8.21.2014

Release Dates! Pre-Orders on Amazon!

So here is what's going on.
I've uploaded Stouthearted to KDP. It now has a release date - a definite release date - and you're also able to pre-order it exclusively on Amazon. (I will do the pre-order function on the other channels in mid September.)

What is the release date? October 21st, 2014!
Now, before you decide to hurt me, keep reading. There's a reason you have to wait a bit longer.

The eBook will be priced at $2.99 for two weeks only. After that it'll go up to $3.99.

I've also uploaded Arabella, which is actually releasing before Stouthearted. I know, I know. Don't kill me. Here's why I decided to release Arabella first: It's a standalone novella. I don't expect sales to be good. Short stories really don't sell well as it is. So I don't intend on doing much when it comes to promoting it at this moment. (I will definitely work on promo down the line, but for right now, it is not high on my list.) So expect Arabella to hit your Kindles on September 21st, 2014.

With Stouthearted, however, I need to promote it. I need to contact book blogs. I need to get the word out. Which is why you have to wait two more months for the book. I need time to get all of this in order. On the plus side? you get Arabella in exactly one month, and then one month after that? You get Stouthearted! =D

Again, I never meant for the book release to take so long. Life has been kind of an asshole over these past couple of months. A really big asshole.

Now that things are starting to calm down, I'm finally able to work on my books.

A few more details on Arabella:
  • It will be $1.99 in the Kindle store.
  • There will not be a paperback release.
  • It's more of a New Adult title than a Young Adult title.
  • It was inspired by my love of Black Widow and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so you can expect Arabella to be witty and strong.
  • It really is a standalone.
  • I initially had no intention of publishing this story. I wrote it as a distraction piece, but then I ended up falling in love with the characters, so now you guys will get to read it. =)
Now, what will I be publishing for the rest of the year?
Since I hit so many bumps this year, I haven't had much time to sit down and write, so I need to adjust my release schedule. Some things will be pushed back to 2015. Again, I'm sorry, but I needed to take care of family matters and that took priority of my writing.

Here is what I can promise will be out this year:
The Untold Stories -- A collection of short stories featuring various characters from the Emile Reed Chronicles (digital exclusive)
The Program Manual -- A fun Emile Reed Chronicles (digital exclusive)
As We Fall -- The first in a YA sci-fi duology; it has aliens and an awesome heroine named Raven.
 
And that is all that I'm guaranteeing for this year.
I really wanted to have Rebirth ready for 2014, but I don't see that happening now. The thing with Rebirth is that I really want it to offer a different viewpoint of Charles McVeigh. I want to have the chance to explore his character more, so I have every intention of making Rebirth longer than the other Emile Reed books. He's a jerk, yes, but underneath that, there's definitely more to him and I want to take the time to show that.

I do want to release Decoding Evie and Collide, too, but we'll see. I'm debating on using pen names. Both stories are incredibly different from what you guys have come to expect from me. Most of my stuff is science fiction, so to publish two contemporary romances under the same brand? I'm still iffy on it. Also? Collide is getting a new title to stand out better.

And for those that have started reading Stouthearted on Wattpad? I will be uploading the final version on Wattpad in about three weeks.

On why I haven't been around:
If you've been following my Facebook updates, which have been quite sporadic, you know that the reason I kind of went quiet is because my grandfather had a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. He was moved to the first rehab earlier this month, and they just moved him to the new rehab last Monday. I haven't been able to visit him in a few days since I've been sick and we don't want him getting sick, but he's slowly starting to get better. He has his good days and he has his bad days, sometimes more bad than good, but he is a fighter and I'm just hoping that he'll be back home soon enough.
There have been a few other factors - of which I can't talk about because there are just a bit too personal to discuss on here - that have made things difficult as of late. What I can say is that it involves a sibling of mine. It's not an easy situation at all, and I don't see it getting any easier anytime soon, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I do appreciate those of you that have been willing to work with me.
I've had a few people get aggravated with me, and I understand that, I do. But again, family comes first. July was a complete jerk. That's the nicest way of putting it. Having lost my step-grandfather (from my mother's side), having had my grandfather (on my father's side) admitted to the hospital, and having gone through a few other things with one of my siblings... it hasn't been an easy road. I never intended for Arabella and Stouthearted to be released to dang late, but life happens, and there's nothing I can do but go with the punches thrown.

So yes, I am sorry about all of the delays.
But I had to take care of me and my family first.

I <3 all of you, and I will be doing two giveaways next week to make up for being away for so long. Also? Any authors that I owe a review to, to make up for falling off track, I will do promo posts for your books as well as host a giveaway for each one. (I will gift the copies through Amazon, you don't need to do anything.)

<3 Nicole

P.S. I'm waiting on the pre-order links to go live on Amazon. They should be up within the next three hours. =)

8.05.2014

Teaser Tuesday Throwback: Rebooted.

As most of you know, I finished writing the Emile Reed Chronicles earlier this year. For me, that series was about discovering what it is that makes us human and, most importantly, realizing that life isn't meant to be perfect.

Today is Tuesday, which makes it Teaser Tuesday. I was going to share a teaser from Stouthearted, but I've decided to share a teaser from Rebooted. Yes, I know it's already available - and has been for some time. But this an important excerpt for me. Not only does it capture the tone of the series, but it also captures how I'm feeling these days. (I've been giving updates regarding my grandfather on my Facebook page.) There isn't much to report right now, nothing has changed. It's going to be day by day, and it's going to take a lot of time before things fully get better - not perfect, but better.


Anyway, here's a teaser from Rebooted:


Life was about sacrifice. That was something that I’d wished that I had known sooner. It wasn’t meant to be all kisses and rainbows. Life was meant to be full of pain, of anger, but most importantly, it was meant to be full of love, and with love, there came sacrifice.
That was the difference between living and simply existing. In life, you constructed relationships, you allowed yourself to be vulnerable; you allowed yourself to be broken because pain helped you to grow into someone better.
And I had grown into someone better. I’d become someone capable of caring, of loving, of understanding what it truly meant to be human. I became someone who knew how to take charge of their life; someone that wouldn’t dare allow the threat of death to force them into submission any longer.
I’d made the wrong choices early on, choices that not only affected my life, but the lives of those around me. And I fully understood the consequences of those choices now.
I had watched enough people die because of my selfishness.
This was my chance to show them just how sorry I was.
This was my chance to give them back the very thing my Uncle Charles had stolen from them – life.


<3 Nicole

7.28.2014

A Quick Update.

Sorry for the radio silence on the blog and on Facebook.
I figured I'd give you all an update on what is going on, and why you don't have Stouthearted. (You will soon enough!)

On July 10th, my step-grandfather (on my mother's side) passed away.
He hadn't been in the greatest of health at this point, so even though we kind of expected it, it was still a surprise. I was lucky enough to get to see him during my trip to Pennsylvania in June, something that I'm incredibly thankful for.

That was hard enough to deal with.

And then my grandfather (on my father's side) ended up getting admitted to the hospital due to a stroke. I'm very, very, very close to my grandparents, so having to see him so weak and tired? It's been incredibly hard. He's doing better each day. He is starting to get back to himself. In fact, he had us all laughing last night when we visited him at the hospital. He still has a longggggg journey ahead, but I know he's going to pull through it.

Unfortunately, because I've had a lot to deal with at home, I haven't had time to publish any stories or even work on setting up blog tours or anything. This is why you don't have Stouthearted. I can't worry about that right now. Right now I need to focus on my family. These past couple of weeks have been hard on all of us, and until I can get my head in the right place, I don't feel comfortable launching a new title.

I did go ahead and post the first ten chapters on Wattpad to read for free. So if you've been waiting on Stouthearted, you do have that for now.

I will set up some sort of launch event when it is finally available.
I'm sorry for the delay. Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared for any of this.

Again, I'll be on Twitter and Tumblr occasionally, so if you need to get a hold of me, that is the best way. Actually, Twitter is probably your best bet because most of my Tumblr posts are queued.

I appreciate all of the support I've received.
I promise you'll have a ton of reading material from me when I return.

<3 Nicole

Edited to add:
Here is an excerpt from chapter seventeen (I believe) of Stouthearted that honestly fits how I feel these days:



I liked to believe that a person never truly knew just what they were capable of until they were forced to face the possibility of failure.
A few months back, I thought I was capable of anything and everything. I had been blinded by naïveté. And then I nearly lost everything, and I realized just how small and vulnerable I truly was. I thought I’d discovered what I was capable of, but life seemed to enjoy testing me repeatedly.
I thought I was strong, that I was willing to face death head on.
But I wasn’t entirely sure that was the case any longer.
Before, I had lived my life in solitude, refusing to allow anyone else in. I had closed myself off from everything and everyone, which made it easy to risk everything. Because everything up until then had only meant me. And then I’d met Glate and the others, and I’d reestablished my friendship with Lex, and I found myself carving out pieces of myself, inviting them in with open arms.
I went from having nothing to lose to having everything to lose, which gave me every reason to fight. I just needed to remember that.
 

7.18.2014

Sales!

I'm still taking my break from blogging/reading/reviewing, but I wanted to let you guys know that I have a few sales going on!

Audiobook Sale:


It looks like you can possibly download the Submerged audiobook for only $1.99! I have no control over the price on the audiobook, so it can change at any time. If you've been wanting the audiobook, now would be a good time to download it.

eBooks:


Program 13, the first book in the Emile Reed Chronicles, is still free through ALL eBook retailers!

*Program 12, the prequel short story, is currently free through ALL eBook retailers...except for Amazon. For some reason they just won't price-match on this one.*


Capture is currently only $0.99 through ALL eBook retailers!


Submerged is currently only $0.99 through ALL eBook retailers!


No Place Like Home is currently only $0.99.

Also, if you've started the Emile Reed Chronicles and you enjoyed it, I would recommend purchasing The Emile Reed Chronicles: The Complete Series because it's almost $5 cheaper than purchasing every installment on its own. Plus, it'll have a pretty new cover come the end of August. (You'll also be able to purchase it in paperback at that point!)

For those asking about signed copies, I need to update my Signed Books page, but for now, you can e-mail me concerning which book you'd like as well as your zip code. I'll be able to provide the costs to you and then send an invoice through PayPal.

I should be back on the blog soon, but for now, I'm going to focus on getting everything straightened out in my personal life. Also, to those that have been supportive, thank you so much. It means a hell of a lot, seriously.

Now, I'm still on Twitter and Tumblr. Since SDCC is next week, there's going to be a lot of news coming out from Marvel, so I can't completely avoid the internet. If you need to get a hold of me, you can message me on Twitter (@NicoleSometimes) or you can contact me on Tumblr (NicoleSometimes).

<3 Nicole

7.13.2014

A Personal Update.



Due to things going on in my personal life, I’m taking a break from blogging/reading/reviewing everything right now. Well, for at least a week or two.

A lot has been going on lately, some of which I’m just not comfortable talking about publicly. What I will say is that this past week, my family suffered yet another loss. It wasn’t entirely unexpected, but that doesn’t make it any easier. With that, along with other things that involve other family members, this hasn’t been a good week. I’ve tried reading, blogging, etc but I just don’t have it in me right now

I can barely get any writing done. My head just isn’t in it. Because of this, I need to take a short break from things. So if you don’t see me around this week, that’s why. I’m taking a bit more time for myself, because things just are not great these days, and I need to get my crap together.

I feel like an ass for how many breaks I’ve taken over the past year, but things haven’t been great in my personal life for sometime, and even though I took a few breaks, I never really took enough time to handle things properly. So I’m working on that now.

On the plus side? I do have some books coming out soon that I am incredibly proud of (Stouthearted and Arabella). So you will get those very, very soon.

After I release Stouthearted and Arabella, it’ll be a bit before I publish another title. I want to take a month or two to work on a few comic book scripts I’ve been wanting to write. I need to change it up every now and again, so don’t expect to read anything new from me until October (I have a short story in an anthology coming out then).

<3 Nicole

7.08.2014

Teaser Tuesday!

I've been quiet on the blog front, and I'm sorry about that.
I took a mini break from the internet over the holiday weekend because I'm honestly running on fumes these days. I'm trying to catch up on my review stack, so if you're an author waiting on a review, it is coming! I just need a bit more time to catch-up on my reading!

To make up for my silence, I have two teasers today. An extended teaser from Stouthearted, and a cover teaser for Arabella!

An extended teaser for Stouthearted:



The Beginning
Bradley
When I’d managed to survive the Outbreak ten years ago, I thought that there was no way life could get much worse. Apparently I had been a bit too hopeful on that one because this was definitely worse. Much worse.
I was angry, in pain, and beyond ready to go home.
But I had a mission to finish, one that no one had yet to return home from. I wasn’t going to allow myself to be another Rescue Guard added to those that had died during a mission. Screw that.
I glanced down at my tablet, at the images of the two men I’d been sent to locate, and leaned back against a tree. I’d remembered seeing the one on television when I was younger. His face had been ingrained in my memory. But the other guy was a stranger.
“If you manage to locate them, you are to report your findings immediately, do you understand? Don’t try and be a hero, Bradley. You’ve seen what they’re capable of.” My bosses words replayed in my thoughts as I shoved the tablet back inside of my backpack.
How the hell could I forget what they were capable of? I asked myself.
When Kyle told me he was being sent on the next rescue team three months ago, I did everything I could to try and persuade him to stay. But the idiot insisted on going.
“I’ll be fine,” he promised. “I’ll be back before you even have time to miss me.”
I don’t know why I allowed him to board the Hovercopter that day. I knew that what he’d told me had been nothing more than nonsense meant to reassure me, but I allowed myself to believe it. And he never came back.
We lost contact with the Hovercopter shortly after it arrived in Florida.
That seemed to be the norm with the rescue missions.
As soon as our teams would arrive in Florida, we would lose contact with them. It was almost as though they just disappeared.
But I knew that wasn’t true. Because every time, without fail, the Hovercopters would register months later, but there would still be no sign of our men.
It was almost as though both Carlton Troum and General Hack had been expecting us, which was why I decided to fly a different route into the state. The thing was, I hadn’t been expecting what I’d found when I arrived.
“What the hell?” I glanced around at the rubble around me, wondering if maybe I’d gone in the wrong direction. But according to my handheld GPS, I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
Smack dab in the middle of a graveyard.

A few fun facts about Bradley:
He's a new character. He's one of my favorites. He plays a big part in this final book for multiple reasons. And no, he wasn't introduced in order to write a love triangle. He's actually a gay male character, something that is touched on in the story, but only when there's reason for it to be mentioned.

A teaser for the cover of Arabella:



I'll probably be quiet over the next couple of days. I'm trying to finish up work on Stouthearted, so I need to focus. If you need me, I'm always reachable by e-mail.

And to make up for being so late on reviews, I will be doing giveaways for the next four reviews I'll be posting. So keep an eye out for those. ;)

<3 Nicole