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A Book Meant for Empowering Young Girls

My name is DJ and I have written a Middle Grade / Young YA novel for young girls called The Nature of Gods: The Awakening. That seems like such a simple sentence, but it’s taken me months to get there.

Let me explain . . . when you are publishing your book, you send out Advance Reader Copies to bloggers with the intention of gaining reviews. Why? Because reviews are the dominate currency in the publishing world.

At first I classified my book as a Young Adult book. But, the truth is, the YA Market is so vast that it almost doesn’t make sense. The YA market is considered reading materials for 13 – 18 year olds. Now, is a 13 year old going to enjoy the same thing as an 18 year old? Perhaps, but overall, that’s a tall order to fill.

I was told by many of these YA reviewers that my book fit best in the Middle Grade category. And I agreed! Then I reached out to Middle Grade reviewers and they told me that my book fit best in the YA category. This left me feeling like I had no category. Cue the time lapse of me wandering sadly through the desert.

Then someone wise uttered these words to me, “Why are you listening to people that aren’t your target audience? You wrote the book for young girls. Don’t let others tell you differently.”

Whoa! That’s so true! I wrote The Nature of Gods: The Awakening with the intention of empowering young girls to know their strength and own their individuality.

So I decided it is time for me to own my individuality.

I don’t need to perfectly fit into these predetermined standards of the publishing industry. This book is meant for young girls (10-14). So what if I straddle the threshold between Middle Grade and YA? Truly, I think a 11-year-old is going to have more in common with a 13-year-old than a 13-year-old is going to have in common with an 18-year-old. But that’s my humble opinion.

If you have a young daughter, niece, or grandchild, and you want them to grow up knowing their strength and value in a world that is sometimes fickle, this book is for them.

You can purchase it in paperbook or eBook format today!

And follow me here as I share my thoughts and experiences as I navigate this world while owning my brand of individuality.

Until next time, keep adventuring!

D.J. Torres

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Adventures · D.J. · Holidays/Parties · Photo Adventures · The Nature of Gods

Launch Party (Part 2)

As promised, here is a look at some of the fun that was had at The Nature of Gods Book Launch Extravaganza! This story is best told with tons of pictures! Enjoy!

It’s not a party without party treats and fancy water. The baked-with-tons-of-love cupcakes were topped with animals and tasted A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, and the Strawberry-Lime-Basil Water was beyond delicious and oh-so-pretty.

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The books were on display, ready for eager readers to devour them! By the end of the event, we were sold out! EEEEEE!!!!

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Most importantly, the photo booth was ready to capture the love. You can’t have a photo booth without butterfly wings, story-centered signs, flower crowns, handmade animal masks and ears.

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Now that the scene is set, let’s meet some of the characters who turned this event into the most amazing day!

Overall, I wouldn’t change a thing! People came, had fun, and left eager to dive into The Nature of Gods! A girl couldn’t ask for anything more.

Until next time, keep adventuring!

D.J. Torres

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Book Launch (Part 1)

It’s book launch time! If there was ever a reason to celebrate, this is it. Seven years of hard work fueled by passion is now going out into the world. So celebrate we did. Friends and family came out to support and I forced them all to take pictures with me. Here are a few sneak peeks of the event to tide you over till next week!

 

Until next time, keep adventuring!

D.J. Torres

D.J.

Whooo . . . Are . . . Youuu?

Man, that caterpillar asks such great questions. So . . . who am I? Don’t worry . . . I’m not having an existential crisis. I just want to share a little about myself. So get ready because here is me in a nutshell.

Middle Grade Fantasy writer: I wrote a book for preteen girls called “The Nature of Gods.” If you are into fantasy, adventure, and mythology, then check out the book trailer at http://www.djtorresbooks.com!

Holiday Enthusiast: I can get behind any holiday because I love celebrating in general, but I love love LOVE Christmas. I literally decorate my entire house, top to bottom, with truckloads of Christmas spirit.

Dessert connoisseur: Cake is my friend. We use to be best friends until I became lactose intolerant. Despite the setback, dessert is still my favorite meal.

Fashion Disaster: I enjoy fashion. Sometimes I get it right. Sometimes I get it wrong. All the time I own it because I think you should wear what makes you happy.

Hopeless Romantic: I cry every time I see “Me Before You” . . . I am talking gator tears that could fill a horse’s trough.

TV Fanatic: Love me some TV. I am super sad Grimm just ended. But, on the bright side, I still have Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor (and, of course, Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise), New Girl, Bull, Madam Secretary, Walking Dead, and Jane the Virgin (this list can go on and on and on) to keep me warm at night.

Lover of Awesome People: Did you know that people are awesome? Well, they are! And I love them!

Friend to All: In this day and age, we rush, rush, rush. But I think its super important to invest in relationships. Let’s be friends!

Bonus Tidbit about Me: I REALLY like organizing. If I’m stressed, I will start reorganizing everything in my path. It’s like my baby blanket, but with zero drool.

So, tell me, whooo . . . are . . . youuu?

Until next time, keep adventuring!

D.J. Torres

The Nature of Gods · Writing Life

The Nature of Gods is Launching in ONE WEEK!

Are you searching for a new Middle Grade fantasy-adventure series? Do you love mythology, mystical creatures, and epic quests? Well, then you have come to the right place! After seven-labor-of-love-years, the first book in the “The Nature of Gods” series is launching April 4th! EEEEEEEEE! If you can’t tell by my high-pitched scream, I am super excited.

The story follows Olivia, a sixteen-year-old artist with a desire to stay true to herself, crazy bedhead mess of hair and all, as she navigates this world overran by gods demanding worship. I don’t want to give too much away, but let me tease you with this tagline . . . All-powerful ancient deities are out to destroy the world; nothing that two girls can’t handle, right?

Hooked yet? Well then click over to www.djtorresbooks.com to download the first two chapters for FREE.

I wrote this fantasy adventure novel for young girls who love to escape into fantasy worlds, embark on adventures, and meet uniquely awesome characters. My hope is to inspire and encourage girls to own their own brand of beauty and individuality, especially in spite of all the negativity that seems to bombard us in the world. Also, I hope this encourages girls to work together and to be strengthened by each other. Whether it be an encouraging word or action, we all possess the ability to build each other up.

Some awesome people have written some awesome reviews. Check them out:
Paper Faerie’s Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/6d1-08kBDBs
Maribel’s Reader Inside Me: https://thereaderinsideme.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/the-nature-of-gods-by-d-j-torres-review/.

And in case you were wondering, do not fear, I promise it will not take me 7 years to write the second book.

Until next time, keep adventuring (or pick up my book and start an adventure)!

D.J. Torres

Adventures

Is it just me or does it seem like people have lost their excitement to make New Years Resolutions? Maybe I am just surrounded by a bunch of pessimistic folks who see past resolution failures as reasons to not make new goals (or even reestablish past goals). But I know there are still believers out there! Come on, I know I am not the only one on the planet who vows to work out more, eat healthier, or drink more water when that glittery ball drops.

Personally, I love resolutions because I never want to stop striving to become the best version of myself. I will admit that I haven’t reached every goal that I have ever set, but I don’t allow these setbacks to prevent my forward progress.

Over the past few years, I have changed things up a bit. Whenever my birthday rolls around, that’s when my resolutions start. Why? Because it’s a fresh start . . . a new year, not to the world, but to me.

So, without further ado, here are my resolutions for my year:

1) Launch my book

Exciting? Yes! Scary? Yes! Let’s just say that I am terrifiedly excited.

2) Put out a new blog at least once a week

My plan is to blog about life: the ups, the downs, and all the meaty goodness in between. I love writing so I don’t see this is a huge mountain to scale.

3) Find peace within the anxiety

Ever since I was in a car accident, I have struggled with anxiety. And, frankly, it’s really crippled me. However, I need to cut off the chains that bind me. Easier said then done, right? Well this year, I am adventuring to find peace within the chaos. Stay tuned for updates.

4) Do at least 20 minutes of yoga 4 days a week

Baby steps, people, baby steps! I use to be so active, but the older I get, the less active I become. This changes now! Bring on the downward dog!

5) Add variety to life

I have noticed that life can easily become such a routine. Routines can be good because they provide structure, and they mostly feel good because they are comfortable and predictable, but this year, I want to get outside of my routine at least once a week. This can include coffee with a friend, a walk in a new location, or attending a fun event.

Listen, I totally get that some weeks I will fail. Some weeks I will be so on fire that I will run circles around my goals. Either way, I’m excited for this clean slate, as well as for the opportunity to grow to become a better version of myself! It may sound cliché, but the adventure can be just as good and rewarding as the destination.

Until next time, keep adventuring!

D.J. Torres

Adventures · Encouragement · Writing Life

Hello, World!

Hello and welcome to my blog! I thought I would start this blogging journey with an introduction (because I am super original like that).

My name is D.J. Torres, and in less than a month, I am releasing my first novel (cue the high-pitched squeals of pure joy)! The Nature of Gods is a middle grade fantasy adventure novel, which is geared towards preteens, teens, as well as that inner teen still living within all of us. If you can’t tell, I am super excited about this new chapter in my life (Teehee, see what I did there? Book humor).

Anyways, I want to use this blog to talk about my escapades in this foreign world of publishing, but, also, I want to chat about life. Life is definitely a journey, and let’s face it, it’s a much more enjoyable and entertaining journey when you make friends along the way. I would love to connect and encourage others to follow their dreams. Want to be a doctor? YES! I believe that you can totally destroy that MCAT exam with your knowledge. Want to write hard-hitting journalism pieces that will be responsible for dismantling the antiquated systems in place? YES! Channel your inner Diane Sawyer and slay that truth!

Sadly, I feel like more and more people chose to stomp on dreams instead of offering a heaping dose of encouragement. Well, that’s definitely not the case here. Encouragement is my middle name. Sure, following your dreams is scary, but it’s less scary when someone has your back and believes in you. So let’s do that for each other!

Besides encouragement, here are some examples of delightful things you might hear from me on this blog.

I can’t stop binge watching Gilmore Girls. Season 1 of the fast-talking duo turns into Season 2, which turns into Season 3, and then I meet Logan (swoon). Soon I find myself on the last episode of the Revival, hearing those last four words. Then I get so sad. Stars Hollow … where did you go? Kirk? Lane? Mom? Oops, sorry, I meant Emily. So I do the next logical thing and start all over again on Season 1 to get my Stars Hollow fix. It’s a vicious cycle … one I do not want to fight.

I recently went into one of those deprivation chambers where you float in salt water in the pitch-black. You can’t see or hear anything for 75 minutes. Yes, you heard me right … 75 MINUTES (also known as 4500 seconds when you are floating alone in the darkest room you will ever encounter). Funny enough, I totally recommend it. Besides all the health benefits (lower blood pressure, release of anxieties, decompression of joints, receiving your daily dose of potassium), you have a huge sense of accomplishment because you stayed in a pitch black room where sound doesn’t exist all by yourself for 75 minutes. Savage!

So let’s recap!

1)   I’m following my dream of publishing

2)   I want to encourage you to follow your dreams

3)   If I’m not blogging or writing the sequel to The Nature of Gods, I’m probably watching Gilmore Girls or finding another rabbit hole to fall down

4)   Join me on the adventure! Let me know what’s going on in your life!

Until next time, keep adventuring!

D.J. Torres