#Spotlight & #Excerpt ~ The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson #BlogTour @rogersonsm

Please join Cathy for an excerpt from The Lost Sentinel on day 5 of the blog tour. The book is released tomorrow, but you can pre-order now for 99p.

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I’m pleased to be featuring the new release from Suzanne Rogerson.

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The Lost Sentinel – Book 1

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?

Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now under the control of Rathnor, who is intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.

Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father, Migil, is visited by an old friend who warns them that they must seek refuge in the mountains.

On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession…

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Book Spotlight – Faithful by Michelle Hauck @Michelle4Laughs #fantasy #giveaway

The next volume in the Birth of Saints series is available now!

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Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

Faithful– November 15, 2016

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A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.

GRUDGING

November 17, 2015

Harper Voyager

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Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two kids in college. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her Birth of Saints trilogy, starting with Grudging and Faithful (November 15, 2016), is available from Harper Voyager. Another epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. She’s repped by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary.

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Getting in the festive mood with a Goodreads Giveaway & Kindle sale!

To combine the fun of the holidays and the recent launch of my paperback, Visions of Zarua, I’ve set up a Goodreads Giveaway.

It starts on 25th December 2015. To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 3 signed copies, please click the link from tomorrow.

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I’ve also reduced the price of the Kindle edition for a limited time only. The price reduction is available across all Amazon Kindle sites. Please click the links to buy your copy now.

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Merry Christmas to everyone.

 

Visions of Zarua – Paperback coming soon!

I haven’t posted anything for a while so I thought it was time for a quick update.

Since my eBook was released on the 16th November, friends and family have been asking when the paperback would be available. So the answer is very soon.

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I’m just waiting to agree the cover and then I can request my proof copy. If all goes well, it could be on sale in time for Christmas.

Looks like I’ll be needing another bottle of champagne.

Things I wish I’d done before publication day

For anyone about to self publish, or considering it in the future, these are the things I’d do beforehand.

  • I would have lined up some reviewers and sent them preview copies.
  • I would have started taking an interest in social media a lot sooner – not just for promotional purposes, but because you can learn so much from other writers who have already been through the whole process.
  • I would have got more sleep to balance out the late nights and periods of insomnia.
  • I would have drawn up a marketing plan and researched all the possible avenues for promotion.
  • I would never publish in November if I also planned to take part in NaNoWriMo.
  • I’m not sure that a Monday is the best day for publication. A Friday or Saturday are better days for a celebration and I definitely WOULD throw a huge party! Why not, it’s all over so quickly you may as well make the most of it.
  • I would have organised a print copy to be released at the same time as the ebook. People have been asking for a paperback version, so maybe the printed book isn’t dead. It may cost more, but at least people have the choice and you aren’t missing out on possible sales.
  • I would already be in the final stages of editing my next book so I could get that published asap.

I’m still learning as I go along, so I’m sure there will be many points to add to this list over time.

If you have any helpful tips or suggestions, I would love to hear them.

How to survive publication day.

The day of your book launch can feel like Christmas Day; the huge build up and then it’s over. Whether it’s an anti-climax or your best day ever, here’s how to make it through.

  • Go out and forget your phone!   –   I did this by accident, but it gave me a few hours without internet access. No looking at your blog hits, no twitter, no chance to see how many copies you have or haven’t sold, or your book’s ranking on Amazon.
  • Make a day of it   –   Go out for lunch or dinner (or both) and celebrate. I went out to lunch with one of my writing friend’s / beta readers and she spoilt me rotten and made me feel very special.
  • Plan a little celebration in advance, have something to work towards   –   I’ve had a bottle of champagne in the cupboard for almost two years. I’d promised myself I wouldn’t open it until I’d landed an agent or got published in whatever format. I’ve often looked at the bottle and wondered if it would ever get drunk, so opening it on 16/11/15 had an extra significance.
  • Be brave and tell people around you   –   The day arrives and your book is on sale to the public. It’s one of the most important, life changing events you’ve ever experienced,  but the rest of the world just carries on as normal. It can feel like such an anti-climax, so having people congratulate you and wish you luck is a real boost.
  • Ask friends to spread the word   –   If you are lucky enough, you will know people who appreciate the achievement and want to tell the world. I’m very shy about telling people what I do, so I’ve been really lucky that others have been there to help me spread the word.
  • Some people just don’t understand   –   It takes time, often years of dedication to produce a novel, but not everyone will understand the hard work involved. Don’t let the lack of support get you down. Focus only on the positive.
  • Have other projects already lined up – There is a void left when the book you’ve been working on for years is published and you can’t tinker with it anymore. I’m grateful that I’ve got several novels written in draft that need editing. I can jump straight into them rather than be faced with the terrifying prospect of starting something from scratch.
  • Finally, enjoy the moment!   –   It’s over too quickly, so enjoy every second. You deserve it!

Next time I’ll share the things I wish I’d done before publication day.

 

Champagne time at last!

It’s taken a long time to get to this stage and I’m taking a moment to sit back with a glass of bubbly and enjoy the fact that I am now a published author.

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Tomorrow I’ll begin the search for professional reviewers, submit a short story to a competition and hopefully make some headway in my novel attempt for NaNoWriMo2015. Then there’s the neglected housework – but I think that can wait a bit longer!

Thanks to all those that have helped make this happen, and to those who have supported me and spread the word.

Visions of Zarua – Out Now!

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Together they must save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past.

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An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.

Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate. Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer. The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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Read the first 5 chapters on Amazon’s Look Inside’ feature, or download your free sample for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks and other formats on smashwords.

Last minute book nerves and a call for advice.

Only 4 days to go and the champagne is on ice (well it’s in the fridge).

Ready for publication day

Ready for publication day!

I’ve been waiting for this day for as long as I can remember; to actually call myself a published author. But as we draw closer to the 16th November, I have to admit to the odd night of insomnia.

My marketing strategy, or lack of one, is the main source of my concern and the reason for this post. I would like to call on the blogging community for advice, and any tried and tested methods of reaching readers.

So far the ideas I have implemented are:

  • A paid Ad in the Dec 2015 Mslexia magazine
  • A feature in the Subscriber Spotlight Writing Magazine – the issue has yet to be confirmed.
  • A fellow blogger, Thomas Brooke, has agreed to run a blog post on the day Visions of Zarua is released.
  • I’ve ordered business cards with my book’s image, blurb and website etc. These have been lost in transit and re-ordered. I know they won’t help much, but I just wanted something physical to represent the book, and they are reasonably priced, if they ever turn up.
  • I have set up author pages on Amazon, Smashwords and Goodreads. I have completed interviews on the sites where possible.
  • I’ve tried to enrol in Amazon’s Search Inside, but something has delayed my application. Another thing to chase when I get the chance.

I’ve yet to call on any book reviewers – that will be my next step.

I also read a suggestion somewhere of setting up an author page on Amazon’s other sites i.e. .com .de .fr. So that is something else to look into.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Or would anyone consider running a post about the book during the first few weeks of its release?

Thanks to those who have been sharing and spreading the word. I appreciate your efforts.

I’ll leave you with this picture, I know I’ve used it before, but I love it. And I’m sure she could do a better job at marketing than me.

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