Teaser Tuesday: Stouthearted!

I figured I'd share a teaser from Stouthearted since I'm finally making decent progress. And well, I finally feel as though I got the Prologue to where I need it to be. (Seriously, I think I've rewritten this Prologue a lot more than the prologue in Submerged!)

If you recall, both the Prologue and Epilogue in Submerged were told from Lex's POV. I decided to switch things up a bit and write these from Glate's POV in Stouthearted. There is a reason behind it, and you'll understand once Stouthearted is finally released!

This book is a hard one to write compared to my other projects. Not just because it has been some time since I've written Submerged - I am actually checking back to make sure my facts are straight, no worries. But it's also because it's an emotional book. It's a darker story at times, and even though I know what the ending is going to be, and I know there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, it's hard getting into that head-space to actually write what happens down because I don't want to face it just yet. Stouthearted is the end of Taylen's story, and it kind of turns everything on its head before things start to fall into place.

I am still considering writing a prequel novella to Submerged, one that would feature an entirely different cast of characters. It really all depends on whether or not I can schedule it in this year. I want to, I really do. I have the story planned out, and I have an excellent idea of the main character, but it all comes down to time. My full-time job eats up a ton of my writing time, but I'm going to try!

P.S. You can now purchase the COMPLETE Emile Reed series as one eBook for only $7.99! I know that seems expensive, but it is actually cheaper to buy the omnibus than it is to buy the eBooks separately; if you purchase the eBooks separately you'll end up spending around $11.(Note that the cover above is only temporary. Carrie Butler, who did the amazing covers for the first three installments, will be redoing the covers for the rest of the series over the summer!)


On My TV: Political Animals!

I've decided to do something different on the blog. Once a week, I want to talk about either a television show or movie that I've watched recently. (Fun fact that a lot of people don't know about me: My dream career would be to work in film.) I figured that, since I'm behind on my review pile as I focus on writing my own books, I would try to offer other content in its place. Plus, I think it would be fun. =)

So, once a week I'll be doing either On My TV or On the Big Screen. Since I'm sure you don't want to hear me fangirl over Captain America: The Winter Soldier (I've been going every weekend since it has been released), I figured I'd start off with a TV show that I recently re-watched: Political Animals.

Name of Show: Political Animals
TV Network: USA
Status: Cancelled
Originally Aired In: 2012
Available to Stream: via Netflix
Total Episode Count: 6

I'm not afraid to admit that I started watching this because I've been a fan of Sebastian Stan since The Covenant. I mean, yes, Sigourney Weaver was also a selling point, but Sebastian was what really interested me in this show. (And also, the fabulous Ellen Burstyn is in this!)

This isn't a show for everyone. Some will probably find it to be too soapy, others will probably find it boring, but I actually enjoyed it. The key is getting through the first episode. The first episode is a bit of a mess, but in the other five episodes the show manages to find its ground.

What surprised me the most with this show was how, even with only six episodes, I managed to come to care about the characters. By the end of the final episode, I really came to love this screwed up family. Sure, it is a political show, but there's also a family at the center of the drama.

As someone who has watched a sibling suffer from drug addiction, watching the scenes with T.J. (played by Sebastian Stan) really tugged at my heart strings. He was amazing in this role. The pain, the hurt, all of it? It felt real. I think his story arc was easily my favorite out of every one's because Sebastian completely owned that role. Although I loved every scene that Ellen was in. 

I loved every bit of this mini-series, and I'm still bitter that we won't get to see more from these characters, especially after that ending. But even though the series ended on a cliffhanger, I would still recommend viewers check it out if only for the fantastic performances by the cast. 

You can currently stream all six episodes of Political Animals on Netflix.


New to My Shelves!

This is a week late. My apologies!

Last week, I received the following as part of C.C. Hunter's street-team:
An ARC of Reborn, a few bookmarks, a notepad, a small pouch, two emery boards, and a pen. There was also a poster, but it ended up getting damaged in the envelope.

I also purchased:
Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Also, just a heads up: Because I'm going to be taking a short trip in June, and I have a ton of covers being made at the moment, I need to cut down on giveaways for a bit. I <3 all of you, I do, and I wish that I could give stuff away all of the time. But I can't. Each cover costs me around $100 (that doesn't include the cost of purchasing stock images). Add in editing, the purchase of stock images, purchasing my own books to giveaway, purchasing swag, etc... it all adds up. As of right now, I will not be doing any giveaways until the summer. I need to be careful with my money - I don't make enough from my books to cover everything, which is why I still work a full-time job. I promise, I will resume giveaways either in June or July. This is also a part of the reason why I'm not buying as many books lately. I have way too many books to read as it is, so I need to be careful about going book shopping. =(

<3 Nicole


New Covers & Some Updates!

I didn't think these would be ready until next month, but Carrie managed to finish them early and well, I'm too excited not to show them to you! So, here are the covers for PROGRAM 12 and ALLEGIANCE.

And here are the updated covers for PROGRAM 12, PROGRAM 13, and ALLEGIANCE all in one image!

I'll be updating the covers on Amazon and such later today.
Like with the new PROGRAM 13 cover, these were done by Carrie of Forward Authority Design Services! I've been very happy with her work so far, and I can't wait to see what she does with the rest of the covers for the series. (Yep, she'll also be redoing the covers for DEPROGRAMMED, STANDBY, REBOOTED, and NEW BEGINNINGS!)

Now, onto updates:
I apologize for the extended bit of silence on the blog front. I've actually been in a lot of pain since Monday night, and it just doesn't seem to be getting any better. I probably won't be around until next week. Again, I apologize for this.
If you're an author and you've sent me a review request recently and you haven't heard back from me yet, I'm sorry. I haven't really been up to answering e-mails. I'll get back to you ASAP.

Since I haven't posted any reviews lately, I'll write two quick mini "reviews" for two movies I've recently watched:

1. Captain America: The Winter Solider: I'm a huge, huge, huge Marvel fan (you probably know this if you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr), so I knew going in that I was going to love this movie. I know a lot of people hated the first CA movie, but I loved it. They needed to set up the story for WS beforehand, and they did so excellently with The First Avenger. But this movie surprised the heck out of me. Winter Soldier is hands down the BEST Marvel movie to date. Yes, even above the Avengers. And I say that as someone who loved the Avengers, and a a huge Joss Whedon fangirl. Hell, I'd even go as far as to say it is the best superhero movie ever. I'm so glad that they went with the Winter Soldier storyline, and honestly, Sebastian Stan freaking knocked it out of the park in this one, folks. I'd give this one 10/10 stars. Definitely a must see, even if you're not a comic book fan. Also: Stay for BOTH post credits scenes.

2. How I Live Now: Since I've been in bed all week, I've been living off Netflix. I actually hadn't meant to watch this one until I read the book, but I needed something to watch, and I enjoy a lot of Saoirse Ronan's projects, so I decided to watch the movie before reading the book. I'm thinking this was a mistake. While I enjoyed Saoirse's performance in this movie, I honestly found myself lost at the end of it. Given that this isn't a series, I shouldn't have found myself left with so many questions by the end of the movie, but I did. And then the whole romance thing was kind of unexpected, and it just didn't seem to make much sense plot-wise? I'm still digesting this one, but if I had to rate it, I'd probably go with 4/10. Again, I enjoyed Saoirse's performance, but that's about as much as I can praise, sadly.


A Few Updates!

New Beginnings, the final installment in the Emile Reed Chronicles, is finally available! I had a hell of a time writing this digital short. It's an emotional read, and it really focuses on the bond that Emile & Colton have. It's available now for $0.99 through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. It should be live on iTunes and Kobo soon!

And since it is finally live, here is a small teaser:

“You need to relax,” Grant said, nudging me with his shoulder. A little too hard. I reached my hand to my shoulder and rubbed my shoulder, trying to ease the pain. “I know you’re scared, Colton, I am too, but this is Emile. She’s tough, she’ll pull through, and when she does, she’s going to need you.”
Not as much as I’m going to need her, I thought.

I'm currently working on the eBook for the entire series. I started working on the cover, but I wasn't happy with it. So I'm still toying around with one. As soon as I decide on a cover, I'll upload the complete series as one eBook for $7.99.

As for an entire series paperback, I'm planning a special edition release for later this year. The special edition paperback will include The Program Manual and The Untold Stories (both of which will be available as their own eBooks). I don't know the price yet as Createspace sets a minimum for me, but it's going to be higher than my other paperbacks since it'll be massive.

Cover reveals! Carrie Butler, who did the amazeballs cover for Program 13, is working on updated covers for both Program 12 and Allegiance. If all goes well, I'll be revealing them at some point in May. She'll also be redoing the covers for the rest of the series over the next couple of months. I'm really excited to work with her, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with. =)

Speaking of covers, I decided to redo the covers for a few of my short stories. Since these all use stock images, I wanted them to stand out. So, here are the new covers for Spark (Outbreak, 0.5), Rare Talents, and The Yearning (Survival Instinct, 0.5).

Parker is a seventeen year old girl with a curse: with a single touch of her hand, she can kill someone.

She has spent her life running from Covera Corporations, a place that captures Rares like her and uses them as their own personal weapons.

When they find her and bring her back to their headquarters, Parker is given the option to either join them, or be forced into compliance.

But the choice was never hers to make.

Note: This is a SHORT STORY complete at approximately 2,850 words.

Rare Talents is a standalone short story that doesn't tie in to any of my other titles. You can purchase it now for only $0.99 through Amazon.

In this short story, you are introduced to Harper and Keegan, two teens with nothing in common other than the desire to live.
Bonus short story, THE FACILITY, is also included in this eBook. THE FACILITY was previously only available to read on Wattpad!

Spark isn't live on Amazon yet, but it will be later tonight. Just a reminder that Spark is NOT a mandatory read. It's merely a bonus short story for fans of Submerged.

Strength, which is Ana's short story, will be available later this week. I need to redo the cover for that one still, but it'll be back up soon!

I'm working on Stouthearted like crazy, and once I'm positive that I won't be deleting the first chapter (again), I'll post a long teaser.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone really quick. I finished writing a series, one that I never meant to write in the beginning, and it is all because of my awesome readers. Program 13 was supposed to be a standalone title, a one shot, but people wanted more. And I was happy to oblige because I loved these characters. This little series has been my baby. A few crazy things have happened since Criminal Minds used a quote from Program 13 in their eighth season, a lot more readers have discovered my books, and I'm beyond thankful that people are taking the time to read Emile's story. It means a lot to me. So, thank you. I <3 all of you.

If you've enjoyed the Emile Reed Chronicles, I hope you'll read Rebirth (The Emile Reed Chronicles, 0.3), when it is published later this year, and that you'll check out As We Fall (The Shaden, 1), the first book in a YA science fiction duet! 

<3 Nicole



Colton fans, I'm excited to announce that NEW BEGINNINGS will be published this weekend!
This book, like Rebooted, is very emotional and easily my favorite of all of the digital shorts in this series. We really get to see another side to both Colton and Grant in this installment, and I really hope you guys like it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

It'll be available for $0.99 as an eBook only.

I will also be releasing an omnibus of the Emile Reed Chronicles with a new cover over the next couple of weeks. That will be $7.99 (eBook)... there will be a paperback copy, but I don't know for how much just yet as I'll need to go by the minimum set by Createspace.

I've enjoyed writing this series, and I'm so, so, so, so thankful for those that took the time to read the series. I appreciate every single one of you. <33333

I don't have my USB drive on me right now, or else I'd post a teaser, but if you've purchased a copy of Rebooted, there's an extended teaser for New Beginnings in the back of the eBook! =)

I promise, I'll return to reviewing books this weekend. I've actually managed to finish reading a book, so woo!

<3 Nicole


Giveaway Time!

Honestly, I'm so beyond on book reviews. I probably should be reading right now, but I'm actually trying to write. Since I'm back in the writing cave, this blog will be quiet for a bit, and to apologize for that, I figured a giveaway was needed!

Here is what's up for grabs:

Also, you'll review the first Stouthearted swag (bookmarks and something else).

How do you enter? 
  • Leave a comment on this blog with your favorite line from one of my books. Yep, any of them. (I'm actually going to be using the most popular ones on future swag.)
  • Follow this blog.
  • Tweet about the giveaway.
  • And then e-mail me (NicoleWritesYA@gmail.com) with your blog follower name, and your tweet link.
As usual, you need to be at least 13 years old to enter and you need to be a US resident. Trust me, if I could afford international shipping, I'd do it. But I can't afford it right now. =\

I'll randomly draw one winner on April 1st (for real).