Are the four platforms that Draft2Digital will send your ebook when you distribute with them. And I’ve already uploaded Larkspur: A Necromancer’s Romance to their systems 🙂 It’ll still be 99¢ on all platforms, and should be up in several hours.
If you’re using a kindle, Larkspur is still FREE today on Amazon. Just click the lovely picture to your right and you’ll be taken to the US site.
Delphinium, Book 2, has a release date of June 30th– bumped over from the 20th because schoolwork got in the way. But this will give readers on other platforms a little time to read the first book and perhaps tell a friend.
Have a fantastic day, everyone! Now back to that essay I’ve been procrastinating on…
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 used to be a hypocrite. I mean, I probably still am in a few ways that aren’t coming to mind right now, but I mean about books and self-publishing. I’ve planned to self-publish for years. I liked the freedom, the lack of time restrictions, even the idea of having a fair amount of input on the cover. But during all those years I hadn’t ever bought or read a self-published book.
I did read fanfiction. I still do. Some of my favourite stories are fanfics. So I was aware that there were and are independent writers who are good at what they do (even if you have to search a bit harder to find them)… And still I hadn’t gotten a self-published book because a part of me worried it wouldn’t be good enough.
After I finally made an Amazon account (because I needed one to self-publish my own story) I started looking into other indie writers. There were the more professional ones (Hugh Howey, Johnny B Truant, Sean Platt, David Wright) and those not so much, and also a few friends had published before me. I bought books from each type, picking up the occasional random book just because it looked pretty. I now have about 40 self published books on my kindle.
I wish I had realized indie books were this good sooner. They have this honesty to them (something I’ve found in good fanfic as well). There’s no general public that you have to appease, and so certain stories have more depth and truth to them, if only because they can. The restrictions are gone. You want to write a 58 part space opera? By all means, go right damn ahead. Your ideas are a little off, avant garde meets forgotten-your-meds? Someone’ll like it. I’ll probably like it. Even if I don’t, I have to admire that you wrote it and put it out there.
Indie books are the garage band music of today. They may not all be perfect and polished, but they have heart and passion in them. If you don’t read indie books, or self-published stuff, and you’re worried about quality– give it a go anyway. Check the Look Inside feature, decide whether the person’s grammar is up to standards, and give their book a try. You might be surprised.
(I’m not saying bad grammar is ok. But typos happen, and just because you didn’t have a team of editors to catch it doesn’t mean the book is bad [and if you do have a team, they might still not catch it]. Another great thing with indie books- the author can update the file. I changed my file out about 12 times since I first published Larkspur. A typo here, an extra sentence there.. and now it’s all good.)
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, 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.