Sunday, April 2, 2017

Currently Reading & Just Finished: Promise Of Fire & Kiss Of Steel

Last year and for a time before that, I suffered from a nasty reading slump. But it seems the answer is consistency. Nearly every morning, I grab a novel from my bedside table and I read for awhile. Sometimes it's just a chapter, a few pages, and sometimes I struggle to walk away. Whatever it is, I still try to get in some reading every day. And it seems to be working because I've read through about 6 books since last September. That may not seem like much to some of your powerhouse readers, but considering that I read only 4 books last year...


When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking. 

I enjoyed this book as much the second time as I did the first time. So glad that I decided to buy a physical copy for my shelves. I'm sure I'll reread it again years from now. This is just one of those books that are fun to return to.

I floated through this book. Gah, it was such a nice change from what I had been reading. Not only was it a good story, but the writing was good too! I know that it's popular for authors to rush out books as fast as possible these days, sacrificing the craft. However, there is truly something to be said for a well written sentence. My eyes just wanted to devour paragraph after paragraph. As far as stories go, this was a pretty standard Steampunk/Fantasy Romance. That is not a knock either. I very much enjoyed this book, which is why I read it so quickly. Anyway, the romance was lovely, the characters likable, the action exciting, and the world building fantastic. Highly recommend for any fan of the genre.
My Spoilery Thoughts: (view spoiler)


Yes/No Checklist 
Sex: Yes
Gore: Yes
Rape: No
Magic: Vampires and other supernatural things.
Drugs: Alcohol & cigars

Star Categories 
Romance: 5 Stars
Action: 4.5 Stars 
Pacing: 4.5 Stars 
Writing: 4 Stars 
Plot: 4 Stars 
Overall: 4.5 Stars

Protagonist Meter 
I particularly liked that the female protagonist wasn't irrationally weak. No she wasn't a badass, but she could pull the trigger of a gun when it was called for. I don't know why, but so many female leads seem to be incapable of doing even something as simple as that.


A Promise Of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

This book has loads of hype, which I didn't know when I bought it. It just stood out to me on the bookshelf. So when I discovered that it was pretty popular, I was quite surprised. I'm very excited to start this book. It seems unique and I'm excited about a romance that continues on past the first book. Generally romance books follow different couples in each book. I enjoy that sometimes, but my first love will always be the epic saga.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Beauty Is Out Now!

The Beauty, my second book, officially released in ebook on March 10th. I had so many plans for this release-- blog posts, special videos, email announcements, and countdown graphics! But life had other plans for me.

A couple days before the release, an epic windstorm hit the town and knocked everyone's power out. So, no internet. All I could do was read books and play board games by candlelight. Okay, it wasn't a horrible way to spend my time. I actually started to enjoy how slowed down everything was. But I hated not being able to promote my release. The Beauty already had plenty working against it; a late release and 'Beauty and The Beast' retellings hitting the market like a flood of biblical proportions. The last thing this book needed was a release where the author didn't even talk about it lol.

Sadly, it was all out of my hands. The best I could do was make a trip into B&N the day before to charge my computer and make a few quick posts to tell everyone what was going on. I have to give a big thanks to all of the readers who stepped up to promote The Beauty when I couldn't. It really and truly meant a lot to me. Fortunately, the power came back on the night of the release and I've been working hard at doing some promotional catch up.

Before I move on, let me just say, The Beauty WILL BE RELEASED IN PAPERBACK. My formatter is booked up right now and can't get started on it for a few weeks. I'm also waiting on the paperback cover design (That's the spine and the back cover). I'm hoping to see the paperback come out in April. If for some reason my new cover designer doesn't work out for the paperback cover, then it could potentially be even longer. I'll tell you right now, the more ebooks I sell, the faster I'll be able to publish the paperback in that scenario. Everything costs money, and money is what I don't have right now. But, fingers crossed, everything will work out with this new designer and I won't have to hire someone new.

So, now seems like a good time to let you all in on my writing plan this year. I am hoping--at minimum--to release two books more this year. I'd like to release The Hunter Legends book three, The Curse, and I'd like to release the first in an Adult Paranormal Romance series titled Grave Things. Three books in one year will be a record for me, so I could be pushing myself too much. But I feel stronger and more confident in my writing abilities after finishing The Beauty. Writing book two was like walking through fire to transition from an amateur to a professional. Heh, or at least a level one professional.

I'm also looking into releasing hardcovers later this year. I cannot promise it will happen, but I found a third party publisher that has potential in this area. It will be expensive though because I'll need to buy my own ISBNs, reformat my books, and have my covers resized. Maybe by the end of the year I'll be able to afford it. I would just love to have hardcovers of my books. I don't even care if they sell well, I just want them for myself lol.

With all of that said, links to my new release below. Please read and review it. Till next time! -Lindsay Mead

-The Beauty on Amazon
-The Beauty on Goodreads
-The Beast on Amazon
-Order Signed Paperbacks

Can love thrive in a kingdom of secrets? 
Rumors of King Aleksander abound, sowing seeds of fear and doubt among the populace. Worse, there’s only so much Belle can do to repair the damage caused by the former Bishop’s fear-mongering. With challenges and new enemies threatening, the couple will have to prove the strength of their love.
Of course, a cure for the king and his cursed people could solve everything. It may be as simple as reaching out to the right scientists, or maybe it’s all beyond the ingenuity of man. Tensions mount as old foes refuse to stay dead and unexpected revelations leave the future uncertain. But ultimately, it’s the half-truths that could lead to heartbreak.
The Beauty is the second book in The Hunter Legends, a re-imagining of the infamous love between a beauty and a beast.
Young Adult Fantasy/Adventure Romance

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Behind The Scene: Mercenaries In Contefées

In honor of The Beauty coming out on the 10th, I've decided to look back at book one. This blog post is going to discuss the events of chapter three in The Beast. Yes, spoilers are likely to happen. I invite anyone with opinions on this scene to post in the comments. There's nothing I love more than discussing this series with readers.

In chapter three, Belle and her Hunters have just finished up a long night of hunting and have gone down to the local tavern, Le Géant Tranquille. This is our first time seeing the town or the townspeople. That is essentially why this chapter always struck me as rather important.

The majority of The Beast is spent in Castle Vakre Fjell. We get to know several awesome people there, but Contefées is kinda put on the back burner. There was really nothing to be done about that. The goal of this book was for Belle to meet and begin her relationship with Aleksander. However, even though I knew we'd see more of the Hunters and Contefées in future books (*cough*BookTwo*cough*), I wanted to at least establish a base with the reader. Ground Belle's roots in her town. Belle's home and the people there play a big role in who she is.

So, when the Hunters first ride into Contefées, we get a cursory glance at things. We see the church, rising above like some intimidating structure that symbolizes safety to the people. There's mention of the bakery and the bookshop, which again is just a peak at how deep Belle's roots go into this town. Then, there was the fountain of candles; one of my favorite aspects of this place. It was an ill-conceived idea put into motion by early town officials before anyone realized that it was never warm enough for such a thing--the naive optimism of travelers searching for a new beginning. But Contefées is strong and they found a way to make it their own. They made it special. When Belle thought of Contefées later in the book, I wanted the readers to think of these things. This town wasn't just some faceless place.

Although brief, we now had an idea of what Contefées looked like. So, the interactions inside Le Géant Tranquille were more about the townsfolk. In a place so harsh and cold entertainment comes in the form of alcohol and the company of others. Of course, the people inside the tavern do not represent everyone in Contefées. But it does represent the bulk--the core of the town, the human engine that keeps it moving. We meet the unkempt gambler who wishes he was more than he was, but never has the drive to change. The Pêcheur twins are on a mission to marry, not unlike many women in this era. Davin, the Irishman, represents the many non-french who live in Contefées and, with what he says to Belle, also gives us a look at how the world views the hellhound threat. While the previous examples of Contefées citizens are generally quite optimistic, they're also rather sheltered. The doctor, on the other hand, is a man who has seen the awful and can hardly cope with it.

And then, there are the mercenaries. Whenever something bad happens in the world you'll find that people will either leave the danger or come to help, and there will always be those who wish to profit from the misfortune. It's a fact of life. The people in the tavern--particularly the Hunters who risk their lives everyday-- don't care for such profiteering. However, there isn't much that can be done about it. New mercenaries will always show up. The Hunters nearly brawling with the mercs demonstrates their disdain. Andre even makes a point of almost flaunting his injuries in order to put them in their place; an act that is totally in conflict with how he usually views his prosthetics.

Belle, of course, doesn't want to see a fight. Sometimes men just need to blow off steam, but in this case it could get out of hand. So Belle reacts in a way that some might consider extreme-- by putting a bullet in a mercenary's foot. She's generally pretty levelheaded about how she deals with things, but here her own disdain shows. Fortunately, for the reader, it's a pretty badass moment. We see that Belle is strong and opinionated, but not perfect.

Ultimately, I guess this chapter is about influences. Hellhound influences, outside influences, and how everyone is shaped by those things. It's really the strongest look at the Hunters and Contefées that we get in The Beast.

In book two, we get to see more of Contefées; new places and new people. Thus far, that's the best part about writing this series. I get to reveal a little more with each book. -Lindsay Mead

Pre-order The Beauty

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Pre-Order The Beauty, March 10th Release!

Last night, for the second time in my life, I uploaded a book to Amazon. Even though I'd done this before, it was still a very uncomfortable experience. You'd think that it would be thrilling--that I'd be sitting here with wide eyes and an eager grin--but you'd be wrong. It's not a fun thing to do...

It's a stressful thing to do! I hear that when people go on vacation (I personally wouldn't know, because vacations are for people with money...anyway...) they sometimes have moments of panic that they might have left the stove on or left a window open. Uploading a manuscript for publication is a LOT like that. The whole time I'm entering information, I'm nervous that I'm going to mistype and accidentally publish book 2 of The Hooter Legends. If something like that is a going to happen--it's going to happen to me.

So, yeah, lots of stressful pacing happened last night. But--as far as I know--I didn't unintentionally upload The Booty for pre-order last night. Although, I'm sure that would be pretty decent seller lol.

CLICK HERE to pre-order The Beauty on Kindle. If you've already read it, please leave a review. If you haven't left a review for The Beast, I'd love you if you did! Not ready for that kind of commitment? You can at least add my books on Goodreads. It's really nice being able to say 'books'...plural...I'm an author of bookS. lol That's awesome.

Paperbacks will be available and you can pre-order a signed copy through me. But it should be warned that the paperback will be published closer to the end of March. My formatter is booked for the next 3 weeks and creating a paperback file is more intensive than an ebook file. So it might be the end of March or it could even be early April. Either way, it will be available and I'll keep you all posted.

I hope everyone is enjoying this snowy day and is as excited about this impending release as I am. I have a small, but personal, goal to sell more pre-orders of The Beauty than I did for book one. It's not really about the money, I'd just like to see this book do as well as it deserves. So, you will see me posting more in the next 2 weeks in celebration of this release. I'd like to do a Behind-The-Scenes countdown thing where I share my thoughts behind certain key scenes in The Beast. If you have any questions about the series, ask away, and I'll try to cover them in a post. Till then, happy reading! -Lindsay Mead

-The Beauty Amazon Pre-Order
-The Beauty on Goodreads
-The Beast on Amazon
-Order Signed Paperbacks