Saturday, July 4, 2015

ILLUMINATE Shines in the Teen section of the Barnes & Noble Nook Store

Today we get to hear from Aimee Agresti, author of Illuminate. Her book hit the number 8 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes and Noble Nook store on April 18th. 

Illuminate has been featured in such popular magazines as Seventeen, Justine, Entertainment Weekly and US Weekly. CafeMom.com even included it in their list of "10 Best Vampire & Supernatural Books to Replace Your ‘Twilight’ Obsession." Welcome, Aimee!


In a few sentences, tell us what your book is about.

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ILLUMINATE is the first book in my "Gilded Wings Trilogy" about a teen angel who's forced to battle a pack of gorgeous, soul-stealing demons in order to earn her wings...and of course she falls in love with one along the way. But wild paranormal elements aside, it's really the story of a girl learning to have confidence in herself. What could be a better metaphor for growing up than earning your wings and learning to fly, right?

What top factors do you believe put your e-book where it is now?

I have the best readers! Their word of mouth has made such a difference and it means so much to me. It's the ultimate compliment when I hear that someone enjoyed the book so much that they mentioned it to a friend. I've gotten so many sweet emails and tweets from readers. I don't think they even realize how much I treasure their notes! Speaking of, I always love to hear from folks so feel free to write to me through my website aimeeagresti.com. I may be slow but I do write back!

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.

I love interacting with readers on Twitter and Facebook, doing interviews with bloggers and doing giveaways on my own blog. And stay tuned: the third book in my trilogy comes out soon and it takes place in a fabulous location so I'm planning to post photos and videos from my research trip. It'll be a fun way to make readers feel like they're there! 

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

My target is anyone who loves to escape into a good story with romance, mystery, adventure, fantasy and above all, a strong heroine! I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read and since it's so fun to tote e-readers around, it's easier than ever to fit reading into a busy schedule whether you're a teen trying to read between classes or a busy mom swiping through a few pages after the kids go to bed. Personally, I LOVE my e-reader, it's changed my life!

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

I'm absolutely thrilled that the third book in the trilogy will be coming out this year--yay! I hope to have news of the release date very, very soon. I can't wait to hear what readers think of the finale. It was a ton of fun to write and also bittersweet after spending so many years with these characters I love so much!
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