Round up of Witchslayer’s Scion Online Book Tour

13 May

This is the final week of the Witchslayer’s Scion online book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. I’ll have two more for The Mermaid and the Unicorns review-only on Tuesday, so I might wait to announce the winners of the GC until that draw is done as well. As I’m writing this there’s still time to enter the draw, and check out the blogs of the authors just because.

Witchslayer’s Scion Interviews and Articles

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

Seven Troublesome Sisters

Viviana McKade

Dawn’s Reading Nook

Long And Short Reviews

The Mermaid and the Unicorns Book Reviews

Gina Rae Mitchell

Our Town Book Reviews

In other news I’m enjoying days off but not getting much writing done. Well, more like editing but honestly not much of either. Burnt out but last tour was a nice change of pace, so hopefully a little more rest and I’ll be right as rain. I have a car to get fixed up and sell and the water’s receded on my property, so I’m thankful for what I have and hoping to be back to the swing of things next block off. We are drastically understaffed – and believe me, we’ve been short staffed before, but the entire healthcare system in Manitoba sucks right now – but there’s nothing I can do about it so I’m going to pace myself and do what I can. And no – this has nothing to do with the pandemic. People are getting sick from it but we have a backlog of surgeries and people failing to cope with other issues that need attention.

I’m also going to be hiring an editor for Underman. I thought about it; it’s not like Strawman that it was a practice run but I’m not going to have time to edit it for a few weeks. I found a good resource to find editors for my genre, so I’ll probably get on that for June. I’m like a broken record for Titan’s Ascent, but as of right now I checked in with the publisher concerning book 2 and I resent everything, so there’s no real rush. It’s more like, I need to get it to a level I like it. I’d love to say that means “And then there’s one less thing to worry about” but I then just shift the focus to another project I’ve been meaning to get to. It never ends, but it is nice to be able to focus on something that’s been percolating.

This Week’s Virtual Tour Round Up

8 May

Thank you to everyone involved in the online book tours – I feel like I’ve come a long way since I started promoting Tower of Obsidian. I’ll be reading a lot of different books on Goodreads because of the Aurora Awards – and hey, if you want to get a lot of titles to read and get to vote for what you like best, go join, be a member, support Canadian Authors etc.

Check out the following blogs for more than just interviews and articles by me. Some are writers, editors, and just people who love books and fiction.

Witchslayer’s Scion – Articles and Interviews
The Avid Reader
Fabulous and Brunette
Sybrina’s Book Blog
Christine Young Romance Author

Fundinmental


The Mermaid and the Unicorns – Reviews
Gimme the Scoop Reviews
The Reading Addict

In other writing news I launched Garnet and Silver on Tuesday. I will not have any print copies just yet, to explain below:

It’s been kind of a crazy few weeks for me because we had a blizzard mid April that did in my car. I got another car and I’m still thinking of getting the other one fixed and selling it, but then we had flooding. The water really went down last night, but we’re supposed to get more rain.

Where I am going with all this, is that I will order print books but I haven’t had time to deal with my car and I’m tempted to sink the money into fixing the car so I can sell it and then order books. I may have a crisis where I am dealing with flooding, but so far it is looking really good. I am not going to Keycon because of their V– Passport policy, but I will be doing shows at Shelmerdine’s Farmer’s Market so I hope to have both print copies of Garnet and Silver and Witchslayer’s Scion as well as the others I already have in print.

You will also be able to pick up a copy of The Mermaid and the Unicorns if you are in Lac du Bonnet MB and check out the Manitoba Made Store. They just moved, and I’m hoping to get out that way and visit my parents now that things are hopefully going to calm down.

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Available May 3, 2022

2 May

First Week of Big Ol’ Virtual Tours

30 Apr

Just a quick round up of this week’s virtual blog tour. Check out these blogs beyond interviews and my articles; some are authors and editors. Also follow along for a chance to win a Gift Card to an online book seller of your choice (Let’s be honest, almost everyone will pick Amazon but I’m a Kobo reader). Just always be respectful in the comments when it comes to opinions.

Witchslayer’s Scion (Interviews and Articles)

Sadie’s Spotlight

Andi’s Book Reviews

Kit ‘n Kabookle

All the Ups and Downs

Lisa Haselton

Book Reviews for The Mermaid and the Unicorns

Kit ‘n Kabookle

Sandra’s Book Club

We got more of the same for the next few weeks. Witchslayer’s Scion will run during the week until May 13, and The Mermaid and the Unicorns the reviews will launch Tuesday until May 17. In the meantime, if you’re new to my work or the blog welcome, feel free to ask questions and I’ll try to keep it book related, but my property is slowly becoming waterfront. Eeep.

So About Free Stuff (My Books; Library Apps)

28 Apr

If you’ve been paying attention on my blog, you’ll know that I said I was going to make The Mermaid and the Unicorn ebook free during the duration of the blog tour. Now, I’ve seen other authors do this, but I went through Ingram Spark (great quality books, BTW) and the lowest they’ll let me go is $0.99.

Not wanting to be a complete fibber, I’ll give it to you for free if you send an email to leiagetty@shaw.ca until May 18, 2022. No newsletter sign up, no anything, just ask for an .epub or a .mobi. If you want you can send a clean meme or a picture of your pet, but I have no problem giving away copies if you ask nicely. I will be at work and it may take a few days. If you don’t see me responding within say, three days, ask again nicely. Once you have it: Share away.

If you want to do a girl a solid, leave an online review: Good, bad, indifferent. Obviously, recommending it to the right person or giving copies as gifts helps too.

I also hit the “approve” button for Garnet and Silver. It will be available May 3, 2022. Let me get a few print books to ensure everything is fine, but seriously, everything should be just fine.

While we’re on the topic of Free, I’m surprised how many people don’t realize that many libraries offer ebooks to people with library cards. Now, I’m Canadian, and I don’t know what your local policies are, but I use an app called Overdrive on my tablet and Libby on my phone. The accounts are linked, and generally I read ebooks on the tablet, and listen to audiobooks on my phone. My library allows me to make recommendations, so even if you think, “Hey, this is all popular stuff. I prefer smaller, indie stuff.” Again, see what I said a few paragraphs above about recommending books as a way of helping authors. A few months ago, the library fulfilled about 8 books all at once, including one of my titles. So if you’re Manitoban with a library card, you can also download a copy of Witchslayer’s Scion from your library. I’m not sure how interlibrary loans work with ebooks.

If you don’t know, talk to your local librarian and see what your policy is. I technically have to pay a whopping $20.00 for a two year membership as I live in an RM without a library, but if I have to pay for a membership for the rest of my life, the amount of times libraries have helped me out in a pinch growing up, it’s money well spent.

I’ll do a round up on the Virtual Book Tours hopefully for Friday; I am back at work tomorrow so it’ll be later if not on the Saturday.

Also, on a personal note I’m officially car shopping. I’ve known I will need to replace mine, and my guess was that blizzard did it in. A friend of the family took a look at what it needs, and right now it’s not worth the cost of repairs. It’ll be a busy few weeks, but feel free to chat here during the book tour. I can talk about the self-publishing process, finding covers, whatever.

Upcoming Virtual Book Tours, Snowmaggedon 2022, and Back at Shows

18 Apr

So I’m not sure if I actually had COVID, whatever I had was weaksauce and work wanted me back after 5 days. I wanted to be on the safe side and pushed it to six. Now we have a policy that demands we stay away for 8.

If you’re on FB you might have noticed that I posted a picture where my cat Calypso was in quite a bit of snow.

I live in a place where I’ve seen snow in every month other than July or August. Yeah, it kind of looks like winter but it’s actually all melting. Normally I wouldn’t care but I had back to back car issues, so I’m kind of in limbo as me driving a car that’s riding low wouldn’t be an issue if they weren’t waiting for the roads to melt. I was also stuck at work for 48 hours, but let’s be honest I saw it coming. I just work and the Union would take me seriously when I say storm stay protocol. Dodger I bombed to my sister and Calypso was fine. I did give my coworkers keys, but I’ve learned that people also misplace keys. I’m hoping I get to know my neighbors good enough soon to trust them, it was just lousy timing with me moving and the pandemic happening shortly thereafter.

Speaking of, R.J. Hore and I did two shows, and it’s nice to have more than one title, lemme tell ya. I’m pretty much ready to hit the ‘approve’ button for Garnet and Silver, but I don’t really feel like I’m in any rush either. At this point I will not be attending Keycon, and it’s because of the Passport Policy. To be fair, I’ve been frustrated with Keycon’s managing things before, but everyone else seemed happy, so I let it slide. I do not and will not violate PHIA, so I’m sorry if you are looking forward to seeing me there to hang out or chat. We are planning on doing Shelmerdine’s Farmer’s Market and I think I’d like to hit up a little Pinawa Farmer’s Markets, but we’ll see. I looked into having a book launch at McNally Robinson’s Grant Park, but they too are keeping with a passport and mask policy. No and no I don’t care if I never sell another book again.

Starting April 25 Witchslayer’s Scion will be on a Virtual Book Tour and the next day a Review-Only tour will take place for The Mermaid and the Unicorns. It’s by dumb luck that they occurred at the same time. I am going to put the discounted price in effect April 22, 2022 for The Mermaid and the Unicorns, so you can get an ebook copy for basically $0.99 in your neck of the woods. I know the Canadian Dollar and the American dollar are different, but it’s the lowest I could go. Follow along for a chance to win a Gift Card to an online book seller of your choice (Amazon, Kobo, B&N etc.) So if you’re on the fence about the ebook, wait a few days and it’ll be on sale for the duration of the tour. I don’t set the prices for Champagne’s titles, but I’ll tell you if anything I have does go on sale.

Other than that I was chatting with Cassie, owner of Champagne Books (Tower of Obsidian, Dreams of Mariposa, Witchslayer’s Scion) and while I don’t have a contract yet, it’s looking good for books 2 & 3. I’d love to be able to tell you I sent in Titan’s Ascent and I’m brilliant, but I’m almost there. It feels like a broken record because I thought I was almost there in January. I’m honestly burnt out and my mental health still kinda sucks, but hey if I go trilogy and I get the “That’s Enough” from everybody, I’d be content with this prequel set even if I don’t do the series I have in my head. I can see a massive shift in quality from Book 1 to 2, which was honestly pretty gradual because I noticed a shift when I was in University after I took a course in stylistics, but really hadn’t seen anything truly noticeable from project to project until now. I have enough other stuff that I could probably spend a decade editing it and either developing it for self publishing or going the traditional route, but all in all I feel like I’m no longer just treading water.

Review Tour for The Mermaid and the Unicorns, and I am sick

16 Mar

Aimed at readers 10-12, if you or another blogger is interested in the review-only tour, please go sign up. Not nearly as many stops as for Witchslayer’s Scion; yes they will be running at the same time, and I’ll be posting the ebook for free during that time. Book is 220 pages, so it’s not a huge time commitment.

I don’t know if Witchslayer’s Scion will qualify for a review tour as it’s about 135k, whereas this one is less than half. 100k used to run about 400 pages, but that depends on formatting, font size, etc. If you’re looking for an online book tour group, I tried several for Tower of Obsidian and I liked Goddess Fish the best.

Also, Garnet and Silver is pretty much ready for me to hit the ‘approve my book’ button. Imma wait just a little bit.

On Monday, I was informed that someone I was in contact with tested positive for COVID. I tested, and at the time was asymptomatic, let work know. Developed symptoms within a few hours, though I’m already feeling better. I seem to be exactly four days behind the person who likely gave it to me in symptoms, so if this keeps going the way it affected her I am laughing and should be recovered soon. As of right now, Center Caboto Comic Con is still a go so long as I’m not sick. I’ll have a back up plan in case I can’t go so Ron’s not sitting there by himself.

Book Tour, Giveaways, and a Little About “Small Authors vs Big Authors”

9 Mar

Book Tour for Witchslayer’s Scion to take place April 25 – May 12. If you want to participate, go sign up. It can be a review, an article, or just feature the book. I’ll post again when the tour is live.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dreams of Mariposa by L.T. Getty

Dreams of Mariposa

by L.T. Getty

Giveaway ends March 25, 2022.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Giveaway for Dreams of Mariposa is scheduled to run on Goodreads from March 11-25. It’s also Giveaways Month on Goodreads, so maybe check it out and see if there’s another giveaway you can enter.

Latest “scandal” going around in the Wonderful (?) World of Writing has people complaining that best-selling fantasy author Brandon Sanderson has raised millions of dollars on a kickstarter. Despite being incredibly prolific and consistent, he’s somehow written another series and he wants to self-publish it. The money was raised in a very short amount of time, and somehow, this equates to White Privilege. I was sort of paying attention to it in real time, as I follow a bunch of Book Recommendation sites and book fan sites.

There’s lots to find online; here’s an article.

Imma be real with you; I’ve only read the first two books in his Stormlight Archives, and I wanted to familiarize myself with his style because Sanderson finished Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan passed away. Some of my friends said they couldn’t finish the series once Sanderson took over, and I get it. I’m actually fine with the change, but I knew Jordan died before he finished his series so I knew what I was signing up for.

I also understand the complaints, however I think it’s of the author not being diverse as opposed to the fiction itself ignores the author’s body of work. But let’s look at the real issue: Sanderson probably does quite well for himself financially, as opposed to the majority of writers who are not quite comfortable, even if they’re in what’s called the midlist. Even more are the people who are trying to break in, or who have had some success signing contracts, but are frustrated that they’ve never ‘made it’.

It’s frustrating when you see the same people flourish when you can only seem to get so far. You can call it what you want, and I too was kind of stupid in terms of believing that I ‘just had to get my work out there’. I’ll come across as jaded if I start grumbling about how unfair it is and that yes, people should read more books and not all the same ones all the time. As said, I belong to a few different book recommendation sites, and it’s frustrating when you see the same popular authors again and again and again. I don’t know about you, but unless I have a specific question about a hallmark work, I don’t need to be told that it exists. An example of this, would be suggesting The Lord of the Rings for fantasy. If you know anything about the genre, you likely have at least heard of this title. Asking a question – is it appropriate for say, a 12 year old to read, is a different question entirely.

The short answer, is that I’ll go to Bison General or The Daily Grind as opposed to Starbucks, I still like chain restaurants, watch common movies and I like to use references to books and movies the majority of people are aware of, as opposed to referring to more obscure titles and examples. I try to shop local and I begrudgingly use Amazon, but at the end of a book tour, I’ve yet to see anyone request a Kobo giftcard over an Amazon one after a book tour.

The last two years have been challenging because I haven’t really done shows with people, instead requesting books from the library (ebooks because the physical buildings are often closed). You know, like Wheel of Time and other authors who are best sellers, in spite of requesting books from smaller authors and presses. Even ones who aren’t as popular but still successful by any standard, I tend to want to go support them.

But instead of being mad that Sanderson is doing well, and boo hoo nobody cares about something I wrote,  I’m stoked that he’s legitimizing self-publishing. It’s not the same way as getting excited about a title getting a poor adaptation and therefore getting people interested in reading the books. He’s not going through a publisher intentionally, and if anyone can probably do some commanding, it’s probably someone like him. The operational aspects of what he’s attempting is daunting, and he might be locked out by the gatekeepers in the system.

But if you disagree with me, that’s cool. Read and review and promote the smaller and indie authors and publishers. Believe me, we appreciate it, even if it’s not a fawning review.

Aurora Awards – Eligible Works by Manitobans

3 Mar

At least the ones I know about. I don’t know where Steven Erikson currently resides, but he grew up in Winnipeg so close enough. Apologies if I’ve missed you or someone you know who currently resides in or was a long time Manitoban, if you hit me up before the voting for nominees end I will add. I’ll link everything to the author’s blog. Seeing as how I’m L.T. Getty, no linkage on my two titles.

The Aurora Awards are a chance for all Canadians to vote on their choice of the best science fiction and fantasy produced in the year previous. I’m not saying to only support Manitobans – I’m saying it’s fun to see who’s local, because the lists by themselves are daunting. I enjoy supporting local authors, but I also love checking out authors I’ve never heard of before. At the very least, if you’re looking for quality, go to the website, and check out previous winners. I’m not saying you’ll love everything, but it’s a great opportunity to check out different authors, artists, publishers and more.

Adult Novel

Threader Origins, Gerald Brandt, DAW Books

http://geraldbrandt.com/

The God is Not Willing, Steven Erikson, Macmillan

https://steven-erikson.org/

Shadows of Blood, L.E. Derekson, Sky Step Publishing
https://ledereksen.com/

Witchslayer’s Scion, L.T. Getty, Champagne Books

Axis of Andes, D.G. Valdron

(Den’s Info is below with the shorts)

YA/Middle Grade Novel

The Mermaid and the Unicorns, L.T. Getty, Black Unicorn Books

Short Story

Midnight Man versus Carrie Cthulhu, Chadwick Ginther, Water: Selkies, Sirens, & Sea Monsters, Tyche Books

`Til Death is Done, Chadwick Ginther, Poise and Pen

https://chadwickginther.com/

Frankenstein vs the Great Ape, D.G. Valdron, Duel of the Monsters, Vol 2. (Wild Hunt Press)

https://denvaldron.com/

A Terrible Thing To Waste, David Perlmutter, Medium.com

The Canadian Invasion, David Perlmutter, Pulp Literature Issue #32

https://dkperlmutter.medium.com/

Novella/Novellette

The Road to Hell is Paved with Parsnips, R.J. Hore, Champagne Books


‘Twas the Week before the Night, R.J. Hore, Champagne Books

https://www.ronaldhore.com/

Unexpected Tour Off / Oh Canada

18 Feb

If you’re worried about Canada – all I can say is it’s going to get bumpy, but I know it’s going to be okay.  I know Who has us. I’ll leave it at that; just keep loving each other, even if you don’t agree with them. I’m crying watching live footage of the police going after peaceful protestors.

               On Sunday I twisted my ankle. I didn’t think it was that bad, but I cut my workout short and decided to rest it. Let’s just say I can walk on it and I’ve definitely blown it worse, but I really shouldn’t be walking on it. It’ll take longer to heal.

               I got my old crutches and I was told to expect a blizzard. Sounds like a good excuse to sit on my butt and get some writing related work done.

               Titan’s Ascent is coming along, but it needs more polish. I’ll probably be able to publish Underman soon. It’s really hard to describe when I know a book’s good enough neither it’s not quite there yet, and it’s not me being a prima donna. I need a break from it, editing in general – and I have other projects I can work on.

I booked an online book tour for Witchslayer’s Scion; I’ll let you know when the dates are set. I’m also booking a review-only our for The Mermaid and the Unicorns, and March is Giveaways Month on Goodreads, so I’ll let you know now I’ll probably do one of those too.

I need to do more OT (or at least my regular time, hah!) college fees are due next month, but assuming I’m back at work next tour it shouldn’t be a problem, assuming my assets aren’t frozen for wrongthink.

Continuing a Series with Different Characters

               As I’ve said before, Witchslayer’s Scion was a spin-off of a series I created in Jr High, and is a prequel that allowed me to expand on things because the scope of the world is so huge, it was impossible to explain everything, and to be honest it was also a good excuse to spread out information across two series.

               Underman, a novella, was an excuse to paint a picture for what it’s like for an island character who isn’t Nisiris. I didn’t like that there was a jarring move away from the sudden rebellion in the seas – but it was also pointless to go on about it, because the Imperium at the time had a united naval front, so the islands that were in close proximity to the mainland were just pumelled back into submission. Doing anything like that felt like it was filler taking away from the story. Granted I happily write long books, but I am trying my best to write tighter novels.

                Growing up I was always told the best stories should be self-contained. I think in general I agree with that, as technically The Lord of the Rings is one book split into parts. That isn’t to say that I don’t mind books that leave the reader hanging and they need to get the next book to find out what happens next, and I think that’s something that’s fine if you’re in say, a rather large series, I think of the Marvel Movies and how, with few exceptions, most films stand on their own. It certainly helps if you’ve seen the movies in order, but if I can’t remember a certain film or haven’t watched the spin-off shows, I’m not completely lost (and no, I haven’t seen every film or do I have Disney Plus. So same idea with Book of Bobba Fett and The Mandalorian). I think it can get a little tiring when the issue raised in say, a seven book series, the character is stuck at square one for the entirety of the series.  I think it works for the right type of reader. I think too often what we see is things that are said to work in market trends – hence why readers of Wheel of Time are upset with the changes to the series, because it’s meant to be more streamlined, and hit those notes with a mainstream audience.

               Movies and shows are expensive to produce, whereas with writing it costs the same amount in words for epic battles as witty banter. I’m not saying that writers should be given free reign and editors aren’t important; Especially with Wheel of Time, people complain about several titles in the middle and call them ‘The Slog’. I’ll be the first one to admit that if I was reading it I’d probably skip over certain chapters, but it’s much more tolerable when you’re listening to an audiobook while you’re driving or otherwise preoccupied with your hands. I’ve heard multiple people say that the stories would be much better if it were much tighter, with plots like Faile’s capture and Elayne’s quest for her crown omitted. But for me, I don’t mind the subtle details and the author going into the background for something we might consider innocuous.

               I think so long as you’re not beating a dead horse of the original plot and expanding, it can be quite enjoyable. I get it when a reader is waiting for a continuation of a character’s story and they’re not in it at all – because the story’s grown large and unruly.

               Back to my writing, I shouldn’t say it took me by surprise but Koth is not the main character in Titan’s Ascent. In the first book, several people who helped Koth and Una are arrested, some of them executed. One slave spoke out and had her mind broken by a mage, and I ran with her as the main character for what would have happened after her mind was healed and the gravity of the situation took effect. She had a year of her life stolen, as well as the people around her murdered. In a way, she blamed Koth while starting down a similar road, but unlike him, was born without power or a useful skillset, and was of almost an invisible status in her society.

               That’s not to say that Koth’s not important. He’s key to the plot kicking off – both fixing Marjani’s mind and really being responsible for the Titular Titan coming back on the scene. The story has always been bigger than Koth setting out from his village to avenge his brother’s murder. In the main timeline, he’s introduced as an older badass that’s willing to do the work that makes people with better moral compasses uncomfortable. I could have left him at the end of Magus’ Gambit and focused on Una’s divided path (which I promise will be answered) but I wanted to give some sort of resolution to the people of the islands. What I didn’t want was this to be a story of the evil empire and the poor island citizens – I wanted nuance. In the main story line, this rebellion sets off and initiates other civil wars – Tenagee was a rising empire that imploded from within, and the poetic justice in Lamont and Elza trying to manipulate the future to avoid it, lead to Lamont starting it.

               I’m still in the idea-writing phase of The Mermaid and the Unicorns 2 (no title) and it’s following after Esperanza as opposed to Daphne. The generic plot is, that roughly a year after the first book, Espy’s brother Alfred has set to sea and his ship goes missing. Espy needs Daphne and her friend’s help to find out what happened, as there’s conflicting stories. The main reason it felt natural to go with Espy as opposed to Daphne was that while both girls grew, Daphne was the main viewpoint character and was less mature to begin with, and her flaws were obvious. I don’t know if this’ll stay the same as I write a more solid story as opposed to writing scenes and playing with ideas.

               How do you feel about stories that not only change focus, but change characters? Will you read or watch something obscure set in the same universe just to be complete, or are there certain storylines you could care less about?