Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Doing a Little House Keeping



REMINDER :) THE REIGN OF A QUEEN IS COMING SOON!!!!!! Just a couple of weeks now (March. 11, 2020) and Reign of a Queen will be live on Amazon :) I am so excited about this first series of three books being completed and Rayelynn, Farrow and Drayden's stories told.

After that, the next book will be a stand-alone, Desdemona due out in the summer of 2020...more on that later.

So...as I have started writing books under Azriel Hope, I've been learning a lot about self-publishing. As I learn, I adjust. I am so grateful that people are enjoying The Fall of Arcades and The Rise of a King and I'm so excited to publish the Reign of a Queen which I think is the best of all three books. However, with that said, I have gotten a few bad reviews for The Fall of Arcades to accompany the many good ones.

It was the first book in the series and I wrote it with so much passion, my beta readers loved it, my editor loved it and well...I thought the world would love it. But after some very well thought out and lightly scathing reviews from two reviewers, I decided to look at the Fall of Arcades again and address some of their concerns.

While I think reviews are often a matter of taste, and to those reviewers, the book and therefore the series was perhaps not to their taste, they had made some wise observations. One is that the Fall of Arcades was a little overwritten and two had some minor errors and formatting challenges. There was also mention that Rayelynn was too weak in the beginning, but I think she is where she needs to be considering who she becomes in the Reign of a Queen. She was an abused daughter who lived a lifetime of verbal and physical abuse, she wouldn't come out with her dukes up, she'd be who she was to survive the abuse at first until she knew herself better, so that note, I didn't see as being necessary to change.

I did go back into the book and I have made some minor adjustments. I don't think it changed the story at all, but it did make it a little tighter, cleaner and hopefully more accessible to people who are sensitive to minor errors. I can't guarantee they are all gone and I thought my editor got most of them, but there are fewer errors, better formating and not so many words to describe things.

What I learned is you won't please everyone, but you can make compromises and continue to whittle, hone and polish until your masterpiece shines. While The Fall of Arcaders isn't a masterpiece, it sure is a fun, angsty, dark romance that gets your blood pumping....so out with the old and in with the newer. :) Enjoy, the new draft will be up on Amazon this weekend. (January 26)

AND.....HERE COMES THE QUEEN!!!! March. 11 2020 :) I can't wait...I hope you can.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Rise of a King is FREEEEEE


Grab a copy this weekend as The Rise of a King is free until tomorrow (1.11-1.12) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0814XX5M8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

And....as you enjoy this book know that THE REIGN OF A QUEEN comes out Tuesday, January 28th, 2020...I'm excited for the last book in this series of three.

It is epic!!!!!! and fun.

Look for my interview on Author's Spotlight on morganhazelwood.com  coming on January 28, 2020

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Changing the Cover Art for The Reign of a Queen and Music that Inspired the Story



I just never was that into my book cover for The Reign of a Queen, I thought it was sort of cheesy, but then I didn't, then I did, and then I found this!!!!!! YES! This one tells the story much better.

My fourteen year old agrees this is the one. So...three more weeks and The Reign of a Queen will be here. 

As a tidbit to tempt you I'm including a few songs that are fueling the writing at the moment. 

I Want You to Want Me
Gary Jules
I love this... it's so haunting...Farrow's Song



This is also so sad and beautiful

Jasmine Thompson cover of Everybody Hurts ..Rayelynn's Song





So dark, deep and uplifting...Drayden's song.

Disturbed - Sounds of Silence



and Hallelujah by Pentatonix



and lastly, my daughter's choir :) but seriously this song got me...and it definitely foreshadows the end of this book and the trilogy :)

Sisi ni Moja (One World One People)




It's Been A Minute But I'm Still Here :)

  I know it's been a while, but I am working...oh am I! First the good news. As myself (not as Azriel Hope, but as my given name) I have...