Writer of Stories.

Writer of Stories.

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!


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!