Men and Monsters (Nightfall, Book 2) Cover Reveal coming in 3 days!

Just 3 days left until the Men and Monsters cover reveal at Betwixt the Pages!

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I’m really really happy with how the cover turned out, and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

To celebrate the reveal, I’m running a giveaway with fun prizes. Like all my giveaways, it’s open worldwide:

One lucky winner will receive:
– a signed paperback copy of Kingdom of Ashes
– two signed character cards (Armida and Prince Vladimir)
– a surprise selection of fun bookish gifts

Three more winners will receive:
– a signed character card of your choice
– an ebook copy of Kingdom of Ashes in your preferred format

Check out Betwixt the Pages on Feb. 2nd for more details!

In the meantime, I’ve been working on the flashback chapters in Men and Monsters (the rest is mostly done). I hope you liked Tristan’s backstory in Kingdom of Ashes because a lot of similar stuff is coming up.

Oh, and remember that part in Kingdom of Ashes when Vlad says, “I saw the Vikings sow fear throughout Europe and joined their nightly raids“?

We get to see it. I was planning just a short scene but then got super inspired. I hope you like Vikings — unless I do some major cutting during editing, we are stuck with lots of vikingy stuff!


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Men and Monsters (Nightfall, Book 2) cover reveal coming in one month!

Exciting news! I have the Men and Monsters cover, and I’ll be ready to share it with you very soon! The cover reveal is coming on February 2nd and is hosted by Betwixt the Pages. If you’re unfamiliar with the heap of penguiny goodness which is this book blog, you’re missing on so much.

To celebrate the reveal, I’ll be running a giveaway for a signed Kingdom of Ashes paperback, signed character cards, and other bookish gifts. Stay tuned for more!

Also, in case you missed it, Men and Monsters now has a draft blurb:

The stakes have changed. For fifty years, Prince Vladimir has tolerated the Resistance, but now they threaten what he holds dear. The vicious vampire will no longer hold back. A plan he has been working on for decades will finally reveal itself and entangle everyone standing on the way.

For the first time after the Nightfall, the Resistance holds a true bargaining chip. For the first time, they have a chance to tip the scales of the war and ensure humanity’s survival. But Myra has made a promise, and breaking it will destroy all that is human in her. She is loyal to the Resistance, but nothing is black and white. Long-buried secrets emerge, teaching her that vampires can be more honorable than humans, and humans can be more monstrous than the beasts.

A desperate nobleman, fighting to save a doomed culture. A reclusive poet, choosing art over immortality. A vampire, rejecting her raw nature. Past and present weave together in an action-packed tale of power games, hopeless fight for survival, and the indestructible human need to create art.

Happy reading! ❤

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Interview with Author Elena May

Check out my interview at The Genre Minx Book Reviews 🙂

The Genre Minx Book Reviews

I have been most pleased to have been introduced to up and coming author Elena May. I have had the pleasure of reading her debut novel, Kingdom of Ashes, that has recently been published and I wanted to do this post so that you would also have the opportunity to learn more about Ms. May. I enjoyed reading Kingdom of Ashes and you can read my review here.

Author Elena May

A conversation with Author Elena May

Q. Tell us a little about yourself, what do you want us to know about you

I’ve always been obsessed with books. When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was read 24/7, and I was very annoyed when my parents made me do boring things, such as, you know, playing outside with the other children. 😀 On some days, I was even happy I had hay fever because I could use…

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Kingdom of Ashes is out!

Lovely bookish people! Today is my big day! Kingdom of Ashes  is out and waiting for you to grab it!!!

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Those of you who pre-ordered or won a giveaway will soon have fun gifts flying their way 🙂

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One thing I learned about giftwrapping: Getting four different small chocolates per person instead of a single big one wasn’t my best idea 😀

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Takes forever to assemble. Note to self: Just get big chocolates next time. Easy to wrap and people will be happier 😀

Thanks for sharing this journey with me ❤ Happy reading!

~Elena

Spotlights, blog reviews, giveaways, and more pre-release fun

With less than 2 weeks left to publication, things are getting exciting for Kingdom of Ashes! A bunch of blog reviews are coming in the next couple of weeks, and the first one is already up. Head out to Magic of Books to read Magda’s insightful thoughts!

Also, I was recently a guest at Cover2Cover, where I talked about the joys of being an indie creator.

And since no book release would be complete without gifts, below is a list of my active giveaways:

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Kingdom of Ashes available for pre-order (and EVERYONE who pre-orders wins a prize!)

Nightfall: Kingdom of Ashes is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

You can pre-order the book now for 0.99 USD. After release on Oct. 30th, you will be able to purchase the book at the regular price of 3.99 USD.

EVERYONE who pre-orders will receive a signed character card! In addition, all pre-orders will enter a lottery and be eligible to win one of the following:

  • Nightfall: Kingdom of Ashes t-shirts
  • Nightfall: Kingdom of Ashes coffee mugs
  • Nightfall: Kingdom of Ashes signed paperbacks
  • 1 box of chocolates

OPEN WORLDWIDE

Also, I always include a small bar of luxury chocolate with each paperback / gift I send:)

So how does it work? Go here for more information.

Happy reading!

~Elena

Kingdom of Ashes Goodreads Giveaway

Kingdom of Ashes - PNG - EbookI have 3 signed advance copies of Kingdom of Ashes, and I’m very willing to share! If you’re already on Goodreads, you can enter the giveaway here. If you’re not on Goodreads, what are you waiting for? It takes 20 seconds to create an account, and it’s a great way to discover new books.

If you win the giveaway, you’ll receive an autographed paperback and a character card of your choice.

I ship worldwide!

Best of luck and happy reading!

 

Self-Publish Like a Pro: Manuscript Editing

If you decide to self-publish, editing your work is the single most crucial step you cannot skip. You can get away with a self-made cover, website, blurb, and interior design, but editing is one area you need help, no matter how good and experienced you are.

Every author benefits from a fresh pair of eyes, but many indie writers skip editing because of budget constraints. Others want to edit their books, but have no idea how. Traditionally, this has never been something authors had to worry about – agents and publishers were the ones to guide writers through the process. However, if you are self-publishing, you are in charge of the whole production process – from the rough draft, through all editing and formatting stages, and up to the final product.

In this post, I will cover the different kinds manuscript editing. Continue reading