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,
I always say on Facebook that if I disappear, it's because I'm crazy busy and it's normally near the end of a project. Same with this blog! Three Days is almost finished, just some rewrites and maybe some small additions to do and then it'll be on to editing.
I love this story. I love all my stories, but writing a redemption story was something I hadn't tried before and although I didn't write him to like him in Loving Rowan, Andrew deserved it. He went through a hell of a lot. Yes he did some horrible stuff and was arrogant, but how devastating would it be to lose the woman you'd just married on your honeymoon? I figured that was enough to drive anyone a little crazy at least.
This story made me laugh, and it made me cry. The woman he meets, Maddy, was just awesome to write. She's full of life, and love, and has her own past to leave behind. And, in this story we also meet her ex-boyfriend, Logan, who is going to feature in the third book of the series.
YES! I was inspired in a random conversation to write a third book in what is going to be the Friends Forever series. I love the whole friends to lovers trope, although some of my couples have done things a little back to front (Lauren and Ethan!), and I had another story idea I was already working on that I realised would slot quite nicely into that series.
Anyway, I'll have some more details soon and a pre-order ready for iBooks as usual. I have to come up with a name for it first. ;)
So I'll leave you with a teaser for Three Days and a pre-order link and get back to it. The cover reveal for Three Days is planned for the 18th of this month, one month before release, so keep an eye out for it!
If you'd like an early glimpse of the cover!, please sign up for my mailing list on the mailing list page or at http://eepurl.com/y7Mjr
iBooks Pre-order link is https://itunes.apple.com/book/three-days/id912632096?mt=11&uo=4&at=10lvuW
I have had a great week with Loving Rowan. The book has climbed the charts and been top 100 on iBooks in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. So a big thank you again to all those who support me and buy my work.
I've had some feedback, but always keen for more! I love Rowan's shyness, and the way she grows in confidence with the right man. :D
One thing that is worth mentioning too is that I also announced on Facebook that my next project will be Andrew's story. It will pick up after the park scene at the end of Loving Rowan and cover him starting his life again.
I didn't really like him when I was writing Loving Rowan, and I can tell you that originally the story was not going to go in the direction it ended up in. I fought what Andrew did, but he was very demanding and I had to give in.
However, I think that when you go through so much and have to deal with the depth of pain he did, that sometimes people do crazy things and act out of character. His story will not be Loving Rowan part 2, that part of his life is over. Now he needs to find a job and work out how to live his life without the two people who meant the most to him.
So, I thought I'd share a bit of what I've written so far. It's rough as it's unedited, but you get the gist, and some will recognise the scene! By the way, I am working on something else as well, but that is going to be under wraps for a while longer.
She stood, and my heart broke all over again to look at her. Out of this, I would never be able to salvage any kind of friendship. I would never have her hold my hand, hug me in comfort, pat me on the shoulder to reassure me that despite whatever screw up I’d made, I would still be okay.
The pain I felt at losing her was overwhelming, but I knew I’d suffered that loss three years ago when I’d made my choice and taken her.
“Get better, Andrew. Find a way to move on and be happy. You deserve that.” There was nothing in her eyes, no love, no compassion. Someone who felt so deeply, and yet now she felt nothing for me.
“Love you, Rowan. Always have, always will,” I said.
She turned and walked away, before running and leaping into Kyle’s arms. He spun her round, and the sound of their shared laughter floated through the air. What I would have given to make her laugh like that.
I watched as he kissed her tenderly. Everything about him screamed of the love he felt for his wife, the one woman I could never have.
I stayed on the bench for a while, watching as they disappeared into the distance. It was over. I’d made my peace with Rowan, but there would be no more us in any capacity, and that still tore me apart inside. So many sleepless nights inside, thinking of this moment, when she finally let me go.
Who was I kidding? I let go first.
Loving Rowan will start rolling out to iPads and other assorted Apple devices in the next 24 hours or so. I'll be pushing the publish button on Amazon soon, and other retailers so we can get this book live!
I really love this book as I've said before, and it has some really beautiful moments. So, I thought I'd familiarise people with the cast before it goes live, and let you know a little bit about them.
At times painfully shy, but confident on subjects she is an expert on. Has been in love with Andrew her entire life.
Son of Rowan's boss and in love with Rowan. Becomes friends with her and wants more.
Rowan's best friend since practically birth. Goes through a traumatic event and realises just how much Rowan means to him. Without spoiling the story, goes to some pretty extreme lengths to show her.
The other best childhood friend of Rowan. Polar opposite to her, but loves Rowan, even though she lets her down.
I'll just leave you with one last teaser. I posted this on my Facebook page the other day. It's from one of my favourite scenes in the book. <3
I feel like I haven't blogged for ages, but this book has been keeping me busy.
Loving Rowan came back from the editor a few days ago, so I have been going through the edits, rewriting parts and getting ready to do the final uploads everywhere.
I've loved every story I've written, and I think they get better and better. I am really in love with this one, Rowan isn't that far removed from me in a lot of ways. For most of my life I was quite shy, it was working in retail that knocked most of that out of me. :D
Loving Rowan is available for pre-order on iBooks right now. Link opens in iTunes. :)
I'm also really close to revealing more details on my next book, so stay tuned!
Just a quick post as tonight is crazy with a whole lot of stuff I need to get done, but here is the gorgeous cover for Loving Rowan. Another gorgeous cover by Sprinkles On Top Studios.
Loving Rowan went off to the editor yesterday, so while that's with her, I'll be working on the next thing I have planned. So exciting to get to this point!
I am totally in love with this book, Rowan is shy and sweet, and Kyle is loving and protective. I think she gives him what he needs after an unstable love life, while he shows her just how beautiful she is, even though she doesn't think so.
The cover reveal is on the 18th of July, after which I'll have a pre-order link available for iBooks. Sorry Amazon readers, I don't have the ability to set up pre-orders, but I'll be pressing publish early enough to get the book available on release day..
I'll also have ARCs available, so will post the link to the form on here and on my Facebook page closer to the date.
I really am so happy about this. Writing Taking Chances was hard, it was very emotional and hard to get through at times as Lauren fought her battles. Rowan has her own battles in Loving Rowan, but I loved bringing her to life as she discovers things to help her find herself.
Work is busy, home is busy, and I've nearly finished writing Loving Rowan.
I got the ending finished during lunchtime today, and there's still a few bits to go back over, but I'm really close to getting in a state to send to the editor.
Another Chance is off for reformatting in a couple of days too, and so once I get that back, I'll be uploading and getting it pushed out to reader's devices.
The cover reveal for Loving Rowan is coming up on the 18th of July. If you are a blogger, then please contact me for details on how to be included in this!
I think that's all that's going on for the moment, though I do have two more projects lined up and once I get Loving Rowan off to the editor, and Another Chance republished with the new formatting, I'll be working on one of them as part of Camp NaNoWriMo this month.
Life is crazy!
I have announced this on my Facebook page, but here are the details for my next release!
Here is the blurb of Loving Rowan:
Rowan, Andrew, and Charlie were the best of friends for as long as they all could remember. Rowan adores Charlie because she’s another girl with a boys’ name. She’s in love with Andrew, and sure that
one day they’ll live happily ever after. But when Andrew and Charlie break her heart, the painfully shy and socially awkward Rowan struggles to form new relationships.
Befriending Kyle, the son of her boss, she quickly slots him into the best friend role vacated by Andrew, assuming that is what he wants. Kyle has other ideas about how the direction of their relationship should go, but when his life takes an unexpected twist, Andrew isn’t ready to let go of
the girl who grew up idolising him either. And he's prepared to do anything to keep her.
Expected publication date is the 18th of August, and the cover reveal date is yet to be set. What I can say is that it's as gorgeous as my other covers and I can't wait to share.
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...