Sunday, February 11, 2018

Amazon gift card & Summer Lane's "Resurrection: Shadows of Omega"

This is a guest post authored by Summer Lane.

Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 20 hit novels, including the popular Collapse Series and newly launched Resurrection Series. She owns Writing Belle (an online magazine) and Writing Belle Publishing (a management company). Summer is also an experienced writing instructor and journalist.

The war is over. At last, Omega has been defeated, and the militias have found peace and stability. General Cassidy Hart has been elected to lead the newly resurrected post-apocalyptic government as President of the Western Republic.

The world is a different place. From the ashes, structure emerges. From death, hope blossoms. Yet the shadows of Omega remain. Omega loyalists and dangerous anarchists infect every level of the crestfallen civilization, threatening to undermine the Republic’s attempts to maintain peace. Most of the world’s population has been slain: those who remain alive have very different ideas about what must be done to continue to survive.

It’s hard to quantify how many times people asked me as a teenager, “What are your plans after high school?” I would usually reply with something like, “I’m going to major in journalism and work on my novel.” I wanted to be a writer, but I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to do that without starving to death. Making a living as a writer is pretty difficult, especially if you’re betting everything on a book that may or may not sell. Add to that the fact that I had no major publishing house behind me to promote my work or get it into the hands of the public, and I was a little overwhelmed.

Suffice it to say that since I wrote my first novel and started Writing Belle Publishing, I’ve been blessed to find success. But I will say this: it wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t luck. In this business, it hasn’t necessarily been any one thing that has helped me fight my way to the top of the proverbial dog pile. It’s been many things put together. It’s been the people I’ve worked with, the stories that I’ve written, the things that I’ve learned, and the failures that have paved the way to where I am now. I think what helps to keep what I do fresh and exciting is that I’m always setting the bar high for another project – always looking ahead, never behind.

When I was a teen, my goal in life was to publish a novel before I was 18. That didn’t happen, but I did manage to get my first novel out when I was 19. Later on, my goal was to have published 10 bestselling novels before I got married. I did achieve that goal. And now, before I’m 25 years-old, I have just published my 20th bestselling novel. How did this happen? How am I standing here, launching my 20th publication? How have I made a living doing this crazy thing we call “living the dream?”

I have never taken my eye off the prize. I share this with you because the question I get most is “How did you sell as many books as you have? How do you keep selling them?” I say, focus. Determination. The willingness to accept failure and turn it into a learning experience, so that you will know which mistakes to avoid next time.

I’ve done so much in publishing, that here, at the age of 24, I feel that I have only just barely broken the surface of my career. There is so much more I have to write about, and so much life I have to live. Every experience, to me, is a new inspiration. Not only am I working as a writer and an instructor, I’m also a student of veterinary science. I find that working with animals and being outside helps to cleanse my mind from the stressful whirlwind of deadlines and publishing pressures. I feel that no matter what happens – and no matter how old I am – I will never be too old to stop learning.

So here, before 25, I release my 20th book into the world. I thank all of my readers for being here on this journey since the beginning. Cassidy Hart has been the backbone of my publishing success, and I will never, ever forget that. I will always be proud of her and everything that she stands for.

Here’s to the next 20 books.

So who wants to win something?! Summer Lane and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback copy of Resurrection: Shadows of Omega and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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