Before we get into all of my musings about my fourth book release, here are some fun announcements!
You may have noticed that shortly after revealing the cover for The Anti-Relationship Year, The Anti-Virginity Pact also got a new cover! I love how they look together, and I think they fit the series so, so well.
The Anti-Virginity Pact is also ON SALE to celebrate the release of The Anti-Relationship Year. You can get the ebook of TAVP for just $0.99 for a limited time (!!) If you haven't picked it up yet, now's the perfect time! Both books can be read as standalones, but it might be fun to read book 1 first since characters from book 1 do show up later in book 2! It might also be fun though to go back to book 1 after reading book 2 to see how much has changed! The sale is across all platforms, and it’s international. Check it out on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play,B&N, and more.
There's also a sale on signed paperback copies (original cover) on my website! (www.katiewismer.com/shop) If you use the code 99SALE, you'll get 20% off AND a free TARY bookmark!
On to the sappy post!
The Anti-Relationship Year's release is almost here (March 30!), and it's got me a little ~emotional~
TARY is the companion book to my first novel The Anti-Virginity Pact. They're both standalone books, but they also make a little series together. A series I first started writing for NaNoWriMo way back in 2014 when I was still in high school. The story has come a long way and the characters have changed a lot since I was seventeen. So although the "series" is only two books long, it also feels like closing a pretty big chapter in my life (it's been nearly *7* years!)
I had *so* much fun writing Jo's book and can't wait for you all to read her story. It's swoon-worthy and funny, but also covers some more serious topics. My absolute favorite part of it all has been seeing Jo's development from her senior year of high school to her senior year of college. Getting to write her at all of these different stages of her life and watch her grow ended up being a really unique experience that I hadn't yet encountered with any of my other characters. Tbh I kind of feel like a proud mom.
If you don't follow me on YouTube, you might not be familiar with the background of TARY. The Anti-Relationship Year actually is a book I never planned to write. I'd always seen The Anti-Virginity Pact as a standalone, and even though I knew where the characters would end up after the final page, I never wanted to write a sequel. But shortly after TAVP's release in the summer of 2020, I was feeling pretty stuck and discouraged about my writing. At the time, I'd been working on another series, which I decided to set aside indefinitely. I didn't know what would come next for me, and now that I had a book out, I also had a million other voices and opinions on my writing in my head.
So, for Camp NaNoWriMo in July I decided I wanted to write something that was just for fun and just for me. No one else would read it. No one else would know what it was about. It was just a passion project to get me out of my rut.
Yeah, well, that didn't last long.
I immediately fell in love with Jo's story, and writing her book was the fastest I've ever completed a project (and dare I say, the easiest?) After I turned it over to some of my beta readers who had read all of my previous work and they insisted this was their favorite thing I'd ever written, I realized maybe I wanted to publish the book after all.
So now we're here! I'm so excited for Jo's story to be in your hands, and I hope you love her (and Miller) as much as I do. You can preorder TARY here!