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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!

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Everlasting is…PUBLISHED!

On Monday, December 21st, 2015, Everlasting was officially published on both CreateSpace and Amazon.

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It is currently $12.99 for the paperback on Amazon and CreateSpace.

Keep a lookout for the Kindle version soon! I am hoping to have it released in the New Year.

Also, after I receive my package of books, I am planning to sell autographed copies of Everlasting for $10 each to anyone living in the Raleigh area who would like a copy. I will let you know when those are available–the package should arrive the first week of January 2016.

Once you have read Everlasting, please feel free to make a review on Goodreads or Amazon so I can know how you liked it and so others will know what to expect when purchasing this book!

Before I finish off this post, I would like to thank you for your support and especially to thank those who have invested so much in this work in particular!

Thank you so much to:

My grandma, Mamie, and my sisters, for always encouraging me and listening patiently as I talk constantly about my work, and especially to Sandrine for drawing and painting the beautiful cover.

My dad, for helping me with the technicalities, creating the awesome map and being patient with me.

My mom, for pushing me to continue on and finish whenever I felt discouraged and especially for volunteering to edit it one last time in a hurry before publication.

My friend, Samantha, who is always the first to read whatever I write and who gave me helpful feedback on this book.

My friend, Emory, who is always excited for me in anything related to my writing.

My cousin, Erin, for being my writing buddy and helping me in times of writer’s block with her endless supply of creative ideas.

My one of many inspirations, J.R.R. Tolkien, whose works of fantasy continue to inspire.

And especially to Aunt Andrea, my marvelous editor, who spent many hours of her free time going through this book more than once, coming alongside me with her ideas and knowledge to help me perfect this story and make it the very best it can be!

Another dream come true. In a way it was a “Christmas miracle” that Everlasting got published in time for the holidays and I am so glad that I finally get to share Malachi and Azalea’s story with you!

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Proof Ordered! ~ Update on Everlasting

I am SO excited to announce that the proof copy of Everlasting has been ordered! Thanks to my family’s hard work, the map is complete (besides a few finishing touches), the cover is uploaded and the book is only missing a few more editing details!

Mom and I worked hard yesterday afternoon getting the “interior text” (the document) all ready to go for the file review. This morning I received an e-mail saying that the review had been completed successfully, and I promptly ordered the proof! We paid for super fast shipping, so it should arrive this Thursday. In the meantime, Mom and I will be editing fools as we quickly finish up making this book the best it can be and hopefully it will be ready to self-publish sometime next week!

Everlasting should be available for purchase on Amazon by Christmas.

The excitement is hard to contain!

To help tide you over until then, here is the official description of the book and its official cover! Thank you to my editor, Aunt Andrea, for the awesome description and thanks to my sister Sandrine and Dad for working on the beautiful cover!

(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 Thlop 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.

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