Heiress of Lies Is Live on Amazon!

I am delighted to share that Heiress of Lies is officially available on Amazon!  While this story did not take me nearly as long to produce as Edge of Shadows, it definitely has its own backstory to share.

The first hint of Heiress of Lies came to me right after Christmas 2009.  I admit that I had just finished reading the Twilight saga (sigh, I know I know!) and I was in love with vampires again. I go through phases just like any writer, and with Edge of Shadows very much on my mind, I had ghosts on the brain- not vampires.  Plus, I was feeling like maybe vampires were a bit…overdone.

So even though I had a clear image of Angeline, Heiress of Lies’ main character, in my head I resisted writing anything down.  That lasted about two weeks. Then the computer came out and the game was on.

I wrote about 15,000 words in the span of just a few days. And then whatever demon had possessed me flew away (or more than likely work got busy) and I put Angeline aside fully intending to come back to her when I wrapped Edge of Shadows.

Fast forward six months. On a lovely late spring evening, our car was broken into and my backpack was stolen. I won’t go through the litany of everything I lost that night except for one thing: a small coin purse that I was using to carry all of my various USB drives. Basically everything I’ve ever written in my life. Gone.

I was fortunate to recover a workable version of Edge of Shadows- I had sent it out to beta readers and found it hiding in my email box. But Angeline was gone. It was heartbreaking. It took me a long time to feel like I was in a spot again where I felt like I could do Angeline justice.

Looking back at my writing goals in 2010 and early 2011, Angeline’s name was there. My working title at the time was Angeline’s Quest.  She waited patiently for me.

You see, I didn’t want to try to just recreate the story that was stolen, because I wasn’t even sure that was actually the right story. As a writer, you have to have no mercy and you have to be willing to completely change things up to make things work.  And I spent a long period of time feeling wedded to Angeline’s beginning, and somewhere deep down, I just knew that it wasn’t right.

In November 2011, I finally took the plunge to tell Angeline’s story. Not surprising to me, while Angeline stayed the same, many things about the plot changed dramatically.  The story became a whole lot darker, and while there is a romantic element to it, it isn’t the focus of the story. Ultimately I had to completely let the past story go in order to truly find Angeline.

Heiress of Lies synopsis:

With the King of Altera on his deathbed, all eyes are on his only child. Princess Angeline Robart has spent the last three years finishing her studies in a remote convent far away from the capital city of Brebackerin. On her way to her father’s side in preparation for her Ascension, Angeline is kidnapped by Connor, a mysterious vampire who has his own motivations for becoming involved in the high stakes game of intrigue.

As the last of the Robart bloodline, Angeline soon realizes that enemies long thought conquered have been doing nothing but lying in wait for just such an opportunity to turn things to their advantage, and horrifying myths are actually realities.

Facing the impossible consequences of a freak accident, Angeline must travel a dangerous path to regain control of her fate, even if that means relying on Connor, a man who epitomizes everything her family hated and tried to destroy. As Angeline struggles to find an escape, the future of Altera hangs in the balance.

If this sounds like a story you’d enjoy, please consider picking up a copy and adding a review on Amazon.  And as always, thank you for your support, don’t forget that there are a few amazon coupons you can use to get a copy, just visit coupon website like Raise!

CG News: January Wrap-Up

January was quite a month in the Cege Smith universe. I made a big decision and decided to enroll Edge of Shadows into Amazon’s KDP Select program. (If you have no idea what that is, google it because there just isn’t enough time in the day to go through all of the opinions, rants, outrage, and support that this program has generated in the indie writing community and I won’t be able to do it justice.)

In any case, net net of that decision was that EOS is exclusive with Amazon until mid-April. Ultimately, I felt like this was a good decision for me because it wasn’t getting a lot of traction through any other distribution channel. And by enrolling in the program, Amazon gives authors 5 “promo” days where you can set your book for free. If you are wondering why that’s attractive- it helps boost your overall rankings in the Amazon store which in turn makes you more visible to potential readers.

EOS went free Jan. 21-22nd and the results were nothing less than astounding:

10,500 downloads in 48 hours

Let’s just sit with that number for a little bit…

That kind of exposure money can’t buy. If even a 1% of those people read EOS then I have (hopefully) gained visibility of 105 new readers who, if they liked the book, will return to buy more. This is good stuff!

I also received 2 new reviews for EOS, and was interviewed on two blogs in January:

Were Vamps Romance (includes a review of EOS)

Book Bags and Cat Naps

I had a pretty grueling end of the month with the “day job” and traveled all over the U.S. for 2 consecutive weeks.  Despite that severe restriction of time, I was able to finalize my manuscript for Heiress of Lies (formerly titled Angeline’s Quest) which I expect to release the week of Valentine’s Day.

Whew- seems like a lot. But things are only going to pick up from here!  I’m going to make “CG News” a regular feature for anyone who is looking to keep up to date on what I’m up to.

And as always, THANK YOU for your support. The Cege Smith Universe wouldn’t exist without you, Dear Reader.

Top photo credit: Neeta Lind

Heiress of Lies cover design: Scarlett Rugers