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. :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

I have the Answers to your Questions!

Okay, here are some of the questions I've gotten over the past few days. I didn't answer all of them, because some of the questions I received were duplicates. Thank you for sending in questions! Sorry for some of the long responses. I'm a little wordy at times. :)

1. My question is with as many books that you have already published at what age did you start writing your first novel? and was it a high school project?

During my Creative Writing class my junior year of high school, I wrote the scene in BlackMoon Beginnings where Ryanne fell into the dream world for the first time for a short story project. It was only supposed to be 3-6 pages, but my story was over 15 pages. The only feedback my teacher left on the story was that it would make an interesting YA novel.

After I graduated, I sat down and wrote my first book in June of 2012. I was eighteen. I couldn't find a job, so I decided to write instead. I turned that short story into a novel. I wrote BlackMoon Beginnings and Scorching Secrets in two months time. I began Descending Darkness in August, but it took a little longer to write that book because of my college classes.

I published my first book on February 16th, 2013 when I was nineteen. Honestly, I published that book because of a project for my college English course. For a month, I had to immerse myself into a new community and do something new. I immersed myself into the self-pubbing/blogging community and published a book for my "something new." My writing and publishing journey both began because of a school assignment. 

2. What inspired you to write and publish books?

As mentioned before, I probably never would have started writing if my teacher didn't suggest it. It didn’t give it much thought before it was suggested to me. It took me a while before I decided to publish. It took me months before I even let my mom read my books. Haha I know it surprised a lot of people when I took the leap and decided to publish. I've never really been one to do anything that would bring attention to myself. It was very out of my comfort zone initially. 

3. Do you have any particular favourite books or authors that inspired you to become a writer yourself? I was also wondering what you have been reading lately- I read all of the books on your Need A Book page and particularly enjoyed fangirl. Do you have any others you would recommend?

The first books I bought on my Kindle were from Shelly Crane, Samantha Young, and Amy Bartol. They introduced me into the world of self-publishing, and they're probably the sweetest people you'll ever meet. I don't think they know it, but they had a large influence of my publishing decision. They were all very helpful whenever I e-mailed them questions early on. 

Fangirl is probably one of my favorite books. If you haven't read any more of Rainbow Rowell's books, I'd suggest those. I'm currently reading Heather Lyon's Fate Series and Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta. I really like Samantha Young's Tales of Lunamorte series. I've read each book like five times. Haha 

4. Where do you get your inspiration for your books, and what made you decide to pursue this style of writing (which is awesome by the way)?

First off, thank you. Being my age, I didn't think anyone would take my books seriously if I wrote anything but young adult. If you followed me in the beginning, I didn't even mention my age. I didn't think anyone would want to read a book written by a teenager. I've always read Fantasy and Paranormal, so that influenced my writing style a lot.

As for the inspiration for my books...I have absolutely no idea. Sometimes my book ideas come from dreams, sometimes they come from music, sometimes it's just the strange rambling going on in my head. I don't have anything that inspires me specifically. I believe that inspiration strikes when it's meant to. You can't look for it...it comes to you.

I'm trying to branch out of Young Adult and into New Adult. I was so inspired by the song "What Would You Do?" by Bastille. There's a story in there I really want to tell, but it definitely wouldn't be YA. I'm a little afraid that readers won't take it seriously coming from me at the moment, so I'm waiting a little before I start writing it.

5. Do you base your characters off of people you know or do you just come up with characters at the top of your head?

For most of the characters, I just come up with them off the top of my head. I combined some of my friends characteristics for Emma and Natalie. I'll admit, I put a lot of my personality into Ryanne--not the physical characteristics (though I am short and have wavy/curly hair), but I am just as clueless as she is and I did take gymnastics and piano lessons when I was younger. I wrote what I knew for her character. I didn't realize it until after I published it and some of my friends started noticing similarities though. 

For Colton...I just like Colton. Haha When I read books, I always imagine the main guy looking how I described Colton, so I decided to make my own character. For Bryce and Lainey, I just wrote them how they told me to write them. I don't really plan anything before writing, so sometimes their personalities surprise me.

6. How do you come up with the characters and personalities? who is your FAVORITE character in redeeming laney and who is your favorite character in the phrofisized and then between both books, who is your ALL TIME favorite character??

Honestly, I just write what the characters tell me to write. I don't put much planning into my character's personalities beforehand, because I like the element of surprise. Every time I write a new character, it's like meeting a new friend. I get to know them over the course of the novel. 

My favorite character in the Prophesized series? That is such a hard question. All the characters in that series will forever have a special place in my heart because they were my first characters ever. While writing this newest book though, I've really come to love James and Larkin. Liam is probably my favorite character to write though, and I absolutely love Colton because...it's Colton!

In Redeeming Lainey, I really really really love Tyler. I want to write a story about him. I want to dive into his back story because his life isn't all sunshine and rainbows. I want to show how his relationship with someone (if you read the book, you'll know) started. Also, I think he's a good friend to both Bryce and Lainey.

My all time favorite character...oh goodness, that's a good question. I don't think I can pick just one. I fell so hard for Bryce and Lainey. I love Tyler's personality and his backstory. On the other side, I love Ryanne and Colton, and Liam's personality and backstory. Emma's a great friend, and James and Larkin are more complex than I expected. I also really like Aurialyn in my upcoming Fantasy series because of her attitude and Owen and Levi from this contemporary novel I'm writing because of their friendship. So, in conclusion, I really love all my characters. :)  

7. How do you stay focused on one book at a time? Or rather, one scene at a time? Also, how do you place scenes in a book? Do you start out with a well written plot or does it just come when it comes?

I don't. 

I write multiple books at once. While writing the last Prophesized book, I finished my Guardians of the Chosen book and am another Fantasy novel (see question #11). I wrote Redeeming Lainey while I was writing Reaching Retribution. I worked on my other stand-alone contemporary novel while writing Descending Darkness. I always finish my books, but I jump between novels all the time.

I don't usually plot. I find plotting a little restrictive. If a novel idea is very strong, but I know that I don't currently have time to write it, I will plot some notes, but I know that when I get time to write that novel, I won't follow those notes exactly. I like the surprise that comes with not knowing where the story is going.

I just write. 

8. What inspired the story of Redeeming Lainey?

I think I got the idea for Redeeming Lainey shortly after publishing Scorching Secrets. I remember writing the prologue while I was at UtopYA Con 2013. As for what inspired it? I'm not really sure. I saw a picture (previously posted on my blog) and everything fell into place after that.

Also, I have experienced losing loved ones to cancer, so I was able to draw on those emotions to write some of those scenes. 

9. Why did you end the prophesized series? And will you make more books like it..?

All good things must come to an end. ;)

As a writer, you come to a moment where you realize that it's time for the end. I don't know how to describe it besides there just being a "feeling." When I started that series, I only expected there to be three books, so I was surprised when I wrote the third book and it turned out that there was more story to tell.

10. I'm a huge fan of the Prophesized Series and Redeeming Lainey. Are you coming out with any new books soon? and is there going to be a book #5 for the Prophesized series?

I'm glad you've enjoyed my books so far! I'm always writing, so I have a lot of material to work with. Currently, I've started four different novels (three of them are series) and I've plotted a fifth stand-alone novel with a lot of puns and Disney messages. 

I am working on a fifth book for the Prophesized Series, however, it is NOT a continuation of the story in the sense that there is one plot line, rising action, resolution, etc. The last book is told through varying point-of-views telling each character's story of what happened after Reaching Retribution. My goal is to have that book out by the end of 2014...but I've had some issues writing it recently, so I'll keep you updated on the progress of that.

11. What's your new fantasy series going to be about?

I'm currently working on two other fantasy series right now. 

The first one is my Guardians of the Chosen series. That's a tentative name. The book is told from Elsie's perspective. After a tragedy back home, Elsie moves from Indiana to live with her Aunt and Uncle in North Carolina. There, she discoveres that her life isn't as black and white as she once thought. Every eighteen years, the gods choose four girls to fight against the Helixawren, which are beings released from Tartarus by Choas and Nemesis. The series will cover the span over three novels as these girls try to come into their powers with the help of their Guardians and finally close the gates of Tartarus once and for all before Choas and Nemesis become too powerful and break free.

My other series is more fantasy-ish than anything I've written before. The story is told from varying points of view: Aurialyn, Zayden, and a few sections from the King. Aurialyn is this short blonde girl from Chicago (may possibly change the City later) who never felt like she fit in anywhere--there was alwas something different about her. Zayden is a Xyraphen, a member of the King's royal guard, who was sent on a mission to bring Aurialyn to the Kingdom after she was nearly attacked by these daemons called razarons. With the help of Calix, Zayden's best friend and a shifter, they journey to find Aurialyn's true identity and place in the magical Kingdom of Deniaton. This book deals with ancient traditions, an impending war, feuding brothers, a magical Ball, and forbidden love.

Both of these series are in the very early stages. I have the first book in the Guardians series written. I'm about 40K words into the Deniaton one. I really like both of those books though.  I hope you will too when I finally get them finished. 

12. Dude, why Karkin?!?

I'm so sorry. It had to be done. :( 

13. What Hogwarts House would you be sorted into?

Team Hufflepuff. No shame. :)


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