eBook + New Project Underway

Hi there! It’s been awhile. Since December, my bangs have grown out and I’ve turned 18. A lot of other things have happened, but I have more important and current things to announce!

Firstly, I’m excited to say that “protect her” is now available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited (at the bottom of this post, enjoy a small preview)!

If you want to read the story of Charlotte and her sister on your Kindle, click here. If you like it (or if you don’t), leave me a review!

Now, onto my second announcement! Awhile back, I started plotting and planning a new, full length novel. Well, a lot of progress has been made and I have outlined the whole story!

This is unusual for me, considering that in a lot of my writing (including protect her) I don’t plan ahead. My stories were found along the way. Michelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”. In my past when I wrote, I would see hazy outlines of so many angels and write and write and write to release them from their marble prisons. Sometimes, like with my novelette, I free them and help them stand tall and regal. Most of the time, though, they come out with their noses too big or with the proportions off.

With this story, I decided that before I began hacking at the formless block of marble, I’ve had to get to know the marble and figure out exactly what it wants to be.

Currently I’m at “date the marble” stage. Before you know it, I’ll be the marble and we will have a novel in the works. Stay happy, watch SpongeBob, and download my eBook!

Peace! <3

Check out a small preview of protect her below:

The Evolution Of protect her

I can’t believe Christmas is a mere four days away! I’ve had a pretty awesome December so far, one which started with the publishing of protect her. Publishing a story has been a dream of mine since at least age 10. I used to write stories about vampires, about time travel, and I think I even had a few about mermaids. Of course, those types of stories have not carried with me. Now, I’m more of a realistic fiction writer. One thing I love to explore in my writing is different types of family/social problems affecting teens. In protect her, Charlotte is facing the horrors of living with domestic violence.

Me holding "protect her"
Me holding my first copy of “protect her”

This novelette actually began as a 7 page short story that had nothing to do with domestic violence. In my junior year of high school, I was taking a creative writing class. In it, I created a piece called Forget You (Please). It is essentially the beginning of the novelette wherein Charlotte is a runaway, and the sole reason for her leaving is because of her boyfriend dumping her. It was only when I continued it that I realized there was something else that made Charlotte run: her dad.

This addition of an antagonist that wasn’t her ex-boyfriend made the story take an entirely different direction. So much so that I needed a new name for it, because Forget You (Please) no longer made much sense. So, as soon as the novelette was done, I started brainstorming for a better name. And by ‘as soon as’, I mean that literally. I wrote the last sentence, celebrated, then started writing down new name ideas. I honestly can’t remember the other contenders, because within five minutes I had written “protect her” and fell in love.

Charlotte is always trying to keep her little sister safe, so she is trying to “protect her”. When you say protect her out loud it can sound like the word “protecter” which is what Charlotte is. Are you having the same “Omigosh!!” moment I did right now?!

One of my favorite things to do design covers for my stories while I’m writing them, to remind me of my end goal. Kinda like this:

So of course, protect her had a few of it’s own covers that I stared at while writing. The idea of me holding that book in my hand kept me going. Here are some of the variations I went through:

So now that I have finished my first story, I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. Now I know that I can do it.

BOOK GIVEAWAY

Enter now for a chance to win your own copy of "protect her" by Annie Harley!

Hi everyone! I want to kick off this website and the release of my very first novelette with a giveaway, so that is what I am gonna do!!  Please click the button below to begin your entries!

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Questions 3-9 are how you gain entries in the drawing. You can do as little as one or you can do all of them. The more you do, the more entries you have. More entries means a better chance at winning!

Please consider sharing! Ends Dec 20th 2018.

Blessings,

Annie Harley