Into the Storm Cover Reveal & ARC Offer

Hooray! I didn’t make you wait over a year for the next book! That’s right, Into the Storm is ready for ARC readers! And to get you all titillated, because you know how I love that (seriously, who doesn’t love being titillated?) I wanted to share the cover with you! I hope you enjoy it! If you’ve read books 1-2 and want the 3rd book for FREE in exchange for an honest review, contact me or comment!

Among the Flames Update

Alright, I’m a little late on this update. But Among the Flames is officially off to ARC readers! Yahoo!! I had this book finished a couple years ago, and took a little break to go to school. But I’m back in full swing.

And with Among the Flames going to ARC readers, that means a publish date has also been decided. Are you ready? April 25, 2017! I wish there hadn’t been such a gap between From the Ashes and Among the Flames and I apologize deeply to any readers I left hanging. But I can make this promise. Not only will Among the Flames be released this year, but Into the Storm will be released this summer, and Through the Mist this Winter. That’s right. The rest of the series will be coming this year!

Lastly, in case you missed it, or like me, just like looking at it. Here is the cover reveal for Among the Flames.

Back in the saddle…

Oh how nice it is to be back! It’s only been about 7 months as I’ve turned my focus momentarily to my schooling. Taking time away from writing was much harder than I thought. Now that I’ve come back, with only 2 months of school left, it feels like a part of me has been found. I’m whole again!

What am I working on? Well as you know if you’ve read the last post, I am going to be pursuing the traditional publishing route. I haven’t really dove into the mess of getting an agent yet. I want to be completely finished with school first so I can fully dedicate myself to the search. Submissions take a lot of time! However, in the meantime I am continuing my work on Legend of the Liberator series.

I am currently writing Into the Storm, book 3 of the series. The second book, Among the Flames, is ready for publication whenever I find an agent and publisher. Until then, I can just continue writing. If anyone knows of a literary agent who is searching for YA/NA Fantasy with a grittier edge, send them my way. If you’ve read From the Ashes, please continue to support and leave reviews or suggest the book to your friends and family. The more support I can get, the higher likelihood of being picked up by an agent. I need your help readers of the world!

I know this wasn’t what you wanted to hear. You were probably hoping I’d say “I’m publishing Among the Flames!” Sadly, that isn’t the case. Yet. Just popping in to say I am still here and I’m still working.

Among the Flames to Editor!

Hello!! Hello, hello! It’s been a while!

So what have I been up to since publishing From the Ashes? Relaxing? Don’t make me laugh. I’ve been hard at work on the next installment of Legend of the Liberator, Among the Flames. And after lots and LOTS of work, I’m here to report it has officially gone to my editor!
NOW I can relax. For a little at least. I’m off to Oregon for a week. My first vacation in years and I couldn’t be more excited! Portlandia here I come!!

Among the Flames has gone to Betas!!

Ahhh! I can’t believe that time is already here! From the Ashes hasn’t even been published yet and I’ve just sent off Among the Flames (Book Two) to my beta readers! I’m so excited to get feedback on this one. I think it’s so much better than From the Ashes…which is should be, right?

But it’s also longer, coming in at 122k for this draft. I know once it goes through my final editing stages, I’ll end up cutting a few thousand, and even more when my editor gets her hands on it. But for my poor betas, they must read the sloppy, bulky copy. I’m sorry guys. 🙁
So in 4 weeks, I’ll have my feedback and the final stages will begin! In the meantime, From the Ashes will be published May 3rd! Oh and also sometime in all this craziness, I’ll be moving. What a horrible, amazing, fantastic month!

Advanced Review Copies for From the Ashes

It’s that time already! From the Ashes is being edited and will be ready for its first readers next month!! I’m taking names for people willing to review From the Ashes when it is released. You will receive the book (in desired format) most likely at the end of next month and will have 3 months to read the book before posting an *honest* review on the date of release, at any review site (Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, Blog, iTunes, etc). It’s your chance to try a new fantasy series for FREE! Can’t beat that! Have friends that love to read? Tell them about it! This is a four-book series in the making. If you’ve been waiting for From the Ashes, and don’t mind leaving a review, let me know! Leave a comment, hit the contact me button or email me at shelby@shelbykmorrison.com and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Back Copy:
For eighteen years, Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But underneath, she’s struggled to keep her dangerous gift a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted.
When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions to those closest to her, Aia’s facade shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom.
Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of the Tharien. To do anything would require accepting what she is. Can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded in order to save those she loves?

From the Ashes Gone to Editor

The day is finally here! I’ve sent From the Ashes to my editor, with a peck on its cheek and a packed lunch in its hand. It will do much maturing whilst away from me. Yep…you can tell I’ve watched too much Reign as I’m sick in bed this week. Lovely. I suppose it could have been my body telling me it’s time for a break after charging full steam ahead. Read ya loud n’ clear body. Taking a break. Sort of…

Anyhow, Among the Flames is now being reworked to include changes I’ve made in From the Ashes. I am battling with what POVs and Subplots I want in Among the Flames. I hadn’t intended for one of my protagonists to keep his POV in book 2 and beyond. Mainly because his goal was over, his conflict solved, his fears realized, etc. There was no real point. Until I remembered that not all POV’s are subplots necessarily. So he may get his day in Among the Flames yet, I haven’t decided. I may see anger from my readers if they suddenly lose him.

The goal this month is to get most of Among the Flames first draft written. That would be easier if I wouldn’t keep adding and twisting and finagling the outline.  By the way, what is with it already being November?? I can’t even think about it. Off to celebrate by milestone with a sinus infection and tearing my hair out as I plan Among the Flames. Yippee!

From the Ashes in Final Draft

I’m going to die.

Not really. But I want to.

Okay not really. But I feel like I am. I am working on the final draft of From the Ashes before it goes to my editor at the beginning of Nov. So not quite the final, final draft, but the last one I can fix myself.

And I just got back beta feedback. Oy.  I have a HUGE problem with my main character. So she is in need of a total makeover so she isn’t quite so…realistic. 🙂 So, unlike Shattered, where I only had a few minor tweaks to my book and could squeeze in the final edit, all in a month, this book is going to kill me. I only have a month. To do a laundry list of changes. Which is my fault. I did have quite a few betas. But that’s good. Lots of eyes means lots of feedback which means lots of improvements!

Lemme just say how I love my beta readers and would be utterly lost without them. They take their precious time to read my atrocious draft of a novel and are kind enough to slog through and tell me what a mess it is. That is pure selflessness. This feedback is hard to get and some of it is a treasure to get. And I have a problem. Many authors will tell you that you only need pay attention to the things they really had in common or you agree with. I’m a little different. Why? Because I’m of the mind that improvement is improvement. And even if something only bugged/stood out to one reader out of ten, it means it stands to bug 100 out of 1000. So I take into consideration every little thing my betas bring to my attention. Their feedback is anything but undervalued.

Yes, I could just do a few tweaks to my character to solve the issues. I could ignore the remarks from only one beta. I could. But in reality, I can’t. I wouldn’t be satisfied. So now what I anticipated was a week of small tweaks has become a few huge changes and lots and lots of little ones.

So that is where I am. Taking a few minutes to lament this career choice. I actually had to take time off my day job so I could squeeze in two full days of writing/editing this month. Lame.

But! On a positive note, I’ve got my new editor chosen! And I’m super close to picking my proofreader. And also, my cover is being designed by an up-and-coming cover designer and I can’t wait to brag about her and be her first book cover! So at least I’ve got a good balance of stress and relief. 🙂

Also, Among the Flames, book 2, has a solid outline/rough draft prepared. Each scene is planned and it is waiting to be written. Which *gulp* will be next month, when From the Ashes is being edited. Yep. Writing two books at the same time. I’m crazy.

Till next update! Hang in there with me!

Among the Flames, Book 2, Outline Finished

Making great progress on my From the Ashes Series! With the first draft of From the Ashes completed, I had to take my cooling period. In which I finished the outline for book 2 in the series, Among the Flames!

Next up I will be fixing the From the Ashes and starting on Draft 2. I estimate 2.5 weeks then onto Draft 3. In the meantime I’ll begin my hunt for Beta Readers! If you are interested in beta reading this new fantasy series, (however many books you’d like) then let me know! Send me a message under Contact Me, comment on the post, message me on facebook, click Advanced Review Copy/Beta Reader under the Books tab on the website, whatever! Just let me know! As a beta you’ll help me form my books into something amazing, help me find things I missed and as thanks, you’ll get the final copy once it is polished and published, which is usually very different then the copy you would have beta read. If you have questions on what the beta reading entails, feel free to message me! I provide a questionnaire that asks specific questions to keep it low stress on you, so worry not. I’ll post soon on more progress!