Free signed paperbacks for Berliners!

I recently shared that I extremely spontaneously decided to move to Denmark. And, as expected of a quick relocation, my last two days in Berlin were extremely hectic. Finishing packing and shipping stuff, selling and giving away furniture, repainting the flat, running around the city on different errands. But on top of all else, there was one more thing to take care of: I found out I still had four Kingdom of Ashes and one Men and Monsters paperbacks.

I had initially ordered all of them planning to run more Goodreads giveaways as I’ve done in the past. But then Goodreads changed the giveaway rules, and this was no longer possible. And so I stuffed them in a cupboard to wait for the time I find a way to run a giveaway or find interested bloggers, and I almost forgot about their existence until it was time to move.

But what was I going to do with the books? I couldn’t possibly take them with me; I didn’t have an extra molecule of space in my luggage. And there was no time to mail them around. And so, I came up with an idea: I would sign them and donate them to open phone booth libraries around the cityAnd so I spent half of a crazy day running around the city, dropping off books, but I hope it was worth it!

Read on to see how to get them in case you have trips to Berlin planned soon!

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Nightfall Book 3 Has a (Working) Title!

Now that Men and Monsters has been out for over a month, it’s time to start giving updates about Book 3!

The title changed multiple times during the writing process as the story itself evolved and previous titles no longer fit. But now that I’ve written a large part of the first draft and the plot is mostly finalized, I’ve finally come up with a title that works.

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Men and Monsters: pre-order and giveaway!

Hi everyone!

You can now pre-order the Men and Monsters ebook at the promotion price of 2.99 USD / EUR / GBP. And everyone who pre-orders will get a small gift!

Open worldwide!

If you pre-order, you will:

  • Receive a signed character card
  • Enter a lottery for a chance to win a signed Men and Monsters Paperback

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Did I mention I send chocolate with my books?

All you need to do is:

  1. Pre-order Man and Monsters on Amazon
  2. Forward your confirmation of purchase to preorders@kingdomofashes.net. Include which character card you would like to receive (the options are Prince Vladimir, Armida, Tristan, and Myra)

And you’re done! Happy reading!

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

Nightfall Art: Armida and Prince Vladimir

If you are anything like me, then you:

  1. A) Dream to see your book characters illustrated,

and

  1. B) Cannot draw a believable humanoid if your life depended on it.

Luckily, this is where my personal superhero, TheSwanMaindeN, comes in.

When you get an artist to illustrate your characters, you can take different routes. You could describe in detail what exactly you want to see, you could give them complete freedom, or you could go anywhere in between.

When I asked TheSwanMaideN to illustrate my book cover, I gave her a detailed description of what exactly needed to be there. However, when it came to Armida’s portrait, I decided to try something different and to give her only a vague idea about the character. “You are great at drawing hair,” I said, “and even better at drawing dresses. Go for it.”

This was one of my better decisions because – surprise, surprise! – it turns out her imagination is way better than mine. What I got was this:

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Nightfall Art: Tristan

I’m happy to present this beautiful character portrait by the talented Nadica Boshkovska (aka TheSwanMaideN on DeviantArt):

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If you’ve read the free sample, you have already met Tristan. He is the vampire who first finds Myra in the dungeons and accidentally saves her from interrogation and torture. Arrogant and vain, he is viciously disliked by mostly everyone at court. At a first glance, his loyalty to the Prince is his only redeeming quality, but Myra discovers further bits and pieces of his past, secrets and motivations as the story goes along.

I think the portrait does a great job capturing his personality, or at least the face he shows to most of the world. Once again, I’m very grateful to be working with this skilled artist.