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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday Thoughts

I've been thinking about you guys, my readers and friends and how I can connect with you more often. A published author/mom's life is busy, but I think I've come up with a fun idea to post every Monday. To let you get to know me a little better, and hopefully through any interaction you share, you a little better, I'm going to pick a quote a week and post on Mondays. 

Some weeks, I'll share an accompanying story from my life or writing and some weeks, I'll put up the quote or thought and let have something to smile about at the beginning of your week. Should be fun. We'll try it for awhile and then, later in the week if I have updates, guests or announcements I can do those on Thursday or Friday.

So this Monday thought is a simple one. Here in the USA we've had a lot of talk about divisions and now I'm so glad to see that the pendulum is swinging back and we are also talking about our commonalities, religiously, politically,  race, even in our likes and dislikes. In my opinion, diversity is lovely, so this week I give you this quote:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find yourself loved today. If not, start a trend:) 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A sneak peek and update

Happy summer everyone! In Arizona where I live we are deep into the hot! That means it is time for beach reads, the cheapest vacation a person can buy!

Speaking of awesome beach reads, I have a update on Five Days Five Kisses. I should be getting it back from the editor this week to make final edits but most fun of all, I worked with a talented cover artist this week named Krysten McQuiggan who owns Drop Dead Designs.

Using the concept I had in mind, she created an awesome cover for Five Days Five Kisses! So, usually I wait for the cover reveal date, but I'm too excited so today I'm going to show you guys Krysten's handiwork! When it is time for the cover reveal, check in again because I'll be giving away copies of the new book if you can guess right how many times I used the word Kiss in the story. Can't wait for that:)

Until then, here is your sneak peek at  the cover for Five Days, Five Kisses.(throws confetti)
What do you guys think?  I love it. It makes me want to go find someone to kiss. Hmmm where is that husband of mine. Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A shout out to cover artists!

While this is not an "official" update, I'm so excited to tell you that Five Days Five Kisses is finished and in the hands of Beta readers! A shout out to my beta readers. Your feedback is the best!
Anyway, I'll be giving you a planned publication date soon and more sneak peeks into the new Five Day Series! Love those girls and can't wait to share their story.

Until then, I wanted to highlight the power of the cover artist and in this blog, one talented artist in particular! She works under the name of Drop Dead Designs.  A few months ago I started looking for the right cover or cover artist to create my third book in the Secret Keeper series. I found a talented young lady and while I can't show you the completed cover, I want to show you the template she sent for us to use for book three, Under The Broken Sky.
I love it and I'm so excited to post the final product in a few months. Here's a couple more covers that she created.

Yep, she's pretty amazing and I know there are many more like her and I'm so glad because my talent is with words, and without cover artists my stories would be incomplete. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Long over due update # 6

If good intentions were money, I am pretty sure we would all be rich:) I'm a little behind on my updates, but I'm here now and want to catch you guys up on my writing progress and little about why I haven't been posting for a few weeks. First off, my dad got married at 74 years old. It was a beautiful ceremony and a reminder that love can grow at any age! Also it's been keeping me busy. I've been sneaking in writing wherever I can and biggest news of all, I picked up the third Secret Keeper book again and have written nearly 12,000 words over the last few weeks. 

Why have I not finished Five Days, Five Kisses you might ask. Simply put, the inspiration struck to work on my final book of the Secret Keeper series when the first book, The Secret Keeper won two awards from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Yeah, Awesome! Thanks guys!

I'm at 33,000 words right now and excited to announce that three new characters will be introduced in this book. The title will be Under the Broken Sky. I'm SO EXCITED to share it with you. This suspenseful paranormal trilogy is fast becoming one of my favorite books to work on. As for Five Days, Five Kisses, I'm still planning  on finishing and publishing this year. Should be fun to see how it all works out. Until then, I hope your book boyfriends are hot and life treats you well. Thanks for stopping by. 

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May You Never Need a Secret Keeper.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

An awesome new release!

Today I'm taking a break from my regular updates(but not from working hard on my writing). I'm excited to share a new release from the talented Krysten Hager. Here's some info on her latest, Dating the It Guy.
Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager
YA contemporary romance
Published by Clean Reads

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

Short Excerpt:
“By the way, did you hear Lauren got into Senator Agretti’s old school?”

“Seriously? I wonder if she applied there because Brendon did,” I said.

Margaux snorted. “Duh, of course. Seriously, she might as well just pee on him to mark her territory.”

“Margaux, shut up,” Kylie said.

“Whatever. Anyway, the important thing is if Brendon knew she was applying there,” Margaux said. “Em, do you think he knew?”

I hoped Lauren was just trying to follow Brendon, but what if they had planned this whole thing while they were dating? What if he convinced her to apply there so they could go to college together, wear matching American flag sweaters with big scarves while drinking hot chocolate, and jump into leaf piles just like a preppy clothing catalog. At least now I didn’t have to worry about them reciting poetry to one another in South Bend, but still, what if they had made plans to go to school together?

“Don’t worry about it,” Kylie said. “She was probably trying to follow him—like she always does. She’s so pathetic.”

Kylie was trying to make me feel better, but Lauren was far from pathetic. After all, she was pretty much the “Most Likely to Succeed” poster girl. While she was out overachieving and saving the world without messing up her perfect, bouncy hair, I was trying to get through each day. I tried to push away the image of Lauren and Brendon holding hands and drinking hot chocolate under a stadium blanket. 

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Follow Krysten
Bio: Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is a also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes young adult, middle grade, new adult, and adult fiction as well as humor essays. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in southwestern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows (she's addicted to American Dad to the point where she quotes episodes on a daily basis and also loves Girl Meets World). She's also a third generation Detroit Lions fan.

Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

Praise for Dating the It Guy:
“A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” --Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author

"Hager's authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story  - complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile." --  Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie

What people are saying about Krysten’s work:
From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: "This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!"
From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren't everything. This book is related to every teen's problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

“Krysten captures the teenage girl today. The struggles are real, the issues are something children have been dealing with since before I was a teen, and oddly-Krysten captures the readers! I was prepared for another "Mean Girls" story. This is NOT that. This is the real story of teenage girls! You watch Landry flower into a young woman who finds out trust is an invaluable item to find, and friendships are hard to seek genuine realism in. You will learn about relationships with not just friends, but peers, boys, and others. The details put into the book will draw you, and make the story so much more realistic. Krysten expresses emotions beautifully through her writing, and the story flows flawlessly…” By Candice J. Conway Simpson

 “Krysten Lindsay Hager understands what it means to be a teen today, and she writes with an authentic voice. Landry, the main character, is funny, lively, and very real. Readers will relate to her struggles with friends and family, self-esteem and self-discovery, boys and school and life in general. It's fun to read about Landry's blossoming modeling career and the changes it brings.” Review by Author Diana Jenkins

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Update #5--as promised.

Hi again. Let's get right to it.  Last time I wrote, I hovered around 40 thousand and something words written and this week I only jumped to 41, 920. Why did I get so few words written over two weeks, you might ask. Well, the truth is writing is an inexact process, at least for me and many of my fellow authors. I was cruising along, ready to pump out the last couple of chapters and I realized, I wanted to change some things. My story was not what it could be, or what it will be after I edit it. 

I know just hearing the word editing makes your eyes glaze over with boredom, but truth of the matter is, editing, or molding as I call it is my favorite part. The very talented author Shannon Hale once described writing your first draft as dumping sand in the sandbox. Now completing my eighth novel, I agree. First time around, I'm putting something on paper to work with, something moldable.  But, I don't really know my characters yet, not until I cut and shape and clean up and form the story and turn the writing into something that will make you feel, joy, pain, and in Five Days, Five Kisses, fall in love with Nikola and Malan!

 So hold on with me. I'm already editing the last few chapters and am excited excited about the positive changes that have come out of my work. Just for fun, I copied and pasted what an un-edited section might look like. Here it is in all its messiness. I place a set of ones (111111) when I want to go back and fix something or find a better way to say what I mean. 

Nearly two sluggish hours had passed since they’d arrived at the hospital. He clutched Nikola’s letter in his hand, still thinking about the contents. Her tender words, pleading for his forgiveness, the way she spoke of their relationship, even their friendship brought up 111111111111feelings he’d kept subdued since receiving her final letter11111111earlier. 

Looks like I've still got work to do. Thanks for checking in and if you're after some sweet romance right now, check out my other titles. Angela's Amazon Page 
Most titles are .99 on kindle!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

As promised, Update #4

Hello my friends!

I hope your weekend was good. To start your new week, I'm so excited to catch you up on my writing progress this week. I hit 40, 754 words this week!! Anyone want to take a guess how many words I'll end up with? My hunch, somewhere near 47,000 but we'll see. So, one of the most common questions after someone reads one of my books is, where did you come up with the idea for (insert book here) Today, I'm give you the skinny on what prompted Five Days Five Kisses. It'll will be fun and then if you read the book, you'll know all the secrets about Maya, Liberty and most importantly, Nikola and what started it all. 

The concept of Five Days Five Kisses began over two years ago.  I was on my way up to sixth grade science camp with the entire sixth grade but was particularly responsible for my daughter and her two besties Lizzy and Kali. Around the same time, I'd been cooking up some new characters. 

Watching my daughter with her two best friends got me to thinking about how our friends, especially our best  friends make our lives both better and sometimes not so great.

That's how the characters of Nikola, Liberty, and Maya came into existence. Each girl was distinctly different and lovable in their own unique way just like my daughter'ss two best friends. Our first night at camp, we all went back to our cabins to sleep. My daughter and her friends, plus another four girls nervously climbed in bed. For some of them, this was their first time away from home. Plus, the woods were full of terrifying noises and even more heinous, six grade boys that were sneaking out of their cabins and terrorizing the girls' cabins. I had to do something to soothe the fettered nerves of the girl so I decided to tell a story. It couldn't be a scary one. It had to make the girls laugh and most importantly, it had to have an awe moment. Girls, you know what I'm talking about.  Boy kisses girl in a tender and unexpected way. We all say, awe, because we think it  is soooo cute.
 Anyway, I had each girl lay down and tuck themselves into their covers. Using the characters that I'd been creating for a few days I  began to tell a story of three best friends, one of which gets dumped on graduation day and the other two girls come up with a crazy five day plan to help her get over the guy who dumped her. As I wove my tale the girls became quiet but attentive. Soon they were leaning over their beds listening to every words. When I got to the end of my story, I heard not just one but several awes and at least one, that's so cute. At that moment, I knew I had a story worth writing. Two years later and with lots of adjustments and details added Five Days, Five Kisses is almost complete.

Oh and my daughter and her friends, they are firmly in the throes of young teen crushes and girl drama. Sigh...Until next time.