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Identity Sales Update + New WIP

I’m glad to say that March has been a very successful month so far. My recently published novel, Identity, has received way more sales than I originally expected! I’m excited to see where the Lord takes this book, and I hope that it reaches the many people out there who need to read a wholesome, God-glorifying story.

Speaking of reaching people, some of my fans who have received the book have sent me some pictures already. Here are some of them:

It gives me so much joy to see the smiles on their faces. ❤️

I also have received several reviews and praises from Amazon, Goodreads, and through my email. Here are some of them:

[My daughter] has never read a “chapter book” on her own and claims to hate reading, but she loves Annabelle’s book! It might be the first one she completes on her own!

A homeschool Mom

This Young Adult book will capture your heart and hold you captive!!! I loved it!!!

Kaytlin Phillips, Writer’s Vision Blog

This book is a gorgeous masterpiece, completely unexpected plot twists, and the perfect about of Godly romance. Find out who you truly are, with “Identity”.

Eowyn Bolivette, Goodreads Reviewer

I was on the edge of my seat through a lot of the book. It was never boring, and it kept my attention the whole time. The balance between suspense and emotion is incredible.

Faith & Writing Blog

The surprises as the story progressed sparked your imagination and kept you turning the pages.

D. Finley, Amazon Reviewer

And guess what? The author copies finally came in the mail this week! Here are some pictures (taken by my wonderful photographer mom):

So that’s basically an update on how Identity has been going! Now I want to share with you all a very special update about… (drumroll please)… my new Work in Progress!

New WIP – The Song that Silences

I just had the idea for this novel last weekend, so it’s not fully developed yet. But I’m super excited about it, so I wanted to share about it on this blog!

Basically, my new WIP is called The Song that Silences, and it’s an inspirational YA sci-fi dystopian novel. Here is a short blurb I wrote about the premise:

(NOTE: This blurb is not final and will probably change drastically between now and the time when this novel is finished.)

Kali Krosfern is the most popular girl in the most elite high school in the entire world of Novaterra – the New World Academy (NWA). She is mostly content with her life, but she has just one secret: she has a gift for music. And in Novaterra, all forms of art, including music, are forbidden. Because too much influence creates disunity. And disunity creates war.

Kali doesn’t sing often – only when she’s alone. But sometimes the music threatens to rise up from her, and she needs to keep it down. With just one singular note, she could lose all her friends, as well as everything else she’s worked so hard to gain in life.

But when Kali is caught unintentionally meeting with a group of Expressionist rebels, she is thought to be a traitor to the entire system of Novaterra. She must either choose to join the band of Expressionists and let her own song run free, or conform to the System and allow her world to stay the way it has always been.

As you can see, that blurb is not perfect, but it’s a start!

So now that I have developed my main characters, written down my plot ideas, made some maps, and designed the “Novaterrian System”, I have begun to write the first draft (which currently only consists of one chapter 😆). But I’m super excited to see where this story leads me, and I LOVE my new characters. (Ahhhh, Zak is the best!! I know none of you know who that is yet, but ask about him in the comments and you’ll be sure to get a character rant. 😂)

Alrighty, that’s my update for today! Between Identity’s success and my new exciting WIP, life is pretty good right now. I’m so happy I could share this news with you all, and I hope you’ll take the time to leave a comment!

Who is your favorite book character of all time? What WIP(s) are you currently working on? What posts would you like to see more of in the future on Pen & Ink? What do you think of The Song that Silences? Let me know in the comments!

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21 responses to “Identity Sales Update + New WIP”

  1. Selah Avatar

    Annabelle! this is so exciting! I love the pictures! tell your mom awesome job! I am so happy for you, and so thankful sales are going well!

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Thanks, Selah! 😀

  2. Micah Avatar

    This definitely makes me wanna buy the copy now! Those book reviews were lovely.

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Yes, people have been super appreciative and kind. I hope you do decide to buy a copy!

  3. Lillian Keith Avatar

    Oh Annabelle, I loved the pictures your mom took of your new book! It’s so pretty! Congratulations on the sales and amazing reviews!

    (And now, I must add that I really love a good dystopian novel, and yours sounds really interesting *scoots forward and eagerly awaits its release* Lol.)

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Thanks!!

      Haha… I’ll keep you posted.

  4. Ava Coulter Avatar

    Wow, Annabelle!!! That’s so exciting! My copy came in the mail the other day, and I’m so impatient to read it! XD (Also, those book photos are gorgeous!)

    0_0 Okay, I want to read The Song that Silences SO bad now… that sounds amazing!!! I love the dystopian vibes and the theme.

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Haha, that’s great! Let me know what you think!

      Thanks! You’re welcome to help edit The Song that Silences once I’m ready for beta-readers.

      1. Ava Coulter Avatar

        I will! 😀 You’re so welcome! Ahh, I would be honored! <3

  5. Saraina Avatar

    Eeeeeee, those photos are gorgeous!!! Congratulations on all of Identity’s sales!!!

    And girl. I’m already wanting to read The Song that Silences. XD I honestly love music and singing as much as I love writing, and I adore books with characters who love that too! (Or that just have a musical theme, like in The Wingfeather Saga. 😉 So YAY!

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Thanks, Saraina!

      I love music too, and that’s one thing that kind of sparked the idea for this book! Yes, I LOVE the musical themes in the WFS!

  6. Deigan Marie Avatar

    Ahh, congrats, Annabelle! That is so amazing. I really want to read this book now .

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Thanks, Deigan!

  7. miley Avatar

    congratulations Annabelle (: I’m excited to see what the Lord does with your writing.

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Thanks! Me too 🙂

  8. Papa Kevin Avatar
    Papa Kevin

    Congratulations Annabelle! I’m about 65 percent through Identity right now and thoroughly enjoying the amazing world and characters you have created! The new work sounds very interesting as well! Tell me what’s so special about Zak?

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Haha, thanks! I’m glad you like it so far!

      Well, Zak is just a very unique side character. He’s kind of the comic relief for most of the book, and it’s super fun to write his dialogue because he’s always saying something funny. He’s also extremely extroverted and can talk for hours about the most random topics. He’s super stubborn and never backs down from his opinion, and if he sets his mind on something he is sure to get it done. He loves pranking people (he has pranked the main character, Kali, more than once). He’s also very friendly and loves to make friends with everyone (although a lot of people think he’s their enemy because of how he goes about making friends. He typically gets to know someone by pranking them, pretending to bump into them, or by telling them random jokes). So he just has a really fun personality (although he’s very annoying). That’s mostly why I like him.

      1. Papa Kevin Avatar
        Papa Kevin

        Wow! Sounds like you really know this guy!! Thanks for the detailed response!

        1. Annabelle Avatar
          Annabelle

          I told you you’d get a character rant. XD

  9. Viola Avatar

    Oooh! I can’t wait to read identity! and the next book! also have you ever read The Giver by Louis Cowry?

    1. Annabelle Avatar
      Annabelle

      Thanks! No, I have not read The Giver, but I’ve heard about it. Would you recommend it?

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