Friday, July 18, 2014

Redeeming Lainey is Live

As a few readers have already figured out, Redeeming Lainey is live a few hours early. After many HOURS of formatting today, I think I have finally finished everything. There are still a few issues, but I don't think of any of them take away from the novel. (Ignore the Table of Contents on the Amazon versions. I don't know what happened there.)


Synopsis 


When Lainey left the little farming town in Iowa on her eighteenth birthday, she thought she was finally free. She didn’t have to live in fear anymore wondering which day was going to be her last. For those two years, she was able to live in peace. She’d made a new friend, was going to a school she loved, and was setting the path for her future career.

That all changed with one phone call from her mother.

With the push of her best friend, Randi, Lainey goes back into the town she once promised was forever in her rear-view mirror. The dark memories of her past loom around every corner, and Lainey can’t seem to conquer the demons inside of her in order to fully move on.

Bryce, on the other hand, had moved on. During middle school and high school, Lainey was his best friend, and it tore him apart when she left with only a note. A simple note saying good-bye and have a great life.

Without his best friend around, Bryce’s life quickly spiraled out of control. He got into drugs, had some trouble with the law, and found himself partying a little too hard. Sweet Annabeth brought him out of that stage in his life, and ultimately saved his life.

With Lainey back in town, Bryce is at a loss at what do. She wants nothing to do with him or the town, but he is the only person who knows her full history and may be able to help her. Knowing that Lainey’s a flight risk, and with one wrong move, she’d pack everything up and leave again, Bryce steps out to help her find the one thing she doesn’t know she needs.

Redemption. 



Here are the links


I'm going to disappear now as you all read! I get really nervous during releases. This book means a lot to me, so I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Redeeming Lainey Release Date

It's a little sudden, but I'm going to be releasing Redeeming Lainey on 

Saturday, July 19th!




Synopsis: 


When Lainey left the little farming town in Iowa on her eighteenth birthday, she thought she was finally free. She didn’t have to live in fear anymore wondering which day was going to be her last. For those two years, she was able to live in peace. She’d made a new friend, was going to a school she loved, and was setting the path for her future career.

That all changed with one phone call from her mother.

With the push of her best friend, Randi, Lainey goes back into the town she once promised was forever in her rear-view mirror. The dark memories of her past loom around every corner, and Lainey can’t seem to conquer the demons inside of her in order to fully move on.

Bryce, on the other hand, had moved on. During middle school and high school, Lainey was his best friend, and it tore him apart when she left with only a note. A simple note saying good-bye and have a great life.

Without his best friend around, Bryce’s life quickly spiraled out of control. He got into drugs, had some trouble with the law, and found himself partying a little too hard. Sweet Annabeth brought him out of that stage in his life, and ultimately saved his life.

With Lainey back in town, Bryce is at a loss at what do. She wants nothing to do with him or the town, but he is the only person who knows her full history and may be able to help her. Knowing that Lainey’s a flight risk, and with one wrong move, she’d pack everything up and leave again, Bryce steps out to help her find the one thing she doesn’t know she needs.

Redemption. 



I've been away on a mini-vacation for the past few days which is why I haven't released this information sooner. I posted it on my Facebook page, but I know not everyone who checks my blog is a fan of that page. I have a lot of things coming up, and I realized that this weekend is about the only time I can get the book out before I go back to school. 

Because of that, Redeeming Lainey will be published on Saturday, July 19th!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Friday Fun Facts on a Saturday!

I forgot to post a Fun Facts last week and almost forgot this week. I'm at that point in the summer where I don't realize what day it is anymore. I didn't realize that yesterday was actually Friday, and that today is in fact Saturday.

This week the topic for the Fun Facts is:

Reasons Why I Write


1. Because I freaking love it.

2. Sometimes when I'm sitting down doing absolutely nothing, my eyes will get really wide and everyone around me knows not to disrupt me when I have this look. Apparently, that is my thinking face. That look means I have a brilliant idea that surpasses all other ideas I've ever had. When you get that idea, you just have to write it down.

3. Because I love puns. When I set people up so I can use my hilarious pun or play on words, they don't usually follow. They all forgot to read their scripts with their morning bowl of cereal, so I write them down. I have an upcoming book that'll have a lot of puns and Disney references. It's going to be cute.

4. I'm a Sagittarius, and according to this post I found on Tumblr, I'm a tough cookie to befriend. (It's pretty true though.) To make up for that, I create my own fictional friends. I like spending time with my fictional friends...most of the time. Sometimes they're pretty stubborn.



5. I get to create something out of nothing. Watching a simple idea flourish into something much bigger is an amazing feeling. Remember when you were younger and you planted a seed in science class. Everyday, you'd water that little tiny plant hoping that you'd see the first sprout of green pushing through the dirt. When a flower finally bloomed, you were overcome with this sense of accomplishment--like I helped the seed become a beautiful flower. I guess you can also relate it being proud of your child's accomplishments. I don't have kids, so I'm going to stick with the flowers.

6. It's cathartic. It's the way I express myself. I don't like being vulnerable, so when I'm angry or upset, I write. I've written some stories that'll never see the light of day, but it helped me feel better at the time. Also, if I'm really mad at someone, I can make them a character in my book and later kill them off. It's that "pen is mightier than the sword" saying. Haha I write for me. Each time I sit down in front of a computer, I discover a little more about myself.

7. I'd probably go insane if I kept all these ideas in my head.

8. Because I can. I don't like it when people tell others they can't do something. If you want to write, just do it. I love writing, and I'm going to keep doing for as long as it makes me happy.

9. When I go long periods of time without writing something feels wrong. I feel empty. I don't know when writing became so important to me, but it's turned into something I have to do. I wake up in the morning, and I just want to write. Well, I first want to go back to sleep, but when I wake up fully, I want to write. I get fidgety if I don't write for a long time. I get cranky, sadly, because all these ideas start to fester in my mind.

10. Above all else, I feel like I have a story tell. Even if no one likes it, sometimes a story just has to be told.

*****
If you have any ideas on what my next Fun Facts post could me, leave a comment below. I'm open to all suggestions.

I hope you all have a fantastic day!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Prophesized Teaser for Teaser Tuesday!

Because of the amount of requests I've received recently, I decided to give you all a little tease at the last Prophesized book I've been working on. I have three character stories done, and I've started writing another one yesterday. This book is getting longer than I initially planned. I probably won't do another teaser until after Redeeming Lainey is out, so I hope you like it!


This is unedited and subject to change before publication. 

“No, this is right,” I state adamantly. “We’re supposed to be here 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, his lips ever so gently brushing against the sensitive skin there.
“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. I can hear the smile in his voice “Claire knew right then and there about my feelings for you.”
“Well, I wasn’t too subtle with my gawking,” I laugh and lean back against his chest. “When you were checking out that book,” I freeze.
That book.

Thoughts? I was asked to post a Colton teaser. Colton's POV was a little too spoilery, so I hope this was okay. Haha I'm sorry for any errors. This is the first draft, so it still has a lot of editing to go through.

I'll release the title for this book with the release of Redeeming Lainey. I'm going to get back to writing it now. I'll post a blog post in a few days with Redeeming Lainey details. I hope you all have a fantastic day. :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fun Facts and UtopYA Con Sale :)

I really wanted to keep my Fun Facts this week, so I decided to write this post a day early. This week my fun facts are about my experience with:

 UtopYA Con


1. This is my second UtopYA. Last year was amazing, so I immediately bought tickets for this year's convention. This year will have double the amount of people as last year, so it should be interesting.

2. At the convention last year, I got asked for my autograph for the first time ever. MY autograph. It totally surprised me. I'll always remember that.

3. I'm a total fangirl. Last year, I kept seeing Shelly Crane, Samantha Young, and Misty Provencher just walking around, having a jolly ol' time and I could do nothing but gawk. I was in the same building as them. It was very strange for me. I got the courage to talk with Amy A. Bartol after one of the panels, and I almost cried. She (though she didn't know it at the time) helped me make the decision to self-publish my own novels.

4. I'm really awkward around new people, so I hope no one comes up to me. Haha If you are coming to the convention and you do find me...well, I'm sorry for any weirdness that comes from me. I can't help it.

5. Book conventions are extremely fun. You're surrounded by people who are just like you, and everyone makes you feel welcomed. If you have a chance to go to one, don't pass the opportunity up! You won't regret it.

6. I'm really excited for this year's convention. It's going to be way different than last year, and I can't wait for what's in store! I'll update my blog early next week about this weekend :)


Since I'm currently in Nashville for the UtopYA Convention, I've decided to put all my books on sale for the weekend. Considering each book is usually $2.99, I'd definitely get the books now if you haven't read them yet! They probably won't go on sale again for a while. These prices will stay until Sunday night.

Because my WiFi connect is very sketchy, I'm going to post this early. I have already changed the prices, but I know they won't be available for a few hours. Keep checking throughout the day!


If any of you are at the convention and you want to find me, look for a really short girl (shorter than Ryanne!) with nerdy glasses and long, messy wavy hair. I'm 20 years old, but apparently I look younger than that. I'll probably be standing or sitting in the back of every room I'm in, avoiding eye contact with everyone.

That's all I have for right now. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fun Facts #1: Inspirations

I asked the lovely people on my Facebook page if this would be a weekly thing they'd be interested in reading. I'm trying to update my blog more often because I've only posted one blog entry a month lately. On Fridays, I'm going to give "fun facts" about book related stuff and non-book related stuff. I'm not sure how long I'll keep this up or what I'm going to talk about each week. If you have anything you want to know about, let me know! I'm up for whatever!

This first week, I'm going to talk about: 

Inspirations


1. My biggest book inspiration is MUSIC. I always listen to music when I write. I get into this zone when I'm writing where I just close my eyes and let the music move me. When I get into that zone, I can easily knock out 5K-10K which is a good amount for a day. I create playlists on Spotify for each book I write. I've been thinking about making them public, but I haven't decided yet. 

The Prophesized Series


2. The initial thing that inspired me to write was sheer boredom. During my junior year of high school, my creative writing teacher told me that my short story would make an interesting YA novel. I didn't think much of it until after I graduated. During that summer, I was really bored, and remembering what she told me, I decided to try my hand at writing.

3. Dreams. I tend to have really weird dreams. Maybe I eat too late before bed. Maybe I just have a really weird/vivid imagination, I don't know, but I tend have strange dreams. I wrote a few of those dreams into my novels. 

4. Conversations I've had with friends and family inspired a few of the scenes in the Prophesized Series. All of the movie arguing (Evans vs. Hemsworth) is based on real arguments that I've had with people. I love the Marvel movies, Harry Potter movies, etc. so I really wasn't that creative when I wrote those scenes. haha

5. I love the outdoors (when it's not freakishly hot). There's a fort near my house where I go to walk the trails. Being surrounded by all the trees and animals helps me think. It clears my mind and lets me sort out plot details when I'm stuck. It inspires me. Because of that, the Prophesized Series has a lot of forests scenes.

Besides that, I have no idea what inspired me to write that whole series. I just sat down at the computer and wrote for days. I annoyed my family because I wrote that series before I had a laptop, so I was literally hogging the family computer, but I couldn't stop. I just wanted to keep writing. I wrote BlackMoon Beginnings and Scorching Secrets within two and half months and started the third book when I went off to college. 

Redeeming Lainey


6. I get on Pinterest a lot. I create boards for all my projects. Sometimes I create them after I finish writing, but I tend to create them while I'm in the process of writing them. I like the visuals. However, for Redeeming Lainey, a picture inspired the entire book.


























I don't know what it was about this picture by Yell Saccani but I wanted to know that girl's story. I wanted to know more, and the longer I looked at the picture, the more I started to think about it. Thus, Redeeming Lainey was born. I gave Victoria from Whit & Ware Designs that image when she was designing my cover. :)




To be completely honest, I'm not sure what inspires my stories. I hear a line in a TV show and a scene flashes before my eyes. I hear a chord of a song and imagine a setting where I would hear that. I see a picture online of a character and I know their backstory. I don't look for inspiration anywhere, because inspiration is all around me. It strikes randomly and when it does, you just have to go with it. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Teaser Tuesday!!!!

I hope you all had a good Memorial weekend. I actually got a lot of writing done this weekend and can now update you all on a few upcoming projects. To make up for my lack of blog posts recently, I've decided to release THREE teasers today.

1. Redeeming Lainey:


Redeeming Lainey is going to the editor at the end of this week and then the formatter at the end of June. Once the book is done being edited, I should be able to give a release date. I haven't done a teaser in a while for this book, so here you go.

This is unedited and subject to change before publication. 

This is written from Bryce's perspective.

2. Prophesized Book:


I've been working on the last Prophesized Book. The book is about a 1/4 of the way finished. I have all of Ryanne and Colton's sections written. Liam's section is almost complete. I just have to add a few more details. The other characters are being stubborn at the moment and won't talk to me. Because of that, it's taken me a little longer than expected to write some of the chapters. I'm taking a slight break from writing this book because I don't want to force it. When I force my writing, I end up disappointed in the final result. I'm still hoping to finish this book by the end of summer. I'll keep you all updated on it's progress as I get further into it. 

Since you've all been very patient with me as of late, I'm going to give you the first teaser from the book. It's from James' section. 

This is unedited and subject to change before publication.

      “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 off 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.”

The title for this book is going to be released at the end of Redeeming Lainey. :)

3. Guardians of the Chosen Series:


Because I've been taking a small break from the Prophesized book, I've been working on the untitled first novel in my Guardians of the Chosen series. This book has a lot to do with Greek Mythology. I don't want to give too many details away at the moment because I'm not done writing it. I only have a few more chapters to go and then I'll give it to a few beta readers to get some initial opinions.

Here's the first teaser from that book. I couldn't decide what to "tease," so I just picked the first two paragraphs. It sounds a little depressing, but I do add humor to it. Don't worry!

This is unedited and subject to change before publication. 

      Walking through the forest on this cold night, I keep my eyes steady on the path in front of me, letting the low crunch of leaves beneath my feet lull my unease away. It’s hard to see at this time, but the moonlight provides enough illumination. The forest has become my place of solitude lately. During the days, everyone is watching me—waiting for me to crack. They’re all waiting for the moment when I lose it. Where I finally break down and cry. They don’t understand. I can’t. The second I cry, it becomes real. I can’t open myself up to that kind of pain. I won’t come back from it.
      Tomorrow, I have to go live with my Uncle Ben and Aunt Sophie in North Carolina. I’ve never been out of Indiana before. I’ve been living in this small, quiet town my whole life, and I’m comfortable here. For the last few weeks, I’ve been staying with my best friend Aubrey. That was our arrangement. I could stay with them until school finished and I graduated. Then, I was to go live with my family. Technically, I’m eighteen and no longer need parental supervision, but I’m not ready to be on my own.

      Not now. Not yet. Not after everything that’s happened recently. 

That's all the teasers I have for now. I hope something sparked your interest! :) 

Time to get back to work now. I'm going to try and get all these books published by the end of the year. Busy. Busy. Busy. I hope you all have a great week. This weekend will be a little hectic for me, but I'll try to get another teaser up next week. Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

What time is it?

SUMMER TIME. Yes, I just went all High School Musical on you. 

It's May?!? Is anyone else having trouble believing that? I just finished my college finals week and am now officially a college junior. Ahh, it's crazy, but that's a story for another time. 

I posted on my blog about a month ago with some new updates, but many of those things have already changed. I'm sorry for the lack of any definite information. I'm trying to keep you all updated as I get new details pertaining my books and upcoming releases. 

New Information and Questions:

1. I hired an editor. A different editor than the one I was going hire previously. However, this new editor is booked until June 1st. I'm going to send him my manuscript at that time and it should be done in a few weeks. This means that Redeeming Lainey won't be out until the end of June. 

It does mean that the book will be in really good shape and that I won't have to do any re-edits later like I've had to do with the Prophesized Series.

2. I'm also in talks with a formatter, so the print version of Redeeming Lainey will look really nice and should be available shortly after the e-book version.

3. Due to some large expenses coming out this summer, I had to push my South Africa trip to next summer. Because of this, I can work on the last Prophesized novel this summer. Since this book is basically comprised of a lot of short stories, it won't take as long to write as some of my other novels. You all have been so patient with me these last few months, so I'll probably give you all the first "chapter" some time by the end of May. :)

This is where you come in: 

I know most of what happens to all the characters after the battle in Reaching Retribution, and I know the major events I want to write BUT I also want your opinions. 

What are some things you want or are looking forward to in this last book? 

4. This summer, I'm also going to create some swag pieces for all the Prophesized Books and Redeeming Lainey. I've already bought some supplies, but I'm wondering what "swag" pieces interest you. I don't want to create a lot of one item and have no one to give it to. 


That's all I wanted to talk about right now. I feel really bad, because by this time last year, I had already published two books. I haven't gotten anything out in 2014 yet :( I'm sorry for all the confusing information I've given recently, but I hope these books will be worth the wait.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you have a great weekend!