Blades Of Illusion change of publication date + 48-Hour $0.99 Sale & Free Crown Service Swag

Blades Of Illusion Book Cover - 900x1350It’s hard to believe it’s almost here! I’ve decided to change the publication date from May 31st to 1st or 2nd week of June for BLADES OF ILLUSION. Criminal, I know. But it’s only an extra few days and I’ve received responses from readers that they’re happy to wait if it allows me to put more time into my edits.  Thanks for all your patience! For the readers who want to know the MINUTE Blades Of Illusion is out, sign-up for my newsletter and I’ll send you an email ASAP.

Special Sale:

There will be a 48-hour super sale where Book Two in the Crown Service series will be offered for $0.99c during the first 48 hours of release! That could mean anytime during the first few days of June. So I urge you to sign-up for the new release list today to receive an email the minute it’s live! At the end of the 48-hour sale, Blades Of Illusion will go to back to its regular price of $2.99. Don’t miss out! :)

My Urban Fantasy Series

I’m still working on these books. I actually have two series getting ready. The first is one I’m ready to talk about, although if you’re a member of my mailing list you’ve already seen the cover for the second. ACCESSION, Book One in the Sarath Web series, is a young adult urban fantasy series following a young witch destined to be Queen of her small town in Sandersville, Georgia and eventually take on the throne of the High Queen in Atlanta…if her aunt allows her to live. You can check out the first two chapters here. The password is accessible to newsletter subscribers only. If you’ve already joined and need the passcode, then send me an email and I’ll get it right over to you. Release date: August 5, 2014.

 

 

Signed Blades of Magic and Blades Of Illusion Bookmarks!

Yes, they’re finally here! 😀 I have bookmarks from the CROWN SERVICE series now. I’ll be mailing these out when I can, so request away.

Just a reminder – these are FREE to my readers and interested bloggers, librarian, teachers and cons. I will ship them anywhere in the world and so far have 15 countries on my mailed out list – from South Africa to Indonesia. No one from Russia though. 😦 *hint, hint*

All you have to do is fill out the form here and if I’ve already sent you bookmarks before but you really want these then feel free to request them.

If you already filled out the form with a request for Crown Service bookmarks, then *happy dance* they’re already in the mail to you.

 

 

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Free Buttons + Pins & A Mega Deal via StoryBundle!

Update 05/23/2014:

The charities chosen have raised close to $600 just off this bundle! Thank you all for your support of education and writing for young people.

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Hi All,

I have news and SWAG!

News first – I am proud to announce that I have partnered with STORYBUNDLE to give out my Courtlight series boxed set for a very good cause!

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A portion of each bundle purchased goes to charity and there are some amazing ones up for donations this time!!

Girls Write Now – GirlsWriteNow.org

MightyWriters – mightywriters.org

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education – challenger.org

So if you haven’t read the Courtlight series yet or even if you have and want to give a friend a chance to get started – then jump in, get a lot of great books for a very reasonable price and support some great causes!

You can pay what you want for the bundle and Storybundle accepts payments from Amazon, Paypal and direct. Thank you for supporting these great causes while getting a chance to read some new authors!

You can find out more about Storybundle here on iO9: http://io9.com/5957835/storybundle-brings-you-amazing-new-indie-fiction-every-month—-for-a-good-cause and The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2014/4/7/5589338/new-gaming-culture-ebook-bundle-includes-Ian-Bogost

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Okay, now for Part 2.

SWAG

I’m thrilled with how the Courtlight series is going strong alongside the obvious love for the Crown Service series. So I have the first of two swag gifts for you (announcing the second in a few days).

As a special thank you to all of those who have supported and continue to support my work I am giving away these buttons/pins for free. I will send them to you anywhere in the world. But I only have a limited quantity. Forty to be exact. And yes, there are a lot more than forty of you out there.

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So here’s what I’m going to do.

Anyone who REVIEWS the Courtlight Series Boxed Set on AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE will get one of these buttons personally mailed to you.

The buttons/pins are gorgeous and shiny — and pinbacks, just like you asked for!!! You can pin them on your shirts, your bags, your summer towels or even stick them on the wall. Each one features the gorgeous covers from four of the Courtlight series books and I think they’re just so awesome!!

To recap: Anybody who reviews the Courtlight Boxed Set on AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE will be able to receive one of these pins. (There will be a form at the bottom of this post.) I’ll mail it to you. In order to have the button/pin sent to you, all you have to do is fill out the form with your link to the review.

The Rules

It’s really easy!

1. Review the Courtlight series Boxed Set on one of two sites

2. As per Amazon rules, the review has to be twenty words but after that it’s up to you. It can be as short or as detailed as you want.

3. If you’ve already reviewed that set, submit your link on this form so I can count it

4. Fill out the form below.

5. Include your mailing address and email so I can let you know your button/pin is on its way

The button/pin will be shipped within 3-4 days of the review posting. 🙂

That’s it! So get to reviewing.

HERE’S THE FORM

Sneak Peek Teasers & First Draft to Final – A Look at BLADES OF ILLUSION’s Cover Design

Hello my lovely readers,

So I’m ankle and hip deep in the draft of BLADES OF ILLUSION. The sequel to Blades Of Magic, Book One in the Crown Service series. If you haven’t started the Crown Service series yet, now’s your chance! Book One is still $0.99c and the reviews are pretty clear on it’s awesomeness. 😉

“Terah Edun is one of the best authors I have read, she entrances you with her story lines…” – Amazon Review

“Unique and imaginative magic systems, and strong female characters (evocative) of Brandon Sanderson.” – TDIR Blog

Full of adventure….that sets up a different cadence (from Courtlight) with its own unique signature in fantasy.” – Amazon Review

“Great first book and it definitely left me eager for more…” – Pretty In Pink Reviews

“A mesmerizing novel (in) a series that holds a touch of Tamora Pierce’s writings with a waft of early Mercedes Lackey…” – Eyes 2C Reviews

Entertaining and gripping…” – Goodreads Review

Readers have told me it’s one of the best action & adventure stories I’ve written yet. They love Sara Fairchild’s determination, strength and way with a blade.

Sara kills with impunity. But she also lives with regret. Regret for her actions. Sorrow for her parents. Worry over her magic. She is a mufti-faceted and headstrong young woman who I hope you see as a character as richly deep, genuine and talented as Ciardis Weathervane of the Courtlight series.

Sara Fairchild is here to stay and  as I said in my Author Newsletter I am deeply grateful to all of my readers who took this new main character into their hearts and minds. Sara’s popularity is unprecedented and I do so hope you enjoy her second book when it releases at the end of this month.

The first book is now available on: Amazon US    Apple     Barnes & Noble     Kobo

You can grab it at any time and catch sequel teasers starting now.

TEASER TIME

Starting today, May 5th, I will be posting excerpts from Blades Of Illusion on my Facebook page on every 5th day!

Like the page to see them first! www.facebook.com/TerahEdunAuthor

May 5th

May 10th

May 20th

New publication date for Blades Of Illusion – see post here

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Now I’d like to speak a moment on cover design. 😀

Disclaimer: I’m the designer and it’s a lot of fun.

Cover design is a tricky process. It can bring a lot of joy and a lot of mind numbingly crazy moments. I have designed every cover from Sworn To Conflict onwards. Why? Because I’m picky and I like to be able to tweak my design to my own desires.

Some covers are easier than others. I’ve found that designing the Courtlight covers is a much easier process than the Crown Service covers for instance. A Courtlight cover might take me a day or less to perfect but every Crown Service cover so far has taken weeks and I don’t expect that to change.

Blades Of Illusion had 51 mock-ups, which you can see below.

Blades Of Illusion Cover Art Progression

I went from different models, to different backgrounds, to different color schemes. If you look from top to bottom, you’ll see I started out with a robed figure and kept that person straight through until the last nine mock-ups. It took me that long to realize he wasn’t what I needed. So I blended in his model with THE one of Sara Fairchild. Then I took him out, in effect starting over.

I just didn’t know what I wanted or how to correctly portray it. Eventually, after a friend’s suggestion (Daniel Arension is his name and he has great dragon books BTW), I decided to see if I could focus on one model and whether having Sara Fairchild in a different pose would work. Turns out it worked PERFECTLY.

Eventually the cover you know came about and I have to say it fits the new book to a T. This book is about the battleground, darkness, mystery and a young woman surrounded by intrigue. While the first cover was about a woman with hope. Hope that she could resume a life despite her father’s disgrace. Hope that she could find a job and an occupation to support her family despite doors being shut in her face. Now Sara’s turning her back on those conventional dreams. She’d determined to right the wrongs of her past and find out exactly what happened to her father. Why he was executed for desertion. Who the Kade mages are. Why this war is raging.

See? I told you. Dark themes. So I hope this gives you some insight into the cover design process and you’re ready for book two in the Crown Service series to release on May 31st.

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BLADES OF ILLUSION

PRE-ORDERS for Blades Of Illusion are live! Order today and forget about it. You can wake up with the new book on your Kindle on October 18th! smarturl.it/tenewrelease

The Young Adult Fantasy sequel to the Amazon Top 500 Bestseller, BLADES OF MAGIC, Book One in the Crown Services series.

Sara Fairchild, duelist and combatant, is out for vengeance. Her father was betrayed. Her mother is dead. All she has left is her desire for revenge and a quest for answers.Now a member of the Mercenary Guilds’ elite guard, she fights on the front lines of her empire’s first civil war. But Sara’s priority isn’t winning the war for the crown or empire. It’s finding out the true circumstances of her family’s downfall while keeping one mild-mannered curator alive.

As emotionally detached as she is from everyone around her, Sara can’t seem to shake the stubborn affection of her one friend. When she stumbles upon the secrets of not one but two Kade mages, she soon finds out that neither of their lives is worth anything to either side.

As she fights to outmaneuver a group of fiendish imperial assassins and win a war that grows more complicated by the day, Sara Fairchild knows that no matter what, the empire will never be the same.

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Cover Reveal & Blurb for Blades Of Illusion

 

Hey everyone! Wow, times flies! If feels like it was just yesterday that I released BLADES OF MAGIC, Book One in the Crown Service series.

Well, the time has come for Magic to get it’s own sequel and I’m proud to introduce you to ILLUSION.

Blades Of Illusion releases on May 31, 2014 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo. 🙂

Are you ready? I know I am! So without further ado…here it is!

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The Young Adult Fantasy sequel to the Amazon Top 500 Bestseller, BLADES OF MAGIC, Book One in the Crown Services series. Releasing on May 31, 2014.

Sara Fairchild, duelist and combatant, is out for vengeance. Her father was betrayed. Her mother is dead. All she has left is her desire for revenge and a quest for answers.Now a member of the Mercenary Guilds’ elite guard, she fights on the front lines of her empire’s first civil war. But Sara’s priority isn’t winning the war for the crown or empire. It’s finding out the true circumstances of her family’s downfall while keeping one mild-mannered curator alive.

As emotionally detached as she is from everyone around her, Sara can’t seem to shake the stubborn affection of her one friend. When she stumbles upon the secrets of not one but two Kade mages, she soon finds out that neither of their lives is worth anything to either side.

As she fights to outmaneuver a group of fiendish imperial assassins and win a war that grows more complicated by the day, Sara Fairchild knows that no matter what, the empire will never be the same.