~ Guardians of Illyria Boxed Set ~

My peoples of the blogosphere!

GUESS WHAT?! GUESS WHAT?!

The first three books in the Guardians of Illyria series is available in a boxed set!! It’s two books cheaper than buying all the books separately, so feel free to swipe up this Cyber Monday Bargain Deal now!

Check it out HERE!

It’s so weird really…the idea that I’ve published enough books in the series to have a boxed set, haha. I’ve only been at this for a little over a year and a half, yet I feel as though I’ve come such a long way. My writing is the ONE thing I know I for certain do right, and to be able to present it to you in the form of these books…gosh, it’s the best feeling!

Anywho, gonna be posting a youtube vid tomorrow, me thinks. A passage reading from one of the Guardians of Illyria books, which I’m uber excited about, because of COURSE I’m gonna make it fun.

Happy Cyber Monday shopping, Readers!

Gayest Excerpt Ever

Well, sorta, haha…

Here’s a snippet from the third book, where Ion gains sight of something he never even knew could be seen. It’s definitely a spoiler alert, so don’t read ahead if you’re not down for that sort of thang. But for those of you who are….ENJOY! And don’t forget to get your copy here! And add my Facebook and twitter!

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Chapter Twenty-Three

The Thunder Lord

Mearic and I clung to the window of his chamber, our eyes fixed on the army in the distance.

Sol was so eerily quiet I could almost hear the rash of bumps rising on my arms and neck. The front line of the army was a row of ants on the desert hill beyond the gates. They were too far for me to make any of them out, but my ears were buzzing now more than ever. And I knew where the buzzing was coming from. Among those soldiers was Lillian…Theo…my sister. What were they going to do if we faced one another? What was I going to do?

My chest tightened at the thought. Triplets save me.

In the middle of the front lines, I could make out some of the soldiers shuffling about, parting as a large object was rolled forward. A small glimmer of light twinkled off its rounded edges. Metal.

“Come,” I told Mearic, eyes still fixed on the glimmer. “We must join your father.”

I’m not sure why, but I grabbed Mearic’s hand without even a thought, rushing us to the lift. It was only when the platform shifted and rushed upward that I realized I still had his hand in mine. I looked down at our interlaced fingers—as he’d been doing—and quickly pulled away.

“Uh, sorry,” I said, warmth rising in my cheeks.

Silence fell, and then I felt his hand slip back into mine. I looked at him, and slowly, that smile that reminded me so much of my mother’s parted his lips. His kind of…pretty lips. In that moment, with the wind in our ears, and our eyes locked, we said so much to each other. I told him of how he reminded me of my mother and her gentle, caring nature. I told him that he’d been the only person to make me laugh in over a year. I told him of my plans. And I told him that I’d protect him at all costs.

I tightened my other hand into a fist. At all costs.

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Ratings Milestone!

Wuh, wuh! I’m so happy to announce that over the weekend, not only did The Iron-Jawed Boy series reach a 150 ratings milestone on Goodreads, but it also passed the 75 review mark on Amazon! Sure, 75 isn’t exactly a milestone, but that’s a minor detail 🙂

Oh! But the most exciting part is probably that the series has all those ratings and STILL has maintained a 4.5 rating on Goodreads and a 4.8 on Amazon! It’s gotten such amazing reviews that I’ve passed a lot of amazing authors on Amazon Top-rated lists like George R.R. Martin! It’s like…wuuuuuuuuuuuh? You love me. You really love me!

Anywho, gonna return to my writing now. The Siege of Sol is coming along nicely (and by nicely I mean reeeeeeeeally slowly), but it’s so fun delving into the Outerworld more in this book. Definitely excited to be adventuring into the more post-apocalyptic feel that’s been waiting to be explored.

Happy reading!

Nik

London Book Festival

Ello again!

So, a few months ago, my first book, The Iron-Jawed Boy, won an Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival and I totally forgot to blog about it. I shall now correct such a wrong by…BLOGGING ABOUT IT! 😀

It was actually a really cool feeling, to even be mentioned, at the Festival. I mean, I’m only 23, and was 22 when I published the book, and to think that everyone who’s reading the novel are loving it, so much so that it gets honored somewhere is beyond cool to me. I’m so proud of my little book 😀 Sometimes I think it’s the ONE area of my life where I know I’m truly talented. That, and my ability to scream in a very high-pitched way whenever I see a spider. Seriously, they’re ridiculous and need to go away.

Another update I definitely didn’t blog about was my new book cover for the first book. It has Ion riding on a tornado…what’s not to like about that!?!??!

The Iron-Jawed Boy-a copy

 

I’m thinking about making a youtube channel, but I have absolutely no clue what it’d be about. I just want a better way to be out there than just lame-o twitter. Oooooh, or maybe I’ll start a Vine!! Hmmmmm…ideeeeas…

All right, off to go dance the night away for my best friend’s birthday. Hope everyone’s doing well, and make sure you get your ecopy of my novellas on Amazon! The paperbacks will be available by next week or so, gods willing.

Nik

She tis live!!

Wow, haven’t been on here in forever. I’ve always found blogs to be a hard thing to keep up, most especially when, as a writer, you could honestly be spending all that time writing your next novel. Which brings me to the point of this entry…

THE IRON-JAWED BOY AND THE HAND OF THE MOON IS HERE!! And look at the cover! Isn’t it pretty!?!???!?!?!

The Iron-Jawed Boy and the Hand of the Moon-c copy

Ooooooooh! SO PRETTY!

Anywho, I’m so glad to have gotten this second installment out so quickly. I usually don’t like to rush, but I agreed form the start that this book would be shorter and more concise than the first. It’s a LOT of action and political intrigue into these pages. LOTS. And I’m uber proud of it. Also can’t wait to send out reviewer copies, starting tonight 😀

Want to give a shoutout to my badass editor, Melissa Jackson, who’s not only an agented writer, but honestly the best editor I could have ever hoped for. For any writer out there contemplating the indie route, or wanting a great edit before they send out to agents, this is the girl to go to. Here’s the link to her new, fancy website: http://www.goodgirlediting.com/

Now back to biznass. The paperback for this second installment is hopefully going to debut within the next couple weeks (gods willing) so also be on the lookout for that. Otherwise, please enjoy my new shiny ebook!

To purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Jawed-Hand-Moon-Guardian-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00IDNITGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392169938&sr=8-1&keywords=the+iron-jawed+boy+and+the+hand+of+the+moon

Nik

The Iron-Jawed Boy and the Hand of the Moon

Wow, haven’t posted in a while, which I knew would eventually happen, haha.

But anywho, the second book is nearing the completion of its second draft, which means TWO more drafts and it’ll be done. Yes, yes–you are allowed to be this excited…

Expecting it out in December :D…Queue happy dance, which looks rather similar to this:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, to top it all off, the first book is getting a completely new cover to coincide with the second one! 😀 Ahhh…it’s the little things that warm’s a dude-guy’s heart.

Rough Draft Complete!

IT HAS BEEN DONE! The rough draft for the second book in the Sky Guardian Chronicles has been completed!

It shall be entitled The Iron-Jawed Boy and the Hand of the Moon, and at this pace, it shall be released early 2014 😀

I’m so excited with the direction this story has gone. It’s going a bit darker, where confusion and uncertainty plague IOn’s thoughts on the daily. He’s going to really start questioning where his life is going and who his allies and enemies are. The lines, he discovers, are not so clear-cut.

The next month or so is going to go by rather quickly. Going to be starting the revisions for the first draft on Monday, I believe, and possibly finish by the end of October. Wish me luck!