Friday, October 9, 2020

A Paranormal Cover Reveal!

 

 

It's time to reveal the cover to Jes Drew's upcoming release, Genie and Serena, PIs (Paranormal Investigators): The Game of Boo and Other Short Stories. It's a bit of a mouthful for such a little book. Good thing it's pretty.

Don't believe me? See for yourself!


 

Genie and Serena are just a normal couple of girls... just kidding. As a dormant mermaid (she hasn't activated her genetic abilities yet), Genie is actually kind of normal- except for being kind of sheltered. At least she is compared to her cousin, the millennia old siren Serena. But as different as they are, the cousins are bound together by their mutual affection for each other- and their love of solving mysteries.

Together, Genie and Serena form a paranormal investigation business to celebrate Genie's first time in the real world- and away from both of their overbearing families. Together, they partner with actual normal human Keith and the newly immortalized Albert to solve cases that have to do with creatures from their side of the shadows.

Join them as they solve a murder mystery in a twisted game of Clue, track down a vampire hiding for his life, and deal with a lovesick dhampir named Virgil.

But there's nothing they can't handle together, right? 

Coming October 31!


 Pre-Order for only $0.99 Coming Soon 

With all profit going to Polaris so more children can be rescued from monsters.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Introducing... Rage Like the Gods

So I have a bit of a confession to make.

I have been working on a new wip since July

I refrained from announcing it since, let's be real here, I have a bit of a bad habit of dropping projects. I get too many ideas, I get too excited, and I start working on them without commitment only for those projects to be dumped in a gutter somewhere when a newer and shinier idea comes along. I didn't want to announce this new WIP and get you guys all excited for it if I was just going to drop it. I wanted to be sure. Especially since this is the first book in a five book long epic fantasy series. The odds weren't exactly in its favor, but this idea stuck with me. I kept getting inspiration, a plot for all five books, and characters that I really connected to.

I have been working on this book faithfully since July, and with another publication under my belt, not to mention more than 30,000 words already written I think it is high time to finally announce Rage Like the Gods.

So here we go, time to meet my darling...

(all images via Pinterest, credit goes to their original creators)

Another one of the reasons I have refrained from announcing this project is because it's a little hard to describe, and quite frankly I am terrified of trying to write a synopsis for this book. But anyway here is my best attempt to explain everything that is going on.

It's high fantasy, in fact it is the first book I'm actually writing to have elves in it, which is kind of crazy given how obsessed I am with Tolkien.

It's a story about the chosen one. Or in this case... the chosen ones. Each chosen by a different god to save the world from a rising cult of necromancers and the undead army they will unleash. Except half my characters don't know that they are the chosen ones and the other half can't be bothered. And so this book isn't the story of how they come together, but how they disperse across the four corners of the map and the trouble they get into in the meantime. As such it actually has four separate plots, told through the POVs of four of the chosen ones.

My characters...

(^^^ and all artwork below are my own)


Eirik is a bard with a questionable moral code and a dream to not only be madly wealthy but to be remembered forever in the songs. Alongside his best friend and fellow bard, Eirik sets out to find his fortune. Instead he runs into a noble warrior named Sassa, who he falls immediately in love with. Only problem is Sassa hates thieves. Determined to get the girl and get rich in the process, Eirik devises a scheme to rob the wealthy manor and the lord who hired him. He dons disguises and by day he is a dashing bard who works to woo Sassa, and at night he is a rougish thief, but how long can he keep up the act?

In search of a family, Thyre finds two. One a pack of werewolves who begrudgingly welcome her into their ranks when she is bitten by one of their own. The other a family of assassins who didn't give her a choice on whether she wanted to join or not. In one she finds kindness in a sweet werewolf and the other a kindred soul. Torn between two worlds, Thyre will do what it takes to protect her families. Even kill.

An exile, a mercenary, a skilled warrior and a... vampire. Dagmy is searching for a way to reclaim her honor, instead she contracts a terrible disease while working with a band of monster hunters. With her fellow mercenary Hakon, who she hired to aid her in her battles, and the giant dog he adopted, Dagmy must infiltrate a coven of vampires to learn their secrets. Perhaps then she can be cured.


As the daughter of a wealthy noble, Meruna is expected to marry to further her father's influence. But all Meruna cares about is exploring her talents in magic. She sets off to attend the college of magic, but runs into trouble almost immediately. Some priest claims that she is destined to save the world and has set his daughter, a nun with warrior-like skills, as her personal bodyguard. Meruna isn't about to let anything stop her from her education, not her family, not a prophecy, not her new sarcastic bodyguard, and not her handsome fellow student, Fell. But perhaps the ghosts of murdered college students merit some looking into...








And essentially that is Rage Like the Gods. For Inktober, I'm doing my own set of goals, which is to draw a character from RLtG a day. I have some super fun concepts that I can't wait to draw (plus I still need to do one of Dagmy and Hakon in the watercolor) which is why I have finally outed myself so now you will know who these characters I'm drawing are.

I will probably do a post at the end of October with an art dump. I'll also share the art on my Insta account @nickichapelwayauthor if you don't want to wait to get to know these characters more.


What do you guys all think of my new WIP? Which character's plot line looks the most interesting to you? Discuss below!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Of Gold and Iron release party

 Well I was planning on not doing this till October, but I finished up early, and it was the first day of fall, which for a book with a main character being an Autumn faerie... well I just found I couldn't resist. So I published Of Gold and Iron yesterday.


Which is, of course, all very exciting!

I actually wrote this book two years ago, but I didn't know what to do with it so I queried to a couple of publishers. I'm not going to lie, I thought Of Gold and Iron was going to get picked up when one publisher asked for a full manuscript and the other for more time to consider it. But it wasn't meant to be. And when those publishers eventually rejected it, I still didn't know what to do with my story. So there it sat on my hard drive a completely written novel, just gathering dust.

Until I made the impromptu decision to publish it myself. And now after all this time, it is finally out there and all ready to be read!


Find on Amazon

Only the ebook is out at this moment. The paperback is taking its good sweet time getting proofed.


Now I said at the end of August that I was working on a special release "thingy", I believe were the exact words I used.

And now the time has come to reveal just what that thingy is. For a limited time, from release until the end of October, I am offering a special. If you buy Of Gold and Iron in that time window be it ebook or paperback, and email me a proof of purchase at nicky(dot)chapelway(at)gmail(dot)com

I will send you a print of  a painting I made of my characters, and a coaster with the book cover on it.






This is of course only while supplies last. Happy reading, friends. And happy fall!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Of Gold and Iron Cover reveal

So here we all are, hoping to see a beautiful cover. Well far be it from me to make y'all wait any longer. Well... you have to wait exactly how long it makes for you to scroll. 


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“Swear on something else. Swear on your humanity.”

I suddenly find it very hard to swallow. My humanity? With a jolt I realize that there are far greater things at risk here than just my life. I’m in the faerie world, anything could happen. Even immortality.




The Otherworld is the home of the faeries, deceitful, decadent, and deadly. As the next in line to be-come Guardians, Jaye and her brother Thomas are tasked with defending the human world from all things magical. But when a routine scouting mission ends with them trapped in the Otherworld, it becomes pain-fully clear that someone doesn’t want them to leave the world of the faeries. Determined to not become an immortal’s pawn, Jaye kidnaps Ravven Crowe, an arrogant solitary faerie, so that he can guide them safely home. But things quickly go from bad to worse when they are captured by the Winter Court and embroiled in a plot to start a faerie civil war. Thomas is enslaved by an Unseelie faerie, and it seems that the only way to save her brother and avoid a war is for Jaye to ally herself with Ravven.

The faeries are governed by a set of strict laws. For their own safety, the Guardians have their own rules. But with Thomas’s life hanging in the balance there is only one way to save him that does not include breaking the faerie’s Fair Law, a crime that ends in death. Together Jaye and Ravven must compete in a series of deadly tests given by the faerie courts in order to earn Jaye the right to be named the Fair Assassin and wield the Blade of Gold and Iron. As the Fair Assassin she will be permitted to kill any faerie she so chooses, but first she has to live long enough. Walking a fine line between destruction and further entanglement with Crowe, Jaye is going to have to break her own rules if she wants to win. She must trust a faerie. Her life and humanity depend on it.
 


ahhhh! I'm in love! I mean yeah, I sort of designed it, but my cover designer really came through in big ways with this one. This cover is just so mystical and magical and matches the mood of the story so well. And I have been waiting YEARS to finally get a cover with that sort of 
"split" affect. So needless to say I'm pretty excited.

October is almost heeeerrreeeeee.....

Friday, August 28, 2020

Update on Of Gold and Iron

I sort of did not intend to disappear off the face of the blogging earth. I really meant to do some progress updates for Of Gold and Iron, build up some hype or whatever. But ah, oh well, now I shall just wrap them all up into one big update.

I finished my go through of reading OGaI, now I'm just waiting on edits. I decided that since I already had a bunch of people beta read OGaI back when I was starting to query it that I would skip betas this time around. I'm just having a couple of friends read it to check for consistency.

Of Gold and Iron is 283 pages long making it replace Week of Werewolves as my shortest full length novel (Winter Cursed of course still wins as my shortest story). It used to be 120k words long (as long as Time of Trepidation and A Certain Sort of Madness) but to fit publishing guidelines I shaved off 10k words and somehow never got them back. It is also made shorter by the fact that I am making it a different size than my other books.

But enough of that technical stuff, it's high time that I finally release my official blurb so that you can all know what this story is even about.


“Swear on something else. Swear on your humanity.”

I suddenly find it very hard to swallow. My humanity? With a jolt I realize that there are far greater things at risk here than just my life. I’m in the faerie world, anything could happen. Even immortality.

 

  

The Otherworld is the home of the faeries, deceitful, decadent, and deadly. As the next in line to become Guardians, Jaye and her brother Thomas are tasked with defending the human world from all things magical. But when a routine scouting mission ends with them trapped in the Otherworld, it becomes painfully clear that someone doesn’t want them to leave the world of the faeries. Determined to not become an immortal’s pawn, Jaye kidnaps Ravven Crowe, an arrogant solitary faerie, so that he can guide them safely home. But things quickly go from bad to worse when they are captured by the Winter Court and embroiled in a plot to start a faerie civil war. Thomas is enslaved by an Unseelie faerie, and it seems that the only way to save her brother and avoid a war is for Jaye to ally herself with Ravven.

 

The faeries are governed by a set of strict laws. For their own safety, the Guardians have their own rules. But with Thomas’s life hanging in the balance there is only one way to save him that does not include breaking the faerie’s Fair Law, a crime that ends in death. Together Jaye and Ravven must compete in a series of deadly tests given by the faerie courts in order to earn Jaye the right to be named the Fair Assassin and wield the Blade of Gold and Iron. As the Fair Assassin she will be permitted to kill any faerie she so chooses, but first she has to live long enough. Walking a fine line between destruction and further entanglement with Crowe, Jaye is going to have to break her own rules if she wants to win. She must trust a faerie. Her life and humanity depend on it.



I already have the cover, and it's a beauty. We are right on track for an early October publication, I'm shooting for October 3rd, but publishing waters are rather tumultuous so I'm not going to make any solid promises (especially with how unreliable this whole year has been). I'm also trying to work toward a special release "thingy" for lack of a less vague word. It is my first time doing something like this so again I'm not going to make any official announcements, I'll hopefully have more details by release week.

With that said, I am looking for ARC readers. So if you can't wait another second to read this story then sign the form below. The ARC copy doesn't have the final edits, so bear that in mind.



Anyway that's all I have about Of Gold and Iron for now. Be sure to tune in on September 5th for the cover reveal.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sleep Like Poison Cover Reveal

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

You asked so I guess now I have to answer

Julian Daventry

Favorite book you've written to date?


oh my, that's a... that's a good question. All of my books have different features that I enjoy, so picking a favorite is hard. However, taking into consideration how much I hated writing some of them I would say that it would have to be either A Certain Sort of Madness or Of Gold and Iron. They both have very fun, easy to write plots, and excellent chemistry between characters. And quite a few things that happened along the way that made me cackle like an evil loon.

Where do you keep your plot bunnies until you finally get around to writing them?

One thing you should know about me is I am an extremely disorganized person. So yeah, I don't have just one place to keep my ideas. I have a notebook that I wrote some ideas in. Some I keep on my laptop. Sometimes I write it on scraps of paper which I then lose and farewell idea. Other times I do nothing with them and they float around in my head until they mutate into other ideas or collide with other floating ideas to make one big floating idea.




Faith


-Favorite kind of cookie?


chocolate chip no contest there

-Favorite X-Files snack?

I have essentially one X-Files snack. Pretzels and orange juice but I eat it like every time I watch X-Files. Heck I eat it when I don't watch the X-Files. I have a mild addiction to pretzels and orange juice XD

-Thing you're most looking forward to this summer

you know precisely what I am looking forward to. A certain visit from a certain bestie of mine.

-Ravven, Easton, Dirk, Warren, and Cedric are all in a room and you have to kill all but one. Who do you save?

Dirk. Oh I'm sorry did you expect me to be indecisive? *goes off an cries in a corner over Easton and Cedric who definitely didn't deserve it and Warren and Ravven who mildly deserved it*




Nicole


- What’s the plot of the very first story you’ve ever written?


I assume when you say written you mean finished too, so that would be A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses, which when I first wrote it danced very perilously along the line of not actually having a plot. But yeah essentially my four main characters are trapped in another world, bound to a quest. But they don't know what the quest is. So the plot is a quest to discover their quest.

- What inspired Of Gold and Iron?

Well this is somewhat awkward to admit because I absolutely COULD NOT remember what originally inspired Of Gold and Iron. I thought and thought, wracked my brain on it for like a week, but not to worry, it wasn't all for naught I remember now! Of Gold and Iron was actually inspired by a dream I had. I can't say the dream because it gave me quite a few plot points, but yeah now we both know. It was a dream.




Lila Kims


~ What did you learn from querying Of Gold and Iron to traditional publishing companies?


Traditional companies are not all that. Now I'm not saying that they are all bad, but they aren't all good either. A lot of authors will speak of publishers like they are the final authority on publishing and books and success. But publishers want a profit, and sometimes they won't make the best choice for the book because they want to publish only what is popular, not what merely has potential to be popular.

I still plan to try to go through with querying other books of mine in the future. But as for Of Gold and Iron it just wasn't a good fit. And even though I had very high hopes for it being traditionally published, the best choice for it is self publishing. So I guess I also learned to be flexible with my publishing plans.

~ Who is your favorite underrated X-Files character?

That's just mean I like all of theeeeeeeemmmmm. So I will cheat and say three. The Lone Gunmen.

~ Next up on your TBR pile?

It's a book called A Dream Within a Dream. Third book in a murder mystery series, I have been waiting for it for like four years and it is finally out and even though I don't remember much about book two I'm still pretty excited




Skye Hoffert

~Favorite Mulder and Scully moment?

Well now that's just mean XD Making me choose like that. Fortunately for you I did choose, because even though there are so many amazing moments and scenes in the nine seasons and two movies I have seen so far with these two there is one scene that rises above the rest. I don't know why, I just adore it XD

It's from the episode in season five called Detour, and they have lost everyone else they were with. Night has fallen with them lost in the woods, Mulder is hurt, and they talk for a while and then Scully tells Mulder to go to sleep and he asks her to sing for him. And she sings "Joy to the World"




The images above are from Pinterest.
The ones below I made, they were inspired by that scene and episode




~Favorite monster, from X-files?


Wow that is a tough one. I really like the creatures in Detour if I am being completely honest, they were kinda freaky with their hunting instincts. Eugene Tooms scared the living daylights out of me so that's always a good thing for a monster to do. I feel like I am forgetting a monster I am particularly fond of but I can't put a finger on who or what?