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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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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Courting the Dragon Release Date Set (Again, For Real)

Posted on March 1st 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Release Announcements

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.

Kindle Pre-Order is now available.

Will there be an audiobook?

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.

 

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The Angry Woman’s Guide to Not-So-Snappy Comebacks

Posted on February 22nd 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Release Announcements

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:

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Saving the Dragon Paperback Complications

Posted on February 15th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Release Announcements

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!

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