I admit I have a problem. It is a good problem, CONSEQUENCES is finding an audience. It is selling and my Kindle Sales Rank is moving. Here is my problem. I want to know where it is every minute. Thanks to the wonders of smart phones I can access the number from anywhere! That is not good when I'm working (Yes, I hope my wonderful boss doesn't read this) or driving (never, that's not legal in Indiana) or standing in line at the grocery store. I have tried to show restraint. Being that Consequences is about a psychological roller coaster... I find it funny that I ride one too. Not even close to the trauma experienced by Claire. My roller coaster is from expectations. When Consequences was released in August of 2011, I was happy if the sales rank stayed in the 100K range. It started in the 1M, hoovered around 300K, then slowly descended into the 100K. Then I would be excited to be under 100K... time passes. As recently as a week or so ago I was thrilled to finally penetrate the 10K mark. Recently, CONSEQUENCES fell (or in actuality rose) to 4200! That is amazing! And since my publisher doesn't tell me sales #'s I really don't know what it means... but it is GOOD! No, to paraphrase Tony (the tiger not Rawlings) it's GREAT! So why does seeing 5,000 (Amazon updates the ranking every 2 hours, so flucation is constant) make me pout? Truly that is fantastic. Someday maybe I'll develop a thicker skin and learn not to obsess. But, today isn't someday. So thank you all for making my obsession something I can smile about! I am loving this emotional roller coaster. Just think, in two more months I'll have two books to obsess over. I can't wait for TRUTH!
I love... LOVE all the reviews and comments from CONSEQUENCES readers. I truly try to read every one of them! What amazes and thrills me is the depth of emotion people feel for my characters. Claire Nichols and Tony Rawlings came to life in my head and screamed to get out! I love them both in so different ways!
Writing CONSEQUENCES I wanted more than anything to portray Claire as a strong individual in unbelievable horrific circumstances. It's easy to sit back in our bed or on our couch and read about her awful life and say "get out...leave" tell me, where would she go? Where could she go that Anthony's wealth and influence couldn't find her? I don't want to give too much away... but I do want to say, I NEVER intended for her to appear weak. She stands up to him in her own way... in a way, few, if any, others do or can...
However, it thrills me to read that someone is so upset with her decisions they want to throw their book or Kindle across the room (please don't). That is an amazing compliment... my characters evoke emotion. One reader called CONSEQUENCES an Emotional Thriller! Another and Emotional Roller coaster! That is wonderful... LOVE Anthony Rawlings - or - hate Anthony Rawlings... the fact you have internalized him and Claire are enough for me. But then again, I know the TRUTH. ;) In a very short time you can too. I believe CONSEQUENCES is a puzzle... it is up to the reader to "put it together"... TRUTH is a game and it's coming together... CONVICTED (due out in late 13 or early 14) will ... (guess we need to wait to find out!) Thank you for your strong emotions! Please keep spreading the word! We want everyone ready for the TRUTH!
By now most of you have read or quoted this famous review of CONSEQUENCES which appeared on Amazon: I think I need therapy after reading this book
Summary: This story is powerful. It's deeply moving and very emotional. And, it's completely horrific. So, on one hand, it deserves five stars for being so good, but on the other hand, I might sleep better if I had just passed this one by. So, I am rating it 4 stars... because I did like the story even while I hated it. And, I will read the sequel, because I need to know good will triumph over evil...
Well, I started thinking... when does one believe they're in need of therapy and why? I did what everyone else does when they have a question - I Googled it!
According to Therapy and Counseling.Org people often seek counseling when they are overwhelmed and stressed due to various life circumstances. Sometimes they have had recent or past life traumas, such as abuse, loss, illness or accidents. Many times they begin therapy following a crisis, something that has turned their world upside down, like the addiction of a loved one, adultery, or witnessing a violent incident. It could be a feeling of aloneness and just wanting someone to listen and care.
Here is my question: Can a book bring out those feelings in someone? and if it does... Is that bad? or Does it mean you're human - with the capacity to love, lust, hate, hurt and rejoice outside of yourself?
IF it is the former... doesn't that mean you’ve received a gift? I mean, sometimes real life gets tough. Sometimes it is amazing - but sometimes a break from reality is wonderful. Now if that "break" infiltrates your dreams at night and your thoughts during the day - isn't that a testimony to the author? I recently experienced that with a series I read... and while worn out - I'm grateful. BUT - more than that, I'm honored that so many of my readers have experienced these strong emotions while reading my CONSEQUENCES SERIES Talking and sharing is always a bonus... so spread the word - tell your friends to read! Remember, misery loves company! And be sure to check out The Consequences Series: Group Reads, Group Therapy & Group Hugs!http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/83457 There are some great people who will listen and give you virtual hugs!
In the meantime, know your comments of joy, frustration, irritation, triumph and elation have been a gift! Please keep them coming... and tell the world to read my series! And I will continue to teeter on sanity - after all, if I really sought therapy and Tony disappeared from my thoughts and dreams... CONVICTED would never make it to your e-reader! I promise to avoid counseling until it is published!
As of tonight, I have Official information on CONVICTED!!!
I'm so excited to share!
Cover Reveal- September 1
Release Day - October 8th
Mark your calendars...The third book in the Consequences Series...CONVICTED is coming!!!! TruthConsequences
A limited amount of ARC's will be available...for more information check out Talk Supe Book Blog, who with Hardcover Therapy Book Blog, will be coordinating the Release Blitz! Please join the fun...let's tell the world... CONVICTED is coming...October 8th!
Ladies and gentlemen... may I introduce...Convicted! Book #3 of the Consequences Series!
Book #3 of the Consequences Series—
There were still lessons to learn and consequences for the truth!
When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future. Over time, the role of teacher changed—games became reality—and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history, Claire and Tony found their way back to one another.
Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposed the truth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled...
At one time, Claire was held captive in an opulent mansion—then her incarceration was a cell inside a state penitentiary. Was her new prison—a tropical island—truly less lonely? Perhaps that was the game master’s plan, all along?
Who will save Claire from her oldest nightmare and her newest reality? Will it be Tony? Can he forgive her for leaving him—again? Harry? Will he utilize previously unknown connections to save the woman who infiltrates his thoughts? Maybe Phil? Will his devotion in keeping Claire and her child safe be rewarded?
As the cards are played—sins of the past, innocent victims, and truths are revealed. With compartmentalization no longer an option, is the reality too much? Could there be an even worse isolation?
With the game master dealing from a stacked deck, can this new high-stakes game possibly be won?
When it’s all over and their cards are on the table—SOME will discover their bets were too high—they have nothing left to lose—ALL will learn the crucial lesson—the most important rule—there are CONSEQUENCES for the TRUTH!
The bestselling Consequences Trilogy is now available in a single volume. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Aleatha Romig, has taken the world by storm with her acclaimed Consequences Series. It has been branded “as a genre of its own” with “masterful storytelling that will keep you biting your nails and furiously flipping the pages to finally get to the emotional, jaw-dropping conclusion.”
This box set includes the following novels:
CONSEQUENCES: Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar mansion and discovers that she’s at the mercy of billionaire Anthony Rawlings. To the rest of the world he’s charismatic and generous. It doesn’t take Claire long to learn that something more sinister lies beneath his polished facade. As time passes, Claire survives, and her strength penetrates Tony’s veneer, igniting passion where only fear had existed. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, the question becomes clear...Is anything as it appears?
TRUTH: After enduring Anthony Rawlings’ vendetta, Claire is faced with the consequences of her new freedom. With the help of old and new friends, she strategizes to rebuild her life and learn the truth of the past. Secrets are revealed, true foes are exposed, and Tony admits his true feelings. Claire must decide who she believes—who is telling the TRUTH?
CONVICTED: Facing her oldest fear, Claire learns the true meaning of isolation. Who can rescue her from this nightmare? Tony? Harry? Phil? Or perhaps a more unlikely savior? Will it happen in time, or will the consequences of the revealed truths be more than she or anyone can handle? As the cards are played, who will win the game?
It's coming!!! BEHIND HIS EYES - CONSEQUENCES will be released January 14, 2014!!!
Here is the blurb:
BEHIND HIS EYES – CONSEQUENCES is a reading companion, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig, recommended to be read after completing all of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES: Consequences, Truth, and Convicted. It is not a standalone book and should not be read as such. This companion was written to explore the thoughts and motivations of Anthony Rawlings, the man behind the consequences. It was not intended as a total rewrite of Consequences, but meant to enhance the reader’s understanding. BHE-Consequences contains significant scenes from the novel Consequences, as experienced from Anthony’s point of view. It also contains never before read, behind the scenes information, as well as, a glossary of the characters and a timeline devoted to the events within Consequences. BEHIND HIS EYES CONSEQUENCES is a dark journey into the mind of the man who believes that he controls everything and controls nothing. Because there is more to learn about a man who: Once upon a time, signed a napkin that he knew was a contract. As an esteemed businessman, he forgot one very important rule—he forgot to read the fine print. It wasn’t an acquisition to own another person as he’d previously assumed. It was an agreement to acquire a soul. —Aleatha Romig CONVICTED
It was a long and painful acquisition—especially from Behind His Eyes!
Do you want more???? Check out The Consequences Series Group Reads, Group Therapy, and Group Hugs Goodreads Group! They have an exclusive sneak peak at BEHIND HIS EYES - CONSEQUENCES!