SNOW Anthology

So there’s this thing happening and it’s an awesome thing!

First there was the IMAGINES anthology, which you can read about here, then there was the Once Upon Now anthology, and how we have the brand new SNOW anthology.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of these authors face to face, and others I’ve befriended thanks to the many powers of the internet, and it gives me warm, fuzzy feelings to see my friends putting this creative endeavour out into the world.

One cabin. Sixteen stories of forbidden love. 
 
SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love anthology is officially LIVE! 
 
Pre-Order your copy today! Only 99 cents (for a limited time). 
 
The #SnowAnthology is only available for a limited time, so pre-order your copy before it’s too late!
For details on the anthology, check out the synopsis and the list of featured authors, which can be found below the buy links! 

 

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With an online audience of over ONE MILLION combined followers and hundreds of millions of reads on their stories, the SNOW ANTHOLOGY showcases talented Wattpad authors from around the globe. 



Journey into the woods where you will discover a cabin surrounded by snow, filled with secrets…

The SNOW ANTHOLOGY features sixteen original novellas and novelettes in multiple genres, including Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural and Paranormal.

Brought to you by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR KELLY ANNE BLOUNT and available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! Don’t wait for the snow to melt before you uncover these stories of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Check out the incredible list of authors participating below!

Kelly Anne Blount – KellyAnneBlount on Wattpad
Gabriela Cabezut – GabyCabezut on Wattpad
Megan DeVos – styleslegend on Wattpad
Rachel Meinke – knightsrachel on Wattpad
Noelle N. – hepburnettes on Wattpad
M.C. Roman – MCRomances on Wattpad
Delilah Mae – _HakunaMatata_ on Wattpad
Gavin Hetherington – GavinHetherington on Wattpad
Shaun Allan – ShaunAllan on Wattpad
Lindsey E. Lippincott – Red_Assassin on Wattpad
Lucy Rhodes – Lucyface on Wattpad
R. Diamond – rdiamond89 on Wattpad
Sarah Benson – SarahBensonBooks on Wattpad
J.M. Butler – JessicaBFry on Wattpad
Debra Goelz – BrittanieCharmintine on Wattpad
Neilani Alejandrino – sweetdreamer33 on Wattpad

#SNOWAnthology

Leila Adams talks Offering

This is a post I’ve really been looking forward to writing. I met Leila Adams through Wattpad and since then she has become an amazing friend and supportive cheerleader, so I’m incredibly excited that she is finally beginning her true writing journey with the release of her debut novel, Offering.

Tell us what Offering is about.

Olivia’s long-distance boyfriend is on a plane to San Francisco, and she can barely contain her excitement as she plans their passion-filled weekend.  This could be the turning point in their relationship. Having spent a lifetime avoiding emotional entanglements, she is torn between her heart and her common sense. Lust she can handle; love is dangerous for someone who has secrets to keep.

On a cursed night long ago an ancient vampire made a terrifying promise to Olivia, and then abandoned her in a world that was not her own. Forced to find a new way to survive, she has finally found peace in her life and hopes the pledge is forgotten. When a bouquet of black calla lilies appears outside her door, she knows her time is up, and the vampire intends to keep his promise.

Unforeseeable complications from the blood star ceremony take Olivia in a new direction. She finds herself and those she holds most dear under attack. As her dark secrets are revealed, the threads that bind her carefully constructed world begin to unravel.  She must face the heartbreaking truth when the unthinkable happens. The choice she makes now will determine not only her fate but the fate of those she loves.

What the hardest part about writing this book?

The hardest part about writing Offering was finding the time. I started the story in 2008 when I was still teaching. It took me five years to complete the book. On the positive side, I learned what kind of writer I am. I am definitely more of a percolator than plotter or pantser. Taking my time gave me the opportunity to figure out where and how to foreshadow elements of the second and third book in the first one, and possibly avoided some rewrites.

What do you consider the hardest part about writing in general?

I think all writers face the same problem: balancing writing with demands of work and family.

You first published Offering on Wattpad – how much has the final version changed?

The published edition of Offering didn’t change at its heart. I thinned it out, removed excessive description, as well as story-lines and backstory that didn’t move the plot forward. The Wattpad version exceeded 150K words and I shortened it to 119K. By all standards it is still quite lengthy. I also clarified questions readers brought up in Wattpad comments.

Did you find it easy to edit or did you have to force yourself to be ruthless?

Editing is murderous. I have no difficulty cutting excess story, but I find the process incredibly tedious and slow. There were, however, a few parts of the book I hated to delete. They were gems that shined for me. Eventually I will post them on my website as ‘extras’.

Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write this novel?

I hate to admit it but Twilight inspired me to write Offering. When I walked out of the theater after watching the movie, I told my husband the story was written wrong. It should have been (Offering story-line). He said, “You should write that.” I doubt he thought I would, but I did. What I realized in the process was that I wanted the adult version of a similar story, one that included the vampire aspect, but also mystery, romance, and a modern day crime element.

What does your typical writing day look like?

When I’m actively writing, I tend to write in the mornings and late at night. I will squeeze in every available moment. If I didn’t have other demands on me, I could sit at my computer for hours on end and never grow tired. I do take breaks between books to revitalize. That’s important, not only for the mind but the body also.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Upon reflection, I would say that when I’m not writing, I’m creating. It might be in 2D form, like writing a story, or working on a graphic image, or a 3D project, like tiling a floor, building a fireplace mantle, or plastering a wall. I also love to have families and friends over for dinner parties. I can spend hours creating the perfect red velvet cupcake. I have frosting tips and a nail gun, and I’m not afraid to use them.

What made you decide to go down the indie publishing route?

Offering is a book about vampires. I pitched the story to several agents in 2013 and 2014, at the San Francisco Writers Conference and heard the same refrain from all of them. They couldn’t sell vampire novels to publishers. They wanted new and fresh stories the public had never heard before. Interestingly, at the conference, I also learned about Wattpad, the reading/writing site. I uploaded my story as a test to see if people liked it. While I respect the gatekeepers of the publishing industry, they are not always right, and there have been breakout indie authors who have done well. For me, self-publishing made the most sense.

What challenges have you faced?

There are several huge challenges to publishing on one’s own. Had I chosen to publish using Smashwords, Bookbaby, or a similar company, they would have edited the book and designed a cover for a fee. Because I had already purchased my cover, I decided to do the editing on my own, with the aid of several programs and a few proofreaders. But, I think the biggest challenge in self-publishing is visibility. And marketing drives visibility. Even if you have written the next bestseller, unless readers know it’s out there, they can’t buy it. The marketing aspect is one I have only just begun to explore.

What do your family/friends think of your writing?

My family and friends are excited for me. My author friends are perhaps a bit more enthusiastic, though.

Have you encountered any negative reactions to either your writing or your chosen publishing route? If so, how have you dealt with it?

My first answer to the question is: No, I have not. My friends, family, and Wattpad readers have all been very positive and encouraging. After years of careful consideration, I decided self-publishing was the best choice for me. Perhaps there are bigger questions here. Will I encounter negative comments and reactions, and why would that happen? No doubt, I’ll run into derogatory remarks one day. We have all seen articles that want to delegitimize self-published books. Some people think if it doesn’t have a big publisher’s name on the cover, it can’t be worthy. Unfortunately, publishers are seldom willing to take chances on unknown authors like me. But, demonstrating sales growth, an expanding reader base, and future sales potential could influence a publisher when considering my work in the future. As the market evolves, and and it certainly has over the last five years, writers can take advantage of the changes, too. I feel this is a win-win situation for everyone. I establish myself, hopefully creating a path forward in my career, and I give the public more choices, letting them decide what they want to read.

What are your writing plans for the future?

I have begun writing the third book in the Blood Star Vampire Series, Redemption, and hope to finish it by the end of the year. The second book, Sacrifice, should be released on Amazon this summer, and Redemption early in 2018. Originally I planned to write three books in the series; but a fourth is likely.

I have two other stories in progress at this time. Opia, a YA psychic thriller, and The Edge of Time, a futuristic dystopian novel. I’m excited about these books and looking forward to writing in the different genres.

Thank you for interviewing me, Bella. It’s been a pleasure talking with you.

Offering is available on Amazon US and Amazon UK. Want to win a free ebook? Just enter the giveaway. There are three copies of Offering available, so don’t miss this chance to get your hands on one.

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London WattCon 2016

I’ve never been to a writing convention. Hell, I’ve never been to ANY kind of convention. When I hear the word, it makes me think of cosplaying and merchandise and actors in booth offering autographs and photos for a fee.

I’m guessing a writing convention isn’t quite like that, but the only way to find out is to go to one.

London Wattcon 2016, an event in which Wattpad writers, readers, staff, and ambassadors meet up to talk about all things Wattpad, takes place Saturday December 3rd, and I am proud to say that I am going to be on the panel! That’s right, guys and dolls. I went from planning to go to my first convention as an audience member to being offered a place on the authors’ panel.

If ever there was a squeeeee moment, this is it, especially since Taran Matharu, author of the Summoner series and one of my current favourite authors, will also be on the panel. So not only do I get to go to a convention for the first time, I also get to legitimately fangirl for the first time.

And in yet another first, I have actual book swag to give away.

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Pretty, lovely magnets for my wonderful fellow Wattpadders!

For most of this week so far, I have been veering between wild enthusiasm and gibbering nervousness, so let’s hope enthusiasm wins out on the day, or I won’t be much of a panellist.

Bring on Saturday!!!

When Maggots Attack!!

Does anyone remember that film Slither? The one with Nathan Fillion versus alien worms? Last night, that became something of a reality for me when I opened the back door to break up a catfight, and found myself confronted with hundreds of fat, white maggots, all trying to wriggle their way into the house.

I’m not generally a squeamish person. Slugs, snails, worms – none of that bothers me, and maggots never have either. Until I was confronted by hundreds of them, all on a single-minded rampage to get inside. As fast as I tried to sweep them from the doorstep, more and more replaced them, frantically wriggling over the corpses of the ones I’d managed to crush. They slithered up the doorframe, going almost as high as the ceiling, and while the spiders who live in the corners of the room were happy with the sudden buffet, I was entertaining horrifying visions of a sea of white wrigglers completely submerging me.

Not knowing anything about maggots, I decided they might react to salt the same way as a slug – shrivel up and die. I frantically salted the doorway with the kind of speed and precision that Sam and Dean Winchester would be proud of…and the little buggers just kept coming, rolling happily over the salt like it wasn’t even there.

One thing I learned about maggots last night – they’re tough.

Desperate to keep the infestation out of the house, I resorted to pouring boiling water on them. At this point, I’d like to stress that I wasn’t happy about doing this. As far as I’m concerned, maggots have as much right to live as anything, but without knowing what they were going to hatch into, I couldn’t risk having hundreds of them getting into the house. Three kettles of water later, and the maggots were still coming.

At this point, I was seriously starting to wonder whether or not Slither had been inspired by true events, and whether these maggots actually were alien in origin.

Okay, maybe not that last part. It was more like the battle at Helm’s Deep – but with maggots.

Rummaging through the cupboards, I found a can of bugspray and promptly turned that on them. Nothing. These were like armour-plated super-maggots.

Then I heard a pop like someone snapping gum. The second thing I learned about maggots last night is that they make a popping noise when you step on them. Despite my best efforts, the maggots had got through the boiling water, through the bugspray, and over the line of salt, and were hideously wriggling across the floor. Everywhere I put my feet, I was treading on them. Slimy yellow guts splattered the floor and pieces of crushed maggots covered my boots. I was killing more of them by accident than when I’d actually been trying.

As I fought off the invading horde of white wrigglers, my cat looked on with a sort of vague bemusement, but didn’t lift a paw to help.

Every time I thought I had them beaten, a fresh wave appeared. It took an hour and a half of stamping, pouring, and spraying, before the wriggly tide finally thinned.

There isn’t really a point to this story; I just wanted to share the ick factor with you. It was crazy o’clock in the morning by the time I’d stamped out what I hoped were the last of the stragglers, and I was jumping and twitching every time I thought I saw a flicker of movement. I’ve lived in this house for about twenty-six years and I’ve never seen anything like this maggot attack. But you can bet that as soon as it gets dark tonight, I’ll be at the back door, armed with a kettle of hot water in case there’s a new wave of maggoty invaders!!

RK Close talks Red Night

Today, I’m happy to introduce brand-new author and all-around awesome person, RK Close, who is probably bouncing off the walls with excitement as her very first book is being released one week today.

So without further ado, let’s get this party started!

Your first novel Red Night – Vampire Files Trilogy #1 comes out in May 10, 2016 and it’s about a young private investigator who stumbles upon a mysterious vampire named Adam. With a supernatural serial killer on the loose, Samantha must adapt to a world where vampires are real and love is dangerous. What was the hardest part of writing Red Night?

Writing Red Night came easily—so much so that it shocked me. You see, Red Night was the first thing I’ve ever attempted to write…EVER. I failed miserably at writing family Christmas letters. I’ve always dreamed of being a writer but in the way you dream of doing something with little to no chance of reaching it, like being a movie star, rock star, president or maybe an astronaut. But I guess the most difficult part of writing for me is editing. I can write and write and write, but editing is something I must force myself to do. *big sigh*

What inspired you to start this novel?

Like I said, being an author has always appealed to me as the best career you could have. Of course I romanticized it to great lengths, imagining myself living in a rundown but functioning villa in Italy where wrote all day and threw lovely parties at night. That still sounds wonderful, but I’ve realized that even without the setting I love to write. It feeds my creative side like nothing else.

Why did you choose to write about vampires?

I’ve been a fan of the paranormal for as long as I can remember. I first fell in love with the conflicting emotional side of vampires by reading Anne Rice in my early twenties. I fell in love with her vampires first. They were so deep and were constantly battling their nature and what they remembered of their humanity. They were beautiful, violent and tragic all at once. Her writing pulled me into a world that felt real even when it couldn’t be. I still love vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies. The idea of these creatures living along side of us and us not knowing makes for fantastic stories with endless ideas and situations.

Who is your favourite character?

That’s difficult to say. If I had to pick, it would be Samantha, but I really love so many of the characters in my stories. Even Zachariah, the villain. He has such a tragic past that I want to weep for what he became. He’s beautiful, tragic and horrifying at the same time.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

Editing! And second guessing myself. Writing is the fun stuff but editing is the bane of my existence as a writer. I’m a terrible speller and my grammar is embarrassing. This may be another reason that I never attempted to write. I was always afraid for people to read anything I put to print—fearing ridicule and rejection, I didn’t even try. Makes me sad that I didn’t give myself the chance sooner. All the stories I could have written… *sigh*

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about being a writer?

That you must wear many hats as a writer. You must write, edit, network and market yourself and your story. You may be the most skilled author around but if you don’t do all of those other tasks, nobody will ever read your stories because they won’t be able to find them.

I enjoy the networking the most. I’ve met so many wonderful authors and readers that I would never have known if I never posted that first chapter to Wattpad, November 20, 2014. That one brave act (believe me when I say it took everything in me to hit the publish button) has changed my future. Now it’s filled with stories—written and unwritten, and many new adventures and new friends.

What is your writing schedule/process?

Right now it’s extremely helter-skelter. There is no organization to it but I’m hoping to get a routine set soon. If my only responsibility was writing, it would be easy but I have an active and busy family of five to manage and they still require most of my time. I finally reached the point where I began calling myself a writer but truthfully, I’m a wife and mother first, many other things in between and an author last. It’s bittersweet because I wouldn’t trade one for the other. Balance is key and I’m still learning how that works.

Plenty of people think writing isn’t a real job. Have you ever encountered any such negative attitudes?

A little. Most of my family and friends have been really supportive, especially when I got the news that I’d be published. Prior to that, few people even knew that I had written a novel much less that it would be published.

I’m sure those opinions are out there but nobody has said anything to me so I’ll be thankfully ignorant and blissfully happy.

Do you ever encounter writer’s block?

I don’t think I’ve experienced writers block yet. It may be too early to tell but I have little trouble coming up with what to write. A bigger hurdle for me is time and time management. I’m not a very organized person.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love to spend time with family and friends, reading, traveling to just about anywhere, painting, cycling, CrossFit (when my back is better), and hiking.

Do you have any favorite authors or influences?

Professionally – Many from over the years but my favorite currently is Karen Marie Moning and the Fever Series.

On Wattpad – Leila Adams, Juliet Lyons, Bella Higgin (seriously) and Lynn Santiago to name a few.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently wrapping up Red Moon, book 2 in the Vampire Files Trilogy and I’ve begun the prequel to the trilogy during Camp NaNoWriMo. I don’t think I’ll reach my goal but it helped me get started. I’d like to publish Red Moon before the end of 2016 but I’ll have to see how editing goes.

 

Red Night is released on May 10th, available from Amazon, Limitless Publishing

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Imagines Project

So after a long hiatus due to technical difficulties, we’re finally up and running again, and just in time for some fantastic news.

Simon & Schuster is releasing the world’s first officially published anthology of celebrity imagine stories…and I’m a part of it.

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(For those of you who might not know, an imagine is a very specific type of fanfiction, in which the use of second person narrative literally puts the reader into the protagonist’s shoes.)

I’ll be honest with everyone – before I was contacted about this project, I had never heard of celebrity imagines. It was a brand new concept to me. But when an opportunity like this comes knocking at your door, you learn quickly.

Imagines have taken the internet by storm in recent years, but this is the first time that they will actually be on bookshelves. This is the first time that fans of Norman Reedus, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hiddleston and the like can actually walk into a shop and pick up an anthology of officially published stories about their favourite celebrities.

Due to aforementioned technical difficulties, I haven’t been able to blog about this book up until now, but this is the perfect time for the website to be running again, as today is *DRUM ROLL* the release date!!

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That’s right! Today is the day these shiny beauties officially hit the shelves, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll just leave these links as a subtle hint…

Simon & Schuster: http://bit.ly/ImaginesBook

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1SpiXIo

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/232YUBk

Sony Pictures Deal: The 3rd Wave Update

I didn’t believe this was real when I was first contacted about it, and even now it feels like I’m going to wake up and find out it was all one big joke.

But it is real, and I’m not waking up!

Writing this novelette has been an incredible journey, and I am truly honoured to have been asked to write anything set in Rick Yancey’s wonderful world.

The complete novelette is now available exclusively on Wattpad. Just follow this link.

I should also say here that I have been lucky enough to meet some of the other fabulous and very talented people that are working on this project. I would remiss if I didn’t encourage you to read their superb stories, which can all be found on the official The 5th Wave Movie page on Wattpad.

Happy reading everyone, and I hope you’re all as excited about the film release as I am.

Starving Artist Bullshit

We all know the trope of the starving artist, right? The idea of the talented individual who secludes themselves from the world in order to produce art? The notion that there is something romantic and even mysterious about these individuals who sacrifice material gain and live a life of poverty in order to produce books, sculptures, paintings, yadda yadda yadda?

Chuck Wendig sums it up perfectly in his post Starving is a Terrible Condition for Making Art.

“And yet, that’s the myth. That’s the image, right? The wonderfully woeful author purified by his or her lack of attachment to material things, subsisting on whatever she can scrounge up – a half-romantic image of the artist sanctified by her own discomfort.”

But do people actually still subscribe to this notion?

Apparently, yes.

There are still people who cling to the delusion that there is something romantic about the ‘starving artist’ trope. There are still people who believe that authors should adhere to this trope.

Bullshit.

Total, utter donkey-bollocks.

Authors are people, just like everyone else. Writing is their job, same as everyone who does nine-to-five hours in an office, or flips burgers for a living. They are not tragic, misunderstood, romantic figures who eschew material goods and choose to live in a state of poverty. At least, not by choice.

Despite what far too many people seem to think, there isn’t much money in writing, not for the average author. For every JK Rowling or Stephen King, there are a hundred midlist authors that make very little from their books. That’s why most authors have a second job to support themselves, because they don’t make enough money from their writing.

So does that mean these midlist authors should be ‘starving artists’, diligently struggling through an austere life? Should the JK Rowlings and Stephen Kings of the world valiantly refuse their pay-cheques to prove to the world that they are true artists?

Hell no!

At the moment I am living the sort of life that could be ascribed to a stereotypical ‘starving artist’. After leaving college, I worked part-time in pubs for years. I deliberately kept my hours part-time as it was very much a second job – writing was my first job. It just didn’t pay anything. Yet.

And that was okay. Those years were the equivalent of an apprenticeship – I was still learning to write. No one was going to pay me while I was still learning. I earned enough from my pub jobs to keep me going, though my finances were never comfortable.

And then the pub I worked in got shut down and I was left without a job. I tried to pick up other jobs, but never had any success. So I made a decision. That decision was to forgo paid work and focus on writing full-time. The pub had been going downhill for a while and it was clear that it wasn’t going to survive. With that in mind, I’d had enough presence of mind to start squirreling away my wages so I had some money to live off.

Needless to say, saved part-time wages don’t stretch very far.

That decision was made a little over two years ago, and I can share with you all that things are not easy for me. I still have rent to pay. I still have a cat to feed and look after. I still have to eat. In all this time I have never claimed a single penny of benefits money, no matter how much easier it would have made my situation.

As things stand, I am probably what people would consider a ‘starving artist’. I have holes in my shoes. I have holes in my clothes – and most of them were second-hand to begin with. If I don’t have money for public transport then I walk.

Walking nine or more miles in the dark to get home? Yep. Trudging six miles to get somewhere and then having to walk six miles back? You betcha.

Food? Bare essentials. Baked beans for lunch. Cheap noodles or plain pasta for dinner. If the food’s out of date? Eat it anyway. I’ve eaten Christmas turkey almost a year later. There are certain ingredients in my kitchen that are seventeen years out of date. I kid you not.

My boiler has needed replacing for years, but I can’t afford it. Hot water is not always a given. Showers can be mad dashes in and out of icy cold water. Heating is also not something that can be taken for granted. Rather than relying on that, I spend the winter days wrapped in scarves and blankets.

This isn’t meant to be a woe-is-me post, so please don’t interpret it as that. It is meant to highlight the reality of being a ‘starving artist’. It’s not romantic. It’s not idealistic. It sure as shit doesn’t make me produce better art.

So why do I do it?

Because it gives me time to create art. I have chosen this because it means I can write full-time. I knew when I made that decision that this wouldn’t be easy. I knew it wouldn’t last forever. But I hoped that during those couple of years I could really focus on my writing and actually get myself to a point where people might pay me for my work.

And it worked. Kind of.

I’ve been lucky enough to sell a couple of short stories, though all the money I’ve made from them combined doesn’t equal one month’s rent.

The last couple of years have been incredibly tough. BUT! The bright side is that it has given me time to write. It has given me the time to build a wonderful Wattpad following, and that in turn led to me being commissioned to write a short story as part of Sony Pictures’ promotional campaign for The 5th Wave film. (You can read about that here.) The money I earn from that commission will be enough to keep my head above water for the time being.

So the question is, has it been worth it?

In many ways, yes. It has given me opportunities that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. It has helped me reach readers that I might never have found.

Would I wish this on anyone?

Absolutely not.

There is nothing romantic about not having any money. I don’t sit here in my cold house with holes in my clothes and think that I am somehow purer because I am removed from the taint of material gain or the financial side of writing. And I can’t believe that anyone in today’s world really still believes that authors should do this.

Maybe this turned into more of a rambly-rant than anything else, but if anyone reading this does think that authors really should embody this ‘starving artist’ bullshit, please just stop it.

Sony Pictures Deal: The 3rd Wave

Fantastic news, Ramblers. As I’m sure many of you already know, Rick Yancey’s awesome novel, The 5th Wave, has been adapted for the big screen. With Chloe Grace Moretz taking the lead role, the film looks set to be a faithful, action-packed adaptation.

Good times for all The 5th Wave fans out there.

What you might not know is that, as part of their promotional campaign, Sony Pictures have teamed up with Wattpad to produce a series of novelettes focusing on the Four Waves that hit the world prior to the start of the novel.

*cue drumrooooolllll*

Y’all see where I’m going with this?

Yes, Ramblers, Sony have selected me to be part of this project. Give me a moment while I run around, shrieking madly. I joined Wattpad for the simple purpose of sharing my stories with people, and I never expected that it would open up such a fantastic opportunity. Yes, I know it sounds corny, but I really do feel honoured to be a part of this.

The story I have been commissioned to write will be set during the 3rd Wave, at the height of the Blood Plague. For me, that was the grimmest and most devastating of the Waves, so you can understand how super-psyched I am to be writing about it.

And because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some GIFs that capture my reaction when I found out the news.

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Shadows Rising: Sneak Peek

When I initially started writing When Darkness Falls, I didn’t give any thought to a sequel. It was just a story that I felt I had to write.

But now, after posting the story to Wattpad, and receiving such an overwhelming response from readers, I realised there was more of Luke and Kiara’s story to tell.

It’s been a bit of a mission trying to get the sequel written and edited in a short space of time, but I believe I can finally announce a release date of 9th October.

For all the When Darkness Falls fans out there, here is a first glimpse at the cover for Shadows Rising.

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