, seemed unrelenting.

The front desk clerk rambled on, but Gracie’s thoughts were elsewhere. She was back. After all these years she was finally back in Glenwood. She looked around the hotel lobby. It was clean, but that was about the only thing it had going for it. The colors were outdated. The lighting awful. But it was the cheapest place in town, and for now, it would do.

The clerk looked up from his computer for a moment, finally pausing after explaining every possible thing to do within a few miles from here. Gracie could have done the spiel herself, considering not much had changed in ten years.

“So, are you in town for business or pleasure?” he asked. Gracie eyed his nametag. Huck. How very Glenwood.

“Business,” Gracie replied. “Family business.”

“Ah,” Huck said, giving her a look like he knew what that meant. He didn’t.

“So, where am I?” she asked, changing the subject.

He leaned over the counter and pointed over her shoulder. “Just head down that hallway there. On the left, you’ll see stairs. On the right’s an elevator. Go up to the third floor and go down the hallway to your right.”

She gave him a half-smile and turned to go. She’d almost made it out of sight when she heard him call out to her.

“Let us know if we can help with anything—anything at all.”

She glanced back and nodded. “Of course. Thank you.”

“Oh, and welcome to Glenwood.”

She didn’t correct him.

As she headed up the stairs to her room, her legs began to ache from the long car ride. Somehow she’d managed to drive through the night, but she could feel herself hitting a wall. Not only did her legs feel like jelly, but her eyelids were drooping to the point that she thought she might not be able to read the room numbers on the doors she passed.

Arriving at room 381, she pushed the key card in and waited for the green blinking light. Nothing. She tried again, and this time she felt the heavy door push back against her as she leaned in to open it. She didn’t look around the room to check out what would be her new home for the next few days. She dropped her bag on the ground, placed her purse on the table in the corner, slipped off her shoes and sank onto the bed. It in no way resembled the plush beds found in more upscale venues. But, to Gracie, at the moment, it felt like heaven.

As she drifted off, her thoughts went back to the desk clerk’s last words to her. Welcome to Glenwood.

Yes, Gracie, she thought as she drifted off to sleep.

Welcome home.

Gracie’s Song Cover Reveal

Eeek! I love cover reveals! How about you? Well, I especially hope you guys love this one—it’s for my latest novel, Gracie’s Song!

This cover was a surprise to me. It was created by Hanna Piepelwho also did the cover for The Blue Jay. I had an idea in my head of what the cover would look like and Hanna created exactly what I asked for in two other mockups. She also presented the cover you see here. This cover was everything I didn’t know I wanted. And I adore it.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!


* * * Gracie’s Song will be released in March 2016. * * *

eBook Pre-Order Now Available!

Heads up! The eBook pre-order links are now up for my next novel, Gracie’s Song. I am eager to share this book with you, hence the pre-order links. You can order it now for $2.99 and have it delivered straight to your device on publication day.

What is the book about? I’m glad you asked! Here’s the text from the back cover:

“Everything can be undone.” That’s what someone tells Gracie Brannen, but she’s doubtful. After graduation, she walked away from everyone she knew with barely a word. Ten years later, she’s back. Even as familiar places and faces bring back old pain, Gracie finds hope in rebuilding old ties and forging new ones. Maybe everything can’t be undone, but perhaps everything can be overcome.

Gracie’s Song is another contemporary novel, set in the fictional southern town of Glenwood. It’s part self-acceptance, part romance. It’s a different journey from The Blue Jay, but it weaves around the theme of forgiveness, giving it a familiar tie to that book as well.

Here are the links to pre-order:

Amazon eBook


Barnes & Noble


One last thing, during the pre-order for Gracie’s Song, The Blue Jay eBook has been priced down to just $0.99! It’s the perfect time to get both and be set for your spring break reading!