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Sharon M. Johnston
Publication Date: November 24 2015
New Adult Science Fiction Romance.

A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare. 

Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world. Yet, life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Reed. Torn between love and the obsession, Mishca must decide between the two men. But as the organization responsible for her weird powers moves in, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance.





SOMEONE MUST DIE so I can live. I’ve come to terms with that. Before it turned my stomach, thinking about my donor’s death, but now I’m used to it. Most likely, it’ll be a car accident or a drunken fall. It won’t come from illness or any other natural causes that corrupt human organs and make the deceased ineligible to be a donor. A violent, painful death will be my savior. It’s the only way I’ll ever get my new heart.

I open my eyes and stare upward, hoping the white fluffy clouds splotched against the blue sky will distract me from my imaginings of people dying. I guess I’m not as used to the idea of getting someone else’s heart as I thought. The harsh Australian sun makes me squint.

I swing my legs around and hoist myself upright on the stadium bleacher, looking over the sports field. Readjusting my tank top strap that had slipped off my shoulder, I try to conjure up happier thoughts. At least I won’t be responsible for the person who dies, even if I get a new heart out of the mess.

Yeah, happier thoughts.

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Author Bio:

SHARON JOHNSTON is a New Adult author from sunny Queensland, Australia. She specializes in intriguing stories and soulful contemporaries across category boundaries. Working as a PR specialist by day, in her spare time she writes, blogs for YAtopia and Aussie Owned & Read, spends time with her fur babies, and plays computer games with her family. She’s also been trailed by women wanting to know where she buys her shoes.

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Collision, Book 3 in the Alliance series by Emma L. Adams

It’s release day for Collision, Book 3 in the universe-hopping urban fantasy Alliance series!

When Earth suddenly gains inexplicably high levels of magic, all fingers point at the Alliance.

On a distant world, where magic-fuelled forces of nature rule over humans, a disaster is sweeping the land, threatening to knock the Balance across the Multiverse out of sync. When Kay and Ada are sent there with the other Ambassadors, they’re thrown into the centre of chaos. Nature is alive, and angry.

Ada embraces the magic she still half-fears, but learning to control it proves harder than she can imagine. Kay, meanwhile, becomes more reckless than ever when testing the boundaries of his own abilities. When faced with living magic, no one is safe from its influence. Ada and Kay must choose what they’re willing to risk for the sake of saving a world that might already be doomed. Can mortals overcome the gods?

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Heart in my throat, I pulled the stunner. Sparks immediately shot from the end, and I winced.

Carl struck at the creature with his stunner. An electric jolt split the smoke and the creature yelped. A creeping feeling curled around my spine, and I turned in time to dodge a second pair of insubstantial fangs as they snapped inches from my head.

I aimed the stunner at the beast and fired, a jet of red-purple lightning sparking off the walls. The creature screamed, but a louder noise overlaid it: a tremendous roar from ahead.

“Watch out!” Carl yelled.

I spun around in time to see an even bigger monstrosity rise from the smoke–red and long-limbed and snarling.

Where did it come from? Stupid how that was my first thought, but panic made me freeze up for a moment. It lashed out in a sea of sparks, and several guards fell, lightning encasing them. Carl swore, backing up, and other two monsters appeared alongside it–where the hell did they come from?

“My stunner’s out!” Carl yelled. “I’m calling for backup–if you run out of shots, just run!”

I had five shots left. Ignoring my pounding heart and shaking limbs, I ran at the nearest creature, which advanced on the fallen guards, and shot it with the stunner. A blast of magic far stronger than the stunner should have hit the creature in the face, sending ripples of magic pulsing outwards–only by pure luck did it miss the guards on the ground. Damn. If it hadn’t been for the adamantine in my blood, the backlash would have probably knocked me out. I wasn’t in control.

“Guys, stay back!” I yelled at two other guards who’d come to stand alongside me. “It’s not stable.”

I’m not stable.

But I had no choice. I struck with the stunner, sending a searing bolt of lightning at the nearest beast. Except the lightning didn’t come from the stunner. It came from my hand.

A nearby guard swore. “I’m out of shots.”

“Take mine,” I said quickly. “I can fight without it.” Magic seemed to want me to.

“Thanks,” he said, blinking like he was surprised I’d give away my weapon, and caught the stunner.

A snarling bundle of red smoke descended on us. How many of these things were there? For every one I knocked down, two more appeared, sparking and trailing smoke. I struck another with a bolt of magic, aiming at the floor to make sure I didn’t hit any of the other guards. The beast dissolved in smoke… and then divided in two. Like some ghastly hydra. Both halves growled at me, sparks flying out from their clawed, smoky red hands.

Shit. I backed away, thinking hard.

A rumbling sounded, and the ground trembled under my feet. What the hell? I’d thought the reinforced floor was impervious to any kind of hit. The magic. It’s got to be the magic. Lucky my shoes were magicproof, too.

“I’m getting outta this corridor!” someone shouted, and the sound of running footsteps clattered on metal.

A growl sounded, but before I could strike the two smoky creatures down, both dissolved into a formless red haze. Through the fog, guards ran everywhere, shouting, while I struck out with magic, to no effect. The magic-creatures had turned themselves into smoke, and it was like trying to beat up a cloud. At least we all looked equally ridiculous, I thought as I spun on the spot in what probably looked like an undignified ballet manoeuvre. Another guard face-planted, while a second tripped over him and brought the two of them crashing into a heap.

And the floor shook again, the smoke coalescing in the centre to form one formidable beast, filling the space from floor to ceiling. A shower of purple-red danced off the walls. I jumped back, but not before a spark grazed my forehead. The pain was more sharp than electric. Wincing, I braced myself against the wall, out of range of the magic. I still couldn’t see the creature. It was made of pure magic, and didn’t have a solid form. But I could feel the energy burning, and it was all concentrated in one place. The monster had pulled all the magic in the area into itself. It has to burn out. It can’t keep going like that.

But the monster didn’t show any signs of slowing down. Stunner shots mingled with the sparks, and inhuman screams told us at least one hit the target. My hands shook too much to risk aiming another magic shot, even as I felt the creature’s magic surging through the air. A bolt of pain shot through my forehead. I reached to touch the skin, and found it blistering hot. I thought magic couldn’t hit me!

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Ever since a devastating magical war tore apart Ada Fletcher’s homeworld, she and her family have lived under cover on the low-magic Earth. Stuck in a dead-end job in London, Ada has spent her life hiding her true identity–and her magic. Until she loses her job, is chased by a rampaging monster, and is arrested as a prime suspect for a murder she had nothing to do with. It really isn’t Ada’s day.

Kay Walker, grandson of the Inter-World Alliance’s late founder, expects to spend his first week as an Alliance employee hunting rogue monsters, not solving his supervisor’s murder or questioning a strange, fierce young woman caught trespassing in the Passages between worlds. Killer or not, her abilities raise questions about the Alliance’s history, and the closer he gets to the truth, the higher the body count rises.

The last thing Ada wants to do is help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada’s magic. More, in fact, than she knows herself. One thing’s certain: she’s not the only one keeping secrets, and trusting the wrong person might cost more than her life…

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What reviewers are saying

“Adams delivers high suspense throughout the whole book and manages to get you emotionally attached to the main characters which keeps you worried at every twist and turn. I basically flew through the action-packed story with its monsters and magic.” – Goodreads reviewer

“Adamant is a fantastic start to a fun, adventurous and super cool series… Can’t praise it enough!” – Alisha at Reality’s A Bore.

Discovering she’s a walking magical weapon is just the beginning of Ada’s problems.

Joining the Alliance might be the key to seeing the worlds she’s always dreamed of, but now Ada’s in trouble with her family and her boss has put her on goblin-catching duty. With enemies around every corner and a centaur uprising threatening to bring a bloodbath to Earth’s doorstep, the Alliance has their work cut out. While investigating the mysterious death of the centaurs’ king, Kay and Ada navigate tensions between humans and centaurs and find the real, deadly potential of magic.

Against an enemy they quite literally can’t see, Ada and Kay must face up to the power that almost destroyed their lives…

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The Passages between worlds are out of bounds for a very good reason, but nineteen-year-old Kay Walker sees them as another challenge. Exploring the monster-ridden tunnels offers a thrill nothing on Earth can match. Until a rivalry escalates into a deadly game, and the lure of magic comes with a high price…

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Emma is the author of various fantasy novels, including the universe-hopping urban fantasy Alliance series and the YA paranormal Darkworld series.

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction with magic and monsters. She lives in the middle of England, but dreams of exploring the Multiverse. When she’s not immersed in her own fictional worlds, Emma works as a freelance editor and proofreader and reads an improbable number of books.

Visit www.emmaladams.com to find out more about Emma’s books, or subscribe to her newsletter (smarturl.it/ELAnewsletter) to get a free Alliance short story and monthly updates on upcoming releases.

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Changes, News, and Things

It’s been a while since I posted something about me and my writing on the blog because I’ve been in a bit of a strange place writing wise, but I’m glad to report that the minor existential crisis I had now seems resolved. This resolution, however, involved making some pretty big decisions and changes in my writing life.giphyFirstly, I want to say how much I’ve enjoyed and appreciated working with my agent, Jordy Albert, on I Heart Robot and Scardust. Scardust is due for release in February next year and I cannot wait to share this book with all of you! That said…

Almost exactly a year ago, my husband and I decided to move countries for the third time in the 7 years we’d been together. This was not an easy decision and required leaving a job I loved in the middle of the academic year, to leave a country I had never felt more at home in, a lifestyle I adored, and friends I cherished. But we were ready for adventure, and so we made the move from Finland to Sweden. I anticipated being able to focus on my writing while we settled in Stockholm and I looked for a new job. Life had other ideas.

Within only a few weeks of arriving, I had a part time job in an amazing school doing the other thing that I love: teaching music. This job quickly became quite demanding and after a wonderful summer of writerly things, it became even more demanding. Since finding out I’d be teaching on a near full-time basis, however, I’ve had to re-examine my writing life. I almost gave up writing, relegating it to hobby status. After a lot of soul-searching and some serious conversations with a bunch of important people in my life, I then made some big decisions.

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The first decision was to shift focus. I’ve always wanted to and always been afraid to write fantasy. Then I did it. And it turns out I’m not terrible at it. But I wanted to and needed to make a fresh start if I was going to take on fantasy and writing as a second career for real.

So, the second big decision was to seek new representation. Being back in the query trenches was all kinds of terrifying, but I did it and I’m delighted to announce that I have a new agent!

Adriann Ranta of Foundry Media

*I am so excited and beyond happy about this*

Moving forward there will hopefully be more books written by me and I’ll be trying to better balance my teaching job with my writing because I can’t imagine my life without doing both. So, that’s my big news!

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WIPMarathon Check-in No. 21

It’s check-in day and it’s Halloween and OMG where has this year gone!?

October. I can’t quite believe the year is almost over. October has been another weird writing month. I actually managed to do a little bit of writing and also came to terms with a number of big changes in my writerly world. It’s been a stressful, emotional, confusing, and exhausting month, but ultimately a good one!

Firstly, Scardust is done! This month saw the proofread complete and my book off to production. I’ve also seen the cover – which is all kinds of stunning – and now I’m just waiting for pre-orders to go up before I can kick into full publicity gear for this book. I am excited and terrified and everything in between!

Also, I wrote something! :)

Writing Issues This Month:

My brain and all that confusion and stress and turmoiled emotion, but I managed to start on a new project and that felt good.

Things I learned this month:

1. Adulting is hard. Making life changing decisions are hard and terrifying, but they have to be done. Closing one door DOES mean opening another and I am very pleased with all the decisions I made this month even if some of them weren’t easy.

2. Sometimes you just have to force the words. The Muse doesn’t always co-operate and sometimes you’re not in the mood to write when writing is precisely what you need to do. I forced the issue this month and managed to get the ball rolling in the right direction for a bunch of things.

3. Yes, I’m being vague. Yes, there are reasons. Yes, I will reveal all in good time. Please bear with me.

4. The wine helped.

What distracted me this month while writing:

Work again, but in a good way. I’ve been really inspired in my day job and this has actually helped re-ignite my passion for writing. It’s going to be tough always knowing how to balance the two, but I know I want to pursue writing at a more serious career level now as well.

Goal for next month:

Write more. I’m ‘doing’ NaNo even though I know I’ll never hit 50k in November. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to write as much as I can when I can and watch the words slowly add up.

Last 200 words: Not ready to share any of this just yet, but I will share the first line, which was one of a few I asked you all to vote on a while ago 😉 This is it:

My sister twitches in her sleep and bursts into flames.

That’s it for October, how did you do?


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Demon Heart by Emma L. Adams

It’s release day for Demon Heart, the third novel in the YA paranormal Darkworld series!

Can a demon’s heart of ice be thawed?

Ash may have escaped death several times, but now things are finally looking up. The doppelganger is gone, she’s dating Leo, and the Venantium are staying away from her – for now. But a new threat rises from the Darkworld, and only the fortune-teller knows the true extent of the danger they’re in.

Lucifer, a sorcerer who did the impossible and cheated death through escaping to the Darkworld, is on the move. Now his second-in-command, Mephistopheles the demon, is loose in our world – and will do anything to win Ash over to his side.

The Venantium fear a repeat of the Demon Wars, the demonic invasion that wiped out the Blackstone family. But there’s more to those events than the records reveal. When Ash finds the lost diary of Melivia Blackstone, she starts to dig into the past to find the town’s forgotten history – leading to a revelation that shocks her to the core.

Leo seems to be the only person Ash can rely on, yet can she truly open up to him, knowing what she is? Blackstone’s dark history is rising to the surface, and it seems even memory can lie. The worst betrayal waits around the corner, and Ash has to decide whether to trust Leo with her darkest secret, even when it has the potential to destroy them both…


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Fire sprang up all around me, orange flames licking at my skin. I flinched away from the writhing wall of fire, which cut off any chance of escape.

I stood in a large room, a bedroom. Through the haze of smoke I could see a four-poster bed, its feathery curtains ablaze. Flickering tendrils of fire ate away at the posh-looking furniture, smoke gushing out in clouds. On the wall opposite hung a magnificent, gilt-framed painting of a girl with long, curly black hair. As I watched, the paint peeled away from the background as the ever-spreading blaze devoured it. Underneath the roar of the fire I heard a whimper, and realised I wasn’t alone.

A girl crouched in the corner of the room, arms wrapped around her knees, apparently oblivious to the fire raging around her. I
tried to walk over to her but a wall of flames barred my way, flaring out of the lush carpet.

“Stay… out.”

 The girl raised her head, but she didn’t seem to see me standing there. She was older than I’d thought; her hunched position had
made her look like a child, but she was probably around the same age as me. Her dark hair spilled from a bun, and her gown, similar to the one in the painting, was crumpled and stained, as though she’d fallen in the mud outside.

“Stay… out.”

 Her eyes looked right through me, and I gasped. They shone violet. A demon’s eyes.

 She doubled over, coughing. I tried to call to her to get out of the burning room, but it was like something had stapled my mouth
shut. Dreaming. I’m dreaming.

“Stay… out!”

Her eyes flashed again, turning grey-black, ordinary, human. I recognised it. She was fighting possession with everything
she had.

“Is this what you want?”

The demon used her mouth to speak, but didn’t need to; its voice sounded in my mind, sliding through me like an ice-cold knife.

“I’ll burn you,” she said, in a tremulous voice. “I’ll burn with you.”

“Then burn.”

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Watched by demons no one else can see, eighteen-year-old Ash think she’s losing her mind. But the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits, and the darkness is staring back. 
All she wants at university is a second chance at a normal life, but her new home in the small town of Blackstone has secrets of its own. The Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world, have their eyes on Ash. And a group of rogue sorcerers might be the only ones who can offer the answers she’s looking for. In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…
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When you have a connection to the Darkworld, nowhere is truly safe.

Ashlyn has found a new home in Blackstone, but when a spate of grave robberies across the country spark fears that someone is practicing illegal sorcery, she comes under the radar of the Venantium, the protectors of the Barrier between her world and the Darkworld, who are suspicious of any sorcerer unaware of their origins.

The trouble is, what Ash does know might just get her killed.

Sufferers of the dangerous condition known as the vampire’s curse are being brutally killed, and the latest victim is Leo’s guardian, the ex-head of the Venantium. Ash determines to help Leo find out what’s really going on, but it isn’t long before events are spiralling out of control. The dead are rising from their graves, and the barriers around Blackstone are threatened by a demon which looks exactly like Ash herself…

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When university student Claudia’s life takes a turn for the weird, she finds her new social life revolves around fighting sinister shadow-monsters and trying not to get arrested by the creepy organization which hunts them down. When a fellow magic-user comes to her for help, Claudia is pulled into a web of secrets – secrets that might cost more than her life.

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Emma is the author of various fantasy novels, including the universe-hopping urban fantasy Alliance series and the YA paranormal Darkworld series.

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction with magic and monsters. She lives in the middle of England, but dreams of exploring the Multiverse. When she’s not immersed in her own fictional worlds, Emma works as a freelance editor and proofreader and reads an improbable number of books.

Visit www.emmaladams.com to find out more about Emma’s books, or subscribe to her newsletter (smarturl.it/ELAnewsletter) to get a free Alliance short story and monthly updates on upcoming releases.

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WIPmarathon Check-in No. 20

It’s check-in day and this time I remembered! :)

I am in a very weird, liminal space right now with my writing, so I don’t really have any stats to show. This month I’ve been working on third round edits for Scardust and I’ve just handed back final copyedits. It’s terrifying to hand over a manuscript knowing that no further changes can be made to it.

I haven’t actually done any writing. I’ve been developing a new story idea, currently still very much in the research and construction phase with only about the first 5 chapters plotted out. I am actually attempting to do a proper plan this time and will not start writing until I’ve got a reasonably fleshed out synopsis.

Writing Issues This Month:

None, since I haven’t been writing 😛 but there’s a lot going on right now that has kept my mind horribly pre-occupied and unable to really get fully inside a new story world.

Things I learned this month:

1. There’s no pleasing everyone. No matter what you write and how you write it, someone somewhere is probably going to take issue with it.

2. Writing is terrifying for all kinds of reasons, some I’m only really beginning to understand now as I’m about to see my fifth book published.

3. I need more wine.

What distracted me this month while writing:

All the things! Work mostly – which has been awesome but all kinds of demanding so most of my energy has gone into my teaching job with very little left over for writing. It’s okay, I love my job, but it is making me re-evaluate my entire approach to writing and where to go career wise.

Goal for next month:

Write something. Even if it’s only completing the synopsis for my new story idea. More than that, who knows.

Last 200 words: I got nothing – sorry.

That’s it for September, how did you do?


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Writing Wednesdays! A Weekly Update

So I’ve completely failed to keep up with these ‘weekly’ updates. It’s not for lack of writing but rather the other aspects of my life keeping me super busy.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been going through the final rounds of edits on Scardust. We’re almost there! And I’ve got a release date now FEBRUARY 8th!! Which feels both painfully far away and excruciatingly close, so I’m working rather furiously on the last of my edits for this book.

Other than that, I’ve also received CP feedback on my YA fantasy novel and have been tweaking that into shape. The ms is looking good :)

Lastly, I have been doing lots of thinking but not much writing on a short story that was due a month ago. Yup. I’m that far behind but hopefully today will see the completion of this story.

On top of all of that, I’ve been getting back into the swing of teaching, which is equally awesome and challenging. Every day I’m amazed by just how much I love teaching music.

And lastly, the saddest news for our household and something that has resulted in many sleepless nights and emotional days… :( it seems we may have to return our new dog to her previous owners :( Things were going well, but now that she’s settled in, she’s started attacking our older dog, Lego. For anyone who knows anything about me, you’ll know Lego is my most cherished fur-child and having to constantly leap in to prevent this new girl from tearing out his throat is taking its toll on all of us. Bleg. I get all choked up just writing this… but Lego’s well-being and our sanity has to come first. We just cannot cope with the stress so back she’ll be going this weekend *sobs uncontrollably*

That’s what’s been happening in my world. How’s life treating you?

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Heir of Koradin


Dagger of Willow and Strike has waited a lifetime to return to the village of his birth. He’s been promised the throne of Koradin, but getting captured by his treacherous sire wasn’t part of the plan. Dagger needs a miracle to turn his childhood dreams into reality—And Grit of Berth and Stone might be that miracle.

Unfortunately for him, Grit’s stuck in the rival village of Thresh, and she’s in way over her head. Having bluffed her way into commanding an army of incompetents, she’s useless to Dagger if her new recruits don’t learn the right end of a sword. To make matters worse, Dagger’s sire seeks Grit’s life, and there’s no telling when he’ll return to Thresh to finish what he started when he killed her dame.

But freedom calls through shifting alliances, and neither Dagger’s disillusionment nor Grit’s doubt can keep the armies of Koradin and Thresh from war.

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Excerpt: First chapter available on our website http://www.anaiahpress.com/Koradin.html

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Review Snippets from Book 1: Grit of Berth and Stone:

Grit does not fit into any of our modern stereotypes and I love that.”

Grit’s world is well-crafted and revealed to the reader through the story telling with just enough details to understand the world and story and to keep you intrigued and guessing about what is coming next.”

This book will definitely keep your attention and your thoughts long after you’ve finished.”

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Lisa Dunn-Author PhotoAbout the Author:

As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own stories during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband and four children. Local librarians thank her for their job security.

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The Soul Stone by Jamie Merchant

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jamie Merchant to the blog, chatting about how her book The Soul Stone came to be published.

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How The Soul Stone Came to Be Published

by Jamie Merchant

Getting a 178,000 word novel published is not an easy feat, but it was the one facing me with my first novel,The Goddess’s Choice. The ubiquitous “they” say that a first novel can’t be over 100,000 words. Personally, I love long novels. If it’s good, the longer the better, but the economics of publishing have turned against the long novel. Still, I had cut the novel down as far as I could without ruining it. It started out at 320,000 words.

I began by trying to find an agent because an agent is almost absolutely necessary to get published by the Big 5 publishers. However, I had no luck in doing so. The agents who bothered to respond almost all told me that the book was simply too long.

I decided I had a choice between self-publishing and looking into a smaller publisher. I didn’t want to self-publish. Although some excellent work is self-published, there is a stigma against it because too many people self-publish work before it is ready. Too often, self-published work hasn’t even been properly edited, let alone had the plot and characters fully developed. So I decided to send out to smaller presses. Very quickly Reliquary Press replied with an offer to publish the book. I was overjoyed. My first novel was going to make it to the public.

However, there was a very important thing about small presses that I didn’t understand. They have little budget for promoting your work. Most of the promotion must be done by the author herself. Unfortunately, no one, including the publisher, had told me this, and I sat back and waited for it to sell. It didn’t. Eventually, I realized that if it was going to sell, I was going to have to do the work. I got busy, and more copies sold.

By the time I finished The Soul Stone,my second novel, I didn’t want to submit to the same publisher, but I believed that since The Soul Stone was a sequel to The Goddess’s Choice, no publisher would take it. Even though The Soul Stone can stand on its own and doesn’t require prior knowledge of The Goddess’s Choice, I believed, wrongly as it turns out, that no one would be interested in the sequel if they hadn’t published the original. I was convinced that I would need to self-publish.

My husband was against the idea and insisted that I had no way of knowing if a publisher would accept it if I didn’t try. To appease him, but having no hope, I submitted the manuscript to several small press and got three offers. I choose to go with Black Rose Writing because they had the most support for the author in promotion. The author still needs to do most of the work (something that any aspiring writer needs to realize), but Black Rose helps to guide the author in what to do.

Getting a book published is not easy, but if you take time to perfect the work and grow as a writer, it is possible. My advice to any other would be not to self-publishing too soon. Make sure you have truly produced the best work you are capable of before taking it to the public, for they are more than capable of recognizing shoddy work and holding it against you.

About The Soul Stone:

The Crown Princess Samantha and Sir Robrek struggle to solidify their rule in the aftermath of the king’s murder and Duke Argblutal’s attempt to usurp the throne. They are thwarted at every turn by those who seek power for themselves and desire to prevent their marriage. Just when they think their problems are solved, a deadly curse begins to spread throughout Korthlundia and Samantha becomes pregnant.

Samantha must fight off priests, enemies, and her closest advisors while Robrek discovers the reason the goddess chose him as king, to defeat the Soul Stone, a stone capable of sucking the soul out of its victims, which threatens to obliterate all life in the joined kingdoms. Their archenemy, the Bard Alvabane, awakens the Soul Stone and plans to use its power to reclaim Korthlundia for her people (a people driven out over a thousand years ago by the hero Armunn). Armunn had to sacrifice his life and soul to contain the Soul Stone. Will Robrek have to do the same? Will the young couple have only a few short months to love each other?

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About the Author:

From early childhood, Jamie has been immersed in books. Her mother, an avid reader, read to her, and her older sister filled her head with fairy tales. Taking into consideration her love for literature and the challenges of supporting herself as a writer, she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. But in doing so, she put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. Then one day, in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized that what she wanted to be doing was writing fantasy novels. Her muse thus revived, she began the book that was to becomeThe Goddess’s Choice, which was published in April 2012. The second volume in the series, The Soul Stone, was released this June.

She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband, son, and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. Her short fiction has been published on Short-Story.Me, and my story was chosen for inclusion in their annual anthology. It has also appeared in the anthologies—Urban Fantasy (KY Story, 2013) and Of Dragon and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds (Witty Bard Publishing, 2014)—The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Bards & Sages.

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