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Publishing News: One Week To Go: First Chapter & Extra

One week before the Minutes Before Sunset release! That means there’s only seven days left! And I have exciting free things to share. But there is one change: you’ll be able to buy Minutes Before Sunset online as e-book through Amazon and Barnes & Noble May 1, 2013, but paperback won’t be available for a few more weeks. I apologize for this inconvenience, but things happen in the printing world, and I’d rather be able to give you all a great product in a few weeks than rush something that isn’t perfect on May 1st :D. So I’ll announce when the print version is available (it won’t be too long! I promise!)

First and foremost: Here is the back cover (if you haven’t already read it) and the first chapter can be found immediately below it:

She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Read the first chapter of Minutes Before Sunset (AEC Stellar Publishing) by clicking the link provided (it will open a PDF file on another page): First Chapter Preview.

I’m excited to share the first chapter with you, and I cannot wait for the novel’s release next week! One moment comes down to a lot of time, dedication, and handwork (But I know many of you already know this) so I’d really appreciate it if you helped spread the word! Don’t forget I have a Facebook Page for both Minutes Before Sunset and myself (which just went over 200 followers!)

I also wanted to share a very dear to picture to me. As many of you know, I’ve been wanting to dedicate Minutes Before Sunset to my late roommate Kristine Andersen, but I also wanted to dedicate it to our other roommate, Megan Paustian, because the time we lived together lives forever, and those memories live within my passion. The picture below shows, from left to right, Megan Paustian, me, and Kristine Andersen during August, 2012. I simply wanted to share the two important people I’ve dedicated my novel to.

Megan Paustian and Kristine Andersen--the two lovely ladies I've dedicated "Minutes Before Sunset" to.
Megan Paustian and Kristine Andersen–the two lovely ladies I’ve dedicated “Minutes Before Sunset” to.

 If you’re interested in other extras, I have one more to share today! It’s rather childish, but when I was younger I spent a lot of my free time on eLouai’s Candybar Doll Maker 3. The reason is pretty simple: I wanted a break from writing, but I’m not very good at it, so I’d log on and create my characters (as best as I could within the limits of clothing, hair, etc.) and just have fun with it. So I returned to the website to create the cast of Minutes Before Sunset. I’ll be adding them as the novel is released, but I’m adding the protagonists below (and if you’re looking for something fun to do, I actually would encourage this website. I’m almost 22, and I still had fun. Then again, my childhood imagination has never faltered. BUT–they do have room makers, and you could theoretically create maps for scenes, or figure out what your character might wear or not wear. So it is a nice exercise.)

Protagonists from left to right: Jessica Taylor, Eric Welborn, Shoman, and the nameless shade.
Protagonists from left to right: Jessica Taylor, Eric Welborn, Shoman, and the nameless shade. There are differences. I, of course, couldn’t add supernatural things, including purple eyes on the last character. Clothes aren’t accurate, but it’s still fun to create!

Have a great day! And thank you for helping spread the word about my upcoming novel! 


22 thoughts on “Publishing News: One Week To Go: First Chapter & Extra

  1. Hi Shannon,
    I just wanted to say what an inspiration its been coming across your blog and seeing your publishing success for not one but two books. I’m 23 myself with two (very different!) novels on the go, and to be honest whilst I was going to try and get them published when they’re finished, I never held out much hope (my poor dad has been trying to get published for years and years, so I am aware there’s a certain amount of right place right time to it all!) But seeing how well you’re doing at such a young age, it’s even spurred me on to keep writing and get those books finished!Thankyou!
    Abbie xxx

  2. Congratulations, you must be thrilled! It’s a great inspiration to see things happening and moving forward.
    And thanks for the tip for the doll maker game, I’ve been trying to find something for male characters that weren’t themes 🙂

    1. Jhobell Kristyl,
      Thank you :]
      Please help spread the word! If you’d like to do an interview or a piece on me on your blog, I’d love to take part in it. (Or if there’s anything else you can think of that you’d like to do.) Send me an email at shannonathompson@aol.com if you’re interested.

  3. Aw, I like to make the little dolls of my characters, too. Is your book information up on Goodreads? I’ll make sure to add it to my to-read list once it is.

  4. lol I’ve said this like 3 or 4 times already, but I do really, genuinely mean it:

    I can’t wait to see you on the New York Times Bestseller lists.

    As I sit here and watch the latest episodes of Survivor and The Voice, and as a writer myself, it’s always great seeing other writers being so productive and getting their stuff out into the world.

    It’s inspirational.

    And you know what? I’m gonna get back to finishing off my novel now. 🙂

    1. Shucks. Thank you for your kind words! I hope that I get there one day, and we can chat and remember how you said it from the beginning 😀
      Good luck on that novel! Keep writing :]

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