One Year Indie-versary and Giveaway!!!

One
year ago today, I pushed publish on Avoiding Commitment.  It’s been a
pretty spectacular year since then.  I’ve released four books this year,
gone to four book signings in Seattle, Boston, Orlando, and New York City, met a ton of authors and readers, and had an
amazing time all around.
So,
how did I get here?
I
get asked the question a lot.  How did you decided to publish?  What
made you start writing?  Well, I have to back up a lot longer to answer
this question.
The
most obvious answer is…I’ve always written.  I wrote two YA books with
my friend Megan in high school.  I would pass her my notebook in between
classes and she would read and edit and add during her class and then hand it
back. Those books probably aren’t going to see the light of day for a long long
time. lol
After
that, I had tons of ideas for books, but nothing that I thought worthwhile
enough to write a full book.  I probably picked up and put down twenty
different projects before the idea for Avoiding Commitment hit me.  I
started writing that book in fall of 2009, and posted the book chapter by
chapter for free on FictionPress.com.  It was hardly an instant
success.  I think I had like five people read it regularly, but I didn’t
stop writing.
Fast
forward just a little bit and I stumbled across this really really unknown book
that didn’t even have 100 reviews on FictionPress (which basically means it’s
nonexistent) and that book was called Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens.  I
decided to give it a try and reviewed every single chapter. I was the 100th
review! We started talking, she started reading AC, and we became friends.

In
2011, she decided to publish Thoughtless, and told me that I should publish
AC.  Unfortunately, I was in grad school at this point, still trying to
finish Avoiding Responsibility, running a dance team…life was too
hectic.  I said no thanks, that’s not for me.  I didn’t think I could
put them out there like that.
Move
forward a little bit more in time, and my books have picked up in
popularity.  I won a SKOW (Some Kind of Wonderful) Award for Best Villain
(Bekah), and the books are getting more readers, which is all I ever
wanted.  Then a certain book blog, Maryse.net (hi Maryse *waves*), picks it up and starts
reading it and it goes from like a hundred readers a week to like
thousands and thousands of readers a week.  I was really really confused
as to what happened, but still I had a life and was about to start my first job
post graduation.  I didn’t have time to edit and what about a cover and
how do you even publish in the first place?!?!
A
couple weeks later, I get an email from this woman, Colleen Hoover.  She
tells me that her readers have told her to read my books, and that I should NOT
be giving them away for free.  She tells me to publish and offers to help
me if I need it.  My first thought was WHO THE HELL IS COLLEEN
HOOVER?  Well, so I look her up and I’m like oh yeah, just a New York Times
Best Selling author…no big deal.

And
then I frantically edit the book for the next month while working on the
campaign 100 hours a week.  S.C. Stephens and Colleen help me along the
way.  Then it comes down to a cover.  I’m going to use S.C. Stephens designer, but
literally two weeks before I have to have the cover, the designer goes on
vacation.  I’m freaking out, because well…what the hell am I supposed to
do?
I
message my friend Sarah Hansen.  She had read the Avoiding Series and made
me a facebook banner.  And I said, Sarah! Do you know how to design
covers?  And she was like, I could try.  So, she designed Avoiding
Commitment and thus, came the birth of Okay Creations.
I manage to get everything done in a month, press publish, and the rest I suppose is history.  There are a million people I could thank, and I don’t even know where to begin, but I’ll do a quick run down and If I miss you know that I still love you!

Thank you:  S.C. Stephens, Sarah Hansen, Colleen Hoover, Maryse, Taryn Cellucci, Jessica Carnes, Bridget Peoples, Alyssa West, Trish Brinkley, Jenny Aspinall, Becky Kimmerling, Lori Francis, Mollie Harper, Autumn Review, Jovana Shirley, Christina Collie (Gretchen), Leanne Lewy, Chrystle Woods, Jenn Sterling, Tara Sivec, Karina Halle, Claribel Contreras, Madeline Sheehan, Rebecca Donovan, Dina Silver, Tarryn Fisher, AL Jackson, Kristen Proby, Kim Karr, K. Anne Raines, Angela Mize, Jenn Laughlin, Julie Titus, Nicola Farrell, Denise Tung, BHC Bitches, America, Richelle, Dianna, Candace, Courtney, Katie, Rosalind, Angie, Jennifer, Stephanie, Crystal, Mandy, Nicoleta, Pamela, Laura, Sandra, Alicia, Kim, Kristina, Amy, Jesey..and many, many more!

Here’s
the fun part!

A
giveaway!
As
a thank you to all of my readers, I’ve included a giveaway that incorporates
all of those people along my path for the past year (or more) who had helped me
and inspired me.
The
prizes:


20 signed
paperbacks

Avoiding Commitment, Avoiding Responsibility, Avoiding Intimacy,
Following Me by K.A.
Linde

Thoughtless, Effortless, Reckless by S.C. Stephens

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca
Donovan

Slammed and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Special Edition of Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec

The Perfect Game or The Game Changer by J. Sterling

There Is No Light in Darkness and Darkness Before Dawn by Claire Contreras

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino


Finding Bliss by Dina Silver

Book of Choice + swag by J.B. McGee

Shattered Grace + swag by K. Anne Raines

2 copies of In the Air by Crystal Serowka

7 ebooks
Torn and Twisted by K.A.
Robinson

Undeniable, Unbeautifully, The Soul Mate, and My Soul to Take by Madeline
Sheehan

The Perfect Game or The Game Changer by J. Sterling

Enter below!  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

376 Comments

  1. I would love to win any of the signed books! Especially yours though! Love your writing! Thank you so much for the opportunity! =)

  2. I love alot of these authors books but if I had to pick it would be S.C. Stephens

  3. Congratulations and thank you for sharing this awesome giveaway with us!! You are so very generous and one of the sweetest ladies I met at Book Bash! I would love a signed copy of Author Claire Contreras' series…those books blew my mind! 🙂

  4. What an awesome story…..Loved your books, but I would be happy to win any of the books you have in your giveaway especially yours!!!

  5. I ♥ your work. Thank you for publishing and happy indie-versary. Avoiding commitment is my book of choice. Or thoughtless ….XOXOX

  6. Happy one year indie-versary!! I've been a fan since the beginning!! So happy for you and all you've accomplished! So out of all those awesome signed books, I would most like to win the Avoiding Series! 🙂

  7. Exciting giveaway.. I would LOVE to win a signed copy of slammed and Hopeless! I haven't bought Slammed, it's on my list, but I own and love hopeless!! 🙂

  8. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!!! All paperbacks are awesome, I would love to win any of the signed books, especially Thoughtless series 🙂

  9. They are all such amazing books, I would love to win either The Avoiding series, or Slammed. Congrats on a great year!

  10. I'm sure everyone would agree with me, but I am so glad you decided to put your books out there! I love them! I've read most of these books, so a signed copy by any would be fantastic. If I had to choose, I would choose Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan because I haven't read that one yet. 🙂 Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  11. Congratulations on your Indie-versary! That is amazing…and your journey is one packed with awesomeness, all those ladies are so amazing as well. I would love to win your books signed, but would be happy to win anything 😉 Thank you so much!

  12. Great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to enter 🙂

    They are all amazing books hat you are giving away but I guess I'd have to choose either Avoiding Responsibility since I have AC & AI

    orrrr Reason to Breathe because Rebecca Donovan is one of my absolute favs and her Breathing series was one of the first I read last year when I started reading Indie!

  13. Happy one year INDIE-versary!! Want wouldn't I want from this list? 🙂 This is such an awesome giveaway I would be giddy to get any of these! Thank you for this giveaway!!

    P.S. Can't freaking wait for AC3!!! #TeamRamsey #PeppermintPosse

  14. Such a HUGE fan! I met you in Orlando this year, and you are as precious in person as I thought you would be! Congratulations your anniversary! Looking forward to many, many, many more books from you! I have read all the books in your giveaway! Great choices! I would die to have any of them, but would LOVE to have a signed paperback of the Avoiding Series! xx

  15. Congrats on your anniversary 🙂 The signed books I would love if I could win them are Following me (my sons name is Brennan :)) Any book from the Thoughtless Series and The Perfect Game to go along with my signed copy of The Game Changer 🙂

  16. Happy Indie-versary!! Much continued success to you!

    I would love to win anything signed by Colleen Hoover! Or the Avoiding series!

  17. Congratulations… and to many many more! Im so happy to have stumbled upon most of these wonderful books and amazing authors. you all make my life a little more complete! Thank you for more than you'll ever know!!! keep them coming!

  18. Since practically all my fave authors are on board with this series I guess I should finally check it out! Thanks for the giveaway. Congrats your story is inspiring. I would love a copy of Reason to Breathe 🙂

  19. Congrats!!! I would deff like to win the Thoughtless series signed books!!!

  20. I have fallen in love with all the Indie books I have read!! Thank you for what you do to make my get away wonderful!!!

  21. Congrats on the anniversary! This is an amazing giveaway! I love all these books!!

  22. It's so hard to choose since some of the signed ones are on my TBR, but I would probably pick the Avoiding Series as #1. I've read them and love them so much! In The Air & The Perfect Game are at the top of ones that I still need to read. CONGRATS on all the success you're had and thank you so much for the fabulous stories!

  23. What an awesome story! And I love the work of those that helped you too. The giveaway is pretty darn awesome too. I've read a lot of these, but have yet to read Claire Contreras or K.A. Linde yet so those would be awesome

  24. Such a fun journey! Thank you for sharing!!

    I'm soooo excited about this giveaway! *Squeee* Thanks Marsye for bringing me here!

  25. Congrats on all your success!! Thanks for the giveaway!! I would love the Thoughtless series, Reason To Breathe or the Chocolate Lovers series. Any of them would be amazing though!!

  26. Congrats! This is exciting. Thank you for giving us a chance to win some great books. I would love signed copies of Claire Contreras books! 🙂

  27. congrats! I would love to win a copy of Tara Sivec's Chocolate Lovers series Those books are hilarious.

  28. HAPPY INDIE-VERSARY!!!!
    Such a wonderful giveaway for us but I would like to thank you for your amazing books!!!
    I will love to win The Thoughless Series,J.Sterling, Colleen Hoover and of course your books!!!!
    Thanks again

  29. I have read ALL these books, but I would love to have a signed copy of your series! Congrats on all the success. You are truly an inspiration 🙂

  30. Happy one year indie-versary! I'm in the middle of reading the Avoiding series and I absolutely love it. So I would love the signed Avoiding series or the Thoughtless series. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  31. Congrats! I love the way you write and your books are amazing!
    I don't have any signed paperback and all these books intrigue me! If I win any of them I'll probably die and read them all as a ghost!
    The ones I's like to have the most are obviously the signed set of Avoiding or Thoughtless!

  32. Congrats… I would love a signed copy of Avoiding Commitment, I bought it as an audiobook, so to have the book in my Collection would be awesome. 🙂

    I look forward to the NeXT avoiding book 🙂

  33. Congratulations!!! I love your books! I'm a huge S.C. Stephens and Colleen Hoover fan too so it was cool to read about how influential they were to your journey. 🙂

  34. Love you Kyla! Happy Anniversary! Thank you so much for being you and sharing all you do! You totally rock girl! Love ya!

  35. Congratulations! The series I'd LOVE to win would be the Avoiding series. But there are a lot of great books included in your giveaway!

  36. Congrats! Thanks for sharing your success story and a chance at a great giveaway!!
    Thoughtless or Avoiding series <3

  37. Congratulations!! I would love Hopeless by Colleen Hoover or There is no Light in Darkness/Darkness Before Dawn by Claire Contreras!! Both are in my all time favorites!!

  38. Congrats on 1 year!!! Fantastic giveaway!! Thank you Thank you!!
    I'd love to win: Special Edition of Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec!!

  39. CONGRATS!!
    YOU SO DESERVE IT AND ALL THE REST THAT I AM SURE WILL FOLLOW. TRUELY AN INSPIRATION AND A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO BOOT. LOVED MEETING YOU AND CHATTING YOU UP!
    CAN'T WAIT FOR A RAMSEY FIX

  40. Let's see which one would I be most excited to receive? I would love to win any one of them. All these authors are amazing!! I guess if I had to pick I would say any book by Colleen Hoover!

    1. But then again I absolutely love Thoughtless, Effortless, Reckless by S.C. Stephens so that trilogy would be AWESOME too!

  41. All of the prizes are great, but I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE…LOVE (haha) to win your Avoiding series!!
    A huge congrats on your success this past year and Happy Indie-versary!!! Thank you for celebrating with us with this amazing giveaway 🙂

  42. Congrats! 🙂
    I want to win your books or Slammed and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover or There Is No Light in Darkness and Darkness Before Dawn by Claire Contreras 😀

    Thank you! 🙂

  43. I really love to hear how authors got their start. What an amazing story and what wonderful mentors you've had. Congratulations on all your successes! It's very well deserved!

  44. I would love signed copies of any of the books being offered with 2 exceptions. I already have signed copies of Slammed, Point of Retreat and the Chocolate Lovers books.

    I would be honored to have any of the others! Thanks again and congrats!

  45. Congrats!!! I've read and loved most of these books! Would love to win any of them!

  46. Congrats! I remeber buying it 1 year ago and loving Jack then hating Jack and excited for Ramsey 😉

  47. wow! Thank you for such an awesome giveaway opportunity, fingers crossed! I love so many of these books/authors.

    1st Choice: Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens
    2nd Choice: Slammed & Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
    3rd Choice: Avoiding Series by K.A. Linde
    4th Choice: Seductions & Snacks series by Tara Sivec

  48. Congrats & Happy Indie-versary! <3
    Thanks for the giveaway! x

    I would be happy with any of these amazing books! Although, I would be extra giddy if won The Avoiding Series or In the Air by Crystal Serowka. 🙂

  49. The Avoiding Series would be my dream set to receive signed! They're my inspiration. I've never been so emotional reading books as I am reading this series!!

  50. Congratulations I love the fact this day in age we have Indie authors out there and its seems so much more personal between readers and authors so many great books to chhose from any paperback would be great 🙂

  51. Any book would be wonderful! I think its great that your holding such a wonderful giveaway!

  52. Congratulations! I would be happy to win any of these books. Especially your books, SC Stephens, Colleen Hoover's or J Sterling's.

  53. wow a yeah its been that long!! Congrats its been a great journey Loved you books and i find indies to be some of the best books i've ever read!

  54. Congrats on you Indie-versary!! What a great story of how that came about. I would love a signed copy of my first ever Indie read which was the Thoughtless series.

  55. What a great post! I loved reading about your journey into indie-land! Congrats! And to think, I got to meet you at 2 out of those 4 signings! 🙂

    1. Oh yeah, & if I were by some slim chance to win, I'd love a signed set of the Avoiding series, Thoughtless series or Chocolate Lovers series.

  56. Congrats KA!!! Too many more Indie years!! I would love to receive There Is No Light in Darkness and Darkness Before Dawn by Claire Contreras.

  57. Congrats! Happy Indie-Versary! Indie Authors Rule! 🙂

    I would be happy with any of these amazing prizes!

    I would *especially *jump and clap* with glee over:
    the ebooks from Madeline Sheehan; or
    the signed books from Coleen Hoover series; or
    the sign books from S.C. Stephen's Thoughtless Series.

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie Moles Krayeski
    donandsteph1999@gmail.com

  58. Congrats on your anniversary!
    Honestly, they would all be awesome but I would really like the Special Edition of Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec or Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

  59. Congrats on one year 🙂 Wow what a hard choice I would have to go with Thoughtless, Effortless, Reckless by S.C. Stephens or Slammed and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Thank you so much for the amazing chance <3

  60. Congrats on the Indie-versay!
    I would love the Thoughtless series by S.C.Stephens or Slammed and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. I would LOVE to win Slammed and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover; those books really got me into contemporary fiction. Thanks so much for the giveaway & congrats on all of your success! I loved reading your 'story' here; VERY encouraging to an aspiring author like me <3

  62. Congrats!!! Wishing you even more continued success!! Thanks for sharing and giving a giveaway chance. 😉

    The Avoiding Series, or Slammed ;))

  63. Congratulations!! I've read all of your books and will continue to do so. You are an amazing writer and a very strong willed person to take on so much at one time. I commend your strength and tenacity. You had other great authors in your corner and I'll say thank you to them as well. Without them I wouldn't have the pleasure of reading such wonderful books. Happy Bookiversary and I hope you sell many many more!

  64. Too many good books to chose from. I would love a signed copy of Hopeless!!! It got me going on this new trail of books and I have just kept reading and reading!!

  65. Winning any of the books would be awesome, I've read most of them. Happy Indie-versary and here's to many, many more. The book I really would like to read and haven't yet is "Reason to Breathe" by Rebecca Donovan. Thank you!

  66. Congratulations! 🙂 I think I'd most love to win the Chocolate Lovers series. I've been dying to read those! 🙂 Thank for the giveaway!

  67. Congratulations! Your books are fantastic and you definitely deserve ever ounce of success you've received. If you promise to continue writing I promise to continue reading… just so you know.

  68. CONGRATSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

    There are so many books I'd love to win… hehe… but I guess the avoiding series books? I'd be happy with any! 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  69. Happy Indie-versary!!!
    I would love your books. Or Thoughtless series. Or No Light inDarkness. Or Slammed.

  70. Yayyy one year indie-versary! congrats! 🙂 I would love to win There Is No Light in Darkness and Darkness Before Dawn by Claire Contreras! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  71. Happy indieversary! I'd love to win the Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens, but I'd be happy to win any of the maxing books. Thank you for the giveaway!

  72. I would love a copy of either Thoughtless or Avoiding Responsibility those are the only two books I was not able to get at BookBash in Orlando. 🙂

  73. The Chocolate lovers by Tara Sivec would be my first choice but I would love to win any prize! Thank you for the chance and thanks for the awesome giveaway! Congrats!

  74. Congrats on your One Year Anniversary!!!! May you continue to Grow and Thrive!!!! Thank you for the giveaway……I would be thrilled with any Prize!!!

  75. Happy one year anniversary!!! Thanks for this freaking amazing giveaway.♡♥♡ I would be beyond escastic to win a signed copy of your Avoiding series, Slammed/Hopeless, or the Chocolate Lovers series, or possibly The Game Changer. So many fantastic books by some kick ass authors. Thank you all. =)

  76. I would love Perfect Game or Game Changer but this is awesome and any book is fantastic! Congratulations on your anniversary and your many successes 🙂

  77. The Thoughtless Series is my favorite ever…unfortunately because I find Kiera so relatable and raw. Would love to see it in film. Thanks to S.C. Stephens sharing this blog, I have so many new must reads! Congrats!

  78. Congratulations! I love the Avoiding series, and I already have a set signed by you. I'd love to add Following Me to my collection. Any of the books you are giving away would be great to win though.

  79. Congratulations!! I read Avoiding Commitment on FictionPress and have been hooked on the Avoiding series ever since! I LOVE your writing! I found AC through a certain Thoughtless author so needless to say would love to win the signed Thoughtless series, with the Avoiding series and Colleen Hoover's books a close second. Congrats again and thanks for the wonderful books!!

  80. I would love to win either the Avoiding Series or the Thoughtless series 😀 congrats on your anniversary and hope you keep writing awesome books! 😀 and thank you for a chance!

  81. First off, congrats on your accomplishments. This blog and giveaway was inspiring and touching for the remarkable way you displayed gratitude. It truly seems like an awesome sisterhood bond you all share.
    I have heard of you via Goodreads.com and even bought book 1. I must admit that I have yet to read it. I happened upon your giveaway via the Naughty Mafia… You just gained massive cool points from me. I do hope to meet you in Vegas. Perhaps one day soon I will be able to pay it forward as well. Thank you so much…
    Joanie

  82. Congrats on all your success! I would LOVE to win the Thoughtless series! I LOVE S.C Stephens, I haven't been able to make it to a signing yet. I am dying to have a signed set! :)I.am.obsessed.with.Kellan.Kyle!

  83. I would love to win ANY of yours or S.C. Stephens book, THOUGHTLESS. Congrats on the milestone. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  84. Congrats. That's a great accomplishment. Thank you for the giveaway. It's a tough decision. Those are all great books. I guess i would choose the avoiding series. I haven't read the avoiding intimacy yet.

  85. Congratulations! I would love to have Colleen Hoover's set or S.C. Stephens' set. That would be awesome! Thanks for such a kick@ss giveaway! 🙂

  86. I would absolutely LOVE LOVE to win the Avoiding Commitment series. Those books are fantastic. I couldn't get this to publish with my name so I had to go with anonymous. Name is Trish Gibson one of these days I will figure out how yo post on these things right. Lol

  87. I'd love to win Avoiding set or Thoughtless set. Both are amazing series!!! Congrats on your anniversary!!! Can't wait to see what's up next.

  88. Your story is so inspiring! Not only to others who wish to write, but to anyone who has a desire to do something they really love. So glad you made that leap of faith as we have all benefited from it!!

  89. Congrats on your one year anniversary!! Your story is amazing. It inspires and motivates me to work on the stories I've started that are mostly written in my head but are only out lined on paper.

  90. Congrats, I would love to win Undeniable, Unbeautifully, The Soul Mate, and My Soul to Take by Madeline Sheehan, or Thoughtless, Effortless, Reckless by S.C. Stephens. Ty for the giveaway.

  91. Thoughtless, Effortless, Reckless by S.C. Stephens will just love and die happy if i get a copy of this..even thou it was a hard choice thank you so much

  92. Honestly any of them would be great. If i had to choose, I guess I would say the signed set of the Avoiding series. Congrats on your anniversary! You are a great inspiration yourself!

  93. Congratulations on your one year Indie-versary, I just love all your books! Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win the signed paperback Special Edition of Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec.

  94. (Not sure if my first comment went through, my computer froze so I am going to try this again!) Congratulations on your one year Indie-versary, I love all your books! Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win the signed paperback special edition of Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec.

  95. Congrats!!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!! That is a hard one….I would love There is No Light in Darkness/Darkness Before Dawn, Sweet Thing, The Game Changer, Slammed/Hopeless, really any of them!!!

  96. It was great to read how it all started for you. Congratulations on your success, I love your books.

  97. I really want Slammed and Hopeless or the Thoughtless series. Ive only heard great thing about them. Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for the giveaway!

  98. Congrats on your Indie-versary!This is a great giveaway! I would love any of these books but I think I would most want any of yours or S.C. Stephens books!

  99. Wow….I cannot decide on just one. I have read some of these awesome books already, but there are a few that I haven't gotten to yet. Thank you for the giveaway!

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