Ok, it’s been far too long since I updated you all on what I’m doing.
The Most Special Chosen is out and available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I’ve gotten some good feedback so far, which makes me very happy.
If you’re interested in some exclusive Exalted Bloodlines content, join my Facebook group. I’ll be doing a giveaway when I hit 50 members, and you won’t want to miss it.
I’m also closing in on 400 followers on Instagram, and I’m considering doing a giveaway when I hit that, too.
Book 2 of the Exalted Bloodlines series is on hold while I work on a story for the Summer Heat anthology. My story in the anthology will feature Shawn and Selene. Think of it as Exalted Bloodlines 1.5. I haven’t quite decided on a title, but I’ll let you know as soon as I have. Summer Heat is due out on July 6.
I’ve been crazy busy lately, but I’m hoping things will slow down soon so I can actually write some. As life slows down, I expect to make some Exalted Bloodlines swag available. If you have anything, in particular, you’d like to see, leave a comment, or join my group and vote in the poll.
I think that’s everything for now. I’ll catch up with you all later!
Welcome to my final character interview for now. This time you’re meeting Elysabeth Vance (EV), only child of Estel and George, and protagonist of The Most Special Chosen. She’s also best friend and roommate to Shawn Dooley, who you met earlier.
Elysabeth invited me to the townhouse she and Shawn share. It’s a comfortable, cozy place with a wonderful lived-in feel.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Elysabeth.
RdlF: Elysabeth, I’m so happy to finally get to talk to you.
EV: Yeah, I can’t believe how hard it was to set this up. It’s like our schedules are completely opposite.
RdlF: Well, we’re finally here now. I’m sure you know my first question. Readers will want to know how to pronounce your name.
EV: [giggles] Understandable. It’s Eh-lease-ah-beth. My mom is a fan of Pride and Prejudice, but she wanted to make my name more Latina, so she changed the spelling.
January 24th was my cover reveal. Congratulations to the winners of the accompanying giveaway!
I did some research while preparing it, and decided to go with Lola’s Blog Tours for the simple fact that, at the time, her cover reveals were free. I figured it was a good way to evaluate her services, and if it was a flop, I hadn’t really lost anything. Thankfully, it was a decent success.
Of course, the question is, how do you measure success? I’m not naive, I didn’t expect my book cover to be plastered across the internet on every single page, especially not as part of a free service, but I’m pretty happy with the 16 people who signed up.
Between the participating bloggers, the social media reach was pretty impressive (to me). It’s impossible, of course, for me to calculate the total reach. But based off of a simple follower count of accounts that posted, tweeted, retweeted, etc., the social media reach of my cover reveal was approximately:
8,000 accounts on Facebook
36,700 accounts on Twitter
428 accounts on Instagram.
This does not account for overlapping followers, nor does it consider blog subscribers, so the reach could be considerably higher.
I also ended up with 29 giveaway entries, which isn’t bad considering the prize was one ebook.
I felt the results were good enough to book additional services with Lola’s Blog Tours. I’ve scheduled a blog tour for March 5-18. If you’re interested in participating, check out the sign up post. I’ve also scheduled a review opportunity that will start around the same time as the blog tour. Subscribe to my blog to get notified when it starts.
I’ve really enjoyed working with Lola. She’s professional and efficient, qualities I greatly appreciate. If you’re in the market for any of her services, I heartily recommend Lola’s Blog Tours.
I’ve been falling behind on my blog posting recently. I’ll just blame it on my vacation.
But now that I’m back, I’m going to try to get back to my 2-3 times a week posting schedule.
The new news at the moment is that I’ve received the cover for The Most Special Chosen. Loraine did an amazing job with it. I can only give you a sneak peek here, because Lola’s Blog Tours is setting up a cover reveal for January 24.
Make sure to follow me, her, or both of us, on Twitter, because I’m giving away 5 ebook copies of Elysabeth and Shawn, the Prequel Series as part of the event. Elysabeth and Shawn introduces you to the special friendship Lys and Shawn share, and is exclusively available through giveaways.
If you want to know more about Lys and Shawn, be sure to check out Shawn’s interview and sign up for my newsletter to be informed when I post Lys’ interview.
The Most Special Chosen‘s release date is less than 2 months away, so make sure to check back often, or subscribe to my blog, for updates.
Welcome to my second character interview. This time I sat down with Shawn Dooley (SD). For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Dooley, he is Elysabeth’s roommate and has been her best friend for the past eight years.
We met in the quad between his classes, and I’m thankful he was able to fit me in at all. The life of a math major gets busy.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Shawn a bit better.
Rachel de la Fuente (RdlF): Shawn, thanks for taking some time to talk to me. I really appreciate it.
SD: No problem. Lys mentioned she’ll be speaking to you, so I figured I might as well do it, too.
RdlF: You two are such good friends. How did you meet?
SD: She asked me about making games for my calculator on our first day of high school.
It’s been a while since my last series update. There hasn’t been a lot of news recently. I’ve been reviewing and editing The Most Special Chosen. I’ve been making a lot of minor edits, and even re-writing some sections completely.
I’m currently editing the last chapter before I do a final scrub-through and send it back to my publisher for round 2. I have to admit, I’m really happy with the edits. They’ve really improved the story, and the writing is much improved as well.
Part of the need for re-writes is an ever-changing society. Statements, ideas, and themes that were perfectly acceptable when I finished the story over four years ago are now somewhat iffy, so I’ve changed them. Anyone who picked up a copy of the self-published version a few years ago will want a new copy.
As a “thank you” for reading my blog, here’s a sneak peek of the story.
In the lead up to the release of The Most Special Chosen, coming March 3, 2018, Miss Selene Colette Delanciennes (SD) was kind enough to respond to my request for an interview and grant me a few minutes of her time to let you all get to know her.
For those of you unfamiliar with Miss Delanciennes, she is Damien’s youngest sister, and the 5th child (of 6) to Donovan and Selini Delanciennes.
She invited me to join her at her family’s house, and treated me to authentic, according to her, chocolat chaud. It was delicious.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Selene a bit better.
Rachel de la Fuente (RdlF): Selene, thank you for introducing me to chocolat chaud. My only complaint is that I won’t ever appreciate hot chocolate again.
SD: [carefully cradling her own cup of chocolat chaud] You’re more than welcome to come back when you’re craving it.
RdlF: Thanks! I’ll take you up on that offer. Now, you’re my first interviewee, so I hope you’ll forgive any mistakes I might make.
SD: I’m sure you’ll do quite well.
RdlF: [grinning] I appreciate your confidence. Perhaps it would be best to start by having you pronounce your name properly.
SD: Yes, that’s probably wise. It’s a French name, so it may be difficult for some to pronounce. It is Deh-lon-see-ehn.
RdlF: Thanks! Now, I understand your Grand Coming Out is less than a year away. Have you started planning it?
SD: Absolutely. My parents and I have been working on the plans for nearly a year already.
RdlF: In that case, I suppose it’s safe to assume you’re happy with the planning so far. Are you getting excited yet?
SD: I am. My parents have been kind enough to allow me to take the lead in the planning. As to being excited [she shrugs nonchalantly], there is still too much to do. I’ll be excited when the planning is over.
RdlF: I can understand that. If I recall my etiquette lessons correctly, you’ll have an official escort that day. Is there anyone special in your life to take on that role?
If you have an author friend, or are an author yourself, then you know how talkative characters can be. Mine are no exception. Sometimes I feel like I’m just their conduit, their way for them to speak to the world, rather than their creator.
That said, in the lead up to the release of The Most Special Chosen, coming March 3, 2018, I’ve convinced a few of them to grant me interviews. I want to let you, let the world, get to know them. I promise you the interviews will be spoiler free. I’ll be posting one a month in November, December, January and February, each of which will also feature original portraits by the immensely talented Kyle McGill.
I realize that while I’m intimately acquainted with them all, the stars of the Exalted Bloodlines series are all new entities to you. So allow me a moment to introduce my main cast. Elysabeth Vance, daughter of Estel and George, is a senior in college who lives with her best friend of eight years, Shawn Dooley. At this point, they’re more like siblings than friends.
Damien Delanciennes stars opposite Elysabeth. He lives with his rather large family: Donovan and Selini, his parents; and Alyssa, Demetrius, Sebastian, Selene, and Eziano, his siblings.
So far, Selene, Shawn, Damien, and Elysabeth have granted me interviews, and I’ll be posting them in that order. I “sat down” with them before the events of The Most Special Chosen, so take the chance to get to know them before their lives change forever. Perhaps they’ll grant me additional interviews after the release to find out how they’re adjusting.
Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss any of the interviews. For now, I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of Selene’s portrait.
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