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Now in Paperback!

It’s here! It’s finally here!

Rise of the Aligerai is now available in paperback!

You can pick up the paperback copy from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Aligerai-Kira-R-Tregoning/dp/1492304948

The ebook version is still free from Amazon and Smashwords. The second book in the series will be available in paperback later this year (I’m projecting around October).

Thanks for all your support and thank you to those folks who have already bought the paperback and given me positive feedback!

December Updates

Hi all! Here are some December updates!

First off, happy holidays to everyone! I hope all my readers have a wonderful winter holiday.

Second, I’m hard at work on a new novel. It’s not part of the Aligerai series. Its working title is Eleanor and Elizabeth, though I’ll be looking for something a little more exciting further down the road. I’m about halfway done with this one and plan to release it early next year. As for the Aligerai series, I’m still about halfway through the third book and I’ll be working on that some more soon. I plan to release that one in late 2015, tentatively around September.

Third, I’m creating an email newsletter! You should all sign up for it. Why? Because you’ll get extra stories, deleted scenes, and access to newsletter-only giveaways. I plan to release a newsletter only once a month or when I have something to update, so I wouldn’t be inundating you with emails. The signup form is here and takes you to MailChimp: http://eepurl.com/3mLh9

Last, I’m mostly busy on finalizing the paperback versions of my first two books! When I’m finished, they’ll be available through Amazon. I hope to do some shows and appearances next year and I would also have the books available at shows for a show-only rate, but since I have no idea where or when I would be doing said appearances just yet, the paperback versions will be available online only.

I think that’s it for now. So don’t forget to sign up for the email newsletter to get cool extras! And happy holidays everyone. =)

It’s Ready!

The day is finally here! A Shadowed Soul is releasing TODAY!

It is available on Amazon and Smashwords for $2.99.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Shadowed-Soul-The-Aligerai-Book-ebook/dp/B00KQPYGHM

Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/444651

Here’s a blurb of what is A Shadowed Soul all about:

Enemies old and new circle around the Aligerai, waiting for a fatal mistake. One of the Aligerai’s own remains trapped in the Chaos world of Metanoia. And the threat of the soul-eating demons and the end of Cora looms ever closer . . . Sita and her friends Ariene and Roxanne must stay one step ahead of their enemies and find a way to track and defeat the demon Pur.

So quick, go check it out! Tell me what you think or leave a review, or share with your friends!

Thanks to all the readers who have been waiting patiently for me to finish finalizing and formatting. It took most of the day today just to format for Amazon and Smashwords (they have different formatting requirements, so I don’t format once, I have to do it twice).

All links and info will be posted on the series page here as well.

Thanks again and I hope you all enjoy!

Writing Process Blog Tour

For a second when I was writing the title for this post, my brain thought I’d written “Writing Princess”! Oh, goodness.

Anywho, I’ve been a terrible author friend. I was supposed to get my post out this past Tuesday. Unfortunately, I hurt my back while helping my mom move a bunch of furniture and boxes, and I forgot a lot of things this week due to my predicament. I’m all better now (well, mostly), so I’m sitting down to write my post now! Only a couple of days late . . .

Two weeks ago, I was asked by T. J. Alexian if I wanted to participate in a blog tour. It sounded easy and fun, so I agreed. This is the Writing Process Blog Tour, which is a series of linked posts by various authors about their writing process. T. J. says the tour originated with fantasy author Heidi Garrett. The idea is that each author answers four questions about their writing process and then begs and pleads with other authors to join the tour the following week and link back to everyone. So in theory, you should be able to follow the link of the previous authors to trace the tour all the way back to the beginning.

A big thanks to T. J. for thinking of me and asking me to participate! I’m just sorry I wasn’t able to get it all together as planned. =(  Who is T. J. Alexian?

T.J. Alexian lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts in a renovated green Victorian, along with seven ghosts and his long-time (and long-suffering) partner. He also has three kids and one spiritual kid, and their stories and their spirit form the heart and soul of his novel, Pictures of You.

A profiled author in the Writer’s Digest book Writer with a Day Job and an award-winning communications specialist, Pictures of You is Alexian’s first novel, although he has two more being prepared for distribution: The Late Night Show and Confessions of a Diva Rotundo.

And you can find his blog/main website at: http://snapshotsfromeldredge.blogspot.com

And now for the questions! DIG IN!

What am I working on?
Well, right now I’m working hard to put the final touches on A Shadowed Soul so it can be released TOMORROW!! I am so excited for that. It’s taken two years since Rise of the Aligerai to get the second book in a state of readiness, and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and friends and one fantastic beta reader (ahem, Kylie, that’s you!).

After that’s finished, I’ll be working on book 3 of the Aligerai series as well as a novel I started for Camp NaNoWriMo in April this year. The working title is Eleanor and Elizabeth, though that is definitely going to change. This one is not set in the same universe as Aligerai and it’s going to be very different from my debut series. I’m actually very much looking forward to finishing this one and getting it out because I’m so excited about what I’m writing! I hope to finish the first draft of E&E this summer and maybe, if all goes well, release by the end of the year.

With E&E, Elizabeth is a merchant’s daughter and Eleanor is the princess of the realm. The king comes up with a contest to win his daughter’s hand in marriage. But when the royal courier delivers an incomplete message and Elizabeth hares off on an adventure for fame and fortune, she thinks she’s going to win a prince’s hand! What happens next is sort of a comedy of errors with a twist at the end.

And then I’m working on and off on another novel set in the Aligerai universe, but focusing on a young woman named Jaelyn Cythri who is a member of the Tainted . . . a story of tragedy, sorrow, and danger.  This one has been difficult to write and so it’s going rather slowly. But anyone who reads A Shadowed Soul will find out more about the Tainted, so be sure to check it out!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My series differs from others because my characters are in college and pursuing a college education. I see a lot of books set in high school (or a high school-like setting) or after the main education years, but very few in which the characters are in higher education and dealing with the different sets of problems that college poses. Throw magic into the mix and you’ve got an almost explosive situation.  I’m not sure why college isn’t explored more in fantasy, but I have seen it only rarely used. I can think of only one other book that sort of uses college as a backdrop.

As for my other book projects. . . I can’t think of a good way to talk about their differences without giving something away, and I definitely do not want to reveal spoilers before the books are even out! I will say that I do my best to focus on female characters and write characters that could be real people.

Why do I write what I do?
I find it interesting.  I like to ask “what if” and I think that works its way into my imagination and things go from there. Fantasy is one big What If playground.

But I’m also deeply interested in mythology, and have been since I was a kid. I can remember devouring books about Greek and Roman mythology in elementary school and for the rest of my life I’ve been hooked on myths and legends. They’re fascinating. It’s not a big leap from reading mythology to writing fantasy, and I think mythology has had a very big influence on why I write fantasy instead of another genre.

How does my writing process work?
It tends to vary depending on how I’m feeling on a particular day. But usually an idea pops into my head. I write the idea down in a notebook or in my Ideas doc on the computer. Sometimes I’ll get whole scenes written down based off that one idea and then I just let it sit.

Sometimes the idea goes nowhere. I have about fifteen ideas sitting on my flash drive and they may never get off the ground. But other times, the idea turns into a bigger idea and I start living in that world when I close my eyes. I start fleshing out characters, or characters come to me.

Personally, I think most authors start to sound insane when they talk about their process, especially when they talk about how their characters are formed. It’s like the characters are real people and take on a life of their own. Sara Douglass, an Australian fantasy author, used to say that she felt like her characters were real people and she sometimes imagined them sitting around looking over her shoulder as she wrote. They would go off in a completely different direction from where she intended, and whenever she was about to kill off a character, they would say “Oh no, not again.”  I loved reading that because that happens for me sometimes, too. [I paraphrased what Sara said. To my great sadness, Sara Douglass passed in 2011 and her website is no longer active.]

I’ll either write longhand in a notebook I keep specifically for writing or I’ll type on the computer. I’ve recently started using Scrivener and have used it for Eleanor and Elizabeth. I’ve found it helpful and like a lot of the features.

Then I just take it from there. I try to write every week, since some days I have too crazy a schedule to write daily. I try to participate in NaNoWriMo since it’s a great motivational tool.

The next author . . .

Unfortunately, the folks I contacted either weren’t available or weren’t interested in participating. I haven’t found anyone to pass the torch on to! Eeek!  If you’re an author and you think you’d be interested in doing the next post, contact me. I’m not sure that’s really how it’s supposed to work, but since I couldn’t find anyone in time . . .

Happy reading!

Time for a Giveaway!

It’s giveaway day! The 2014 Giveaway Extravaganza starts today! You can enter for a chance to win one of three Amazon gift cards, 5 different books, and a host of other prizes. There will be three winners chosen at random to win either first prize, second prize, or third prize. For a detailed list of prizes and how they are broken down among winners, check out the main giveaway page here.

Everyone should enter for a chance to win these great prizes! There are multiple options for entering the  giveaway, from answering a daily question to following the authors on Twitter. Head on over to Rafflecopter to have a look and enter!

Rafflecopter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b36f250/

The giveaway runs until May 17. Make sure to enter before it ends!

Prepare for Exciting Things!

Happy Thursday everyone!

I don’t know about you, but it has been a week of ups and downs for me. I got some really upsetting news about my job on Monday, and from there it’s just been an upsetting week. It has been difficult to concentrate on the good things and on writing.

However, exciting things are coming up, and instead of letting the bad things get me down, I’m looking forward to the good!

In 10 days, the giveaway extravaganza begins! I’ll have a new post on the start day with a link to the Rafflecopter site so you can enter! Sadly, because of WordPress’s restrictions on free sites, I can’t integrate the Rafflecopter entry page into my site here. I tried. Sad faces.

But you should still enter by following the link. It’s worth it!

For more details about the giveaway and to see a full list of the prizes (plus pictures), click here.

And tomorrow, I’m going to Awesome Con in DC. I’m super stoked about this because I’m signed up to meet Billie Piper AND Cary Elwes! I can’t say how excited I am to meet these two in particular. What will I say?? Will I mess up the pictures and have a goofy smile on me face?! Eek! OK, can’t get nervous. So many other great people are going to be there, too. Plus, it looks like they have some amazing panels and talks set up about books, fantasy, dystopia, characterization in writing, and more.  If you haven’t heard about this event, you should go check it out.

What are you excited about today?

Booking Through Thursday 3/20/2014

btt button Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme that focuses (mostly) on books and reading.

I’ve asked before if you re-read your books (feel free to recap), but right now I want to know if that habit has changed? Did you, for example, reread more as a child and your access to new books was limited by how often you could convince your mother to take you to the library? Has the economy affected your access so that you’re forced to reread more often now? Have you grown to look at old books as old friends so that you’re happy to spend time with them rather than rushing the next new thing?

I reread books all the time. I have some favorites that I return to again and again. The stories never get old for me. Going back to a story that I’ve already read isn’t boring or dull. It’s comfortable. I read a lot of fantasy (as you all probably know), so I feel like I visit a lot of different worlds when I read fantasy books. Medieval worlds, desert worlds, poisonous worlds, worlds just like ours but a little off-kilter, worlds with strange beasts and even stranger people . . . the list goes on. Reading a book I’ve already read, stepping back into that world for a little while–it’s like stepping back into my own home. Some of these books have a lot of history with me. Their pages have become yellowed and the spines are coming unglued (which I hate), and the characters are so familiar it’s almost as if I actually know them.

I don’t mind rereading the same things over and over, because not only is it like coming home, but I almost always find something new in the story that I had never seen before. Or, perhaps, never realized. Some books I read as a teenager I better understand now because some of the subtext went over my head. But as an adult, I get it. Or a character’s motives become clearer after a reread or two, when before I thought they were mysterious. Usually I find things I had missed on the first read or even the tenth, and I find joy in that.

Let’s see, back to the questions above . . . I’ve been rereading ever since I could read, so trips to the library didn’t matter so much to me in that regard. The economy hasn’t affected me at all when it comes to books and rereading. I already have a pretty good stack of books that I haven’t yet read, so I’m working through that when I get tired of reading old favorites. And yes, I do regard certain books as old friends. I prefer to spend my time reading the oldies but goodies than spend time reading new books, although that’s not always true. But there’s a reason why I have a To Be Read stack–not only do I tend to buy a lot of books, but I do tend to reread the ones I already have. I think it’s the only reason my mother let me buy and hang on to so many books when I was growing up–she saw that I actually did reread them, many times, and even when I added new ones to the collection, they would get read again.

Cover Reveal for ‘A Shadowed Soul’

Here it is! The cover art for the second book in the Aligerai series, A Shadowed Soul. Check it out below!

Back, front, and spine of cover art

Front cover

Cover Design and Photo: Regina Wamba of www.maeidesign.com
Cover model: Kimberly Tallman

So what do you think? Leave comments below!

What’s Coming Next?

Eager to know what’s coming up in Book 2 of The Aligerai series? Here’s a working draft of the back cover summary:

Enemies old and new circle around the Aligerai, waiting for a fatal mistake. One of the Aligerai’s own remains trapped in the Chaos world of Metanoia. And the threat of the soul-eating demons and the end of Corá looms ever closer . . .

Sita and her friends Ariene and Roxanne must stay one step ahead of their enemies and find a way to track and defeat the demon Pur. But each of the Aligerai faces their own internal battles. When their enemies strike too close to home, the Aligerai must decide whether to stay together . . . or splinter apart.

I’m still working on the title, but I have a couple of ideas. I’ll post my ideas soon and let you all vote!  Also, if anyone wants to suggest an idea based on the summary, please do!  (Hard to do, I know, but you never know what creative people will see or come up with.)

Don’t forget to keep up with the Facebook page. I post updates there as well!

Opinions and Feedback Needed

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!