Category Archives: Marie Antoinnette

No Rest for the Wicked

In The Blood is Finally Here!

I am so excited that In The Blood, the first book in The Blood Royal Saga is finally out there for people to read and enjoy.

img_0117For those who are interested in purchasing a copy of In The Blood:

Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-947181-00-7

  • Amazon (Link goes to the US Amazon link, but if you search using the ISBN number, you will find the copy, no matter what country you’re in)
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Or you can request an order from your favorite local bookstore

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-947181-01-4
Available from your favorite online outlet

Autographed Paperbacks can be ordered directly from Eagle Heights Press.

I’ve been sending out a lot of signed copies, and it’s amazing and humbling to me how many countries it’s reached. I’m considering getting a big world map and pinning all the locations I’ve mailed to. Yes, I’m sending them out myself, so if you order one of these, I’ll be the one mailing it out to you.

It’s been a very long road to this day, but one week into the sales, and I’m pretty pleased with the comments I’ve gotten back. I’m hoping people find the book exciting and interesting and that they want to keep coming back for more.

I’ve tried very hard not to swamp people with too much advertisement. Some of it is necessary, but it’s hard to find a balance between simply sharing your excitement and feeling like you’re spamming people. I hope I am doing the former rather than the latter. No one likes constant advertising, and I don’t want to do that to my friends.

I know I can’t just sit around and wait for people to buy, however. It’s not just going to become a success without effort.

Help Spread The Word

Some people have asked what they can do to help me get the word out. There are a few things, if you’re so inclined:

  • Post about it on social media to help me find new readers
  • Write reviews on Amazon and Goodreads
  • Tell people you think would enjoy it
  • Request the book at your local bookstore

Those things will help more than anything else, and would be greatly appreciated.

Release Party

On July 15, I’m hosting an afternoon release party open house celebration at my house for anyone who is local. I’ve ordered a cake from The Upper Crust bakery in Columbia (LET THEM EAT CAKE) which I cannot wait to see (It’s supposed to look like my book cover). We will also have champagne, though there will also be punch and coffee for those who prefer it. So far, we’ve got about sixty five people or so who have confirmed that they’re attending, though there may be more.

At the party we will have special guest Marie Antoinette in attendance, and you can have your photo taken with her to celebrate.

With as many people as we are anticipating, we’ve spent a lot of time getting the house ready for the event and have purchased a canopy tent thing where I’ll set up outdoors to sign copies for those who want them. I’ll use the canopy for festivals and outdoor events later on, and may even take Marie on the road with me.

Camp NaNoWriMo and Sequels

Thououtforbloodcovergh this first week of July has been hectic, I still set myself the goal of doing Camp NaNoWriMo and using the time to complete revisions on Book 2, Out For Blood, before sending the book to an editor. I’m planning to finish my work on the book this month so I can publish the book by December, and even get a head start on finishing Book 3, Trial By Blood which I plan to publish in 2018. I don’t want to make readers wait too long for the sequels.

I’ve also made a mockup of the cover of Out For Blood, and I’m very excited to see it come to its fruition. I’m feeling more confident with InDesign, and I truly enjoy that aspect of the job as well. Though being responsible for every aspect of the project is extremely hard work and sometimes I feel like Dick Van Dyke’s One Man Band in Mary Poppins, it’s so rewarding to have every part of the project be something I had a hand in. Every choice has been mine, from font to layout to cover art. Having creative freedom also means creative responsibility, but it’s an aspect of the job that is extremely satisfying to me.

Public Radio show and Podcast

After meeting with the station manager of the local public radio station, KPIP, I’ll be hosting my own show regularly, and that will then be posted online as a podcast. The schedule has to be set, and I am still working on a title for it, but I’m really excited that this is a thing that’s going to happen.

One segment of the show will be me reaching a chapter of In The Blood a week. I intend to compile those once I’m through and put out an audiobook.

I’ve bought a microphone and headset to do the recordings, and the equipment will work on both my desktop computer and on my iPad. That means I can take it with me to events or on research trips and do recordings on the road as well. As soon as I have more information, I’ll be posting about that so people know where to listen in.

As part of the show, I’d like to host regular interviews with other writers as well, and if you’re interested in participating in that, please let me know. I’m happy to do that, and I’d love to hear from you.

In gearing up for that, as well as to prepare for other things I intend to write, I’m doing some research. Here are just a few of the things on my reading list. If you’ve got recommendations, drop me a line, and I’ll add them to my stack.

 

So, anyway, that’s what’s happening with me this month. It’s likely to keep me very busy. It’s a good busy, though, and I’m loving the work.

I’m looking forward to having a little time to go on a holiday this fall, though it’s likely to be a working vacation. So much I want to do and only so much time!

 

 

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Ma Chère Antoinne live on Amazon Kindle!

bbbcd-coverbigThe completed Kindle version of Ma Chère Antoinne is now online and available for download. Only $4.99, less than the price of a burger and fries and lots more fun.

Vampires, mystery, horror, suspense, romance…it’s all there!

Check the video below for reviews of the sneak peek edition.

Nook and paperback versions are on their way soon, and there will be release celebrations coming up starting the last week of June.

If you’d like to be the first to know about these other editions, special events, giveaways, or release dates for Book 2 in the series, email me at deliaremington13@gmail.com to receive updates and newsletters in your inbox.

Ma Chère Antoinne live on Amazon Kindle!

The completed Kindle version of Ma Chère Antoinne is now online and available for download. Only $4.99, less than the price of a burger and fries and lots more fun.

Vampires, mystery, horror, suspense, romance…it’s all there!

Check the video below for reviews of the sneak peek edition.

Nook and paperback versions are on their way soon, and there will be release celebrations coming up starting the last week of June.

If you’d like to be the first to know about these other editions, special events, giveaways, or release dates for Book 2 in the series, email me at deliaremington13@gmail.com to receive updates and newsletters in your inbox.

I love it when a plan comes together….

Exciting things are happening this week! I’m on a five day staycation, spending my time finishing up my novel. By the end of my time off on Tuesday night, I intend to have the first draft totally completed and be ready for edits.

In order to make it easier to make that happen, several things had to be in place.

On the Homefront:
After a very long wait, my new home office is completely finished and my furniture and books are all in place. No more blaming my surroundings for unproductive days. I love the colors, I love the furniture, and I love being surrounded by books. The room is comfortable and finished exactly the way I envisioned. I can’t imagine a better space for writing than this, and I feel such a sense of peace knowing that now it’s complete and I can focus my energies on more important things.

Layla insisted that there was not enough emphasis on dogs in the room, but now that I’ve added her bed to the space, she’s forgiven me. She makes a good writing companion. She is quiet when I need it, reminds me when it’s time to eat, and listens without interruption to my ideas. She also reminds me that sometimes you have to get up and walk around and get a little exercise too, and that helps me stay fresh and focused. Maybe someday I’ll write a book about her, but she’s okay with that project staying on the back burner…for now.

In my World of Pure Imagination:
I have been doing some more research and backstory creation for my characters, finding ways to flesh them out in my mind so I can do the same on paper.

  • New Characters – There are a couple of new characters that I’m introducing into the text. One will be added to chapters I’ve already written, taking a character who was previously unnamed and barely described and giving her life. I decided that her character deserved more attention, and therefore she will be highlighted in places and given more time centerstage. She adds an element of authenticity and realism that I think enhances the storyline I’ve already written. The other new character is one that I initially wrote, then removed, and now have decided belongs in the story after all. It’s a minor character, but still necessary for good storytelling, I think.
  • Research – I’ve been doing some research for those characters based on historical figures, and I’m very excited with what I’ve found. One character in particular turned out to have a true story and myth surrounding her that almost exactly mirrors what I’d already dreamed up on my own. I love that my creative mind came up with something that is very nearly the truth, and I now feel that I have much more firm ground to stand on when filling in her backstory for my readers.
  • Attention to Detail – It’s important to me that I get my forensic details right. To that end, I had a long discussion with a professor of forensics who invited me to sit in on his course this fall. He also suggested some readings for me, and I’m taking his advice to heart. I hope that my story will benefit from what I learn, both in this book and in the sequel. Yep, you heard me. SEQUEL.
  • Sequel – I’m certain that this book is a series now. I’d tried to talk myself out of that, but it started to feel rushed, and my characters have much more to say than one book’s worth of material. This storyline is only just beginning, and I can see a lot more exciting things to come as they progress. You may as well settle in and get comfortable. Get a snack. I’ve got a long story to tell, and it’s only getting more exciting with each chapter.

FREE! Cinco De Mayo Special this Sunday!

ONE DAY ONLY!

On Sunday, May 5, the Sneak Peek Edition of my upcoming novel, Ma Chère Antoinne, is free on Amazon Kindle!

If you haven’t read it, there’s no better time to check it out! And if you already have your copy, share it with your friends! It’s free all day! 

Click here to download:
Sneak Peek Edition, Ma Chère Antoinne

Book Tease

My iPad is often my favorite way to write. I can carry it anywhere (in this case, my living room), and with my wireless keyboard and the Notebooks app synched with Dropbox, I can easily upload and save files that I can then transfer to Scrivener on my desktop machine for formatting. I’ve written several chapters this way, and I absolutely love it.

There are some clues in this post about my novel, plus, you’ll see the title of Chapter 12.