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Arlene Lagos Author Website

Hello to all of my wonderful friends and fans!

Thank you so much for following me on this blog!  When I first started this blog, I never imagined that I would write more than one book!

Now I have four books and fourteen short stories published and I’m about to release a new children’s novel in December, “Outside The Circle”!

In an effort to place all of my work on one website, I have created an Author site.

Please follow me at http://www.authorarlenelagos.wordpress.com

for updates on new releases and projects!

I also have a new facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/authorarlenelagos

Thanks!

Beyond Earth Series 99 cent Kindle Deal!

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Now you can buy all three books in the Beyond Earth Series for just 99 cents each from October 12- October 19th on Amazon Kindle!

http://www.amazon.com/Arlene-Lagos/e/B00DH829PQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Butterflies Wake 99 Cents Kindle Deal!

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September 28th-October 4th

Butterflies Wake- an underground female mafia who rights the wrongs of an unjust society.

For seven days, you can download a kindle copy of Butterflies Wake via Amazon for only $0.99 in honor of my upcoming birthday!  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity. 

If you already have a copy, feel free to post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

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“Beyond Time” Cover Reveal and Book Launch

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Adaminia has been separated from the other warriors and has to find a way back to them in order to finish the journey they have set out on to reunite the stones. The darkness grows closer and threatens their chance of survival. One of them will fall; another will go missing. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

“Beyond Time”, Book 3 of the Beyond Earth Series is now available for purchase in hardcover at Createspace and Amazon and as an eBook on Amazon.com, iBooks, Smashwords, and other online retailers!

Please take advantage this week of Smashwords “Free eBook Week” and download a free digital copy of “Beyond Earth” Book I between March 2-8th!

Don’t forget to “like” Beyond Earth on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BeyondEarthSeries

and follow me on twitter http://www.twitter.com/BeyondEarth_

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/arlenelagos

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Beyond Planets, Book II Coming Soon!

“Beyond Planets”, Book II   

Cover Reveal and Book Launch

coming this September 2013!

Hurry up and catch up by getting your copy of  the first book in the series, “Beyond Earth”. Right now you can download an eBook for only 99 cents on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, Kobo and iTunes until August 31st!  Here are just a few of my reviews for Beyond Earth…

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****Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars****

“Beyond Earth is beyond fantastic!”

“I can’t wait to read book two and find out what happens next in Arlene Lagos’s Beyond Earth Series”

“I could not put the book down, it was thrilling, exciting, very easy to read. Highly recommend the purchase of this book”

“Beyond Earth is engaging from the first page, then hard to put down! The storyline is clear and most creative; characters come off as real and appealing right away. The way issues of relationships and sex are woven into the story is particularly good…like seeing them through the eyes and feelings of the characters, and presented in a mature and thoughtful way. This book is entirely appropriate for for the young adult market, and should have a special appeal to girls of mid-teen age.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! As the first book of what appears will be many in this series, it immediately grabs your attention and keeps it. Good balance of a fast pace and an in-dept plot. Fantastic that the Author used real town names for the story line. Can’t wait for the next one”

“Within the first 10 minutes of this book I was sucked in. The characters yearn to tell their story and with every turn of the page the story does not disappoint. I am looking forward to the next book and continuing on this adventure!”

“Age appropriate page turner. Pulls you through every corner. Left me wanting for more……What happens next? Arlene Lagos (author) knows her audience well. We need more female adventure characters like this one!!! Do we get the next book soon??!!?”

“Wow, this was truly one amazing book by Arlene lagos! She is one fantastic writer. I was hooked from the beginning to the end! I loved the overall story and the characters where so real and I loved the dialogue! As I said as a reader I was hooked as a writer I was amazed. Amazing!”

“Gripping from start to finish and left me simply wanting more. A page-turning plot that is a perfect summer read! Strong main character and setting descriptions that make you feel like part of the action. A real hybrid as far as genre goes, there is something for everyone in this book.”
“Adventure, imagination, and smart are all words I would use to describe this book. Arlene Lagos has created new worlds to explore and a strong female lead to explore with. I would recommend this book.”

Creatura by Nely Cab

I would like to give a shout out to a dear friend and fellow author

 Nely Cab who is releasing her book, “Creatura” today! Check it out!

Now Available on Amazon

Now Available on iBooks (iTunes)!

Like “Creatura” on Facebook


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“Beyond Earth” attending Boston ComicCon

Medway, MA-  Author, Arlene Lagos  announced today that “Beyond Earth” will be attending Boston Comic Con this August 3rd and 4th at The Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA. Tickets, hours and directions can be found on the Boston Comic Con website.

“Beyond Earth” is book one of the Beyond Earth Series written by Arlene Lagos. It’s an indie, young adult, science-fiction fantasy novella.

Hidden in the fabric of our own galaxy are five planets, anchored to Earth and thriving with life. When young Adaminia walks through a doorway and onto another planet, she learns the truth about her destiny. She must locate the other six warriors and unite their shared power in order to fight off the growing darkness set to destroy their existence.

Lagos has written poetry, stage plays, screenplays and short stories for over 20 years. In addition to writing the Beyond Earth Series she also has twelve award-winning short stories published in the Giant Tales anthology. Lagos currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband and their daughter.

“Beyond Earth”, Book I is now available in paperback and eBook on Amazon, iBookstore, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and more.

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“An Octopus Named Mom”- The Journey

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I think every mother at one time or another has used the phrase “I only have two hands!” or “What do I look like, an Octopus?” Most days, I wish I had eight arms to get everything I need done.

My journey with “An Octopus Named Mom” started six years ago; inspired by my own childhood with my mother raising five children, having my own children and what life is like as a mother. My ideas and thoughts would come at all different times so I have notepads around my home and post it notes with messy notes on them. So whenever a thought would hit me, I would instantly write it down until one day, when I pieced them all together and created the story.

Then I was on a mission to find someone willing to bring my story to life! My challenge was finding someone who would be willing to be my partner in this and take a chance with me, because I could not afford to hire anyone.

When I began my quest searching for an illustrator, I looked in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Boston. The time came when I was ready to give up and in that same moment,  a friend introduced me to illustrator, Jen Donehey; this fabulous woman who had been living just miles from me in the same town! That was three years ago.

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Jen and I met monthly, between our hectic work schedules. We would brainstorm and she would pull every detail out of my imagination to create each page. Every page was created with much thought, patience and love. Our months turned into years…until we finally, completed our last page.

During this process, I had several people review what I had written: a few who worked in the publishing industry, educators and even some authors. I took their advice very seriously. I would talk with anyone I knew and I would absorb every ounce of constructive criticism they had or guidance they had to offer. Everyone I sought out, would give me new direction, and I would walk away learning something new. This in turn made me create some changes in the story.

Our next challenge was finding a publisher. We sent our story along with the beautiful illustrations to several publishing companies. We never heard back from one, not even a response. I began to seek out professional advice from people who worked in the publishing industry. Their advice to us was to tap into the social media and all it has to offer. They said to find a high quality, custom publishing company and get your book out there! Don’t wait for the big publishing companies to find you, because unless you’re a celebrity, they won’t give your book a chance.

We found a local publishing company called, Three Bean Press which was out of Boston. This company was created by three local women who worked in the publishing industry for years. One of which ALSO lived in our little town of Millis. We shared our story with them and they instantly loved it and wanted to represent us. We were thrilled but still needed to find a way to pay for the publishing expenses, which were expensive because we wanted it printed in the USA.

We promoted our book on Kickstarter, which allowed us 30 days to raise enough funds to print our book in the U.S.  The support came pouring in for us; it was truly a humbling experience. We reached and exceeded our goals and it is because of the kindness and generosity of others that we were able to move forward and put our story to print.

On Friday, July 27th  2012, our books arrived and that night we had our very first book signing. It was all so surreal that our hard work and years of laboring over this “dream” had finally come true.  “An Octopus Named Mom” was born and introduced to the world.

Since then, we have been stocking the shelves of many bookstores and gift stores throughout New England. Our calendars are filling up with library visits, book signings and even requests for us to attend public speaking events. We have already held book signings at Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill, MA. Our book can be found at such prestigious stores like Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and many, many more.

I am so proud of our book. The love and time that went into it, the people who supported it and the friendships I have made throughout this voyage. But what I’m most proud of is the page that Jennifer created, which is dedicated to my mother who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. We have teamed up with Ovations for The Cure and we will be donating a portion of the proceeds of every book sold to them in her memory. I look forward to the day when we can hand over a large check to their foundation in my mother’s memory. I know she will be smiling down on us on that day.

Kathleen

Interview was done with Kathleen Flaherty of Millis, MA

Kathleen and Jennifer are currently working on their next two books:

“A Superhero Named Dad” and “My Perfect Family”.

They hope to launch by August 2013.

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Questions? Email us at: octopusmoms@gmail.com

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