Songs of Lost Things

Sonata for the Sun

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Pub Date Sep 10 2023 | Archive Date Apr 09 2024
The Writing Tree LLC | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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Description

The summer Lavender turned twelve, she was eager to dip her toes into the world of make-out sessions with her school crush and late-night misdeeds with her best friend in their raucous Newark, NJ neighborhood. Instead, her father had other plans…musical plans. He wanted to continue cultivating her gifted melodic mind and nudge her to begin preparing to apply to the local Arts Magnet High School.

Lavender suddenly finds herself cast into an unrecognizable and dispiriting world where she fights to maintain her sense of self, connection to her musical gifts, and footing inside her own family dynamics.

Years later, as a woman in her thirties who never reckoned with how much of herself she’d relinquished in her tumultuous adolescence, Lavender meets a younger man who reminds her of what she’s lost…and what she’s surrendered. Captivated by his charm, yet apprehensive of his interest, she’s upended in unexpected ways. The mental health struggles she’s managed to mildly overcome is ever present as ghosts from her past continuously appear. Love tries to find her as she finds herself.

Will she reemerge from it all with her full self: stable, whole, and accepting of the love she deserves?

Or will she fall back into the cycle of old habits and questionable choices that persisted and framed her reality for decades?

If you’re looking for a coming of age story focused on self-acceptance, overcoming trauma, and letting go of the past to move forward to the future, then this is the book for you!

The summer Lavender turned twelve, she was eager to dip her toes into the world of make-out sessions with her school crush and late-night misdeeds with her best friend in their raucous Newark, NJ...


A Note From the Publisher

Hardcover: 9798989145416

eBook: 9798989145423

Hardcover: 9798989145416

eBook: 9798989145423


Advance Praise

"I was given the privilege to read an early review copy of the debut release by Monica McCollough titled 'Songs of Lost Things.' All I can say is this book was relatable in every way.

We all know of friends and loved ones losing their way growing up in the inner city. We all know how trauma and grief experienced during adolescence can have a huge impact in a person's adult life. We all know about someone who grew up in a toxic family environment only to end up in another toxic and dysfunctional environment.

Some of us are also aware of some of those Family Secrets that oftentimes gets swept under the rug."

- S. Jones - ARC Reviewer/Bookstagrammer, @redsonya_loves_to_read

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"Songs of Lost Things– Sonata for the Sun was such a great read. This urban based story covers grief, trauma, life as a teenager evolving into an adult and so much more. I couldn’t put the book down and can’t wait until it’s published for all to have the opportunity to read such a powerful story of overcoming. @moni_shywriter did amazing telling this story."

-N. Minst, ARC Reader,

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"Beautifully written, relatable and realistic. This novel will want to make you cry, laugh and angry at the same time, a tribrid composition of grief, humor and love. You will never want to put the book down. The author uniquely wrote the novel in such a way that every pages and chapters keeps you on the edge, intensifying your suspense, making it impossible to predict what is gonna happen next in the book."

-justreviewwithbankole, Journalist/Bookstagrammer, @justreviewwithbankole

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"For the first shot out of the gate, this is a beautifully written debut. Lavender is a tragically complex character who you can’t help but root for. Monica McCollough has built a world that you can see and even smell on the page. She takes you through time periods with ease. Even if you know nothing of the 'Gump,' you want to visit. I can’t wait to see what she does next."

-Cicely Dyson, Journalist 

"I was given the privilege to read an early review copy of the debut release by Monica McCollough titled 'Songs of Lost Things.' All I can say is this book was relatable in every way.

We all know of...


Marketing Plan

As an independent author with an unfortunate budget-draining event that happened to coincide with the launch of my debut novel, I feel a bit behind the curve in terms of marketing. However, I have a scheduled virtual book tour with a woman-owned book tour service at the end of March. I have two book signings in February and March, with two more pending. I also have placement in Medu, the oldest and one of the largest African-American-owned bookstores in Atlanta. In addition to these, I am in discussions with the owners of another small, independent bookstore in Montgomery, AL, which is one of the settings in my narrative, with plans on doing several signings at future book fairs for local authors they are presenting. I am on Instagram and TikTok and will run various promotions alongside each of these campaigns and events. 


As an independent author with an unfortunate budget-draining event that happened to coincide with the launch of my debut novel, I feel a bit behind the curve in terms of marketing. However, I have a...


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ISBN 9798989145409
PRICE $11.99 (USD)
PAGES 326

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