Bloodtruth Series Conclusion: Spoiler #1

I decided that it might make the wait for the last book in the Bloodtruth series, A Heart’s Deceit, seem a little bit shorter if I shared some tidbits about the book and the series overall with you. In this first installment, I share some thoughts on love triangles and why I don’t think there is a traditional love triangle in this series.

Check out the video, and I’d love you to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Three Fun Facts About Heiress of Lies

By now, you might have heard that Trials of Truth (Bloodtruth #3) is going to be released on March 31st. (In case you’re wondering how you hear about stuff like that, check out either my Facebook page, or consider joining the Cege Smith Fan Club.)

What’s kind of fun for me is that when I sit down to write the next installment in one of my series (I have 4 of them!) I go back and do fact checking in the previous books to make sure I can keep people, places, and things straight. That means that I get to do a little reminiscing about those books too and I always remember some interesting nuggets about them. Today, I thought I’d share three little known facts about the story that turned into Heiress of Lies (Bloodtruth #1).

  1. Heiress of Lies wasn’t the original title. When I wrote the manuscript, I called it ‘Angeline’s Quest‘. It was Angeline’s Quest all through the editing process right up to the point where I was formatting it for publication. At the last minute, I changed my mind because my working title didn’t quite capture the story the way that I thought it should. A huge theme that drives the entire series is the thread of deceit and betrayal within the royal Robart family that spans centuries. Viola! Angeline’s Quest became Heiress of Lies.
  2. In the original version of the story, Connor wasn’t the one who kidnapped Angeline. Readers of the series know that Connor’s kidnapping of Angeline is a pivotal event that forever changes Angeline’s life. When I first wrote the opening scenes of what was then ‘Angeline’s Quest’, Angeline was traveling alone to a secret meeting in the middle of nowhere to meet with someone whose support she needed as she took the throne. The meeting was a trap, and a band of rogues waited to kidnap her. Angeline was mortally wounded in the ensuing battle. (We all know that a Robart doesn’t go down without a fight!) That’s when Connor stumbled upon her and helped her…in the worst way possible.
  3. The original version of the story was lost forever, so I had to start over. This fact still pains me three years later. I had written about a third of the story of the original version, and then my computer was stolen. I lost that version completely. It took me awhile to get over that and be in a good place to begin the story again. When I did, it reshaped itself into the story that you can read today.

I can’t wait to share the next part of Angeline’s story with you with the release of Trials of Truth, but while we all wait, look for another post from me in a few days sharing some behind the scenes dirt on The Queen’s Betrayal (Bloodtruth #2).

Don’t forget! Heiress of Lies is only $0.99 through March 31st. Get your copy and begin sharing in Angeline’s adventure today!

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So Far, So Good! Trials of Truth (Bloodtruth #3) Is On The Way

One of my favorite things is hearing from readers that they have fallen in love with my characters the way that I have. That seems to be especially true for readers of the Bloodtruth series.

I have been on the journey with Angeline and Connor for well over a year now. Their story flew from my fingers onto the keyboard for NanoWrimo 2011 and was the basis for Heiress of Lies (Bloodtruth #1). I visited them again last summer when I wrote The Queen’s Betrayal (Bloodtruth #2).

I heard loud and clear that the ending of The Queen’s Betrayal literally left people hanging- some even screaming “NOOOO!”.  I write until the logical end in my mind, and sometimes that means that we’re all left in a place of discomfort for a little while.

I am delighted to share that things are well underway for Trials of Truth (Bloodtruth #3) and I expect to be able to share the release date of that book shortly. One thing that I’ve added to this book is that we get to hear directly from Malin about what’s going on in his world. I felt like that was important to share in this book because Angeline’s kingdom is in a great deal of peril, and unfortunately, she’s got her own stuff to deal with before she can deal with that. Since somebody had to stay at home and man the fort, that means that Malin gets a lot more stage time.

Is he good or he is bad? I’m going to let the readers decide. But one thing is for certain- in Altera, nothing is that black and white.

 

To whet your appetite, here’s my working blurb for Trials of Truth:

Queen Angeline Robart left her kingdom and her people in the hands of her betrayer to embark on a mission to find her cure. But each passing hour that the wraith remains part of her seems to make it even more difficult to banish. The mysterious and elusive Clan seem to have the answers, but Angeline can’t help but question their motives, and the price she will be required to pay for her freedom.

Connor is forced to make a decision between his fate and his love for Angeline. While his hope has always been that those two things would coincide, it seems that their ability to be together isn’t meant to be, at least if the Clan has anything to say about it.

Meanwhile, back in the capital city of Brebackerin, Malin finds that the enemies who have been lying in wait want revenge for Connor’s betrayal. He must find a way to hold them off, and keep the kingdom in one piece, until Angeline’s return.

Sound off in the comments below. Which character do you love? Which one do you hate?

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The Wait Is Over: The Queen’s Betrayal Now Available!!

If you’ve been following along on my August blogging challenge, you may have noticed something that happened right around August 17th. I disappeared. Normally I’d say something now like “I’m really sorry I completely mucked up my own challenge”.  But I’m not going to do that.

The reason I disappeared was totally worth it.

I was in the throes of writing the last third of The Queen’s Betrayal, and honestly I needed to stop with the distractions and put my nose to grindstone and get it done.

The Queen’s Betrayal is the sequel to Heiress of Lies, and is finally available for download from Amazon as of today!!  I have to tell you, rereading it when it came back from the editor gave me chills. I love all my books as if they were my children, but this one ROCKS. I am very proud of it, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

As a note, if you haven’t already read Heiress of Lies, I’d recommend that before jumping into The Queen’s Betrayal. We pick right up where HoL left off in the second book, and Angeline’s only been queen for an hour at that point.

Here’s the blurb:

Newly crowned Queen Angeline Robart is in a world of trouble. With her father’s passing, enemies are rising from all sides. She needs allies, but doesn’t know who to trust. Connor, the handsome vampire who captured her heart, is caught in the middle when his coven’s death squad descends on the capital city unaware of his change in fealty. Malin, the man she is supposed to marry, is harboring his own secrets and seems to be eyeing a much bigger prize.

Angeline must save the capital city, control her own demon, and unravel the knotted threads of Altera’s bloody history before it’s too late. Somewhere in the past is the answer to her future.

Celebratory Book Launch Goody!!

Heiress of Lies will be FREE on Amazon on September 5th-6th. Grab it while you can and get all caught with with Angeline and Connor’s story.

Happy Reading!

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Cover Reveal: The Queen’s Betrayal (Bloodtruth #2)

I am hard at work here at Cege Smith central on The Queen’s Betrayal, which is the sequel to Heiress of Lies. I love the turn of events playing out so far for Angeline and Connor, and I can’t wait to share the story with you!

Just to give you a sneak preview, I wanted you guys to see the new cover. I just got it back from the designer today and I couldn’t be more thrilled. You may notice I was able to use the same model as the Heiress of Lies cover, which I think adds a nice continuity to the series as you see them on the virtual bookshelf.

Now I know the next question is going to be: when will The Queen’s Betrayal be ready? The plan is to launch it in September, but I don’t have a date nailed down yet. As soon as I know, I’ll let you know too. 🙂

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