Author: ccbolick

Leftover Girl Boxed Set Now Available

Leftover Girl Boxed Set Now Available

 

The last six months have been really stressful for me, and some of you may know I had to push back the release of the first book in a new series. Not something I'm proud of, but sometimes life takes precedence over writing.

Wait, something is more important than writing?

Yes, although I love creating stories and getting them on paper, there is more to life. I've spent the last six months focusing on my job and my family. Has it been easier?

No!!! The stories in my head don't stop. I've got at least three more series planned now, and I've yet to finish the one I planned to start publishing back in August. So, I took a step back. I looked around and realized the stories could wait. I worked on getting my health to a better place. Working during the day and writing at night does take a toll.

Thankfully, I've been able to assemble a new boxed set with the five Leftover Girl books. And how about that cover? I'm pleased with the way this set has turned out. It's really been a mood booster for me during these turbulent times.

If you're new to my work, Leftover Girl: The Complete Series is a great place to start. If you've been following along with the books and realize how much I love building a universe of characters and writing crossover stories, thanks.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for following. Thanks for caring.

New Release – Fear Tomorrow

New Release – Fear Tomorrow

I’m thrilled to say Fear Tomorrow, the epic conclusion to The Fear Chronicles, will release tomorrow, 5/21. Which is why I had to write this post tonight.

I’ve had a blast with Rena and Travis and actually feel bad about making this their last story. If you’ve followed my other books, you’ll see some familiar faces in this story.

I’m not sure how readers will feel about seeing characters from previous books, especially if they haven’t read either of my previous series. Those who have read my other books should know how much I enjoy crossover stories. I couldn’t waste this chance to tie up, not just The Fear Chronicles, but the universe of characters I created.

All I can promise is I wrote the book I set out to write when I started this series. Yes, I always knew how it would end. Being able to write the book I wanted exactly how I wanted is an amazing feeling. I’ve found it’s been the biggest advantage of self-publishing. Lots of work, but it’s my story.

I’m excited to hear what people think about this one. Fear Tomorrow took about six months to write. It started as a string of handwritten notes about so many different characters I unfortunately couldn’t include them all. When I read the epilogue for the first time after edits, I felt both ecstatic and sad. For now this is it.

I’m sure the stories will continue in my head. Honestly, I planned to stop writing after this book. My goal was never to write for a career, but just to get the stories out of my head.

So, I re-read the epilogue and sat back with a sigh, thinking I could close my laptop and go back to living a normal life without characters whispering their stories to me.

Nope.

I’ve found the only way to finish a series is start a new one. I hope you’ve enjoyed the characters as I have, and I appreciate you visiting my world.

Maybe I’ll see you again in the future.

Fear Darkness

Fear Darkness

Fear Darkness, book three in The Fear Chronicles has now released.

I’ve had a blast writing Rena’s story and this book is fast paced like the first two. Rena will learn more about the secrets her parents kept and what she’s capable of. After Fear Power, she’s ready to take down everyone who betrayed her.

But Rena will find out no one should fight alone.

She needs friends to help navigate the politics of the agency. This story is told through Rena’s eyes but also gives Travis’s point of view. He’ll discover answers he’s been searching for and must decide who to trust in order to help Rena.

Some characters from the Leftover Girl series will return in this book. I tried to introduce these characters in a way that won’t take away from the story if you haven’t read the Leftover Girl books. If you have, maybe you’ll enjoy trying to figure out their motives.

If you’ve read The Agency series but don’t have a copy of Heart of a Traitor, sign up on my website and I’ll send you a free copy.

Wow, I can’t wait to hear what people think of Fear Darkness. I felt a range of emotions as I brought it to a close. That leaves just one more book in this series – Fear Tomorrow.

If you have a chance to read Fear Darkness, thanks for taking the time. If you have a moment to let me know your thoughts, please reach out at ccbolickbooks@gmail.com.

Fear Power

Fear Power

I’m excited to announce Fear Power (The Fear Chronicles Book 2) is now available on Amazon, including reading through Kindle Unlimited.

I apologize to everyone for the delay. I’d originally planned to release in August but faced several issues beyond my control. I’m finally back on track, with the release of Heart of a Traitor in September and now Fear Power.

***If you’re on my email list and didn’t get your copy of Heart of a Traitor, please send me an email!

If you’ve read Fear Justice, you know this series is about fearless Rena Mason. If you haven’t, now is a great time to start. She’ll fight to find her place at a secret government agency (think Men in Black) determined to use her power to save the world.

Yes, this new series exists in the same universe as my other books. You’ll even see some familiar faces.

Please take a moment to let me know what you think of this new book. Reach out to me anytime at ccbolickbooks@gmail.com. I love to talk with readers – they bring a little sunshine to the dark basement where I’m typing like a maniac to finish book 3.

No joke, I actually wore out my keyboard last week and had to buy another.

Fear Darkness (book 3) will be ready for release in January. I can’t wait to show everyone where Rena’s adventures take her next!

Thanks for reading !!! ~ C.C.

Heart of a Traitor

Heart of a Traitor

Recently, I completed a new story in the Leftover Girl/Agency universe - Heart of a Traitor. If you were signed up on my website, you should have received a copy of this book before release. If you didn't receive your book, please email me at ccbolickbooks@gmail.com.

My original plan was to make this book available through my website only, but some readers asked for it to be available for download through Amazon.

This book was written for fans of both series. It includes bonus material from Fate of War - tells the story with new scenes but from Chase's point of view. It expands the story and gives readers a taste of 'what happened after', but also contains entirely new material that starts after Fight Don't Fear.

The new story is told from Tyler's point of view. After he leaves Earth to avoid being captured as a traitor, he infiltrates an underground mine where humans are held as slaves. He never imagined using his power to fight for survival on another planet.

I've had a blast with this story and after reading Heart of a Traitor, readers should begin to see ties to my new series, The Fear Chronicles.

Thanks to everyone who's followed my books. Since I love to talk with folks, please reach out with any feedback. I'm active on Goodreads, Facebook (@CCBolick), and Twitter (@ccbolick).

New Release – Fear Justice

New Release – Fear Justice

I’m excited to announce my latest release, Fear Justice. It’s the first book in a new series called The Fear Chronicles.
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If you’ve read any of my other books, this new series starts after The Agency series. If you haven’t read those books, no worries. I wrote this new story in a way that readers should be able to pick up this series and enjoy without reading any of the previous books.

Fear Justice is the story of Rena Mason, daughter of Donald Mason. After retiring from the agency, he went back to his hometown in Florida, got married, and raised his daughter. When her mother was killed by a drunk driver, he ironically began to drink himself.

Because her dad’s drinking has consumed his life, seventeen-year-old Rena provides most of the care for her younger brother. She dreams of a scholarship to an engineering school as a way out of her life. She’s tough-as-nails and fearless.

When her father is kidnapped by terrorists, her life begins to unravel and Rena can’t trust anyone, especially not the agent who saves her. He claims he’s been undercover at her high school to protect her, but Rena has no idea his real mission is to unlock her power.

Hope you enjoy this latest story, which is a mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, and romance of course. Please feel free to reach out and let me know what you think.

Release Day for Fight Don’t Fear

Release Day for Fight Don’t Fear

Fight Don't Fear, the third and final book in The Agency Series released on 1/24/19. Whew - that's book number eight for me.

Like the rest, I thought this day would never come. I anticipated finishing the manuscript for months and then worked through the final edits. With each edit, I tried to tighten up the plot and tell the story I set out to tell.

For those who haven't read the Leftover Girl Series, I apologize. There might be some parts of this new book you find confusing. I always planned to make this a crossover and bring in characters from the original series.

In Fight Don't Fear, Angel's story works its way to a close, but there's also another story that intertwines. Her friend Bailey returns, with a few other characters from Fate of War. The two books cross on the timeline and I get a chance to tell more of Bailey's story.

I truly enjoyed writing this book. My goal with each book is to show the characters grow and come together in a way that makes the story better than the book before it.

I hope fans of my other books enjoy the mixture of humor, heartache, and betrayal in this story and continue to read my books.

I've started another 4 book series called The Fear Chronicles. I'll release more info soon, but the first book will release in April. It will continue the story of a character from Fight Don't Fear. I won't give spoilers, but by the end you can probably guess which one.

Please feel free to reach out and let me know what you think of this latest release.

Update on Fight Don’t Fear

Update on Fight Don’t Fear

So there I sat back in August, eyes glued to my laptop and happily pounding the keyboard to the tune of book # 3 in The Agency Series. A small voice cut through the steady beat of music (special playlist just for writing) and I ripped off my headphones. My daughter asked me why I liked to write more than spend time with her.

Naturally, I was horrified. “What did you say?” I asked, as if hearing her words again might change the fact I’d made my own child feel less than the special person she is. Both of my daughters will always be number one in my life, but somehow I’d let her down.

That night I cried.

Working a full-time job is hard. Following my dream of writing is super-hard, especially when I know I’ll most likely never be able to live the life of a writer full-time. Most people can’t. I came into this without illusion. My goal wasn’t to sell lots of books, but instead to reach a handful of readers who liked the same types of emotional stories as I do.

Late nights at the computer? No problem. Never having a day off? That’s been the price of following my dream. But my children will always come first.

In short, I put the book on the shelf and spent two months not writing. I enjoyed the extra time with my girls and found my way back to life.

I developed ways to balance what I loved to do, what I had to do, and what I lived for.

Originally, I planned to release Fight Don’t Fear at the end of November. Instead it will be January. The Agency Series will consist of three books and this will be the finale.

If you’re one of the three people in the world who read books 1 & 2 and have been eagerly anticipating this book, please email me at ccbolickbooks@gmail.com. Tell me your favorite part of Love Don’t Wait and send me your address. When the new book is ready, I’ll make sure you get a signed copy.

I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read any of my books. I’ve got more planned, with a new series starting next year.

I’ll have some teasers for the new book coming soon, but if you’ve read the Leftover Girl books, don’t be surprised if you see some familiar faces.

New Release – Love Don’t Wait

New Release – Love Don’t Wait

The last few months have been crazy busy for me, but I’ve finally released Love Don’t Wait, which is the second book in The Agency Series. Yes, this release is a few weeks later than I originally planned. To those who have been asking, I apologize for the wait.

If you’ve been following my books, The Agency Series is a spin-off of the Leftover Girl books. After finishing Fate of War, I wanted to write a different story. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy with how the first series ended. I just wanted the next series to have a slightly different feel.

So I went back to the characters left behind. I always planned for more stories, but I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take first. Angel was chosen to head up this series mainly because I didn’t like her in the other books. I wanted to give her the opportunity to grow into the person I knew she could be.

While Run Don’t Think starts her story, Love Don’t Wait pushes the limits of what she can handle as a teen and as a person with powers that others both covet and fear.

If you haven’t guessed this already, I love books in a series. I planned for several books where the characters could cross over, but I didn’t want to write one never-ending series. If you’ve read Fate of War, you probably have a good idea of how the agency came into play.

The first series included five books. The last book brought a conclusion which I hope readers can feel good about. At that point, if they want to take a breather and read something else, I’m just thankful they took the time to read the entire series. If they want to continue, the next series starts with a different group of central characters, but still within the same universe.

There will be one more book in The Agency Series, which is Fight Don’t Fear. I’m shooting for November on this one. It will bring back more characters from the first series, but I won’t give spoilers here. After finishing Love Don’t Wait, you should be able to guess who.

To everyone who has read my books and especially to those who continue to pick up a copy of each new release, thanks for the support. I truly appreciate each and every purchase, download on KU, review, follow, and contact that lets me know what people think of my stories.

Run Don’t Think

Run Don’t Think

April has been a busy month for me and I’m excited to say my next book, Run Don’t Think, will release on 4/26/18.

When I started this story, I had the intention of writing a novella as a spin-off from the Leftover Girl series. Angel and Skip were two characters from the series that I wanted to explore further and maybe provide a bonus story to the 2 or 3 folks who have read the entire series.

Why did the series need more? Well, the truth is I needed more. Time to write that is. By the time the series ended, I’d already outlined Angel’s story and I was itching to get started.

When I started writing many years ago, I chose to put the stories from my head down on paper for one reason only: my own enjoyment. Yes, I’d like others to enjoy my stories, maybe even you, but my biggest reason is my own. If I finish a story on paper, I can finally move to the next.

Since I write for my own enjoyment and I enjoy books that are connected in a series, it’s no surprise that’s my chosen path. I have other books planned with characters that will have crossover stories, but they will all exist in the same universe.

So, like I said at the start, I wanted to write a novella. As I dug into the story, I realized Angel and Skip deserved more. Next thing I knew, a full novel stared back from my computer screen.

I think I’ve enjoyed writing Run Don’t Think more than any other story.

If you’ve read book 4 in the Leftover Girl Series (Illusion of Truth), you know Angel and Skip end up with a case that holds one hundred thousand dollars. This is where Run Don’t Think starts, but after a few pages, you’ll realize this is a different story than the Leftover Girl books.

This new story has a faster pace and a paranormal spin instead of sci-fi. My greatest struggle with this book was how to make a new story that anyone can pick up and enjoy without reading the original series. I hope I accomplished this.

When I reached the last page, I realized there’s still more story to tell. So, turns out Run Don’t Think will actually kick off The Agency Series, which will be three books.

If you get the chance to drop me some feedback on this new book, please do. I’d love to hear what you think.