Writer of Stories.

Writer of Stories.

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."


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


Elle's Links: 


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! 


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.


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!