The second installment of the ‘Growing Roots’ series is finally out! ‘Personal Growth’ will made its debut on March 21st. For the entire release week (March 21st-March 28th) there will be a 99 cent promotional price on all ebook purchases! Starting March 29th, it will go back to it’s normal price of $1.99. You’ll be able to purchase your own digital copy through nook, kindle, or kobo. If you prefer a print copy, you’ll be able to find it on Createspace or Amazon (although not at the 99 cent price)!
‘Personal Growth’ (and the whole ‘Growing Roots’ series) is the story of a young Native American girl who has been sheltered from her traditional culture for the majority of her life by a mother who, for some unknown reason, despised that culture. When her mother dies in a tragic car accident, Willie and her sister Babette are sent to live with their mother’s sister, Janie. In the first installment of the series, ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings,’ Willie is introduced to her culture and her family as they truly are, and she begins to make strides towards becoming a better person with her knowledge. ‘Personal Growth’ shows Willie taking larger steps towards figuring out her greater purpose, and experiencing those things which were previously denied to her. Throughout the book you can see her growing, maturing, and learning. Although life will always send twists and turns along the way, Willie tries her best to deal with those rough circumstances she finds herself in. Though she has not reached that place where she one day wishes to be, Willie does indeed experience much ‘Personal Growth’ in the second part of her enlightening story.
Excerpt (pages 22-23)
“Aunt Janie?” I asked, finding her at the kitchen table. She was looking over some papers, which I assumed by the calculator were finances. “Are you busy?”
Aunt Janie looked up. “No, no. I could use a break from this anyways. What is it, sweetie?”
“I was just thinking about a lot of things today.” I wasn’t really sure how to broach the subject of heritage or my father with her.
“Well, for starters… if you’re three quarters Choctaw, was momma that much to?” Aunt Janie nodded her head to say that it did. “So what does that make me?”
“Three-eighths, I think, from our side.” Aunt Janie answered.
Nodding my head to show I understood, I said “Well… I was wondering something else.” I paused momentarily, pondering how best to ask this question. I finally decided the best way to do it was to just be out with it. “Do you know who my father was?”
Aunt Janie’s face took on a slightly pained expression as though my words caused her a small physical blow. “Your mom never told you who your father was?” I shook my head to answer no but remained silent. “Well, yes, I know who your father is.”
About The Author
Chelsea Falin is the 22 year old self published author of over ten titles, including the fairly popular ‘Growing Roots series,’ and ‘The Benson Family Chronicles’ amongst others. She was raised in a small west-central Florida town of less than 6,000 people, although she currently lives in a small southern New Jersey town of less than 4,500 people. (Seems some things never change- a small town girl will always be a small town girl, huh?) In addition to her writings, Chelsea is also a freelance writer, wife, and mother to a rambunctious three year old daughter.
Chelsea wrote the ‘Growing Roots’ series not only to tell a great story, but also to bring about some kind of understand as to what Native American’s still go through in these modern times, and what sort of conditions are seen on the reservations. Coming from a family with strong roots and beliefs in Native American culture, this is a very important subject to her. Chelsea, like her main character Willie, is Choctaw and Cherokee mixed.