A winner for Shifting Dreams and a new give-away!

SUCH a great response to the give-away last week! I had so much fun reading through your comments. Thanks for all the kind words and some truly hilarious stories. I loved it. :D

The winner of the signed paperback of Shifting Dreams is… Elaina Roberts!

Congratulations, Elaina. I’ll have your book to you in the mail on Monday. Please email me your address at ElizabethHunterWrites@gmail.com.

Now, the next fabulous prize up for grabs is a signed paperback of A Fall of Water, the last book in the Elemental Mysteries series. I cannot, sadly, send an actual Italian fire vampire with the book, so my signature will have to do. Same rules as last week, open to international readers, you have a week to enter, etc. Just leave me a comment and I’ll pick a winner next Friday.

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Have a marvelous weekend, everyone! And here’s a little teaser I posted on the Facebook page yesterday from Blood and Sand:

Natalie was trying to take her first tai chi lesson seriously. Really. She was. But the feel of Baojia moving her arms and legs into various positions, then standing really close to move her from form to form was more than a little distracting.

“You should really put on a shirt if you want me to concentrate.”

He moved in front of her and tilted her chin up as she stood with arms stretched out and legs half-bent. “I don’t have many clothes here, and I’m not going to ruin my nice shirts practicing. Now focus.”

She muttered, “Kind of hard to do after that thing you did an hour ago.”

A lift at the corner of his mouth was the only reaction she got.

Have I mentioned how much I love these two?

Elizabeth

Free Friday Fiction: “Wind Speaks” and a book giveaway

So, it kinda got buried under all the pre-order news, but sometimes Tenzin talks to me, so I wrote a little something in her voice that you can read HERE. Enjoy, Tenzin lovers.

Also, for some reason, I ended up with a bunch of paperbacks that are sitting around my office lately.

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AHHHHH! SO MANY BOOKS!!!

Seriously, I have a ton, so I’m going to do some giveaways here on the blog over the next month or so. ALSO, because I love my international readers as much as my domestic ones, I’m making all my giveaways in April open to international readers, too. YES, I will send it to you, even if you live in the backwoods of Icannotpronounceitstan. More power to you for finding my books in the first place! If you win, I’ll send you a signed paperback.

So, for today, I think I’m going to give away a copy of my newest book, Shifting Dreams. Have I mentioned the cover is gorgeous? IT’S GORGEOUS. Seriously, I’m considering having a poster blown up to hang on my wall. (But… it has my name on it, so that just seems kind of egotistical, you know?) But you should totally enter to win it. Because, it’s beautiful.

How to enter? It’s reeeeeeeeeally easy. Just write a comment here on the blog and make sure I have your e-mail. I’ll let the contest run until next Friday, so you have a week to enter. (Only one comment per person, please!) Next Friday, I’ll announce the winner and announce the next paperback giveaway.

That’s all! Have a great weekend,

Elizabeth

Pre-order news and a new extra on the website.

Blood and Sand CoverToday, I have some very exciting news. For the first time, one of my books is available for pre-order over in the Kindle store. I’m so pleased to say that the KDP team worked with me to make Blood and Sand available now for pre-order. The book next book in the Elemental World series can be delivered to your Kindle on May 28th! You can pre-order it HERE.

This is something readers have asked for going on well over a year, so I have to hand it to the publishing team at Amazon. They listened to readers and authors on this issue and delivered. In my experience, Kindle Direct Publishing has always been a pleasure to work with, with good feedback and the amazing people over at Author Central who have personally answered so many questions for me when I needed help. I have a lot to thank them for. They were pioneers in letting an author reach out on an equal playing field, giving us the exact same virtual shelf space as the big publishers. Through Amazon, I have equal access to the biggest bookstore in the world.

Amazon has been getting a lot of flack lately. It’s always easy to pick on the most visible, right? But there’s a reason they’re so successful. Their search engine is phenomenal, and I’ve personally bought many of my favorite books on their recommendations. Their selection is massive. And especially for people who don’t live near a bookstore, Amazon and Kindle opened doors to book worlds they might never have seen before. (Speaking as someone from a small town, this cannot be dismissed. Many towns do NOT have book stores.)

It’s easy to pick on the biggest target, but today, I really want to give them a high five for their awesome customer service and author relations.

THANKS, KDP!

Also, because I just like giving you guys free stuff to read, I posted a little something that was roaming around in my head earlier today. For all you Tenzin fans…

Wind speaks.

Have a great week!

Elizabeth

Sale for Valentine’s Day–The Genius and the Muse

G&M CoverHey, everyone!

This is just a quick post to let readers who might not have picked up my contemporary romance, The Genius and the Muse, know that it’s on sale right now for Valentine’s Day! And A Hidden Fire is… still free, so I can’t really discount that anymore than it is already. Cause… yeah, I’m not going to start paying you to read my books. That just seems counter-productive.

Anyway, I redesigned the cover for Genius and put it down to .99 for the next couple of days. Hope you might pick it up if you like my writing. There’s no vampires, but there are curious photographers, tattooed sculptors, a bit of angst, and lots of romance. If you like my writing, this is one of my own favorite stories.

Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Kobo

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Elizabeth

Official Release: Building From Ashes: An Elemental World Novel

Today is the day! It’s the official release for Building From Ashes, the first book in the Elemental World series.

It’s not often that you get the kind of reader clamor to write about a supporting character the way I did with Carwyn. From the first book, readers e-mailed me, messaged me on Facebook and Twitter, and otherwise made it known that they wanted MORE CARWYN. And while I loved the character, it wasn’t until the middle of the second book that I knew—really knew—he had his own story to tell.

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Carwyn glared at Giovanni. “I’ll not change who I am because of a madman. I cast no judgment, but—”

“For God’s sake, Carwyn—”

“Do not take His name in vain among my people, di Spada!” the priest roared, standing up from the table and meeting Giovanni nose-to-nose as they squared off against each other.

“Fine,” Giovanni spit out, “but I’m going to feed, as well. I’ve no interest in principle over survival.”

Giovanni stormed out, leaving Beatrice gaping at them both as Carwyn sat down again, staring at the half-eaten meal in front of him. The humans and vampires in the kitchen dispersed and Beatrice sat silently, at a loss for what to say.

“I’m truly an ass sometimes, aren’t I?” Carwyn finally muttered.

“He’s worried about you. And I think he feels guilty.”

“Why?” He began eating again. “I’m the one that agreed to help him get you back. Isn’t it my fault? Oh, wait, you’re the one we rescued, so maybe it’s your fault.” Beatrice felt tears spring to her eyes as she watched the surly vampire. “No…not your fault, after all, you were only targeted because of your father, so perhaps it’s Stephen De Novo’s fault after all.”

“Carw—”

“Or,” he finally looked up at her with a fierce expression in his blue eyes. “It’s the fault of the man who kidnapped my son. Yes…” He nodded and took a gulp from the mug that Sinéad set by his elbow. “I’m sticking with this being Lorenzo’s fault. Because that’s the vampire I’m going to kill if I don’t get my Ioan back.” He wiped the blood from the corner of his mouth, smearing it across his jaw in an ominous red streak before he continued inhaling his food. (This Same Earth)

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See, every character has to have a catalyst, a reason to go through change after so many years of life. Sadly, for Carwyn, it was the death of his son. And from that point on, Carwyn’s story ran alongside Gio and Beatrice’s in my mind. I knew what he was going through as I wrote their books. I plotted out his and Brigid’s story in my head long before I ever wrote it down. And while he may have been mostly absent from The Force of Wind, he was never far from my mind.

And finally, his book is here. I hope you’ll check out some of the amazing reviews already posted online at some of my favorite blogs:

“Every time I read anything Elizabeth writes I can’t help but immerse myself in her gorgeous, captivating and lively world of elemental vampires completely, so her books for me are always a treat.”–Nocturnal Book Reviews

“Readers who are looking for a good book that screams mystery and romance…Building of Ashes was made for you.” –I Read Indie

“I really enjoyed this book.  Carwyn is compassionate and extremely hilarious.  He’s so cheeky, I love him!  Brigid is strong and independent, asking for help when necessary, complimenting Carwyn greatly.  The plot is pretty involved but easy to get caught up in!   Another stellar story from Elizabeth.”–Sinfully Delicious Book Reviews

In addition to reviews, I hope you’ll check out the rather silly (and very fun to write) conversation that Gio, Beatrice, Carwyn, and Tenzin had at my house the other night about… Halloween costumes. It’s posted over at Fuzzy.Coffee.Books and it might give you a giggle.

And if you have your OWN ideas about what Carwyn should wear as a Halloween costume, please do leave a comment over at the blog tour page to be entered to win a signed paperback of Building From Ashes. The contest runs through the end of the month.

I hope you’ll check out the book on Amazon or Smashwords. (Barnes & Noble, I’m still waiting for you. What’s up?) And please remember to leave an honest review wherever you buy.

Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth

New Cover Reveal on Thursday!

Hello, readers!

I haven’t been blogging this week, or doing much for that matter, since I’ve been hit by some plague my seven-year-old gave me. Kids. They’re cute, but germy.

On top of that, I’m scheduled to go camping this weekend somewhere where there is no cell signal, which means no computer, or Facebook, or Twitter. No internet at all, as a matter of fact. This is what I have to do to relax, according to my family. Otherwise, I work all the time.

BUT, I did want to give you the links (before I fall off the grid) for the cover reveal on Thursday! Please check out the following amazing sites for all four new Elemental Mysteries covers on Thursday.

I Read Indie Book Blog

The Autumn Review

Bending the Spine

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

Better Read Than Dead

And don’t forget that A Hidden Fire is FREE on Smashwords for the month of August! If you haven’t gotten a copy, or want to give one to a friend, this is a great opportunity.

Have a wonderful week, everyone, and I’ll see you next week when I come back from the mountains.

Thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

A Hidden Fire is Free in August!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls, and vampires of any and all elements…

I have news. Promotions and covers and contests, oh my!

Promotions: For the month of August, A Hidden Fire, the first book in the Elemental Mysteries series, will be FREE on Smashwords! That’s right, totally and completely free. And since it’s Smashwords, you can download it in any format you’d like. EPubs for Nooks and iBooks, Mobi files for Kindle. Any format you’d like. Free. I’ve never done a free download promotion before, so I hope it brings in some new readers to the Elemental Mysteries world.

Now, hopefully, Amazon will decide to price match Smashwords. I don’t know for sure, but if you’d like to see it free on Amazon, please click on the ‘report a lower price’ link on the Amazon page. The more people do that, the more likely it is to be price-matched so Kindle users can get it for free directly on their devices.

Covers: I love the Elemental Mysteries covers, and I know many of you do, too. That said, more than one reader has commented that they weren’t sure what genre the books belonged in when they first saw it. Thriller? Mystery? There has been some confusion. With that in mind, I’ve decided to relaunch the covers for the series, incorporating the old artwork with some new elements that more clearly put the books in the paranormal romance genre. I’ll be releasing the first cover tomorrow here on the website and doing a full cover reveal for all four books on August 14th.

If you are a blogger and would like to participate in the series cover relaunch, please leave a comment here or email me! I’d love to spread the word about the new covers and the series as a whole.

Contests: I haven’t received many entries for the signed copy of A Fall of Water! If you’ve left a review, even in the past, email me and let me know. If you haven’t reviewed, I’d love it if you took a few minutes to do that and send me the link. It makes a big difference in visibility and sales, and enters you in the contest, too!

As for writing news, I’m still working on revisions for Building From Ashes, and I’ve had great feedback from my first readers so far! I’m very excited to expand the Elemental Mysteries world and I hope you’re equally as excited to read.

Have a great week,

Elizabeth

Thank you for reading.

Dear Readers,

Last October, I published a book. It was called A Hidden Fire. For a few readers, it was anticipated. I had been posting teasers and bits of it on my blog for a while. I had written about my journey in independent publishing and my reasons for taking this path. So, from the beginning, there have been some very dedicated readers who have followed me on this crazy ride.

Earlier this week, I published the fourth and final book in this small series, A Fall of Water. I could never have anticipated the response that it would bring. Readers e-mailing me to tell me how much they were looking forward to it. Tweets. Facebook posts. Blog posts and forum threads. Offers of home-baked pecan pies in return for early copies of the book. (You know who you are.) It was incredibly flattering.

When I sold a modest number of books in October, I was grateful. But this response—the response of so many—to the last Elemental Mysteries book and news of an expanded series set in this world. This response has been more than I could have hoped for nine months ago.

Thank you.

Your response, your encouragement, your reviews and your continued support of this series are amazing. Life-changing in ways you could not possibly realize. Thank you for making this release for A Fall of Water my best release yet.

Thanks to all the amazing bloggers who participated in the tour, and thanks to the Goodreads group, Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick, for the fun Q&A Forum. I had a blast, ladies!

As a thank you, I’m unlocking the prologue to Carwyn’s book, Building From Ashes, which will be released this winter. No, I don’t have a more specific date than that, but I promise I will let you know when I do.

Thank you for buying my books, thank you for reviewing, thank you for telling your friends. Happy readers are my best advertising. You rock.

Thank you for reading,

Elizabeth

A Fall of Water Blog Tour Begins Today!

Happy Monday, everyone!

I’m pleased to let you know that (though it’s a day early) A Fall of Water is now live on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and even Createspace (paperback)! I’m also thrilled to be featured today on I Read Indie Book Blog, Bending the Spine, The Nerd in Heels, and Sapphyria’s Book Reviews! The book is getting great reviews, and I’m thrilled that readers are so pleased with the final chapter of Gio and B’s story.

I also wanted to mention the great Q&A over at Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick that I’m participating in this week. There are some wonderful questions posted already about the series and future work. I’d love to see you over there in the forum.

And don’t forget about the Blog Tour Giveaway going on all this week over at ElizabethHunterWrites.com. Answer a question, leave a comment, and you’re entered to win a signed paperback of A Fall of Water OR a complete e-book set of the four Elemental Mysteries books!

Have a wonderful week and thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

The final teaser for A Fall of Water: Elemental Mysteries Book Four

Here it is, folks! The final teaser for A Fall of Water. December 2011

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into the year that Gio and B were hidden away. I hope it’s given you a little insight into who they are and who they are becoming. And in less than a week, you’ll be able to read the final chapter of their story.

I’ve had so many readers ask if this is the end. For these characters, Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo, it is. But one of the unexpected pleasures of writing this series has been the many wonderful characters who have grown with it. Most of you know that I’ve been working on a book for Carwyn, and I’m happy to say that I’m now well over half-way done with the manuscript for that book. It will be a stand-alone novel within the universe and though it will give insight into Carwyn’s part of the Elemental Mysteries, it is mostly his own story.

As for other books? Well, let’s just say I have a lot of ideas. And by the time you get to the end of A Fall of Water, you’ll have a fairly good idea of what some of them might be. (HINT: Read ALL the way to the end of the book, folks. I like to sneak things in.)

In the meantime, please enjoy the last teaser, and if you’re curious, you can email me for the password to the prologue of Carwyn’s book. It’s posted on the site, but it’s password protected right now.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be posting links for the blog tour next week!

Elizabeth