I survived the winter in Maine, only to melt away this summer! Just kidding. I'm in the air conditioning finishing Seraphina's Revolution. YES! I'm still working on it. There has been a few delays, I got married, we're buying a house, and I've started working full time again so nights and weekends (when I'm not watching my step kid) are when I get get down to business.
Honest truth time, we are probably looking at September 2018 for release now. I KNOW! I'm upset too. There's just a few kinks I need to work out in the pacing before I can release to my editor. I want this final book to be kick @$$ for you guys for waiting so long.
I will leave you with a little bit of a tease, here's a scene from the upcoming Seraphina's Revolution! (And the awesome cover in case you missed it!)
With a cat like stealth he approaches her from behind. His arms extend and wrap around her neck. She jumps in surprise, but she doesn’t hesitate in bending forward and tossing him to the floor.
“Are you trying to test me Nathanael?” she circles him beneath her.
“Dummies can’t fight back,” he musters as he leaps to his feet in one motion.
“Are you calling yourself a dummy?”
“Ouch, no faith,” he circles her back before running at her. She bows tossing him over her back once more. On the floor, he twists swinging his legs out and kicks hers out from under her. Seraphina back flips before touching the floor. Wow, she has been getting better with all this practice. He climbs to his feet and they fly toward each other. Punches are thrown and blocked until their arms are locked behind each other.
“You're strong.” He comments.
“I’ve learned how to fight without using power.” Her eyes stare him down and pin him in place.
“Er,” he struggles against her before finishing, “that’s ridiculous, your power is what makes you, you.”
“My power makes my other senses weak. Plus, it hurts people. I need to learn to survive without it.”
Nate has broken out in a sheen sweat coating his whole body and his arms begin to shake. Seraphina is a lot stronger than him that much is embarrassingly apparent.
“Your power does not make you weak.” He readjusts his hands, struggling the entire time, “Your power is your greatest asset. Your biggest fault is your heart.”
“And your biggest fault is that you always play by the rules.” She smirks.
But it was too late, Seraphina had already shifted under his arms and her knee rises between his legs. Pain. Terrible pain that extends all the way up into his gut echoes through him. Nate collapses to the basement floor grabbing his man parts.
Seraphina’s hand covers her muffled giggles.
“Oww, why are you laughing? This is so painful.” Nate tosses and turns on the floor the pain rising into his abdomen. It feels as if his whole insides have shifted, his head grows light and nausea starts to set in.
“I’m sorry…” she gets out between more giggles. “But, I was just proving my point.”
“I …” he struggles swallowing down bile, “never in my centuries of fighting have ever been hit here.” He whimpers.
“That’s your problem, Demons don’t play by the rules. You’re going to need to learn how to fight dirty Nate.”
** Unedited and subject to change **
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Congrats! You survived the Holidays!
Me, just barely by the skin of my teeth. I'm still in the writing cave, but I have returned to working full time. So, I've had to re-do the timeline. Here is what I have planned for the upcoming 2018 year:
The Seraphina Series is currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited! Read for Free now with a KU Subscription! (Ends April 1st)
March 2018- Cover Reveal and Pre order for Seraphina's Revolution! (The Revolution is COMING)
June 2018- Hopefully, Seraphina Revolution Release!
December 2018- Hopefully, Releasing Recovering Regan
I have also looked into getting my books into Audio format, so stay tuned for that new venture. I'm really excited with what 2018 can bring.
Thank you for staying along for the ride. I have the best readers :)
These are all the epic giveaways I'm involved in for the next few weeks.
There's a Giveaway For everyone!
1.) Facebook Fall Newsletter Giveaway Open until 11/1:
2.) Check out this Blog Hop, One huge giveaway with $200 AMAZON GIFT Card AND each author will host their own giveaway too! Definitely one to check out:
3.) Book Bub Giveaway: By subscribing to author's bookbub pages (which are only new release and sales alerts) you will be entered to win a ton of cool prizes including a KINDLE FIRE!!:
4.) GoodReads Giveaway of Paperback Seraphina's Awakening:
.. Keep an eye on GoodReads there should be one clearing for Seraphina's Vengeance next week as well
Welcome to the first ever Pages of Fear blog hop. It’s a pre-Halloween event celebrating authors who like to fright and delight with their writing. As you progress through the twenty-eight blogs/websites you’ll learn about authors you may already know and be introduced to some new ones.
Everyone loves the opportunity to get something free. All of the authors have gathered together to give ONE lucky winner signed copies of their books (one per author). You may even find other types of giveaways on their sites so, keep your eyes open. While you’re looking you want to locate the secret word on each site. Make a list of the words in the proper order. When you reach the final destination (Authorsfbenson.com), you’ll find an email address. Send your list to it. The winner will be selected courtesy of random.org.
Get on your marks.
Seraphina was eighteen the first time it happened. She woke up the next day and remembered everything about the dream she had just experienced. It's as if she lives one life during the day, and at night, she becomes something more, something important.
Sometimes dreams mean more than they appear...
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Excited for the Seraphina Series book three release? Here's a little sneak peek to hold you over:
The road winds once more and she allows her mind to bend as well. Sera. God how long has it been since she’s seen her? For as long as she can remember she has seen her every single day and now it’s been an entire year since she’s set eyes on her. Ever since that day she showed up in her house in the middle of the night she’s been afraid for her best friend. Things are worse than she led her to believe. She can always tell when Sera is lying to her. She always has some bogus story about backpacking through Europe or some crap her parents may believe, but not her. Suddenly, she gasps. A black cat dashes across the road in front of her before disappearing into the woods on the other side.
Keep an eye out for omens.
The words echo through her as she feels a bead of sweat drip down her spine. She shivers and shakes her head to recover from it. No, she is not going to allow herself to think about that, not now. Not when she’s finally going to see her best friend again. She wants to confront her. She plans to get Sera to spill her guts to her. She’s finally going to talk about the day in the mall when she looked like she saw a ghost and then drove back to the psychic. She went back there and spoke to that ‘Amazing Anna.’ Even though she refused to tell her anything about Sera. The psychic did choose to tell her some things. She said Amanda would be safer staying away. Apparently, she’s not that good of a psychic otherwise she would’ve known that would never happen. Anna did tell her that her life would have great meaning, what ever that means. Her life would be a turning point, but the way she said it made her believe it wouldn’t be for her. She never touched on her future like most. That was all she said before she ushered her out telling her to stay away from Seraphina. That my best friend has to overcome some things before and to not get involved, she can still hear her soft voice to warn her. That was over a year ago. She hoped that was enough time because she can’t stand it any longer.
“Oh crap,” Amanda mutters to herself before she veers the car around sharply, almost missing the turn down the gravel road. “This place is in the middle of nowhere,” she scoffs tossing the invitation into the back seat of her little black sedan. A sigh escapes her as she tries to calm the butterflies in her stomach. Just follow the road. The back of the card said. Her mind wanders then, what if she’s changed? What if she has other Angel friends now? No, this is Sera we are talking about. Her Sera. Her best friend in the entire planet… or is she? Ever since she’s met this Nate character she hasn’t exactly been her Sera anymore. She’s been his.
The trees finally break and the picture before her makes her suck in a breath. It looks like something out of Lumber Jack Times. Holy Crap! The log cabin of all log cabins stands before her. So, while she’s been stuck working at the office alone working over time to nab some extra cash, Sera has been cooped up with some smoking hot Angel in this gorgeous cabin. Life just isn’t fair.
She slips out of the car and slams the door behind her. Definitely not fair, Amanda thinks as her eyes scan the vast lawn and forest before her. The only thing that echoes in her mind:
Keep an eye out for omens.
The black cat flashes through her mind again. It came out of nowhere and just ran straight across the road like it didn’t even care about the car. The last sentence the Amazing Anna ever said to her kept her up for days. It haunts her dreams and she didn’t have the heart to tell Sera with all that has been going on. She likes to keep their phone conversations to an upbeat level because sometimes she can hear the worry and self doubt in her voice sometimes. It’s a sentence that doesn’t make any sense to her. There is no way it’s humanly possible, but as she’s recently learned sometimes things go beyond what is humanly possible. The last sentence the psychic said to her was:
Beware of the black eyes.
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Seraphina's Vengeance has officially been revealed!! Check out the cover below :)
Some times the line between good and evil isn't so clear...
Add to GoodReads today!! Aiming for Fall 2017 Release!!
Seraphina's Initiation (Book Two in the Seraphina Series) is set to release Monday Feb 20th, 2017.
It's currently on Pre-order sale for only $0.99 until Release day!
Find out what happens when her dreams are no longer a gift...
Seraphina's brand new cover has officially been unveiled!
Tell me what you think below ;)
I have a release date for Seraphina's Awakening!
September 1st 2016 : Seraphina's Awakening will finally be Re-released into the world!
(Official Cover Reveal July 14th)
I get asked a few questions frequently so I thought I'd address them here:
1.) Why write a paranormal and contemporary stories that over lap?
Why, because it's awesome! I love the way everything connects. I also wanted to show that life still goes on normally outside paranormal stories. People still think strange things are going on they just don't have all the facts to connect the dots like Seraphina. On the other hand, I wanted to show that Seraphina's actions causes consequences
2.) Why does Nate call her "Sarah" in Awakening's Epilogue?
Because that's what he thinks her name is. Remember in the coffee shop, she has to correct him. Sera and Sarah kind of sound the same when it's not written out.
3.) What takes you so long to write books?
I'm never just working on one book at a time. Sometimes I lose my mojo for a story I have to start working on another to get the creative juices flowing again. Eventually, I find my way back it just takes a little longer than usual.
4.) What are you currently working on?
Oh, this question. I am ALWAYS working on something. I have more in the Seraphina Series. I have a spin off paranormal series. I have the last book in the Discovering Trilogy and I have two Dystopia novels that are always on the back of my mind. One day I will get all of them published... one day.
Because of the great response I've had from readers. I have decided to make Discovering April into a series of sorts.
It will be a total of three books.
ALL three books can be read as stand-alones with each having their own separate stories.
BUT -- each have an overlapping cast of characters.
The Discovering Series:
Discovering April (Currently on Amazon)
Uncovering Officer Smith (Coming Spring of 2016)
Recovering ____ (To be written)
Okay, now back to the writing cave.
Who is (Im)patiently waiting for Uncovering Officer Smith?
While it's not quite finished yet ... here's a sneak at the synopsis:
John Smith has been hurt before by a mysterious blonde that tumbles out of his cop car. Since she stomped on his heart, he's made sure he'll never feel that way again. He has developed two rules: Never more than one night and never a blonde.
The nerdy and conservative Becca Swanson has a plan for her life: College, law school, and rule the world. Nothing and no one will get in her way. That is, until she wakes up in a stranger's bedroom with no recollection of the night before.
This one tumultuous night caused these two to cross paths. Becca is everything John told himself he didn't need. Smart, sexy, and -- blonde. When she becomes the victim of one of his cases he finally can't deny the connection anymore. Worst of all, he's beginning to fall harder than ever before.
It throws his rules and her plans out the window. Could it have been fate? Or will it become the biggest mistake either of them has ever made?
I have some exciting news to announce! I'm finishing up my first draft of my new project. I've gotten so many emails and great feedback about Discovering April that I came up with this new story:
It centers around the mysterious Officer Smith, two years in the future from the epilogue of Discovering April.
Although, Jared & April do make an appearance they are secondary characters in this novel.
I have also decided that I might make this a trilogy of sorts. All can be read as standalones, but the characters and town are still the same throughout the three books.
Official Title will be::: Uncovering Officer Smith
The book will be told in alternating point of views, this is a snippet of Officer John Smith through someone else's eyes:
Its National Write A Novel Month! Last year, I attempted this ludicrous idea of trying to write 50k words in 30 days. Somehow through the blood, sweat, and tears -- I did it! The story of April was born!
This year I will be attempting it again! I am currently working on a spin off of the April story. I've gotten quite a few emails and read some reviews where people are asking for more about Jared & April. Unfortunately, this story is not about them. BUTTTT-- They both make a surprise appearance in this tale.
This story is about that mysterious Officer John Smith! Even writing his character, I knew there was more to him. There was a reason he was drawn to April, a reason he couldn't let her go. So, this is his love story. You find out just how much Ms. April Landau affected him.
The book will be a dual point of view between him and another character ;) It will encompass college issues, of alcoholism, obnoxious fraternity boys, a promiscuous roommate, failing classes and of course heart break. I'll bring you back on campus to North Commons University a few years in the future and introduce some fun quirky new characters.
Back into the writing cave I go! Wish me Luck!
There's much controversy and opinions over the new Kindle Unlimited and updates. Here's my experience:
Since I self published my first book back in December 2013, I have seen that most (if not all) of my monthly sales were on Amazon. So, I made the much debated decision to pull out of Barnes & Noble and Smashwords and enroll in the KDP Select Program for the three month period.
From that point on, I saw more borrows that sales. I allowed it to continue to renew. But, when they announced the new changes as of 7/1/15 -- ( Changes such as Pay-by-page and not per sale and the fact that I wouldn't have an accurate count of sales) I became skeptical like the rest of the authorship. So, I performed my own experiment.
I didn't renew my KDP Select contract as of 7/28 and even lowered my prices. Here's what happened:
- I re-published on B&N & Smashwords -- Sales were a whopping -- zero
- Even with the same amount of social media presence and email blast on my part AND a lowered price, I sold FOUR books. FOUR frieken books! An all time low for me.
Needless to say, I barely made it to the 15th before re-enrolling in KDP Select.
Yes, KDP Select has it's disadvantages like exclusivity to only Amazon. But, honestly that's where I have the most of my sales anyway. Every month, I have triple the amount of borrows than sales. Additionally, when I received my monthly statement for July I surprisingly found that I earned more on the per-page changes than I did the previous month when it was based on actual sales. (my book is about 90k words)
That is just my experience with KDP Select. I have personally found it to be very beneficial. Kindle deal days have helped put me in the bestsellers category on multiple occasions. And, I find that readers are more likely to read a book by a new author if its at little to no cost to them. Kindle Unlimited has been a win/win for me. My only regret is losing potential royalties for those 15 days I wasn't enrolled.
Feel free to tell me how KDP is working for you.
** Special Announcement **
I have been mulling over some changes for a while now and I'm officially ready to announce that as of August 1st, 2015, The Seraphina Series will temporarily be taken down from Amazon. frown emoticon
The entire Seraphina Series will be undergoing a face lift. The series has become my baby and as I re-read what I have written almost two years ago, I cringe. My writing has grown and my creativity as well, so I am currently in the process of re-writing, re-editing, and re-covering my books.
For those that are familiar with the series, THE STORY LINE WILL NOT CHANGE. You can continue on with the series and not even notice a difference, but for my own piece of mind I will be making them more descriptive and include more convincing dialogue.
They will be re-released under the same ASIN/ISBN #, so if you have the automatic update on your Kindle the changes will automatically be applied when re-released.
(If you do not, you can update manually via Amazon.com)
The re-release is planned for December 2015 (My two year publishing anniversary)
** Also being released is a third book **
it will either be a Seraphina prequel or Book Three in the series.
As always, thank you so much for all your love & support while my perfectionism takes me on this detour but ultimately I think it will make the Seraphina Series the best it can be.