Posted on January 1st 2022 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category:
I’d like to start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I know 2021 was rough on so many of us. I hope that this year brings you peace, joy, or whatever it is you are needing.
I have some important announcements as we go into the first quarter of the new year. I have a short backlog of books for which I had previously committed to doing reviews. These books will be receiving the full-length blog-style review that I am known for between now and the end of the second quarter. I’m not sure what the order will be or exactly what the posting schedule will be like, but this is how I am going to meet that commitment.
Once those commitments have been met, I will be discontinuing book reviews on my blog for a time. I don’t intend this to be a permanent thing, but taking time off from it in November and December put sharp focus on how much energy it’s taking from me. To be quite frank, the pressure to read books by certain dates and write up full essays on them has sapped quite a bit of enjoyment out of reading for me. Even books I was really, really looking forward to have become difficult to finish.
For at least the second and third quarter of 2022 (and possibly beyond) I intend to read only the books I’m truly excited about. I will cross post smaller reviews to all the major platforms as I do today for the books that I enjoy. I may still take on the occasional ARC if it’s a book I’m very excited about. But I’m taking the pressure of the blog off of myself for the time being.
What I hope this will mean is that I have more time to focus on the books I want to produce for y’all this year. Currently, Cursed Magic is planned for the late spring/early summer and Finding the Dragon is planned for the early autumn to mid autumn. These are tentative plans contingent on my ability to finish them and may change based on the availability of my editor, cover artist, and narrators. It is my hope to have the audio editions out at roughly the same time as the ebooks this go around. I also have a lengthier winter holiday goodie planned for my newsletter subscribers. But I need time to write these things, and that means something has to go. That something, unfortunately, is my in-depth book reviews.
So what does that mean for the blog? I have a few ideas. First, I’m hoping to find a little more time to write more short fiction to share with you here for free. Second, while I won’t be doing essay reviews anymore, I may do quarterly round-ups of the best books I read over 90ish days. Otherwise I will do my best to share some bits of my writing process and thoughts as opportunities arise.
I thank you all for your understanding, and I hope you have a wonderful 2022.
Posted on October 11th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category:
*Warning, if you can’t stand even obviously fake blood, do NOT click through the pictures in this post*
I wanted to have a review up today, but it just wasn’t in the cards this week. All of Saturday was spent participating in a 48 Hour Film Horror Project with my husband and his friends. If you live in NE Ohio and want to see our ~5 minute ball of cheese, the premire details can be found here. We are in group A.
The premise of our little film is that an actor, Freddie, is lured in with a fake casting call by Dr. John Shelley, who wants to use him for illicit experimentation. But the miracle drug Dr. Shelley is trying to create has an unintended consequence…
Honestly, filming it was a lot of fun. I got my first (questionable) screenwriting credit, and got to play with SFX make-up. I’ll let y’all be the judge of how I did on both counts. We are not pros and had no idea what we were doing 99% of the time. Would we do it again? I think the jury is still out on that, haha.
After filming on Saturday, my second covid shot hit me like a ton of bricks and absolutely nothing got done that night. Kind of it to wait till we were done, no? Anyway, I spent Sunday taking it easy on myself and (again) didn’t get a whole lot done. However, I intend to get through a couple of books this week and should have new reviews coming soon. Bared Magic is now with the editor, so I will have more time to focus on reading for the next week or two.
Posted on July 6th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category:
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.
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:
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!
Posted on June 4th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category:
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!