Writing update 2018 & New Year Plans #amwriting #amediting

Last year (that sounds so weird) ended on a high for me. The Lost Sentinel was on Brizzlelass’ 10 top reads of 2017 and I also received a lovely email from a reader who said she really enjoyed the book.

That sent me smiling into 2018…

But 2017 has been a year of ups and downs on the writing and blogging front. I published my second book, The Lost Sentinel – Silent Sea Chronicles bk 1, I finished the draft of book 2, which I’m editing and preparing to send to beta readers asap, and I started the draft of book 3 during Nanowrimo. But I’m far behind on the publishing schedule I set myself and I’ve let my blogging slip to near non-existent.

So with this in mind I’ve done some thinking about what I want to achieve in 2018.


  1. Publish book 2 – The Sentinel’s Reign
  2. Finish the first draft of book 3 – The Sentinel’s Alliance
  3. Look at another WIP that has been waiting for an end for several years and decide if this is the book that I want to submit to agents.

Writing in general

  1. Attend some writing events / workshops
  2. Contact book reviewers
  3. Learn more about marketing and get my books in front of more readers


  1. Tidy up the blog and create a new banner and a landing page.
  2. Blog more often with more focus on books and writing.
  3. Have more guest posts and get involved in more blog tours.


  1. I plan to have a healthier diet and start walking more.
  2. Get more sleep
  3. Be more positive.


  1. I want to read more fantasy. See the list of books on my 2018 TBR list
  2. I want to post more book reviews
  3. I want to read at least 35 books in 2018

So I know I’m still asking a lot of myself in 2018, but with a more positive attitude and focus on what I want to achieve, I’m hopeful that I can do this.

Wish me luck…

Book Review: The Lost Sentinel

Today I’m sharing a well thought review of my book The Lost Sentinel by Kim on her blog The Writing Process. I’m really chuffed that she loves my visual descriptions, all those hours of editing have paid off!
Please take a look and let her know what you think.

The Writing Process

The Lost Sentinel
Silent Sea Chronicles – Book 1
Suzanne Rogerson
High Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

I received this book for free to assist with either a beta read or ARC review of book 2.
It was also on my WordPress TBR list.


Set on Kalaya, an island fuelled by a dying magic, the mystics of the mountains struggle through hardships as they search for their saviour: the lost sentinel.  Outside the mountains, magic is feared and despised, forcing people into exile.  Magic is blamed for their troubles and the ruling council of Kalaya, the Assembly, are all too eager to pass laws against it.

Follow Tei and her companions as they face multiple challenges in an attempt to overcome a dark evil and save the island magic, all while being hunted by those who wish them harm.


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Writing Update #amwriting #amediting

I haven’t done an update in a while so in order to clarify things in my own head, I thought I’d share my plans for the rest of 2017.


Update 14/10/2017 – The giveaway is now over and in total 1831 people entered. The Lost Sentinel is now on over 1000 tbr bookshelves and I have gained close to 30 new followers on Goodreads. All these figures are fantastic, it’s just a shame the person who won is a serial competition entrant who has clocked up a massive 59k book on their to read list. They appear to give those they do win away, so I hope my book will find its way into the hands of someone who wants to read it.

(There are just a few hours left to enter the Goodreads giveaway for The Lost Sentinel – over 1500 people have entered so far. Don’t miss your chance to win a copy before 8am GMT 12/10/17.)


I’m just a few scenes away from printing The Sentinel’s Reign (Silent Sea Chronicles #2) for what I hope will be a last proof read before I pass it to my beta readers. I love this stage where I find out what works and what doesn’t!


I’m really excited to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year where I hope to draft out the major part of The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles #3).


My hunt for book covers goes on, but I hope to have a cover reveals for book 2 and 3 soon.


I hope to contact some book reviewers by the end of the year regarding The Lost Sentinel and Visions of Zarua.

However, if you are a book blogger reading this and would like to receive a review copy please get in touch via the comments or my Contact Me form.


I have several other book ideas to work through including a time slip novel that appeared to me in the summer and is itching to be written.

It looks like I have a busy few months ahead of me.

How is the rest of the year looking for you and have you signed up for NaNoWriMo yet?


If you want to find our more about my books, please click on the universal Amazon link below where you can read the blurb, check out reviews and download a free sample.


 Visions of Zarua

The Lost Sentinel #fantasybook giveaway on Goodreads

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m really pleased to let you all know that I’m running a new giveaway on Goodreads for my latest book – The Lost Sentinel.

Please click the link below to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

The Lost Sentinel

by Suzanne Rogerson

Giveaway ends October 12, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway
I’m working hard to get the second instalment finished for publication in 2018, so watch this space for further news.


The Lost Sentinel 99p / 99c #KDP #kindle countdown deal and blog update http://mybook.to/LostSentinel

Hello everyone.

I can’t believe I’ve been away from blogging for the whole summer holidays. The time has flown by while I’ve been busy working on book 2 in the Silent Sea Chronicles and attempting to entice the kids away from their XBox’s with days out and holidays. Now they’re both back at school, it’s time for me to get serious about finishing The Sentinel’s Reign ready for publication in 2018. I also plan to take part in NaNoWriMo this year and beat the 50K word count.

I’m hoping to make a slow return to blogging over the next few weeks with book reviews, photo posts and a guest post from Colleen Story about research and how she approaches it for fiction and non-fiction. I will also be reviewing her new book ‘Overwhelmed Writer Rescue’. It’s a brilliant self-help book and I can’t wait to share my review with you.

In the meantime, I’m really pleased to announce the new kindle countdown deal for The Lost Sentinel has just gone live this morning. You can pick it up at the bargain price of 99p / 99c for the next week Amazon universal link.

I’m hoping to achieve the same success as the previous countdown deal for Visions of Zarua. See my results post from July. This time I’m trying out a few new ad companies. If it goes well (or maybe if it doesn’t) I’ll share the results with you next week. I’m keeping my fingers crossed as The Lost Sentinel is feeling a bit like a neglected child at the moment while I’ve been so busy working on the sequel.

Please pick up a copy in the countdown deal, or read it via kindle unlimited. And as ever, if you would consider leaving a review you’ll make this indie author…

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…this happy!

Enjoy your day.

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The KDP Countdown deal Results are in! #indie #indieauthor

Well, I’m astounded by what a little advertising can do. These aren’t the massive results others have achieved, but it is the BEST I have ever done, and the best Visions of Zarua has ever done. I’m ecstatic, and my self publishing verve has been restored!

So how did Visions of Zarua do during the 99p / 99c countdown deal?


The deal ran 20th to 27th July 2017

Day 1 – My efforts consisted of Tweeting, blogging, Facebook, Instagram – the usual suspects.


Day 2 – BKnights

COST = $11. SALES = 3

Day 3 – My Facebook Ad: Aimed at 15-30 age group male/female in UK and US with interests in reading, fantasy etc. Total of 9 interests.

COST = £6. SALES = 0

Note – I picked this age group as they had shown the most interest in previous ads. There were 1,169 people reached – 16 likes and 1 link click (to Amazon book page). 12 photo quote clicks were recorded – obviously having the photo quote took away from the amazon link click. (A few days later I invited these people to Like my facebook page.)

Day 4 – Bargain Booksy Ad

COST $40. SALES = 24!

Finally making progress, although I haven’t covered my costs. There were 21 sales in the US and 3 in the UK. 

Day 5 – Facebook Ads attempt 2

This time I ran two ads, 1 US and 1 UK. I upped the age range 16-65+ male/female. I reduced interests to 4.

I also used the Amazon book page as the direct link for the Ad, rather than have the universal link in the wording of the ad as before.

US 14 likes, only 2 link clicks (234 people reached)

UK 2 likes, 21 link clicks. (470 people reached) No idea if these resulted in sales.

COST = £8. SALES = 10 (5 UK / 5 US) – Maybe a result of Bargain Booksy and / or facebook ad?

Day 6 – Booksends

COST $35. SALES = 28

Very happy with these figures!

DAY 7 – Bookrunes.

COST = $25. SALES 9.

I was interested to give Bookrunes a shot as they advertise to UK, US, Australia and India. Even though the deal doesn’t run in all those countries, it’s still very much needed exposure.

And guess what,

Day 8 = 3 sales in Australia!

Extra: Amazon Marketing Services

I also ran an AMS ad throughout the whole KDP countdown deal. The results take a few days to finalise, but so far it looks as though it received 1847 impressions, 1 click and 1 sale. That sale cost so far $0.07. I have a profit WOOHOO! However, that’s the worst an AMS ad has ever performed for me. It was a sponsored product ad with 48 keywords, but they would not let me mention anything to do with the sale or price in the ad so that doesn’t help matters. I also still have an ad running for Visions of Zarua all the time, so the two ads will have been very similar.

The deal has ended, but I have my fingers crossed that more sales will trickle in over the next few days / weeks.

Final Thoughts

Over 8 days Visions of Zarua sold 77 copies. 17 UK 57 US and 3 AU.

I may be out of pocket but it doesn’t matter because 77 new people own my book and countless others have seen it! Even though I haven’t hit any bestseller lists, I’m still happy with the results.

In the past I’ve sold in Canada, Germany and been read in India – so I really can say that Visions of Zarua has been read Worldwide. If I hadn’t had the guts to self publish back in 2015, no one would have seen my work, and no doubt I’d be out in the real world right now trying to find a job that fits in with school hours and term times – boring!

Instead, I’m fully pumped and ready to get on with book 2 in the Silent Sea Chronicles so I can start this crazy business all over again.

P.S – Thanks to my blogging friends who gave me words of advice and encouragement when I had a wobble a few weeks back.

P.P.S – I’m still desperate to get some reviews for The Lost Sentinel (and Visions of Zarua). I want to try a repeat experiment with countdown deals for The Lost Sentinel soon, but it only has 4/5 reviews on Amazon and some ad sites require 10+ reviews. Can you help?

If you’ve read either books, please consider reviewing them on Amazon. If you would like a reviewers copy, please get in touch.

Now I’m planning a whole week without the internet – well almost. I’ll still be checking my emails, wordpress comments etc, so please add your thoughts and comments. I love to interact, that’s what makes this whole thing worth the effort.

Thanks for reading!

Visions of Zarua Amazon link

The Lost Sentinel Amazon link

The Lost Sentinel – 1 month after publication & 1 day left Goodreads giveaway

Well it’s a month today since my second fantasy novel was published, so I thought why not have a recap.

Firstly, the Goodreads worldwide giveaway to win a paperback copy ends tomorrow, so check out the link if you want to be in with a chance of winning. Over 1,150 people have already entered so I’m really pleased with these numbers.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

The Lost Sentinel

by Suzanne Rogerson

Giveaway ends July 17, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Unfortunately, The Lost Sentinel seems to have become lost in the sea of books, and neither the blog tour nor the local book event has done much to improve its exposure. I’m trying not to lose hope, but I am beginning to regret the decision to self publish – why didn’t I at least try a few agents first! I made a list, had everything in place (letter / synopsis), why didn’t I go for it?

At least Visions of Zarua is still being read on Kindle Unlimited and there is a link to the new book at the end, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed people will want to download The Lost Sentinel as well.

I would love to get more reviews on Amazon for both books, especially when Amazon takes down reviews for no apparent reason and then reinstates them a few weeks later. I’m talking about poor Susan on Booksfromdusktilldawn – she’s a dedicated and genuine book reviewer who had all her reviews removed – I hope they have resolved this for her now. I know the UK ones are back up at least.

I have a couple of promo ideas in the pipeline; kindle countdown deals, an Amazon US giveaway, and hopefully a feature in a local publication. After that I’m planning to take a step back and recharge my blogging battery whilst I focus on finishing book 2. There are only so many setbacks an author can take, and I don’t want to lose my love of writing.

If you are a reviewer who would like to review either The Lost Sentinel or Visions of Zarua, click on the covers to be taken to the Amazon page to find out more. Please get in touch via the comments or via my contact me form on the blog.

Thanks for your time, and have a great Sunday everyone!

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The Lost Sentinel #Goodreads Giveaway 1 week to go #fantasy #epicfantasy

It’s better to preserve life than to destroy it… but can Tei help the exiles save the island magic before its too late?

I’m running a worldwide giveaway until 17th July. Please check out the reviews on goodreads and enter now.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

The Lost Sentinel

by Suzanne Rogerson

Giveaway ends July 17, 2017.


5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fantasy at it’s best, 17 Jun. 2017 (BrizzleLass)


The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?

Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now under the control of Rathnor, who is intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.
Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father, Migil, is visited by an old friend who warns them that they must seek refuge in the mountains.
On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession that changes Tei’s life.
Tei must put her trust in these strangers, especially when mysterious Masked Riders seem determined to stop her reaching Turrak.
Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in their search for their lost Sentinel. But the Masked Riders want the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Can Tei help the exiles save the island magic and reunite the Kalayan people before their ignorance destroys them all?


‘Wait!’ Her voice vanished in the murky expanse between them.
Finally, the man turned and she saw the stranger’s face – a translucent reflection of how he must once have appeared in life.
‘Why are you here?’ He glanced warily over his shoulder. ‘You should go.’
Tei looked around but everything seemed unfamiliar. ‘I don’t know if I can.’
The spirit shook his head. ‘This is no place for a child, it’s not safe.’
As he spoke, black shapes began to materialise in the mists behind him. The swirling shadows snaked together, merging into one. Like the blackest rain cloud, it shifted and contorted. Tei saw a flash of talons, a brief glimpse of a monstrous face, but the boiling mass of shadows never stayed still long enough to form a solid whole.
She opened her mouth to scream a warning, but the darkness pounced and ensnared the dead man’s spirit.
He gave a strangled cry. She saw the outline of his face stretching out from the writhing black mass, before the shadows swelled and absorbed him.
The ground shuddered, and for a heartbeat the magic around her dulled.

And finally, here’s the universal link if you want to check out The Lost Sentinel on Amazon.

Please share and tweet about the giveaway to help me spread the word. Thanks very much.

THE LOST SENTINEL Silent Sea Chronicles Book 1 by @rogersonsm #bookreview #fantasy

I’m really happy to share this wonderful review of The Lost Sentinel. Please head over to Booksfromdusktilldawn for the full review.



The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?

Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now under the control of Rathnor, who is intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.
Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father, Migil, is visited by an old friend who warns them that they must seek refuge in the mountains.
On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession that changes Tei’s life.
Tei must put her trust in these strangers, especially when mysterious Masked Riders seem…

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The Lost Sentinel #blogtour Wrap up #TuesdayBookBlog #fantasy http://mybook.to/LostSentinel

It has been a manic few months of planning, answering questions and dreaming up guest posts, but now the blog tour has come to an end. I’ll keep checking back over all the posts and replying to any comments, but right now I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who took part, everyone who liked, commented and shared, and of course thanks to those who were kind enough to review my new book.

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I do have a big apology to make to two bloggers, who I included in the tour to post reviews, but due to email errors at my end they hadn’t been aware they were actually supposed to post reviews on these dates. Sorry Susan – Books from Dusk till Dawn and Mirjana – Oloriel Moonshadow/Cyanide and Cherries. Yahoo has been doing some funny things with my emails, and somehow I didn’t realise these two slipped through and were not sent / received. Running a blog tour with 17 bloggers over 16 days, it was inevitable something would go wrong, but still… I should have been on top of it.

Below, I’ve added links to each post over the 16 day blog tour, so please check out any you may have missed.

11th June – Sue VincentGuest Post 5 ways spreadsheets can help writers plan and edit their novels.

12th June – Another WorldBook spotlight

13th June – JenanitaReview

14th June – Another WorldAuthor Interview

14th June – A line from a bookReview

15th June – BetweenthelinesPrologue excerpt

16th June – Another WorldReview

16th June – Sacha BlackGuest Post – 12 things to ask yourself before writing a series.

17th June – BrizzlelassReview

18th June – Rebecca Howie booksQ&A

19th June – Oloriel Moonshadow – Review  TO FOLLOW

20th June – My Peacock BooksReview

21st June – Pooled InkReview

22nd June –The Royal Polar Bear ReadsQ&A & Guest post ‘Why authors need reviewers’

23rd June – Book Savvy ReviewsReview & Excerpt

23rd June – BookwraithsIndie feature

24th June – MightythorjrnGuest post on my writing hero David Gemmell

25th June – LouderthansilverBook spotlight & Guest post How writing has turned me into an obsessive learner

26th June – Books from Dusk till DawnReview  ADDED REVIEW 27/6/17

Thank you again to everyone who took part in the blog tour. I’ve had a lot of fun, but it’s also been an exhausting experience. I have so much sleep to catch up on, plus there’s cleaning to be done and book 2 is still waiting to be finished!



The Lost Sentinel ebook is about to finish its promo price and will so be £2.99, so jump in quick if you want to catch it at 99p / 99c.

It’s enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

I’ve also just set up a Goodreads Giveaway, so why not to win a paperback copy in the worldwide giveaway running until 17th July.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson



Finally, I will be taking a break from blogging. Everyone is probably fed up of these posts by now anyway, and I really want to get on with book 2 while the kids are still at school. Only 3 and half weeks to go! I need to put in some serious writing time.

Thanks again to everyone for your support.