If you're an urban fantasy reader, and especially if you like a bit of paranormal demon romance, you need to read Annette Marie's Steel and Stone Series. The first book of the series grabs you by the collar, and you find yourself taking out your phone while you're standing in line at the bank, or hunching over your kindle to brush your teeth just to read it.
Piper is a demon-wrangling heroine of the ass-kicking variety, and she's got two super hot daemons at her side to make things a little more interesting.
Annette Marie published Chase the Dark in November 2014, and sales took off. She's been topping the charts in Urban Fantasy ever since. Since I'm a fan of the books and she hasn't done many interviews I'm excited to get the chance to ask her some questions.
If you're a fan of epic fantasy, you need to check out M.A. Ray's Menyoral Saga. She's got three books out so far, and in a short period of time, has developed something of a cult following. Her fans praise the complex characters and humor. And the food description at the start of Oath Bound was enough to make this lifelong vegetarian crave a plate of grilled beef with mashed potatoes.
Anyway, because she is a self-published author who is developing a dedicated fan base, I wanted to find out what she did to get the word out. I also wanted to know a little about the emotional side of publishing.
In the process of getting our book ready, we've been starting to learn about the marketing aspects of self-publishing. Sure, writing a book is hard. But getting people to actually read your book - that seems even harder.
So we thought how better to learn than to ask someone who's already completed the process?
To start with, I contacted Katie Cross, author of Ms. Mabel's School for Girls. I'm reading her first book, and it's a beautifully written book about a girl in a mysterious school for witches. Her second book in the series, Antebellum Awakening, is coming out in October.