*sings* Happy Book Birthday To Me!


Hey, gang! Sorry for the blog silence the last couple of weeks. I've been busy trying to get everything ready for today's release and traveling around the country for various things. But I'm back and definitely ready to party. :)

Today, I'm officially releasing my novel Perfectly Ernest into the world. This was one of those projects that started as an interesting/fun story idea and morphed into something near and dear to my heart.

I never intended for this to be a touching story necessarily, and especially not a "feel good" story. But it somehow became those things via all these fun characters who suffer from one form of mental illness or another learning to rely on each other.

My educational background is in counseling so it's something I've always wanted to explore in my fiction. But alas, this is fiction and my character's journey is over in just a few hundred pages. So many "real" people are shackled in life by anxiety, depression, and more, and it's not something that just goes away.

That's why I wanted to donate 10% of the annual proceeds from this story to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (www.nami.org). It's a way for me (and readers) to hopefully contribute something meaningful to the cause.

Though there is the common thread of mental illness, this story is equally (if not more so) about friendship and love. There's even some baseball and humor thrown in for good measure! My hope is that I've crafted a story that will appeal to a lot of different kinds of readers.

But enough about my thoughts! Here are the details for the story. As always, I greatly appreciate any shares, and more so all of the encouragement and support you've given me over the years. My fellow writers and this blogging community have kept me afloat through some tough times of doubt and setbacks. I'm forever grateful for that.

~EJ


A gripping story of striking out and winning big.
 
From a distance, Ernie’s life seems perfect—he’s a star college baseball player adored by the student body and coveted by professional teams. Up close, he is a disaster. Since the death of his mother, he’s been trapped by a promise he made and forced to live her dream instead of his own. He reaches his breaking point in the biggest game of his young career and sets off a chain of events that will either define or destroy the rest of his life. 

 Ernie grudgingly joins a quirky campus counseling group that empowers him to heal himself and right his wrongs. By testing old friendships, forging unlikely new ones, and exploring an exciting romance, he begins to unravel the jumbled knot his tangled inner-psyche has become. But old rivals, mental illness, and the risk of a forbidden relationship soon threaten his progress. Will Ernie's new direction and friends be his salvation, or confirmation that he is forever doomed by his imperfections?

Perfectly Ernest is a New Adult contemporary novel with romantic elements by author E.J. Wesley. Ernest offers a smart, funny, sweet, sexy, uplifting, and oftentimes poignant perspective of one person's difficult transition into adulthood. It is a story about overcoming the demons of mental illness and struggling with the profound burden of expectations—both real and imagined. But it’s mostly a tale of friendship, hope, and love. 

**Special Labor Day Release Sale - eBook only .99c for a limited time!**

“EJ Wesley has written a modern day Breakfast Club.”

"E.J. tells a college love story with a real life feel. He has created a flawed and pitiful character who quickly becomes a rallying point for all the other characters of the story. Ernie is the sort of boy I could easily imagine myself being friends with in college and cheered on through life in general, but certainly the story." 

 "EJ's tale of a college baseball star and the demons he fights is powerful and captivating. Once you're involved in Ernest's world, you are invested for the ride. Fans of this genre will say EJ hit it out of the park!" Alex J. Cavanaugh, Amazon bestselling author of the Cassa series 

 "Great cast of characters. Lots of fun humor. Romance. Win! Definitely recommend!" 

 "This is not so much a "coming of age" story, as it is a "coming of self." I loved reading it" 

 "It is an inspirational, heartwarming story in which any reader is likely to get lost."

 "This story made me laugh and cry and it was so great to read something sweet and awesome from a guy."
 
“Perfectly Ernest offers an emotionally genuine tour through depression, friendship, and love.”
 
“It's wonderful when a story's voice is so strong as to drag you into someone's head so it feels natural. I devoured Perfectly Ernest.”
 
“…captured my heart from page one.”


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"E.J. Wesley has created a modern day Breakfast Club."
 
Perfectly Ernest is a New Adult contemporary novel with romantic elements by author E.J. Wesley. Ernest offers a smart, funny, sweet, sexy, uplifting, and oftentimes poignant perspective of one person's difficult transition into adulthood. It is a story about overcoming the demons of mental illness and struggling with the profound burden of expectations—both real and imagined. But it’s mostly a tale of friendship, hope, and love.
 
 
**Labor Day Release Sale - eBook only.99c for a limited time!**
 
*The author will donate 10% of the annual proceeds of this book to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness and support for those who suffer from mental illness.
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"Captured my heart from page one."
 
Perfectly Ernest is a New Adult contemporary novel with romantic elements by author E.J. Wesley. Ernest offers a smart, funny, sweet, sexy, uplifting, and oftentimes poignant perspective of one person's difficult transition into adulthood. It is a story about overcoming the demons of mental illness and struggling with the profound burden of expectations—both real and imagined. But it’s mostly a tale of friendship, hope, and love.
 
 
**Labor Day Release Sale - eBook only.99c for a limited time!**
 
*The author will donate 10% of the annual proceeds of this book to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness and support for those who suffer from mental illness.



25 comments:

  1. Congratulations!! It was definitely an awesome story. I appreciate the feel-good part. Enjoy your release day!

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    1. Thanks Alex! Hope you're having a great holiday weekend!

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  2. Massive congrats to you, E.J.!! I look forward to reading this book very much :)

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  3. Congrats, EJ! NA contemp is my genre, so I'll have to pick it up.

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    1. I didn't realize you're writing NA, LD! I'll have to add you to 'my lists'. :)

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  4. Woohoo!!! Congrats, my friend!!! :D

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    1. Thanks, M! Hope you're taking it easy this Labor Day. :)

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  5. It sounds like a winner, EJ. Congrats and chocolates!

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    1. I'll take the chocolate anyway, Shelly! :)

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  6. Wow! Congrats, EJ!!!! So very excited for you. Nothing better than writing a book that you believe in and that touches your life, (except of course, launching it onto the world0. People are going to get so much out of this book! I am so proud of you.

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  7. Congrats! Perfectly Ernest sounds like such a wonderful story. How cool that you'll be donating part of the proceeds to NAMI, too!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I searched around to find the a good candidate for my fundraising. NAMI does some amazing things. I'm nothing big, so it might not amount to much money, but hopefully it will reach people in some meaningful way. (Both the story and funds.)

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  8. Great launch! Congratulations. I've posted on Google. They have the best cover exposure. https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CLeeMcKenzie/posts

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  9. Congratulations! http://media.giphy.com/media/2Faz8bcnGfXVrV2ZG/giphy.gif

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  10. Congratulations! It sounds fantastic. Have a terrific week. :)

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  11. Congratulations, EJ! I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to read this yet but I know when I do it will be a fantastic read. Excited for you!

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  12. YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!! GO EJ!!! I can't wait to read this. I'm sorry I didn't post about it last week (I stink), but I'll continue to tweet it and I'll mention it next week, and keep the momentum going a little, I hope :)

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  13. Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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