The Anna Wolfe Series by Casey Keen
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So You Think You Can Write?
Ever since self-publishing two books, I have heard many people say—“Wow that’s amazing! I always wanted to write, but I don’t know how to go about it.” If you have a story (fiction or non-fiction), and want to share it with the world, do it! It’s much easier than you think! Writing is one of the most rewarding accomplishments and who cares if no one likes it? You just shared a piece of you with the world, and that takes guts my friend! Below are some helpful and motivating tips. I hope this gives you the final boost you need to share your story…
What Drives You? So, you want to be a writer? Okay, well sit down and do it! Whatever the reason, don’t let insecurities stop you. Remember the famous quote by Robert Schuller: “What would you attempt to do, if you knew you could not fail?”
What Are You Trying To Say? First of all, why do you want to write? Ask yourself this question. What and who are you trying to reach? What is your message? There are many different reasons to write, some are as follows:
1. Inspiring/Influencing the Reader. You want to write about your journey in life or self-discovery, hoping to touch someone. Sharing your story and/or challenges is an awesome reason to write!
2. Overflow of Creativity. Your mind is bursting with fictional places, people, etc. and you just have to share it with the rest of the world! Well, what are you waiting for?
3. Skills. Writing expands your intellect and grammatical skills by teaching you new ones or brushing up on the forgotten ones.
4. Release. Yep, the good old belief that writing it down is a form of therapy was coined for a reason. Writing about a traumatic event can help you release bottled up emotions and/or allows others a peek inside your life.
5. Awareness. Maybe there’s something or someone in your life who has inspired you (i.e. - cancer survivor, etc.). If so, then writing about whatever moves you can raise awareness and continue to further a cause.
You Did It! So, you finally sat down and wrote a poem, story, novel, etc. Congratulations! You did one of the hardest things to do in life, so pat yourself on the back! After reading and re-reading your work a dozen times, you need to get it professionally edited (this is VERY important). Nothing annoys readers’ more than simple grammatical mistakes. If you’re tight on money and can’t afford it, give it to a friend, family member, etc. to triple check for errors or holes in the storyline.
Get it Out There! Publishing has become much easier since most readers own some type of eReader (iPad, Kindle, etc.). Amazon, B&N, etc., offer us authors the opportunity to swiftly and effortlessly publish our work.
Market Your Product. Now, here comes the hard part! Now that you wrote, edited and uploaded/published your work, you have to draw attention to it! Social media is the key in all of this! Facebook, Twitter, etc., will help you spread the word about your writing and create a fan base (make sure to create a separate fan page of your work/series - check mine out: The Anna Wolfe Series). Next, make sure you stay active on both. Tweet excerpts or character meet and greets and update your FB status! Remember to walk on the fine line of awareness and annoyance! Join FB groups, visit local bookstores, provide your book for reviews, and initiate blog tours. All of these channels help get your name out there. Your marketing plan should be ongoing and consistent.
A sister kidnapped.
An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.
A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.
The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.
Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.
As the owner of the coffee shop Deja Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld.
Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is - a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.
...Searing, damp stones press into my cheek, squishing my other eye closed. I sit up, wiping the nasty grime off my face. The slickness of it makes me wince. God knows what it is. I try to take a deep breath, but fail. Breathing is a chore in the dense, blistering air. It feels like I'm inhaling globs of boiling water. I stand, allowing my limbs time to regain their balance. Suddenly, I'm running down a passageway without any light to guide me... Thousands of butterflies take flight in my stomach as a current of air swiftly engulfs me. I'm falling at a high rate of speed, like the dip in a roller coaster, minus the excitement and safety harnesses. I try to scream, but panic hijacks my voice. I hit the bottom hard, miraculously unscathed.
I stand, wiping a sticky substance off my jeans. I try not to dwell on it. Lifting my arms, I extend them in front of me, searching for a doorway. My hands grope over the hundreds of clammy bricks surrounding me like the bottom of a well. In the loud silence, I hear my name, but Janie isn’t calling me. This voice is lower than a whisper, almost inaudible. Am I losing my mind? Confinement in closed quarters and pitch-black darkness have been known to do that. Again, I hear my name... Anna... It echoes off the tightly enclosed walls, and smacks my ears. It grows louder before abruptly stopping. A velvet voice soothes my sore ears, but makes me jump backwards. The back of my head rams the wall, forcing me to slink onto the ground. My muscles tense and my entire body begins to throb. I prop myself against the bricks, hoping it will cease. I attempt to fold my legs into my chest, but they rebel in pain. I focus my thoughts on survival, rather than the insects I know must be blanketing the ground...
Two worlds in danger.
A Grand Witch behind bars.
A stunning Werewolf and a devilishly handsome Warlock’s pursuit for her affections.
You think you have it bad? Grand Witch Anna Wolfe awakens to find herself imprisoned by Micah, the Prince of Darkness. Micah’s on a quest for world domination—and it’s not just the Netherworld that’s in danger. The human world is threatened as well. Now, it’s up to Anna to escape from Micah's clutches so she can locate The Scholars and an ancient book before both fall into the wrong hands.
With a fiercely loyal Werewolf and immensely powerful Warlock by her side, what can go wrong?
A lot apparently.
If fighting off the Prince of Darkness wasn’t enough, Anna’s emotions are a whirlwind, as she battles between what fate demands and what she actually wants.
...His magic continues its course through me, draining all of mine. I need to resist... to fight him. I have to do something before he has the chance to completely snuff me out or find The Scholars. My jaw clenches and my hands roll into tight balls. My shoulders tense, preparing myself for the upcoming battle. I focus all of my energy into stopping him. Bit by bit, my magic shoves its way past his like a bully on a schoolyard. His grip stiffens. A trickle of blood glides down the side of my forearm from his piercing fingernails.
“Go ahead, Anna, fight me. I guarantee it will only hurt you more.”
I throw every memory and emotion Micah has created or tarnished, tossing them into the raging furnace of hate burning inside of me. I slam my eyelids shut and Valen’s face pops inside my head. I need to get back to him. I squeeze my eyes tightly, channeling all the vigor I have, hoping to push Micah out. A fissure breaks right down the middle of his magic, allowing mine to explode to the surface. I feel his power retreat as mine conquers his. I flip my eyes open, stealing a glimpse of his face...
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I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural - seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.”