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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!

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!


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! 

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?”


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!