Shadows Deep Is Here! Launch Madness Begins

I have to tell you, I am THRILLED to finally be able to say that the Edge of Shadows sequel, Shadows Deep is available! I am so appreciative of all of the support I’ve received since the release of EoS in November 2011, and it has been phenomenal to have one of the very first questions from fans be “When’s the next book coming out?” It created a lot of pressure too. ūüôā

From the beginning, I’ve had the makings of 4 different book series in my mind. (You’ve seen the first book in three of them now.) I had to make a choice in March if I was going to work on the first book in the 4th series, or go back and revisit Ellie and crew to find out what happens next in her journey.

Well, it’s pretty clear which direction I went and I am so happy that I did. Creating a sequel was a lot more work than I was expecting, but at the same time it was like coming home. Ellie’s facing a whole new set of problems in Shadows Deep, and I can tell you that she’s finding out things about herself and her past that she never saw coming. And…it’s not over yet. I can now share that there will be a third installment of the Shadows series that you will likely see before the end of 2012.

Now for the Fun Stuff: Launch Goodies!!

May 15th is the “official” launch date for Shadows Deep, and I’ve got some fun stuff planned for everyone.

1) I want to give away some copies of Shadows Deep, of course! So 5 ebook copies (Kindle or Nook) are up for grabs. What do you have to do to be entered to win one? Either comment here on this post OR on my Facebook fan page and tell me who your favorite Edge of Shadows character was and why. I will pick 5 random winners and announce them on Friday, May 18th.

2) The Edge of Shadows Kindle book is on sale through June 30th, 2012 for only $0.99! ¬†Grab your copy today or gift one to a friend. ¬†On May 15th, you’ll even find it for FREE on Amazon.

3) If you like vampires and you haven’t tried my vampire series, I invite you to download Heiress of Lies for FREE on May 15th-May 16th. If it strikes your fancy, I’d love to hear from you.

4) I’ve started a Q&A group over on Goodreads entirely focused on discussing Shadows Deep. Join in the conversation and ask me anything you want as you are reading it.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far on this writing journey, and know I’ve got lots more planned for you this summer.

Happy Reading!

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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!

 

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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

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