The Next Big Thing

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Writer T.W. Piperbrook tagged me for “The Next Big Thing.” His post-apocalyptic fiction with infected human zombies, including Contamination: Book Zero St. Matthews  and Contamination: Book One The Onset, can be found on Amazon and other online retailers, and we hope to see his third novel sometime in February 2013.

1) What is the working title of your current/next book? Sworn to Raise  

Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1)

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2) Where did the idea come from? The book is actually a prequel to my young adult fantasy novel, Red Madrassa. As Red Madrassa was being published a new book series came nudging into my mind – a series that focused solely on a smart, sassy and brilliant young woman who could save her kingdom. Rather than a sequel to Red Madrassa, this book called Sworn to Raise, is the companion to it. It’s a bigger book, early readers say it’s a better book, and it’s just about ready to share with you.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? Hmm, I like this question. I can only think of one for now and that would definitely be Selena Gomez playing the part of my main character Ciardis Vane, who is a gypsy cleaner turned Princess Companion of Hispanic descent.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A young woman who never thought she could go beyond her small town is chosen for the Companion’s Court and learns that only she can raise a Prince before an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-published. My first book was self-published in November 2012 and it’s doing really well. I love the freedom of setting my own publishing schedule, choosing the cover art, and uploading to Amazon. The first sale notification is like Nirvana.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft? Depends – my first book took a year. This next one is taking half of that.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I think the Courtlight series is most like Michelle Sagara’s Chronicle of Elantra series and Kristine Cashore’ Graceling series.

Happy New Years!

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Cover Reveal: SWORN TO RAISE (Courtlight #1)

It’s finally here: the big cover reveal for Sworn to Raise! I’m so thrilled to share this cover with you. Sworn to Raise is the debut novel in the Courtlight series,  a companion series to my Algardis books, the first of which is Red Madrassa.

Sworn to Raise will be released in March 2013 – sign up for for my New Release Mailing List to get notice when.

With the amazing help of Xpresso Reads Blog Tours this cover reveal has been posted on a 102 blogs! My thanks go out to all of them, and I hope you’ll drop by and visit their blogs:

Typing Tiara

Read My Breath Away

YA Novelties

Book Loving Mom

I Am A Reader Not A Writer

Chapter By Chapter

Read-A-HolicZ

Little Read Riding Hood

Must Read Faster

A Little Bit of R&R

My Not So Vacant Shelf

Great Imaginations

Mom With A Kindle

Reading To The Stars And Back

My Library in the Making

Lizzy Lessard

Reading Fictional

S.I.K. Book Reviews

Word Spelunking

Queen DSheena

A Dream Within A Dream

Reawrite

Antea’s Bookshelf

My Life Is A Notebook

Reading Until Dawn

Tammy Ann Books

Haunted Orchid

Book On A Wire

Vivid Reads

Kayla S. Graham

Book-A-Holic

Magical Manuscripts

Reading with Anacrasia

Pretty In Fiction

OMFG! Books

In Libris Veritas

I’m A Bookshark

Turner’s Antics

Lust For Stories

The Blair Book Project

Books Beside My Bed

BookPics

Emily The Bookish Worm

Young Adult Book Addict

City of Books

Pieces of Whimsy

Ed & Em’s Reviews

The Book Bunny

Bookish Things & More

I know that Book!

The Cozy Reading Corner

Addicted to Novels

The Rest Is Still Unwritten

The Solitary Bookworm

Open The Page

I Eat The Book

Ink Reviews

YA Reads

Monique Morgan

Alluring Reads

Unabridged Bookshelf

Blood Sweat and Books

Pure Textuality

Book On A Wire

Rolling With The Moments

Ink K Reviews

Kari’s Bookshelf

Inkspots and Roses

Tooks Book Reviews

The Girl Reads

Ed and Em Reviews

YA I’m Lovin Books

Novels and Biscuits

Books Beside My Bed

Books I View

Moosubi

Some Like It Paranormal

Nick’s Book Blog 93

Vamp and Stuff

The Solitary Bookworm

Reading Diva

Overflowing Bookshelves

YA Novelties

YA Bookmark

Another Novel Read

Books Live Forever

A Diary of a Book Addict

Rampant Readers

On Emily’s Bookshelf

The Book Galaxy

Passion and Falls

Divergent Gryffindor

Bibliophiles Thoughts On Books

My Bookmark Blog

Oops I Read A Book Again

Sab The Bookeater

Bex N Books

Rolling with the Moments

I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me and the amazing teens of my world! Now…onto the reveal. First, let’s check out the blurb for Sworn to Raise:

SWORN TO RAISE (Courtlight Series, Book One)

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

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And now, the cover reveal. But before I do I NEED to give so much credit to my amazing cover artist. Sworn to Raise was designed by the brilliant Kalen O’Donnell. If you’re in the market, be sure to hire her! Now, a drum roll please…

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What do you think??

Be sure to add Sworn to Raise to your To-Read list on Goodreads and check back here for updates. Thanks so much for stopping by!

A Printed Red Madrassa

** Red Madrassa is FREE on Amazon from December 15th – 17th! Click here to grab a copy or order a PRINT version for your holiday reading.**

Earlier last week I got the proof version of Red Madrassa in the mail. When I say *I* I mean my mother got the print version and my best friend sent me pictures of it by email. 😀 True love there. I’ll be able to hold it in my hands this week when I fly back from South Sudan and I can’t wait.

But for now here is what it looks like. I’m VERY pleased and will be shipping out two copies to the winners of my Goodreads contest as soon as I can get home and autograph them.

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Print 4

Print Cover 3

The paper is a lovely cream color, and the nice touches such as the chapter headings, illustrations and formatting are courtesy of the lovely team at Streetlight Graphics.

YA Indie Carnival Giveaway: A Library of 17 Books!!

The YA Author Club has struck again! This time we’re giving away 17 of our books to one lucky reader!

YAIndie Author Giveaway

Transfer Student by Laura A.H. Elliott
Shadow Slayer (Shadow Series, #2) by Laura A.H. Elliott
Vampires Rule (The Rule #1) by K.C. Blake
Werewolves Rule by K.C. Blake
Raven (The Raven Saga, #1) by Suzy Turner
December Moon (The Raven Saga, #2) by Suzy Turner
The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga, #3) by Suzy Turner
The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw by Suzy Turner
Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #1) by Melissa Pearl
Black Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #2) by Melissa Pearl
Pure Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #3) by Melissa Pearl
Of Sun & Moon (Midnight Guardian, #1) by Bryna Butler
Warriors of the Cross (Warrior, #1) by T.R. Graves
Guardians of the Cross (Warrior #2) by T.R. Graves

Enemies of the Cross (Warrior, #3) by T.R. Graves
Red Madrassa (Algardis #1) by Terah Edun

Pazuzu’s Girl by Rachel Coles

SIGN-UPS AT THE YAAUTHOR WEBSITE!

 

FREE! Red Madrassa, Book 1 (Algardis): Dec 15-17

IT’S PROMO TIME!

Download RED MADRASSA Book 1 of the Algardis series for FREE – 3 days only.  I’m closing out 2013 with a bang, including the giveaway of a $60 Amazon Gift Card on 12/31 and the Cover Reveal for Sworn to Raise on 12/28!

Get ready for 2013 because I’ll be releasing a ton more YA Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Contemporary!

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LIVE BLOG

I plan to update this post during the day when I can (keeping in mind the frequent lack of internet & power where I am). Feel free to duck in and out during the day and see how things are going.

This is my first KDP freebie run and I’m excited to see how it goes. Note: I did notify several sites about my free day,  but I did not tweet about the free days. I find the over tweeting slightly obnoxious and with the time difference/power cuts I wouldn’t have been able to reach my target twitter audience anyway.

THANK YOU to all the websites who posted about my free book: Kindle Nation, Snickslist, IndieReader, Free eBooks for Nook & Kindle,  Free Fantasy Book, Free Book Dude

 Update #1 (5:30am EST): 6 downloads – Not everybody is up on a Saturday morning before 6am okay? So breathe. At least that’s what I tell myself.

 Update #2 (11:00am EST): 70 downloads – We’re picking up steam!

 Update #3 (3:00pm EST): 249 downloads (Also got a nice bump for my free short story) –  1 last update  for the 12/15 day before I go to sleep!

 Update #4 (4:30pm EST): 280 downloads Must go to sleep now but I LOVE my new rankings. Please, please keep downloading and tell your friends! See    you in the morning.

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 Update #5 (1:41am EST): 714 downloads!! I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am to have gotten over 700 downloads on my first day – for my first promo!!!      Thanks so much for downloading! Red Madrassa is now in the Top 300 FREE out of all Amazon!

 Update #6 (11:00am EST): 800 downloads Red Madrassa is now #1 in Collections & Readers AND #1 Bestseller in Teen Literature & Fiction eBooks. Happily I have TWO books in the Top 20 for Teens now – Flight Feathers is #16!

 Update #7 (3:00pm EST): 1,000 downloads!!! Which means 1,000 more people have my book in their hands.

Update #8 LAST DAY I’ll give you the total when it’s done but I’m pretty excited at how it will turn out. (Amazon promos end on PST – so I’ll update at 4am EST)

2, 325 copies of Red Madrassa were downloaded in the U.S.!!!! 

I also gave away an additional 79 copies internationally and 114 copies of Flight Feathers!

Because you Red Madrassa made it to #1 Teen and Fiction Bestseller, #1 African American Bestseller, #1 American Literature

and

#194 FREE Bestselling Book on Amazon

Book Publishing Schedule

Ambitious I know…but possible! I’ll make my best effort to make these dates & update as I go along.

October 2013 Update: People are still referencing this post. You can think of it as a guideline for future series now with the Courtlight series taking precedence. 🙂

Book By Series:

Algardis Series

Red Madrassa (November 2012) Book 1 (No longer for sale)

Casbah Guardian (June 2013) Book 2

Green Noor (November 2013) Book 3

Courtlight Series

Sworn to Raise (April 2013) Book 1

Sworn to Transfer (September 2013) Book 2

Sworn To Conflict (December 2013) Book 3

Sworn To Secrecy (February 2014) Book 4

Sworn To Defiance (April 2014) Book 5

The Crown Service Series

Blades Of Magic (March 2014) Book 1

The Sarath Web Series

Accession (Unknown)  Book 1 (Drafted but not published yet)

Induction (January 2014) Book 2

Coronation (May 2014) Book 3

The Sparrow God’s Girl Series

The Sparrow God’s Girl (March 2014) Book 1

The Sparrow God’s Reins (July 2014) Book 2

Short Stories

Flight Feathers (SHORT STORY November 2012) <- No longer for sale. *sorry* You can sign-up for my mailing list to receive free short stories now: http://bit.ly/SubscribetoTerahsNewsletter

Christmas Break Ambitions

My Ambitions for my Two-Week Vacation to the U.S.
1) Watch Scandal (Season 2)
2) Make Christmas cupcakes with my sister
3) Watch Grimm (Season 2)
4) Write Sworn to Raise (which means reading a lot of Fantasy/Romance)
5) Just to mix it up… download all thirteen seasons of CSI Las Vegas (don’t judge)
6) Start a plot arc with my best friend
7) Go shopping
8) Watch The Hobbit
9) Write a short story
10) Bask under climate control
11) Pack, Pack Some More, Pack Again
12) Enjoy the HoneyBaked Ham delivered for X-Mas
13) Add 200 Songs to my iPhone (Seriously…I have a list)
I hope your Christmas is filled with family, fun, and possibly political vampires.
p.s. don’t forget to enter to win a $60 Amazon Gift Card!

Songs for Writing

Does anyone else listen to music while they’re writing? What are your go-to songs? I want to add to my collection when I’m back in the states.

I listen to Evanescence’s Everybody’s Fool and Florence & the Machine’s Seven Devils for angst and drama-filled plotting.

I listen to MercyMe’s I Can Only Imagine and Healing from Sami Yusuf for a motivation and wonder.

I listen to the Chronicles of Narnia and Legends of the Seeker soundtrack for fantasy and magic.

There’s more but this is my go-to collection.

SWORN TO RAISE

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

 

SWORN TO RAISE released on April 10, 2013 

on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and in Paperback!