This Bird Flew Away {revised and reformated} by Lynda M. Martin

This Bird Flew Away is scheduled for release on the Black Rose imprint, January 27, 2011. Thanks for your support. Look for it in January!

What is real love? The whole world wants to know. They should ask Bria Jean, because she has it all figured out. Opinionated, stubborn and full of woe, Bria would tell you real love is having one person you can always count on through thick and thin. For her, that’s Jack. And it doesn’t matter to her that she’s nine and he’s twenty-three -- not one bit.

When, at the age of twelve, Bria disappears, he and his Aunt Mary search for her, and when she surfaces, injured, abused and traumatized, Jack fights to become her guardian with no idea of the trials ahead of him. By then, Bria is thirteen going on thirty, full of her own ideas on how her life should run and with some very fixed notions about who is in charge.

This work was edited by New York Times bestselling author, Kathryn Lynn Davis, who writes, “This is a tender, wrenching, funny, brilliantly written novel about so many kinds of courage, so many layers of beauty and strength, and the bonds of family (however unique they may be) that help us survive even the worst life makes us suffer.”

  • Classification: Adult
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted May 16, 2010
  • Last updated May 16, 2010
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  • CarolinaAl's avatar
    CarolinaAl wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    A well thought out thriller. Empathetic, well-drawn characters. Vivid settings. True-to-life dialogue. Insightful narrative. Remarkable writing. A fabuloud read. Backed.

  • lmmartin's avatar
    lmmartin Author wrote 5 years ago
    [QUOTE] If you are using Black Rose Imprints, then you should get some good marketing, as the company has a long history in Montreal. My book is a childrens' book, but any comments / backing would be greatfully received. Jerry [paperbats] [ENDQUOTE] Thank you Jerry, but this Black Rose is in the U.S. -- still hope to get some good support. Like all authors, much of the promotion will be on my shoulders, but this is true even if published ...
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  • paperbat's avatar
    paperbat wrote 5 years ago

    If you are using Black Rose Imprints, then you should get some good marketing, as the company has a long history in Montreal.
    My book is a childrens' book, but any comments / backing would be greatfully received.
    Jerry [paperbats]

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    GK Stritch [Retired] wrote 5 years ago
    Dear Lynda M. Martin, I hesitated to read about child sex abuse. I worked for the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) for one day and went home and quit. After reading your “me” page, I returned to This Bird Flew Away. I started to read: so real, so intelligent, and the suspense starts to build. Poor Bria Jean. I read the first chapter but will have to come back to read more and find out what Jack is ...
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    memphisgirl wrote 5 years ago

    Gifted writing, lives rendered in dialogue and private thoughts. The energy of authentic-feeling relationships comes through.

    Ashes By Now

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    Andrew Burans wrote 5 years ago

    You have finely crafted a most compellying and gritty storyline. Your use of short paragreaphs and crisp, well written dialogue keeps the pace of your story flowing well. Your character development of Bria and Jack is excellent as is your use of imagery. All of this coupled with your descriptive writing makes your work a pleasure to read. Backed.

    Andrew Burans
    The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

  • K A Smith's avatar
    K A Smith wrote 5 years ago

    Nicely written and paced, quite gripping, plenty to think about. The characterisation and the dialogue makes for easy reading, sometimes maybe too easy as I think there could be more uncomfortable moments. Probably that's just me (or maybe I'm such a hardened cynic I missed them). Good luck with this, and thank you.

  • MickR's avatar
    MickR wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    Lynda, I found Bria to be a likeable Mc that should be able to hold a readers interest. The situation in the opening paragraph came off a very real, and you do a good job of seeing a grown up setting through a child’s eyes. I jotted down a few notes on things to look for to possibly make the prose a bit smoother. They are of course only my opinion. Ch1 Opening line – either: According to Auntie Peg, ...
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    KClark64 wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    I read the first chapter, which I really liked. You write very well, and a lot of it is understated, as it should be. Here are a couple of little suggestions: "Nancy's Mysterious Letter" use either italics or quotes but not both "over dressed" to "over-dressed" You use the word "sated" at one point. That's a very unusual word, which a ten-year old probably wouldn't know. (She doesn't know "precocious".) If this is supposed to be an older person looking ...
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  • Manolya's avatar
    Manolya wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Lynda,

    Your pitch and tags made me want to read more. There are so many layers here which makes your book both enjoyable to read, and thought provoking. I think so many people will relate to your characters, as you bring them to life so well as you set the scene beautifully.
    Backed with pleasure!

    Warm regards,
    Manolya- Love in No-Man's Land

  • Bamboo Promise's avatar
    Bamboo Promise wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    When your book has been edited by a the Best Selling author it is well polished. I do not see anything I should criticize you at all. Just by reading the first chapter only I have a feeling your book is ready to be published. You shouldn't worry about hearing any feedback from the members in this site. You are ready to be published. This is my honest comment. I won't expect you to back my book at this time. ...
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    jamesmac wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Flawless! Well polished, professional storytelling of the highest calibre as far as I’m concerned. The feeling of wound up emotion this reader experienced from young Bria’s tale was very intense. Abuse! neglect! It’s never a comfortable subject to deal with Lynda, but you handle it with careful, skilful attention to detail, and an empathy that comes from many years experience in the combating of this terrible human condition. I thought I was the hard-bitten writer of ‘real-narrative.’ I thought nothing ...
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  • Christa Wojo's avatar
    Christa Wojo wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Awful to be witness to all of Bria's experiences, but these are stories that must be told. It was painful, but not pitiful. Bria is a tender, innocent yet intelligent and brave young girl/woman. A few things that, in my opinion, took away from the story. I thought the book would have read better from Bria's perspective and then maybe a third person. I feel Mary's POV competes with Bria's, whose narrative, I feel, would have more impact as the ...
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  • Luke Bramley's avatar
    Luke Bramley wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Okay, wow, backed. Luke.

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    happypetronella [Retired] wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    One great story, at times intense as in chapter 10, which is very well written. Actually all of it is well written. Bria is a believable child to me. One thing that threw me off a bit at first was that there was more than one first person narrator in the story - Bria and Mary.


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    celticwriter wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    chapter 10 - in.... caught me at the first sentence and didn't let me go. I was there, observing, watching, and wanting to save the girl and at the same time kill the animal of a man at the same time. I forgot I was reading. WOW....... I don't think I took a breath.

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    name falied moderation wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Hello Lynda, your short pitch is incredible, like I really like the first sentence. In the full pitch you start with proposing a question or two and I wanted to answer them so of course I was going to read the book just to see. The full pitch grabbed me. Your book is not one I would normally have opened, but you got me. now your characters are playing with my head....BACKED.......My book is of a different genre but that ...
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  • Su Dan's avatar
    Su Dan wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    the title and pitch, lets us know what this about..moving and very interesting; watchlist for now...
    read SEASONS...

  • JD Revene's avatar
    JD Revene wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Lynda, Great pitch, a little different from the norm, but covering all the bases and certainly leaving me wanting to read more. A couple of points you might like to consider, though I am no expert: --in the short pitch I wonder whether 'a funeral' wouldn't be better than 'the funeral', a pedantic point, but 'the funeral' appears to refer back to something we, thus far, know nothing of; and --in the second para of the long pitch I'd be ...
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  • Noel-Allen's avatar
    Noel-Allen wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Lynda, Chapters 1 and 2. I thought this extremely well written. Bria starts to acquire a personality in the very first sentence, there’s a believable/natural feel to the interaction between her and Jack and the recollections regarding her mum and Gerry felt both ‘real’ and harrowing. The following are just things that might or might not be worth considering: I was a little surprised at how competent and emotionally intelligent Jack was for a twenty three year old. I ...
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