Christmas, Fantasy, & Cover Reveals!!

Baby it’s cold outside! Neighbors are putting up their decorations, shopping ensues, and carols are being sung. Can you believe it’s already December 1st? We are another day closer to the biggest celebration of the year. A time to remember the miraculous birth of Jesus and celebrate Him and the many blessings we’ve received by His coming.

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Winter has always been my favorite time of year. Something so magical happens when December arrives. Among these warm and fuzzy feelings, for me, the best thing to do is curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Oh, how I love my books! 😉

But, at this time of year, part of the magic is how my inspiration soars! In case any of you were in doubt, Winter Queen was inspired in December.

I wanted to create a winter wonderland. A magical place where winter was fast approaching and the world becoming covered in a blanket of sparkly white was imminent. Where winter was not only beautiful, but important to the land. This built into a fantasy novel like no other I ever thought I’d write. I’ve always found winter to be such a lovely time, full of kindness, grace, and love.

AstraWriting Winter Queen was a magical experience. Writing Book 2 has been equally amazing. Coming back to all the characters I came to love in Book 1 is so satisfying, whenever I begin work on the second book of a series. The characters from my fantasy series in particular, however, are so special. I can take them anywhere; they can do anything. And it all happens during the fiercest winter their world has ever seen. If you’ve read the first book, then you already know when the first snow of Winter falls upon Nfaros. Anticipating book 2? I hope you are! Because I have been working very hard to see it completed. But the story won’t end there, so make sure you keep following my progress.

If you have read Winter Queen, I hope you’ll let me know! Reviews are very important to the survival of a book, and the reviews I have received for this new release of mine have been very encouraging. It’s such a wonderful feeling to know people have read and loved your story. Especially when you put it all out there in a book like a fantasy! I think thoseDamariare particularly frightening for a writer. The entire story comes from the author’s imagination. No historical facts. To create a world and the people in it entirely from my own imagination was scary! I didn’t know if it would sound ridiculous, or even make sense. Thankfully, it seems to have received the reaction I was looking for. 🙂

In case you were wondering, you still have a chance to win a free, signed copy of Winter Queen (The Winter Queen series #1) on Goodreads! Follow this link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/260480-winter-queen and enter for your chance to win!!

Speaking of fantasy novels … there are so many authors out there who love to write in this genre! So many who enjoy it, too, even if they don’t write it. Which brings me to the cover reveal mentioned in the title. I am very happy to help promote this debut novel from Laurie Lucking.

Laurie is such a sweet person! She was the first to respond to my request for endorsements for Winter Queen and she gave me a beautiful review! I am so very thankful to have met her and very excited to be a part of her cover reveal team for her upcoming release, Common. So–drumroll please–here is the cover and description for Laurie Lucking’s soon-to-be-released novel:

One person knows of the plot against the royal family and cares enough to try to stop it—the servant girl they banished.Common

Leah spends her days scrubbing floors, polishing silver, and meekly curtsying to nobility. Nothing distinguishes her from the other commoners serving at the palace, except her red hair.

And her secret friendship with Rafe, the Crown Prince of Imperia.

But Leah’s safe, ordinary world begins to splinter. Unexpected feelings for Rafe surface just as his parents announce his betrothal to a foreign princess. Then she unearths a plot to overthrow the royal family. Her life shatters completely when the queen banishes her for treason.

Harbored by a mysterious group of nuns, Leah must secure Rafe’s safety before it’s too late. But her quest reveals a villain far more sinister than an ambitious nobleman with his eye on the throne.

Can a common maidservant summon the courage to fight for her dearest friend?

Now, how GORGEOUS is that cover? I absolutely love the glow surrounding the young woman who takes front and center! I already know Miss Laurie is a beautiful writer based on her endorsement for Winter Queen and am very much looking forward to reading Common.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you all have a blessed and merry Christmas! Don’t forget, Winter Queen is available to purchase on Barnes & Noble and Amazon!

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The Hard Part

I don’t think I could sum up in one blog post how much I’ve learned from becoming a published author. It’s impossible to do so. When my debut novel was published, I was in a daze for most of it. I was swept up in a whirlwind of agents, editors, publishers, other authors, and new readers (who terrified me! What if they didn’t like my book?!).

I wonder if a lot writers believe the hard part is writing the novel and finding someone to publish it. I know I did. All those years of writing, entering contests, getting rejected … I thought that was going to be the hard part. When I received my contract, I breathed a sigh of relief and thought, ‘Yay! Hard part’s over!’

I was wrong.

The hard part had only just begun.

Because it doesn’t stop. From there, you have the editing, the formatting, choosing the cover design, the endorsements, the marketing and promotion …

There is no magical, invisible team that comes to your rescue in this. Even if you do have a team at your back to help you with all of this, you as the author are still responsible for spreading the word. For getting people interested in your work.

My point? Not to discourage, but to encourage. As a writer, prepare yourself for all of this by getting a head start. You’ll be happier, trust me! If you’re reserved like me, then it might be hard for you to get the word out there. But the more connections you make, the easier things will be.

I was so nervous last year when I had to search out endorsements from authors. I was told no by several, but yes by some. This year, it felt even harder for me to do this for my upcoming release! I’m still nervous about it. Because, as an author who also works five days out of the week at an outside job, I know how difficult it would be to put aside time to read a novel by someone I barely know and come up with a favorable endorsement for it. In the meantime, you’re working on edits with your publisher, waiting on your cover design choices to select from, and hoping beyond hope the word is getting out about your book so people will buy when it’s released!

So, when is the hard part over? When do things get easier?

I think the hard part is never over … but, in the end, it’s all worth it! Because, at the end of the day, your book is published! And people LIKE IT.

Be prepared. Set your goals. Get ready to work hard. Because while the entire process can be laced with stress, having the novel you’ve been working on for a long time published is the best feeling in the world. 🙂