2014 was a pretty crazy year, and 2015 is shaping up to be even busier! I am continuing the Friends series with the release of Something Real in probably February at this stage (the pre-order is up on iBooks already for March, but if I can I'll bring that date back). Then, there's another series I'm plotting at the moment, which I'd like to release under my real name. After all these books as Ariadne, I'd quite like to get a printed book with my own name on it. Details to be revealed soon, I'm just fine-tuning the blurb, but I'm really excited about it!
Anyway, I've had a few Facebook posts to say thank you to various people, but there are so many I thought I'd add it all together in this blog post.
A big thank you to Lauren and Ethan, Rowan and Kyle, and Andrew and Maddy who let me tell their stories this year. I loved you all so much. Each and ever character is special to me, and I never thought I'd end the year telling the redemption story of a man I'd written to be so awful. Funny how life goes! <3
Thank you to Lauren McKellar, for editing my stories and beating me when I needed it. You've helped me grow as a story teller and I look forward to working with you some more. :D
Thank you to Sarah Foster, from Sprinkles on Top Studios for making such beautiful covers. You constantly surprise me and impress me, and I'd buy everything you made if I could write that fast!
Thank you to Kaylee for reading for me, and to Deborah for helping me make the final decision on which way around to put together Taking Chances. For those who don't know, there were originally two versions, one in chronological order, and the other with flashbacks.
Thank you to The Hype PR who have helped so much the past three months with promo work, cover reveals, and the launch of Three Days. It's been a great weight off my mind to not have to worry so much about getting out there while I'm juggling publishing, working full-time and family!
And last, but most important, thank you to all the readers. To everyone who has read, reviewed, or contacted me about one of my books. I started writing again for me, but now it's equally for you. I have had amazing times in the past year, and some not so good times, but some of you have stayed with me the whole year and I appreciate you so very much. Indie authors depend on their readers, and you are the best!
So, here's to a safe and happy New Year. Roll on 2015!
Love to you all,
Because it's been a long couple of days rolling out this book!
Thank you to everyone who has shared posts for me. Three Days made the top 100 on the iBooks NZ store and I am now looking forward to feedback from those who have read it.
I love all my babies, but this one was really special. I tried something different, having it entirely in a male POV, and I fell completely head over heels for the characters. That was somewhat an achievement after making Andrew so unlikeable in Loving Rowan. But him and Maddy? Magic. :)
I will miss them, but not for long as I suspect they'll pop up in Something Real given Maddy's once close relationship with Logan. It'll be nice to see them again.
I changed my mind a couple of times about what direction to go in with this book. My characters tend to have other ideas ...
So, I've decided to share a deleted scene which doesn't exist in the book. This is the most intact one, the other parts that I deleted are just the odd paragraph. SO DON'T READ IF YOU DON'T WANT TO. :D
I read this post the other day from Hugh Howey about formatting in InDesign.
It's great. Hugh has made a video demonstrating how to do it so your books look amazing, and so I wanted to post some examples of what I did in InDesign because I found it so much easier than fighting Microsoft Word.
Paperback formatting frustrated the hell out of me. I'd managed to put together a couple of books before outsourcing one (Taking Chances). The formatter http://formaxeffect.com did an fantastic job and the book is absolutely beautiful. I realised, that although I loved the job she'd done, I really did want to do it myself if I could.
I'd read blog posts and forum posts about people using InDesign, so decided to give it a go. I have some basic Photoshop skills too, so managed to get some little images for the scene breaks and my cover designer told me which fonts to use. And this is what I did. :D
And then there's this ...
All done in InDesign, and the beauty of it is that I have a template for my books now. It can be a bit of a learning curve, but I think the results speak for themselves. :D
The book is all but finished. I am working on paperback formatting now, and Three Days goes live in a week.
I love this book.
I know I say that about them all, and they are all my babies. This one is special.
When I wrote Loving Rowan, Andrew was the bad guy who would never be heard from again. I don't know what compelled me to write his story. It was a random thought that when he came out of prison he had been humbled by the whole thing and now had to move on by himself.
I felt bad because I had wrote him to be just awful. He was rude, arrogant and that was before his wedding to Charlie. But I thought about what losing someone so close could do to a person. That maybe, in Charlie's absence he was desperate to fill the gap. And I guess Rowan was the logical choice. What happens when you love someone so much that the loss of them kills you inside, makes you crazy? That's what I wanted to write about.
So I did.
Three Days is told entirely from Andrew's point of view. That in itself was an interesting experience. I tried writing from a male POV for the first time in Loving Rowan, but to do an entire book like that was a challenge. Apart from it being Andrew's story, I had trouble getting into Maddy's head. We meet her early on in the book and she's the heroine of the story. I could see her, picture her, but I couldn't hear her thoughts.
But that's okay. She is one of the craziest, fun characters I've ever written.
Not long to go. I hope you enjoy. :D
And remember to pre-order on iBooks!
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Ariadne Wayne is the pen name of an overworked, often exhausted mother of two who frequently turns to the internet for relaxation. It doesn't always work...