Exiled Turns 1

Exiled Turns 1

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Author, Book Reviews, Protector Series, Publishing, Writing | 46 comments

Today is a pretty special day. Not only is it Canada day, but one year ago today, Exiled was published.

Unleashed into the wild, in hopes of rocking imaginations world wide, Exiled has had an incredible year. Great reviews, some of which brought me to tears, are just one of things I got to experience from readers. One that particularly stands out is from a young boy named Patrick, who is the student of book blogger/teacher Val @ Stuck in Books. He was the first actual young adult to read and review my books, and that was something beyond words, for me. All of the reviews, all of the comments and messages I’ve received from happy readers…it just blows me away every time someone tells me they enjoyed what I’ve created.

This journey started a few years ago with no intention to publish. I started writing one day, having never written a book before, nor had I ever dreamed of it. It was just a burst of inspiration that hit, and I haven’t stopped since. More ideas, more stories, and more adventures are ahead for both me, the characters you know, and some you haven’t had the pleasure to meet yet, and it’s all because of you.

This journey was made possible by a lot of people. So many of you have contributed to Exiled’s success, that I couldn’t possibly list them all in a blog post. From amazing book bloggers, to incredible friends, and most importantly, my family.

My wife has stood beside me through this entire journey. She was my sound board and without her, Exiled wouldn’t exist like it does today. To be honest, if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think Exiled would’ve ever been started. It certainly would never have been finished. She supported me before anyone knew who I was. She helped create this story and build these characters with me. I wrote the words, but she gave me the magic that created this world and these characters. She believed in me when I wasn’t sure I believed in myself. This story doesn’t exist without her love, passion, and support. So to her, I want to say thank you. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Thank you for being such a huge part of it, and for being the contributing factor that pushed me to see my dream come true. I love you, and without you, none of this would exist for me.

To all the bloggers and readers that have read my books, reviewed them, purchased them, told a friend about them, all of you, Exiled is only a success because of you. Without you, it’s just another dusty story waiting to be read. Exiled has found readers now and because of you, it continues to find more. Your support not only makes all the work of writing and publishing a novel worth while, it also pushes me to write more and better stories. Because of you, I want to deliver what I hope is a world you can disappear into. One that sweeps you off your feet, pulls your emotions in every direction, and makes your heart race for the next page. I want to make characters you love, characters you love to hate, and characters that make you feel special.

You’ve all made my dreams come true by taking a chance on an unknown writer, and allowing my imagination to transport you to my world. You experienced my story with characters you’d never met, and some of you now feel like they’re a part of you. That’s an honor I can’t put into words. You started this journey with Chase and Rayna, and you’re anxious for more. That’s the power of a story. That’s magic. Together, you and I create that magic, and I can’t wait to show you what’s in store for Chase, Rayna, and the gang, next. This journey has been amazing, but it’s only the beginning.

So to everyone, I want to say Thank You. You’ve made this a day I will never, ever, forget. And to show my thanks, I’ve got prizes up for grabs. From today until July 8th, you can enter to win my books.

3 signed copies of Exiled are up for grabs! Now this paperback giveaway is North American only, but I have a second set of prizes, for international residents too. There are also 3 Kindle copies up for grabs of your choice of Exiled or Shift!

Good luck to each of you, and thank you, so much, for making this day incredible.

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  1. Wow, congratulations! What an inspiring post-seems like you were meant to be an author. Exiled is incredible (and that fact that it's your first attempt at writing is amazing! Talented much?lol;)
    Best wishes for your continued success, and happy first birthday to Exiled! (@javalotta)

    • You are so sweet Javalotta! Thank you so much. It's been a pretty wild journey. Can't wait to see what comes next 🙂

  2. Congrats Matt!

    I'm glad Patrick's review meant so much to you. =)


    • It really did. I'm going to frame that one. 🙂

  3. Very happy birthday to exiled and congratulations to you on this big milestone. Its amazing to see how much this means to you and how proud you are to have reached this point.

  4. Wow, that is a very awe-inspiring post and this is a big milestone for you to reach. 🙂 Congratulations, and I'm sure you're proud of how Exiled has been received by readers everywhere. Here's to more future milestones for you.


  5. Congrats!!! So bloody excited for you 😀

  6. I only talked to you the other day because of the giveaway you had going on then…
    But I have to say T_T this post almost made me cry…
    Specially when you said all those things about your wife… I think you're really lucky >.< And then…
    I've never EVER read your books but I have to say that I would have never even heard of your books if not for Rachel(Fiktshun) I pretty much add to my wishlist or tbr list all the books she recommends and yours weren't the exception :')
    So I guess I have to thank YOU for writing them and thank HER for letting me know about them…

    Anyway. Congratulations again and hopefully I'll get your books sooner rather than later and read them as well <3333

    • Thanks Alba, that means a lot. And Fiktshun's review just about made me cry, haha! She has a way with words. I'm very thankful her review caught your attention. Good luck in the giveaway!

    • I know right???
      I wonder how can I get into her head just once tiny second…
      Um… nope, my completely spanish-speaking persona wouldn't be able to figure out half her thoughts I believe… xD

  7. Congratulations on the one year anniversary! I loved your post 🙂

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After just gifted me a copy of Exiled! She is such a sweetheart ♥ I had been dying to read it for a while and now I have the chance!

    So I have my fingers crossed for one of the Shift eBooks 🙂

    • She did? Well that was sweet of her. I hope you enjoy 🙂

  8. Congrats!!! Very nice post as well 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!
    Brittany S

  9. Congrats on the one year anniversary of your book! I haven't read any of your books yet but I do have them on my TBR list thanks to seeing Kara's review 🙂 I'm definitely looking forward to reading in the future!


  10. Congrats to you and the wifey! You are wonderful and I'm wishing you success always!


  11. Matty! YAY!! I am so glad that you put this out there, because as you know I and so many others LOVE it!

    Thank you wife for me also!!


    • Consider it done! I'll have another installment for you late this year…I hope. I should get my butt in gear on that. LOL!

  12. Congratulations on your book-iversary! It's a great series and I'm sure it'll only get better from here!!

  13. Ah, what a milestone! Happy book birthday!

  14. Happy Book Bday! I've read some great reviews so am very excited to start reading this series!

  15. Congratulations! The book sounds good.

  16. Book Birthday Congratulations. I just came back from my Kindle. I thought I had your book. Oh No! It is not there. Hope I win. If not, Amazon here I come.

    • Thanks, Laura! I hope you enjoy either way. Good luck 🙂

  17. Thanks for all the Book Birthday wishes everyone! It means a lot to me to have made it this far. And here's to many more! *Cheers*

  18. I just love your book covers!!! They are beautiful works of art. Congrats on your book birthday =)

  19. Awesome giveaway! Happy book birthday! And happy (belated) Canada Day from a fellow Canadian!

  20. I know you're a an awesome person…so your books must be too. :)) Happy Book Birthday!!!

  21. Happy Birthday Exiled!!!!! And congrats Matt!!!! They are awesome books and you deserve to celebrate Matt!!!

  22. Happy book birthday!!! Congratulations!!

  23. Awesome giveaway!!!! Happy Book Birthday!!!!

  24. Congrats Matty! I'm so happy for you. What an awesome experience. Love you bunches!!! Wangs & Tacos FTW!

  25. How amazing! It sounds like you have had a wonderful journey with Exiled so far. I am sure there is much to come :]
    Congrats and thanks for this great giveaway!

  26. Thanks so much for another chance to win!! 🙂 Congrats.

  27. Congrats! I am actually ashamed that I haven't read shift yet (I do have it in paperback, due to the e-book not coming out soon enough :P). I would love to have an paperback copy of exciled to stand beside it on my shelf :).

  28. Happy Birthday Exiled!! Your blog post was truly heartfelt, you can really see how passionate you are about your wife and your journey. I am glad that your wife was able to help you to get this journey off the ground, because I for one have certainly loved the ride….and the best part is that it's not over!! I can't wait to follow Chase and Rayna through the next thing that is thrown their way. Every time I read Exiled and Shift I find myself loving the story more and more! Way to go and keep on chugging!!

  29. Happy Belated Book Birthday! I have wanted to read this series for a while but have not had a chance to start. Thank you for the chance to win!! I am in US.

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  30. Enjoyed Exiled and Shift a ton… best of luck with book three! Can't wait to read it!

  31. A signed copy of Exiled would rock!!

  32. Sounds like you've had a fantastic year! I've heard great things about Exiled, so a signed copy would be the icing on what I'm sure is to be a delicious cake!

  33. I've been wanting to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

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