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Preparing your book for self-publishing

There’s no doubt about it. As a newbie, self-publishing is just straight up duanting. There’s so much to do, and you just don’t know what you don’t know! There are so many little tasks and big ones, and you might not know what order to tackle them in your first go around. That is why I decided to make this week’s video, for the me I was four years ago. I wish this video and this checklist (that’s right, I made you a checklist so you can feel super accomplished) existed when I was coming at this for the first time.

Even if you’re not a first time self published author, but you feel like you have a less methodical approach that could use a little polish, then this video might help you hone in on your areas of weakness to you can take your publishing game to the next level.

In any case this video shares a lot of resources, including my free self-publishing checklist. Click “watch on YouTube” and check out the description box for all the links!

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Kingdom Come Christmas giveaway 2020

2020 has been a hard year for most of us. I don’t need to tell you anxiety has been high, and troubles have been great. As a way to spread a little joy I have decided to host my biggest giveaway yet, valued at over $50!

This is a fun way for me to share a little Christmas spirit, which I admit, has been hard for me to scrounge up this year. I love to give gifts, and spread joy and make others smile. I also have found my own sort of solace in reading more this year than ever before, and I know the comfort that can be found in a good book.

For these reasons and many more I have decided to not only give away a personalized signed copy of Transgression, but the gift will also come with a Christmas card to you, from me, as well as some gifts from my favourite Nephilim friends! A Safe House candle as warm as Noland’s smile, by Frostbeard Studios, some awesome merch from Achaia’s favourite hang out spot in Brooklyn NY, a little something handmade by Yellaina, and a token from Rapha International to remind us all what it is really about.

Entering is easy, just click here to sign up!

Holiday Signing Events 2021

I have a number of book signings scheduled for those of you looking to do some Christmas shopping, for yourselves or someone else. I am also working on setting up an ETSY shop for those of you who live too far away to make it to my events on the East Coast! So stay tuned for more on that in the coming month or so.

In the meantime, here is what the schedule is looking like:

Fri Nov 26th Book Warehouse Nags Head NC 11am-3pm

Sat Nov 27th Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market Nags Head NC 9am-12pm

Sat Nov 27th Island Bookstore Duck NC 2-5pm

Thurs Dec 2nd Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market Nags Head NC 4-7pm

Sat Dec 11th Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market Nags Head NC 9am-12pm

Sat Dec 18th Page After Page Bookstore Elizabeth City NC 10am-3pm

Penance Receives a Positive Review from Kirkus!

I am so excited that Penance followed in Transgression’s footsteps in recieving a positive review from Kirkus! Check it out below!

PENANCE

From the The Kingdom Come Series series , Vol. 2

BY BRANDY ANGE ‧ RELEASE DATE: August 6, 2021

A teenager who’s half angel becomes Lucifer’s prey in this YA fantasy sequel.

Seventeen-year-old Achaia Cohen’s father, Shael, is a legendary Nephilim fighter who won the right to raise his daughter after her human mother died in Transgression (2017). A group of powerful Nephilim disguised as human teenagers, including Emile, Olivier, Amelia, Yellaina, and Noland, help to protect Achaia as she lives her life in New York City. Typically, Nephilim who are “soul mates” unquestioningly bond, but because Achaia is half mortal, she’s free to turn Noland, her doting bodyguard, away. One night, the pair walk the city at night hoping to untangle their unusual relationship, and demons attack them, delivering a warning to Achaia that Lucifer “is coming for you.” Later, the Nephilim Council of Elders summons the teen protectors to Rome for interviews regarding their previous adventure. Strangely, Achaia and Shael aren’t invited. One morning when Achaia’s alone, she’s abducted by Lucifer’s henchmen and wakes up in a frozen prison, where Lucifer, nicknamed “Luc,” reveals his memories as part of a plan to seduce her. Meanwhile, the Council disbands Achaia’s group of protectors, sending them to Chile and France, making a concerted hunt for Achaia seemingly impossible. Ange’s taut, well-paced sequel ratchets up the personal stakes for its main character but also pushes the planet toward annihilation; later, the United States and China begin waging what may be the war to end all wars. Early on, however, Achaia and Noland have adorably awkward moments together that will make readers invested in their potential future together. Ange effectively tilts the story toward darkness during the scene of Achaia’s savage abduction in her kitchen, with a fight that employs a frying pan and hot cooking oil as weapons. Vibrant new characters appear, such as Jude, Luc’s sympathetic son; and Veronica, a weapon-smith. Other characters perish, sharpening the novel’s grim spiritual message: “Achaia realized just how muddy grey could be, and that things were never really black and white.”

A spiritual YA adventure that emphasizes finding the light during dark times.

You’re Invited to the Penance Pre-Pub Party

Hey guys! I am so excited for July. I have so many awesome shenanigans planned, and I hope you will join me! The Penance Pre-Pub Party is a social media extravaganza like you’ve never seen before! We are going to be partying hard this whole month leading up to the Penance Release on August 6th!

For all the details on all the fun, you can check out the Party Itinerary. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

There’s going to be SEVERAL opportunities to win free stuff (some of them with a 100% chance of winning!!!!!)

To list a few:

Kingdom Come Series Bingo (100% chance of winning free stuff, all you have to do is play- see Bingo link for details on prizes and how to win).

Kingdom Come Series Cosplay Challenge – Haven’t read the books? No Problem, cosplay your fav comic book character for a chance to win the first two books in the KCS! (See Cosplay link for details on how to enter, and prizes)

The Rapha Giveaway– The Kingdom Come Series donates a portion of all their proceeds to Rapha Intl who help victims, and fight Human Trafficking. To send more support and love their way, anyone who donates to Rapha in July can enter to win signed copies of both Transgression and Penance. If you’ve not read the series yet, this would be a great way to start!

Kingdom Come Series Merch Giveaway- Wear your Penance Release Day t-shirt on Aug 6th and post a picture on social media showing your excitement and support to enter to win one of everything our merch supplies have to offer!

The best part is, you don’t have to have read the books to participate in any of the fun! Join us, we’re a fun crowd!!!!

Some other fun things I’m doing this month include an Author Q & A, where you can ask me any and all of your questions about the books, writing, publishing, or life on Instagram or Twitter, and I’ll answer them throughout the month of July!

ALSO ANYONE WHO PRE-ORDERS PENANCE THROUGH MY WEBSITE THIS MONTH WITH GET A FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE!

Promoting Your Book for Launch

There’s a lot that goes into having a successful book launch. You want to have an audience that is waiting and eager to buy your book. That means you need to build an audience. How do you do that?

Give them a reason to show up! Brainstorm some fun ideas that will result in audience engagement, growth, and the spread of word of mouth. They need something to talk about!

In this weeks video, we talk about ideas, and I share resources (in the description box) for developing your promo calendar and launch plan!

Check it out!

Penance Release Day T-shirts!

I would like to start out by congratulating the design contest winner, Katie B! She came up with this beautiful design, and I couldn’t be more excited to announce these shirts!

I am so excited to finally share Penance with you all, and to celebrate the release we decided to make some t-shirts designed by one of your own!

You can order your shirt now through July 16th. If you post a picture wearing it on August 6th with #PenanceReleaseDay, you’ll be entered to win a Kingdom Come Series merch bundle. We have some awesome merch coming out too, so you’re not going to want to miss this opportunity to win ONE OF EVERYTHING!!!!

You can order your shirt in a variety of cuts, colors, and sizes here.

Penance Release Day Shirts!, a Black Premium Unisex Tee

Self Publishing Bootcamp

Hello!

I am excited to announce that I have a new YouTube Series coming up called Self Publishing Bootcamp where I will be diving into an overview of what it looks like and what it takes to self publish. If you’re considering self-pub as an option, or if you’re already in the middle of your journey but think you could be doing it better, then you won’t want to miss out on this series. Head on over to my channel and subscribe today so you don’t miss any episodes!

Check out the trailer for the series below!

Final Stretch AND rest, not THEN rest…

Here in the final part of the work day I am taking a break to write this post. I am fatigued beyond belief after taking some energy gummies, it appears I have a reverse reaction to vitamin b12 lol. To pull myself out of the monotony on making corrections, I sought refuge here.

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Penance Release Date!

It’s finally here! Penance is in the production line (so to speak), and we finally have a date to mark on our calendars to start counting down!

August 6th 2021

I can’t even begin to describe my excitement, which is saying something, because I love words, and talk a lot! It feels surreal to finally be working toward the publication of my second book, after so many years since my first. I am excited for you all to finally be able to read it, and tell me what you think! Make sure you leave reviews, that’s the only way I get to know your reactions! It also helps us indie authors out so much! So whether its on Amazon or Goodreads, an honest review is greatly appreciated! I would love for you to post your reactions while reading the book on social media using #KingdomComeOn so I can see what you like, and what might upset you… (sorry in advance, this one is a brute). I wish I could just sit in the room and spy on people reading the books, as I am obnoxiously curious to know how people react while reading lol. So, I am not ashamed to beg of you, to indulge and author and let her see! Haha.

COVID has made things super strange, but bookstores are starting to host events again, which means I am also working really hard to set up a book tour, that will reach beyond Eastern NC, and venture out into other states as well. If you have a local bookstore you would like for me to try to visit, please let me know! You can leave their name and location in the comments, or shoot me an email through my contact page. Bonus points if you actually send me their contact info, or know who I need to talk to. I can’t make promises, but I will try to make it anywhere I am wanted lol.

Thank you all for your support and for hanging in there with me over the last 4 years. Let’s start the countdown!

Living the Dream

For years I have wanted to quit my job to write full time. I published my first book back in 2017. Since then have been working on the second book with every shred of spare time I had; regardless of whether or not I actually had the mental and creative energy for it. I wasn’t just burning the candle at both ends, I was trying to relight the ashes of what used to be a candle wick; which had long since stopped resembling a device of light, and had become a dark abyss of stress, anxiety, and guilt.

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