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Where Did I Get The Inspiration For BLUE?

I’m always curious about story origins, and I thought I’d share a bit about this book. BLUE was a blend of two real-life things. First, I had a friend who went through a horrible event. On Christmas Eve, she was driving home from her closing shift at her retail job, it was dark and she was on a rural road. A young man who was intent on ending his own life threw himself in front of her SUV. She couldn’t stop in time, and ended up striking and killing him.… Read more Where Did I Get The Inspiration For BLUE?

BLUE Excerpt: Blue & Jules

In this scene, Blue is returning to school after Holiday break, and unfortunately, so is Maya. My stomach tightens so hard I feel like I’m going to puke. I glance at my phone again, and the texts from last night are still there. Maya’s back at schoolmy mom saw her mom at Target Maya is backdid u see her pic on IG Did you hear about Maya? I shove the phone back down in the pocket of my coat and I blow on my fingers to get them warm. I… Read more BLUE Excerpt: Blue & Jules

The BLUE Playlist – An Odd Mix

If you’re reading BLUE (or getting ready to), here’s a list of songs that inspired me during the journey as I put BLUE together: Another Way Out by Hollywood Undead – BLUE first chapter. Blue begins her story feeling like she’s got nowhere to run from Maya, and from everyone who’s determined warn her about Maya’s return to school. You Need to Calm Down – Taylor Swift. This one I picked for Jules. Blue’s best friend isn’t doing much to help the situation, as she seems determined to stir up… Read more The BLUE Playlist – An Odd Mix

Writing Is All About The Journey

Writing has changed my life in oh-so-many ways. When I was young, it was an escape. I grew up in a tiny Southwest town. Other than church, I wasn’t allowed much of a social life, so writing became a way to travel to exciting places and speak out about all kinds of issues and interact with people I didn’t have access to in real life. After high school, I secured my own financial aid and headed off to college where I became (gasp!) a Theatre major. Writing was all about… Read more Writing Is All About The Journey

Goodreads Giveaway for BLUE!

That’s right! Don’t miss your chance to win one of twenty Kindle copies of BLUE – recently named a 2021 NYC Big Book Awards Distinguished Favorite in Young Adult Fiction! Enter here:   Goodreads Book Giveaway BLUE by L.E. DeLano Giveaway ends November 15, 2021. See the giveaway detailsat Goodreads.     Enter Giveaway

BLUE Has Been Named A 2021 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite!

It’s official! BLUE has been named a 2021 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite in Young Adult Fiction. Read the full list here. The competition received hundreds of entries worldwide from traditionally and independently published authors, and from large and small publishing houses. As you can probably guess, I am absolutely over the moon about this. Somebody liked my complicated, layered, quirky little book! Many thanks to the NYC Big Book Awards for this honor.

Pub Day For BLUE!

BLUE is finally out – all except the audiobook, unfortunately. We had a delay in production (thanks COVID!) and hope to have it out within the next few weeks. I’ll make an announcement when it’s available. In the meantime, you can snatch it up in paperback or eBook. Buy Links Here. I’m so glad to share my angry, miserable, hopeful and hilarious story with the world. Be sure and let me know if you guess the twist at the end!