Conflictions of an Author:
You write a story, the first in a series, and you publish it for the world to deem it worthy or not. Surprisingly, it gets a pretty good review and following for a new, indie-published author.
Taking all the commentary from reviewers, you develop a second and a third book, but you know you aren't doing the original story justice by keeping to the tone it's been set in, which was great for the story at the time, for the upcoming books. So, you take a leap, and huge risk, by changing the genre so no one is surprised when you add more adult language, sex (though I'm trying to keep an implicit tone for that), and another main character and you HOPE your fans wont hate it. You PRAY you wonder anger those who have fallen in love with the original character and love story. And you BEG the powers that be out there, that this wont be the downfall of your writing career.
All that said, I am constantly reminding myself that I'm not just writing this story for the story fans. I'm also writing this for me. This was a dream I had when I was twenty, woke up and wrote a one page short story to remind myself later when I wanted to actually write it. A few days later I added a few pages, then nothing for another five years. Then I added a whole other 150 pages. It was just the climax and ending I was missing, which didn't get finished until 8 years later, when someone recommend I finish the novel before turning it into a script, which I still have plans for.
Here I am, nine months later, I have a pretty significant, to me at least, fan following for The Hunt series. I try to answer their questions in the next books, sealing up plot holes when they were pointed out to me, or offering closure when I didn't in the previous book. But in this, I am going to have to take a large risk and write it how it was meant to be, like I had been. Young Adult comes with a lot of restrictions and expectations, let me tell you. But I want to try and honor the story and characters for the fans who have fallen love with them.
I hope this makes sense. I am writing a particularly turning point sort of scene right now in Truce and I really hope it doesn't upset you all.
Thanks for reading.
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Truce is already available for Pre-Order on Amazon and is set to release on September 30th.
Email me a proof of pre-order of Truce to AlainnaMacPherson@gmail.com and I will send you a deleted chapter on the eve of release day.
Howdy! I thought I'd share some things on here for anyone who cares.
First, I've added stuff to the store now, so check that out if you wanted a signed copy of some books, swag and even book covers for the indie-authors out there. I have been dabbling with some minor graphic designing for book covers, lately, and I thought I'd share the ones that weren't terrible for authors to use on a low budget.
Next up, I am over halfway done with Truce, so expect that to be out and available for your reading pleasure come the beginning of October. I hope to also have the last book of the Descending series done in November/December time, as well. I have plans of a spin off series of Gearden and Maeleigh's story that I will write at the same time as you don't have to follow Maeleigh's last few stories to read the spin off, title TBA. It will be YA though and sooo soo good, I am chomping at the bit to write it but have some things to finish first.
Then, there is Beneath the Surface. It's coming out in 15 days, and I wanted to make sure that you all get your ebook copy for the sale price of $2.99 before it goes up on release day. Pre-Order HERE
Finally, sign up for the newsletter and once I get to 50 subscribers, I will do a random drawing of just the subscribers each month. Eeek! Let me know what things you'd like to see in the giveaways. I already have a few things in mind that will be awesome.
ARCs for Beneath the Surface are all claimed! The first few reviews have trickled in, Two 4 stars, one 5 star and one 3 star. Hoping for more 4 and 5s of course, but not bad so far. Fingers crossed it continues to be good feedback.
The next exciting thing is to be sure to pre-order your copy before the price increases on it's release date, July 31st.
If you're not sure if you'll like it, there are a few reviews for you to check out on Goodreads HERE.
Next up, I am halfway through the first draft of Truce: Book 1 in the Aftermath series, the next chapter in Gearden and Maeleigh's story. I have the first chapter (unedited) available for anyone who is interested in reading it, but copies are limited, so first come, first serve.
Lastly, if you're looking for signed copies of The Hunt and The Chase, as well as some swag, there's a special bundle made just for you HERE.
Thanks for checking in! I will have more soon.
Hey everyone! Advance Reader Copies are now available for my new sci-fi romance Beneath the Surface. There are a limited number, so hurry and claim yours here...
As a white person, I was born with natural privilege. Since I do, I'm going to lend my voice to help those without said privilege to be heard.
Black Lives Matter!
All lives matter, of course they do. But right now, not ALL lives are in danger. Yes, cops lives matter, I'm not saying those who are killing cops should be supported. Asian lives matter, obviously, but they aren't the ones currently being killed more often than not in police custody. White lives matter, but I don't have to worry about walking down the street and being stopped by a police officer because I matched a vague description of a suspicious prowler in the area. I can run down the street and not worry about being jumped and shot in broad daylight in the middle of the road while someone films it. I bet I could drag my screaming children down the street, them calling out "don't beat me!" and not worry for a second that someone is going to stop me thinking I'm abducting said children. When the same can be said about a person of color, that's when I will stop parading Black Lives Matter. And, honestly, I don't see that happening in my lifetime, unfortunately.
When I can walk through a store and not see someone eyeing a black person suspiciously and not feel compelled to stand guard for that POC, that's when I will stop shouting from the rooftops of my social media pages that
When a time comes that a man being pinned to the ground, handcuffed and BEGGING FOR AIR, is unheard of, and immediately punishable by the charge of murder, I will stop using my voice to speak for those who aren't being heard. When a man kneeling on someone's neck, refusing first aiders to check on the health of the one he's detained, threatening them as well, then I will stop. When a murderer is no longer allowed to go home, order take out, visit with family and friends, for four days before being CHARGED with MURDER, then I will stop.
Do I hate the crime, looting, burning of buildings going on right now? Sure do! I'm sure those who aren't being heard don't like it either. But I would take a burned building, a suffering business and chaos for a few days, if it meant the disregard for human life was reevaluated and the killing stopped. What happens when you aren't being heard? Do you sit down and let things continue? Or do you finally blow up and scream and shout about it? These feelings have been repressed for too long. Their mouths have been kept quiet when they should have been listened to. It's time. It's PAST time, for them to be heard. Riot.
Go ahead and riot. Because, until the senseless killing stops, WE CAN'T BREATHE!
Done! First draft of Beneath The Surface is done. Finished yesterday and now about to send to the editor, I’m nervous about what people will think. The Hunt series somehow grew a fan base that I was not expecting as a new author. This new series is starting fresh. Which means I will have to advertise a little harder, send out to more YouTube and blog reviewers and the usual ads on Facebook and Amazon. I’ve already added the first chapter to the end of The Kill, in case you were curious. I have a few Beta readers reading it now, and I hope those come out okay. 🤞🏻
on top of all this, my husband’s job is in jeopardy due to the covid pandemic. This makes my income with books all the more important. The pressure is on!
The Kill releases midnight tonight! I am so excited for everyone to read it. Of course I'm worried it will suck and be a disappointment for everyone that has come to enjoy The Hunt series, but I will try to stay positive! I'm hosting a release part tomorrow on Facebook. I will announce the winner of the two giveaways: The Chase Travel cup and Chase soap bar, scented Seattle Rain. My friend Nikki Battles made them both and her company is Fluffy Girl Creations, so be sure to check her shop out on Facebook as well. She has amazing bath bombs that the kids love and shower steamers for when you're sick or congested. I think I will next order from her a few lip balms and hand creams, from all this hand washing, my hands have gotten so cracked.
Anyways, back to business... I would like to tell everyone who has fallen in love with Maeleigh and Gearden's story, that The Kill is not the end of their story, just the adventure. I will be continuing their story in a different book series late this year or early the next. More details on that will come as I have them.
Right now, I'm working on a new book series. The first book is titled, Beneath the Surface. Post alien invasion-dystopian world, where a human worker/slave, has fallen in love with a M'Nai soldier working in the mines. Their love is forbidden and could mean their lives or the lives of others, because if word got out about their relationship, it could also start a war.
Dun dun dun! You can pre-order it now on Amazon and it's release is currently set for September of this year. Beneath The Surface
That's all for now, unfortunately. I have to go relieve my husband of the kids so he can clock into his own work. Hope you all are having a good Wednesday and hope to see you tomorrow on Facebook during the release party!