Kings River Life Reviews Pocket Full of Tinder (#fantasy #giveaway)

Kings River Life is a California magazine with local focus and global appeal. They have a companion site that reviews mystery, fantasy, and horror. A few years ago, they took an interest in the Noon Onyx series, so I sent them a copy of my latest and asked if they wanted to review it. Happily, they said yes. Their publisher sent me the link yesterday and, I have to say, it contains one of my favorite quotes yet:

A good series that isn’t afraid to throw game-changers into the mix. It’s as if Mary Tyler Moore was hired to play Kojak.—Kings River Life

Reading that made me smile. (IMDb describes The Mary Tyler Moore Show as portraying “the lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home” and Wikipedia says Kojak was “stubborn and tenacious in his investigation of crimes—and also displayed a dark, cynical wit, along with a tendency to bend the rules if it brought a criminal to justice.”) I didn’t watch either showbut it’s nice to have Noon compared to such iconic characters.

What do you think? Have you seen The Mary Tyler Moore Show or Kojak

You can enter to win a print copy of Pocket Full of Tinder by commenting on the Kings River Life Review. While you’re there, check out the magazine. If you like what you see, consider subscribing. A winner will be chosen by March 11, 2017. Good luck, all!

Jill Archer, Noon Onyx series, Pocket Full of TinderClick here for my thoughts on reviews and my review policy.

Thank you to Kings River Life and everyone else who reviewed my latest novel. You all are terrific for taking an interest in the series!

A final, quick programming note:

I know I owe everyone some 2017 Reading Challenge posts. I blame it on February being a short month… and a bunch of other stuff that would take too long to write about and would border on IIO (irrelevant-info-overload – TMI’s less awkward, but more infinitely more boring cousin). I’ll be posting my thoughts on February’s reads and March’s choices very soon, however. Until then, happy reading and writing!

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Night Owl Reviews Pocket Full of Tinder – TOP PICK!

Pocket Full of Tinder is a Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK!

Pocket Full of Tinder does not disappoint. It has all that I have come to expect from Ms. Archer… action, character building, friends (what’s a good story without the side characters), demons, couples and an arc that will leave you saying… I need to read the next book now!!!

So thankful for everyone’s interest and support! 🙂

RELEASE DAY FOR POCKET FULL OF TINDER!

Last New Year’s I celebrated with a bunch of my friends and had a really great time, but I was still inwardly bummed about 2015 and vowed this year would be different. I picked two resolutions and promised myself no matter what I’d figure out how to accomplish them. The first was to finally self-publish already! I’d been talking about it for years and it felt like this gaping hole in my author resume. Everyone was self-publishing (or so it felt to me) and I was stuck on the sidelines. 2015 was the year I published nothing, which felt really crappy. (In my defense, I was still writing and submitting, but since the proposal we’d been shopping around didn’t sell, it felt like a wasted year writing-wise even though, if it were anyone else, I would tell them ABSOLUTELY NOT – that any and all time spent in the pursuit of your passion, or which could lead to paid written work, is time well spent and… blah blah blah. I published nothing in 2015 was all I could think about.)

My second 2016 New Year’s resolution? To get a bookish job so I could afford to self-publish the way I wanted to. I started working as a librarian this past June, which has been fantastic, but TODAY, with only two weeks to spare, my #1 goal for 2016 has been met. (Yay!)

If you haven’t already bought Pocket Full of Tinder, TODAY IS THE DAY! Forget about that midnight showing of ROGUE ONE. What you really want to be doing tonight is reading PFoT!

More reviews are trickling in…

Trinitytwo at The Qwillery gave the book a fantastic review (and there’s a separate giveaway for the book there too!):

There is something for everyone in Pocket Full of Tinder: magical skirmishes, romance, espionage, betrayal, death, and redemption… Noon Onyx is a great heroine… Although powerful and extremely badass, Noon’s decisions are tempered by an admirable degree of love and compassion. I appreciate that she has a great sense of humor, is fiercely loyal to her friends and that she has one heck of a stylist… Archer has taken the series to new heights… I am a big fan of this series and hope to read about Noon’s life and adventures for years to come.

Luna Lovebooks from One Book Two called the book:

Heartbreaking… uplifting… devastating… the best Noon novel yet.

and Gikany & Una at That’s What I’m Talking About said they were:

Thrilled to be back in this unique and fascinating world… The supporting characters are just as compelling as Noon… We cannot wait to see what happens next…

I’ll continue to share positive and mixed reviews that are sent to me. I cannot thank those who have already reviewed the book enough. I’m humbled and grateful for all the kind words.

If you received an ARC and haven’t yet posted a review, TODAY’S THE DAY to share your thoughts on Goodreads, Amazon, and wherever else you hang out online.

If you pre-ordered, or buy the book today, please try to post a review by this weekend. Reviews help keep Amazon’s search algorithm juiced. I’d love to see if I can break into the Top 100 in the Fantasy New Adult category. (Is that even possible with this book? I don’t know! It’s been on pre-order for longer than it should have been, it’s a fourth book in a series where the first book is the highest priced one in the series, there’s been two years in between the last book and this one… basically, if I can break the Top 500 in my Amazon category it would be a Christmas miracle. I think in the time it took to write this post, my rank actually went down. So, for the record, if my rank tanks I’m still going to stubbornly consider this release a success because – hello?! – didn’t you read paragraph one? 😀 )

THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU for all the shares, likes, tweets, posts, purchases, and reviews. No one can launch a book alone. I’m so grateful for your enthusiasm and support.

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Release Day Blitz!

A bunch of bloggers agreed to help me spread the word about today’s release. They’ll be sharing excerpts, teasers, Q&As, and chances to win my release day giveaway: a $25 Amazon eGC + a signed set of Noon Onyx books. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada. To see the list of participating bloggers, click here. For my complete giveaway rules, click here. And to stay up to date on all of the Bewitching Book Tours blog posts, spotlights, and reviews, click here.

POCKET FULL OF TINDER: Blog Tour Kick Off and Other News

What I Learned from Self-Pubbing B4

I kicked off Pocket Full of Tinder‘s blog tour yesterday with a post at fellow author Marsha Moore’s place: 8 Things I Learned from Self-Publishing my 4th Novel.

There are also two nice spotlights at Books N Pearls and Sapphyria’s Book Reviews where you can enter to win my tour-wide giveaway (details below).

Still Available on NetGalley

Pocket Full of Tinder is still available to reviewers through NetGalley. Click here to request a copy! While you’re there, check out the other great books being offered by fellow SFWA members.

Please Review!

If you received an early copy of Pocket Full of Tinder, please review it. Amazon doesn’t allow reviews to be posted before the release date, but Goodreads does. Next week, I’m hoping everyone who received an ARC will post reviews as widely as possible – on Goodreads, Amazon, iTunes, Nook, your blogs, and wherever else you hang out online.

The number of reviews a book gets has a direct impact on its success. If you want to read more Noon Onyx books, help support the series by writing a review.

A big shout out and thank you to Matt at Bibliomania Book Reviews for his early review:

May be the best book in the Noon Onyx series to date… The genre-bending nature of Jill Archer’s novels is inventive and refreshing, and world-building is one of her greatest strengths… Those who are new to the series should read all of the previous books first to get the full impact of this one, but [there is] enough backstory that it is possible for a new reader to jump in.

And to Lissette Manning, a.k.a. LizzieBeth at Simplistik, for her wonderful review. Loved her description of Noon:

A headstrong heroine who… is decisive and is often led by her emotions, yet she will never back down from a fight. She will do everything possible to set all wrongs to right, even if it means she’ll die trying…. This is a series that sinks deep into your heart.

Thank you too to those of you who have left reviews at Goodreads! I tread carefully there because I think it’s a sacrosanct reader space. So I don’t comment here on reviews there. However – they are VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!

Still Available for Pre-Order!

Even if you received an advance copy, please consider pre-ordering. Pocket Full of Tinder‘s price is half the price of previous books. (It’s less than lots of the crap stuff they sell at Five Below!)

Amazon | iTunes | Kobo

In Other News…

  1. I’m going to be doing a release day blitz with Xpresso Book Tours. Originally, I’d wanted to do another release day party at Bitten by Books (I really enjoyed the last one), but Rachel’s not currently scheduling them. Giselle at Xpresso was able to book a little blitz for me on short notice. She’s also based in Canada and I thought it might be nice to reach out to more Canadian readers. My release day giveaway is a $25 eGC and signed books. That giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada! 🙂

  2. I received an email the other day from BookBub. For one brief crazy half-second, I got excited. BookBub?! I mean, everyone talks about BookBub as if your launch will fail if you’re not using it. (Disclaimer for any new followers, my Twitter bio used to say, “Queen of Hyperbole”). But then I remembered I’m not doing a BookBub ad. (Pocket Full of Tinder isn’t even a good candidate because it’s not heavily discounted and it’s not a first-in-series). Then I read the email:

    Your new release alert will be sent to your BookBub followers. You currently have 4 in the US.

    Seriously, WordPress, where is your laughing/crying emoji? Clearly, I have not been encouraging my followers to sign up for new release alerts over at BookBub – and I’m still not! If you are a new follower/fan/friend who is interested in receiving new release alerts, please sign up for my newsletter. That said, I appreciate BookBub’s handling that for me and I would definitely like to do business with them in the future. 😉


  3. Penny took her first flying lesson!
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More about my BBT Giveaway

The winner will receive their choice of either:

#1 – an Etsy “Book Lover” prize pack, which includes a book hoarder dragon poster, a dozen book page flowers, six book wine charms, and a pair of book earrings. (U.S. Only for Option #1. If these items are no longer available on Etsy, winner will receive Option #2); or

#2 – $50 worth of fantasy books from Book Depository and a $25 Etsy gift certificate.

For my complete giveaway rules, click here.

Thank you, everyone, for following this blog and supporting the Noon Onyx series! You are all amazing and awesome!

POCKET FULL OF TINDER is now available on NetGalley (#fantasy)

Pocket Full of Tinder is now available on NetGalley. If you are interested in getting an advance review copy via NetGalley, click here, sign in or register, and request a copy. I offered it via SFWA’s NetGalley co-op, which is a terrific benefit to members. (Why join SFWA?) Check out the other ARCs being offered by fellow SFWA members here.

Other ways you can get an ARC of Pocket Full of Tinder

Goodreads Giveaway

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Giveaway ends December 01, 2016.

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My Author Newsletter

I’ll be offering ARCs via my newsletter one more time before the book’s release. Click here to subscribe.

Don’t Forget to Pre-Order!

Pre-orders help support the series. There will be at least one more book. What happens after that depends on readers!

Amazon

iTunes

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When Pocket Full of Tinder releases on December 15, 2016, it will also be available for purchase on Nook and CreateSpace.

POCKET FULL OF TINDER: #GoodreadsGiveaway

Want a chance to win one of ten signed advance copies of Pocket Full of Tinder? Then enter the Goodreads giveaway!

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Giveaway ends December 01, 2016.

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In other news:

Saw Doctor Strange this weekend. Thought it was great. I’m not sure it was as cerebral as some reviewers have said (ahem, EW, I’m looking at you), but I do love a good origin story. Visually, it reminded me of Inception and Insurgent).

Also watched the first two episodes of Timeless, which was good. E loved it. I’m interested enough to keep watching.

If you’re doing NaNo this month – GOOD LUCK!!!

And… if you live in the U.S. (you know where I’m going with this last bit, right?) – Don’t forget to vote tomorrow! I can’t imagine that anyone who follows this blog won’t, but I have, on occasion, talked to people who have a false belief that their vote won’t count. Huh? Every vote counts. If you have a right to vote – exercise it. The fact that you live in a non-battleground state, the fact that you think your voice will be better heard online than in the voting box, or the fact that you’re fed up with this election aren’t good excuses. Vote!

Tomorrow, Penny, E, and I will be home watching CNN. On Wednesday, I’ll have the fabulous Suzanne Johnson here, who will be discussing the worldbuilding in her Sentinels of New Orleans series. Belle Chasse, the penultimate book, releases tomorrow, so pre-order now!

Best wishes for Monday, all!

Pocket Full of Tinder Pre-Order Links (#Fantasy #Paranormal)

I have pre-order links for Noon Onyx #4!

Pre-Order on Amazon

Pre-Order on iTunes

Pre-Order on Kobo

The digital version is $3.99 and the print version will be $12.99. That digital price is the lowest price of any book in the series so, even if you haven’t yet read a Noon Onyx book, I’m hoping it’s an easy entry price. Yes, I know it’s not $0.99 — and it likely never will be. (So, please don’t wait for it to go on sale; if you want to buy it, please pre-order it now 🙂 ).

When the book releases on December 15, 2016, it will also be available on Nook and CreateSpace.

Want a Sample Booklet?

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Interested in receiving a sample booklet with Pocket Full of Tinder’s prologue and first chapter? Then use my Contact Page to send me your U.S. mailing address. (While supplies last. My newsletter subscribers get first dibs.)

Have a wonderful Halloween weekend, everyone! Don’t forget to pre-order before your weekend festivities!!

Pre-Order on Amazon

Pre-Order on iTunes

Pre-Order on Kobo

THANK YOU!!!

THIS BOOK WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE AMAZING SUPPORT OF THE INDIE AUTHOR COMMUNITY, THE READERS WHO HAVE PATIENTLY WAITED FOR ME TO CONTINUE NOON’S STORY, AND MY OWN STUBBORN INSISTENCE TO KEEP WRITING IN THE FACE OF SOME VERY STRONG HEADWINDS.

TO MIX METAPHORS, I’M GOING BACK TO MY ROLLER COASTER ANALOGY — PRE-ORDER LINKS MEAN THAT WE ARE AT THE VERY TOP OF THE LIFT HILL, BALANCED FOR ONE BRIEF MOMENT (OR FOR THE NEXT 49 DAYS) BETWEEN THE MASSIVE HEAVY LIFTING THAT HAS BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT AND…

THE UNKNOWN…

My Thoughts on Reviews (#writing #publishing advice)

As I head into the pre-release period for Pocket Full of Tinder, I figured it would be a great time to share my thoughts on reviews, readers, and writers.

  1. A reviewer’s opinion is never wrong. Ever. Their interpretation of your story is what it is. You can’t change it. Nor should you try to. The wonderful thing about writing and publishing (as opposed to keeping your work locked in a drawer) is that it becomes a dialog of sorts between you and the reader. A reader’s own backstory and experiences become a part of the reading experience. That explains, in part, why fairy tale retellings are so popular. The amount of story information that is immediately conveyed when a character has a red hood or a magic mirror or a glass slipper is incredible. Include two words in your character description and suddenly a reader is drawing upon generations-worth of mythological information. (That’s, obviously, a very simple explanation of how the unwritten dialog between an author and a reader works.) The bottom line is: A writer can’t control that final missing piece of their story – the reader’s interpretation of it. Which is all to the better. If we could, it would be like writing a story for ourselves. Boring! The risk and uncertainty involved with crafting something that requires a last sine qua non from someone else is what makes the writing process challenging and worthwhile.
  2. In the unlikely event that a reviewer states something factually incorrect about your book, I’m still not sure I’d argue with them. Writers, you’ll have to judge this for yourselves based on the situation, but I don’t think it’s worth it. Quibbling over minor book details seems petty as best, and insecure and antagonistic at worst.
  3. What happens if a reader or a reviewer is mistaken about you personally? This is a tougher situation and it’s only happened to me once. Years ago, a reviewer posted a review that included thoughts on me and my personal beliefs. What was said was so egregious that I felt I had to correct the record (privately, at least). I ended up reaching out to her via email and we actually had a nice exchange. I have no idea if she continued reading my books or not, but the experience ended up being (for the most part) a positive one.
  4. From the perspective of the writer, bad reviews suck. There’s no getting around it. We all want everyone to love our books. (Although, that analogy that your book is your baby isn’t one I subscribe to). But we all know, either consciously or deep down, that it is IMPOSSIBLE for everyone to adore our work. Simply impossible. And the more you want your work read, the more you’ll find readers who don’t like it. It’s a math equation. The answer isn’t hiding your work and living in fear. The answer is always to KEEP ON. I don’t want bad reviews (who does?!) but, at this point, I’m more afraid of the fact that, four years after being published, I’m still a slow writer. And that I promised to finish a series in which I have no control over the first three books. (Commercial suicide, people, don’t try this at home! More on that later. Maybe.)

What about positive or mixed reviews? How should a writer handle those?

With cartwheels and confetti and ticker tape parades!!!

Seriously though, unequivocally enthusiastic and supportive reviews will keep you going during those inevitable times when you want to throw in the towel. (If you are a writer who has never thought about quitting, then you are either new to the game or some sort of unprecedented confidence-crackerjack.)

And mixed reviews contain all sorts of valuable information. I love thorough, thoughtful reviews that discuss the many different aspects of a novel.

What’s my policy on sharing reviews?

Since I’ll be reaching out soon and asking for reviews of Pocket Full of Tinder, here’s my policy on sharing the reviews:

First, I hope you’ll review Pocket Full of Tinder! Readers/reviewers, don’t ever think that your thoughts on a book don’t matter or shouldn’t be shared.

If someone sends me a link to a review (or lets me know about it through social media) and it’s a mixed or positive review, I will share it.

If it’s a positive review, I may also include a quote from it on my “Novels” page and include the reviewer’s blog on my “Book Reviewers & Bibliophiles” blogroll. Quotes might also be included in marketing materials such as bookmarks and media kits.

If it’s a negative review, I’ll ignore it. It’s not sour grapes; it’s business. No one expects those to be shared by the author anyway. (But I still hope that any reviewer who doesn’t like the Noon Onyx series might try something else of mine later.)

That’s it for now because I need to get back to work. Updates and more blog posts later…

Hope everyone is having a fantastic October!!!

Haunted Halloween Spooktacular! (Chance to win Kindle Fire + IT’S FUN!!)

Before I get into the details of the Halloween Spooktacular, I want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who helped make the Pocket Full of Tinder cover reveal as awesome as it could be. I very much appreciate all the shares, likes, tweets, RTs, host posts, Goodreads adds, etc. There is simply NO WAY I could launch a book without your help. I’m still not quite sure what to expect in December, but I do know the more people who know about the book’s release, the better. Hugs to all of you who continue to help me spread the word about the Noon Onyx series!!

(Cover Reveal Giveaway Update: Ann B. won the $25 eGC. The Sneak Peek Tweet Contest is still going on. It doesn’t end until September 30th. PLENTY of chances to win. How to enter? Simply tweet one of my sneak peek tweets. Details here.)

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HAUNTED HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

What is it?

A month-and-a-half-long online event featuring authors who write horror, dark fantasy, and paranormal stories. Our books have magic, witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, and/or all sorts of otherworldly elements.

Who’s participating?

Participating authors include: Marsha A Moore, Laura B. Diamond, JC Andrijeski, N.D. Jones, Ash Krafton, Krista Carlson, Natalie Nicole Bates, Vanta Black, Jenn Windrow, Constance Burris, Kirsten Weiss, Rayna Noire, Roxanne Rhoads, Catherine Winters, Traci Douglass, Jamie K. Schmidt, Sam Baltrusis, Lexxie Couper, Lily Harlem, Angelique Voisen, MA Church, BA Tortuga, Erzabet Bishop, Sam Crescent, Kelex… and me!

Click here for the full schedule.

Where to find me and when

September 19: Urban Fantasy Investigations & Zenny’s Awesome Book Reviews

September 21: Author Kim Richards’ Blog

September 28: ParaYourNormal

October 7: Kayl’s Krazy Obssession

October 19: Books, Dreams, Life

October 20: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang! & Infinite House of Books

October 21: Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

BONUS FACEBOOK PARTY

on October 19

I’ll be hosting a Facebook Halloween-themed party from 2-3 p.m. EST on Oct. 19th. I’ve never hosted a Facebook party before, but with each release, I like to try at least one new thing. This should be lots of fun. I’ll have some quizzes, games, maybe some old Halloween pictures, and PRIZES! Get more details and RSVP here. I’ll post a reminder in a few weeks.

Giveaway

The big giveaway for the Halloween Spooktacular is a Kindle Fire Tablet, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB. Neat, right? There are also smaller prizes being offered by other participating authors like Amazon gift cards, ebooks, and signed print copies of their books. To see the full list of prizes, click here and scroll to the bottom for the Rafflecopter form.

Click here for my complete giveaway rules.

In other news…

And, because posting pure promotion can be perilous (although not, perhaps, as bad as endless alliteration 😉 ), here are a few other updates:

Penny got her braces off. Yay! 😀

A few nights ago, Craig gave a beekeeping talk at the library where I work with another, more experienced beekeeper. They brought in an observation hive (it was like a big wooden suitcase with bees in it), a honey extraction video, and lots of tips for first-timers. Whole families came and it was fun! Hopefully, we’ll have some new beekeepers in our area soon. 🙂

E read Raina Telgemeier’s latest book, GHOSTS, and really enjoyed it. Click here for an audio snippet from NPR books editor Barrie Handyman, who discusses the book’s tough topic (death) and how the author masterfully handled it.

I checked out the first episodes of American Horror Story S6, Haven, Wynona Earp, and The Expanse. The winner (at least for now)? The Expanse. I don’t know when I’ll get to watch again, but want to soon!

Did you have braces? Do you remember the day you got them off? (I did and do).

Does your library offer programs? What’s the best one you’ve ever been to? What program do you WISH would be offered?

Have you read or watched anything good lately?

Best wishes and happy reading, all!

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Cover Reveal: POCKET FULL OF TINDER (#Fantasy #Giveaway)

It’s here!!!!! Today, I’m sharing the new cover for Pocket Full of Tinder, the fourth book in my Noon Onyx series, which will release this December. Below are my thoughts on the cover, links to all of the wonderful bloggers who are participating in the cover reveal, information about the two giveaways I’m offering, and — of course — more information about the book. Please share and enjoy!! Thanks, everyone!!!


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Noon Onyx is back! In this long-awaited fourth installment, Jill Archer returns readers to the dangerous world of Halja, where demons, angels, and humans coexist in an uneasy state of détente.

Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she’s done it all – mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart broken by both love and an arrow, but now she’ll face her greatest challenge yet…

Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest – Rockthorn Gorge. The town’s patron has specifically requested Noon’s help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what’s his. The problem? Lord Aristos – Noon’s new employer – is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heart breaker. And the number one thing he wants is her.

When Rockthorn Gorge’s viaduct is destroyed by Displodo, an enigmatic bomber, killing a dozen settlers and wounding scores more, Noon sets off early to aid in the search and rescue. Ari is listed among the missing and the suspects are legion. But Noon’s search is just the beginning. Her journey forces Noon to confront not only those she loves, but also enemies hell-bent on destroying them.

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My Thoughts on the Cover

I hired Rebecca Frank to custom illustrate and design the cover of Pocket Full of Tinder for me. Rebecca’s a terrific artist, who’s been getting lots of attention lately. (Did you see her work in BookBub’s recent post “19 Fantastic Book Cover Design Resources“?) Because I’ve had three cover artists over the course of four books, I told Rebecca one of the most important things was to maintain a sense of continuity. She did a great job!

I love the clothing details (in particular, the burning leaf motif on the cloak clasp – Rebecca’s brilliant idea), the dark setting (Rockthorn Gorge at night), the fiery pop of the gun (a signal to readers to expect the unexpected), and Noon’s two-toned face and hair (a serendipitous foreshadowing of both character and story).

In all, a very satisfying addition to the series cover gallery, don’t you think?


 Cover Reveal and Series Spotlight Blitz

Interviews

Preternatura: I share what’s on my nightstand now, the books I’ve recently read and can recommend, and some book covers I’ve adored.

Urban Fantasy Investigations: I talk about the first bike I ever owned, a challenging character from Pocket Full of Tinder, and UF/PNR authors with recent releases who are on my TBR List.

Literary Musings: my UPDATED dream cast for the Noon Onyx series, a bit about the bout of writers block I had two summers ago and how I dealt with it, and the hardest part of being an author.

Other Participating Bloggers

Many thanks to each and every blogger who is helping me spread the word about the series and the upcoming fourth book. Indie authors rely on bloggers like those above and below to help us tell the world about our books. At each stop, there are more chances to win the eGC (think of all the books you can buy! 🙂 ). Some of the bloggers may also be sharing a Pocket Full of Tinder excerpt, as well as reviews of the previous three books. Please check out their sites, share their posts, and follow them!!

The Qwillery

The Reading Cafe

Happy Tails and Tales Blog

One Book Two

Books That Hook

Lissette Manning

Literaria

The Silver Dragon Scriptorium

Share My Destiny

Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!

Books, Dreams, Life

Ramblings of a Book Nerd

What the Cat Read

The Book Junkie Reads

Fanatical Paranormal Romantical

More Books Than Livros

The Book Tree

Infinite House of Books

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

3 Partners in Shopping: Nana, Mommy, and Sissy Too!

Books N Pearls

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

T’s Stuff

Don’t Judge, Read

Illuminite Caliginosus

The Cubical Escapee

Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog

Lisa Loves (Books of Course)

Sylv – All About Books and Films

Lisa’s World of Books

Ali – The Dragon Slayer

Books and Tales

Supernatural Central

Just a Little R and R

The Indie Express

Boundless Book Reviews

Special thanks too to Roxanne Rhoads at Bewitching Book Tours, who helped organize this Cover Reveal!


Sneak Peek Tweets and Twitter Contest

Anyone who tweets one of these will be entered to win ANY fantasy book of their choice from Book Depository (so long as Book Depository ships to your address) (up to $10.00). Contest ends on September 30, 2016. One tweet/entry per person per day.

In a dark world, follow one woman’s search for goodness, light, and love…
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Lucem in tenebras ferimus. Into the darkness, we bring light.
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Noon Onyx is back! Return to the dangerous world of Halja in @archer_jill’s upcoming POCKET FULL OF TINDER
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“Have you ever wanted to do half the things you’ve told me you’ve done?”
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My right hand flexed, an instinctive precursor to shaping a weapon.
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“I’m not trying to forget… I’m trying to forgive.”
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My body soared, my stomach dropped, and my perspective of the world changed forever.
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July Update: POCKET FULL OF TINDER #SelfPub

I promised to give a more detailed update of my self-publishing journey in July. Since it’s the last day of July, my day of reckoning has come.

Where am I in the process?

It’s summer so I’m going to use a roller coaster analogy. You know that part of the coaster ride when the chain lift pulls your car to the top of that first, uber-tall lift hill? Well, I’m almost at the top of that.

Shutterstock, roller coaster, Image ID:197772362, Copyright: MyImages - Micha

What the heck is a “lift hill”?

In publishing, it’s EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO GETTING YOUR BOOK READY FOR LAUNCH, which includes:

  • The book:
    • Outline/Research/Buy 12 month supply of coffee, wine, M&Ms… whatever you need to power through
    • Write it! (if this is where you are, DON’T QUIT!!! It’s like getting off the roller coaster before it peaks on the lift hill. Don’t you want to ride the ride?! 😀 )
    • Edit/Revise: I hired Betsy Mitchell to help me and her comments and notes have been terrific. She’s worked with some amazing writers and I was really excited when she said she was interested in working with me. In many respects, it’s been a lot like working with my former editor, Jessica Wade (who I still miss!!). Betsy gave me a four page editorial letter and a marked-up manuscript. As I’ve done with each of my past manuscripts, I started with the localized, easy fixes and am working my way toward solving the bigger, more systemic problems. Revisions are less daunting that way.
    • Proof/Format
    • Design the cover
    • Create the book “extras”: praise page, copyright page, author’s note, discussion questions, acknowledgements, bio, back cover copy, etc.
    • ISBN
  • Distribution plan:
    • Decide what formats you want to offer (I want to offer both digital and print versions, although I might offer the print version a bit later… not really sure yet)
    • Decide where you want to offer your book (I still need to decide whether I want to enroll in KDP Select or go for wider distribution. Have thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments!)
    • Price. I haven’t set this yet but the digital version of Noon #4 will be lower than previous digital versions of books in the series (current Amazon prices for those, which are NOT set by me, are $7.99 for B2 and B3 and $8.99 for B1 – !!) If you have thoughts on price — what you’re willing to pay, what you think readers are willing to pay — let me know in the comments. The price for the print version of Pocket Full of Tinder, on the other hand, will likely be higher than the mass market versions for the first three books. But it’s still nice to have the option to offer print books.
  • Marketing plan:
    • Cover reveal: would be nice to do this when I have my pre-order links ready, but I’ll have to see if this makes sense once I’m at that point (hopefully, soon!)
    • ARCs / advance reviews: this one, I’m still thinking about. LOTS to consider – timing, logistics, etc…
    • Blog tour
    • Release day event
    • Other events: I mentioned already that I’m going to attend HallowRead. Due to my work schedule and the still-uncertain release date, I might just be hanging out in the audience, soaking up all the awesome genre goodness with everyone else. Will keep you posted though — and will let you know of any other places I might be this fall. It’s always fun to meet readers and other writers!!
    • Advertising: I’ll probably buy one/some, but gotta keep it reasonable. While I think ads can be effective in terms of letting readers know what might be available, I’m already worried about blowing my budget. I mentioned before that continuing the Noon series on my own might be a fool’s errand (not because the character, world, and stories aren’t compelling, but for business reasons). I’m determined, however, to release Pocket Full of Tinder and make it the best that I can!!

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Thoughts on my newsletter sign-up pop-up? Are any of you blog subscribers annoyed by it? I hope not! If I designed it right, it should only pop up the first time you visit and then you shouldn’t see it again. But let me know if it’s not working the way I think it is. Obviously, newsletter subscribers are really important to me, but I care about my blog subscribers and casual drop-in visitors too!

Hope everyone’s having a nice summer — full of reading, writing, roller coasters, and other favorite things!

Program Note

I know I’ve been VERY QUIET. Just busy.

The good news is the cover for Pocket Full of Tinder is almost finished – yay! It’s looking so great!! I’m getting ready to send out my June newsletter. In it, I’m going to share a bunch of sketches by my awesome illustrator, as well as a little bit about the process. If you love book covers and behind-the-scenes making-of type stuff, then sign up here.

As with my last newsletter, I’m offering some fun prizes. A $10 eGC to Book Depository –OR– fireball earrings and a SWAG pack, winner’s choice except any winner outside of U.S. gets the eGC. What’s included in the SWAG pack? Red hot cinnamon candy, bookmarks, book charms, book lover buttons, and an artist trading card made and signed by yours truly. I was looking for something unique to give out and ATCs seemed like a neat idea.

To make up for my being MIA at the end of May, I’m going to be posting EVERY DAY UNTIL MID-JUNE (I know, can you believe it?! I warned you about my inconsistent posting schedule. 🙂 ) But, seriously, it’s always good to change things up. In the past, I’ve gone for days (weeks) without blogging and then dumped one to two thousand word posts on you. This time, I’m splitting it up.

Starting today, I’ll be counting down my Top Ten Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows. I also have two guest bloggers scheduled so… Stay tuned and enjoy the posts!!

#Writers: Do you name your chapters? (also: Pocket Full of Tinder update)

Very quick post. I’m nearing the end of Pocket Full of Tinder (yay!!!) and I want to get back to it. Plus, this weekend is Easter and next week, my kids are on Spring Break, which means less writing time for me.

[added later: I left my original intro to this post in here so I could laugh at myself. “Very quick post” = 1,700+ words. Guess I had more to say than I thought. There are headlines to help you navigate this beast and questions for YOU are in red.

Read my post. Enjoy your spring!!]

What have I been up to?

Pocket Full of Tinder – the aforementioned ms. I haven’t yet written THE END, but it’s in sight. Always an exciting time. This book will probably need more internal revisions (before I hand it off to an editor) than any previous book. But that’s okay. I have a revision process that I like. It’s the initial draft that’s always the hardest for me.

(WARNING: some meandering ahead…)

So, a few thoughts about structure for beginning writers or readers who enjoy behind-the-scenes type stuff:

Most of you have heard my “do as they say, not as I do” speech. It applies here sorta. The best advice everyone gives about writing is DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Excellent advice. But kinda general. The trick is to try to learn as much as possible about ALL the methods out there and then pick and choose what works for you. Fine.

Structure generally – if you are BRAND NEW, you should at least be familiar with these concepts: three act structure, hero’s journey, and GMC (goal, motivation, and conflict).

Structure specifically – When I first start plotting, I write GMC for main characters, a rough synopsis (which almost invariably ends in a way the novel WON’T, but it gets me started), some work on the BIG LOCATION of the novel, and a quick description of chapters. Obviously, it’s a fluid, dynamic outline – more of an organic skeleton with all sorts of interconnected, moving parts than a rigid, inorganic, metal scaffold.

Chapter Names

I’ve mentioned previously (maybe here? definitely elsewhere) that I name my chapters. In the past three Noon Onyx books, we took out the chapter names because my editor felt like they foreshadowed too much. I agreed, but I love chapters with names. I’m toying with leaving them in for Pocket Full of Tinder.

[Writers: do you name your chapters? Readers: do you like chapters with names or do you even notice that?]

The chapter names I love the most add another layer of meaning to the story (yep, it’s a thin veneer) but I love it when the name of the chapter gives readers a little clue as to the chapter’s meaning or purpose or when it IS a warning of what might lie ahead.

But sometimes, chapter names are just descriptive sign posts. Sometimes, I think of chapters in the same way I think of movie scenes. (Back in the DVD days, if you wanted to watch a particular scene in a movie, you could load your DVD into the player and pull up a list of scenes in a submenu).

Revising Tip You May Have Never Tried: Label your chapters. Your label can be perfunctory, but it will give you an immediate idea of what the chapter’s purpose is in the story. And if you are struggling to name it… examine it more closely. It probably needs more work. Or maybe it doesn’t belong there. Maybe it belongs somewhere else. Or maybe it needs to be deleted entirely.

Writer Blogs

I follow Chuck Wendig’s blog (most of you probably do too; his language is often colorful but he’s hilarious). The other day, E.J. Wenstrom, one of his “Five Things I Learned” guests said (in the context of much other good advice) that, “Writing a book is a hot mess.” Ain’t it though? I laughed out loud. Pocket Full of Tinder is a hot mess right now. It is one stinking pile of poo. But I will shape that mass of steaming tauri merdam (is that even right? I have no idea. “Track down woman who helps me with my Latin” is #2,097 on my To Do List) into a GREAT NOVEL come Halja or high northern mountains! 😀

As an aside to my aside, I also follow Scalzi’s Whatever blog (his writer guests share their “Big Ideas”), The Qwillery (Sally interviews debut SF/F authors and also some cozy mystery authors), Suzanne Johnson (who helps me keep up on new releases and shares interesting thoughts on writing and publishing; her new book Wild Man’s Curse comes out on April 5th — go pre-order! 🙂 ) I also started following Magical Words recently (don’t know how I missed it before; GREAT posts by Faith Hunter, Diana Pharoah Francis, et al.) There are others I follow too… don’t have time to look through my in-box. Will try to do more comprehensive list later about people I follow as both reader and writer.

[In the meantime, if you have a great blog you follow for writer advice or new release info, please share in the comments!]

Final thoughts on structure/chapter names/my chapters:

Now that I have four tables of contents in front of me, I can see the general structure I follow for each Noon novel (although Dark Light of Day, as the first, doesn’t follow my “formula” as closely).

In the first third of the novel, I set everything up. The central question, the main characters, Noon’s assignment, hopefully some thematic elements. These scenes are always in there:

  • Introduce Noon to the reader
  • Her assignment
  • Preparations
  • Leaving

The trick with each novel is to make each of these scenes feel different. I don’t want the books to feel like repeats. Here’s a comparison of the “intro” scenes from the first three books:

Dark Light of Day

Chapter 1 “Winter Garden”

Noon was introduced as a character with fire magic whose touch instantly kills growing things and whose mere presence threatens them. Because of its destructive nature, Noon hates her magic and dreams of living a different life, becoming a different person.

She feels young, even a bit immature. But her reluctance to embrace herself comes from a good place. Noon wants to heal people and grow gardens. And if her tone sounds grumpy or rebellious… well, I think defiance can sometimes be a good thing.

Fiery Edge of Steel

Chapter 1 “Carne Vale”

A carne vale is a demon execution. Noon’s grudgingly accepted her magic, but she’s still a pacifist at heart. She’s honestly not sure if she can kill in cold blood, even if it’s a rogare demon, which are “the worst Halja has to offer… the lawbreakers, the criminals, the unsanctioned sinners…”

Noon doesn’t feel – as much – as if she’s the victim of fate or things beyond her control. She’s still headstrong but she also recognizes that she has duties and obligations to fulfill. A minor theme of Fiery Edge of Steel was noblesse oblige (or optimus obligatus as it’s called in Halja).

White Heart of Justice

Chapter 1 “The Gridiron”

The most immediate thing I wanted to establish was how much Noon had changed since the first book. The Gridiron is an underground sparring area where St. Luck’s MITs are trained. I opened with Noon in the midst of a fight with Ludovicus Mischmetal (a.k.a. Vicious), who knocks one of her teeth out.

After defeating Vicious, Noon calmly picks up her tooth, pockets it, and asks if she’s still on track to be her school’s pick as the upcoming Laurel Crown Race contender. If she wins the race, she’ll have a say in her future. Noon feels super strong, but also aware that she is a cog in a bigger wheel.

Other quick updates

Pocket Full of Tinder Cover

In the works! Which is also very exciting. My cover artist sent two preliminary sketches to me last week. I might do a bonus newsletter sharing them and other cover thoughts in the future. I’m still mulling over cover reveal options. You all know this is my first time self-pubbing so I need to work out the logistics of pre-pub promo, pre-order links, etc.

The bottom line is that covers are fun and I’m really happy with the direction Pocket Full of Tinder’s is heading in and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!!

Newsletter

In the meantime, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, here’s the sign up link: http://eepurl.com/bAzF7n. The March edition went out already, but I’ve been sending links to it to those people who’ve signed up since. (Will probably do that again next week).

My March giveaway is a pair of fireball laser cut wood earrings + a small SWAG pack –OR– a $10 eGC to Book Depository (winner’s choice). Newsletter subscribers who share via social media or who email me their favorite quote from the books get an extra contest entry. The last one I received was, “The demons’ll get me one day.” (Bragging rights to you if you remember who said that and in which book).

What else have I been up to?

Last weekend, we dyed Easter eggs while it was snowing out. (The Northeast’s weather couldn’t have been weirder, huh?)

Those are snow flurries, not flower petals blowing about in the wind!
Those are snow flurries, not flower petals, blowing in the wind!

My husband’s getting ready to become a beekeeper… Bzzzzz….. (more on this later… maybe)

"NO BEES, NO HONEY; NO WORK, NO MONEY" (Um, I'd better wrap up this post soon!!)
“NO BEES, NO HONEY; NO WORK, NO MONEY” (Um, I’d better wrap up this post soon!!)

I missed celebrating National Puppy Day, which is kinda nuts since I have a puppy! In honor of it, and the movie everyone’s buzzzzzing about (haha, couldn’t resist), here’s a picture of Tug:

Batman v Superdog

[Are you going to see Batman versus Superman? Who do you think would win in a fight – Batman or Superdog?]

And here’s a final picture my younger daughter took. If you celebrate Easter, have a happy one! If not, best wishes for SPRING!!!

"NO WINTER LASTS FOREVER" Winter might be coming soon on HBO, but here in Maryland, it's OVER!! :-D
“NO WINTER LASTS FOREVER” — Hal Borland. Winter might be coming soon on HBO, but here in Maryland, it’s OVER!! 😀

Pocket Full of Tinder (Noon Onyx #4) Newsletter Update – Last Chance!

If all goes well with Mail Chimp, I’m going to be sending out my first quarterly newsletter this week. This is your last chance to sign up before it goes out! If you don’t, you’ll miss out on all the good stuff and will have to find one of the subscribers and beg them to share it with you. 😀

Newsletter

What’s going to be in the newsletter?

  • UPDATE: Pocket Full of Tinder
  • SNEAK PEEK: Frigore Luna, a new Haljan holiday
  • FIRST LOOK: Map of St. Luck’s
  • WHO SAID IT? Match the Quote to the Character
  • BE AN AMBASSADOR: 3 Awesome Things You Can Do
  • CONTEST: Fireball Laser Cut Wood Earrings or a $10 eGC

The update will give readers an idea of what to expect from book #4. I also share my draft back cover copy (still working on it; it may change; I’m worried it might be too confusing/complicated). The sneak peek is a behind-the-scenes look at a new Haljan holiday I created for B4 based on two real world holidays. There’s also a map of St. Luck’s campus and a fun quiz where you can match characters and quotes. Finally, there are three ways you can help me spread the word about the series (do one, two, or all three!) and a contest exclusively for newsletter subscribers. Further dets are in the newsletter.

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What’s the difference between this blog and my newsletter? See this post.

I’ll share some puppy pics, maybe some “On the Fly” pics, and what I’ve been reading and watching soon. So stay tuned and, in the meantime, happy reading and writing!

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We are slowly digging out from under snow storm Jonas, i.e. Snowzilla. Almost two and a half feet here! How about you? How much snow did you get? Are you still trapped?

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What will my newsletter offer?

Newsletter

Quarterly newsletters will be sent every September, December, March, and June. Content will vary but will likely be some combination of:

  • Snippets from old or new work
  • Quizzes
  • Fun quotes and tweets
  • Recipes related to the books
  • Random Facts (background info on characters, etc.)
  • First look at Extras I’ll be adding to my website
  • Interesting stuff I’m researching
  • Meet the Team (bios of people who help me behind the scenes)
  • Be an Ambassador (ways readers can help me spread the word about my books)
  • Contests/Giveaways

Newsletters will also be sent out for each NEW RELEASE!

How will the newsletter differ from the blog?

The newsletter is mostly for readers who like my books and want to hear more about them. Some content, including occasional giveaways, will be exclusive to newsletter subscribers.

This blog will continue to be what it always has been – an inconsistently scheduled mashup of all the things I’m interested in: books, movies/TV shows, writing, day tripping, guest posts, etc.

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Thanks, everyone! Hope you’re all doing well!

Stuck Inside? Here’s what to do…

Read: I’m currently reading Naomi Novik’s UPROOTED.

Write: The chapter I’m currently working on is called “Domesday Weapons.” Have been researching the Domesday Book, allodial title, the ancient Egyptian god Sobek, and Multnomah Falls, among other things.

Here’s a snippet (any bit of which might change before I publish POCKET FULL OF TINDER):

It was a bit eerie staring at myself.

I squinted at the familiar figure – a 22-year old female wearing black pants and a short wool cloak. She stood beside a barghest, a tiger, and a nymph, but though her companions were unusual, my gaze was drawn to her weapon – a fiery pepperbox that flickered dangerously in the hazy greenish-gray mist. Hopefully, the woman and her companions wouldn’t flicker tellingly as well. Fara and I had argued about the weapon, but she’d insisted the gun would look the most confident – if only because it was the most unpredictable.

The spell was called Simulacrum. Fara had recently learned it and suggested we use it this afternoon for our meeting with Acheron. Considering the river demon had chosen the Memento Mori viaduct as the site of our meet, I’d readily agreed. Even if my father hadn’t warned me to use “extreme caution” when meeting him, I would have anyway. Afterall, this was the place where over a hundred people had lost their lives only three short months ago.

Have your kid talk you into using Snapchat’s filters: If you’re getting this post via email, you’re going to have to click through to see my ridiculous selfies. Stay safe & warm, East Coasters!