12.21.2014

New to My Shelves!





Books that I Purchased:
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Life, The Universe, and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #3) by Douglas Adams
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead
  • Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead
  • Shadowmancer (Shadowmancer, Bk 1) by G.P. Taylor
  • Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott
I decided to head to the final used book sale hosted by my local library for 2014. I have been avoiding going for the past couple of months because my to-read pile is pretty insane right now, but I made up for it on this visit. (Everything pictured above except for Wicked was purchased at the book sale.)





eBooks Purchased:
  • Collide: Episode One -- yes, I did purchase my own book :)
  • Dirty London by Kelley York
  • Marked by Sarah Fine
  • The Legacy by Necole Ryse
  • Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane
What books did you pick up?

12.18.2014

Happy Book Birthday, COLLIDE (EPISODE ONE)!



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Description:
Two Best Friends. One promise. And one night that will change everything.
When Gemma Michaels lost her brother, it was her best friend, Ben, that helped to piece her back together after her world fell apart. He swore to her brother that he would take care of her, that he would protect her. He told himself that she was off limits, but when a night out ends with Gemma saying the very words he's been eager to hear, he'll be forced to decide between what he wants and the limits he has forced himself to adhere to for so long.
Some risks are worth taking.

This book has taken a lot longer to release than I'd planned.
The original story was supposed to be released back in February of this year. And then I decided to rewrite the book - multiple times, actually - in order to try and find a home for it with a publisher. I had already started querying when I realized that wasn't the right path for this story.

This book, although fictional, is a personal one. As most of you know, these past two years have been hell. I lost more family members and nearly lost one of the most important people in my life. I ended a toxic relationship. I watched as drugs destroyed people that I love. And then there were my health issues. You'll find that a lot of those very things made their way into this story. I've been saying for some time now that I feel Collide is my strongest work to date, and I truly believe this is because I put a lot of myself in this book. I gave everything I had to this story.

It was always meant to be a standalone novel, but I'd planned for it to come in at around 45k-50k words. That wasn't the case. The story, once all five episodes are published, will run around 100k words. This is one of the reasons I decided to release it in this format. Also? The story lends itself to this format.

Collide is a New Adult romance novel. Yes, it's about two best friends falling in love. No, you won't have to wait until the end of episode one to see the words exchanged. Episode one sees these two characters that are so afraid to cross the line they'd drawn for themselves, and the other four episodes explore what happens after they do while also offering more insight into their long standing friendship.

It's an emotional ride at times, but it's a fun one, and I hope that you guys enjoy Gemma & Ben's story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Now, there is NOT a set release schedule for the remaining four episodes. The plan is to release them quickly, but I don't want to throw out any dates because I know how much of an asshole life can be, and I'd rather not miss anymore release dates. Your best bet would be to follow me on Facebook. I'll be sure to post updates over there as often as possible. =)

<3 Nicole

12.17.2014

Cover Reveal: Greta and the Goblin King & Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs!

Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1)
Release Date: 12/11/12
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...




Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2)
Release Date: February 2015
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
The sequel to the Hansel & Gretel retelling Greta and the Goblin King ups the stakes of danger and romance. As conflict surges across Mylena, the tough Greta struggles to save those she loves.

Against all odds, Greta and the Goblin King miraculously survived the battle against the evil Agramon. Greta should be happy to be alive and ready to claim her place in Mylena by Isaac's side. Yet nothing is the way she thought it would be. The battle against Agramon left a dark magick inside Greta that will eventually kill her. Isaac hasn't been the same since he almost went Lost. And there are whispers of a rebellion brewing throughout Mylena...

Determined to save Mylena from a bitter civil war, they travel to the mysterious Glass Kingdom to form an uneasy alliance with the deadly Faerie race. But when an unexpected disaster tears Greta and Isaac apart, she must make the journey on her own. Along the way, she discovers a conspiracy stretching back to events she never thought she would have to revisit, betrayal from allies whose loyalty she never questioned, and an enemy vying to control all of Mylena.

Follow Greta into unexpected romance, explosive secrets, and shocking betrayals that will leave her and all of Mylena forever changed in the stunning second installment of The Mylena Chronicles.

About the Author
Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

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12.16.2014

Cover Reveal: AS WE FALL!


As soon as I completed the Emile Reed Chronicles, I immediately went to work trying to plot out the story for the Shaden duet, which begins with AS WE FALL. I love science-fiction and I was eager to dive back into it with a brand new story, that was where Raven came in. She's a mixture of Emile, Taylen, and Arabella. She's witty, tough, naive at times, but most importantly, she's real. She's a character that I feel people will be able to relate to, even if the world she's living in is nothing like our own. Okay, enough rambling. Onto the cover!


And here's a rough (and by no means final) description:

No one really remembers when they arrived. It feels as though they have always been here; hidden right beneath our noses. Our ignorance had just made them invisible to our eyes.
Until they forced us to see them.
Their ships have hung in the sky for as long as I can remember, a constant reminder that this world was not our own. A lesson that they’d made it a point to show us every single night.
When the lights go out, be sure to seek shelter.

Like most of my covers, this one was created by the lovely Christa of Paper & Sage Design. This cover is easily my favorite of all my covers because of how wonderfully it captures the story. I'd been struggling for a while trying to determine what kind of cover I wanted for this story. Thankfully, Christa is all sorts of awesome and I'm absolutely thrilled with the cover.

I don't know when AS WE FALL will be released, but I'm aiming for sometime before May of 2015. I know that is rather broad, but I don't want to commit to a release date this early. I have a ton of projects I'm currently juggling, so it could take some time. What I can promise is that there will be a teaser (the entire first chapter) for AS WE FALL published in the back of an upcoming project, so you'll be able to learn more about Raven soon enough!

<3 Nicole

12.12.2014

Holiday Giveaway #1: DIVERGENT on DVD!

To celebrate the trailer for Insurgent (which looks pretty dang cool, then again, I haven't read Insurgent yet so I don't know how much it has strayed from the book), I decided to make the first of my holiday giveaways a Divergent giveaway!

First, here is the trailer for Insurgent:



Now, onto the giveaway rules:
In order to enter, you need to be at least thirteen years of age and a resident of the United States as I cannot afford international shipping right now.

What you need to do:
1. Comment below on this post and tell me what your favorite book this yer was.
2. Share this giveaway - Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Goodreads, whichever you prefer - and make sure to either share the link in your comment or you can tweet it to me (@NicoleSometimes) or post it on my Facebook page.
3. Like my Facebook page. (Link on the sidebar.)

That's it. Pretty simple, right?
You have until December 19th to enter.
I'll randomly draw a winner on the 20th.

12.10.2014

Promo Post: Cursed Beauty (A Fairy Retelling Book 1) by Dorian Tsukioka.

Book Description:
A pair of glass slippers that can change her life? When something is too good to be true, it usually is...

Adelaide has lived her entire life cursed with a birthmark that makes people shy away. When an invitation to the Elder Prince’s ball falls in her lap, she knows attending would only cause people to shun her more.

A fairy godmother feels her pain and offers her a pair of glass slippers that not only transform her ragged dress to an elegant gown, but also removes the mark that covers her face. However, Adelaide soon learns that the beautiful slippers can steal away more than just her birthmark, leaving her cursed in a far worse way.

This retelling of the classic Cinderella story will resound with readers of young adult fiction who love paranormal fantasy, fairy tales, and a splash of romance. 


What others are saying:
"I really enjoyed this retelling. It had such a fun twist, one I haven't seen before." - Silvara Wilde, 4 stars on Amazon

"Love this version of Cinderella so much better....It's short, and definitely not what you would call sweet, but it is a good retelling of it!" - Clarice, 5 stars on Amazon

"Hard to put down!....Great rendition of a classic tale! Keep up the great work, very fun read! I look forward to reading more of your work." - Jen Shultz, 5 stars on Amazon


11.29.2014

Saturday Update!



Henry: The other day, my dogs were barking at something in my neighbor's backyard. I figured that one of the chickens from the house next to theirs had found their way into the neighbor's yard again, until I went to see what they were barking at and found this little guy. We're not sure where he came from, and we're pretty dang sure the house behind us is vacant, so we've been feeding him and trying to take care of him until we figure out what to do. For now, my brother's friend has named him (we're just calling it a him for now) Henry.


Baking: I started my annual Christmas baking on Friday. The first batch of cookies: M&M cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and butter cookies. Ignore the ugly colored butter cookies. My cookie press broke in the middle of using it, and I ended up mixing the dough from the one press with the dough in the other one, which resulted in the ugly color. Unfortunately, thanks to my long list of food allergies, I'm technically not supposed to eat these... so I pretty much make these for everyone else, haha.

Health Issues: I actually have to go back to the doctor because they still don't know what's wrong with me. They know that my body is trying to fight off something due to how high my white blood cell count is, and it could be nothing, but they still want me to get an ultrasound since my doctor thinks something is wrong with my gallbladder. I'll be around, but the blog will probably remain quiet a bit longer. I need to take care of myself. Between my allergies (it is very, very, very hard to ignore foods that I'm allergic to when that pretty much means everything, so I have a lot of allergy attacks that result in a swollen throat which leads to difficultly swallowing and breathing) and whatever is going on now, I don't do much of anything other than work and sleep. Here's to hoping that changes soon.


The new Star Wars trailer: So uh, I'm assuming you guys have seen the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, right? I'm so freaking excited. It's only an eighty-eight second trailer, but holy cow.

Giveaways: If you're waiting on me to ship something out to you, it's going to take another week or two. I'm in a tight spot financially right now. Unfortunately, book sales have been nearly nonexistent, so I'm not making anywhere close to what I was last year, so instead of mailing stuff out right away, it's going to take me a bit from here on out. I'm hoping book sales pick up soon, but publishing isn't an easy field, and sales are hard to get back up when they crash.

Sales: For those unaware, I have lowered the prices on all of my books - except for The Emile Reed Chronicles: The Complete Series - to only $0.99 each. If you've been waiting to read any of my books, now would be a good time. The sale will go through December 31st.

<3 Nicole