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20 Questions

Saw this on Facebook and thought it’d be fun to do… So here we go!

 

1.) What is you Author name? Alianne Donnelly

2.) What is the first book you ever published? Blood Moons

3.) What is your publiversary? September 27, 2010

4.) What is you favorite book you’ve written thus far? Wolfen

5.) What book took you the longest to write? Blood Hunt

6.) How long did it take you? Over 2 years, on and off. Incidentally, it is now also my least favorite book written thus far. Just because it was such a pain in the ass.

7.) What kind of music (if any) do you listen to while you write? Depends on what I’m writing. For fantasy, I recently found that the Witcher 3 soundtrack is amazing for inspiration. Anything else, I either randomize all my songs or play nature sounds.

8.) Who is you favorite character from any of your books? Err… Hmm… I honestly don’t know.

9.) What are you currently working on? Dearest Love for my Rebel Court series, and Prince of Deceit to round off the Dragonblood trilogy.

10.) Do you have anything you snack on while you write? No. When I write, I often forget to eat and drink all together. I remember when I get light headed and can’t concentrate.

11.) What is your favorite quote or line from one of your books? “My choice is you–always.” (Dragonblood)

12.) Are you a self published or traditional published author? Self-published all the way.

13.) What is your writing inspiration? Everything. Movies most of the time, because they spark my imagination the fastest, but often ideas for my books will come from something I dreamed.

14.) What genre do you write? Fantasy romance, sci-fi/paranormal romance, erotic romance, and post-apocalypse dystopian horror. I know, that last one kind of snuck in there…

15.) Do you have any writing rituals? No. Just write, write, write, whenever and wherever I can, for as long as I can.

16.) Do you have a specific place you write or time? On the bus to/from work, during lunch in the back room, and/or at home at my desk during weekends. I try to avoid writing when I get home from work during the week. I find it burns me out very quickly.

17.) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? You have to love it. You just have to. If you don’t it’ll kill you like a serial killer slowly removing parts of your anatomy inch by cubic inch. Don’t do it because you think it’s “cool” or because you think it’ll make you rich (trust me, it won’t). Do it because you can’t not. And when you reach that point, don’t let anything stop you. But when you do reach that point, the advice becomes redundant.🙂

18.) What are your writing goals? My goal is to write the stories I am craving to read and hope that someone else out there likes them just as much.

19.) What authors inspire you and your writing? Every single book I have ever read has had an impact on my writing, whether it inspired me, or cautioned me, or sucked me in so deeply that I still feel part of that world when I remember it. There is no single title or author I can point to. I have favorites I return to again and again, but some books have left such an impact on me after a single read that it’d be a disservice to them to leave them out.

20.) What will be you next release? Dragonblood (September 3, 2016), followed by Catch Me ( October 8, 2016)

Until next time!🙂

State of the Author Address

So I tried to do an author video. Learned a few things:

  1. Never attempt to do videos on short notice
  2. Plan your “stage” ahead of time
  3. Always have a clear path of escape
  4. Keep plenty of water nearby
  5. Outlining a script is a good idea

As you have probably guessed, I learned all these by NOT doing them. Let’s be honest here–there’s a reason why I’m a writer and not a spokesperson LOL I can do a dozen cool things behind the scenes, but put me in front of a camera (or an audience) and I’m a train wreck.

Luckily, I do have one advantage, and that is that I can splice and dice like a pro. So what started out as a straight-forward video of me talking into a camera turned into a quirky, self-deprecating comedy of errors set to silent film music. Because why not? Everyone loves a good blooper reel.

Which leads me to the main reason for this post: Announcing the official release date for Dragonblood!

The book will be available in digital and paperback format ( a gorgeous, 6″x9″ trim with a 1.01″ spine, wrapped in a touchable, full-color matte cover, 389 pages, 45 chapters, plus a sneak peek at book 3, Prince of Deceit… oh yeah, talk dirty to me). Ebook pre-order links should be happening soon and the print edition should become available on or shortly after the release date.

This story has become one of my favorites now; I absolutely love Liadan and Tir, both for who they are, and who they are together, and I can’t wait for you guys to read all about them! September 3rd can’t come soon enough, I tell ya…

And while we’re on the subject of release dates, here’s one more for ya:

CatchMePRemember that erotic romance series I’m sending out by weekly chapters? Well, Catch Me is about halfway finished by now, which means we’re approaching the pre-release stage. The full story will be available for sale as a complete novella on October 8, 2016, so pre-order links should be happening sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. I’ll post and share when they go live.

This was another experiment for me, and what I learned is that it’s not really fun to drag a story out over 3 months or more. You lose interest after a while. You forget you were reading it. Or you hoard the chapters so you can read them all at once. So with the next one, Dearest Love, I’ll do things a little differently. Instead of weekly chapters, I’ll do them daily, which will shorten the reading time down to about 2 weeks. Of course, that means I need the story completed before I start sending, so the second story in the Rebel Court series will be delayed a little. But hopefully, it’ll be a much more pleasant reading experience when it does come.😉

For now, you can still sign up for the mailing list here. And look for Catch Me and Dragonblood at your favorite online bookseller soon!

Until next time!🙂

Writer’s Gonna Read: June Check-in

Edits have stolen a lot of reading time from me this month, but I did manage to strike two books from my TBR pile, so WOO HOO!

Books I’ve read:

Total New Books Read: 8
Total Old Books Re-Read: 14

Books still to be read:

 

Next on my kindle is Dragonblood for final digital proof reading before I begin to format the manuscript for publication. Stay tuned for more info to come very soon! Announcements will come, as always, to my Newsletter group first. If you’re not signed up, do it now!😉 There might be something fun in the next one for you.

If you have a book you absolutely loved and can’t stop raving about, share in the comments.🙂

The 10-Step Checklist for Self-Published Authors

Dear aspiring authors,

This post is for you. This post applies to especially those of you who are considering self-publishing your book. I write it, because it needs to be said, and because I want you to avoid the frustration, upset, and anger I see boiling up in the Indie community every day.

For those of you who don’t want to read through the entire list, here’s the main idea: Do your homework. It’s not just about putting your book out there; it’s about doing it in a manner that will reflect well on you as an author and publisher–because that is what you will become. It’s not just about the art of creating something out of nothing; it’s about conducting your business professionally–because that’s what it is: a business. It’s hard work, and it doesn’t stop when you hit the Publish button. Are you ready for that?

If you’re planning to self-publish, you should be. By going this route, you are taking on the responsibility for everything you put out there, from this moment forward. It’s all on you. Even if you hire professional editors, cover artists, formatters, etc., the final published product is yours, and no one else’s. Readers won’t see what you intended, or what you wanted to do. They won’t see your financial or personal struggles–and they shouldn’t. Your readers are your customers; they’re paying for a product that has your name on it, and you owe it to them to give them the best product you are capable of producing.

For those who want more details, here’s my little 10-step decision tree:

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Facebook Advertising: The Second Wave

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For those of you following my marketing hijinks, you might have seen this post from last year, detailing my first attempt at running a Facebook ad. This year, I decided to repeat the experiment with slightly different parameters. Instead of advertising a single retailer purchase page, I directed people to sign up for a free novella. Everyone loves freebies, right? So here’s how it went…

Unlike last time, I only had one ad in my set, and it looked something like this:

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Note the # of people reached… My FB Ad manager gave me different numbers. But I’ll get to that…

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