So You Want to Write a Book? Here’s How I Did It.

Throughout my college years, I got to meet many people both in classes and social events. Some have been more impactful than others, but one of the connections I made was that of Ashley Mason, twenty-something business owner of thriving local Boston consulting agency Dash of Social. Much like me, she felt driven to start her own company, and was able to take it full-time as soon as she graduated from college.

Additionally, she recently started a great online resource for other graduates looking to be an entrepreneur instead of an employee. It’s called Student to CEO, and I can’t say enough about how awesome these resources are. It’s a great place to read about what others have accomplished, learn tricks of the trade, and get inspired to start your own business.

Since it’s a blog largely consisting of work penned by other professionals, I was graciously allowed to guest blog for their site about my experiences being an author. After reflecting on how I got started, how far I’ve come, and the kinds of things I’m working on now to keep expanding my audience and growing as a writer, I developed a new sense of pride in my work and a renewed fire in my belly to keep going.

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You can access my article on Student to CEO HERE.

As you may know, I’m currently deep in the drafting stage of the sequel to my newest book, “Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember”. And although the storytelling aspect of being an author is the most fun part of it, it’s also extremely draining at times. However, hearing from my readers about how excited they are for the next installment really does help me more than they’ll know. Whether that feedback is a casual conversation over Instagram DM, or an official Amazon review (which really does help us indie authors greatly through the algorithm system) – I really gain so much insight into what’s working and what isn’t.

If you’d like to see the books I’ve published so far, you can find them on Amazon HERE.

Overall, writing (and publishing) are two very separate journeys. They often work together and complement each other, but they have to be addressed independently of one another in order to fully blossom. I know I’ve learned so much through these processes, and although I definitely would want to try traditional publishing in the future, it’s not something I’m actively pursuing – and I’ve learned that’s totally okay!

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Three Plot Twist Tips to Leave Your Readers Shocked

I’m not talking about clichés – rather, I’m talking about the stuff that leaves you breathless, with a little chill down your spine. I don’t personally write horror, but the best kind of suspense thrillers can often have a similar effect – just within a more specialized genre.

For me, when writing a sequel especially, it can be hard to tie in everything believably from the first installment. But here are some tips I’ve found that can really help you in that direction. Read on to hear a bit how I leave my readers turning pages and staying up way past their bedtimes 😉

#1: Think about how you can tie existing plot points together.

This generally works better than pulling new things out of thin air – that almost always seems cheesy, forced, and too cluttered. BUT if you build on plot ideas that are already established, linking them together in a meaningful way that is unexpected yet realistic can be strikingly powerful.

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Quick blurb from my latest book highlighting a MAJOR plot twist.

#2: Remember that not everything has to be significant.

Given the suggestion above, don’t just tie everything together. It’s a delicate balance, and if you do that, it feels much too close-captioned and limiting. Bring in some minor characters that don’t reappear, and add some events that are mundane – and therefore without Earth-shattering consequences. That way, the things you do choose to highlight will hit hard and fast, right to the gut. I even like to tease out small details that later become critical to the plot. The biggest thing is to hit that solid balance between connecting enough, and letting some things fall to the wayside.

#3: Consult with other writers in your genre for feedback.

This is maybe the most important point of them all. Getting an idea out of your brain and into someone else’s is really what writing stories boils down to. So talking it out with a friend or colleague with a relevant skill set is a massive help. Just a few days ago, I called one of my author friends who had read my latest book for help thinking up ideas for the sequel, and he really helped me tease out some clever ways to tie things together without it seeming too unbelievable. Feedback from others is king here – but as always, take what they say with a grain of salt. At the end of the day, you have to be able to vibe with your writing so that you can back your creative decisions one-hundred percent.

Plot twists are maybe my favorite part of writing, especially in the character development realm. I’ve been toying a lot lately with characters that act differently than you’d expect them to (for better or worse). In those situations, it’s fine to show subtle changes that signal new social dynamics and growth (or decay, in some cases). Now go ahead, and give it your best shot!

If you’d like to read my latest book, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember (Book 1 of The Rewind Duology) full of plot twists, you can find it HERE. 

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Science Fiction in Pop Music – What Could Be Better?

Unless you live under a rock somewhere, you probably know that most music videos these days are largely built on concepts. But not just any concept, no – we’re talking something dazzling, unique, and in many cases, at least a little bit strange (but in a good way). Since I’m a science fiction author, I figured I’d show you some of my favorite examples of cool concept videos that bridge the gap between music and narrative.

Ready? Cool – in no particular order, let’s dive in:

#1: Watch What Happens Next (Waterparks)

Glowing orange eyes, random alligators, mysterious orange juice, and creepy men-in-black agents skulking around the joint? Total sci-fi vibes. As long as you don’t mind the *salty* language in these lyrics, it’s an interesting allegory on record label politics and fame.

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FUN FACT: I got to collaborate with the younger sister of the Waterparks frontman (Awsten Knight) for my latest book cover! Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember was designed by the incredible Gracie Knight, and you can see the colorful artwork she did for me HERE. 

#2: …Ready For It? (Taylor Swift)

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Taylor appears in this video as you’ve never seen her before – walking down a dark, post-apocalyptic cyberpunk alley. She enters into a room encasing a robotic version of herself in glass. What could possibly go wrong? Like any good sci-fi, there’s even a twist ending. Click the link above to find out for yourself.

#3: Teeth (5 Seconds of Summer)

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Luke Hemmings getting fitted for his VR experience in the lab

In this gnarly mix of Divergent and the Twilight Zone, everyone’s favorite Australian rockers attack their own personal challenges via virtual reality technology in this gritty alternative tune of survival and tough love. Who are you rooting for? I’m a massive Luke Hemmings girl myself, but I don’t judge.

#4: Strangers Again (Against The Current)

Unknown-1Chrissy is the only one seen in this artsy and ambient video of prismatic colors. She appears to be trapped in a glass case, reflecting on a lost love. With her beautiful fuchsia pink hair (although, I may be biased since I had my hair that same color last year, haha), she works through her regrets and memories from her relationship. The glass case functions like a prism, and she finds a very unique way to escape out of it with her band by her side.

#5: The Wounded World (As It Is)

Picture a trippy museum filled with hyper-realistic statues that are actually the band members just staying really still… In this interesting allegory using human anthropology and entertainment culture, the band challenges their listeners to look inward to create change, instead of casting blame on others. The ending features a very chilling moment when the “museum” closes for the day, and the overhead lights click off, echoing in the empty room.

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Frontman Patty Walters giving a tour around this cinematic museum experience

These are all just a fun amalgamation of things I put together, and although I don’t exactly have the required budget to film a video like this for my books, I do have some book trailers… so just as a fun little bonus, I’ll include them here:

Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember (time-travel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUUTZ820GTI&t=2s

The Sorting Room (dystopian): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61KuJtpQPnY

Just Like a Pill (love-potion): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbtR8XKqteI

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Listen to “Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember” on Audible NOW!

Yet more news about this book that is so important to me, is that it is now available on Audible and iTunes for your listening pleasure. And the more I thought about it, I realized why this particular process was so emotional for me.

51p4nPsPGBLIf you didn’t already know, this book is about a girl named Vera who goes back in time to confront her old middle school bullies. Basically, I’m Vera, and it’s because I was never able to fight back against the problematic people I was forced to share a classroom with for years. There were so many odd and messed up private school politics to consider, and I weighed my options – which meant I wasn’t willing to risk a black mark on my otherwise perfect permanent record. So here I am, ten years later, and I’m writing about it instead. Of course, there’s a bigger narrative happening than just that – there’s friendship, romance, and growing up.

Hearing the words I desperately wanted to say out loud in an audible format has been just insanely cathartic for me. I didn’t realize how much I was holding in until I dug deep below the surface of my scarred-over psyche. Bullying is no joke, and it’s even worse when the people who are supposed to protect you from it render you vulnerable instead. My narrator, Chelsea Kwoka, is just incredibly talented, and shared that this experience meant so much to her as well:

“Narrating Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember was an incredibly fun experience. Not only are the characters unique and a blast to ‘hang out with’ but the author, Angelina, was incredibly collaborative throughout the whole process! Working with a strong female writer to bring a strong female character off the page is always the highlight of any audiobook for me. A story like this can be difficult, when people grow on the page and you can’t always be sure who to trust, but it was an exciting challenge that I looked forward to every day. The book touches on the parts of life that are in some ways universal, but also very unique to ourselves, and I believe there is something for everyone in here.”

Her favorite scene / character?

“Without giving anything away of course, I have to say that the climax of the book was by far my favorite to record. Vera has gone through so much, and suffered greatly, and this scene – for me – is the tipping point where she truly stands up for herself and comes into her own. I can’t say how that pans out for her, but it was exhilarating to record a scene so full of emotion and history between all the characters involved coming to a head! A personal favorite character would probably be Willow. She is such a breath of fresh air when Vera needs it most. While we are right there with Vera through all the twists and turns, Willow shows up perky and positive and none the wiser! She really helps snap Vera back to ‘reality’ (this one at least 😉) and is the brightness in the otherwise cloudy and confusing world of time travel.”

There you have it folks! This audiobook and my others are available now on Amazon HERE.

Or, if you’d be willing to leave a review, comment below to ask for a FREEBIE CODE. Yes, I have a whole bunch of those and want to share them with you 😉

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Don’t Stop the Hustle: Tips for Focus During the Dreary Days of Self Quarantine

I’m so over this. Like, legit, social distancing is for sure taking a toll on me the same way it likely is for so many others. It’s hard to even get up in the morning with nowhere to really go. Plus I may have graduated from college last year, but I’m still very much on the hunt for a more permanent writing gig. So the closures incurred by this worldwide health concern has really put a damper on my job search.

But I’ve found that lately, I’ve been able to stay busy due to my various professional endeavors I’ve taken up right from the comfort and safety of my home.  As things are starting to slowly reopen in my state, I can see that there is definitely an end in sight. So here’s what I’ve been up to lately while being stuck at home – maybe through this brief list, you’ll be able to find new ideas for your creative pursuits as well!

1. Interning 

If you’ve been around my blog before, you may have heard that I write concert reviews, band interviews, and music reviews for The Boston Sports Desk, and have been for a couple years now whenever I can. This is a fantastic gig that I found through the career center at my college, which usually allows me to score free tickets to concerts (and if you know how expensive and tough it can be to get decent seats, you can imagine how dope of a gig this is for me). It was going to be sort of temporary, but it ended up being a mainstay for me as I really loved it and noticed how it allowed me to network better and have real samples of my writing that I could show to future employers. You can find the archive of music articles written by me HERE.

More recently, I also scored an internship with Brilliant Light Publishing. This is another great opportunity for me because I can now add to my resume that I’ve technically worked for a publishing house – and all I had to do so far was reach out to local authors and review their books. My first article was about the adorable children’s book “Cody the Cloud” with an awesome anti-bullying message. You can read my book review HERE.

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Kicking back with my latest book, “Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember”, and a crocheted pink lemonade 😉

2. Guest Writing 

Through one of my colleagues I met in my marketing classes (Ashley Mason from marketing agency Dash of Social), I connected with some really interesting blogs that could feature a guest article by me. Yet again, this is a great way to get some more legitimate looking writing samples out into the world – and what better way to start than through Life Goals Mag? As a young author trying to make a name for myself, it’s very easy to get swept up in the hordes of others trying to make it big. So I wrote an article all about my experiences with writing and publishing five novels by the time I turned 23. That article is available on their website HERE.

3. Freelancing

Maybe you’ve heard the adage before but it’s so true: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” And as banal as that phrase is, I’ll admit it was very true for me in this case. Through a familial connection, I ended up landing a PAID freelancing gig blogging for a sales coach. It’s super easy and I get checks in the mail regularly, paid for each blog I write. There have also been talks of me potentially formatting and editing a book for this particular client, which would then be a big professional opportunity for me. Once again, I’m utilizing this time at home the best I can to pad my resume, so that when the job markets fully revives, I’ll be poised and ready to leave my mark.

I’ve even made business cards for myself so I feel super legit as a freelance writer – sometimes a little boost of confidence is all it takes to start dominating your life. And Vistaprints makes it super easy (not a sponsored post, I swear. I just really love Vistaprints LOL). And you can get 20% off your order with their coupon code “ENJOY20” (you’re welcome).

There’s no right or wrong way to use your time right now. Don’t forget that since things are so uncertain and frustrating these days, it’s also perfectly valid to just survive if you don’t have the energy to thrive just yet. But if you’re like me and you’re chomping at the bit to do something useful, these tips may help you resume a bit of normalcy in the midst of this unprecedented hitch in your plans. Plus, you want to be able to tell future employers that you made the most you could of this time and didn’t just while it away on Netflix 😉

OR you can find my books on Amazon HERE if you want another escape from the bland reality we’ve all been stuck in for a while. Audiobooks are also available if that’s more your thing!

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Listen to “Just Like a Pill” on Audible NOW!

Hello friends! If you’re new here, welcome. If you’ve been here before, you’ll know that I started this whole writing journey because I was upset about a boy who wouldn’t make up his mind about me. Regardless, I’m here today because I just heard that the audiobook for my very first story about a boy is now available!

Screen Shot 2020-05-24 at 2.32.21 PMThat’s right – the book is called “Just Like a Pill: Who Knew the Boy of Her Dreams Would Fall Under Her Spell”, and it’s very silly and light-hearted. I say that because if I don’t, I’d end up just cringing at it, and who wants to do that? Not me, LOL. I drafted this whole thing in like a month over four years ago during my freshman year of college, and I can honestly say that my life hasn’t been the same since. I didn’t ever picture myself as an indie author, but here I am, telling you about this audiobook and producing more for the other four (going on five) books I’ve published since!

It kind of reads like a fan fiction, because in some ways, it totally is. Friends who knew me IRL will know WAY too much about that particular aspect, but that’s just how the cookie crumbled, I guess! Fun fact: It’s also based loosely on the song “Red” by Taylor Swift, which is a song that will probably always mean so much to me from the events that inspired this story.

Here’s the book blurb to the story that started it all for me:

When Scarlett gets a sinus infection the week before Homecoming, she never knew that she would be plunged deep into a tangled mess involving the hunky guitar player, Maxx, who goes to her school. She quickly develops a mysterious side effect that appears to cause Maxx to be instantly attracted to her. With her health-freak fashionista friend Izzy by her side, Scarlett searches desperately to find answers about the sketchy “antibiotics” that she took to combat her symptoms. The time clock is set to one week, and between dodging the fiendish escapades of the high school “it-girl” who dates Maxx, as well as the feeble advances of nerdy Greg, Scarlett has to figure out what’s real and what’s not before anyone she cares about gets hurt.

Sound good? Great! You can grab a copy of the audiobook HERE or Comment on this post to ask me for a free promo code in exchange for an honest review. Hope you enjoy this story as much as I loved writing it!

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Books I Loved Reading During Quarantine So Far

Escape. We’re all looking to escape the climate of things and the depressing state of the world right now. So what better idea than finding the perfect book to take you to the racetrack, or the beach, or into the arms of someone special? It’s so much fun to be someone different just for a little while, and these books let me do just that as I’ve been stuck at home the past couple months. I’m going to share a few of the books that have been doing their part to keep me calm and (more or less) happy, and I’ll basically copy and paste my own Goodreads reviews below for you to see.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James)

This book is a fantastic blend of the movie Passengers with The Search for WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi. I could not put it down easily, finishing the whole thing in just a day. The technological world is rich, and despite the major implication in the description, I could still barely see the twists coming. This book is special, and I might have to check out other works by this author. Would definitely recommend this book, no question about it! Incorporated some very relatable coming-of-age thoughts in it as well, which can be hard to do believably sometimes but this book NAILS IT.

Aix Marks the Spot (S.E. Anderson)

SUCH A FUN STORY! Jamie is an American visiting her estranged grandmother in France for the summer. While there, she finds old letters telling of a scavenger hunt left by her father – and she enlists the help of her cute French boy neighbor to help translate the locations and people she meets. This was a fantastic escape for me, which was much needed since I’ve been stuck at home. The characters are endearing, the plot is very believable, and the romance is so so sweet. You won’t want to put this one down. Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me!

The Rose Gate: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast (Faerie tale Romances #1) (Hannah Sandvig)

A fresh twist on a classic tale as old as time, this story brings heaps of whimsy and creative fantasy lore into a new and invigorating brew. The character of Leith is equal parts charming and deep, with layers and layers of story to unravel. And Isobel is a delightful protagonist – an average girl with a not-so-average adventure. Definitely give it a read, you will not be disappointed. I genuinely enjoyed getting lost in the Castle at Kilinaire for a few days, no doubt you will too!

As Much As I Ever Could (Brandy Woods Snow)

Gripping characters take you on a wild ride. What more could you want?
This Southern racecar romance is a high-speed jaunt from start to finish. It expertly tackles grief and tragedy, especially in the complicated context of growing up and finding yourself. Jett is a well-rounded character, a perfect counterpoint to CJ “Cami” in every way possible. When a romance simmers between them, they are challenged by their pasts to move forward and find happiness again. An absolutely hilarious, tongue-in-cheek feel good read that I didn’t want to put down. Will be looking into other books by this author for sure!

96525098_865247990645473_113611471346204672_oThese books really kept me entertained, swooning, and distracted long enough to get through the first 8 weeks of quarantine in one piece. 

If you’re like me and desperately need an escape, I totally recommend these books. Plus, you can consider escaping to Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier in my latest release, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember. You can find that on Amazon HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Forgetting-Couldnt-Remember-Rewind-Duology-ebook/dp/B084QK6DFW/ref=pd_ybh_a_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=25H1G4DTESBNP3PTM8FN

Thank you so much for being here along for this crazy ride! I truly hope you’re all managing to stay well and healthy these days. Take care, my friends!

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Three Tips for Staying Focused, Happy, and Somewhat Sane in Quarantine

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been stuck at home for at least six weeks. And it’s getting difficult to stay positive in the midst of everything going on. We all know it’s important, but that doesn’t make it easy. Humans are made to interact with each other, so how are we supposed to live without each other?

I’m lucky in the sense that I live with my parents still so I’m not totally alone or anything, but in some ways, that also makes me feel like I’m twelve years old again. And that’s also not a good feeling at all (for reference, I’m actually 23, LOL).

As everything carries on and the days slip by like maple syrup, I’ve found a few things that have made this a bit easier. In my case, as a writer, there are some particular outlets that I have especially enjoyed lately:

1. Producing Audiobooks / Bringing Your Story to Life

The audiobook for my latest story, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember is going to be available hopefully within the next couple months. This is the first book I’ve published that feels truly significant to my mindset here and now. My prior-published books like Just Like a Pill and The Upperworld Series are just stories I came up with, more or less. I mean, aside from the fact that JLAP is largely based on a real guy I was crushing on for years, there isn’t really anything in there that I still relate to today.

BD914980-F48B-44FE-A0B6-4131CF9345A2This book, is much more real to me still, because it highlights struggles that are very real for me even today. It’s raw, honest, and uncensored (no, not like smut – I mean more like uncensored angst). I’m still very deep in working through social trauma I experienced from being bullied for years, so this is my battle cry: https://www.amazon.com/Forgetting-Couldnt-Remember-Rewind-Duology-ebook/dp/B084QK6DFW/ref=pd_ybh_a_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=M9PC24Z5PFYR4NNVMEJK

Even if you’re not an author like me, you can still find unique ways to tell your story while stuck in quarantine. Play some music, write a song, start a blog, start a YouTube channel. You can do this, and there are some great resources out there to help you.

2. Chatting With Cool People

As you might know, I’m a concert correspondent for The Boston Sports Desk, which means I get to review music and interview artists whenever I want! So last week, I got to review a new track by alternative rocker Mandi Crimmins, and then chatted with her over Skype for an interview. I noticed that it really helped me to be able to do something productive while being social(ly distant). You can read my review of her newest song here, as well as her interview:

Review of “Making Me Hate You”: http://www.bostonsportsdesk.com/alternative-rocker-mandi-crimmins-drops-new-emotional-ballad-making-me-hate-you/

Interview with Mandi: http://www.bostonsportsdesk.com/interview-with-mandi-crimmins/

Of course, I Skype and call my friends whenever I can too. It certainly falls flat to IRL hangouts, but it’s for sure the next best thing!

3. Being Present

My creative writing professor in college used to say this all the time in class, and at the time I’ll be honest and say I found it irritating. I didn’t fully get how to bring that sentiment into my life. It was this random idea that seemed far too foggy to flesh out. Like “I’m physically here, so what?” But it’s NOT just “so what”. Being a human being, with a life and home and a place to sleep every night, is in itself, a miracle. Remembering that God put me here, and now for a reason, really brought me back to reality. And then I remembered, that even though re-opening dates keep getting pushed back, it really will end eventually. All we gotta do now, is find ways to pass the time and keep our heads above water until then.

Thanks so much for being here (at least virtually). Stay well, and stay present. We’ll get through this, promise ❤

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Guest Posting For Blogs is Fun, Who Knew?

Hello friends,

I recently got an opportunity to write a guest post for Life Goals Magazine, which isn’t something I had previously done before, but I really relished the opportunity! Not only is guest posting for a blog an easy way to get a new audience segment for your marketing goals, but it’s also a great way to have a fresh new format to work with.

My friend Ashley from Dash of Social directed me to check out this blog, and I’m so glad I did because it embodies all the unique things about being a self-made entrepreneur and reaching your personal goals – all things that are near and dear to my heart!

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A fun quote and graphic from my newest time-travel coming of age novel, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember

Without further ado, why not take a look at my article written exclusively for Life Goals Magazine? It’s titled “23 Things Writing Novels Taught Me About Life”, written shortly after my twenty-third birthday (coincidence, I think not). You can access the article HERE.

I truly hope you’re continuing to stay healthy and peaceful in these crazy days. Best wishes for comfort and joy even during the stressful days ahead ❤

Angelina Singer

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My friend did an awesome makeup look inspired by my book!

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing as well as you can during quarantine. I myself have definitely been struggling a bit to stay focused and positive. I will say that Skyping with friends definitely helps. But of course, it’s not at all the same.

One of my friends sent me some cool book selfies with my latest time-travel novel, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember. She took the colors featured on the cover and did  a beautiful makeup look inspired by them – isn’t that so much fun? It really made my day to see, and she told me that she’s on chapter 18 so far, and it’s “pretty darn cool”. She herself is also a writer, so it made the vote of confidence from her mean so much more to me. I even included her in the dedication for all her support while I wrote this book 🙂

In case you’re curious, here’s the book blurb for my newest novel, and you can keep an eye out for the sequel, coming either late this year or early next!

“Maybe getting older lets you finally see all sides of the dice – not just the ones that are facing up.”

Vera Bartlet is a soon-to-be college graduate with absolutely no idea how messy her life is about to become. It’s not just the job search looming on the horizon or her lack of a boyfriend that’s got her stomach in knots – rather, her dad has been missing for almost a decade, and no one knows what happened to him.

When Uncle Edgar mysteriously arrives back onto the scene, he comes armed with some interesting new ideas about what may have happened to Vera’s dad – and an even more revolutionary idea of how to find him. With nothing short of bending time and space, Edgar sends Vera back in time in the hopes that she might find the clues they need to get her dad home.

As she sifts through the mangled pieces of reality and her altered memories of middle school drama become jumbled in between truth and fantasy, Vera has to choose which elements of her past should stay in the past, and which she might like to incorporate into her future. Time travel is never simple, and there are always side effects – but in this case, it might just hold the key to finding her dad. Will Vera stay sane long enough to find her dad and make peace with the bullies who made her miserable?

If this concept catches your eye, you can grab a copy of my book HERE 😉 I am so excited about this story because it’s easily my most personal yet. I quite literally looked back at my life and pulled elements from it that felt unfinished and unresolved. It was an extremely freeing experience, I can promise you that!

Thank you for all your support, and for being here ❤

Angelina Singer

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