Cover Reveal for The Stranger I Knew by Jennifer Leigh @boundtowriting #YA #Mystery #Novella

Today I’m really excited to share with you the cover for Jennifer Leigh’s latest book, The Stranger I Knew.

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The publication date: August 12, 2019

Genre: YA Mystery – Novella

Before I reveal the cover here’s a bit of info about The Stranger I Knew:

She thought she was going crazy. Angie might be paranoid but she’s certain that someone has been watching her. At home. At school. But she doesn’t tell anyone because how would that look for the future cheer captain of Falsetto High? That is until Angie is kidnapped by someone who is so familiar he can’t possibly be a stranger. Yet she doesn’t know who it is. Will Angie be able to escape the stranger she knew?

 

And Now, here it is…

 

the cover of…

 

The Stranger I Knew

 

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Ready to Preorder The Stranger I Knew:

Set aside a Kindle copy for yourself today for only $1 USD by following this Amazon Link! UK link here.

You can also follow The Stranger I Knew Journey on Bound to Writing!

Join The Stranger I Knew Blog Tour running from August 12 to August 16!

 

About Jennifer Leigh:

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Jennifer Leigh is a self-published young adult author and blogger. She has participated in National Novel Writing Month where all of her thoughts come together and books are created. Her blog, Bound to Writing, focuses on young adult writing and reading. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two guinea pigs, and cat.

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While your waiting for The Stranger I Knew to be published, why not read another of Jennifer’s books, Not Like Everyone Else. I reviewed it last year and recommend it for those who love YA mystery. See my post here.

 

Writer Get Noticed! by Colleen. M. Story #tuesdaybookblog #bookreview #howtoguide #writers

Do you sometimes feel that you are getting lost in the sea of books and authors out there? Then Writer Get Noticed! is the book for you! Before I share my review, here’s the blurb…

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Stop feeling invisible and start attracting the attention you deserve.

Have you been writing for years, but feel like no one notices? Have you published your stories, only to gain a handful of readers? Do your marketing efforts feel like shouting into a void?

Veteran writer and motivational coach Colleen M. Story helps you break the spell of invisibility to reveal the author platform that will finally draw readers your way.

There are more books out there than ever before, and readers have many other things vying for their attention. A writer can feel like a needle in a haystack, and throwing money at the problem rarely helps. What does work is creating a platform that stands out, but in a sea of a million platforms, how is one to do that?

Writer Get Noticed! takes a new approach, dispelling the notion that fixing your writing flaws and expanding your social media reach will get you the readers you deserve. Instead, discover a myriad of strengths you didn’t know you had, then use them to find your author theme, power up your platform, and create a new author business blueprint, all while gaining insight into what sets you apart as a writer and creative artist.

Writers need readers to achieve their highest potential. Find your way to stand out, and let it lead you to the writing career that fulfills all your expectations and more. 

In this motivational and inspiring book, you’ll learn:

•Why improving your writing skills isn’t enough.
•Why it’s critical you discover your strengths…and how to do so.
•What’s stopping you from finding the readers who love your work.
•What you really want from writing and why that matters.
•Easy methods to help you build a more successful author platform.
•What truly motivates you and how to use that to succeed.
•The author theme that unites your creative work and fits your style.
•How imposter syndrome can stall your progress, and how to overcome it.
•How to make better decisions about your writing career as a whole.

When you find the treasure that’s been inside you all along, don’t be surprised if it opens new doors you never thought possible.

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My Review

This is an intense book that helps you discover a lot about yourself as a writer and makes you think about your goals. Armed with this knowledge you can focus on your author platform and work towards your strengths. The book helps you discover those strengths and use them to come up with your author theme and mission statement. It uses questionnaires and journalling to help you reach deep and discover not just what motivates you, but also your decision making processes and how you can use them to your advantage.

It’s a book to take time over. You need to sit quietly and answer the questions honestly to get the most out of the tasks the book sets you. I really enjoyed the opportunity to focus on my goals, something that often gets lost with so many looming deadlines. Another highlight of the book was making me focus on my strengths and achievements so far.

The questions are backed up by research and well presented facts. As well as the soul searching questionnaires, and multiple choice questions in this book, there are also many examples of other writers’ stories, which are often touching and always inspirational.

Writer Get Noticed! is an in-depth book I think many writers can learn from.

Check it out on Goodreads and Amazon

I also highly recommend Colleen’s book Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, here’s my review.

Note – I received an arc copy of Writer Get Noticed. A big apology to Colleen Story as I have been meaning to review this great book much sooner, but writing and editing deadlines got in the way. I hope to put all I have learnt about myself and the direction I want to take my career into action very soon.

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Audiobook trailer for Visions of Zarua #fantasy

Visions of Zarua will be released as an audiobook in June and my narrator Guy Barnes has kindly put together this amazing trailer. Not only is he talented with voices, but he’s also composed the music in the trailer. I feel so lucky to be working with him on this project.

Please check out the link below. Unfortunately I don’t have the correct wordpress subscription to upload videos, but I hope embedding the tweet will work.

News of the release date will follow soon.

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#fantasy #bloggers Join The Sentinel’s Alliance Release day blog tour 6th July 2019

The Sentinel’s Alliance – Book 3 in the Silent Sea Chronicles will be released on 6th July 2019. I’m looking for bloggers and reviewers who would like to join in the publication day push run by Rachel’s Random Resources. Sign up to take part in promo / spotlight posts, reviews and Q&A’s.

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The blurb

Can new alliances save the Silent Sea Islands from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas for magic users, determined to obliterate them. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

The Sentinel’s Alliance is available for pre-order now. Only 99p.

If you can’t take part on the day but would still like to be involved, please contact me. ARC copies of all three books are available to reviewers. Book 3 available in June.

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Visions of Zarua Czech cover reveal #fantasy #translation

I am very excited to share the book cover for the Czech translation of Visions of Zarua. I believe the translation of the title is Zarua – Lost City.

The publication date is 9th September 2019.

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What do you think of the cover? I really love it and did have something similar in mind before I found the image for my own self published version. The designer has done a wonderful job bringing the book to life.

Here’s my cover for comparison, still pretty good I think.

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Fragment’s Pendragon world fantasy series includes some wonderful authors, including my hero Robin Hobb! Seeing my book alongside hers in the quarterly magazine is a dream come true.

It’s so exciting to think that in just a few months Visions of Zarua will be available in bookshops and it’s made me more determined to get my book into UK bookshops. I plan to focus on this in the summer and have already begun researching ISBN’s etc. I will share my findings nearer the time, but if anyone has any tips I’d love you to share them in the comments.

In other news, I’m having Visions produced as an audiobook! I will have a full post about that soon along with a sample. We’re aiming for a June release date. So look out for more news very soon.

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#CoverReveal The Sentinel’s Alliance Bk 3 Silent Sea Chronicles #fantasy #preorder

This is the moment I’ve been waiting for. I’m so excited to share the cover for my latest book, The Sentinel’s Alliance. Publication date 6th July 2019.

COVER REVEAL TIME

 

And here, at last, is the gorgeous cover…

 

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I’m still working on the blurb, but here’s a taster.

Can new alliances save the Silent Sea Islands from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas for magic users, determined to obliterate them. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

Preorder now! For the special price of 99p

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I love this cover, I hope you do too. Why don’t you let me know your thoughts. And if you have any recommendations for changes to the blurb, please let me know.

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If you’ve read books 1 and 2 and would like to be added to my list of ARC reviewers for The Sentinel’s Alliance, please comment below or use the Contact Me form.

Or if you’ve missed the first two books in the series, here’s a recap.

The Lost Sentinel – Book 1

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Sentinel’s Reign – Book 2

The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

 

Please share this post and help me spread the word, and don’t forget to pre-order your copy now at the special price of 99p.

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#Indieauthor April Update #amwriting #amwritingfantasy

Hi Everyone

It’s been a while since I’ve been around. I sort of stuck to my plan of a social media ban, and the best news is that I finished WIP The Sentinel’s Alliance – Book 3 in Silent Sea Chronicles! It’s already had beta reader feedback and I’m now working through some edits. Very soon I will be sharing the cover, pre-order links and the blurb.

I’m aiming to publish 6th July 2019 so the next few months will be busy. It will be worth it to finish the trilogy. I can’t wait to see what you all think. Let me know if you want to go on the list of ARC reviewers.

I also have some big news about Visions of Zarua to share very soon and lots of book reviews to come mainly how-to writing guides but also some brilliant fiction I’ve been reading lately.

I’m still on the look out for reviewers for The Lost Sentinel, The Sentinel’s Reign and Visions of Zarua. If you’re interested please comment or use the Contact Me form. The blurbs and goodreads links etc are in this post An appeal for reviewers.

Lastly, before the publication of Book 3 in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy, Rachel’s Random Resources has organised a blog review tour for books 1 and 2 starting 21st June. If you want to join in, I think there a still a couple of spaces available.

I will be back soon with reviews, news and I’ll be setting down some targets for the summer. See you then.

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Blogging Hiatus – Will be finishing WIP! #amwriting #amwritingfantasy

This is just a quick note to say that I will be taking a break from blogging, not that I have been the most prolific blogger over the last year anyway.

I will be doing my best to avoid obsessively checking my book sales, kindle unlimited pages read, reviews and all forms of social media. This will be cold turkey for me and I expect tears and tantrums!

I haven’t written properly for months, so starting now I have to commit to finishing The Sentinel’s Alliance and getting a publication date set for this year. I also have to prepare for the Winchester Festival and perfect my first chapter and synopsis, plus I have been speaking with a narrator regarding the possibility of producing an audiobook for Visions of Zarua! I feel like I have so much going on that I need to step back and just focus on the writing.

I will be back in April with some books reviews, and hopefully more news on the book front.

Please message me if you want to get in touch and I will respond as soon as I can.

The picture below is where I need to be in my head, writing until my fingers bleed!

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London Book Fair 2019 Perspective of an #indieauthor #LBF #londonbookfair

Yesterday I braved the weather and headed to Kensington Olympia for the first day of the London Book Fair 2019. Here’s my brief overview of the day:

As soon as I stepped in through the door I thought wow, this is amazing. All the publishers you can imagine were crammed into this huge venue. It was packed with people but it didn’t feel overwhelming as I’d worried it would. We spent hours walking around and I still feel there were parts we missed completely.

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It was great to be there and feel the buzz, to see the meetings going on and imagine the deals being made. It was surreal but also uplifting to see the publishing industry going strong and to be able to feel a small part of it for a few hours was worth the very reasonable ticket price.

There were publishers representing all kinds of books from the big blockbuster genres to the more obscure niche markets and poetry. The translation opportunities were mind-boggling and the area dedicated to children’s books was huge.

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I was surprised to find a few publishers willing to take unsolicited submissions and saw the many options open to people who want to self publish and have money to invest in it. Companies who will take on the whole project for you, while others focus on certain areas like editing, book design, printing and distribution.

There was plenty for wannabe authors and self published authors. The dedicated Author HQ area had stands from Alliance of Independent Authors, Society of Authors, KDP, Writing Magazine etc. It was great to say hello to Sacha Black on ALLi’s stall. I’ve followed her blog for several years and have enjoyed seeing her indie author journey.

The talks on the first day were very informative and well attended. I have plenty of notes on making a living from writing and focusing on my author brand to work through. Each day has some great talks lined up and I wish I could have attended them all.

I went with a very supportive friend who on the spur of the moment started handing out my business cards to people! We’d seen others do it, so thought why not.

I would say going to the London Book Fair was an experience more than anything else. I believe there were opportunities to book meetings with agents and perhaps if you’re lucky chat with publishers, but these are all set up in advance and I hadn’t been that organised about my visit. It was fun to immerse myself in the publishing world for the day and although it wasn’t life changing, I would certainly recommend it.

 

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I came home cold, after standing around on the train platform for half an hour due to a delayed train, and tired from all the walking and lugging around my bags, but also energised that I’d done it and filled with renewed hope for my future as an author.

I have a lot to think about in terms of where I go from here. Should I focus all my energy on self publishing or start pitching to publishers and agents again, or continue as originally planned to be a hybrid author.

I want to look into the ALLi and Society of Authors, which I’ve heard of before but after seeing the stalls and listening to the talks, I feel like both organisations could be worth my time and money joining.

Next year I would love to go back to the London Book Fair. I think I will make it my mission to go every year, though I hope some warm spring weather is in attendance too.

Did you go this year, or have you been in the past? Would you consider going to the London Book Fair in the future? Did your visit lead to anything worthwhile you’d like to share?

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An appeal for #reviewers & #bookbloggers to review my #fantasy books #indieauthor

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I haven’t done one of these posts in a while. But right now, book reviewers and book bloggers I need your help!

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I have 3 fantasy books published and I would love to get them reviewed on Amazon, Goodreads and your blogs. Over the last few months I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of pages read in Kindle Unlimited – hitting between 22K and 24K per month!

Those numbers are a dream come true for me, but unfortunately none of these pages read have converted into reviews.

I would love to get some reviews for my books and I’m offering reviewers ARC copies of their choice. We can even run book giveaways for your readers if that’s something that would interest you.

I’m going to the Winchester Writer’s festival in June and I would love to be able to put in my cover letter that I have 60+ reviews and 100+ ratings on Goodreads. Can it be done? With your help, anything is possible!

 

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Blurb for The Lost Sentinel…

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?

The Lost Sentinel Amazon book link

 

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Blurb for The Sentinel’s Reign…

The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war. 

With magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

 

 

 

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Blurb

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.

Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

 

 

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