Here’s to 2015

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~

A Hello from the Writing World

Hi friends!

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!

Talk soon ❤

USA, USA, 4th of July Giveaway!!!

Happy 4th of July week!

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!

Happy 4th of July!

 

Awakened is LIVE!

Hi friends!

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!!

LINKS:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Thank you for your continued support and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy ❤

Awakened Release Date Announcement!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated this week in the Awakened Cover Reveal and the Cover Reveal Giveaway! I’ve received some great feedback and I’m so glad you all love the cover!! J.L. Durfey is just AMAZING at her cover work!!

The four winners of the Awakened Giveaway have been emailed/contacted to claim their prizes. Thank you and Congratulations to Cynderella D., Kirstie H., Jenn T., and Anna C. I hope you all enjoy.

Thank you also to the WONDERFUL bloggers who are so supportive and make my giveaways, reveals, and releases so much fun! If anyone is looking for fun book blogs to follow, these ladies have it DOWN! Thank you Sandwich Making Book Bitches, Can’t Read Just One, Sunshine & Mountains, Bookworm Bridgette, and Victoria’s Gossip!!

As promised, I believe it’s time for an announcement. The RELEASE DATE for Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy) is … TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29th!!! Yep, there will be no waiting until November 🙂 It’ll be out in less than 1 month!

There will be a Release Day Party on my Author Facebook Page to celebrate on the 29th. It’ll start at 8:00pm EST and run about an hour. We’ll chat right there on the page. It’ll be a relaxed and fun way to get to know each other, ask me questions you might be wanting to ask, and have fun! Anyone who “Likes” or “Comments” on something on my page during that hour release party will be entered to win one of the fabulous prizes below:

  • 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

IN ADDITION to a fun release day party I will be going GIVEAWAY CRAZY in the weeks leading up to October 29th. I will have 3 e-copies of Protected given away each week until we reach the week of the 29th. The first giveaway will be Monday, September 30th so keep your eyes peeled for questions coming at you on my Facebook Page, Twitter, or here on the website!

Thank you again for all of your support! I can’t wait until the 29th of October!

Coming Up: Awakened Cover Reveal and Release Announcement

Hello there!

There is SO much coming up for our friend, Ariya Adams this Fall. First up, the Awakened cover is finished! J.L. Durfey has outdone herself with this one and I LOVE IT! The cover reveal will take place the week of September 23rd, yep next week. Along with the reveal, I’ll be having a giveaway. NOW, have you learned how much I love giveaways? 🙂 It’ll run from September 23rd through September 27th. It’ll be VERY easy to enter and all the details will be on my Website (right here!) and Author Facebook Page. The prizes will be, my novels, Protected AND a guaranteed copy of Awakened upon release, as well as a copy of Dreamer AND Tell Me I’m Dreaming (The Kali Lockton Trilogy Books 1 and 2) by J.L. Durfey! I can’t wait to see what you all think of this cover once it’s out. I will tell you, it’s a bit more dramatic and darker than the Protected cover.
That leads me to a question I’ve been getting a lot…when will Awakened be released? It’s in the editors hands which means VERY SOON! As soon as the cover reveal giveaway ends…*hint hint September 27th*…the announcement will come for when the release will be. I know I originally said November, but you won’t have to wait that long! 🙂
For those of you who “attended,” the release party for Protected was a blast, with lots of great giveaways. The Awakened release party though, whew, it’s going to be AWESOME!!! A full list of prizes will be announced along with the release date on the 27th so stay tuned for that! There will be lots of copies of Protected and Awakened flying. The release party will happen online on my Facebook Page again this time around. I’ll make sure to give you plenty of notice and plenty of details!!
So that’s it for now! I’m SO looking forward to getting the Awakened cover out AND getting you information on the release date!! For now though, I’m practicing patience 🙂
Happy Tuesday!!

My Choice of Dream Cast for Protected

Hey guys!

I know I’ve been teasing at my Dream Cast for awhile. Dream Casts are so hard for me because I have such a distinct picture of my characters in my head. BUT, I think this one is okay/meets the criteria in my head enough 🙂 Let me know what you think? Do you have a different cast? Feel free to comment with YOUR characters! I’d love to hear what you think.

Ariya: Teresa Palmer

teresa-palmer-ariya

 

James: So I don’t have a name for this model. But he’s from my cover. In my mind, James’ hair is a bit darker, but hair color and eye color can be changed easily, right? 🙂

James Cover

 

Caroline: Jessica Stroup

Stroup Caroline

 

Nick: Max Irons

Max Irons - Nick

 

Riley: Matt Lanter

matt-lanter-riley

 

Devon: Brant Dougherty

Brant-Daugherty-Devon

 

Emma: Isabel Lucas

Emma Isabel Lucas

 

 

So what do you think?? Hope you enjoyed the Dream Cast I put together 🙂

Happy Labor Day! ❤