Only ONE more day left to grab your FREE COPIES of ALL 5 books in The Harvest Series... so go right now before it’s too late and download them to your Kindle!
Only ONE more day left to grab your FREE COPIES of ALL 5 books in The Harvest Series... so go right now before it’s too late and download them to your Kindle!
Great news friends and family! Crossroads: The Ella Thomas Story has been entered into the Amazon Kindle Storytellers Competition for a chance to be chosen for an International book deal and some other great prizes, but in order to win, I NEED YOUR HELP!
Here’s how it works…Here’s how you can help…
Crossroads: The Ella Thomas Story is available for Kindle e-book pre-order for only .99 and will release on May 15, 2017. Pre-order your copy now and when it automatically downloads on 5/15, read it and DON’T FORGET to rate it on Amazon NO LATER than June 1, 2017 to help move me onto round 2! It’s a short, quick read so you can do! Here’s how round one works.
First Round. From 20th May 2017 through 1st June 2017, each Book will be rated based on the commercial viability of the Book (including, without limitation, with regards to the Book’s sales, borrows and customer feedback), and five finalists will be selected to move onto the final round, where a panel of judges will pick one lucky winner!!!
When new girl Carly Matthews, arrives at Souhegan High School, Ella and her four best friends—Olivia, Rebecca, Sophia and Hailey, immediately feel threatened. Senior year is supposed to be carefree and easy. But when the rumors start, actions are set into motion. Actions that can’t easily be undone. The newspapers paint them as “real life mean girls,” but this is not who they are…or rather who they were.
A hierarchy of popularity, years in the making, is uncovered when Carly’s uninhibited behaviors thrust Ella and her friends into a storm of bullying that leads them down a path they never imagined. Until finally Ella finds herself at a Crossroads where she must decide between standing along side her friends to finish what they started, or come forward and take responsibility for what they’ve done. But just remember, whatever path you might choose for Ella…In real life, you can never go back!
Hello Harvest Fans! Great news here. With the fast approaching book signings coming up, (Raleigh & Boston) I have decided to take The Harvest Series Kindle Exclusive! For at least the next 90-days, The Harvest Series will only be available through Amazon Kindle. Why would I do this now, you ask?
3. Enrolling them exclusively through Kindle allows an indie author like me more exposure, by offering the ability to run specials to help build a bigger following and of course sell more books! I often have some of you ask why I don’t do more than one or two book signings per year and to honest, because they can be expensive. Time away from work, travel expenses, and all the marketing involved. BUT, with more exposure, a bigger fan base and more book sales I will be able to visit more cities every year!
4. By offering up my books for free for a limited time, this means more downloads and HOPEFULLY more reviews. Reviews might seem unimportant, but in fact reviews are the exact thing that help indie authors. The more reviews left on sites like Amazon, and Goodreads the bigger the books boost. Those boosts help with a books ranking, which then increases the books overall exposure. Reviews need not be long or complex, just write what you feel – – even if it’s just one sentence. And if you’re more the strong silent type, review it with a star rating. Which ever you choose, be sure to at least review it!!
5. The more exposure I am able to receive the more willing libraries, schools and book fairs will be to stock my books, which is one more way, you as the reader, can access them free of charge. As a YA author, libraries and book fairs are essential for reaching more of my target market. Not to mention simple word of mouth, lending, and those reviews… REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW!
So you see, this is why I have chosen this route. I apologize for anyone who typically uses ibooks or B&N for purchases. I promise they will eventually be available through these channels again, but don’t forget the Kindle app is always free to download on any device!
Happy reading and don’t forget to download your FREE copies of The Harvest Series Monday April 24-Friday April 28!!!
As promised, some fun teasers to accompany the conclusion of The Harvest Series…
Teaser #1 (Full Moon Poem, by Megan McCooey)
Teaser #2 (Chapter: Evidence)
Teaser #3 (Chapter: The Truth)
Teaser #4 (Chapter: Then Comes Marriage…)
Teaser # 5 (Chapter: Then Comes Marriage…)
SPOILER ALERT…. DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ FULL MOON!!
GO BACK TO THE TOP… DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL YOU HAVE READ FULL MOON!!!
And for one last Full Moon Teaser, once you have reached the very last page… Click here!
The time has finally come…Full Moon and Dark Moon, dual release March 31st!! I know I know, you’ve been waiting for what feels like forever for these final two installments of The Harvest Series. Well wait no more, because the time has finally arrived! I am so excited to share the gripping ending to this emotional series. We’ve watched Lexie get pushed down, knocked around, get back up and persevere through quite a bit over the years…but trust me, you ain’t seen nothin yet!
In Full Moon, (The Harvest Series #3) we get to follow Lexie through the final stage of her journey as she uncovers secrets she never imagined to be at the core of everything she’s spent years desperately trying to make sense of. And at the heart of it all…her sister’s killer. It’s sure to be an emotional ride as Lexie begins to unravel every dark and twisted piece of the puzzle until she finally gets what she’s been searching for all along…Love. Family. JUSTICE!
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… Dark Moon, (A Harvest Series Novella) forces you to question where evil comes from. Is it born or is it created? You get to see where it all began. Where Claire and Brian begin. Where the tragedy and heartache that shaped the lives of Lexie and Angela first manifested. Dark Moon will take you on a journey with Claire, which parallels the year 1991, when at fifteen Claire discovers some very disturbing things about her own parents, leading her down a path immensely intertwined with events in 2007 when Angela is murdered.
Ebook versions of both Full Moon and Dark Moon will be available on March 31st. Paperback copies will be available mid April. For signed paperback copies, contact me at email@example.com
After a looong and patient wait, I am excited to share with you that Full Moon is in its final stages before release. Stay tuned for a cover reveal and release date announcement, but in the meantime let me share a few things and tell you a little bit about the book you’ve been waiting for…
SO first, I will tell you why this book took FOREVER. I originally wrote Dark Moon (over a year ago), believing it was the story that needed to be shared before the final book. Before Full Moon. Until I began writing Full Moon. It was almost impossible to come from the angle I wanted to and I kept feeling this writer’s block even though I had the story, so clearly in my head. I sat back for a couple of days trying to figure out what the problem was. Then it hit me! Bam, smack in the face. “How had I not realized this sooner?” I asked myself over and over. I feverishly began texting with some of the coolest beta readers I know (who had already read Dark Moon forwards and backwards), to ask their opinion. Tell them my dilemma and where my head was. Presto…we all agree. Dark Moon COULD NOT be told first if Full Moon was to have the same suspenseful impact. And there is was. The decision to put Dark Moon at the very end of the series and my fingers couldn’t type fast enough. Three days and 195 pages later, I had the first draft done! But then the real work started and that brings us to this point. The final touches. The cover, the interior, the primping and making perfect all the parts to put it into your hands. Which I promise is just within reach.
As for Full Moon and what you can expect…
After years of abuse sent her running to the west coast, Lexie returns to York, Maine for one final deed…to bury her father. Only, rather than the closure she hopes for, she finds herself sliding faster and faster down a rabbit hole of secrets. Secrets she never imagined could be at the core of everything she’s so desperately tried to make sense of. At the heart of it all…her sister’s killer.
Once Pandora’s box has been opened Lexie realizes there’s no going back. No matter the cost. With the help of her friends, Lexie begins to unravel every dark and twisted piece of the puzzle until she finally gets what she’s been searching for all along…
Love. Family. JUSTICE.
*Teasers coming soon!
Remember Claire and Brian Stone from Harvest Moon? Yeah you know the ones…Lexie’s no good abusive parents? Well they are back in a way you never imagined. Dark Moon is on the horizon and will be told from Claire’s point of view. The inspiration for this short little novella was actually all the loyal readers who kept asking how it all began. Why Claire stayed with Brian when she clearly hates him. Why she chose to have two daughter with him. Two daughters she seemed to loath more than she loathed Brian, and that says a lot.
Where does evil come from…Is it born or is it created?
Claire grew up isolated; a secret her parents kept after a desperate attempt to shut out the cruel world that had wronged them. But at fifteen years old, Claire’s desire to step beyond the boundaries of her parent’s seclusion outweighs all consequences she may face if caught. When Claire’s scheme to be set free becomes a reality, it’s Brian who promises to help her, protect her even. Until Brian becomes just another pawn in Claire’s evil charade.
Dark Moon is a short novella that parallels Claire in 1991 at fifteen and Claire in 2007 and will come with a disclaimer similar to Angela. While all of the books in The Harvest Series are targeted toward young adults, some of the content in Dark Moon is rather edgy and intended for an older teen audience.
Now with Dark Moon just about ready to go, Full Moon, The Harvest Series, #3 will be top priority. But one thing you should know…you have to read Dark Moon BEFORE you read Full Moon. It’s imperative. Now, with that said, if there’s anyone who can’t read Dark Moon, this doesn’t mean you will be lost in Full Moon, but Dark Moon paves the way for a lot of the Stone family secrets that will emerge throughout Full Moon. While you’ll still see who, what, when, and where… you won’t necessarily understand the WHY! And that’s all I will say about that.
As of now, Dark Moon will be out sometime this summer. Hopefully by July, maybe sooner if everything falls into place. Please feel free to send me an email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a signed copy once it’s released and I will get the invoices sent out just as soon as we are ready to publish!
Also, keep your eyes open for a Dark Moon Cover reveal….Coming Soon
And if you haven’t started The Harvest Series, now is as good a time as any… so take a look around and feel free to comment, email or reach out to me in any way.
So I am finally planning to pencil in some time each week to post some stuff, even if it’s just random updates and news… And I would also like to dabble in some more indie reviews soon as well, but my work/home balance is insane!!
One of the things I wanted to share is actually from a few months ago and I never got around to posting it, but it’s so cool I can’t not share it with you. A really good childhood friend of mine requested my books from her local library a while back and they agreed to purchase them, which in and of itself was incredible. So when the new cover for Harvest Moon came out, I gave her a signed copy for them to replace the original with and recently she sent me this photo!!
I also wanted to share some up close photos of the awesome wrist bands Judy Davison designed for me to offer up as swag at my signings. I took all these awesome pictures and then never posted anything…are you seeing the same pattern here as I am?? Well, we definitely need to change that, starting…. NOW!!
In other exciting news, Dark Moon (A Harvest Series Novella) and Full Moon, the final installment of The Harvest Series, are well under way. The time frame I was hoping for will not happen, but I promise it’ll be well worth the wait to see how Lexie and Angela’s store started and ends. As you may or may not have noticed, the title for the novella changed a bit, from Dark Matter to Dark Moon. Thanks to my sweet and darling hubby who suggested that while Dark Matter made sense to him, because he knew the WHOLE story, I should really stay with the moon theme. Sooo, I went back to drawing board and began researching… yes I researched rather than just calling it Dark Moon. As with all my titles, theres meaning behind them and I want the title to fit, which is why when he gave me his opinion I didn’t hesitate. And here is what I found.
A dark moon, otherwise known as a balsamic moon… (yeah, there was no well in hell I was naming my book after a salad dressing…) signifies the bridge between the past and the future! When I read this line I knew I was set out on this path to research a better title for a reason. Dark Moon IS the bridge between the past and the future. It lays the foundation for all of the pain and torment Lexie and Angela endured and also will be what sets them free…. Eek, I can hardly wait to share it with you all.
Stay tuned for an excerpt of Dark Moon, later this week…
In non- Harvest Series related news… I am patiently anticipating the release of Crossroads. (I am sorry to those of you who won copies of this in a giveaway this past fall. I promise to compensate you once Crossroads is officially released!) I am still torn; however, because my lovely editor truly feels this book should not go Indie. I love this story and the format and hopefully I can write similar books after The Harvest Series is completed. Read here for a synopsis of Crossroads.
Stay tuned for a excerpt of Crossroads, coming later this week…
Stories manifest themselves in the most incredible ways, and mine are no different. While the majority of The Harvest Series came about in a dream, there are facets, which have touched me personally. What writer doesn’t spill personal experiences onto the pages of their work ?
People who know me, often wonder if the story is my own. Not entirely. I know what it’s like to be afraid like Lexie, to walk on eggshells in your own home, and to be too afraid to tell anyone. However, my story is not Lexie’s story. But it was a story that needed to be told.
And more importantly, as I told Lexie’s story, what made it easier were her friends—cut from the same cloth as several of my dearest friends. Some of the important relationships in Lexie’s life, are a reflection of the relationships that I know helped me get where I am today.
One of those friendships; relationships, was with my best friend Melissa and her beautiful family. Today Melissa would have been turning 34 years old, but instead she’s not here to celebrate. Therefore, I celebrate, as I always do, a life taken much too soon. And on Wednesday, when I light a candle, it will mark the 13th year she has been gone from my life. What still remains, after all these years, is the love I felt for her, the friendship we shared, and the utmost admiration for how easily she opened up to me when she found out “my secrets”.
And for her family, who are still a part of my life, my gratitude for their willingness to open their home to me, as they had done, so many times before, without ever knowing its significance.
As I write the final scenes to Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel) today, I will think of you and the friend you were to me Melissa. When I kiss my husband, play with my dogs, and carry on with my day…I will think of you and I will ponder, once more, about the person you might have become.
I dedicate Angela to you.
My Caitlin and my Angela…”Life has not been the same without you, and even though you are not here to share in this with me, the friendship we shared could never fade. Your love has always been my North Star. No matter how far I wander, or what obstacles have been placed at my feet, I know that you are always there, guiding my way.” excerpt from Harvest Moon Acknowledgments.
Melissa, the loss of someone like you is never easy. The weight of your absence never dissipates, I’ve simply learned to move forward… Because, you are and always will be, my best friend… and you are surely missed.