Digital Book Today!

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.

Delphinium Release Date!

I’m going to take the risk and announce my ~release date for Delphinium: A Necromancer’s Love–

June 20th, 2014 ❤

KDP Select ends on Larkspur the 21st, and so for the last two days (20th and 21st) I’m going to have Larkspur set to FREE. By that point I want there to be a link in the back pointing to Delphinium (which will NOT be in Select). After the 21st I’ll put both books on to other platforms like Kobo and B&N.

I’m writing this post for two reasons- hype, and motivation. The only reason I managed to get Larkspur done is because I set a publish date and *had* to stick to it. So I’m going to do this again with Delphinium, knowing there are at least a few folk who are waiting for the release.

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Summertime work

Everything is done! Now I have.. one week until things get hectic again.

Plenty of time! (No, I am not saying Delphinium will be out in a week. Writing it asap, but don’t have a date set yet.)

Today I listened to more of the self-publishing podcast, and made the cover for book 4 – Regalis. Yup, the Larkspur Series is not a trilogy, it’s actually six planned books. Though I suppose the two halves are different enough that you could call them a duo of trilogies. Here’s the cover:

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(The more covers I make, the more I love them. I think Regalis is my favourite. Going from a ‘blood in the painting’ to ‘blood on a photo’ sort of theme.)

Regalis is actually a fairly common species name. There are many plants, insects and such that are called ___ regalis. Consolida regalis is one of them- the field larkspur.

Now, how about Delphinium? Well, I am writing it. It should be 30-35K, more than double the first story. Far more plot threads are appearing, the rest of life is starting to crowd Pierre’s time and privacy. There is more revealed about magic, the land, even some of the neighboring places as well.

I have tea, I’ll be up tonight writing and maybe get into more details in another post.

Ah, and I’ve also decided on a subtitle. At first ‘A Necromancer’s Romance’ was just a subtitle for Larkspur so that people would know about the content. I thought I would eventually take it off and just call it ‘Larkspur’ (and I usually just refer to it as such). But I’m starting to like the explanatory phrase, it’s rather like old exactly what it says on the tin titles. (Warning: TV Tropes link)

Book II is therefore Delphinium: A Necromancer’s Love

(Yes, I’m still using necro-mancer. It’s easier, everyone knows what I mean even if it isn’t the in-universe term. Pierre might just do a little bit of necromancy so I can call it that without feeling bad about breaking canon.)

Too short

Got a second review on Larkspur today! Another 4 Star, with the same issue as the first—it was short.

It’s only 14.5K. You’re right, it is short. Hopefully a little sweet, and twisted, but short all the same. I’ve been working on Larkspur for 2 years. Not because it was a lot to write, but I couldn’t do more than a few sentences or pages at a time. I rewrote and edited and tried to perfect what I had. And perfection is impossible. So I often decided it was all shit, and I’m a useless writer as well. And while not deleting it, I would leave it entirely alone for days or weeks. Time piled up.

I wanted to finally finish this story and get my work out there. I did that. I’m proud of that.

I do wish it was longer, though. There were things I didn’t have time to write because I set a hard end-date for myself. In some ways that’s ok, the story doesn’t veer off into any subplots. A bit of family, but mostly it’s a short romance.

Spadille, volume 2, will be (I’m hoping) at least 25K. Longer than that maybe. If I can find a rhythm, and work on my thoughts-to-wordcount ratio, maybe I’ll get into the habit of writing a lot fast. Spadille will have more plot threads, more veering off and secondary characters. I think there will be a volume three, and then the ‘Court of Life and Death’ series will end there. I’ll have an omnibus, probably put Larkspur on .99 or free, and start the next series.

Note that when I do finish this series, it is not the last of Pierre, Clandestina, or necrocræft. I have a lot of stories to tell in that realm, about that family, extended family, and all the rest. A stand-alone story about Ophion and how he met his adopted daughter, Eglė, is in the works as well.

So yes, in a few months, when Spadille is out (and the third volume), Larkspur will just be your first taste. The undertone of flowers and blood that leads you to more, and does not promise something that is yet out of reach.

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?”