World of Ash Read Along!

This is super fucked up stressful terrifying weird right? Many of us are trapped inside, some with hobgoblins children, some not but feeling a bit lonely. I was trying to think of something to do to help you all break the monotony of being home and saw some of my teacher friends offering to do online classes with school-aged children, friends wanting to Skype board games or movie nights, anything we can do to not feel so hemmed in by our walls and maybe take a break from the anxiety of it all.

So, what can I do to help? The idea of kids watching how-to videos and having virtual classes made me think of my favorite part of school: reading time. I didn’t care if it was free-reading where I got to spend 10 mins with my own books, or we read as a class where a student read a page or so and then another kid took over, or when the teacher just read to us, I loved it all. Hell, I was a super nerd in HS and took honors and AP classes and we friggen loved it when teachers read to us. It really gave us a break from it all.

Well, that I can do.

I’m gonna read to you. Even if it’s just one or two people who sign in or if I’m just reading so the stars can hear me, I’m gonna do it. A chapter a day (maybe 2 if a chapter is particularly short). And what better than my own weird post-apocalyptic story, World of Ash? If you have a copy you can read along as I read aloud, if you haven’t been able to get a copy now’s your chance to find out what it’s all about!

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I’m trying to decide when is the right time to do this. Obviously my book is Young Adult, so it’s up to you if your kiddos are mature enough to listen, but it’s not a kids book, that’s for sure. I would say it’s 13 years old and up, but your kid’s maturity levels may vary and you can decide if it’s appropriate for them. And I’m in California so I need to plan this well. I was thinking 11am my time, that’s mid-afternoon for much of the county and just before lunch over here. English class was never my first or last class of the day, so that feels right.

But maybe late afternoon is better? I just know as the day becomes evening and night I like to curl up on the couch with the telly and the later in the afternoon I do it Pacific Standard Time, the later it is for most and we’re edging into dinner time.

I just practice read chapter 1 and it took about 14 minutes to get through. I’m a fast talker thanks to living in SoCal, so I have to  make a conscious effort not to speak too fast as I read.

Now WOA has 34 chapters, so I can always try out 11am and see how it works for people and change it to a different time if people would prefer. Obviously you can replay the videos later, but I am going to live stream so if people want to ask questions or whatever, I’m actually there for it. If you ask questions after the broadcast, I’ll answer them in the coming days (no spoilers please).

What do you think? Fun? Morbid? I saw a lot of people on Twitter and Reddit asking for end-of-the-world book recs, so I know some people are in the mood. Maybe because the books often have some message of hope? And we could all use that right now?

Anyway. I’m gonna do it.

Starting tomorrow.

You can follow me on Instagram or on Facebook. I’ll set up the livestream for both so you can watch how you like. I’m either going to use my iPad or steal my hubby’s phone so I can use my phone for Instagram and one of those for Facebook. Who knows, if it goes well and is popular enough, maybe I’ll keep reading.

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P.S.

I’m not gonna lie, guys, I am a little nervous for us right now. My husband is a private personal trainer, so if we lose clients to quarantine we’ll be in danger of not paying our bills like so many others. I’m not doing this for money, I’m doing it for the fun of it, but if you do want to drop a dollar or two, I’ll put links for that too. And you can always become a patron for exclusive content and continued support. And of course, buying books is always helpful and leaving reviews helps sell them to others, so please feel free to show your support that way!

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Catching up… Again :-/

Oof. I knew it had been awhile since I posted here, but I had no idea it had been this many months. I am so sorry.

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With the ability to cross-post on social media, my patreon page, and my posts over at the Spellbound Scribes’ page, I really thought some of those things had found their way over here. But obviously not.

It looks like I just dropped off the face of the earth here.

I’m sorry.

Well, if you’d like to do any catching up, I have posted about goings on over at the Spellbound page here.

One big development that I should share right now, right here, is the cover reveal of my upcoming release:
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This is the companion novel to Dandelions (this is a prequel if you’re trying to keep track of the timeline), where we follow Gwen’s sister, Maggie, on her journey at the start of the apocalypse. I don’t have a release date just yet, but I will be announcing it very soon.

Secondly, I have been very good about being active on Patreon. If you want a sneak peek at Maggie’s story, I have been posting the flash fiction installments of this book for a while now. If you pledge just $3 a month, you can catch up on all previous posts and read the future posts as well!

Also, today I started a new adventure on Patreon. I am going to attempt to share a weekly tarot card, free to read, to help guide and inspire us for the week ahead. Today was the first post. You should check it out. Again, these posts will be public and no pledges are needed to see them.

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I promise, I will do better to post and cross-post here. I don’t know how I let this slide again. I guess I have too many things going on in my head, something was bound to get pushed out. Thanks for sticking with me though; I really appreciate it!

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Working and Writing

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Hello my loves! Happy almost Halloween!

I’m sorry I’ve all but abandoned you over here. It’s difficult to remember everything I’m committed to and sometimes, something gets left by the wayside. Too bad it’s my blog. I’m failing at Twitter pretty hard too.

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But at least I’m still writing! I’m currently working on the outline for my NaNoWriMo project this year–the spin-off of the spin-off of my Ash and Ruin Trilogy. Was that confusing enough for you?

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You’ll remember I released Dandelions, that was the first spin-off. In that story the main character’s sister is Maggie. Maggie wanted her own story. So I’m writing that. That’s the spin-off of the spin-off. I have the first act written, and if you’d like to read the rough draft of that you can head on over to my Patreon page and, with just a small pledge of $3 a month, you can read it and all the other fiction I’ve shared there and will continue to share (click the pic to be taken to my page!):

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If you pledge more, there are rewards that come with those pledges! I hope you’ll check it out.

I’m hoping to use NaNoWriMo to finish the rough draft of this book so I can focus on something new and witchy, inspired by my recent exploratory trip to Ireland. If you’d like to read about that, you can see what I posted over on the Spellbound Scribes’ Blog. You should follow us there! We’re a group of fantasy writers who post weekly about writing, reading, and all things bookish.

So, while I may forget to blog from time to time, know that I’m still working to bring you fiction and stories and words.

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New Release!

It seems like only yesterday I’d started writing this piece of flash fiction for my patrons over on Patreon about a girl in an attic, waiting for the monsters to go to sleep for the day. All she had was a BB gun and a little bit of hope–and a little bit of a smart mouth. But I loved her. And now she’s out in the wild for others to read and get to know.

I really thought this was going to be a novella and a standalone. But once I hit the 40k word mark, I knew there was plenty of story left and when I got to the last chapter, I realized there was, not only a sequel to be had, but other stories from other supporting characters to be written.

I’m not sure if the next book in this spin-off series will be the sequel (though yesterday I thought of a perfect title for it) or if the next will be Maggie’s story. I’m really excited to write Maggie’s story because hers will take place before Containment and mass evacuations, which I think will be very interesting to see.

But one thing I do know is that I’ll be sharing the stories, one flash fiction bit at a time, on my Patreon page. So if you’d like to be able to read before it’s polished and packaged and released, you can sign up to be one of my patrons! Every little dollar helps! And if you sign up for more than $1 there are more rewards to be had! But I do make flash fiction pieces available to all patrons $1 and more.

Anyway. Happy reading if you’ve gotten your copy. If you haven’t, I hope you will. If you haven’t read my Ash & Ruin Trilogy, I think the book is clear enough to stand on its own, but you can always pick up the trilogy at your favorite retailer before starting Dandelions.

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(It, along with all of my other books, are available on all of Amazon’s sites, but there are so many to list, so just do a quick search for it and you’ll find it!)

Holiday Sale!

15327252_1393851757306226_5354529373215996770_n.jpgHoliday shopping announcement! So, as many of you know I was recently at a Comiccon where I was selling and signing books. A lot of readers were bummed they couldn’t attend. Well, I came home with some overstock! I have 3 full sets of the Elemental Series (now down to 2 sets), 10 full sets of the Ash and Ruin Trilogy (now down to 9 sets), and quite a few copies of the first books in all three series, Earth, World of Ash, and Wytchcraft. I don’t have any full sets of the Matilda Kavanagh Novels.

If you would like any of these books, I’m offering them at Con prices. So Wytchcraft and WOA are $9 each and Earth is $8. The full Elemental Series set is $35 and the full Ash and Ruin Trilogy is $25. Shipping is $3 for 1-2 books and $5 for 3-5 books and $8 for 6-10+ books. I will sign and personalize all the books, you just let me know what name to make them out to and don’t be surprised if there are some pieces of swag thrown in.

 

The catch: You must put in your order by 12/15. That’ll give me enough time to get the books in the mail so you can have them by the holidays (whichever you celebrate).

If you’re interested just email me at shaunagranger82 @ gmail dot com. Place “Holiday Order” in the subject line, then just tell me which book(s) you would like, who to make them out to, and your mailing address. I will be sending out PayPal invoices for the total, so let me know if you need the invoice sent to a different email address.

Books make fantastic gifts; they’re unique and easy to wrap, so feel free to put in an order for yourself and others to get your shopping done! And don’t forget: you can gift ebooks to people. So if you’re in a bind on budget or ideas, ebooks are an affordable option and something that is as fast as an email so you won’t look like you forgot to send a gift to someone!

I am going to send the first batch of invoices out tonight to get the first orders in the mail Friday/Saturday. But if you email after that, it’s fine, you’ll just be in the second batch.

I’ve Kept My Promise About Patreon

If you remember, I posted that I was giving Patreon another go and I promised I was going to be better about posting there and making it worth your while to become a patron of mine.

Well, I think I’ve done a fairly good job about it.

There are some exclusive fiction posts that only patrons can read and I’ve started adding some flash fiction for everyone. Yes, that means these posts are available to anyone to read, without pledging any money.

The flash fiction I’m working on right now is a novella set in the Ash and Ruin universe, which, believe me, was difficult to get into the mood for after the week we’ve had. But I’m pushing through! Fiction is where we find escape and help to deal with the real world around us. So I keep writing.

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Anyway.

I hope you’ll check it out, check out the reward levels I have set up for patrons. If you become just a $1 a month patron, you will be included in the acknowledgements of my upcoming book, the seventh Matilda Kavanagh Novel! If you sign up for a higher amount, you’ll get some awesome, tangible rewards!

Check it out here.