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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Journey to Self-Publication, Part 18: Skipping a Month or Two

  I've gotten quite a few questions about why I finally decided to delve into self-publishing and how I'm doing it, so I figured why not create a new blog series!





Every Monday, I'll be sharing a piece of the self-publishing puzzle---from how I came to this choice to writing, editing, marketing, sales, and everything in between. Please remember that this is simply my experience, how chose to do things. Others do things differently, and that's fine! So, your mileage may vary, but in the end, I hope seeing yet another way of tackling self-publishing will help you on your path. 

Need to catch up on previous posts? Find them here:



I published the first book in The Cursed Series in September 2020, and I've had a new book releasing every month for 6 months straight. Until now. I do not have a new book ready to release in March, and at first, I was panicking. I'd built all this momentum, and now I was going to lose it because I didn't have something new to promote. But then I realized, so what? Skipping a month or two without a new release is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of my Indie career. In fact, this is actually a good thing!

Every book in this series is connected. You can probably read book 2 without having read book 1 first and it will make sense, but trying to jump into this series with any other book, and you'll be lost. They were written and meant to be read in order, so even though all 6 books have released, I still very actively promote book 1 more than all the others because that's where I want readers to start. And if I can get them started with book 1, the hope is they'll become hooked and then follow through with the rest of the series. 

My next planned release is a spin off to The Cursed Series. It follows a couple of the secondary characters from the main series, but it picks up right after book 6 ends, and the events of book 6 are crucial to understanding the events in this spin off. So, once again, the series needs to be read in order. Now, I could have this new book ready to go by early April, and originally, that had been my plan.

But then it hit me!

I had no real reason to rush getting another book ready for release. Because all the books need to be read in order, I'd be essentially selling this new book to my already established readers, which is fine, but the ultimate goal is to always be finding new readers, right? And the only way to do that is by promoting the series as a whole, and that's now what I'm doing. 

I have decided to not publish this new book until May, which will give me March and April to promote the series, gain new readers, and plan and implement an effective marketing strategy for the next book. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, I'll have even more readers willing and eager to buy my newest book. So, HOW am I going to do this? I'm glad you asked ;-) 

1. Facebook Takeover Events -- I already have a few booked, and I'm actively scheduling more. These are great, fun ways to interact with readers and share information about my books. 

2. Interviews -- I'm booking interviews on blogs and podcasts that are geared toward

3. Consistent Social Media Presence -- I'll continue this blog series and sharing it on social media along with steady, consistent posts across all platforms. To be clear, these are not "buy my book" posts, but fun memes, questions, teasers, etc. Things that are interesting, fun, and of value to readers. If they get to know me as a real person (and actually like me), they'll be more apt to invest in my books.

4. Gathering More Reviews -- I've signed up to participate in a massive reader review event in March that encourages participants to not just review on Amazon, but Goodreads and Bookbub as well. When someone reviews on Goodreads, it shows up in their activity, which means their followers will see it, and that means an organic reach to other readers. And on Bookbub, if a reader reviews a book, they can recommend it to their followers, which again, is organic reach. 

5. Pricing, Freebies, and Paid Ads -- I'm not going to go into too much detail about this right now because this is the topic of next week's post, but I'm playing around with the price of the books in conjunction with a newsletter push and paid ads. 


Will any of these actually work? No idea, but I'm going to find out, and I'll share my results in a few months.


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Monday, February 15, 2021

The Journey to Self-Publication, Part 17: Facebook Takeover Events

 I've gotten quite a few questions about why I finally decided to delve into self-publishing and how I'm doing it, so I figured why not create a new blog series!





Every Monday, I'll be sharing a piece of the self-publishing puzzle---from how I came to this choice to writing, editing, marketing, sales, and everything in between. Please remember that this is simply my experience, how chose to do things. Others do things differently, and that's fine! So, your mileage may vary, but in the end, I hope seeing yet another way of tackling self-publishing will help you on your path. 

Need to catch up on previous posts? Find them here:



I've read a lot of articles and books that state Facebook doesn't sell books. I disagree. Is it the best place to promote your books? Probably not, but let's face it -- there are a LOT of readers hanging out on Facebook, and when used correctly, you can tap into that market. 

For a while, Facebook ads were all the rage... though I've heard they're not as effective as they used to be, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. A lot of other people who are smarter than me and better well-versed in Facebook ads have written about them, so I'm not going to. Instead, I'm going to focus on a different way to utilize Facebook: 

Takeover Events!

What exactly is a takeover event? It's when you essentially "takeover" a group for a certain period of time, usually a few hours or all day. The owner of the group will grant you admin status for the duration of the event so that you can post without restriction. 

So, how does all this work, how do you find groups, and most importantly, why should you bother? I'm glad you asked ;-) 

Recently, I did 3 different takeover events over the span of 3 consecutive days. A 30-minute one that was part of a multi-author event, a 2 hour hour one, and an all-day one. I had different results with each, but overall, I felt they were successful. During the course of these 3 days, I sold 7 books and had almost 3500 pages read. Again, I'm not hitting any bestsellers lists, but these are readers I wouldn't have connected with otherwise, and with any luck, they'll go on to buy more of my books. I also gained some new followers and newsletter subscribers, and that's always a good thing! 

How do you find groups to takeover? 
Obviously, you can search Facebook for reader groups and a ton will pop up. You can then narrow those down based on your genre. Also, search for your favorite authors who write the same stuff you do and join their groups. A lot of authors will open their readers' groups for takeovers with the hope that you invite your own readers, and the hosting author thereby gets access to YOUR readers while you get access to THEIRS. It's a trade-off that tends to work very well. 

Bloggers will also have groups you can join, and I've found that these are often the best and most fun. Seriously, book bloggers are your best friends! I adore all the ones I've had the pleasure of working with. But I digress... 

Here are some helpful tips for finding groups to takeover and proper etiquette: 
  • Follow bloggers across social media platforms. They will often share takeover opportunities.
  • Ask other authors if they know of any opportunities.
  • Follow PAs on social media as they share a lot of stuff like this, too.
  • Join various groups and interact! Please, please do not join a group, ask to takeover, then promptly leave said group. That's rude. Don't be rude. 
  • Follow the blogger or author on social media. 
  • If you're looking to do a takeover in an author's group, take some time to get to know the author. Follow them on social media, share some of their promo posts, read one (or more) of their books if you haven't already. 
  • Basically, don't use these groups for just your personal gain and not offer anything in return. 
  • If you have a group of your own, offer to return the favor to fellow authors.
  • Promote the takeover on your own social media. Invite your readers / fans to attend and encourage them to share, too.

How does a takeover work? What am I supposed to do?
Have fun! Seriously, these events are meant to be fun, and while you're goal is to gain new readers and introduce them to your books, takeovers should NOT be all about "buy my books!" This doesn't work--trust me! 

Here are my tried and true tips for having a fun and successful takeover event:
  1. Plan ahead! I cannot stress this enough! Plan your posts ahead of time, because once the event starts, it will move fast and time will fly, especially with shorter ones. I created a Google Drive folder where I store all my takeover images and a doc with all my posts pre-written. This makes it much easier to just copy and paste as you go.
  2. Use images! They snag attention a lot better than a simple written post. I use Canva to create images that coincide with the posts. (See below)
  3. Talk about yourself more than your books. Let them get to know you. Share stuff about your life, your likes and dislikes, etc. Let them know you as a person as opposed to someone trying to sell them something.
  4. Sprinkle in posts about your books with the blurb, buy link, and an excerpt. If you can make this interactive, do it! For example, I have a teaser image that has the opening paragraph of my book. I post that with the blurb and then talk a bit about how I rewrote the opening so many times before settling on that one. Then I ask what they think, if they'd keep reading based on that paragraph alone. 
  5. Play lots of games! People love games, and if you can tie them in to your book, even better! Because my series is all about vampires and witches, I play games asking who their favorite vampires are. I'll encourage them to show me with a gif or meme, which makes it a little more fun. 
  6. Offer giveaways. People love to win stuff and I've found the posts I make with giveaways get double the interaction than those that don't. They don't have to be huge or expensive, either. I give away digital copies of my books, audiobook codes, and sometimes small Amazon gift cards. Because I have a series, I usually stick to giving away copies of the first book so that winners will be able to start at the beginning of the series, but also because my hope is they'll enjoy it and then go buy the rest of the series. 
  7. Don't make the requirements for playing the games too complicated. I've seen some where the author requires people to go do XYZ then come back, comment, leave a screenshot, share on social media, etc. If you make them jump through too many hoops, they'll just walk away. I usually just require people to comment with an answer to a question. It's simple for them, and it's way less work for me when it comes time to pick winners as I don't have to go verify that people did everything I expected.
  8. Engage the group with questions that encourage discussion. Avoid "yes" or "no" questions. Instead of asking, "Do you like romance?" ask: "What's your favorite type of romance?" This will get people talking. Readers love to gush about their favorite things, and once they do, others will join in to bond over their shared love of things. Also encourage people to talk about themselves, their likes, dislikes, etc. 
  9. Acknowledge every single comment. Even if there's not much you can say in response, at least take a moment to like what someone says. This goes a long way to show them that you see them and appreciate them taking the time to read your posts and interact. 
  10. At the end of the event, thank the host, thank everyone for showing up, and then invite them to follow you on social media. Include all of your links! I offer a free book to every single person who subscribes to my newsletter, so I always mention this. 

Sample takeover image with post: 


As writers, we’re told to start with action or a line  that will really  just grab a reader’s attention. Trust me, that’s a lot harder to do than you’d think. I rewrote the opening to Eternal Curse at least 5 times before I finally settled on this one. 


Based on this alone, would you want to keep reading? What’s the best or worst opening you’ve ever read in a book?





Doing takeover events can certainly be time consuming, and they can get expensive if you give away too much stuff. So keep your personal budget in mind as you do these. Most of all, though, have fun and meet new people! As I said, I've personally had success with these, and even if I don't make sales right away, I've gotten my name out there to people who didn't know me prior. Remember: publishing is a marathon, not a sprint. So is marketing yourself. 


Got questions?

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

{RELEASE DAY}: Eternal Life, The Cursed Series Book 6

  

Eternal Life is LIVE!!





Wow -- I can't believe it's the release day for the final book in The Cursed Series. 

Way back when I first started this series, I never dreamed it would blossom into what it has: 3 books turning into 6. Readers from all over the world falling in love with Chloe, Trent, and Jax just as much as I have. Bloggers sharing my books. Libraries and indie bookstores ordering copies. The outpouring of love and support has been amazing, and I'm not sure there are enough words to express my gratitude. 

Finishing this series has been bittersweet. I'm still riding the high of accomplishment (and disbelief) that I actually did it. I'm sad to say goodbye to these characters (though it's not truly the end 😉). Yes, tears were shed while writing this book. No, I won't tell you why. You'll have to read it and find out...

Here's everything you need to know about Eternal Life and where to get your copy: 



Book Title:
 Eternal Life (The Cursed Series, Book 6) 

Author: Kara Leigh Miller

Genre: Young Adult paranormal romance 

Content Warnings: Heavy kissing / non-descriptive sexual situations /  violence

Publisher: FireChicken Press, LLC 

ASIN: B08QJLRDQN

Print ISBN: 978-1-7354336-5-3

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Blurb: A violent attack during their honeymoon left Chloe fighting for life and Trent missing. Now, Chloe returns home—alone and devastated and clinging to the hope that Trent is alive and will come back to her, but as days stretch into weeks, her optimism wears thin. And with mounting pressure for her to break the centuries old curse haunting her very existence, time is running out.


Trent finally returns, but he’s a changed man. Having endured unspeakable torture at the hands of his captors, he’s more determined than ever to ensure Chloe and the rest of his family stay safe, even if that means living on the run for eternity.

But the timer has zeroed out on Chloe’s human life, and she must break the curse if she’ll have any hope of saving her loved ones. As her enemies advance, Chloe has no choice but to face them—and not everyone will walk away alive.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: 

“What about you?” I asked, marching up to Colt. “You spent a lot of time with Dante, and you’ve been running from him. Why not offer yourself up as bait? Draw him out so we can find Trent.”

“Chloe,” Jax said, his tone a mix of shock and anger. “We are not using Colt as bait. Trent wouldn’t want that.”

I whipped around to glare at Jax. “Do you think for one second if it were me missing that Trent wouldn’t do exactly that? He made a deal with a Zoya for crying out loud, just so he could find me. Find us.”

Jax’s eyes darkened.

“Trent did whatever it took to get us back. We owe him the same,” I said, my voice trembling.

“And how do you think he’s going to react when he finds out we sacrificed our brother for him? He’s going to be pissed, Chloe, and then he’s going to spend eternity looking for Colt,” Jax said, his tone hard. “Is that what you want?”

“I want my husband back!” I screamed.

The table shook, and several glass vials tipped over and shattered. The lights in the room momentarily dimmed. I froze, my heart lodged in my throat. My pulse pounded in my ears, and I glanced around at everyone else, who looked as confused as I was.

“What just happened?” I asked.

“I don’t know,” Ivy said, brows furrowed.

“That felt like a magical burst,” Isach said.

“What the hell is a magical burst?” Colt asked.

“It’s something that often happens to new witches who don’t know how to control their powers. They become emotional, and their magic literally bursts out of them,” Ivy said, her gaze lingering on me.

My skin crawled. Why was she looking at me like that?



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Monday, February 8, 2021

The Journey to Self-Publication, Part 16: Book Trailers

I've gotten quite a few questions about why I finally decided to delve into self-publishing and how I'm doing it, so I figured why not create a new blog series!





Every Monday, I'll be sharing a piece of the self-publishing puzzle---from how I came to this choice to writing, editing, marketing, sales, and everything in between. Please remember that this is simply my experience, how chose to do things. Others do things differently, and that's fine! So, your mileage may vary, but in the end, I hope seeing yet another way of tackling self-publishing will help you on your path. 

Need to catch up on previous posts? Find them here:



Today, I'm talking book trailers! As one of those people who hate to miss movie previews, it's a no-brainer that I also love book trailers. They give a unique look at a book or series that you simply can't get by reading a blurb. Are they effective in actually selling books, though? I honestly have no idea. I know I personally have purchased a book before because of a clever book trailer, and so it stands to reason other readers have done the same. 

So, with all of this in mind, I set out to have a trailer created for The Cursed Series. A close friend of mine is in the process of creating a company (AleWin Entertainment) that will specialize in a lot of things, one of those things being book trailers. I hired her to create mine. I also hired my audio book narrator (Andy Garcia-Ruse) to do the voice over. And I am blown away by the finished product. I get goose bumps every time I watch it (and we won't talk about how many times I've seen it. LOL). 

But now that I have this finished trailer, what am I supposed to do with it?? Share it, obviously, but how? How could I get the most from this investment? Well, here is my game plan: 

1. Create a YouTube channel where I can upload the video and have an easily shareable link. 

2.  Upload the video and schedule a premiere date. Now, I could have just uploaded and started sharing willy nilly, and believe me, I'd thought about it. But as I said, I want to get the most return on investment, so I had to be smart about this. I picked a live premiere date (Tuesday, February 16th at 8:15 pm EST). I will be on YouTube during this live premiere where I'll be chatting with other viewers and answering questions. I also have a large giveaway planned (more on that below) that I'm announcing exclusively during this premiere. My hope is this will entice people to show up and view the trailer. 

3. I've partnered with Maia at Silver Dagger Book Tours to host a two-day blitz where bloggers share both the book trailer and the giveaway, along with the series covers, blurbs, and buy links. 

4. The giveaway which will include an entry to share the trailer. The goal with this (and #3) is to get as many people as possible sharing this video. 

Will any of this actually work? Or am I wasting more time and money? I honestly have no idea, but I figure if this doesn't work, I'll know what not to do next time around. And if it does work? Well then I'll have something to celebrate :-) 

I have another big marketing event planned for March, which I'll discuss in a future post, and once both of these events have been completed, I'll let everyone know the verdict. I also plan to discuss timing of releases, skipping a month (or more), and how to stay relevant when you don't have a new book to promote. 


Got questions?

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Monday, January 25, 2021

The Journey to Self-Publication, Part 15: Building a Publishing Team

I've gotten quite a few questions about why I finally decided to delve into self-publishing and how I'm doing it, so I figured why not create a new blog series!





Every Monday, I'll be sharing a piece of the self-publishing puzzle---from how I came to this choice to writing, editing, marketing, sales, and everything in between. Please remember that this is simply my experience, how chose to do things. Others do things differently, and that's fine! So, your mileage may vary, but in the end, I hope seeing yet another way of tackling self-publishing will help you on your path. 

Need to catch up on previous posts? Find them here:



In Part 5 of this series, I discussed the need for CPs, Beta Readers, and Editors, and this post will piggyback on that a little, but mostly, I want to talk about building your own personal publishing team--why you need one and how you can find people who will work hard for you.

For anyone who's been following this blog series, or for anyone who's ever published a book before, you know it's a lot of work, and there are a lot of various stages and constantly moving pieces. And that is the #1 reason why you need a team to help you -- It's nearly impossible to publish a book all by yourself. While I'm sure there are authors out there who can do it all on their own, why would you want to? 

Personally, I don't have the necessary skills to do a lot of what needed to be done, like cover art and formatting, so I had no choice but to hire people, and yes, it was an expense, but overall, it was money well-spent. Not only did I get high quality products and services, I made some lasting professional relationships, but best of all, I made some wonderful friendships. 

Here's my publishing team:

Rosie Somers -- Editor
Laura Heritage -- Cover Artist & Book Design
Kris Riley -- PA Extraordinaire 
Andy Garcia-Ruse -- Audiobook Narrator
AleWin Enterprises -- Book Trailer Creation & Video Editing
BookSirens -- Book Reviews
Nicki, Kris, Rhonda, Milica, Tammy, Annie, and Wendy -- ARC Team

As you can see, I have quite a few people helping me out on this venture, and I am beyond grateful for each and every one of them, because I wouldn't be where I am in my self-publishing journey without them. 

How did I find them? Simple. I asked...

1. Took Stock of Current Contacts. I took some time to go through my contacts via my email and social media to see who offered the services I needed. Working at Anaiah Press gave me an advantage in that I already knew people who had experience in publishing. I reached out to several of these people first.  

2. Asked for Referrals. After going through my personal contacts, I then asked for referrals from trusted friends.

3. Utilized Social Media. I searched Google and Twitter for services and opportunities. In fact, that's how I stumbled upon BookSirens, via Twitter. And it was via BookSirens that I found my dedicated ARC team.

Once I had a list of people and companies I was considering working with, it was time to do my research. I needed to make sure they were all legitimate. But how can you truly know? Well, I guess you can't, but there are steps you can take to be well-informed and minimize risks. 

1. Ask People You Trust. This goes hand-in-hand with item #2 above. If you get a personal referral from someone you trust, you can be relatively certain that whomever they recommended is on the up and up. When someone has had a good experience with another person or company, they are super eager and willing to tell anyone who will listen, so definitely listen when friends tell you who is good, and who to avoid. 

2. Google. Seriously, Google is your friend. Search and then read everything you find--good and bad. If a company has a website, spend time visiting it. Look over every page to see how they present themselves. Is their site professional? Up to date? Do they have online reviews? If so, read them. Are they listed with the Better Business Bureau? What's their rating there? Do they have any major complaints filed against them? 

3. Ask Questions. Contact the company directly. Ask for prices and whatever other questions you have. Don't be shy. Obviously you don't want to be rude or unprofessional, but don't be afraid to be direct. Any reputable company won't have any trouble answering your questions. Pay attention to how long it takes for them to respond. I'd say 48-72 hours is a reasonable amount of time to wait, unless their website says otherwise. But if it takes weeks or longer, that's a red flag. Some important questions to ask:
  • How much will it cost? What do you get for that price?
  • Is there any sort of refund policy? 
  • How long will it take to get the product / services? 
  • What rights are you / them granted?
  • Is there any sort of conflict resolution policy should you be dissatisfied with the product or service?

4. Trust Your Instincts. I cannot stress this enough. If you've got a funny feeling about a company or something just doesn't seem right, don't work with them. Go with someone you feel comfortable with, someone who has similar values, and who shares your vision for your book(s). 

Next time, I'll be discussing book trailers and whether or not they're worth the investment. I'll also share my marketing strategy for my book trailer. 
 


Got questions?

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

{RELEASE DAY}: Eternal Promise, The Cursed Series, Book 5

 

Eternal Promise is LIVE!!







The Cursed Series continues with ETERNAL PROMISE. This book was the natural next step in the series, and I knew it was the book where a lot of things would happen--senior year stuff, graduation, prom, a wedding... There was also a lot that happened that I'd never planned for, and that's always a nice surprise. The ending of this book shocked me because it was not planned, and the character that shows up ended getting a much bigger role in the story. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do :) 


Here's everything you need to know about Eternal Promise and where to get your copy: 


Book Title:
 Eternal Promise (The Cursed Series, Book 5) 

Author: Kara Leigh Miller

Genre: Young Adult paranormal romance 

Content Warnings: Heavy kissing / non-descriptive sexual situations / mild violence

Publisher: FireChicken Press, LLC 

ASIN: B08NZVDFDG

Print ISBN: 978-1-7354336-4-6

Release Date: January 12, 2021

Blurb: With graduation looming, and her wedding fast approaching, Chloe is fully focused on her future with Trent. She’s finally so close to having everything she’s ever wanted, and she won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way.

When a mysterious rogue witch arrives in town and starts causing trouble, Chloe ends up in the hospital, and it becomes clear that the Zoya are getting desperate. But are they really the ones behind the attack? The answer has the power to bring her entire world crashing down around her and destroying her happily ever after.


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Print Buy Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble 

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: 

“On the way back to class, I swore someone was watching me.”

I didn’t bother to tell him about Jax because I didn’t need Trent to start a fight with him, but also because nothing had happened.

“Watching you?” he asked.

I nodded. “But the hallway was empty.” I turned to open my locker.

“So, you didn’t see anyone?”

“No.” I grabbed my math book and shoved it into my backpack, then closed my locker. When I turned back around, Trent was right there. I nearly bumped into him.

He grabbed my arms and steadied me. “Do you feel like someone is watching you right now?” His gaze was intense and concerned.

I shook my head. “I think I’m just anxious. All this stuff is supposed to be happening, but nothing is actually happening yet. Graduation. The wedding. The honeymoon.” I gave him a sly, knowing grin. “The big change. The Zoya.”

He dragged his hands down my arms and laced our fingers. “I’m not sure I’d be so eager for that last thing.”

“I’m not.” I sighed. “I just wish something would happen. I’m tired of waiting.”

Trent captured my lips in a soft kiss. “We could always practice making a baby,” he whispered, his eyes sparkling.

I laughed and playfully pushed him away. “You’re terrible.”

The bell rang, and I groaned. Trent walked me to class, gave me a kiss, then left. I watched his retreating form, a permanent smile on my face. He was going to be my husband! I still couldn’t believe it. I spun around to go into class when someone at the opposite end of the hall caught my eye.

It was a girl about my age—she looked like any other student—but she had bleach blonde hair and wore red-rimmed glasses that were a size too small for her pert face. She was staring right at me. I hadn’t ever seen her before.

Squinting, I attempted to get a better look, but students were jostling me out of the way so they could get into the classroom. I shoved around them, but by the time I got a clearer view, the girl was gone.

Goose bumps erupted on my arms, and a shiver wiggled down my spine. Who was that? Was she a member of Ivy’s coven, sent here to watch me? Or worse, was she a Zoya?



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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

{Teaser Tuesday}: Eternal Promise

A promise of eternity ends in disaster...


“I didn’t even hear you come in,” I said, wiping my tears. “How long have you been there?”

“Long enough,” he said, his voice deep and raw.

“What do you still need to ask me?” I asked, my voice shaky. The letter was clutched tightly in my hand, the paper crinkling in my fist.

A hint of a smile ghosted across his face, then disappeared. “The one thing I’ve never actually asked you before. I’ve begged, pleaded… hell, I even yelled at you about it once.” He shook his head and dragged his hand through his hair. “But I’ve never actually asked you. Not like I should have.”

I stared at him, my emotions too much of a jumbled mess to comprehend what he was trying to tell me, so I stood there silently, tears still trickling down my face.

He gently took my face into his hands, his thumbs stroking the tears off my cheeks. “I know all of this probably seems dramatic and unnecessary, but it’s important that I do this the right way.”

Ever so slowly, his lips brushed across mine. My mouth parted on a contented sigh, and my eyes fluttered closed. I leaned into his embrace, but he only grazed my lips again. Then once more.

“Will you change for me, Chloe? Will you become a vampire and spend eternity with me?” he whispered.

“Yes,” I said. And there was no hesitation. No fear. No weakness. Not this time.



ETERNAL PROMISE: The Cursed Series, Book 5

Coming January 12, 2021

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