Slowing Down

Posted on July 6th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News

Regretfully, I find that I am going to have to slow down on my blog reviews. Time has been in short supply recently and I just have not been able to get through as many books as I would ideally like. I will be dropping the reviews to every other week for the foreseeable future. This will allow me more time to focus on The Woodland Curses series as well as wrapping up the Penelope’s Dragon trilogy. If I find that I am able to get an extra review out every now and again, I may post a bonus review. I hope you all continue to find my reviews helpful and informative; I’m sorry I won’t be able to put out as many.

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It’s Time to Party!

Posted on June 18th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Release Announcements

We’re getting really down to the wire on the release party for Courting the Dragon! Just two days left! So here are some updates on that if you haven’t been following along on all the socials.

The Most Important Details:
Who: Me, your host and my esteemed co-host, Author Rance Denton.
When: June 20th @ 5PM EDT
Where: YouTube Live

The Livestream will include:

  • Q&A
  • Giveaway drawing
  • Chapter readings
Grand prize basket depicting a gray dragon plushie, paperback copies of Saving the Dragon and Courting the Dragon, and a coffee mug.

I’ve been brushing up on my Livestreaming skills, so hopefully this event will be one for the books! Even if you can’t stick around for the whole thing, I hope you’ll consider popping in and saying hello! Audience participation through the stream chat, Twitter and FB event page is greatly encourage. If you have questions you want to ask, but you won’t be able to make the Livestream, tweet them now through Sunday and we’ll try to include them in the recorded Q&A.

Oh, and if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, there’s still time. Find my pinned posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for details on how to enter. Check out this awesome grand prize if you need any more motivation!

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June 2021 Update

Posted on June 4th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News

It really wasn’t that long ago that I did my May update, but I feel like there’s so much I’m up to that I want to share with everyone.

First, some updates about Courting the Dragon‘s release. You may have seen this on my socials already, but the paperback is now available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble! Ebook pre-orders are also now available from Apple iBooks. You can find links to all your favorite retailers here.

Additionally, I think I have settled on some of the details for release party. As stated before, it will be 100% digital. I’ve decided to stream the live event on YouTube. I already have the YouTube channel I’m not really using, and it just seems like a nice, happy medium. Most people use YouTube, I think. I’ll put up a post soon with all the appropriate links and all that jazz. I’m sorry I haven’t been more on top of this.

On to writing news!

If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, you’re probably already aware that I have a new writing project. If you don’t follow on either of those platforms then you may be a little out of the loop. Recently, my muse decided to take my brain hostage and refuse to let me work on Finding the Dragon unless I also put some time into the new whacky idea she’d come up with. As a result, I am now currently working about evenly on two writing projects: finishing the Penelope’s Dragon trilogy and starting a new series of steamy fairytale retellings.

The first of these fairytale retellings is a take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The title is still pending. If you want to join the debate (and bad puns), check out this thread on Twitter. Hopefully once that’s settled we can have a cover reveal sometime later this summer. Here’s the blurb and some aesthetic for the book (you can find more of this and a snippet on my Instagram):

The second of these fairytale retellings (my muse is on a roll, ain’t she?) is an Adult Little Red Riding Hood and Hamlet mash-up. This one has a tentative title of Hunting at Midnight. Here’s the blurb and, again, some aesthetic (don’t expect too much more about this one until Book 1 is finished though, I’m telling the muse to cool it):

As for Finding the Dragon, progress is being made, I swear. A few snippets of it have/will find their way into the #JuneDelights event on Twitter hosted by Katherine Macdonald and L.V. Russell. Check out the hashtag there (and also Instagram, I think) to read some awesome snippets by some very talent authors.

Finally, personal news. With summer finally here Matt and I have been getting out into the yard and the garden. We started mulching on Memorial Day, and we’ve got some big projects planned for the next couple of weekends. Garden pictures coming soon!

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May 2021 Update

Posted on May 21st 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Writing

Sorry for the late blog post. Just have a few quick updates.

Grand prize basket for the Courting the Dragon giveaway. A gray dragon plushie, physical copies of Saving the Dragon and Courting the Dragon, a coffee mug, two bookmarks, and a small magnet with a dragon on it are shown.

First, the release-related news. The release party giveaway for Courting the Dragon is currently open. Check out my Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for instructions on how to enter. The prize baskets are pretty sweet if I do say so myself! Check out the grand prize basket pictured here.

Speaking of the release party…

The current plan is host a digital release party event. The platform and start time are still TBD, but some polling on Twitter has indicated a preference for Twitch. Since the streaming options there are a bit more robust than FB or Instagram Live that currently seeming like the best option. I will try to have the details nailed down this week. Tentative event information is currently posted on FB; the event will be updated by the 1st of June.

By the way, you can use the hashtag #CourtingTheDragon to find the latest tweets and Instagram posts about the release, including sneak peek snippets, the giveaway, and what ARC readers are saying!

On to the writing.

I have made some progress on Finding the Dragon. The major plot points, who the antagonist is, and all those sorts of important bits are mostly ironed out. I’ve written a couple chapters’ worth and I’m pleased with what I have so far. A few snippets have been posted to my Instagram, so if you’re looking for sneak peeks, that’s the place to be. Maybe sometime in June after Courting the Dragon goes live I’ll do a cover reveal. I don’t have a specific release date in mind for this yet (at least not that I’m comfortable sharing), but you definitely won’t be waiting another six years for it.

Meanwhile…

For some reason yesterday I got the itch to write a fairytale retelling. I’m about a chapter and a half into an interesting shifter-romance retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Why does “Baby Bear” have insomnia? Why were the village jerk and a wereweasel chasing “Goldie”? Is there a plot to this beyond the classic fable? I don’t know, but my muse says we’re going to find out. Not sure how long this is going to be or what format it will be released in. I’m toying with the idea of trying it as a Kindle Vella serial. Or maybe it will be a short, 99 cent novella. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write a whole dang novel and Goldilocks and Baby Bear will save the world from impending doom. My brain is also insisting that whatever this is, it’s the start of a new trilogy because Baby Bear’s older brothers are going to need their own Happily Ever Afters. Oy vey.

I’ve also been seriously looking at The Foundling again. I recently purchased a cover for it, and the itch to get it finished and out the door is getting strong. It’s about half written, and as I start actively working on it again is probably a good time to start thinking about alpha readers for it. I’m not sure when I’ll do a cover reveal or what the release timeline will be for this yet. Sometime in 2022 would be nice. I’ll keep y’all posted.

I think that’s all for now folks. Here’s a sleepy kitty picture to brighten your Friday.

Mayhem (orange/buff tabby) and Zoe (diluted tortie) sleeping in a large, teal saucer chair.
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April 2021 Update

Posted on April 30th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Release Announcements, Self-Publishing Woes, Writing

My performance for Camp NaNoWriMo was, predictably, abysmal. Finding the Dragon is sitting at just shy of 8000 words (some of which I think will be thrown out) as I write this. That’s a far cry from the “modest” 23k goal I set. Still, I’m not beating myself up about it too much; April was a very busy month.

My sorry excuse for a word count chart from Camp NaNoWriMo

Let’s start with the highlight, of course, which was getting ARCs out for Courting the Dragon. Printing ARCs through Barnes&Noble Press worked out much better than I could have anticipated. Depending on when I get the copy edits back I may be able to do a second run of corrected ARCs, which would be super swell.

Paperback ARCs of Courting the Dragon still in the box.

Which brings me to an update about the paperback availability of both Courting the Dragon and Saving the Dragon. Saving was priced at $9.50 and Courting was planned to be priced at $14.99. This was due to the price restrictions with KDP’s Expanded Distribution (this is what put my KDP paperback in Barnes&Noble stores, BAM, etc). I’ve decided after seeing how the Barnes&Noble printing works to cut the KDP Expanded Distribution and simply run print editions on both platforms. This means that the paperback will only be available from Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. However, it also means that I can drop the prices to $7.99 for Saving and $10.50 for Courting. I plan to do the same for Finding, and may even offer paperback pre-orders through Barnes&Noble. We’ll see.

I have two other announcement related to the availability of both books.

First, in addition to Kindle, Nook, Google Play, and Apple iBooks, both books will also be available from Rakutan Kobo. The regular price is still $4.99 for Courting.

Second, for this week only (April 30th to May 8th), Saving will be on sale across all the eBook platforms. For this one week you can pick it up for just 99 cents.

Saving the Dragon and Courting the Dragon in paperback, each with a bookmark sticking out of the top. In front of them is a mug that says "I just happen to prefer spells to sewing needles."

Another fun thing this month was lining up some prizes for the big giveaway in June. I won’t tell you all about the grand prize basket yet, but I will tell you about the awesome coffee mugs! You can’t see the whole phrase in this photo since it wraps around, but they say “I just happen to prefer spells to sewing needles.” I got these from the wonderful @skyekelrose. Check out her Etsy shop here.

On a more personal note, things have taken a minor left turn for me recently. A few days ago I started having more than my usual twinges in my neck and wrists. My right hand was basically unusable for a day. Just placing my hand on a computer mouse was intolerable. This didn’t help my already lacking word count for FtD. After much icing, sleeping with a wrist brace, and Advil, I am feeling much better. However, things are still tender and I don’t know how well I will be able to keep up with writing and the blog in the short term. For now I am going to plan on maintaining my upload schedule and social media presence, but please be aware that there may come a time that I have to step away for a week or two. We’ll see what the doctor says.

You can find all the retail links for Saving the Dragon here.
You can find all the retail links for Courting the Dragon here.
Digital Advanced Review Copies of Courting are still availble. You can request one here.
Read my FREE short story “The First” here.

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