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*Cover Reveal* A Pool of Peony

The mist has thickened with a vendetta. A bounty has been offered for answers.⁠

And no one’s story is safe.⁠

It’s been six months since the Storm of Nightmares and Bria has not gone home. With wanted signs plastered throughout Rosada, she has been stuck chasing the so-called Story Collector throughout the Independent City of Mert. Yet, when a break-in occurs in Todd Dray’s shop, it unleashes a chain of events that sends the city into disarray.⁠

With his mind tormented by demons and flashes of his past catching up with him, Brent has been navigating Mert as a half version of himself. When a masked figure offers to help, he accepts, unknowingly stepping into a conflict that has riddled the world for centuries.⁠

The City of Mert has become a target for both the Order of the Effluvium and the Council of Mist Keepers. With fear mounting, Bria, with the help of a mysterious, red-eyed woman, a palaver of immortals, and a silver pool, must decide what part she plays in this oncoming storm.⁠

Can she find the Story Collector before it’s too late?⁠




A Pool of Peony, the much anticipated sequel to The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice, will be released on August 22, 2021! ⁠

While pre-orders aren’t available online yet, you CAN pre-order directly from me and receive some exciting bonus items! ⁠


Details on pre-orders for Amazon, B&N, and more coming soon!⁠

Haven’t read The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice? Make sure to pick up a copy before A Pool of Peony is released

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The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice: Audiobook Now Available!

Storytelling was outlawed. Magic had all but vanished.

That all changed when the woman in black came to town.

Branded with the black stamp at a young age, Brent thought he would end up a vagrant like his father. His craft was telling stories, but the Order had long forbidden any weaving of tales. When Brent sees the woman in black, she leads him into a menagerie of tunnels beneath the earth where his life falls into the nauseating, but beautiful, mist of the dead.

He finds friendship in Rho, a young woman who hides her face with a tree branch while roots and vines bow to her every whim. Together, they embark on a journey to explore the world, escape the watchful eyes of the Order, and discover the woman in black’s secrets.

For thousands of years, the mist and the tunnels were under the sole guardianship of the Council of Mist Keepers. But as new monsters enter the mist, and magic is forced out of the shadows, the Council searches for young blood to join their ranks and Brent’s next in line.

Content Warning: This book is rated 16+ for mentions of death, violence/sexual assault, adult language, alcohol use, and psychological abuse/trauma.


The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice is now available in audiobook format!

Over the past month I have worked with the fabulous Jack Nolan to produce an audiobook for The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice.

Jack has done a phenomenal job bringing my characters to life!

I have a select number of free audiobooks to give away (in exchange for an honest review). If you are interested, please fill out the form below! I’ll select recipients in the coming days.

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The Struggle of Comp Titles

For the longest time, I have struggled with finding a comparable title to my debut novel, The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice. I had pulled from many sources (Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Star Trek, and general fantasy as a whole. But I hadn’t quite found a comparable title.

A lot of fantasy as of late, especially in the New Adult genre, didn’t quite fit in with what my book is about. It seems like that direction it goes in is one of the two: high fantasy or fae fantasy, based on what is popular right now.

My book doesn’t fall into either of those categories.

And this became a frustration. While I’m happy that my book stands on its own, to attract readers, you need comparable titles.

That changed after I read Six of Crows.

I’m ready to delve into the rest of the Grishaverse (although, I’m not sure how I’ll feel about Shadow and Bone due to how “YA” it really is). To me, the Grishaverse serves as a great comparable to my story.

Let me tell you why:

The world is composed of multiple countries with different feelings about magic (or Grisha), with different factions fighting. The world is diverse, and the way magic behaves is beautiful. Combined with references to more of an 1800s/1900s feeling, there was a similar vibe to my story…at least from a world building perspective.

The stories are very different though. My story deals with Death Gods as well as magic; the Grishaverse deals with the magic…and in Six of Crows, heists.

But, the purpose of a comparable title is this: I can say that if you’re someone who is 16+ and enjoys the Grishaverse, you might just enjoy my book.

That might not be the case with everyone. But, it is nice to say.

It’s a way to help market my book, as well as reach different audiences.

Will it work? Who knows.

And I’m sure I’ll find more comparable books as time goes on.

Until next time,

ESB

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Help: Cover Text

If you’ve been following me on social media, you know I’m evaluating the book cover of The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice. I love my cover. I won’t be changing the artwork.

But, I am evaluating how it appears when someone sees it on websites like Amazon, Goodreads, etc. While I’ve been posting plenty on social media, the answers have been variable.

Below I’ve made a survey that will hopefully help me narrow down the ideas. Perhaps I am being overly critical, and the cover is fine!

So please, if you have a minute, answer the survey below. It will mean the world to me.

Thank you!

ESB

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The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice October Review Blitz!

Reviews are the lifeblood of authors. This is why I commit so much time into reviewing books by other indie authors: it’s so important.

My ultimate goal for the end of the year is to have 50 reviews on Goodreads and 20-25 reviews on Amazon. While this might be a stretch, hey, I can try, right? But, while I try to review every book I read, I know sometimes that it is hard for readers to remember. So, I’ve created a fun little prize pack as an incentive to those of you who enjoyed the book but forgot to leave a review (oops!).

That’s right, you heard what I said…a prize pack! What does this prize back include?

Well let me show you!

*Note: Prize Pack Items will vary*

Also: every person who submits their review will receive a SNEAK PREVIEW at A Pool of Peony, the sequel to The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice!

How do you get one of these nifty little prize packs? Well, that’s simple.

  1. Leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other Bookish websites/social media!
  2. Fill out the survey below and provide links to your 3-star or above rating & review!

It’s that easy!

Wait…wait…you said 3-star and above? Are you bribing us?

Not at all! But, I do think that anyone who wants one of these prize packs should probably be someone who *enjoyed* the book. It would be weird if someone who enjoyed the book rated it 1- or 2-stars. I suppose it is possible…but that would be kind of strange. But that’s beside the point. The point here is that you should leave an honest review…but I hope that if you enjoyed the book you at least rate it 3-stars or above.

And there’s more to this…

In addition to the prize pack, you will also be entered into a contest to receive a SIGNED HARD BACK EDITION of A Pool of Peony when it is released in 2021! So *obviously* you should want to know what happens next, right?

Okay, cool. How do I get all of this then?

Easy! Fill out the survey below! Really! It’s that simple!

I can’t wait to send out all these prize packs!