Release Day: FORTUNE’S FAVOR (HoA #2)

Heroes of Arcania: Fortune’s Favor Release Day

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Here we go again! I’m excited about doing this trilogy in such a close release (June, July August) and it’s been fun so far. I love hearing about people being mad about the cliffhanger, followed by the quick relief that the next book is right around the corner! Can I just repeat how happy I am that you’re here to celebrate with me as we release book 2 in the #HoA trilogy?! Thank you to everyone for the shares, posts and support.

So here we go: HEROES OF ARCANIA: FORTUNE’S FAVOR!

You can also check it out over on the Goodreads page in case you want to add it to your shelf for later.

Feel free to learn more about the entire trilogy, including sneak peeks and more at HeroesofArcania.com. Books 1 and 2 are now currently available in ebook for Kindle and you can also order signed paperbacks here. And even better, if you grab your copy and happen to review it, send me the link and you’ll get some special swag full of love from me to you!

xo
Liz

Release Day: SUPERNOVA (HoA #1)

Heroes of Arcania: SuperNova Release Day

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Well, today’s the day! I’m so glad you’re here to celebrate with me as we finally release HEROES OF ARCANIA: SUPERNOVA into the reader wild. This release day thing is always nerve-wracking, isn’t it?! Several reviews have been rolling in over on the Goodreads page and I’m thrilled to see so many people loving it so far!

Here’s the skinny on this special release day price: it’s available today only for just $0.99. It’ll go back to the regular price of $2.99 tomorrow, so buy your Kindle copy here for just $0.99!

Want to win some excellent prizes (including gift cards, swag, and books) from myself and other incredible authors? Join our Facebook party and get in on the release day fun!

Feel free to learn more about the entire trilogy, including sneak peeks and more at HeroesofArcania.com. And even better, if you grab your copy and happen to review it, send me the link and you’ll get some special swag full of love from me to you!

I’m excited for you guys to finally meet Nova and Cole – and even Fortune, who is truly my scariest villain to date. I think you’re going to have a lot of fun with this trilogy and can’t wait to hear what you think!

xo
Liz

What to Do After You Finish Your Series

Last weekend, I typed the final words in the last chapter of the third book in the Heroes of Arcania trilogy. I sent the draft off to my editor and betas and currently (impatiently) await their response and ways to make it even better. Books 1 and 2 are complete, uploaded for my pre-order slot and already making their way into ARC readers’ hands. The cover reveal for the entire trilogy is later this week. HoA is well on its way to being out in the world.

Truth be told, the pukey feeling never goes away. This will make books 7, 8, + 9 on my completed shelf, and despite all the positive response so far, the nerves still get to me. BUT I know in my heart that the trilogy is done and the best it can possibly be at this moment in time. That’s enough for me to know it’s ready for the world.

I’ve spent literally years with the Heroes. Nova’s story came to me 4 to 5 years ago; her first draft was completed shortly thereafter. But with my focus on Donovan Circus, Nova’s story was put in a drawer, hidden away until the time was right. And a year ago, when I finally rewrote the first draft and plotted out the rest of the trilogy, that meant a lot of time with these characters and their stories. Most of the last 365 days have been spent with Nova and Cole; when I wasn’t writing their story, I was daydreaming it, considering all the details, actions, and consequences. I have come home everyday for the last 6 months to type even just a couple hundred words; I have been in Arcania so long that it feels like home to me, too.

I was lost last week. I had a book hangover, one I couldn’t shake because I’ve spent at least four years with it. Without a trilogy to finish, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I opened up another standalone WIP, halfheartedly plucking at a few words, but I didn’t have it in me to jump to another story yet. I wasn’t ready to deal with new characters because I was afraid Arcania was still too fresh, enough that it may accidentally bleed into the wrong story.

So here’s the big question that comes after typing “The End”: What next?

And I don’t just mean the marketing that comes during and after a book release. There’s always stuff to be done there, or paperbacks to order, or conferences to attend. This isn’t what I’m talking about. Let’s go beyond the guest blog posts and ads and marketing the trilogy. For example, aside from that stuff, here’s where my brain is at:

  • Do I work on my next book? (And if so, will it be the already-35K-words-in standalone novel? Or Donovan Circus #5? Or…)
  • Do I sit on my couch and catch up on the 173 episodes of my favorite TV shows?
  • Do I read the 77+ books on my TBR pile?
  • Or do I take some time to myself to do absolutely nothing, instead focusing on naps, dog cuddles, and fruity, alcoholic drinks?

Let’s face it: I don’t have a quiet mind, and while sitting around doing nothing is fun for like, a DAY, by the next day I’m feeling guilty for wasting time or missing a possible opportunity. Sitting around might be my style for a while, but it’ll be short-lived. So yes, I can watch 3 movies on a lazy Saturday, but come Sunday, I’m itching for work in any form.

JLo and I booked a weeklong summer vacation in San Francisco, our first real vacation since going on our honeymoon over 4 years ago. I’ve got plenty of books for the flight and poolside. I’ve already agreed to leave my laptop at home (though we all know should inspiration strike, I’ve my trusted tablet/phone/journal to jot down notes) so that I don’t get sucked into work. I’m excited about vacation, even if it isn’t for another two months. I’ve timed it perfectly between the back-to-back releases and even day-job deadlines.

But I’m still feeling a little lost right now. What do you do after you finish your book/series?

The correct answer is: Whatever the hell you want.

There is no wrong answer here. Every author is different. Some can jump right into another story. Usually I can, and have, but this time feels different. Perhaps because in fun standalones, I can move on quickly; and from Donovan Circus, I always know I’ll be back. But for HoA, the story has been told and I’m not quite sure where to go from here. I know I won’t be lost forever – plot details for DC5 are already beginning to nag at me, and my standalone is fun and halfway drafted, so I know it’s only a matter of time. But I want to take my time; I want to enjoy a few nights not chained to my laptop.

But for now, for this week, or maybe even the rest of the month, my mind will take a break to soak in what’s left of Heroes of Arcania. I will read whatever book I want when I feel like it, or perhaps sketch out the first few chapters of DC5. I will catch up on my favorite TV shows or even start new ones. And eventually, I will throw myself back into writing, but as I’ve spent the last year at my keyboard, I know I’m okay taking a short break. And I hope you know that no matter what you decide to do after you finish your book/series, that it’s okay to do what you want, too. Take the time to relax between projects. I think in the long run, it helps us revive our passions for the next project, too, knowing that the previous one is completed.

Update: HEROES OF ARCANIA Trilogy

So. It’s been a while. I swear, for good reason. Life and all that, blah blah blah, but also, because I’m prepping for a huge summer release. I’m not what you’d call a patient person, so to sit on this for as long as I have should at least earn me a donut or two. But, I can’t keep my mouth shut any longer and I had to share an update with you.

HEROES OF ARCANIA will be released this summer. My intent is for each of the three books to be released back to back. SuperNova, book #1 will release in June, with #2 in July, and #3 in August.

I’m hard at work on finishing up book 3 (as 1 and 2 are about to head into my editor’s hands) and I am having so much fun coming up with fun promo pieces. I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks and character profiles soon (note these will also be added to the newly acquired HoA website) but in the meantime, to reward YOU for being so patient, I want to share a special poster I’ve made to get you excited!

Big things are coming and I’m thrilled to share the journey with you. More info coming soon!

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