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Release Date: May 10, 2016
Can anyone survive being lost in Luntharda?
No amount of training has prepared Jaevid Broadfeather for the frontlines of battle. Now facing the true horrors of war, with Luntharda looming on the horizon, Jaevid has begun to question everything he thought about his heritage. The only thing keeping him going is his oath to protect his dragonrider brothers. But in an instant, even that slips through Jaevid’s fingers as he steps from the safety of his dragon’s saddle into the depths of his mother’s wild homeland—the kingdom of the gray elves.
Stranded in Luntharda with his partner, Lieutenant Jace Rordin, Jaevid must finally confront the demons of his own past as he uncovers the truth about a war that began before he was ever born. Armed with a new appreciation for destiny, and flanked by his trusted friends, Jaevid moves to make the final strike against an enemy that has hidden in plain sight for far too long.
One kingdom’s traitor will become the world’s last hope.
10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before
1. Your First Book Probably Won’t Be A Bestseller.
Sucks, right? But that’s the reality. Writing is an art. A craft that has to be practiced and perfected. There is a delicate line to be walked between telling a story and entertaining readers. And while some people just have a natural knack and nail it perfectly the first time, most don’t. That New York Time’s slot has to be earned after years of work and finally writing that story that is “the one.”
2. Publishers Want the Golden Goose, Not the Golden Egg.
You can’t be a one-hit wonder and expect to get very far. Publishers and agents are investing time in their clients because they are looking to build a brand around that author’s name – a brand that promises quality and sells. So you need to have more than one manuscript rolling around in your noggin!
3. Editing Never Gets Easier.
It sucks every time. I spend the first few hours of every editing phase muttering profanities at my computer monitor. It’s nothing personal to any editor, it’s just that moment of crippling realization that I’m going to be there working until dawn that makes me want to beat my head on the keyboard.
4. Don’t Obsess Over Bad Reviews.
I know some authors who read every. single. review. And honestly, I don’t know how they do that and keep their sanity. No wonder online trolls have so many victims. The truth is, not every person is going to love every book. And maybe it is a troll who is smearing your work unjustly, but that’s outside of your control. At some point you just have to shut out all those voices and listen to the ones that count – those of your agent, fans, and editors.
5. It’s the Best Job Ever.
I mean, seriously, I get to make up stuff and daydream for a living. It’s basically the best gig in the world and I feel incredibly blessed and honoured to do it.
6. It Costs Money.
You’re going to have to pay out of pocket for things, especially at the beginning of your career. But the best thing to do is talk to a seasoned author and find out which things (swag, prizes, events, etc) are really worth the investment and which aren’t.
7. Your Agent is Critical.
I know some authors don’t have an agent. Those are some brave, brave souls because I have no idea what I’d do without mine. Fran is absolutely amazing. Your agent is there to be your advocate through good times and bad. They are your guardian as well as your Jedi Master. They’re the ones you want to tell you if something you’ve written is crap – as lovingly as possible of course.
8. Synopses Are Evil.
And you’re going to write a LOT of them – about books you haven’t even written or really thought about yet. I’ve witness a few young authors declaring they’d never write a synopsis for a book they hadn’t written yet. LOL. I remember thinking that, too.
9. It’s Important To Be You.
Don’t let your personality or image be a mystery to your readers. They’re going to want to know who you are and learn more about what you’re working on, so be open with them. Interact, use social media, and let your true self shine through – quirks and all!
10. You Have to be Self Motivated.
No one is going to stand there and constantly reassure or cheer you on. Your determination and desire has to come from within. You have to discipline yourself to write and do what is needed to make your literary dreams come true. No one else is going to do it for you – and frankly, no one else can. It’s all on you!
About the Author
Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.