It's been a long time coming, but I'm so happy to finally reveal the book cover for my debut novel, The Belgrave Daughter. It comes out November 25th.
It's so beautiful, and I can't thank Juan Solorzano of Sketch2Draw and AliceofWonderland enough for all the hard work he put in! I'm talking 12 drafts here people. And though it took a long time, it was totally worth the wait to get this masterpiece! So, without further ado, here it is!
The Semptemgeminus Prophecy states: "A powerful sorceress with blood laced in gold sevenfold shall determine the fate of the world."
Fawn Belgrave's magical powers are the coveted prize in a bet between God and the Devil.
When she meets Caleb, the dark angel assigned to seduce her, Fawn's life is turned upside down.
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Book 2: Tears of an Angel (2014)
Book 3: The Witch's War (2015)
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So you decided to write a series! Most people–even in the writing world–will call you crazy for embarking on this long and arduous journey, but the satisfaction of writing your story over multiple books and getting to know your characters and plot super well will be worth it in the end. But before you jump head-first into writing the first book, you need to plan your series–even if only a preliminary sketch that will most likely change over the course of writing the series.
I've only read one book on fiction series, and that was Writing the Fiction Series by Karen S. Wiesner. I highly recommend it for everyone, even people who aren't writing a series because it speaks a lot about consistency, and everyone can use some more help with that. In addition to that, I really love The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing. It has great advice from many renowned writers. Both of these books I consider must-buys for all writers.
I'm a semi-plotter, semi-pantser. Or as Stephanie Morrill of Go Teen Writers says, I'm a "Plantser." Let me explain. I start writing the first scene that comes to mind and keep going until I get stuck. Then I go back and re-outline. I do this for non-series books, too. But with a series, after outlining the whole first book, I go ahead and roughly outline the next and maybe 3rd book. If there's more in the series, I may try and put something down for them too, but it depends. Then I go back and revise the first book to hint at what comes in the subsequent books (Karen Wiesner calls these "Series Plants" in Writing the Fiction Series, and honestly, they're genius devices).
My process involves lots of revision, no matter how good the first draft is, because if I do something in the first, it will always affect the later books, and I go back to the later outlines to reflect that.
If you're writing a series, you're in it for a long haul. Don't half-ass anything and cut corners. It will leave your story somewhat flat, and readers will lose faith in you incrementally as the series progresses unless you have it all together.
9/16: I am so excited about this that I can't stop smiling ever since this went live a few minutes ago. I mean, it's my debut novel... This is a big deal!
9/19: Six people have already signed up and we're still months away! Yay! *does a happy dance*
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Kinetic (The Luminaries #1) by S.K. Anthony
Publication: September 20th, 2013
Category: New Adult (NA) Genre: Urban Fantasy (UF)
Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.
Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.
A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything …
** Kinetic is a stand-alone novel. All books in series are part of the same world with the characters intertwined. **
Interview with Annie Fox
How long have you been working for the Organization?
I’ve been with the Org for eight years now.
Do you remember your life before getting your powers?
I do remember. It wasn’t a great life, sadly. Sometimes I wish I could forget it.
What is the best thing about your powers?
I’m so tiny I love seeing the shock on people’s faces when I lift things like cars or kick their butts in a heartbeat. Also, I love that it’s really difficult to harm me.
Sometimes when I get angry it’s hard to control my strength and well… I tend to break anything that’s in my way, including people o_O
How did you meet Nick Logan?
I met him during training when I first joined the Org. He was one year ahead of me and was always an arrogant-full-of-himself-idiot.
What did you like about him when you agreed to marry him?
Oh, well apart from being full of himself, he did help me out with some difficult situations so I guess he used to have a sweet side too. All right, all right… he was my rock back then and showed me that life could be beautiful if I just left the past behind me. But that was then, he showed me right back that life sucks.
How long ago did he disappear?
Three years ago…
Did he say goodbye when he left? If not, were you hurt by that?
Did he? No, he did not! Nick left divorce papers on our kitchen counter for me to find one morning, no notes, nothing… And yes, I was hurt. He crushed me and left me in little pieces, if only I could get my hands on him…
How would you describe your boss, Derek Lake?
Derek is very passionate about everything he cares about… a bit borderline but maybe I just feel this way since I’m at the top of the list of his passions along with the Org.
Why have you rejected his advances?
Well… he deserves better, I didn’t think it would be fair to him. I mean, how can he be happy with an empty shell that can’t even pretend to have a heart?
If you could give advice to someone in a position of power, what would it be?
Easy: Don’t let it get to your head and remember that real power is more about knowing when and how to use it. Also, be warned that if you don’t use it for good, I’m coming after you.
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S.K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!
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September 8th, 2013: I FINISHED my 5th round of edits on The Belgrave Daughter and am ready for publication! Well, other than getting a cover, but that will be finished by end of September.
September 9th, 2013: I had my first day of Junior Year in high school and had a great time. I think it's going to be a great year (especially with my debut novel The Belgrave Daughter coming out on October 14, 2013).
September 10th, 2013: I finally got my Goodreads Author Profile live! Check it out and read the first blog post I've put up!
I will admit, I read this book because of the pretty cover, but boy am I glad for it's pretty pink cover. The story inside was as interesting as Elysia's inner struggle to remain emotionless to survive when her First's memories start surfacing.
Once I started reading, I could not put it down. You can just ask my mom. I read most of it while sitting on our kitchen floor so I could socialize and read simultaneously (a habit my mom tried and failed to put an end to). The world was interesting, the secondary characters were well-done (even if I really didn't like some of them as people).
I was disappointed by this book. The description for the book is what hooked me, but the story telling fell short.
Let me explain.
I loved Emily and Ryan. Both characters were strong, witty, and just all around wonderful. Their interactions were also great (save the overused joke of Emily changing Ryan's last name "Sutton").
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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