Cover Reveal—The Angel Of Elydria by A.R. Meyering

Blue Harvest Creative is pleased to present our cover design for The Angel of Elydria, the first book in the Dawn Mirror Chronicles by BHC author A.R. Meyering. The Dawn Mirror Chronicles is a series that has action, adventure, fantasy as well as elements of steampunk.

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Front cover for print and eBook

Available in trade paperback and eBook September 12, 2014

Blurb:

At the crossroads, where dreams become nightmares, lies the world of Elydria…

It’s not every day that a college student dies and is revived in a distant world far away from her small hometown in Oregon. But that’s exactly what happens to Penny Fairfax. Penny soon discovers her near death experience awakened an ability to manipulate the dreams of others, permitting her to unlock hidden secrets from the past and create vivid illusions.

Trapped in Elydria with her English professor, Penny must navigate a world of gas lamps and glittering façades on the verge of collapse in search of the way home. Haunted by a malicious specter wearing an iron funeral mask, she learns that her gift of life comes with a high cost. Now, Penny must escape its wicked intentions, solve the mystery that is unleashing havoc on Elydria, and return home without meeting death a second time.

Also look for the new role-playing game based on the Dawn Mirror Chronicles!

FreeMind Games is set to release an all-new tabletop RPG set in A. R. Meyering’s fantastical world of Elydria. Play as one of six races, master a variety of professions, and explore a world teeming with danger and adventure. Look for The Dawn Mirror Chronicles: Elydrian Legacy coming this autumn!

 

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Fantasy Cover Reveal—Vassal by Marissa Ames

Originally posted on Blue Harvest Creative:

We are very excited to present our cover for Vassal, the second book in the critically acclaimed Tir Athair fantasy series by BHC author, Marissa Ames. The Tir Athair series is a historical-based fantasy series. The first book in the series, Minstrel, is currently a finalist for best fantasy novel of 2013 in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

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 Front cover for print and eBook

Available in trade paperback and eBook September 20, 2014

Cottage cover illustration painted by the author

Blurb:

Who holds your loyalties?

Tir Athair still battles the north, and refugees still face torture for trying to flee oppression. As heiress to Fief Collum, Aislin knows her position is tenuous. She adheres to even the most unjust laws so her liege cannot revoke her land. When her uncle sends six burly men to work on her fief, she is wary of his intentions and their identities…

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Coming Soon in Audiobook – Paranormal Romance “So Fell The Sparrow” – Click to Hear a Sample!

Originally posted on She Writes With Love:

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I’m so excited to announce that my paranormal romance So Fell The Sparrow is being made into an audiobook! My lovely narrator has been hard at work on the production and I’ve had a blast listening to it. We’re hoping to have it ready within the next month or two. And once it’s done, she’ll begin production on When Empires Fall! :) The audiobook will be available on Amazon and Audible.com. Stay tuned for the release announcement!

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Cover Reveal for A Life Unexpected, by BHC author Sara Daniel

 
We are very excited to reveal the cover for A Life Unexpected, by BHC author Sara Daniell. A Life Unexpected is the first book in the Holly Nather series. Holly Nather is a young adult, action-adventure series with a touch of romance!

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Front cover for print and eBook

Cover model photograph taken by the author

 

Blurb:

Visions Come Into Play…Secrets Have Been Told…Choices Must Be Made

Holly is just your typical college student. She goes to classes during the day and spends her nights either hanging out with friends or wasting an embarrassing amount of time on social networking. Her life is ordinary, nothing interesting or extravagant. That is – until she meets Luke. This enigmatic and on-the-verge-of-stalker guy brings excitement into her dull, routine life, introducing her to a world outside of her own…A world of magic…A world called Terre. As the saying goes: “With knowledge comes power” and with power comes danger. Holly is quickly and unexpectedly thrown into a life of chaos, a life that she believed to only exist in science fiction films. Visions of this day have finally come into play, secrets have been told, and choices must be made.

 

A Life Unexpected Releases September 26th, 2014

 

Other upcoming releases in the Holly Nather series coming soon

Book 2 – Cohen’s Tale

Book 3 – Daughter of a Monarch

 

Welcome to Contradictory Land – An Authors Mind

One thing I’ve noticed about being a writer (and from my interactions with lots of other writers it appears many of them have this same problem) is that I tend to live in Contradictoryland.

While dwelling in the land of contradiction, where it is both amazing and horrible at the same time, I go through periods where I love what I’ve written and feel that its going well. On the other side of that is where I feel everything I write is crap and should be deleted. That bottom valley of writing despair is where I am now. It can make it hard to get into my writing.  The logical part of my brain knows that it isn’t really that bad and doesn’t need to be deleted, but that pesky part that isn’t logical won’t shut up.

I of course will not delete it because I know that after I’m done, I will reread it all and it won’t be as bad as the critic part of me thinks it is right now. In fact it will be better than “not bad” Oh yes, it will still need work but my inner critic is being particularly snarky and trollish right now and is delighting in tearing down my writerly brain even as my writerly self looks at what’s written and thinks, “It isn’t that bad.” It’s a strange thing to both love and loath something at the same time. It’s a contradiction.

And so the name Contradictoryland where the stewards will be thrilled to show you the way to the Happy Castle of Keyboards, the Pits of Writerly Doom, Flowing Street, Writers Block, the Bouncy Room of Perfect Paragraphs, the Shattered Ruins of Deleted Scenes, the Highway of Inspiration, and Treachery Towers (where your muse turns against you).

Once of course you’ve made it through Contradictoryland and finally have a MS you are happy with, you then get to enter the murky waters of getting it out there, which includes sailing across the seven seas of Introvert Hell (FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Linkedin, Goodreads, and the ever scary, in person meetings) so that you can reach the islands of Mangled Marketing. That however is a whole other journey fraught with its own set of contradictions where you hope for reviews and at the same time are terrified of getting them, where you hope to get an interview on a blog and then can’t think of anything to say when they send you the questions, and so on and so forth.

Those of us who write, definitely do so because we love it and we need to. The chances of striking it rich are small. If you’re lucky, you will make enough to pay some bills. But we do it because we can’t imagine not.  And maybe because we all walked the edge of sanity to some degree. After all, who in their right mind would intentionally walk a path with so many emotional pitfalls with so little promise of reward at the end other than the satisfaction of seeing your book in print?

 

Authors Caught in the Middle

Okay, yes I know, blogging twice in one day. What the heck is wrong with me? Well honestly I thought I was done talking about this whole Hatchette/Amazon thing, but I guess I’m not. Why? Because I’m tired of Hatchette author urging indies to side with them like it will somehow help us. I’m tired of Amazon now doing the same. I’m tired of the ranting and whining and general fit throwing about the poor Hatchette authors caught in the middle. About how horrible Amazon is because they took away the pre-order button or aren’t offering many of them for sale and waaaa, waaaa, waaaaa.

Guess what Hatchette authors, indie authors already know all about that because book stores have been refusing to carry CreateSpace imprint books for quite some time now. Did any of you take notice of that? Did any of you care? Do you even care now? No, you don’t. It isn’t your problem is it? But somehow the world is ending because one distributor is ignoring your books. Suck it up.

Guess what, your issues with your publisher who is having trouble with one of their distributors aren’t my problem either. See, us lowly indie authors have a whole host of other issues we have to deal with that you never do, so forgive us if we don’t really care if Amazon isn’t selling your books right now. You want it changed, you bring up with your publisher.

 

And Amazon, while you are ranting about how horrible Hatchette is because they won’t lower e-book prices and how e-book prices should be kept lower to benefit the reading populous, have you not noticed the legions of indie authors filling up the ranks of books on KDP? Did you forget we were there in your negotiations with Hatchette? You must have. But then when you did remember us it wasn’t with the idea that it doesn’t really matter if Hatchette fell off the face of the Earth. No it was the idea that you could somehow convince us to charge into the war with Hatchette with you.

Guess what, no dice. Because in the end, you will do what you will do with total disregard of the indies. Hatchette will demand and do as it will do regardless of indies and in some case regardless of whether or not its even good for their own authors. But where trad authors tend to feel that they have their publishing house to go to bat for them when they need, indies know good an well that we are on our own and that is how we intend to stay.

So Hatchette authors, quit trying to draw indies into this like it somehow matters to us, quit crying about Amazon taking away buttons and such. Quit whining about the evils of Amazon at the same time you decry them for not selling you. Indie authors don’t care. We’ve been ignored and excluded by and from more stores and author organizations than you can shake a stick and yet here we all are still. So get over yourselves. You’ll live.

Amazon, quit trying to draw indies into your business negotiations like it somehow matters to us, quit pretending indies don’t exist except when it suits your needs.

And Hatchette…I actually don’t even have anything to say to you because you have no meaning to me.

End of rant, now I’m done.

 

PS. As it was pointed out, those of us who are with Blue Harvest Creative aren’t alone. We’re indies who have a company willing to go to bat for us, offer us great advice based on their 20+ years of experience in the publishing industry, and willing to contact Amazon on behalf of their authors if need be. So we aren’t all alone, but even for us the outcome of Hatchette vs Amazon has no bearing on us or our writing what so ever and we still don’t care.

Hatchette/Amazon Battle

I haven’t blogged much lately, you know with all of that writing stuff I do for a living combined with gardens, canning, freezing, children, dogs, cats, chickens, geese, etc. Things have been a little on the busy side to say the least. However, after an email this morning, I decided to take a brief moment out of everything else and blog.

Authors are being increasingly drawn onto the battlefield that is the Hatchette/Amazon dispute. Hatchette authors are in the middle and now even independents are being drawn in as Amazon sent out a letter to them today. I don’t blame Amazon for reaching out, not after Hatchette decided to parade their business dealings out into public like a bunch of spoiled Kardashians.

After reading the email from Amazon I had to think for a while what my response, if any, would be. I decided against emailing Hatchette.

Why won’t I email Hatchette? It isn’t because I dislike Amazon, far be in fact. It isn’t because I think Hatchette is in the right. I do feel for the authors caught up in the crossfire. However, I decided not to write as a matter of business.

Technically, Hatchette is one of my business competitors. And yes, I can hear the derisive laughter echoing from the halls Hatchette at the idea that a mere, lowly, independent author could possibly be a competitor in the vast field of publishing. However, whether they choose to believe it (or laugh at me) or not, it remains a fact that to some extent, all independents are competitors with Hatchette.

The major crux of the problem appears to be Hatchette wanting to price e-books at 14.99, which Amazon thinks is far to high to be sensible. And they are right. Given the economic climate not just in the U.S. but in many places around the world, the rising costs of heating, cooling, food, gasoline, and everything else under the sun, the difficulty that remains in finding jobs (or at least jobs that pay decent), the record high of outstanding student debt, and wages that seem to go nowhere, why any business would want to price a digital file that high is beyond me.

That said, who am I to tell them where they can set their prices. It’s a free country and all that.

And honestly, why on earth would I care if Hatchette lowered their prices or not? In fact, it’s in my best interest that they don’t. When home budgets are often over stressed for the majority of the population, where even those who are living comfortably aren’t comfortable with shelling out 14.99 for a digital book, when a buyer will look at the price and think, “I can get three or four other books for that price.” Why would I care if Hatchette want’s to price their e-books at 14.99 or 50.99 a book?

Honestly, if Hatchette, in its effort to show Amazon up, wants to cut its nose off to spite its own face, let them. I’m only sad that even if Hatchette wins their little tug of war, their authors will still lose. However, that is between them and their authors and no one else.

So no, I won’t write Hatchette and tell them I think they are stupid even if I think they are. I understand Amazon’s desire to keep prices low, after all they have to think of their own customers. But as far as I’m concerned, let Hatchette have their ridiculous prices. The consumer will be sure and let them know if it the price isn’t right.

Now back to the important things, like that third Dragon’s Call book that is almost finished.