Friday, January 23, 2015

LIFE After Dismantling Evan- What's Next for Evan? Young Adult to New Adult Cross Over




"What happens now?"
"Does Evan and Brody stay together?"
"What happens to Gavin after the "dismantlement"?"

These are just a few of the questions readers are asking about my latest release, Dismantling Evan.  I myself have pondered these questions and more, since these characters have made an impact and impression on my life and in turn are making an impression on readers' lives.

"Series? "
Well, kind of. ( I know....VAGUE!)
Let me clarify.
Fictional series typically share a common settingstory arc, set of characters or timeline.
"OR" is the key word between all of these commonalities for the direction of The Evan Series. The story arc from Dismantling Evan will be different from Inventing Evan's story arc (the next companion style book in the series).  
In DE,  the dismantlement happened both physically and psychologically with the characters. Now, it is time for the next chapter, the next phase of life after the dismantlement.  The next story arc in Evan's, Gavin's, Brody's, Lia's, Nikki's, and Asher's lives.  Inventing themselves.

No one can truly understand what happens to the people after a traumatic "dismantlement" occurs except those directly involved.  No one has really attempted to tell that story;   How does life go on after such events? What becomes of the characters? Do they fall in love? Do they succeed in life? Or do they fail? What turmoil or happiness do they have coming their way now? What does the aftermath look like?   THESE are the questions I kept asking myself as that voice deep inside of me kept saying, "Evan's story, the band of friends' stories, they aren't  over Venessa.  There is so much more that can be given to readers about these characters and the lives they will lead as new adults and into early adulthood."
THUS  THE EVAN SERIES WAS  BORN... but not the typical common setting, story arc, characters and timeline type of series.

There will be three novels in The Evan Series (Dismantling Evan, Inventing Evan, and Capturing Evan). They will not be dependent on each other through a story arc or ultimate climax and resolution tying the three together. Each will have there own story arc. The commonality lies in the characters which we are following through this series, with Evan being the main throughout the entirety. Capturing Evan will have its own story arc as well. What will be captured....I won't tell yet ;) (sorry, you know I like to tease)

What else is different about this series?  It is crossing over from a young adult/ teen series to a new adult series.

Inventing Evan  and Capturing Evan  will be categorized as NEW ADULT.  Why the categorical genre change?
In DE, Evan and her friends were experiencing the young adult coming of age phase in their lives with some pretty heavy issues. In Inventing Evan, Evan and her friends are  growing up,  graduating high school (minus Gavin and Lia),  will be claiming their independence, be branching out, going to college, finding their place in this world. That is undeniably the true meaning of being a NEW ADULT.  They are taking on more ADULT responsibilities, decisions, freedoms, and struggles that are all new.  There will be many firsts for some of the characters in Inventing Evan. And, YES, THERE WILL BE STRUGGLES AND JOYS  in Inventing Evan just like those found in DE...but different.

NOTE: I will be writing Inventing Evan under my name with a  pen name added to it.
Why?
To protect my YA/Teen readers.
Inventing Evan will be for a mature audience.  (18 and up) There will be sexual content that might not be appropriate for teen readers (without parental permission). That is what comes with this progression for Evan and her friends though.  They are growing up, finding their way, falling in love, and sexuality will come into play eventually.  I"M NOT SAYING IT WILL BE ALL OUT EROTICA!  It will not be at all. It will have more romantic elements than Dismantling Evan.

Back to the pen name.
I wanted  my title to make the distinction that Evan's series will be geared toward a New Adult and Adult audience beyond Dismantling Evan. A title that will help my YA/Teen fans distinguish between my books that are appropriate for teens and those meant for a more mature audience.

 What will my official title be for NA and Adult?  


IMPORTANT: I am in no way trying to exclude the teen readers from reading Inventing Evan, however, I want them to be aware that it is a different realm in regards to genre, branching from Young Adult to New Adult. As a parent,  I respect authors that have done this for my kiddos' protection and I want to do the same for other parents and their children.  
And, I would encourage parents to read it first if you have kiddos that are determined to continue following Evan's storyline.

I can honestly say that this group of characters has effected me deeply and the life growing events that they have coming are going to be as realistic, gritty, and raw  as the dismantling that took place in Dismantling Evan.
I can't wait to share the Evan's continued journey with you.

Much Love,

~V
Haven't read Dismantling Evan yet?  CLICK HERE 

P.S  *Special thanks to Penelope Anne Bartotto for helping me define this atypical series.*









Monday, January 12, 2015

IT"S LIVE! HAPPY RELEASE DAY DISMANTLING EVAN/ Unofficial Fanmade BookTrailer

It's late, but Dismantling Evan went live on Amazon early, so I wanted to get this out to you all!

IT'S LIVE! New Release promotional pricing is in effect right now for a  limited time!  Here is the link: http://smarturl.it/DismantlingEvan

Release Party right here on FB tomorrow! https://www.facebook.com/events/1571856906369399/



I truly hope you enjoy escaping into this book.

Much love,

V



Friday, January 9, 2015

Dismantling Evan: BIG TEASER. 4 Days until release!



Happy Friday everyone! It is almost time for Dismantling Evan's release and I feel a lot like this....




 

 4 MORE DAYS and Dismantling Evan will be released into the literary world! I can't wait for you all to read it and experience the characters and story!  In honor of that, I am posting the prologue for Dismantling Evan for you right here.

 But first, are you going to the release party on Tuesday, January13th?
 
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It is on Facebook (cyber party) so you don't have to go anywhere or dress up (unless you want to) :)

 I will be hosting events/giveaways from 12-2 pm cst on the then again with my party coordinator, Amber Garcia from 6-9pm cst! There will be lots of prizes, giveaways, ebooks, and 2 grand prizes given away in honor of the release! I hope you can make it. Go to this link to join the party if you haven't already! https://www.facebook.com/events/1571856906369399/

Spread the word about the release  by posting this blog on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

I have made you wait long enough.  Happy Reading ~

Dismantling Evan
Venessa Kimball


Prologue


~Now~  
I peer out the small, shattered multi-faceted glass window. The fractured sun shines through, striking the origami swan he left for me. It isn't enough sunlight to warm my chilled bones. The space around me is simple; wooden bench, wooden table top, two cabinets, a light switch. The countertop is wiped clean of all things except one singular item; evidence of Gavin's life, Brody's, my parents, my friends....my life. His loose-paper, neatly typed journal entries and photo paper lives are captured and stacked in a grey folder I hold tightly against my chest. 
The wind blows outside the work-shed, slipping through the porous cracks and crevices of the wooden slats. I want to hush it, make everything around me still, so I can think, but it doesn't matter if the sound exists really because there is no one to disturb; other than me. This shed, even though it is mostly new, has witnessed so much. At least it was saved from seeing what happened to us outside its walls weeks ago. 
I relax my grip on the folder, place it on the countertop and sit on a stool in front of it. My fingers play across the hand-written quote - “Not all who wander are lost.”Tolkien's words. 
I smile thinking of how fitting it was that Gavin had chosen those words in particular. Everything it held... his family, flawed and breaking apart, his friends, his favorite quotes, his torturers, and the illness that tortured him even more... this journal held it all and the quote suits it. The journal is a testament to his battle - fighting to understand everyone around him, everything around him, and most of all fighting to understand himself. 
It so happens I was fighting at the same time; he fought differently, but I couldn't prevent getting wrapped up in the breakdown of it all; the dismantlement. 
  

The sound of the gun, the yelling and screaming, the sirens, the deputy's walkie talkie static prominent in my ears even now. The flashing lights and all the cries...they haunt me still; an echo below the surface of true solid sound. An echo of life as I knew it a few short weeks ago. 

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