Searching for Reviews, Permafree

For the moment, I’ve decided to offer Stellar Fusion eBooks for free, through Smashwords and the partners they distribute through, which includes most major sites from Apple to B&N. Smashwords offers a Kindle compatible file. The changes take some time to process, but I’m hoping you’ll find it and enjoy it.

I’d love everyone’s feedback, because the second book, Lost Souls, is on it’s way, along with several others. The more comments I get from my readers, the better I can tune my writing. SF is my first, and only, published novel for the moment, but my goal isn’t finite. My objective is to keep going, because there are worlds inside that are getting too large for my hard drive. Thank heaven for my editor Jeni Chappelle. She keeps my chaos under control. Fantastic services and definitely recommended!

Best wishes and happy reading.

-Elysia

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Ember’s Progress

Hi all! I’ve been busy with my Christmas romance novel: Embers on Ice. With the front cover completed, I am heading into edits. I swear peppermint mocha coffee creamer can take even a 105+ Texas summer and make it feel like Christmas in Montana.Embers on Ice CoverWATERMARKIf you ever get a chance to visit Montana in the winter, or any northern state, even if you’re just passing through, I highly recommend it. Blankets seem warmer, the cider tastes better, and there’s nothing more exhilarating than the crunch of snow underfoot as you look out at the frosted mountains and trees. (I really wish I was there instead of here.)

Embers on Ice is currently about 93,000 words and will be ready to read this coming holiday season. If you happen across this, I would appreciate your responses to the cover design. Embers will be available for pre-order come fall.

Many thanks and happy reading,

♥ Elysia

 

Get Your Free eBook: Happy Month of Independence!

FREE! July only! Stellar Fusion free eBook from Smashwords!

Use code SW100 at checkout!

(ePub, Kindle, mobi, and online reader formats available)

I love the Fourth of July. And for me it’s not just a day for fireworks. My grandparents and cousins, and even my husband and his family have all served in the military to help keep us safe and free, to be able to do things like self-publish books with whatever stories and dreams we wish, and not fear persecution for our content. This country is phenomenal. It is fed by farmers and protected by soldiers. Stellar Fusion is dedicated to them, and now it’s for you, for free.

A fast-paced science fiction fantasy in a post-apocalyptic era:

A daunting fate and a beautiful, yet tormented, sergeant of the Universal Protectors force take paranormal to the next level. Her harrowing past renders her unaware of her true capabilities. She must find a way to save her people and the slaves she encounters above before they become another roiling rock of death in the chain of galaxies unmade by a merciless few.

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Happy Independence Day!

♥ Elysia

New Cover: Stellar Improvements & Wrestling Marketing

So like every self-published (author), I have fallen in the hole of dead space after the initial upswing of family orders. It was expected but not any less disheartening. If you’re like me, you’ve probably read several books on increasing royalties via better marketing practices: change the keywords, the cover, the description, advertise on all social media you can, blog, use Bookbub, whatever. But truth is, there are so many millions of books out there now because of us wonderful self-publishers there’s almost no way to be discovered unless you’re widely known already or you have fantastic backing.

And that’s okay. It doesn’t make your achievement any less important or less desired by the customers. They just can’t find your grain of sand in the dunes. So how the heck do we make this happen? Many writing blogs suggest the minimum of four books a year. I don’t know about you but I don’t have money to edit and publish four books a year, though I may write that many. Maybe one, if we’re lucky. But the more flecks of color you place on that dune, the more noticeable you will become. So of course, more books will help your author presence. Just don’t water it down, mute the color with less-vibrant writing because you’re trying to crank them out.

Self-publishers have a stigma of fast throw-away books. They (we) didn’t go the professional route… so I’ve heard. I paid good money for my edits and my efforts and I know I’m not the only one. But we still have to fight this, show our customers we have the quality they’re looking for in a book, and that cheap cheeseburger money ($0.99 for Stellar Fusion) is worth it.

So the key is patience and not losing your drive to write. It is hard. Of the millions of authors, only a handful will skyrocket to the top. Or, as my husband says, “It might just take a few books before you have that one that really sticks and then people will start searching for your others.” And he’s totally right. The majority of us will not become one-book wonders over night. Maybe in the future we will.

Do it because you love it. That’s why you started isn’t it?

Here’s my latest attempt at refining my image. I updated the cover to my first novel, Stellar Fusion. I know blogs always tell you not to design your own cover. Well dam* it, some of us don’t have money. I have some skills from my Interior Design degree from OSU, so I used them, shield and all from scratch. And I’m pretty proud of myself. (Please world, let me have this.)

Stellar SHIELD front.jpgAs for the rest, I’m still revamping the description and a few other things, continually patrolling the social media realm, and honestly just praying someone might see my little star amidst the night’s glittering sea. She’s up there, not half bad, maybe not made of gold, but she’s mine.

Your book(s) is/are yours and you should be proud of yourself for completing it. It’s not an easy task. Hell it’s like a thousand tasks just for the one product.

The silence is not necessarily a bad thing. It could be just before a breaking storm. Storms bring rain, and rain means life.

Good luck,

♥ Elysia

Stellar Fusion is for sale on Amazon (eBook + Print),  Smashwords, Kobo, B & N, iTunes

Achieving Acceptance of Equilibrium

The search for progress is hard-wired into us humans. But to be truly at peace, we must see what we have now, and sometimes that takes practice. It sounds like a lesson in being grateful, but it isn’t. It’s a lesson in being realistic about your expectations. They lead us so often down a dark path, overly optimistic about the light we’ll find in the shadows.

Life is movement, transition, unrest. Understanding the balance of good and bad, light and dark, rich and poor, life and death is one thing. Accepting it, truly permitting the presence of the negatives with the positives is hard for all of us. But without polarity there can be no movement, no progress, no change.

A note: an electrical charge, that thing that powers everything, that is caused by a negatively charged particle.

So if negatives can be good, can positives be bad?

(at least in terms of protons and galactic cosmic rays, the answer is yes.)

But if a positive leads to a bad result, do we categorize it as a negative? And does a negative that has challenged us and made us stronger equate to a positive?

-on a quest for enlightenment-

Elysia

 

 

 

 

5 Things I’ve Learned from Self-Publishing

I never dreamed I’d be a self-made anything… I’ve worked warehouses, maintenance, drove 2-ton rigs and flipped burgers. Yet, here I am, with two self-published books and almost twenty more waiting impatiently. Throughout this self-publishing process, I’ve learned a few key things that I’ll definitely keep in mind the third time around. Continue reading

Home Inspired: Lumberjack Mack

Lumberjack front cover2If you’ve ever had a live Christmas tree, or lived in a stick-built (wood-framed) house, built a deck, or steps, or anything with 2x4s, ‘Mack’ was your man.

This upcoming children’s book, Lumberjack Mack, is about the courage and love of a logger to do a dangerous job for the family he loves. It honors several who have passed, giving all to provide us with the homes that keep us warm and safe.

Inspired by the gorgeous mountains of the pacific northwest and the commitment and resilience of the few…

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