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The War Within: Proof Ordered!

Good morning, everyone!

Since announcing that I have begun the self-publishing process for The War Within about a week and a half ago, I’m ecstatic to update you on the latest developments! About 10 days ago, my sister, Sandrine, finished painting the absolutely gorgeous cover. It came out even better than I was anticipating! (Keep reading for a cover reveal!) I finished touching up the manuscript a few days ago and let it sit before scanning it again yesterday. After one last look, I uploaded the cover and manuscript on KDP and just like that, I was ready to order the proof!

The proof copy should arrive this Saturday at which time I will flip through it and make sure everything looks the way it’s supposed to. Needless to say, my original release date of Tuesday, March 31st, is tentatively rescheduled to Sunday, April 5th. Regardless, it should be available for purchase on Amazon by this weekend–what a crazy thought!

After I ordered the proof last night, we went on a walk around the neighborhood (something we’ve been trying to do every day since Quarantine began a couple weeks ago), and as we walked, I realized that within a week, my book will be published. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. For the first time in over 4 years, I’m self-publishing again! It’s been a long, arduous process with lots of breaks in between to focus on school, but at last, the day is almost here! I truly think The War Within is probably the best story I’ve ever written and because of this, I cannot wait to share it with everyone and hear their thoughts!

With these types of things, the work is hard, but the reward is great. There’s nothing like holding your own words in your hands…I suppose it’s a glimpse to what holding your newborn baby is like. But maybe that’s stretching it. 😉

Last, but not least, before I finish this post, I want to reveal the amazing cover Sandrine painted for me…

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Ta-da! Isn’t it beautiful?! ❤

Hopefully the next time I blog, it’ll be the official announcement of The War Within  being available to order on Amazon!!!

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Happy 6th Anniversary, Bridget’s Journey!

Yesterday was Bridget’s Journey’s 6th Anniversary! Wow. It’s so hard to believe it’s been 6 years already since I self-published for the first time with my baby novel. Over the years I’ve had many conversations with friends and family about this novel and the different ways it’s impacted them. Those conversations mean the world to me, but what’s funny about it is that I didn’t write it to impact anyone. I was only 14 when I wrote it, barely 16 when I self-published it. The only thing I had in my mind was to write a story and finish it and print it so I could hold it in my hands. And that’s exactly what I accomplished–and so much more.

Back then, I’d only just started my writing journey. Over the past 6 years, I’m happy to say I’ve changed and grown as a writer. I’ve self-published Everlasting, written three other novels and entered a short story contest in which I got an honorable mention! I’m a much better writer now than when I first wrote Bridget’s Journey, but the simplicity and purity of that story is still special even today. And it will always be my first, no matter how many stories I write from here on out. Self-publishing has changed my life in the best possible way and I hope to be able to do it again soon (stay tuned for details)!

To celebrate Bridget’s Journey’s anniversary, it’s FREE to download on your Kindle or Kindle app TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY! Take advantage of this discount and tell your friends!

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P.S. Please excuse my smudgy mirror, but here’s a picture of 16 year old Valerie SO EXCITED (can you tell?) to be holding a piece of her work in her hands. ❤

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“Everlasting” is On Kindle!

Well, here we have it, everyone! Everlasting is finally available for purchase on Kindle!!

The Kindle version is $2.99 for a regular customer, however, if you buy the paperback copy, you get this book for just $0.99! Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, Everlasting on Kindle is completely free. Share this good news with your friends and family and get your copy of Malachi and Azalea’s story now!

(Everlasting, Back Cover) “Long ago, the world was filled with creatures of all kinds, and divided into two kingdoms: Memiana, ruled by the humans, and Orutia, ruled by the fairies. Over time, the humans came to resent the fairies, and gradually took away more and more of their land until the fairies were relegated to a small section of the kingdom. But when Zechariah was crowned king of the land, and married Crystal, the beautiful queen of the fairies, together they vowed to restore peace.

All that changed when Queen Crystal died, not long after the birth of their daughter, Mertia. The king’s brother, Sebastian, filled with jealousy and malice, put into motion an evil plot to get rid of the king and the princess, and take over the kingdom for himself.

Years later, amid rumors that Princess Mertia might still be alive, young farmer Malachi Thatch sets out on a quest to find her and bring her back to the castle. His search results in much more than he had bargained for, and soon he joins a motley band of creatures on a mission. Together they are caught up in an exciting and dangerous adventure, as they seek to restore the rightful king to the throne and finally usher in an era of unity and peace.”

Don’t forget that Bridget’s Journey is free for Kindle Unlimited also!

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“Bridget’s Journey” is FREE on Kindle

All right, readers, it’s official! As of TODAY Bridget’s Journey is FREE to download on your Kindle!! This special deal lasts from now until Monday. If you don’t own a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle app for your smartphone or tablet now and read Bridget’s Journey on there.

To download Bridget’s Journey, click here.

When you are done reading, please write a review for it on Amazon or Goodreads so I can know how you liked it and how to improve for future novels!

Thank you, and don’t forget to spread the word!

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It’s a New Year

After a nice break visiting family in Canada, we returned home last night and I was welcomed home by my package of Everlasting copies! I am selling signed copies to anyone living in the Raleigh area who hasn’t grabbed their book yet. Two of the six have already been accounted for, so I have four left to anyone who wants one for only $10 each. Comment on this blog post or let me know on my Facebook Page if you would like to purchase one. For those of you who do not live in the Raleigh area, you can still have your copy, too! Everlasting is available for purchase NOW on Amazon, Amazon.ca and CreateSpace! The Kindle version of Everlasting should be available within the next month or so. I will let you know when it is up.

To continue this combined post of both an Everlasting announcement and my New Years resolutions, for those of you who were wondering, I did not reach my goal of reading 40 books in 2015. College work, writing for NaNoWriMo and publishing Everlasting put me behind, so in December, I adjusted my goal to 30 books–like 2014. And I reached it! On December 31st, 2015, the last book I finished reading (#30) was Fellowship of the Ring, part of the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, one of my inspirations for Everlasting. I hope to finish my posts about the books I read in 2015 soon.

Apparently the lesson I had to learn in the latter half of 2015 was about adjusting goals. I could not write 50,000 words in November, so I changed my goal to 40,000 and reached it. I could not read 40 books in 2015, so I changed my goal to 30 and reached it. I think it’s important to be flexible when “life gets in the way”, as people say. We can’t always reach our personal goals, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go halfway. We can still try!

That being said, I always make two New Years Resolutions in January for the new year. A certain amount of books to read and a certain amount of books to write. In 2013, I made a goal of reading 50 books and writing one. In the end, I wrote two books and…I don’t recall the exact number of books I read, but it wasn’t 50. 😉 I believe I read close to 43. In 2014, I made a goal of reading 30 books and writing one. In the end, I wrote one book and read 30. In 2015, I made a goal of reading 40 books and writing one (best to keep that number small). You know already how I did on that score.

In 2016, the goal is the exact same as last year. I hope to write one book (probably Bridget’s Journey the Sequel…which still doesn’t have a real title) and reading 40 books. I’m hoping that this year I will redeem myself and strive for 50 books next year! I’ll let you know in 12 months how I do.

Before I finish off this post, I have another announcement to make! Starting tomorrow, January 9, until Monday, January 11, Bridget’s Journey will be FREE to download on your Kindle or Kindle app! I will post again over the weekend to remind all of you.

It’s a New Year, folks…so, happy reading and happy writing!