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Friday, May 6, 2011

New Book!

Okay. Here's the deal. I've been waiting to break the news to you guys until I had everything squared away, and you might be upset at first, but honest, this is really good news.

Here's the bad part: I'm not going to be releasing Lost Without You. I'll explain more about that in a minute.

Because the really good news is that I'm going to be releasing Virtue in it's place, and Virtue is about a million times better than Lost Without You. I wanted to be sure that Virtue would be ready for release this month before I announced it, and it will be out by Memorial Day.

AND I updated the Upcoming Projects tab to include all the books I'm releasing in the next year (including the release dates for Hollowmen and Swear.)

The thing is - Lost Without You sucks. I wrote it like seven years ago, and I have a really strong emotional attachment to it for a a couple reasons. So I was blinded by how terrible it was until I was editing. When I started talking about publishing it, I didn't realize how bad it was.

It really wasn't until a couple weeks ago that I was going through it for the fifteenth time when I was like, "Wait. This is really quite bad. I can't force this horrible mess on people."

And I know. I shouldn't announce projects until they're absolutely ready to be published, because things can change. But it's hard when people are like, "What's next?" And I think, "Alright, what am I thinking of next? I don't know. How about this book?" And then people start asking me questions and getting all excited about it.

The problem is that I keep forgetting that people actually want to read my books now and care about when they come out. I'm used to talking to myself and nobody giving a damn. It's quite an adjustment.

But back to the good news (and trust me, this really is good news): Virtue will definitely be out by the end of the month. Eric claims its the best thing I've ever written and the most engaged he's ever been in a story. So... that's something. Also, I got to work a unicorn into the storyline, which is something I've wanted to do since the day I was born.

So, you're asking yourself, what is this Virtue you speak of?

Well, here's the basic idea: I wanted to write a fairy tale. Also, I wanted to write a book that if it had a film adaptation, it would require the work of the Jim Henson Company. But it's a fantasy with romance and action and good vs. evil and a unicorn.

Here's all the info:

Virtue
A Fairy Tale

In a world filled with magic, love might be the final answer in the eternal battle between good and evil. When Lux is tasked with retrieving the virtuous Lily for his master, his entire world is put in danger. Lux must battle goblins, demon dogs, and sea dragons to rescue the one he loves, and that's only the beginning... 

Virtue is a fairy tale for young adults with action, suspense, and romance. It contains mild language and some suggestive dialogue. Recommended ages 14 and up.

Click here to read an excerpt
Click here to listen to the soundtrack

Coming Memorial Day 2011!


46 comments:

  1. It sounds like that movie Legend with Tom Cruise lol

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  2. Sounds way too awesome! I can't wait to read this. Thanks for being such an amazing writer and being able to get your books out so quickly.

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  3. Sounds good. Looking forward to it. :o)

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  4. I'm excited. Looking forward to it. I will definitely be adding it. I still can't wait for that Honalee series...

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  5. you are just full of good news the past couple days. I'll lok forward to the book.

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  6. Wonderful!! I did a double take when I was scroling down my dashboard. Do my eyes deceive me or was that Amanda Hocking and a book cover...* noise like brakes screeching * ...so I scroll backwards and , why yes it is:D

    Well done. I can't wait to read. Now Eric says it's the best you've written, well I can hardly wait to read it. Can't wait to read Hollowmen, Swear. But this will do just fine. Another Amanda fix:D

    Michelle

    Im posting on our blog now to spread the word.

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  7. Yay!!! I'm so happy to read this! You are the best! It sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it!

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  8. Sounds amazing!! And I agree with SaRay286, sounds like Legend!! I LOVED that movie!

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  9. Oh, this IS good news!! I cannot wait to read another of your books! I love your style of writing.

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  10. Sounds great! Can not wait to read it! Will it be availble for ereaders?

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  11. This is all very exciting! It's too bad about Lost Without You, but better you put the book aside now then publish it before it's at its best. Who knows? Maybe someday you'll find a new twist and bring it to life!

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  12. This book sounds really interesting, I can't wait to read it. Good luck with it.

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  13. Eek! Ive missed you!! Cant wait to read it!

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  14. So excited!!! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  15. I never take time to read any more with all of my writing. But I'm taking a break and plan to read my way through your collection. Congrats on your success. Other writer friends of mine and I were discussing your success when bam within 48 hours my first middle grade book, SECRET OF DRAGONFLY ISLAND hit best seller list in Kindle. I had always thought it would've been one of my adult mysteries first. After reading your blog, I started one. I've been telling everyone about your success. Keep up the good work.

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  16. Oh my goodness!!!! Sounds amazing! The cover is beautiful too! :) and I see more unique names, that's one of many things I adore about your books! Can't wait to buy it!! :)

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  17. You simply crack me up, you make me laugh out loud in your books and your blog. You are simply my favorite and I am positive to say this 'bad' book you speak of is still quite amazing... As you have more talent in your pinky toe than mass society. Keep it up chic! :)

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  18. Sounds like good stuff! Gotta go with the flow in this business. I once anounced the release date of Hex And The City, then I read it again. Big mistake, but luckily I caught it.

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  19. Thanks for your honesty and the heads up. Looking forward to Virtue. Should I imagine Jim Henson muppets while reading it? :-)

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  20. I cannot wait to read it!!! Anxiously waiting! I am going to blog about this...that is how excited I am!

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  21. Yay! I loves me a good fairytale...and I think I'm unusually excited you managed to include a unicorn.

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  22. I can't help it. The name Lux reminds me of dish detergent. Otherwise, I agree; it sounds like "Legend" with Tom Cruise.

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  23. I have just read the sample of Virtue and all I can say is "WOW!". I'm so excited to read about it.

    Honestly, I don't like the genre but great authors like you can really change things. "I am tipped upside down" like Lux right after the curve of his hair was tickled by Lily while they were kissing. LOL

    I'm starting to love the genre now! Anyways, I'll buy this ebook from amazon.

    By the way, I wrote a blog post about you.

    It's in here:

    http://www.cravingforbooks.com/2011/05/amanda-hocking-aspiring-writers.html

    And, I will be writing about "Virtue" if you don't mind and some of your novels.

    CARLO ADRIAN CANON
    http://www.cravingforbooks.com/

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  24. Sounds great. I've really been enjoying your Trylle trilogy & I purchased some of your other stuff to read also I just can't read fast enough:-) I'll have to definitely add this one to the list. Right now I'm reading Two Kisses for Maddie which isn't anywhere near what you write but is excellent so I highly recommend it for those that don't mind getting teary as they read. I use the Kindle app on my iPhone so I don't have to worry about wet pages:-)

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  25. I am so excited for Virtue! I just got done reading the excerpt and you better believe I know what I’m doing over Memorial Day weekend! It’s my wedding anniversary that weekend, but my husband is used to my obsessive-compulsive behavior with books. I loved the My Blood Approves and Trylle series – You ROCK, Amanda!

    Ryann
    http://novel-addiction.blogspot.com/

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  26. That really exciting :) A unicorn, eh? Since the day you were born, you say? Well then by golly, it's a good thing you worked it in there! ;)

    YA: Cheat, Liar
    Adult: Shackled

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  27. I noticed you changed the name of your blog. Makes sense though.

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  28. different, looking forward to reading it

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  29. A fairy tale sounds like a wonderful idea. I love this: "The problem is that I keep forgetting that people actually want to read my books now and care about when they come out. I'm used to talking to myself and nobody giving a damn. It's quite an adjustment." LOL. Your humility combined with your success is awesome!

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  30. This is great news! Congratulations, Amanda. I read Hollowland, and really liked it. Looking forward to reading more of your books.

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  31. Sounds great, Amanda! Can't wait to read.

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  32. Soooo excited to read the next book! Sounds like its going to be great!

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  33. That cover is great and really invites you to check out that world, almost like a door. Has a kind of "portal" feel to it.

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  34. Congratulations Amanda! Looking forward to reading it!

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  35. Congrats! Just read the excerpt and it sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it!

    -Mayandree
    mayandreemichel.blogspot.com

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  36. Girl, I don't know how you can write so dang fast! It's amazing!

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  37. I am constantly reading your blog and more I read and more I see that you work so hard to release these new stuffs. Thank you so much. I can't wait to read virtue. I like your concept already (the fairy tale) and the picture of that woman all alone is absolutely georgous.
    I think I will post some of your ideas on my small blog. Thanks again!
    http://www.thewritingcorner.net

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  38. LOVE IT! I am a new reader! LOVED Trylle and My blood Approves.. Can't wait to download Virtue on my Kindle!

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  39. This book sounds wonderful; I'll be buying this one for sure.

    Your cover art is beautiful.

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  40. Amanda! I have been following your story and am so stoked for you. Good luck with everything you do.

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