One week has passed since I released Hyacinth – book #2 of the Svatura series – and I could not be more thrilled with the results and feedback so far!!! Not to toot my own horn… however, I am currently head of the marketing department as well as the author.
The differences between launching my second versus my first book have been very interesting to me. It makes total sense… This time I’m not just launching to family and friends, I’m launching to fans who enjoyed Blue Violet. I have a previous book that’s achieved a decent amount of success with positive feedback. My social media/web presence is much more established. And so on, and so forth.
Here are some of the differences I’ve noticed… The number of copies of Hyacinth I’ve already sold in one week took me almost two months to reach with Blue Violet. I can’t even begin to express how much fun I’ve had watching the sales come through. Reviews and comments on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, etc. have come through much faster as well. My website views and new Facebook likes have also increased.
In addition, reviewers previously unfamiliar with me are much more willing to review both books now. This also makes total sense to me. Reviewers get inundated by requests for reviews. Of course they will be more likely to review a book with good feedback over time – which Blue Violet has. I am so excited (and nervous) to hear what book blog reviewers (both new to me and those who already reviewed Blue Violet) have to say. I take the feedback I receive very seriously when I’m writing the next book.
So far the feedback on Hyacinth has been very positive which has been heartening. I’ll admit that I was worried what readers who liked Blue Violet would think. And so far they all say they like the latest installment, which makes me so, so, so, so happy to hear.
Now… on to book #3 in the series! No rest for the weary.
I am so excited to announce that Hyacinth – book #2 of the Svatura series – is now available on Amazon Kindle! Click here to get your copy today: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BK9TMCC!!!
If you haven’t had a chance to read Blue Violet – book #1 of the series – it is now FREE in digital format on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Smashwords.
The print version of Hyacinth will be available within the next week as well! Also, as part of my “Month of Hyacinth,” it’s not too late to earn points for the Win a Kindle Drawing. Click here for more details, or check out my Facebook page.
I very much hope you enjoy Hyacinth as much as you did Blue Violet! Happy reading!
Ramsey Pierce is the firestarter from Hyacinth. Tall and muscled, with dark red hair and bottle green eyes, he has an intense personality that is a hallmark of his volatile gift. In Blue Violet Ellie taught him control over his gift that probably saved his life. My Facebook followers voted almost unanimously that Ramsey is the character they would most like to see next after Hyacinth. So for the final excerpt from Hyacinth before it’s released on Feb. 28th I decided a scene with Ramsey would be a good choice…
In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought the most romantic thing I could share would be some of the plans for Ellie and Alex’s wedding. They are deep into wedding planning. Let’s just hope their plans don’t have to change at the last minute!
Ellie’s a huge fan of old movies. In true Ellie fashion, she’s selected one of her favorite dresses from the original movie Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn. The dress was designed by Givenchy for the movie. Lucy’s busy making a replica of this dress for Ellie.
The main color is a vibrant violet-blue color that matches Ellie’s eyes. The bridesmaid’s dresses will be in this color as well as the flowers. The dresses will also match the style of the bride’s gown – only without the train. Lila and Adelaide are the bridesmaids of course!
Ellie wants flowers everywhere. She’s still picking exactly which flowers although she knows she wants classic roses and some stephanotis in there. Something along these lines… click here.
Alex and Ellie, being as old as they are, plan to incorporate some of the traditions from both of their backgrounds. Ellie has one or two Gypsy traditions to include. And Alex has a Cajun tradition called a “Wedding March” to include.
They’re still figuring out the when and where, although they’re planning on sooner rather than later. Hope you enjoyed this little trip down wedding-details lane!
***Picture from this website.
Calling all fans of Blue Violet – help me pick the book blurb for Hyacinth!
The book blurb is the description on the back of the book, or on the Amazon website, that gives you an idea of what the book is about. This tiny amount of text is incredibly important because it can often mean the difference between a new reader giving the book a shot… or deciding to pass.
I’ll be honest. I struggle with writing the book blurb. It’s tricky in several ways. You have to ask yourself how much detail to put into it without giving away too much of the plot. How to ramp up the tension without going overboard. How to get your key storyline across. The book blurb is an art in and of itself. And I’m not a book blurb artist.
After several rounds of writing my blurb for Hyacinth (I think I’ve rewritten it now about twenty times) and getting feedback from my editor, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 options. The first is from Selene’s point of view. Tiny spoiler alert – the book is mainly seen through her eyes. The second option is from Griffin’s point of view. The third is a combo of the two. And we do see things from Griffin’s eyes frequently in the story.
Please read the below and vote on which you like best. And if you have any suggestions, bring ’em on!
She was just forcing her muscles to relax, when a large male hand landed in front of her on the table “Wanna dance?” Griffin’s asked.
February 2013 is the Month of Hyacinth! Here’s another fun little game as part of the festivities leading up to the release of book #2 of the Svatura series – Hyacinth…
And the drawing winner is… Facebook fan Cindy Webster! Congrats!!!
Sounds like fans are split pretty evenly between Alex and Griffin. Good thing since Griffin just might feature in Hyacinth!
Tune in tomorrow for another fun drawing.
Comment on this post or go vote on my Facebook page to name the character in the following quote from Blue Violet. Get it right and get entered in a drawing to win a signed paperback copy of Blue Violet. Don’t know? Vote anyway and automatically get entered in the ‘Win a Kindle Contest’!
Votes must be in by 11:59pm PST today (Feb 3). The winner will be announced tomorrow!
- Lila Jenner
- Ellie Aubrey
- Charlotte Pierce
- Adelaide Jenner
And the winner is… Facebook fan Beth Legate! Congrats!!!
The quote is from the heroine of Blue Violet – Ellie Aubrey.
Tune in tomorrow for another fun contest.
Update 2/24 – I managed to wrap up early and HYACINTH is now available on Amazon Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BK9TMCC)!!! I am adjusting my games and giveaways a little bit. The 10 Kindle copies of Hyacinth will go to the top point earners as of noon 2/25. You can continue to earn points toward the Kindle Paperwhite drawing which will still happen the 28th!
I posted yesterday that I have declared February as the “Month of Hyacinth” leading up to the release of HYACINTH – the second book in the Svatura series.
The grand prize up for grabs is an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite!!!
Entering to win is so easy! All it takes is participation. You can earn points throughout February by participating in the various fun games and contests leading up to the release of Hyacinth on February 28th! I’ll even keep track of your points for you. In addition to the grand prize, each individual game and contest has its own fun prizes, and participation automatically enters you in the drawings for those.
There will be a drawing at the end of the month for the Kindle. Your name will be entered for every point you earn. The more the points you have the better your chances of winning! In addition, the top 10 people with the most points each win a free digital copy of Hyacinth to be delivered once Hyacinth is available on Amazon Kindle.
1. You are entered to win every time you do one of the activities listed below. Last chance to enter is 11:59pm PST on February 27th, 2013
2. Collect points each time you:
- Like my Facebook page: 1 point (yes it counts if you’ve already liked me) (https://www.facebook.com/Abigail.Owen.Books)
- Like or comment on my Facebook posts: 1 point each
- Participate in a game or contest on my Facebook page or my website: 1 point each
- Share my Facebook posts on your Facebook page: 1 point each
- Post about my books on your Facebook page: 1 point each
- Follow me on Twitter: 1 point (yes it counts if you’re already a follower) (twitter.com/AOwenBooks)
- Favorite or retweet my posts on Twitter: 1 point each
- Post about my books or this contest on your Twitter account: 1 point each
- Post a comment about my books or this contest on my website: 1 point each (http://www.abigailowen.com)
- Post a blog about my books or this contest: 5 points each
- Purchase Blue Violet: 5 points (simply email me with the first word from chapter 15)
- Gift Blue Violet to someone else: 10 points per book gifted (simply email me with the date you gifted the book)