Thoughts on the release of Black…

My dear friends,

Many of you know, a writer is the last thing I ever expected to become. Especially during my time in engineering-school. The recent launch of BLACK has taught me otherwise. Plenty of nice reviews and great rankings in the Top10 of some categories, Top100 of other categories during release-week, are letting me suspect I may have become a writer after all 😀

Even though I was super-nervous about the release of BLACK (it’s always a challenge to produce a sequel and meet fans’ expectations, especially when my own personal goal is to exceed expectations). Thanks to all of you, your encouraging words, your endless patience with my whining about editing (honestly, it were 5 rounds of editing and proofreading this time. My nerves are basically nonexistent now), I made it through the creative process as well as the forest of corrections and edits.

Well, we all were rewarded with some awesome screenshots which I have been publishing on my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook profiles. And now aggregated, here.

Of course, the release of BLACK had a major effect on the rankings of WHITE

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WHITE has had the honor of being ranked next to Twilight in the category of YA fantasy romance.

On Goodreads/Listopia WHITE has risen  to be displayed next to some of the giant successes of the past ten years in YA paranormal/fantasy/angel books. I keep freaking out when I see WHITE recommended as #16 in the suggested books for Twilight fans. Honestly, who would have believed this would even be possible… It has even risen to #25 in Best Angel Books, and is ranked #16 in top YA Angel Related Books alongside with successes such as Cassandra Clare’s “City of Bones”.

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WHITE has even made its way up into the Top50 of Best Books Set in High School, which surprises me as school is really a minor part of the story, but I learn more about Claire and her life through the eyes of my fans every day. Please keep your wonderful feedback coming!

BLACK has been doing great. Being ranked on Amazon besides  Christopher Paolini’s “Eldest (Inheritance Cycle, Book 2)” (If you see this, Christopher, this screenshot made my day!), Cassandra Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” and other wonderful books every YA literature, fantasy and paranormal romance fan just has to read.

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Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning changed my life. I hope every young adult has the opportunity to get their hands on this book.

What blew me away was when I checked on my books this morning and found both of them in the company of Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”. I was close to tears. Frankl’s book changed my life. There is no going back from reading Frankl. I feel honored and blessed to have this little screenshot of The Wings Trilogy and “Man’s Search for Meaning”, both of which have influenced my life in their own way. One has made me want to become a better person, the other is a process which has been teaching me patience, discipline, persistence, and a lot of other qualities I have been struggling to acquire before…

With those thoughts I go back to my #NaNoWriMo project — Gray (The Wings Trilogy, Book 3) which is to be expected sometime in spring 2018.

Stay tuned, keep in touch, and Thank You!

xox Angelina

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White sequel is coming

For those of you who have been thinking “awesome, what’s going to happen next”, I have a surprise for you…

Within the past weeks I have been spending the majority of my time working on the sequel of White. The second book in The Wings Trilogy will be titled Black.

Right now I am 360 pages in and I am planning to finish the first version within the next three weeks. I am working hard to get everything set up for the release. My trusted alpha readers have held parts of Black in their hands, and their feedback is making me go even faster…

The expected release for Black (The Wings Trilogy #2)  will be this fall, but I am planning to share the cover with you much sooner….

Stay tuned,

Angelina 

White is released 

Dear friends,

I have been so busy helping White to take off, that I didn’t even write an all proud blog post here in my journal.

Okay, I am officially proud that I made IT this far. Thank you to all my supporters in those past few weeks of insecurity and stress. You all helped to make it happen! ❤️

Now I am watching the market and can’t wait to see how White develops… I already have a few news about the book’s performance in store and will share in a separate post.

This is the link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B071QYGJH1/ 

Spread the good news!

❤️ AJS

160 tiny things

Thos past week I got back the proofread copy of White.

It was a real surprise that there were only 160 tiny things left to take care of. 160 may sound like a lot, but it actually is one error every three pages. Most of them punctuation. . . I know—embarrassing.

Anyway. Those tiny things are taken care of now, and I am happy to be getting proof copies next week.

To let you in on a secret: the publishing date is set, and it os this month. 😊

Never ever give up . . .

When I started writing The Wings Trilogy in 2010 (yes, it is that long ago 😳), I was intending to write high fantasy. The first sixteen pages of my high fantasy story are somewhere in the archives of my computer, biding their time to be unearthed and finalized…but not until The Wings Trilogy is done and ready. It really took me by surprise when the isea for White came to my mind, and it took a lot of effort to let it happen. OriginallyI was  planning to somehow fit the last key-scene (those of you who read Whit know what I am talking about, and those of you who haven’t – well, that’s another reason to read the book) into the high fantasy environment. Honestly, it wouldn’t have worked half as well im the other story and I would have had to reshape the purpose of the whole book. So I gave up on high fantasy – temporarily – and ended up writing YA fantasy romance instead. 😍  

I don’t see it as giving up, though. I simply let go of one idea to embrace a dream . . .img_1235

White is almost ready

I have been working on finishing editig, latout, print cover and lots more for White. Wow, it is hard work. Really hard work. I am so grateful to all my beta-readers, the editors, proofreaders and especially my 5 months old son (for sleeping a few hours every so often, where I can attempt to work on my books.)

The good news: it is almost ready. The bad news: publishing date is shifted to April. Another good news: the shift will make sure an even more refined and perfected story will be published.

Stay tuned. I’ll keep working to create the best possible result for you.

Editing and other Challenges

So, recently we kicked off the editing process for White. I am positively amazed by my editor and my own laziness. From a writer’s perspective: it is way mor fun to create new stories than to revise them in detail. But that’s what you’ve got a team for. Everybody can throw in their talents.

Thinking back of the first fee lines of White…. those lines are part of chapter 20 now. 😳 They were written in Sweden on the floor of a hotel lobby. I get almost nostalgic looking back….