May 2017 updates

I’ve got a ton of updates for you all regarding free books, audio, and other stuff.  Things have been a bit hectic for me lately, so I didn’t get a chance to mention some of them sooner, but to make up for that I’ll do a giveaway at the end of this post.

First off, Darkness Haunts (book 1 of the Sensor Series) is currently free on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes.  This is the first time I’ve ever dropped the price that low since I released it over four years ago.  If any of you haven’t tried this series yet, this is your chance to check it out.  The price will be going back up to $3.99 in about a week so be sure to grab it while you can.  It is whispersynced for the audio listeners out there, too.

Speaking of which, Darkness Taunts (book 2 of the Sensor Series) is finally whispersynced as well for anyone who might have skipped grabbing the audio of that one (I’ve heard some people didn’t get it for that reason).

 


Next up is Stalked by Flames.  While all of the Dragon’s Breath books are exclusive to Amazon for the moment, and in the Kindle Unlimited program for people to borrow, the first book in the series is also available to Amazon Prime readers for free.  This will only last for a few more weeks, so pick up your copy of Stalked by Flames if you haven’t already.  And yes, it is whispersynced for the audio listeners who might want to grab that as well.

Also, those waiting on Christmas with Dragons to be in audio don’t have much longer to wait.  It should be available by the end of May.  The narrator and sound engineers are wrapping up production on it now.


In case some of you were holding out on picking up Destined for Shadows until it was in Kindle Unlimited, it is in the program now.  I’ll keep it there for the time being, but the next installment in the Dark Destiny Series, Destined for Dreams, will be wide on all the retailers for a short period before it goes into KU.  The release for that will likely be in late June of this year.

Destined for Shadows is also now available in paperback for those who are interested.  I don’t have news for audio yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do.  There will likely be a separate post about what is going on with that.


Now for the giveaway!  One lucky individual will win a paperback copy of Destined for Shadows, a tote bag, and a fridge magnet.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below (with a valid email address in the appropriate field) and tell me which of my books you have liked the best so far.

This giveaway will run until midnight (CDT) on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.  One random person will be chosen as the winner.  I will respond to them in the comments section below and send them an email to get their mailing information.  This is open to international contestants.

Memorial Day Charity Drive 2015

Some of you may remember me participating in a charity drive on Veterans Day last year.  I donated all the royalties earned on Darkness Haunts that day to the Wounded Warrior Project.  In remembrance of Memorial Day, I’m donating all the royalties earned (for ebook and paperback) on Darkness Haunts for a whole week beginning today, May 22nd.  My hope is to raise at least $500 to give to the Wounded Warrior Project to help veterans in need.  After the drive is over on May 29th I will come back to announce the total and show the receipt for my donation.

Of course, I realize most of you following this blog already own a copy of the novel, but if you could spread the word to others who might be interested in purchasing Darkness Haunts that would be great.  Tweeting or sharing the event on Facebook would also be very helpful.  Here’s a link to the project Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/vetsgiveback

As another alternative you could check out books by other participating authors to help in their fundraising campaign.  All of them are veterans donating to various veteran-related charities.  A list of their books, according to genre, can be found here.

For more information about the drive and how you can help see the official announcement below:

 

Memorial Day 2015 Veteran’s Charity Challenge: Gone, but Not Forgotten!

During Memorial Day week, from the 22nd to 29th of May, more than 70 veteran authors will pledge 100% of their print, ebook and audio book royalties to their favorite charity supporting veterans or a large flat-rate donation. In most cases, these are organizations that assisted the authors personally and they are trying their best to give back.

Veterans from each service branch and every conflict period, from Vietnam to even active duty authors, are pledging. This diverse collection of works includes New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers and covers most genres. From romance to action-adventure and everything in between, there’s something for every taste here!

The ultimate goal of this event is to raise at least $10,000 for the 20+ charities they’re supporting. If you aren’t interested in purchasing any of the pledged books, you can always make a direct and public donation. We track the money raised for each charity and spotlight bonus donations here. Whether you contribute to the best performing or the least performing, either way your donation will be put to good use!

The complete collection of participating books and charities can be found here:
http://bit.ly/vetsgiveback

If you are interested in helping support or promote this event without having to donate, please share this charity drive on Facebook, Twitter or your website. Every little bit of help makes a difference! #vetsgiveback

https://www.facebook.com/vetsgiveback

April updates and sale on Darkness Haunts

For those who don’t subscribe to my newsletter and missed it this morning I wanted to give a few updates.  The first is that Darkness Haunts is currently on sale for only 99 cents through to tomorrow night (April 2nd) on all the major retailers.  If you know anyone who might be interested in trying the series out, this is a great time to get the first book at a discount since I’m not sure if/when I’ll drop the price again.  You can find the purchase links for it here.

In other news…

One of the questions I’ve been asked a lot lately is when the Darkness Shatters paperback will be out.  I’m waiting on the hard copy proof to look over, but I expect to approve it and have it ready for sale within the next two weeks.  Some of you are also waiting on the audio version of Darkness Shatters.  My publisher has set the release date for June 3rd of this year and the CD version is already up for pre-order.  They usually don’t have the digital version on pre-order until 2-3 weeks before the release, but I’ll put out another reminder close to then for those who need it.

As far as my publishing schedule on upcoming books go, I’m writing a novel now for an all-new series with the first book releasing in late June.  It’s an idea that hit me about a year ago and has been bugging me ever since.  I’ve worked on it in bits and pieces over the past months, but forced myself to wait until after publishing Darkness Shatters before putting my full attention on it.  This one falls within the dark fantasy genre, but has totally different races/creatures than the Sensor Series.  Most of my current readers should find it appealing.  Yes, I’m leaving the details vague but I’ll reveal the cover and summary in about a month so you can find out more then.

For Darkness Wanes, book six of the Sensor Series, I expect to have it out in October of this year.  That will wrap up the story arc for the main series, but I’ll go on to write spin-offs for some of the side characters and explore more on how *spoiler alert* the world has changed with supernaturals coming out in the open.  There will be at least two of those novels (one featuring Cori as the main character and another featuring Micah) and possibly a third if the demand for Kerbasi to get his own novel keeps up.  After that, I may do a book seven with Melena and Lucas where I actually keep them together for the plot (try not to be too shocked).  Yes, I hear the complaints but keep in mind this is an urban fantasy series, not a paranormal romance so the focus has been different.  Book seven would be to please the PNR lovers.

That’s it for now, but feel free to ask questions below if you have any.

Audiobook release and paperbacks

For those of you who have been waiting for Darkness Divides and Darkness Clashes to be out in paperback, they are both available now.  Amazon gave me the kick in the pants I needed to get it done by offering to help out.  I think they got tired of waiting for me to do it myself (in my defense, I’ve been busy).  Big thanks to the Createspace team for their design work.  Here’s the links for those who’d like to pick them up:

Darkness Divideshttp://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Divides-Sensor-Volume-3/dp/1502932008/

Darkness Clasheshttp://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Clashes-Sensor-Volume-4/dp/1502932180/

You can also find them on Barnes & Noble as well as some other online retailers.

The big release day for the Darkness Haunts audiobook is this Tuesday (Nov 25th).  Pre-order for the digital download is now available, but if you’d like to hear a sample of it first click here.   Prices for it vary according to how you purchase so for your convenience I’m going to tell you the cheapest ways to get it as of right now.  Keep in mind the cost could go up or down at the retailer’s discretion.

1) For those who shop at Amazon and already own the kindle version of Darkness Haunts, you can get the audio version on Amazon here for $3.49.  I’m not sure of the price outside the U.S. but feel free to comment and let me know what you’re seeing if you’re in the UK, Germany, Australia, etc and own the Kindle version.

2) If you’re a member of Audible and have downloads left you could get it for free or if you’re new to the site you could sign up for trial membership and get it for free.  Here’s the link- http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Darkness-Haunts-Audiobook/B00PKJ2MJ8/

3) For those who do not have Audible membership (or can’t/won’t get it), and also do not own the Kindle version of Darkness Haunts you have a few options.  Buy at full price from Amazon or Audible for $27.99, buy it on iTunes for $23.95, or you can buy it on my publisher website (Tantor) for $14.39 at this link- https://tantor.com/darkness-haunts-susan-illene.html

As I mentioned in a previous post, you can also order the CD versions of the audio book.  Here’s the links to those:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Tantor*

Books-A-Million

Waterstones (for the UK folks)

*Currently, Tantor offers CDs at the lowest cost.  You can get the regular audio CD that works in all CD players/computers for $14.99 or you can get the MP3 CD for $9.99 that works in computers and some CD players.

I hope those of you who pick it up enjoy the audio version of Darkness Haunts.  You can expect Darkness Taunts to be out on December 16th.  The CD version for it and the other books in the series are already up for pre-order, but the digital download versions don’t become available until closer to their release dates.  Feel free to ask any questions if you have any!

Veterans Day charity drive results

Thanks to everyone who helped out by either picking up a copy of Darkness Haunts or spreading the word.  I was very pleased with the results.  The total copies sold was 46 with the amount earned across retailers/formats $125.74.  Most of the sales came from Amazon US and Amazon UK plus a couple from B&N and Kobo.  As promised, I kicked in another $50 since earnings went over one hundred.  I’m posting the receipt for my donation below:

Receipt for Wounded Warrior Project donation