It goes back to the saying: “You never know what you have until its gone.”
Her new friends Kar and Beth definitely kept me laughing and as I mentioned, their own plots in the story is promising. I can definitely see some books written based on their lives, however Always Red amps it up with the passionate scenes and crimes of passion as well.
There is definitely more truths being revealed and you pray everyone makes it out alive.
Red is not one of my favorite characters. I tried to like her in the first book, but now I see that Caleb, as sweet and hot as he is, is the more sensitive one in this situation. He will do anything for Red but it seems like it takes a herculean effort for her to show how much she loves him. I give her an A for effort…
I am saying this because, the gorgeous drifting rock star, Damon, who calls her “Angel Face” once again is always to her rescue and she just goes to him. Nothing wrong with that, I mean, she is a grown woman, but when Caleb feels some way about it, she never addresses it appropriately in my opinion. Her upbringing was kind of screwed up which can account for her being a shelled individual.
All in all a great conclusion to the series and I will definitely read more of Ronin’s stories on Wattpad!
Wattpad may be the best social app for writers and readers out there, but don’t be discouraged or surprised if you find your works aren’t being read and as popularized as others.
I have learned quite a bit about Watppad within the last year and even though I really enjoy the app, it is not something that is working for me at the time. Perhaps you are thinking of posting up free stories on there too and so hopefully this quick guide can help.
Published or Unpublished, Unleash it on Wattpad
One of the first stories I published on Wattpad is Weight and See. I began it sometime around February 2016 or March?
By the end of June 2016-roughly three months, I had at least 800+ reads and quite a few comments. From one reader.
It was not a story I published previously, just one I wrote off the top of my head and I uploaded it weekly. Finally, I took it down and published it on Smashwords where currently it has 1,071 downloads.
What was the secret?
After not even getting a burp on Wattpad, I finally decided to tag my book properly. It was a teen fiction first and foremost, that happened to have romance in it. Also, I tagged it according to location, serious matters, and as general fiction. That may have helped.
Either way, I was jealous of teen writers with 1.5k reads and likes…
One Wattpader decided to upload an already published novel for free and she grabbed more fans that way.
Teen Fiction Rules in that Domain
Are just two of many who have made their debut on Wattpad and are now publishing mavens with agents.
Both are in high school.
Some Wattpaders who are adults, write teen fiction and if they achieve the right voice and audience, make it big.
My favorite Wattpad author(including the gifted ones above) is LD Crichton, who writes new adult and teen fiction.
Not into writing for the much younger, pubescent audience? That is quite alright. Wattpad has many categories you can sift your writing chops into, just take note that right now Wattpad is dominated by the teen fiction category.
My opinion is that when Wattpad first began, teens took to it more and faster.
It is social media after all and you read free books all day long. Even I like that idea. You can literally type a whole book on your phone and upload it right after.
The Wattpad App, Technicalities
Yes. Wattpad is great.
The app is proclaimed as magical.
Yet there are some bugs Wattpad need to fix.
First of all, I was working on a teen fiction the other day and decided, “Let me write this on my mobile phone. For a new writing experience. Should be fun.”
And it was.
For a day.
Next thing I knew, I published my chapters and one was missing.
Wattpad warns you to never delete a story or even part of it because you cannot undo it.
So I did the “unpublished” then “re-publish” thing. Still not working.
I copied my chapter on my Android phone, and deleted the story. That way I can just copy to a new empty chapter- start over right?
Nothing worked, nothing showed up. I deleted part of my story. I will never see it again.
Wattpad needs to fix this. Allowing Wattpaders to delete their story while giving a few days before a story is deleted permanently, is a better solution.
What Writing Platform is Working for Me?
Right now, Smashwords is awesome for me. I complete the manuscript, edit and upload it and the readers pour in faster than on Wattpad.
Just like Smashwords, Wattpad has an algorithm. You must use proper keywords, tags, update regularly(Smashwords prefer you post multiple books if you want to see great results), and an awesome cover and blurb.
I may use Wattpad again one day, I will definitely read stories on there now. But it is definitely too “loud” to be heard. Even with their writing contests, it has been rumored that those who are already popular on Wattpad may get chosen over you.
My advice? Try them all out. See what works best for you.
Patience is also the key, which is why perhaps I should have kept my teen fiction on there, seeing as people have requested a part 2 now.
Good luck to you all and let me know of your experience!
I suffer from obesity. Not for the reason you think, but one of the reasons I suffer is that it is a disease that’s noticeable to all and I am teased for it, daily. My mom is a diva and don’t really understand what I go through because she’s always been so perfect. Her boyfriend Kevin understands me a lot. However, the one I dream of at night and want to kiss, is the one who makes my life a living hell. Brenden Harris is the epitome of hotness and intelligence. But if he and his twin sister don’t stop picking on me, I’m afraid I may explode…”- from Weight and See
I guarantee you that after reading this one, you will be squirming for Book 2(which I am currently working on).
Also, I have plenty of artful quotables to share in relation to this book and its second half. Coming soon!
Well guys and gals, this has been an amazing and HOT summer so far(especially in Va), but with YA summer kicking off like this- who’s complaining?
More goodies are in store for you all. I have sample books from other authors to share with you. Interviews, some more giveaways and discounts, just to make your summer that much more cooler.
First off, when I learned this book was written by a seventeen year old honor student, I expected nothing less than an emotional rollercoaster, especially given the backdrop of the story.
However, Ashley Royer created memorable characters and scenes that will easily resonate with teenagers and older folks alike.
Levi is a boy you just want to hold and tell him everything will be alright(but if you read the book, you will understand he does not want that). His depression and anxiety are so palpable that the story nearly pulled some tears out of me.
Second, Delilah is a budding rose of fresh air for everyone. She works in the place where Levi goes for his therapy session. Without giving away too many spoilers, I will say that Delilah and Levi did not hit it off immediately. Still mourning the death of his girlfriend literally controls everything Levi does and does not do.
Finally, the scenes.
Ashley Royer has created memorable scenes perfect for Hallmark cards and poems. From awkward airport moments, to hot chocolate and ice skating, her ability to write such believable scenes and characters and her control over pacing is astounding.
Other than some typos calling Levi “Luke” and other small nuances, this book is great enough as a compelling read for anyone battling depression, but looking for clean, sweet romance.