Exciting News!

Hi Everyone!

First off, thank you so much to all those who helped support my kickstarter, either by backing, or jsut spreading the word! I can’t tell you what all of your love and support has meant to me. So, again, THANK YOU!!!!

Alright, now on the the news: Redemption has a cover! If you follow me on my other social media sites, you might have already heard about this, but in case you missed it, here is the gorgeous cover:

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What do you think? I’m pretty happy with in, myself.

And, the final bit of news is that Redemption will be released at the end of July! I have a few final housekeeping things to finalize and then it will be good to go! So if you’re excited to see what happens next with Amara and the Resistors, get ready to get your preorder in!

(On a side note, if you have reviewed Royal Thief and left a review somewhere, don’t forget to fill out this form and you’ll receive a free ebook of Redemption in the format of your choice).

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Updates

Hi Everyone!

If you’ve been following me on my other social media sites, you may have seen that I’ve started a Kickstarter for Redemption (the sequel to Royal Thief). You can check it out here.
So what does that mean for you? Well, unfortunately, it means that Redemption will not be released for a little while. But, it also means you have the chance to get your copy before it is officially released to the world. Plus you can snag some cool bookmarks and bookplates along the way.
You may be wondering what exactly your money will go to. Self publishing is great in so many ways. There’s so much freedom flexibility. But one of the more problematic aspects is that an author has to do everything themselves, or pay for a professional to do it. Now that Redemption has been edited, the next expenses will be the cover art, formatting, and distribution. To give you some idea of the cost, my initial payment for Royal Thief totaled around $1,800 for the cover, distribution, ISBN’s, and a few other things. That wasn’t counting the printing costs, or shipping, which added a bit to the total.
 So that’s where you all come in. I’m so excited to share Redemption with you guys. I really think you’ll enjoy it. Without all of your support, I wouldn’t have made it this far. And with your continued support, Redemption can take off.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, you are welcome to reach out (through email, or any of my social media accounts). I love talking to all of you!

Happy April!

Is it really April already?! It seems like this year just started! But with the start of April comes a lot of exciting opportunities and news!

During the month of April, there is an awesome event going on Read Self Published Month! One of the hardest things for many indie authors is actually getting their name out in the world. So a group of authors and readers have teamed up to highlight some of our favorite indie reads. For more information, check out this post. You can also check out this facebook event, where you’ll find information about all sorts of giveaways and games that will be going on this month. If you’re an indie author, it’s not too late to sign up! And if you’re a reader, then head on over so you don’t miss any of the fun!

And speaking of getting your name out there, I’d also like to take this time to highlight another fantastic resource for indie authors—and anyone who loves to read. The Book Robinhoods connects authors and reviewers. Readers will have the chance to read and review a bunch of really great books, while authors have the opportunity to introduce their books to a wider audience. Check it out! You can sign up with this form for authors and this one for readers/reviewers.

Don’t think I’ve forgotten about my writing either! Redemption (sequel to Royal Thief) is still on track for publication. You should see it hit the shelves late Spring/early Summer. Make sure to get your reviews of Royal Thief in and fill out this form for a free ebook of Redemption!

That’s all for now! If you have any questions, comments, thoughts, etc. that you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I love hearing from all of you.

Houston, We Have a Title

First, I wanted to direct your attention to my other blog, The Book Unicorn, where Megan Cutler hosted a blog takeover to discuss her fantasy novel, Island of the Lost Forevers. Megan is a fantastic writer and I would highly recommend checking her out!

This summer has been insanely busy for me (and I’m sure many of you can say the same). Between family, vacation, my non-writing job, and editing like crazy, June and July have been a whirlwind. It still doesn’t seem possible that it’s almost August. How did that happen?

Anyway, that’s my long way of apologizing for the lack of communication since April. But, I do want you to know there are exciting things coming soon, which will hopefully make up for any neglect. So without further delay, here’s the latest developments on book two of the Resistance Duology!

The most exciting news is we finally have a title for book two: Rebels and Redemption. This will pick up pretty much right where Royal Thief left off. I won’t go into too much detail, in case some of you haven’t read Royal Thief yet. But I’m pretty excited with how book two is progressing.

And you know what else is exciting? Free books! Who doesn’t love free books? I know I do. From now until Rebels‘ release, I’m offering the chance to receive a free copy of this second book. All you have to do is write a review of Royal Thief on the site of your choice (Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Nobel, etc.) and fill out this form so I know you’ve done it. Once the book is released, you’ll be sent a copy in whatever format you prefer. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at laurakehoe4@gmail.com. This applies to anyone who’s already written a review as well!

Well, I think that’s it for now. I’ll let you guys know when I solidify the release date for Rebels and Redemption. Hopefully you’ll be hearing from me again really soon!

Welcome to Read Self Published Month!

Happy April Everyone!

I’m so excited to be participating in Read Self Published Month! Throughout this month, myself along with a bunch of other fantastic authors will be hosting giveaways, blog takeovers, and all sorts of fun things. For more information about this great event, check out the Facebook page.

As part of this event, many of the participating authors are hosting blog takeovers. Yesterday, Zach Chopchinski started things off with an awesome post about his Gabrielle Series (check it out at http://zachchop.com). And today, it’s my turn.

Last November, I finally achieved a dream of mine. I published my first novel, Royal Thief. This story features an evil king, an enterprising thief, and a group of headstrong rebels. You can check out more information, as well as a sneak peek into the first chapter, right here.

I get my inspiration for writing from all sorts of things: books, movies, my own life, people I’ve met…you name it and I’ve probably found some sort of inspiration there. But for this particular book, I can think of two things in particular that had a profound effect on Royal Thief’s development.

First, there’s one of my all-time favorite musicals: Les Miserables. I remember sitting in my room, listening to the soundtrack for the thousandth time, when I got the idea for Amara. And if you’ve seen or listened to Les Mis (or read the book) you probably have a good idea which character inspired Royal Thief’s infamous criminal.

The second inspiration came from a childhood favorite: Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. When I was a kid, my mom got me this book because it had a dragon on it (and anyone who knows me knows my undying love for dragons, even as a little kid). Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it work to have dragons Royal Thief, but the Resistance was inspired by Paolini’s Varden. Ever since I read about them I knew I wanted to include a rebel group in one of my books.

What about you guys? What books/events/whatever have served as inspiration? Answer in the comments below. And be sure to check out the next stop on the Read Self Published Month takeover, K. Ferrin to see what they’re up to! Their website is http://www.kferrin.com

Exciting Announcements

I hope everyone has been having a good March so far. I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the month! It seems like it just started. Although I try not to bombard you all with too many updates, there are a few announcements I wanted you to know about.

First, I’m hosting another giveaway on goodreads. I’m giving away four signed copies of Royal Thief. Entries are open from now until April 12th. Unfortunately, this giveaway is only for people in the US due to the cost of shipping. But I’m trying to make it work to do an international giveaway at some point.

Second, there’s a really exciting even going on through the whole month of April called Read Self-Published Month. I’ll be joining a group of amazing writers to celebrate and promote self-published works. There’ll be giveaways, readalongs, games, and the chance to get to know a bunch of authors/fellow readers. I’ll send updated information as the event gets closer, but for now, feel free to check out the facebook page for more information (right now there isn’t a whole lot on the page yet, but as April gets closer, there will be more posted there). You can also follow me on instagram, facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc. I’m going to try and post updated information on those sites as well.

That’s all for now! I’ve been busy cracking away on the sequel to Royal Thief. Right now the first draft is all finished, but it’ll be at least few more months before the book. Keep an eye out though. I’m planning to release it in late summer.

Have a great day everyone! Thank you for all of your lovely support and encouragement. I couldn’t do this without you.

 

Still Want to Read Royal Thief?

I’ve made this announcement in a few other places as well, so you might already have heard this. But, for those of you who don’t know, I’m currently giving away ebook copies of Royal Thief to anyone willing to give it an honest review. The book is currently available in epub, mobi, or pdf format. If you’re interested in receiving a free copy of Royal Thief, shoot me an email at laurakehoe4@gmail.com and I’ll send you whichever version you prefer.

Don’t worry if you’re not as familiar with posting reviews. Whether it’s a single sentence, or a whole page, any review will be appreciated. Reviews are so important to book sales, as they often play a role in both the purchasers’s decision to buy a book and whether the booksellers themselves will stock the book. I would be so grateful to anyone who’s willing to do this.

If you have any questions, just let me know!

Also, on a side note, Royal Thief is now in stock online at most major retailers (for a while it was out of stock on Barnes and Noble and Powell’s, but it’s available those places now as well). So if you’ve been holding out for a physical copy, now’s your chance to snag one.