What’s Next in 2016?

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. 🙂

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The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles to Feature Multiple POVs

I have a message for all of my readers of The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles. It’s one that I’m very excited to share.

As you all know, the first book in The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles was called Forbidden Darkness and had Heather’s point of view only. It worked really well for the first book, as a way to introduce her and the world around her. Now, as I’ve finished the second book in the series and started the third book, I can say this:

The Forbidden Darkness books will have multiple narrators per book.

Now, this may seem like a lot, but it’s really not. By multiple, I just mean more than one. In the second book, titled Shadow People (coming this fall), Heather and Hayden are telling the story. In the third book, a new POV has been added. It’s a POV I’m very excited to have.

So the first book has one narrator. The second book has two. The third book has three.

Does this mean the fourth book will have four? Probably not. But who knows. As this world grows, and more characters are introduced, there’s so many stories to tell that all intertwine with each other.

What I can say is that the final book (book eight) will probably have at least four POVs. I can explain more on that once I get closer to it, but I have an endgame in mind. One that I really love.

I just wanted to make this little announcement to get everyone ready for what’s to come. Will your favorite Forbidden Darkness Chronicles character get their own POV? Make sure to continue reading the books to find out!

The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles: Shadow People Update

The news is out! I finally finished writing Shadow People, the second book in my paranormal YA series, The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles.

I wanted to give a quick update as to how this process is going to work, since readers are probably curious. I sent it to my beta readers, who have finished reading it (all except one, who is a bit of a slower reader, but that’s okay!). Here’s how things are going to work now.

  • Mock Up Cover: This is actually my favorite part of the publishing world, I’ve noticed. I love covers. Like, completely, totally love covers. The cover will start being worked on later this month. We’ve discussed some ideas, and I really like what I’m visualizing in my head. If all goes well, this cover will be dark and pretty at the same time.
  • Editing: I will edit for a little bit myself, and then will send to my editor. That will take a few weeks. While it is in editing, the cover will hopefully be done. At least the mock up, anyway. Which means I’ll be able to do a reveal somewhere around this time.
  • Cover Reveal: As I said, this will probably be somewhere in editing. Might be after. Not really sure. No specific dates have been set yet, though I probably should talk to my Book Manager about all this stuff. Soon.
  • Proofreading: After editing comes the lovely act of proofreading. This checks for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. All that fun stuff. This usually goes by quickly, in my experience with my publisher.
  • Layout: This unfortunately takes a pick longer than I’d like, but at least I get to pick out a nice font for chapter headings and such (it’ll probably be different from the Forbidden Darkness one, so it’ll have a different vibe). I’ll have to look at those again.
  • Finishing Up/Printing: This is my second favorite part, literally right behind covers. We get the page count, make the spine so it fits, and then it gets approved (hopefully). Then I can order my copies, but I typically have to wait a bit longer than I’d like. It took what seemed like an eternity for Forbidden Darkness to get here. At least they did without disaster.

Sadly, this means it’ll take a couple of months. On the bright side? It’ll only take a couple of months! Are you excited for Shadow People? I’ll hopefully have an approved blurb soon!

Thank you to all my readers who have stuck with my through this journey as I get ready to publish this second Forbidden Darkness Chronicles book, and my third book overall. This wouldn’t be as fun without you. 🙂

Forbidden Darkness 1 Week Away!

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. 🙂

Forbidden Darkness Cover Reveal, Why I Wrote the Book

Today I am very happy to share with you the official cover for my re-release, Forbidden Darkness!

Cover and description.
Cover and description.

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?

Forbidden Darkness wrap

Author Interview and ARC Giveaway

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!

Author Interview and Giveaway

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