Friday, July 15, 2016

Justice: The Beginning Is Live!

The e-book version of Justice: The Beginning is now live. So if you need a little entertainment this weekend, check it out!

Blurb
For the first time, the Justice Anthea and Brother Luc short stories are collected in one edition.

This anthology includes “Justice” and “Diplomacy in the Dark”, previously published in Sword and Sorceress 28 and 30 respectively. A brand new story “The Perfect Partner” gives readers the infamous tale of the illicit lovers’ first cantankerous, and odiferous, case together.

And a fourth bonus tale set in the Justice universe tells how a young sister of Light became a secret bodyguard for a member of the Jing Imperial family.

Magic, mayhem and mystery has never been so fun!

Amazon Buy Link for all countries

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Major WHOOPS!

Justice: The Beginning should have been out by now. *sigh* The best laid plans of mice and men...

I sent the file to the formatter two weeks ago. She sent me back a formatted Kindle file. I looked it over, found a hand full of typos that slipped by the editor, and sent the revisions back to her. She was backed up and couldn't get back to my stuff until the holiday weekend. At which point, I said, "Spend time with your family. We'll pick this up after the Fourth of July."

So I get an e-mail from her yesterday. The page count is too small for the printer for the paperback edition. WHOOPS!

Now we could have gone through a lot of trials and tribulations to make the print interior work, but there would still be the issue of my cover designer of jumping through hoops to make her side work, too. My formatter said she'd do whatever I wanted.

So I raided the chocolate stash and thought about it. Talked to my business partner (aka Darling Husband), and he agreed with me.

I e-mailed my formatter and asked, "What if I add another story to the collection, resend the master file to you, and you start over from scratch?"

Her reply? "Works for me."

On the plus side, you readers will get four stories for your money, not three. And you'll get a beautifully-formatted paperback if you so desire.

On the minus side, it'll take another two or three weeks longer to get the anthology into your hands.

What's the fourth story about, I hear you ask? I figured since "The Perfect Partner" told how Justice Anthea and Brother Luc first met, then it would be neatly book-ended by the tale of how Shi Hua became Ambassador Quan's bodyguard.

I also want to add thank you so much to my readers for your patience!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What's Coming Next

It's been a busy June!

The ebook version of A Question of Balance is available at Amazon. The proof copy of the paperback version is in the mail on its way as we as we speak. Once I've looked it over, it will go on sale at various online retailers. If you prefer to give your business to a local bookstore, the bookstore can order a copy through Ingrams (they're one of the largest paper book distributors, if not the largest, in the U.S.).

Which brings me to...

I'll be giving away copies of the paperback editions of my books as I get them published. So keep your eye out here for announcements. If you've signed up for my newsletter, you're already automatically entered.

In the meantime, I sent the files for Justice: The Beginning to my formatter Thursday night. I was late getting them to her, and she's getting hammered by other customers (writers) right now, so it might be another week or two before that volume is available. However, my lovely cover artist/designer sent me this gorgeous cover for the anthology!

In the meantime, I'll start working on the edits for Zombie Goddess while I finish Ravaged, which is Book 7 of Bloodlines. Though my Darling Husband is advocating that I write A Modicum of Truth (Justice #2) first.

I should never have introduced him to Game of Thrones. LOL

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Question of Balance Is Live!

Yes, I know it's my first new novel in nearly three years, but I'm feeling pretty darn good right now.

The e-book version of A Question of Balance will be available only at Amazon for the next three months. I'm testing a couple of their services, like Kindle Unlimited. However, you can read a sample right here by clicking on the preview button below the picture.

The paperback version is coming soon!

Blurb
From the pages of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress comes Justice Anthea and Brother Luc’s first full-length adventure…

The Reverend Mother’s machinations left Anthea as the chief justice in her home city of Orrin, a post she despises. Even worse, a messenger from Duke Marco interrupts her breakfast. Again. This time, the duke’s retainers found a body in a wine barrel at the duke’s estate. The body of a priestess from the Temple of Love.

In trying to solve the bizarre murder, Anthea and Luc stumble across a massive conspiracy to eliminate the Twelve Temples, the only thing standing between the human race and another demon invasion.

Will swords, magic, and wits be enough to stop the renegades?

Or is a little faith needed?

Novel, approximately 96,000 words or 320 printed pages


Monday, June 6, 2016

Status Report - June 2016

After I got over the Flu from Hell, May turned into an amazing and productive month! Here's the highlights:

- A short story called "Pig-Headed" will appear in Sword and Sorceress 31, which tentatively will be released in early November. This involves brand-new characters.

- The characters of my previous Sword and Sorceress stories now star in their first full-length novel, A Question of Balance. I'm planning on releasing it June 20th.

- Justice Anthea and Brother Luc's first stories are collected in a new volume, Justice: The Beginning. It also contains a brand new story about their first year together. Unless Murphy completely screws me, it should be out around June 30th.

- The first draft of Zombie Goddess is done! I hope to release it next month, depending on my Murphy-cursed life. I'll give everyone a specific date in July.

- For the rest of the summer, I'll hopefully get out the rest of the Bloodlines series with their new covers and in paperback format. If that goes well, the Seasons of Magick series will also get a facelift and a paperback version.

And then?

Well, I'll try to buckle down and finish writing the last three Bloodlines books. Next up will be Ravaged (it's currently sitting at 18,000 words).

Friday, June 3, 2016

An Apology to Nook Users

I'd planned a much more positive post today, but certain things degenerated this week faster than I anticipated.

First of all, my sincere apologies to my readers who use Barnes & Noble to buy ebooks. Over the weekend, they failed to pay not just my royalties due, but several hundred other indie writers that I know of. Further, they waited over sixty hours before issuing any kind of a statement or explanation. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've had a problem with them.

When a company starts paying its vendors late, it's a clear sign that the company is in trouble. As I said, this isn't the first time. As a result, I pulled my books from Barnes & Noble yesterday.

For those of you who prefer the EPUB format, I'm looking into alternative ways/retailers for you to purchase my books in that format.

Again, I apologize for the lack of notice, but this is my career. My livelihood. I needed to cut my losses before things became worse. If you have any questions, post them in comments, or you can contact me privately.

Thank you for your support.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

I'm Moving...

No, it's not a thousand-plus-mile move of the family again.

My webmistress for the last five years is retiring. So until I can get my shit together, i.e. get my current list of books out this year, this will be the temporary home of suzanharden.com until I can figure out what I want to do for an official website.

I'll have some announcements after the Memorial Day weekend about new stories.

So in the meantime, honor your dead and have a wonderful holiday!