Cursed With Power RELEASE DATE

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Title: Cursed With Power

Series: the Magicians (#1)

Edition: 2

Release date: July 23, 2017

Cursed With Power is set to release this Sunday, July 23rd. This will be the 2nd edition of the book, featuring a new book cover as well as a new interior design.

Copies will be available for purchase in paperback and ebook format. As always if you’d like to buy the book directly from me (and have it signed) contact me and we can work out the details.

I’m hosting a FB online event on the day of that will feature a live Q & A as well as guest appearances from other authors. It’s going to be an all day event, and I’m really excited to be sharing Celestria’s story again, so I hope if you’re able to you’ll join me.

I’ll be updating all of my social media with the set release date. Stay posted for purchase links this weekend!

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CWP re-release news

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I’ve been talking a lot about the re-release of Cursed With Power, and I’m happy to announce I’ll be setting the re-release date for this month (July).
Now I don’t have an official date set yet. I just got the interior for the paperback and ebook yesterday, which means this Thursday I’m going to be ordering the proof to check over everything looks right with the paperback. Then I’ll set a release date (which will be soon after).
I will most likely throw a party on Facebook for the release (and hopefully remember to post the link here).
Just a reminder, this is the second edition of Cursed With Power. Some amazingly talented women have helped make this re-release possible. CWP got a new designed book cover, a new interior (that I’m more in love with than how it looked when my published designed it), and new branding (as far as my name goes).
Getting this book back onto the market is huge, and a lot of work has been put into it (by various people).
After this re-release I’m going to start planning the re-releases for the remainder of the series. My end goal is to have all the covers redesigned in a way so you can tell they’re all part of a series. And to give them more of a fantasy feel. As much as I have loved the old covers, if I’m being honest they have not matched the books in the way that they should as far as the genre and themes.
So there’s still a lot of work to do with this series, but CWP was my biggest concern. The other books I can still keep on the market until they’re ready for their re-release (so that’s a bonus).
CWP will be re-releasing this July in both paperback and ebook. The prices for both will be announced upon release, but I can promise it is going to be a cheaper price than what my publisher had chosen as the list price. Copies will be available on Createspace, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble (to name a few of the main websites).
Signed copies will be available October 14th at Greetings and Readings in Hunt Valley, MD (along with other copies of my books).
I still have a few copies of the first edition, which I’m debating on what I’ll do with them. Definitely at least bringing one along to the book signing!
In the meantime stay tuned. I know it’s been a long time coming, and I appreciate your patience so much. This book is releasing this month, and as soon as I approve the proof I will set the date. By next week I should have a set date.
So hang tight just a little longer. Release day will be here before you know it! (And I have lots of new promo material to share when it does!)

Writing with Progress/Reward System

As I mentioned before I recently just came back from a 7 month writing break. That’s a long time to go without writing. And while there’s a lot of reasons I think I’m finally back at it again, I also wanted to share the new things I’m doing with this sequel.

So first a huge shoutout to V.E. Schwab for sharing her star calendar system. She’s my inspiration behind this idea.

I went out to Staples and bought a calendar to hang on my wall. I also bought a pack of stars stickers. Now the whole purpose of this system is to track your progress. Different colored stars represent different things. You make up the rules. But basically I love it because it allows you to see how you’re progressing and where you can go from there. It’s also hilariously enough really pleasing to be able to put a sticker (or several) down for that day, knowing you reached a goal.

I set up my stars to be realistic to my goals. I also kept in mind how I typically write. Usually for me a good day is 1k or a little more. So with that in mind, here’s my current star ratings:

Blue star – 1k

Red star – over 1k

Green star – 5k

Silver star – hit a double digit total word count (ex: 10k, 20k, 30k)

Gold star – completed a book

Next, I’ve also been really good with keeping everything I need (while writing) in front of me. Pens, notebooks, sharpies, etc are all with me. Currently I don’t have a desk, so I do my writing in my bed, but fortunately my pen holder doesn’t fall over, so all is well!

I’ve also been using Pinterest a lot more. Because I realized it’s better for me to work with a lot of pictures and songs in the background for inspiration than nothing at all. I finally created a board for Clara and Ezra, and I’ve been filling it up slowly with inspiration and other ideas.

Overall? So far so good. I think this system is really solid and definitely one I want to continue using. I feel like I’m finally keeping track of my writing progress in a variety of ways (calendar, journal, Wordly app, social media posting, etc.), and it really helps me visualize where I am and where I’m going.

12k into a novel isn’t anything in terms of being close to the end, but I am making way more progress than I expected I was capable of. I feel like everything is coming together, and I believe this new system I’m using and the new organization I have with my writing is all playing a huge role in that.

So here’s to hoping it stays that way!

Writing after a long break

Let’s talk about the 7 month break I took from writing. That’s right… 7 months. It was my longest to date break from writing. And the break happened for several reasons. The kind of reasons where I just didn’t have the proper inspiration or passion to write.

And about 2 days ago that all changed. So naturally I found myself wondering why, and truth be told I might not know all of the reasons why. I think the biggest contributor was the fact that this month I finally started talking about my WIP to people. I told coworkers, friends, and my loved ones about this sequel I’m working on. I started telling people bits and pieces and hearing feedback like “oh my gosh I would read that” or “that sounds amazing.” And that kind of feedback reminded me of why I started writing in the first place. Not for the money, the fame, or anything of that nature. I write because I love telling a story. I love telling a story and that story mattering to someone.

And this all brings me to my next point. I wanted to talk about something very real in regards to writing tonight. Something that I think is often overlooked and forgotten. Something that in the writing community you just cannot stress enough.

Breaks are okay. 100% okay.

I am actually a firm believer in taking breaks. You can’t write and write and write until your hands give out. And other days it feels like you can. But that’s the thing about writing, the thing we just don’t discuss that often. Writing is not constant. You can come up with a schedule and deadlines and plans, and still somewhere along the way there will be something unexpected that jumps out at you.

We as writers need breaks. We need minutes, hours, days, weeks, sometimes even months to reset our brains. We have to give the creativity time to refuel and reshape. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.

And quite honestly sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes sh*t happens, and you know what? That’s okay too. No one expects you to write through the darkest hours of your life. Just like no one could expect you to be writing through the happiest hours of your life. Sometimes it’s more than just hours, and that’s when those breaks can extend into an unknown number. That’s when it gets scary because a week turns into a month turns into six months.

Time is precious for a writer, there’s no denying that.

In my seven month break I didn’t talk to a lot of people about writing. To be honest a lot of people probably didn’t know I was taking such a long break. They just assumed I would be writing. Because that’s what writers do, right? Maybe I was ashamed and disappointed, maybe I didn’t know what my next move would be. And in the long run, looking back on it, I wish I did not have such a long break. Those are seven months (of potential writing) I can’t get back.

But like most things breaks do eventually reach their end. You move past whatever is holding you back. Disappointment, writer’s block, depression, life, work, stress, lack of confidence… The list goes on endlessly. Whatever it is, I can guarantee you eventually it sees it way out the door. And then you’re back to writing as if nothing happened.

Breaks are unpredictable and scary. They can seem endless, hopeless, and (ironically) draining.

But at the end of the day breaks are a simple reminder that we are not robots. We are human. We will break, we will fall, we will have our doubts, and then one day we will stand back up again. It is a process. It is something I’ve learned we cannot run away from.

So if you’re experiencing a break in your writing, don’t fret. It will come to an end. You will write again. Take it from somebody who thought their muse and creative skills had abandoned them.

And to those of you, like me, making a recovery of a break. Cheers to those word count goals!

Clara and Ezra summary

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At long last I am writing again. I announced shortly after the release of Clara and Claire that my next WIP is the sequel, Clara and Ezra. As I mentioned in my last post, these past few months definitely added an unforeseen challenge. I hadn’t written anything solid for months, but this week I’ve finally been diving back into Clara’s world. And I finally feel confident enough to say I’m going to be getting back on track –at the very least, I’m getting back to writing, which feels like I’m doing exactly what I need to be doing.

I’ll talk more about the writing aspect of this in later posts, but for right now I want to focus on the sequel, my current work in progress.

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Now at the time when I announced Clara and Ezra I didn’t have a lot of the plot worked out at the time. I didn’t go back to see what I shared in that announcement, but I do know for a fact it did not include a summary of the book. So without further ado, I’d like to finally share a summary for the book. If you’re uncertain about reading it (if you haven’t finished or read Clara and Claire yet) don’t worry, I think it’s pretty spoiler free.

Clara and Ezra summary:

Death does not wear a mask.
Clara Nasso is plagued with the knowledge of secrets. The secrets her mother, Nina, hid for twenty years.
After a life threatening event in Rajoor, Clara returns to Ninomay. That morning she and her companions are greeted with the news. There’s been a murder.
Chaos erupts, suspects are arrested, and paranoia spreads like wildfire. All the while secrets about Nina’s past prove to be more twisted than anyone imagined.
One murder escalates into a series of killings. Bloodshed hits close to home, and Clara is forced to battle her inner demons. She develops a closer relationship with Ezra and Lukas, one who has killed for her, the other who claims to love her. The killer’s unpredictable and gruesome maneuvers force them to set aside their own personal desires.
A new figure emerges from the shadows. Someone with no set alliance, who can either help the Ninomay or watch the island bleed.
With countless lives at stake, Clara questions the loyalty of those closest to her. Can Clara unveil the killer before another person dies?
And there you have it! That’s the summary for Clara and Ezra. Mind you this is just a working summary. It will most likely change before the release of the book, but for now it’s better than nothing and I feel like it’s a good step in the right direction.
This book means a lot to me, and the fact that I’m already 5k back into it means I’m finally moving forward and away from my writer’s block. I have a lot of catching up to do. The release date is currently undetermined as I need to first focus on finishing the first draft to give any accurate estimate. But overall I’m happy to be back in Clara’s world and finding my way around again.
So let me know in the comments what you think!
Who’s ready to solve a murder mystery?

Cover reveal: Cursed With Power re-release

Needless to say, I’ve been extremely quiet these past few months. And there’s a lot of (personal) reasons for that. I haven’t forgotten about my blog, nor do I intend to stop writing on here. To be honest my writing has been affected in these past few months as well. So I hope you can forgive me. In truth you’ll see things picking up again as I rediscover where I’m going with my writing again.

But this is a post I meant to release many days ago, so without further ado here it is.

As promised, the new cover for Cursed With Power:

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I wanted to thank Wicked Book Design for creating this beauty for me! I am so thrilled about this book, and the fact that the cover is done and ready is a huge step in the right direction for us.

For those of you who don’t know or in case you forgot, I am re-releasing Cursed With Power, the first book in the Magicians series. Eventually I am going to be re-releasing all four books in the series with new covers.

The new edition of Cursed With Power will be releasing this July/August. I’m waiting on the interior to be done, and then after that I’ll be setting an official release date.

I have a lot of work that needs to be done before my book signing in October, and releasing this book is just one of the major things.

I just wanted to once again thank everyone for their patience and their support. This book has been off the market since November, so I’m eager to get it back out to you guys as soon as possible. I’m thrilled with the progress of how far this book has come, and I can’t wait to be re-releasing Celestria’s story with a new cover like it deserves and some minor changes.

Again, I do have a few copies with the original cover if anyone is interested in purchasing directly from me. (Send me an email or shoot me a message).

I am trying to get back into writing this month. It’s been more challenging than I can properly express, but please know that I am trying and I do have so many more stories I want to write and share with you. In the meantime, I hope the re-release of Cursed With Power can bring back fans of the series as well as new readers.

 

Clara and Claire Paperback

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The paperback for Clara and Claire is now available through Createspace. Createspace is the company I self publish through. It’s controlled by Amazon, so the price you see on CS is exactly like what you would see on Amazon or anywhere else. And when you order through Createspace is helps me earn more royalties *wink wink*.

If you’re looking to order directly through Amazon or Barnes and Noble it’ll be available on there too within the coming days. I’ll be posting links as it becomes available, and then posting on here again once I have a full run down of everything.

Unfortunately this is going to be a short post, but I just wanted to make sure the word was out about the paperback, and I’ll be updating my “Books” page as well.

Thanks for all the support everyone.

Lindsey Richardson