A New Carwyn Teaser (just because)

Just because I love you, I’m posting a new teaser for Building From Ashes. The timeline in this books is… complicated. It stretches from BEFORE A Hidden Fire starts (so you see a little character history) until AFTER A Fall of Water finishes. As I’m sure lots of you could tell, Carwyn had quite a few things going on in his life that didn’t make it into Gio and Beatrice’s story. So Building From Ashes explores that storyline and also sets up the Elemental World for some new adventures.

This teaser is just a bit of the overlap in the two books. This is a small moment between Beatrice and Carwyn from the five years that Gio was out of her life and she was in Southern California. I mentioned that Carwyn and Tenzin both came to visit her at different times. Here is one of those times: Continue reading

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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I want to hear from my readers!

Earth vampires get dirty. Take that however you like.

I haven’t been posting much around here lately because… well, I’ve been writing! And that’s way better than me blogging, right?

I’ve been writing a variety of things, from a short story I’ll publish later this summer (I think) that will introduce my new series, Cambio Springs, to Carwyn’s book, Building From Ashes (I wrote Chapter Twenty-Eight last night! *cough* steamy *cough*). So lots of writing, lots of school prep for the SmallBoy to get him ready for his first conventional classroom this coming fall (he was homeschooled for kindergarten and first grade), and I’ll soon be moving into my new place(!) …which, I haven’t exactly found yet, but I’m working on it.

I wanted to take just a minute here to stop by, say hi, and talk a little more about Carwyn’s book and how I envision the series going forward.

I’m honestly curious how you see it, readers. I’d love to hear in the comments section what your expectations for Building From Ashes are, what you hope to see written in the future, and what intrigues you or turns you off about series books. Because the Elemental Mysteries hasn’t really been a conventional series from the beginning, and I didn’t want it to be. The last thing I wanted was for Gio and Beatrice to be ‘the couple that never ends.’ Really, who wanted to see twelve or thirteen books about the same two characters? After a while, you’d know all their jokes and Gio’s broody nature would just start to get on your nerves.

What I hope to accomplish with this world is not just one good series, but a diverse universe where readers can revisit the things they loved about the original books (and some of their favorite characters), while still exploring new characters, new themes, and new mysteries. Hopefully, that will keep both you, as a reader, and me, as a writer, entertained long into the future.

So, share your thoughts! I want to hear from you. What are your expectations? What do you hope I avoid? What character are you dying to see more of and which one can be stricken from the written page forever?

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Elizabeth

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:

Amazon

Amazon.uk

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Createspace (paperback)

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

In which the writer asks her readers for a metaphorical kick in the pants (oh, and did I mention it’s about Carwyn?)

Ah, life.

Life is weird. I was going to say funny, but weird is just a better adjective here. It’s Wednesday, which means you get a teaser from the Water prologue, which is posted here for you all. I also have another little peek ahead. Not at A Fall of Water, but at another upcoming book in the Elemental World.

Did I mention life is weird?

Sometimes the best laid plans go a little bit awry. And sometimes things you work really hard at fall apart, despite the best of intentions. Those of you who know me know that I’m a planner. (Well, at least in my writing; the rest of my life is up in the air.) I percolate a story. I timeline. I outline. I sketch. Blah, blah, blah. It’s really not all that interesting to readers, I know. But THEN I sit down and start writing. And usually, after all that planning, the writing part goes fairly fast.

But then, as I’ve said, life is weird.

My current work in progress is Carwyn’s book, which has the working title of Building from Ashes. It’s planned. It’s outlined. I know exactly what Carwyn’s story is, and how I want to tell it. In fact, up until the beginning of April, I was humming along with the writing. But then, life got really weird, which necessitated a move for my son and me back to Central California. Not a bad thing, necessarily. But unexpected and complicated.

And writing grinds to a halt.

Which is as it should be. Family is family and nothing trumps that. In the end, it’s all about family. But that also means that now that life is settling back into a new pattern, I’m having a hard time picking up the threads of this book and diving back in. I’m writing a little on a short story. I’m blogging a bit more. (For you fellow writers, I just put up a post over on my other site about the fine art of editing.) I’m outlining a new series I’m very excited about which explores shapeshifter mythology and is set in the American Southwest.

But I really want to finish Carwyn’s book! I love it. I love his story and his journey, which is so different from Gio and B’s. So, in order to give myself a kick in the pants, I’m posting a small teaser from the book in the hopes that your expectation and excitement can motivate me. It’s a tiny part that overlaps the prologue to Book Four, as a matter of fact, when Carwyn is in Cochamo. I’ll be posting more in the future, and hopefully that will prod me along with the writing part. But I know a lot of you Carwyn fans have been missing him. So take a look at a tiny part of Carwyn’s story, Building from Ashes. Leave me a comment if you like it. I hope you do.

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A look ahead at Building from Ashes

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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