On June 19th, 2017, I embarked on the first step of my indie publishing journey. That was the day The Hunted, Book One of the Hunter Circles Series, released to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Every month for the next three months, the rest of the five-book series released. It was one hell of a ride and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of this first leg of this indie publishing journey! As of September 25th, 2017, the Hunter Circles Series is now complete.
Though this is the end of the series, it is by no means the end of this world–or these characters. Over the next year, I will keep telling this world’s story, starting with a new trilogy beginning in January. Stay tuned!
In a world full of magik and demons, one team of Fire Circle demon Hunters must face their shattered pasts and twisting loyalties in order to save a child from the demonic Empire of Darkness. If they can’t, Darkness’s heir will burn Boston, and all planes of existence, to the ground.
Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors… and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 96 hours!
Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a PURPLE TEAM for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.
***THE SCAVENGER HUNT***
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on TEAM BLUE, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 30TH, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
LET THE HUNT BEGIN!
***MEET SARAH FISCHER AUTHOR OF FIRST SEMESTER***
Always the avid reader, Sarah Fischer found it frustrating that there were so few books following the struggles and joys that a typical college student faces. While recovering from surgery, she decided to write one. Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester is based on real events that happened to Sarah and her friends over the years and is currently available for preorder. When she isn’t unveiling long held secrets or working as a government drone, Sarah likes to go to the movies with her husband and spend time with her two furbabies.
Violet Carrington is a freshman at Elton Hall University, but she’s about to get more than just her degree…
Throwing herself into the insanity of college life, Violet makes new friends and even catches the eye of a handsome guy. Everything is as it should be, until one night out she crosses paths with a mysterious, sinfully attractive man. Not only does he manage to ignite a burning desire deep inside her, he also happens to be her new, off-limits college professor.
Professor David Berneli is only visiting Elton Hall, but a lot can happen in a year…
Everyone knows any personal relationship between professor and student is strictly prohibited. But somewhere in between lectures and after school events, Violet manages to dazzle him. She not only challenges David at every turn, but also tempts his every desire. No matter how hard they try to ignore the crackle of sexual tension between them, a few furtive glances quickly turn into clandestine meetings in his office.
By giving in to temptation, Violet and David fall deeper down the rabbit hole…
As the semester ticks on, Violet begins to question not only the whirlwind affair that threatens to consume them both, but David’s desires as well. If he’s not willing to risk everything for her, she’ll have no choice but to leave the comfort of his arms without looking back.
Before any decision can be made, a looming threat comes out of the shadows, putting her and the passionate relationship she has with her professor in danger.
Now Violet must fight for her own life, and for the one she wants to spend it with…
For character details, teasers, sneak peaks, and further details, check out the About Sarah Page on our blog.
GUYS! One year ago today, Gyre was released into the world and my dream of seeing my book published came true. And because of you wonderful, amazing readers, I got to release its sequel and a novella in that same year (Landlocked and Driftwood).
I cannot believe it’s been a full year since Gyre came out! It just doesn’t compute. This past year has been filled with so many incredible experiences, from traveling to Las Vegas to attend the RT Booklovers Convention, to signing my book at Barnes and Noble. And throughout it all, I got to meet other authors and, more importantly, interact with readers.
Thank you so, so much for accompanying me on this ride. It has been INCREDIBLE. And as a way to give back to you, I’ve teamed up with some of my best author friends who also have book birthdays in February to give you one amazing giveaway.
(1) signed copy EACH of all of our 2016 debut New Adult Speculative Fiction books.
That’s right. One lucky winner will get $50 to Amazon and 4 brand new, signed paperbacks. You can enter this giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you so, so much for helping me make my dream come true. Because of your support, I get to do what I love, which also means I keep being able to give you guys more stories to enjoy. Thank you for this amazing first year, and here’s to many more!
This year. THIS YEAR. I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced the range of highs and lows that I did in 2016. Despite all the obvious bad things (and boy were there a TON), a lot of good things happened, too.
For instance, my dream came true: I published my first book. And I am so grateful and humbled by the small village of brilliant, talented people that helped bring about that dream.
But 2016 wasn’t just about Gyre. I also read 100 books (at least 60% of which were by indie or small press authors, so woot!), met and connected with a ton of people at RT Convention in Las Vegas, traveled to 3 new states, went on a road trip, and published two of Gyre’s sequels: Landlocked and Driftwood.
Overall, I didn’t hit all the goals I set for 2016. But considering everything 2016 brought, I’m okay with that. This year was full of twists and turns, both in life and relationships, but also this crazy publishing world. In all things, I think my biggest takeaway from 2016 is this: everything you want is on the other side of fear, and that fear and exhilaration often live on opposite sides of an incredibly thin line.
Looking ahead at 2017, I see a whole new world of potential, filled with more writing, more published works, and much more travel.
Here are some of my goals for 2017:
See Riptide (Atlas Link #3) published in August.
Read 50 published or soon-to-be published books.
Write 4 books, 2 novellas, and 2 short stories. (These are the *planned* projects… who knows what’ll actually happen!)
Buy experiences, not things. This is pretty much my motto for 2017. I want to travel more, experience new things, and really live, not just exist. I’ve got a few ideas in mind for this, but I’m going to let things unfold as I go.
What are your goals for 2017? What’s your most anticipated read? I want to know! 🙂
I read 100 books this year, which is going to make this reading round-up incredibly difficult compared to past years. But I’m here to try, so let’s do this!
Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember – I’ve had a very love-hate relationship with YA (overall) lately, especially over the past year, but Julia Ember’s book was a bright, refreshing light for me. Unicorn Tracks is one of the most unique YA Fantasy books I’ve ever read. It’s also a diverse read. If you’re looking for an amazing, fast-paced strikingly different YA Fantasy, try Unicorn Tracks. You won’t be disappointed.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Cinder is a YA Sci-Fi Fairytale Retelling of Cinderella, but it’s also a lot more. This was a book I’d meant to read for years now and finally picked up when I discovered audiobooks this year. (And the audiobook is phenomenal, by the way!) Cinder took me by utter surprise. It’s easy to forget this is a Cinderella retelling and not a sci-fi/dystopian tale of an Earth plagued by a disease that kills within days. But then Meyer reminds you this is, in fact, a fairytale. I’ve gone on to read most of the rest of the series, and am currently finishing up Winter. This series might become one of my favorite YA series of all-time.
Artificial by Jadah McCoy – Artificial is a NA SF story that mixes creatures and monsters with androids and the question of what makes us human, not just in the futuristic dystopian setting of the book, but in general. I loved this!
The Debt Collector, Season One by Susan Kaye Quinn – Here’s another great new adult sci-fi/noir story, told as a serial. I’ve really gotten into serials this year and actually really prefer this format (for the same reason I love series of books and TV shows compared to one-shot movies and standalone books).
Of Scions and Men by Courtney Sloan – OSAM is a SF Dystopian that restored my faith in vampire novels, utterly and completely. This book is dark and gritty, but also full of heart. Check this book out for sure!
The Immortality Cure by Tori Centanni – This is another vampire book, but with a twist. The main character used to be a vampire and is searching for a way to regain her immortality. SO GOOD.
The Rouge Retrieval by Dan Koboldt – This is an adult SFF reminiscent of Stargate and Now You See Me, which are two of my favorite things on the planet. So, naturally, this book is easily in my top 10 list. There’s no further description. GO ONE-CLICK THIS BOOK!
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – This novella is an Adult Fantasy / Fairytale that is somehow at once both light-hearted and whimsical, and a dark, soul-wrenching look at what happens to the children who go to other worlds like Narnia and Wonderland… and are forced to come back against their will. The children who are stranded in our world. The children who are forever changed by their adventure. If I could give this novella a million stars, I would.
I read a TON of craft books this year, but these were my favorites 🙂
Take Off Your Pants! By Libbie Hawker – This book saved my (writing) life. Literally. I used to pants everything. Every time I plotted a book, I “lost the magic” and couldn’t finish it. But for some reason, Libbie Hawker made plotting make sense, and I refer to this book every time I start a new project. This book is now my writing bible.
Chris Fox’s entire Write Faster, Write Smarter craft book series was recommended to me and I loved every book. Though they’re short, these novella-length craft books are jam-packed with useful information, good tips, and an easy step-by-step guide to many things in the publishing world.
So, there you have it. That’s my Top 10 of 2016 Reading List. But what’s my favorite book from this year? That’s easy.