Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sequel News!

*Blows off cobwebs, coughs and sputters from the dust*

*Clears throat* I apologize for interrupting the chirping crickets in the background, but I wanted to let you all know that THOSE WHICH REMAIN, the sequel to INTO A MILLION PIECES, will be released this January!

To give you a little taste of what to expect, here's the back-cover description I've been working on:

In Into a Million Pieces, seventeen-year-old Allison solved her sister’s murder, barely escaping an attempt on her own life. Now, with the past behind her, Allison is finally getting a taste of teenage normalcy—going to school, hanging out with her best friend, and sharing it all with her loving boyfriend, Ren. Life is good.

But it doesn’t stay that way. It never does for a succubus.

When Allison's nature draws in a predator, shattering her sense of trust and safety, she realizes the succubus curse is behind all the darkness and heartache in her life. Determined to end it, she tracks down a distant relative with knowledge about the curse. But more questions are raised than answered when Allison meets the mysterious and wealthy Leona Doriano. Suddenly thrust into a dangerous world of money, power, and deadly secrets, Allison must find a way to break the curse—a curse not everyone wants broken—before she’s drawn in too deep.

As you may have noticed, I said "I've been working on," because yep, I'm self publishing this bad boy. No, there wasn't a nasty falling out between me and my publisher. My experience with Red Adept Publishing has actually been very positive. They're just no longer publishing YA titles. It was strictly a business decision, and even though I was disappointed, I totally understood. The YA hype brought on by books like TWILIGHT, THE HUNGER GAMES, AND DIVERGENT has definitely died down, and selling YA books is getting tougher and tougher.

Self publishing was not an easy decision to make. The thought of doing (and paying!) for everything myself TERRIFIED me. I contemplated not publishing the sequel, but I'd already written it, and allowing readers to see how Allison's story ends has always been important to me. I know the chance is very slim I'll earn back the money it's costing me to put it out (editing, cover design, formatting, etc.), but that's okay. I've accepted the fact that this book is more a labor of love than a means of income.

Stay tuned for all the fun stuff coming up in the months ahead, and as always, thank you to the readers. Your love of Allison's story (and the beautiful reviews!) helped keep me going when things got rough and tough. I hope you're just as excited to read THOSE WHICH REMAIN as I am to share it!



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

There's More to Life...

So, I feel kinda bad... I've been MIA these past few months, and not just on here, but everywhere. My Twitter account has cobwebs, and Facebook has been sending me these "Um, you haven't posted anything in a while... Are you still alive" type of messages. Well, I just wanted to post a little something to let you all know (all three of you? on a good day?) I am still here. I have not left the writing world, I have not let my fame and fortune go to my head (little humor), and I am STILL working on my sequel.

Here's the thing. I am not just a writer. Don't get me wrong... I enjoy writing. Some days I love it. And in a perfect world, I'd be able to do it eight hours a day. But this is not a perfect world. Other things in my life take precedence, and I'm not afraid to admit that.

As writers, there's this unspoken rule (actually, it's not really unspoken) that our entire lives must revolve around writing. We have to write every day (if you're not finishing a book/year, why bother?), know what's going on in the business, be active on half a dozen social media sites, read until our eyes bleed (and if you can't finish a book/week, then you shouldn't write books), own this book/that book, have read this book/that book, love Star Wars/Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings, think Stephenie Meyers and E.L. James both suck and question how they ever got published... blah, blah, blah. Okay, I'm getting off track--my disillusionment with the writing community is whole other post. What I'm saying is, I'm tired of "the rules" and of people telling me I have to do A, B, and C in order to be a "real" writer. I am a writer, but it doesn't define my life. I'm a hard-working employee, a wife, a daughter, and most of all, a mother.

My life is busy right now. I'm still working on my sequel when I can, and it will come out (eventually) one way or another. I am in love with the story, and I think readers are really going to enjoy the little journey I take them on. That being said, I'm busy. And I'm tired. And I'm doing the best I can.

Thank you to those of you who still stop by occasionally looking for updates. I promise you, you will get the opportunity to read the continuation of Allison's story (it might not be for five more years... KIDDING!). As always, thank you for loving her story and for your continued support!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year!

Ah, yes... it's that time again... the traditional "New Years" post. It's kind of crazy to think back to this time last year when I was caught up in the stress--and excitement--of preparing for the release of my debut novel. I hate to sound cliché, but wow, it's been a wild year. The first half was all about getting the word out about my book, in other words, a year spent contacting reviewers, answering interview questions, writing guest posts, contacting reviewers, participating in giveaways, contacting reviewers, did I mention contacting reviewers? Oh, and let's not forget the ever-important task of stalking Goodreads and Amazon.

It the middle of all that, we also tried selling our house. We actually received an offer, but it fell through, which caused the [contingent] offer we had put on a house--which we loved--to fall through. And as if the stress of releasing a book and trying to sell/find a house wasn't stressful enough, towards the end of the summer I received a promotion at my job. I went from a part-time, low-stress position to a full-time, high-stress, supervising position. The change has been a huge adjustment and has had an equally huge impact on my writing time.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn't written anything in over two months. BUT, I'm happy to say that due to some extra time off around the holidays, I was able to get some writing done, and on January 3rd (a few days after my self-imposed deadline), I posted this to my Facebook page:


Yep, the sequel to INTO A MILLION PIECES is DONE!!! Of course, I probably have about 138 rounds of revisions ahead of me, but the bones of the story are there, and it feels like a ten-pound weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I'm so excited for everyone to read this book. There are some fabulous new characters and lots of unexpected twists and turns! Oh, and thanks to some awesome feedback I received in reviews, a lot of questions readers had get answered.

Before I sign off, I want to take a minute to thank those of you who showed your support in 2015. Whether you hosted me on your blog, wrote a review, or just helped get the word out about my book, I appreciate it more than you know. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!










Sunday, September 20, 2015

Read and Review Opportunity!

For the next month, I'll be working with Juniper Grove Book Solutions to bring you guys an awesome opportunity.

Wait for it...

Waaaaaittttt for it...

Okay...

You ready?

You can read INTO A MILLION PIECES for FREE, simply by agreeing to post an HONEST review to Amazon within six weeks of requesting the book!! Not a bad deal, eh? 

Click on the photo for deets and/or to request your copy today!

http://junipergrovebooksolutions.com/up-for-review-into-a-million-pieces-by-angela-v-cook/

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Happy Six-month Book Birthday to Into a Million Pieces!

I can't believe my book baby is six-months old! To celebrate, I'm hosting an INTERNATIONAL giveaway on Goodreads! Meaning, anyone, anywhere can enter (as long as you have a Goodreads account). Yes, I will ship a signed copy of Into a Million Pieces to any address on the planet--as long as it's a proper address, of course (i.e. don't ask me to ship it to your home-made house boat out in the middle of the Amazon River--appreciate it).

Happy entering!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook

Into a Million Pieces

by Angela V. Cook

Giveaway ends August 11, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's Official: I'm a #BadAss

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm participating in the #BADASSREADS summer-long event, hosted by the talented and fabulous Bethany Crandall.

What is this #BADASSREADS I speak of? Well, it involves getting to know twenty authors over the course of the summer. At the end of it all, twenty five (yes, I said TWENTY-freakin'-FIVE) signed books will be given away (grouped into seven prize packs).

INTO A MILLION PIECES is part of the "SPELLS, SPIRITS and SWOONS, OH MY!" Prize pack (and let me tell ya, I am in some AMAZING company). And because I love you guys so much, I've made entering incredibly easy by including the rafflecopter below.

Oh, and it just so happens, I am the official #BadAss author of the day, so if you hop on over to www.bethanycrandell.com, you'll get to find out some cool stuff about me, like why I think Slip-n-Slides are a deathtrap, and why people who cut their toenails at work should be hung by them.

Good luck!

 
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Friday, June 12, 2015

INTO A MILLION PIECES Is Now Available On NetGalley! (and more)

INTO A MILLION PIECES is now available on NetGalley for a limited time (as in, for the next two weeks only). So, if you're a member, you can request the book and read it for FREEEEE!! Here is the link: Into a Million Pieces on NetGalley.

Also, in my last blog post, I mentioned how people have been asking me about my publishing experience thus far, specifically, is it everything I thought it would be. Here is the link to the guest post I wrote on the topic: Confessions of a Newly-Published Author. My answer may surprise you...

Finally, I am participating in a HUGE (and I mean, HUUUUUGE) summertime YA book event called #BADASSREADS.


It involves twenty (TWENTY!!!) YA authors, with TWENTY FIVE signed books up for grabs!! It's going to last the entire summer and it's going to be EPIC!! Click here for all the deets!