Quick Updates: Paperback Copies, Audio Books, and Such

Audio books:

I finally submitted Program 12, Program 13, The Untold Stories, Capture, and Stouthearted to ACX for audio books. As auditions begin to come in, I'll take my time combing through them for the right narrators. I'm hoping to have the audio books for each out by the end of the year.

For Emile Reed fans, the entire series will be up on Audible...eventually. It takes time to produce each audio book, so I'm doing the series in waves. Once this latest wave is finished, I'll continue working on the rest of the series. As it stands, Program 12 is currently the only one in progress right now. (Meaning that a contract was signed and the narrator is working on it.) I'm still trying to find the right narrator for the other books, unfortunately.

If there's enough interest, I'll also submit the Guardians books -- Arabella and The Shadow Program -- but I'm holding off on those for right now. I'm not sure I want to sign a seven year contract for those rights just yet. That's the simple truth. So we'll see.

Paperback Copies:

Is Love: The Ridley Collection is coming to paperback soon! I'm pretty excited about this one. Not only does this novella have one of my favorite covers from Paper & Sage Designs, but it's also a story I truly enjoyed working on. Unfortunately, while it never really found a readership, thus leading to the cancellation of the rest of the planned spin-off books, I'm just excited to give Ridley's story a new life in print.

I will also be making the Guardians books available in paperback. I plan on doing Arabella and The Shadow Program as a combined paperback book, then Seraphina and the untitled fourth installment as another, followed by the untitled fifth installment and the official Guardians novella as the final set. What's holding me back? Ya know, other than needing to finish writing the series? I need to decide on how to approach the covers for the paperbacks. Once I do that and bug my cover designer, I'll hopefully have news to share.

Other News:

I started writing a new draft of Grow Up & Blow Away directly onto Wattpad. You can follow that here. I'm still debating what I plan on doing with it once I'm done, so we'll see. I may self-publish it, but I also kind of want to submit it to a few small publishers, too. I'll add onto the first chapter over the weekend. (The goal is to knock out the first two chapters before next week.)

I'm also working on As We Fall in between the Collide books, and guys, I love this series. I have every intention of submitting that series to publishers later this year. If it doesn't get picked up, I'll self-publish it, but the hope is that I can find the right home for Raven's story.

That's it for now.

<3 Nicole


Surprise! I Published a New Story!

Okay, so this wasn't exactly planned. But it happened.

Over the weekend, I finally decided to read a trade copy of Unity I had after finding out that Amazon had Unity listed within their Kindle Worlds program. Needless to say, after reading it and growing frustrated at how awesome of a character Livewire was but how poorly she was used, I decided to write a short story from her point of view. Thus, Unity: Livewire was born. It's a super short story at around 5K words, but it's a fun read for $0.99.

If you read it, hopefully you enjoy it. I had writing it!

It's available exclusively through Amazon and takes place during the events of Unity: To Kill a King, although I tried to make it generic enough that non-comic readers may enjoy it.

Back to working on the Collide series I go!



Teaser Tuesday: COLLIDE, BOOK TWO -- Plus More Fun Stuff!

So, this post is going to be a bit all over the place and for that, I'm sorry!

First up: The personal stuff. A few days before my birthday, I ended up at the ER where I found out the pain I thought was from my liver was actually due to gallstones. (Yes, the liver issue is still ongoing, too.) So I now have to get my gallbladder out. I'm not sure when, as I don't get to see the doctor until later in the month, but it should be within the next month. When this happens, I won't be around for about a day or two. So I'm trying to get everything done beforehand.

Next up: Covers! I've contacted Christa, who has done a majority of my book covers -- the Outbreak duology, the Guardians series, and most of my novellas -- and she's set to work on the cover for SERAPHINA next month. For those unfamiliar, SERAPHINA is the third novella in the Guardians series following ARABELLA and THE SHADOW PROGRAM. (It's a series about various female superheros!) I'm aiming for a late August/early September release date for SERAPHINA, but that is not set in stone yet.

Finally, some AS WE FALL news: I started back on this book, and well, I essentially threw out the chapters I'd written previously. This is good, though, because the new chapters are so much stronger and present a better story, in my opinion. Now, here's the major update regarding this book... because I've essentially gotten rid of everything before it, I've decided to query this one once it is finished.This means, I will not be self-publishing it this year. *Fingers crossed it gets picked up somewhere!* 

Now, what I'm assuming you're all here for. Since I'm not sure how many of you have read COLLIDE: BOOK ONE, which will republished by InkSpell Publishing later this year, I had to be careful what I picked for the teaser from its sequel. It couldn't contain any spoilers, but it also had to capture the essence of these characters and their story. So, here you go. An unedited teaser from the second book. 

I absolutely love this series. The installments -- which run around 17,000 words each -- are short, fun reads that are full of heart. It features some of my favorite characters and although it touches on some dark subject matters, it manages to still retain this fun element. I'm excited for you guys to be reintroduced to Gemma and Ben later this year, and here's to hoping you all come to love them as much as I do.

Back to writing I go!

Just a reminder: I switched Twitter handles. I'm not longer using @NicoleSometimes. You can now find me at @NicoleSobon, where I'm easily accessible if you need to get a hold of me. (Book bloggers and authors, I always reply on there if you have any questions!)

<3 Nicole


New to My Shelves!

So, I've been avoiding doing these kind of posts for awhile now because I have an insane "to-read" pile as it is. (Seriously, it's live ten stacks high right now!) But I'm terrible at avoiding the used library book sale...and Amazon, and so I'm back at it!

Books from the Library Book Sale:
Forever by Judy Blume
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholkelume
The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette by Bianca Turetsky and Sandra Suy
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab
The Edge of Nowhere (Whidbey Island Saga #1) by Elizabeth George
Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
The Waking Engine by David Edison
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman
The Night Season (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #4) by Chelsea Cain

Fun fact: This is my second copy of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. I had a hardcover edition I purchased upon its release, but I've since lost it somehow. So I re-bought it to finally read it.

Other Purchased Books:
Power Up by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings
All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

NetGalley Books:
Love Is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody
Abomination by Jane Dougherty
Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey
In 27 Days by Alison Gervais
36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

I'm ending this post by announcing that I'm officially re-publishing SPARK, the short story that takes place before SUBMERGED and is told from Glate's point-of-view. It'll be completely free...but as an Amazon exclusive. (It may show up as $0.99 for a bit while I work out the free stuff.) I'm re-publishing it because, honestly, I adore Taylen and Glate, and the more stories I'm able to share from their world the better. Who knows? Maybe I'll write an extended epilogue one of these days.

P.S. Check back on Tuesday for a sneak-peek at Collide: Book Two! Don't worry, it won't spoil the first book for you. I made sure of that. It's more of a "sorry-it-took-so-long" to those that read the original edition of Collide.With the series having found new life with InkSpell Publishing, I'm just really, really excited to share these characters with more readers. =D

<3 Nicole


What Would You Like to See Me Release Next?

Although I've been quiet on here, I have been hard at work on my next few releases. 

The first book of the COLLIDE series is with the folks at InkSpell Publishing, and the second book should be headed their way by the end of the month. After that, I will focus on the remaining three installments, before turning my focus back to a previously announced book. Ideally, I'd love for that book to be REBIRTH, as I've already drafted a good amount of it, but I'm willing to change that based on what my readers would rather see come up next. So here are the options: RELEASE (Lunica City Duet, Book Two), REBIRTH (Emile Reed Chronicles Companion Novel), As We Fall (The Shaden Duet, Book One), or the follow-up to SURVIVAL INSTINCT: THE PREQUEL? It's up to you guys, so sound off in the comments below. Whichever title earns the most votes is what I'll release next.

Along with finally getting some writing done, I've finally started reading again. (Oh, how I've missed books.) I was able to read the upcoming MILES MORALES novel from Marvel Press and have a review ready to go closer to the book's release, and I just started reading Jennifer L. Armentrout's THE DEAD LIST. 

However, this is where the fun ends in this post. After heading to the ER today, I now have to get my gallbladder removed -- and soon -- as I'm currently dealing with gallstones on top of my liver issues. Plus side, this shouldn't harm my writing deadlines. Negative? I hate surgeries. 

I'll try and make better use of this, I promise.
For now, you can either catch me on Facebook or Twitter (@NicoleSobon) where I'm a heck of a lot more active -- that's mainly due to my freelance writing gig.

<3 You're all the best. 


Some GOOD News... and Some BIG Changes!

Pardon my absence once again. Things are a bit hectic in my personal life at the moment. (For once, however, my health is actually decent, haha.)

As the title implies, though, I finally have some good news to share!

Not only is SURVIVAL INSTINCT coming out this month, but I've also signed on with InkSpell Publishing to help put out the entire COLLIDE series. I'm super excited about that part, and can't wait to start this journey with them. 

As for those that have been asking about REBIRTH? I haven't forgotten about that book -- or RELEASE, for that matter -- I just haven't been in the state of mind to work on that story. The problem with REBIRTH is that it gets dark. Like, super dark. (This isn't surprising given that it's about the villain from THE EMILE REED CHRONICLES.) But! Given everything going on with me right now? Putting my head back in McVeigh's space just isn't ideal. They're definitely coming this year, though. I just don't know when exactly.

And no, REBIRTH will not be included with THE EMILE REED CHRONICLES: THE COMPLETE SERIES. This is because REBIRTH is a companion novel to that series. Although Emile gets introduced as the very end -- as I've always said, the final chapter will lead directly into PROGRAM 13 -- McVeigh's story is its own beast. 

In between all of this, I'm still trying to finish AS I FALL. However, I'm considering submitting it to a few publishers once it's complete, so no promises on the release date for that as of right now. I'm also writing a standalone novella that I plan on shopping around.

As for the changes? Well, because of the chaos that has been going on around me, I ended up making some massive changes to SURVIVAL INSTINCT. While I've been open about my health issues in recent years -- I'm currently dealing with some liver issues -- I haven't been open about everything else that has been going on. Let's just say that things haven't been great. This, surprisingly, has managed to give me a creative boost. (I know, it's insane!) So, SURVIVAL INSTINCT is no longer a standalone book. It's going to be a series. SURVIVAL INSTINCT will be the prequel to the series. I'm adjusting the price to $0.99 on Amazon. I've come to love these characters and the world I've created here, and writing about them has oddly enough helped me to deal with my personal life. The series will consist of SURVIVAL INSTINCT: THE PREQUEL, SURVIVAL INSTINCT: BOOK ONE, SURVIVAL INSTINCT: BOOK TWO. Both THE YEARNING and THE FACILITY will continue to serve as companion stories to the series.

I promise, I'm going to eventually write a standalone novel. I hope. 

Lots of goodies coming, folks! 




New to My Shelves!

It has been quite some time since I've done one of these, but since I didn't have a second review ready for this week, I figured it was time to get back into old habits.

Books From the Library Book Sale:
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
  • Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
  • Mercy by Rebecca Lim
  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Lost Slayer by Christopher Golden
  • The Confession (Fear Street) by R.L. Stine
I really should avoid the book sale, but I couldn't. (In my defense, I did take my nephew who really wanted to go, so it's really not my fault.) However, I did find some wonderful books this time around. I managed to snag the complete Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy for under five bucks, and since I (sadly) haven't read it yet, I couldn't help myself. I also managed to find a brand new copy of Flat-Out Love, as well as a semi-used Buffy book to add to my ever-growing collection.


Books Purchased in General:
  • The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I'm so behind on my reading, that I haven't even read this series yet, but I'm planning on it soon. I swear.

NetGalley Books:
  • Riot Street by Tyler King
  • Other Where: Muddy Waters by Sara O. Thompson

A general update:

I will be keeping up with blogging, but after being diagnosed with liver issues, I will only be able to maintain 2 reviews a week. If you're an author hoping to reach out to me for a review, at this time, I won't be able to do it. I'm focusing on my Net Galley books these days and trying to squeeze in books I own inbetween. Hopefully, things will calm down in the coming months and I'll be able to up my reading limit in due time.

<3 Nicole