COVER REVEAL: AMONG THE CRIMSON SNOW by Angela R. Watts + Kickstarter Campaign!

Monday, May 20, 2024

 Hey everyone! I'm super excited to share the cover reveal and Kickstarter campaign for Angela R. Watts' upcoming fantasy novel, Among the Crimson Snow


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Bjorn is a nomadic northern priest that often gets into dire trouble trying to erase his past mistakes. (But he doesn’t mind risks.)


Togo is a legendary mercenary that wants to be left alone. (It’s not asking for much.)


Maude is a chronically ill poet with a Gift of prophecies. (She wouldn’t say it’s a gift.)


After Bjorn and Maude are saved from certain death by Togo, they are determined to repay their debt. Unfortunately, Togo requests they aid him in killing the prince of a northern city. Bjorn and Maude set sail with Togo, hoping they can change his mind and save the prince’s life, instead.


But sinister things wait in the shadows.


Maude sees a vision of her homeland being destroyed. Merciless wizards hunt the trio. And when the trio reaches the prince, everything falls apart, once and for all. Can Bjorn save his friends from the darkness, or is he destined to return to the man he used to be?


For lovers of action, heartfelt themes, and adventurous fantasy, get your next binge-read with one click! This standalone novel is great for readers who want gritty fiction with themes of redemption and courage.


Click HERE to join the all-or-nothing campaign!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ANGELA R WATTS is the bestselling and award-nominated author of The Infidel Books and the Remnant Trilogy. She’s been writing stories since she was little, and has over 40 works in print, ranging from gritty adult novels to clean children's fiction. Angela is a Christian, freelance editor, article writer for magazines and publishers, founder of Speculative Fiction Society, and artist. She lives in Tennessee with her family and many pets.

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Finally, that cover!

Don't forget to preorder your copy via Kickstarter today! The campaign runs for the next 30 days with a tier for just about anyone!


'TIS HERE: THE KINGDOM'S TRUE QUEEN by yours truly!

Monday, May 13, 2024

 Today is the day, folks: book 4 in the Legends of Lanaria series is officially here. Check it out on Amazon for paperback and Kindle. Today's the last day to snag the $0.99 Kindle price, though, so if you're on the fence I advise you make a choice! ;) 


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Two kidnapped sisters and a secret to ruin a kingdom.

As the race to find the rest of the written prophecy continues, Asta, servant and sister to the Norvege queen, holds a grim secret.

When a Lanarian guard secretly arrives to infiltrate the castle, Asta must make a decision: betray her wounded sister, or betray the countries at risk of crumbling. Abused and broken by her sister's rule, it should be an easy decision.

But yet another secret ruins the reality Asta once knew: the man commanding the Lanarian guard to capture the Norvege queen...is their father. She is offered freedom and refuge-possibly at the cost of her sister's life. Will she accept the new world offered to her, or will loyalty to her sister be her undoing?

Loosely inspired by the biblical story of Joseph, you won’t want to miss this touching story of humility, forgiveness, and healing from bitterness.
The Kingdom's True Queen is book four in the Legends of Lanaria series.

Click HERE to view on Amazon.



Thank you so much to everyone who's supported me, read my books, and offered encouragement! It means the world to me and I appreciate ya!

REVIEW: ETANIA'S DESTINY BY M.H. ELRICH!

Friday, May 10, 2024

 Hey everyone! 

Today I'm thrilled to share a review of Etania's Destiny by M.H. Elrich, the final book in the Daughters of Tamnarae series! Today also happens to be release day for this great book. Check the blurb out below and then keep reading for my review. 




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As civil war looms on the horizon, Etania must embrace her destiny or fall to darkness...

Before the war begins, Etania determines to stop it by any means necessary—even if it requires her to train the man who betrayed her. Then an unnatural darkness sweeps the land, testing friend and foe alike. Etania knows only her powers as a Vexli can end Damien and Narak’s evil spell. Will Etania defeat the darkness or succumb to it herself?

Find out in Etania’s Destiny, the third and final installment of Etania’s stories.

Content Warnings: Kissing, kiss before honeymoon. One character wrestles with adulterous and lustful thoughts, and alcoholism. There is pregnancy and a relationship out of wedlock. The villain is demon possessed. There is violence related to warfare with minimal description of blood and dead bodies. There is no cussing.

Click HERE to order and HERE to shelf on Goodreads!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M.H. Elrich is a Christian Fantasy author, reader, and teacher who wears too many hats. In her spare time (if she has any), she watches anime with her husband, rides horses, and travels to places with lots of trees. Her short stories and devotionals have been featured in The Writer Word, Short Fiction Break, Orpheus, Kern County Fair, Where Giants Fall, and Finding God in Anime Volume 2.

Follow on Instagram @mhelrichbooks!


MY REVIEW

This one was easily read in just a couple sittings because it drew me in so quickly. Between the compelling character arcs, rich descriptions, and moments of fun intermingled with the more serious circumstances surrounding Etania, Keyel, and the secondary characters -- there's a lot to love. The fantasy elements are executed with excellence and ease of understanding. The story is real and raw, dealing with the fact that the healing and forgiveness process ebbs and flows (there's a quote about how one character can forgive in one moment and the next, struggles with it) and a good many other themes that I appreciated, especially the author's very realistic window into how those themes work in our world as well as Etania's. If you enjoy the fantastical, dragons, the struggle between darkness and light, and a whole lot more--do make sure to pick up this book as well as the rest of the series if you haven't yet!

I read and reviewed an advance copy to write my review; thoughts and opinions are my own! 

 

FREEBIES: LEGENDS OF LANARIA!

 Anyone like historical fantasies? 'Tis time to load up your Kindles/e-readers/apps! It's almost release day for TKTQ, so how about a Kindle freebie sale? Click the titles for the respective Amazon link, and check out some quotes below!




May 10th, snag a free copy of THE LADY OF LANARIA (book 1) (formatting problems have been resolved! Once and for all!!)
May 11th, pick up a freebie of THE HEALER OF THE BRIGADE (book 2)
May 12th, snag a freebie of THE HIGHLANDER'S VICTORY (book 3), the first time this one's been on sale since release day.
Enjoy binge-reading those for free, then check out THE KINGDOM'S TRUE QUEEN (book 4), releasing May 14th! Preorders are still open for $0.99.
What are these books about? Light overcoming darkness. Good triumphing over evil. Hard decisions to follow God's will for your life. Seeing yourself as God sees you, not what people have labeled you. Laying aside your pride and humbling yourself before God. And choosing to do what's right even if it costs you everything.









FREELANCE FRIDAY (er, Thursday) #5: INDIE TOOLKIT

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

 Hey everyone! Freelance Friday's coming a day early because of the sheer amount of posts I've got going this week. Oof. But without further ado...


FREELANCE FRIDAY #5:

Indie Author Toolkit


So you decided you want to do your own thing, be a freelancer, go independent. 

Good for you! Believe it or not, indie authors can hit bestseller status on Amazon just as well as traditional publishing. BUT it does take a  l o t  of work. You’re essentially your own team, either that or you have to develop good discernment in choosing who you partner with for things like cover design, editing, and so forth. And marketing is wholly up to you. 


BUT there are a lot of tools you can utilize depending on your goals as an indie author, and I’d like to address them right now. 


MARKETING (For more than indie authors! No matter what your business is, you can benefit from these programs.) 

  • Easily, Canva is one of the best for free designs and ready-made templates. Some aren’t free, but you’ll be able to see those easily enough to avoid them if you’d rather. 


  • Sponsored ads on Facebook are virtually a toss-up; I’ve known some folks that have good success with them and others that don’t. Feel free to try it, but don’t lean too heavily on it.

  • You can very easily use free photo manipulation programs like GIMP to make gorgeous shots using a book cover you don’t actually have in your possession just yet, i.e. for cover reveals. There are a lot of help articles and YouTube videos to help, and I’ve actually found GIMP to be more user-friendly than Photoshop Elements for this side of marketing.

  • Use free schedulers to get a head-start on marketing. Meta Business Suite is great for Facebook and Instagram, and it’s free to use if you’ve got a page on either site. That way, you can work ahead and schedule posts in advance to stay on top of the algorithm.
     

  • Get a newsletter started before you even have a book published! There are a host of different brands that offer free tiers, like MailChimp, MailerLite, and Substack. This can be indispensable in case there are glitches on social media, a social media site goes down, etc.

  • Get a .com website started ASAP! Google (now partnered with Squarespace) offers domains for as low as $15 per year, and WordPress is another valid option. A .com website offers much more visibility and searchability online than free options (that may end with .blogger.com or .wordpress.com) 


FORMATTING

Formatting can be one of the most tedious parts of publishing a book, but it’s absolutely necessary. It can be done on Word, with the help of YouTube videos. However, Kindle/ebooks require different formatting and optimization. 

  • Kindle Create is a free program offered from KDP/Amazon which allows you to upload a Word document and optimize it for ebooks.

  • Atticus is not free, but it is a pretty great and ever-growing platform, a word processor and formatter that makes formatting pretty seamless for a professional print book layout and ebook, too. If you plan on writing multiple books, it would be worth the purchase and the learning curve.

  • There are also a lot of freelancers who offer formatting! It isn’t free, again, but check out your options. Make sure to hire someone you’re comfortable with, can show samples of their work, and fits your goals!


EDITING

Self-editing is possible from start to finish, if you’re strong with grammar rules and style such as Chicago Manual, AP, etc. If you do this, I strongly recommend using the spellcheck option (with prejudice) on your word processor like Word or Google Docs. However, it can’t hurt to hire someone! There are several types of editing stages: 

  • Content or developmental, which assesses the “bones” of your story’s plot and helps you strengthen an earlier, completed draft.

  • Line edits, which assess each sentence for readability, understanding, and style. 

  • Copy edits, which focus on grammatical errors.

  • Proofreading, which is the final pass after formatting to ensure there aren’t any last-minute ‘oops’ hiding. 

Is it common to still have a couple typos hanging around after? Sure. I’ve read a lot of mainstream/traditionally-published books that have loads of errors left after going through an entire team of editors. What does that prove? We’re all human. So while we should strive to do our best to present a professional, polished novel, don’t beat yourself up if small slip-ups still make it into the final product. A lot of folks bash indies for this, but again, it happens to traditional publishers too.


If you’re on a budget, learn and strengthen yourself in areas you’re most confident in and then seek editing for the area you feel least confident in. 


COVER DESIGN
Unless you’re talented in graphic design too, it’s imperative to hire a cover designer or purchase a well made premade design for your book. Despite the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover,” people do that literally all the time. Take your time checking out and searching for cover designers who offer portfolios that fit your book’s genre, and again, make sure you fit well with the designer! 


If you’re on a budget, Getcovers is a fantastic resource for quality work. If you can afford a little more wiggle room and want more customization, Miblart is another great, affordable company (and they’re the parent company of Getcovers.) Check them both out if you’re on the hunt!



I also can’t recommend enough the sheer importance of networking and community. Get plugged into groups with similar goals, similar books, and similar genres. Study what they do and don’t copy them, but learn from them. Ask for help. Offer support to others (because that’s what community should do!) and glean for advice or recommendations. You never know what you might learn!

SURPRISE: SUSTAIN DEVOTIONAL PAPERBACKS ARE HERE!

Monday, May 6, 2024

 Hey there! Been waiting for paperbacks or hardcovers of Sustain? You, my friend, are in luck. Because they're arriving roughly a month before Kindle! 

May 7th (today, to be exact), you can order paperbacks for $14.99 or hardcovers for $19.99! As a reminder, Sustain is a thirty day devotional AND a five-week study guide is included in the back for independent or group study.

Click HERE to order your copy today. If Kindle is more your speed, you can snag a preorder for $4.99! 

I'm also thrilled to be donating all royalties from this book to Fire Now Ministries, a local outreach and evangelism effort. You can follow them on Facebook HERE and even tune into their weekly Thursday Bible study livestreams, no matter where in the world you hail from! 

If you can share about the devotional with someone, I surely hope that you do--it's my prayer that this book reaches who needs it most! 




SECOND EDITION: WHERE GIANTS FALL

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

 Hey everyone, and happy May! I just wanted to drop in and let you know about the second edition of Where Giants Fall! There's an exclusive author roundtable interview in this edition, and most of the great stories everyone loved in the first edition. So if you haven't picked up a copy yet, you can do so now in ebook or paperback format! Check it out HERE and make sure to leave a review if you've already read it!