Have you snagged YOUR copy of Souls and Shadows yet?
I wanted to pop in and give you, not only an exclusive teaser to my novel within this box set, The Time Traveler’s Awakening, but also to provide a little background on why this new series is SO near and dear to me.
My grandfather was always so proud that I was writing. He didn’t care what it was about, he would brag to his friends and our family constantly (even though, there was really nothing to brag about!!). We were in Philadelphia for one of his cancer treatments, and as we sat in his hotel room we started spitballing ideas for a new series. He loved this restaurant called the Moshulu, and some of the history the ship-turned-restaurant held. We started piecing together ideas for a time travel adventure involving the ship, and thus the Magic Bound Saga was born!
Unfortunately, he passed away before I ever got any of this new series written. The time has come to bring this adventure to life and I’m thrilled to not only share it with you all, but to put out the story that my grandfather helped me imagine.
Not only is this story one I’ve been waiting to write to make it AMAZING, but as you know – Souls and Shadows is aiming to hit the USA Today Bestsellers List. To make that list alone is a dream of mine, but to do it with a story created with someone I loved so much would be even greater!
Now that you have the background of my story within the set, and why it’s so important to me, how about a quick, exclusive teaser just for you?
“I’m coming, Mom,” she whispered.
Everything happened just as before, only this time, she expected it. The light, the tug in her gut.
Almost everything. She arrived somewhere dark, and before her eyes had a moment to adjust, she was grabbed from behind.
“Hey,” she yelped, flailing her legs in the air.
Ember tried to twist her body, but the steely grip that held her was unyielding. She twisted again, swinging her feet to try to kick a shin, or something of her attacker.
The male holding her grunted once, but then laughed.
She was set down firmly into a chair, but not in a way that hurt her.
Ember wasn’t going to stay put without a fight and immediately tried to scramble up and away from the chair, and the stranger in the dark. She feared whoever it was must have had her mother, too.
A flaming candle appeared near the chair as she attempted to move further away from it.
She didn’t get far. She was picked up by both arms and lifted effortlessly, right back into the chair.
Only this time, the person putting her in place, knelt in front of her.
“You,” she said accusingly.
Ember’s eyes went wide at the sight before her.
Something had gone very wrong on this jump, indeed.
Don’t forget that YOU can grab Souls and Shadows for just $.99! That’s 25 stories you get for less than a dollar! Not too shabby. Get your pre-order on ANY major retailer here: www.books2read.com/soulsandshadows
I’m getting ready to hop on and do my weekly live check-in on Facebook (@ 8:30 PM EST), but since I’ve been quiet on here, I wanted to say hello before I head on over there 🙂
By now, if you follow ANY of my Social Media sites, or subscribe to my Newsletter, you’ve heard the updates on my new work in progress. Just in case you haven’t, I wanted to post a special something here as well for you!!
My current work in progress, which is a paranormal romance / urban fantasy novel is titled A Hunter Within! This will be Book 1 in a Duology. The release date is still in the works, but it will be launching THIS JULY 2018!!
I can’t wait to share another book and new characters with you. So far, you all have only met Ariya Adams in her trilogy. I’m nervous, but filled with excitement, about introducing you to some new characters in an all-new series!
A few things I wanted to make sure you all were aware of (since it feels like so much is happening right now):
There is currently a Character Contest taking place right now exclusively for my Newsletter Subscribers! Those who are part of my newsletter list have received information on how to get entered to have a character in A Hunter Within named after them!! Do you want in? My next newsletter goes out TOMORROW (April 24th)! Make sure you are signed up here so that you don’t miss out on anything: http://eepurl.com/di6Zef
A Hunter Within will be going to the editor on June 8th!
Those are the big news items I wanted to make sure you were looped in on!
If you’re around tonight, come join me on Facebook. I’m there each Monday at 8:30 PM EST and would love to chat with you! Otherwise, stay tuned for more info on A Hunter Within coming your way soon!
Is it really 2015?! I can’t believe that I am sitting in my living room, staring at a calendar that reads January 2015. It just seems strange to me. Strange and fantastic!
Most people feel that the new year is a new, clean slate. I am one of those people…I’m definitely one of those people. That feeling has never been more true than this year, though.
2014, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, has been quite the doozy. The year taught me things about myself, about others, about finding my own strength, about starting again, and about being brave. It was a year where I tried to recharge, look after myself, and to try to find some balance again. I’m not sure how successful I was at the whole balancing thing, but I was successful at trying and at being strong.
As I close out a painful, yet challenging 2014, I am so excited about the future. There are so many positive, beautiful, and incredible things that I have planned for my 2015 already. The thought of getting to be the me that I was meant to (cliché, I know) is truly something I’m looking forward to. I’m blessed to have the people who really matter surrounding me and standing by me. I made it through this year filled with trials with a new heart and a new appreciation for the people I have in my life. I felt beaten and at the bottom, but I got back up. I dusted my heart off, opened it up again, and realized that without the painful times, I wouldn’t appreciate the amazing times that came at the end of the year.
I’m looking forward to new adventures, new books (yes, still working out Book 3, Sacrificed, I promise), new strength, and more love.
I hope that whatever point you are at in your journey, that you know you are strong. You are stronger than you think; stronger than you know. I hope you have courage, even when it doesn’t make sense to. Most importantly, I hope you never shut yourself out from the world around you. There are beautiful and wonderful things waiting for you, especially when you’re at rock bottom. I hope that 2015 brings you a turning point if you need it, love, laughter, and pure joy. Here’s to 2015!
I’ll be updating soon 🙂
~Sending love and well wishes from my home to yours~
Things have been quiet on here – I know! I haven’t had many updates unfortunately. I’m SO sorry for that! Thank you to all of you who have been reaching out and touching base. I am as anxious as you are to have Sacrificed out and released.
I have said it a few times, but this year has been very difficult. I have been pulled away from my writing due to some personal situations as well as my full-time job. It has been a crazy year, but ultimately a beautiful one. I’m trying hard to get back to a place where I can write a bit more consistently. I want the BEST product out there for you to read and get your hands on and I will work hard to make sure that happens.
Sacrificed is currently sitting at 40,000 words with lots of surprises. Ariya and the gang have been taking me on quite a roller-coaster as I work through what is happening in that world 🙂 I hope that is a good thing for you as readers. I hope when I do finish and get this out, that you are as surprised as I was at some of the events that bring us to the conclusion of the Ariya Adams Trilogy.
I don’t have an update at this time about the release date, but once I know more and have more written, I will let you know.
Thank you for your patience and for all of the continued support. It has meant more to me than you will ever know.
There are a few teasers from Sacrificed up on the site if you want to take a sneak peek while you wait for the full book to come out.
Thank you again and I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the holiday season!
For those of you who don’t know, I am a very patriotic, All-American baby. In honor of living in the good old U-S-of-A, I’m going to be doing a MEGA Giveaway starting at 12 AM tomorrow and running through July 8th.
The prizes include:
3 ebooks of Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)
1 ebook of Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)
1 Ariya Adams Deluxe ebook Prize Pack (Protected AND Awakened)
1 Signed Paperback of Protected
1 Signed Paperback of Awakened
Pretty cool, right? There are TONS of options to enter to win. As a thank you to some amazing friends and bloggers, one of the main ways to enter will be liking some super talented blogger pages. You’ll see the many options to enter this giveaway on the giveaway tab on my Author Facebook Page. Use this link to enter: Anna Applegate’s Facebook Page!
I’ll reach out to all of the winners on Wednesday, July 9th. Until then, enjoy entering the Giveaway, AND most importantly, have a safe and wonderful 4th of July. Don’t forget to remember those who gave everything so that America could be the land of the free 🙂 We really are home of the brave. Thank you to all our men and women who have served or are serving this great nation!
I tend to be paranoid when it comes to uploading my manuscripts. I always fear it will take longer than 12 hours to work. With the RELEASE PARTY taking place tomorrow (Tuesday, October 29th), I decided to upload Sunday. Well, look at this. It did only take 12 hours and AWAKENED IS NOW LIVE!!!! The links to purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble are below!
Don’t forget, the release party is STILL TOMORROW! You could WIN Awakened, so if you wanted to wait a day, that’s fine with me 🙂 The release party prizes include:
2 Ariya Adams Prize Packs (e-copies of Protected AND Awakened)
5 e-copies of Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)
1 Signed Paperback copy of Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)
2 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
The paperback version is still being edited/worked on. This was my first attempt and I’m discovering the formatting is tough! I am working on getting that out though, so no worries!!
Hope to “see” you guys tomorrow at 8:00 PM EST on my Author Facebook Page!!