Ange'el Series by Jamie Le Fay
I am delighted to announce that Ahe'ey won the Reader Views Award - 1st Place - Fantasy.
You can check out the announcement here.
I am delighted to announce that Ahe'ey is a Wishing Shelf book awards finalist.
The winners will be announced on the 1st of April.
The Wishing Shelf Award is acclaimed and recommended by ALLi's Watchdog
Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the da Vinci Eye to books with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.
I am thrilled to announce that Ahe'ey is a finalist in the da Vinci Eye award. You can check out the small list of finalists honoured with this distinction here. Congratulations to Ahe'ey's cover artist, Milan Jovanovic.
The winners will be announced on the 18th of April.
It’s been an incredible adventure. I wrote Ahe’ey because I had to; I had no other choice. The story and the characters have been my loyal companions since my childhood days in sunny Portugal. They’ve grown up with me, kept me company in good times, cloudy days, and life tsunamis. They were inspired by the people in my life and the stories I enjoy, and yet, each and every one of them has stolen a part of me.
The unexpected success of Ahe’ey has caused some delays with the second book of the series. The recent awards enabled me to reach new readers and access new promotion channels such as Bookbub. To take advantage of these opportunities, I’ve been focusing my energy and spare time on the marketing of Ahe’ey.
I'm now back on track. I've been spending quite a lot of time with Morgan, Gabriel, Sky and the rest of the Ahe'ey as they stand divided by the arrival of an unexpected visitor. I'm about half way from completing the second book of the Ange'el Series and it's time to share some news.
As some of you may know, Ahe'ey - The Complete Collection, was first published in chapters/episodes. This allowed me to receive early feedback from the community. I'll use the same approach with the second book and will first release it in a set of ten episodes of about 10 to 15k words each.
Today, I'm uncontrollably excited to share with you:
Angha and Zanus continue to unleash chaos into the world of humans and Ahe’ey, yet Angha’s two-hundred Dragons and the presidential election are the least of Morgan's concerns. A destructive darkness emerges from the purest of beings. The ties and the love between the Royal descendants are tested to their limit. Death lurks around the corner waiting to harvest its prize. The heroes will rise, but some will fall. It’s inevitable and definitive. Rage can and will kill. The Ahe’ey will come across an unlikely ally, one they’d prefer to destroy, but things are . . . complicated.
I apologise for the delays with the release of the second book. As you can imagine, writing doesn't pay the bills, so I need to keep at least one foot firmly grounded in the real world as the second foot travels to the world of Ahe'ey and uncovers its secrets. You can expect Rage: Fallen Ange'el, Episode 1 to be available in January 2018. I plan to release one episode per month.
If you enjoyed Ahe'ey, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads as it helps other readers discover my work.
As always, I'd love to hear from you, so please do keep in touch.
Book 1 - Ahe'ey - The Complete Collection
Ahe'ey, Episode 1 - Beginnings
Ahe'ey, Episode 2 - Gravitational Pull
Ahe'ey, Episode 3 - Disillusion
Ahe'ey, Episode 4 - Escape
Ahe'ey, Episode 5 - Bloodline
Ahe'ey, Episode 6 - Before the Storm
Ahe'ey, Episode 7 - Betrayal
Ahe'ey, Episode 8 - Two Dragons
Ahe'ey, Episode 9 - A Thousand Lies
Ahe'ey, Episode 10 - Her Choice
Book 2 - Fallen Ange'el - The Complete Collection
Fallen Ange'el, Episode 1 - Rage
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What a fabulous time for Ahe'ey. The complete collection price promotion has helped launch Ahe'ey to the number one best-selling spot in several paid categories on Amazon.
I'm grateful to the Bookbub team for including Ahe'ey in their featured deals. I know the selection process is rigorous and I am honoured to have my novel featured by such a reputable value-oriented organisation.
Episode 1, available for free, has also reached number one in several categories, followed closely by the other episodes in the series.
I have some news for my readers, the cover and tittle reveal for book II are just days away.
I am delighted to announce that Ahe'ey won the Reader's Favourite Gold Medal in the Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic category.
For immediate release:
Reader's Favorite recognizes "Ahe'ey" in its annual international book award contest.
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How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
This is a funny and weird little story. Some years ago, I moved from London to Sydney; it was an exciting adventure. I was traveling to a new place on the other side of the planet to assume a leadership role in a consulting firm. I decided to share my adventures on a blog, writing under a pen name. Soon, I had a large engaged following including a famous Canadian paranormal romance author.
As soon as I arrived in Sydney, I fell in love with the city and with a kind man who was a bit of a troublemaker. Back then, I was very insecure and self-aware, and he was the biggest, loudest personality I knew. He was a single father of an adorable two-year-old girl, and they made the most enchanting duo. I fell in love with them both immediately but worked hard to resist my feelings because we both worked for the same company and he was a bit of a wildcard. I used to write about it on my blog, enhancing the story for dramatic effect. It became a forbidden romance story, full of my insecurities and plenty of self-imposed drama.
A few years later the Canadian author sent me a note telling me that my adventures had inspired her new vampire novel. When I read it, I discovered that the author had used most of my stories in her new book, she even used my real first name for the main character of the novel. I was conflicted; happy to see some of my adventures in print, and amused to find out I was the main character of a cheesy vampire romance. But, I was also somewhat annoyed with the actions of the author. At that time, I decided that if my stories were good enough for her to publish, then I should go ahead and start publishing them myself. And voilà, ten years later, I'm doing so. These days I don’t let anyone appropriate my stories.
I still smirk at the thought that my ex was turned into a vampire and now lives forever in the pages of an extra-cheesy and somewhat saucy vampire novel that is read by thousands of people around the world. Even Taylor Swift would be proud of such a devilish, revengeful feat, an unintended consequence that is both amusing and completely surreal.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Today we stand at a crossroads; the road ahead is dangerous and uncertain and every step we take brings with it collateral damage. Yet, we must keep walking; we must place one foot in front of the other; we must be thoughtful, and present, and connected. We must choose the path of inclusion, empathy and compassion, and if we follow this path, everything may turn out to be just fine.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Putting myself in someone else’s shoes and letting the story emerge. I find I learn a lot about the world and people different from me by immersing myself in my characters’ perspective. This is particularly interesting when the character is a villain as I still need to uncover the humanity in his or her actions.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
The vulnerability that is required to commit pen to paper. It’s as rewarding as it is confronting because every character is part of you and you need to abandon any embarrassment and serve the story and the characters as authentically as possible.
What advice would you give to people who want to enter the field?
Tell a story that only you can tell; take full advantage of what makes your voice unique. Surround yourself with authors that can help you learn the craft and overcome fears and challenges. On a more practical note, use scrivener, I’d never been able to finish my novel without it.
What ways can readers connect with you?
The Infinite House of Books's interview can be found here. Thank you, Shannon, for your amazing support.