Amazon Gift Card Giveaway This Week on my Facebook Page!

Happy Tuesday & Happy May! Seriously, where is 2018 going? I can’t believe we are in May already!

I hopped on my weekly check-in last night on my Facebook page and talked about this, but in case you missed it … here are some highlights of what’s happening this week!

I’m going to be chatting about the Ariya Adams Trilogy (my debut paranormal romance series) this week on my social media channels. On Facebook, I’ll be looking for LIKES and COMMENTS for participation entries into a $5 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! On Sunday, May 6th, I’ll be drawing a winner! So the more you participate, the more entries you’ll get! I’ll also be asking who hasn’t read Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy) and I’l be giving away a free e-book copy for you to start the series!

GIVEAWAY

It should be a fun week! There will be teasers, fun questions, games and perhaps a drop in from my characters themselves! Make sure you have LIKED my Facebook Page: CLICK HERE! Then comment and like on all of the posts going up this week! Remember, the more participation you have, the more entries into the drawing I’ll be doing Sunday!

Have fun with it and I’ll look forward to chatting with you over on my Facebook this week 🙂

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Work In Progress Title Announcement & Teaser

Happy Monday!

I’m getting ready to hop on and do my weekly live check-in on Facebook (@ 8:30 PM EST), but since I’ve been quiet on here, I wanted to say hello before I head on over there 🙂

By now, if you follow ANY of my Social Media sites, or subscribe to my Newsletter, you’ve heard the updates on my new work in progress. Just in case you haven’t, I wanted to post a special something here as well for you!!

My current work in progress, which is a paranormal romance / urban fantasy novel is titled A Hunter Within! This will be Book 1 in a Duology. The release date is still in the works, but it will be launching THIS JULY 2018!!

I can’t wait to share another book and new characters with you. So far, you all have only met Ariya Adams in her trilogy. I’m nervous, but filled with excitement, about introducing you to some new characters in an all-new series!

Along with the title announcement I made last week, I also posted the first ever teaser of A Hunter Within. It can be found right here on my webpage: https://annaapplegate.com/a-hunter-within/a-hunter-within-teasers/

A few things I wanted to make sure you all were aware of (since it feels like so much is happening right now):

  • There is currently a Character Contest taking place right now exclusively for my Newsletter Subscribers! Those who are part of my newsletter list have received information on how to get entered to have a character in A Hunter Within named after them!! Do you want in? My next newsletter goes out TOMORROW (April 24th)! Make sure you are signed up here so that you don’t miss out on anything: http://eepurl.com/di6Zef
  • A Hunter Within will be going to the editor on June 8th!

Those are the big news items I wanted to make sure you were looped in on!

If you’re around tonight, come join me on Facebook. I’m there each Monday at 8:30 PM EST and would love to chat with you! Otherwise, stay tuned for more info on A Hunter Within coming your way soon!

 

Big Updates & B2BCYCON!

Hey everyone! It has been a few weeks since I posted here. I’ve been doing my Weekly Lives on Facebook, so if you’re looking for me – I’ve been on my social media sites 🙂 BUT, I don’t mean to leave you all hanging here – so sit back, relax and get ready for lots of EXCITING updates & this week’s theme and focus — Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo (B2BCYCON)!!

So, FIRST … Updates! Man, are there quite a few! My first newsletter launched last week (March 27th) and I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to those of you who responded and gave feedback! It looks like you all enjoyed it, and I’m so excited! As I’ve mentioned a few times, there is an Exclusive Character Contest going on right now for my newsletter subscribers. You can have a character in my upcoming novel named after YOU!! The contest is running through May 8th, so you still have time to hop on the subscriber’s list and get in on entering! The next newsletter will go out Tuesday, April 24th!

There are 2 ways to sign up for the Newsletter:

  1. Download the 1st two chapters of Protected for FREE, while also getting your name on the subscription list: http://bit.ly/2EgYs1r
  2. Already read Protected? Simply sign up for the newsletter subscription list here: http://eepurl.com/di6Zef 

In other news … the 1st draft of my current work in progress is DONE! EEK! I am so excited. I’m editing everything now and will be sending it to my writing sisters and beta readers soon. The book will officially go to my editor on June 8th. Stay tuned for an announcement on the release date! I will tell you that I am looking at a SUMMER 2018 launch! It’s almost here! 🙂 I’ll also be announcing the title of the book in the next few weeks, so make sure you’re checking in with me on social media occasionally for those updates!

See what I mean? Lots of BIG updates took place during my Weekly Live Check-In on Facebook this week! I hop on each week at 8:00 PM EST so make sure you’re joining me there!

Now, onto what I’ll be focusing on and chatting with everyone about this week — the Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo … or B2BCYCON 2018!!

Cover B2BCYCON

I will be taking part in this FREE, ALL ONLINE Book Convention and Expo this week! This is going to be SO much fun! This is like a virtual tradeshow of books — there is an expo where you can browse books of ALL genres, check out excerpts from various authors, watch as authors read excerpts from their books, see different interviews, panels, etc. There is also a Cover Wars Tournament and Character Tournament! It’s going to be an incredibly fun three days online, so you can enjoy all of it from the comfort of your home, in your pajamas!!

The Ariya Adams Trilogy will be a part of the Book Expo. I also have an expert from Protected that is part of the Just Read portion of the convention.

I would love your help for one part of the convention this week. My covers, designed by the incredible Cover Me Pretty, are part of the Cover Wars in the Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy category. Starting at 9 PM on April 5th, you can log on and start voting for your favorite covers. It’s set up as a bracket style, with different rounds of voting, culminating in a winner at the end of the convention! I’d love if you stop by and have a minute to vote. I can’t take much credit for my covers, Cover Me Pretty did all the concepts and work and while I may be biased, I LOVE what she created for me!

I’ll post the direct link, but you can access the main Cover Wars link, and then select the Paranormal Romance Category starting April 5th here: http://b2bcycon.com/cover-wars/ 

You can get in on all of the amazing content of B2BCYCON here: http://b2bcycon.com! Make sure you stop by starting April 6th!!

That’s all I have for you for now!! Have a FANTASTIC week, everyone!

 

 

A Look into Sacrificed & an Official Announcement!

Happy Tuesday! I skipped my updates via webpage last week, and I apologize!! But I’m back, and here with my theme for this week and an official announcement. If you want more details on anything below, check out my Facebook Page for the LIVE I did last night (and that I do each week at 8 PM EST on Mondays)!!

So, ready for the Official Announcement?!? I’ll be launching my Monthly Newsletter at the end of THIS MONTH! Each month’s newsletter will contain updates and goodies for you! I won’t be spamming you, or constantly sending emails out, either! It will just be the once a month newsletter! This first edition is going to include details on how to enter an EXCLUSIVE CHARACTER CONTEST for my upcoming novel!  You can ONLY participate in this contest if you are a Newsletter Subscriber!! If you have EVER wanted to have a character named after YOU in a book, now’s your chance! It’s going to be amazing! To sign up and make sure you’re in the know … simply click here: http://eepurl.com/di6Zef

**P.S. If you haven’t read Protected, and would like to snag the first 2 chapters for FREE AND sign up for the Monthly Newsletter at the same time, then this is the link you’ll want to use: http://bit.ly/2EgYs1r. 

So, there you go on the Official Announcement!

Now, if you’ve been following me on Social Media in 2018, you know that each week I have a theme I chat about on my social media channels. Every few weeks, I focus on one of my books and we have now made it through the Ariya Adams Trilogy to Book 3, Sacrificed! For those of you who have been with me since the beginning of my writing journey, with my first novel Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy), you waited a looonnnggg time for Sacrificed to come out! Hopefully it was worth the wait, and you’ve had a chance to read it! It’s available on Amazon in e-book, paperback AND it’s part of the Kindle Unlimited Program! (Find it here!!)

Sacrificed Paperback FINAL Cover

As I have mentioned in other topics and posts, a LOT happened to me personally in between the release of Awakened and the release of Sacrificed. Not just that, but the style and way I approached Sacrificed was completely different from both Protected and Awakened. For the first two books in the trilogy, I sat down and wrote them from start to finish … no outline, no set plan, nothing!! With Sacrificed, I had the beginning written, and I had the end written. The problem was working backwards and figuring out the middle. I did not like writing that way! Haha. It was something I  learned about myself during the hiatus and my writing journey — I work much better going from beginning to end!!

But, it all worked out in the end because Sacrificed is out and the Ariya Adams Trilogy is complete. Have you had a chance to read it yet? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you!!

Stay tuned this week as I’ll share more behind the scenes information on the third and final book in the Ariya Adams Trilogy. And pay close attention to my Facebook & Instagram pages on Wednesday for a giveaway announcement & opportunity!

Have a great week!!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day & New Work in Progress Announcement!!

I’m a few days late in my usual weekly updates post, but I figured I’d wait until today so I could say — Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

cday heartsNow I know a lot of people aren’t huge fans of this Holiday, but as for me — it’s an entire Holiday based on love and chocolate. How can we not like it? And I promise, hubby and I don’t do anything over the top special! Even when I was single, I’d visit with a good book boyfriend, drink some champagne and eat chocolate covered strawberries and I was in heaven 🙂  So yes, I’m one of THOSE people who happen to like Valentine’s Day … speaking of which I need to go get some champagne today!

This past Monday, I went live on Facebook and gave some updates of things happening this week, but I also talked for the first time about my New Work In Progress!! More on that momentarily!

A few updates and things to be on the lookout for this week:

  1. I’ve joined the world of Facebook and now have a personal page! Before I just had my Business Page, but found it easier to interact in Groups, Giveaways and Takeovers with a personal page. SO — feel free to “Friend Me” and have another way to get in touch and chat with me!
  2. Laura Lee, a Paranormal, Urban Fantasy & Contemporary Romance Author, has released her final book in the Pixie Dust Chronicles, Elemental Magicks! YAY! This is a fantastic paranormal romance / urban fantasy series! She’s going to be having a HUGE Release Party on Facebook this Friday, February 16th from 12 PM EST – 9 PM EST! There will be multiple authors taking over her page for giveaways and some fun all day! I will be doing an Author Takeover during the Release Party from 2:00 – 2:30 PM EST!! I’ll have my own giveaways and games and I can’t wait! Click here to join Laura Lee’s Lounge so that you can take part in the event, the Elemental Magicks Release Party!
  3. Finally, Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy) is part of the Paranormal Romance Lovers’ Valentine’s Day Sale! You can snag Protected on Amazon for just $.99!!! Check out some of the other awesome finds available for you this Valentine’s Day as part of their sale here: Paranormal Romance Lover’s V-Day Sale

Paranormal Romance Lovers'Valentine's Day Sale

 

Now onto the Work in Progress Announcement: I’m so excited about this book. I haven’t been this excited about writing in a while, so I can’t wait to get more done and share some additional details with you all! For now, what I can tell you is that this book will focus on our main character, Jules Parker. Jules is a 24-year-old in her final year of a Master’s Program. She has an internship at Falcone Industries, the number one pharmaceutical company in the U.S. She hopes to become a Research Scientist, with a focus in Genetic Research.  It’s a paranormal romance, so you know things aren’t going to go smoothly for Jules for very long. She’ll get going on quite an adventure and we will get to meet some of her good friends, and some sexy new additions to her life along the way! This book does not have a title right now, but I’ll be sure to update you as soon as things get further along! The book will focus on vampires and vampire hunters! I can’t WAIT to share more!! Any thoughts so far???

That’s about all from me for now! Have a great rest of your week, and hopefully I’ll chat with some of you during Laura Lee’s Release Party on Facebook this Friday!

Signed Paperback Giveaway: Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)

***GIVEAWAY TIME!!!***

Have you checked out my Facebook & Instagram pages yet??? Head over to one (or both) to enter for a chance to win a Signed Paperback copy of Awakened NOW!!

Here’s the info on how to enter:

  1. Visit my Facebook Page Here and my Instagram Page Here!
  2. Look for the image below, then answer the question in the comments of the picture!!! *Make sure you Like / Follow the pages, too!!
  3. Tag a friend in the comments who might be interested in winning, for an additional entry!
  4. Stay tuned sometime the evening of Sunday, 11 February for an announcement of the winners! There will be 1 Winner from Facebook and 1 from Instagram (BUT YOU CAN ENTER IN BOTH PLACES 🙂 )!

Awakened paperback

*All comments must be made and received by 12 Noon EST on Sunday, 11 February.  Names will be entered for a random drawing that will be announced the evening of Sunday, 11 February.

Good Luck and I can’t wait to hear what character you’d be!! 🙂

 

Behind the Scenes: Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)

Another week is here, which means another theme and topic for us to get to dive in and chat about! I’m excited for this week! Really, I’m excited anytime I get to go behind the scenes with you guys into my books. I know as a reader, I love hearing things about books I read that I didn’t know before! Hopefully, you do too!

If you tuned into my Facebook / Instagram Pages last night, you already know this — but in case you’re catching up …

This week’s theme will be all about Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)!

Awakened-ebook sharpened

Awakened, picks up right where Protected leaves off. While Protected focused on meeting Ariya and the gang, and finding out that she’s not as safe as those before her may have been – for reasons I won’t give away because SPOILERS (P.S. anyone know what Fandom I’m referencing there? 🙂 ) – Awakened takes us more into the truth behind who and what is after Ariya.

Awakened was almost half written by the time Protected was released. I just continued writing once I finished Protected, before I knew I was going to even publish anything, so they were released very close together. Protected came out June 2013, and Awakened was released October 2013. I have to say I think that Awakened is my favorite of the three books. I had so much fun writing and it came the easiest to me. Protected took awhile, since it was my first time writing anything, but Awakened poured out of me. I was writing when I most needed a place to escape to and Ariya provided that for me. So I feel like I’ll always have a special bond with this book in particular!

This week I’m going to be sharing all things Awakened AND … if you were tuning in a few week’s back, you know that there was a GIVEAWAY when I was chatting with you about Protected. There might just be a giveaway with Awakened, too. If there were to be a giveaway, I would say you should probably keep your eyes peeled on my Facebook and Instagram pages this Wednesday (2/7) to find out what said Giveaway would be and how you would enter!

If you have already read Awakened, I’d love to hear your favorite part, what you liked, didn’t like, etc.! Send me a message and maybe I’ll share it, but I’ll definitely answer you regardless 🙂

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a great time to snag it! It’s just $2.99 on Amazon in e-book format, available in Paperback and FREE if you are part of the Kindle Unlimited Program!

Stay tuned for some fun this week and as always, I’d love to hear from you!