Controlled Descent has been chosen as a semi-finalist in a statewide indie author contest. I got an email a week or so ago telling me this, buuuuuut…the message didn’t sink in until yesterday.
I can think of no better example than this to illustrate how thoroughlymy mind has been consumed by the million details of moving into a new house & preparing our old house for listing. Just between you, me, and the lamp post, I’m pretty surprised it only took me a week to figure it out. Now that I have connected all the dots, I’m giddy.
I mean. SEMI-FINALIST. W00T!
How could I not catch that the first time around? Glad you asked. Funny story. I read the email, thought, “Cool, they’ve picked semi-finalists,” and scrolled onward to the rest of the umpty-zillion house-related emails & messages awaiting my attention after my return from Dragon Con.
I’ve entered The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project every year since I first heard about it, so update emails are nothing new or rare. I filed this year’s entry way back in the spring, long before House Adventure began, and carried on with life. It’s a librarian-focused, library-centered contest, so of course I participate, but when I submit anything, I manage my expectations hard.
And I’ve been a wee bit distracted.
Things didn’t click even when I noticed print sales for Controlled Descent later in the week. I shrugged, thought, “Cool, go, l’il book, go!” and returned my attention to the to-do lists made of other to-do lists full of post-moving purchases & real estate listing items that still need to be completed.
It took until yesterday for the reality to belatedly hit me in a big, glittery gob of excitement.
See, I got a Google Alert about a newspaper article (Chicago Daily Herald) mentioning the semi-finalists by name & book title. And there it was.
So. Let me say this again, but WITH HAPPY DANCING AND EXCLAIMING IN SHOUTYCAPS, while throwing virtual celebration glitter all over the place:
CONTROLLED DESCENT IS A SEMI-FINALIST IN A STATEWIDE LIBRARY-RELATED CONTEST.
OMGOMGOMGOMG SOMEBODY LIKES MY BOOK! EVEN BETTER, LIBRARIANSLIKED MY BOOK!! MY NAME IS IN THE NEWSPAPER, EVEN!!!
As a bonus, have a couple of pics of today’s minor New House project: putting up pretty window clings. (the major project is gas fireplace installation, but I’m not doing that. Well-trained, highly competent professionals (Oskar & Robert from Hearth & Home) are in charge of that project. Anyway. PICS!
Now ‘scuse me, I gotta go check off a bunch of to-dos from yesterday. (I painted shutters, repaired a cabinet, and returned a cable modem, among other fun activities. If anyone wondered) …and then have a cup of tea and put up more pretty window decorations. Because HOUSE.
But I’ll do a little more validation happy-dancing while I work.
Ebooks. Paperbacks. Audios. Pick your format, there’s something for everyone. No, really.
(Sorry, no sweeping political intrigue sagas, no grimdark grit, no bloody horror. Just good, solid characters, thrills, and surprises.)
(Editing to add the review below because wow. As a lifelong X-Men fan, I’m torn. I feel I should somehow defend their iconic goodness but am too busy melting from the power of the complimentary comparison.)
Rough Passages by @Dawnrigger is not X-Men; it’s BETTER than that inferior thing. Where X touched only briefly on the real life consequences of mutant superpowers, RP explores it with gusto. These are stories of real loss, and ultimately, precious but fearful gains. READ IT!
Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.
Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.
With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.
Weaving In the Ends
Kindle Countdown starting at 99c
Controlled Descent (Restoration Adventures #1)
FREE on Kindle
Calendar achievements deserve celebration. That’s why I’m running a Kindle CountdownNEXT MONTH for Weaving In The Ends when it hits its publication month-iversary. To make sure all is crystal: the sale is in JULY. There are two months, both spelled with four letters starting with J. Ample room for confusion.
Here in my space I can confess I have mixed feelings about this sale. I love the Countdown Deal, but I hate having no way to advertise it. Good online ebook promotion sites ask for 5 positive reviews, and many want 10+. Weaving In The Ends has none. Zero. Zip.
Basically I’m throwing a savings party without any way to deliver invitations. It’s my own fault, and I don’t exactly regret it. Weaving In The Ends is a combined edition oftwo titles published last year. Most interested reviewers have already offered their opinions on each separate story.
So I feel kinda stuck. “Anybody wanna write another review as a favor?” sounds as lame as “Hey, want a sharp stick in the eye?” but I would love to be able to promote the sale with more than just my personal, limited reach.
I guess I lose nothing by asking, right?
Hey, anybody want a sharp stick in the eye? if you’ve read Turning The Work, Joining In the Round (or both) I would be delighted to see your opinions planted into an Amazon review for Weaving In The Ends. You do NOT have to buy the new book to review it. Just follow this link– Weaving In The Ends –and select “write a customer review.”
Much gratitude in advance to anyone who ponders the possibility for more than a few seconds. No expectations. I’m just scratching that nagging sensation that saying nothing would be paving a road to disappointment with passive aggression.
If you’re looking for some other way to earn this author’s undying gratitude, keep an eye out for the FB & Twitter posts I’ll have lined up when the Big Days arrive. If those are the only platforms I have, shares & retweets will be my only way to spread the word.
Okay, that’s enough wheedling for a while. As always, thank you for reading.
PS: I’m offering Controlled Descent free at the same time because that title is always free to read by anyone with access to the Self-E module from Biblioboard. Why not offer copies to those who aren’t so lucky? And what better time than when another book is on sale? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
PPS: edited for clarity on dates. 6/26 11:30 AM CDT
Biggest sale on books you may or may not have heard of!
Many have read these, many more have not. Some will share this because they love them, other won’t because they don’t wish to inflict my books on people they care about. On the flip side of that, if you didn’t like them, share this to your enemies! Plenty of opportunity abounds for lovers and haters alike! Here is your chance to spread the love (or torture those you feel are deserving). All of my books are on sale in one way or another, so take advantage of it since I don’t do these often. The sale runs from today, May 27th thru Monday, May 30th
A New Beginning (short prequel) – FREE
In the War of Fire, death often heralds a new beginning…
Dragons, magic, and war are commonplace for sixteen year old Emallya. Though she longs for the simple life of hearth and home, some things are not meant to be.
Her dreams for the future are changed in a single night when battle breaches the walls of her home, and she finds her true calling. The innocent hopes of youth are cast aside as Emallya steps forward into a future she never imagined for herself.
*This is a short story within the Dragon’s Call world and includes a bonus peek into Embers at Galdrilene, the first Dragon’s Call book.
“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future”
The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.
Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders…and six lives will be changed forever.
The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call leads them on a journey where they learn everything they’ve been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.
With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.
But an evil from the past rises again. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more…
Faced with a looming war, the riders have no choice but to leave the safety of Galdrilene and reach out to the nations for help. But the Shadow Riders are doing the same and not all nations are opposed to their rule.
New discoveries are made, old wounds are reopened and betrayal hides among welcoming smiles.
As one nation begins to unravel it’s clear that some choices, even those made with the best of intentions, can have devastating consequences.
Time knows no bounds when you are tested to your limits…
Isobel Moore is looking forward to spending her summer break alone while her parents are overseas. But when she returns home from college she discovers it’s no longer the welcoming place it used to be…and that something sinister now resides within.
As Isobel begins to question her sanity, a mysterious neighbor moves next door with plenty of his own secrets…and Damien DeLuca has the uncanny ability to always show up when the unexplainable happens.
Now Isobel must unravel a past that tests her limits and everything she thought she knew—before the darkness kills her.
At nineteen Morgan has already faced more loss than she can handle and has more experience living on the street than she wants. Unable to do anything other than keep on the move in order to hide from the demons that hunt her, she guards her heart and emotions carefully. But when the demons start talking to her and calling her by a name from another life, things spiral beyond her control.
Lucian, an ancient dark angel who has seen his fair share of lives, is happy being a free agent until he’s assigned to Morgan. Determined to do everything on her own, she’s unlike any channel he’s ever met.
As the danger mounts and a demon prepares to open a gateway to the underworld, Morgan must find a way to overcome her past in order stop him. Offered what her heart desperately wants, and holding a key that will close the gate but open another, Morgan struggles find the strength to make the right choice.
What people are saying about the Dragon’s Call books
The people that were happy:
“I thoroughly enjoy these books and feel anyone that love true Fantasy, full of magic and dragons, will enjoy these books. The characters are richly written and the storyline is addictive. The interaction between dragon and rider is some of the best Fantasy I’ve read. I love the relationships the author has developed between the two.”
“Took a well used genre (dragon riders) but added a new twist that had me struggling to put the book down. Real page turner that keeps you on your toes.”
“All 3 books are just wonderful. From start to finish it will keep on edge just waiting for what will come next. You won’t be disappointed!! These books have gotten me in trouble!! I couldn’t put it down, tried for work as a result!! Dragon Loves must read set. Looking forward to reading more books by this Author!!!”
And the people who weren’t happy:
“Very boring. ….”
“This book might take prize for overall, most cliche fantasy book Ive read this year.”
And those that are neither:
USA Bestseller List says, “Who are you?”
New York Times says, “This is a restraining order…”
The happy for the Bound series:
“Such a sweet, romantic and action packed story. From the onset, you’re drawn in and intrigued by everything going on. I never knew a window could be so menacing!”
“I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bound by Time.”
“Amazing & intriguing story. From the very beginning I was drawn in & it never disappointed.”
“The storyline was slow and uneventful with very little happening along the way.”
“Hated main character.”
USA Bestseller lists says, “We still have no clue who you are.”