Facing the Darkness is up for pre-order

Some of you read the original story when it was published in the “A Very Paranormal Holiday” anthology.  Facing the Darkness has not been available since spring of this year, and I’m sorry to keep some of you all waiting who hadn’t had the chance to get it.  I wanted to take the time to revise and expand it a bit before re-releasing the novella on its own.  Plus, it made more sense to publish it closer to the holidays where it fits best.

Originally, Facing the Darkness was about 18k words, but it is now around 22k words.  I had a new editor go through the manuscript who had not read any of the Sensor Series and help me revise it so that even people just jumping in could follow along.  This story features Kerbasi (a character many readers both love and hate) and a glimpse into his journey for redemption.  This time, he’s tasked with spending time with a dying boy around Christmas.  If you’re looking for something heartwarming to read as the holiday season gets closer (with a bit of a paranormal twist), this might be the perfect read for you.  And it will only be 99 cents!

The cover and other details are below.  Facing the Darkness releases November 30th.

 facingthedarkness-453x680Cover artist- Victoria Miller

SUMMARY

Kerbasi, a former guardian of Purgatory, has resisted every effort to help him find his humanity.  After more than four-thousand years of ruling over supernatural prisoners in the cruelest of ways, he feels he’s above the petty concerns of mankind.  But what is he to do when he’s tasked with bringing comfort to a boy sick with cancer during the holiday season?  This is one child who just might break through the impervious wall he’s wrapped around his heart.

Pre-order Links

AMAZON     KOBO

Forged by Flames is now available!

I know you’ve been waiting patiently for the third installment of the Dragon’s Breath Series, and I’m happy to announce that Forged by Flames is finally here!  It won’t be going into Kindle Unlimited, but you can find it on all the major retailers (see links at the bottom of the post).  You might also consider joining my Facebook fan group where readers following my novels can hold discussions about them, have opportunities to win book related prizes, and there will be a Q&A session with me coming up soon.  You don’t want to miss out!

Here’s the link to it:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657437984566674/

All the other details you need to know about the new release are below.  Hope you enjoy the book!

forged-by-flames-ebook-cover-mediumSUMMARY

Ever since dragons invaded Earth, Bailey Monzac and other survivors have had to adjust to a new world order. But a long-lost threat is re-emerging that could once again destroy everything they’ve been struggling to rebuild—for both man and beast. There’s an artifact out there that can control dragons, and many would seek to possess it for ill intent.

It’s going to be up to Bailey, her dragon shape-shifter ally Aidan, and their friends to embark on a long and arduous quest to recover the relic before it falls into the wrong hands.  Along the way, relationships will strengthen and the bonds of friendship will be tested.  For there can only be one outcome if they wish to survive this journey.


RETAILER LINKS

AMAZON US     AMAZON UK

AMAZON DE     AMAZON AU

AMAZON CA    AMAZON FR

KOBO     NOOK     ITUNES

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/

A mixed bag of news

I promised myself I would start giving you all more updates between book releases, whether it is about writing, publishing, or other topics you might want to hear.  Lately, I’ve been really bad about doing that, but I know some of you like to hear my updates  (thanks to those readers who told me as much!).  Below, I’ve got news on how the Dancing with Flames release has gone, upcoming plans relating to the next Dragon’s Breath novel, a current ebook discount, author interview news, and a reading recommendation.

Dancing with Flames update

First, I’ll cover how the Dancing with Flames release has gone.  The second book in the Dragon’s Breath series has received some great reviews and all the feedback has been very positive.  It’s my favorite book I’ve written so far, and I’m grateful that those who have read it have really liked it.  The one downside I’ve found with this release is that the eleven-month gap between the first and second novel really hurt sales and borrows.

The first novel, Stalked by Flames, has a total of about 9 thousand ebook sales and nearly 5 million pages read through Kindle Unlimited borrows (Amazon considers it a 502 page novel for KU purposes so you can do the math on how many people picked it up and read it).  Those are great stats for a book that didn’t get a sequel until recently.

Unfortunately, due to personal troubles last fall and winter, I had a major gap in publishing anything new.  This caused me to lose a great deal of visibility on Amazon and it’s been very hard to regain it.  With all the independent authors who are able to release books every 2-3 months (sometimes less than that), the publishing market has gotten very competitive and waiting too long to publish will hurt an author these days.  I’m truly grateful for the many loyal readers who have eagerly picked up the next novel because I know there are a lot of choices out there, especially in urban fantasy.  Your support and enthusiasm for my writing means a lot to me.

It has now been one month since I released Dancing with Flames and the initial stats are not nearly as high as they were for the first novel.  Current sales stand just shy of 2 thousand and page reads are at about 1.2 million.  The majority of the feedback on the first novel was positive, so I don’t think it was necessarily the quality of book as much as too much time between releases.  I’m hearing more and more people say they like to binge read through series and it’s tough to wait long between novels.  I totally get that.  If I could have released book 2 faster, I would have, but under the personal circumstances I was facing it just wasn’t possible. My hope is that things will improve as more readers discover I’ve moved forward with the series.

I have gotten into a solid writing rhythm that allows me to work faster than I did before.  Nothing that sacrifices quality, but I did work out a system that is more organized.  Hence, how Dancing with Flames got released three months after Darkness Wanes.  If anyone is curious about what I did differently this time around, let me know.  I’d definitely consider writing a post about it.  I was actually surprised at how much more efficient the new system made my writing, and I was able to do a more complex plot than usual because of the method I used.  It’s really too bad I didn’t figure out this strategy sooner because I absolutely love it.

For book three of the Dragon’s Breath series (Forged by Flames), I need a month more than the last novel, but that is because I have more on the ground research to do.  I’m actually going to be going out of town on Monday and doing a bit of traveling for a few days (and I just got back from a separate trip on Friday).  It’s not hard to check on things when the story mostly stays within the confines of Norman, OK because I live in the same area as the characters, but for this next installment I need specific details to incorporate into the book and have to see a few places up close.  I won’t spoil things more than that, though.  Those of you who have read Dancing with Flames are already aware there’s a journey ahead for some of the main characters.

Stalked by Flames discount sale

In other news, Amazon has reduced the price of Stalked by Flames to $0.99 in Australia (I’m not sure if that includes any taxes).  It is part of a winter promotion they’re doing in that part of the world and it will continue until August 22nd.  If you live down there and haven’t purchased your copy of the first Dragon’s Breath novel, this is your chance to get it at a low price.  It is also still discounted in Europe for those over there through to the end of August as part of a summer promotion sale.  I wish I could tell U.S. readers there was a discount on Stalked by Flames here too, but so far Amazon has not informed me of one.  If that changes, I’ll be sure to announce it.

Author Interviews

As some of you may have noticed, I have been posting interviews each Friday with Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance authors.  So far, I’ve done three that you can check out if you haven’t done so already.  They include:

Christine Pope
Colleen Gleason
Dannika Dark

You can click on their names above to go to their individual interviews.  They aren’t the standard ones where I ask the same old questions like how they got started writing or where they get their ideas.  These are a little more personal and include subjects such as their pets, favorite TV shows, whether they’d run down the street naked for a million dollars, etc.  I wanted them to be a little more fun and hope you enjoy them.  The next author to be interviewed this coming Friday is Hailey Edwards.  I can’t wait to share her answers to my questions with you!

These interviews will continue until November just before Thanksgiving.  I’ve filled nearly all the slots between now and then with some really awesome authors, many of which you will recognize, so stay tuned.

Book Recommendation

I managed to knock out a few novels from my TBR list after releasing Dancing with Flames.  There are about a hundred more to go because the list never actually gets shorter, but I have no idea when I’ll get to more of them.  I do very little reading once I buckle down on writing because I don’t want to risk another author’s voice affecting mine.  Most of the books I read recently were good, but there was one I wanted to make special note of for anyone who enjoys sci-fi/alien romance.  It is “On a Rogue Planet” by Anna Hackett.

On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett

I do not know this author, and I’ve never heard of her before picking this book up.  I actually discovered the novel while digging through Goodreads lists because I was itching for something like it, and I’m really glad I gave it a chance.  It’s so hard to find a good sci-fi romance that has a solid story, creative world-building, and some sexy scenes without going overboard on the naughty bits.  “On a Rogue Planet” had just the right balance.

This is actually the third novel in the author’s series, but I skipped the others because this was the one that grabbed my attention.  I had no trouble following along and believe it can be read as a standalone.  Having said that, I’ll definitely be reading more books by Anna Hackett in the future.  If you’re into that genre, you might give her work a try.  I confirmed this novel is on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.  Since reader opinions are subjective, be sure to download a sample and/or check reviews before purchasing so you know if the book is right for you.  I can only tell you I enjoyed it a lot.

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That’s all I’ve got for you all now, but if you’ve got any questions/comments, feel free to ask them below.

Dancing with Flames is now available!

I’m pleased to announce that Dancing with Flames is now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.  This novel turned out to be a fun one for me, and I really enjoyed writing it.  There are a lot of twists and turns, a bit of romance, and plenty of action.  For those who have been wanting to see Bailey in action now that she’s a full dragon slayer, you’ll definitely get it.  For those who were wanting to see more of the dragon/shifter world, there’s a lot more of that in the novel as well. There should be something in the story for everyone.

In the back of the ebook, you will be able to find a glossary of dragon terms and a list of the dragon clans with descriptions of which territories they each inhabit.  I’ve put those there for anyone who would like them as a reference while reading.  If you would prefer to be able to print the list of dragon terms and clans, you are welcome to email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you the Word document.  I also plan to add them to my website very soon.

Below are the rest of the book details, plus retailer links.  Hope everyone has a great day and a lovely weekend!

Dancing with Flames cover (large)SUMMARY:

Four months ago, fire-breathing dragons invaded Earth from an alternate dimension, wreaking havoc on modern civilization. Bailey Monzac has been training to kill them ever since discovering she was impervious to their flames, but when some of the beasts begin targeting children, she can’t hold back any longer and must hunt them down.

Her ally, Aidan, would help, except the shape-shifter has his own troubles. His clan is battling for territory against the pure dragons and his father—their leader—is dying. As the shifters fight for the pendragon position, fierce rivalry takes over. Aidan’s own brothers aren’t above blackmail and murder if it will get them to the top. He must stay one step ahead if he is to survive and keep his clan safe from the pure dragons who threaten them all.

Bailey and Aidan may be natural-born enemies, but working together might be the only thing that saves them from the danger that lies ahead.

Word count: 104,000 (approximate)


RETAILER LINKS:

AMAZON US   AMAZON UK   AMAZON DE

AMAZON AU   AMAZON CA