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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Birth in 3, 2, 1…

Chain of Souls is live--well mostly live, but DON'T buy it. Not yet.

I want to give it a proper birthday on Monday, October 24, 2011. Will you help me? If you plan on buying it, buy it on Monday. If you've already bought it (smooches) or don't plan on buying it \0/ --can you give me a plug on Monday anyway? 

It doesn't have to be elaborate. Just a cover and a link to Amazon, B&N and Smashwords. It would mean so much to me to get a little sugar from you guys. You know I can't pay you, but anyone who posts my cover and links on Monday will have their names thrown into a pot. I'll come up with a nice Fall/Winter prize for the winner. (If you live down-under, I'll make it a spring/summer prize.) I'll mail the prize anywhere in the mortal realm.


So let me tell you about the labor pains I had formatting this beast. The Devil To Pay was easy-peasy. No problems whatsoever. But Chain of Souls was a difficult birth. Even now, it's not yet on Amazon, but it should be in a few hours unless something else goes wrong. Addendum: The Amazon link is now live! See it here.

What took longest--aside from minor glitchiness and an uncooperative internet connection is the front and back matter you should add to your books.

This time I added an Acknowledgements page in the front and an author bio in the back. 

Acknowledgements are so hard for me to write. There are so many people I feel need to be thanked, but I'm one of those people who hate long, drawn out Acknowledgements so I forced myself to keep it short.

I thanked my crit partners because they've suffered the most. (The story grew another 10k after they looked at it.) I thanked two of my biggest fans, Jackie Burris and Angelina Rain for being so tweet-tastic when The Devil To Pay released. In gratitude, I named two characters in Chain of Souls in their honor.

As always, I left the Dedication to Greg. It'll always go to him. Unless he does something stupid. But I'm not worried. He hasn't done anything stupid in years. Oh, lord. That means he's probably overdue.

I really like this story. From here on out, the stories will get bigger and more epic. There will still be personal trials, but they'll now be joined by big whopping battles and bad guys.

I hope you'll buy Chain of Souls (on MONDAY). And if you haven't picked up The Devil To Pay, get that first so you'll understand where these characters started and how they're changing.

If you like the books, I hope you'll leave me a review in any or all of the usual places.

Stay tuned for Monday!

You can buy The Devil To Pay at:
Amazon, Smashwords, & B&N


Nadja Notariani said...


I'll be glad to put up a link and photo of your cover! But, I hope you won't mind, my post will go up on Sunday. I added a 'Coming Tomorrow' to it.
Best of luck with your new release!

L.G.Smith said...

I love, love, love the cover. I'll be happy to put a link on my blog on Monday. Congrats on the release!

Maria Zannini said...

Nadja: Sunday would be great. Thanks, Nadja!

LG: Thank you! I think the art fits really well with the story.

My internet woes continue. If I happen to be 'talking' to you and I break off the conversation in med stride, it means I lost my connection---again.

It's going to be one of those days.

Anonymous said...

:throws confetti:

Congrats Maria. Can't wait to get my hands on this one :)

Angelina Rain said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for naming a character after me. I'm so happy.

I can't wait to read this book. The way you ended TDtP, I was going crazy waiting on book 2. I want to see those characters again.

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: Oh, great. Now Iko is eating the confetti. LOL. Thanks, hon.

Angelina: The Angelina in the book is a small part, but I envisioned your namesake as a tired, but selfless nurse who unfortunately sees more ghosts than she wants.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Happy book birthday, Maria! I'll go ahead and post about it on Monday.

Your book is coming out just in time for an Internet Book Fair on Tuesday. Here's the link if you want to participate:

J.L. Campbell said...

Wishing you tons of success with this. This has given me an idea for a post on Monday.

Angela Felsted said...

Jim Murdoch is guest posting on my blog come Monday. Is it okay if I Tweet it?

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Congrats, Maria! I'll be sure to post a shout-out on Monday.

Maria Zannini said...

Sandra: Thanks! I'll check out the blog too. I hadn't heard of this blogfest before.

JL: Ideas given freely here. :)

Angela: If you include a buy link, I'll throw your name in the hat. I suppose I should add that if you tweet it as well as blog it, it gives you more chances at the draw. Thanks for the idea.

Barbara: Thank you! But I'm still mad at you because you only teased us about your invisible cover. ;-)

Darke Conteur said...

This is why I pay to have mine formatted. I know everyone says there's nothing to it, but really, I'm not a techie, and at the end of the day, my eyes are so blurry from staring at the monitor, I don't have the eyesight to do it.

jackie b central texas said...

Maria post is ready to roll out at 12 am Monday morning, tweeted this post and of course my blog will auto tweet and auto facebook link up so you will get three easy shout outs for COS for the price of one on the 24th.

Have better connection today, finally found the "sweet spot" for my "hot-spot/wi-fi" placement of my smart phone!

Anonymous said...

It's dog friendly confetti Maria, perfectly safe for Iko to eat :)

Maria Zannini said...

Darke: The formatting isn't hard. It's just tedious and a little time consuming since I have to read and reread the instructions. It just didn't help that I kept losing my connection.

Jackie: Aw, you're a doll. Thank you! Your house sounds like mine. We only get connection at certain spots.

Raelyn: Heh. Not that it would make a difference to Iko. I have another Iko story in the wings. I'll have to post it soon.

Angela Brown said...

YAY!! Now, just so you know, Me and Self are going to be very happy, Self a bit more so. I see a future, probably Monday night, of Self with your story, a glass of wine and a big grin on her face.

I would consider it a pleasure to be a part of plugging your book on Monday Long as I have the links for your ebook and the book cover image you prefer for us to use, I'm on it.

Dru said...

I will give you the proper shout-out on Monday. You know your books are not my thing, but I will buy it to support your work. I do love the cover though.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: Since you always have Me and Self, I'll bet you're never alone. LOL.

You can pull the art from this post, and links when I update them, or I can send them to you if you want.

Dru: You are the poster child for the author's best friend. You're so supportive--even when it's not your genre. Thank you.

Shelley Munro said...

Awesome. Just in time for my holiday. I can't wait to read it.

Marianne Arkins said...

Sending myself a note to put you up on my blog and "like" your book on both BN and Amazon (it will be on BN, right?).


Maria Zannini said...

Shelley: I hope you like it. It's starting to turn in a bigger direction.

Marianne: Yes! It's on B&N. I was surprised how easy it was to upload on B&N. Still waiting on Amazon.

Kit Courteney said...

Now, considering my memory is absolutely bloody terrible, I shall try my hardest to remember.

I need to write a note to myself RIGHT NOW or I'll forget.

Actually, I need to write a note to remind me to write a bigger note on Sunday, ready for Monday.

Put it this way: The intention is definitely there!

*picks up pen while typing*

Maria Zannini said...

Kit: You're as bad as I am. I leave automated notes that pop up on my computer, phone messages, the ever-reliable paper note, and the not-so-reliable telling my husband to remind me.

Even with all these fail-safes, I still forget to do some things.


Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

ok, i'm going to try really hard to remember to give you a shout out on monday. I mean, i really want to, i'm just lousy about remembering stuff like this when i sit down to actually write posts. I'm going to sear this into my brain...

Mike Keyton said...

Just got back from Yorkshire, Maria. Thinking cap on for Monday, though, to my shame, the trusty old brain seems a bit addled at the moment.

Kerri Cuev said...

Yay for book birthdays! I have a post planned for Monday, but would be glad to do it on Sunday :) I like the cover.

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: Sear away, woman. LOL. Thanks!

Mike: Glad to have you back! I figured you were traveling again.

Kerri: I already saw your mention. Thank you, sweetie!

Live Out Loud said...

I've got my blog post all set up for Monday with a bunch of links to the various vendors.

I'll also use Tweetdeck to tweet it, facebook it, linkedin it, google buzz it and myspace it.

And I told my Mom about this and she's got her blog set up for you on Monday, too.

We've got you covered!

Maria Zannini said...

Live Out Loud: Wow! If I ever run for president, I want you on my campaign team. Thanks!

broken biro said...

I'm mentioning you tomorrow (hope you don't mind sharing with another blogger chum who has a book out too!) - your link is to the American Amazon site but as most of my readers are UK I've linked to Amazon UK - is that UK?

Maria Zannini said...

Broken Biro: Thank you! And thank you for thinking of using the UK link. I am woefully provincial when it comes to the global marketplace. I'm so glad you popped in!

Marguerite Butler said...

I was almost late to the party, but I see I'm actually just in time. I've been without internet for a week, but my new modem has arrived.

I'll be shouting you from the rooftops on Monday. Well, or at least facebook, twitter and blog.

Congrats on the new release.

Maria Zannini said...

Marguerite: We'd never start a party without you. Thanks, hon.