Imprint Release Day // IT’S FINALLY HERE!

I’M FREAKING OUT. AGH. IT’S RELEASE DAY!

I feel like I’ve been working on this book for way too long, and I am SO HAPPY that this project of mine has finally been released to the world!

Can she survive the deadly chase?

Like so many bookworms, Paige Turner loves escaping into the world of stories. However, unlike other bookworms, she can literally escape into the world of stories through the ink on the pages.

When two strange men set out to kidnap Paige and her friend Markus, she is terrified. So used to hiding from her problems in the world of books, Paige doesn’t know what to do when the trouble begins to spill into her real life. And when the danger looms and threatens the safety of her family, she realizes that terrified or not, she must fight back. And to do that, Paige and Markus must use the gifts to discover why these strange men are after two innocent teenagers.

But the truth turns out to be far stranger than fiction, and it twists their entire world upside down. Can Paige find the strength to battle her anxiety and use her extraordinary gift…or will she lose everything and everyone she ever cared about?


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I CAN’T BELIEVE MY BOOK IS OUT! Feel free to freak out with me in the comments, and then be sure to order a copy immediately after 😉 Thank you to all you guys, who support and encourage me! Your excitement and enthusiasm is invaluable! 💖

Reader Problems Tag // Revisited!

Hey all! I thought it’d be fun to take a little walk down memory lane, all the way to 2015. It was called the Reader Problems Tag, and it was one of my earliest posts I wrote for Short & Snappy. If you really want to, you can check it out here to see what young teenage Madeline wrote (cringe 😅). As I was looking back on it, I noticed how much my reading habits and preferences have changed in seven years. (Man, seven years…) So I’m going to attempt to answer the questions again! Let’s do it. 😊

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

First of all, my TBR has got to be at least 30,000 books by now, if not more. 😅 The way I usually go about deciding what to read next really varies and depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll pick one up at random, or if there’s a particular genre I’m really craving. Other times I’ll make a list that I hope to get through. It’s hard because the type of book I’m craving can change while I’m in the middle of reading another book, so I’ll end up reading like three books at a time. 🥲

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

This is a hard one! I have gotten way better about setting books aside that just aren’t clicking with me (I used to be so bad about just powering through even when I was miserable 😆). I’ve also gotten better about telling when I’ll really love a book based on genre, story, characters, etc. pretty early on, so if I’m not digging it right away, I’ll probably quit. As a practical step, if I’m not sure I like it, I try to give a book 50-100 pages to decide if I should keep going. But honestly, there are just too many books to muscle through the ones I don’t like!

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I have gotten so bad about just reading on a regular basis, honestly. 😅 I’m lucky if I can get through twenty books in a year. I don’t really use the Goodreads reading challenge anymore, because I feel like it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself, but if I am challenging myself, I try to be flexible with my goal. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, and if I’m just reading to beat a goal, then that kinda takes the relaxation out of it, in my opinion.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This used to bother me so. much. when I was younger. Nowadays, though it still irks me, it doesn’t exasperate me as much. I think mostly because I can understand why covers change for marketing and reprint reasons. Cover changes mid-series, however…

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I usually just keep it to myself, ha. I’m not about to get into an argument over something that’s a matter of very subjective opinion. It’s not worth it. But if there is someone who agrees with me, then it’s nice to have that camaraderie. 😌

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t cry when I read books. And especially if I was in public, I likely wouldn’t show very much emotion at all. But I guess if the book was super emotional and I was feeling the urge to cry, I would stop reading and get myself together, maybe take a break from the book altogether.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!

Okay, this is such an annoying problem. I already have the memory of a goldfish, so it is next to impossible for me to remember literally anything about the first book. If it’s a book I really love, oftentimes I’ll re-read it. I’m definitely not skipping the sequel, that’s for sure. I should try that synopsis trick…might come in handy!

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I used to be really against sharing books with people. Mostly my siblings, because I knew what they would do to them. 😂 But now that they’re older, I don’t really have a problem sharing books with them. Plus, then I get to talk with them about the book! But if I really, really don’t want to share a book with someone…I think I would still just let them borrow it. It’s just a book…I tell myself as I imagine all the crinkled, folded, pages and cracked spine. 🥲

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

This happens to me SO frequently lately. It’s like I have reader ADHD. The second I start a book, I want to read another book. Thus goes the cycle and thus comes the slump. I’m like a little child who gets what they want, but then they see their sibling with something and they change their mind. 😅 It’s always great when a really awesome book pulls me out of a slump though. It’s the best feeling.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Necessity has put a slight halt to book-buying for me, but I still usually buy a book if I’m super excited about it, especially if it’s from a fellow indie author. 🥰 If I could buy all the books I want, I would need to get more shelves…mine are already nearly reaching their limit…

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I am so ashamed to admit this, but there are books on my shelf that I bought when I was 16 that I still have not read. I’m almost 22. 😅 It’s bad, I know. I’m just such a slow reader! I didn’t used to be, but with different priorities now…it’s made reading an occasional thing. Which is honestly really sad. I miss being able to read for hours and hours, just totally forgetting everything else and being immersed in the stories.

all these lovely gifs are thanks to Tatiana on GIPHY

There you go! I hope this was entertaining for you guys! If you want to answer these questions, feel free to snatch this tag and do it for yourself! Thanks for reading! 💖

Imprint Cover Reveal

HI GUYS! WOW I have some exciting news (which you probably already guessed from the title of this post)… IT’S COVER REVEAL TIME!

I have been working on this creation for what feels like forever, but it’s finally finished and I’m so excited to share it with you!

This cover was a real challenge for me. I went back and forth a lot on the concept and design of it for so long. I am a huge perfectionist, and it felt like nothing I did could ever be exactly what I wanted. Even with a degree in graphic design, it felt like I kept hitting a wall so many times, over and over again. I debated hiring someone to design it for me; I got so, so close to having someone else do the cover, but financial issues and creative differences kept pushing back. It was so infuriating, because as a graphic designer, I had a vision in mind, but I just couldn’t get it out of my head.

So I finally pulled my family in and asked for their help. After I clumsily explained the general vibe and idea I had in my head, my sister drew up a beautiful concept that I immediately knew would be the one. It was simple, but still conveyed the type of meaning that I wanted. It was perfect.

And now, I’m happy to finally present this cover to you! Drum roll please…

And here we are!

I could not be happier with how this turned out! It works so wonderfully with the story, and I love the the simplicity of it. I’m so grateful for the help of family in a time of frustration and need! ^_^

Blurb:

Like so many bookworms, Paige Turner loves escaping into the world of stories. However, unlike other bookworms, she can literally escape into the world of stories through the ink on the pages.

When two strange men set out to kidnap Paige and her friend Markus, she is terrified. So used to hiding from her problems in the world of books, Paige doesn’t know what to do when the trouble begins to spill into her real life. And when the danger looms and threatens the safety of her family, she realizes that terrified or not, she must fight back. And to do that, Paige and Markus must use the gifts to discover why these strange men are after two innocent teenagers.

But the truth turns out to be far stranger than fiction, and it twists their entire world upside down. Can Paige find the strength to battle her anxiety and use her extraordinary gift…or will she lose everything and everyone she ever cared about?

So tell me, what do you think? I’d love to know your opinion on this cover! Let me know in the comments down below! And don’t forget to mark your calendars: Imprint releases August 1st!

Imprint Book Tour Sign-Up! // Come Join the Fun!

GUYS. I have some INCREDIBLY EXCITING NEWS: BOOK TOUR SIGN-UPS ARE HAPPENING NOW.

There are a bunch of different things you can sign up to do (if you’re interested, of course), like a cover reveals, author interviews, release day posts, and ARC reviews!

If you’d like to join the fun and celebrate Imprint releasing soon, feel free to sign up using this link.

I am SO EXCITED to be moving forward with this project and am SO EAGER to get this book out into the world.

I hope you join me in revealing this book to the world! Just follow the link to sign up and support me! 😁 Oh, and May the 4th be with you! 😉

10 WEBTOONS for You to Check Out

Hi guys! This is just a really quick post coming at you (and the last day of the month no less 😅) since I’ve been working behind the scenes on big stuff happening for my book release. Stay tuned for that!

But for now, I’ve really been reading WEBTOONS a lot lately (more than reading actual books, frankly), and there are just so many good ones, I had to share some of them with you guys.

Matchmaker Hero

cute art style | absolutely hilarious | romance | aliens | sarcasm | general mayhem

The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn

weirdly delightful | spooky | ghosts | quintessentially British | complex narrative | gorgeous art

House of Stars

whimsical | magical | beautiful illustrations | adventurous | fairytale-esque | Studio Ghibli-esque

Raining Knives

heart-wrenching | emotional | crime | mysterious | haunting | brother relationship

Third Shift Society

paranormal happenings | detectives | magical | adulthood | weird but fun | urban fantasy

Ctrl+Z

will mess with you | insane | gripping | thought-provoking | clever | almost dystopian

Death of a Pop Star

hilarious | unique | pop star life | but also death | romance | fun art style

Live With Yourself!

bizarre in the best way | mind-bending | goofy | surprisingly complex | playful art style | chaotic

Bluechair

slice-of-life | cartoony art style | relatable | laugh-out-loud funny | weird | comforting

Relatable Doodles

adorable | frogs | life | but seriously frogs | cuteness overload | majorly relatable

This was definitely not my usual type of blog posts, but I’m really busy working on stuff for my book coming out this summer, so I hope you can forgive the chaotic-ness of this post. 😂 Have you read any of these? Do you have any other WEBTOONS or online comics that you would recommend?

Exciting News! // My New Newsletter

Hey guys! What, two posts in one day? What is this madness? Or should I say…March madness? 😉

This is just a short one though, as I’d like to let you all know that…

I have my own newsletter now!

That’s right! I’ve finally taken the plunge and I’ve started up my own newsletter. I plan to send out letters once per season (winter, spring, summer, fall) with occasional special updates in-between. In the newsletter, you can expect to read about my writing and publishing journey, general life happenings, and thoughts and opinions on the stuff I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. Plus when you sign up you get access to a special page on my author site where you can find a collection of three short stories I wrote!

That most certainly doesn’t mean I will be leaving the blog! I still plan to post once or twice a month. You can’t get rid of me that easily. 😉

You can sign up for that using this link! I want to thank all of you who have been following this blog for so long. I appreciate all of you and I hope you’ll join me on my writing journey!

The March Muchness Blog Tag! // hosted by Christine Smith + others

Hey guys! I’m back this month with another tag, and I’m very excited to get into it because it was created by the lovely Christine Smith with the help of eleven other fantastic bloggers listed in the featured image above. Go give them all some love, and let’s jump right into March Muchness!

List six impossible things you’d love to do – wild and crazy answers 100% welcome!

  • I would love to visit the lost city of Atlantis. It’d be so cool to see all the fish and maybe a mermaid or two!
  • I’d like to sprout wings for a few days, fly around and explore the forest. Fairies have always enchanted me, so I’d love to be one for a while.
  • I think it’d be neat to be a superhero. I’ve always had a deep desire to help people, and being a superhero would make it so easy to help others with impossible things!
  • I’ve always liked the idea of traveling back in time. I’d love to see what life was like in the 1800s, 1700s, or even 1600s. It would be so fascinating having a broader view of time.
  • I would totally love to have telekinesis. You would not BELIEVE the amount of times I’ve wished I could grab something or turn something off that is out of reach. It would be so helpful.
  • I would love to live in a world with a little dash of magical realism. What would it be like if simple magic was just another fundamental element of our world? It would make life a lot more interesting, that’s for sure…

What is a topic that grew curiouser and curiouser the more you studied/researched it?

I have this really niche interest in defunct, abandoned, and old amusement parks, attractions, animatronics, and rides. I stumbled on a YouTube video one day (by Defunctland, actually), and I was immediately intrigued. Twenty videos later, I was hooked. There’s something, eerily fascinating and weirdly nostalgic about old theme park lore.

If you could invite three fictional characters to a tea party, who would they be?

I would choose three people who I was sure would get along, so there wouldn’t be any weapons drawn or fights broken out. Based on my previous 5-star reads, a tea party with Jonathan Strange from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Jeremiah Goodbye from What Blooms from Dust, and Angel from Dark is the Night would be a real interesting time. 🙂

Which Wonderland character do you feel you’re the most like?

I could see myself as the Dormouse. Always halfway asleep, haha. “You might just as well say that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!”

If you could drink a magic potion that changed one thing about you, what would it be?

I think I would be scared to change anything about myself, honestly. Well, maybe I would settle my mind to keep it from buzzing all the time. Teach it to calm down once in a while! Give myself a quieter brain. Goodness knows that would be nice when I’m trying to fall asleep at night and all I can think of is that random, embarrassing thing I did 10+ years ago…

How IS a raven like a writing desk?

I think the real question is how ISN’T it?

If you were to make an enemy of Father Time, what time in the day would you choose to repeat?

Late morning, like 10:00-11:00 is one of my favorite times of the day, so I wouldn’t be too upset if I had to live forever in that period. It’s just so nice and peaceful, the day has begun, but isn’t quite in full swing. And the sun is out (well…usually) but it’s not the heat of the afternoon yet. It’s a nice time.

If you fell down a rabbit hole, what would the land you pop into look like?

I think it would be an upside down world, since underground is kind of just the reverse of above ground. Trees that grow from the sky, and birds that pitter-patter on the ground. Everything would be topsy-turvy, but it would make sense if you really looked at it. It’d be a weirdly pleasant place.

If you could have the body of one type of creature and the head of another (for example, the Mock Turtle has the body of a turtle and the head of a calf), what would that combination be and why?

Oof. I like being a human, thank you very much. 😂 But I guess if I had to choose, I’d like to be a mermaid or a centaur. It’d be fun to be able to swim well underneath the waves, but it’d also be fun to be able to gallop and run with the wind in your hair. Or, ooh, have you seen those bird women, with the head of a lady and the body of a sparrow? I don’t know…

Have you read or written anything stylistically close to Alice in Wonderland? Tell us about it.

Alice in Wonderland has such a distinctly whimsical and improbable style that I don’t think I could replicate properly if I tried. But I have delved a bit into weird fiction. A while ago, I wrote a short story about a guy working at DQ who encounters three strange, unearthly visitors, who actually turn out to be shapeshifters. It was a fun exercise, and it had that eeriness and otherness that I get from AiW.

If you could either be as tall as a tree or as small as a mouse for an hour, which would you choose and what would you do?

I would definitely rather be small. I could sneak into so many places! And explore things from a new perspective. It would be so fascinating seeing everything from such a tiny point of view. I think it would make me think differently about things, and it would definitely spark some story ideas!

If you could give your younger or future self one piece of Very Good Advice, what would it be?

If I could give my younger self one piece of Very Good Advice, it would be:

Don’t be so afraid.

I was the nervous, anxious tween and teen who had a mini heart attack when I got invited to a sleepover. I had a really hard time making friends because I didn’t trust anyone and I thought everyone didn’t like me and thought I was weird.

Being older now, I see that just isn’t true. I still have trust issues, and I still have anxiety, but I would try to drill into my younger self’s brain: stop being afraid. Of everything. Of people. Of relationships. Of life. It’s not always going to be so hard, and you need to realize that this is such a small, small portion of your existence. It’ll be okay.

Wow, I didn’t expect to get so personal there. Now that you know my deepest, darkest secrets… 😅

Well, that’s the tag! These were such fun questions! I’m glad I got my answers in before March is over. I’d love to know how you would answer these questions! Let me know down below!

the “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” Fairy Tale blog tag

Hey guys! How has your February been? It sometimes feels like time is simultaneously moving SO fast but so slooow at the same time. My brain is mentally in January as well as March already. 😂

I have a tag for your today! (Because my brain is really having a hard time scrounging up original content 🤪) It was created by The Fairy Tale Central (who do AMAZING spotlights each month all about different fairy tales; seriously, go check them out if you haven’t already), and it looks SO FUN.

So basically how this is going to work, is these 10 questions are all different scenarios that I have to describe how I would finish, or what would happen next. Let’s get into it!

RUMPELSTILTSKIN 💰

You’ve just heard news that a poor girl has been taken by the king to spin straw into gold or suffer a beheading. Well, you just happen to be able to spin straw into gold and would like to help. The problem? You can only awaken your ability by someone relinquishing their greatest desire to you, thus you never like to use your ability. But if you don’t now, an innocent girl dies. What do you do?

Oof, the pressure. This is so hard, because I would hate to ruin this poor girl’s life by making her give me her greatest desire. So I think I would try to kinda fudge the answer for her. If she said something like, “my first kid,” I might be like… “I’ll take the first baby goat you ever have.” 😂 I would seriously try to find a way for her to keep her desire while also having me help her. It would be really, really hard though.

RAPUNZEL 👱‍♀️

As crown prince, your father the king gives you a task to prove you’re worthy of the throne. You’re to go slay a witch and rescue a girl who has been locked away in a tower by the witch’s hands. Except when you get there…the girl has absolutely no desire to leave the tower and claims she’s quite fond of the witch. If you don’t kill the witch and bring the girl back, the crown will be given to your ruthless younger brother who will no doubt bring ruin to the kingdom. What course of action do you take?

I might try to pull a Snow White huntsman and bring like an animal heart, pretending it was the witch’s (though how well did that work for Snow White…😅), and maybe find some random girl who wants to live in the palace? Maybe I would just say that I killed the witch, hope that they trusted me, and bring back another girl. Though, if I’m honest, if my brother is ruthless, he may try to steal the throne anyways, so really…there’s no easy solution. 😂

ALADDIN 🧞

You’re the son of the vizier and soon to marry the princess, your friend whom you grew up with. Only a mysterious Prince Aladdin comes and claims the princess as his own. By luck, you discover Aladdin has a secret magical lamp – but also that the princess is in love with him. What do you do with the lamp and the secret you now know?

I think I would be a little heartbroken, since this princess clearly only sees me as a good friend. But I don’t think I could bring myself to cause ruin in the relationship. Unless Aladdin was, like, a super jerky guy who was clearly not good for her; then I might try to recruit some magical help from the lamp.

SLEEPING BEAUTY 💤

As the youngest fairy, you’re still trying to learn the tricks of the fairy trade. When the vengeful oldest fairy curses a poor baby princess, it’s now up to you to give her one blessing that will somehow counteract this curse. What is it?

Well, it would really depend on what the curse was, wouldn’t it? If we’re talking classic pricking a hand on the spindle, I think instead of making her fall asleep for a 100 years (what kind of solution is that?), I would give her the gift of wisdom, so she would be smart enough to realize that spindles are dangerous and she shouldn’t be around them. If the curse was something more generic, like the child will die at a certain age, I might give her an eternal sense of youth, so she never quite ages past the predestined date.

SNOW WHITE & ROSE RED 🐻

You are living peacefully with your mother and sister in your cottage in the woods when there’s an urgent knock on the door. Upon opening it you find a dwarf, and he’s holding a chest full of treasure. He begs you to hide it for him because a wicked and greedy bear is hunting him down to steal the treasure which the dwarf says are his family heirlooms they have spent generations digging up in their underground home. Not wanting the poor man to be mauled by a bear, you agree to hide his treasure for a time. That evening, there is another knock. It’s a bear. Except he seems quite friendly and says he is simply looking for a warm place to sleep before he returns to hunting down a dwarf who has stolen his treasure. Now you don’t know who to believe, the dwarf or the bear. What actions do you take to solve this mystery and return the treasure to its rightful owner?

Ooh, a mystery! If I were to go about this, I think I would take an extremely methodical approach. If possible, I would have both the bear and the dwarf interrogated, first separately, then jointly. I would work with my mom and sister and discuss reasons for belief in each of them, and come to a conclusion in that way. I think it would be pretty apparent who the liar was once they were scrutinized. (Now I’m thinking a Snow White & Rose Red inspired detective story set in like 1950s noir style would be SUPER fun… 🤯)

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 🐺

You’re a wolf in the forest, minding your own business, when that airheaded girl Red Riding Hood stumbles through your territory again. And it looks like she’s lost on the way to her grandmother’s house…again. Wolf though you may be, you’re not particularly inclined to eating humans, especially little girls, like the rest of your pack. In fact, naive though she is, you’ve grown rather fond of this particular little girl. The problem is, your pack is nearby and will no doubt spot her at any moment. But if you help her, she may get in her head that all wolves are nice and not be cautious around them. Worse, if your pack spots you aiding her, you’ll be shamed and banished from the pack for sure. How can you help Red find her way back to her grandmother’s house without her or the pack knowing about it?

Subtlety. I would have to be very sneaky about it. Maybe casually emphasizing a sign when the girl isn’t looking, or leaving a trail of flower petals when my pack isn’t watching. It would be so hard though! Though honestly, if my pack is super fond of eating people and I’m not about that, then maybe it would be a good thing for me to be banished. Then I could be a lone wolf, start a new life, maybe among the humans. I wouldn’t have to secretly guide Red, but rather be her protector and guide wolf.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 🥀

As a fairy godmother, you keep track not only of deserving individuals, but of delinquent ones as well. You’ve heard rumors of a spoiled prince deep in the woods and decide to check out those rumors yourself. When you arrive in disguise as an old beggar woman, he sends you haughtily away with a variety of insults to boot. What punishment -if any- will you bestow upon him to give him a lesson?

I don’t think I could bring myself to be really harsh, but I would definitely teach him a lesson. Maybe make an elaborate curse that involved people being brought to his home everyday, and unless he was kind to them—actually, truly kind to them, not just faking it—they would be trapped in his house. So he would have to learn his lesson. And everyday that he wasn’t nice, he would become uglier and uglier on the outside. I think he’d learn. 😂

THE FROG PRINCE 🐸

The prince whom you love has turned into a frog and tells you that only the first kiss of his true love can break his curse. However, you never told him that a fairy cursed your first kiss to be to the man who will destroy your kingdom. What do you do?

AGH I don’t know! Maybe the definition of “destroy your kingdom” could mean something else. Maybe he’s eternally clumsy and always messes things up, and that’s what that means. So just don’t have him do anything involving the kingdom. If he were to become evil and destroying my kingdom became his goal…I don’t know what I’d do. I might seek the aid of whoever cursed me and try to talk it out with them, see if we can come to some sort of reconciliation for the sake of me and my kingdom.

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA 🛏️

After your engagement to the prince is announced, you learn that his mother, the Queen, put a pea under your mattress to check if you were really a princess. You’re upset and decide to get some revenge on this petty royal family. You declare you must prove that the prince is really a prince. What will your test be?

I would pick a really, really stupid stereotype that he had to fulfill, like “your teeth must glimmer in the light,” or “your hair must blow majestically in the wind.” It would be hilarious to see how ridiculous that would be, and how stupid the test is to begin with. 😂

TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES 🩰

As the king you have 12 daughters you wish to teach how to run the kingdom. Your days are numbered and you must leave the kingdom to one of them. However, your daughters are mysteriously dancing every night and are so exhausted during the day they fall asleep through all their lessons. What do you do?

Well, I definitely wouldn’t promise my daughters to whichever prince can uncover the mystery. I would seek to figure this out myself, because I care about them. I would stay up and observe what they do, what happens, how it happens, and try to discover a cure. I might seek magical help, or maybe medical, depending on the circumstances. 😂 But I would be so determined to save my daughters from their exhausted fates.

Well, there you go! That was so much fun! If you want to do this tag, please feel free! The FTC post link-up is active till the end of February, but they encourage you to answer the questions anytime you’d like! What would you do in these situations? Let me know or link your post down below so I can see your answers!

BIG NEWS! // Exciting Announcement!

Hey guys! I have some MAJORLY EXCITING news to bring you today! Let’s get a drumroll…

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I’m going to be self-publishing Imprint this year!

Hopefully summer time! But we’ll see. AGH my very first book, finally going out into the world! The thought it both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. 😀 I’ve been working on this story for so, so long now, and I’m thrilled that it’s finally all coming together, as Kronk would say.

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So to celebrate, I thought I would answer some questions about what writing this novel has been like and what exactly this book is about! (I like to think it’s gotten easier to explain my novel to people over the years, but I’d be lying if that were true. XD)

So what is this story about?

Fairytales are not what they seem…

Paige Turner, an anxious young bookworm, has been able to travel into her favorite stories ever since she could remember. She never imagined it would get her into trouble. She is nearly kidnapped one day by a magical man, and things only get more complicated from there. And soon, in spite of her best efforts, Paige and her friend Markus are caught up in a deadly chase against a vengeful wizard. As Paige and Markus hop back and forth between the worlds of books and reality, she finds out that maybe the world of fairytales isn’t all that it seems. And if she wants to survive, she’ll need more than just book smarts.

What inspired you to write Imprint?

The idea started a looong time ago, back when I was just starting to discover that I loved writing. I’ve always loved the idea of being able to travel into stories and books, and when I started to think about writing seriously, this was the first of my ideas I decided to pursue.

It’s really interesting, actually, since usually the characters come to me before the story, but in this case it was the opposite. I had an idea, but no characters. That was a challenge in the beginning, but I’ve grown to love all my Imprint characters dearly.

Who was your favorite character to write?

It really varies depending on the time period I was writing it in! I really, really love writing my main two, Paige and Markus (his dialogue is so fun XD), but I also love my two reaper boys Celthic and Zyke. It’s so hard to choose just one!

But if we’re basing this on how naturally and easily they were to write, I would have to say Markus. He just flew onto the page with his big personality and easy dialogue.

What have you learned from writing this book?

The first draft will most likely look nothing like the finished product. This story went through so many revisions that it is unrecognizable from the first draft I wrote back in 2015. I’m so glad that I learned this, because when I first started out, I was under the impression that the first draft would be mostly done. Sure, I might need to change a thing here and there, fix a few things, and call it a day.

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That is not the case. XD

And being a mix of a perfectionist, a procrastinator, and a person with a lot of self-doubt doesn’t help either. It definitely makes for an…interesting writing process. But I can honestly say I’m very happy with how it turned out.

What was the hardest part of the story to write?

I have a very hard time with beginnings and endings. I can’t tell you how many times I rewrote the beginning because I just wasn’t happy with it. And the ending. Ugh, it took so. many. tries. until I got what was in my head down on paper (and that was after I finally even figured what I wanted the ending to be).

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How long did Imprint take to write?

From its conception to the final product, it took about eight years.

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An insane amount of time, I now realize.

I’ve already started working on the second book, and I can tell it’s definitely not going to take quite as long. XD I think part of having such a long process was that I was (and still am!) learning a ton.

When I first started out, I didn’t have any experience with writing a story. I didn’t know anything about structure or flow or tone (if I’m honest, I still don’t really have a good grasp on it). But this novel, this whole trilogy, actually, has been the greatest writing course I’ve ever taken. And reading articles and books and blog posts (a lot of them from all of you!) about writing have been invaluable.

What kept you writing?

I considered giving up on this project several times. Tucking it away for a couple years at a time only to drag it out and look at it and fall in love all over again. It was probably the characters that kept me stayed on this story for so long.

I found so much of a connection with Paige, who has an anxiety disorder. I know what it feels like to go through what she goes through in this story.

I love Markus’s sparkling wit and unabashed humor. He’s the guy friend I never would have thought I wanted.

I love Celthic’s inner struggle and frustration with his life.

I love Zyke’s sarcastic quips that hide his desperate need for approval.

They’re all so interesting and unique in their own ways. And I realized I couldn’t just discard this story. It’s stuck around this long for a reason. No going back now. So here we are. 🙂

I’m so excited that I’m finally going to get to share this story with you all! It’s been a wild journey, and I know it’s only just the beginning. Tell me, what are your writing goals this year? I’d love to hear about them down below!

Strayblood by E.E. Rawls is Out Now!

GUYS. I am so excited to announce that the second book in the coming-of-age fantasy series Draev Guardians has released! Where elemental magic reigns and monsters lurk, and where Cyrus, a girl who can manipulate metal, and Aken, the last Scourgeblood, struggle in a world that is determined to either use them or destroy them…

If you’re new to the series, scroll down further to see book one: Strayborn, and the Amazon sale!

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Strayblood, Draev Guardians #2

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Book One: Strayborn

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The Draev Guardian Academy is their only sanctuary. But training to become a Draev won’t be easy. Cyrus has to hide her human side as she gets placed in Floor Harlow with the outcast students, and nightmares of her deceased mother keep returning.

With creepy Corpsed on the prowl, and whispers of Cyrus possibly being a reborn Hero, both she and her friend Aken find themselves caught up in a web of secrets, racial tension, and an old legend with enemies that could spell their untimely demise…

If you’re new to the world of Draev Guardians, check out the links to book #1 below and the Amazon sale: The hardback price is discounted, and the ebook is FREE on Amazon through December 1st-5th, and will be $0.99 cents 5th-12th!

Purchase Links:

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Author Bio:

E.E. Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book. She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind turning, as she writes stories that will both entertain and inspire, creating worlds that one can explore and quickly become lost within… Be careful you don’t lose your way.

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I couldn’t be more excited for E.E. Rawls! It’s been so wonderful seeing her publishing journey and I’m so proud of her! 🙂 Let me know down below if you’ve read or plan on reading this fun fantasy series!