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Gods of Myth and Midnight has been released, and is available for purchase on Amazon, or to borrow through Kindle Unlimited.

It’s the longest book I’ve ever written, coming in at over 600 pages (184,000 words). You can see the size of the printed manuscript below. In my opinion, it’s also the best book I’ve written so far. (Sorry for the poor image quality–my phone is ancient and so is its camera.)

 

Despite its length, it’s taken me less time than the previous two books to write, which means I’m getting faster. That’s very exciting to me, because it means I can write MORE BOOKS!

 

My name is Eve Redding. I accidentally initiated the apocalypse.

Earth had just been plunged into interplanetary war with a far superior alien race. Half my teammates had the Sickness, a disease with no known cure, which drove you crazy as it killed you. I was being blackmailed into doing nothing about either issue by a queen who was afraid of my power and didn’t believe in the prophecy of the gods.

With basically no idea what I was doing, I set out to fix everything I’d broken.

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For those of you interested in the paperback, I’m working on getting that set up. It’s a bit of a process, since things need to be perfectly formatted both on the inside and with the cover (spine width, text placement, etc.) I have to receive the proof copy by mail, and once I’m satisfied that everything looks right, it will go live in the store a few days later. I estimate you should be able to buy it in about 2 weeks.

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with Natalie Duke, a talented voice actress, to produce Gods of Blood and Bone in audio. We’re finished, now, and the audiobook is available. For people who like listening to their stories, the audio brings the characters to life in a whole new way, and I’m very pleased with it. I’ve read Gods of Blood and Bone probably over a dozen times, and since I wrote it before that, by now the last thing I want to do is read the 500-page book once again. When I listened to Natalie’s rendition, I actually found myself getting excited and laughing aloud again.

It’s available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

If you have any trouble with that embedded sound clip, you can also check out the sample here: Audible

I also have a limited number of Audible free review codes remaining, for both the US and the UK. I’ve said this before, but books need reviews for the same reason people wear clothes. They reassure people the book isn’t a crazed lunatic, and give some hint about what kind of experience they might have if they decide to spend more time with it. If you’re an audio listener and want to get a free copy in exchange for an honest review, email me (author@azaleaellis.com) and let me know. I only have a few codes left.

If you’re coming to the website from listening to the audio, sign up for my newsletter to be notified when the next book in the series is produced.

If you just want to know about Gods of Myth and Midnight, it’s about time to get excited. I’ll be back in a couple days with concrete news about the third book in the series.

As the title of this post says, I’ve finished the first draft of GOMM, and I’m pretty excited about it. I stayed up till 4 o’clock in the morning a few days ago finishing and then printing out the manuscript. Here it is.

I get a sense of satisfaction seeing the physical manifestation of all the hundreds of hours of work I’ve put into the book so far, especially since the stack of paper is pleasingly hefty.

I’ve still got a few hundred hours more work to do in Revision, and then more again to do an illustration and get it ready to publish, but this is a big step towards completion. I don’t have a tentative release date yet, but as soon as I do I’ll give you guys an update. It shouldn’t be more than a few months out. If you’re interested in helping me to polish the story by being a Beta Reader, or getting an early copy to read and review, as always the newsletter is the place to be.

I’m going to get back to the writing, and as always thank you guys for reading.

I’ve had a few questions about the paperbacks for Gods of Rust and Ruin, so I just wanted to—belatedly—do a quick post to let you all know that they are available on Amazon. I announced it to the mailing list, then got busy writing, and forgot to post it to the blog as well. I got a couple boxes of books in, and took a picture of some on my desk.

I’ll be doing signed giveaways of these in the next few months, probably after I’ve finished the first draft of Book 3, Gods of Myth and Midnight. If you’re interested in a signed copy (as well as other perks like sneak peeks of the next book or signed posters), the mailing list is where to be.

In the meantime, I’m working hard on the next book, and I’m excited about what I’ve written so far. I’m about 140 pages in, and I think this is going to be the best book yet. It may also be the longest book yet, as if things continue at this pace, it’s going to be over 500 pages.

P.S.—I know it’s cheesy, but you guys are all precious to me. Thank you for being readers and fans of my books.

First, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who did an advance read, purchased, or reviewed Gods of Rust and Ruin. The launch did quite well, and the series managed to break through the top 2,000 books in the Amazon kindle bookstore, and reach the hands of a lot of enthusiastic readers. This is literally all thanks to you guys, my readers.

For those of you interested in a paperback of GORR, it’s on its way. Literally, the final proof from the printer is in the mail coming my way now, and as soon as I can look over it to make sure everything is laid out without glitches, it will go live for purchase. I’ll also be doing some giveaways of signed print copies, to those on my mailing list.

Now, to what everyone wants to know.

What’s the status of Book 3?

I’m finished plotting it, which is the first major step. I’ve got 87 index cards, one for every planned scene. I usually end up adding a few more while actually writing the novel, but this gives me a good idea where I’m going, and how long the book is going to be. You can see the stack of cards and my notebook on my writing desk (which is covered in paint, because it’s also my art desk) below.

Before writing each scene, I take the card, and expand upon it with a paragraph or two in my notebook. I call this Brainstorming, and it makes the actual writing a lot faster and easier, because I’m not writing into the metaphorical dark. I’ve written the first couple scenes already.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that I’ve been seriously struggling with carpel tunnel symptoms in my left wrist. This has been going on for years, but it’s gotten a lot worse in the last six months. It makes typing difficult, along with pretty much everything I need to do that requires two hands. I’m wearing a brace 24-7, and I’m looking into more ergonomic keyboards, as well as experimenting with dictation as an alternative to typing.

This may slow me down a bit, but it’s not going to stop me. I’ve got about 200 hours of brainstorming and writing to complete, and I’m going to be chipping away at it. Does anyone know any good ergonomic keyboards for something with especially small hands?

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Thank you to everyone who’s been waiting so eagerly for the second book in the series. It’s available now in ebook format, and free through Kindle Unlimited. I hope you enjoy it!

Gods of Rust and Ruin (Seeds of Chaos Book 2)

 

My name is Eve Redding. They call me the godkiller.


I was dying. Slowly being destroyed by the power I had worked so hard to obtain. My team and I were trapped within NIX’s web of lies and manipulation, and even my allies couldn’t be trusted.

Deep below, the alien called out to me like a beacon, and I decided to forge an alliance. As they say, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

This cover took me many hours to make, but I’m pretty pleased with it. The full piece is much bigger, which means…more giveaway posters!

What are you guys most excited to read about in Gods of Rust and Ruin?

August 4, 2017.

It will be available in the Amazon store on that date. If you want a reminder when it comes out, sign up to my newsletter.

In other news, the poster giveaway is over. Congratulations to the winners! I’ll be doing more giveaways of a similar nature, so if you didn’t win this time around, don’t despair.

This is just a quick post for now, but I’ll be back on August 1st with the cover reveal.

Last week, the people on my newsletter got a chance to get one of these posters. They get first chance at things like this, but I did save a couple for the rest of you. I’m giving away two more Gods of Blood and Bone posters, as a thank you to everyone who’s been waiting so long for Seeds of Chaos Book II: Gods of Rust and Ruin.

GOBB Poster

They’re printed on beautiful metallic paper, and they almost shimmer in the light. They are 10 inches tall, and 23 inches wide.

I’ll be giving them away randomly to two of the people who respond to this post, or email me directly at author@azaleaellis.com. If you want one, just let me know.

Now, for the news everyone is most interested in. Gods of Rust and Ruin (yep, I changed the working title) is coming, very, very soon. The newsletter gets the announcement first, but if you’re not subscribed to it, keep an eye here for the release date. I’ll be posting again soon.

One month into the new year, and things are running smoothly. As I anticipated, my workload has decreased a lot, and I’m using my extra time to work on GORR.

November: 8.52 hours. This was eked out in little tiny chunks when I could find the time.

December: 29.94 hours. Halfway through, my workload decreased.

January: 58.88 hours.

These are hours spent actively working. Not staring into space, making tea, or browsing the internet. Not any of the things we get paid for at our day job that aren’t actual work. I’ve found that there’s only so much active work in me, in a day. My brain and creativity get burnt out. My ability to focus and create every day is finite. If I’m lucky, and have caffeine, and everything goes well, I can get about 4 or 5 hours of work in, during an 8-9 hour “workday.” Which, of course, is only possible on a weekend, since I have a day job. Weekdays, I get a couple hours, max.

My goal is to average 2.5 hours of real work (on the book) per day. And it’s hard to hit that, sometimes. I estimate I’ve got a couple hundred hours of work left, maybe more, before the book is available for purchase. I’ve written a blog post about what it takes to produce a book, if you’re curious about what I’m spending these hours on.

In related news, here’s something visual I’ve been working on today. It’s an extremely preliminary sketch of GORR’s cover. Basically, I’m just trying to figure out sizing/layout, etc. The end product is not going to be nearly so messy, I promise. And yes, I know she has six weird-looking fingers.

gorr-pencil-sketch

 

I’m excited about Gods of Rust and Rot. I think it’s turning out even better than Gods of Blood and Bone, and you guys are going to love it. I’ll be back again soon with more of the same type of updates, just keeping everyone abreast of the progress.