My publisher makes sure my books are available through the major retailers in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries. I keep a presence on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter, participate in author fairs and bookstore visits, go to schools and generally anywhere people want me to share stuff about writing, historical research and my books. I also now teach at libraries and a community college and am presenting at writing conferences. I’m really excited about being able to present at next year’s Historical Novel Society (HNS) annual conference.

They say patience is a virtue and I tend to agree. I’m trying to exercise more patience because the chance a book becomes a bestseller is extremely small. Consider the number of books published every day. I think right now more than 3,500 books hit the market on a daily basis. That’s a lot of noise. Even if you’re published through one of the major five publishers in New York, chances are you’re not landing on the bestseller list. It takes a lot of marketing dollars, connections and a healthy dose of luck.

For most authors this means we keep writing high quality books and keep marketing them, involving ourselves in our communities, teaching and sharing and being good people. And eventually, ever so slowly, we grow our audiences and maybe, just maybe one day, we can actually live off the income we generate.

So, I’ve decided to enjoy every minute of my author journey, well okay, not every minute, but I’m definitely enjoying the process of creating and polishing a story and seeing it through to publication.

 

It’s the best thing in the world.

About Escape from the Past

Book One:

Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath
by Annette Oppenlander
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: July 31st 2015

Synopsis

When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he’s sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn’t realize that 1) He’s been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player. 2) He’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime. And 3) Survival is optional: to return home he must decipher the game’s rules and complete its missions—if he lives long enough. To fail means to stay in the past—forever.

Now Max is trapped in medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head. Especially after rescuing a beautiful peasant girl from a deadly infection and thus provoking sinister wannabe Duke Ott. Overnight he is dragged into a hornets’ nest of feuding lords who will stop at nothing to bring down the conjuring stranger in their midst.

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Book Two:

Escape from the past: The Kid (Escape from the Past #2)
by Annette Oppenlander
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Release Date: February 26th 2016

Synopsis

Time-traveling gamer, Max, embarks on a harrowing journey through the Wild West of 1881! After a huge fight with his parents, Max tries to return to his love and his best friend, Bero, in medieval Germany. Instead he lands in 1881 New Mexico. Struggling to get his bearings and coming to terms with Dr. Stuler s evil computer game misleading him, he runs into Billy the Kid. To his amazement Billy isn t at all the ruthless killer history made him out to be. Trouble brews when a dying Warm Springs Apache gives Max a huge gold nugget to help his sister, Ela, escape from Fort Sumner. Shopping for supplies Max attracts the attention of ruthless bandits. Before Max can ask the Kid s help, he and Ela are forced to embark on a journey to find his imaginary goldmine. This is book 2 in the Escape from the Past trilogy.”

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Book Three:

Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End (Escape from the Past #3)
by Annette Oppenlander
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Time-Travel, Action/Adventure
Release Date: November 25th 2016

Synopsis

When Max learns that Karl helped spring him from Schwarzburg’s dungeon during the first game, he feels obligated to return the favor. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but supposedly Max is the one who rescued Karl from Hanstein in 1473 and helped him return home.
With Karl’s programming help Max reluctantly agrees to enter the game a third time. At least he can visit his old friends and get cozy with Juliana while he’s at it. But two years is a long time in the Middle Ages. Something foul is in the air. Lord Werner is mysteriously absent and the new guards refuse Max entrance. Even Bero’s mother is terrified to see him. With no place to stay, Max soon finds himself on the run from Schwarzburg who hasn’t forgotten Max’s miraculous escape two years earlier.
When at last Max finagles a way into the castle, Bero is less than pleased to see him, Lady Clara is near death and Juliana is not meeting his eyes. Can Max sway his friends, help Karl and stay out of Schwarzburg’s clutches? And will he ultimately stop Dr. Stuler’s evil computer game?
This is the final book in the Escape from the Past trilogy.

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About the Author
Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for young adults and anyone who loves stories set in the past. When she isn’t in front of her computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories.

“Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story.”

 

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