Fortuna Author Donates Proceeds from Book Sales to Scholarship at CR Named After Her Murdered Cousin
This is a press release from Nicole Dahl Creative:
In 2015, writer J. Lynn Bailey’s dream became a reality. She was offered a book deal, and a four-book series order at that. Black Five, the first novel in the The Black Chronicles Series was released and very well-received. J. Lynn Bailey, a Fortuna High School graduate, had made her mark in the Young Adult fantasy fiction scene.
In the midst of celebrating this incredible triumph, tragedy struck in the form of the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon.
Amongst the victims was Jason Dale Johnson, a man Bailey called her brother. Johnson and Bailey were, by definition, cousins, but were raised together as children, side by side, by their single mothers.
Veering away from the fantasy world of The Black Chronicles, Bailey poured her heart, soul, and grief into a new story. Standing Sideways follows the ups and downs of protagonist Livia Stone as she navigates life after the death of her twin brother, Jasper.
The result is a powerful, emotional, and gripping novel that explores survival, courage, and compassion. Standing Sideways has been reviewed as “beautiful and poignant, “a relevant story about growth and love,” and “an incredibly important book.”
Parents and teens alike will experience smiles, tears, and, at the end of the book, a life changed in more ways than one. All of the proceeds from Standing Sideways will be donated to the Jason Dale Triumphant Return Scholarship at College of the Redwoods, a fund designated for those who are making their own triumphant return to college.
J. Lynn Bailey will be releasing and signing copies of Standing Sideways at Glamorous Boutique (1095 S. Fortuna Blvd) in Fortuna on Tuesday, January 30th at 6pm.