More Than You Think You Know: GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the More Than You Think You Know 5-day Cover Party. We had a great week. We enjoyed the feedback on the cover concepts that Beating Windward and Cyndi Perkins came up with, and had a lot of fun watching the love pour in. You are all fantastic, and the only thing we wish is that we had more advance copies of Cyndi’s debut novel to give away.

If you missed the Facebook Live broadcast yesterday: we discussed intern Katie’s unusual need to fold tiny slips of paper in half, publisher Matt’s laundry habits, and whether margaritas or beer better compliment the sassy, bittersweet, and endearing story of Hailey, Robin, and Trish.


Posted by Beating Windward Press on Friday, March 31, 2017




Rick Schuette & Rhonda Wisti


 @mindofjayswanson & @ilsiereads


Jessica Brassard

Thanks again to everyone that hung out with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram this week.  We can’t wait to do it again!

Check back Sunday for the blog’s reveal of the final cover and publication date, as well as other fun things like some of our favorite quotes from this week’s social media interactions and a few words on the cover from the lovely Denise Maronen.

More Than You Think You Know by Cyndi Perkins

With her children grown and gone, Hailey can no longer stomach living with her abusive husband. In the middle of a boating trip, she steals a sailboat and ventures solo across Lake Michigan. In a Chicago harbor, she meets Robin, the chain-smoking divorcee, Captain of the 44-foot luxury trawler Blackout. When the Coast Guard broadcasts a radio alert for the stolen sailboat, Robin insists Hailey seek asylum and travel downriver with her. In Joliet, they take on Trish, a Las Vegas gold-digger who deserts her Sugar Daddy’s yacht to join the crew and get out of Illinois.

Hailey, Robin, and Trish navigate the 1,300-mile-long series of rivers and locks through the Heartland Rivers from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico, keeping weary eyes out for barges and Hailey’s husband. With no sense of destination beyond Mobile Bay, they are on not one journey, but two: America’s Great Loop and the search for their own place to be safe, to be happy, to be themselves.

Cyndi Perkins

Award-winning journalist and long-time magazine writer Cyndi Perkins writes and edits print and digital media for Michigan Technological University. The former Houghton, Michigan Daily Mining Gazette reporter and editor wrote the popular “Line of Sight” column for nine years.

Cyndi has sailed Lake Superior, the Heartland Rivers, and the Eastern Seaboard since 1995. She and her husband survived two 6,000-mile circumnavigations of America’s Great Loop aboard their 32-foot DownEast sailing vessel Chip Ahoy. (And yes, she gave her boat a cameo in her own novel. Sailors are like that…) 

Keep up with her writing and adventures at 

and on Instagram and Twitter: @cyndiperkins

More Than you Think You Know will be available for purchase from Amazon and SmashWords in the spring of 2017, and is currently open for Advanced Reader Review requests.  For more information on how to secure a copy for review, contact Matt Peters.