A Bittersweet Ending

The last month or two have been crazy, both with the world in general and in my very busy writing corner. It’s led me to be a little behind on posting here, but I’m hoping to fix that! So first up some announcements.

Updates on Chosen

I have officially turned in my fully written and fully edited copy of Chosen, book 3 of the Stolen series! Somehow through everything that has been going on, between the COVID-19 outbreak and all the violence and tears of the last few weeks, I was able to focus and finish this book. It really is a culmination of years of work since I first started writing Stolen in 2013. That’s a good seven years of work to get here, and wow, what a ride!

Shaleigh has grown so much throughout the books, but so have the other characters too. Each one of them have grown into their unique selves and I’m really happy with that. I’m so excited to share the final chapter of this emotional trilogy with everyone.

However it’s also bittersweet. I’ve fallen in love with these characters and the world, and it’s going to be very difficult to let go of them. I’ve had these characters in my head for years, so it’s difficult to just let go of them. However I also have a very full plate of other books in my brain that also want attention.

In Progress

Speaking of… the next book I’ll be tackling is Colton Fen’s novel, currently titled Descent. It’s the first of the Colton Fen series and Night Feeders is going to be book 0.5. This book has had an ongoing facelift and I’m going in to work on it more with a long list of to-do items to tackle.

After that, I’ll be working on the long-awaited sequel to The She-Wolf of Kanta, which I plan to make a full-length book. I have a whole outline figured out and plan to write the entire book long-hand. I’ve already started writing on it, but it still has a long way to go to reach completion.

There are the projects I’m comfortable sharing now, but there are a bunch more I’ve hinted at during interviews or in chats that are on the horizon. So expect to hear more announcements and progress updates as I go.

The Seeking is now available to pre-order!

I’m thrilled to share that The Seeking is now available to pre-order on Amazon! This dark young adult horror novel has already had reviews come in on Goodreads, and I’m thrilled with the feedback so far! This book features weird creatures, a diverse cast of characters, and terrifying monsters.

A Cute Short Story and 2019 Plans

It’s been a heck of a week so far! I wrote a lovely little short story featuring Mawr from my novel, Stolen, and the Lady Sphinx. It’s a cute little piece that talks about his live before the events that take place in the book. Seeing as how many people love reading about him, I thought it would be cute to do a little Valentine’s Day special for the adorable guy.

You can read the full piece here at the Parliament House Press website!

Today is also the kick-off day for my YouTube channel! Each Friday I’ll be releasing videos about writing books, author life, and documenting events that inspire my work. My first video chronicles all the events I’ll be at this year and where you can find me. If you want to chat with me about any of my work, that’s a good time to do it! I hope to see some of you this year, especially since I’ll be doing a couple of out-of-state cons!

It’s gonna be a busy year!

Enter the Stolen Giveaway!

I’m in the middle of a number of bookish projects right now, but I wanted to remind folks that the Giveaway for Stolen is still going! You have until the end of February to get your entries in to win a number of potential prizes – and yes, this is open to international fans!

โœจ Giveaway Rules โœจ

To get some free Stolen swag:

  • Follow me at @authorlenafrank on Instagram OR on my Facebook page MarlenaFrankAuthor
  • Order a copy of Stolen and email me a screenshot of the receipt at: MarlenaFrankGiveaway@outlook.com

Make sure you include your:

  • Name
  • Your Instagram or Facebook handle (I’ll be posting thank-you messages in my story!)
  • Postal Address

I’ll confirm these as they come in! Once received, you’ll get:

  • A Stolen bookmark
  • A hand-stamped bookplate, signed by me
  • Entered into the Stolen Grand Prize Giveaway

โœจ Stolen Grand Prize Giveaway! โœจ

๐ŸŽ‰ One Grand Prize Winner will receive: ๐ŸŽ‰

  • A hand-felted, custom Mawr plushie by @louisalings – these are all unique pieces complete with a stack of books and golden spectacles. Only 5 of these exist!
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover
  • A signed copy of Stolen

๐ŸŽ‰ 2ND Place Winner will receive: ๐ŸŽ‰

  • $10 Barnes and Noble gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover
  • A signed copy of Stolen

๐ŸŽ‰ 3RD Place Winner will receive: ๐ŸŽ‰

  • $10 Starbucks gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover
  • A signed copy of Stolen

๐ŸŽ‰ 4TH Place Winner will receive: ๐ŸŽ‰

  • $10 iTunes gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover
  • A signed copy of Stolen

โœจ Official Rules: โœจ

  • Winners will be announced and tagged on Instagram or Facebook on March 1ST.
  • I’ll give 48 hours for the winners to reply back to me to confirm their information before shipments are sent. Otherwise the award will pass to the next random choice.


Pre-Order Giveaway Announcement

It’s finally December. That means we’re a little over a month away from the release of Stolen. I think it’s a good time to begin the preorder giveaway, don’t you?

You heard that right, I’ll be doing a big giveaway to one person BUT I will also be giving out goodies to anyone who decides to preorder!

Stolen Pre-Order Swag

To get some free Stolen swag:

Make sure you include your:

  • Name
  • Your Instagram or Facebook handle (I’ll be posting thank-you messages in my story!)
  • Postal Address
  • Whether you want to be added to my Email Newsletter
  • Whether you want to be added to my Postal Listing

I’ll confirm these as they come in! Once received, you’ll get”

  • A Stolen bookmark
  • A hand-stamped bookplate, signed by me
  • Entered into the Stolen Pre-Order Giveaway

Stolen Pre-Order Giveaway

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A hand-felted, custom Mawr plushie by @louisalings – these are all unique pieces complete with a stack of books and golden spectacles. Only 5 of these exist, and if you saw my unboxing a few months back, you know how adorable each one is!
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover

2nd place will win:

  • $10 Barnes and Noble gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover

3rd place will win:

  • $10 Starbucks gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover

4th place will win:

  • $10 iTunes gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover

Official Rules:

  • Winners will be announced and tagged on Instagram or Facebook on Jan 22, 2019 during the Release Party.
  • I’ll give 48 hours for the winners to reply back to me to confirm their information before shipments are out. Otherwise the award will pass to the next person on the list.

In the Garden, nothing is as it seems

It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.

In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy…

A Month of Recovery

This month has been pretty interesting. Not bad, just… interesting.

I was hoping to get a lot of catch-up writing done on Broken and put aside time to do just that, but then I got sick for like weeks. The weather down here in GA has been all over the place. Highs of 20s one day and then highs in the 60s the next, so everybody is having allergy problems. I think the plants are as confused as we are. I’m still recovering after 3 weeks of struggling with it.

So I’m not a winner of NaNoWriMo this year, but that’s okay! There will always be more – and I usually do better during the Camp NaNo events anyway. I still got around 10k+ words added to my manuscript, and NaNo helped me do that.

Now it’s December and I’m gearing up for the release of Stolen in January, meaning that I’ll soon be announcing all sorts of opportunities. I’ll soon be organizing tours, book signings, events, giveaways, and all the things that you do with a new book release. If you’re interested in getting any book swag or even a holiday card from me this month, make sure you check out my Moonlight Wanderers Facebook Group or join the mailing list. I’m collecting addresses now to ship out goodies this month. There’s going to be a LOT going on next month and these folks always get the early access & opportunities for swag.

I finally got into the writing groove today for the first time in weeks. It felt good and I really needed that creative boost that it caused. Here’s hoping I keep this going!

Project:ย  Broken

A land has fallen. An escape was made. Itโ€™s a victory of sorts, but at what price?

Shaleigh has made a terrible mistake, one she may not ever be able to fix. Lost and in a strange land with anger and death all around her, she must navigate her way through treacherous lands on her quest for redemption. Along the way sheโ€™ll have to negotiate with the mercurial Queen of the Fae, survive the dangers of the Masked Kingโ€™s realm, and seek out a terrifying fire dragon.

With two powerful beings hot on her trail, Shaleigh has no choice but to keep moving, or else face the dangerous magic of the Madness that has already caused so much pain and heartache. With her sights on helping her friends and her heart longing for home, Shaleigh is determined, but will it be enough?

BROKEN is Book 2 of the Stolen series

Words Written:
11/26 – 808
11/30 – 1,150

Current Word Count: 37,861

Progress:
Escaping one danger only to run head-first into more. You know how it goes. It’s difficult to work with someone who is so unstable and unpredictable, and it’s also frightening when they have so much power.

Next Up:
Somebody’s going to be real mad once they are back on their feet again, and someone is going to get hurt. It’s not going to be pretty, but when dealing with matters of an injured heart, it rarely is.

Commentary:
At times I feel like my writing is too disjointed, and then at other times I see how I can stitch the parts together again. As the storyline progresses, I see the story arc fall into place. I feel the direction take shape. I’m usually a complete pantser and this book is no exception. Because there’s so much to balance though, each scene does take a careful approach. I think that’s why this book is taking me longer to tackle. Each movement is like a chess piece getting moved and the landscape changes with each turn, until finally we reach the final confrontation. I’m getting closer and closer to that moment, and I’m both looking forward to it and dreading it for a number of reasons.

Happy December, everybody!