With less than 13 days 'til release, I am so excited to announce an international signed paperback giveaway of The Vow That Twisted Fate!
Let me preface this giveaway announcement by saying that this is for fans that ARE NOT in the United States/Canada. If you're in the United States and Canada, please check out the Goodreads giveaway HERE.
For my non-US/non-Canadian readers, you can enter the international giveaway HERE to win 1 (one) of 3 (three) signed paperback copies of The Vow That Twisted Fate any time between now and July 5th (see giveaway for complete rules).
This giveaway is open to any non-US/non-Canadian reader in a country where the USPS (United States Postal Service) will delivery.
Today I've been doing some reflection. It's my one year author anniversary. At least, it was around this time last year (it's hard to tell an exact date at the end of June 2020) that I embarked on this incredible journey. So why not just claim today?
'Wait,' you may say, 'Have you literally only been writing a year?'
Allow me to clarify.
I've been writing my entire life; since grade school with crayons and construction paper and squiggly misspelled words. I've even released a couple flop books; ones I wrote in college and released unedited and unpolished.
In all that time, though, never once did I actually consider what I was doing to be more than dabbling in a hobby. Even when I self-published my first two YA books (the ones that flopped), I never expected anything to really come of it. I was young; I didn't know what I was doing, and I believed that the only way to make a living or be a 'real' author was to be traditionally published.
And yet here I am, celebrating my one year author anniversary.
'What's the difference?' you may wonder. Or maybe you're rolling your eyes and ready to walk away from this weird woman's blog.
The difference, for those who have made it this far, is that one year ago today I claimed being an author as an identity. Writing is a career. Technical writing or writing for entertainment are both important. But an 'author' is a title, a noun to describe oneself.
A year ago today I moved past the mental roadblock of 'I'm just a writer' (meaning I was just a person who also wrote), and accepted that writing is just a part of who I am. The Katherine D. Graham without writing, without expressing the dreams and stories inside, had something missing in her life. She felt unseen. Her dreams didn't matter.
I must thank my amazing husband, Jikyo, for being the one who saw me floundering a year ago and told me he believed I needed writing in my life. That I was a better person when I wrote regularly. And that my books were special (which meant a lot coming from the man who easily tears fiction novels apart).
So here I am, one year later, on my one year author anniversary. And here's the key highlights of what has changed:
-I've embraced who I am as an author.
-I am happier and more motivated.
-Two novellas, Splitting Dusk and Down Falls The Queen are now avaialable..
-My debut Epic Fantasy Novel, The Vow That Twisted Fate, comes out in just a couple weeks (July 9th 2021).
-The Vow That Twisted Fate has already received awards.
-I am so humbled and honored to be a part of an amazing author community on Instagram and Facebook that I couldn't be here without.
-My amazing mentor Lindsey Teske has walked me step-by-step through being a writer into becoming an author.
-And I have writing dreams for the future!
If you are reading this and feel stuck, whether it's wanting to pursue writing or something else, please know that your dreams are worth pursuing. Don't wait for Monday. Don't wait for tomorrow. Embrace the challenges to come and the unknown. And become. Become who you are meant to be.
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It's hard to believe it's only 3 weeks til release: The Vow That Twisted Fate comes out July 9th 2021!
Many of you have been with me ever since I began sharing this journey as an indie author back in November. What a whirlwind year it has been! I am so honored and excited to be here!
It is with that in mind that I hope you'll join me in the celebrations as the book prepares to launch!
Since it is only 3 weeks til release: The Vow That Twisted Fate events are scheduled below:
1.) I am still sending everyone who pre-orders a digital copy of the book! Upload your pre-order receipt HERE to receive your copy.
2.) Everyone who pre-orders by June 2021 and uploads their receipt HERE will also be entered into the giveaway for a signed book plate & character art sticker trio (unless you opt out of the drawing).
3.) Pre-ordered a digital version but want a chance to win a free signed paperback? For my US and Canadian readers, you can enter to win the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win one of 5 signed paperback copies HERE.
--Not in the US/Canada? Don't worry! I have a giveaway planned for international readers for July, so sign up for my e-mail list HERE to be one of the first people to hear about it *and receive a free novella for signing up*.
4.) You're invited to the Launch Party on July 9th 2021! There will be gift card drawings and more! Check it out and RSVP HERE.
I am so honored to be celebrating this launch with each of you!
*Finally: Have you already read The Vow That Twisted Fate? If so, I need your help -- you're my only hope! *
If you've already read The Vow That Twisted Fate, a review would absolutely mean the world to me and can help me so much! Reviews can be left on Goodreads, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble at this time. Some readers have been able to leave reviews on Amazon under the paperback version HERE, but not everyone. Even a short review or star-only review can help The Vow That Twisted Fate become more visible to new readers, so I thank you in advance!!
If you're looking for some fresh new reads for summer, allow me to share some amazing June 2021 book giveaways and deals!
So far, I have purchased 7 and downloaded 10 free books from these promotions. There's also TWO giveaways running this month, one through Bookbub and one through Goodreads, that I'm exited to share with you!
Promo #1 - Sci-Fi/Fantasy for $1.99 or less (6/14/21 thru 6/21/21)
Spoilers: Down Falls The Queen: A Splitting Worlds Novella is listed for only 99 cents during this promo!
Promo #2 - Free Sci-Fi/Fantasy promo (5/30/21 thru 6/26/21)
Giveaway #1 - Goodreads Signed Paperback Giveaway of The Vow That Twisted Fate (5 copies) - US/Canada Only
Giveaway #2 - Bookbub Paranormal Romance Giveaway (18+)
Find any good books during the June 2021 book giveaways and deals? Leave some of your most anticipated titles in the comments!
The Vow That Twisted Fate Launches July 9th, 2021!
Join me for the live celebration by submitting your RSVP for The Vow That Twisted Fate Launch Party!
When: July 9th 2021
TWO times for all my international readers: 7:00AM CST and 7:00PM CST
Where: Online - Live party link will be e-mailed to everyone who RSVPs
What: The Vow That Twisted Fate Launch Party
-3 different giveaways* including Amazon gift cards and more!
-A live chat with me to talk about writing, The Vow That Twisted Fate, and first-looks at upcoming works.
-First-dibs on discounted signed copies of The Vow That Twisted Fate (and Bookplates for international readers).
*Giveaways will only be awarded to attendees who are present on one of two of the calls. If you opt-in for the giveaway but do not attend, your name will be removed from the drawing.
Down Falls The Queen is here!
I am so excited to have a different chapter in The Splitting Worlds Series available for the world to read!
Down Falls The Queen: A Splitting Worlds Novella, follows Tengu Warrior Princess Rei as she prepares to take her father's place on the Tengu throne. When her father is assassinated in his sleep, and twin brother Ayangelo (Angel Prince) and Natius (Demon King) show up on her doorstep seeking mediation to prevent a war, will Rei's plans of ruling her people come crashing down around her?
Down Falls The Queen is here, and is available exclusively on Amazon (both for purchase and on Kindle Unlimited). It is a prequel to Splitting Dusk: A Splitting Worlds Novella.
Want to learn more?
-Read more about Down Falls The Queen HERE.
-Get your copy of Down Falls The Queen on Amazon HERE.
-Check out Splitting Dusk: A Splitting Worlds Novella HERE (and sign up for the email list to receive your free copy of Splitting Dusk).
Tell me which book to cook my way through! Summer is here, and I'm ready to check out some new books.
Since Fantasy is renowned for world-building (which includes some AMAZING-sounding meals), I will be going through a few books and sharing my interpretation of the meals mentioned in those books.
Want to tell me which book to cook my way through? Drop a title in the comments!
Don't want to miss the book/recipe series launch?
-Follow me on Instagram HERE to see every recipe post.
-Subscribe to my e-mail list HERE to see sneak peeks of recipe collection blog posts (AND receive a free novella for signing up).
Today I am excited, because I can finally share about TwinFlames: one of my five-star reads in 2021!
TwinFlames is the third volume in Nicole Wells' "Five Elements" series, and believe me when I say this is one you won't want to miss!
Without further ado, here is my review for TwinFlames:
---Review As Posted On My Goodreads Account HERE--
It is said that the third time's a charm. That cannot be more true than it is with TwinFlames by Nicole Wells. UpSpark (volume 1 of the Five Elements series) was sweet, deep, and intriguing. StarDust (volume 2 of the series) introduced us to the conflict to come, with intriguing travels around the world and lore for the series. TwinFlames (volume 3 of the series) marries the best of both worlds, while preparing us for what is bound to be one of the most epic battles in the Science Fantasy scene.
Maia is a fighting prodigy but is not in the ring for fame or money. One thing is on her mind: revenge.
When the mysterious, tall, dark, and handsome Gabe--the notoriously famous "Angel" in the fighting world--swoops into Maia's life, his passion and drive to save her from being another youth snuffed out in reckless fighting turns Maia's search on its head.
It's only when Maia teleports herself stark-nude to a park in France with a power unknown to her that she learns of a power far more deadly than the rapist she's spent her days tracking down--a power that can end the entire world.
Swept into a passionate love with Gabe and helped by mysterious friends, Maia must hone her newfound powers and lead the rising "Elements" to protect humanity and the Earth from enemies far beyond their natural ability.
TwinFlames was a page-turning read chalk full of emotions often left off the table. Pride, pain, self-righteousness, social responsibility, self-identity, vengeance, and failure abound but are balanced by love in all its forms.
TwinFlames is far more than just an action-packed book or fiery romance; it is a book that made me take a look at myself and see parts of myself I usually try to ignore, and bring hope to aspects of my life I once thought long-forgotten.
A perfect 5/5 on this one - I cannot recommend it highly enough. Wells is definitely a master storyteller, and I can't wait to read volume 4!
--Trigger warnings: Mental & physical abuse mentioned/detailed, contemplations of murder, mentions of police brutality (aimed specifically at race), mention of rape, war and execution, institutionalized mental breakdown/illness discussed, mention of infant loss.--
Want to read TwinFlames: one of my five-star reads in 2021, for yourself or see more about the Five Elements series?
-Grab a Copy of TwinFlames HERE
-Follow Nicole Wells on Instagram HERE
-Sign-up to be on Nicole's ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) and Street Team HERE to read her next books early!
-And follow Jennifer, Nicole's Book Tour Coordinator, HERE.
It's here! The votes have been tallied, which means I can finally share the Starfire Express working cover reveal!
Everyone who voted for either "Starfire Express" or "A Flame of Fae and Fang" in the poll will have the name they submitted with their vote included on the acknowledgments pages of the book.
Without further ado, here is the Starfire Express working cover reveal:
Cover Art by GetCovers.com
Starfire Express: A Flame of Fae and Fang, is slated for release in early 2022.
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