I have a few things on that I want to post about. :D
Firstly, I have put together a box set of the first three books in the Friends series, and it's available for pre-order at the special limited time price of 99c right now through iBooks, Amazon and Kobo. It will be available through B&N, but they're dragging their heels so I don't have a link yet.
Here's the description:
Friends Forever - The First Half
Release date August 6
Catch up with The Friends Series in one box set for a limited time at 99c.
Book One - Loving Rowan
Rowan and Kyle’s story
After a lifetime of unrequited love for Andrew, Rowan’s heart is broken when she finds him with another friend, Charlie. Isolating herself from the pair, she strikes up a friendship with Kyle. Kyle wants more, but Rowan struggles to let go. And when tragedy strikes, Andrew comes back on the scene and will do whatever it takes to keep her.
Book Two - Three Days
Andrew and Maddy’s story
After the events of Loving Rowan, Andrew starts his life again. He hit rock bottom when Charlie died and acted irrationally, destroying any chance of friendship with Rowan. Meeting Maddy brings love and laughter to his life, and he soon finds himself falling for her. Sometimes it takes a life changing event to put the pieces back together as Andrew will find.
Book Three - Something Real
Logan and Olivia’s story
Olivia Grant’s husband walked out while she was at work one day, leaving her to fend for herself and their two children. Selling up, she moves to an apartment where she meets Logan. He’s gorgeous and seems to like her just as much as she likes him. Will her secret derail their relationship before it’s had a chance to take off?
All three books are standalone, but Three Days is the sequel to Loving Rowan, so it is recommended to read both.
Book Four - The Right One is also available separately
Rebecca Wallace has everything she could ever need, but a gaping hole where her heart used to be. Meeting her sometimes employed, sometimes musician neighbour, Elliot, turns her world on its head. He’s everything she never knew she wanted.
B&N Coming soon
On top of that, I'm working on a new stand alone! It's the first new thing in a while after two books in the Chances Series and four in the Friends series, but it's a story that hasn't left me alone. I can't wait to finish putting it together. It's called In a Lifetime.
I think it will be a very emotional one, like Another Chance was, but with a bit more heat and a big twist. I've tried to make stories that will work anywhere, but for fans of NZ based stories, this is well and truly planted in NZ. :D
The current blurb (subject to change) is:
When Matt lays eyes on Ella, it’s love at first sight. At the very least, lust. But when fate steps in, Matt ends up playing the good samaritan and losing the girl he wants to his best friend Sam.
When Ella and Sam marry, Matt leaves the country, desperate to get over the deep feelings he has for his friend’s wife. When he returns, he finds a couple struggling with infertility, cracks appearing in their relationship. Making things worse, his feelings for Ella have intensified.
When you’re in love with your best friend’s wife, whose side do you take when everything falls apart?
And last, but certainly not least. I'm working on the 5th book for the Friends series. One Nicola's story was suggested, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Usually when I write the minor characters in my books, I picture something of a back story for them. Once I put Nicola together with Neil, I had a vague idea of how they got together, but now I'm writing it down!
It's a bit of a crazy time for me. I try to steer clear of controversial topics or things that I know people won't like, and it would appear that I might be dabbling in infidelity and the older man/younger woman dynamic. But, I will do it in my own way and make their stories as genuine and heartfelt as I can. I hope my readers know they can trust me by now. ;)
There's only one more week before I fly out to Australia for Readers and Writers Downunder. I am so excited and terrified all in one. This is my first signing, first opportunity to meet readers. I've mostly packed my bags already. Full of books at least. ;)
And I'm working on Rebecca's story. It was coming along quite nicely until I came up with a little twist today. :D At this stage, it's just a small diversion.
I have a lot more to come in the next year or so. Next up will be the first book in my new series under my real name and I have another book planned that I think will be better under that brand too. But we'll see!
This past month has been crazy.
I've finished my book and it is all ready to go. It came out 15,000 words over my target, but the story I ended up with is warming, heartfelt, funny and hot.
I'm sure my readers will like Olivia, she's come out of a marriage and dealing with the insecurity that came with her husband having left her for another woman, trying to start a new relationship when the only man she's ever been with is her husband, and struggling to keep things going for her boys.
I'm even more sure that you'll love Logan. He's hot, sexy, and doing his best to take things slowly as far as building any kind of relationship with Olivia. Did I mention how good he is with her children?
Anyway, the book starts rolling out tonight/tomorrow on iBooks and then will be published on Amazon/B&N/Kobo/Google.
I can't wait for you to read this, it's been a great way to celebrate two years of self-publishing!
And I still have that announcement for what I'm doing next up my sleeve. ;)
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,
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...