The Awakened Sequel News, A Special Ash POV and More!

I have so so so much news everyone!

As all of you know (or I hope you know lol), there my debut novel, The Awakened, came out through OfTomes Publishing this past December. Its been doing quite well and I’m loving all the incredible responses you’ve all thrown my way. Its been a sort of surreal last few months…The Awakened has officially been out for 3 months today! How crazy.

And to celebrate that, I’m sharing four things. Three of these were shared just this past Saturday, in celebration of my birthday, but I didn’t post them here so I wanted to make sure everyone saw it!

One and Two:

This past weekend, OfTomes and I announced the title of the hopefully highly anticipated sequel to The Awakened and the release date.

The Sanctuary follows the continuing story of Zoey, Ash, and Liam and introduces even more characters. I’m so excited to say that it’ll be releasing December 1st of this year!

Three:

However, if that wait is quite long for you, I’m working on something new to tide you over in the meantime. When I first began writing The Awakened, I didn’t realize that Liam would resonate so much with the readers. In fact, I didn’t realize he would have been such a big deal to me, or my story. He sort of snuck up on me. When Zoey sees Liam again at Sekhmet, I was just as surprised as she was! I adore him to pieces and I know that you do too!

So I’ve been thinking about Liam, the person that he is, where he came from, where he’s going and how he ended up in Sekhmet. And I talked about to Ben about it and he agreed and was as excited for me to tell a little bit of Liam’s story as well.

So! Coming sometime this spring/summer, we will have a brand new novella release for you, untitled at the moment, but hopefully that’ll change soon. It’ll be fairly short, not quite prequel, not quite book 1.5. I like to think of as a companion to The Awakened, and I can say that it’ll have small sneak peeks of what is to come in The Sanctuary.

More information is to come, so keep your eye out on that!

Four:

On Christmas Day, I did something special for a select group of people who had preordered The Awakened. I had written a short piece of The Awakened in Ash’s POV. Since then, only about 30 people, if even, have seen and read this. Because you guys have been SO insanely awesome, I’ve decided to share it for the first time with all of you!

Click the link here to read it! 

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HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

This news is so exciting that it had to be announced in all capital letters! That is how amazing this is!

After two years of hard work and determination and passion and frustration and alllllll the feels and emotions…The Awakened is officially going to be published in both ebook and paperback format this December the 1st, sick of 2015!

Yes! You read that right! I’m being published! EEK!

I am so excited about this! I was getting to the point where I thought I had taken it as far as it could go. I’ve been receiving rejections for over a year now and its been a struggle. I’ve been trying indie publishers for the past four months or so. Its been incredibly frustrating. I was basically giving it until the end of the year before putting in the work to self-publish it.

That’s when everything changed. The wonderful, viagra the amazing, story the passionate, the fantastic Benjamin of BenjaminOfTomes, the BookTuber extraordinaire, has recently started his own micropublishing company, OfTomes Publishing. Which is so totally exciting. Ben is awesome and passionate and he has the COOLEST following and I’m just so excited for him. Find him on his Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram. He’ll have an official website soon and I will definitely share that once its up!

His first book is Secrets in Phoenix by Gabrielle Lepore and I’m SO insanely excited to read it and get my hands on it when it comes out in October. There is so much more about that book to come though, so please keep an eye out! For now, make sure to click the cover to add it on goodreads!

So anyway, he was taking open submissions and I thought…why not? I’m so excited for his new company and he’s an awesome person, so…why not? I submitted The Awakened and sort of left it at that. I did NOT expect the quick response I got. It was a matter of days before Benjamin had basically fallen in love with it and over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve worked together to build our partnership and I’m so excited to announce that The Awakened is going to be the SECOND release of OfTomes Publishing, coming THIS December 1st, 2015!

AGH! I still can’t handle how insanely excited I am for this! My brain can’t comprehend this. This is literally my dream coming true and I’m just…I’m so excited.

I have seen some designs for the cover and we’ve talked about the interior design of the book and I’m just so excited guys. Its going to be truly amazing. Make sure to follow me on allll my social media platforms, which you can find under my bio. I will be sharing everything as it comes! We’ll have a cover reveal and we’ll have links for preorder.  There will be a limited amount of eARCS and all that good stuff so make sure to follow me and OfTomes Publishing for all the excitement.

In the meantime, definitely definitely definitely add the book to your GoodReads! I want EVERYONE adding this book, and getting excited because its just going to be absolutely amazing!

Thank you to every single one of you that comes to my blog and reads my reviews and listens to me when I forget to believe in myself and who have supported me 100%. You guys are amazing, you are my first fans and friends and I’m just so happy to have you guys here and to have you guys a part of this AMAZING journey!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The Time I Shared the Official Synopsis for Benched and a WHOLE sneak peek Scene!

Today, sales I might do something really exciting.

Heavy influence on the “might”.

I’ve been writing a lot this month. I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands and I’ve been frustrated and discouraged. And instead of letting that get me down, cheap I’ve been more determined and passionate and ambitious. I’ve been working really hard to develop this story, make these characters feel real and finish it. Benched has been my floating device this month.

And I’m really pleased to say…that today I could possibly finish it.

I don’t want to get you guys overexcited or anything but I really believe that its possible that it could get done tonight or in the next couple of days. I’m extremely excited and I can’t wait to get this finished, and on the path to sharing it with the rest of the world.

P.S. I’ll be needing beta readers for this in about a month or so, so please keep an eye out for that!

So today I decided to share TWO things. One is the official synopsis for Benched, and the other is a sneak peek. I hope that both of them catch your interest, because I’m really excited about this book and I’m really excited about its potential.

Please keep in mind that this is NOT young adult literature. It is new adult romance so there are mature themes.

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Benched Synopsis 

Benched tells the story of nineteen-year-old Evie Cordova. Evie has grown up in the central California coastal town of Santa Isabella, where the obsession is the college baseball team, the Quakes. Her father has been the head coach for as long as she can remember and her happiest memories are at that field. That is, until her heart is broken by one of the players and she can’t even look at a baseball without remembering the pain.
Now she’s in college, the very same college that houses the baseball boys that she wants nothing more than to avoid. Working for her dad brings her face to face with Austin Young, a transfer student who throws Evie off guard, with his dedication to baseball and his Southern charm. Suddenly, Evie can’t remember why she avoids baseball players. There’s an undeniable pull between the two of them and the more she runs, the closer they become. Evie has to decide whether to stick to her rules, or if Austin will be worth the risk of getting her heart broken once again.
But Evie has her own secrets that are holding her back and they just might ruin everything.

Benched Sneak Peak 

I blush. “I mean, it was fun.” I lower my voice even more. “Really fun. But it can’t happen again. I wasn’t lying when I said no baseball players.”

A corner of his mouth quirks up a little at this. “A very unusual rule.”

I ignore this. “You’re on my dad’s team. I don’t date baseball players. I really…” I swallow hard and meet his eyes. They’re such a dark brown, deep, and they reveal nothing. “I just think it would be better if we were friends. Just friends.”

“Just friends?”

Is he really repeating every single thing I say right now… God I wish I could tell what he was thinking. I bite my lip. “Yeah.” Was I being stupid? I didn’t want to date him; that was the truth. He was a goddamn baseball player and, even worse, a Quake. But was “just friends” even a possibility? He’s hot, incredibly so, and even with a desk between us, my body was tingling with want.

He still hasn’t responded and I start to turn back around, feeling embarrassed.

His hand reaches out for me, grabbing my arm. He’s keeping me from turning around and my eyes watch the way his fingers flex around his biceps before I raise them and meet his. I swallow hard, blinking rapidly.

Austin smirks and it shocks me for a moment, because this is not what I expected. “If you want to be just friends, princess, well then that’s okay.”

I am taken aback by his response and it takes me a moment to think of something to say back. My eyebrows raise. “Really?”

He winks at me. “OF course. My mama taught me to respect a lady’s words and I stick to that.”

I can’t help it. I laugh a little at that. “Your mama?”

Austin leans back and his smirk becomes a full-fledged grin. “Yes, my mama. Maybe I’ll tell you about her sometime. Seeing as we’re friends and all.”

The professor walks in and starts handing papers out. I pull my gaze away from his and turn to the front. “Right. Friends.”

Austin

It’s hard to concentrate on whatever the professor is saying with Evie sitting in front of me. Her long, dark blonde hair is hanging loose down her back and some of it falls on my desk and it smells amazing, like coconut. Like lying on the beach.

She wants to be just friends and damn, I know I should be okay with that but she has no idea the effect she has on me. She’s gorgeous. I wasn’t lying when I said she and her sister looked alike but there’s something about her that’s much sexier than her sister. It’s not her eyes. Its something in the way she carries herself.

I can’t get the memory of her coming apart in my arms out of my head. The noises she made, the way her body literally shook while she was pressed against me…I get hard just thinking about it.

I shake my head. She’s a distraction, the ultimate one, and I can’t let myself get distracted. Not now. Not only is she the coach’s daughter but she could derail everything I’ve worked so hard for.

My path is simple. Play ball. Get scouted. Get drafted. There’s nothing else. A girl like Evie could pull me away from all of that. Nothing is worth losing that.

Evie turns in her seat to hand me a paper and her eyes, one brown and one blue, meet mine. She licks her lips nervously before turning back around.  

Fuck.

I’m in so much trouble.

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The Awakened Has Officially Been Submitted to Swoon Reads!

The Awakened Cover

 

And I could SUPER use your help.

As most of you know, what is ed 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!

Attention! Calling All Nerds! I Need Your Help!

Now, stomach I love you all, my readers. And I don’t ask much of you, or anyone for that matter. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

You all know that I love to write, and it is my passion in life.

Now it’s time to turn that hobby and passion into something real and something something concrete.

I am currently working on a second novel…but I’ve already published a first novel, Another Chance for Summer, in the Kindle store. And I’ve wanted to get it actually published for quite some time now. And it’s not easy. I’ve gotten about a hundred million rejection letters. And it gets frustrating and annoying and just downright discouraging. So I’ve decided to make matters into my own hands and just publish it on my own.

I don’t know if any of you know anything about self-publishing, but it is NOT cheap. Especially on a poor, broke college girl living in Southern California’s salary. We’re talking roughly 500 to 1500 dollars to publish this!

But that doesn’t keep me down.

I have a plan and it’s called Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a website where you can start a project, where its recording an album, starting a book of your photography, starting a clothing line or, yes, publishing a book, and you can ask people to help fund the project.

That is what I am doing.

It’s officially up and ready to go, just click here. It is up and running until September 13th, 8 pm Pacific time zone. I am asking for 500 dollars…and I have to reach all 500 dollars or I won’t get any of the money at all.

Now I’m not asking for a lot but every dollar helps…a dollar, two dollars, five dollars, whatever you can give!

I hope that you can help out and help me live my dreams.

And if you have a dream and want to start a Kickstarter, let me know! and I’d be MORE than happy to help!

Making Changes, Making Moves

Now, pharmacy most of my blog posts are strictly nerd or fandom related, and usually I spend a good 500-1000 words being silly and crazy and talking about awesome fandom stuff.

Today’s blog post is going to be a little different, a little more personal and a lot more me.

 DON’T LEAVE! Hear me out:

I know it’s not nerd, but if you follow this blog, I hope that you have at least some attachment to me, whatanerdgirlsays. So i hope that you can hear me out and enjoy this post, even if its not what I usually write.

In the past few months, I’ve been dealing with a lot…most of it stress. I’ve been in a job that I absolutely hated, I was working 40 or more hours a week, I wasn’t seeing my friends or my family or my boyfriend, I had no time to write or read, my grades were falling and I was gaining weight like crazy. I was downright miserable.

But, I don’t know, one day, I just woke up and decided, enough was enough. I’m only twenty-four years old and now is the time to live life.

So, first, I started this blog. And I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly happy this blog makes me. It makes me happier than I’ve been in awhile. I love writing it, I LOVE hearing feedback from you guys. I’m seriously starting to think of creating whatanerdgirlsays stickers or buttons or bracelets or something because I am so insanely attached to this blog. Its something that I’ve seriously enjoyed doing because it’s so me. I love to write and I love all things nerd. So thank you for reading this blog and giving me a reason to keep writing it.

Secondly, after being miserable all summer, working an insane amount of hours and not being able to actually enjoy my summer, I quit my job. That’s right, I quit. I realized that in a few years, when I finally graduate college, I’m going to be working a 40+ hour week for the rest of my life…and until then, I need to worry less about work and more about me. So I’m done and I quit. I do not currently have a job, but I am looking (if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears) and I’m looking for something with less hours, so that I can pay my bills (which aren’t a lot) and I can still enjoy my life.

Then I decided it was time to live out my dreams.

Okay, that probably sounded pretty corny. It’s so true though!

Instead of focusing all my time and energy on a job that I hated, I’m focusing on the things that I want to focus on.

Like spending more time with my family and my friends and my boyfriend.

Like putting way more focus on school! I know that the biggest thing that is going to help me in life, with becoming a teacher, and even with becoming a writer, is to finish school and to finish my education and work has been holding me back from that for far too long.

Like finally coming to terms with who I am and what I look like. I’m a nerd, and I’ve found myself an awesome group of nerd friends and I’ve got a good family and a great boyfriend. And even though there are days when I look in the mirror and am unhappy with what I see, I have more and more days where I’m accepting how I look and I’m happy that I’m the way I am.

And doing what I love most: writing. And I’m doing two things with my writing. One is this blog. I want more time to devote to this blog.

My second thing with my writing is to finish my second novel. I’ve been working on it for about a year and a half and honestly, I’ve been stuck for ages. I haven’t had the time to sit there and think about my main characters and where I want them to go and what I want them to do. I haven’t had the time to write. And I want to focus on writing more than anything because it is my dream job.

And I want to get my first novel published. Another Chance for Summer was started when I was 19 and finished when I was about 21 or 22. Its currently published through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I’ve mostly gotten good responses from it. Hey, you can’t please everyone!

And of course, I’ve sent out about a million manuscripts and letters to different publishers. And of course, I’ve got a million no’s.

Though that’s extremely discouraging and disappointing, I’m trying my super very best not to let it get me down. I know that Meg Cabot was rejected a million times, I know that J.K. Rowling (all hail the Queen!) was shot down before little ol Bloomsbury took it on. I know that even the best have gotten rejected at times.

So, I’m taking matters into my own hands. I’m not going to sit around any longer and just wait for things to happen and wait for my dreams to come true.

I’m going out there and getting things done! I’v decided that I’m going to self-publish Another Chance For Summer. And it’s not cheap. So I’m looking to save some money and I’m starting a Kickstarter for the project to get YOUR help in making this possible. My project isn’t up and running quite yet but once it is, I’ll post about it!

So I’m making changes in my life and I’m finally doing what I want to do rather than what is expected of me. And I’m trying to live my life the way I want to live it: with the people I love and doing the things that I love. I’m so proud of myself for coming to these realizations and for making the moves to make my life better and to make my dreams come true!

But I can’t take all the credit for that. I have to throw a shout-out to my friend Tony, who runs his own website, facebook page and video blog on his own life changes. He tried to get onto the show, The Biggest Loser, made it so far and so close and just didn’t quite make it. But instead of letting it get him down, he’s been losing weight on his own and making his own changes, like quitting his job and getting a job that fits his dreams. His video blog is super fun to watch it and the moves he’s been making and the life that he’s urging himself to live is a serious inspiration to me and it shows me that you CAN do it, even when you think you can’t.

So I’m sorry for the super long post and I hope that you enjoyed getting to know me a bit more. I’ll have more information on my Kickstarter project to get Another Chance for Summer published in a few days, I hope, and, of course, I’ll share it will all of you lovely people. Thanks, as always, for reading and I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing back from you!

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