This and that, and how taxes ate my brain

Sorry for the long silence here at the blog.  Several things to update about this Sunday morning.

First, I haven’t forgotten the Victorian funeral rites link contest.  I’m still going through all the links y’all sent (you’re awesome!) but had to put that aside for a couple of weeks while worked on pulling all my tax documentation together and reconciling numbers in preparation for reporting by April 15th.  Pain in the ass as always but unavoidable.  In addition to that, Spring Break dropped in on us, and with three antsy kids in the house (weather was miserable so they were stuck inside), getting any real work done was next to impossible.  We also had work done to the house – replacement ductwork and insulation blown into the attic.  And I’m trying to prepare everything for my trip to the Romantic Times Convention in May.  Somewhere in there, I’m shoehorning in bits and pieces of writing.  :-)

Second, taking down Gaslight Hades from the blog sort of blasted the writing schedule I intended for this year as far as what gets released first.  However, I’m back to rights–at least until the next hiccup blows it all to hell.  :-)  The plan for now is THE BRUSH OF BLACK WINGS (MoC sequel) will be released first.  GASLIGHT HADES will be released second–and this is my favorite part.  I’m teaming up with Elizabeth Hunter again on a duology that we want to release late October.  GH is my contribution to the duology.  Right now, the tentative title of the duology is BENEATH A WANING MOON (inspired by a couple of lines from Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan.”)  EIDOLON will be third and final in line, with a guesstimated release date of very end of 2015 (late December) or early 2016 (early January).

Third, if you like audio books, my narrator Gabrielle Baker is working on the audio version of RADIANCE with a finish date in early April.  As soon as it goes live, I’ll post here with a link.

Fourth, and I didn’t think I’d ever get this book put into print format, but ENTREAT ME is now available in dead tree format if you’d like to grab a copy.  The book weighs 1.5 lbs. and is a brick.  Outside of Amazon’s cut-rate shipping prices, it costs a fortune to mail (even domestic), even with media mail.  So if you’d like a signed copy, I’d be happy to send you a signed book plate to stick onto one of the book pages.  I’m designing the plate now and have decided to use one of my artist’s black and white sketches (of Ballard holding a sword and dressed in chainmail and surcoat) as the decorative element of the bookplate.  Anyway, here’s the link to the dead tree copy:

http://www.amazon.com/Entreat-Me-Grace-Draven/dp/1508926778/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1427038861&sr=8-1&keywords=grace+draven+entreat+me

Wishing you all best of the remaining weekend.

Grace

 

Regarding GASLIGHT HADES – series updates on the blog halted – see explanation

I have deleted all narrative text regarding GASLIGHT HADES here on my blog.  I’m posting this here and at my FB pages:

While this is long and of minute importance to readers, it is important to indie authors and will affect how I’m doing things now and in the future.

http://the-active-voice.com/2015/03/01/nolander-blocked-at-amazon-and-smashwords/

Even if you’re not an indie author, I hope you’ll read it.  I have and will change the way I do things based on this article.  I’ve already had to deal with the issues of proving I’m the legitimate copyright holder of Radiance due to Amazon bots finding pirated copies of the rough draft.  This latest thing this indie author is going through is something I really don’t want to have to deal with.  As such, because some scammer asshole has to piss in the pool and ruin it for everyone, I’ve deleted the existing chapters of GASLIGHT HADES from my website and will no longer post rough drafts of works to my blog.

Sorry y’all.  I had great fun doing it, but this kind of bullshit is the stuff that makes you want to throw up your hands and say “screw this shit; I quit!”  And if this article is any indicator, Amazon isn’t all that concerned about the problem.  So as much as I’d like to share Gaslight Hades (and future projects with you) on my blog, I can’t.

Again, my sincerest apologies.

Grace

GASLIGHT HADES – Chapter Two

Update:  I have deleted all narrative text regarding GASLIGHT HADES.  I’m posting this here and at my FB pages:

While this is long and of minute importance to readers, it is important to indie authors and will affect how I’m doing things now and in the future.

http://the-active-voice.com/2015/03/01/nolander-blocked-at-amazon-and-smashwords/

Even if you’re not an indie author, I hope you’ll read it.  I have and will change the way I do things based on this article.  I’ve already had to deal with the issues of proving I’m the legitimate copyright holder of Radiance due to Amazon bots finding pirated copies of the rough draft.  This latest thing this indie author is going through is something I really don’t want to have to deal with.  As such, because some scammer asshole has to piss in the pool and ruin it for everyone, I’ve deleted the existing chapters of GASLIGHT HADES from my website and will no longer post rough drafts of works to my blog.

Sorry y’all.  I had great fun doing it, but this kind of bullshit is the stuff that makes you want to throw up your hands and say “screw this shit; I quit!”  And if this article is any indicator, Amazon isn’t all that concerned about the problem.  So as much as I’d like to share Gaslight Hades (and future projects with you) on my blog, I can’t.

Again, my sincerest apologies.

 

 

A Free Serial read with daily updates

Quick note:  I’m still going through all the links you awesome people sent me regarding Victorian funerary customs, etc.  I didn’t expect such an enthusiastic response (THANK YOU!) so it’s taking me longer to go through them, see what I already have, read what I don’t and pick the winner.  Give me a few more days, and I’ll post on the blog and my FB page who the winner of the Radiance print is.

Now, on to other news.  The author Dana Marton is posting her book THE RELUCTANT CONCUBINE to her blog as a free read to folks.  She updates daily with a new chapter.  There are currently eight chapters available.  I’ve read them all and am dying to read the next one.  It is a fantastic story so far.  I’m in love with the heroine and fascinated by the hero who is introduced in chapter 7.  I highly recommend giving this story a try.  Except for a moment of your time, it’s free, so little to no risk.  It is a dark fantasy romance with a fair amount of violence that isn’t gratuitous but does exist in the story.  So if  you’re looking for lighter fare, this may not be the tale for you.  I personally fell in love with it so am recommending it here.

http://danamarton.blogspot.com/2015/02/reluctant-concubine-chapter-1.html

Best,

Grace

A sincere thank you

First up – For those who sent me an e-mail requesting a bookmark, I’ll have those out in the mail this coming week.  :-)

Second – All the links you’ve sent on Victorian cemeteries and funerary customs are AMAZING.  You all are awesome!

Third, and definitely most important – I’d like to say Thank You to all of you who followed RADIANCE, bought the book and/or made recommendations to others about it.  Because of you and other readers, RADIANCE made it onto the USA Today Best Seller List this week, debuting at #149.  We’re all pretty excited here in the Draven household, and it’s earned me a celebratory dinner out with the spouse tonight.  Nice moniker to add to my name and I don’t have to cook tonight.  Win/win.  :-)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/06/21/radiance/2444877/isbn/B00S5IDLEQ/

I’ll update the blog next week with Chapter 2 of GASLIGHT HADES.  Many thanks for all your lovely comments on that story!  I’ve always wanted to do a Hades/Persephone story of some type, and this one has been fun to write so far.

 

Would you like a bookmark?

With so many of us reading ebooks these days, the bookmark is a bit outdated.  I, however, still like ‘em.  :-)

I have a stash of bookmarks I ordered when MASTER OF CROWS first came out.  The illustration I used is one I licensed from the artist Nathie Block for the purposes of promotion of the book.  So if you see this illustration elsewhere, rest assured, I have her permission and authorization to put it on the bookmark and give it away to folks who want one.  Anyway, if you would like a bookmark, just hit the Contact tab here on my website and send me your physical address so I can mail one to you.  I promise I’m not a stalker or a psycho who’ll show up on your doorstep.  I’m just a writer with too much imagination and not nearly enough organization to make it work right.  ;-)

Unlike the RADIANCE print, the MoC bookmark is not limited to domestic mailing.  It actually won’t break the bank for me to send it overseas, so international addresses are just fine.

Here’s the bookmark:

 

Master of Crows - promotional 3

 

Best,

Grace

Give-away of RADIANCE book cover print

This is open to folks here on the blog and on my FB pages.  X-posting at all three places:

A DARK VALENTINE:

So, we have Valentine’s Day coming up this Saturday. As a nod to this most famous (and sometimes expensive) Hallmark holiday, I’m giving away one 20″x30″ print of the RADIANCE book cover. I’d love to have my artist Isis sign it, but she’s across the pond from me, and getting it there and back again will put us way past Valentine’s Day, so you’ll have to make do with my signature on the back. :-)

And as much as I’d like to open this to international entries, I can’t. The cost to mail it overseas will be too cost-prohibitive, not so much because of its weight but because of its shape and size. I sincerely apologize and wish things weren’t so expensive to ship.

Winner will be chosen by the following criteria: find a link to a source (cannot use Wikipedia as the source) that mentions something about Victorian-period cemeteries, or funerary rites and customs/trivia. Post the link to the comment section so I and everyone else can have a look-see. I’ll check out the links and choose the winner. I already have a large cache of info. on this subject stored for use on GASLIGHT HADES, so the more obscure, the better the chance I don’t already have it.

The print is a substantial size, even unmatted and unframed.

Please post your entry no later than end of Saturday, Feb. 14th at 11:59 P.M. U.S. Pacific Standard Time (PST) zone. I’ll pick and notify the winner by late Monday, Feb. 16th.

Thanks for participating!

 

GASLIGHT HADES – Chapter One

Update:  I have deleted all narrative text regarding GASLIGHT HADES.  I’m posting this here and at my FB pages:

While this is long and of minute importance to readers, it is important to indie authors and will affect how I’m doing things now and in the future.

http://the-active-voice.com/2015/03/01/nolander-blocked-at-amazon-and-smashwords/

Even if you’re not an indie author, I hope you’ll read it.  I have and will change the way I do things based on this article.  I’ve already had to deal with the issues of proving I’m the legitimate copyright holder of Radiance due to Amazon bots finding pirated copies of the rough draft.  This latest thing this indie author is going through is something I really don’t want to have to deal with.  As such, because some scammer asshole has to piss in the pool and ruin it for everyone, I’ve deleted the existing chapters of GASLIGHT HADES from my website and will no longer post rough drafts of works to my blog.

Sorry y’all.  I had great fun doing it, but this kind of bullshit is the stuff that makes you want to throw up your hands and say “screw this shit; I quit!”  And if this article is any indicator, Amazon isn’t all that concerned about the problem.  So as much as I’d like to share Gaslight Hades (and future projects with you) on my blog, I can’t.

Again, my sincerest apologies.

 

 

MASTER OF CROWS – prints, totes, etc.

Louisa Gallie, the creator and copyright holder of the MASTER OF CROWS book cover art, has put the art up on Society6. If you’d like to order a print or a tote with the artwork on it, please drop by here:

http://society6.com/product/beyond-neith_bag#26=197

All proceeds are split between Society6 and Louisa. I’ll be ordering some of the totes myself. :-)