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Patreon 250 Goal Reached – Bonus Chapters and Omake Story

Hey guys! 

It looks like we have reached the 250-patron goal, which means various rewards are in order. I know many of you have been looking forward to this, so I hope you’re excited! 

To start with, I’ll be posting 6 bonus chapters for patrons, enough for 7 days of daily posts. You can expect the first bonus chapter tomorrow evening (11/30), around 5:30pm MT. All non-patrons will get 5 bonus chapters, ending the week with the Patreon 5 chapters ahead instead of 4, which will be the state of things going forward. 

With this, the Patreon will be quickly approaching the end of Book 3!

Secondly, I now also owe you guys an omake chapter/short story. We’re going to hold a vote on what I will write about.

If you have any fun ideas, or anything you would particularly like to see, please make mention of it in the comments section below. If you come up with an idea that I have inspiration for, think I could write in the frame of a short story, and which doesn’t otherwise derail my plot by spoiling something important, I’ll add it to the poll for everyone to vote on. I’ve already got a few ideas but I want to write what people want to see most.

Specificity helps. “Thaddeus’s POV of the [faculty meeting to discuss student performance] and it would be extra funny if one of the other professors was coming on to him. Bonus points if that other professor is Pecanty,” is great and easy to draw inspiration from. “Something from Thaddeus’s POV” is less useful. 

The poll will go up on Thursday, 12/1, and will stay up for about a week so all patrons have a chance to contribute.

Happy reading guys,

Azalea

A Binding of Blood Audiobook In Production

I know many of my audiobook lovers have been looking forward to getting A Practical Guide to Sorcery Book 2. It is in production!

The talented and skilled Gabrielle de Cuir is again working on this book, and tells me she should be finished with the initial recording in early July.

What does this mean? Well I still have to review the audio, they have to make any necessary tweaks or changes, and then after it is submitted for publication it has to go through the back-end QC review before finally being available for sale. That whole process generally takes about a month, so you can expect the audiobook to be available in stores (Amazon, iBooks, and Audible) in late July or early August.

HOWEVER, as a bonus to my patrons, A Binding of Blood’s pre-release version is going to go up temporarily on Patreon, meaning anyone who’s interested in getting early access can get the 19-hour audiobook a few weeks to one month early.

Did I mention that includes the 1-hour short story audiobook set during A Binding of Blood, entitled Codename: Moonsable that she also just recorded? That short story is not available at all outside the Patreon, in any format.

I’ve got more bonus content planned, and if people enjoy it, I’ll keep getting it produced in audio, too.

And here’s the audio version covers:

I’ve got other stuff going on, like an upcoming re-cover of my Seeds of Chaos series with some really cool illustrations.

I’m also drawing near to the end of A Sacrifice Of Light’s first draft, which I know I’ve been mentioning here and there for a while, but I’m getting really close to the end now.

If you want to hear about the latest new before anyone else, get on that Inner Circle newsletter.

Back to the ink mines for me.

Happy Reading,

Azalea

New Grimoire Page & Schedule Announcement

I’ve got a new illustrated Grimoire excerpt over on Patreon. It’s Siobhan’s class schedule plus some information about sky kraken. Patrons at any level can access it.

In other news, there will be a temporary slowdown in the chapter posting schedule. (NOT a hiatus.)

I have written the first 70k words or so of Book 3, but I’m not happy with it currently and it needs some significant revision. This always happens, even though I plot out my books heavily beforehand, which is why I try to stay far enough ahead of what’s being serialized that I can go back to earlier chapters and fix stuff before it’s out in the world.

I’m not far enough ahead right now, and I am a slow writer.

So while I fix up what’s been written, add new content where necessary, and plow further into Book 3, I’m going to temporarily reduce the posting frequency of new chapters. Next week there will still be a new chapter, like normal. After that, until the end of March, there will be a 1 to 2 week break between new chapters. I’ll make the date of the next chapter clear each time.

Instead, I’ll be putting out multiple illustrated excerpts from Siobhan’s grimoire. I’ve always planned to do more of these, but I haven’t had enough time to do the illustrations. While I was reviewing the audio files for A Conjuring of Ravens, I had many hours where I couldn’t be writing or doing other text-focused tasks which I used to do a lot of little illustrations for the books. Putting together Grimoire excerpts using them won’t take me much extra time and will still let patrons get some fun new content to tide you over.

I have a Lore document with about 80k words of “non-fiction” entries about the people and the world, which I use to keep things straight so I don’t end up contradicting myself. There’s plenty of possible content.

This won’t affect any of the Patreon goal rewards. I’ve got enough chapters ready to go that I can afford some extra releases, and I’ve been slowly prepping the ideas to write that bonus short story. If/when we hit the goals, I’ll just have to put in some really long days to stay ahead/increase my lead.

In April, releases will be back to normal. As I post new chapters, I will be keeping you guys updated on what I’m up to and how much progress I’m making.

Azalea

Patreon Third Goal Reached – Bonus Chapters & Omake Story

We’ve reached the third Patreon goal, woot woot! Thank you very much.

This means that I’ll be posting 2 bonus chapters over the next week, as well as writing a bonus omake short story, which my patrons are voting on. 

If you would like to vote on the short story, you can do so as a patron at any level, or write-in your own ideas. Here’s the link to the poll: https://www.patreon.com/posts/third-goal-bonus-56276569

The omake will take some time to get everyone’s votes, and then for me to plot it out and write it, so I estimate it will be finished sometime around the beginning of October. It will likely be exclusive to patrons for at least a little while, as a thank you for supporting me.

I came up with some ideas for side content that are really fun; I want to write all of them! The further this story progresses, the more ideas I have for extra content that I just can’t fit into the main story.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Thanks again for supporting this story, guys.

As always, happy reading.

Azalea

Gods of Ash and Amber Audio Live + Free Codes

Hey guys!

After a long wait, the audio of Seeds of Chaos Book 4 is finally complete and up in stores. Many of you have been following along as audio chapters were finished and posted on a locked page of my website. 

Every patron who has contributed $15 or more is being offered a free Audible code to download their own copy. If you haven’t gotten yours already, (via Patreon PM) it should be coming soon. I can only get 25 codes at a time from Audible, and others need to redeem their codes before I can generate more. (I’ve been going in order of lifetime support amount.)

On that note, if you haven’t redeemed your code, do so quickly because codes that are not redeemed WILL be given to others, and eventually I will run out of codes completely. (If you missed redeeming your code, email or PM me as I might still have some left.)

If you want to try out the series from the beginning, you can do so here: 

Audible: http://hyperurl.co/ik2cs1

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3CrKAvZ

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/author/azalea-ellis/id1432984006?mt=3

My next step is to get A Practical Guide to Sorcery into audio, and I’ll be looking for a narrator for that this week. If the timing works out, and people are interested, I’m considering serializing chapters of the PGTS audio as they are completed, for patrons only. 

Thanks to all of you who have supported the production of my stories! It’s fantastic to have the whole Seeds of Chaos series in audio now, so people who prefer that format can binge-listen all the way through. 

As always, 

Happy Reading,

Azalea

 

PGTS: A Binding of Blood Release Date & Cover Reveal

Hey guys!

I’ve recently finished the first draft of A Binding of Blood (A Practical Guide to Sorcery Book 2)! It’s the second-longest book I’ve ever written, and was really trying to become the longest.

There are still a lot of chapters to be serialized before reaching the end, because I try to stay far enough ahead so that I have time to circle back and fix mistakes or implement tweaks as I discover the need.

I still have to send the book to my editor and do all of the publication prep, but I am tentatively hoping to publish somewhere around mid-late December. (The official pre-order date is Feb. 22, which was the latest date I could select when setting it up, because I tend to be too optimistic about how long projects will take me, and didn’t want to miss the deadline.)

I’ve put together a temporary cover, which you can see below.

I like illustrating, but going forward I’m probably going to have a professional cover designer make my covers. Keeping up with the trends and the skills of design (and not just painting) is a full time job, and I am a full time writer, not a full time cover artist.

Magic always has its price.
Beware that you do not sacrifice more than you can bear to lose.

Siobhan’s story continues in A Binding of Blood.

I’m going to be testing out replacement covers for this series this winter, and I’m interested to see what the designer comes up with!

If you’d like to support the story and own a copy of your own, you can also get A Conjuring of Ravens as an ebook or paperback. I’m hoping to start audiobook production soon!

In a world where magic is a science, Siobhan Naught is a genius.
But even geniuses need schooling.

As an update on my last blog post, the audiobook publication of Gods of Ash and Amber is in progress! All edits were completed, and the files have been submitted. They’re going through the quality review process and should be pushed through to bookstores soon.

I’m very excited.

Okay, it’s back to the ink mines for me!

Happy Reading,

Azalea

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Gods of Ash and Amber Audiobook – First Draft Finished

Hey guys!
 
I have some good news that many have been waiting a long time for. The Gods of Ash and Amber Audiobook is finished! (Well, the first draft, anyway.)
 
It’s still in edits to fix minor errors, but this means that it should be completely finished soon, and after that up for sale on Audible, Amazon, and iBooks!
 
I can’t give an exact date, because the quality review and bookstore upload process is done by people on Audible’s back end, and it varies. However, I’m optimistic it should be available toward the end of this month or early next month.

If you are an audio lover and haven’t listened to the Seeds of Chaos series, why not check them out now!

View Book 1 on Audible

If you have an Audible subscription plan, you can get the first 2 books, which are over 31 hours combined, together for a single credit. 

View the Omnibus on Audible

I know some of you have been waiting for a long time for this. I’m sorry it took so long, and thank you for enjoying the books enough to care.
As promised, anyone who supports me on Patreon and has contributed $15 or more over the lifetime of their support will get a free Audible download code when the book goes live in the store.
 
What’s up with me: I’m toiling away in the ink mines, working on the next book in the A Practical Guide to Sorcery Series, which has received a very positive and encouraging reception. I’ve got so many ideas for this series and these characters, and the story is a joy to write.
 
My goal, as it always seems to be, is to get a little faster at this whole story-production process. I’m trying some new things to help with that, from outsourcing some things that I can, but don’t necessarily have to do myself, to a new story-planning process that might streamline some of the common obstacle points I face while writing the story.
 
We’ll see if it works. I’d love to be able to write more high-quality books in the same amount of time. I’m pretty sure you guys would like that, too. 🙂
 
Anyways, back to the mines for me. As always, Happy Reading,
 
Azalea

Special Offer February 11-26

I’m excited to announce a Special Offer I’m running along with the launch of the first book in A Practical Guide to Sorcery, A Conjuring of Ravens! This offer is available for only two weeks, through February 26.

All pledges at $7 or more will receive a faux-celerium Conduit keychain (in our world it’s known as raw quartz). This level also includes early  access to the next 3 chapters of the story, which will be getting into  Book 2, A Binding of Blood, and all the illustrated excerpts from  Siobhan’s grimoire. 


Pledges at $25 or more will also receive a personalized paperback copy of the book, with your name in it and a message from me on the first page, along with a signed bookplate sticker I designed for this story. The bookplate sticker is meant to go inside the book, but you can do whatever you want with it.

My goal here is to reach the 25 patrons milestone. When we reach that point, I will post an extra 2 chapters within the following week.

If we hit 35 total patrons, I will post a map of University grounds, big enough to have printed, and an omake chapter that you guys give suggestions for and vote on. It  can be from any side character’s POV, and explore their experience of  something that happened in A Conjuring of Ravens. Want to know what  happened with the coppers or the Morrows after their fight with Siobhan  at the end of Book 1? Want to know what a random side student feels like  going to class with Sebastien Siverling, who doesn’t remember their  name even after months in the same dorm and same classes? Want to see  what schemes the girl who has a crush on Sebastien comes up with to get  his attention? You guys decide what you want to see (though I will veto  anything that would disrupt the plot, like seeing into an important  character’s head on a topic that is supposed to remain hidden,) and I  will write it.

If we somehow hit 50 total patrons by February 26, I  will post 4 bonus chapters within a week, a map of University grounds,  and either 2 omake chapters or 1 omake and your choice of Siobhan’s next  illustrated grimoire excerpt.

What if I only pledge at $ 7+ for one month, then stop?
You  will still get the Conduit keychain/personalizd paperback/bookplate  sticker, as well as my thanks for your support, and will just lose  access to the normal rewards of whatever tier you chose after your month  of membership is up, like advance chapters and the grimoire excerpts.

What if I pledge at less than $7?
I  won’t be able to send you any of the bonus physical gifts, but you will  still get access to whatever rewards are available at the tier you  choose, and you still get my sincere gratitude. Plus, if we get to the  goal milestones, while you may not get early access to  chapters, you’ll still get multiple releases in a week, and you’ll get  the map and the omake chapter(s) at even the lowest tier! Patrons can be  at any level–they do not need to be at $7 or above.

I’m already a Patron, what about me?
You’re  set to get whatever rewards are available at your tier without doing  anything, just make sure I have your correct mailing address if you’ve moved since becoming my patron. If you’re below the level for physical goods like the  personalized paperback, and you would like to get them, you’ll need to  upgrade your tier before the 26th.

What if I pledge at one of the higher tiers, like Archmage or Free-Caster?
You  will get all of the the special offer gifts, as well as whatever  rewards come with your tier normally. A spell of your design in the  official story, or a short story with the characters and prompt of your  choice.


Do you guys have any questions? Just let me know in the comments, or send me a message. 

If you have friends who might be interested in this, let them know! More patrons, at any level, means a better chance for those goal milestone rewards. 

A Conjuring of Ravens: Pre-Order

I’m super happy to announce that the first book in my new Practical Guide to Sorcery series is up and available for pre-order as an ebook.
 
It’s only $2.99 for the pre-order period, but it will be going up to the standard $4.99 price after launch week.
In a world where magic is a science, Siobhan Naught is a genius.
 
But even geniuses need schooling.
 
Siobhan will do anything to learn magic.
 
But she’s just been banned from the country’s only magical university.
 
As the unwitting accomplice to the theft of a priceless magical artifact, she has suddenly become a wanted criminal. There are fates worse than death, and if caught, she will face them. Unwilling to give up on her dream of becoming the world’s most powerful sorcerer, she resolves to do whatever it takes to change her fate.
 
Even if it means magically disguising herself as a boy and indebting herself to a gang of criminals to pay for University tuition.
 
With the coppers after her, the pressure of trying to keep her spot in the devilishly competitive magic classes, and the gang calling in favors to repay her debts, Siobhan will need every drop of magic she can channel.
 
It is currently available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and iBooks.
Get your copy now for 40% off!: https://books2read.com/u/m0wPEl
 
More stores (and the paperback!) will be coming soon, and for those of you who are interested in audio, I will be starting the search for a narrator as soon as the final book in the Seeds of Chaos series is completed.