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Meet the Prince

Prophecy of Darkness, book one of the Legends of the Tri-Gard series, releases on February 1st. 

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You may call me sir, lord, prince. My newly obtained title of Toha still feels foreign. I am Trystan Renauld and one day I will be king. One day I will have all of Dreach-Sciene in the palm of my hand.

That day is not today. Today I am the shield. I am the sword. I am the protector of our people, the symbol of hope. The army has been placed under my control, but that is the least of the burdens on my shoulders. When war comes, our army stands no chance. And make no mistake, it is coming.

King Calis of Dreach-Dhoun is preparing to unite the realms as they once were – under a single king. The difference between our realms? His still has magic. Ours is barren.

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I don’t even know if I believe in magic. It was said to be stolen on the day I was born. I’ve never seen the fantastical things people talk about.

But we don’t have many options. If I want to prevent my realm from being turned to dust, prevent my people from becoming cattle driven to the slaughter, then I better hope it’s real.

 

A myth won’t save us.

This Tri-Gard and their magic is the only thing that just might.

Here we go.


Prophecy of Darkness

The kingdom of Dreach-Sciene is dying.

Famine, uncontrollable weather, and war have devastated Prince Trystan’s people. It’s only a matter of time before their enemies destroy them.

Only magic can save the kingdom. But there has been no magic in Dreach-Sciene for twenty years and Trystan fears it is only a fairy-tale. Without magic, there is no hope.

If the prince wishes to harness the ancient power, he must first reunite the Tri-Gard, the legendary keepers of magic. His journey to find these magical beings will either lift him up or bring him to his knees as he sacrifices everything to save his people.
With his enemies drawing ever closer, it’s a race against time … and against dark forces that could destroy them all.

If you yearn for noble princes, forbidden romances, and heart-pumping quests, pick up your sword and reclaim your magic for the battle to come.


The paperback is now available HERE.

For more information, including a map, look HERE.

See previous posts about Prophecy of Darkness HERE.

Writing Partners, yay or nay?

partner writing, writing, authors, books, prophecy of darkness, michelle Lynn, Michelle bryan, fantasyOkay, I need to put a disclaimer here. Both times I’ve written with a partner, I’ve gotten very lucky. Well, that and I’ve chosen wisely.

Let’s face it – authors are control freaks. DON’T TOUCH OUR CREATIVE GENIUS! A lot of authors could never work with a partner because that means giving part of the creative control to another person. Sure, you can outline until the cows come home and agree on every plot point ahead of time, but your partner’s chapters still won’t come out like you’d have written them.

Let me give you a bit of advice. Loosen those reins. Writing with a partner is an experience every author should have. Here’s why:

  • FUN: Partner writing is an incredible amount of fun. We all know how it feels to be so excited and obsessed with our current work in progress but have no one else around to constantly jabber on about it with. The people in our lives might be slightly interested, but not completely. My writing partners and I talk every single day.
  • Speed: Imagine putting out a 60k word novel and only having to write 30k words of it! With the way everyone suspects the super secret Amazon algorithms work, speed can greatly help a career.
  • Relationships: If your partnership is a good one, you don’t just gain a fancy new book, you gain a very good friend. Authorship is such a solitary venture that this aspect can’t be overlooked. I was already friends with both my writing partners beforehand, but that friendship grew even more through working together to create something we were both proud of.
  • Moolah: Being able to do big releases and get great covers and editors while only shelling out half the dough is amazing.
  • Reach: Both you and your partner have your own readerships that will look forward to your book.
  • Learning: You’ll learn from each other. My partnerships forced me to learn how to outline effectively and think about stages of the story before they came.

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Okay, so you’ve made the brilliant decision to find a writing partner for a series you have in mind. What should you look for?

  • Quality writing: You need to trust your partner’s talent fully.
  • Style: The key component of a book written by two authors is the inability of the reader to discern where the writer switched. Find an author who writes with a similar style to you.
  • Strengths: Find someone whose strengths and weaknesses are opposite yours. For my fantasy series, we did this to great effect. My partner’s best assets were action sequences and descriptions. Descriptions are the bane of my existence. My talents lie in dialogue, romantic elements, and emotional punch. Together, we formed quite the team.
  • Goals: Make sure it is someone whose goals for the series line up with yours. Do they want to spend a lot of money on release? Are they on a budget? What is their preferred timeline?
  • Temperament: For God’s sake, don’t choose someone who wants to control everything you write. Both writers in a partnership need room to breathe and be creative. It’s a good idea to get to know them first before deciding you want to work with them.

Prophecy of Darkness was a venture written with my writing partner, Michelle Bryan. It releases February 1st.

Prophecy of Darkness

The kingdom of Dreach-Sciene is dying.

Famine, uncontrollable weather, and war have devastated Prince Trystan’s people. It’s only a matter of time before their enemies destroy them.

Only magic can save the kingdom. But there has been no magic in Dreach-Sciene for twenty years and Trystan fears it is only a fairy-tale. Without magic, there is no hope.

If the prince wishes to harness the ancient power, he must first reunite the Tri-Gard, the legendary keepers of magic. His journey to find these magical beings will either lift him up or bring him to his knees as he sacrifices everything to save his people.
With his enemies drawing ever closer, it’s a race against time … and against dark forces that could destroy them all.

If you yearn for noble princes, forbidden romances, and heart-pumping quests, pick up your sword and reclaim your magic for the battle to come.


The paperback is now available HERE.

For more information, including a map, look HERE.

See previous posts about Prophecy of Darkness HERE.

A Guide to Sendy Newsletters

The mysterious Sendy. It’s an intriguing option for authors with growing subscriber lists. Other services are either expensive or not good enough for what we need anymore.

What is Sendy?

An api that plugs into the cPanel of your website. It’s hosted on your site at a url you define – something like sendy.yourdomain.com. You must have a self-hosted site to use it.

I am an author. Not a Sendy saleswoman. I have moderate technical ability, but tend to spend more time yelling at my website than actually improving it.

Web stuff drives me insane actually.

Well, Sendy drove me more insane than anything else online ever has. It should have been so much easier for me. It’s a fantastic option and that’s why I’m writing this in depth post. I wish someone had told me half of what I’m about to tell you.

There’s very little out there about Sendy with the exception of the companies trying to take advantage of it’s issues with being set up. For a monthly fee, sites like Easysendy will basically act as a Mailchimp or Mailerlite. You still have to buy Sendy, but then you pay them to set it up and allow you to use their interface.

But if I’m buying Sendy to get out from under monthly fees, how does that make sense?

Let me tell you something – you don’t need them.

First, let’s get into why you may want to buy Sendy with a good old pros and cons list.

Pros of Sendy:

  • Price: It’s a $59 one time fee. After that, you pay Amazon SES to send the emails. $1 per 10,000 emails. Crazy, right? If you’re paying north of $100 a month for a large list on another service, you can reduce that to $4-10. And no, it’s not too good to be true.
  • Data: The other cheaper service out there is Wix. I was paying $12 for up to 25k. But the drawback with Wix is that it doesn’t tell you anything other than open and click rate. With Sendy, I get the cheaper price while also enjoying the data of the more expensive services. Open and click rate yes, but also click rate for each link and extras such as countries my email is being opened in.
  • Integrity of emails: This part is half conjecture so take it with a grain of salt. With Wix, I was averaging 30-50 bounces per send on a 17k list. They were all Hotmail or aol email addresses as you could probably guess. With Sendy, I had 5 bounces. My guess is because Sendy uses Amazon web services to send. As of right now, some of the larger companies are using the service rather than just the spammers – leading to a higher integrity that plays better with some of the more skeptical email programs.
  • Lack of formatting: This one has you scratching your head, doesn’t it? Research shows that the more a newsletter looks like any old email, the more responsive the reader will be. Formatting screams salesy. Sendy’s NL editor is rather basic and that keeps me from trying to make it look too “professional”.
  • All of the segmenting and automation functions that seemed to be lacking in Wix.
  • Scheduling NLs in advance. Another downside of Wix.
  • One of the largest benefits is in a bonus at the bottom of the screen – it mainly applies to PAs.

Cons of Sendy:

  • Headaches – It’s ridiculously hard to set up. Like, come on! I spent two full days trying to figure out how to get it installed before giving up and hiring someone.
  • No templates – This is sort of good because of what I said above about formatting, but it also means it takes slightly longer to create emails.
  • You have to be okay with the stripped-down look of the platform.
  • Your NL will take quite a while to send. Their maximum speed is 14 emails per second. Yesterday when I sent to two lists at the same time, it took 3 hours for 25k emails. BUT – that’s not really an issue because I can schedule it to go out ahead of time and not even have to have Sendy open for them to send.

Okay, so you’ve decided to buy Sendy. Great! But when you downloaded it, it’s just a folder with a bunch of files full of code that you have no clue what to do with. What? There’s not even an install file?

Deep breath. What I’m going to tell you is going to save your life. Don’t try to set it up on your own!! Sendy sends you a nifty little instruction manual that looks super easy, but that’s deceptive. You can do every step perfectly and still not have it running.

After spending two days trying, I found a man on PeoplePerHour.com who charged me $30 and had it ready to go 12 hours after I hired him. Surely my two days had been worth more than that. I wish I hadn’t wasted them.

Steps to sending your first campaign:

  1. Make sure you have a self-hosted site and purchase Sendy
  2. Create an Amazon web services account.
  3. Hire someone to install it on your domain.
  4. Make sure the person you hired requested an email increase from Amazon. They give you 500 when you initially sign up but will increase that to 50k when asked.
  5. Login and begin to explore.
  6. Import your lists.
  7. Go into your settings. There is a list of Zapier apps that you can set up to run with Sendy. Things like post to Facebook or Tweet when a campaign is sent. Or my favorite – remove someone from one list when they’re added to another. That’s great for segmentation.
  8. Use the text editor to create a template. This will make it go quicker when you send campaigns because you can just substitute images and text.
  9. Make sure autoresponders are ready to go.
  10. For this, I’m assuming you’re using WordPress. There’s a Sendy plugin for your site to add subscribers directly to a list – one with automated emails set up hopefully.
  11. You should be good to go!

Sendy tips:

  • Seriously, hire someone. If you don’t, you’ll get bogged down in your cPanel creating databases and altering code. You can’t expect your host support to be any help because they probably haven’t heard of Sendy. The lady I talked to at HostGator hadn’t. And then, when you think you’ve done everything right, it still won’t load. I still don’t know what I was doing wrong, but figuing it out isn’t worth the time.
  • There’s a cool feature that PAs could make use of. Sendy branding. I’ll use myself as an example. I have one of my clients set up on my Sendy account but under her own brand. So I can use my program for her NLs while keeping her lists and campaigns separate almost as if they were in a different account. But, wait, it gets cooler. I can also create a login and password for her so that she can access her brand. In essence, she can send emails from my Sendy with her own password that doesn’t access my own information. AND Sendy provides the mechanism for me to charge her for that pleasure. I can charge her per campaign or per email sent using a Paypal plugin. If I wanted to, I could create my own Mailchimp and begin charging people. Amazon does give me 50k emails a day if I want it.
  • Some of the features are hard to find in the stripped-down interface. It took me forever to find where I could get the web link to my email. There’s a little picture of an eye on the reports page that will give you the link if you click it.
  • Added tip: I almost forgot to include this and it will be the most frustrating issue you’ll have because it’s incredibly hard to find out what is going on. Don’t create Sendy emails in a browser that has Grammarly installed. Just don’t do it. Grammarly is a bully. It doesn’t play well with others – throwing tons and tons of redundant code into your emails. Seriously, it’s amazing how much code they throw in. Extra code increases the email size ezponentially – which G-mail won’t like. If you test your emails and they appear in your inbox as a blank email with just a link to click to see the fully thing, this is what is going on. You never want your readers to have to click through to see the email because they won’t.
    So, if you have grammarly installed on your browser, use a different one for Sendy. I find Grammarly quite helpful so I kept it on Safari and began using Chrome for my emails. Trust me, learn from my headaches. 

Final Verdict:

Sendy gives you all the functionality of an expensive service for a fraction of the price as long as you are satisfied with the more stripped down appearance.

A peek inside sendy:

These are images from my own account except for the graphs. That is from the Sendy website.

Creating multiple brands for pennames/ different authors.

All the segmentation and autoresponders of the expensive services.

The campaign editor.

The data.

Below this will be a list of links and number of clicks as well as lists of spam reporters, unsubscribes, bounces, and every country the email was opened in.

I hope this comprehensive look into Sendy will help you. If you’d like to see how the email looks, you can sign up to my newsletter in the sidebar to the left.

Go here to see the free book you’ll get for signing up.

You can find Sendy here.

If you need a reccommendation for someone to help you set it up or have any other questions, feel free to contact me here. 

 

Characters: Gay by nature or choice?

By Author Paul Mosier

The following is my response to an email from a woman who kindly beta-read the novel I have recently completed– the middle grade “Summer and July.” Her feedback was thoughtful, intelligent and complimentary. To my surprise, she said she enjoyed it in spite of her being ethically opposed to the nature of the love presented in the story, and her worry that my story would contribute to the “normalization” of such love. Below is my response to her. I omit my opening remarks.

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Notes on your notes: The “men in gray suits” is actually one of the several colorful terms in surfer lingo for sharks. Another good one is “landlord,” which is their term for great white sharks. Those don’t appear on the beaches of Santa Monica, or they would have been a good inclusion. But since that didn’t come through to you as a reader, perhaps I need to expand on that exchange. “Noah” is another term for sharks, from the Aussie cockney rhyming scheme of “Noah’s Ark” rhyming with “shark.” Similarly, Aussie surfers call Americans “seppos” because “Septic tank” rhymes with “yank.” It’s kinda bizarre.

I, too, was happy with Summer’s method of giving herself permission to feel something other than happy, enthusiastic and optimistic– putting on Juillet’s clothing and makeup. I didn’t plan it– I don’t plan anything in writing, really. I don’t think I am capable of doing something as artful or lovely as that, but as a servant of the muse, I think I do a pretty good job of staying out of her way. I don’t feel like I’m the creator of a story so much as I am the first person to experience it.

I feel the same way about characters. I don’t expect that I’ll change your mind about seeing same-sex love as being somehow wrong, but I’ll make my argument anyway. I have never designed a character, and if I did I think they’d be wooden or cliched. I feel like they are introduced to me by the universe, and I disagree with writers who think that I as an author need to know my characters completely. In fact, I feel like I only know them as much as they are willing to reveal themselves to me. An interviewer once asked if I ever found myself disappointed when I finished writing a novel and realized that my characters weren’t real, and my reply was “I don’t think I agree that they aren’t real.”

But I didn’t set out to write a same-sex love story. I think that every story is a love story– the only question is what kinds of love. Summer and July was born from the sense of place of a seaside town with an ice cream shop and boogie boarding, then the characters walked into the scene. But I don’t feel like I determined their sexual orientation any more than I designed the bluebird metaphor. Which I did not design. I’m just witness to it. My understanding of Juillet and Summer, watching them act, is that they are not necessarily drawn exclusively to their own gender. It seems like their affection is specific to the individual case– for Juillet, Summer, and for Summer, Juillet. They’re probably both surprised that their first kiss was with another girl. They’re both young and figuring themselves out.

I don’t choose the sexual orientation of my characters, but if I did, I wouldn’t apologize for representing same sex loves as being as legitimate and potentially beautiful as heterosexual loves. And I would suggest that maybe instead of worrying about texts that “normalize” same sex loves, perhaps you should worry about texts that vilify or demonize love between two men or two women, which has always existed. It’s hard for me to even imagine what motivation lies behind such persecution other than some antique need for maximum regeneration of the species to swell the ranks of armies and churches. It is interesting that you use Plato to support your argument about our need to use care in what we teach our young, when Plato said that the only true type of love was that which existed between two men. Of course, I disagree with Plato in this respect, as I think that the love between a man and a woman can be pretty profound, too.

I’m sure that– while gay people have appeared in previous novels of mine– Summer and July will open me to a new level of potential criticism and rejection for elements other than my ability to tell a story. I didn’t wish for this, and it doesn’t represent any kind of bravery on my part– that distinction is reserved for those who wrote about the love between members of the same sex in decades past. I’ve got a left-handed female character named Lefty in my work-in-progress, but likewise people in centuries past have fought the stigma of people who find themselves preferring using their left hands, so there is no heroism for me there, either.

Happily, though thinking ill of same sex love still exists in the world I live in, having a contract with a Big Five publisher I have learned that, generally, in the world of children’s books, publishers have moved beyond the argument. Though opposition to same sex love still exists, my editorial group does not wish to dignify such opposition with space on the page. Nobody in a middle-grade book written by me and published by my publisher is going to look askance at two girls or two boys falling for each other.

For me, It was easy to make the “normal” heterosexual choice. Girls and women have always been attractive and fascinating to me. Though I didn’t set out to write a story featuring a same-sex love, the idea that maybe some kid will fail to kill him or herself because I didn’t resist presenting a story in which affection and romantic love between two members of the same sex is pretty much the most adorable love story ever– I’ve got to say I like the idea of being on that side of the equation, and of history. And all I have to do is let the characters be who they are. Take them as they are, and love them as they came to me. I hope you’ll consider this position.


Want more from Paul? You can check out his books on Goodreads HERE.

Find Paul on the YA Author Rendezvous site HERE.

Finding the Right Indie Publisher

Book publishers, indies, authors, books, michelle lynn, romance, fantasy, dystopian, writing tips, self-publishingThis is tricky. Too many authors have been taken to the cleaners by those who are supposed to be taking care of them. The most important thing is to do your research. Find authors under their imprint and talk to them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the publishers themselves. How they answer you can be telling in itself.

Spotting the good ones:

  • Communication: This is the number one thing. How quickly do they get back to you? What is their overall tone? As the author, you are NEVER bothering them. Your publisher works for you. They may own the publishing rights, but the book is still yours. If you ask questions and they get snippy or *GASP* don’t respond at all, don’t walk, run far far away. You don’t want to work with them.
  • Advances: Okay, most indie publishers don’t pay advances. Heck, the practice isn’t even always done with the traditionals. BUT occasionally you’ll find one that does. I can think of one off the top of my head. What does this say to you? They believe they can sell your book. They believe in you. So, the lack of an advance shouldn’t scare you off from a publisher, but if you find one that gives them, give it a longer look.
  • Marketing: One of the awful things about indie publishers is that many many of them no longer pay for marketing. Why would I give you the rights to my books and a cut of royalties if you’re just going to put it for sale then sit on your ass? No. Not happening. If a publisher doesn’t help with marketing, it isn’t worth it. Don’t worry, there are still some out there that do.
  • Covers: Find books they’ve put out and look at the quality of the covers because most use the same designers for all their books. If you don’t like the covers they’ve done, that publisher isn’t for you.
  • Editing: Once again, you’ll have to use their editors. Read something by one of their authors.
  • Rights: How long do they want your publishing rights for? If you’re lucky enough to find a year by year contract from a good publisher, jump on it. I wouldn’t do more than three. Also, ask what kind of rights they want. If they also want audio and foreign rights, does it mean they’re going to produce and translate the book? If they don’t plan to do that, don’t sign those away. Try for an exclusive eBook and non-exclusive paperback contract.
  • Professionalism: Look to their website, Facebook page, etc. to see the face they put on their business.

Book publishers, indies, authors, books, michelle lynn, romance, fantasy, dystopian, writing tips, self-publishingIt may seem daunting to find an indie publisher that is right for you, but research is important. Don’t forget, by signing with them, you are giving the publishing rights to your baby that you’ve poured your heart and soul into. Don’t jump at a publishing contract just to have the stigma of “being published.”

If you don’t find one that suits, don’t be afraid to do it yourself.


Still deciding if a publisher is right for you? I discussed that last week HERE.

In need of a publishing assistant? Learn more HERE.

I’m published by Creativia.

Indie Publishing

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So, if you’re reading this, it probably means you’ve decided to take your book indie instead of the much longer traditional route. For many authors, this is a great decision. BUT your decision isn’t finished.

I’ll bet you thought indie only meant self-published, right? Wrong. There is also an entire slice of the pie owned by indie publishers. These publishers take on many authors and do a lot of the same things as the big boys – but on a smaller scale.

I won’t talk today about finding a good indie. That will be next week’s post. This is simply about deciding if a publisher is right for you or if you’d be better off on your own. There are pros and cons to each path to market. Let’s start with the good stuff, shall we?

Pros –

Self Publishing:

  • The obvious: Control. This isn’t over content because most indie publishers will let you have full content control. What I mean by this is the ability to craft your own marketing strategy. To control when or if your book is discounted. Control to choose your own cover designer and editor.
  • Price point: Many indie publishers make the same mistake that some of the big ones do in pricing unknown authors too high. If you’re doing it yourself, you have the ability to experiment with price points to find the best bang for your buck.
  • Making changes: Your book not selling? Okay, go find yourself a new cover or a new strategy.
  • Full royalties: No one besides you and the bookseller gets a cut.

Indie Publisher:

  • Money money money money: Any indie publisher worth their salt will pay for editing, cover, and formatting.
  • Ease: Once you finish a manuscript, you send it to the publisher and begin your next one. There’s no wrangling of designers and editors. No setting up KDP or Createspace.
  • Expertise: The good publishers will know much more than you do. They will have ideas that you haven’t thought of because they’ve worked on many more books than you.
  • Community: You’ll be connected to every other author in their fold.
  • Marketing: Hopefully the publisher you choose will handle the bulk of your promotions.

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Cons –

Self Publishing:

  • Money Money Money Money: It’s very expensive.
  • Knowledge: If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can get very lost.
  • Inferior product: If you don’t spend the money on editing and cover, you’ll be putting out an inferior product.
  • Harder: Everything will fall to your shoulders.

Indie Publisher:

  • Royalty Cut: They get a percentage of everything you make.
  • Control: When they handle everything for you, it can leave you feeling disconnected to your books. It’s also harder to coordinate promos to create a comprehensive strategy.
  • The editors and designers in their employ are the ones you have to use.

I hope this helps with your impending decisions. Some authors on both sides will tell you their way is the only way, but that is insanely false. This business is not one size fits all. Yes, many people get screwed over by publishers. That’s why it’s important to do your research.

I have been published both ways and can tell you that it has all been valuable experience and I’ve benefited immensely from each avenue.

Good luck on your writing journey.

 

In need of a publishing assistant? Learn more HERE.

I’m published by Creativia.

Meet the Seer

Prophecy of Darkness, book one of the Legends of the Tri-Gard series, releases as part of the Fire and Fantasy box set, available for just 0.99 for a limited time. Find out how to purchase it at the bottom of the post. 

Lorelai.pngThe sight is not a sure thing as most people think it is. I see the paths that lay open to an individual. I see events without the faces of those involved.

I am Lorelai and I am a seer.

There are those who would seek me out and destroy me for that very reason. It has been twenty years since the people of Dreach-Sciene lost their magic. The sight is believed to be the final remnants. They want to steal it. They don’t trust it.

But they don’t understand. My magic was never tied to the earth. It was not given and therefor cannot be taken away. The sight is a part of me.

I have done my job, fulfilled my mission. I have set things in motion for the prince of Dreach-Sciene to find the Tri-Gard. They have their reasons and I have mine.

Now I have one final task before I can return to my home. Before I can prepare for the battles to come.

Only this mission could destroy me. It is not death I speak of. When that comes I am ready. What I could never have prepared for was keeping my life, but losing my heart.

It is my own fault. He didn’t break it. I crushed it for him.

A heart is a liability. I’ve been told that my entire life.

Now I finally understand what they meant.

“The king took it as a prophecy of hope. He thought they would all be saved, that someone would lead them to regain their magic.
But the cost would be everything else and now she saw it for what it truly was.
A prophecy of darkness.
A prophecy of death.”


Prophecy of Darkness

Only magic can save them from what is coming, but first, it must be reclaimed.

Twenty years ago, war devastated Dreach. Bloody and cruel, it ravaged the realm and stripped magic from Dreach-Sciene.

Without magic, there is no hope. No life. For Prince Trystan Renauld, there is no choice. As his people starve, his enemy prepares for a final showdown that will decide the fate of the realm. Without magical power, he and his people will lose everything. Even with it, they may fail.

Against a backdrop of prophecy, curses, and forbidden love, Trystan must re-unite the legendary Tri-Gard, keepers of the magic, and find the power he’s always believed was a fairy tale: magic, the very foundation of life. With both sides preparing for battle, it’s a race against time—and against the kind of darkness that can destroy them all.

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Find out more about the Legends of the Tri-Gard series HERE.

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This book is a collaboration with author Michelle Bryan. Find her HERE.

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Prefer Dystopian? Look HERE.

Meet the Authors of Fire and Fantasy 10

 

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With over a million words of original Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, and Sword and Sorcery Fantasy from more than twenty bestselling and award winning authors, prepare to lose yourself in the high-stakes fates of lovers, heroes, and villains.

UNLEASH THE MAGIC IN FIRE & FANTASY and enter the worlds of the most creative fantasy authors when you PreOrder Today!

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Meet the Authors and Their Stories!

This is Part 10 of introducing a couple authors in this amazing boxset. Find out about the books FIRE & FANTASY has inside!

 

Kassandra Lynn and VAMPIRE’S HUNTER

Kassandra Lynn tells herself a bedtime story every night. When the plot gets too complicated and the cast overwhelming, she has to write them down into books that she hopes you will enjoy. Her favorite genres are fantasy and romance. She especially enjoys reading and writing about unique concepts, unpredictable plots, and protagonists who aren’t the typical protagonists.

Vampire’s Hunter

 

 

 

JC Kang and DRAGON SCALE LOOT

A Chinese Medicine Doctor and Martial Artist by trade, JC Kang would have never started writing fantasy stories save for two fluke coincidences.

In the Christmas of 2010, while cleaning out childhood junk from his mom’s house, he came across his old Dungeons and Dragons campaign world. Before relegating the binder of maps and notes to the trash where it belonged, he decided to peek back and see what his 13-year old self had created. He couldn’t help but laugh at the silly ideas that had crossed his teenage brain. Rivers flowed uphill. Empires produced resources out of thin air. However, a few interesting premises had potential.

He set off to study the craft, and learned advanced ideas like characterization, point of view and tension. After revising the first book, he wrote a prequel. After the prequel, he wrote a sequel. And finally, he wrote the prequel to the prequel: the Dragon Scale Lute.

Dragon Scale Lute
Only the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the world. Only an awkward girl can rediscover it.

AND REMEMBER, the authors have put together a GIFT for those who Pre-Order FIRE & FANTASY!

Just take a screen shot of proof of purchase and send it to this email: fireandfantasy2017@gmail.com

 

Stay tuned! More to come!

 


Check out my contribution, Prophecy of Darkness, to the Fire and Fantasy set HERE!

Prophecy of Darkness is a collaboration with author Michelle Bryan. Find her HERE.

See previous posts HERE!

Meet the Authors of Fire and Fantasy 9

 

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Meet the Authors and Their Stories!

This is Part 9 of introducing a couple authors in this amazing boxset. Find out about the books FIRE & FANTASY has inside!

 

Wendy Knight and THE SOUL’S ALLIANCE

Wendy Knight is the award-winning, bestselling author of the young adult series Fate on Fire and Riders of Paradesos. She was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, no touching the knives…you get the idea). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big—her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.

The Soul’s Allegiance.

Konstanz is pretty sure her best friend is a demon hunter. A demon hunter with a broken heart.

That’s a very dangerous thing indeed.

Being the good friend that she is, Konstanz will protect Navi from any more heartache, even if it means putting up with Bryson, the guy determined to make Navi forget she ever hurt in the first place. Never mind that Konstanz can’t stand him and he likes her even less.

Until he doesn’t. Feelings change, people change, and Navi’s dangerous secrets put them all in danger. In the shadows of monsters, Konstanz loses her heart only to find that Bryson has dangerous secrets of his own. Secrets that threaten everything they’ve fought for.

Monsters come out at night, but the truly evil? They don’t play by Death’s rules.

 

Jessica Cage and SPHYNX-THE UNTOLD STORY

Jessica Cage is an international, award winning author. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, writing has always been a passion for her. She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it’s the pen that her hand itches to hold. Jessica had never considered following her dream to be a writer because she was told far too often “There is no money in writing.” So, she chose the path most often traveled. During pregnancy, she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers. She did this with hopes to inspire not only her son but herself. Inviting the world to tag along on her journey to become the writer she has always wanted to be. She hopes to continue writing and bringing her signature Caged Fantasies to readers everywhere.

Sphynx-The Untold Story

Stories told of the sphinx, a monster with a head of a woman, the body of a lioness, the wings of an eagle, and a tail tipped with the head of a serpent. This beast was told to have been made to guard the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes. For each traveler to cross her path, a riddle was presented. If they could answer it correctly, access would be granted. What was her riddle?
“What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening?” The price to pay for answering the riddle incorrectly, which of course they all did, was not a simple denial of entry to Thebes. Instead of turning them away, the Sphinx, monster that was, strangled them with her tail and devoured them whole.
The story goes that when it finally came to pass that someone could answer her riddle and the consecutive ones to follow, she committed suicide. What else was a girl to do? Some say she threw herself down from the high rocks and fell to her death, while others say that she devoured herself, subjecting herself to the same punishment she dished out to all those who had failed before, a talented feat.
The question remains however… what really happened to her?

 

AND REMEMBER, the authors have put together a GIFT for those who Pre-Order FIRE & FANTASY!

Just take a screen shot of proof of purchase and send it to this email: fireandfantasy2017@gmail.com

 

Stay tuned! More to come!

 


Check out my contribution, Prophecy of Darkness, to the Fire and Fantasy set HERE!

Prophecy of Darkness is a collaboration with author Michelle Bryan. Find her HERE.

See previous posts HERE!

Meet the Duke’s Daughter

Prophecy of Darkness, book one of the Legends of the Tri-Gard series, releases as part of the Fire and Fantasy box set, available for just 0.99 for a limited time. Find out how to purchase it at the bottom of the post. 

AlixaUgh, I hate all this pomp. I hate that you even care who I am. I am not who matters. That damn prince is not who matters. Look to our people. See our dying fields. Listen to the silence coming from the earth instead of the constant power our parents tell us of.

Yes, yes, I’m Alixa. My father is Lord Eisner, Duke of Isenore, and I despise the prince. He has no clue what’s happening in his very own realm. Trystan Renauld is a fool. Don’t worry, I’m not speaking behind his back. This isn’t treason. I’ve said it to his face. A blasted fool.

And now he’s the realm’s only hope. We’re all doomed.

When I joined up with him, it was only because I had nowhere else to go. I stayed because for the first time in my life, I am important. I will prove everyone wrong. I will overcome the circumstances of my family, my kingdom.

I will prove it to them that I’m no traitor. I’m different than the ones who bow at the dark king’s feet.

And if I can take some of the shine off our little princeling in the process, that’s just a bonus.

I’ve been trained by one of the greatest swordsmen in Isenore – in secret, of course. I have enough rage inside of me to keep me going. If I get to be the one to slice open the traitorous bellies of a few in my family, I’ll revel in it.

I am no princess. I’m a warrior.

And warriors never give up.


Prophecy of Darkness

Only magic can save them from what is coming, but first, it must be reclaimed.

Twenty years ago, war devastated Dreach. Bloody and cruel, it ravaged the realm and stripped magic from Dreach-Sciene.

Without magic, there is no hope. No life. For Prince Trystan Renauld, there is no choice. As his people starve, his enemy prepares for a final showdown that will decide the fate of the realm. Without magical power, he and his people will lose everything. Even with it, they may fail.

Against a backdrop of prophecy, curses, and forbidden love, Trystan must reunite the legendary Tri-Gard, keepers of the magic, and find the power he’s always believed was a fairy tale: magic, the very foundation of life. With both sides preparing for battle, it’s a race against time—and against the kind of darkness that can destroy them all.

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Find out more about the Legends of the Tri-Gard series HERE.

Michelle Lynn is on Facebook HERE.

This book is a collaboration with author Michelle Bryan. Find her HERE.

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