The Awakened Cover

 

And I could SUPER use your help.

As most of you know, I wrote a novel called The Awakened. It is a science fiction romance in the YA category (of course) and it is my baby. Read the synopsis here:

Eighteen year old Zoey Valentine is concerned with two things: surviving the multitude of self-defense classes her dad makes her take to keep her safe in their New York City neighborhood and avoiding her school bully, Ash Matthews, whose latest transgression includes dumping glitter on her during fourth period. College is just around the corner and she’s ready for it. 

That’s when the virus hits, wiping out a third of the population in a matter of weeks. If that weren’t frightening enough, the bodies of the victims disappear and suddenly reappear, awakened from their dead state. They’re like zombies, but worse: faster, smarter, working together to get the one thing they crave, human flesh. 

The United States is in a panic and then the government decides the unthinkable: to bomb every major city overrun with these awakened victims. Now Zoey is on the run, with her dad and Ash, desperate to find a place of safety amongst the ruined remains of the country.

I worked hard on it for over nine months and I’ve been working hard for nearly a year to get it published. 

It is NOT an easy road. It’s not. But I’m not giving up. It’s just too important to me to do that. So I’m going another route, in the hopes that I can find a way to get this from my computer and into YOUR hands.

Swoon Reads is an incredible publishing company, and they are a part of Macmillan, which is a DREAM company for me. Legitimately a dream company. And they do this absolutely incredible thing: they allow you to upload your manuscript (as long as it’s romance!) and let the audiences (YOU) choose what books to be published.

I’ve read a TON of their books. I’ve actually just recently gotten a few more in the mail as ARCs. You guys pick amazing books and they publish him and I think its just completely fantastic. Its a wonderful thing and I thought, you know what, why not try that for The Awakened?!

So that’s what I’m doing.

And that’s where YOU come in.

What I need you guys to do…what I would absolutely LOVE and APPRECIATE if you did, is to head to the link below (you can also click the cover of The Awakened above) and go and read it and rate it and help me get this thing published :)

Now if you don’t like it, that’s okay! Its not for everyone, I know that. I hope you don’t give me a bad rating but don’t EVER feel obligated to give me a GOOD rating. I just know that there are a TON of you that have expressed interest in reading the book and now you can in. And if you like it, you can help me out. And that means a LOT to me.

SO if you can, if you’d like to, if you want to, head over to this link:

http://www.swoonreads.com/m/the-awakened

and read and rate The Awakened. I would so appreciate it!

Thank you guys :)

Happy Reading!

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I am SO incredibly excited to announce that I will be part of an amazing celebration this year. Yes, this year we are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This partly makes have such happy feelings and it also makes me feel very old because that means I was 17 years old when these books came out! CRAZY! But I love them and their counterparts and I am excited to be part of the celebration.

What makes this year even MORE fun is that there are TWO new Rick Riordan releases this year: Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes AND the brand new Magnus Chase book! I don’t know about you guys but I’m absolutely bursting with excitement.

The party is going to be taking place for the next six months or so and there’s going to be so much fun going on, and I think for some of my posts, I’m going to partake in some blue chocolate chip cookies and blue Coke because it only makes sense and my excitement is just THAT real.

What’s even BETTER is that the first book: The Lightning Thief is only 99 cents until today! AGH! Get on this deal now! It’s available across all ebook sellers AND includes a sneak peek at the Magnus Chase book coming out this fall.

For those of you unfamiliar with Rick Riordan and his books…well, here’s a little more info ;) 

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse–Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends–one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena–Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

CELEBRATE PERCY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY with The Lightning Thief, the book that started the internationally best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. 

THE LIGHTNING THIEF has sold millions of copies worldwide, appears on school reading lists nationwide, and inspired a major motion picture. Accolades include:

Included in Time Magazine’s 2014 List of 100 best Young-Adult Books of All Times

A New York Times Notable Book of 20015

A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2005

More than 6 year on the New York Times Best Sellers List (and counting!)

WHOA GUYS WHOA! I absolutely love these books. I remember thinking, at 17, that I was WAY too old to read them but not true, not true at all. These books are incredible and you can discover them at any time!

Giveaway!

And here’s your best chance to do that! I’m giving away ONE box set of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Its SUPER easy to enter. Head to my instagram and find the photo below and repost it with the hashtag #nerdgirlPercyGiveaway and #ReadRiordan! Make sure you also tag THREE friends! You can post once a day and the giveaway will go on until July 4th!

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Giveaway items provided by Disney Hyperion. Open to US addresses only. 

There are SO many exciting things to share in the next few months and I hope you stick alongside me. There will be two MORE giveaways later on so definitely head back for those!

Don’t forget you also can: 

Read a sneak peek of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard:The Sword of Summer on ReadRiordan.com! And the cover has just been revealed too!

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There is also a special 10th anniversary edition of The Lightning Thief available for purchase through Barnes and Noble. It includes special content from the author and illustrator and specially designed book jacket. Its available for purchase here.

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Lastly, you can also download a super cool Percy Pack Activity kit for the 10th anniversary at ReadRiordan.com! There are so many cool ways to interact with these books and the rest of Rick’s novels, so definitely check it out!

And come back soon to check out more from my time with the Percy Pack! I’m so excited to be a part of it! Eek!

Happy Reading everyone!

An Update!

Hello everyone! I know that its been a very inconsistent couple of months for me lately and I want to write a post to sort of update you all on what’s going on, why I’m so busy and inconsistent and how I’m definitely hoping to get back on top of it and soon!

Blog Birthday Giveaway

I know, it ended AGES ago. I’ve been getting emails and such from you guys because it ended nearly a month ago and I haven’t picked winners. I will be picking winners either today or tomorrow and emailing them so thank you so much for being patient and keep an eye out for an email because you could be a winner.

Work!

The Mouse House keeps me incredibly busy! Recently I was trained for a new job at work. Normally I work the front of house position in stores. That means I ring people up and talk to them and keep the stores straight and all that stuff. Now I’m working the back of house stores position which means I still interact with guests and such BUT now I stock the stores. Its a lot more physical work and its a lot more hours so I’ve been so incredibly busy with that. And I usually don’t get off til 2 am where I proceed to drive home, eat something and then fall asleep with a book. Its SUPER fun and its the 60th anniversary of the park so its a whole huge celebration but I’m just exhausted as hell right now with that.

Reading

That being said I’m reading SO much. I’m not caught up, which I’m not surprised considering that Im working and all that so much. I’ve only read four books this month so far. Which is absolutely terrible. OH GOD. That’s awful. But I’ve been discovering a lot of new authors, and really delving into NA. There are still a lot of NA books that make me cringe but I’m doing some digging and I’ve been rooting all the good ones. Cora Carmack, Jennifer Armentrout, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are definitely high on the list for sure.

Writing

Writing has been rough lately. Mostly because I haven’t been disciplined enough lately to make myself sit down at my computer and write and also I’ve just been too busy to do it! BUT that being said, the story is so there. Its in my head. Between it being baseball season, and all the NA I’ve been reading, my own NA baseball romance is coming along. I love my main characters incredibly much so I’m working very hard on it. I have a lot of hope for it and I’ve even queried a few agents on just the proposal of the novel so there’s that! Exciting stuff.

The Awakened 

Speaking of agents and books and stuff, I thought I’d update you on The Awakened. I’m not giving up on it. I can’t. I just can’t do it. Not when I love it so much and I believe in it so much. I haven’t queried anyone in awhile but I’ve sent it in to a couple of indie publishers and I’m just waiting to see what happens. The fact is, science fiction is not the market right now. Publishers, agents, etc, they’re all looking for contemporary and that’s not what I wrote. It just might not be the right time for this book, and that’s okay. I’m writing other things in the meantime but this book isn’t going anywhere, no way. But rest assured my friends, its not going anywhere. You will read the story of Zoey and Ash eventually. I swear!

Friends!

I can’t even begin to explain how much time I’ve been spending with my friends and how much it means to me. Look, my life is great. It has its ups and downs but if you read my open letter to Jennifer Armentrout the other day, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with an anxiety disorder for a few years now. Its not easy. Every day is a struggle to keep my anxiety and fears in check. No easy days, guys, just like in Cora’s books. And I’ve been having a blast with my friends. We spend a boatload of time together, laughing and eating and shopping and doing silly stuff together. They make me so happy and they’ve been keeping me going so I’ve been spending a LOT of what little free time I have with them.

Dating

Oh yes. I’ve been dating. WHAT? I haven’t ever really dated before. I had a high school boyfriend, a boyfriend after high school and then I was with my last ex for nearly seven years. I’ve never dated! I have no idea what I’m doing but I’ve been navigating the dating world with brand new eyes and figuring out. I’ve had good dates, okay dates and really super bad dates but its been kind of fun. I really have no idea what I’m doing and my friends have been doing it alongside me so its been kind of an adventure. Its been fabulous and weird but I love it.

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Yeah so thats been whats going in my life lately. I’ve been seriously busy but you guys all know how much this blog means to me so I’m going to try and get back on top of it as soon as possible. Thank you all for being awesome and patient and for following as always. And you guys can always pop over to Instagram to keep up with my adventures on a daily basis ;)