Okay, my little darlings, more updates on the upcoming book. I’m down to the final stages of last-minute tweaks, formatting, uploading, listing, etc. Children of Hyacinth will be released on March 20 (Monday), and I’ve already uploaded the book to different places. At the moment, I’m waiting for confirmation from B&N, Apple, and Kobo, but Amazon already has the book listed, and it’s over here.
I’m waiting for the book to be formatted for Smashwords and will update my “Published Books” page once I’ve got all the links together.
The print book is already formatted and uploaded, and I’m waiting for Createspace to accept the final book for sale.
Oh, and the promised book blurb:
Iulian Dalca is a twenty-one-year-old musical prodigy with big dreams. He’s also blessed with a hint of light magic in his blood, a gift that’s apparently unique to prodigies and whose purpose appears to be the developing of an extremely strong connection between artist and audience during a performance. Unknown to most, the gift of light magic also allows him a surprisingly powerful and inexplicable psychic link to someone who remains invisible, a person he’s never met in the real world. It’s a connection that strengthens over time, a symbiotic bond whose purpose remains a closely guarded secret among the goddesses believed to have created it.
Cosmin Vasile is an eighteen-year-old young man living in obscurity and poverty in a rural village in the Wallachian countryside. Gifted in song, he spends his time adding to his parents’ meager income by weaving and gathering wool for sale, singing rustic songs he knows by heart as he works. He’s also plagued by mysteriously restless sleep lasting a week and occurring once a year since he turned eleven, though he remembers nothing of the dreams or nightmares that may have caused the disturbance.
Then out of the blue on two separate occasions, a once-in-a-lifetime chance at fulfilling their dearest dreams suddenly comes along, and youthful hope takes flight…
Only to tumble headlong down a nightmarish pit of old magic twisted for a darker purpose, where lines separating reality and decades-long madness blur. Haunting portraits of long gone students, a cursed mirror hiding a terrifying world of corruption and death, a monstrous satyr lurking in the shadows of the mirror’s world – time and hope for escape disappear as Iulian and Cosmin suddenly discover the awful price of being marked as the Muses’ rare, favored children.
As to price, I’ve set the e-book at $2.99 and the print book at $9.00. Easy peasy and cheap. And as a bit of a quickie explanation, I never offer sales for my self-published books because they’re already crazy cheap to begin with. $4.99 for a long novel (100K+ words), $2.99 for a standard novel (50K to 100K), and 99 cents for anything under.
I want my books to be low-risk, particularly to those who’ve never read my stuff. My preferred genre is unpopular (historical fantasy). My writing style is unpopular. But that’s how I roll, it’s my comfort zone, and I’m loving the hell out of the experience of shedding this much blood, sweat, and tears over a book of any length.
I just want the reading experience to be as painless as possible, and with any luck, I’ll find new readers along the way.
So there you have it! I’m already preparing myself for the next novel, and I’ll be yakking endlessly about it soon enough.