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.
These short stories will be available my Wattpad account (http://www.wattpad.com/user/AlecBelle) and my blog (https://alecjohnbelle.wordpress.com/)
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. 🙂