7.18.2017

Collide: Book Two is Finished!

It. Is. Done.
Collide: Book Two, that is.

I officially sent the file in to InkSpell Publishing tonight and will be taking a short break before I dive back into Rebirth, and then into Collide: Book Three. I kind of super love this book, mainly because it was a much-needed break from all of the dark stories I've been working on. (I'm looking at you, Rebirth.) Collide: Book Two does deal with some heavy stuff, yes, but there are also plenty of steamy scenes, as well as the usual humor between the trifecta -- Gemma, Ben, and Molly. 

If you haven't read the first book yet, the book is expected to be released digitally in December, with the cover reveal more than likely coming in September. Since this is a novella series, the books will be digital only releases. There will not be paperback editions. (Sorry, folks.) But! It's fun, I promise. And yes, there are super steamy scenes.

And with that, here's a teaser from the first book!



<3 Nicole

7.16.2017

New to My Shelves: Runes, Poison, and More + New Updates!


So, I'm technically not supposed to be buying any boos, but I'm pretty terrible at doing that, so I ended up going to my local library's used book sale yet again and picked up a lot of books I've been meaning to read. I also hit up Amazon yet again, although, to be fair, I only grabbed three books from there -- two of which were collected trades I've had on pre-order seemingly forever. With that said, let's look at my latest additions to my "to-read" pile!

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Paper Towns by John Green
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
Poison by Bridget Zinn
Meg Cabot's The Mediator Series - Books 1- 4
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Lumberjanes: Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Twilight/Life and Death Collected Edition by Stephenie Meyer
Runes by Ednah Walters
The Great Lake Avengers: Same Old, Same Old by Zac Gorman and Will Robson
Ghost Rider: Four on the Floor by Felipe Smith and Danilo Beyruth


Purchased eBooks:
Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
Catalyst (The Deception Game Book 1) by Kristin Smith

Updates!

1. I'm writing the final chapter on Collide #2 as I type this, and guys, I'm not kidding when I say I love this book more than the first. I hope you all check out the series when the first book releases this December!

2. I started working on As We Fall again, and I'm really excited about this one. No clue when it'll be finished, but the goal is to have a draft done by September so I can begin querying it come December. Fingers crossed!

3. Rebirth: This is my next project. I will be finishing this before I even start on Collide #3. I'm beyond happy to be back in the world of the Emile Reed Chronicles, and I can't wait for you guys to meet the new batch of characters I'm introducing come this December. 

4. Seraphina: The cover is in progress. Once Christa is finished with it, I plan on doing a cover reveal with a release date announcement. I'll be writing this alongside Rebirth. So expect a bit of a gap from finish to release as I need to allow time for editing.

And I'll leave this post on a funny note: I finally picked up a copy of Submerged (I gave away my final copy) on Amazon, only to receive a copy with the original cover and a huge food stain on it. So, thanks for that laugh, Amazon. On the plus side, the new paperback edition of Capture is lovely.


<3 Nicole Sobon

7.09.2017

New to My Shelves: Mermaids, Runes, and More -- Plus updates on Audio Books!

This is going to be a rather packed New to My Shelves, so settle on in, folks!


Purchased Books:
Paper Princess: A Novel (The Royals) by Erin Watt
SINK (Mermaid Royalty) by M.E. Rhines.

Purchased eBooks:
The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs
Under Ground (UNDER GROUND #1) Alice Rachel
Starr Fall: Book One of the Starr Fall Series by Kim Briggs
The Bodyguard: Legacies of the Amazons by Wende Dikec


NetGalley Books:
Sleeper by MacKenzie Cadenhead
Waste of Space by Gina Damico
Body Parts by Jessica Kapp

Now, onto the update portion of this post... the audio books! I'm proud to announce that Decoding Evie will officially be released as an audio book later this year. The perfect narrator has signed on to record the novella, and I can't wait to hear what she does with this rom-com short love story. This makes for the third audio book I have in production, alongside Program 12 and Program 13, which are also set to release later this year.

I'm hoping to add Capture and Stouthearted to that list, too, but I haven't had as much luck finding the right narrators for those, sadly. And for fans that were hoping to have the narrator for Submerged back for the sequel, I don't think that's going to happen -- although, I'd love if it did! -- but I'm definitely working on finding someone with the same kind of narration for Stouthearted.

As for upcoming releases... I'm nearly finished with the second installment of Collide, which is getting a makeover and re-release from InkSpell Publishing. The new cover won't be ready for a couple of months yet, but I'm set to kick off edits on the first installment relatively soon! I've enjoyed diving back into this world with these characters and I'm glad that they're getting a second chance. The group -- Gemma, Ben, Molly, Nate, etc. -- are just pure fun to write, even when things get heavy from time to time. The first installment will be on sale this December. If you haven't already, make yourself familiar with these characters!

And finally, a quick update on Rebirth. I have a release date locked in, but I can't put the book up for pre-order on Amazon just yet. That's because pre-orders can't be listed more than three months out, so it'll be a bit before you ca pre-order it there. I am, however, working on getting the pre-orders live on Draft2Digital, so stay tuned!

To end this post, here's a teaser from Collide #2!



<3 Nicole

7.06.2017

LOOK: 'Capture' Has a Brand New Cover!

This is something I've been teasing for awhile now and officially revealed on my author Facebook page last night, but Capture, the first book in the Lunica City duet, has received a new cover. The cover, like the previous one, was designed by Christa of Paper & Sage Design and perfectly captures the essence of the story. 


So, why did I change the cover? (Again.) Well, it came down to two things, really.

The first being sales. Unfortunately, Capture never really took off with readers like both Submerged and the Emile Reed Chronicles did. I'd like to think part of this was due to the rather generic covers I've used in the past. This new cover is the exact opposite of that. 

The second reason? I'm finally readying the second and final book in the series, Release. That book will finally arrived in early 2018, and I've already scheduled a cover session with Christa to work on it. In order to keep the covers consist, I knew Capture's cover needed to change.

I've already submitted the new cover to Amazon, so it should be live by this afternoon. The paperback, on the other hand, won't be ready for a few days as it has to undergo a review process by Createspace before it hits Amazon.

If you haven't already, you can download Capture for $0.99 through Amazon now.

<3 Nicole

7.05.2017

Book Review: Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

Miles MoralesMiles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Marvel Press
Pre-Order: Amazon
Review Copy: Provided via NetGalley

Description from Goodreads:
Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man.

But lately, Miles's spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad's advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can't shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures on the historical "benefits" of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It's time for Miles to suit up.

My Review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Over the past year or so, Marvel has made it a point to put out young adult novels centered on some of their biggest heroes – Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, and soon Captain Marvel – and while I’ve enjoyed those books, Miles Morales is something else. It’s not just a great read, it feels like so much more.

This isn’t merely a novel adaption of a Mile Morales comic book. It’s a story with so much to tell; with so much heart inside of its pages. And it finishes on what is easily the best and biggest closer I’ve read in a young adult novel in quite some time. Reynolds took a superhero story and made it so much more than just another story about a web-slinger.

Ever since his Marvel Comics debut in 2011, Miles Morales has quickly become just as notable as his predecessor, Peter Parker. So much so that fans campaigned for the character to take on the moniker in the next Spider-Man film. While we won’t get the chance to see that anytime soon, we can at least appreciate that Marvel has begun to branch out with the character, taking him from characters to the small screen and now young adult novels. While the Black Widow novels have seen their fair share of criticism of Natasha not truly being the lead in those stories, the publishing giant’s latest efforts have done an excellent job at showcasing these young heroes and the difficulties they experience along their journey to heroism. Miles Morales fits into the category of the latter.

We do get to see the web-slinger be heroic and go on adventures as Spider-Man throughout the novel, but this book is very much about Miles and his struggles to retain a normal life while trying to do good with his powers. Along the way the book touches on topics such as racism and profiling, topics that are sadly still far too relevant in our society today. Thankfully, though, the story doesn’t just casually brush upon those topics. It full on tackles them with one of the most powerful closing scenes I’ve read in a book lately.

All in all: If you like Miles Morales, this book is for you. If you’re not familiar with Miles? This book is still well worth picking up.

If there isn’t a sequel, I’ll be incredibly disappointed because I’m already eager to go on an adventure with these characters again.

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7.03.2017

New Covers, Plus a Surprise Sale on My Books!

I'm on my lunch break, so today's post is going to be short and sweet! Carrie of Forward Authority has worked her magic on the covers for both Standby and New Beginnings, and those covers (shown below) should start showing up within the next hour or two.


Along with those spiffy new covers, I also dropped the prices on nearly all of my books!

Right now, you can grab the following for $0.99 through all eBook retailers:


The price on Stouthearted is at $1.99 right now. I may lower it to $0.99, but I won't have a chance to do so for about another day or two.

I also lowered the prices on The Emile Reed Chronicles: The Complete Series and The Outbreak Duology. So new readers looking for finished series can now jump into both of those at a super cheap price.

I'm not sure how long I'll keep the prices lowered, so grab your copies while you can!

<3 Nicole

7.02.2017

New to My Shelves: Pandora, Fixes, and More!




eBooks Purchased:
Never Fear the Reaper (A Never Fear the Reaper Series Book 1) by Ashley Pagano
Second Kiss (Violet Hill Book 1) by Chelsea M. Cameron
Style by Chelsea M. Cameron

I didn't purchase any physical boos this week. That's because I'm actually trying to get rid of some right now. (Remember how I said I had about ten tall stacks without a home? I wasn't kidding.) But! That didn't stop me from getting a few Kindle books.


NetGalley Books:
Fix Me by Lisa M. Cronkhite
Project Pandora (Assassin Fall, #1) by Aden Polydoros
Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

I actually started Project Pandora yesterday, and I'm really, really enjoying it! It's a thrilling book that is full of surprises. If you guys haven't added it to your "to-read" lists, do so. Immediately!

Updates time:

I'm excited to announce that Carrie, who has done the covers for the entire Emile Reed series -- with the exception of the omnibus edition -- has worked her magic on the covers for Standby and New Beginnings! So yes, the entire series will match really, really soon! She's super awesome and I can't wait to share both covers with you guys. (Guys, the cover for Standby is easily my favorite!)

Also! Capture is getting a revamp courtesy of Christa, who has done the covers for pretty much all of my other books -- with the exception of Survival Instinct. The reason for the cover update? I'm actually readying a release for the sequel, Release, which should be in your hands come January! The plan is to also have her make the cover for Release, but that won't be ready for awhile. It's worth noting that Christa is also hard at work on the cover for Seraphina, the third installment in the Guardians novella series. I plan on bugging her about the covers for the still untitled fourth installment within the next couple of months.

And finally! Collide, which is being re-released through InkSpell Publishing, is getting a facelift in a couple of months. Right now, I'm getting ready to begin edits with the editor as I finish working on the second installment. The plan is to submit the second book to them within the next week or two, then take a short break to work on Rebirth, and then dive back into the third and fourth books back to back. Assuming the series does well, I'd love to write a Molly spin-off series. In fact, I even have a title and idea for a three book novella series, so we shall see!

Have a happy and safe July 4th!

<3