Celebrate The Upcoming Release Of The Next Book In The Foxfire Chronicles With An Emotional Story + Cyber Monday Deals Announced!
Hello, dear readers!
I hope your weekend was fantastic, and that you had a wonderful holiday! I certainly did, and am very thankful for friends, family, and the wonderful people who support my writing.
As promised, I have posted the special Cyber Monday book deals for you. Please check out the list, and grab some fantastic reads in Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Poetry, and more - including my internationally bestselling novella Lyrics of the Heart (only $0.99!), the latest book in the Snowflake Triplet, Clara Snow, and last but not least the first book in my Foxfire Chronicles, Shadows of Past Memories, which will be at the lowest price of the season!
All Cyber Monday deals can be viewed here: http://www.alexandralanc.com
But now, I would like to talk about something very close to my heart, that has been a long time coming.
Shadows of Past Memories was one of the first books I published (after Clara Claus, my first 'official'), and the Foxfire Chronicles is the series I've been working on the longest, and one of my biggest creations. I finally published it in 2011 (with a Special Edition in 2012), after beginning writing it in 2007, the year my brother had his nearly fatal accident. The story is very dear to me, because not only do the characters feel like old friends, who I have watched grow, but also because that story helped to shape me into the writer I am today, and was an outlet for me in some of my darkest times; it helped to pull me out of that darkness.
The changes in my life since then have been many, but there was a time, sometime last year, that I decided I would not be able to write any more to this series (after penning book 1.5, companion to SOPM). Still recovering from the hardship of years ago, the story transformed instead into a painful reminder of those dark, dark years, and I had to say goodbye to it for a while, with only intentions to release what I had written (1.5) for fans who were eagerly awaiting it. I had to set aside all of my hard work, all of my time, and all of my passion for the story that had become too much to bear, and it was like setting a part of myself aside, or leaving a part of myself behind.
I tried so hard to edit and finish book 1.5, Shadows at Midnight, for the fans. I tried, and I tried, and I kept pushing the release date back, until I simply put it off indefinitely, purely because nothing felt right whenever I begun working on it. It felt as if that story would never see the light of day - and not only did I feel awful for disappointing my readers, but I felt as though I had disappointed myself, too.
But then, this year something amazing happened - the gloom lifted, the darkness vanished, and the story gained new life in the form of a short I released around Halloween, entitled Bat Wings and Broomsticks, a short that brought me back to writing after a long, hard absence. This year in my life was a dark one, as well, perhaps darker in some ways than years ago, when it felt like the world had ended with one wrong turn from a driver, but somewhere in that darkness I was given light, and the story became mine once more. I was blessed with the ability to finally, finally reconnect with it, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
I cannot describe the feeling of reconnecting with one of your dearest loves, because I certainly love this story and these characters, but I can say that it is a fantastic, amazing thing. I am so happy to finally be back into this story, and, consequently, to begin working on editing Shadows at Midnight for release next year. The dark veil has lifted, and it is only forward trekking from here on out. These characters still have a lot to do, a lot to learn and many ways to grow, and I cannot wait to begin the journey with them once again.
So, in celebration of next year's release, and simply because I love a good story, Shadows of Past Memories is $2.99 for Cyber Monday, on both Amazon and Smashwords (with coupon). If you haven't read it yet, please take a look, because it's both a fun story and a special one, and if you have read it, thank you so much for cheering me on, even when it seemed as if no story was left; your support has helped to get me through this rough time.
Thank you, everyone, for supporting my writing endeavors, and for offering helping hands, happy comments, and laughs. You always make my day!