Chronicles of the Fallen has been a wild ride! In a years time, the story had been outlined and written into four different stories, each detailing a different aspect of the series.
I never thought I would be here today... writing these stories and writing about them afterward! Follow your dreams and take that chance.
Before I took the chance to write, I would read for authors, write reviews and when the time allowed, beta read. I loved every second of it. Then one day along the way I met an amazing woman, Jillian Dodd. She is a treasure and if you don't have her on your reading list, I suggest getting to it... like right now.
I met Jillian when I took on her first published book, That Boy. I fell in LOVE with it! Jillian, like many other indie authors, took the time to talk with me. She and I befriended one another and over time, developed a friendship. Hell we even saw Magic Mike together! (Crazy evening lol!)
Jillian invited me to Book Bash in Orlando last June, 2013. I came out and this was a turning moment for me. I met many amazing authors this day, but this is not what the changing moment was... it was realizing that THIS could be me. Alex and Lisa were waiting patiently for me to listen to them. Samuel... yeah not so much. When he realized I would finally take this story seriously, he began talking NON STOP! The readers of the Fallen series should not be surprised by this. HAHA!
Encouragement from Jillian and her assistant, Beth Suit, is what lead me to start writing out Fallen.
Jillian, thank you will never be enough.
Along the way, I met a few other women that completely changed my life... for the better.
Rebecca Cartee stepped up to the plate as my first beta reader. She informed me she was not a fan of paranormal stories, but wanted to get into beta reading and "why not?" Yes, her words. She took on Fallen and I can personally say, she's never looked back. Rebecca has since become one of my editors and I look forward to working with her in the future.
Kathey (aka: Designs by Katt) came next. She knew exactly what I was looking for in covers and never stopped working. She's image, then send it over. Image more and send it again. When I realized I was falling in love with my covers I knew we had a good partnership.
I began getting curious about author signings and events. I knew they were important but I wasn't sure HOW important. In comes Stella Price.
I met Stella back in November, 2013, before publishing Fallen. I believe I asked her if I should really considering attending TNEE Atlanta because "I'm not published yet and no one knows who I am." In other words, am I kidding myself? She told me I should come, if anything for the experience. Y'all I had so many questions! It's a good thing she did not shun me! LOL!
March 2014 I attended my first signing and came close to selling out of my paperbacks! Stella was right and I'm SO glad I listened to her! She has since become a friend and I treasure her dearly... and our love for Tom Hiddleston and Michael Fassbender. Yum.
After Fallen published, a woman named Tabatha (some of you know her as Faith) and she took a chance on me and offered to publish me moving forward. I've learned a lot from her and hope to continue our work together in many years to come! Thank you for believing in me and my stories.
Finally wrapping this up and certainly... NOT the least... my street team.
When I realized the Fallen series had affected people the way it did completely humbled me (and shocked me!). I met some of the most amazing women from these stories. Nicole Webb is definitely one of them. I believe our first conversation was about "questioning faith" and "letting go of pretenses." Nicole and I had a long talk and I was humbled she took the time to reach out. She was humbled I took the time to talk to her. (Seriously authors, talk to your readers. They're your bread and butter!).
In closing, many, many thanks go out to Jillian, Rebecca, Kathey, Stella and Nicole... among many, many others. Are there stories after the Fallen series? You bet there is! Will they follow this series? Unfortunately, no. This series stops with Culmination; however, in the future, if Samuel continues to pester me the way he does, he may get a novella or two. LOL! Archangel Michael occasionally bends my ear so watch out, you may see him in something soon. Who knows?
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. It means the world to me. Anytime, reach out and say hi. Tell me who you love more, Alex, Samuel or Jonathan? LOL I know there's a few Michael fans as well! Again, thank you so much for reading the stories, reading this blog and just... being there.
Much love!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Do you want to attend Authors After Dark in Charlotte? Would you like to attend if we sponsored the registration? Well, I’m sponsoring a GIVEAWAY for an Authors After Dark 2014 Registration (this is a $240 value).
There are a few caveats — You'll need to book a room at the Westin in Charlotte (be sure to ask for the AAD special rate!) The organizer will not send your registration confirmation until this has been completed and the room confirmation provided. The hotel stay will be Wednesday through Saturday night/Sunday morning. And, of course, you’ll have to get yourself to Charlotte.
Do you want to bring a friend? I'll do a two for one! That's right! You get to come and bring a friend! One of you needs to book the room and the registration will be provided.
There are two ways to enter! Comment here on my blog or on my facebook page (you can enter twice by doing it in both places!!!).
I’ll draw for a winner on the evening of Wednesday, June 25th! And, bonus, the winner will also win an autographed paperback from me of their choice at the event!!!
I’m looking forward to meeting lots of readers and authors — hope to see you there!
Ultimate power comes with ultimate betrayal. Trust No One.
War is coming and sides must be chosen. Jonathan has grown into his powers and he’s stronger than he could ever begin to understand. Having abilities from both worlds makes him one of the most powerful beings on earth. Even Elysium has no control over him.
Hell has risen and with it, the coming apocalypse. Their sights are set on Jonathan, the Nephilim’s and the traitors against Hell. Michael warned the light will not be involved… until war or death are inevitable.
Taking matters into his own hands, Jonathan builds an army and in the process, meets an unlikely ally. She’s sexy as hell and knowledgeable about all things demon. He also knows her from somewhere but can’t figure out who she is.
Secrets are unfolding and his world begins closing in around him. Will Jonathan be strong enough to face the truth or will he lose himself and submit to the darkness?
Is this cover not beautiful? Meet Jonathan, son of Lisa and Alex Carter. He's the Nephilim born from the Hybrid Angel/Demon (Alex) and human mother (Lisa). You first met them in Fallen and continued their story in Redemption. Atonement told you Samuel's story. Now step into Culmination where the final chapter of Chronicles of the Fallen takes you through Jonathan's struggle... as well as the other characters you've met along the way... in FIRST PERSON POINT OF VIEW!
Look for the story to release on July 10th!!! I cannot WAIT for you to get your hands on the final installment!
Bio and where to find Julie Morgan!
Originally from Burleson, Texas Julie always had a love of books, especially paranormal stories. Julie finally took the leap and began writing with encouragement from her family.
Having worked in IT her entire career, Julie now spends her free time writing. Living in Central Florida with her husband and daughter, her favorite pastime is reading children's stories to her daughter, especially those around animals.
Connect with Julie Morgan:
Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/juliemorganbooks
Have you not read the other stories yet? Here's your chance! You can pick them up here!
This week I’m participating in the #mywritingprocess blog tour.
I’d like to thank author, Suzanna Lynn, for inviting me on this blog hop. You can visit her blog here.
Here are the 4 questions every author must answer on this blog tour. I hope you enjoy reading mine:
1.) What am I working on?
Currently I'll be publishing Culmination, which will be the final book in the Chronicles of the Fallen series. Soon after the southern contemporary romance, Southern Roots will publish. I'm currently in the process of writing my 6th book with another author. We have titled it Deadly Alchemy. Our target is to publish sometime in the September time frame.
2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My work in Chronicles of the Fallen differs from other angel and demon stories in the paranormal genre because the protagonist, Lisa, will fight for her soul between an Incubus demon (the antagonist) who has set sights on claiming her soul, and an angel, who is bound to protect her at all costs. Typically in this type of story line the reader would find the female struggling between two loves; the bad boy (demon) and the good guy (angel). In Fallen, this is definitely not the case. Samuel, the demon, does not leave the choice up to Lisa. He makes it for her, forcing her hand so to speak. The story pushes the line between good and evil. It ends with a HEA; however, the characters are put through a serious struggle to get there.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I love stories about angels and demons. I love to do research on real characters then write a story from their point of view. Becoming a vessel, of sorts, is one of the many reasons I love writing! These characters have a story to tell. It is up to whoever is listening to write it.
4) How does my writing process work?
When a story comes to mind, it is not something that is slow. It is almost like an explosion! It appears and I need to quickly write down what is being "told" to me. I review what I have noted then begin an outline. I write out the story at a very high level perspective... like a 20,000 foot view so to speak. I then take each section and being forming chapters... then start writing!
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Be sure to visit these authors on their blogs next week, June 16 - 19th, 2014. I think you’ll be glad you did. I can see my 'To Be Read stack' growing already!
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A writer of speculative fiction and lover of geeky things, Melanie R. Meadors lives in central Massachusetts, in a one hundred-year-old house full of quirks and surprises. She's been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on on more than one occasion.
Her short fiction has been published in Circle Magazine, The Wheel, and Prick of the Spindle, and has consistently received honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future contest. One of her short stories was a finalist in the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction contest. She’s a publicist with Market or Die Author Services and Publicity Coordinator at Ragnarok Publications.
Tim began writing at a very young age. As a teenager he would write short stories of horror to entertain himself and his friends. Not knowing at the time this would one day lead to his dream of becoming a published author. Tim has studied various religions and psychology as evident not only in his earlier religious publications, but also in his later work as an extreme horror author. Tim’s true calling began in the horror genre with The Hand of God series. Although the book still retains religious qualities it is a complete 180 from his earlier writings. His main character is Pastor Charlie who does “God’s Work” by murdering those who sin. His four years serving as a U.S. Marine is also apparent in this series, with his realistic descriptions of weapons and tactics Pastor Charlie and various other characters use throughout the books. He branches out further into the horror genre with the publication of Dark Exorcist. Tim’s knowledge of religion still plays a major role in this book, along with his time spent working as a correctional officer. In Family Night Tim begins his descent into extreme horror. Eddie is loving father with a very dark and sadistic side. Family Night is psychologically terrifying. His description of torture and gore push boundaries other authors would never dare to cross. He is able to touch every nerve with the reality that this is something that could be happening right now. With similarities to one of Tim’s favorite horror movies, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you will find that Eddie and his family are even harder to forget. Tim currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with his loving wife and children. He enjoys going to Comic and Horror Cons as often as he can. Above all he loves meeting his fans and talking to them on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTimMiller and on his Goodreads page at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6153491.Tim_Miller
Growing up in a small town close to Seattle, Rose saw many different walks of life. But growing up around bikers and rockers, she experienced most things people only dream of. Now a thirty something year old wife, mother, sister, aunt and best friend - she is devoting her time and energy to bringing these experiences and many more to you in her books.
Hey Readers! #AAD this year is giving away over 4000 books, registrations to AAD 2015 and TNEE Vegas and a TON of author sponsored prizes and gifts. And there's a HUGE costume ball, an open bar, parties, mini events, an in house tattoo artist, corsetier and a mechanical bull.
Yeah, you heard right! Registration(250$) includes all your meals (And we DO provide REAL options for gluten free and vegetarian offerings!) a welcome bag filled with swag and books, and your pass to all the awesome we do every year. Wanna hangout with authors, I mean REALLY hangout with them? This is nothing like ANY mere signing you have attended. ALL the authors attending WANT to hangout with you, talk with you and be a part of the larger world of Literary awesome. Don't you?
Register today! Your conformation will have links to get your hotel and a link and password to get a seat for the Sins and Virtues Ball! Check out all the awesome at http://www.authorsafterdark.org/ or the #AAD FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/450532265077444/
2015 Partial list has been announced!
So the time has come... and while the list isnt completely finished we have enough authors locked in that we can give you a glimpse of who is attending the event for 2015!
AAD 2015 is in Atlanta GA August 12-16 and will be presided over by none other than the lovely and wonderful
T. Lynne Tolles
Diana Castilleja/ Diana DeRicci
Carrie Ann Ryan
MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott
Jae Lynne Davies
Sherri L. King
Jenny Trout/Abigail Barnette
And if you havent yet, Sign up for 2014! ONLY attendees of 2014 will be able to win freebie registrations for 2015 AAD.. as a huge thank you for attending the event and supporting these amazing authors... and we will be giving away 5 registrations for 2015 this year. DO NOT MISS IT!
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