Lean into Love giveaway and book fair

I'm participating in a fantastic romance book promo with Crow's Rest and Merlin's Stronghold both on sale ($.99 and $1.99 respectively). Great prizes for the giveaway and don't forget the book fair and scavenger hunt. Details and links below my graphic



LEAN INTO LOVE ROMANCE GIVEAWAY
Enter for Your Chance to Win August 1-21!!




Romance means leaning into someone you love and knowing they’ll be there for you. Over forty romance authors are here for you, too…with an amazing giveaway! Enter now for your chance to win a Kindle Fire, Coach wristlet, ebook prize pack, or Amazon gift card.

Plus, don’t forget to shop our book fair and enter the bonus giveaway. While you’re there, score a fab freebie, a short story download by A.K. Shelley exclusive to this event!


https://bookwrapt.com/lean-into-love-book-fair/


(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

A.K. Shelley • Aileen Fish • Allyson Lindt • Amanda Uhl • Amy Knupp • Angelica R. Jackson • Anna Durand • Aubrey Wynne • Bernadette Rowley • Betty Shreffler • Callie Bardot • Connie Dave • Crystal Dawn • Eichin Chang-Lim • Em Petrova • Inge-Lise Goss • Isabella Thorne • J.C. Andrijeski • Jacqueline Diamond • Jami Denise • Jean Jacobsen • Jennifer Faye • Joanne Dannon • Josie Riviera • K.A. Servian • Karen Michelle Nutt • Kristy Tate • Linda Mooney • Lori Sizemore • Margaret Tanner • Mariah Stone • Melissa Belle • Michelle Jo Quinn • Mona Sedrak • Naleighna Kai • Nikki Lynn Barrett • Nina Crespo • Penelope Wylde • Soraya Naomi • Susan Jean Ricci • Tamara Ferguson • Theresa Paolo • Tracy Ellen • Zoe Forward





Merlin’s Stronghold is up for a RONE award from InD'Tale Magazine in the Young Adult category! Your vote will help it move on to the final round.

Please take the time to register and get your vote counted by April 21! Go to
https://www.indtale.com/2019-rone-awards-week-one




Booklover's Spring Facebook Scavenger Hunt

I've signed up to participate in Bookwrapt's Booklover's Spring Facebook Scavenger Hunt! That means you can play by matching up my name with a graphic I've shared on my Facebook page for Crow's Rest Books, and then doing the same for the other participating authors. Prizes include a massive selection of See's candies, or Amazon gift cards.

Plus, most of us are running giveaways during the hunt! With the link on my Facebook page, you can enter to win a copy of my award-winning audiobook of Crow's Rest--and we even have one copy that's open internationally!

AND, if that isn't enough, I've dropped the price of the ebooks on all platforms: Crow's Rest is .99 and Merlin's Stronghold is $1.99! Merlin's Stronghold is nominated for a RONE award through InD'Tale Magazine, and reader voting will open on April 15th. So anyone who hasn't read it yet should have time to buy it and read it before the voting opens, or don't forget you can request it from your local library.

Authors Participating in the Hunt

Alex Gordon • Amanda Uhl • Angela Roquet • Angelica R. Jackson • Angie Wilder • Anna
Durand • Anne McClane • Ben Westerham • Cailin Briste • Casi McLean

Christine Grabowski • CM Lally • Donna R. Mercer • Honey Phillips • J.M. Walker •
Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jim Stein • Joanne Dannon • Judith Sterling •
Katherine Gilbert • Kathryn Knight • Kerry Blaisdell • Kristine Smith • Lia Davis • Lisanne
Harrington • Michelle Jo Quinn • Shae Banks • Shereen Vedam • Soraya Naomi •

Stephanie Queen • Taylor Marsh • Viola Calvary • Zoe Dawson • Zoe Forward

Award news for Crow's Rest


Exciting news! The Crow's Rest audiobook is a finalist in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards!

Here is a snippet of their press release: "Today, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) officially announced finalists in its prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program, recognizing excellence and innovation in independent publishing. All finalists will be recognized during an awards ceremony on April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois where one Gold winner in each of fifty-four categories will be named. The remaining finalists in each category will become Silver winners.

The full list of finalists in all fifty-four categories is available here."

Considering that this is the first audiobook my Crow & Pitcer Press has produced, and narrator Brenda Scott Wlazlo has only been doing voice work for a year, this is a great honor for our joint project. Brenda is attending the awards banquet in Chicago on April 5th, so everybody cross their finger on our behalf please!



Plus, award season is only starting! 

Crow's Rest and Merlin's Stronghold print and ebook editions are also entered into other competitions. The Northern California Publishers and Authors book competition, where Capturing the Castle took second place in the Pictorial category last year, will be announcing this year's winners on April 14th.

And Self-Publishing Review announces their SPR Book Award winners on April 10th, with Audio Book Reviewer announcing their finalists in April also. In the majority of these competitions, the series is entered in the young adult category, or in Fantasy if there is no YA-specific category. It's going to be nerve-wracking to wait to find out for all these awards!

So why did Crow & Pitcher Press/I enter these competitions? For reviews and for competitions, it can be difficult for indie or self-published authors to get a fair shake (which is why reader reviews can be lifesavers). These competitions are all reputable organizations and competitions, and have standards to evaluate the entries. Not that others don't have standards--it's just that some of those standards mean that indie books aren't even allowed to enter. So this is a way for me to compare the quality of my work against my peers, which may include traditionally-published as well as indie.

The Merlin's Stronghold Blog Tour Starts Today!

The next book in the Faerie Crossed series,  Merlin's Stronghold, comes out October 23rd!



 To celebrate, YA Bound Book Tours helped me set up a blog tour and giveaways, and here's the schedule:



And some of the tour stops are sharing my artwork from A Compendium of the Faer Folke, and if you're not familiar with it, it's a book Avery uses in Crow's Rest to learn about the Fae and how to protect herself against them. The pages being shared have an odd history and origin story:

"Specimen #1132 was a wholly unremarkable geode, one of a dozen donated geological samples that made their way from a private collection in Cornwall to a university in the United States. About the size and shape of a sleeping cat, the stone’s secrets abided until a research student detected the shifting of an object inside.

With the aid of the latest imaging devices, she was able to peer past the tabby-colored crust and into the interior of the geode. A nebulous form, one with edges too regular to be anything but manmade, intrigued her enough to flout protocol and cut open the specimen. The hollowed interior contained a remarkable array of sphalarite and ferruginous quartz crystals—along with the remnants of a peculiar tome.

The spine still attached to the hand-painted, leather cover suggested a much thicker volume, but only a fraction of loose pages were extant. Inked on various types of unknown skins, the pages contained drawings and descriptions of fantastical creatures: mythological beings and faeries  treated as genuine subjects for field study. The title, A Compendium of the Faer Folke, could not be found in any database of historical or contemporary books, however.

Suspecting a prank, the student used radiometric dating methods on the geode, and radiocarbon dating for the book. Test results showed an age of approximately nine million years ago for the geode’s creation, and two hundred years for the book’s materials. It was obvious that the specimen exhibited no signs of tampering, other than the cut she herself made.

Before she could publish her findings, the student herself, plus all her notes and samples, disappeared from her locked basement office. Fortunately, before their loss, she invited a local photographer to document the find, and they were able to post images of the now-lost remnants of A Compendium of the Faer Folke to relevant websites.

Requests to confirm the existence of an entire volume in the private library of one Thomas Flynn of Crow’s Rest, California, have been met with silence. It is unknown if any other manuscripts—full or partial—of this fascinating guide to the “Faer Folke” exist. One can only hope that they will eventually come to light."

The blog Epic YA compiled a list of The Best Books for Young Adults with Dragons (which made me laugh, because if you're a young adult with a dragon, how would you have time for books?) and Crow's Rest is on it (for the wyverns). The books aren't ranked, so you have to scroll down a bit to see my title, but there are some other fantastic reads listed on there so you could easily fill up your Kindle or e-reader with a bunch of them.

The list announcement was perfect timing, since Crow's Rest e-book is still on sale for $.99. Plus, I had to laugh when I got the message my book had been included, because I had already made Finn a dragon costume and was doing a photo shoot with him in it this morning.





Psst, and for those of you who have read this far, this picture of Chloe is a clue to a character we'll meet for book 3 in the series, Spellmeet.



Sale price for Crow's Rest Ebook!

Surprise! As the release date for Merlin's Stronghold approaches, I wanted to celebrate with a special price for the Crow's Rest ebook, across all platforms. Click the photo below to go to my website, where you'll find buttons for Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and so on.