The Speaker has been out for a little over two months and has already gotten some great feedback from both readers and professional reviewers. One of the things that’s struck us as being quite wonderful, and that Andi’s really appreciative of, is the consistent references and reactions towards feminism, the inner torment of depression, and the refreshingly realistic relationship between Irewen and Laegon.
They get it!
It can be so frustrating to an author when their message is completely lost on readers. It’s a shame, but sadly, it does happen. Sometimes one or two people will pick up on it, but it’s rare when a significant percentage of those who’ve written reviews are impacted by the very issues an author worked hard to incorporate into their novel. It’s the mark of a truly talented author to be able to craft a story in such a way that the underlying issues are perceived by the majority of readers.
We’re very proud and excited to have had the opportunity to help bring The Speaker into the world. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed publishing it!
What’s one of the most important things you look for in a book?
We have some good and bad news to share with you all.
The GOOD news is that we have an upcoming release of the 2nd book in Andi O’Connor’s YA fantasy series The Vaelinel Trilogy. YAY! *does a happy dance*
The BAD news is that due to issues with the formatter, it still hasn’t gone to print and we don’t have an official release date. 😦
But…we do have some more GOOD news and can share the ebook cover! What do you think? Does it whet your appetite?
The Legacy of Ilvania continues with the release of REVENGE!
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Juriel’s struggle to save the people of Ilvania continues in this gripping fourth installment of The Legacy of Ilvania!
Completely lost after Jae’s death, Juriel is thrown into his role as healer. She is now the one everyone depends on to control the epidemic sweeping through Ilvania. Without Jae, her efforts are futile. Fueled by her brother’s magic, the disease continues to rage on with greater fervor.
But the epidemic isn’t her only battle. Following the disappearance of one of her fellow healers, Juriel discovers that her family will stop at nothing to see her dead. Beaten and near death, she finds the courage that haunted her in its absence.
The time for revenge has come.
Retribution is now available! In celebration, how about a little teaser! This is from the opening scene. Enjoy!
Juriel obeyed. Purple lightning burst from the palms of her hands and bounced harmlessly off of Jae’s shield. Sparks illuminated the tiny room already heavy with the burnt metallic scent of magic.
Jae slithered to his left. Juriel followed his movements, trying to anticipate his next action. His green eyes bore into her, not betraying even the slightest hint of his intentions.
“Again!” Jae barely finished the command when the deep purple lightning once again slammed against his defenses. Unlike Juriel’s previous attempts, the last attack caused his outer shields to quiver. Her magic was more focused. Instead of allowing the bolts to hit him at various points, some missing the mark all together, she’d concentrated her power. All four bolts hit his defenses within a foot’s radius. Jae smiled inwardly. She was getting stronger.
Moving to his right, Jae returned to his previous position. Without warning, he let out his own attack. Blue fire erupted from his hands. Juriel gasped, recoiling when it slammed against her shields. But then it was Jae’s turn to be surprised. It bounced off Juriel’s defenses and shot back towards his own, hitting them with surprising force. The impact caused him to stagger backward, almost knocking him to the ground.
The fire died and the room filled with smoke. When the air cleared enough to see, Juriel’s reaction wasn’t at all what Jae expected She’d collapsed to her knees, tears streaming down her cheeks.
Continue the story of The Legacy of Ilvania today!
Coven will be released on Tuesday, September 29th and what better way to celebrate than with a party! Join us on our Facebook event page and have some fun! Meet some of the authors from Coven and learn about their stories. Ask questions, participate in contests, read some awesome teasers, and best of all have a chance to win some awesome prizes!
We’ll be giving away a total of 10 paperback copies and 20 eBook copies of Coven! Half of each in the 3:30 pm hour and the other half in the 10:30 pm hour! You don’t want to miss it!
Check out the full schedule, invite your friends, and get ready to party!
11:00 am – Shenoa Carroll-Bradd *Giveaway!*
11:30 am – Shenoa Carroll-Bradd *Giveaway!*
1:00 pm – Steve Coate
2:00 pm – Gregory Norris *Giveaway!*
2:30 pm – Dwayne Minton
3:30 pm – COVEN Q&A + Giveaway with PSP!
4:00 pm – COVEN Q&A + Giveaway with PSP!
4:30 pm – Benjamin Sperduto
5:30 pm – Eric Del Carlo
6:00 pm – Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano
6:30 pm – Olivia Berrier *Giveaway!*
7:00 pm – Olivia Berrier *Giveaway!*
7:30 pm – Desmond Warzel
8:00 pm – Dale Carothers *Giveaway!*
9:00 pm – Andi O’Connor *Giveaway!*
9:30 pm – Andi O’Connor *Giveaway!*
10:00 pm – David Steffen
10:30 pm – COVEN Q&A + Giveaway with PSP!
11:00 pm – COVEN Q&A + Giveaway with PSP!
Happy Release Day! To celebrate the release of Coven we’re hosting an all-day party on our Facebook Page! Come to this event page throughout the day on September 29th to meet the authors of Coven! Each author will be given a time slot where you can ask them questions, get a little teaser from their story, and have a chance to win some prizes! In the last hour, there will be a giveaway for 5 paperback copies of Coven and 10 eBook copies!
(All times are in Eastern)
2:00pm – Gregory Norris author of THE WELL. *Giveaway of Tales From the Robot Graveyard*
10:00pm – David Steffen author of Condemned
A full schedule and list of prizes will be updated when available. Be sure to keep posted and we’ll see you on the 29th! Don’t forget to share the event with all your Facebook friends!
I know you all are probably anxious to hear the update about Coven, but first I want to share with you some exciting news! Purple Sun Press now has a Marketing Director! I’m happy to announce that Martin Rosales has joined our team and will be helping with creating promotional material, organizing contests, and coordinating future events. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org! Welcome aboard Martin!
Now, for the update about Coven. I have been going back and forth with the person doing the interior formatting for quite some time. I want the feel of the cover to continue through to the interior of the print book, and it has yet to be achieved. We are working to make sure the version printed represents the vision brought forth by myself as well as the talented authors and cover designer. I am hoping to stay on schedule for the release date of September 29th, but depending on how things go with the formatting, we may release the eBook at that time and push the print release back a few weeks. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I know that Coven will be something we will all be proud of 🙂
Speaking of the eBook! Coven is available for pre-order for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo! Pre-order your copy today and spread the word!
I am so pleased to reveal the cover for COVEN! I think it captures the feel I was going for perfectly. The title, Coven, was chosen because authors gathered together to weave their magic and create this amazing anthology. The cover also lends a bit of mystery, which I think is extremely appropriate. There isn’t a central theme. Each story is different and the reader won’t know what’s inside until they open up the cover and begin reading.
The designer is still working on the full cover, so I will reveal that when it is ready. What do you think of the front cover? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I tried someone new for Coven’s cover, and in the end realized I should have stayed with the designer I’ve worked with before and whose work I love. After extensive explanations of my vision and what I wanted, as well as revisions, there wasn’t anything about the cover this new designer created. I gave up and have gone with the designer I’ve worked with before and who did the covers for Redemption, Reclamation, and Awakening.
I should have the first drafts late this week, but this will cause delays in printing, and subsequently the release date. I will let you know more as things happen and will keep you all updated. I apologize for the delays, but I want the cover to be perfect in order to do everyone’s story justice. And the one I received wasn’t. Not even close.
Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while! Please don’t hit me with a stick! The interior formatting is going wonderfully! Both print and eBook formatting should be completed by the end of next week. (though I will be at #ConCarolinas so that deadline might be a bit ambitious but I’ll do my best)
The cover is in the works. I’m working with the designer to make it just right and will share it with you all when it’s ready!
AUTHORS: Your bios will be included before your story. If there is anything NEW that you want added, please send me your updated bio asap. Thanks!
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