Epic Post of Awesomeness (And also links to buy my new book.)

The Scarlet Deep is available today!

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iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/km4uulf

Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/oh34kfb

Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/jvoluop

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/qyhkhgt

Createspace: http://tinyurl.com/q287fof

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/phodgfw

Any time I ever question that feeling in my gut that tells me I need to take a break from a series or fictional world, I will think about The Scarlet Deep. I love this book. I loved writing it. I loved diving back into the world again. I loved sharing the excitement with my readers when I returned. It was over two years between Blood and Sand and The Scarlet Deep. I know some people probably lost interest in the storyline, and that’s their prerogative.

But I didn’t lose interest, and that’s the point.

See, I have to love it. If I don’t love it, you’ll be able to tell. I may hate it a little at times (I’m looking at you, The Secret), but I have to love that world if I’m going to immerse my brain there for hours and weeks and months. So as frustrating as it was for some of you that I took such a big break between books (though I did do some novellas) I’m so glad you readers stuck with me. Because this world is completely refreshed. I’m so excited to be writing in it again.

And apparently, that enthusiasm has spilled over into some pretty awesome reviews!

“A work of staggeringly well-written romance, The Scarlet Deep saturates the reader in the soul of the story, and gives them a sexy narrative they can really sink their teeth into. Elizabeth Hunter has once again proven she is a literary tempest…” 

—Cat Bowen, Breakfast to Bed

“The Scarlet Deep is sexy, earthy and beautiful. Anne and Murphy are compelling together, and you really want them to reunite… Overall, it’s an intense read, a delicious new installment in Elemental World series. Recommended.”

—Nocturnal Book Reviews

So I hope you enjoy The Scarlet Deep. I hope it lives up to your expectations. I loved writing it. I hope you enjoy reading it. Leave a comment here on this post and be entered to win a signed paperback of the book! Open internationally and through 7/12/15.

Writing news, early reviews, and a great big thank you.

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Well, my last blog post garnered way more attention than I expected. Most of that attention was very kind, though, so I can’t complain. To all new readers here on the blog, I’d like to offer a big welcome! I don’t usually offer much publishing world advice, because this site is geared more toward readers, but I do have a couple links you might be interested in, like my FAQ: Writers edition or one of my 10 Things I Learned posts. (I didn’t do one last year and I really need to, but it seems silly halfway through the year. So… I don’t know. I may wait.) Basically, if you go to the drop-down menu under About Me, there’s a whole section that’s geared toward writers.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00068]In reading news, I have a book out next week! Early reviews for THE SCARLET DEEP are coming in and so far, readers and reviewers seem to really like it. Cat Bowen at Breakfast to Bed blog wrote:

“A work of staggeringly well-written romance, The Scarlet Deep saturates the reader in the soul of the story, and gives them a sexy narrative they can really sink their teeth into. Elizabeth Hunter has once again proven she is a literary tempest…”

And Karina at Nocturnal Book Reviews said:

The Scarlet Deep is sexy, earthy and beautiful. Anne and Murphy are compelling together, and you really want them to reunite… Overall, it’s an intense read, a delicious new installment in Elemental World series. Recommended.”

(Those two bloggers, incidentally, are two of the sharpest out there, so it’s incredibly flattering to receive reviews like that. I often look at their blogs for recommendations for my own TBR shelf.)

The book has done very well in pre-orders, so thank you to everyone who has already bought it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. The pre-order links are:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kf87vch

iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/km4uulf

Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/oh34kfb

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/qyhkhgt

Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/jvoluop

And you can add it to Goodreads here: http://tinyurl.com/phodgfw Read More

For Indie Writers: You have the control. Own it.

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Here’s the thing.

There are many reasons why people decide to publish their own books. Some people get frustrated with traditional publishing. Some prefer the creative control that self-publishing brings. Others see it as a better long-term business choice to control their intellectual property for the life of the copyright. Some people want to publish their Uncle Alvin’s memoirs and hand it to him at Christmas because it was good old Uncle Alvin’s life-long dream. It could be none of these reasons. It could be all of them or a combination of any.

Whatever the reason you decided to self-publish, there you are. You’ve done it.

Now please own it.

Amid all the handwringing about subscription services and how writers are getting paid (I don’t want to go over it, so if you don’t know what I’m talking about, just read David Gaughran’s post HERE) writers seem to be forgetting one very important fact. It’s really important. In fact, some might say IT’S THE ENTIRE FREAKING POINT.

You are the one who controls your books.

You’re it. You’re the boss of your work. You.

So please stop bitching and just take the reins.

“Ahhhhh! But now everything is going to be paid by the page and this messes everything up and we are all DOOMED.”

No. Stop. If you don’t like subscription services, then don’t enroll your books. No one is demanding you be part of KDP Select. If you don’t like the program, OPT OUT. There. Done. Problem solved.

“But discovery is impossible because there are so many books!”

Listen, no one is making you publish your book. But clearly, you thought it was a story worth telling and worth publishing. The barriers to the marketplace have fallen and you took the initiative and stepped through the gate. I like your chances of finding your audience a lot more today than I did fifteen years ago when finding an agent and publisher was a roll of the dice. You think it’s hard now? Talk to someone who had to query agents for five years before anyone would read their manuscript. Now that’s a discovery problem.

“Everyone is giving away books and no one can make a living on free and .99 cent books and this whole business is impossible because books are being devalued! So much devaluation!!!”

Did you miss the part about how you’re the publisher and you have control of your books? YOU ARE THE ONE SETTING THE PRICE. That part is completely under your control. Don’t want to give away your book? Don’t. Don’t want to have sales? Don’t. Will you sell more if you sell cheap? Probably, because people like cheap stuff. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t also willing to pay more for stuff they really like.

You’re running a business. Look at numbers and analyze the data that distributors make available to you. Understand terms like “loss leader” and “perceived value” and use those ideas to set prices. Reevaluate when you need to. Change price points. Learn from your mistakes.

“BUT EVERYONE IS GIVING AWAY EVERYTHING AND—”

Seriously, do I need to have that conversation with you again about your friends and jumping off bridges that your mom had with you when you were six? You’re (hopefully) an adult. You should understand how to combat peer pressure by now.

“But we’re still battling stigma about how crappy self-published books are! We will never be taken seriously and it’s not fair!”

Again, you are the one who decided to self-publish your book. Is there still a stigma in some circles? Yeah, but it’s a lot less than it used to be. When I first published, I was basically told that I might make money, but I was killing any serious career and would never be taken seriously or be respected by my peers. That was 2011.

Then last month, I sat in the audience and watched my friend Grace Draven accept the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Fantasy Romance for her self-published book, Entreat Me. Not best self-published fantasy romance. Not best small press fantasy romance. Best Fantasy Romance. The very first time I went to the RT Convention in 2013, I was handed a name tag that said “Published Author.” Not self-published author. Not wannabe author. Published author.

If you don’t think things are changing, you’re not paying attention. (And full credit to RT Magazine for being on the forefront of that change.)

“But tsunamis of crap!”

Hire an editor. If you’re serious about being a writer/publisher, hire an editor. The quality of your finished product is entirely under your control. That was the point, right? Having control of your work? Having control means taking responsibility. You want to charge a higher price for your books and make a living off your work? Then be a professional and hire the same people that publishers do. Editors. Proofreaders. Cover designers. Do NOT complain about stigma if you’re not willing to have your books held up to the same standard as traditionally published material.

At the end of the day, I keep coming back to the concept of choice. Writers have more choices now than ever before. We can chart our own path. With all those choices comes a lot of confusion. Some people want a road map for how this is done. And the fact of the matter is, in this new publishing landscape there is no road map. We’re all stumbling along. But it’s not nearly as complicated as the hand-wringers want you to believe.

  • Write a good book.
  • Present it in a professional way.
  • Find places to sell it. (There are lots.)
  • Charge whatever price you want.

You are in control. You don’t like how a retailer is treating you? Don’t sell there. You don’t like the idea of subscription services and how they pay? Then don’t enroll your books. You don’t like giving books away to readers? Don’t.

Do you realize what an amazing world we live in? None of this was possible even ten years ago. We live in extraordinary times.

Own it. Take the reins. Enjoy the ride.

ARC Winners and NPR Books’ Summer of Love

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Hey everyone!

ARCs went out to reviewers today. I can’t believe it’s less than a month until The Scarlet Deep releases! I am happy to announce we had over 150 entries for the ARC giveaway, and I have three winners to announce today:

Theresa Barrett

MirandaV (who is waiting for an overdue baby and really REALLY needs some distraction)

Vicky Whiteley

Congratulations! Winners are chosen by random number, so thank you all for entering and thank you for all your funny stories and encouragement! I love hearing from you guys. Winners, please email me at ElizabethHunterWrites@gmail.com so I can get your contact info.

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I also wanted to highlight something fun here on the blog. NPR Books is running a Summer of Love book list for romance and readers are allowed to nominate their favorites! Obviously, it would be super flattering if any of my books were nominated, but I’m mostly highlighting this because the romance genre doesn’t get a lot of love (ha!) in Book People circles. It’s usually the butt of a joke, not a discussion of literary merit. So for NPR Books to highlight the romance genre in a serious way is really cool!

I hope you’ll offer nominations for your favorites. (You can nominate up to five.) I’ll be nominating Grace Draven, Penny Reid, Meljean Brook, and Nalini Singh. Lots of my favorites are probably classified as fantasy or urban fantasy, rather than romance, but these four ladies are definitely romance, and some of my faves.

I’m also going to start a biweekly post next Wednesday called “Why you should be reading _______” to highlight some of my favorite authors. That will be more of a genre mix.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Elizabeth

I’m alive. I promise. (Also ARC giveaway for The Scarlet Deep.)

Me and my boy

Me and the boy (who is now GIGANTIC) enjoying Central Park.

Between the RT Convention in Dallas, my son’s last week of school, a trip to New York with said son, and completing the landscaping for my backyard before it gets super-super-hot, I’ve been running in circles for the past month or so.

e53fmgO Yeah, kinda like that. Anyway, once I started getting emails from concerned readers, I figured I better update you guys.

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Sorry. (To be fair, I have been updating social media, especially Instagram, so if you like following along on my travels and seeing pictures of food, my dogs, and occasionally me and my kid that’s a good place to keep up with me.)

What’s going on with me and writing? The Scarlet Deep - 3D copyWell, The Scarlet Deep is at the editor right now, and everything is on schedule for its release on July 7th. Feedback from my developmental editor and beta readers has been great so far, and I’m very excited for you guys to get your hot little hands on it. It’s available for preorder all over the place. I really love this book, so I hope you do, too.

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kf87vch

iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/km4uulf

Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/jvoluop

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/phodgfw

As for what I’ll be doing while the editors are working their magic, my son is leaving this week to visit his dad for a month or so (boy time!) so I’ll be working my not-so-little tush off putting all the promotional stuff together for The Scarlet Deep, and then I’ll be starting a novella that’s set in the Elemental World, but historical! Which I’m both excited and intimidated by. That novella is going to be released with one from Grace Draven in a collection we’re doing for Halloween.

After that, I’ll be working on the next Cambio Springs book. I can already hear Ollie beginning to grumble at me, so I think I’ll be more than ready to get back out to the desert this summer. anigif_enhanced-buzz-31318-1377012991-6 I’ll get it all done. Probably.

Since the new book releases in just a MONTH, I’d like to do an ARC giveaway here on the blog! So leave a comment on this post before Thursday, and you’ll be entered to win one of three Advanced Reading Copies (e-book) of The Scarlet Deep. I’ll update the blog on Friday and let you know who won!

I’ll also be sending out a VIP Newsletter tomorrow featuring a deleted scene from The Scarlet Deep with Anne, Brigid, and Gemma. It’s a cute scene, but it didn’t really serve a purpose in the book. It might, however, give you a fun peek at three of the Elemental heroines you’ll be seeing a lot of in the new book. And… I think that’s it! Here, have one more corgi gif on me. anigif_enhanced-buzz-32136-1377010400-18

Stay cool and thanks for reading! (And waiting so patiently.) Elizabeth

UPDATE: I feel like I need to clarify that these are not my corgis. I have a lab and a standard poodle. I was simply inspired by the fact that I really love corgis, and my friend Killian got one not too long ago.

Though I kinda wish I had a corgi. (Don’t tell my dogs.)

COVER REVEAL: The Scarlet Deep (Elemental World Book Five)

Goooooooood morning! Today, I’d like to unveil the pretty amazing cover that the lovely folks over at Damonza.com created for the next Elemental World novel, The Scarlet Deep. It’s the fifth book in the expanded series and the third full novel. The first full novel in over two years! Are you ready?

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So, I like it a little.

OKAY, I’M LYING. I LIKE IT A LOT.

Seriously though, here’s the synopsis:

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.

When Anne and Murphy are both called to London, they’re forced to confront a connection as immortal as they are. As they search for a traitor among allies, they must also come to terms with their past. Behind the safe facade of politics, old hungers still burn, even as an ancient power threatens the fate of the Elemental World.

You can pre-order The Scarlet Deep at Amazon, iBooks, and Smashwords right now and/or add it on Goodreads.

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kf87vch

iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/km4uulf

Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/jvoluop

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/phodgfw

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Fiction Friday: The Scarlet Deep

For those of you waiting for the next Elemental World novel, I’m happy to say that I’m about 2/3rd of the way finished with The Scarlet Deep and well on the way to a mid-summer release if all goes according to plan!

I have the cover set (not ready for reveal yet) but if you are a blogger who would like in on that, please fill out the form here and I will put you on the list. (SPOILER ALERT: This cover is amazing. It’s one of my faves ever. Here’s a sneak peek.)

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To celebrate, I decided to post the entire first chapter here on the website. You can find it here. This is not just a teaser, but it’s the whole first chapter and it’s from Murphy’s point of view. If you’re still trying to remember who Murphy is, that might help out a bit. As for Anne, you’ll have to wait a bit to hear from her.

Click and enjoy your first look at THE SCARLET DEEP!

And have a great weekend,

Elizabeth

Title reveal for the next Elemental World Novel

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.

21741_831216030305152_7953041158399167302_nAnne 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.
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Reading/Watching/Listening: Spring Has Sprung

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.

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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.

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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!

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(Banner stolen from April’s website. April, please don’t sue me.)

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.)

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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.

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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.

lord_huron_strange_trails-14848And 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.

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