Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oh goodness, what is my life?

Dear Readers, 

I know what you are probably asking yourself. Where is Kaitlyn? Did she fall off the face of the Earth? (I think the better question is, did she actually do the impossible and find a way to fall off the face of Earth?) Did she discover Narnia? Were her numerous attempts to find Peter Pan successful, and she's now living blissfully in Neverland where she doesn't have to age anymore or join the real world?

The truth of the matter is that none of those are true. I'm still on this Earth, looking for Narnia, and wishing for Neverland. I just didn't have a whole lot of stuff to say on the blog until now, so this is probably going to be a long post.

I finished my junior year of college a few weeks ago, and since then, I've been working on a lot of bookish things. I've been in constant contact with editors, formatters, and designers because I'm in the process of creating physical copies of all the books in the Prophesized Series. At the moment, BlackMoon Beginnings and Scorching Secrets have been professionally edited and formatted. Descending Darkness is with the editor right now, and I should get it back in a week or two, and then I'll send Reaching Retribution. My cover designer is in the process of creating full-wrap versions. I can make paperback versions soon. They are actually coming, I promise! :)

This is a sample of the book's interior.

Also, since I've been out of school, I've had more time to write and work on some other projects. I've edited Eternal Endings a few times, and it is currently with a few beta-readers. Once I get it back, I will update it and publish it. My goal is to have the book out by the end of May! Since I haven't given a teaser in a long time, I thought I would do that now:  This is from Incendia's POV, and is subject to change before publication.

“The road,” I whisper to him.
Bragden laughs, but does turn his attention back to the road in front of us. While turned away, I watch him for a few moments. I recognized his attractiveness when I first met him—the day he came into his magic. Now, he’s more than just hot. I’ve gotten to know him the past few months, and he’s so much more than an attractive face.
I think I might be falling in love with him.
My free hand goes up to the necklace around my neck with his pendant. My life completely changed when Ryanne saved me, but, as mushy as this is going to sound, I think it fully began when he gave me this pendant. I didn’t know it then, but everything started falling together when I met that misfit group of mages. I never thought I would be thankful for a failed plan.

Coming Soon!
There's that. I hope you all are as excited for this book as I am. I'm sorry for making you wait so long for it. However, if you thought the epilogue of Reaching Retribution was too mushy or happy or romantic (I did have those complaints), then you are probably not going to want to read this book. It has it's serious moments, but I tried to make it more happy and romantic. If you've read any of my books, you know I like the emotional crap. I cried while writing this book. Happy tears. Sad tears. All the tears.

Also, I have been writing. I've been working on another contemporary novel. I'm about 50K into this book, so I only have 30-40K more to write. If I stick to a writing schedule, I can finish this book in about two weeks. I have the first ten chapters written and the last three...I just have to figure out everything in between. I don't think it'll take too long to finish. Once that one is done, I'm going to start working on the second book in a new series I started. My goal is to get the contemporary novel and the first book in the Guardians of the Chosen series published this year.

To finish this post, I want to thank all my readers. It's been a weird few weeks for me. I've gone back and forth with my writing decisions. I've had moments where I wanted to give up and be done with it all, but I've gotten more messages from readers lately than usual. I don't know how you all knew I was going through some stuff, but if you have contacted me in the last month, I must thank you. I responded to all the messages I received, but I thought would thank you here too. As you all probably know by now, I struggle with some self-esteem/confidence issues, so it's hard to be in a position where I am constantly judged. I have some very dedicated readers, who, though they don't know it, have helped make sure I don't stay in a low place for very long. You all have helped me in ways I can't even begin to explain. If you have contacted me at all within the last two years, I owe you so much. From the bottom of my heart:

THANK YOU.

Sincerely yours, 

Kaitlyn Hoyt

(See what I did there, I made this blog post like a letter. I felt so creative when I thought of that, and I fear it fell flat. I hope you all have a great day either way!)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Eternal Endings: Teaser Tuesday!

And a cover reveal. 

It has been too long. I'm truly sorry about that. College has been a little hectic recently. Actually, no. It really hasn't. My life has just been a little hectic recently. I KEEP GETTING HURT. Seriously. It's been a week and I haven't gotten injured yet, and that is a record for me this semester. (I hope I didn't just jinx that.) I'm still recovering from previous injuries though. It's definitely been a long few weeks.

Anyway, I've actually been working on Eternal Endings recently, and I promised all my readers on Facebook that I would post a teaser today. I really only have two stories that need to be finished in this book. Incendia's is becoming way longer than expected and is a little tricker to write then some of the other stories. It shouldn't take me long, but I do have some tests and quizzes, plus two presentations coming up, so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to write this week unfortunately. I really miss being able to write everyday. :(
Here is this week's teaser. It is from David's perspective. 

This is unedited and subject to change before publication. 

“What do you think?” The wooden post is starting to dig into my back, but I don’t want to make any sudden movements because moments like this are few and far between with her.
“I like not knowing whether or not we’re meant to be together,” she tells me and stares up at me with her blue eyes. “The unknown excites me.” Emma smiles and starts playing with the edge of the pillowcase. “Because even with the unknown, I know what I feel, and I know that I’m not being clouded by what the Fates are playing.”
“Emma,” I say quietly. I can feel a small smile playing on my lips at her words.
“Wait, let me finish,” she tells me. “When I’m around you, I don’t feel like I have to hide who I am. I don’t feel like you expect anything. You make me feel safe. Even though I’m sad, I can tell that you’re helping me.”
I remain quiet after she finishes to see if she’s actually done yet.
Emma sighs and opens her mouth to speak again. “Whenever I think about the future, you’re always in it. You big sloth-fearing, pizza-loving guy.”
That brings out a full on smile now. I know how much it took for Emma to express all that. When I don’t say anything, she starts fidgeting slightly on the bed. Biting her bottom lip, she looks up at me, waiting.
“Say something, please."
              “I’m also afraid of geese,” I tell her.
Also, because it's been a while since I posted something on my blog, I decided that I would also reveal the cover for Eternal Endings this week. This was, like all my other covers, designed by the amazing Victoria Faye from Whit&Ware




Thoughts on the teaser or the cover? Leave a comment below. I'd love to hear for you :)

That's all I have for today. Again, sorry for my random disappearances. I promise I'm working really hard to get this book done soon! I hope it will be worth the wait. :|

Monday, December 29, 2014

Updates, Resolutions, and a Giveaway

ETERNAL ENDINGS UPDATE: Yes, I'm still writing it. It's definitely taking much longer to write than I was originally expecting. I wasn't planning on writing anything past Reaching Retribution, so it's been a little harder to get back into the swing of things with these characters. I'm almost done though. I'm currently working on Incendia's story, but her story is going to be long and to get it right, I need to go back and reread Descending Darkness and Reaching Retribution. Since I need to reread those books, I decided to back and re-edit the entire series so I can finally create print copies of the Prophesized series as well. 

If you've been following this blog for over a year, you probably saw my 2014 resolution. As we near the end of the year, many people start announcing their 2015 resolutions. I'm not going to do that this year, because I can't cross last year's resolution off yet. I'm still working on it and know I will be for a very long time. 

If you've been following me for that long, I must thank you. I know I didn't get to publish as much as I wanted to this year. It was a looong year. As I sit here on his couch having a Doctor Who marathon for the fourth day in a row (thanks BBC America!), I can't help but look back on what this year has brought me. I got my first book published in physical copies. I now have print copies of Redeeming Lainey. That absolutely blows my mind. There are actual pages beneath the cover that has my name on it. That book was very emotional for me, and I know that not as many people have read it as the Prophesized series, but it, as well as that series, will forever hold a special place in my heart. 

BlackMoon Beginnings has almost been out for two years (which always blows my mind). It's been downloaded over nearly 200K times, and is still being downloaded. I can't believe it. I'm still getting messages about that book from new readers. Thank you to everyone who has downloaded, read, rated, and told others about that series. I love you all. You're amazing, and I can't thank you enough for taking a chance on me. 

This is going to sound cheesy, but sometimes I am so overcome with emotions when I think about my readers that I end up crying. All happy tears, I promise. I don't know what I would be doing if I didn't publish that book back in February of 2013, but I don't even want to think about that. I can't wait to see what the next year holds for me. I have at least three books planned, and hopefully I can actually get those out! 

Because of the impending New Year, I've decided to do another giveaway. I do giveaways like this on my Facebook page from time to time, but I thought I would put this one up on my blog. It's for a signed copy of Redeeming Lainey + some Prophesized stickers and a few keychains. 


THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY. 
At the moment, it just costs me too much to send internationally. 





Sunday, November 16, 2014

Want Signed Copies?

I've officially made physical copies of Redeeming Lainey! I've completed six novels, and self-published five of them, but none of it really felt real before. This...this feels real. I can actually hold one of my books in my hands. There are actual pages beneath the cover--the cover with my name on it. I'm just a little emotional about it all. When I first started writing, I didn't expect to publish my work. When I got the courage to publish, I thought it would only be in e-book formats. Physical copies were not something I thought would ever happen. I'm really thankful for everyone who has supported my writing and made this possible.

THAT IS MY BOOK. THAT'S MY NAME ^^^

*****

I've been thinking about things to do for the holidays. I've had a few readers express interest in signed copies, so I'm going to sell signed copies of Redeeming Lainey!

It's all so pretty. All designed by Victoria Faye from Whit&Ware.

They'll be $12.00 a copy. (That's the amount I have to charge in order to break even on this. I'm not trying to make any money off of this, but I can't afford to lose too much money! I have to buy textbooks next semester. Haha)  I'll also cover the cost of shipping and handling.

Almost everyone (at least the first 50 people) who orders will get a few extra items with the signed copies. I have keychains, stickers, small posters, etc. If you want me to write anything special in the inside of the book, send me a e-mail afterward!

10 SPECIAL READERS WILL GET STICKERS OF ETERNAL ENDINGS


I  haven't released the cover for Eternal Endings yet, and it's looking like I won't be able to publish by the end of the year, so a few readers will get to see the cover before everyone else.


Click Buy Now below to get a signed copy!



I am going to mass order these and send them out at the same time. I'm going to keep this open until DECEMBER 1ST. That should give me enough time to get everything boxed and sent out in time for Christmas (I'm hoping!) I've never done this before, so it'll be a learning process.

I'm planning to finish Eternal Endings soon. I just have a few more "stories" to add and then I'll be finished with that. After EE, I'm hoping to go back and re-edit all the books in the Prophezied Series so I can get physical copies of those books too!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Eternal Endings Teaser

It's Tuesday, and I've actually remembered that it's Tuesday, so I have a teaser prepared for today! I know a lot of people are looking for a Bragden teaser, but I still don't have enough written in his section to give one yet. I spent the past few days writing Emma's section and I'm almost done with hers. Her section is a little spoiler-y, so I'm not going to give a teaser from her perspective just yet. 

Last week, I got a few requests for a Colton teaser, so here is a small second from his POV:

(For anyone who knows the timeline of the Prophesized Series, this section is a few months after the events in Reaching Retribution. It'll be toward the end of Eternal Endings.)

*****

This is unedited and subject to change before publication. 

I glance over my shoulder and whistle for Ryanne to keep up. She’s so easily distracted when it snows. Looking away from the snow covered shop, she runs to catch up, and when her light giggle hits me, I can’t help but smile. Her laughter turns into a squeal when she slips on a patch of ice. Her feet slide atop of the slick surface, back and forth, before she starts going down. However,  she’s close enough to me now that I easily reach out and wrap an arm around her waist and spin her into my side before she falls. Her small gloved hands fist into the unbuttoned edges of my coat as she tries to regain her balance, and the giggle starts all over again. 
“Still so graceful,” I tell her.
“I try,” she says through her laughter and meets my gaze. “I try.”
“I’d work on it a little more if I were you,” I mumble before loosening my grip on her. She releases my coat, but doesn’t step away until she’s positive she won’t fall.
“Maybe I do it on purpose,” she grins as she starts walking again. “I like having a big strong man catch me.”
With a look over her shoulder, she winks and skips ahead.

Just because I love cat gifs. You're welcome. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday...on a Wednesday: Eternal Endings

I asked the readers on my Facebook page which perspective they wanted from Eternal Endings for a teaser, and I got a lot of Bragden responses...However, I only just started Bragden's perspective, and I don't nearly have enough to do a teaser. I'm still trying to capture his voice. This week, you all get a little teaser from his younger brother: Liam. I really love Liam's section. That character will always have a special place in my heart. <3

THIS IS UNEDITED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE BEFORE PUBLICATION

Liam

“Where did you go?” Natalie questions when I sit down on the edge of the bed.
I’m not really sure how to start this.
“Did I do something wrong? I seriously was just joking about the flowers and chocolate before. I’m not one of those girls. I don’t want you to change anything or start acting different.”
“Natalie,” I say to get her to stop rambling. She stops talking and steps away from the door. During the silence, I collect my thoughts. I’ve never been one open up to something, but with Natalie I feel safe. “I know I’m a hard person to get to know. I keep to myself; I don’t open up. I spent two years of my life on my own. I did a lot of things I’m not proud of, and there are some things in my past that I will never tell you. It takes me longer to realize that there are people in my life who want to know me--to help me. Our family on the other side of the door,” I point to the door behind her, “will never know me as well as you do.”
“Ryanne knows you better than I do,” she whispers to me.
“Natalie, the relationship I have with Ryanne does not compare to what I have with you. For the first time in a very long time, I feel like my candle flame is no longer flickering. It’s burning bright.”
Her eyes narrow. “Your candle flame?”
Sitting back against the headboard, I pat the area beside me. “Want to hear a story?”
“What’s the story about?” she asks as she walks across the room and crawls over my legs to lie down beside me.
“This is my story. All of it.” 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Eternal Endings

IT'S FINALLY TEASER TUESDAY


I had the worst case of writer's block I've ever experienced. I've only been writing for about two years, but I never stopped writing for more than a few days. I had writer's block for two months. I don't know what happened during August and September, but I just couldn't write. I kept opening my Word document hoping that day would be different, but the words just weren't coming to me. I think the most I was able to write was a few paragraphs here and there. That block has finally been torn down, and I've been able to write lately. I can't even begin to tell you how relieved I am!

Because of that, I thought now would be a good time to start releasing teasers again. This week is going to be a little longer because it's been so long since I gave you any new teasers from this book. This week's teaser is from Logan's POV. 


THIS IS UNEDITED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE BEFORE PUBLICATION.

“She just confused,” Ryanne tells me. “You have to look at it from her point of view. She was dying and then suddenly she wasn’t. You helped heal her. Then, she was thrown into the chaos that seems to always surround us. She didn’t really have a choice in the matter.”
“But she’s…”
“She’s scared, Logan.” My walk slows, because I know Ryanne will have more to say. “She didn’t know you, and suddenly you take up a lot of her thoughts. She may not want you to, but you do, and she doesn’t like that.”
“That comes with—”
“Being soulmates,” Ryanne finishes for me. At a crosswalk, Ryanne stops and looks directly up at me. “You’ve known about soulmates your entire life. Lily hasn’t. Growing up, we dreamed that someday our prince would come and sweep us off our feet. We dreamed of a happily every after, but as we got older, we knew that a dream was all that was. There was no such thing as our perfect half. Relationships are hard work, and Lily’s still in that mentality. You’re too good to be true for her.”
“How can—” she interrupts me again.
“It’s all new to her. The magic. Soulmates. A few months ago, she never knew any of it existed. Her life did a complete one-eighty, and she’s still reeling from that.”
“What should I do?” Ryanne reaches out and presses the button on the crosswalk.
“Be her prince,” she whispers and motions across the street. My eyes follow her hand. You sneaky little girl. Ryanne stopped up at the crosswalk that leads directly toward Lily’s neighborhood. “You’ve been brooding all week. Lily’s probably doing the same. Go to her, Logan, and give her back her slipper.”
Right now, I have about 50K written in Eternal Endings. I'm about halfway through what I want to write. I think I'll still be able to finish it by the end of the year, but this novel probably won't be published until early 2015. I've been going to my college's library to write almost every night, so hopefully that schedule sticks. *fingers crossed* I'll let you know more the closer I get to finishing. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Prophesized Book: Title and Teasers

I'm sorry I've been a little MIA recently. It's been a busy few weeks now that my college classes have started again. I won't bore you with all the details. 

A few readers have asked me if it was true: is there going to be another Prophesized Book?


Simply put, yes. I am still writing in the Prophesized world. 


If you downloaded Redeeming Lainey within the first month of release, you got the first glimpse of the upcoming book. There was a bonus chapter at the very end of that novel from Ryanne's perspective. I've since uploaded a newer formatted version, so that bonus material is gone.


Because I've gotten so many questions, I've decided to finally release the title to the masses:



I already have the cover for this book as well, but I'm going to wait a few weeks before I release that. 

Eternal Endings is not finished. I've had a few issues writing it recently. For a while, the words just weren't coming to me. The characters were being stubborn, and I had a serious case of writer's block. Last week between classes, I finally was able to add to it. I'm hoping to have it completed by the end of 2014, but that is very tentative at the moment. It could be sooner. It could be later.


For those who don't know anything about this project: Eternal Endings is not a continuation of the fourth book, but the events do take place about a week after the battle in Reaching Retribution (for the first few stories). Each chapter is written from a different character's perspective. That's what is taking a little longer--I have to get all of their voices down. I have a few of the character's stories written, but some of the characters are more complex and I really want to get their stories right. 




Here are the teasers that have already been released: 


These are unedited and subject to change before publication.



Ryanne:


“No, this is right,” I state adamantly. “We’re supposed to be right now.” With the where figured out, I just have to figure out the why. Colton’s hands move to my waist as he steps up behind me. His arms tighten around me as he pulls me off the stool.
I let him move me, but I’m not going to let him distract me from what I came here to do. “You know this is where we officially met,” he whispers in my ear.
“Really?” Okay, I briefly let him distract me.
“Yeah, you almost got run over by a car right outside that window,” he points to the front of the store.
“That feels like so long ago,” I say, “like lifetimes ago.”
“Then you came in here and sat in that chair, all beautiful and confused,” he reminds me and then smiles. “Claire knew right then and there about my feelings for you.”
“Well, I wasn’t too subtle with my gawking,” I laugh and lean into him arms, “when you were checking out that book,” I freeze.

That book.

James: 


“You’ve done well, James,” a chorus of voices rings out behind me. Jumping up off the roof’s edge, I spin around and meet three short hooded figures, seemingly floating a few inches of the ground with their fraying black cloaks swaying with the breeze.
The Fates.

No one on Earth has seen the Fates and lived to tell the tale. “Now, it’s your turn to find love for yourself.”

Here is the first new teaser:


Larkin:



After my feet hit the ground, I keep my eyes closed. Dust from the ground filters through the air with my sudden appearance, but I pay no attention to it. I know exactly where I am. I know exactly what this building used to be. Dravin’s no longer here, but there’s an eerie feeling all around me—the remnants of the dark things that went on here. Things I once took part in.
I’m not proud of what I did. At the time, I didn’t think I had a choice. I was given an ultimatum, and I did what had to be done. I regret that decision, but I don’t regret what happened because of it. I became a part of something bigger. I was on the wrong end for a while, but with the help of clueless little mage, I found my path.
A path that started here.
Opening my eyes, I find myself standing exactly where I pictured. I don’t bother on turning any of the lights. I don’t think they’ll work anyway. My knuckles ache when I see the bare concrete wall in front of me. I don’t know how many times I’ve punched that freaking wall and broke my hand because of how angry this place made me…how angry he made me.
My eyes scan the room. Almost everything is how I left it. Bare walls. An unmade bed. Papers scattered on the floor from one of my anger episodes. The desk to my right no longer looks wooden because of the fine layer of dust. In only a few weeks, this compound went from busy and thriving to desolate and abandoned.
For a while, this place was my home.
Now, I have no home.

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoyed the teasers. :)


blogger template by lovebird