A quick note and an announcement

Apologies for neglecting the blog.  I wish I could say I will keep up more with it in the future, but my writing schedule, self publishing tasks (the tax reporting–OMG) and keeping up with other social media platforms–not to mention homeschooling–are eating up my time.  As such, some things such as this blog are getting neglected.  If you have a question regarding an existing book or upcoming one, please feel free to email me if you’d like a faster response. I do keep up with emails.

I do have an announcement.  Back in late 2016, my agent took a book proposal I sent to her and put it on the submissions trail to various traditional publishing houses.  At this point in my career path, I want to try out being a hybrid author (one who both self publishes and also traditionally publishes).  Luckily, we got a few bites that resulted in the following announcement made late last week on a couple of the industry blogs:

“Ace Books Executive Editor Anne Sowards has acquired three fantasy romances from USA Today bestselling author Grace Draven. Sowards acquired World rights from Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency. The first novel, Phoenix Unbound, will release in Fall 2018 and follows a witch with power over fire and illusion and a chieftan’s son sold into slavery. The subsequent books will concentrate on other witches with different powers as well as the societal fallout of a crumbling empire.”

Anne edits for the likes of Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher, so you can see why I’m just a little stoked to be working with her on these three books.

I am also re-releasing the novella-length GASLIGHT HADES as a stand-alone story.  It’s currently available as part of the BENEATH A WANING MOON duology alongside Elizabeth Hunter’s story A VERY PROPER MONSTER.  Both the duology and the stand alone version will remain available at the various retailers.  So if you have BaWM, you already have GH.  The only difference is the stand-alone has a different cover, specific to the story, illustrated by Louisa Gallie.  I hope to release GH this week.  I’m currently incorporating some minor corrections my proofreader caught before sending it to my formatter.

I am working on a follow-up to GASLIGHT HADES titled GASLIGHT VIDUUS and am aiming to release that one this spring.

I hope 2017 has treated you all well so far.

Best,

Grace

A Christmas Short and Other Things

I apologize for my silence on the blog.  My schedule seems to grow more packed by the day.  Since I last posted, a lot has happened.  Some good, some not so good.  Basically, life in all its messy glory.  I hope the holidays, whichever ones you celebrate during this time of year, have been kind to you and yours and that you’ve found a lot of fabulous books by great authors to read.  I plan to make an end-of-year post next week with a wrap-up of 2016 and what I have planned for 2017.  Until then, I wanted to give y’all a heads-up of a Christmas event hosted by Karina over at Nocturnal Book Reviews.  Each day this week, starting today, she is posting on her blog a holiday-themed short story–each one written by a different author.  Today is my day in the spotlight.  So if you’d like swing by there (see the link below this), and have a look-see, I’d be glad you did.  My story is titled OAK, HOLLY, AND THREE VEXED GHOSTS and features two characters from my novella GASLIGHT HADES.  I hope you like it.

Happy Holidays,

Grace

http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-with-grace-draven.html#more

 

LOVER OF THORNS AND HOLY GODS – now live

LOVER OF THORNS AND HOLY GODS is now live.

Amazon is still doing publishing updates, so the book may not yet be available in all territories. Give it a little time. They’re moving fast today. I just did file upload about an hour ago.

Hope to see it go live on the other retailer sites such as iTunes, Kobo and B&N within the next couple of days. I’ll post when it does. I’m having to tweak the file upload for Smashwords (having weird issues with that one) but should have it resolved by this evening and live there. As soon as things get updated, I’ll post buy links. For now, here’s the one for Amazon US:

Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods

 

LOVER OF THORNS AND HOLY GODS – on the way

My short story trilogy – LOVER OF THORNS AND HOLY GODS – has now been edited, revised and sent to my formatter to work her magic. I hope to have it out this week. The three stories are continuations or outtakes from existing novels. So if you haven’t read ENTREAT ME or MASTER OF CROWS or RADIANCE, you might be a little lost. I put this collection together because I had rough drafts of two of the tales (Strong Blood and Crow Awakened) on my blog as posts, but they were quickly buried among other posts and people were unable to find them. As such, I thought it might nice to put them together in one small book and make it available in the various formats (mobi, epub) that are friendly for e-readers and phones. And honestly, I had a lot of fun making a cover for it. :-)

Just to reiterate, these are short stories, with a total combined word count of 11,815 words. Sometimes folks are disappointed in the word count, expecting something either novella or novel-length, even when the book description or cover states it’s short stories. So I’m noting word count here so you aren’t caught by surprise and disappointed it isn’t longer.

The three stories are:

STRONG BLOOD (3,504 words) – Ballard de Sauveterre from ENTREAT ME crosses time to share a drink with Silhara of Neith from MASTER OF CROWS and discovers a connection that spans generations.

CROW AWAKENED (2,975 words) – A short follow-up to THE BRUSH OF BLACK WINGS in which a terrified Silhara finally learns why his beloved wife Martise is fading before his eyes.

A MATTER OF TRUST (5,336 words) – A cultural divide is resolved in the most delightful way between Brishen and Ildiko Khaskem. Takes place after RADIANCE and before EIDOLON.

LOVER OF THORNS AND HOLY GODS will be available for .99 cents on the usual retailer sites: Amazon, ITunes, Kobo, and B&N Nook. Amazon uploads and go-lives are typically faster in their availability than the other three retailers, but I hope to see those go up within a couple of days of the Amazon load. I will definitely post with links when the book goes live at the various places.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy and enjoy these short tales.

Best regards,

Grace

Corrections to the EIDOLON file

Quick note to folks.

After 3 delays on release date, I was too eager to release EIDOLON once I put in the revisions sent by my editors. Thanks to some weird CSS code I couldn’t see in my Word document, TOC and chapter headers weren’t appearing on some devices. My formatter and fellow author, RJ Blain, came to the rescue and fixed the code gremlins. I reloaded the file to Amazon, and we were good to go.

Or so I thought.

Despite 3 pairs of eyes looking at the manuscript multiple times, there were still errors such as missing beginning or end quotes, missing words or words that were replaced with other words but not deleted out of the manuscript.

Those errors? Those are all on me. My editors catch tons of stuff and request changes. Unfortunately, I sometimes introduce new errors into my revised versions or take out the mistakes my editor marked.

This time I made a bad judgment call. I chose to proof everything myself and upload instead of turning it over to a proofreader beforehand. I obviously don’t have the eagle eye I thought I did. That, and I’ve been badly distracted by events at home (injured spouse with decreased mobility and a father diagnosed first with Alzheimers and then a brain tumor). Those aren’t excuses for loading a file that still had problems, and I’ve learned my lesson with this book. This is just to say mea culpa, and I promise to do all in my power to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.

The file has been proofed by my proofreader and corrected by me and will be uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords tonight. Amazon usually takes about 24 hours to update. Smashwords is more immediate, but I’m not sure how long it takes for the third party retailers (like iTunes, Kobo and B&N) to update theirs.

ETA (5/3/2016) – Received notification from both Amazon and Smashwords that the corrected file has now been updated to their system.  If you wish to update your copy on your device, it’s ready to go.

Thanks for your support!
Best,

Grace

Recent FAQ

I’ve received various book stuff questions, so I figured a drive-by list here would probably answer several at one time.

Also, sometimes folks apologize to me for asking questions. Please don’t apologize. I’m more than happy to answer your questions about my books. It means you’re interested in them, which is an awesome thing.

So here’s a quick rundown:

*EIDOLON is now available on Amazon and Smashwords, however, I’ve delayed posting links here because there is a problem with the CSS code on the chapter headers that’s causing some devices to not see them.  The file has since been corrected and reloaded; however, it takes Amazon several hours to post the updated file, so at the moment, it’s the problematic file with the problem.  It may very well be that if you download, your file will look fine with no problems.  That’s been the case with most folks.  However, if you give it a few more hours before downloading, it should be fixed across the board.

* EIDOLON will be available in print format. I publish that format through Amazon’s Createspace. Once the file is uploaded, CS is pretty quick to make it available directly on their site. It takes about a week after that to sync up with Amazon itself so that the print format appears as an order option alongside the ebook format. So if you’d like to order the print version, you can go to Createspace to get it sooner or just wait a few days and order from Amazon itself.

* A few people have asked how they can get a print book shipped to them in countries like Portugal and S. Africa. I don’t know what restrictions, shipping requirements or prices are set in place by Amazon, but if you go out to their site and type in International Shipping in the Search section, it will take you to the page that lists instructions and informations for ordering, global shipping, policies, and pickup points.

* EIDOLON will be available in audio format. However, summer will be the earliest it will be ready. Formatting a book for audio format is labor-intensive and requires a lot of hours. Much, much more involved than setup for either digital or print format. Gabrielle Baker, my narrator for RADIANCE, will also narrate EIDOLON. In fact, I’m hoping I can shackle her to me to narrate all the Wraith Kings books.

* EIDOLON is the second book in the Wraith Kings series and the direct sequel to RADIANCE. There will be 6 books total in the Wraith Kings series. WK Book #3 is titled THE IPPOS KING and will go out in 2017. While Brishen and Ildiko will make appearances in the books in the series, they’ll be relegated to secondaries after EIDOLON. Book #3 focuses on Serovek and Anhuset.

* I’ve started preliminary work on the next project tentatively set for release in late May or June. This is a duology I’m in with Jeffe Kennedy, titled FOR CROWN AND KINGDOM. I’ll talk more about this once I’m a little further along with it.

* Someone asked me if I planned to formally publish CROW AWAKENED – the outtake from THE BRUSH OF BLACK WINGS. Answer: Yes. I’ll combine it with the short story STRONG BLOOD and an outtake I have planned as yet untitled but focuses on Brishen and Ildiko. That will be one of my summer projects.

* I’m coordinating and participating in an anthology scheduled for release October 1st called TEETH, LONG AND SHARP. Five authors (including yours truly here) are contributing stories based on the title’s theme. More detail on that later.

* MASTER OF CROWS is still scheduled to be produced in audio format. My narrator for that book is Jay Britton who’s currently having a pretty awesome sound studio built in his backyard. Once he gets that set up, work will commence on the book.

* If you like the cover art on my books and would be interested in ordering it as a print, on a mug, t-shirt or tote, please visit Society6. Both Louisa and Isis have accounts there with their illustrations available on various items. All proceeds go to Society6 and the artist. Isis’s account can be found under Helheimen Design. For some reason the Search option in Society6 won’t recognize Louisa’s name, though it’s how the account is set up. Just type in The Brush of Black Wings. You’ll see the print come up. Click on that to get to her account.

I think that’s it for the agenda. However, if you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

A quick update on EIDOLON

It’s near the end of spring break here at Casa Draven, and while I actually did get writing done despite having 3 kids in the house 24/7 (along with a husband and his gimp ankle), I’ll be glad when school starts up again.

As I’ve received a few e-mails inquiring about EIDOLON’S status, I thought I’d post an update here.

The manuscript will be finished by March 31st, and one of my two editors has already edited the first 53k words.  Feedback from her so far has been that it’s a clean manuscript with only a few minor issues and two larger ones, which we’ve already resolved.  I just need to get in there and revise.  I’m hoping she says the same about the second part.  Once she edits that, and I make revisions, I’ll send it on to my second editor.  Afterward, more revisions, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’ll be light.  Both of my editors are fast and thorough, but I am, as usual, sending them stuff at the 11th hour.  I’ll compare their notes to anything my beta readers point out, and if there are differences, I may or may not make additional changes.  Then it’s proof-reading, formatting, blurb-writing (my least favorite thing in the whole process) and upload.  So hopefully by the 31st, and if not, then maybe a week later (guesstimate – give or take a few days).  I sorta like the idea of uploading on April 1st.  :-)

I’m taking my first editor’s advice to heart.  According to her “…we want this book to be right, not necessarily on time. It has the potential to knock the socks off Radiance...”  Motivational words from a wise woman.  :-)

In the meantime, I want to direct you to a pre-order button currently available on Amazon for a title by one of my all-time favorite authors.  Intisar Khanani writes YA fantasy.  I don’t typically read YA, but I’d read Khanani’s grocery list if she published it.  I fell in love with her work when I read her short story THE BONE KNIFE (permafree read on Amazon).  I then read THORN and SUNBOLT.  Her latest, MEMORY OF ASHES, is the second book in her Sunbolt Chronicles and priced at .99 cents.  SUNBOLT is  also currently .99 cents.  I definitely recommend the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on the second.  Hell, I recommend all her books.  She’s just a fantastic writer.

http://www.amazon.com/Memories-Ash-Sunbolt-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01CX5G3OG/

It’s Friday, and while a weekend is like any other work day for me, this one is one step closer to the end of spring break, so I’m celebrating.  I hope you all have a great weekend.

Grace

 

A little something extra in the monthly newsletter

February has been a rough month here at Casa Draven.  Spouse broke his ankle in three places and is bed ridden, and I have an elderly parent in decline, so things are a little chaotic these days.

Goodreads has listed EIDOLON with a new release date of March 31st, and I’m still shooting for that despite the unexpected issues that popped up this month.

My newsletter is going out tomorrow (February 29th) and will include the first four chapters (Prologue – Chapter 3) of EIDOLON.  Caveat lector – these chapters are rough drafts, therefore they are unedited, unbeta’d and mostly uncorrected.  What I always like to call the bedhead versions.  As such, be warned there will be typos and hiccups galore, and I can’t guarantee that some elements existing in the rough draft will still be there once my editors give it the once-over and I put in the necessary revisions and corrections.

These first four rough draft chapters will only be available in the newsletter (okay, the prologue is also on my blog, but we won’t count that), so if you’d like to read them prior to the final version of EIDOLON going live next month, please subscribe to my newsletter here:

Grace Draven newsletter

Best,

Grace