THE MAKING OF THE DIVIDED NATION | BLOG TOUR, DAY 1

The blog tour launch begins today for The Divided Nation and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m bouncing off the walls right now (or am I?) and cannot wait to begin so howdy, hello, I love you, let’s start!

This blog tour has a BIG giveaway so don’t miss that. Today I’ll be chatting about the making of The Divided Nation: a lil’ origin story for the people like me who enjoy those tidbits.

THE DIVIDED NATION

The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books, #1)

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

Goodreads | Amazon (link to come!)

GIVEAWAY

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

SCHEDULE

 

TODAY’S STOP | August 12th

Author Interview @ Taking Up My Cross

I had the delight of being interviewed by my friend Joshua today. I highly recommend y’all give him a follow and I hope you enjoy the interview. He had some great questions!

Book Spotlight @ Unicorn Quester 

Laura has been a dear friend since we met online: she likes dysto and manga. I mean, how cooler could she get? Hop over to her blog and stab the follow button with your unicorn horn, friend!

August 13th (RELEASE DAY)

Guest Post @ Crazy Little Thing Called Life

Author Interview @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

Author and Character Interview @ HauntingGhostTown

Character Interview @ Imperial Scribis 

Character and Author Interview @ FaithLaneAuthor

August 14th

Book Spotlight @ The Writer’s Song

Guest Post @ Jaye L. Knight

August 15th

Book Review @ Kaitlyn Krispense, Author

August 16th

Book Review @ We’ve Got Pockets 

Book Review @ Bella Putt: Writer. Reader. Follower of Christ.

August 17th

Author Interview @ Gabriella Slade

Book Spotlight @ Stories by Firefly

Book Review @ Scribes and Archers 

August 18th

Author Interview and Guest Post @ Tangled Up In Writing

Guest Post @ Read Write Breathe

August 19th

Book Review @ Reveries 

Book Review @ Just Writing

Author Interview @ Allison’s Well

Book Review @ Books, Life, and Christ

THE MAKING OF THE DIVIDED NATION

My motto is if a story doesn’t scare me in some way, I don’t need to write it. Previously, Seek tackled some of my personal fears with abuse and fear of trusting. The Thief, The Damsel, and the Dragon tackled the unknown fear of writing a book just to see how much I could challenge myself to. Homeward tackled the hard topic of suicide.

And Emmanuel tackled the beginning of The Infidel Books. That little Christmas short story prequel that came to me in one day and I wrote in one sitting whilst on cloud 9. I published that baby in December just to publish it. And I couldn’t believe liked it.

Of course, that’s not the beginning of The Infidel Books, so let’s rewind, shall we?

A few years ago, I started roleplaying with someone online. The started as a con job and as the months went on, we just kept writing, writing, writing. We loved the story, the characters, the setting that kept changing. I didn’t care about being super good or super coherent. I was writing a genre I adored but hadn’t written much of, nevertheless publish. Of course, all good things must come to and end, and the roleplay partner quit, telling me to do whatever I’d like with the story and such.

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I was rather heartbroken. It felt like I’d wasted all that time and hadn’t done anything to actually benefit my writing career. I had poured my heart into these characters with nothing to truly show for it. What kind of pathetic writer was I? And anyway, the story was dystopian, end times, with complex situations, dark characters, and gritty topics. Who was I, a teenager, to tackle the series?

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I pushed it all aside. Or, I really tried to. I tried to focus on my current projects. But the characters kept bothering me. I kept thinking of new plot ideas. God kept pushing it back to me. Winter of 2018 is when I actually sat down and wrote a completely finished piece of The Infidel Books. Emmanuel is so dear to my heart because it set me free. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of the dystopian genre… and it battled my fear of not being good enough. I don’t have to wait till I’m older, wiser, or more skilled to write the story God places in my heart now.

So in February 2019, I wrote The Divided Nation. I had dozens of documents, y’all, of previous bits and pieces I’d written but never shared with my roleplay partner, not to mention the tens of thousand words we’d pieced together. I had notes and notebooks full of info and brainstorming and character sheets. I gathered it all, started over, and pressed on.

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By the end of draft one, I was ecstatic. The story let me write it! And God helped me every step of the way. Of course, draft one was rough, mostly intangible, and I printed it to chuckle at in the years to come. It was on to draft two and I had a stronger, better plot focus in mind. I also had spent some carefree time with my characters so it was time to put their feet to the fire even more.

And that’s how The Divided Nation started. Messy. Unorthodox. Leaving a bitter taste on my mouth at first. But God turned it into something beautiful. He took the mess I had, I’d made, after spending what seemed like careless years of random roleplaying, and helped me start over. Helped me make something beautiful. Something my own. Something readers love and hate. Something that has already brought my readers inspiration, laughter, tears, nightmares (literally, someone dreamed about it. Mwuaha!)…

I encourage you to take a step back and remember God can turn anything in our lives into something beautiful, powerful, good. The bad, the pain, the chaos… it is in His hands. So fight on, fighter.

LOOK AT THE GRAPHIC LAURA MADE WITH HER FAVORITE QUOTE *cries*

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I don’t know about you, but just remembering winter 2018 has me wanting to cry and run around a room. It’s been (seemingly) a long time since this story sparked in my mind and wouldn’t shake free, and look how far it has come already. God has big things in store for this series. He has big things in store for you.

Be sure to stick around for the rest of the tour and enter the giveaway!

God bless,

Angela

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS | LIVE

It is Christmas Eve. I’ve been shopping with my family like mad. I’m so excited for Christmas! 😀

GIVEAWAY

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

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I’m writing this post last minute. Why? Because I wanna remind you of some important things…

Jesus Christ died for you. He sacrificed Himself for every single person so we can choose Him and be saved.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

Christmas is meant to be spent with your family because loved ones are seriously the bestest gifts God has given us, y’all. Thank Jesus for your loved ones, whether they’re close or far away, enjoyable or annoying. Because there’s more to this life than gifts and materialistic items. Don’t forget to take a moment today and tomorrow to truly notice the meaningful details — how your family member’s laughs sound like, how their eyes light up, what if feels like to sing along with them, how it feels to have a home. That joy you find in the precious moments? That is a blessing from Jesus.

Jesus died for us because He loves us. Let’s live for Him because we love Him, too.

Merry Christmas, y’all… I hope you have a fantastic one. God bless you. ♥

Angie

 

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS?! (I AM!) NOW, SCOOT! GO HANG OUT BESIDE THE CHRISTMAS TREE!

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS |REJOICE

Christmas is in a few days.

We’re frantically wrapping the final gifts with cute wrapping paper and slapping bows on everything (including children, because, hey). We’re listening to Christmas carols as we clean house and singing along. We’re dancing with the kids as we wait for cookies to finish baking. We’re admiring the Christmas lights dazzling the front porch. We’re smiling at the Christmas tree as we recall the story of Jesus Christ.

Christmas is a busy time. Stressful. Painful. This year, for my family, it’s been one tough year and things are very chaotic. More so than the usual holiday busyness. To be honest, I’ve had trouble getting in the normal Christmas spirit. I lack time to watch many movies, but I make up for it by blaring For King And Country Christmas music so I can worship God. I lack time to read a lot of fiction, but I focus on reading my Bible and writing my own things. I’ve had to learn how to stay focused on what matters because I don’t have time for everything.

 Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4

Christmas is a time for remembering Jesus’ birth. It is a time to worship. Celebrate. But what we easily forget is that God doesn’t expect us to have everything together. He doesn’t want perfection. He wants us to find joy in HIM. We cannot find joy in gifts. You’ve heard that before. But let’s take a step deeper. Think you’ll have a nicer holiday if that one relative wasn’t so overbearing? Would Christmas be more joyful if it were less loud? Would you be happier if you didn’t have to work so hard to keep up with things? Here’s the answer, folks: no. We cannot find peace or joy in anything but Jesus.

How do we find Jesus in chaos?

Before you wake up to tackle the to-do list, thank God for waking you up.

When your nieces are losing their cool, try to breathe and thank God for your family.

When you put another gift under the sparkling tree, thank the Lord for the Greatest Gift.

When you’re listening to Christmas carols, sing along and praise God.

When you are doing chores, pray for someone.

Above all… REJOICE. No matter what you face, God is there and we can find peace in HIM!

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. – Psalms 5:11

God is not limited to our to-do lists and expectations. We have to choose to trust Him, even when our stress is high and we want to have a break down. God is in control. He loves us. He gave His son for our sins so we could choose everlasting life. Rejoice in that Love… Because it is enough to not only keep us going, but Jesus’ Love helps us rejoice in the storm. And Jesus’ love is something to celebrate.

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GIVEAWAY

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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God bless and merry Christmas,

– Ang

 

HOW DO YOU FIND JOY IN CHAOS? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS (BECAUSE I AM!!!)?

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS | MOVIES

HELLO, FRIEND! *hands you a candy cane and puts a Santa hat on your head* Welcome to the first day of 12 Days Of Christmas! I’ve participated in this lovely event since it first started, and we all have the lovely Faith for hosting this fun link up! ♥

To start y’all off, I’ll be sharing my list of Christmas movies! Christmas movies are one of the funnest things about the holiday season, y’all. And it’s always fun to bundle up with the family and watch them together. Here are my family’s top favorite Christmas movies!

 

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

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This one is a family classic for years and years. It never fails to make us laugh! And Christmas is the perfect time to find some laughter.

 

ELF

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Another hilarious movie with cute themes about friendship and believing. But let’s be honest. We’re too busy laughing to truly think about underlying themes.

 

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

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We usually watch the 2000 version, which is jam-packed with hilarity and sweetness. And meanness. 😛 The Grinch is way too amusing, but he does learn his lesson, so the movie is enjoyable.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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This one tickles my funny bone, but the message is very strong. The creepy factor is there, too, so this makes it one of my personal favorites, ha!

 

 

 

THE SANTA CLAUSE(S)

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These movies are the ones that deserve a lot of love, simply because of how funny and amazing they are. The characters are all enjoyable and silly, but it gets serious, too, in a good way.

 

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS

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In the mood for a purely entertaining Christmas film? This one is so good. Why? Because it is relatable. Everyone wants a break from Christmas at least once, and the fiasco that follows such a horrendous idea…

 

HOME ALONE

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I’m not actually a super enthusiast about this movie (or the ones that follow), but my family likes them! So I watch them with ’em. 😉

 

GIVEAWAY

 

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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That’s all for today, and be sure to check out Faith’s blog for the other bloggers! It’s a great party. =D

God bless and merry Christmas,

Ang

 

DO YOU LIKE ANY OF THESE MOVIES? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR 12DoC?

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

I hope you’re having a fabulous December, friend! We’ve got our tree up and our Christmas village up, so it’s feeling Christmas-y here. 🙂 We also have been Christmas shopping. Which is insane.

On top of the insanity… Seek is published! The paperback is finally available! GOD IS SO GOOD! Feel free to spread the word! It’d make a great Christmas gift, too. 😉

I present to you… The giveaway results! Thank you all so much for entering to win a Seek paperback/ebook! I’m blown away by the support and feedback (y’all, I love who people said they hugged! SO SWEET!).

First place winner

(signed paperback of Seek + mug)

Parker Hankins!

Second place winner

(ebook copy of Seek)

Chloe P.!

Congrats, you amazing people! 🙂 I’ll be emailing you both shortly!

If you didn’t win, no worries, because I have more giveaways coming!

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I’m participating in Faith Potts‘ 12DoC tour and will be giving away a signed paperback copy of Seek then (STAY TUNED). I’m also doing a giveaway for 2 ebook copies of Seek! Just for another funsie. 😛 This one’s simple to enter: share my blog with your friends and add the info in the following Rafflecopter form! Why is it so easy? Because I’m only 7 followers away from my 2018 year goal! =D Winners of this giveaway will be announced on the 14th so you have till then to enter!

ENTER HERE!

And finally, I have yet to do my Q&A, and a brilliant friend suggested I do it LIVE! So I’m really going to try to do it live on Youtube during the next week. The time might be adjusted, but probably 3-5 PM (Central time). Which day might work best for y’all? 🙂 ♥ It’ll be posted after I film it live, so even if no one makes it, we’re kool beans.

God bless and merry Christmas!

– Ang

 

 

DID YOU ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!? DO YOU HAVE A CRAZY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING STORY?