Volume I Giveaway is Underway!

Good morning, my lovely readers! The day has finally come for the Goodreads giveaway to get started, and it’s running from this very moment until 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) on the 31st. Seven copies are available, and each comes autographed and with a bookmark:

How cool is that? So don’t hesitate! Join the party and enter the giveaway for an awesome opportunity to own some greatness (if I may say so, myself).

The Beginning of Something More

It has begun! Happy new year, my lovely readers, here’s to a year full of exciting new things. I’ve a feeling that 2017 is going to be a BIG year, and I am so very excited to share it with you all.

To kick things off, here’s the OFFICIAL edition of volume 1 I’ve been working on alongside the final installment of our saga. Other than a brand new coat, this edition features an updated interior with some sweet little details I may be a wee bit too thrilled about.

In addition, we’re going to celebrate further by running a Goodreads giveaway, which will initiate on the 7th, and I’ll make sure to pass around the link when the day comes, so be looking forward to that! Giveaways are great fun, they really are (both winning one and sending out the prizes) and if you don’t have an account . . . well I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Goodreads is a booklover’s haven outside of a library, chocked full of titles, and if you have an account you can add books to any number of lists, organizing them into to-read lists (my personal favorite), rate and review books, enter giveaways, and join any number of groups to discuss any number of topics, read books together, and generally get involved with other fellow readers. So give it a look-see!

Later on I’ll also be running a Kindle version promotion, as well, and I’ll update you on the details when the time comes. Good things are in the works this month!

New Year Project Announcement

Hello and greetings, my fine folk! How was everyone’s Christmas? Merry? Bright? I pray that this is so, for my own proved rather jolly and downright relaxing, chilling with the family all day.

Now that The Clandestine Crusade is out and running, I can focus more centrally on the next two projects coming up. Two, you ask? Yes, two. One of which is, of course, the next and (final!!) volume of TJT (super exciting, right?) The second project is what I’ve alluded to in the past and what I’m going to announce today.

In honor of the series finale, I have been (and will be) working on updating each volume to a more uniform format inside and out and re-releasing one every month leading up to the due date of vol. 7. The interiors are getting a fresh suit and even some of the narrative (nothing drastic, mind you, just making it cooler, like adding details I should have thought of four years ago). The covers will also be spruced up, although the most dramatic changes will be most evident in the first two volumes, when I was a baby to this publishing process.

So far I’m super excited about this undertaking and can’t wait for it to come to fruition, so this coming new year will start off with a whirlwind for me! To kick off each re-release I’ll be running a giveaway on Goodreads, and later in the month a KDP (Amazon Kindle) promotion as well, but your help in taking part and spreading the word would be a super duper assist and greatly appreciated.

The celebration begins in three days! So be looking for another post here announcing the kickoff with links and a cover reveal for vol.1’s new coat and all that jazzy good stuff. Thank you all for your support, and here’s wishing you a great finish to 2016 and a happy new year ─ I’ve a feeling it’s going to be a big one.

The Promised Day has Come!

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It’s here! The long awaited release day for The Clandestine Crusade has finally come, and that’s not only why today is so special – it’s also my mom’s birthday! Below are the links where you can find vol.6.

The Createspace Store (straight from the publisher)

Amazon

Kindle version

Thank you all so much for supporting and sticking with me for these past several years and helping reach this point – it really is amazing. I apologize for not being around much during this time, but with the Christmas season underway and prepping for this publication, I’ve had my brain tied. However, things will be coming up soon that I’m expecting to change all that (fingers crossed!) I really do want to add more content to this blog – subject posts, book reviews, maybe even some nonish-book related things that’ll share a little more about this rare and elusive author. We’ll see about that. Anywho, the above links are where you can find your very own copy of The Clandestine Crusade (and if you would, a review would be monumentally appreciated. Reviews not only help other people decide if they want to read a book (influence of gigantapithicus proportions) they also aid bunches and tons with visibility, so more people actually see the book while they’re scrolling around. So if you would, even just if you liked it (and what appealed to you) or didn’t like it and why (constructive criticism goes miles and leagues) I would so, so, so appreciate it.

And so now, until within the next fortnight (promise), Merry Christmas and God bless!!!

Perks of Nerd-dom

Hey, everybody! Work on vol. 6 is coming along swimmingly, but I wanted to drop in and share with you about this cool stuff I got in the mail yesterday!

Throughout the books there’s mentioned various constellations, and in vol. 2, The Northward Expedition, a very enthusiastic librarian in Marblheim explains to Thock and Fwip the Greater Stars constellation, or the Sky Prophecy. Earlier this summer I spent some time drawing up symbols to represent those Greater Stars (learning a lot about Photoshop in the process ─ double score!).

Just this month I was given the opportunity to turn those images into my very own memory game! And as providence would have it, I had exactly enough images to fill all twelve spaces (meant to be or what?)!

Check it:

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I thought it was really neat to be able to put my own art into a form like this, to draw and design something beyond pencil sketches – I’m not used to it and it’s awesome!

Now that I have this new game within my grasp, I need to wrangle people into playing it with me. Fortunately (for me) we have family coming over this afternoon (unbeknownst to them, they walk into a trap – mwahahahaha!!)

Leaps! Leaps and Bounds!

Hello! This past week has been a busy one and rather exciting. I spent the last few days formatting (one of my most least favorite parts of this whole independent thing. I’m always afraid something’s going to go wrong and I won’t be able to fix it. I can totally see why people pay someone else to format. Eesh.) But, the inside is now all pretty and the cover is all done, too! I uploaded everything yesterday and sent them in for review, got the OK this morning, ordered my proof copy, and a few hours later got a notification that it’d already shipped. Talk about speedy!

I also received a notification that the bookmarks have been shipped, too, so there’ll be some awesome packages coming in the mail within the next couple of weeks.

Can’t.

Wait.

So this past week has been moving things forward in leaps and bounds!

Here’s the official cover:

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Is it not cool? I thought the dramatic color and lighting went well with the theme (but it also made me think of Helos, so) I can’t wait to see it in person and hold it. That part never gets old, touching and holding the physical evidence of months of typing and clicking on a keyboard.

Great things await in this sixth installment, events and characters I’ve been chomping at the bit to write with for ages, and I hope you all will find these people fun to read – only 36 more days!

The Bookmark is Coming, the Bookmark is Coming!

Hello! I’m popping in to say that I’ve hashed out a bookmark design and submitted the order just this morning! This stuff is always so nerve wracking for me, because you never really know what it’s going to look like until it comes in the mail. But all in good time – there’s no going back!

So, as promised, here’s a peek at what they’re supposed to look like:

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Super cool, huh? I thought so. I’ve had the background image squirreled away for a while, having wanted to put Bill and Kai’Tor in the scene for . . . gosh, ages, when I think back. This somewhat mysterious-y picture is the result, and it makes me super pleased to showcase these two Faenari and share their awesomeness.

As for the progress on vol. 6, it’s coming along! I should be finishing the edits (yay!) and digging into formatting (ugh) THIS week. Things are really coming together now that we’re winding toward the finish, and it’s always such an exciting time!