I just wanted to let you all know, for those who don’t follow me on Facebook and Twitter, that Forbidden Darkness, the first book in my paranormal YA series, is FREE until the 14th! This is part of Booktrope’s sale, where you can get over 200 of their e-books for FREE!
Below is a link to Forbidden Darkness on Amazon, as well as Booktrope’s book archive of free books! Enjoy!
(Also, Shadow People, the second book in the series, is releasing December 14th! So if you haven’t started the series, now’s a good time to start!)
I just wanted to let you all know that my novel Forbidden Darkness is on sale on Amazon for $0.99 for a limited time! For those of you who don’t know what it is about, take a look below.
Being a sixteen year old Monster Hunter sucks. That’s what Heather Hawkins learns just days before her sixteenth birthday. After dealing with her best friend, Kristen’s, attempted suicide, the last thing Heather wants is any more drama. When the realistic dreams of Heather being haunted by a guy named Kadin begin, she learns the truth. She is a Monster Hunter, and on her birthday, she will undergo a change that will make her stronger, more powerful, and nearly invincible to Monsters. Along with having a hot new trainer named Philip, she believes that this will be a new beginning for herself.
Unfortunately, Monsters aren’t the only thing Heather needs to worry about. With someone stalking her dreams, she realizes there may be more than just Monsters in the world, and that Kadin will do anything to stop her from helping the Monster Hunters. Even if that means unleashing an entity that was locked away by his people thousands of years ago.
In this all-new paranormal young adult series, romances will be formed, evil becomes unleashed, and everyone Heather loves will soon be at risk. Because in a world where Monsters walk the earth, anything is possible.
First of all, I would just like to say that I’ve had an amazing last few weeks with Booktrope. We’ve yet to encounter any sort of problem, and my team working with me to make Forbidden Darkness possible means the world to me right now.
We’re just one week away from the release of the first book in my all-new series, The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles. I can’t even begin to express how excited I am for the world to finally see the best version of this book. While I know not every review will be positive, and I know I won’t get overnight success, the thought of my book being in my hands is amazing. The thought of it being in readers’ hands is amazing.
For those who don’t know, what may seem like just a fun, dark read on the outside, is actually a series very important to me. This series has taken years of planning, and I feel like I finally got the first book right (after writing it about 5 or 6 times). The themes in the series are dark, and there are things that will make you cry. There are things that will sound painfully familiar to you. These characters are very real with very real problems, even in a paranormal world.
I gave my characters, especially my main character’s best friend Kristen, real problems to help readers feel connected to them. Problems such as suicide, self-harm, and many more will surface throughout the series, because these are problems teens and adults alike face every day. I do not encourage these, and do not find them to be entertainment. But for me it’s all about keeping it real, even in a fictional setting.
So in 1 week, the Darkness will be unleashed, and you’ll enter a world that I’m thrilled for you to be a part of. I just hope you’ll all be as thrilled as I am. 🙂
Today I am very happy to share with you the official cover for my re-release, Forbidden Darkness!
I’m very excited to say that this book will be released to the world on June 5th, 2015. This book is very important to me, as well as the series as a whole.
One thing I know I’m going to get asked is this: Why did you choose to incorporate things like suicide, self-harm, and depression in a world that’s supposed to for entertainment? The answer to that question is actually pretty simple.
I do not believe in censorship. When I wrote my first novel, Before I Break and it made its debut in September of 2014 (which is also re-releasing this July), I was very concerned about the type of response it would get. Many authors including my very favorite, Ellen Hopkins, get banned from schools and certain places because of the type of things their books cover.
Forbidden Darkness focuses on Heather Hawkins, who just recently almost lost her best friend Kristen to suicide. The affect effect that it leaves on Heather is sad, because throughout the novel she worries that it’s going to happen again. Heather’s mom worries that Heather will turn out like Kristen. Philip, who is now Heather’s love interest, plays a role in the things that happened to Kristen. While Heather is the main protagonist of the book, what happened with Kristen was pretty damaging to everyone around her.
When Heather realizes she’s a Monster Hunter and is being stalked by a guy named Kadin in her dreams, she notices he can wield Darkness. The idea of the Darkness came to me when I originally named the first book Negative Energy. I won’t go too much into the story because I still want people to read it, but the Darkness is basically a physical form of all those negative emotions you feel. And it’s entirely, 100% evil.
I look forward to being able to dig into other issues as this series goes along, and for you to see the true potential of Darkness. Just like life, we all have a little Darkness inside us, and when everything is going on around us, we need to learn not to give in. Never give into the Darkness, because it will take over your life in ways that you may never have imagined.
The hidden messages are thrown throughout the novel, and I hope now this will make it easier for people to catch them. Writing this series was a way of controlling my Darkness. What will you do to control yours?