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text 2016-06-23 16:39
Progress Report (And A New Collection Coming Soon!)

Things are finally moving forward for this author! The printed proofs are finally on the way for Midnight Sky, now that I know the limitations of Scrivener for print formatting. So note to anyone thinking about buying a paperback for Midnight Sky– you get some bonus content! I'll go more into it when I officially launch my new website next week. It will likely happen Monday (possibly Tuesday, depending on some other tweaks I want to do), and it's come together really well. The newsletter signup isn't quite ready yet (though I can't wait to do that), and the shop isn't ready, but I'm still very excited about its look. The blog will stay up to redirect traffic, but nothing new will be posted.

 

I'm definitely looking forward to the Midnight Sky promotions starting in July. I'm really excited for this novel and have heard some good feedback from early reviews, so hopefully the pre-order sales will go up. *hint hint wink wink nudge nudge look below*

 

 

There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices… 


The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

 

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One


Preorder Links


Kindle | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Smashwords | Goodreads

 

 

If you're a book blogger/reviewer interested in reading Crimson Sky and/or Midnight Sky, you can enter the signup sheet below! 

 

 

 

 

Now, updates on the new projects, since there's quite a bit. First, I'm super excited to announce that I'll be working with the wonderful team at Mocha Memoirs Press again. I was ecstatic when they emailed me with news that the four short stories I have published with them– Call From The Grave, Hotel Hell, Lost Sky, and the upcoming Engineered Deceit will be put together in a single collection! I've always wanted to do this, and to have it offered is nothing short of awesome. The collection will be called The Shadow Omnibus and is scheduled for an early September release in both ebook and paperback. I can't wait to see the result!

That's the most I have to say for now. I'm a little stuck in a scene for The Iron Gargoyle and might want to sneak a few minutes of editing in for Storm of the Gods before I have to go to the Real Job. There will be a couple more posts on the blog before I move to my new website, so stayed tuned for a little while longer!Cheers!Amy
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text 2016-06-19 06:37
Sunday Snippet: "A single snap in battle could get him killed."

 

Welcome to 8Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog hop where indie authors get to share their work in 8-10 sentences. I couldn't really find a snippet appropriate for Father's Day, so instead, I decided to use a snippet featuring a character who acts like a father figure for Constance in Damnation's Door. She seeks Sephiel, a former warrior angel, for counsel and advice about the mass murders in her old hometown, but as expected, doesn't get the answers she wants to hear...

 

“Seph,” I asked the ex-angel, who stood across from me on the other side of the curtain, watching the opposite end of the street. “These killings, the major ones... do you think Lucifer is behind them rather than Mateo?”

 

Sephiel went very still. Talking about Lucifer always made him tense, and I had to remind myself not to push him. He was human now, and his emotions weren’t so tightly reined anymore. A single snap in battle could get him killed.

 

“It is likely they are working in collaboration,” he finally said. “Perhaps Lucifer is feeding Mateo Rocha’s thirst for vengeance, and your former lover is constructing the circumstances for the slaughter. His men are nearly always there, are they not?”

 

***

 

Still got lots going on. Damnation's Door is still on its blog tour, and one particular stop features an author interview, a character interview, and a giveaway. I've never done a character interview before, and it was a lot of fun to get back inside Constance's head and have her answer questions not typically posed for her. I'm still working on formatting Midnight Sky, editing Storm of the Gods, and rebuilding the world/writing The Iron Gargoyle. I would go into more detail, but I'm half-falling asleep at my desk. Not as comfy as a bed. 

 

Be sure to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors and leave some love and wishes in the comments of their blogs. You have no idea how much that means to us!

 

Speaking of love and wishes, I hope everyone enjoys their father's day! Love you, Dad!

 

 

Amy

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text 2016-06-13 17:32
Weekly Recap (So Much Work!)

I know I missed this last week, but I was out of town for my best friends birthday party, and when we came back into town, all we wanted to do was see X:Men Apocalypse and go out for drinks. That's my excuse, and I think it's a damn good one! But don't assume I wasn't working. Granted, I got almost no new words in, but I managed to get a lot completed in the last couple weeks:

 

  • Send out Midnight Skymedia kit and pre-order links for promotions
  • Format Midnight Skyfor print and ebook (test out Scrivener) (Just need to do the print versions)
  • Series outline, and plots for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map) (First novel is plotted)
  • Start writing The Iron Gargoyle, the first Iron Gargoyle novel
  • Finish the sequel to Storm of the Gods
  • Beta read edits for Storm of the Gods(if they come in)
  • Open contests for Damnation's Door(released next week!)

 

This week, the key word will be editing. The bane of every writer's existence, but if I want people to take me seriously as an author (meaning agents, publishers, reviewers, and readers), I need to work my ass off. So here's what I need to do this week:

 

  • Format Midnight Skyfor print and order author copies
  • Plot remaining books for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map)
  • Continue writing The Iron Gargoyle, the first Iron Gargoyle novel
  • Beta read edits for Storm of the Gods
  • Formal edits and minor tweaking forStorm of the Gods
  • Make list of publishers accepting new authors and sending queries for Storm of the Gods
  • Look through Scrivener tutorials and begin working from there

 

Yup. All of this for me. Still, I'm riding high for the release of Damnation's Door, which happened last week and is coming to the end of its two blog tours and release blitzes put together by XPresso Book Tours and En Pointe Author Services, which have contests and promotions open for 24 more hours!

 

 

Demons are free. Angels are fallen. Hope is dying...

Constance Ramirez and her adopted sister, Andromeda, have stopped Lucifer’s plan– They have closed the Heaven Gate and kept the demons out. But their choice came with brutal consequences, and now every angel on earth is trapped in their mortal body.

All that remains is closing the Hell Gate and establishing a balance once and for all. That means returning to the city of Constance’s nightmares, which has become a haven for murderers and monsters. But even more dangerous than their hunt is that Andromeda’s powers and instincts are turning darker, and this time Constance doesn’t know how to protect her.

Constance is ready to fight for her life, but her enemies have plans she can’t begin to imagine, and they’re prepared to make her suffer...

Trust is lost and hearts are broken in the epic conclusion in Amy Braun’s Cursed trilogy...

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One

 

Buy it here:

 

Amazon Kindle Paperback | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Nook | iBookstore |  Goodreads | Smashwords 

 

 

Giveaways:

 

The Bookish Crypt Damnation's Door and Cursed series giveaway

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Sign Ups:

 

Book Blitz for Damnation's Door

Release Blitz and Blog Tour for Damnation's Door

 

With the end of the Cursed series now upon us, all my attention is turning to Dark Sky and the novels and novellas taking up my schedule for the rest of the year, starting with Midnight Sky, the sequel.

 

 

There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices… 

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One


Preorder Links


Kindle | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Smashwords | Goodreads

 

 

I cannot get enough of that cover or that artwork. Seriously. I can't keep gushing about it, and for any bloggers/reviewers interested in reviewing the novel, you have your chance here:

 

Review Opportunity for Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky

 

Alas, promotion isn't the only thing I'll be working on in the coming weeks. Storm of the Gods has gotten its Beta edits back, and holy smokes, do I have a lot of work to do if I'm going to send it to publishers. I meant, that should be a given, really, but I'd rather it just be accepted and then I don't have to work any more! Why can't anything be easy? Sigh... 


Still, I'm testing out a new editor who is mega-detailed, and I think Storm of the Gods and the Areios Brothers series as a whole will gain a lot from working with her. I've never feared editing, and even if the series isn't accepted for a book deal, I'll be thrilled to publish it myself knowing it will be polished to a pristine finish. 


The Iron Gargoyle is still going strong. I haven't found the time to work on the other plots for the novels, but I'm hoping to do that within the next week or two so I have a better understanding of what I might need to add to the first novel to affect later novels, if that makes sense. That said, I'm loving the way thing are playing out and can't wait to see where it ends!


So, yeah. Every time I think I've caught up on my work, more tumbles down the line. Still, it makes me happy, and the massage I'm getting in a couple hours is destined to do wonders. Worst comes to worst, if my chosen career becomes too much to handle, I have a backup plan...

 


Hey, all the great authors did it, right? Cheers!

Amy

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text 2016-06-12 06:50
Sunday Snippet: "Don’t do that again.”

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog hop where indie authors get to share 8-10 sentences from their current/upcoming release or work in progress. I'm still posting from my newest release, Damnation's Door, the last book in the Cursed trilogy, which has been going crazy with the blog tours I have set up with the generous help of XPresso Book Tours and En Pointe Author Services. Last week was full of action, so this week I thought I would tone it down a notch and add some romance. In this scene, main character Constance is sulking from the aftermath of her fight and the exasperation it drew from her friends. She expects her lover Warrick to do the same, but...

 

Instead of berating me, Warrick slipped onto the staircase with me and opened his arms. I stayed in place, but let him curl his arms around my back and pull me against his chest. The moment I felt the warmth of his body and inhaled his musky pine scent, I began to relax. I started to feel safe, comfortable, loved.

 

In the three weeks we had been together, Warrick had shown me more kindness and compassion than Mateo had done in two years. Clearly my choice in men had improved.

 

“Don’t do that again,” he whispered into my hair. “You scared the shit out of me.”

 

 

Demons are free. Angels are fallen. Hope is dying...

Constance Ramirez and her adopted sister, Andromeda, have stopped Lucifer’s plan– They have closed the Heaven Gate and kept the demons out. But their choice came with brutal consequences, and now every angel on earth is trapped in their mortal body.

All that remains is closing the Hell Gate and establishing a balance once and for all. That means returning to the city of Constance’s nightmares, which has become a haven for murderers and monsters. But even more dangerous than their hunt is that Andromeda’s powers and instincts are turning darker, and this time Constance doesn’t know how to protect her.

Constance is ready to fight for her life, but her enemies have plans she can’t begin to imagine, and they’re prepared to make her suffer...

Trust is lost and hearts are broken in the epic conclusion in Amy Braun’s Cursed trilogy...

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One

 

Buy it here:

 

Amazon Kindle Paperback | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Nook | iBookstore |  Goodreads | Smashwords 

 

 

I'm going to take some time next week to do more promoting for the Cursed trilogy as a whole, but I also need to take some time and prepare my next release, which I know some people are anxious for: Midnight Sky, the second Dark Sky novel coming August 2, 2016. But rejoice! The buy links and a new teaser image are below!

 


There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices… 

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One


Buy it here:


Kindle | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iTunes | Goodreads

 

 

And if all that wasn't enough, there are open giveaways and sign ups for both Damnation's Door and Midnight Sky:

 

The Bookish Crypt Damnation's Door and Cursed series giveaway

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Sign Ups:

 

Book Blitz for Damnation's Door

Release Blitz and Blog Tour for Damnation's Door

Review Opportunity for Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky

 

In writing news... I have a lot going on. The Beta edits for Storm of the Gods are back, and I'm sending them to an editor to look over. I'm eager to get back into those books and tinker around before I take the big leap at the end of the month and send them to publishers. Writing the first draft of The Iron Gargoyle is also going really well. As in "holy crap I love this story and these characters why do I need a Real Job I want to do this all day for forever!" *breathes*


Finally, I'm going to tackle Scrivener for print. I was lucky earlier this week when a guest who frequents my Real Job gave me the best tip I've ever gotten. Long story short: Last week, we talked for easily twenty minutes about our love of books and my writing career and Writers Tears Irish Whiskey. A couple days ago, I saw him again and not only did he give me a file to read on Scrivener and a writing app that will connect to it, he gave me a mini bottle of the very whiskey I wanted to try!  

 


Has anyone from WeWriWa ever tried this? I'm not much of a whiskey drinker. Gin and tonic is my drink of choice. Speaking of WeWriWa, be sure to check out the other Weekend Writing Warrior websites and leave them some love in the comments. I guarantee you'll find a new genre and author to spark your interest. 

 

Cheers! For once, I can take that literally!

 

Amy

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text 2016-06-09 16:34
DAMNATION'S DOOR Released, Giveaways, Preorders, and MIDNIGHT SKY's Cover!

This week has been going great so far. I was away for a mini-vacation Sunday and Monday (why there was no blog post on Monday) and on Tuesday, Damnation's Door, the last in the Cursed trilogy, was released in style with two different blog tours and release blitzes courtesy of XPresso Book Tours and En Pointe Author Services

 

 

Demons are free. Angels are fallen. Hope is dying...

Constance Ramirez and her adopted sister, Andromeda, have stopped Lucifer’s plan– They have closed the Heaven Gate and kept the demons out. But their choice came with brutal consequences, and now every angel on earth is trapped in their mortal body.

All that remains is closing the Hell Gate and establishing a balance once and for all. That means returning to the city of Constance’s nightmares, which has become a haven for murderers and monsters. But even more dangerous than their hunt is that Andromeda’s powers and instincts are turning darker, and this time Constance doesn’t know how to protect her.

Constance is ready to fight for her life, but her enemies have plans she can’t begin to imagine, and they’re prepared to make her suffer...

Trust is lost and hearts are broken in the epic conclusion in Amy Braun’s Cursed trilogy...

 

 

 

Buy it here:

 

 

 

I'm still reeling from the knowledge that I've officially released a full book series. It's exciting, uplifting, and a little sad. I've been on some great adventures with Constance, Dro, Warrick, Sephiel, and Max, and I'm sad to see them go. Still, I've learned a lot from the experience, and know that I can use the knowledge to improve myself as an author. Besides, there's another story to be told: Midnight Sky, the second Dark Sky novel, had its official cover reveal on Sunday, and I couldn't be happier with the work Deranged Doctor Design put together.

 

 


There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices… 

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…


Preorder Links (More on the way!)


Kindle | Kobo | Smashwords | iTunesGoodreads

 

 

Though I'm still focusing on Damnation's Door and trying new promotion techniques, I have to say that I'm thrilled to have figured out parts of Scrivener with Midnight Sky, which will be my go-to writing tool... once I learn how to use it. I'm very excited about the release and everything that will come with it. In addition to the blog tours for Damnation's Door, I've also got a ton of contests and signups going on:

 

The Bookish Crypt Damnation's Door and Cursed series giveaway

 

 

Sign Ups:

 

 

 

Last, but not least, I'll be starting the Storm of the Gods edits by the end of the week, I think. I'm still waiting for one more email response but am determined to have those done by the end of the month so I can send it to publishers. I'm also working on The Iron Gargoyle, and it's been going great. The story turned out to be longer than I intended, but there isn't a part of it I don't love. I'm very excited to jump into this new world and learn all I can from it.  And that's what's going on! This has been a crazy, exciting week for me as an author, and I can't wait for it to continue.  Cheers!

Amy

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