Merry Christmas and a giveaway opportunity

For those who celebrate, I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas.  I spent time with family last night and ate a huge meal.  Today, I’ve got more relatives to visit, but I wanted to let you all know about a giveaway opportunity I currently have running over on my Facebook fan group this week.

It is for a huge prize package which includes a signed paperback copy of one of the first three Dragon’s Breath Series books (winner’s choice), a tote bag, fridge magnet, and hand-carved pewter dragon figurine.  All you have to do is join my Facebook group HERE, and comment on the giveaway post after reading the instructions.  The contest ends on New Year’s Eve, and the winner will be announced the following day.

In other news, I’ll be doing a post later in the week recapping the year and letting you know what to expect from me for 2017.  Those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter would have gotten most of the updates when I sent it out yesterday, but for everyone else, this will give you a thorough update on which books I’ll be releasing next and an approximate time frame on when they should become available.  Be sure to check back!

Dragon’s Breath Series discount sale

Starting today the first two books of the Dragon’s Breath Series, Stalked by Flames and Dancing with Flames, are on sale.  This is for all retailer sites (Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and iTunes), and in all countries (though prices will vary according to currency exchange rates and taxes).  The sale will last through to Friday, December 2nd.

If you haven’t tried the Dragon’s Breath Series yet, this is your chance to grab the first two books for less than you’d usually pay for just one.  If you’ve previously read them through Kindle Unlimited, this is your chance to buy your own copy to keep.  Also, both books are Whispersynced and only cost an additional $2.99 each to get the audio versions.  I’ve posted the links below.

STALKED BY FLAMES

AMAZON US    AMAZON UK

NOOK   KOBO   ITUNES

DANCING WITH FLAMES

AMAZON US    AMAZON UK

NOOK   KOBO   ITUNES

 

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and many great books to read!

Updates on the Dragon’s Breath Series (now on all major retailers)

I’ve got a few updates for you all on the Dragon’s Breath Series.  First, it is no longer in KU (Kindle Unlimited), and I’ve just uploaded books 1 & 2 onto the other retailers (Nook, Kobo, and iTunes).  For those wondering, I don’t have any plans to put it back in KU in the near future.  If you are one of the individuals who has been waiting for the novels to be available outside of Amazon, you will find purchase links to the first book (Stalked by Flames) below.  Thanks for being so patient on this.

NOOK     KOBO     ITUNES

Next, I’m on the later stages of edits for Forged by Flames, but it is taking a little longer than expected to finish.  This is mostly because I’ve stretched myself a bit thin trying to get too many things done around the same time.  I’ve also had edits with the Kerbasi holiday story, cover and promo design stuff, forming the Facebook fan group, handling various correspondence from my publishers (I’ve got a French book release on the 28th and Dancing with Flames just came out in audio last week), and the list goes on.  It’s been more than a little hectic.

Having said that, I am getting close to finished.  If there’s a delay in publishing book 3, it probably won’t be more than a day or two.  This is just to give me some breathing room to make certain the novel looks good before I publish it for the masses. I will post another update sometime on Wednesday, and should I not be able to release it on the 27th, I will at least put up the first few chapters to read here on the blog so you can get started.  The actual book release would follow within a couple of days after that.

In addition to everything else, I am also participating in a Halloween Facebook party with a bunch of other UF authors.  While it starts on November 26th, my day for posting contests with prizes isn’t until the 30th (must have Forged by Flames ready before then!).

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I have got some tote bags with the newest book cover on them, a pewter dragon figurine, and other awesome things I’ll be giving out.  Don’t miss your chance to possibly win some of these prizes and join the party.  Here’s the link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/172431569855039/

And that’s all for now.  I’m off to get some more work done!

Cover reveal for Forged by Flames

I am pleased to finally reveal the cover for the next novel in the Dragon’s Breath Series, Forged by Flames.  Those of you who joined my new Facebook fan group already got to see it yesterday and chat with myself and the cover model, but for everyone else this is it!

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COVER ART– Jeff Brown

PHOTOGRAPHER– Josh McCullock

MODEL– Rahela Mahmood

You can add the book to your Goodreads TBR list here:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32593209-forged-by-flames

I am very pleased with how the design turned out.  Jeff Brown did a fantastic job with the artwork and making the cover look exactly like I wanted. He totally worked from scratch, though I did ask him to put a post-apocalyptic look to downtown Oklahoma City in the background.

The photo shoot went really well, too.  Below, you can see some behind-the-scenes pics with myself, the model (Rahela), photographer (Josh), make-up artist (Celeste) and her helper (Mauri).  It was a lot of fun.  We also got tons of images for future covers and promo art, one of which has already been added to my new website banner.  Another is currently running around as a Facebook ad some of you might have seen.  I personally designed the website banner and ad, though, so if you don’t like them that’s all on me.  I’m slowly getting the hang of Photoshop!

Note- The first photos in black and white were taken by the photographer.  The ones in color were taken by me on my phone.

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Susan Illene’s Dark Avengers

This is quick post to let you all know about a new Facebook group available for fans of my books.  Up until now, there hasn’t been an easy place to go once you’ve finished the Sensor Series or Dragon’s Breath Series novels to discuss it with fellow readers.  I thought it was about time to change that.

One reason I haven’t done this before is that I don’t have time to run it myself, and I didn’t feel right about it anyway because it should be a place where you can hold discussions freely without my involvement.  Thankfully, I found two awesome ladies (Rachel and Sarah) who follow both my series and were happy to run it for me.  They are also part of the team that helps with brainstorming for my novel covers and planning the cover model photo shoots.  They know my books well, and I’m confident they’ll make great moderators.  I will stop by once in a while for special posts and Q&A sessions, but other than that it’s all for the readers.

The title of this post may have tipped you off on the name of the group.  After much thought and consideration, we went with “Susan Illene’s Dark Avengers“.  We tried a lot of different ideas in an attempt to find something that didn’t favor one of my series over the other, and for whatever reason that one stuck with us the most.  It’s catchy.  Just go with it 🙂

Things to expect with the group

  • Sneak peeks at covers before they’re revealed anywhere else
  • Exclusive giveaways
  • Early snippets from upcoming books
  • Character highlights before the next novel releases to help refresh your memory on who they are and where they were at the last time you saw them.
  • Reminders for when books release in various formats (ebook, audio, paperback)
  • Q&A sessions with me
  • Group discussions of my books before and after releases (anything with spoilers will be marked accordingly for those who may not be caught up)
  • A chance to hang out with like-minded readers

There are probably more things I’m not remembering to list right now, but you get the basic idea.  This will be a closed group with two moderators who will post regular topics and help keep things civil so you can feel comfortable there.  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, and you want to join the Dark Avengers, the link is below. The moderators will be checking in regularly to approve new members and welcome you to the group!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657437984566674/