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Gods of Ash and Amber Pre-Release Audio Chapters

Hey guys!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the audiobook for the final Seeds of Chaos book. I’ve got good, bad, and more good news.

Good news #1: It’s in production! Natalie has the book and is working on it.

Bad news: Due to some unavoidable life issues Natalie’s been facing, recording has been slowed.

Good news #2: For those of you who are eager to listen now rather than wait until the whole audiobook is available for purchase, patrons at the $5 (Journeyman) tier can listen along as chapters are completed.

We hope to finish at least 2 chapters per week, and likely more than that.

Once the book is completed and live on Audible/iTunes, anyone who has contributed a lifetime amount of $15 or more will get a free Audible download code for the finalized audiobook. We’re not sure exactly when it’ll be available for regular purchase, but I’m hoping February or March.

Click here to become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/azaleaellis

Go here to listen to all current chapters: https://www.azaleaellis.com/audiobbooks/listen-to-gods-of-ash-and-amber/

You’ll need to be logged in as a patron to access that page.

Hopefully this will tide over those of you who’ve been waiting to experience the ending!

As always, Happy Reading!

Azalea

Typo Hunting Team Recruitment

Hey guys!

I just got the completed first novel in the Practical Guide to Sorcery series back from my awesome line editor. We’ve made some changes made here and there. Mostly prose, but also some minor alterations to the story. “A Conjuring of Ravens” is going to be published around the end of January. (No pre-order links yet.)

If any of you are interested in reading a pre-release version of this book (Chapters 1-37, plus a prologue) before it’s officially available, I am looking to put together a Typo Hunting Team. This story has already been gone over several times, but inevitably things slip through the cracks, or mistakes are created while editing or tweaking other things. I want to get more sharp eyeballs on it.

Those of you who are interested can sign up here: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/a1y2t4

As a thank you, people who join the team and complete the assignment will be getting a paperback copy of the published book, a signed bookplate sticker (it goes in the front of your book just like an author signature), and a $20 e-gift card to the bookstore of your choice. 

Let me know if you have any questions! 

As always, Happy Reading!

Azalea

Seeds of Chaos Whole Series Discount

Hey guys!

Until Midnight, I’m running a discount on the whole Seeds of Chaos Series, at over 70% OFF. If you haven’t picked up any of the books in the series, now is the time to grab them!

Finish the series at a discount here: https://amzn.to/3mYxSg0

If you have friends who would be interested, share the above link with them! The first book is FREE, so they can try it out and by the time they realize it they’re hooked on the story with no hope of ever leaving… Ahem. I mean. Yeah, the first book is free, so they can try it and see if they like it.

Happy reading!

Azalea

First Goal Reached! (Extra Chapter)

We’ve reached ten patrons, which is the first goal! Thank you all very much for your support. It means a lot to me to see other people enjoying this story.

As promised, I will be posting an extra chapter as a thank you. It will come out on Sunday the 29th, on my website like always.

After that, it’ll be the regularly schedule Thursday chapter, until we reach twenty-five patrons, when I will post two extra chapters!

Thank you again, and as always, happy reading!

Azalea

GOAA Paperbacks + Updates

Hey guys! I hope all of you are doing well during these difficult times. My family and I are all alright, though some of us have been struggling with diminished incomes and the lifestyle restrictions of the stay-at-home order in Idaho. Personally, my lifestyle hasn’t changed too much, since I have a home office and am a bit of a homebody anyway, but I am looking forward to things going back to normal.

The Seeds of Chaos series is finished with the last book, Gods of Ash and Amber. Thank you very much to everyone who bought the book, recommended the series to their friends, or otherwise helped support me.

Both ebook and paperback options are now available. You can see the proof copy of the paperback above, which took sooo long to print and come to me with the delays due to the coronavirus. Below is an interior shot.

I’ve had some questions about when the audio version will be released, but I don’t have a timeline on that yet. Audio is quite expensive, especially for long books like my own. I do plan to complete audiobooks of the entire series (except the novella), but I’m a few thousand dollars away from being able to produce the final book. 

As a small bonus to celebrate the end of the series, I mocked up a little threat dossier on Eve for those of you on my newsletter. 

Coming next is a new series, A Practical Guide to Sorcery. It’s a hard fantasy series (magic is a science, with a cost for everything it gives) centering around a young woman who is determined to become the most powerful sorcerer in her generation. I’ve written most of the first book, and am going to do an experiment with serializing it chapter-by-chapter on this website before official publication. The first chapter will be coming out at the end of next month, though you can read a short excerpt now. 

I have SO MUCH fun writing this new series, so I hope you guys will have fun reading it as well. 

Ciao for now!

Azalea

Gods of Ash and Amber Progress

Gods of Ash and Amber is the next book in the Seeds of Chaos series, for those of you who don’t know.

I finished writing the 115th page earlier today, and this is what it looks like at the moment.

I’m making pretty good progress, and if things continue in this vein, the book should be finished and available for purchase by the end of the year.

In other news, I’m working on a couple cool projects.

I’m creating an illustrated dossier on the Seal of Nine (Eve’s) team that will contain little “photos” of the characters and threat assessments. Kind of like what the CIA (or NIX) might compile for a high-profile threat.

It will be going out to the people on my newsletter, probably sometime next month, so if you’d like a chance to get it for free, just sign up.

I’m also creating a compilation/box set of the first two books in the series, which will be getting cool new cover artwork. That, too, should be coming out next month.

That’s all for now, and back to the writing for me, guys!

Azalea

Audiobook-Gods of Myth and Midnight

The audiobook for Gods of Myth and Midnight, (the book which I have taken to calling “The Beast” because it’s so big), is live in stores. Natalie Duke, narrator extraordinaire, once again did a fantastic job.

Click here or on the image to listen to the first five minutes.

If you are an Audible member, this $30 audiobook can be had with a $15 credit, approximately 50% off, which is a great deal. If you’re not, they’re offering 2 free audiobooks to new members through this link. (Keep your books forever, even if you cancel.)

It’s also available on Amazon and will go live on iTunes whenever they get around to updating my book page.

In other news, I’m writing the next book in the series now (after taking a break from Seeds of Chaos for a few months), and making pretty quick progress so far. It is tentatively titled Gods of Ash and Amber, and will be the penultimate book in the Seeds of Chaos series.

Azalea

Audiobook-Gods of Rust and Ruin

Shoutout to my audio fans. Gods of Rust and Ruin is available in audiobook now, and perhaps even more beautifully produced than the first book. Natalie Duke once again did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, and I’ve been getting compliments about her male voices–they don’t sound squeaky and artificial.

If you’d like to check out the audio sample, just click on the image below.

Gods of Rust and Ruin audio sample

For those of you who missed the first book, here’s a link to it: Gods of Blood and Bone Audio. If you already have the ebook, the audio is available for even cheaper than normal via the Whispersync link on either Amazon or Audible’s book page.

If you don’t have an Audible subscription already, you can get the book free when you sign up with them. Otherwise, it’s also available on Amazon and iTunes.

If you’re coming to my website from the audio version, sign up for my newsletter to be notified directly when the next book in the series is produced. I’ll be sending Gods of Myth and Midnight to Natalie in a few days so she can get started on it. People on my newsletter also get a free copy of Gods of Smoke and Stars, the novella set at the end of Book 3 with a cast of all our beloved characters.

Anyway, I better get back to work so I can write more stories for you guys.

Happy Reading,

Azalea

[The Art of] Gods of Smoke and Stars: A Seeds of Chaos Adventure

Gods of Smoke and Stars is live on Amazon, and has been sent to all the people on my newsletter list. I’m setting it up so that future signups will get the free download link automatically, so you’re not out of luck if you haven’t already signed up for it.

While I was creating the cover this time, I took some screenshots of the process. This was the fastest I’ve ever created a cover, at about ten unbroken hours of work. Of course, I regretted that afterward when I realized I hadn’t eaten that day, my hands had started shaking, and I was dizzy with the lack of sustenance.

One interesting thing about line work is that noses are way bigger than we think they are. When you outline a nose, it (the width especially) always looks disproportionate to the face. I taught myself to draw as a young teenager, and I remember being shocked at how big and broad my nose was when I did my first realistic self-portrait.

My old computer died in a way that I couldn’t fix myself a couple days before I did this illustration. I’m a pinch-penny so spending money on a new computer was painful to my soul, but I really like my new set-up. The screen is big enough to illustrate things without zooming in and out constantly, and I can now have two windows or applications visible at the same time.

I really suck at hair, and my next artistic goal is to get better at it. Still, the writing comes first so it might take a while.

And voilà! All finished. I want to do more stuff like this. I’ve started an illustration of another character in GOSS, and I’m puttering away at it as I have time. This is also a good reminder to me that I have posters I want to do a giveaway for. They’ve been sitting around for a while because I haven’t had time to coordinate the giveaway. Things like this make me wish I had an office assistant. (“Maybe one day,” Azalea says wistfully, looking off into the distance with a misty expression.)

Other relevant updates:

GOMM’s paperback (Book 3) is available for purchase, just in case I forgot to mention that when it went live.

GORR (Book 2) is coming out in audio sometime in January, probably mid-month.

Gods of Myth and Midnight Ebook Available

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.

Read Now

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.