See You In 2017!

 

Fresh starts and positive changes come to mind as we bring in the new year, and I know many are thrilled to say goodbye to 2016. Instead of focusing on what went wrong this year, I’ve been trying to remember all of the things that went right. In addition to making some wonderful new friends, I feel I’ve grown – not only as a person but as a writer. So as we celebrate 2017 and all it has to offer, I’ll be counting my blessings and wishing you more. May the new year bring you much happiness and good fortune!

Love Always,

Darly

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STRAWBERRY WINE Cover Reveal!

After months of waiting, I am thrilled to share with you the new cover of STRAWBERRY WINE! Thank you Kensington Publishing, it’s absolutely beautiful!

Available for preorder now! In bookstores January 31, 2017!

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About the Book:

How do you know if a first love is made to last?

Addison Monroe was eighteen when she fell for Jake Grady, a college student working on her family’s farm for the summer. With his sapphire eyes and killer smile, Jake could have had any girl in Lakeside, Georgia. But he wanted Addy, and for those brief, wonderful months—before circumstances drove them irrevocably apart—they belonged to each other.

Ten years later, Addy is engaged to a doctor and working in Atlanta as a physician’s assistant. Life feels full and satisfying. Yet memories of that long-ago summer and wine-flavored kisses are hard to shake. On a return visit to Lakeside, Addy crosses paths with Jake again, and soon finds herself at an unexpected crossroads. So much has changed, and Addy has chosen another route. And the magic of first love can never be rekindled…can it?

Where to Preorder:

Kensington Publishing     Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Books-A-Million 

Google Play      Kobo     iTunes

Where to Review:

GoodReads     Amazon (beginning January 31, 2017)

How To Get Your Story Featured On Wattpad

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So you’ve written a story and you’ve posted it in full to Wattpad but you’re just not getting the reads you expected. You’ve done everything within your power to generate interest: you’ve written a story you’re proud of, you’ve mingled in the clubs, you’ve read and commented consistently on other authors’ stories, you’ve joined a gazillion book discussions and still … nothing! What’s a writer got to do to find some readers?!

I’m going to tell you. You can put in a request to have your story added to the Featured List.

What’s the Featured List, you might be asking yourself? According to Wattpad, every story that is featured is carefully hand-picked by Wattpad’s own Community Engagement team to be placed in a special, more visible spot that makes it easier for readers to find (because sifting through millions upon millions of stories to find what you’re looking for can be very overwhelming!).

That being said, not every submission is going to be granted. Serious thought goes into selecting each story. Why? Because being on the Featured List is both a privilege AND a responsibility. The Featured List will potentially put you and your story in front of millions of eager readers ready to vote and comment on each one of your chapters and expect you to comment back. Wattpad is an extremely interactive experience, one that encourages communication between an author and a reader. So if you’re not up for the challenge, don’t even think about submitting that story. Wattpad is more than just a reading and writing website. It’s a positive and supportive community all coming together to engage in something they love.

Still interested? Then let’s move on to the rules. Yes … the rules!

What Wattpad is looking for:

  • Stories that have good grammar, spelling, plot development, characterization, a distinct tone of voice, etc. So give that story one more edit before you apply!
  • Stories that are full-length and complete (or nearing completion).
  • Stories with a clear and compelling cover (sized 512×800), story description, and relevant tags.
  • Stories that will appeal to the diverse readership of the Wattpad community.
  • Stories that are distinctive and unique in plot and style.

What they’re not looking for:

  • Excerpts, teasers, sample chapters, or works intending to remain incomplete. Sorry, but it’s gotta be completed or near completion.
  • Stories that cannot standalone (i.e., sequels).
  • Emailing us PDFs, ePubs, or Word documents containing your story. Stories must be posted on Wattpad.
  • Unedited works. First drafts are absolutely fine, but stories should have a level of polish to them.

Who Wattpad is looking for:

  • Wattpadders like you! (Don’t have an account? Don’t worry, it’s easy to get started. Just sign up HERE for FREE and get posting!)
  • Engaged Wattpadders (This means writers who are also readers, commenters and voters. Writers who support other writers are the best writers, because they help each other succeed. Writers who want to be an active part of the community. No one likes a writer who posts a story and then never comes back to thank their readers.)
  • Kind and considerate Wattpadders (Trolls may stay under the bridge where they belong.)

What to expect if your story is featured:

If you’ve been selected for featuring, Wattpad will contact you to let you know the official day your story will be added to the List. Your story will then be placed at the top of the list for around one week or so, and afterward will be mixed in at random among the other stories to give everyone an equal chance at getting the limelight. You can expect an increase in reads, votes and comments, although Wattpad makes no guarantees about the number of reads your story will get.

After your week at the top of the list, your story will begin to randomize among the other stories in your genre and will change position daily. You could go from the top to the bottom and then back to the top again!

Wattpad receives several feature requests, so submissions could take up to four weeks or more to be reviewed. Just be patient, they’ll get to you!

So are you ready to take the next step in your writing career? Then apply to be featured today! Click HERE to fill out a request, and best of luck to you all!

Updates! Lots and lots of updates!

Hello friendly blog readers, happy Memorial Day weekend! I have lots of updates for you! Okay, maybe not lots but definitely a few.

Summer Block Party

It’s Wattpad Block Party time again hosted by the always amazing, bestselling author Kelly Anne Blount! Who’s excited? Me, me, me!!!

This summer’s fiesta takes place the entire month of August so mark your calendars now — you heard right, the ENTIRE month of August — and will feature some of Wattpad’s most active writers. USA TODAY Bestsellers, Wattpad Stars and a whole bunch of up-and-comers! It’s gonna be awesome sauce (did I seriously just say that?!)! Did I mention there will be TONS of giveaways? I’m thinking I’ll write another bonus chapter for STRAWBERRY WINE from yummy Jake Grady’s point-of-view, what do you think? I just love getting inside that sexy cowboy’s head!

In other news, I took part in my very first LIVE Ask Me Anything and received tons of great questions from readers and friends like YOU! Did you miss it? Don’t fret! It’s all right HERE for your viewing pleasure (please ignore the unflattering still shots and overuse of the word ‘um’)!

Who wants a cover reveal? I do! I do! I’m waiting patiently for the go-ahead to share the brand new, unbelievably adorable cover of STRAWBERRY WINE! Kensington Publishing tells me it will be soon, along with the PRE-ORDER SALE! What? Did she just say PRE-ORDER SALE?! I sure as heck did. Can you believe it? It’s happening. It’s actually happening! I’m still pinching myself. Huh, that must be why this unsightly bruise won’t go away.

Let’s see … what else? Oh, yes! I’m working on more stories to add to Wattpad! I’m pretty sure the next one up will be my horror/psychological thriller/like THE SECRET on crack called DOWN CAME THE RAIN! Take a look at this cover:

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Don’t forget to sign up for my email list for your chance to win FREE STUFF! And if you would kindly ‘like’ my Facebook author’s page I would ever so grateful!

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Wattpad Wednesday featuring author Lindsey Summers

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This week I’m excited to introduce a Watty Award-winning author who has found a massive following on Wattpad, an online writing and reading community. She’s an extremely talented writer and is also one of the nicest people I’ve had the privilege to meet! Her first story The Cell Phone Swap took the writing platform by storm and is all set to be published next year under the new title Textrovert!

Lindsey Summers, otherwise known as DoNotMicrowave on Wattpad, currently has more than 187,000 followers and The Cell Phone Swap has nearly 77 million reads! Her current work in progress is a romance called Bottled Promises and is already well on its way to be her next big hit.

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Bottled Promises story blurb:

His future is shackled by the past.

Her past is driving her future.

Growing up, Cameron Scott longed to break free from her controlling childhood. Now a freshman at Alden University, she’s finally able to live life on her terms…or so she thinks. Forced to take the only room left on campus, one in the substance free program, Cameron signs a contract promising not to drink, party or do anything illegal.

The only positive is Alaric St. James, a boy whose disdain for the program rivals her own. But unlike Cameron, Alaric isn’t there by chance. A judge has ruled Alaric must participate and stay out of trouble. As the two develop feelings, they grow conflicted. Both have made promises, but as Cameron soon discovers, sometimes you break promises, and sometimes they break you.

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About the author:

Lindsey Summers (@DoNotMicrowave) joined Wattpad in 2012. Her story, The Cell Phone Swap, is one of most-read stories on Wattpad. Inspired by a chance encounter, Lindsey’s story has gone viral. Through Wattpad, she has also written commissioned stories for major brands like Mondelez and 20th Century Fox.

Lindsey credits the positivity and support of her fan base as her motivation. Her fans insistence on updates for her serialized story kept her on track and fueled her creative streak.

When not on Wattpad, Lindsey can usually be found on the beach, reading on the sand, and always in open-toed shoes.

You can connect with Lindsey on:

Wattpad  Twitter  Instagram  Facebook


							

Introducing Wattpad Studios – Aron Levitz will lead new division as head of Wattpad Studios

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One more amazing thing to look forward to from Wattpad!

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At Wattpad, we believe that the future of entertainment will be driven by communities of storytellers and backed by powerful data and insights. Today, we are one step closer to this future with the introduction of Wattpad Studios.

Operating like a multi-channel network (MCN), Wattpad Studios will partner with the entertainment industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for print, film, television, and digital platforms.

With insights on approximately 250 million original story uploads and access to over two million creators, Wattpad is in a unique position to partner with the entertainment industry. Wattpad stories reflect what people love in life, on the screen, and in the depths of their imaginations; and as a result, Wattpad stories are always culturally relevant. With Wattpad Studios, entertainment executives can keep their finger on the pulse of pop culture and also reduce the guesswork involved during the traditional development process.

Aron Levitz has been promoted…

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Wattpad Wednesday Featuring Author A.V. Geiger

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Hello and welcome to Wattpad Wednesday! This week’s story is by author A.V. Geiger (who goes by the nickname Viv) and is known as adam_and_jane on Wattpad. She is a Wattpad featured author and member of the Wattpad Stars program with over 40 thousand followers! Viv recently announced a book deal for her Twitter-based teen fiction story Follow Me Back after it was discovered by a literary agent in 2015. Described in Publisher’s Weekly as “a romantic thriller for the online generation”, the complete first draft of Follow Me Back is still available on Wattpad! The revised and expanded version will be published by Sourcebooks Fire YA in Summer 2017.

You can follow Viv on Wattpad and on Twitter, where she runs her personal account as well as the popular “Wattpad Obsessed” account @FollowBackBook. You can also visit her website www.avgeiger.com.

Follow Me Back story blurb:

Tessa Hart has a secret, but she’s too scared to tell a soul. She dropped out of school six months ago for reasons she doesn’t dare to speak aloud. Not to her mother. Not to her therapist. Not even to her brand new twitter BFF…  
 
Eric Thorn has a secret of his own – one that none of the girls would guess. He’s dreamed his whole life of making it in the music industry, but no one seems to understand the harsh realities of fame. Not his manager. Not his record label. And certainly not the fan girl he starts talking to on twitter late one night, for reasons he can’t explain…
 
Now Tessa follows Eric, and Eric follows Tessa. But this is no fan-fiction fantasy come to life. This is a story of fan accounts and fake profiles, where no one is exactly who they seem, and where a simple tap of the “Follow” button has the power to lead to love… Or to something far more sinister. 
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Wattpad Wednesday Featuring Gabriela Cabezut

 

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ShyGabs, or Gabriela Cabezut as she’s known in the publishing world, joined Wattpad as a brand new writer back in 2011 and has since produced several stories. Her romance, Prince with Benefits, topped the Hot List at number 1 on numerous occasions and has racked up over 47 million reads! Because of that story, Gaby was contacted by several different publishers via Wattpad and she eventually signed with Summit Books, one of the largest publishing houses in the Philippines. Her second novel, Hopelessly Imperfect, will be released in May with Limitless Publishing then followed up with two additional novels to complete the series. Gaby’s most recent achievement came when she was invited to join the Wattpad Stars program. And here’s another fun fact about Gaby: English isn’t her primary language, but it’s the only language she writes in! Her current Wattpad work-in-process is called Take-out Chef. Click here to check out that story and more!

To learn more about Gaby, follow her on Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter as well as on her Website (and don’t forget to sign up for her email list when you’re there)!

Take-out Chef Story Blurb:

Jessie is enrolled in a new experimental program to help young delinquents find a job. Only she isn’t really a delinquent. She goes along with the plan in order to meet her life-long crush Tom, a TV chef who inspires her to love cooking. But Tom’s not alone. Bryan, his partner in crime, is as arrogant as he is handsome and Jessie is intrigued by his mysterious character. He spices up her life in unexpected ways.

She embarks on a life-long journey where she discovers that sometimes, things aren’t always how they seem … they’re even better.

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Wattpad Wednesday Featuring Lindsey Lippincott

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In an effort to bring more recognition to Wattpad writers, I’d like to begin a weekly post called Wattpad Wednesday, where I’ll feature stories from deserving authors from the site.

Each post will contain a piece of quote art and blurb along with the link to the featured story. My first guinea pig…I mean, Wattpad author, I’d like to bring attention to is Brink1314, or Red Assassin as some readers call her. Her story The Huntress is currently being featured on Wattpad and has almost 5 million views! Brink’s real name is Lindsey Lippincott and she has over 30 thousand followers on the writing platform. She’s also a new member of the Wattpad Stars program! Click on Brink1314 to read her stories!

The Huntress Story Blurb:

Electra Jaeger is a dagger wielding, gun flashing huntress, hunting down the creatures of darkness. When it comes to the paranormal she’s not picky–werewolves, ghouls, vampires, witches. It’s all in a night’s work. The Jaeger children were brought into the life after their mother’s death at the hands of a werewolf, and it’s all they’ve known since. Now, Electra’s the only one who finds peace in the hunt. She hunts for her mother and herself, turning into a closed off, carefully guarded young woman. It’s the routine that works for her until one person changes it all. He’s new, he’s straight-forward, and oh so confident, and for some reason his sights are set on Electra. She never expected to fall for anyone, let alone someone who didn’t know about the paranormal world, but Jared’s closer to the subject than she thinks. Electra realizes that the world of the paranormal is more complex than she’d thought, and she’s forced to make a decision: to risk her life as well as the life of the man she loves, or to turn away and never look back. She must decide what she can live without. Who will she betray? Her family or herself? Find out in, The Huntress.

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