June 1, 2020

Don’t Miss the DEFY Trailer and a Chance for Great Swag!

Ahh, swag. Just the word has my imagination leaping! Bringing to mind strapping, swashbuckling pirates stowing their ill-gotten loot in mysterious lairs, swag was simply a must-have once I became a published author.

Of course, swag costs money. Most authors just starting out don’t have hundreds (or more) dollars to dole out on promotional items, and I was no exception. Fortunately, with a few book sales now under my sword-bearing belt (okay, not really–but it could be), I can now present some lovely swag to my Estilorian fans!

With Defy‘s release just days away, I wanted to do something to capture the interest of my existing fans, and hopefully entice a few new ones. What I’d like to do is offer a giveaway. This giveaway will include some swag, some of which includes the following items:

(Did you notice the “I Want My Own Gloresti” buttons)?? I’ve also got some super-cool magnets. The other part of the giveaway is the winner’s choice of a signed paperback of Becoming or the entire Daughters of Saraqael trilogy in eBook format. If you already happen to have the entire trilogy in eBook format AND a signed copy of Becoming, I’ll offer you a signed copy of Defy instead. Read on to find out how to enter!

Starting this Monday, April 30th (Defy‘s release date) and running until May 12th, there’s going to be a big Defy blog tour hosted by YA Bound that will involve lots of other great prizes and giveaways. Tune back into my blog on Monday for more details on that.

If you haven’t already seen the amazing Defy book trailer created by FLATLINE FILMS, I hope you’ll check it out now:

Isn’t it awesome? And now…how to enter the swag-and-free-book giveaway! The only thing you have to do to qualify is comment on this blog post with the reason you want to win. Do you love the Estilorians? What do you love about them? Have you never read my books but find yourself interested in doing so? What captured your interest?

For extra entries in the giveaway, you can review Becoming, Central and/or Foretold on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble (assuming you’ve read them, of course) and let me know that you did so. Each (hopefully positive!) review will count as a separate entry in the giveaway. I’ll select the winner on Monday the 30th.

Thanks so much to everyone for the unbelievable support! I’m so excited about Defy‘s launch, and I can’t tell my fans often enough how much your encouragement means to me. Good luck to everyone who enters!

First Time in Paperback! The Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy

I’m pretty sure that every author longs for the day when they get to hold their own books in their hands. Most of us grew up as avid readers, scouring bookstores and libraries to enjoy books written by others. That love of the written word is what drives most of us to pen our own works. So the “Wow–I’m an author!” moment really clicks when you have your own book in-hand.

Because I self-published, my books were first released in electronic format. I can’t say that I intended to format them for paperback publication when I started this writing journey, but when the eBooks started selling well and my fans asked when the paperbacks would be available so they could own those, too, I consulted with my business manager (aka, The Hubby). And we decided to go for it.

Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy Paperback

I had A Moment just holding these.

I’m deliriously excited to announce that the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy is now available on Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com in paperback format! Look–aren’t they beautiful??

Holding the books in my hands was a moment to remember. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire day. But I’ll confess that when I saw how big they were, I fretted about it. “They’re bigger than typical paperbacks,” I pointed out to hubby.

“That’s because they’re trade novels, not standard paperbacks,” he said. “They’re kind of a cross between hardcovers and paperbacks. If you made them any smaller, the page count would increase and they’d have to be priced much higher. You don’t want to do that to your readers.”

Did I mention that he’s a GREAT business manager?

What excites me the most about the launch of the paperback versions of the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy is that this provides another revenue stream to contribute to my Raine Gives Back campaign. In October, I donated 5% of my book sales earnings to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks to your helpful suggestions, I’ve now lined up several causes to be the recipients of the Raine Gives Back funds in coming months.

Ciara Ballintyne, a wonderful writer and great all-around person, suggested that I donate to an organization that specializes in working with people in need of organ transplants. At Ciara’s great suggestion, my husband and I identified HelpHopeLive.org (www.helphopelive.org), formerly the National Transplant Assistance Fund. On behalf of Ciara and her family, we will donate 5% of November’s book sales to this amazing, life-saving cause. Thanks, Ciara!

This is such an exciting time. I never thought that there could be a greater feeling than holding my printed books in-hand…but there is no denying that the feeling was heightened by knowing that the books will help aid a good cause, too. So, I’ll once again thank my readers for your support. None of this would be possible without you!