You guys, I’m so excited to share the title and synopsis of the next Elemental World novel with you! I struggled with this one because there’s no clear theme to the Elemental World titles. “Um… water? They’re water vampires. Blood? And stuff…” (Luckily, I have an awesome sis who lets me bounce ideas off her.)
Without further ado, I’m happy to announce the next Elemental World novel:
THE SCARLET DEEP
On the waves of the North Atlantic, a poison spreads, sapping the life from humans and striking madness into immortals.
Patrick Murphy, the immortal leader of Dublin, has been trying to stem the tide of Elixir washing into his territory, but nothing seems to stop the vampire drug. While others in the immortal world work to cure the creeping insanity that Elixir threatens, Murphy has been invited to London to join a summit of leaders hoping to discover who is shipping the drug. If Murphy and his allies can cut off the supply, they might be able to halt the spread long enough for a treatment to be found for the humans and vampires infected.
Anne O’Dea, Murphy’s former lover, retreated from public life over one hundred years ago to help immortals in need… and to heal her own broken heart. Though powerful connections keep her insulated from the violence of vampire politics, even Anne is starting to feel the effects of Elixir on her isolated world. The human blood supply has been tainted, and with Anne’s unique needs, even those closest to her might be in danger. Not just from infection, but Anne’s escalating bloodlust.
It rained yesterday! Which, if you’re not from California might not be super exciting, but if you ARE in California, caused you to break into spontaneous dancing.
So, my son was on Easter break last week, which meant we were both running around visiting family and friends, which was a lot of fun! But kind of tiring, too. Happily, I’m back home today and I’d like to report that I am approximately 1/3 finished with the first draft of the next Elemental World book, which features Murphy and Anne, who were supporting characters in Building From Ashes. More about them and the new book on the blog tomorrow.
Try to hold in your excitement.
Until I come out with that book, let’s talk about what I’m RWLing to when I’m not SLAVING AWAY LIKE A DRUDGE FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!
Reading: You all know I’m not a huge YA fan, right? Nothing against the genre because I know it’s amazing. I just don’t often get captured by YA characters. But I’m really loving a wonderful YA fantasy series by April White called the Immortal Descendants. (Full disclosure: I know April and consider her a friend, but you know me. I’m not gonna rec her book unless I know it’s awesome.) This series has been getting rave reviews on Amazon and the world-building is really stellar. I’m still just in the first book, but there are three out and two more planned, I know. Check this series out, even if you’re not a big YA fan. It’s very good and you can get the first book, Marking Time, free on Amazon right now. (Not sure about other retailers.)
Watching: Other than my current obsession on The Voice—seriously, have you HEARD Sawyer Fredricks’ voice? He’s amazing! And he’s sixteen or something! Imagine what this kid is going to do! Ehem, Okay, OTHER THAN THAT, I just started watching Bosch on Amazon Prime, and… I don’t know how I feel about it! And I kinda like that. I’m hooked on this character, but I have no idea whether I like him or not. He’s just compelling. There’s a bit of a Luther vibe (and you know I adore everything that is Luther), but it’s set in LA, so obviously there’s a different tempo and atmosphere. But it has some of the same detective-of-dubious-character vibe. So if you’re a mystery fan, check it out. My dad loves the book series, so I’m gonna keep watching.
Listening: IT IS A DAY OF CELEBRATION AND “ALBUM ON REPEAT” FOR ME BECAUSE LORD HURON’S SECOND ALBUM CAME OUT!!! Which, I’ll be honest, is what inspired this entire post because I’m so excited about it.
Okay, so the first time I saw LH live was when they opened for Of Monsters and Men in Visalia in the Fall of 2012. And I thought, hey, nice! New banjo boys. Cool. But they didn’t really STRIKE me, you know? And then I saw them AGAIN at Coachella the following spring. And I was HOOKED. I was so impressed by how only six months (if that) of touring had polished these guys and brought their music to life. They were, quite honestly, one of the best shows that entire festival. Electric on stage and their music was (using this word again) compelling with unique flourishes (Steel drums in a folk-rock band? Really? Cool.) and very lyric writing. I was impressed. Bought and listened to their album Lonesome Dreams all the way home from the desert. It has become one of my favorite road trip albums.
And so I’m super excited about STRANGE TRAILS, which I’m just loving. It’s… weird, you guys. And beautiful. And layered in a way that Lonesome Dreams only hinted at. Just try it. Check these guys out. Here’s their song The World Ender off the new album. It’s STORYTELLING, people. It’s just music instead of books. Also, the album artwork is gorgeous. Listen. Enjoy.
Enjoy! Share with your friends. Tell your mom. And leave a comment here!!!
Comment here with your favorite line from any of my books and be entered to win an entire signed set of the Irin Chronicles.
Preeeeeettttttyyyyyy. (They really are. The formatting and covers turned out beautifully in the paperbacks.)
So comment here and tell me your favorite words, people! Enter in the next four days (I’ll give you through midnight Sunday) and be entered to win the giveaway. International readers are welcome to enter!
So tell your friends. And your mom. Your dad if he likes to read. (My dad actually likes this series, which is pretty cool.) Your grandma if she’s down with the fantasy romance.
Maybe not your kids if they’re little. Don’t make me feel guilty.
And buy the e-book today for only $4.99!
Love and gratitude to everyone,
This is just a quick short from Brigid and Carwyn to wish you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy yourselves, be safe, and please do not, for the love of all things Irish, dye any beer green.
That’s just unnatural.
Green Beards Are As Bad As Green Beer
Brigid woke quietly, her eyes fluttering open to dim lights and the familiar warmth of the fireplace in their bedroom. She could hear Carwyn in the attached bathroom, fiddling with something or other and humming a tune in his low voice. He always woke before her, being so much older in immortality. He started the fire, readied the coffee she still loved, and played with the dogs while she finished her sleep.
But he was always in their room when she woke.
She smiled and let her eyes slip closed again, thinking that there was little she enjoyed more than waking to the sounds of a happy man every evening.
And Carwyn was invariably happy. Her husband could face the worst of problems during the previous evening, handle the intricacies of vampire politics and the threats of mortal enemies, but when he laid down next to her in the morning—daylight barred from their cozy rooms—he wrapped her in his big arms, cuddled her to his chest, and whispered a quiet prayer before he fell into day-sleep.
He let it all go and woke refreshed, ready for another night in his endless life.
It was a skill Brigid hoped to learn from him eventually.
His humming grew louder and she felt the bed move. Her eyes were still closed, but she smiled and felt his lips touch hers.
“Good evening, love,” he whispered.
“Mmmm. Good—” Her eyes fluttered open and she let out a scream. “—WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR BEARD?”
Carwyn grinned. “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
(All gifs today courtesy of the awesome aikobot at goodbyepiccadilly.tumblr.com. Check out her tumblr if you’re a Buffy fan.)
So much news! Writing news! Publishing news! Sale news!
(No. No, I don’t have any little marshmallows, Spike. Way to make me feel inadequate. Moving on.)
Okay, okay. Writing news first: I’m happy to say that I’m back in Elemental land and working on the next full length novel in the Elemental World. This book features Murphy (the vampire leader of Dublin we met in Building From Ashes) and Anne (who was Brigid’s therapist) and I’m so happy, you guys! This is the reason I take time away from each of these worlds and work on other ones. Because by the time I get back, I am so excited to be writing in this world again. Have I mentioned lately that I love vampires?
I do. I love vampires.
(I like you too, Spike. I really, really do.)
So, that’s the writing news. The publishing news is something I hinted at a while back and hoped I could make happen. And with the help of my rockstar editor and proofreader, I was able to.
THE SECRET: Irin Chronicles Book Three will be available almost two weeks early on March 19th! That’s a week. From TODAY!
(Hello to you tooooo—Wait, were you talking about me or the book? Me, right? Right?)
And last but definitely not least, for those of you who have NOT picked up the Irin Chronicles yet—
(What? NO THEY DON’T! Spike, none of my readers have stupid hair. Just stop.)
The first two books of the Irin Chronicles are on sale for the next week! Yep, that’s right. For one week only, you can get The Scribe for just $0.99 and The Singer for only $2.99! At Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, iBooks… basically wherever you buy your ebooks, you should be able to grab these two books for cheap.
Bye until next week, everyone!
Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for all your enthusiasm about the cover reveal on Wednesday. I’m happy to report that awesome reader and blog regular Pugratt was the winner of the ARC contest here on the blog. (Email me!)
Over on my Facebook Author page, the lovely Susan Buckley won an ARC on Wednesday. She emailed me last night to share a favorite passage and suggest I share it with you guys, too, because it would make a great teaser.
She’s so right!
It would make a great teaser, so I’m sharing it here with you guys. Hope you have a great weekend!
All the best, Elizabeth
Teaser from THE SECRET…
They started up the stairs. Ava could hear someone snoring loudly.
“I feel like it should bother me more that you’re so good at breaking and entering.”
“Why?” Apparently, Malachi was no longer concerned with security. His voice was louder. He pulled out the earbud and tucked it in a small pocket of the vest he was wearing. “I’ve been doing this kind of thing for three hundred years. Trust me, it’s a lot less messy than it used to be. I don’t break and enter for personal gain. It’s just a useful life skill.”
“Useful life skills are starting a campfire or… knowing how to tie really good knots.”
“I know how to do those things, too.” He tugged her close and leaned down to her ear. “Give me one weekend without a world-changing revelations,” he whispered, “and I’ll show you my knot-tying skills.”
The color rushed to her face. “Bad man. Very bad man.”
He chuckled. “You wouldn’t be saying that by the end of the weekend.”
Copyright 2015, Elizabeth Hunter
Good morning, everyone! Are you ready to see it? Are you? Keep reading underneath the pretty to find out how you can enter to win an ARC.
COMING MARCH 31st, 2015
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Only when the darkness falls can you see the light of the stars.
For thousands of years, the scribes and singers of the Irin race have existed to protect humanity and guard the gifts of the Forgiven. They have lived in the shadows. They have kept their secrets.
But the Irin aren’t the only race with secrets.
Ava and Malachi have found each other, but wounds as deep as theirs don’t heal overnight. While the Irin world struggles to correct the power imbalance left by the Rending of the Irina, Malachi and Ava struggle to connect their past with their present.
The Fallen may scheme, but Ava has found her power and refuses to be an angel’s pawn. And while Malachi may have forgotten his history, the scribe’s relentless search for answers leads both him and his mate to the heart of the Irin power structure in Vienna, where knowledge is guarded more closely than gold and those with power will do anything to keep it.
Malachi and Ava have survived the darkness, but will they ever discover its secrets? A powerful cabal of the Fallen may hold the answers, but to surrender them, it wants the Irin race to finally face their enemies. Both those coming from the outside, and those raging within.
THE SECRET is the third book in the contemporary fantasy series, the Irin Chronicles, and the conclusion of Ava and Malachi’s journey.
Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I am not doing a preorder for this book, but you can add it on Goodreads at the link above and/or sign up for my New Release Newsletter, which is ONLY for new releases from me, and I’ll send you the sales links as soon as they’re live.
So, what do you think? Did Damonza.com do a good job? This cover took more back and forth than any others so far, and I’m really pleased with it. I hope you are, too.
Let me know what you think in the comments and you’ll be entered to win an ARC of THE SECRET! E-copy only, and the contest will run until Friday.
Have a great Wednesday!
From THE SECRET: Irin Chronicles Book Three…
“She is very resistant.”
“To using her magic?”
“I know.” He took a deep breath. “She’s afraid of what she can do.”
Orsala smiled, and warm creases formed around her silver-blue eyes. “I do not want to interfere. Or ask you to break her confidence. I want to help her.”
“Let me talk to her again.”
“I warn you, though.” He gathered his papers and turned to leave. “I will not pressure her to use her magic if she’s not ready. My loyalty is to her, not any cause.”
“As it should be,” Orsala said. “You remind me much of my own mate. He was highly protective, even when I was at my strongest.”
“It is when we are strongest that we often don’t protect ourselves,” he said. “Whatever her destiny is in this life, it is my job to defend her.”
“For the Irina, I think the time has come for offense, not defense.”
He shook his head. “I’m not talking about the Irina. I’m talking about Ava. I will not let her be dragged into a war of your making, Orsala. However much I may support your cause, her part in it will be of her choosing.”
“She has not chosen this,” the old woman countered, “but Jaron has. The Fallen has targeted her.”
“And protected her.”
“I know.” Orsala stepped closer. “We need to know why. There is a darkness in her. A darkness to her magic that I have never seen before.”
“I do not fear her darkness.”
“Nor should you. But we need to understand it, so we may understand her. She needs to understand herself, Malachi. If you do not fear the darkness, then do not shield your mate from it, either. Sometimes, we must do exactly the thing that terrifies us most in order that we may live the life we were meant to have.”
Copyright 2015, Elizabeth Hunter
Hello everyone! I’m hoping to do a cover reveal for THE SECRET sometime this week, so hopefully you’ll be able to see what the lovely artists over at Damonza have been working on soon.
The official release for THE SECRET: Irin Chronicles Book Three is March 31st, 2015! If you’re a reviewer who is interested in taking part in the release, please fill out the ARC/COVER request form here and let me know.
Readers have been asking about a pre-order for THE SECRET, so I wanted to let you know what was up. I am NOT doing one for this book. The pre-order system that Amazon and Smashwords have set up means I’d need to push back the release date to have everything in order and ready to go (which is totally understandable, of course) but that means I can probably get the book to you SOONER if I don’t do a pre-order. While the final deadline is March 31st, but I’m hoping to actually have the book in reader hands before that.
The easiest way to keep up with my new releases is my New Release Mailing list that is ONLY for new releases. The VIP reader list is for extras and newsletter kind of stuff (I need to send you guys a new letter, by the way. it’s been WAY too long.) but the New Release list is ONLY for new releases. So if you don’t want to miss anything, that’s the one to sign up with.
As for other writing news…
I’m getting a few questions about whether THE SECRET will be the last book in the series. I’ve updated my FAQ over on the Irin Chronicles page with the answer to that, but I’ll tell you here that it won’t be. I will be writing more in this world, because there are really a lot more stories that can be told. I’ll probably take a break, though. Just like the Elemental World, I don’t want to get burned out.
Speaking of the Elemental World! I’m starting to outline Murphy and Anne’s book (Both were introduced in Building From Ashes) and I’m having a great time. It’s so great to be back writing about vampires. I’m having a blast. (In between wanting to bash my head on my computer keyboard because I’m editing, of course.) So be looking for the next Elemental World novel late this summer (hopefully) and then I’ll be back in Cambio Springs to write Ollie and Allie’s story. (Can’t wait!)
So that’s what happening in writing world for me. Hope you’re all doing well!
Take care, Elizabeth