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Wow. My free day was amazing. In total, over a 24 hour period, I had 864 downloads. A great majority from the US, but a fair few from Canada, the UK, and 4 from Germany. I think even an Aussie picked up a copy.

Today, the day after, I’ve had 10 *sales.* Yup, sales– people paying money to get Larkspur. I had thought about putting the price back up to $2.99 for a few days, but decided against it- Larkspur remains at 99cents. This isn’t about cash, it’s about readers, and making my name with writing. The cash and fame can come later 😛 It is also motivating me to write Spadille. I need more books out. It’s been a month, which isn’t a very long time, but pretty much forever on the internet. If there isn’t an update soon, 9 out of those 10 buyers will probably forget all about me.

To anyone reading this who downloaded or bought Larkspur- thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Spadille, and other projects

Spadille, Larkspur’s sequel, has been properly started. I had a few sentences and an outline, but couldn’t get around to sitting down and really thinking about it and writing until today. My goal is to finish before end of term (or soon after), so for it to be out around mid-May. I also want it to be about twice the length of Larkspur, ~30K. There is a book 3 on deck, but that is still being thought about in terms of theme and title (I know the general time span that it will encompass). The series as a whole will also be released as an omnibus edition when this is all finished. Whether it has 3 or 4 books will depends on when I think I can wrap up this section of their lives.

A stand-alone story involving Ophion and his adopted daughter Eglė is also being outlined (for the moment just called Eglė, not sure if it’ll stay so simply titled). This takes place several years before Larkspur, Pierre will likely have a cameo, along with his parents.

About stories in other realms- Dear Friend, which takes place in Dracæna, is being put aside for now. I don’t have enough to make it a story of any decent length. It can be a quick 5K read, but between it sounding like it should be erotica (and not being), and how it won’t directly tie into the greater arc for Dracæna, I want more time to flesh it out.

Ibella may be the next realm on the list that get a story- I have a stand-alone (probably) worked out for one main character, and a duology beginning the main conflict. Having said this, I bet I’m impatient again and split up the stand-alone into a series anyway.

Tomorrow Larkspur will have been out for officially a month, and to celebrate it will be free. Since it was first published I’ve done a little cleaning up- fixed a typo here and there, tried to be consistent when I used Faery/fée/fairy, and added about 500 words of extra information to clear things up in various spots. If you do get it and like it, which I certainly hope you will, please leave a review! I have 6 so far (and 2 on Goodreads) ((that’s amazing!)) and every person vouching helps.

Have a lovely day everyone ❤

Larkspur: 24th March

I have spent the entire day writing and editing Larkspur. I have a little over 12K (cut a lot, added a lot), and I need a few more scenes fleshed out before I’m satisfied with the arc. I think I can get the end wordcount at ~15K. By technical definitions this would make it a novelette, though novella has been used for that length as well (I prefer the term novelette honestly).

Unfortunately have classes all day long tomorrow, so it takes the entire day away from me writing-wise. That said, I think I’ll finish soon. Really soon. I am hesitantly promising that I will have Larkspur done by the 22nd. It will be the day after Spring starts, and canonically the last day the story takes place on as well- it spans Martius/Prima 14th – 22nd. The dates are very important for fictional magical fée reasons, and there’s a certain level of satisfaction to finishing the book on the canon-dates. I couldn’t have it done for the 14th, but I’m doing my best to have it done at least by the last day. You can imagine the actions had to finish taking place before I could write them down and give them story form.

This is my first book, my first completed story in years. I have worked on it for two years, trying to make it perfect. I know it isn’t, but it’s as close as it is going to get. I need to work on the next story, and actually be a writer and author.

I am going to try my damnedest not to take another two years for the next story. If I can find some sort of rhythm I will attempt a monthly schedule, but I can make no hard promises at this time. Think of it like comic book releases, a month apart, but sometimes there’s a ~week off one way or the other depending when it’s published. I have an idea of what the next few stories will be (one a sequel to Larkspur, and another the beginning of a different realm’s stories), and between trying to work within an outline and giving myself real ‘writing time’ I hope I can become professional very quickly.

The story will be uploaded to Kindle late the 21st, or early the 22nd. I have heard it may take Amazon 24-48 hours to put the book up for sale (I had hoped it was far faster, but alas) and so I am giving the official release date as Monday, March 24th (if it shows up online before, say the evening of the 23rd, I will inform everyone!). The first two or three days it will be free, I just ask if you do read the story you leave a review.

Larkspur, by V. M. Jaskiernia

“Pierre Salvador has returned to court after finishing his studies, and a party in his honour happens that very evening. But feeling unwell so shortly after his travels, the princeling excuses himself from dancing-and-flirting with Lady Elizabeth Anne, and retreats to his quarters with a black cat in tow. In addition to medical university, Pierre has almost finished the last task set by Mora, lady of death, to complete his study in necrocræft. An illegal magic, the power over life and death, he courts Mora as he also begins to court Elizabeth. Love or death?”

KDP Select

I plan to publish my stories with KDP Select- meaning they will only be for digital sale with kindle on Amazon. This may seem silly to some, mostly because I have a Nook, and also because lately I’ve just taken to reading ebooks on my phone with MoonReader+

But my books are going to be DRM free. Meaning if you have the file, you can do whatever you want with it. It’s yours. You can copy it, put it on 354 different devices, and even change the file format.

Using Calibre is best, it’s a great ebook management tool http://calibre-ebook.com/ it’ll store, sort, and look over your digital library. You can also use it to change the format of books- a mobi/azw file, like for kindle, could be turned into an epub, or pdf. So I am NOT cutting out people who don’t have a kindle, I wouldn’t do that (though, it is true you can now just read kindle books with an app, or on your computer). With KDP Select there are many benefits that I like (like the 5 free promo days over a 90 day period. I want to have a ‘free books’ day at least once a month), and so I decided to keep to that as my only means of distributions.