My Daily Meltdown: All My Ducks in a Row!

Welcome to My Daily Meltdown, where I count down the days to MELT’s Nov. 6 release with interesting insider facts about how and why I created it.

In the book, both Joey and Dorothy notice ducks swimming in the water (at different points), and their thoughts on the ducks mirror their states of mind. I used ducks because Highland Park is located by the water, but also because of the saying about putting all your ducks in a row – so in a way, when Joey and Dorothy look at them, they’re trying to figure if (in Joey’s case) and how (in Dorothy’s case) they can metaphorically get their ducks in a row.

I guess it’s obvious I love metaphors. But really, isn’t everything a metaphor?

Metaphors hinge on voice – and they bring voice out.

I live on the water, and write on my deck. I’ve spent a lot of time glancing at the ducks floating by as I worked out sentence structures and word choices in my head.

Trying to get my writing ducks in a row.

Bye for now.

I invite you to join my street team and help spread the word! My fans are my secret weapon 😉 I will bestow great rewards for your efforts, because I appreciate you so very much!!!

You can see the prizes to be won on the Facebook group, but here’s one big incentive:

You can win exclusive access to read the sequel to MELT months before it’s available to the public!!

Here’s how you join Castrovilla’s Crusaders:

Step 1: Fill out sign up form:

Step 2: Request to join the Castrovilla Crusaders Facebook Group:

Step 3: Review the list of potential tasks and point levels, and check out the amazing prizes (in files section of FB group)… then get started!

Step 4: Submit completed tasks to earn points to win prizes! Submission form:


Don’t forget to pre-order Melt on Amazon for $2.99 to get your $2 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card! Just contact me at with your receipt now through Nov. 5, and I’ll e-mail it to you! Have a cup o’ Joe in Dunkin’ Donuts while reading about Joe in Dunkin’ Donuts!

Have you seen the amazing MELT book trailer created by a teen??? Here it is:



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