Monday, December 1, 2014

The Impaler's Revenge Wattpad Serial

A year ago, the last novella in The Impaler Legacy series, Order Restored, was being released. To celebrate this and bring more attention to the series, I'm starting a new experiment. I'm going to serialize the first novella, The Impaler's Revenge, on Wattpad. So, yes, you will be able to read it for free, provided you have enough patience to wait for each installment. New chapters will be posted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The goal is to get more readers interested in the series, especially those who aren't so sure they want to read yet another story about vampires. But this story is different. It's a political thriller with vampires, no YA, no erotica, no paranormal romance. So give it a try.

If you don't like to wait, The Impaler's Revenge is available on Amazon for only $0.99. Or you can get the omnibus edition, which includes the entire The Impaler Legacy series. Your call.

Either way, start reading here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

2014 November Reading List

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett – I fell in love with the story right from the beginning, and it was one of those rare cases when the writer’s voice was just as compelling as the story. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson – The world building was interesting, but the story dragged, and by the time we got to the interesting part, I had lost interest. 3/5 stars Amazon  

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett – Over three quarters of the book, the story deals with three unrelated plots that seem to go nowhere, and the real plot is revealed only at the end, before the final battle. Plus there’s unnecessary rape, so meh. 3/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository 

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean – Chase was my favorite character in the other books in the series, but here she turned out to be just another scared woman with little power to begin with, which was disappointing because I expected her to be badass. 3/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository 

The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe A lot of adventures, rather fun, so I expect the series can only get better after this. 3/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Promotion with Thunderclap

I did no blog tour, book blitz, or Facebook party to promote the release of Broken People. Instead, I choose something new and allegedly less time consuming, a Thunderclap campaign.

I created the campaign on October 12, and it was approved the following day. Because the editing and the cover art weren't finalized, and I had no strict release date, I chose a later date, November 20, for the campaign to go live to have plenty of time for people to join.

And then the hard part began... for a campaign to go live, it needs at least 100 supporters to join with their Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr account. If this goal is reached, the same promotional message is automatically posted to their feeds.

So first I invited my friends and dedicated readers to join, but once friends expressed their doubts regarding the app that requested to access their profile and was apparently gaining too much freedom, it became clear I had a problem. I had researched it online and found no issues raised connected to Thunderclap, but it was also my first time using it, so I couldn't swear by it. And if friends didn't trust it, how could I expect strangers to join?

The solution was to find people who already had on going campaigns and support each other. I stalked Twitter for several days, and the supporter number increased nicely with as much as a dozen supporters on a good day. Then, since there's a group for anything on Facebook these days, I found a group dedicated to supporting book related Thunderclap campaigns. Everything worked out nicely from that point on, and on November 10, the campaign was fully supported.

I didn't stop there but continued to promote the campaign and support others until the last day. On November 20, there were 321 supporters with a 1,439,565 social reach.

The numbers looked good, and once the message went live, I sat back and waited. There were some retweets, but I saw no spike in sales, so as far as I'm concerned it was a waste of time.

I think it works if you already have a big following, willing to support and promote the campaign for you, or if the message announces a big discount or free books. So unless that's the case, I won't bother with it again.

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Release: Broken People

Broken People is out! Hurry up and read the preview sample here. :) And now for the story behind the story...

After I finished writing The Impaler Legacy series, I felt it was time to return to my first love, science fiction. When I visited Bratislava a few years ago, I very much enjoyed the old city, and I wanted to write a story that had the action taking place there. I had this image of a man standing in the window of an old building, watching a woman in a building across the street. I wondered what he was doing there so, between other projects, I started plotting on and off.

It felt like a cool idea, so I decided to make it my NaNo project. Now, my idea of NaNo is a bit different than what everyone else is doing. When I’m working on a story, I usually write 1,000 words per day, except for the weekends. For NaNo, I wrote during the weekends, too. It was tough, but at the end of November, I had 30,000 words written … and I was only half-way into the story. What initially had been planned to be only a novella had turned into a novel.

For a long time, the story was called “With a Flick of the Wrist”, like Queen’s song, which could serve as soundtrack. However, in the end, it became clear the story wasn’t about a trick but about the people in it. Writing each individual story felt like the next natural step, so if you fell in love with Broken People and don’t want to let go of them just yet, you might want to check out The Nightingale Circus. It’s a short story collection revealing how the main characters came to be in the circus and why they stayed. It will be released soon, too.

Broken People is available exclusively via Amazon for the time being, and it's free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you read it, please take the time to leave a review on Amazon and GoodReads. Thank you.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

10 Years of Absolute Skating

It's hard to believe that Absolute Skating has been online for 10 years. When I designed the site back in 2004, I had no idea it would become so successful and still exists after a decade.

To celebrate the event, the AS crew, including yours truly, have posted an article in which we share our memories and experiences. Read here.

Are you a skating fan? Visit Absolute Skating!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 - Take Two

I find it hard to believe that a year ago I was starting to write Broken People as my NaNo project. Only half of it was done at the end of November, as planned, and then I finished it in the spring. The novel will be published later this month so yay me! :)

When I finished NaNo last years, I was satisfied with the result, but I also swore never to do it again as I found the experience too exhausting. Well, things change... So I'll do the NaNo again, only as usual, I'll do it my way.

This time around, the goal is to translate Broken People into Romanian, one chapter per day, so at the end of November I'll have over half of it translated, and then I can finish it in December. I only have two short stories planned to write this month and then a novella in December, so it should be doable. Let's see how it works!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: Broken People

Broken People
by Ioana Visan 

You don’t always get what you want, but if you’re lucky, you might get what you need.

For one week only, an impenetrable castle is open to the public, and Dale Armstrong has come to Bratislava to rob it. When he finds his partner’s arms mangled, he desperately searches for a way to fix him before time runs out.

Because the war in the Far East is sapping all the allied nation’s resources, only The Nightingale Circus has the spare parts, the power, and the expertise to fix prosthetics and help the injured, but nothing is free.

Unfortunately, Dale doesn't know about The Nightingale Circus’s side job, but a forced encounter with the most dangerous woman in the city, the Golden Lady, sends him their way. On this roller coaster of crazy twists and flips, schemes and deceit, wishes and dreams, no one can foresee how the aerialist will land.

Anything is possible in a world of Broken People.

Coming to your ereaders this November! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 October Reading List

The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold – This was one of my favorite reads this year. When I grow up, I want to make my readers feel the way I did while reading it. :D 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome by John Scalzi – Too many narrators to keep track of all of them. After the first couple of pages, I just read without bothering to pay attention to who was speaking. Not an overly exciting read in the end. 3/5 stars Amazon Tor

Lock In by John Scalzi – Much better than the novella, though I never quite felt the hero was in real danger. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez – Surprisingly good, especially for a debut novel. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1) by Chris Wooding – Fun and full of adventures but I couldn’t quite connect with any of the characters. The editing could have been better too. 3/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Comisarul Corcodusa de Adrian Buzdugan – One of my favorite Romanian contemporary writers, Adrian Buzdugan took a huge risk with this novel as humor is received differently by different people. As far as I'm concerned, he succeeded. 4/5 stars Elefant Carturesti

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Nightingale Circus Collection Sneak Peek

If you're subscribed to the newsletter, on Sunday you'll receive a free short story in your inbox. It's part of The Nightingale Circus Collection, and only the newsletter subscribers will get an exclusive sneak peek before the book is released. So make sure you're subscribed and brag to your friends about getting access to free stories via the newsletter. ;)

Also, please join the Thunderclap campaign to help spread the word about Broken People.