Friday, January 17, 2014

Kindle Countdown Deal for Shadows and Embers

For the next three days the sequel to Cursed With Power, Shadows and Embers, will be a part of the Kindle Countdown Deal.  This means instead of paying the normal price of $3.99 you can purchase your kindle copy for a discounted price. Today the price is at $0.99 -don't miss out! This deal will end January 21st at 12am, so purchase your copy while the countdown lasts. To purchase, simply go to Amazon.
For those of you who are not familiar with the book or have not read it yet, Shadows and Embers is the second book in the Magicians series, following Leal Irvine's story. Now is a great time to purchase your copy before the third installment in the series releases. Remember book #3 is expected to be releasing this year, so the clock is ticking down.
Update on Thicker Than Blood:
As for the third book, Thicker Than Blood, I am currently at 63k. Once I type up what I wrote earlier this morning and yesterday I expect to be around 64-65k, which puts me awfully close to my goal of 70k. The last couple of chapters are all planned out; now it's just a matter of writing them. Once the book is entirely complete I will have so much more details to share, and as I have mentioned before I'll be sharing quotes and so forth. I am doing everything I can to make sure this book releases this year, and so far I don't foresee anything that would hold me back. When I reach the end I will definitely post a reflection on what it was like to write the book, how the ending felt, and what lays ahead.
Lindsey R. Sablowski

Friday, January 10, 2014

Love is thicker than Blood

The saying goes that "blood runs thicker than water," but we are all aware that is not always true. For Alaire Sencler, he has never had a family around to believe in the saying. Instead in the upcoming third installment in the Magicians series we follow Alaire on his journey and decide for ourselves which is stronger: blood or love.
Love is thicker than blood 
Don't worry, though, there's still plenty of action, magic, and secrets at bay. I've mentioned before that I want to talk about more specifics of what the third book is all about, and so I'll let you in on some more. For one, we're going to find out more about Alaire's gift. We have all known for quite some time now that he's special and unique, but now that he's telling the story we can find out exactly how. In addition, the magicians are running against time as the war quickly approaches.
As for some quick, fun facts you might not have known, here's a few for now:
  • The third book was originally not meant to be Alaire's; he was meant to wait until book #4.
  • There are numerous meanings to the name Alaire, including and not limited to "joyful, happy, precious" and etc.
  • The setting changes from Neutadt, Transylvania; Wyndor, realm of the foreseers; and another location in Transylvania
While I don't have a lot to share right now (mainly because it's 1am), I am happy to say that I have reached 62k in the book and planned all the way up to chapter 28. So far from the outlines it looks like chapter 28 could be the last chapter of the book, but that number could change once I start typing the other chapters. As of presently I am in the middle of chapter 22, but it feels good to know that everything is already planned out and I don't have to worry about where it is going to end. Overall, I know exactly where this book needs to end and what the next one needs to focus on.
I promise you can expect more as this month continues on, and for the most part I am trying to post at least once every week if time permits. As I said before it's late, so I'm off to bed. Check in again soon for more of an update.
Lindsey R. Sablowski

Friday, January 3, 2014

Alaire's Journey: Nearing the end

It's a snow day here in Maryland, and since I have the day off from work I decided to spend the extra time I have working more on my upcoming book. I'm expecting to hit 60k either tonight or tomorrow night, and with that in mind I've realized that I am nearing the end of the book. Already I am writing myself notes of what needs to happen for the book to reach its end. Alaire's journey has been a lot of fun for me; at the book I admit it was stressful and difficult to push through, but now I have the voice down and am writing easily. Cursed With Power was approximately 80k, Shadows and Embers finished at 90k, and this third book could go either way. I expect to go over my goal of 70k, but as to whether book #3 will be longer than the second book or slightly shorter I cannot determine at this point.
It's a new year, and as promised I am working hard to make one of my resolutions come true. The sooner that I complete writing Thicker Than Blood the sooner I can begin editing and revising. Once edits begin that brings me one more step closer to publication, which I am so eager to start focusing on. Baby steps, baby steps... 
There's a lot I have learned about Alaire from writing this book, and as I near the end I see that I know him now much better than I did four years ago when I first came up with his name and created him as a character. The exciting part about seeing the end in sight is knowing that I will have another book to release this year, and then I can begin working on book #4. At nearly 60k I am on chapter 21 and looking toward the end, preparing to tie together loose ends, answers questions, and leave the readers eager to find out more in the fourth installment to the series. 
So what can you expect as I progress to the end?
Well, so far I have not shared any quotes from this book, and I am planning on choosing some of my favorites and sharing those. There will be more posts about Alaire, definitely excerpts or teasers once I am in the editing process, and much more. Whether you've read the first two books or not, there will be plenty of ways for you to become involved with this third one without spoiling anything from the past or future of where the series is headed. This series has a lot to look forward to, and as I have said times before Alaire's story is not the end. There are two more books expected to release after this, and it's all a matter of me sitting down and writing them. I enjoy each one of these books, spend as much time as I can with each character to know them as well as the last one. I don't have to say goodbye to Alaire yet, but I encourage you to stay with me as we venture to the end. I'll share fun facts about the game, ask your opinion, and hopefully have you wondering what's next.
Alaire was Celestria's hero, and now it is time for him to be the hero of his own story. Check back in soon as we dive in for a closer look into Thicker Than Blood. Until then, enjoy the snow!
Lindsey R. Sablowski