Happy 3rd Anniversary to “The Shadows”!

I’m at that point now where it’s been three years since becoming a published author. For those who’ve been following this blog, then you’ll know that that happened not when I released A Moment’s Worth in July 2014, but about a month and a half before via a soft launch, when I made my short story, “The Shadows,” available to Kindle users.

This is the official synopsis for it:

Just like how light can contradict darkness, darkness can obscure the light.
That’s exactly how the shadows – the Sun Spirits – work as they go about day-to-day, observing humanity. However, after hearing too much about humanity’s act of ongoing violence and other wrongdoings during the daily meeting of the Council of the Sun Spirits, the Chieftain declares a ban on the appearance of the sun for all of eternity. It will take a lot of conviction from the council for him to see with eyes of reasoning.

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Special Thursday Post: Thanksgiving Greetings and Anniversary Acknowledgment

I felt it be wisest to write up a quick post on this fine Thanksgiving Day.  To my fellow Americans, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  Having become a published author this year, I have so much to be thankful for; the people- both here in the U.S. and abroad- who take the time to read my blog, the people who have bought and read my debut novel, and all the gracious blogs who have either done reviews on it and/or done features on me.  While  it may not be a lot though, nonetheless I am super grateful and humbled for all and any support coming my way.  So thank you so much!

photo by Lauren Lola

photo by Lauren Lola

On a side note, aside from today being Thanksgiving, today also marks an anniversary for me as well.  Today, November 27th, marks six months since the release of my short story, “The Shadows;” my first publication on Amazon.  While it’s not as big as my novel A Moment’s Worth, it’s still a special story to me.  It served as a mini vehicle for me and an experiment as well, to see if I’ll be able to use the Amazon platform without trouble when putting something online and available for the world to buy and read.  It turned out to be successful, and those who’ve read it have really enjoyed it.  If you haven’t read “The Shadows” yet and would like to, you can check it out by clicking here.

Once again if you’re reading this, thank you again for your support.  Keep an eye out for my regular Saturday post in a few days.

-Lauren

Reflection: 1 Month (+1 Day) Since the Release of “The Shadows”

With A Moment’s Worth now being less than three weeks away from its release, it’s soon to be all that the attention will be on in my life (though it already very much is as that release date is coming up).  However, before all goes full swing into that particular work of mine, I want to look back on my first release that technically did cement the beginning of my career as an author; my short story, The Shadows.

I released The Shadows exclusively on Amazon on May 27th, which means it’s now been one month and one day since then.  It’s a fantasy story that focuses on the Council of the Sun Spirits (the shadows) and their observations of present-day humanity.  However, after one particular meeting where the Chieftain has had enough of hearing about shootings, cowardice, harm towards the environment and such, he declares a ban on the sun from appearing for the rest of time on earth.  It’s left to the rest of the council to show him how not all of humanity is like that, and shouldn’t be punished for the actions of certain individuals. Continue reading

UPDATE: “The Shadows” is Now Available Worldwide!

As I have made evident, I’m new to the industry of independent publishing.  When I released The Shadows a few weeks ago, it was not only in attempt to release some writing of mine ahead of my debut novel’s release, but it was also as a way of testing the waters as well.  What I didn’t realize at the time of releasing it on Amazon is that I had it set on U.S.-only availability.  Since I am the author and the publisher, it turns out I have the rights to distribute it out as far wide into the world as much as possible.  It’s good that I now know, for the sake of when I release the novel.

So for those who live outside the United States and wanted to read The Shadows before but couldn’t, I sincerely apologize.  I have the links to the varying international Amazons now that I shall provide below.  If you get around to reading it at all, then I hope you enjoy it.

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Author’s Commentary: About “The Shadows”

In honor of the release of “The Shadows” from earlier this week- and also my first eBook to become available for purchase on Amazon- I decided to take this time to discuss some interesting facts about it.  I will go in on how I came up with the idea for it, some influences for it,  and other little details regarding it too.  SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t read it, as I will obviously be making references to it.  So therefore, if you haven’t read “The Shadows” yet, read it first and then come back and read this.

photo by Lauren Lola

photo by Lauren Lola

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Special Tuesday Post: Announcing “The Shadows”

designed by Lauren Lola

designed by Lauren Lola

I would like to announce a small eBook I am going to release.  It is called “The Shadows” and it is a short story that I have written.

While AMW is still very much in progress to completion, I wanted to release something in the mean time, just to give you a sense of what I am capable of writing.  This has been a super secret project that I’ve been working on for a while, and I’m so glad I finally get to share it with you all. Continue reading