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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale!

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I mentioned on Facebook and Twitter that all three Firmament books would be on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I didn’t mention that they aren’t the only ones! Several of my colleagues are also putting their books on sale for the biggest shopping days of the year! Check out this list and see which ones strike your fancy. Hard copies will be on sale on Friday, and ebooks on Monday, and coupon codes are listed next to the book when necessary. If there is no coupon code, the price at the link is the sale price already, which makes it even easier! Happy shopping!

Since I haven’t read most of the books included, I can’t necessarily recommend them, so keep that in mind. But if you’re in the mood for something new, this is the time to give them a try without too much risk!

Books:

Kendra E. Ardnek
The Ankuluen: Cyber Monday
Saffron’s Big Plan and Other StoriesCyber Monday
Do You Take This Quest?: Cyber Monday

Faith Blum
A Mighty Fortress: Black Friday  [V4Y5K36D — 10%] and Cyber Monday
Be Thou My Vision: Black Friday [7626YZAK — 20%] and Cyber Monday

Sarah Brown
The Prodigal Pup: Black Friday [SB14CP31 — 25%] Cyber Monday [SB14CP31 — 25%]
Learning Lessons from Furry Friends: Black Friday [SB14CP31 — 25%] Cyber Monday [SB14CP31 — 25%]

Kelsey Bryant
Family Reunion: Black Friday [YFY84GHU — 20%]

Elizabeth Ender
RansomedBlack Friday [GNE6VUXY — 30%]

J.J. Francesco
Blood Chain: Cyber Monday

Julie Gilbert
Nadia’s Tears: Cyber Monday

Leah Good
Counted Worthy: Black Friday [K7CVNEER — 40%] and Cyber Monday

Melody Grubb
The Land of Calais: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Warmth of His Eyes: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Send Me, Lord Jesus: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Rachel Heffington
Anon, Sir, Anon: Black Friday [9MTYHSX3 — 25%] and Cyber Monday

Rebekah Jones
Journeys of Four: Cyber Monday
Grandmother’s Letters: Cyber Monday
A Year with the Potters: Cyber Monday

Jaye L. Knight
ResistanceBlack Friday [Q45HN6G9 — 25%] and Cyber Monday

Tina M. Neely
Diamond Hair Princess: Black Friday

Joel A. Parisi
Shadow Play: Cyber Monday

J. Grace Pennington
Radialloy: Black Friday [Y2XHGYDN — 25%] and Cyber Monday
In His Image: Black Friday [KXNZ7PYN — 25%] and Cyber Monday
Machiavellian: Black Friday [UFXGUYMM — 25%] and Cyber Monday

Jennifer Sauer
Why Rodney Never Should’ve Gone to the NAPIC: Black Friday [F76DDR7S — 45%] and Cyber Monday

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
Touch My Tears: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Third Side of the Coin: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Cara Simmons
The Haven: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Leviathan: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Champion: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Jordan Smith
Finding the Core of Your Story: Black Friday [NL4NJXWS — 30%]

Rachel Starr Thomson
Reap the Whirlwind: Cyber Monday
Lady Moon: Cyber Monday
Angel in the Woods: Cyber Monday

Therese Heckenkamp
Past Suspicion: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Frozen Footprints: Black Friday

Melika Dannese Lux
City of Lights: Black Friday [FNB98MY6 — 35%] and Cyber Monday
Corcitura: Black Friday [GU46WHKT — 55%] and Cyber Monday

T.R. Lykins
Last Heartbeat: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Life Gift: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Melanie D. Snitker
Calming the Storm: Cyber Monday

Cowboys and Horses and Guns, Oh My!

I love westerns. True, I haven’t read many, but I have watched dozens of old B-westerns, several western TV shows, and a handful of bigger-budget specimens. I wrote a western mystery myself, and one of the best things that came from that was a friendship with the awesome Elisabeth G. Foley, a much more prolific western writer than myself, who very kindly took me under her wing when I first published Never and showed me the various tips and tricks of promoting stories in this genre. I’ve since been able to read some of her work and have loved it.

I haven’t read her most recent novella, Corral Nocturne yet, mostly because the release date is today, but I am really excited to read it soon! The synopsis really has my attention:

Life on her brother’s ranch is lonely for Ellie Strickland. Ed’s ungracious manners and tight-fisted habits keep visitors away and his mother and sister close to home. But when Cole Newcomb, son of the wealthiest rancher in the county, meets Ellie by chance, he is struck by an unexpected impulse to rescue her from her solitude—and Ellie’s lonely summer is transformed.

When Cole asks her to go with him to the Fourth of July dance, Ellie is determined that nothing, from an old dress to Ed’s sour temper, will stand in her way. By the time the Fourth of July fireworks go off at midnight, will they herald only more heartache, or maybe—just maybe—a dream come true?

Sound a bit familiar? This couldn’t be a western version of Cinderella, could it? We’ll have to read it and find out!

But today, I’m not only promoting Corral Nocturne, I’m also sharing the Rafflecopter giveaway that goes with the release! The prize package includes an ebook copy of the novella, an mp3 of the song “After the Ball,” a pink cameo ring (in the style of a special brooch from the story), and a custom made Corral Nocturne bookmark.

To learn more about Elisabeth’s writing, you can visit her delightful blog The Second Sentence, or check out her profiles on Twitter, Goodreads, or Pinterest. I myself will be reading the newest book as soon as I can get my hands on it!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’d Like to Thank…

Today’s the day. The official release date of Firmament: Machiavellian. Sure, it lacks a little “oomph” because it’s not going quite how I planned — there were some problems with the paperback, so it won’t be available for a day or two, but the Kindle version is already out, so for those of you who like electronic books, you can now purchase that version on Amazon! And I’ll let you know when the paperback is up.

But somehow, I don’t feel like making this release all about me. I may be the writer, but there are so many other people that have been there for me and supported and helped me that I honestly don’t think of it as just my book. And in honor of that, I’d like to try something I haven’t done before — I’m going to post the special thanks from the book here. I want all of you to know how much I rely on all of the people listed.

To each of the following people — thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Machiavellian Special Thanks

First I’d like to thank my family, for their support of this book and my writing in general. They are my biggest fans, and the ones who have to put up with me during the days where I miss chores, stress out over deadlines, and remain in a zombie-like state while trying to figure out those sticky plot twists. I especially thank my parents, who have always encouraged my writing, and my brother Adam, who always lists me as his favorite writer. I’d also like to thank my sister Hope, who was the first person to hear this story all the way through.

Next, a huge thank you to my wonderful test readers: Jonathan Garner, Aubrey Hansen, Lawrence Mark Coddington, Jeremiah Stiles, Sarah Holman, Faith Blum, Sarah Jamrizok, Emily and Cheryl Mann, Jordan Miller, and Joel A. Parisi. Without them, this book would be a mess with glaring mistakes and lots of boring and illogical spots.

But even with all that help, the book still would have been a disaster without the hard work of my amazing editor, Michelle McDevitt. Her patience with me and her dedication to making my stories the best they can be are true blessings. And the book wouldn’t be what it is without the beautiful cover done by Michael McDevitt, who brought Napoleon to life in a way that exceeded my expectations. But while he made the outside look beautiful, credit for the inside goes to Aubrey Hansen’s legendary formatting skills. And extra special thanks to my brother Jacob for adding text to the cover and working with me for hours to get the color of the title just right.

And even though they didn’t read the book or actively contribute to it, I owe thanks to Annie Hawthorne, Heidi and Heather Salzman, and Jotham Chua. Their enthusiasm for this series and my writing is a much-needed source of encouragement! Also thanks to Martin Selbrede for his interest in my writing and his recommendation of an extremely helpful book, Nancy Sample for her contribution to one particular scene, and Daniel Schwabauer for his advice on a difficult decision.

Most of all, I thank my beloved savior Jesus Christ, without whom I would not have the strength, dedication, or hope that I need to tell stories.

Who Are You?

If you’ve been around social media at all, you’ve probably noticed that one of the most popular things to share is those personality tests… “What Emma Stone Character Are You?” “What Iconic Film Character Were You Born to Play?” “What is Your Ideal Career?”

Never let it be said that I missed out on a popular trend.

Actually, I hope to stubbornly miss out on many popular trends, but this is one I just couldn’t pass up, especially with a series full of characters! So guess what? Now you can add “What Firmament Character Are You?” to your storehouse of completely useless but nonetheless incredibly amusing knowledge!

I can’t wait to find out who you all are. I also can’t take really any credit for this test at all… my sister Hope came up with the test on her own incentive, created the questions, answers, and a complex algorithm for determining the results. My brother Jacob programmed it all into nice, easy website code, and my web designer Andrew made me a pretty button and helped me work out the kinks. So if you enjoy the test as much as I did, you have them to thank!

So take the test. Share the results. I want to know who you all are!

Firmament Personality Test

If Only I Were Rich

Because if I were rich, I could give a copy of the book to every single person who entered my Cover Justifies the Means challenge like I wish I could! But alas, I am as yet a starving artist, and I cannot afford that. Maybe one day when I am a New York Times bestselling author I can send you all something. But for the moment, there are only two winners, so I will announce who they are! But know that I am so grateful for everyone who took the time to enter, and you all mean a lot to me!

The winner of the first prize, a signed copy of the book, is…

Theodora!

Known fondly by me as “Renna” for all sorts of complicated reasons I won’t get into here. Congratulations, Renna! Just message me your address and you will receive your prize as soon as the book is out.

And for the second prize, a free ebook copy, the winner is…

Morgan!

Congratulations, Morgan! Your support throughout this process has been so valuable, and I’m happy you’ll be reading the book soon. I can’t wait for your feedback.

For those who didn’t join in the fun, you’re probably dying of suspense by now, since you haven’t been able to see the cover. Well die no longer! Here is the completed front cover, again created by the talented Michael McDevitt.

Machiavellian Cover

What do you think? Does it spark your interest? Match the other two covers well? Tell me your thoughts!