Posts Tagged ‘Updates’
First I’d like to say how excited and flattered I am that you guys can’t wait for Dragon Ugly. Now to the news about it.
The book has been pushed back for a bit, hopefully it will be out soon. The reason being has nothing to do with the fabu Etopia Press and more to do with me. My laptop has been giving me fits so I haven’t been able to do the edits that my editor has asked of me. Thankfully Etopia is so patient and awesome and understanding. But, I’ve been making progress and my first round of edits are almost done, 75% even! The edits that are required of me are really helping to improve the story and I’m all about improving my story and making it stronger. So that’s why the story isn’t out yet.
The issues also effect the progress of Bachelor Auction story which I’m about 65% done with and am so ready to get that story done and hopefully my computer will behave long enough that I can turn that one in by the end of the month. *fingers crossed*
I will say I have so many story ideas now that I could drive my editor crazy.
So, hopefully I’ll be able to report more positive news soon.
Thank You all so much for your patience and wanting to read my stories. Thank You!
Another small update. I’ve requested and received the rights back to my books Hades Helmet Crew: Carnevale and Mating Fever. The latter book was part of the charity antho Firestorm. I’ll be looking over Mating Fever and deciding if I want to lengthen it or re-releasing it as is.
Please bear with me during this process and thank you for all your support. More news to come.
Also, I’ve just signed a contract with Etopia Press for a Halloween Quickie set in the Dragon New Year World. The story is called Dragons at Samhain. I’m so excited.
Here I am again with another update. I’ve requested and been granted my Rights back for Hades Helmet Crew 1: At Drogan’s Command and for Dawg Town: Homecoming.
Also, the wonderful Dawn Montgomery, has agreed to do a workshop on the Offerings Loop for How to Use Scrivner for World Building.
Until next time!
A bit of an update, I’ve signed a contract for the first book for a new series; Seven Sins Inn. The first book is a revamp of what was once called Mudslide. It was formerly apart of the Del Fantasma series. I’m taking the books that were written for that series, reworking them. The first book has been contracted to Etopia Press and is scheduled for release in June. I’m very excited by this new outlook for the series. I’ll post a sneak peek next Saturday.
Also, I’ve started a new Yahoo Group, which so far, has been so much fun. Here’s the link:
If you’d like to join in the fun, please do sign up.
One of the aspects of the Group is a Book Club. I pick the selection and at the end of the month we throw a party, discuss the book and if I can get the author in there to talk about the book and their up coming releases. Great fun. :-). This month’s selection is The UnTied Kingdom by Kate Johnson.
This book had been on my list for quite sometime. I tend to hoard books I really want to read, especially if it’s the last book in the series. I’ve put off reading Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning, In Blood We Trust by Christine Cody (hides from Chris) and a few other books because I know they’re the last book in the series. I save them up and then read them when I’ve finished a book or accomplished a goal. The book had been sitting on the main screen of my Nook for some time, taunting me. So I took the opportunity via the Book Club to finally indulge and read the book.
Here’s the Blurb:
The portal to an alternate world was the start of all her troubles
– or was it?
When Eve Carpenter lands with a splash in the Thames, it’s not the London or England she’s used to. No one has a telephone or knows what a computer is. England’s a third world country and Princess Di is still alive. But worst of all, everyone thinks Eve’s a spy.
Including Major Harker who has his own problems. His sworn enemy is looking for a promotion. The general wants him to undertake some ridiculous mission to capture a computer, which Harker vaguely envisions running wild somewhere in Yorkshire. Turns out the best person to help him is Eve.
She claims to be a popstar. Harker doesn’t know what a popstar is, although he suspects it’s a fancy foreign word for ‘spy’. Eve knows all about computers, and electricity. Eve is dangerous. There’s every possibility she’s mad.
And Harker is falling in love with her.
Now aren’t you tempted to go pick up a copy?
We meet Eve after her fall from grace doing a stunt on a Reality show for has been celebrities. While hang gliding something goes wrong and she ends up falling. When she wakes up she’s in England but it’s another England, one that is at war and has never been the power house we know it to be today.
Kate Jonson paints a fascinating alternate England filled with characters that are vibrant and full of life. The story made me laugh, cry and tugged at my heart strings. I fell in love with Harker and thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Eve and Harker. I loved the little points in history that were used to show just how different the Alternate England was. I wouldn’t mind another trip back there for whatever reason. Even if it’s a mini story. *hint* *hint*
Another wonderful story from Kate Johnson. I look forward to more.
Until Next Time! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
There’s been a lot going on in my world over the last few months. So I do have a some updates. One is that the books in the Del Fantasma line at Apsen Mountain Press are no longer available for sale. I’ve requested my rights back. If you’ve found the book for sale anywhere, please let me know. I’m not going to get into reasons why I took my rights back or the state of the business. I’m just going to say that I plan on re-writing and expanding on the series and hope to make it available again in the future and that I’ve taken my rights back.
Over the past few months I’ve been struggling with exhaustion, depression and health issues (nothing serious).Which is why I haven’t been keeping up with the site much. I plan on rectifying that with looking at schedules for guest blogs and looking at other ways of promotion. For now, I’m concentrating on my writing and getting back into the swing of things. I feel that I’m emerging from my burn out with not only new creative ideas but new energy towards writing. So, I’ll try to keep up with things and keep all of you who read this blog posted.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
I’m working on my next Last Call Europe book Dog Sled at the moment, after that it’s back to the Hades Helmet world and beyond that Tartan and *holds head* soooo many project. I still have to write the next Pixie book (there’s like 5 books in the series) anyway but something tugged at my mind now that the LRC Awards are over. Promo and the impact on authors in contests and sales.
I have questions for you wonderful, lovely, patient readers. Answer a few questions and you could win a mini cooler bag of goodies and books that I got at the Authors After Dark Con and chocolate!
So here goes:
1) How much promo is too much? Example: Seeing an author’s name and promo for the same book every day on every loop you belong to -vs- Seeing an author’s name once and promo for certain time period.
2) How do you hear about info about your fav author(s)? Website? Newsletter? Publisher site? Yahoo group? Facebook? My Space? Ning? Twitter?
3) How do you connect with your fav author(s)? On a blog? Website? Yahoo/Google Groupe? Facebook? My Space? Twitter?
4) Do you vote when your author is up for an award or best book? (If voting is allowed)
5) Do reviews sway whether or not you’ll buy a book?
6) If an author wins an award, does that make you want to check them out if you haven’t already done so?
7) Do you read reviews? What if the review was from a big name author?
8 ) Does a publisher’s reputation make you want to buy books from them?
9) How much does cover art play into you checking out a new author? How much does bad cover art pique your?curiosity?about a book? Does bad cover art cause you to turn away from the book? Do you prefer photo cover art or digital (Daz, Poser, etc.)?
10) Coupons: Do you love them? Use them or would you prefer a discount in the first week of sales?
11) Do you check out publisher days on Yahoo Loops? Do you attended publisher chats?
12) Do you wait to buy a book when it’s on sale?
13) Do you enter contests hoping to win books? Do you read the books you win?
14) Authors: Promo?companies?love em or hate em or are indifferent?
15) Do you enjoy “cyber signings”? Public “live” signings?
16) Do you follow, or paticipate in/with, blog tours?
The winner of this week?s Sexy Saturday Sex Scene is Char with the song Unchained Melody.
Please contact me at selenaillyria DOT contest AT gmail DOT com.
Unfortunately I won’t be doing the Sexy Saturday excerpts as I will be taking part in the 28 Days of Heart Blog tour promoing the authors of the 28 Days of Heart.
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I hope you’ll stop by and support the authors and the cause.
P.S. Quick update, 3-18 has been the set day that Changeling will release my Sex & Chocolate story Chocolate Bliss. And 2-15 will be when Orion’s Star will be released. ?:mrgreen:
I hope to announce some contract news soon. *Grin*
As for NaNoWriMo, I managed to get 46k in word count, so I’m pretty happy about that. I made a lot of headway with two of my WIPs. One of them is close to being 60k, the most I’ve ever written. I’ll be deleting the NaNoWriMo page since it’s over. I hope if you’re an aspiring author or published author that you made the word count you wanted.
And now, here’s your first peek at some new promo that I just got:
These are mini tote bags. I hope to get more soon, I’m also trying to figure out a contest involving my book series. *Grin*
What do you think? Remember there is a poll still up for this subject on promo:
Also, I’ve registered for the Authors After Dark Convention which takes place in Sept. the 16th-19th in Secauscus, New Jersey. Will you be going?
I’m also trying to figure out a good contest for this month. I know it will involve chocolate.
Have a great week everyone!
So far my version of NaNo (National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short, which takes place in November) ?has been going well. I’ve managed to write over 20,000 words in almost two weeks. A huge improvement over the last few months where I struggled to get at least 5,000 words in a week. Things really got a kick in the butt when the fabu Cat Marsters posted this video on the Changeling Loop during my Chat corner yesterday:
Now I can’t stop playing it. Thanks Cat.
A few updates:
Lonely No More is now available at:
As is Dravian’s Seer:
Even though AAD is several months away I’m thinking about what I’d like to give away as well as what I’d like to do as promo.
If it’s other, please let me know in the comments section what you’d like to see as promo.
Okay, back to writing. Later guys.
I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Safe Halloween/Samhain. As you’ve noticed, if you’ve been to the site before, the website got a make over. A few things were taken out, the front page is a bit cleaner and a forum and NaNoWriMo page has been added.?I’m still trying to decide what to do about the web ring surf things, until them, they’ll remain on the front page. There may be a few pages that I will delete, as they may not serve a purpose anymore or I don’t have time to update them. Not sure yet. Hopefully the forum will be up and ready for you guys soon. *Grin*
I just want to say a Big THANK YOU to my fabulous webmistress Celia Kyle who worked her butt off and put up with my many nitpicks to get it just so.
Now onto something fun: Authors After Dark Convention.
I had such an awesome time. I just want to thank Stella, Jacki and Bianca for their hard work. The Convention was amazing and I had such a blast. I got to meet some wonderful authors and readers. I should post piccies when I do the?official?AAD write up soon.
I do have some good news though, my story Seducing a Wallflower has been offered a contract and I’ve accepted it. As soon as I can, I will post more details. I’m so excited!
Also, here’s a bit of Cover Candy for you. My cover for my story in the Dragon Kin multi author series.
I’m so excited about this story. I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s due out Nov. 5th at Changeling Press. Here’s the blurb:
Control is essential for a dragon. Fiery breath, knife-sharp nails, and teeth that can shred a human in moments.
The day Brenton lost control is the day he ran from the one woman who can complete him, his fire companion. Now he’s back and he’s going to reclaim Sky Lilly forever and always.
Please Check out Dragon Kin: Fire in the Sky ?by Michelle Hasker, the first book in this series.
And now for your Halloween Pleasure:
No don’t eat too much candy! Save me a few pieces of Laffy Taffy Strawberry and have a steamy and sexy Halloween.