Summer Fantasy Book Bingo
Holidays In Fantasy Worlds
Do you love holidays in fantasy worlds?
In honor of the holiday season, here are three holidays that are exclusive bonus content just for you from my three fantasy universes:
So there you have it, three new holidays in fantasy worlds!
Which one would you want to take part in?
The Vow That Twisted Fate Wins A Spot In The Writer Community's 2022 Book Club
YES, you read that right! My debut epic fantasy novel, The Vow That Twisted Fate, wins a spot in The Writer Community's 2022 book club, thanks to YOUR votes!
To say I was surprised when I woke up this morning is a massive understatement. There were 19 other books that were eligible for reader votes.
8 of those were written by authors I've admired for so long, that I was gobsmacked to even share a list with them (like the supremely talented Esme Carmichael, author of The End of Everything, and Rosalyn Brian, author of A Sea of Pearls and Leaves and The Crown of Bones).
Five indie books were voted into the 2022 book club, including:
-Matthew Romeo's The Maven Knight
-Elaine Debohun's All The Yellow Posies
-K.E. Andrews' The Assassin of Grins and Secrets
-Tenaya MKD's New Identity
Some of those books were already on my to-be-read list, so I'm thrilled to be able to read them.
Have you read any of these? Which one sounds most interesting to you?
If you'd like to join in on the Book Club reads/discussions in 2022, you can sign up for The Writer Community's book club and newsletter HERE.
Thank you so much for voting for The Vow That Twisted Fate! It is a greater honor than I can say!
-When: Saturday, November 13th 2021, 11:30am CST
-Where: Online meeting; link will only be e-mail to people who RSVP below
-What: Join in for a QA with Talon and I, enter a giveaway for a chance to win THREE MONTHS of Audible membership (US only), a free audiobook copy of TVTTF (US/UK only), a signed paperback copy of TVTTF (International), OR a cash prize equivalent via PayPal ( for readers outside the US and UK - cash prizes are international-only).
To celebrate the audiobook launch, Talon David and I are throwing a launch party!
Come join us to celebrate the launch of the audiobook on an RSVP-required live party!
-When: TBD - Awaiting final date from publisher
-Where: Online meeting; link will only be e-mail to people who RSVP (RSVPs coming soon)
-What: Join in for a QA with Talon and I, enter a giveaway for a chance to win THREE MONTHS of Audible membership (US only), a signed copy of TVTTF, OR a cash prize equivalent via PayPal (international only).
Yes, you read that title correctly. We are so close to hitting a #1 spot on the Amazon bestseller list that I had decided to coordinate a separate celebration giveaway to begin next week IF The Vow That Twisted Fate e-book hits a #1 spot this weekend!
I have dropped the e-book to only 99 cents thru the weekend (you can grab a copy HERE).
I will also be donating 100% of all profits made on TVTTF October 1st thru the 4th 2021 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (to support childhood cancer research).
This giveaway would include:
-1 paperback copy of The Lost Heir by Chris Gourley
-1 signed paperback copy of The Vow That Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham
-1 paperback copy of Wolves of Adalore by Morgan Gauthier
-1 "Dark Dimension" Candle custom-made by Novel Candle Co. based on Maedra in The Vow That Twisted Fate
-1 custom "Stele" (water elemental) by Dynamic Alley
-1 Personalized Video Message from Maxim Roy (the actress who played Jocelyn Fray in Shadowhunters)
(Maxim's Photo by Shadowhunterstv.fandom.com)
This giveaway would be valued at $150.00 (US), and would be open internationally.
I will only run this separate celebration giveaway IF we hit a #1 spot in one of my categories on Amazon (for the e-book) before 10/4/2021 (11:59 pm CST on 10/4/2021).
Ready to grab your copy? Click HERE to grab a 99 cent copy in the US, or HERE to find your international link on The Vow That Twisted Fate's book page.
**If the giveaway is run, purchasing The Vow That Twisted Fate WILL NOT increase your chances of winning the giveaway (there will not be additional entries added for doing so). IF the giveaway runs, no purchase is necessary to participate/win.**
Are you self-publishing savvy? Or self-publishing struggling? Or, quite honestly, slipping back and forth between the two?
Yesterday I had the great privilege of speaking with AutoCrit Editing about not only my personal self-publishing journey with The Vow That Twisted Fate, but also about the self-publishing process overall.
There are so many different approaches to self-publishing (or "indie" publishing), that I humbly share my experiences as a fellow beginner "indie" author with the hopes that it will provide clarity for other writers in my shoes.
While most of my blogs are brief and related to my projects and supporting other authors in the indie author community, the response from yesterday's live was too overwhelming to leave at that.
Here are the key points that I discussed on my live with AutoCrit:
1.) Writing inspiration (in my case, a dream hijacked my 2016 NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month - plans) & my mentor, Lindsey (owener of Of Ink and Pearls Publishing)
2.) The five levels of editing (developmental edit, line edit, copy edit, proofread, galley proof) + Beta Reading & Self-editing using AutoCrit.
3.) Distribution Platforms (KDP, Barnes & Noble Press, Ingram) and Formats (AudioBooks, Print, etc.) as well as formatting/cover design
4.) Timelines (from revisions to print); what I wish I'd done sooner and why
5.) Budget (how much did it cost me to truly self-publish and what that went toward - overview)
6.) Reviews (trade reviews and reader reviews, what I did to set up review tours, and post-launch marketing)
7.) Marketing in general (*still navigating this part myself* - From pre-orders to Amazon bestseller to post-launch slow-downs)
For that reason, I am truly grateful for the money-saving, headache-relieving role that AutoCrit played in my self-editing process.
If you have any questions at all, or comments about your own experience self-publishing, feel free to drop them in the comments; I love hearing your feedback!
If you would like to try AutoCrit's self-editing software for yourself, you can do so by signing up for their Free Forever membership HERE.
Want to read the finished version of The Vow That Twisted Fate? It is on sale for only 99 cents (e-book) or $10 (paperback) on Amazon now thru October 4th 2021, so grab your copy today HERE.
I know it's been a little while since I shared some news about my debut novel, but I am excited to share that a The Vow That Twisted Fate collector's edition hardback and audiobook are both in the works!
The amazingly talented Talon David (Singer/Songrwiter and Voiceover Artist) has partnered with me to graciously bring The Vow That Twisted Fate to life on audiobook.
Talon brings such passion and heart to TVTTF, that it has been truly an honor to listen to the world she's literally given a voice to. We are slated for completion of production this fall (2021).
While this is going, I am also happy to announce that I will be launching hardback collector's editions of The Vow That Twisted Fate exclusively on Amazon later this fall.
This unique edition incorporates brand new never-before seen interior page formatting (post-correction of some slippery typos that somehow escaped all five of us editors), a collector's edition cover (I know, how could it get better than the cover I already have?!) and in-book exclusive content I have never released anywhere else.
So which one are you more excited about? The collector's edition hardback? Or the audiobook?
-Don't want to wait to start reading TVTTF? Grab an ebook copy (on sale for only $1.99 thru September 30th 2021) HERE
-Have you taken the character quiz? See who you would be in TVTTF HERE
-Did you catch my most recent interview/live reading (the one that gave access to exclusive deleted content)? Check it out HERE
-Not an e-mail subscriber but want to be one of the first people to get TVTTF news? Subscribe HERE and I'll send you a free novella!
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