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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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

A note to my readers and a chance to win an ARC of Elemental Mysteries Book Four!

Dear Readers,

It’s been a crazy journey with you these past eight months. Since October, I’ve published the first three books of the Elemental Mysteries series and been able to meet and correspond with so many readers and bloggers. I am incredibly blessed.

Now, in only a few weeks, the fourth book of the series will be published and Gio and B’s story will come to an end. It’s bittersweet, but I’m looking forward to more books in the Elemental Mysteries world. I think one unexpected turn in writing this series has been the rich and layered world that has developed, along with a lot of supporting characters that readers are very interested in, and I’m looking forward to telling their stories in the future. I’m also working on a new paranormal fiction series, some short stories, and new books in different genres. If you are interested in future books and haven’t subscribed to my author site, ElizabethHunterWrites.com I’d really encourage you to do that!

I am incredibly grateful to all of you who write me, tweet me, mention or comment on the Facebook page, and tell your friends and family about the book. Unlike a big publishing house, I don’t have a publicity department. I have better. I have my readers! You all are the best advertising in the world, and I’m especially grateful to those of you who have taken the time to leave reviews where you bought the book.

Many readers don’t understand how vital reviews are in getting the word out about a book or a series, and I’ll be very honest, it’s something that I’ve struggled with. For my book rankings and sales, the Elemental Mysteries books have very low review numbers. Which means, I’ve had lots of people buying and reading the series, but not very many are reviewing on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords, which makes it harder for new readers to discover it or take it seriously. At the same time, it feels a lot like pandering or begging to ask readers to pleasepleaseplease leave reviews for a book. After all, you’ve already bought it, you’re under no obligation to help me out further!

I’ve been hoping to increase my review numbers, but have been wondering what to do. I’m not withholding teasers until I get X number of reviews. I’m not holding back publication of sequels or outtakes. Instead, I’m going to give you stuff early! After much thought, I’ve decided to run a contest. I’ve been wanting to give away a reading copy of the ARC for A Fall of Water and I think that this is the way to do it.

I’ve decided is that, for ANY review (good, bad, or indifferent) you send me the link to, I will enter you into the drawing for the Advanced Readers Copy. That means, if you’ve already reviewed, just send me the link! You’re entered, and you can enter up to three times, because there are three books. Please keep in mind, Goodreads reviews are great, but they will not count for this contest. This is for reviews where you bought your copy of the book. It absolutely does not have to be a five star review, or even a positive one, for that matter! I’m looking for honest reviews that will help other readers choose whether the Elemental Mysteries series is a good buy for them. You may like the book, but not think it’s a good for people who like XYZ, and that’s fine! Let readers know in a review and send me the link. You’re still entered.

I’m running this contest for two weeks, so starting today and going until May 28, you will be entered to win an ARC of A Fall of Water any time you review any of my books and email me the link(s) at ElizabethHunterWrites@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading (and reviewing!),

Elizabeth

A New Teaser and an AMAZING Giveaway/Fundraiser

Good morning, Elemental Mystery readers!

Well, I’m coming up to the end of my edits for A Fall of Water: Elemental Mysteries Book Four. Then, I put the manuscript in the very capable hands of my editor, Amy Eye, who will brush everything up and get it ready to deliver to you all in June. (Which is approaching very fast—yikes!)

Though things have been a little crazy on the home front lately (including an unexpected move back to Central California for me), I’m very excited to get the last volume of Gio and B’s story to you readers. Fingers crossed, the cover might be done next week, too. I’ll let you know!

In other publishing news, my contemporary romance, The Genius and the Muse, releases next week. More importantly, I’m taking part in an amazing fundraiser/giveaway for a very good cause. Please check out the information here to find out how you can win over fifty signed copies from many different authors, including at least three current NYT Bestsellers. I’m proud to be in this group and so happy to contribute a signed copy of A Hidden Fire to the grand prize. Please check out the giveaway and fundraiser and spread the word online. It’s a very worthy cause.

And be sure to click the link for your new teaser from book four: July 2011.

Thanks for reading and have a peaceful week,

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

New teaser from A Fall of Water: Elemental Mysteries Book 4

Dear wonderfulamazingawesome readers,

Thank you all for making the launch of The Force of Wind: Elemental Mysteries Book 3 such a success along with my blog tour from A Tale of Many Reviews. I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reception and growing enthusiasm for the series, and I want to thank all of you who have read, reviewed, and recommended my books to friends and family.

If I could ask my readers for anything more at this point, it would be to please consider leaving a review where you bought your copy of the book, whether at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords. Honest reviews really do help potential readers find what they’re looking for in the crowded marketplace of the Kindle or Nook stores. If you have the time, I would greatly appreciate it!

For those of you who have already bought and read The Force of Wind, you also got the first chapter of A Fall of Water at the end of the book. You may also have noticed that there was a year missing from the timeline!

My, oh my. What did Gio and B get up to in that missing year? Never fear, I have twelve scenes from their missing year in the Cochamo Valley to share with you to tide you over until the fourth book is released. Twelve scenes for twelve weeks (approximately the time until the next book release).

See? I’m not so mean.

Warning: If you have NOT read The Force of Wind yet, do not read these scenes! They are highly spoilerish for the third book as they take place immediately after.

So, if you’re anxiously awaiting the fourth book in the series, here is your teaser to tide you over: January.

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! 

Official release date for The Force of Wind and a teaser!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’ve left you for a couple weeks with no peek ahead at the third book, which I’m happy to say, will be officially released on March 6, 2012! Just about one month from today. On Thursday, we’ll have the last nominations for the “dream cast” that you all have been so amazing to help me with. Your nominations have been stellar. After that, I’ll allow a one week for final nominations before I do the drawing for The Force of Wind ARC for one lucky reader!

I’ve had a few snippets of review love back from advanced readers and so far, it’s being very well received. Here is the profile on GoodReads if you want to add it. I just can’t wait to hear what you all think of it. In the meantime, here’s your teaser from the third book featuring a little scene between Gio and Baojia:

The longer he watched her, the faster his heart beat.

She was astonishing.

A vision of her transformed assaulted him.  Lithe grace turned into preternatural strength and speed.  Fangs gleaming in her mouth as she pierced his skin.  Her smooth, pale skin crackling with energy when she touched him.

Imagining Beatrice as an immortal was undeniably alluring.  Yet, it still filled him with guilt.

“She’ll be stunning when she turns,” Baojia murmured next to him.

Giovanni glared at him, irritated that his thoughts had been so closely mirrored by the other vampire.

“She’s stunning now.”

Baojia just cocked an amused eyebrow at him.

“She plans on it.  Why else would she practice as she does?”  He folded his legs and hands in a meditative pose.  “I think it was in the back of her mind even before you came back.”

“Oh?”

“I remember the first martial arts class she took.  Introductory tai chi.  Ernesto was very pleased.  Beatrice says Tenzin suggested it.  Very forward thinking of your old partner; it will help immeasurably with physical control.”

Giovanni wanted the water vampire to shut up.  He disliked being reminded of the years where Baojia had watched over Beatrice, and he had not.  He decided to change the subject.

Hmmm. Intrigue and unexpected turns are in store for all the players on the mysterious Penglai Island. And before I go, here’s another look at a song from the playlist for this book. I listen to a lot of instrumental music when I’m writing. Classical. Soundtracks. Here’s another traditional Chinese instrumental piece from the very cool Twelve Girls Band called, Clouds of the Sky:

Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth

Elemental Mysteries “dream cast”—Caspar

Sorry I’ve been MIA this week! Lots going on in the family and I sent Advanced Reading Copies out to reviewers. Time for another nomination and a chance to win an ARC of Book Three! Drawing will be two weeks from today.

Now, when we first meet Caspar Davidson, a reader might think that he’s just another loyal butler/servant/Alfred to Gio’s Batman kind of guy. I hope by the end of the book, you’ll have figured out that there’s a lot more to this character than just a stock persona. Caspar’s a fascinating guy, and maybe someday, I’ll write down a little more of his backstory for you all. (Incidentally, I’ve had more questions about Caspar’s name than any other character. Feel free to look it up. It was chosen for a reason.) Needless to say, he’s not your typical butler. He’s also…well, a bit of a charmer, but you’ve probably figured that out.

I don’t give a lot of physical description for Cas. He grew up in England, mostly. He’s sixty-three at the beginning of the series, and I think you can tell from his interests (cars, wine, gourmet cooking…horror movies?) that he’s kind of a debonair guy. As charming as Giovanni can be taciturn, Caspar’s definitely his own character. Here’s just a bit from A Hidden Fire:

When he reached [the car], he saw the slight flare of the cigarette as Caspar leaned against the black Mercedes sedan.

“A good evening, Gio?”

Giovanni frowned at his old friend, flicking the cigarette out of Caspar‘s mouth as he approached the door. He stood in front of the man, looking down on him as he spoke. “I don‘t like the cigarettes. I thought you had given them up.”

Caspar looked up with a mischievous grin. “If I‘m only living for eighty years or so, I‘m going to enjoy them.”

Cas also…well, he does love the ladies.

Caspar shrugged. “Fine, very little traffic this morning. We made it to the university with plenty of time before her first class. Parking on that campus is absolutely hideous first thing in the morning.”

“So?”

“She‘s lovely, by the way. Surveillance photos never really do a woman justice. She has the most lovely skin, and that hair—”

“Caspar, you know what I‘m asking, please don‘t make me kill you.”

A frown settled onto Caspar‘s face and he cleared his throat. “She was a bit…discomfited. I suppose it‘s understandable. She asked that I give you a message.”

“What was the message?”

“Don’t call me; I’ll call you.”

You can see the Polyvore set I put together for our favorite butler at the top of the post. Give me your ideas, dear readers! I can’t wait to see what you think. I was blown away by the amazing suggestions for Carwyn and Tenzin the last couple of weeks. Just one more after this, and it’s our baddie, Lorenzo!

Thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

Help me “cast” the Elemental Mysteries: Tenzin

Happy Thursday, my dear readers! I loved all your nominations for Carwyn last week. That priest gets a lot of love, but now it’s time to nominate one of the more intriguing members of our Elementals family. She’s mysterious. She’s ancient. And you’ll learn a lot more about her in the upcoming third book, The Force of Wind. Here’s a few snippets about Tenzin:

[Giovanni] heard a chirp from the low hanging magnolia tree and glanced up to see the small vampire perched on a branch, her legs dangling and her feet bare.  She appeared to be no more than sixteen or seventeen years old, and her glossy black hair fell in two sheets that framed her face.  Her eyes were a clouded grey and beautifully tilted by an ancient hand, but when the girl smiled, vicious fangs curled behind her lips like the talons of some primeval bird of prey.

A strange calm settled over him.

“Hello, Tenzin.”

And here’s a bit of Tenzin in action:

She was perched on the edge of the cliff, darting over and around her attackers as she ripped at them with her talon-like fangs and tiny hands.  She moved so quickly he could barely track her, but she paused in midair to meet his eyes.

“Go!  Find him,” she yelled before grasping two vampires by the necks and swinging them around until their bodies detached and sailed into the sea.

Tenzin, to be frank, is a badass. I can’t imagine she pays too much attention to her clothes, but here’s a Polyvore set I put together for you.

So, let’s hear what you think. Who would you nominate to play a 5000 year old wind vampire who likes to rip throats? And remember, all nominations enter you to win a contest for the ARC of Book Three, The Force of Wind.

Thanks for reading,

Elizabeth