One Last Wish

So my newest book, One Last Wish, is now available! Crazy, isn’t it? I’m 21 years old and I’m now the proud author of threeBelanger Mockup 2 (1) published books!

So now I’m looking for some reviews. If you’re willing to provide an honest review, and post it to Amazon.com , goodreads, and barnesandnoble.com , I would be willing to provide a PDF file via email.

Please email me at: authornicolebelanger@gmail.com if interested.

OR

If you just want to buy a paperback or kindle copy for yourself, you can do so HERE

I hope to hear from you soon!

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Beta Readers Wanted

Guess what! Guess what! Guess what!

No. I didn’t get a pony, though that would be pretty cool.

But I did finish the second draft to One Last Wish a few moments ago and now I’m searching for THREE beta readers to read the book (set up like a PDF ebook*) and then email me thoughts, concerns, comments, suggestions, etc. that you may have.

*please excuse the generic About the Author, Acknowledgements, blank pages, etc. Those are going to be filled in when I finalize the book. So please just ignore those and focus on the book.

Why am I doing this?

When I finished writing Shadows last year, I hesitantly made the decision to do this exact thing. In the end, I decided it was the best idea I ever had. I received pages upon pages of useful feedback. I don’t expect pages, but I do hope you won’t hold back for fear of offending me. I’m pretty hard to offend and I’d rather you tell me something sucks before I publish the book.

The reason why I don’t just ask my friends and family for feedback is because I don’t think I’d get unbiased criticism. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and family. They’re super supportive of my writing, they’re my biggest fans, but they also see me on a regular basis.

By asking for three perfect strangers to read this is like handing it to my fans and asking them to tell me what they think. Whether you’re a fan of mine or not, I hope you give me honest criticism (be nice about it and I won’t be offended. If you email me saying my plot line sucks, my writing sucks, and there’s nothing that can make it better, then I’ll be upset.) because you’re entitled to your opinion.

If you’re interested, I’m requesting you email me at authornicolebelanger@gmail.com and I will send you a sneak peak of One Last Wish.  I also request you tell me a little about yourself and why you think I should choose you as a beta reader. Once all three have been chosen, I will email the PDF.

I will only be giving 2 weeks to read/email me your feedback. If this is not enough time and you need an extension, please let me know. I might be able to work something out.

Last year I gave my Beta readers an autographed copy of Shadows when it was released. I can only do this for US residents. If you’re outside of the US, we can work something else out.

I look forward to hearing from you!

One Last Wish

In celebration of the holidays – and a way for me to put off studying for finals for just a little while longer – I’ve decided to give you all a sneak peak at my manuscript for One Last Wish.

I have a lot of plans for this book, one of which is for it to be a full length novel. This means, it’ll be at least twice as long as Shadows and Lost Voice were.

This sneak peak is unedited. Raw. Written and given to you like ripping a piece of my mind out and splattering it on a sheet of paper without cleaning it up. Risky, but thrilling. This is the very opening to the book. Be honest, tear it apart, force me to make it better. But over all of it, enjoy.

I feel the plate slip from my hand but when it falls to the floor, scattering shattered glass across the linoleum, no sound emerges. There is only the sound, rather primitive, that rumbles at the back of my throat. My vision clouds, distorting the images before me and I clasp my trembling hands together in a hopeless effort to steady them. All eyes are on me, watching for when I finally crumble like the wilted flower I am; fragile and prepared to break at the slightest touch. The room freezes around me and I almost think time has stopped. But time is infinite. It can neither end nor begin. It keeps ticking, each second bringing you closer to a minute. But this minute seemed to never end. Tick tock. Tick tock. Sixty seconds in a minute, but this minute dragged on, an infinite number of seconds accompanying it.

“What did you say?” I ask, bending to pick up the shattered glass. An added distraction to help avoid the repeated sentence. Nana catches my arm with a hand and I stiffen. My back straight and my eyes ahead, I try to hear Officer Reed Parker’s scripted apology once more, but his voice is muffled. Have I suddenly gone deaf? I look to Nana, then once more at Reed. I focus on his lips and try to read them. I’ve always been good at that.

“I’m so sorry for your loss.” He sighs, his hands grip his hat tightly at his waist. What loss? I look to Nana again and see the tears slip over the wrinkles lining her eyes. Should I be crying? What did I lose?

And then it hits me. My heart stops. My breath catches. I can’t breath. I can’t move. I panic. Look to Nana who’s trying to calm herself to help me. I look to Reed. He stands before me, eyes drifting towards the floor. Unmoving. I clasp a hand to my throat, fighting to get the air into my lungs. But I can’t. I feel faint. I’m going to pass out. I hear the blood rushing to my head. I feel my heartbeat in my chest once more. Fast. Hard. Loud.

I think of her. Six years old. Lost. Murdered. And for what? What purpose did killing a child have in this world? Why would someone do this to my little girl? I need to know why. I need to know who. I need to calm down so I can ask Reed the questions that are burning at the back of my mind. Time is infinite. But time has stopped.

Writer’s Block: Challenge Accepted

Alright, guys. So my creative juices are completely dried up. So much that I can barely write anything. I put out a cry for help on Twitter, received a challenge, and this is what I came up with.

The more I read it, the more I hate it, but I kinda sorta like it?

So here’s what I’m going to do. This is in no way saying this will be a part of book three. But it also might be. Here’s what I want from you. I want you to read this. Then I want you to read it a second time. Next, I want you to either comment here or tweet me (@nbelanger6) what you think of it or what comes to mind for you. The more I read it, the more I hate it, but I kinda sorta like it. I want to know if you like it or if you hate it. Keep in mind this is unedited.

Here it is!

I lay in the field, the grass tickling the bare skin on the back of my arms. My breathing was steady and my chest rose with each inhalation of the chilly air. The illumination on my surroundings came only from the brightness of the stars above me. The sky was bright, a color lighter than black but darker than navy blue. I turned my head to the side, making sure Thomas was still laying beside me. Unmoving, but still there. Sleeping? I closed my eyes, begging for a world far away to call me home. Yet I couldn’t help but shudder as the gentle breeze crossed over me. I let out a long yawn, rolling onto my side and wrapping an arm gently around my companion. I pulled myself closer, trying to take in any heat radiating from his body. His side was damp with a warm sweat. Why was he sweating? It was summer, but the breeze in the after midnight air caused his skin to be cool to the touch. Unresponsive but still there. Sleeping but unmoving. Cool skin but sweating. Sweating or…

I jumped back, fumbling around for my phone for an unnatural lighting. I could hear the blood rush through my veins as my heart beat in my chest. Thump-thump. Thump-thump. My hands shook. Relax, Anna. I could already feel the tears race down my cheeks as I finally found the flashlight application on my phone. With shaking hands, I turned the light on Thomas. His eyes were shut, almost in a dream state, and his left arm rested gently by his side. His red side.

Stars collided and I fell into the dark void they created. Empty. Secluded. I dangled on the thin line of reality I had left; disoriented while the black abyss consumed me.

I Went Back to High School Today

I went to hand deliver some signed copies of Shadows to former teachers of mine at Sanford High School. I wrote about both of them in the acknowledgements section of the book, and the only one that was there today was Nancy Kane, my junior year creative writing teacher. A lot has changed in the past three years or so, and the English curriculum at the high school is so much different – in a good way, of course.

She told me about the students that I’ve inspired to try to get their work published. It was incredible, and I felt so important. She asked me to come speak with her Creative Writing II class next year, and I happily accepted. Even though I’m awful at public speaking, us writers have to stick together and I’ll be more than happy to tell them about my journey into the author world and answer any questions they have for me.

For those of you who don’t know quite yet, Shadows was published about three weeks early. It was sudden and unexpected, but I spoke with my publisher to get it done early because I may be doing a book signing at a local Books a Million this summer. The book needed to be published so the store could see if they’re able to get the book in stock before they can set up the event. I’ll also be trying for Barnes and Noble, which is an almost two hour drive from me, but will be worth the experience!

I’ve received a 5 star review from Kelly Smith Reviews that stated:

“This is an amazing story of bravery, inner strength and survival.”
“I love this book and I’m sure others will as well”

So you can purchase Shadows on Amazon here:

Paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Nicole-Belanger/dp/149915982X/

Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Nicole-Belanger-ebook/dp/B00KCZ7UH4/

Also, if you read, please let me know what you think of it! A few sentences in the review space would be more than enough and greatly appreciated! All reviews and feedback will be used to help me with this next book! I’m (at the time of this post) at #78,516 for my rank on the amazon best sellers (which is the best I’ve been in a long time, I was in the high 600,000s) and I want to see how high up on the rank I can get! (hoping for top 1,000s at the worst, top 100 would be golden)

Lastly, become a fan on Goodreads here:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8120883.Nicole_Belanger

and follow me on twitter!

Thank you all for your support! It means the world to me.

 

 

 

 

I Saw My Book For the First Time

Displaying WP_001641.jpgI saw Shadows in print for the first time today. It was like having my second child (I’m not a mother, but I can imagine what it’s like). I’m in love with the way it looks and I don’t think I’ll ever get over how weird it feels to not only see my book in print but to also read it. It’s surreal, really. I read the first few words of Lost Voice, which I haven’t done for a long time, before picking up Shadows and reading the first few words. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come as a writer since writing Lost Voice, and I’m even more excited than before to share this book with you all. I’ll be spending the night reading through to make sure it flows correctly and there weren’t any overlooked mistakes (which knowing me a few will slip through anyways). June 7th! I can’t believe how close but far away it is!

Autographed Copy of Shadows Giveaway Alert

Only US residents are eligible to enter.

Like to read? Like free things? Want an autographed copy of Shadows?

I will be choosing ONE winner at RANDOM on JUNE 7, 2014. I will contact the winner via direct message on facebook.

Contest rules:
– Like my author page linked below to be eligible
-Share the post on facebook (pinned to the top of my author page)

I will mail a free autographed copy of Shadows to the winner.

Author page: 
http://www.facebook.com/AuthorNicoleBelanger

The post that you need to share is pinned to the top.

Prologue here:
https://nlbelanger.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/shadows-prologue/

Not in the US? 
Please feel free to ‘like’ the page anyways and spread the word! I definitely want Shadows to go international like Lost Voice has!
And keep an eye open for Shadows coming out in one month!