Just received a preliminary sketch of the new promotional artwork for the second book. Very excited to showcase it once the final art is completed. I've included the previous artwork from the first book above. Get READY FOR YETI!!!
There are certain moments in any story where the protagonist or hero must decide whether to persevere under the most trying of circumstances, or turn back, subjecting him or herself to a life without the purpose that was set forth when they started that journey. The weight and stress of this moment in the story is a pivotal time. We all just assume that the hero with continue, but when we relate this moment to our own lives, we have to wonder what choice we would make. That epic battle that decides the fate of the world can be comparable to a battle against cancer, the success of a business, or deciding whether to continue a marriage. The question that I ask myself is, "are you going to accept the challenges that you have set forth in your hero's journey, or quit the quest that has given purpose to your life." There are no right answers to this question, only whether you're willing to accept the outcome. I say follow that bliss; that path which makes you feel alive, and never give in or give up on your dream.
Here is a list of organizations that do paid reviews for self-published novels, along with the cost. There is also a section that lists different book contests. If you know of any additional review or award organizations, please put them into the comment section and I will add them to the list.
Here is a list of links that Authors can use to market their books. Please feel free to use the comment section to add additional links.
For fans of the first book, here is a short list of some of the characters that will be featured in Sonora, and the Scroll of Alexandria (Book 2 in the Sonora Series).
Yeti - Fun-loving, crazy female warlock guardian.
Abominable Snowman (Abe) - Yeti's twin. A serious, grumpy, strong warlock.
Almas - A professor in Shangra-La, and knowledgeable historian.
Commander Yeren - Warlock, and leader of the guardians on Earth.
Hades - King Salazar's ruthless double agent spy, hidden within the guardian organization.
Apollo - The rebellions own double agent who's identity is unknown.
Cyclops - A one-eyed giant and commander of the guardian outpost at Mt. Olympus.
Bartimus - A gnome, and leader of the defense grid on the outskirts of Sandy, Oregon.
Bod & Mot - Giants who have fled Sonora for Earth.
*I hope that this will give you an idea of the exciting story that I'm writing. Stay tuned for more updates, and an eventual release date for Sonora, and the Scroll of Alexandria.
Goodreads members and fans have asked about when book two will be released, if they can get a copy of the first book for review, and what the status is on the second edition of the first book.
I figured I'd let everyone know about the specifics in one blog post. So, book two in the Sonora Series (Sonora, and the Scroll of Alexandria) will be released at the end of this or the first of next year (January/February 2014). I'm halfway through the first draft, and should be at the editors by fall. The ARC release copies will most likely be sent out via my reviewer pipeline, and massive Goodreads Giveaway.
*Secret Book Two Spoiler --- Yeti will be making HER debut, and Sas will be very excited about the reunion ;)
THE B.E.A.R. GIVEAWAY
I'm very excited to say that the first edition of Sonora, and the Eye of the Titans has been re-edited (due to some unforeseen errors in the first published copy). It is better than ever, and to commemorate the new edition, I'll be doing the first ever B.E.A.R giveaway.
Bloggers, Editors, Authors, and Reviewers will be able to sign up on the website (http://www.sonoraseries.com) for a free copy of the new edition so that they may post reviews, comments, etc. on their blogs, websites, Amazon, Goodreads, and any other book related websites. Signups are now, but the second edition copies wont be sent out until the beginning of September. If you fall under one of the B.E.A.R. categories, please go to the website and sign up, and you will also be eligible for an ARC copy of the second book when it it released!
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As an author, its very easy to take bad reviews to heart. They dig inside you like a cancer, and destroy creativity. You start doubting your ability to express yourself and your characters. A bad review can close you off to the world. The reality is that every author has received a bad review. In fact, some of the most acclaimed writers have received scathing reviews.
Here are a few:
Lord of the Flies
"an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull."
The Great Gatsby
"This is a book of the season only"
No one will ever receive 100% praise for their work. You will always have critics. What you need to decide is whether taking that next step is worth it. Do you really want a career as a writer? If the answer is yes, than the only one inhibiting you from realizing your dream is yourself. From this point forward, you take every review, find the worth in it, and become that much better.
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