New Covers, a New Look for the Site, and a Free Kindle offer!

It’s here! In case you missed the new cover reveal last week (During which I was off the grid camping in the High Sierras. I know, great timing.) here are the new covers for the Elemental Mysteries! I hope you like them. I tried to incorporate new elements to make the books more recognizably paranormal romance, while still retaining the original cover art, which I loved so much. So how do you think I did?

I’ve also updated the site’s look a bit. No content changes right now. Still the same blog and the same links, just a quick update on the look that cleans it up a bit.

The most exciting news (at least for Kindle owners) is that Amazon has decided to match the free Smashwords price for A Hidden Fire! So those of you who have friends or family with Kindles, spread the word. For the month of August, A Hidden Fire is absolutely FREE to download. As you know, independent authors like me depend a lot on the word of mouth of our best advertisers—our readers! And I’ve always bragged that I have the best, smartest, most loyal readers in the world. (Are you blushing yet?) I’m also pretty sure you have amazing fashion sense. I can tell from your comments. ;-)

Have a great week, everyone. May your coffee be strong, your inbox be empty, and your lunch be those really amazing Thai leftovers you’ve been looking forward to.

Thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

Cover Reveal: A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One

A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One

Semi-finalistThe Kindle Book ReviewBest Indie Books of 2012

No secret stays hidden forever.

A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries.  Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he have expected the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract.

Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.   

A Hidden Fire is a paranormal mystery/romance novel.  It is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries Series, followed by This Same Earth, The Force of Windand A Fall of Water.

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Win a signed paperback and check out the new teaser!

Happy Monday, readers! I have some book news, a contest announcement, a chance for book swag, and a short teaser from Building From Ashes: Elemental World Book One.

First off, thanks to everyone who took a chance and purchased my new short story, Long Ride Home, over the weekend. I hope you enjoy and, if you could take the time, please leave an honest review wherever you bought it.

Speaking of reviews, I’m going to do another review contest here on the blog! To enter, all you have to do is leave an honest review for any of my books wherever you bought it and send me the link by email. Since I have six (yes, six) stories out, you can enter up to six times. The prize? A signed paperback copy of A Fall of Water: Elemental Mysteries Book Four, personalized to whoever you like. I am NOT putting any geographical restrictions on this contest, so it is open to international readers, as well. (And I’m just going to pray the shipping costs don’t kill me!)

If you’re a fan of the series, you might want to check out my new CafePress store for the Elemental Mysteries! There are t-shirts, totes, coffee cups (you guessed that one, right?) and lots of other cool gear featuring the book covers and quotes from the series. This tote may be my favorite:

Perfect for the library, right?

I had fun putting the store together, so I hope you might take a look. Let me know what you think!

In writing news, I’m starting on the first Cambio Springs novel this month and also digging into the editing on Carwyn’s book, which still looks like an early winter release. To tide you over, here’s another small teaser below the fold:

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Official Release: A Fall of Water: Elemental Mysteries Book Four

Today is the official release day for A Fall of Water, the final book of the Elemental Mysteries series, and the conclusion of Giovanni and Beatrice’s story.

Sincere thanks to all of you readers who have stuck with me through this journey and a special thanks to the bloggers (many of whom are participating in the blog tour this week) who took a chance on reading and giving your time to a brand-new writer last fall. Thanks to all of you who read, recommended the series to friends or relatives, and who took the time to review.

Here’s what reviewers have to say about A Fall of Water:

A truly epic conclusion of the amazing series! Fast-paced, breathtaking, romantic without sugary sweetness, sexy and in some ways unexpected. My mind is still reeling… and Beatrice kicked ass, by the way!
Nocturnal Book Reviews 

What I love the most about A Fall of Water is that Elizabeth Hunter has continued to grow the characters I know and love, while still introducing new ones into the story to keep it fresh.  I was very happy that I got to read about all my favorite characters in this last book.

Bending the Spine

It breaks my heart to say goodbye to the characters and this story but this was really one of the perfect ending for a series. If you are a fan of paranormal vampire novels,Elemental Mysteries is a MUST read.

The Nerd in Heels

So, I really liked A Fall of Water which wraps up the four book story arc for Gio and B with lots of one on one time for B and Gio, lots of action, and the answers to the mysteries that have been unfolding over the course of the Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries Series. 

Melindeeloo, Amazon Top 500 reviewer

Buy your copy of A Fall of Water today at:

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Please note, I have also enabled expanded distribution on ALL my paperback books now, so they are available for direct sale or order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most independent bookstores. You just have to ask!

And enter here for the Grand Prize Giveaway for the blog tour, a signed paperback of A Fall of Water, or the complete e-book set of the series!

And the winner is…

Thank you to ALL the readers who took part in the ARC contest for A Fall of Water! I have so much review love for all three books and I really, truly appreciate it. I recently had an amazing weekend in San Francisco for my birthday, sandwiched by two relaxing train rides where I got not one, but TWO chapters of Carwyn’s book written! So, the writing block seems to have come to an end, thank goodness. And now, to announce the winner of the ARC contest for A Fall of Water

Katrina! (no last name, but there was only one Katrina who entered)

Congratulations, Katrina, and thank you so much for your reviews of A Hidden Fire and This Same Earth. If you will drop me a quick email with your preferred reading format (ePub, mobi, PDF) I will send your ARC out today!

I also have a secret prize for everyone that sent in an entry. So be looking in your email today or tomorrow for a special link. ;)

Countdown to release for A Fall of Water is seven days, folks! Not long now.

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And for those of you on Goodreads, I wanted to let you know about a special opportunity. The lovely reading group, Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick, has invited me to do a special Author Q&A next week for the Elemental Mysteries series. It is an open group, so I believe anyone can join, but you do have to be a member to post questions for me. I’ll be dropping in throughout the week to answer your burning questions about the final book, the future of the series, and what else I have swirling in the brainspace for the future.

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As always, thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

Elemental Mysteries Playlists are posted and updated!

So, I held off on posting the playlists for The Force of Wind because the songs toward the end were really spoiler-ish, but I have updated them here if you want to take a look. I’ve also built a playlist for A Fall of Water. You’ll notice a lot of songs repeat, especially from the very first book, which is appropriate.

In many ways, A Fall of Water goes back to the first book. Back to beginnings for characters and their secrets. It’s about history and origins, so the songs on the playlist reflect that. The one song that I can never find, which is, in many ways, the song for the whole series, is an older song by Sarah Brightman called Anytime, Anywhere. I’ve posted a YouTube video of her performing it live. It is theatrical in… well, only the way Sarah Brightman can be, but the song is incredible. If you can, look up the lyrics and their translation online.

And here is the playlist for A Fall of Water, if you want to take a look. I’ll just give you the link, since I can never get those playlists to embed correctly.

http://www.playlist.com/playlist/23316160011

Happy almost-Friday, everyone!

News. Links. And what do you know? A brand new book.

Good morning, Elemental Mysteries fans!

Today is a good day. Why? Well, today, the finished manuscript of A Fall of Water goes to my lovely editor Amy Eye. There, in her magic cave of editing, she shall wave her magic editing wand, chant to the punctuation gods, and offer libations of black coffee ALL in the quest to get the book ready for you—the readers—in June.

See, it’s all very mystical. Right, Amy?

To keep you entertained until then, I have NEWS. Lovely news. Prizewinning news. Teasing news.

Yes, there is a new teaser posted here. It’s a short one, but I promise next week’s packs a solid punch.

Advanced Reading Copies of A Fall of Water will be going out to reviewers soon, and there might just be a way that you could win one, too! Be looking for contest news in the next week or so.

And, just to mention for readers who like contemporary romance, The Genius and the Muse releases today! It’s been getting very good advance reviews, and I hope you might download a sample if you’re interested. It’s a love story, of course, but it’s also about life and family, betrayal and reconciliation. It’s set in the art world and is a story that is very close to my heart. The links to buy the book are all right here. The paperback is already available for order at Amazon and should be in expanded distribution in the next few weeks. The Kindle and Nook editions are selling for $3.99, and the paperback is $11.99.

Hope you have a great week, and I’ll be posting more interesting trivia in the coming weeks, now that the month-of-many-manuscripts is over!

Thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

The return of Ben: A new teaser and a spring sale on my first book

For those of you who have been missing Ben, he’s in the new teaser for A Fall of Water posted HERE. Ben is a favorite of mine so I hope you like the new piece of the prologue!

PUBLISHING NEWS: Edits on Book Four are coming along, despite some craziness in my personal life. I don’t have a cover yet, but I hope to have one posted by the end of the month. I’m super excited about the release of my contemporary romance I blogged about last week. It’s set in the art world and it’s probably a bit different from what you might expect. (You didn’t expect me to be normal, did you?) I hope you might consider checking it out.

WRITING NEWS: As far as future work in the Elemental Mysteries world goes, I’m still working on Carwyn’s book, which will tie into the Elementals world, but definitely be a stand-alone story for our favorite priest. Rest assured, it will NOT be simply a rehash of Gio and B’s story from his perspective. That Carwyn is an interesting guy, and he has his own story to tell. I’ll keep you posted as I write more. I’m also working on a short story to introduce another paranormal series that’s in the planning stages. I’m hoping to have that up as a short over the summer, but we’ll just have to see how it goes. It’s a very exciting new world I’m developing, and I can’t wait to really dig into it.

SPRING SALE: In addition to the paperback give-away I’m running on my Facebook page (check the link here there’s not very many entries!) I’m also running a spring sale for A Hidden Fire. Right now, the first book in the series is just $1.99! So tell your friends/coworkers/mom/dog-walker/hairdresser/grocery checker-outer to pick it up. And if you’ve read the book and haven’t reviewed, please consider leaving one. I’m not begging… exactly. But honest reviews really do make a difference for people looking for good books. I’d be very grateful if you took a few minutes to do that wherever you bought the book.

All in all, this has been a very busy month on a lot of levels, but I’m so excited to share my stories with you, readers. You are incredibly important to me, so believe me when I say, sincerely…

Thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

Thinking about vacations and a new teaser for A Fall of Water.

Dear wonderful people, I confess, I’ve been thinking about traveling lately.

In my younger years, I was a bit of a gypsy. I loved it. I took my first trip from California to Colorado by myself when I was thirteen. Cross country by train is a great way to travel, and I loved every bit of it. I traveled to Arizona on my own. Honduras. Mexico. Washington D.C. for a school trip. Across the continental United States in the back of a station wagon and up to Northern California many, many times, all before the age of eighteen. When it was time to go to school? Well, going half-way across the country to Texas didn’t seem like it was that big a leap.

During college and immediately after I traveled to Greece and the Middle East. I did the backpacking thing through Europe for several months. Half of that trip was with a close friend, and then we parted ways and went our own directions. She stayed in Italy, I traveled farther west.

Looking back, I imagine I drove my parents crazy. They never knew what country I was going to be in from one week to the next. But, I was a pretty confident young woman and a lot of that was because of the trust they put in me. Long story short, I love to travel. I love to travel on my own. But when you’re a married mother of an almost-seven-year-old ninja, that just doesn’t happen all too often.

So, I’ve been thinking about vacations. About travel and stretching my legs. I’ve been getting itchy feet, readers, but unfortunately I’m fairly planted at the moment. That’s probably one of the reasons that my characters travel far and wide. I get to live vicariously through them. And I hope you enjoy their adventures, too. That was always one of my favorite things about reading; it’s the cheapest vacation around!

You’ve probably guessed by the first chapter of A Fall of Water that much of the action (but not all!) will take place in Rome, which is a city I absolutely adore. If you’ve never been, make it a point to go; the energy is incomparable.

So, here’s your next teaser for Book Four. A little snippet from March. And tell me, imaginary or not, where’d you like your next vacation to be?

Thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

The Force of Wind is on sale now!

Though it’s not the “official” release date, I wanted to post and let you know that The Force of Wind is now available on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I usually post a few days early to make sure it’s on sale for the official release date, but both systems were very fast at processing the book last night so you get it a bit early!

Here are the links. Smashwords is not up yet, but I’ll be loading that up tonight. I’m still doing the formatting work on the paperback, and then I’ll need to order a proof, so that will take a couple of weeks yet. I’ll be sure to put up the links when it is available. But for now, here are the links to the e-book!

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Here is what a few reviewers have to say about the third book:

“Darker, grittier, bittersweet and in a way heartbreaking. B is an unstoppable force, and the chase for the ancient immortality elixir is gaining momentum. This time you either win or die. [Hunter's] best book so far. I can not wait for the next one!” –Nocturnal Book Reviews

“I have said it before and I am so happy to be saying it again I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! At the end of last year when I made my Best of 2011 list, A Hidden Firewas on it. I have  no doubt that at the end of this year Elizabeth Hunter will be there again.  …The Force of Wind is just that, a force. I felt every emotion in this installment.” –Bending the Spine Book Blog
I truly hope that the book lives up to all your expectations. It was a pleasure to write. A challenge, but a pleasure, and I can’t wait for you to read.
Thanks for all your support!
Elizabeth
UPDATE: Wow, that was fast! Smashwords is now available, as well!