Now Available: ‘Children of Hyacinth’ (Plus E-Book Giveaways)

And here’s my newest baby, everyone! 😀 Children of Hyacinth is now ready for purchase, and here be the links:

Amazon (e-book) | Amazon (print) | Createspace (print) | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

I’m also doing a guest blog over at The Novel Approach, and I’ve got two e-books up for grabs. Go over to this page, read an excerpt from the book, jump into the fray with Rafflecopter, and that’s it! Good luck, and if you purchase the book, thank you, and I hope you enjoy it.

‘Children of Hyacinth’ Release Date, Blurb, and Other Fun Stuff

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.

Cover Art: ‘Children of Hyacinth’

And here it is!

I wanted just patterns on the cover, not specific images. My aim was to go for something reminiscent of heavy Victorian patterns in wallpaper or fabric – the kind that makes you think of old, faded, and even threadbare suede, for instance. Or slightly discolored wallpaper and dark, weathered wainscoting.

And as a bit of a heads up – unlike the previous books in this AU 19th century Europe non-series, there are NO sex scenes in this one. None. Nada. Zip. It wasn’t necessary then, and it isn’t necessary now (during revisions and edits, I mean). So, yeah.

As with the other books, though, it IS a fairy tale to some extent, which means HEA and a marriage. Because I said so. 😀

The blurb will be posted once I’m done with the edits.

Dark Magic, 19th Century Romania, and Vivaldi

All right – so let’s briefly talk about new works-in-progress, yes? Yes. 😀 I’ve pretty much lightly touched on what’s next on my plate over at Twitter, and it’s called Camera Obscura. Note that it’s got nothing to do with anything scientific or anything pertaining to, literally, pinhole images. It will, however, make good use of certain elements and concepts defining the phenomenon, the highlight of which is an inversion of an image and the role of darkness in the way that inverted image can be clearly seen.

Moreover, the focal point or the conduit through which dark magic (or influences from the night world, as previous books have stated it) will be through music. That’s one “inversion” I’d like to play with in approaching the story, and another “inversion” involves the setting.

Camera Obscura will be the fourth book in a non-series that takes place in an AU 19th century Europe. Guardian Angel kicked things off from an AU Victorian England. The Flowers of St. Aloysius took us to France. Hell-Knights brought us to Italy. And now it’s Eastern Europe’s turn, but while we’re zeroing in on Romania for this new book, we’re avoiding everything to do with vampires.

I mean, come on. That’s pretty damned predictable. Besides, we’ve already tackled that in Italy.

So the “inversion” here involves Romania and Italy “switching places” with regard to defining cultural and historical elements. Italy was known as one of the great hubs of art, literature, and music, while Romania seemed to be shrouded more in folklore and myth, at least on a very superficial level. So I’m switching things around, hence the use of “camera obscura” for the book’s title.

Of course, the main plot and conflict will heavily be all about inversions and the significance of darkness – literal and otherwise – and everything will be wrapped up tidily in my favorite genre to write: gothic fiction. You know, same old, same old, but still so crazy fun to immerse myself in as a writer.

The two videos I’m sharing in this post are two very specific musical sources of inspiration for me, and I’m referring to not just the compositions, but the actual movements. The 1st movement of Vivaldi’s “Winter” and the 3rd movement of “Summer”. Note: Antonio Vivaldi = Italian composer (see: yet another “inversion” involved in Camera Obscura – seriously, folks, playing with the concept is so much fun).

As I’m trying to revive my online presence via blog, I hope to post more inspiration stuff pertaining to the new book in the near future. I suppose I can end this for now by giving our new young heroes their names: Cosmin Vasile and Iulian Dalca. As before, this will be a gay New Adult book.

E-Book Giveaway and a Review, Hark!

Okeedokee, as threatened, there’s an e-book giveaway happening right now over at The Novel Approach. My guest post is really a quickie introduction to Hell-Knights and an excerpt.

Add your name in the rafflecopter, and two winners will be chosen when the time comes. Good luck, my lovelies!

And Prism Book Alliance recently posted a review of the book, which makes me all shades of trippy-happy. Now if you’ve already gotten a copy of the book, thanks so much for your support! I hope you enjoy it, and be assured there’ll be future books set in the same universe coming at you next year. 😀