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Writer of Stories.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Instead of This COVER REVEAL

It seems odd to be revealing the final cover in The Mind Breaker Accounts, because it's been YEARS since I first started this series, and I NEVER thought I'd EVER get to the end of it. Haha. It's been a struggle guys. No joke. Seeing that I had already written the first two and merely revised them for re-release this year, I'm actually having to sit down and write the third book. I've always had the notes for it, and the timeline was planned out fairly early, but along with the revisions certain things have changed. I'm very excited about those changes, and honestly, I believe I was meant to be stalled with this series. If I would have kept writing it 3 years ago, it wouldn't be the same. It would never have turned into the incredible story it is now. Writing four books in the Small Circles collection has really allowed me to grow and develop as a writer. I'm incredibly thankful to have those experiences, and I have no doubt that it will show in this final installment to the Mind Breakers trilogy.

Well.... here we go!




HOW GORGEOUS IS CHANDLER, GUYS???
Chandler Dollahite is the model posing as Alivien, if you haven't guessed that already. 
If you want to know a little more about her and the fabulous photographer behind these striking covers, Vania Stoyanova, check out these blogs for interviews. 

Chandler: The Book Lioness

Vania: Ana Loves

Can we just admire for a second how beautiful they all look together???






And, as announced by Sarah earlier this week on Always and Forever Fangirling , the lyric video for my song "Fade" IS COMING! It really is, I promise. It's been in the works for a while, but I just haven't had the time to dedicate to it. Welp. Now I finally pulled something together and it's taken 3 DAYS to upload it! My computer can't handle it. I don't know why. I'm still trying, so I'll let you all know when it's up, but I'm really anxious for you all to be able to listen along with the lyrics. I wrote and recorded this song with Lauren Lyle, and it's pretty much one of my favorite things I've ever done. The experience was amazing, and it really brought out my love for singing. It's not something I'll ever pursue, but remembering how fun it is was great :) "Fade" is the official song for The Mind Breaker Accounts, so I'll let you guys read into it what you will.... 
I think that's all I have for now. I don't have any new updates on the release date for Instead of This. I will be posting a link on my website for pre-orders starting December 1st. If you'd like a signed copy, this will be the best way to reserve one. And it's easier for me to know how many I need to print ahead of time. I'm still writing and taking my time, but as always I'll keep everyone informed with the latest news. Thanks for all the patience and support! You're the very best readers I know!



-Megan.











Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Preview of "Instead of This"

I'm pleased to share a rough draft of the first present day account in the third Mind Breaker book, "INSTEAD OF THIS", coming soon! 





PRESENT DλY
Tuesday, July 30th 

She’s sitting on the edge of her seat. 
She’s not nervous. She’s literally sitting on the edge. Her blond hair is pulled into a half-hearted ponytail, little wisps of feather light locks fall around her face. I haven’t seen her in three weeks, and it seems unnatural for her to have lost so much weight, but she’s even skinnier than I remember. 
 Liz is a fighter. She’s never sat back and watched anyone else take the reins. I have to admit, over the years I’ve questioned where her heart is, but I can see now that she’s a person. She’s not just a Mind Breaker. She’s scared and alone, and she needs to know it will all be okay.
As Cain and I are exiting the treatment room, Liz is sitting outside the door. I can only assume she’s been waiting for her turn. I was informed that the other Mind Breakers are receiving the same radiation therapy that I am, but they weren’t sharing the same easy recovery. Liz looks tired, but I’m not sure if it’s because of the cure they’ve come up with or just general weariness from being held against her will. Or it could be because of Tom.

I wonder if they’ve found him.

I want to speak to her, but I’m afraid to ask Cain if he’ll stall for us. He did it once for Jack and me, but the one time I saw Amos Cain rushed us through the hall as if speaking would jeopardize something crucial. Just to test the water, I slow my pace and force him to turn around to make eye contact with me. 

He follows my gaze as it travels to Liz, and he knows. 

“Take a seat, Denni,” he instructs me. “I need to speak with someone. Don’t move. I’ll be watching.”

He tries to sound a lot more menacing than he actually is, but I know the true nature of Cain by now. At first, I was afraid of his giant frame and scarred features, but I’ve come to realize that the true nature of people are found on the inside. After all, every Mind Breaker I’ve met was a true person inside and out. 

I just wish the rest of the world could see that as well.

Liz doesn’t notice when I take a seat next to her. I’m sure she knows I’m here, but she refuses to look up from the floor. Her eyes are set on the tiles. I nudge her gently in the side, and she sighs to acknowledge me. There’s one guard standing outside the office Cain just disappeared through. He’s not paying much attention to us, so I take a chance and whisper as low as humanly possible.

“I’ve seen Jack and Amos,” I tell her. “They were fine as of last week.”

Liz takes another breath. This time in relief. I see her close her eyes and continue to breathe slow and deep.

“Have they… have you gone in yet?” I ask.

She nods once. Then mutters, “This is my last round.”

“Mine, too. How do you feel?”

“Numb.”

I understand completely. Before, when I still had MB1 in my system, I felt the effects of mind control throughout my entire body. I could sense emotions at the highest level, feeling everything others felt around me, as well as have a deeper sense of my own feelings. I’ve yet to try controlling anything, but I know that will be gone too. My ability to manipulate minds and move objects has seen its last days. But I don’t really mind. I’ve known a life before being a Mind Breaker. It’s the others I worry about. They’ve never known anything else. Liz and the rest of the Original Seven were volunteered at birth for a drug trial that was supposed to guarantee intelligence, but it changed their lives. The control they’ve always known is now something they’re going to have to learn to live without. I can’t imagine how their bodies are reacting from the radiation and the counter drug. 

It’s got to be hell feeling absolutely nothing for the first time in your life.

“I need to tell you something,” Liz speaks softly. “It’s about Oliver.”

I lean closer so she won’t have to raise her voice. “Are they looking for him, too?”

“No. He’s not who you think. He’s—”

Cain appears again from the office and interrupts us before Liz can finish her confession. He pulls me from my seat a little forcefully, probably to show his authority in front of the other guard. I give him a pleading expression, but he holds a poker face. Liz watches us travel down the hall, her eyes falling back to the floor once we turn the corner.

“She was going to tell me something important,” I rile at Cain.

He lets himself show a bit of sympathy. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t give you much time. It’s getting harder to let things slip around here. But I’ve heard some good news.”

“What’s that?”

“You’ll have a bit more freedom once their done administering the cure. They figure if you don’t have your power, you’re not much of a threat anymore.”

I look to the metal bracelet around Cain’s wrist. It’s magnetic and meant to deter us from using our control. “I thought they had that covered,” I let out in contempt.

He sees where my eyes have landed on the bracelet and gives me a curt nod. 

“They’re still scared, Denni. They’re covering all the bases.”

“Are you scared?” I ask.

“Of course,” he admits, “but not as much with you.”

I like to think he’s paying me a compliment, but it stings to hear him confess such fears. If he’s afraid of the other Mind Breakers, he should be just as afraid of me. I’m no different. Not really.

“Is it because you trust me?”

He swallows. “I do. And I trust the others too. It’s just…” We’re at my room, so he stops to unlock the door. “I know what happened to Nathan wasn’t his fault. He couldn’t help it. Losing control isn’t something any of you expect, but it happens.”

I know what he’s trying to say. Cain thinks I’ve got a better grip on my abilities than the others. He’s afraid that one of them will eventually slip and aim their loss of control in his direction. After learning that our gift is also our flaw, the wait to go crazy has taken up camp at the front of all our minds. We know it’s possible. The control that allows us to manipulate others is beginning to backfire. Nathan and Makenna were the first to show signs. Eventually, we’ll all go crazy. But maybe this cure will actually work.

After today, our powers will be a distant memory. 

After today, no one will have to be afraid anymore.
 



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Instead of This: Blog Tour & Synopsis


It's almost time to reveal the final cover for The Mind Breaker Accounts!
For this special occasion, I'm setting up a blog tour!
October 22-27th, six bloggers will be posting a piece of the final cover along with some extra insight on all the characters, Q&As from some special guests, and a look at where they think the Mind Breakers might end up. On the last day of the tour, October 27th, I will be posting the full cover HERE on my blog!

I've also added the synopsis for the third book, Instead of This, on Goodreads.
Click here to add it to your shelf!

Here is the schedule for the blog tour:


Thursday, Oct. 22nd - Bryce (Jack) http://www.novelstosong.com
Friday, Oct. 23rd - Abbey (Amos) http://abbeybooksandmore.blogspot.com
Saturday, Oct. 24th - Catheryn (Alivien) http://www.thebooklioness.blogspot.com 
Sunday, Oct. 25th - Ana (Denni) http://www.analoves.com
Monday, Oct. 26th - Sarah (Avery) http://www.alwaysandforeverfangirling.wordpress.com
Tuesday, Oct. 27th - Bea (Liz) http://www.abookwithbea.wordpress.com


Can't wait! 

-Megan.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Random Bethyl Feels

****SPOILERS****


I'm on a Walking Dead high/low. 
The countdown for season 6 is getting so close, and I've decided to make the time go by re-watching the entire show from the beginning. Doing such, I came across my love for Daryl and Beth, again. It's been a while since I've had an OTP this severe, and I was devastated when she died. So, my way of coping was to write. Duh. I'm a creative thinker. My coping mechanism with anything is to write it all down. Yes. Instead of working on my own books, I took the time to do this. Sorry not sorry.

I loved it so much, I wanted to share it.
Here is a small scene from Daryl's POV after Beth dies.
I wanted to dig deeper into how he was feeling.


The worst thing he could possibly feel was creeping along his skin like spiders on a web. The loss ate at his bones, licking them like fire. It was unlike anything he’d ever experienced. One second, she was there. And now, she was just gone.
What had he done to bring this upon himself? He’d never wanted to feel in the first place. Keeping people at a distance was his forte, but she’d broken his barrier. She’d torn down the walls that surrounded his heart and his mind, burrowing deep and latching on with innocence and a sense of security unlike anything he’d ever known. Was it possible to take it all back? Could he blink and somehow wake up, realizing it was all a dream?
A terrible nightmare.
A horrific thought.
Not real or true.
No.
This pain was real. He knew that. It didn’t make sense that losing someone could physically hurt. His muscles seized at his core. They sent shudders of heartbreak up and down his spine. Over and over again. He was losing his breath. He was blind from the tears. Silently, he prayed that the salt in his eyes would wash over his entire body, sweeping him away from the earth and on to her. Wherever she was.
It did happen, he reminded himself. Everything that happened, it was real.
I was falling in love with her.
He hadn't understood it at first, but he'd felt the pull toward her--that ache inside that told him to open up. To let her in.
I love her, he thought.
With tremendous effort, he lifted himself off the ground. He’d placed her body among the flowers. They were the color of her hair, bright and golden yellow. Tiny rays of sun illuminated her face. Her features remained quiet and still. Eerily still. Why had it taken him so long to realize she was beautiful? Something so fragile didn’t belong in this world. It was a cruel joke to believe that it was all for a reason. She’d believed it, but could he? Now that she couldn’t remind him to be good, would he be able to live as that person? She saw it in him, even when he didn’t. She’d become everything he didn’t think he could be, and now he was nothing. He couldn’t be anything without her.
Flashes of the moments they’d shared came to him in giant waves. They crashed again him, slowly corroding what remained of the hope he'd found. If he closed his eyes long enough, he could still see her smile. He could still feel the nerves of awkwardness and sparks that shot between them. Something had been happening. Something had been building, but now it was broken. She was the light at the end of the tunnel, but someone came along and blew it out. He’d never forget it, and he most certainly would never forgive.
The others were beginning to scatter. He could still hear the cries of her sister in the distance. It was a mournful sob that didn’t sound human. It was guttural and crushing. It wasn’t that he couldn’t understand their pain. After all, they’d lost her too. But it was different for him. They’d lost someone. For him, he’d lost everything. Know one but her would ever know how close he’d come to feeling alive. Could he ever find that again? Would he ever want to?
Each step back to the group felt like bricks weighing him down to the earth. One wrong move and he would fall through the sinking ground. Down, down, down. He was already being swallowed by grief, what would a little dirt do to him now? He’d be with her. They’d share a grave together. Something inside him was already dead, so what would it matter if he actually was? It was just a technicality. One shot through the skull, just like her. That’s all it would take. They’d truly be able to feel each other’s pain.

But he couldn’t do that. She wouldn’t want him to. And he was too much of a coward to try.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Because of Him Playlists

It's time for another playlist.

Here are my picks for Because of Him - Book 2 of The Mind Breaker Accounts:

1) Every Other Freckle - alt-J
2) Bad Blood - Bear's Den
3) Let's Get Lost - G-Easy, Devon Baldwin
4) Why We Try - Matthew Mayfield feat. Chelsea Lankes
5) Quiet Lies - Matthew Mayfield
6) Tell Her You Love Her - Echosmith
7) Girls Like You - The Naked and Famous
8) Wild Eyes - Local Natives
9) Life Boat (Tc Spitfire Remix) - Early Morning Rebel
10) Long the Way You Lie Pt. 2 - Rihanna, Eminem
11) Tangled Web - Matt Hires
12) We Won't - Jaymes Young, Phoebe Ryan
13) You Haunt Me (Amtrac Remix) - Sir Sly
14) Bittersweet - ARCHIS
15) Fear (Phil Tan Radio Mix) - Blue October
16) Eyes Shut - Years & Years

I also made a playlist dedicated to Alivien and Liz... it's called "Are you Listening?"

1) Handcuffs - Prince Royce
2) The Hills - The Weeknd
3) Take Me to Church - Hozier
4) Black Sun - Death Cab for Cutie
5) Chandelier (Piano Version) - Sia
6) Let it Go - Devlin, Labrinth
7) Here - Alessia Cara
8) Drops in the Ocean - Hawk Nelson
9) Hold On, We're Going Home - Pia Mia
10) You've Haunted Me All My Life - Death Cab for Cutie
11) I Know, I Know - Matt Hires
12) Fallout - Marianas Trench
13) Whisper Whisper - Paper & Places
14) California - Yellowcard
15) Often (Kygo Remix) - The Weeknd
16) Safe Place to Land - Christian Burghardt



a thought.

On August 20th I uploaded the final version of BECAUSE OF HIM.
This will be my sixth book professionally released independently on Amazon.
WOW!
It feels like I've come a long way in three years, and I think it's true. 
I've met so many amazing people that have become assets to my career and developed lasting friendships along the way! Whenever I add a new book to my bibliography on Goodreads, I think just how happy I am that this is what I chose to do with my life. I love writing. I love telling stories and filling pages with endless words that can inspire, crush, or make you think. It's wonderful to know that so many people are reading my words and feeling something because of them. 
Still, there are days when I doubt myself. There are times when I wonder if I'll ever have more than this. Just me, sitting in my room and writing for the internet. Of course, I'd love to be traditionally published. I'd love to walk into Barnes & Noble and see my book sitting on the shelf. Not because I want the money, but because it would mean my stories are reaching a wider audience. 
I've struggled for a long time to balance the line between being independent and having an agent/publisher/publicist back me. I'm afraid I'll lose the freedom I currently have with doing everything myself, but at the same time, I'm afraid that without those people I'll never reach my true potential. 
I've said it before: I don't want to be famous. And it's true.
I don't want to be John Green or J.K. Rowling. My wish is not to be a millionaire that flies across the globe and does countless interviews answering the same questions over and over. I never want to lose the relationships I've built with my readers. I'd love to see my books play out on a big screen, but I never want to lose the drive to have an imagination. If I could make enough money from book sales to leave my day job, that would be awesome, but isn't that the dream for most authors? 
I'm finding more and more that the writing world is full of genuine people. The authors I've met are not in this because of the money or the recognition. They love telling stories. I've never felt so welcomed by a group of people than when I'm at book festivals. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that my world revolves around books, and those that write them.
It seems that as long as there are people out there that want to read my books, I'll write them.
Even if there's not, I doubt I'd stop.
No matter what happens, I don't think I'll ever give up my one true love.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do 
with your one wild and precious life?” 
― Mary Oliver

Sunday, August 16, 2015

"Fade"

I was (and still am) planning to create a lyric video for the song Lauren Lyle and I recorded together for The Mind Breaker Accounts, but it's yet to become a thing. That's because I'm currently working to publish 4 novels in less than a year and a half..... anyone have any extra time they can spare?
No? Okay.

Anyway. The lyrics have been requested, so until there's a video, I'm just going to post them here for anyone that is curious!

Also, here are the links to iTunes and Spotify.

(Megan)
I told
No one
When I walked away
Kept it all to myself

I held 
Pieces 
Of my heart to save
Guess they're all broken now

Light a fire with this match 
Cause 
Our spark is fading fast
And 
If it dies I think I might die too

Don't hold back
Cause I see smoke
And
I need the heat 
So I won't smolder
I need this more than
Oxygen in my lungs

What did you say to cause the hurt?
What did I do to make it worse?
Maybe no matter what 
It would have ended this way
When did the love fade?

(Lauren)
You need
Clarity
To understand the pain
But I've no words
For what I felt
Maybe
Truthfully
I needed to escape
We were rusting on a shelf

Light a fire with this match 
Cause 
Our spark is fading fast
And 
If it dies I think I might die too

Don't hold back
Cause I see smoke
And
I need the heat 
So I won't smolder
I need this more than
Oxygen in my lungs

(Megan)
What did you say to cause the hurt?
What did I do to make it worse?
Maybe no matter what 
It would have ended this way
When did the love fade?

(repeat chorus)




Friday, August 14, 2015

Preview of Ninety Degrees (April 2016)

Hello and happy August 14th.
WTF?
The world keeps turning for some reason, and I can't get it to stop.

But don't mind me. I'm not here to complain about how there are no hours in the day and I'm getting older every second and I'm kinda freaking out that it's already halfway through August....

I wanted to share a rough preview of Negative Spaces with you guys, because I know you're so anxious. I'm not stupid. I know this is what everyone is most excited about, so I'm not going to make you wait FOREVER to hear anything about it.

This preview is from the very first short story-- Carter's to be exact.


Follow the link to read:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yl7fzLg-x98kyX6ffiprUOZsj2rwL2JB2w9xhc3bEHc/edit?usp=sharing


FYI... I'm sending out ARCS today! And the street team will be getting packages by the end of this month!

-Megan.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A few of my favorite things.

Good Afternoon August!

Thank baby Jesus summer is almost over.
I hate the hot. I really do. I'm a winter baby, so I love the cold.
But I'm starting to think that my favorite season is Autumn. Fall weather is just gorgeous. All the pretty colors in the leaves. And it's the perfect temperature. You can wear sweaters and scarves but not freeze your fingers off. Ah yes.





Anyway, I'm here to share a few of my favorite things. Not books, because I always talk about books. I'm also a big fan of movies, music, and television. So, I wanted you to know.
Just because. Is that cool?
Alright, let's go.







Movies.
I am a massive movie-goer.
 I love seeing adaptations, but I also really appreciate original screenplay.
Here are 15 of my favorite films. Not in any particular order.

1) Snowpiercer
2) Man on a Ledge
3) Primal Fear
4) Memoirs of a Geisha
5) Fight Club
6) The entire Harry Potter franchise
7) The Descendants
8) The Place Beyond the Pines
9) Remember Me
10) Can't Buy Me Love
11) Water for Elephants
12) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
13) Stuck in Love
14) Rise (& Dawn) of the Planet of the Apes
15) The entire Hunger Games franchise


Albums.
My love for music has no bounds.
Here are some of my favorite artists and their most played albums.

1) Ed Sheeran - + , X
2) Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days
3) Lights - Siberia, Little Machines 
4) Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain
5) Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
6) Damien Rice - (everything he's ever done, ever)
7) Angus & Julia Stone - (everything they've ever done, ever. AND Julia Stone as a solo artist)
8) Snow Patrol - (basically Gary Lightbody's voice does things)
9) Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
10) SafetySuit - These Times

Television.
I watch a lot of TV show. But not on TV. I collect season of shows on DVD, or binge them on Netflix. There are way too many to choose from, so I'm doing 15 this time.

1) Friends
2) Gilmore Girls
3) Weeds
4) House
5) One Tree Hill
6) Breaking Bad
7) The Walking Dead
8) Orange is the New Black
9) Misfits
10) Skins - the U.K. version
11) Shameless - the U.S. version
12) Gossip Girl
13) Heroes
14) 90210 - the new one
15) Pretty Little Liars



-Megan.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Street Team & My New Approach

Happy 4th of July!

I'm proud to say that I'll actually be celebrating this year! More so than any other year. I'm not a big fan of being outside, seeing that in the summer I only have to step out of my door for two seconds before being suddenly attacked by mosquitos. I'm either super allergic or super sensitive. Either way, they are drawn to me and I hate it. I was standing in the driveway unlocking my car the other day, and when I got inside I found three bites. THREE! I know what you're going to say. "Use OFF! or something else to spray on you. It doesn't work. Nothing does. So, when I'm outside watching fireworks, I'll be in long sleeves and a parka.

On to the next subject.
My street team newsletter is launching on July 6th and will continue to be sent out the first Monday of every month! In which, as a member, you will find more excitement than you'll understand what to do with! Maybe not. But the reason why this street team is so important is because it's exclusive. If you already get emails from me about ARCs and events and anything else, now you won't. The only way to know what's happening before the general public is to be a street team member. I'll be using this newsletter to announce all of my upcoming releases, title and cover reveals, etc. And MONTHS before I'll be posting to social media about it. Also, there are going to be plenty of opportunities to win prizes and giveaways. In the first month that the newsletter/street team goes live, I'll be hosting a competition for all members. The rules and regulations will be included in the email, and I'm still planning to reveal the title and synopsis for my new stand alone novel coming out in September of 2016. I think there are plenty of incentives for you all to sign up, so I'm going to post the link again here: http://www.megandukebooks.com/#!street-team/c6vk

Now for my final bit of news.
I recently attended UtopYA 2015 in Nashville, and I had a bit of a revelation. I've been focusing a lot on participating in events and less on my online community of readers. I seem to have forgotten that the internet is where I got my start. Specifically on Instagram, thanks to Sasha Alsberg. My main readership is on social media, but I've been trying to branch out into the real world. Attending conventions and festivals to promote my work has been both fun and frustrating. It's more or less a slap in the face when I go to these sorts of things and don't have a lot of success. Not that I'm expecting to sell hundreds of copies of my books, but I've ignored the fact that no one out there technically knows who I am. When I post on the holy trinity (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) the response I get is almost instant. I think that has spoiled me in a way. I owe everything to my online following, and I love the "small circle" that's been created around my work, so a major part of me believes that's where I need to keep my focus for a while.
The problem I have with organizing events is that not enough of my readers live in one area to make it successful. Everyone is so spread out, it's hard to measure a good turnout. Because of this, I'm going to start doing more virtual events, such as Google Hangouts and scheduled Twitter chats. This is something I've seen generate a lot of success for others, so I'm going to try it and see how it goes. This doesn't mean I'm going to stop going to events altogether. I'll still be attending them, I just won't be focused on participating. The next festival I'll be at is Decatur Book Festival in September, so if there are enough of you going, I might put together a meet-up. But you'll have to contact me and let me know.

As always, thank you for much for supporting me. A lot of work goes into what I do, and I know all of you understand and appreciate it. I was discussing my books with someone over dinner last night, and I mentioned that money is something I have a major struggle with. I told her that making a profit as always been low of my list of goals, and she said, "But you're helping people."
That's really all that matters, and I can't wait to jump back into writing what I love the most! As soon as the rest of the Mind Breaker books are released, I'll be back to working on my contemporary stories. And THAT is where my heart is!

xx
-Megan.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Designed With a Destiny by Elle Davis

Today I have something really special to share. This is the first time I'll be participating in a fellow author's cover reveal, and I could not be more proud to say that it's someone I have a personal relationship with. I have known about Elle Davis for about a year now, I'd say. I discovered her book because she is a fellow indie author like myself, and I was incredibly impressed with the hard work and professionalism that came off from her books. I love the idea behind Designed for Perfection, and I think it's a fabulously unique concept that would intrigue a lot of YA readers!

Later on, I was introduced to her daughter, Bryce, thanks to my own books. She became a fan right off the bat. To this day she is one of the first names that comes to mind when sending out ARCs and setting up blog tours. I love the Davis family, so this really means a lot that I can help share Elle's newest book with all of you!

Today I'm revealing the cover for book 3 in The Designer Chronicles, Designed With a Destiny.
These are the first two in the series:


"Messing with Mother Nature can have unexpected consequences... Having a genius level IQ, model good looks, and supernatural physical traits, almost guarantees seventeen year old Ronan Callahan a life of success. He is a genetically engineered human, custom designed by scientists and his wealthy parents, who paid a hefty price for his perfect designer qualities. But, being a Designer Baby doesn't guarantee happiness for Ronan. In fact, his superior traits leave him bored, unchallenged and a social misfit. Cat McCullough, is orphaned, raising her little sister Claire, and struggling to survive. The last thing she's looking for is romance. In a high school full of girls swooning over Ronan Callahan, she's the only one who rejects his arrogant, cold, and indifferent behavior towards others. And yet, she's the only girl to ever capture his attention for more than a minute. When Ronan falls for Cat, he falls hard. For the first time ever, he looks forward to the traditional high school experience that now includes a budding romance. But when his life is threatened by a deadly virus, he is forced to abandon the simplicity of tradition and unite with five other Designer's, whom he shares a secret Designer trait so powerful, that it has the potential to influence world events."

NOW FOR BOOK THREE! 



Thanks to Bryce for letting me be a part of this! I wish you and your mom the best!

-Megan.


Elle's Links: 

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Amazon




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Because of Him COVER REVEAL!

It's time! 

I have been working really hard on getting this series out to you on time. The Mind Breaker Accounts is planned to be completely published by the end of 2015, so here we are right on schedule. Three months between each release is pretty intense, but since the first two were already written and only needed revising, it hasn't been as hard as I originally anticipated. Once book 2 is out on August 25th, the rest of my time will be dedicated to finishing up book 3 from scratch.

Here is the schedule for all of my upcoming book releases:


  • BECAUSE OF HIM (The Mind Breaker Accounts, #2) - August 25th 2015
  • INSTEAD OF THIS (The Mind Breaker Accounts, #3) - December 29th 2015
  • NEGATIVE SPACES (A Collection of Small Circles Short Stories) - April 5th 2016
  • Untitled Stand Alone Novel - September 2016



Now... what you've been waiting for!



This cover was designed and shot by the wonderful Vania Stoyanova (VLC Photo) and stars Justin Tucker! All three of the covers are spectacular, but this was is maybe almost my favorite. 



The countdown is now officially on! 
T-minus 71 days! 


-Megan.

Monday, June 8, 2015

I Don't Want to be Famous.

It's Monday.

I wasn't able to go to work today because of body pain and dizziness. I've never really spoken about this publicly before, but I suffer from an undiagnosed illness that I've been dealing with for many years. I have had chronic lower back pain since I was very young, and in more recent years I've been experiencing all over body aches and fatigue. I'm currently seeing a specialist that may or may not help me, but for now that's really all I know.

This isn't why I'm writing.
This is just why I'm on my blog at 11:32am on a Monday instead of scanning files at work.

I wanted to tell you all about about a revelation I had recently about the choices I've been making. So far, the year 2015 has been both incredible and overwhelming. I've connected deeper with a lot of people that have been hugely beneficial in helping me get my books out to the world. I've made some very close friends because of it, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. There are some other things, however, that I would like to trade.
I'm going to admit something to you that most authors probably won't.
I'm obsessed with myself.
That's right.

What I mean to say is this:
I've become obsessed with the idea of making it. Obsessed with the amount of money I could make off of each sale. Obsessed over how many likes my social media posts are getting. I calculate in my head what that means for exposure. I break down precisely what I need to do to get someone important (publishers, agents, big bloggers, etc.) to notice me. It's become such a daily routine of mine that I haven't written anything decent in weeks.

I sat down at my computer yesterday and planned to add in a few chapters that were needed in book 2 of TMBA. As I was writing, I became super excited. I was having fun with it. I got really into the setting and did all kinds of research for a specific idea I had in mind. And I thought to myself, "It's been a while since I had this much fun with what I do."

That's when it hit me.

Why am I so obsessed with trying to make it?
What is this nagging in the back of my mind telling me I need to be "famous" for my books?
When did I stop writing for me, and only me.

I had considered taking a break from writing all together so I could focus solely on querying to agents and submitting my books to publishers, yada-yada. But why would I do that? I don't want to lose myself in the business side of the book world. I've taken on the role of publisher, agent, publicist, editor, and everything else on my own for years now. And yes, it's quite tiring. But why would I sacrifice the one thing I love about this industry, just so I can "become huge"?

I posted the release dates for my next few books online yesterday, and the loyal readers that I've gained were ecstatic. If I stopped writing to pursue my "big break", I'd be letting every single one of them down. It might not be many. But they're out there. And they mean the world to me.

So I've come to this conclusion:

I don't want to think about what could happen.
I don't want to obsess over the money or the exposure.

I just want to write.


And that's what I'm going to do.


I honestly hate that I let it all get to me.
I promised myself that it wouldn't.
But that's why I'm here now.
I'm admitting it to myself and to all of you.
YOU are what keeps me grounded.

So please, hear me when I say THANK YOU.


-Megan.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

2 Weeks Until UtopYA!

The countdown is on!
I'm so excited about this event, guys! I'm going to be signing and selling books for 3 days!
I've attended UtopYA before as a reader, but never as an author! I'm so looking forward to meeting so many people! Readers and fellow authors alike!

Here are some things you should know:

I'm having a major sale that's only available to those that attend UtopYA! For all 3 days that I'm participating, I'll be selling Without Me for 40% off the list price. That's only $9! You can only take advantage of this exclusive sale by attending the event. Thursday and Friday require tickets, but Saturday is free for anyone that brings a children's book to donate! 

Here is where I'll be and what time I'll be signing:
(booth number subject to change)



I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

-Megan.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What's Happening?

Hello everyone!

As of right now, Without Me is officially available for purchase! It's live on Amazon in paperback and ebook! It's sort of amazing to think that it took this long for it all to come together. I started this series in high school. It was something I wrote for fun, and then attempted to self-publish in 2012 with little to no success. After some serious re-writing, and a crap ton of time and money spent, I had the best possible version of my book that I could get. Now I am proud to share it with all of you!

You can buy it here: http://amzn.com/0692403167

I'll be promoting Without Me at UtopYA in Nashville, June 18-20th. This includes a signing on Saturday that's free to the public with a book donation.
Find out more here: http://utopyacon.com/armi_saturdaysigning2015/
I'll have time and booth info soon!

AND! The song that Lauren Lyle and I recorded together is now up on iTunes! "Fade" is inspired by the book!
Purchase that here:






Right now, I'm working tirelessly to plan and schedule the next several months. I'm in the process of applying with Baker & Taylor to make my book available to more booksellers. This is a big thing, and it requires a lot of my attention, so I've had little time to write. BUT I'm not neglecting Because of Him! The second book in The Mind Breaker Accounts will be released August 25th of this year, and I'll be promoting and selling that book at the Decatur Book Festival the first weekend of September!

Also, I'm planning to attend and participate in RT Convention next year in Vegas! This is going to not only be a huge trip for me, but if I can get involved the way I want it would mean major exposure for my books. I have no details yet, but as I learn more you will too!

Finally, I'm traveling back to Atlanta this weekend to shoot more photos with Vania Stoyanova! We're getting lots of character promo for you that will be used for swag! I'm super excited because I'll get to see Amos, Avery, Alivien & Liz come to life! I'll be posting behind the scenes stuff on my Instagram, so keep an eye out!

As always, thank you for listening. I will never be able to express what it means to me when one of you reads and falls in love with my words. Sometimes it gets hard, but you remind why I love it. Keep happiness within reach. Never give up!


-Megan.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Without Me Blog Tour: Liz Beckett

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Catheryn from The Book Lioness was unable to post yesterday for the blog tour. So I am stepping in her place to tell you about Liz!

Elizabeth Erin Taylor Beckett
Nickname: Liz
Age: 21
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Hazel
Born: Manchester, England



Here are a few facts about Liz:

  • one of the Original Seven
  • has to have contact in order to keep control
  • her twin brother is Amos
  • her father volunteered the twins at birth. 
  • their mother was against it.
  • she is confident and a bit of a snob. 
  • Cox took her in as his “favorite”, rewarding her with whatever she wanted.
  • being in control is the only thing she’s ever known

I have picked Clemence Poesy as my author/fan cast. She is the ideal image of Liz in my mind, and hopefully you see it too when you read the book!



Liz is probably my favorite character to write. She's got such untamable sass and whit, but she's a complete and utter bitch. No matter what. Unlike Alivien, Liz's bluntness comes off as posh instead of rude. So she's got that way about her. She's that person that insults you but says it in the nicest way, so it doesn't sound mean but you know she's totally calling you out. There are times, however, when you tells you like it is. To me, her attitude stems from the way she was brought up. She was taught by Cox that she was special. She believes her parents were selfish by volunteering her for the drug trial, and the only way to pay them back is to use her powers in the worst way. She feels the need to prove how dangerous she is... and show them it was a mistake. 

As for Liz's love life, we don't get to experience that until book two. But mark my words, you'll get plenty of feels. There's a clear triangle... and it's not pretty. 


Be sure to follow the last two days of the tour on Jaclyn and Ana's blogs!

-Megan.





Sunday, April 19, 2015

ONE MONTH TO-GO!

Exactly one month from today, Without Me will be OUT!
I approved and ordered 30 ARCs today!!! That might sound like a crazy lot, but I have 25 bloggers and reviewers that will be receiving copies! All in exchange for reviews! The love and anticipation that has been shown for this new series is both scary and exhilarating. I'm blown away that this many of you are looking forward to reading my work! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Also, the song that Lauren Lyle and I recorded together has been sent off for mixing/mastering! I'm super duper excited for you to hear it! I wrote this song a few months ago with inspiration from the book. After showing it to Lauren and placing it in DJ Adkins hands, it has turned into something spectacular! Lauren and I will be making a lyric video to premiere the song on her Youtube channel the week before Without Me is released!

Finally, the blog tour for Without Me is set for May 11-16th!
Here is the schedule:







Thanks again for the endless support! I'm embarking on an entirely new journey this year as an independent author, so having all of you by my sign is going to make it soooo worth it! 


-Megan.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Enter to win an ARC of Without Me on Goodreads!



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Without Me by Megan Duke

Without Me

by Megan Duke


Giveaway ends April 19, 2015.

See the giveaway details
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Negative Spaces & The Mind Breaker Accounts

I realize that I forgot to post this, so for that I'm sorry! I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off for weeks! There's so much to do and not enough hours in the day.
That's partially why I'm posting today.

I announced last week that the release of Negative Spaces has been pushed back indefinitely. The reason behind this is because I've been spending so much time on The Mind Breaker Accounts. I've been editing books 1 and 2, preparing for their releases in May and August of this year. The original plan was to publish Negative Spaces in November, but I will also be writing the 3rd Mind Breaker book at that time. As a writer, it's hard for me to bounce back and forth between two different worlds once I've submerged myself into one so fully. Also, I've always told myself that I would never rush a release, for any reason. I want to give 100% of myself to each novel I write to make sure it's the best it can possibly be. Because of that, I'm going to focus all of my attention on finishing The Mind Breaker Accounts series before jumping back into anything else. Negative Spaces will be released some time in 2016. I'll obviously keep you all up to date with any changes that might be made between now and then.

I know a lot of you were really looking forward to the Small Circles short stories being released, and I am still really excited to share them with you, but I have made this decision in everyone's best interest. TMBA is a series I've been writing since I was 17 years old. I'm 23 now, so that's 6 years I've spent with this particular story. Without Me was the first book I ever wrote seriously as an author. It was what made me fall in love with writing and publishing. Releasing this to everyone is going to be a huge deal for me, so I am on pins and needles trying to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect.

There are several things I'm planning with the release of Without Me. There will be a preview on Wattpad in the next 1-2 weeks for you all to read consisting of the first 50 pages! Also, there is a surprise that I've been working on for quite a while. I can't say exactly what it is, but it will be released the week before the book is published, so keep your eyes open!

Speaking of publishing...
I mentioned this on Grownup Fangirl when they did the cover reveal, but I haven't spoken on it much more. I've published four books as an independent author-- this doesn't include the first two Mind Breaker books that I released in 2012-- and they've all been under Amazon's Createspace imprint. This year, Without Me will be the first book I've self-published under my own imprint. It's called Duke Books! I extremely excited about this because having my own imprint will open a lot of doors for me in the future when it comes to selling my book in stores! Vania Stoyanova (genius behind the cover design and photography) has helped me so much. I've been doing this on my own for so long, it's such a relief to finally have a solid group of wonderful people behind me and supporting what I do! There are tons of people I need to thank, but that's what the acknowledgements are for ; )

Thank you for continuing to support me and showing your love. Stay tuned!

-Megan.






Sunday, March 15, 2015

Six Books That Changed My Life

I've listed my favorite novels before, but it's been awhile and things have changed. So, I want to share them again. Also, I wanted to share why I picked them. These books are not only my favorites, but they changed me. They made a huge impact, and I will never forget them.

Starting from the bottom...


6). Something Like Summer by Jay Bell

This book slaughtered my soul. I have so many feels I can't even register them. This is by far one of the best M/M coming of age love stories I've ever read! It was so powerful! And it spans over an entire decade! Jay Bell is amazing! 


Here's my reaction video : https://youtu.be/rD0XAD6if3I

5). Panic by Lauren Oliver

This book was incredible! Lauren Oliver's writing is beautiful. I've fallen in love with the way she tells a story. She always pulls me in from the first page. I am a huge fan of Before I Fall, and her newest novel Vanishing Girls is definitely a top 10 for me, but Panic did something the others didn't. The story is unique and enticing. I wanted more but got just enough! I've never read anything like this before. The concept was awesome! And Lauren told me herself that she's writing the screenplay for the movie! I'm super duper excited!



4). Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This book. THIS BOOK.

I am in love with this book and everything to do with it. Morgan Matson has written a summertime masterpiece. This is the ultimate feel good book. The plot was perfectly paced with just enough anticipation. Seeking out everything on the list was just as nerve-wracking and exciting for me as it was for Emily! And Frank Porter? Man. Love him. Framily = I ship it so hard. Great character development. Fun and quirky writing. The friendship between these characters, especially Sloane and Emily, is so strong! Reading this reminded me how important friendship is. It reminded me of a relationship I used to have with my best friend when we were younger. It was definitely a trip down memory lane. 

3). The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


I struggled at first to relate to this book. I wasn't sure what the narrator was going through or why he acted and spoke the way he did. I agreed with most people, thinking he was mentally handicapped. This would have explained a lot to me. By the end when everything was finally pulled together, it made so much sense and I was amazed. I didn't see it coming. Books like this are complicated for a reason. They're meant to make you think about things you normally don't think about. They give greater meanings to thinks you normally find insignificant. I think this book should be considered a classic. It has made an enormous impact on more than one generation. And also, the movie is the best adaptation I've ever seen. 


2). Looking for Alaska by John Green 


This book is a great example of what a true young adult novel is. I loved every second of it. Books like this are what make you believe what the characters believe. I am in search for "a great perhaps" because of Miles. Life is so much bigger than we think. Everything we do is so important, and John Green's writing is the closest thing to enlightenment I can find. Thank you.


1). I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson


I couldn't write this earlier. I was too full of emotion to even fathom what I would write down. I finished reading I'll Give You the Sun at 1 o'clock this morning, and it was the most beautiful work of literature I think I've ever read.


Mind you, I've read some pretty amazing books. I've got a list of favorites, and I'm pretty this just bumped everything back down a spot, taking number one.
It's not just the fact that the characters were so well developed. It's not just the fact that the story is being told at two different times yet somehow are parallel. It makes no difference that the amount of detail that went into the artwork and the passion blew my very mind. It's not even the idea that Jandy Nelson has created something within me that I don't think I can ever extinguish.

The pure fact of it is, I loved it.

I want to stress how much this book affected me. There are some books, when I read them, that I thoroughly enjoy. I think about them right after I'm finished, thinking it'll stick with me forever, but they never do. This book. I have no doubt in my mind that it has changed me. The two main characters are artists, and as I was reading, I couldn't help but think that this book was a piece of art in itself.
I'm not going to go into the spoilery bits, because I'll Give You the Sun is one of those books you are better off knowing nothing about. I will say this: I was moved the most by the relationship Noah and Jude shared. It might be because they are twins, but I feel like Jandy Nelson represented that bond so perfectly between a brother and sister. More so. And the ending? Let's just say: everyone has secrets.

Please, please, please go read this godsend of a book! I am begging you!

P.S. If there's an artist out there that can recreate at least half of the pieces mentioned in Noah's head, please do it. I need to see it.




Sunday, March 8, 2015

My Weekend in Atlanta

Hello all!
I wanted to share my weekend with you, mostly because it was freakin phenomenal!

I traveled to Atlanta Friday evening and had dinner with Katie (Katie as Victoria, @MrsFangirlRN), her husband, and Vania! We had the best time sharing thoughts over sushi! I have to say that I'm so thankful to have such wonderful people in my life that support me. Having so many people around to motivate me and encourage me to follow my dreams is a blessing! I didn't always have a lot of support when it came to being an independent author, but over the past two years I've met so many people that have changed that completely! You guys are all amazing!

Now, on to the good stuff...

Most of the day Saturday was filled with the photo shoot! We had three stunning models with high spirits ready to jump in a tub full of milk, and it was glorious! There were so many different elements to play with, including lights and flowers. Vania found tablets that turn the water different colors, and you already heard we used a lot of dairy...
I was happy to be there to witness everything coming together. I even got to help pose the models! Vania ended up shooting material for all three covers in the trilogy, along with some extra stuff for teasers and promos. We stayed up until 3 o'clock that evening working on edits. Vania is a master, and I felt honored to watch her work her magic!

The most important part of this little blurb you're getting is this: you'll be able to see the first cover next week! That's right! The cover reveal for the first book in the series, Without Me, is on March 19th! I guarantee you're all going to be blown away. I know I certainly was.

I have several videos from the shoot where we hosted a Google Hangout.
You can watch them here: Mind Breakers Cover Shoot

See you next Thursday!

-Megan.



Friday, January 23, 2015

UtopYA Con (June 18-21)

I will be participating in the 4th annual UtopYA Con in Nashville at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel! I'll have a table for signings Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. Thursday & Friday require tickets, but Saturday is FREE!

go to utopyacon.com for more info!


An uplifting, collaborative and educational conference for those who love supernatural and contemporary young adult and new adult fiction!
Panels filled with writers and experts in the publishing and entertainment industries will share with established and aspiring authors and screenwriters their tips to improve craft and advance careers, as well as FUN panels for fans where then can directly influence and interact with their favorite writers!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Books I Read in 2014





in which I show you every book I read in the year 2014. I set my Goodreads challenge at 50 books, which I managed to achieve! Yay!

Books:

-Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
-Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
-These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meghan Spooner
-Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
-Shatter Me, Unravel Me & Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
-The Darkest Minds, Never Fade & In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
-The Unbecoming/Evolution/Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
-Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
-Legend by Marie Lu
-Panic by Lauren Oliver
-The Last Stand of the New York Institute by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and  Sarah Rees Brennan
-The Maze Runner by James Dashner
-Gracling by Kristen Cashor
-Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
-The Giver by Lois Lowry
-If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
-Across the Universe by Beth Revis
-We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
-Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
-City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
-Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
-The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
-Since You've Been Gone & Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
-The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle
-To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
-The Sky is Everywhere & I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
-Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, & Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
-Angelfall & World After by Susan Ee
-Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater
-Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by  Benjamin Alire Sáenz
-My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
-Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy
-Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher
-After by Anna Todd


Link to Vania's photos : http://vlcphotoportfolio.com/tagged/clients-work

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014: My Year in Review



I give to you all the things that made 2014 the best year of my life. I met so many amazing authors and bloggers. Some of which have become friends. I went on my first tour, visiting festivals and book stores throughout the southeast. I published two novels. Saw the TFIOS cast. Ventured milestones and created memories. I watched the people around me grow, and I like to say I grew a bit myself. Thank you to everyone that made my year so incredible. Here's to a fabulous 2015! 

Song: "Ready to Run" - One Direction


-Megan.