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!
The time has finally arrived! The cover reveal for my newest book, The Long Road Home (April 15, 2016) is below!
The cover is a bit different than we originally anticipated, but we feel as though it fits the story perfectly. The orange represents Brooke’s life in the past–the monochromatic phase in her life. The colors near the top represent her time in the hospital, looking for a brighter future, hoping to recreate herself and her life.
The closer we get to the release day, the more anxious I get. In the meantime, here’s the synopsis below!
Brooke never meant to survive, hoping 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 hates it until she meets Matt.
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 that’s been ruined one too many times–her own heart.
Are you as excited for the book as I am? Let me know down in the comments and feel free to share this post! I look forward to sharing this story with you.
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!
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
Hi everyone! I apologize for my absence lately. Between editing my books and preparing them for republication, I have had so much going on, especially since I’m still a full-time student.
As you all know, I’m currently a blogger at the You Matter Blogger Council, which is basically a branch off of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. I’ve been trying to figure out some things I can do once I stop writing for them, and I came up with this idea that I’m so excited to share with you all.
A few years ago, I started a Facebook page called Beyond the Scars, a page in which people could reach out to me if they were in the middle of a crisis. I wanted to do the best I could to help prevent suicide, because it is a topic very close to my heart. I then unpublished the page because it wasn’t really going anywhere, and I needed some sort of outlet.
I don’t know why it took me so long to come up with this idea, but I decided I wanted to start an online blog used for suicide prevention. Then I decided, why not have it be much broader? Suicide isn’t the only thing young adults may be dealing with. Things like abuse, discovering sexuality, eating disorders, coming of age, applying for college, getting financial aid, overcoming illness, etc. are just to name a few. I wanted to create a place for people to be able to share their stories.
Beyond the Scars is going to be my new blog. Yes, I will still use this for book related things, so don’t worry. Beyond the Scars will be a place where people can submit stories, poems, resources, blog posts, etc. for teenagers who are struggling. With the blog, they will have the option to remain anonymous or use their names. Obviously the rules will be more in depth once I create the blog, but I want YOU to know that submissions will be open. It’s open to everyone and will give them an opportunity to share their stories. All submissions will go through me, and edits may be made for grammatical and formatting purposes.
Please keep in mind that this blog will be about overcoming challenges. It’ll be a place where people can know they’re not alone, and there will in fact be a resource page for things like that National Suicide Prevention Hotline and many more!
The website is here! If it is unavailable right now, that means the site is currently being fixed up.
I just want to let you all know that I’m really excited about this. The blog will be small at first, but I’m really proud of this project. I hope to get submissions from people soon! I’ll have details about that soon.