All About It Series – Week Four

Welcome back to the All About It blog series that introduces readers to my book series!

Today we jump into my favorite series! The overall series is called Archives of the Ancient Kingdoms, but within it are shorter series. Currently, I am writing The History of Goranin. This trilogy began with Eiagan’s Winter, and its sequel, The Revenant Queen, will release on September 1!

This series is a lot different even from my fantasy series because it is focused on an older audience, and the writing style is drastically different. While young adults might still like the series, I wrote it for adults who like sprawling epic fantasies like Game of Thrones. Side note… I’ve never actually read or watched Game of Thrones. I know, I know… I’m so behind!

This first trilogy in the “franchise” of the Ancient Kingdoms follows Queen Eiagan Allurigard, a feared-dragon rider whose rule is… well… less than ideal. If you are a fan of dragons, magic, and the gray between right and wrong, this series is for you!

As an interesting addition, I will say I wrote the first book, Eiagan’s Winter, based on a dream I had. I had been praying for inspiration for some grand idea that would help me take my writing to the next level. That night, I had a dream so vivid, I immediately got up to write it all down when I woke up. From that, the book was born.

There is a lot of me in Eiagan. By that, I mean, as someone who suffers from anxiety, I often find myself stuck in my own head. I also must remind myself to see the beauty in the world, because so much of anxiety is rooted in fear and darkness. I channeled all of that into Eiagan and found myself more connected to her than any other character I have ever written. I mean… if she were REAL, she would terrify me, but I suppose that was the point of writing the book—to remove those feelings from me and put them elsewhere. In this case, I put it all on Eiagan.

Here are those commonly asked questions again:

  1. What is the target age group?

Adults who enjoy epic fantasy and long-game plot. Young adults might also enjoy the series, but the characters are adults.

2. What are the ages of the characters?

Um… that’s hard to answer. The protagonist was made immortal when she was nineteen, but she’s actually several hundred years old. Others range from mid-twenties and up. Flashback scenes are from birth to adulthood. Short answer—all of the ages?

3. What is the content rating?

There are no sex scenes or cussing in these books, but the violence is graphic—very, very graphic—but not gratuitous. It’s what you would expect in a book that describes war. Probably an R based on violence, but otherwise PG-13.

4. Why did you start this series?

I wanted to bump up my writing game, but I was also stuck in a battle with anxiety that had no end in sight. This was my outlet.

5. Should I read the series in order?

Yes. Each smaller series under the umbrella of Archives of the Ancient Kingdoms should be read in order, or the story will not make any sense. However, once additional sub-series release, those can be read in any order. For example, when I complete The History of Goranin trilogy, I will be working on The History of Nelaravore duology. You could read either series first, but those books within the series should be read in order.

Here are all the details:

Eiagan’s Winter  (available now at Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited, coming soon to audiobook):

The land of Goranin has survived the rule of the dreaded Allurigard bloodline for centuries. Suffering perpetual winter at the hands of a tyrannical, bloodthirsty queen, the people seek out a savior to restore their land to its former glory. They find one in Moriarian of Varrow. Moriarian makes grand promises, and the people of Goranin invite him in as their new leader.​

Eiagan Allurigard, the feared dragon-riding Winter Queen, wants nothing more than peace and quiet. Her people push her to the edge, stage uprisings, and revolt against her absolute authority. When her immortality is stolen and Moriarian attacks, Eiagan barely escapes her castle alive. With a gaping abdominal wound and nowhere to hide, she seeks out an unlikely ally in her quest to reclaim her throne.

​Moriarian’s promise of salvation is too good to be true, and the people are subjugated to a fate worse than death. As Moriarian ravages her land, Eiagan seeks revenge against him and those who betrayed her. Haunted by memories of her past, Eiagan joins forces with a band of rebels, a healer who believes he can save her blackened soul, and a den of dragon-shifters determined to free the land of oppression once and for all.

​Traitors, a wicked sorcerer, and deadly creatures threaten their survival, but the queen is determined to win back her birthright at all costs—even if it means sacrificing everything.

You can click on the image below to order!

Here’s what’s coming!

The Revenant Queen, The History of Goranin II, is in the final stages of editing! It is available for pre-order at Amazon now! To order, you can click on the image below!

New Release!

100 Grand took the world by storm, but the family-made band wasn’t always mega-famous. Once upon a time, they were just a bunch of siblings with nothing more than hope, prayer, and desperation to save the life of one of their friends.

When Caden Grand suggests they enter Band Wars, a national competition for up and coming bands, the family joins together to help him succeed. His best friend needs money for her medical bills, and the payout for taking third prize is just enough to get her by. No one ever expects them to win… but they do, and it rocks their world.

A fictional memoir told by the 100 Grand frontwoman, Olive Grand!

If you love happily ever after (for everyone), strong family bonds, amazing friendships, and the power of hope, then this book is for you!

You can find 100 Grand at Amazon! Here are some quick links for US and UK readers!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

All About It Blog Series, Week Three

Welcome back to the All About It blog series that introduces readers to my book series!

Once again, I’m diving into a newer series. Oddly enough, the whole series is already written! It’s a group of stand-alone books that actually worked well together, so I am tweaking a few character names, settings, and situations and releasing them in a new series!

The Projects of Life series is a group of ten books that should be read in order. Each book has its own conclusion, but the series follows three generations in one family. The series focuses on those big moments in life—falling in love, dealing with frustrating relationships, personal and societal fears, navigating friendships, and much more!

This series also has some quirky, loveable characters, but the themes are a little darker in some of the volumes. Clean and short, this series is also good for binge reading.

Here are those commonly asked questions again:

  1. What is the target age group?

Young adult to younger new adult. The books are clean, free of cussing, and tackle real-life struggles. Some tackle deeper, darker topics like mass shootings, abandonment, and abusive relationships, but they are told in a way that highlights the damage and destruction those issues cause rather than portraying them in a positive way.

2. What are the ages of the characters?

High school to early college age, so roughly 16-25. In the epilogues, most characters are mid-twenties. Since the series follows three generations, you can count on the early generations popping up everywhere, even as adults. I like that because I can show how important parents are in a teenager’s life.

3. What is the content rating?

Most likely PG-13 for the harder hitting situations portrayed in some books.

4. Why did you start this series?

At first, they were a group of stand-alone books, but as I was editing, I saw commonalities among them. I decided they worked better that way, and now I am rewriting parts to better fit a family scenario.

5. Should I read the series in order?

Yes. Each book has its own arc that completes by the end of the book, but since it follows three generations, they should be read in order.

The Love Project, the first book in the series, is already available! The second book is in alpha review and should release in the fall!

Here are all the details:

The Love Project (available now at Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited):

Wesley Baker is a jaded human being. Giving up on love at the ripe old age of seven, she set her sights on much more obtainable goals for her life. She worked hard and eventually found herself exactly where she wanted to be—Professor Saxton’s Introduction to Modern Psychology course, the first step to becoming a world-renowned psychologist. Getting into Brown University was the hardest thing she had ever done, and the most satisfying. And studying psychology was all she ever wanted to do. Only… not like this.

Certainly not alongside Oliver Williams and not discussing the one thing she knows does not exist—love. Why does the semester project have to be a study on such preposterous things? And why, oh why, does she have to be partnered with him? Oliver’s devil may care attitude, his sarcastic humor, and that darn British accent make Wesley wish he’d walk into traffic—until the day he accidentally does.

Left to complete the project on her own, Wesley soon realizes all she’s been missing. Will she get the chance to tell Oliver, or will her heart forever be broken and alone?

Here’s what’s coming!

Where to Find Me!

There seems to be a lot of folks searching for me on social media, and since I will be utilizing it more for updates, promotions, and interaction with readers, I wanted to make sure you had the most accurate information. So, here it is in one place!

To reach any of the pages, just click the hyperlink!

My website MJ Padgett Books

  • Here you will find information about my series and published books
  • Lots of bonus extras and fun stuff
  • If you sign up for my newsletters, you get a free book!

Facebook

  • I post tons of stuff here—everything from promotions, book updates, new release information, quotes, games, and more
  • Here is where I also interact with readers!

Instagram

  • Almost everything I post on Facebook also goes on Instagram since some people prefer it
  • I will most likely follow you back if you follow me here!

Twitter

  • I’m not as active on Twitter, but I hope to change that soon!
  • I’ll post some material from Facebook and Instagram, but also some Twitter exclusive material

Blog (that’s here)

  • I feel like that one is pretty self-explanatory… updates, ramblings, and whatnots.

Youtube

  • Here you will find book trailers
  • Coming soon—book updates, readings, and more!

Bookbub

  • I’m not very active here, but I will add more book reviews and favorites lists as I get more accustomed to using this site

Amazon Author Page

  • If you don’t want to sign up for the blog, you can also read it here!
  • This is a great place to see my entire collection of work, too.

Goodreads

  • My blog also posts here
  • I am a bit more active with reviews here, and you can browse my insane “want to read” pile! I’m always open to recommendations!

Pinterest

  • Here I post inspiration boards, but will soon add more content like book quotes and more!

All About It Blog Series, Week Two

Welcome back to the All About It blog series that introduces readers to my book series!

This week I’m diving into a newer series… which isn’t really all that new. The first two books were written a long time ago, but they needed a lot of rewriting and editing. Once I had the inspiration to push them together into a series, it sort of took on a life of its own.

If you know me, you know I’m a quirky, clumsy person, and I love to portray some of my characters the same way. Well, the I’m Pretty Sure About That series is my quirky, weird character series! You’ll find everything from crummy break-ups to dealing with the death of a family member in this series, but you’ll also find what you’ve come to expect from me—love, friendship, hope, and… (hopefully) laughter.

The first book in the series is I’m Pretty Sure You’re Gonna Miss Me Ronin McKinsey and focuses on Hazel, a plucky, sweet, good-hearted person who can’t stop going over the top for the people she loves most—a character trait that pushes her boyfriend right over the edge. In a bid to get him back after a bad break-up, Hazel teams up with resident nobody, Daniel Starnes in what becomes a comedic tale of friendship, love, and weirdness you’ll love.

If you’re looking for short, easy reads… this is the series for you!

Here are those commonly asked questions again:

1. What is the target age group?

Young adult to younger new adult. The books are clean, free of cussing, and tackle real-life struggles in a positive way.

2. What are the ages of the characters?

High school to college-age, so roughly 16-22. In the epilogues, the characters are mid-twenties.

3. What is the content rating?

Even cleaner than the Secret Author Series, an easy PG.

4. Why did you start this series?

I really wanted a series that would make people laugh through their struggles. I also wanted to put my own personality out front and center, so when you read about those clumsy characters doing ridiculous things—yeah, that’s me.

5. Should I read the series in order?

Yes. Each book has its own arc that fully resolves at the end of the story, but you will see common characters pop up as you go. The series will also incorporate a second generation as it goes on, so it’s important you know who everyone is from the start!

So far, only one book has been published, but book two is in alpha review right now! I expect to release it within the next two to three months!

Here are all the details:

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I’m Pretty Sure You’re Gonna Miss Me Ronin McKinsey (available now at Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited):

Ronin McKinsey broke up with Hazel Simmons in the worst way—publicly and with a lot of fanfare—and now she’s on a mission to make sure he realizes what he lost.

Determined to make her ex jealous, Hazel enlists the help of Daniel, a quirky loner who agrees to kiss her right in front of Ronin. Little does Hazel know, Daniel has plans of his own and offers to help her stick it to her ex if she helps him find a date to prom. Hazel quickly learns there’s more to Daniel than meets the eye, and Daniel seems to be just what she needs to get even—or get over—Ronin McKinsey.

With hijinks, hilarious misunderstandings, and drama around every corner, Hazel and Daniel find more than a mutual understanding between them. They find friendship—the kind that lasts forever.

A young adult novel perfect for fans of fake boyfriends, quirky characters, swoonworthy sweetness, and clean romance.

Here’s what’s coming! The series will include ten books in total, but I’m only planned up through eight!

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New Release!

It’s here! The fifth installment of The Secret Author Series, The Telegram, is now available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited! The paperback version is coming soon!

I’m very excited about this installment because it is dedicated to my cousin, Paul Henry Hedrick, who was killed aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Have a few tissues ready when you read!

TELEGRAM

When cleaning out her recently deceased great-grandmother’s attic, Easton Long discovers a box of telegrams exchanged between her grandmother and a man whose name she has never heard. Reeling after the loss of her beloved family member, a nasty break-up, and the loss of her job, Easton decides to dive deeper into the life of the mysterious man, William.

When Easton discovers William was Nannie’s childhood friend who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, she cannot resist the urge to see the wreckage for herself. She is drawn to William and his story, one she isn’t sure has been thoroughly told, and soon finds herself on a cross-country road trip with her own childhood friend, Drew Prescott.

While the two set out to reconnect and get over their past issues, they discover much more than they had anticipated. With each step, the mystery deepens… and love grows.

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All About It Blog Series, Week One

I’ve received loads of questions via social media, some through email, and in-person about my many series. In case you haven’t noticed, I do like to genre hop a little, but I do tend to stick with young adult and fantasy. In my upcoming blog series, I will explore each of my book series, so readers will know what they’re getting into when they pick up one of my books (don’t worry, that sounds worse than it is!)

Over the next few weeks, I will spotlight one series with my thoughts and a more in-depth look at why I started it, what readers will find in the story, and why the themes are universal.

Let’s just dive right into the first series, shall we?

This week’s series is THE SECRET AUTHOR SERIES.

My very first published book was The Yellow Note. Sometimes I still cringe when I reread it, but that’s true for any author. Show me one who doesn’t at least wince a little, and I’ll show you someone who hasn’t honed their craft. It’s a process like any other hobby or job, and it takes hours upon hours and thousands upon thousands of words to improve—which I still do every day.

The Yellow Note was supposed to be a stand-alone novel. I put it up on Wattpad just to see what people thought. I was surprised to find they liked it, and when Wattpad put it up as a featured read, it got over three million reads in just a few months. People asked for more, so another book was born—The Postcard. After that, it seemed simple to keep up the theme—a secret person using some sort of correspondence to communicate with the main character… and the rest is history (actually, the rest is The Secret Author Series.)

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Here are some commonly asked questions about this series:

What is the target age group?

That’s difficult to pin down. The themes are certainly universal to any age, but some of the stories are better suited for middle-grade to high-school age (about 13-18), where some are suited for a young adult to new adult age (about 15-25). I’ve had readers in their forties rave about the books, while some even as young as twelve enjoyed the more adult themes.

What are the ages of the characters?

It depends on the book, but most are between the ages of 15 and 25, with a few outliers for supporting characters such as parents, older or younger siblings, mentors, etc.

What is the content rating?

To me, it’s solid PG. There is no sex or heavy petting (there are kissing scenes, but nothing overly heated), no cussing (perhaps the occasional Hell referencing the actual place), no graphic violence. However, in some installments, I do discuss trauma and other intense situations. For example, in The Letter, I discuss PTSD both from combat and from child abuse. In The Text Message, we tackle grief and depression after the death of a sibling. But no matter what the content is, you can rest assured it is managed with care, and to show hope and love.

Why did you start this series?

Amidst all the oversexed, overly vulgar young adult novels out there, I wanted to offer readers something with emotion and feeling, but without all the bad influence and trauma portrayed as a positive thing. I’m not a huge fan of novels that depict abusive relationships as a good thing, or that those people can be changed with just the right amount of love from just the right person. I believe in redemption, but when I write about it, it is hard-earned and deserved. Basically, I wanted to show people that hope can be found in almost any situation.

Should I read the series in order?

No, not at all, unless you want to. I wrote each one to stand on its own, but if you do read them in order, you’ll find a little surprise. Each book is linked to a previous book in at least one way. For example, Conor Hudson is the main character in The Yellow Note. You might catch in book one that her mother’s maiden name was Garrison. In the Postcard, Mark and Hope Garrison are Conor’s first cousins! It’s not directly mentioned, but if you’re careful, you can pick up little gems like that one and many more!

How far have I written in The Secret Author Series?

Well, that’s a loaded question. I initially (after writing The Postcard) decided on a ten-book series, primarily because I couldn’t think of any other forms of communication that would work in a full-length novel. But, as fate would have it, people were intrigued by side characters and stories, and they wanted to know more about them. I found I did too! So, I have also written some spin-off novellas and will continue to do so as long as my alpha and beta readers keep saying things like, “Hey, this would be a cool short story!” or “I’d really like to know more about this character’s life!”

Here’s what we have so far:

The Yellow Note, Book One – follows Conor Hudson as she unravels the mystery of her secret note writer. Along the way, she discovers family secrets, the value of friendship, and a love that lasts forever.

The Postcard, Book Two – follows Aria Scott as she seeks X, the mysterious person sending her postcards with challenges that push the introverted girl way out of her comfort zone.

The Letter, Book Three – follows Penelope Scottsdale as she navigates life with an abusive mother, a tyrannical sister, and a past she’s eager to forget, all while communicating with a deployed soldier—who thinks she’s her sister.

The Text Message, Book Four – Emily Waters navigates a text messaging situation gone wrong, which places her in a tight spot when her deceased brother’s best friend shows interest in her.

SA BOOKS 1-4

Starting Over – A spin-off novella born from a deleted chapter in The Yellow Note. Atticus Stillwell was a bully, but someone took pity on him and saw the truth. Now he pays it forward.

Biology 101 – A spin-off novella from The Yellow Note, this is the history of Jacob and Delilah, two of the book’s most beloved characters.

Falling For Elizabeth – a second-generation novella, this one follows the next generation of The Yellow Note

The Forget Me Not Pact – a surprise prequel novella that dives deep into the lives of a beloved character’s parents (I can’t tell who! I’d rather you be surprised.)

War Changes Everything – a prequel novella that gaps The Postcard and The Letter and follows Walter, the loveable war vet from The Postcard.

SPIN OFFS

New installment coming soon:

The Telegram, Book Five – Easton Long finds a box of telegrams in her deceased great-grandmother’s attic. She never expected they would take her on a cross-country road trip to uncover family secrets and lost love.

TELEGRAM

Future books include the following in the primary series and planned spin-off prequels, sequels, and novellas!

SA BOOKS 6-10

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I hope you have enjoyed our walk through The Secret Author Series! If you read one of the books and have an idea for future installments, including novella side stories, prequels, or sequels, feel free to send me a message! I’m always open to developing new books with reader input!

Next week we’ll dive into one of my new series, the I’m Pretty Sure About That Series!