Questions about NOCTE

Hey guys!

So as you know, my new book, NOCTE released yesterday.  I’m SO LOVING all of the awesome things that you guys are saying!  Your reviews are AWESOME and I’ve been reading every one of them. Thank you!!

I have been getting quite a few questions about NOCTE, though.  And several bloggers have been approached with them, too.  So, I thought I’d make a convenient list of the questions we’re hearing.

Q:  I am using a Kindle to read NOCTE, and at various places in the book, there’s an image of a camera.  Is there supposed to be a picture there?  

A:  Yes.  We embedded some cool symbols into Finn’s journals.  Some readers are seeing the symbols, and some can”t for some reason.   These symbols are NOT integral to the story- they are just a detail that I thought was cool.  In fact, here they are:

 

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Q:  Will NOCTE be on sale soon (for $.99)?  

A:   No, it won’t. You don’t have to worry that you’re going to buy it today for $3.99 and then tomorrow it will be on sale for $.99.  We have no sales planned for this book for the foreseeable time.

 

Q:  I bought the Nook version through Barnes and Noble and the formatting looks wonky… there are weird spaces and strange indents.  

A:  We’re looking into this.  The file uploaded onto B&N was perfectly formatted.  It appears that somehow during the file conversion process, something went awry.  We’ve got a help ticket into B&N right now, and hopefully they can help get this straightened out.

 

Q:  I’ve heard there’s a cliff-hanger. Is it a bad one? 

A:  The issues that drive the storyline of NOCTE are resolved by the end of the book.  At the end of the book, another question is posed that will be answered in book two, VERUM.

Q:  Ugh, I hate the idea of a series right now!  I wish it was a standalone.  How many books will be in the series?

A:  I’m sorry if you’re against a series right now.  Lol.  Some people prefer stand-alones, and some people actually like series because they get to become very invested in the characters.  When I first started writing NOCTE, it was actually only going to be one book.  But as I continued writing it, it became clear that there was too much to the story to contain in just one book.  There will be three books, NOCTE, VERUM and LUX.   You can learn more about them here.  

Q:  What do those titles mean?

A:  NOCTE means “by night” in Latin.  VERUM means “true” or “the truth”, and LUX means “light”.

 

Q:  What is Dare’s question????? 

A. I can’t tell you that.  Yet.  Stay tuned for VERUM.

 

I think that about does it! But I’ll update this list as needed.

I hope you’re all loving NOCTE!   In case you haven’t downloaded it yet, here are the links:

Barnes and Noble:  www.smartURL.it/NOCTEBN

 

 

NOCTE IS HERE!!!!

Everyone has secrets. Today, you find out mine.

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NOCTE is here. Get it: Amazon – iBooks – B&N – Kobo
Add it on Goodreads

NOCTE-cover-300pxMy name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half–my twin brother, my Finn–is crazy.

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.

He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

You won’t either.

NOCTE is here. Get it: Amazon – iBooks – B&N – Kobo
Add it on Goodreads

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 Save me, and I’ll save you.

Win a Signed Annotated NOCTE ARC with a Hidden Clue Inside!!

Ohhhhh, you guys know me.  I’m impetuous.  I’m impatient.  And I’m DYING for NOCTE to come out.  I’m on the edge of my seat, antsy and anxious.

So, how about we do another NOCTE giveaway this week while we’re waiting for November 3rd?   ANNNNNNDDD, how about a super special thing?   I’ll stick a clue toward book 2 inside!

You haven’t read NOCTE yet, but it’s full of secrets and twists, and trust me, once you read it, you’ll be wanting more clues toward the rest of the trilogy.  So, this prize is SPECIAL.  :)

ANNNNNDDDD, this prize is extra special for two reasons:

1.  Because it’s annotated, which means that it will contain my own personal notes, handwritten throughout.  Keep in mind, that these notes may or may not contain clues about the rest of the storyline.

and 2.  Because I’m going to stick a definite physical clue into the book– something that hints toward VERUM (book two).  And you will be the FIRST person to see this clue.

So see?  A very special prize.  Very. Special.

All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.  The contest is open internationally and it will run through Sunday, November 1, 2014.

Good luck!!

 

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NOCTE Clues!

You guys, while my NOCTE LIST newsletter recipients do receive exclusive excerpts that no one else does, I have been releasing a few Nocte clues on Facebook.  It just occurred to me that since Facebook has disabled our reaches, (don’t even get me started on that), that many of you might not have seen the clues!  Yikes!

So from here on out, I’ll be releasing the same clues I release on Facebook here on my blog.   And today, I’ll post everything that I’ve shared on Facebook so far.   Enjoy!

 

“Calla quiets the voices. She’s the only thing that does.”

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“Calla will save me.  Or I will die.  I will die. I will die.”

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“The die has been cast.”

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“My secret will come out.”

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Stay tuned because the special Rafflecopter giveaway that we released on Tuesday has already hit well over the initial 200 entries.  So tomorrow, right here on the blog, I’ll release a special excerpt.   Also, there’s still time to participate.  If the Raffletopter reaches 500 entires by tomorrow, TWO winners will receive a signed ARC.

I’ll mail those ARCs out on Monday, so the winners will have NOCTE in their hands well before the November 3 release.

You can enter the rafflectopter HERE.  

And if you want to receive exclusive excerpts every week until release, sign up for my NOCTE LIST newsletter HERE.

It will get better!!

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So, this post isn’t about books.  It’s because of something I’m seeing a lot in the news lately, and in my FB feed, and it’s troubling me, so I wanted to say something.  This is a bit long, but please bear with me.

Since I moved to Florida six months ago, I’ve heard about four middle-schoolers who have committed suicide.  FOUR.  The most recent was this week, a sixth grader in a middle school in the next county.  He’d been bullied mercilessly because he was smaller than average and one day last week, he killed himself in a school bathroom.

You see it in the news nationwide, these kids who are bullied because of their size, sexual orientation, because they wear glasses or braces or are poor or socially awkward, or even when there’s nothing different about them at all.  Because frankly, middle schoolers and high-schoolers can be mean.  Period.

But if this is you, if you are getting bullied, please HEAR  ME NOW.  IT WILL GET BETTER. IT WILL.

When I was in grade school, I lived with my grandparents.  And of course fashion wasn’t the most important thing to them, so I dressed a bit funny. I had glasses.  I wasn’t a “cool kid” because not everyone is lucky enough to be born into a perfect family with money and the desire to make sure their kids fit in.  I didn’t have piano lessons and a soccer team and the best of everything.   In fact, look at this picture. You can see my progression of being a funny-looking little girl, to when I finally blossomed and came into my own.  But I was awkward and gawky for a lonnnnngg time.

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I was teased.  I didn’t have any friends.  I was isolated and sad.  I wasn’t shoved into lockers or anything because that’s usually a boy thing, I think.  But I was made fun of and ostracized, and that’s just as bad.

Then in sixth grade, I changed schools and things didn’t get any better.  Kids were mean to me that whole year.  The stress of it made me physically sick– I missed so many days of school because of fevers, brought on by worrying about my life at school.

Kids that age (and I know, because I was one), they just don’t see that things will ever get better.  They don’t see it, they can’t fathom it.  They can’t see outside of today, or this week, and right now, things suck.  Bad.  They need someone to tell them– Hey, it’ll get better.  I promise.  Hang in there.  

Books became my friends, and I read voraciously.  When no one wanted to sit with me, I put my nose in a book and disappeared into a different world.  And guess what?  It totally worked out for me.  That love of reading turned into a love of writing, which is now a very good career for me.  A career that I love, a career that I’m blessed by.

By middle-school, I’d started to come out of it.  I made some friends and things started to change.  But I was scarred by the bullying from grade school, for sure. It’s something that you never forget.

I’m no longer the skinny little bespeckled girl who was ostracized.  I’m a successful, happy, well-adjusted independent woman.  Learning how to deal with the mean kids made me grow as a person.  I became self-reliant.  Because no matter how bad a situation is, you can always take something from it.

This is what I took from it. It’s a quote my grandma shared with me during that awful time.   “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt.   And you know what?  It was true.  What some stuck-up, self-important snooty kids think of you simply doesn’t matter.  Not in the long run.  It might feel that way today, but trust me, in twenty years, those kids will be less than NOTHING to you.  Their opinion of you doesn’t matter.  Not really.  In fact, a lot of them will grow up to have icky lives, because I fully believe that whatever you put into the world, you get back in some way.

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I know that’s hard to believe right now, right now in this instant when you are so miserable and sad.   So let me share another piece of wisdom that my grandma used to tell me, something that I never found comforting at the time, but now I know it’s true:   This too shall pass.    She’d always say, This too shall pass, honey. It always does.

And you know what?  She was right.  Everything passes.   What seems unbearable to you now, won’t be unbearable to  you in a blink of an eye.  The kids that are mean to you right now?  They’ll be ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to you in just a few years.

So please.  PLEASE.  If you find yourself in a dark place where you feel like you can’t take it anymore, PLEASE tell someone.  Tell your mom.  Don’t be embarrassed.  Tell your dad. Tell your counselor.  Be honest, be straight-forward.  Tell them,”This is bad. I need help.”  SOMEONE WILL HELP YOU.   There are online classes, there are alternatives, you can be helped.  But please. Give someone the chance to help you. They don’t know if you don’t say anything.

Just please… tell someone.  And always know that no matter how hard it gets, it’s temporary.  EVERYTHING is always temporary.  It’ll get better.  You just have to give it the chance.

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