Underground Updates

At the end of Reintegration, I revealed the title of the Coming-Soon-Book-2.

Underground.

Really, I should retitle it Ashley Has No Clue What She’s Doing. Because writing a sequel is tough. Reintegration was one of the easiest things I’ve ever written. Underground is a problem child. A lot of this stems from the fact that writing a sequel is an entirely different process than writing a stand-alone or a first book.

Sequels are a bit harder than first books because it’s all about balance. Balancing consistency with Book 1 and creating something fresh. Balancing introducing new characters and continuing to develop old ones. Balancing giving readers what they expect and sticking with my original story plan. Balancing what feedback to use from positive reviews and what feedback to use from negative reviews. Balancing providing recap of previous events and keeping the current story moving.

Too much balancing for a clumsy person like me, in my opinion. 🙂

It is a nice challenge, though. Underground has really forced me to build a deeper story than ReintegrationAs of right now, I’m almost 50,000 words in. Even though it’s giving me some troubles, I’m super excited about the story that’s unfolding for Katherine and the other characters. Underground is a little more exciting than Reintegration. The stakes are higher. There’s quite a few surprises. And I’m setting up for a twisty ending that leads into Book 3.

I’m hoping to share an official summary soon.

Sadly, my weekly writing time has drastically been reduced due to a lovely thing called homework. I’m dying to make progress on Underground, but speech outlines and algebra quizzes and lengthy textbook readings keep interfering. 😉

A sincere “thank you” to everyone who has read/reviewed Reintegration. Your kind and thoughtful comments always make me that much more excited to get back to work on Underground. 

I’ll continue to post updates on how Underground‘s progress is going.


Your turn:

Writers, what does your sequel-writing process look like?

Readers, what do you look for in a sequel? 

 

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Reintegration Blog Tour Conclusion

Reintegration‘s release weekend was pretty fantastic.

Now that I’m starting to recover from the shock that my book is finally published, I’m also so incredibly grateful for how this last weekend went. At one point, the Kindle edition hit the #1 New Release list in it’s genre category (teen and young adult Christian science fiction <—that’s a mouthful). Yay!

A huge thank you to everyone who purchased a copy! Happy reading! <3

I also want to give a shout out to everyone who participated in the blog tour that ran from August 18th through August 22nd. Y’all are the best! It was amazing to see all of your posts about Reintegration.

Here’s a recap of the posts:

Girls’s Living for God’s Glory : book spotlight

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae : book spotlight

Stories by Firefly : book spotlight

Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors : book spotlight

Liv Fisher : interview

Kristin Spencer : interview and review

Gabrielle N. : review

World of the Writer : review

Library in My Room : review

Unicorn Quester:  a video and an interview.

Thanks again, guys! 🙂

Other updates:

  1. I recently started a Goodreads discussion group for Reintegration. I’m part of some groups like this and they’re a lot of fun! If you’re on Goodreads and want to join, feel free to send and invite request!
  2. Also, if you’re on Goodreads, starting September 1st there will be a giveaway!
  3. The sequel is in the works! Lots of exciting things coming for Katherine and Matthew. 😉

Have a great day!

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Reintegration Release+Blog Tour

TODAY IS REINTEGRATION‘S OFFICIAL RELEASE DAY!!!!

I am so excited that I finally get to share my book with you all. Publishing has been a dream of mine for several years, and it’s absolutely thrilling that it’s happening. Today I’m going to share with you some information about the release as well as announce the start of the blog tour!

…drumroll please…

~RELEASE DAY INFO~

(I’ve had header settings all this time?! Mind blown.)

Reintegration is available for purchase at the following outlets:

Amazon

CreateSpace

Barnes & Noble

Once you read it, would you mind leaving a review on Amazon as well as on Goodreads, if possible? Reviews are really important for authors! 🙂

~THE BLOG TOUR~

Today is also the start of the Reintegration blog tour! Some pretty awesome bloggers signed up, and here is the tour schedule:

August 18 (Release day!):

Gabrielle N. (Review)

Liv Fisher (Book Info + Interview)

Unicorn Quester (Review)

Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors (Book Info)

Stories by Firefly (Book Info)

Kristin Spencer (Review + Interview)

August 19:

World of the Writer (Book Info + Review)

August 21: 

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (Book Info)

August 22:

Library in My Room (Review)

Thank y’all so much for the wonderful posts to help let readers know about Reintegration.    <3


Are you excited for Reintegration? 😀

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Why I Wrote Reintegration

EIGHT DAYS.

There’s just eight days until Reintegration is officially published.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some of the inspiration behind Reintegration. I love dystopian fiction and how powerful of a genre it can be (as I explained in this post). It can be used as a social commentary or moral warning while still being an exciting, will told story. There are three key factors that affected how I wrote Reintegration:

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Reintegration Cover Reveal!!!

Hello, everyone!!!

Today is a really big day because I’m finally going to show you the cover for my soon-to-come (as in: one month from now) dystopian novel, Reintegration. I had the privilege of working with Magpie Designs, and they did a FANTASTIC job of creating a cover that is absolutely gorgeous and I think fits the feel of the book very well. 

Without any further delay…here is the cover for Reintegration:

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Reintegration Blog Tour Sign Up

 

Hello, everyone!

TUESDAY IS REINTEGRATION‘S COVER REVEAL! I’m so excited to share the cover with all of you (and some cool bloggers will also be helping out). Also, as of Tuesday, it will officially be one month until the release date.

Which brings me to…

The Reintegration blog tour sign up!

If anyone with a blog would like to help spread the word about Reintegration around the time of the release, just fill out the form below and I can e-mail you with more details. 🙂

Thank you so much! I look forward to hearing from you.

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