Exalted Bloodlines news 3-26-18

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!

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Lola’s Blog Tours

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.

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Cover Reveal

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve scheduled a cover reveal for The Most Special Chosen for January 24th.

I’ve scheduled it though Lola’s Blog Tours. If you’re an author, or know one, I suggest checking out Lola’s services.

So far, the planning has gone smoothly and Lola has been incredibly knowledgeable and professional. I’ll keep you all posted on the progression of the “event” planning.

If you’d like to be a part of the reveal, check out the event page for more information.

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*The Most Special Chosen* News 12-11-2017

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.

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Get to Know the Cast

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.

Sneak Peek of Selene Portrait

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*The Most Special Chosen* News

It’s been a while since I updated you all on The Most Special Chosen. It’s just over 4 months to its release date, and I’m really started to get excited. As you may recall, it’s in editing with my publisher, and I’m waiting for recommendations.

Beta Readers

In the meantime, I’ve given it to a few beta readers, and they’ve provided me their comments. I’m working my way through the book, editing it based on those comments. I’m currently on chapter 6, and I feel like the changes are really improving the story. I look forward to making it the best it can be for your enjoyment.

Cover

I’ve also started the cover process. The fabulously talented, award-winning Ryn Katryn is working on finding models, first. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with, as her recent work has been breathtaking. Check out her website to see her work.

Newsletter

I’m working on starting a newsletter to keep you all up-to-date a little better. If you’re interested in receiving email updates, sign up for it.

Meet the Characters

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some news about meeting some of my characters before The Most Special Chosen is released in March. So make sure to check back, or better yet, subscribe to my blog to be notified of new posts.

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Stipula Etruria Rainbow Pens Update

Yikes, what a mouthful of a title! Anyway, we’re about a month out from the DC Pen Show, and I’ve been meaning to post an update to my Stipula’s attitude problem and Jim’s pen’s problem.

As you may recall from my post about meeting Brian Goulet, my Stipula was a bit “skippy” when writing (I just considered it had an attitude problem). Jim’s pen suffered from a bit of overuse. While at the DC Pen Show, a lovely gentleman at the Yafa table (Twitter user @stevetweeting pointed out that it was probably Ross) tweaked both of our pens.

Rainbow Prisma 88

I am very happy to report that Prisma is MUCH better behaved now. I don’t have any problem with it skipping now, even when I write quickly. Check out the difference in the before and after. See how smooth and pretty the after writing is. Both are Diamine inks. Tudor Blue from the new anniversary inks on the before page, and Eau de Nil on the after page.

Writing samples before and after my Stipula was adjusted.

It’s certainly a rather wet writer, now. Almost too wet for me, but thankfully it’s still within the “ok” range. It does mean I get some nice shading when I use the right inks.

Rainbow Demonstrator

Jim’s pen, however, seemed to improve for a bit, then get worse again. After a few weeks, he discovered the real problem. It was cracked along one side of the stamped design. I don’t have a picture of the old nib, so I found this one on Google to refer to. Click on it to see the original page.

An example of where Jim's Etruria nib cracked.

Jim filled out a service form (or whatever it is you have to do in order to send your pen to Yafa for servicing), but hadn’t gotten around to sending it in when we went to Bertram’s Inkwell a couple of weekends ago.

After taking a look at the pen, Bert was kind enough to replace the nib, no charge and no questions asked. Can you say someone has earned your business if you’re already a repeat customer? Needless to say, Bertram’s Inkwell jumped up a massive amount of cool points for both of us. And I’m currently waiting for them to let me know my pre-ordered Pilot Vanishing Point Crimson Sunrise is in stock (waiting patiently is SO not my strong suit).

Anyway, (got a bit off track there) Jim’s Rainbow Demonstrator is now a super wet writer, and he’s very happy with it.

So there’s my update on the condition of both of our pens. We’re both delighted with our pens, and have 0 regrets. I’ll leave you now with some pen porn. *wink wink*

Stipula Etruria Rainbow Prisma 88 beauty shot Stipula Etruria Rainbow Prisma 88 beauty shot Stipula Etruria Rainbow Prisma 88 beauty shot

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Friday Reads Schedule Change

Scar assumes the throneHello my Friday Reads readers! I’m sorry to disappoint you, but my Friday Reads schedule is changing.

After 6 weeks of Friday Reads, I’ve come to the realization that a weekly series isn’t sustainable for the long term. So, it is with a heavy heart that I must curtail Friday Reads. *Giggle* Drop me a comment if you’re a Lion King fan.

Seriously, though, I am sorry to cut back on the frequency of my Friday Reads series. However, while I’ve certainly read a ton of books, they haven’t all been important or impactful. I’m trying to keep my Friday Reads important to me. I want to share books with you that I’ve loved enough to read multiple times (at least 3+ times).

Of course, doing so means that I drastically cut down on the number of books I have to write about. So spacing out the posts will let me keep this series going longer. Friday Reads will now be a monthly series, occurring on the first Friday of each month.

What do you think of the new schedule? Are you ok with it? Would you rather I go back to a weekly schedule and just stop the serious when I run out of books? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Live, Learn, and Rebrand

When I self-published The Most Special Chosen, then known as The Most Special Chosen of All, I decided to brand everything by the book series, rather than by my name. I wanted the series to stand on its own, to shine. Consequently, my URL, Facebook, etc. are all variants of Exalted Bloodlines. I did all of my designing around the first book, without ever truly stopping to consider what the series as a whole would be like.

Now several years older (and hopefully wiser), I’m finding many things I should have done differently back then (see “New Logo!“), and am fixing them to general accolade and appreciation.

My most recent revelation is that I should have branded everything with my name. I should shine, and carry my books along in that glow. That’s why this site is now racheldelafuente.com. As I continue writing, there will be changes to the branding of this site as well, but for now I intend to keep it Exalted Bloodlines-centric.

So expect to see some changes to my social media profiles. I’ll be changing the names, and perhaps the profile pictures. Make sure to update any bookmarks you may have. I’ve gone back and updated links in past posts, so everything will go to the right places.

Thanks for sticking with me through the changes.

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‘Gramming It Up

AInstagram logo with the Exalted Bloodlines logofter some deliberation, I’ve decided to start an Instagram account for the Exalted Bloodlines Series. I haven’t quite figured out a schedule just yet, but that won’t stop me from posting regularly. Follow Exalted Bloodlines on Instagram for sneak peaks, behind the scenes looks at my writing process, funny memes, and more.

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