For those who don’t know, the Urban Dragon was originally written with the intention of being exclusive to the Kindle Unlimited program (thus the short, serialized format).
According to the tin, KU is supposed to work like Netflix for books: you pay for a subscription and then you’re free to read as many books as you want. Authors aren’t paid by book, but by the number of pages read. The big catch? The book has to be Amazon exclusive.
Once the job of actually publishing fell on me, I thought I’d make it more inclusive by extending my spheres to other digital storefronts, like B&N, Kobo, iTunes, etc. But that hasn’t panned out. To date, around 95% of my sales have been through Amazon, so it no longer makes sense to keep publishing the individual stories through all those channels.
If you’re depending on those channels for your Urban Dragon fix, have no fear: I’ll still be publishing the compilation volumes through iTunes, Kobo, Scribd, et al. You’ll also be able to request the print volumes at your favorite brick-and-mortar bookstore starting October 15th.
This week we have not one but two blog hop stops!
I’m being interviewed by Mary DeSantis at Kit & Kabookle, where we’ll be talking about bizarre monsters and the genres I could never write.
Also come by Where the Story Comes First, where I’ll be talking about the book series that’s made the biggest impact on me: my first and best love, the Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate.
It’s been two weeks, so it’s time to return to Rosario and Arkay in their next adventure: Dance with the Devil.
For the uninitiated, Urban Dragon is a serial that’s being released every two weeks until Christmas. When we last saw our heroes, they went head to head with a demon that had been terrorizing a deaf priest in an abandoned factory near Indianapolis. They were assisted by Adam Smith, a young monster hunter who belongs to the Order of Saint Michael of the Sun.
Adam’s help doesn’t just come in the form of Latin chanting and large-caliber bullets. After their ordeal, he helped Rosario get medical treatment, and the Order has more information about the supernatural than Rosario could ever have hoped for– and some much-needed moral support as well.
But Rosario isn’t the only one making new friends. Arkay’s found a new job at a local strip club, and she loves the attention… until one of her coworkers catches the eye of an up-and-coming drug lord.
Dance with the Devil is available now on Amazon and all your favorite online booksellers.
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means: it’s time for the next stop of our blog hop.
This week I’m being interviewed by Christine Young, and we’ll be talking about critique groups, my ideal actors for the main characters, and the darkest point in the series so far.
The time has come for the second book in the Urban Dragon series: Shadow and Steel
A refresher for the newbies: Urban Dragon is being released as a serial, with a new book coming out every two weeks. Last time we debuted with Mark of the Dragon, where Rosario and Arkay ran for their lives to escape a deranged necromancer and his army of the undead, and barely escaped Indianapolis with their lives.
But the ones they left behind weren’t so lucky. There’s a new supernatural creature stalking the streets, and police won’t listen to reports of malevolent shadows preying on the homeless.
Luckily, the mayor of the Valley homeless camp knows someone who can help. And this time, she has his blessing to go kick some ass.
Shadow and Steel is available now on Amazon and all your favorite online booksellers.
The release date for Urban Dragon is rapidly approaching, so to get you excited, I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway.
Who can enter?
As of now, only people in the USA. Sorry, guys, but I’ll be mailing these out myself and postage is expensive.
What’s up for grabs?
A signed copy of Urban Dragon: Volume 1, which is a paperback collection of the first three books of the Urban Dragon series.
Where can I enter?
Over yonder at the official Goodreads giveaway page.
When is it happening?
You can enter until August 9th, at which point the winners will be selected.
Why would I want to?
Aside from getting the first three stories for absolutely free, you’ll be getting them before everyone else. The first paperback volume won’t hit the shelves until October 15th, so you’ll get to find out everything that happens early.
And most importantly:
What does it cost?
Absolutely nothing, though adding the book to your “want to read” shelf is always appreciated.
If you’ve been here before, you might have noticed the site’s new look. That’s because we’re unveiling the new cover for the first book of the Urban Dragon series: Mark of the Dragon.
What’s it about? I’m glad you asked.
Rosario Hernandez doesn’t ask for much. She’d like to sleep on a bed instead of a sidewalk, to know where her next meal is coming from, and maybe, if she’s really feeling optimistic, to get a girlfriend. More than anything, though, she wants her best friend Arkay to not murder anyone— because Arkay is a dragon, claws and all, and she has a penchant for vigilante justice.
When Arkay’s latest escapade goes sour, Rosario gets stuck with a stolen van and a cooler full of human organs. Now they’re on the run, and it’s not just the cops who want answers. The owner of the cooler is still out there, and they want to replace what they’ve lost— by any means necessary.
Urban Dragon will be hitting the shelves on September 3rd.
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