KDP Select is ending for Larkspur: A Necromancer’s Romance and to celebrate I’m using up my last two free days! Originally I wanted Delphinium out on the 20th as well, but that hasn’t worked out quite as well (it will be out on the 30th though!) Sunday Larkspur will be put up on Nook, Kobo, and probably Apple as well.
For now, if you still haven’t read Larkspur, do grab a kindle (or a kindle app) and get it for free starting at midnight. I just ask that if you like it you please leave a review ❤
Oh, and a little teaser for Delphinium: A Necromancer’s Love
A dark fantasy romance, Delphinium continues the story of the duc de Piques, Pierre Salvador, and his newly found love the Lady Elizabeth Anne. They go spend spring at the duchy that Pierre is in the process of inheriting, and find not everything is at ease. The advisors are wary of a new lord, and a sickness plagues the outer lands. But the lord himself is too occupied with his other passions to pay much attention- he has a new student, and an old love. Rumours of necrocræft begin to surface, the use of a magic over life and death- a magic that Pierre has just mastered.
I really need to get Delphinium out. Larkspur’s sales have peaked, and even though it’s not even been 3 months yet, I already feel like ‘hey I wrote a book!’ is getting old. I don’t want to spam people, I want people to read my stuff because they like that sort of thing. My Facebook Party has 18 confirmed guests, and my sales are at 132- so it seems people are at least a little interested.
But I won’t be able to keep anyone’s interests with a short novelette and no sequel.
I moved the facebook release date to the 30th, just so it wouldn’t stay on the 20th, but I think I can hit that. The extra week is giving me a lot more breathing room, even accounting for an exam I have to take on the 23rd. I’m essentially home alone for the next two weeks (family in Poland, and while brother is at home, he’s out a lot) and won’t have many distractions aside from keeping the house not-on-fire. Now just not to get sucked into procrastination.
Larkspur will still be free on the 20th and 21st, going on to Nook, Kobo and other platforms the 22nd.
I made my first paid marketing decision. For the next two weeks Larkspur will be on Digital Book Today’s romance page – http://digitalbooktoday.com/romance/ Hopefully it’ll bump it back up to a more steady flow of sales. If not that, the release of Delphinium should help.
I am writing Delphinium, slower than I’d hoped, but it is on its way. So far I still think I can hit the scheduled release date. Have a fair amount of homework to do today as well, so I’ll be busy with one or the other.
I’ve been having a few really good days lately, but sadly not so much to do with writing. I saw Eddie Izzard last night 🙂 There was a Q&A after the show and he walked by our side of the crowd to get to the middle- shook my hand ❤ He had lovely nail polish and earrings in (action transvestite, you see).
I’ve mostly been hanging about with my boyfriend, watching QI and Ally McBeal between games of Magic: The Gathering. Fun times. I am really wanting to write though. I’ve had enough ‘no writing’ days that it’s starting to get a little boring. I’ll go to bed early tonight and take the laptop, Far too many people have told me Larkspur was short, and they want to read moar. I really do owe them Delphinium.
I do have a little book news- got my first sale in Australia today, which is exciting. Also Just Kindle Books has put up Larkspur as it’s Fantasy/SciFi story of the day 🙂 http://www.justkindlebooks.com/larkspur-a-necromancers-romance/
Larkspur was initially just Pierre and Lizzy’s love story. It went from being just the first part, as a stand-alone, to maybe two or three books depending on where I ended. After that I planned to start something completely different. Maybe in the same realm, maybe 50 years ago, or 50 years in the future. I think in that sort of dis-continued way, and thought I could manage it with self publishing. Stand-alone-connected-adventures and such.
I still plan to do something like that, but not in as great or abrupt a scale. So the Larkspur books are now going to be both a little more broad than just Pierre-and-Lizzy’s romance (which is also true in Larkspur as well), and continue on for longer in terms of the time I allotted this set. I started thinking about theme as well, and how I was mixing two different themes together when one title referenced a flower, and the other a card game. So I’ve separated those. The next book in the Larkspur series will be Delphinium– a genus where one can find Larkspur, and occasionally just another term for the flower in general. The other titles will follow in this manner.
I’ll still write a bit out of order. The story about Ophion and Eglė seems to be staying put at just one book, and I’ll make that a stand-alone tale. Or if it turns into a series, I’ll sketch it out as a series and we’ll go from there. But I’m putting more time and thought to each set being.. allowed to be its own set. Before it was sort of ‘write random stories out of order’ and now it’s less.. insane.
Ah, and here’s Delphinium’s cover. Yes, another alteration of one of Henri Fantin-Latour’s Larkspur paintings. He has several. Yes, I plan to use most of them.
As far as stories in other realms- I am working on those too. After Delphinium is finished, and book 3 started, I’ll try and start the first book of another series. I can bounce from one to the other that way and show off more of Noctuina. But I don’t want to just start one series and immediately another.
To celebrate being published for a month, Larkspur will be free for one day- April 23rd!