A Look into Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)

Happy Monday!

One of the things I have loved most about becoming an author has been the community.  When I first started writing, I met some incredible authors, book bloggers and designers. I can’t quite capture and describe how wonderful it is to be surrounded by people who share your passion. These people became friends and there are many that I am still in touch with, years later!

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With Social Media it can sometimes be hard to feel real connections to people. But, since technology isn’t going anywhere, I feel like it’s so important to encourage those connections when we can!

So with that being said, I’m going to be “theming” my weeks on Social Media so that we can connect, discuss and chat about things — hopefully more often!! Each Monday I’ll be hopping on Facebook, Instagram and here on my Webpage to say hello, touch base and let you know what the weekly theme is & if there are any particular things to keep an eye out for in the upcoming week!

Since this is the first week of an official theme, I thought it was best to start with where my journey began — Protected!

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Protected is Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy. It’s a new adult, paranormal romance centered around Ariya Adams, a Senior at Kingsbrook College. She has led a “normal” existence so far, but that’s all about to change. Get ready to go on a journey with Ariya and her friends as she learns secrets about her past that will throw her into a dangerous new paranormal world.

Protected has both vampires AND werewolves, for those of you who like both paranormal creatures (although I will warn you I am #teamvampire, so the werewolves don’t play as big of a role).

Protected is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats (Click here to check it out!). I am exclusive with Amazon, so that is the only place to find my books at this time. This also means, I have enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited Program! If you don’t know what that is — check it out at Amazon! But essentially what it means for you is that you can read the entire Ariya Adams Trilogy for FREE!! YES you are reading that right! 🙂 FREE!!

A couple of other notes / reminders, in case you hadn’t heard! I got a new Pinterest account, Author Anna Applegate, so look me up there and check out some things I’m posting. Can’t wait to Follow what you post as well!!

I’ll also be doing a GIVEAWAY this Wednesday for a little #WinningWednesday action. I’ll be giving away a signed paperback version of Protected with a bookmark on both Facebook and Instagram! Stay tuned later this week (Wednesday) for how to enter that!

That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by and I’m looking forward to chatting with you soon!

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Happy New Year & Hello 2018!

It’s here! 2018 has officially been welcomed in. You might already be sick of the motivational posts and the reminders to set new goals for yourself! So don’t worry, I’ll keep it semi-short & sweet!

Instead of encouraging resolutions, I’m going to borrow a page out of a friend’s book. I saw her post that instead of a list of resolutions, she was going to create a theme for 2018. I thought that would be a fun idea! So while I have goals for myself for this upcoming year (some are the same as every year I admit … get in shape, eat healthier, etc. etc.), I want to start 2018 off with a theme! It’s a 2-parter really, and one that I hope resonates with you as well.

My theme for 2018 is: Just Breathe & Dream Big!

I know I’m not the only one who lets herself get stressed out! I work full time as a wife, a mom of 4, a real 9-5 job and I work at writing and being an author as often as I can! Add in the daily curve balls life inevitably throws, and it can get pretty messy! Honestly, it can sometimes feel downright overwhelming! That’s where the Just Breathe comes in (does anyone else have a flash to Drew Barrymore in the scene from Ever After where she’s walking into the ball when you think those words?).

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Just Breathe through the fears, the guilt, the mess, the struggles, all of it. Because they don’t last! Eventually, things look up and maybe if we can remember to breathe through those times, through the tough times, we might enjoy the ride more 🙂

Dream Big because, well, who doesn’t want to shoot for their dreams?! My favorite quote (take a peek below) is a Disney quote .. yes the sappy side of me is REALLY shinning through now, but I truly love it. Seriously, if anyone knows a thing or two about dreaming, Walt Disney does, amiright!?

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I saw a comedian make fun of this concept the other day — he was saying you can’t actually be anything you want to be, so we shouldn’t be telling our children that. And while maybe that is true to some extent, you certainly will not be able to reach your goals if you don’t set them in some aspect! So why not set big goals? Why not Dream Big? Work hard, yes, but go ahead and dream big, too! What does it hurt in the end of you strive to have a year where you just decide you’ll be brave and accept those big dreams of yours?

So that’s it! Just Breathe & Dream Big for me in 2018! That’s what I have for you this New Year’s Day! I’m SO looking forward to everything that 2018 will bring and excited about the endless possibilities ahead!

I hope you have a safe and beautiful 2018!! Whatever you decide to focus on, hope for, achieve, just go for it! And not just in the month of January, when all that motivation is plentiful! Go for it ALL YEAR! We can cheer each other on along the way! Happy New Year & Happy 2018!

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