The FFBC Blog Tour for FORESWORN

Reminder: I have a new website. http://www.rindaelliott.com and it is more up to date. You do have to click on blog posts to the left. Hopefully, I’ll figure out how to change that. <G>

The FFBC Blog tour begins! There is a lot of fun behind-the-scenes info about the Sisters of Fate books here. Links to pics that inspired characters and scenes. Music that inspired. Answers to questions like craziest research, etc. Also, you can win ALL THREE BOOKS in the trilogy!!! Feel free to share this post. All word of mouth helps. :) http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2014/11/ffbc-blog-tour-welcome-to-club.html

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Loyal Subscribers and Other Stuff

Because I do have some who subscribe to this blog and I’m not sure how to set up a subscription to the one on my domain, I’m going to update both for a time until I figure it out. Some of you have been with me a long, long time and you have no idea how much I love that. The road to publication took me a long, long time, eh? ;) 

So, I’m going to share some of the harder parts of this job today.

That road to publication for some of us takes years. And there are constant roadblocks thrown into the mix. And just when you feel that maybe you’re getting somewhere in this crazy career attempt, other things happen out of your control. Some really tough stuff happened this week and it made me consider whether I should keep working at this. Yes, writing is what I love and yes, it would be cool if I could do it for free, but I can’t. It’s my job. I put as much and sometimes more time into this as anyone does in any other job out there. Every writer I know does. There’s been many a night I’ve sent an email to my good friend, Karen Mahoney–who lives 6 hours away in England–to find her up in the middle of the night there working toward a deadline.

So yesterday, I posted that ARCs of FORESWORN went out. I have a handful of reviewers I trust not to put my books up on pirate sites and I’m hopeful that the new reviewers on this list won’t either. I have new bloggers on the list because of the upcoming blog tour I’m so excited about. I’m hoping to find new readers and very excited to have new bloggers interested in trying my work. (I’m certainly not saying I don’t trust most bloggers here, btw, because I actually do. Book bloggers do this because they love books! I’ve just worked with the ones on my list from nearly the beginning or was introduced to them by publishers. :)

The time of book release is incredible. There are so many emotions authors go through. Excitement that a new book is coming out. Hope that it will sell well–every single book we release is a gamble. Nerves…what if fans are disappointed? We tell ourselves not to look at the reviews, but most of us do anyway because really, wouldn’t you want to know what someone says about your work?

But I will say that it broke my heart to see how many searches came here yesterday looking for free copies of FORESWORN. Yes, it thrills me that some are enjoying my books enough to come to my website, it does! But the books are easily available at a lot of places. Nearly all of those have them for under 3 dollars each.  I don’t think $5 is much to pay for a book, but $2.99 is a great price. And all 3 for less than 10 bucks? Most will fork that over for lunch and with books, you get a lot more enjoyment time (hopefully <g>) and the ability to reread. Trust me, it takes me a lot longer to write a book than to cook a lunch.

I understand that some can’t afford all the books they want. I can’t either. But I wait until I can because I know the incredible work that goes into the making of a book. I do try to support my favorite authors by buying directly from their publisher but when money is tight–which is the norm for most writers I know–or I want to check out a new author I will also go to one of my favorite places to buy ebooks. All Romance or OmniLit. Authors still earn from these sales.

I truly don’t care where a reader buys my book. If you can get a great deal for it, I’M ALL FOR THAT. If you find legal copies to borrow at a library, I’M ALL FOR THAT TOO!

http://www.omnilit.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Rinda+Elliott

All my books are available there at OmniLit–with the exception of FORESWORN, which isn’t yet out–and you see how there is a rebate price next to Dweller and Blood? Yes, you pay full price up front for the book–not always, but you do with rebates–but Omnilit offers these rebates often. Sometimes, they are at 50% off. At that rate, you can buy a couple of books at full price and basically earn enough back to get a third for free. I buy books there a lot. Earlier this week, I had 15 dollars in rebate bucks built up. Yeah, yeah, I’ve already spent most of those. I read a lot. <g> But I subscribe to their mailing list so I know when the rebate programs happen and I buy then. (They happen OFTEN.) Those rebate dollars build over time and it’s so cool to see a book you really want come out, check Omnilit, and realize you have enough to cover the book in your account. Plus, they take Paypal, offer all formats of ebooks and the best thing? If you have a Kindle, they have a “send to Kindle” button that emails your purchase directly to your Amazon account.

So, there are ways to save on book buying. Downloading illegal copies should never be an option. It will kill this business and it’s already forced so many authors to quit.

Here’s a wonderful article on what ebook piracy does to our business. The biggest difference for me?

So far, I’ve done all digital first publishing. This means, I do not earn advances. I only make money when a book sells. So you can imagine how hard it is to see so many of my books being downloaded illegally online.

http://www.deadlinedames.com/dame-for-a-day-jeaniene-frost/

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Testing

I’m still learning my way around this move to my new domain at http://www.rindaelliott.com but I noticed that whenever I’ve been there, it shows I’ve visited here as well. So this is a test post. LOL!

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New Website/Blog!

If I had realized how easy it would be to move my blog to my own domain, I would have done it years ago. LOL. Anyway, I finally took the time to check into it and have moved most of the content here. From now on I’ll be posting at http://www.rindaelliott.com. This is a good thing. A lot of readers type that into searches and end up here, but now they’ll be able to find me easily. See you there!

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Blood of an Ancient Paperback is out!

I have a book release today! The print version of Blood of an Ancient. Use PAPERBACK50 at checkout to get 50 % off at my publisher’s site. Here is what Romantic Times said about Blood of an Ancient.https://www.samhainpublishing.com/…/4788/blood-of-an-ancient

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FORESWORN Back Cover Copy!!!

       Sisters of Fate #3

Sisters of Fate #3

It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny.

But only if they survive…

Kat Lockwood grew up listening to her unhinged mother’s stories about the Norse goddess souls she and her triplet sisters carry, about fiery deaths and a prophecy foretelling the world’s end. Now, to save that world, Kat must find a guy who hosts the soul of a Norse god–a warrior with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

But at a truck stop on her road trip, Kat freezes time while she writes out a cryptic message in runes. The only other person able to see this happen? A gorgeous guy with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

Kat’s not convinced peaceful Arun is the future warrior who will turn the tide in the final battle. Yet, Arun turns out to be a lot tougher than he seems. As soul-carrying teens and underworld creatures gather over the world’s deadliest volcano, Kat finds that no one, including her sisters and mother, is exactly who she thought they were….

Sisters of Fate

The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.

You can pre-order FORESWORN these places:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

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Fantastic Flying Book Club Tour!

FORESWORN (1)I was invited to have FORESWORN on a blog tour this year during the week of its release. I couldn’t be more excited. More than twenty blogs signed on, so there will be lots of fun things to look forward to–like dream casts!

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The Review That Blew Me Away

This review of FORECAST is something else. There is nothing like seeing how much someone enjoyed your work. http://www.fiktshun.com/fiktshun/2014/08/05/review-forecast/  The personal note at the bottom is so fun, I think even my mother saved it. ;)

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FORESWORN-Early Surprise Snippet!

       Sisters of Fate #3

Sisters of Fate #3

 

I’m turning in FORESWORN for the very, very last time. So how about a surprise snippet? ;)

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“Call me later. At this number. Let me know you’re okay.”

“I will.” Other people in the parking lot were stopping, rubbing their ears. “Hey, Raven? Be safe, okay?”

“You, too, Kat.”

The sadness in my sister’s voice cut into me.

Arun came around his truck. “It feels like the world is muffled.”

I nodded because that’s exactly how it felt. Like someone had plugged my ears so all the sound around me came at a different decibel. It was so strange. Like even my nose had been stuffed with cotton balls.

“Come on,” he said. “Maybe it’s better inside the store.”

But the closer we walked toward the store, the quieter it got. I walked around a set of shopping carts, noticed that even the sounds in the air—the cars, birds and snow—seemed to disappear. To test my theory, I went back and walked on the other side of the carts. Sound got louder.

I took Arun’s hand and pulled him back to walk him on either side of the carts to show him. He stared to our left. “Someone yelled over there earlier. Let’s head that way.” He pointed toward the fast-food restaurant at the front of the store’s parking lot. There was a lake beyond the restaurant, and I looked around and realized this was near the place I’d pulled over to talk to Raven yesterday morning. It was hard to believe everything that had happened since then.

We walked closer to the lake. Snow fell hard and fast, coating the trees, the ground. Some even floated on top of the water. A group of blackbirds gathered overhead and I heard the distant sound of their cries.

But they were right over our heads.

They should have been so loud.

After we stepped off the pavement and onto the grass, everything sort of just stopped. I stepped to the right and again heard the cries of the blackbirds above us. Barely. Arun touched my arm and I looked at him. He held up a finger in the universal “wait” signal. Frowning, he took another step to the right, stopped, then moved left. His dark eyes went wide and he gestured for me to follow.

I stepped to the left and even the sounds from the birds disappeared.

At this point, all I heard was the fast pound of my own heartbeat. And it raced, raced, raced because everything in me at this point was screaming for me to start walking backward. Back into the parking lot, back to the truck. As fast as humanly possible.

But another part of me wanted to keep going left so I could see why the noise seemed to be sucked out of the atmosphere with every step.

So I took another.

This time, even my heartbeat stopped sounding in my ears. There was complete and total silence and nothing in my entire weird, crazy life had ever sent this sort of terror singing through my veins. It moved so fast and hard, I half expected to hear it swimming through my body.

I closed my eyes, tried to wrestle back the fear and felt Arun take my hand.

I stared at his hand, then looked up at him, expecting to find one of his kind smiles as he offered me comfort. But he wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were narrow and directed to a group of drooping snow-covered trees right next to the water.

In that moment, something in my chest—this knot that had made everything feel tight and full—sort of loosened up. Warmth flowed through me, and I tightened my fingers around his. His expression, when he looked down at me, turned that warmth into something I hadn’t felt since that night I’d taken another boy’s hand and followed him into the woods.

Excitement.

Hope.

Arun tilted his head left, wanting me to go with him.

I nodded but tugged on his hand first.

He bent close but shook his head. I knew he was telling me he wouldn’t be able to hear me, but I hadn’t planned to say anything. Instead, I stretched up and pressed my lips to his. He smiled against my mouth, then kissed me back. When I pulled away, there was something new in his gaze as he stared at me, something thoughtful. And something kind of hot.

Answering heat crept up my neck, and I guess he could see it because he grinned and touched my cheek.

Brigg’s face appeared right next to ours and he rolled his eyes.

I rolled my eyes back, then glared at him.

He laughed silently, his smile fading fast as he pointed.  

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Amazon UK Price Drop on Sisters of Fate Books

The prices on FORETOLD and FORECAST dropped in the UK’s Amazon. It translates to $2.01 per book. Pretty nice, eh? Less than a cup of fancy coffee and you can’t re-drink that. LOL. 

FORETOLD

FORECAST

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