I am pleased to officially announce a release date (for reals this time) for the eBook and paperback editions of Courting the Dragon. It will be available for purchase through Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Google Books, and Apple iBooks starting Sunday, June 20, 2021. The eBook edition will be priced at $4.99. Paperback will be $12.99. I believe BN.com and BAM’s website will likely also carry the paperback (based on past experience with Saving the Dragon), although I’m not sure it will be available on launch day.
The process of turning CtD into an audiobook has not begun. However, it is my hope that it will also be released to audio as soon as reasonably possible. I do not at this time have any idea who will narrate or what kind of release date we can expect.
I review books, can I get an ARC?
Anyone interested in doing an advanced review should reach out via the Contract screen on my main website. Be sure to include the subject line “Courting the Dragon ARC.” Please include your preferred format in your inquiry (ePub, PDF) and what platforms you post reviews to (Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, personal blog, etc). At this time I am only planning to release digital ARCs.
Will there be any giveaways?
Yes. I am planning to do eBook and paperback giveaways. I am also planning to do at least one bundle giveaway that will include copies of both Courting the Dragon and the updated Saving the Dragon, plus some other goodies. More details will be available as we get closer to release.
Where did you get the cover?
This cover is by GetCovers.com. All three books in the Penelope’s Dragon trilogy will include covers from GetCovers.
Posted on February 26th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category:
Let’s get non-writing updates out of the way first. We’ve been at a bit of a stand-still with the house reno just because it’s so. freaking. cold. Matt did get the carpet ripped out of the office and we slapped some paint on the walls, so it’s usable. With any luck, I’ll be including some photos in my March Update.
Here are the milestones I accomplished in February:
I re-released an updated version of Saving the Dragon. More details on that can be found here.
I also got involved with a fast-approaching anthology project. I wrote a whole post about that. You can find the pre-order here.
The first revision for Courting the Dragon is done. I am currently waiting on beta reader feedback.
I wrote an unusual amount of short fiction.
A big area of focus for me this past month has been figuring out what I want to do with the blog. As of now, I have a tentative content schedule planned for the next few months that will have me posting once a week on Mondays. I’m thinking of adding Fridays to the rotation.
Along with the blog content, I’m working to revive my stalled attempt at a YouTube channel. I recently posted a review of The Fires of Treason by Michele Quirke to the blog (I filmed a video, but due to technical difficulties have not been able to finish editing it). My goal is to keep that up as much as possible; one review per month. I will be reviewing indie/small press books only for the foreseeable future. Even if I cannot get a video out for some reason there will be one book review blog post each month.
I’ve started doing some preliminary writing for book 3. Mostly so far I just have notes about things I want to include and a brief sketch of the overall plot. It’s definitely a different sort of story than CtD, and I’m excited about telling it. I don’t currently have any sort of timeline in mind as to when it will be released.
I’m super excited to say that one of my short stories and – shockingly enough – a poem are going to be included in an anthology to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021. The Angry Woman’s Guide to Not-So-Snappy Comebacks is available on Amazon for pre-order NOW and will be released on March 8, 2021. Also, check out the project’s Facebook Page. Proceeds from the anthology will benefit the girls’ coding club at my middle school alma mater.
From the blurb:
“Sometimes it just needs said, even if you never got to say it in the moment.”
“There’s something for everyone in this collection of 20 authors, coming from a variety of USA Today bestselling, award-winning, and rising star authors. From heart-breaking break ups, thick glass ceilings, and tremendously disappointing conversations comes the rise of an angry woman’s voice. These authors took a chance to say all the things that you never got to say in the heat of the moment.”
“These original stories and poems are packed with unforgettable one-liners, relatable situations, frustrating romances, and intense emotion that will leave you remembering why us women need to support and lift each other up.”
Here’s some links to check out my fellow contributors:
I’ve run into some minor complications with the paperback edition of Saving the Dragon. I gave the designers the wrong dimensions (I told them the dimensions of the old edition). I thought I could make it work, but alas, KDP is much pickier than the old CreateSpace. So it will be probably another week yet before the paperback goes back on sale. My apologies.
The good news is, I did give them the correct dimensions for Courting the Dragon. The cover reveal for that is coming up soon!
Posted on February 14th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category:
February 14th was always their day. The time between their dates seemed to get longer and longer every year, but he could always count on February 14th. A nice dinner, a few drinks. They’d talk until late into the night. She would tell him everything about everything: her work, her friends. Nothing was a secret.
It was cold, but he waited in their spot, like always. He wondered what she’d have in the picnic basket. What flowers would she bring this year?
Hours passed while he waited. He sat on the cold granite and looked to the sky where the pale winter sun was starting to sink below the dead tree-line.
The moon was high in the sky when he heard the crunch of snow under boots. Two figures crossed the lawn. One stopped short, but the other walked right up to where he waited.
“I’m sorry I’m late,” she whispered. The plastic on the dozen roses she carried crinkled as she set it down before the headstone. She shivered and pulled her scarf tighter about her neck but reached out a bare finger to trace the letters of a name.
John Bishop. March 13, 1985 – February 14, 2016.
“John, you know I’ll always love you, but…” she glanced over her shoulder at the man waiting a respectful distance away. A sob caught in her throat, and it was a moment before she could continue. “I can’t keep on like this. I have to start living again. I’m sorry.”
John’s eyes stung. He reached for her, but she stepped away. In the moonlight, he could see the answering tears freezing to her cheeks. He was helpless to stop her as she rejoined her companion, who gathered her into an understanding embrace.
“You don’t need me anymore. I’m so glad.” A smile ghosted over John’s features. His heart was breaking, but hers was finally healing.
She turned for one last look at the headstone, offering one final wave good-bye. John waved back, even as he felt himself fade away. The last thing he saw was the recognition in her beautiful eyes.