In celebration of book five in the Dragon’s Breath Series coming out on the 18th, I’ve dropped the price on the ebook version of Stalked by Flames (book #1) to free. If you don’t already own a copy (especially if you read it through KU), this is your chance to grab it or tell others to give it a try. It will remain free on all retailers until September 4th. I’m providing links below.
This is quick post to let you all know about a new Facebook group available for fans of my books. Up until now, there hasn’t been an easy place to go once you’ve finished the Sensor Series or Dragon’s Breath Series novels to discuss it with fellow readers. I thought it was about time to change that.
One reason I haven’t done this before is that I don’t have time to run it myself, and I didn’t feel right about it anyway because it should be a place where you can hold discussions freely without my involvement. Thankfully, I found two awesome ladies (Rachel and Sarah) who follow both my series and were happy to run it for me. They are also part of the team that helps with brainstorming for my novel covers and planning the cover model photo shoots. They know my books well, and I’m confident they’ll make great moderators. I will stop by once in a while for special posts and Q&A sessions, but other than that it’s all for the readers.
The title of this post may have tipped you off on the name of the group. After much thought and consideration, we went with “Susan Illene’s Dark Avengers“. We tried a lot of different ideas in an attempt to find something that didn’t favor one of my series over the other, and for whatever reason that one stuck with us the most. It’s catchy. Just go with it 🙂
Things to expect with the group
- Sneak peeks at covers before they’re revealed anywhere else
- Exclusive giveaways
- Early snippets from upcoming books
- Character highlights before the next novel releases to help refresh your memory on who they are and where they were at the last time you saw them.
- Reminders for when books release in various formats (ebook, audio, paperback)
- Q&A sessions with me
- Group discussions of my books before and after releases (anything with spoilers will be marked accordingly for those who may not be caught up)
- A chance to hang out with like-minded readers
There are probably more things I’m not remembering to list right now, but you get the basic idea. This will be a closed group with two moderators who will post regular topics and help keep things civil so you can feel comfortable there. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, and you want to join the Dark Avengers, the link is below. The moderators will be checking in regularly to approve new members and welcome you to the group!
For those who celebrate, I hope you have a Merry Christmas! Please take care if you’re traveling. I also want to remind everyone that the Sensor series holiday short story I mentioned in my last post is up over at Nocturnal Book Reviews. This is an all-new story you haven’t read before featuring Kerbasi, Kariann and a new character . Check it out and leave a comment on the post for your chance to win a blue Kindle Fire HD 8, tote bag, and other goodies. You’ve got until December 30th to enter.
I know many of you are waiting anxiously with news on Darkness Wanes. It’s progressing, though not as fast as I’d like. I’m working on revisions for the early chapters now and once I have them finished I’ll move back to writing the remaining chapters of the book. The holidays have slowed me down a bit, as well as the medical issue mentioned in my last post. No definitive news on that yet, but a new doctor I’m seeing is recommending some testing I haven’t had done. She thinks I might have endometriosis and recommended laparoscopic surgery to check. It could be what is causing my problem, but it’s a rather invasive procedure for something I might not have. For now, I’m looking at alternatives and waiting until after the holidays before deciding what step to take next.
Now for some good news! A while back, Kara-Karina over at Nocturnal Book Reviews asked me to write a short Christmas story for the Sensor Series. She asked that it especially feature Kerbasi. This was tricky because I knew it would have to be set after Darkness Wanes on the series timeline. With the delays on the book, I didn’t want to reveal any major spoilers. I eventually settled on telling the story from an all-new character’s point of view (a human woman). It involves her meeting Kerbasi during a blizzard in Fairbanks on Christmas Eve. They don’t hit it off too well at first, but their situation sort of forces them together. You’ll have to read it to find out what else happens.
This story doesn’t conflict with Darkness Wanes in any way. The only spoilers you might see are the fact Kerbasi is still around and the world is still dealing with supernaturals being out in the open. Nothing earth-shattering. I meant for it to only be about 2500 words, but it grew to about 5000 words after revisions/edits. The title of the story is “An Unexpected Gift” and will go live on Nocturnal Book Reviews early morning on Christmas Eve. Those who stop by and comment will be entered into a drawing with the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 8 and some other book promo items. I hope this helps make up for the book delays and that you enjoy the story. I will post a reminder here and on other social media so you don’t forget to check it out. A winner for the drawing will not be selected until December 30th. If you can’t get to it right away, you still have a few days after Christmas to make it.
I’m also participating in a Facebook holiday event with 20 other urban fantasy authors. A lot of amazing prizes are being given away each day. Some of you have already joined in, but for anyone else who is interested this is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479007045739422/
My date for giving out prizes is December 19th, along with Donna Augustine and Hailey Edwards. I’ll be running several giveaways and leave them up most of the day so that regardless of your timezone you should have a chance to enter. The banners with the list of prizes are below. Special thanks to Sarah L. for getting her husband to design them for me (and on short notice!). They turned out great.
Other authors have already started their giveaways and more will continue all the way to the 20th. You should definitely join in the fun!
I’ll continue to keep you all updated about Darkness Wanes. In the meantime, I hope everyone’s holidays are going well!
Today marks the beginning of a 13-day urban fantasy Halloween giveaway with many authors you may recognize participating (see banner below). Some of you have probably already heard about it on Facebook, but I wanted to spread the word here in case you missed it.
Each day authors will be giving away prizes including signed paperbacks, ebooks, tote bags, Amazon gift cards, and some other great items. October 25th is my day and I’ve got several awesome prizes lined up including books and pewter dragon statues. There is also a grand prize where participants could win one of three Kindle Fires, but you’ve got to comment on special daily posts to enter.
For those interested, here’s the link to join the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/106856986337823/
I hope to see you all there!