Last April, I got accepted by Booktrope Publishing. As one could imagine, I was relieved. Self-publishing had become an extra weight on my that I could no longer bear. At 17, I made a very quick and irrational decision, signing on, having no idea what to expect.
On April 29,2016, every author and team member for Booktrope received and email, letting them know that Booktrope is closing its doors.
We are deeply saddened to share the news that Booktrope will be ceasing business effective May 31, 2016. This decision was not reached lightly and we will share as much as we can with the community over the next few weeks.
When I read the email, I was shocked, but not really. Devastated. Hurt. Angry. But most of all, I was left with a heavy uncertainly hanging on my shoulders, as are so many who are being hurt by the loss of the company. As of May 31st, 2016, all four of my books will be removed from Amazon, no longer accessible to readers.
Due to this, May 3-7, I believe, I am offering all of my books for free. I wish I had an answer as to what’s coming next. I wish I could say that the books will go right back up because I’ll self-publish them, but it’s not that simple.
Booktrope offered me a way. A way to be a student, to meet some amazing people, and to live my dream that I’ve had since elementary school. I’ve grown so much because of them and everyone I’ve met. My teams put so much time and effort into my books that I can never repay them fully enough for.
After graduation from high school in June, I will be starting college in the fall. I’m starting to see that maybe this is a sign that it’s not my time. I wish I had better news, but at the moment, I do not.
I’m not giving up on my dream forever. I could never do that. But right now I’m at a loss for words and ideas, and it’ll take some time and thought to fully come up with a game plan.
I just want all of my friends, family, and most of all, my fans, to know that this is not the end of the line for me. A hiatus, maybe, but certainly not the end. While I do not know about everything else, that is the one thing I am certain of.
I hope to see you guys again soon.
Alec John Belle
As some of you may have noticed, my presence on Wattpad has been growing the last week. With Fear Games’ premiere last Monday, and posting the first chapter of The Long Road Home as a preview, I’ve been attempting to draw in new readers.
Part of the reason I chose to do Fear Games as an online miniseries on Wattpad is due to the growing popularity of books on the site. The interactions with readers in phenomenal. In fact, many of the readers on Wattpad are kind, dedicated, and optimistic any time their favorite writer adds something new. It is an environment I’m truly happy to be part of now, and I look forward to seeing you there.
You can find the premiere of Fear Games right here.
You can find the first chapter of The Long Road Home right here.
Feel free to subscribe to my page here.
I’ve also been a lot more active on Instagram. You can find me here!
So I finally have a release date for this book. Even though it’s only been two months, it feels like forever, mostly because I’m super excited–and proud–of this book.
The Long Road Home will be release April 15th, 2016!
Along with that, April 15th-17th, I’m hosting an online release day weekend event on Facebook. There will be lots of authors and bloggers doing takeovers, with lots of giveaways! The event is public, so all you have to do is click here to join.
I look forward to seeing everyone there! I also have a cover reveal party here, so be sure to check it out to be one of the first to see the cover!
*SPOILER ALERT FOR SHADOW PEOPLE. DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IT.*
With Shadow People’s release December 14th, I know people who read it probably have a million questions running through their minds. I’ve seen a few other popular authors do this, and so I decided to do one myself. Below are questions readers may have, and the answers I can provide you with at the current moment. Since this wrap-up post is on Shadow People, be warned that there are SPOILERS. I am telling you this again as a warning, so whatever you read beyond this point is not my fault if it spoils anything. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
1. “If Hayden’s Dad is really a Fallen Angel, wouldn’t he know whether God approves of homosexuality or not?”
I know this is a bit of a touchy subject, but in the realm of The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles, there are Angels and then there are Guardians. Angels live in Paradise, but Guardians protect Paradise and have a more personal relationship with God. One might assume that an Angel would know every detail, but similar to humans, they do not. Guardians are who have all the answers of the Universe (and yes, I do mean all) because of their relationship with God. It’s a storyline that’ll play out over the next few books and you’ll learn more about it as the story goes on.
2. “Will we see more of The Council in the future?”
The basic answer to this question is yes, as they rule over the Monster Hunters. I can say you’ll learn part of the reason why everything has been kept a secret in the third book, Fiery Passion.
3. “Are we ever going to see Kristen’s brother and father?”
Yes, Lucas and Mr. Mason are in Fiery Passion after Lena’s death.
4. “Speaking of Lena’s death, it seemed as though she knew more than she let on prior to being murdered. Will we ever learn what it is that she knew? If so, when?”
This is a bit of an iffy question. The reason I say that is that Lena may not have known as much as you think, or she may have. I left it vague for a reason. We know that she was involved in Heather’s kidnapping, so she obviously knows something in regards to that. Lena is a pawn in a game that she wasn’t really aware was going on. She knows something, it’s just a matter of how much she knows. You’ll find out more in Fiery Passion.
5. “Lena made a discovery about the demon Ziminiar at the end of the book. When will we find out what it is?”
Lena knows who Ziminiar is. She knows this person outside of being a demon, and whether you’ve met this person or not is still a mystery at the moment. This is also a mystery you will uncover in Fiery Passion.
6. “Fiery Passion is supposed to be the end of arc 1. What exactly does that mean?”
As you’ve seen from my previous answers, Fiery Passion answers a lot of the questions that you have. Even more than Shadow People did. The reason why is that there’s an overall storyline that’s been happening in the first three books that will be resolved by the end of the third book. Obviously the series will continue beyond that point, and there may be a couple questions remaining to go into arc 2, but for the most part, the questions that have been formed since Forbidden Darkness will be answered. It’s an exciting time for me because you will finally get to know something I know that I’ve been waiting to share for over a year.
7. “At the end, Kadin and Heather shared a moment. Is this foreshadowing a future love triangles?”
I can’t tell you what exactly that means yet, but I can say that there will be no love triangle. The answer as to who Heather is meant to be with is right in front of you. It’s just a matter of whether you can figure it out.
8. “Kadin matured a lot in Shadow People. Will we see more of him throughout the series?”
Kadin is a character that’s not going anywhere any time soon. In fact, he has a point-of-view in Fiery Passion.
9. “Why must you torture us with cliffhangers?”
I actually really like cliffhangers. I love them in series that I read, and I’m also in love with Pretty Little Liars, which is the Queen of Cliffhangers. So I have a bit of a love for them, which is why I use them. It’s not meant to be a torture mechanism LMAO. It’s just something I enjoy doing for writing purposes.
10. “When can we expect book 3?”
While there is no definite date, it is scheduled for sometime this summer.
I did it.
Took me two months, but I finally finished this book. There are a few thoughts I’d like to share, because I have to say, this book was an incredible journey for me to write. With that being said, there were a lot of highs and lows creatively throughout this book.
The book’s currently in editing right now, which I’m very proud of. I got some feedback from an early reader today who said that they liked the book and felt the ending was “weird.” There is a reason I’m addressing this, and I’ll tell you why.
I love feedback. In fact, this person’s feedback is probably going to help improve the ending of the book a lot; that is, writing-wise. Do I regret the ending that I gave to the book? Of course not. Do I regret the decisions the characters make at the end? No. I wanted to write a book that was raw, honest, and powerful.
Granted, the ending, especially after the first draft, really needs some improvement. Believe me, first drafts are never pretty. There’s usually some cases of inconsistencies, or hell, even times where a character’s name changes from Clarice to Claire mid-book (yes, this happened in The Long Road Home, and the character’s name is now Claire). My point is, I appreciate my betas because they give me some input on things I may not catch myself, and this girl’s feedback will probably help the writing style of the ending a lot.
Will I change the ending?
Will some fans want the ending to be rewritten?
Maybe. It all depends on the perspective, and that’s okay.
With Before I Break, I was concerned about the ending as well. Heck, I was so scared that I almost didn’t publish it. But I did and the reviews and feedback I’ve gotten in amazing. I don’t regret where my characters end up. They’re real, honest, living characters that deserve to face reality just as much as people do.
Not every story has a happily-ever-after. Life is not a fairy tale. Life’s a journey that needs to be walked, and the characters in The Long Road Home all face a dose of reality.
With that being said, I hope you all do, too.
Alec John Belle
2016 is going to be a big year for me. Aside from writing books, I will also be graduating high school and starting college. I’m looking forward to the next step in my life, and I’m also really looking forward to the books coming out.
Most of my writing will probably be done in the first half of the year, and after some planning, I have three books I plan on releasing next year, one of which I’m already almost done writing.
- The Long Road Home (Contemporary YA): Brooke never meant to survive. She hoped that the suicide attempt would end all of her suffering. After years of rejection, pain, and heartbreak, she feels as though she’s not good enough for anyone. Now she’s stuck in a hospital, being forced to take antidepressants and is getting therapy for her issues.And she hated it until she met him.Now Brooke must remember the past in order to better her future, while trying to keep her feelings for the new patient in check. In this heartbreaking novel, a young girl will laugh, cry, and fight to find her way home to the one place she’s never really let anyone in–her own heart.
Expected Publication Date: March 2016
- Fiery Passion (The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles, #3): This book has a synopsis, but I don’t plan on releasing it until some time next year, after Shadow People (December 14, 2015) is out. What I can say is that this book will be much darker than the first two books and will focus on some on Heather’s personal relationships.
Expected Publication Date: Summer 2016
- Untitled (The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles, #4): This book is actually not untitled, but since the title is somewhat spoilery, I will not be revealing the title until after Fiery Passion comes out. This will be the end of story arc 1 in The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles.
Expected Publication Date: Winter 2016
As you can see, 2016 is going to be a good year for books, as well as a good year for my personal life. I have no guarantees that this will stay exactly the same, as things come up and can interfere with my writing life, such as this year. I am not making any promises, just goals, and I think that goals are a very good thing.
I look forward to heading into the new year with you and I hope you all come along with me for the ride. 🙂
Many of you know that Before I Break was originally self published. During the time after the book’s first release, I started focusing on other characters that had important roles in the plot. I then came up with two short stories.
When my book got picked up by Booktrope, I asked my book manager about these short stories I’d written. Originally the plan was to publish them through Booktrope to build the excitement for the book, but then we decided to do something a little more appreciative to the fans.
We decided to make BOTH short stories free! And to make it even better, I decided to write a THIRD short story as well!
For those of you who do not know what Before I Break is, all I can say right now is that it’s an LGBT Contemporary YA novel that focuses on other social issues. Some topics covered in the book and short stories are suicide, discrimination, mental illness, self harm, coming of age, discovering your sexuality, and more.
The three short stories descriptions are as follows.
1. CAPRICIOUS (Before I Break, #0.5): In this haunting prequel short story to Alec John Belle’s novel, Before I Break, Jake struggles with the idea of religion, discrimination, homosexuality, and life as he deals with an obvious mental illness.
2. THE WINTER OF HARMS (Before I Break, #0.6): In this prequel short story to the upcoming novel,Before I Break, read Avery’s journal and see what pushed him to his breaking point, and the mistake he made that could have taken his own life.
3. TURMOIL (Before I Break, #0.7): Following the events of CAPRICIOUS, Melissa is happy in her relationship with Cyril, until she finds herself looking at other girls. But she loves Cyril…right?
All of these short stories focus of the three supporting characters of Before I Break, which will focus on Cyril’s story. In the novel, you’ll see all of the stories come together and how each of these characters lead to Cyril’s breaking point.
The release dates for these short stories are as follows:
CAPRICIOUS: May 15th, 2015.
THE WINTER OF HARMS: June 12th, 2015.
TURMOIL: June 26th, 2015.
All leading up the the re-release of Before I Break! These short stories will also be available for free as e-books for iTunes, Nook, Page Foundry, and quite a few other places, but those links are now live as of right now.
This book, along with these short stories, are very important to me. This world I’ve created with these characters has grown on me, which is why I have some more announcements coming your way after the book re-releases. I hope you all stick around to see how everything turns out. 🙂
I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately. Mostly that has to do with there not really being many things to talk about.
Fortunately, I did a recent author interview, along with that interview, she’s giving away and ARC of both BEFORE I BREAK and FORBIDDEN DARKNESS. In case you aren’t aware, these are two books that I self-published and are now being re-published through Booktrope. I’m really excited about this ARC copy.
If you want to check it out, be sure to click the link below!
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It’s been a while since I’ve talked to you all. With school, writing my two serial dramas on Wattpad, and trying to work on the reprints of Before I Break and Forbidden Darkness, it’s been a crazy couple weeks. But today I have some news in regards to the cover of Before I Break.
As I said in one of my previous blog posts, the covers for both of my books have to be changed due to being reprinted under Booktrope, and while I love both covers dearly, I had to make the right decision for me as an author, the writer and creator of these worlds, to make sure my books get read. While I am sad to see those old covers go, and I don’t have much news on the Forbidden Darkness cover, I do have this to say:
I am working really hard with my cover designer to keep a very similar look. As you know, I adore the cover for Before I Break because of all the symbolism behind it, so changing it is very hard. I do believe some of the same stock photos will be used for the new cover, which will give it a similar feeling. In other words, it’ll be a new cover, but you should be able to tell it’s a reprint.
As of right now, I have not seen the new cover but I know it’s going to be great. I am so excited to share it with you guys when I finally get the chance. I hope that all of you enjoy it as much as I know I’m going to.
Unfortunately this is the most news I can give you right now. Hopefully I’ll have more in the weeks to come. Take care and let me know what you guys think of the new cover having a similar look to the original!