Ten days of giveaways and traveling down publishing memory lane and … new book news! Scroll to the bottom for the schedule.
2020. Yep. THAT year ? The year the world as we know it fell apart (and the year we still haven’t quite recovered from yet).
Because it had been a while since I’d written in the Ridley Kayne world, I reread the first two books at the beginning of 2020, making notes as I went, AND writing some extra scenes from Archer’s point of view. I sent those out to my readers at the beginning of March.
And less than a month later, the whole world was in lockdown.
Riley was not exactly a chilled baby, so I found it pretty much impossible to do any writing while she was awake (and nap times were not exactly consistent when she was very little ??). We had planned for her to start daycare in April, but that, of course didn’t happen because of lockdown.
I know there are many authors who wrote LOADS of words while in lockdown. I was not one of them ?
Amazon was allowing authors to move their preorders because of COVID-related complications, but only by a month at a time. So I ended up moving Elemental Heir‘s release date … six times? Seven times? In the end, I honestly lost count.
Riley’s daycare reopened near the end of June that year. I thought I would finally get back to decent amounts of writing every day, but then we had to deal with daycare germs (I got sick more times in the second half of 2020 than EVER before in my life ?) and a period of bad sleep regression (and lack of sleep just knocks the immune system down even further).
But finally, FINALLY, in November 2020, I published Elemental Heir.
Hardest book of my life ?
So … let’s just leave it at that for my ninth year of publishing, shall we?!
10TH ANNIVERSARY MERCHANDISE
Reminder: I’ve created a special 10th anniversary design for the merchandise in my Society6 store. If you zoom in on the design, you’ll see that all the main characters (main character + love interest) from all the books I’ve written over the past ten years are featured in tiny text inside the 1 and 0!
i.e. Vi, Ryn, Calla, Chase, Em, Dash, Ridley, Archer, Elle, Dex, Sarah, Aiden, Livi, Adam, Andi, Noah, Sophie and Caleb.
There are some other secondary characters I really wanted to include, but once I started adding them … the list began to grow too long. ?
**SIGNED PRINT GIVEAWAY**
Another reminder: I’m giving away 20 signed, personalized prints with the 10th anniversary design (see the picture below) to 20 random people who leave a comment on this blog over the next ten days. All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post or one of the others between now and March 10th. ?
SCHEDULE: 10 Days Celebrating 10 Years of Publishing
DAY 2 (2013): Full-Time Author!
DAY 4 (2015): A Return to Creepy Hollow
DAY 5 (2016): Exploring Side Characters’ Stories
DAY 6 (2017): Three Books in One Year: The Completion of Creepy Hollow!
DAY 7 (2018): Creating a New Fantasy World | Giveaway: Ridley Kayne Chronicles
DAY 8 (2019): Fairytale Fun | Giveaway: City of Wishes paperback/hardback
DAY 9 (2020): The Year That Shall Not Be Named!
DAY 10 (2021): BOOK NEWS! Introducing World Of …