I’m very excited to announce the redesigned cover for Book 1 in the Aligerai series! I had done the original cover myself, but I’m not anywhere near as good as a pro (which is obvious if you compare Book 1 original to Book 2). So I asked Regina of Mae I Design to redesign the cover for Book 1 and HERE IT IS:
Please feel free to head to Regina’s Facebook page to tell her how fabulous she is!
Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I have a couple of questions for you all. I’m preparing to start on cover art for Book 2 (still untitled so far, sadly) and am also doing prep work to put Rise of the Aligerai into paperback. So I have some questions for you all and I hope some or all of you will leave a comment with your thoughts!
- Book size: Mass market paperback or trade paperback? Mass market is the smallest size available while trade paperback is that sort of in-between size between mass market and hardcover. I have both options and while I prefer mass market for the books I read, I know others sometimes prefer the larger book as it’s skinnier and sometimes easier to hold. Thoughts?
- Cover art for Rise of the Aligerai: Change or keep? I did get some feedback before deciding on the final design for Book 1, which I designed myself, but now that I’m going to a pro for cover art for Book 2, should the art for Rise of the Aligerai be updated? Do you like it, or would you rather see something different? If you want to see something different, do you have anything specific in mind?
Thanks to everyone who contributes!
Book 2 is currently in beta reading. My goal is to release in October. Stay tuned!
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Hi everyone! I’ve just added a new extra to the site! If you’ve read Rise of the Aligerai, you know there’s this strange country called Gennaios on a world called Corá . . . well, I’ve added a shiny map of Gennaios and other countries! Now you can get a visual of what things look like and how areas relate to each other.
Any misunderstandings of how geography and cartography work are entirely my own. I did my best to maintain accuracy in such things as where mountains could be placed and where islands might naturally appear. Also, do note it is NOT drawn to scale, as I am rubbish at math and can’t measure properly on paper.
Check out the map under the Extras section or just click here!
(Short stories are the next extra, and I think the first story will be posted next week! So stay tuned!)
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Yes, that title is sarcastic.
As many of you know, my book Rise of the Aligerai was available on Amazon for free, and had been since March. However, for about 2 weeks now it has been listed at the price of $.99. Amazon reverted to the original price without direction from me.
This is quite frustrating, I must say. I have been trying to change the book back to free since I realized the price was again $.99. I’ve had no luck so far. So if you’ve been waiting to download the book because it’s supposed to be free and Amazon is not allowing that, you may have to wait a little while longer. Or you can download for free through the Smashwords page linked to below.
Sorry about the mix-up with the prices! Like I said, I’ve been trying to change the price back to free but have had no luck yet. If you’d like to help, you can go to the Amazon page below and under the Product Details section, there is a piece of text saying “tell us about a lower price”. Link to the Smashwords page and click the submit button. Every report to Amazon helps! (Or it should . . .)
Want to know how frustrating this is for me? The below GIF illustrates my feelings quite well:
I’m looking for feedback on Rise of the Aligerai. If you’ve read the book, please let me know what you think! I genuinely want your feedback! I want to know if you have any suggestions, or thought something was weird, or if you really liked it and want more. Tell me if you think a character is funny or the plot is goofy or if you ship any characters. And I want to know if you thought it was bad, but if you think it’s bad, I do want to know why so I can improve my writing and storytelling.
Rise of the Aligerai is free. You don’t even have to buy a copy to read it! Just read and send me an email or private message or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or Shelfari. I really do want feedback from readers, it would be the highlight of any day!
Link to the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rise-of-the-Aligerai-ebook/dp/B00ANTA7Z6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356228141&sr=8-1&keywords=rise+of+the+aligerai
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Hey there everyone! Question for you all. I’m working on developing some extras for the site here. Some of my ideas are pretty cool, in my opinion.
- Map of Corá
- Character journals
- A few short stories
- Artwork (if I can figure out how to draw one day…)
- A glossary of unusual terms I use in the books
- Chronology of events that take place in Corá
What I want to know is, would people be interested in looking at/reading this sort of stuff? The character journals, for instance. My idea is to write “journals” from the point of view of the characters about their lives and what they see and think. But my concern with this is, the journals may only make sense if you’ve read the book. They wouldn’t be very good as introductory material for new readers, and may contain spoilers if someone hasn’t read the book yet.
What do you all think? Do you have any other suggestions of things you would like to see?
So I’ve gotten some pretty good, upbeat news recently. My book, Rise of the Aligerai, is now listed in the top 100 of Amazon’s contemporary fantasy list!
I should add that the book is now free. I was going to make it free when Book 2 is released, but I decided to just go ahead and make it free now. Why not? It works in my favor (and the readers’) to make it free, so here you all go! A free book as a little February treat.
Enjoy! And if you read, please please please leave a review on Amazon, GoodReads, Shelfari, or anywhere else you rate or review books. It’s very much appreciated. Thanks!
So I finally have some updates!
First off, Rise of the Aligerai is now available for free on Smashwords. I had planned to make the first book free when I released the second book in the series, but on a whim I decided to make it free a bit earlier than planned. I’m still working on making it free on Amazon. It’s apparently a bit more complicated than you would think to sell a book for free through Amazon’s system. So, for the moment, it’s still on sale for $.99 through Amazon but free through Smashwords.
The second book is planned to be released this coming April. Stay tuned for more updates on this as we get closer!
I missed the last Booking Through Thursday post. Sorry about that! Last week was pretty crazy for me and it just didn’t get done with everything else going on.
I started up my book review blog Fantastical Reads again. You should check it out!
Hrmmm, I think those are all the updates for now. Everyone enjoy your week!