Here We Go!

WOW! Let me just start this post by saying, I know it has been a LONG time since I have updated you all and wrote a ‘hello.’ However, you are incredible! I have been getting so many kind, wonderful and thoughtful notes about how you’re patiently waiting for Sacrificed to come out! As a reader, there have been so many times when I’ve been desperate for the next or final book in a series to come out. I know how it feels! To think that so many of you are feeling those emotions for my work is humbling and something I never thought would happen. I’m thrilled you are excited and as attached to Ariya, James, Nick and Caroline as I am!

I know it has been a long road… and many of you were probably thinking this:

Finish

But GUESS WHAT?! I am ready to move past the writing stage!!

That’s right, we are on our way! Sacrificed has been sent to my amazing writing / critique partner.  This is the first big step for me (besides the actual writing part 🙂 ). It’s the first time someone else sees the book and helps with feedback, some editing and letting me know if they enjoy it! This is the part where I’m able to get critiques and go back through the book to make sure that all the questions raised are answered! Sometimes it’s hard as the author to make sure that plot holes are all filled in. I know everything about my characters — feelings, thoughts, what has happened and will happen to them, etc. So it’s always helpful for me to have someone I trust read and edit the book in the first round to tell me if I’ve left something in my head & forgotten to push the information to you, the reader!

I’m so excited about moving Sacrificed to the next stage of the process. There is some more writing that needs to be done, but the majority is THERE! It now comes down to editing and filling in the missing pieces.

Harry Potter funny writing

 

This stage does take some time, with edits, back and forth communications and reworking some portions of the book. However, for me it’s one of the most exciting because I get feedback on what I’ve been working on for so long!

So for those of you who have been so patient with me, THANK YOU! You’ll hear from me soon on how it’s going, but until then … Happy Reading and Have a GREAT start to your summer!

UtopYA 2014 and Sacrificed Update

Hello everyone!

Happy Tuesday 🙂 I hope everyone is doing well. I know I have continued to be quiet on here. My real world job has been quite busy lately, keeping me from talking to you all. I will be having some announcements in the coming weeks for you though, so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, you may have noticed my UtopYA Exhibitor Badge on the side of my webpage!! I’m so excited for June. My dear friend and writing sister, J.L. Durfey, and I will be attending the conference AND we will have an exhibitor booth at UtopYA in Nashville this year. I can’t wait!! It’s going to be a BLAST!!! Check out our names, and other exhibitors here: http://utopyacon.com/exhibitors-2014/. Let me know if you are going to be attending too. I’d love to meet you in person 🙂

Along with that announcement, I was hoping to have Sacrificed out by the time UtopYA came along, but life never goes quite like we plan does it? So while it won’t be out by June, I am hoping to still have it out in 2014. I know I had said early 2014 originally, so I apologize profusely to those of you who have reached out to me saying you’re waiting. I’m so appreciative of your support and the love you have for Ariya. I never thought I’d get so many wonderful messages about this, and I can’t thank you enough!!! I don’t want to rush the process because I want to give you what you deserve – an exciting and adventurous ending to this story. I pour everything I have into these books and right now, there are some things in my personal life that have gotten in the way of that. I hope you understand. It is being worked on! You will have a Book 3! And hopefully, it will be worth the wait. There are 2 teasers posted under Sacrificed Teasers if you want something in the meantime to look at.

I will say, I was blocked for awhilee, before life got in the way, because I didn’t love what my characters were doing. After talking to J.L. and getting her always supportive viewpoint, I decided to just write out what my characters wanted, even though it was hard for me. I am so glad I did!! The thoughts are flowing again and the book has taken a direction that has surprised me. I’m hoping that means you’re surprised as well! I want to make sure you are getting a great ending to the Ariya Adams trilogy!!

I think that’s all I have for now! Thank you for your continued support, and for your understanding with the current delays with Sacrificed. You all are amazing!!

 

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!

NEW Cover Reveal: Protected

Hey guys,

I told you I couldn’t go away for too long! I’m doing another GIVEAWAY!  I made an announcement on my Facebook page last week that I was re-doing the cover for Protected. I think it’s time to reveal that NEW COVER, what do you say?

The amazingly talented author, and my wonderful friend, JL Durfey designed this new cover. I wanted to take a different direction from what I had originally chosen for the Trilogy covers. JL offered to help me. Not only is she an incredible author with her creative stories, smexy hotties, and endearing lead characters, but she also is an artist. She has taken my thoughts about Protected and transformed them into this new cover. It’s perfect! I’m so in love with it! I’m so lucky that she has agreed to help on Book 2 as well (the title/cover reveal will be soon on that too and, you guessed it, there will be more giveaways!). BUT, for now, we are focused on Book 1!!!!

So without further ado…Here it is! New Cover of PROTECTED (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy).

NEW Protected Cover

So what do you think? JL and I both would love to hear your thoughts! While you’re at it – let’s celebrate! Enter the giveaway below for some fabulous free ebooks (Protected and JL’s book Dreamer)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’ll announce the winners of the Cover Reveal Giveaway Friday!

Don’t want to wait to win? Get your copy of Protected now at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Until then, enjoy, enter, and leave your thoughts! 🙂

Protected is AVAILABLE NOW!

Hi friends!

So, here is a Monday morning surprise for all of you. Protected is AVAILABLE NOW! Yep, that’s right. It looks like Amazon and Barnes & Noble uploaded the work faster than I anticipated 🙂 Which means, you get it a day early! I’m so excited that you all can FINALLY have access to the book.

The Protected On-line Release Party is still set for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 25th at 8:00 PM EST. The “party” is taking place on my Facebook Author Page. Don’t forget there will be 2-$20 Amazon Gift Cards and 5 e-copies of Protected that will be given out to those of you who are clicking “like” or commenting on posts I put up during the release party. It will be a blast so make sure you sign on tomorrow! The party is set to end around 9:00 PM EST.

If you can’t wait until then to sink your teeth into the book, you can find it by following the below links:

Amazon (Kindle Version): http://www.amazon.com/Protected-Ariya-Adams-trilogy-ebook/dp/B00DKCZ9S8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372089814&sr=1-1

Barnes&Noble (Nook Version): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/protected-anna-applegate/1115804736?ean=2940016626369

If you start reading the book – feel free to message me here or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/annaapplegateauthor) with questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you!

Can’t wait to hear from you tomorrow! Have a wonderful Monday 🙂

Final Teaser before Protected is RELEASED!

Hi friends!

I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by! Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams trilogy) is coming out THIS TUESDAY! EEK! That is just 3 days away!!!!!!

Don’t forget that there will be an online release party on my author page (https://www.facebook.com/annaapplegateauthor). Be online at 8:00 pm EST on Tuesday, June 25th and join me. Just like a post I put up during the release party or comment and your name will be entered into drawings for some giveaways. What are the prizes, you ask? 5 free e-copies of Protected will be given away AND 2-$20 Amazon gift cards, as well!! Exciting stuff 🙂 So be on my author page and join in the fun!

I also mentioned earlier that I would do one final teaser for you to get you excited. I hope this does the trick. My Mom read the book and won’t stop telling me that she is “Team Riley.” I don’t know if you’ll be on a “team” or not when you read this but I haven’t really done a Riley teaser so…here you go!

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“I’m stealing your date for a minute.” Riley smiled over at James, who just nodded. “Ariya, you have to stop looking so good all the time. You really make it hard on a guy.”

He winked at me. His bad mood from earlier today seemed to have vanished completely, for which I was grateful. Caroline was right, it must have been stress from getting everything for the party together.

“How much have you had to drink already, Bullwinkle?” I shoved out of his arms.

“Can’t I give you a compliment without you thinking I’m drunk?”

“No,” I laughed. “I have to get back to my date, you know, the one you actually approve of.”

“I don’t know if I approve of breaking and entering. He’d better be careful with you.”

He stopped and took my chin in his hand, as if inspecting me. Then he turned my cheek, while still holding my chin, and gave me a peck. Whoa, stomach drop. What on earth was that about and what was wrong with me to react like that?

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Hope to hear from you all Tuesday!! 🙂

Release Date for Protected Announced!!!

All right, guys. I think it is time for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. My Mailing List members received some inside information last night. I think it’s time for me to let you all in on it, now.

Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams trilogy) will be released Tuesday, June 25th!  I can’t begin to explain how excited I am 🙂 I will finally get to share my work with all of you!

In celebration of the book coming out, I will be hosting an online release party. It will take place on my Facebook Page! I’ll be on, live chatting, answering questions, and posting fun questions for you. This is a great time to ask questions about the book, teasers you’ve seen, or anything else you are interested in knowing!

In addition to it being a fun event, there will be FREEBIES! Yes, I love freebies! I will be giving away 2 – $20 Amazon Gift Cards and 5 free e-book copies of Protected.  Exciting stuff, right? The event will take place Tuesday, June 25th at 8:00 pm. Keep an eye out for more information, and make sure you’re online Tuesday, June 25th at 8:00 pm.

19 days to go!