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.

Audiobook-Gods of Blood and Bone

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.

Gods of Myth and Midnight First Draft Complete

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.

Gods of Rust and Ruin Paperbacks

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.

Seeds of Chaos Book 3: Gods of Myth and Midnight

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?