So, I’ve gotten some questions from a few readers recently that basically involve “how do you story?”, which I think was meant to be a compliment. My series now spans 6 books, and there are a lot of intricacies and plot threads branching out across them, some of which have caused readers to glare at me unforgivingly (i.e. “How could you do that to Edith you monster!?”) while others have yet to be explained. So I thought I’d make a few comments over these aspects of my books to answer the question, and deliver the answer in the for of thoughts from yours truly! :)
After all, what better way to glean insight, or drive readers even more crazy, than by posting my own personal (and sometimes silly) notes on each of my books? So, let’s get started!
With Hunter’s Moon coming out this Friday, December 2nd, it’s definitely time we had a sale! So from now until Hunter’s Moon’s release, you can get all five books in The Crucible Series for 0.99¢ each!
Simply use the coupon code provided at checkout on Smashwords!
• Blue Moon – YZ29B
• Light of Dawn – CX53J
• Strange Brew – YB56B
• Fallen Hearts – VR29Z
• The Final Calling – WR36R
I was surprised with a new review last night from Dawn @ The Romance Reviews!
—Dawn, The Romance Reviews & Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog ★★★★☆ 4/5
Read the full review on Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog!
It’s kind of crazy how something like this can totally make your day! Thanks so much Dawn, and whenever you get around to reading the other stories, I hope you find them just as entertaining! :D
Blue Moon just got a new review with four stars! :D
From the review: “The author makes it so easy to connect to the characters and really makes me want to spend more time with them. I am definitely interested in reading more books by Angela Colsin.” –LiaL, The Romance Reviews
Thanks so much LiaL! I’m super glad you enjoyed it!
|Okay, so I’m sitting here minding my own business, working on a new post for the blog (and various other things) when I get a notification that The Final Calling has been nominated in romance books for the Summer Indie Book Awards! That was out of the blue, though maybe not out of … Blue Moon *rimshot*! :D
Corny joke is corny. My apologies. :P
Anywho, voting for the winners starts on September 1st and ends September 10th, so here’s a big ole GOOD LUCK to all of the nominees!
As for me, I certainly never expected to be nominated for an award, and I’m actually pretty happy just being considered. But if you guys would like to toss a few votes out for me, I wouldn’t complain! :)
In other news, I now have an author page on The Romance Reviews! I’d also highly recommend checking this site out if you’re a reader or a reviewer. Aside from finding a new read, there are a lot of contests and fun stuff, and you can also sign up to review books, which means getting ARCs. Which are free. Did I mention free? Because they’re free. FREE. I don’t think I’ve pushed that point enough, so, ehem … FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! :P
So now that I’ve gotten those updates out of the way (both of which were pretty sporadic) I’ll be going back to working on my new post, which hasn’t been easy because the dreaded B-word is coming this week, so my time is occupied. (For those who don’t know, the dreaded B-word is “Birthday” (mine is Thursday, the 25th) and I’ll likely be drowning my woes in booze and some drunken writing!).
The last note I have to leave here is that I’ve been updating the content files for Blue Moon, Light of Dawn, and The Final Calling. The first two now have previews added to them which should be available soon (though I think Blue Moon’s is already available across all retailers, but don’t quote me on that), and The Final Calling had a glaring typo in the form of a duplicate word that I could. not. deal. with! So I bombed it and yay! No more duplications! :P
Thanks so much guys, and I hope you’re having a great week! Cheers!
Before I get started on this topic, I wanted to show off my new banner, w00t!
This time around, I wanted to do something a little grungy, and had an idea for a wall with posters tacked up all over it. So I pieced this together and added a few “news headlines” that, well, I thought were amusing for various reasons. From left to right, top to bottom, they read;
The Secret Lives of Immortals Revealed!
Out-Realm Vacationing – Travel to New Worlds Like The Archmages
Arkin Pack Gets New Alpha
Missing Persons Cases Connected?
Can Vampires Be Trusted? Local Couple to Start New Order
Werewolves Move to Arkin City
What Can Magic Do to Enhance Your Life?
So yep, I had lots of fun with that one!
Anyway, I need to mention a few things potentially coming up in the near-ish future, for example, now, when you buy Blue Moon from certain retailers, it comes with a preview of Light of Dawn. This will be available with all retailers soon, and I’m going to add previews to other books as well!
Next, I’ve been making plans to release another box set, but what books it might contain will be kept under my hat for the moment. Still, keep an eye out for those of you who like getting multiple books at cheaper prices than buying them separately! :)
The last thing I wanted to note is that I actually have some short stories planned for my series. Because I’m nowhere near ready to begin work on them yet, I can’t really say too much about what’s going on or who’s involved. But I can say I would absolutely love to make these stories holiday-centric. In the mood for Halloween? Christmas? That’s what I’m aiming for! :)
Aside from that, I know I’ve been pretty quiet lately, and I hate that I don’t have enough time to come here and make updates on at least a weekly basis. I really do try to (and maybe I’m slightly successful in that endeavor), but I feel that as long as I’m actually working on writing, it’s not a horrible loss.
And believe you me, I AM writing.
Speaking of being busy, let’s discuss the topic of this post, shall we? I’m too busy for consistent blog updates, and as it seems, some people are too busy to read. I’ve seen a lot of that type of talk lately. Everyone has too much to do to find the time to sit down and indulge themselves in a good book–and some of it’s really important stuff! Work, kids, appointments, school, all kinds of things get in the way of leisure time, and when we do finally take that moment to breathe, we’re using it to catch up with friends, watch that show we’ve been meaning to watch, or spend time with our family.
Of course, a lot of people do take that spare moment to read a few pages, but with the sheer volume of comments I’ve seen (primarily on my facebook feed) recently, it got me to thinking about how this type of busy schedule might affect the book market and influence book reading trends. There are literally thousands upon thousands of books available now, many of which are by indie authors alone. So you’re even more unlikely to see sales of your own books, but what types of books are being read. Is this a true indication of what’s “popular” now?
It’s something to consider anyway, and I was wondering, what does everyone hanging out around these parts do? Have you found yourself with little time to read? If so, how often do you get the chance, or what do you sacrifice to actually be able to read more if you’re a glorified bookworm? :D
Let me know! And I hope everyone’s having a great week! Cheers! :D
Hey guys! Here’s a sale to kick off the summer! Use the following codes at checkout on smashwords and get each book in The Crucible Series for .99¢! This sale lasts until July 5th, 2016!
☼ Light of Dawn ☼
☼ Strange Brew ☼
☼ Fallen Hearts ☼
☼ The Final Calling ☼
With The Final Calling releasing tonight, I had to do something special to celebrate. So, for tomorrow only, all of the books in The Crucible Series will be free with a coupon code on Smashwords! :)
Have fun guys! :D