Wolf Games – The Vampires Games: Season 2

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BOOK 1: WOLF GAMES

***A season 1 recap is included in Wolf Games***
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After the trials of the V Games have come to an end, peace has fallen over The Sanctuary for Immortal beings. But for Jameson and Cass, their troubles are only just beginning. On the verge of their happily ever after, their world is torn apart, forcing the two lovers on separate paths. And with both of their hearts broken in the process, they have to find a way to live on without one another.

Whilst Jameson sets off on a quest to save his Werewolf pack members from a madman, Cass is thrust into the arms of a new and dangerous enemy. An enemy who seeks not only her cooperation in his plans, but also, her heart…

In the explosive new season of The Vampire Games, Wolf Games follows Jameson and Cass on a journey of death, romance, betrayal, and a dark force more fearful than the enemies of their past. Can they overcome the trials that are set to befall them, or is it time they accepted their inevitable fates?

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BOOK 2: WOLF GAMES: ISLAND OF SHADE

Wolf games IOS final coverAfter the foundering of IDAHO’s cruise ship, the survivors are washed up on a deadly island off the coast of northern Africa. But in a jungle of shade, it’s not just the Reapers lurking in the forest that pose a danger…

Journeying to an underground institute at the heart of the island might be Cass and Jameson’s only hope. But with Ulvic Hund hunting them down alongside his newfound companion, Rockley Jones, time is of the essence. And they soon have no choice but to face the deadly security system on the island to get to safety. Even if that means placing their lives in the hands of Silas Madigan.

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BOOK 3: WOLF GAMES: SEVERED FATES COMING SOON!

 

LINKS TO THE REST OF THE SERIES:

THE VAMPIRE GAMES NOVELLAS
A GAME OF VAMPIRES
(SET 100 YEARS BEFORE THE V GAMES)

THE VAMPIRE GAMES: SEASON 1

V GAMES

V GAMES: FRESH FROM THE GRAVE

V GAMES: DEAD BEFORE DAWN

THE VAMPIRE GAMES: SEASON 2

WOLF GAMES

WOLF GAMES: ISLAND OF SHADE
WOLF GAMES: SEVERED FATES (COMING SOON)

THE RISE OF ISAAC SERIES

CREEPING SHADOW

BLEEDING SNOW

TURNING TIDE

WEEPING SKY

FAILING LIGHT

THE RISE OF ISAAC NOVELLAS

FALLING FIRE (PART ONE)

FALLING FIRE (PART TWO)

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Friday 13th Vampire Book Sale

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It’s Friday 13th! Stay safe indoors with your latest vampire fix this weekend…

I’ve teamed up with some of the BEST paranormal romance authors out there to bring you a HUGE book sale (July 13th -15th) !

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WOLF GAMES UPDATE

If you’re getting excited about the upcoming Wolf Games series, featuring Jameson and Cass, then you don’t have long to wait! Wolf Games is going through the final stages of editing and will soon be released! I’m hoping to have it out before the end of July so keep an eye out for my release warning email soon!

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I’ve been busy filming a brand new WEB SERIES! Two episodes are already live on YouTube, answering questions I’ve been asked by my fans. Episode 1 talks about why I chose to write about vampires and werewolves and Episode 2 discusses how I get my inspiration and ideas for both characters and storylines.

Click here to watch Episode 1 

Click here to watch Episode 2

And if you have any question you’d like me to answer in upcoming episodes, feel free to ask!

Pre-order now! V Games (The Vampire Games, Book 1)

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Being a killer wasn’t what eighteen year old Selena Grey ever expected she’d become. But with her stepfather’s blood fresh on her hands, she finds herself walking into an eight by six prison cell where she’ll live out the next twenty five years of her life.

Or so she thought…

When a man as beautiful as he is terrifying walks into the prison, Selena is the only one seemingly unaffected by his charms. But Varick’s impossibly dark eyes are trained on her and her alone, frightening Selena of what his presence forewarns. It’s not long before she finds out as she wakes on a ship in the dead of night, a captive of the forbidding Varick who seems more beast than man.

But when she arrives at a barren and isolated island in the stormy north sea, she soon realises that the obnoxious Varick may be her only hope of survival. Because, in a place where polar night reigns for the next six months, a powerful and cruel family are about to start this year’s season of the V Games. And Selena is marked to participate in the blood sport, hunted by ravenous vampires and surviving the harsh terrain of the bleak island. And, not only that, but Selena just became the highest bid on contestant in a century…

 

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The war begins…Weeping Sky (T.R.O.I, #4) Out Now!

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There’s more to fear in Theald than Oliver ever expected. Plunged into the fifth world of caged cities and ferocious creatures, Oliver and his friends are taken to the army base where plans are being laid to thwart the enemy. But when blood is shed by Rimori and his band of followers, the war is kick-started and Oliver is thrown right into the heart of it.
Bound by a deal with the High Mage, Oliver finds himself in more danger than ever as he becomes tangled in an extravagant plan that will not only put his life on the line, but that of his loved ones too…

How far will Oliver go to keep his sister safe? And how many people will have to die in the process…?

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Eight Steps to self-publishing

6 months into self-publishing with Amazon KDP and I’ve learnt some things along the way that I think everyone going down the indie author route needs to do to start their journey.

  1. Perfect your Novel (novella/short story/ anthology etc. etc.)

This may be a no-brainer to some but I know the feeling of wanting to jump the gun and get that e-book out as fast as humanly possible! But you want to sell quality right? Or you’re not going to make lifelong fans who buy your subsequent works. So make sure you get an editor, proof-reader and bribe as many of your friends and family to read it too! If you’ve read your novel a hundred times I can guarentee you’ll still have missing words etc. because our minds have a very annoying habit of autocorrecting mistakes…

2. Get appropriate Cover Art

If you’re handy with photoshop you may be good enough to create your own cover art like I do. But if not it’s definitely worth hiring a cover artist who can make something professional for you.

Before you go off making the prettiest cover ever, have a look at covers in your genre. It may seem like a good idea to make a cover that’s different to what’s on the market but the best way is to have a cover that is similar enough to those in the same genre that anyone who comes across your book will know what to expect from it.

3. Formatting your ebook

If you’re going the Amazon route to start your book off then here’s a simple guide on the Amazon KDP website to get your ebook in shape:

If you’re going wide with your ebook then different platforms may require different formatting. To make this step easier I suggest publishing with Smashwords who will distribute your book to Kobo, Barnes and Noble, ibooks and Overdrive without all the hassle of doing it individually (yeah -I’m lazy like that but hey! If it saves time that you can spend writing then it can’t be a bad thing, right?)

Smashwords have a FREE downloadable formatting guide which you can grab here

Tip: Don’t put any links to Amazon in the ebook version that you upload to Smashwords (e.g links to other works) – ibooks will reject you and you’ll have to start the distribution process all over again – I learnt this one by experience 😉

4. Give out Advanced Reader Copies

I can’t impress upon you enough to do this! Find as many people as you can to give your book to in exchange for HONEST reviews (seriously, don’t go buying people off fore reviews this is not cool AND will get your book kicked so far off of Amazon that you’ll never see the light of ebook again if they find you out!!!). You can set up a Goodreads page pre-publication so they have somewhere to post their reviews before your work goes on sale.

How do you find ARC readers I hear you ask?

Well, one way is to ask friends to read your novel and give their honest opinions (don’t ask family members because Amazon won’t allow any reviews on your book who have the same surname etc.I’m sorry it doesn’t matter if Aunt Bessy thought your novel was a modern day masterpiece! She simply can’t have her say online. Sorry Aunt B).

The most effective way is to get blogging and reach out to fans who do this sort of thing in their sleep (literally…some of these awesome bloggers are like machines devouring 10 books before their breakfast!)

Tip: don’t forget to contact your reviewers with your store links once your book is live so they can put their reviews on Amazon etc. for you!

Which leads me onto my next point…

5. Get blogging!

This is the number one way to get eyes on your work. If you haven’t already started blogging get off of this post and go sign up to wordpress or tumblr or something of the like and write a post about reading this post! Or just something to say hello to the world or readers and authors out there!

Okay – back? All signed up? Good!

You can pay to have a domain without the added /wordpress or /tumblr etc. So my website is simply: http://www.carolingpeckham.com

I think the wordpress one was in the region of 15.99 per year when I signed up. I thought it was worth it personally but it’s not necessary. It could be something you want to do further down the line when people start googling your name 😉

6. Click Publish!

If you’re publishing with Amazon KDP you’ll need to have an Amazon account. You can create one with them here otherwise just sign in with your existing one. You’ll need to go through a series of steps where you enter your bank details so you can get paid and you’ll also have to give tax information. When that’s all done you can ‘create a new title’.

Tip: Pick your keywords carefully. Think about what categories your work fits into and try to choose keywords that will help you rank well in those categories. Amazon have a whole page of information on this here including links to keywords and what categories they will assign you to.

If you’re not publishing with Amazon then the same rules apply for Smashwords. You can choose up to ten keywords but they won’t give you any advice on which ones rank you where. The best thing to do here is to use Amazon’s keywords as a guide seeing as they probably know what they’re talking about when it comes to what buyers search for.

7. Write your next book

Not what you were expecting? Well, I promise you that promoting the hell out of your first book is a fairly futile exercise. You may get lucky and strike big with your first work but this is not the way it works for 99% of us!

If you’re book isn’t part of a series then, as an indie author, I suggest you reconsider…

The best way to get noticed is to get more work out there. Consistency is key! If you can release a new piece of work every 2 – 3 months you will increase the amount of eyes on your name simply by having several books dotted around the ebook stores. Also, your budding fanbase will get used to you bringing out new books regularly and so you will stay in the back of their mind for longer.

8. Promote, promote, promote!

This bit is hard and long and neverending and I can’t say I’ve figured out the best ways for sure myself (I’m fairly certain it’s a combination of many tactics + a little trial and error + a dash of luck).

Once you’ve got 2 or 3 pieces of work floating around in the ebook world it’s time to get promoting. There are a thousand different ways that other authors swear by but this is my tactic…

Permafree with book 1 – BOOM my downloads skyrocketed when I went free with the first book in my series and now I’m reaping the rewards of followup sales on my subsequent books.

This isn’t as simple as going free then sitting back and looking smug with a cigar, you need to work at keeping your free book ranking in the top 100 of your best category. This is done by placing ads with promotion sites for free books (to name a few I like:  ebookhounds, booksbutterfly, sweetfreebooks, readcheaply and the mother of all ebook promos which I haven’t yet managed to score…Bookbub)

Some people swear by Facebook advertising or Goodreads ads but I’ve had little to no success with these personally (perhaps it’s a genre thing? I write fantasy btw)

Good luck guys!

 

 

 

 

 

10 Reasons To Never Give Up Writing

1. It makes you HAPPY!

If you began writing because you love reading and have a desire to write stories then it no doubt brings a hell of a lot of happiness into your life! You should always write for yourself first and foremost. If you get to a stage where you can make money off of your writing then that’s amazing! But it should be seen as an added bonus not a given. Continue to write because of all the times your characters have made you laugh out loud, cry with sadness or simply forget the world for a while…

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2. It soothes the SOUL

Writing is a healthy hobby that is the ultimate stress reliever. Writing a story or simply writing your thoughts down will relieve any worry or anxiety currently on your mind. You may find yourself writing hundreds or thousands of words and when you finally pause for breath you may find you’ve forgotten what you were fretting about to begin with!

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3) It fulfils a need to EXPRESS YOURSELF

Everyone has something to say in life and writing is a way to explore your emotions, philosophies, morals and questions about the world. And you never know who’s life you might change with your words. Even if just one single person is effected in a positive way by your writing then what more can you ask for?

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4) It gives you a TIME OUT

We all need a little break from our every day lives and writing is the perfect way to do that. You can go on adventures, explore your deepest thoughts and feelings or maybe even write an epic romance that makes you sigh contentedly. If you think about it, you’re lucky to be able to create your own little mental holiday and the possibilities are endless!

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5) It makes you INTERESTING

Writers are elusive creatures with imaginations that boggle the minds of others. How many times have you been asked “Wow, how did you come up with that?”

You’ve probably had many, many people asking about your writing and what project you’re currently working on etc. You may even have fans amongst friends, family and strangers. How many other people do you know who can say that? Not many, I’d bet!

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6) It makes you PROUD

You should be head-spinningly, chest-puffingly proud to take a writing project from start to finish. You have pain-stakingly written, re-written and edited your writing to perfection all because you love it. This is a serious accomplishment! So go an toot your own horn! Go on! Toot it!

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7) It opens up a world of PEOPLE

Writers are often eager to help each other out. Blogging, Facebook groups, Twitter, Book Clubs, Writer’s Events all connects you to people with a common interest. Even if you find just one or two people who love to read your work, discuss ideas with you, or swap advice then that’s one or two great people who wouldn’t have been in your life before writing. You never know who you might stumble across online!

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8) It forces you out of your COMFORT ZONE

This may be due to attempting challenges like NANWRIMO or trying out new genres that you haven’t tried before! Writing has an endless amount of opportunity in it. From nail-bitingly submitting your work to an agent to taking the self-publishing route challenge these are brave choices that push you out of your comfort zone and only ever serve to make you and your writing stronger.

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9) It teaches you to deal with REJECTION

Despite what you might think, rejection is not a bad thing in writing. The sooner you learn that 100% of people are never going to all love your work, the better. Rejection stings like a female dog but my god does it make you grow as a writer! So take that rejection on the chin and say to yourself -so what!? And you’ll find that further rejection becomes easier to deal with and so allows you to grow as a writer and become confident in your work through your own love of it and the other people that love it too!

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10) It develops you as a HUMAN BEING

Your writing will change as you will change throughout your life but it will always be a source of comfort, learning and growth. Writing allows you to reflect and look at yourself with a magnifying glass as well as look out at the world and try to capture it in words. And whether you may not always know what you’re trying to say, one day you might pick up that old novel you wrote ten years ago and realise just how far you’ve come.

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Creeping Shadow Now Available to Buy on Kindle

Hooray! – Creeping Shadow’s release date has arrived!!!!!!!

I’m sooooo excited to release my debut novel to the world!!

For those of you who don’t know….
Creeping Shadow is a YA fantasy – you can check out the blurb, reviews and more on Goodreads

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I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took on an ARC – I have immensely enjoyed reading your reviews and am eternally grateful for everything that you have done for Creeping Shadow as you have given it the best start it could possibly hope for!

If you would be interested in buying a copy you can check it out on Amazon. Here’s the links to it on Amazon UK link and Amazon.com

Thank you for all your support!!

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A True Quote

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Everyone sees the world differently and I think it’s so important to be understanding of other people’s opinions. Even if someone completely disagrees on, say, your favourite book it’s hard not be annoyed when it’s something you are passionate about. But, as Cinderella says:
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Everyone is looking for different things in books and even two people who love the same book may love it for completely different reasons! But if we all loved and hated the same things equally the world would be a very boring place indeed…