The 100th anniversary of anything happens only once, ever, and never again; and today was the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the end of the First World War. Here in Montreal, the event was marked by a ceremony at Place du Canada.
The haze you see is drifting smoke from the artillery guns, fired periodically as punctuation to the ceremony.
To all the veterans out there: Thank you for your service.
I’ve updated Grimalkin’s ’about’ page with more insight into the story and my approach to writing. I will be sharing Chapter 6 with you soon. Kira and Raphael are so cute. It would be a shame if anything happened to them.
If you have not done so already, please consider pre-ordering Grimalkin so I can have a chance to win a publishing deal in the 2018 Inkshares Horror Contest. If you have already pre-ordered, thank you again for your support. You can continue to help by leaving a recommendation, or sharing the link with family and friends.
Is everyone having a lovely Friday!?
Unlike most of my recent updates, this one is just going out to the backers and followers of The Seclusion on Inkshares. I just wanted to send a brief check-in message to all of you, my original support team!
The book has now been out for two months, and a one pretty major thing happened recently that I wanted to share with everyone. The Seclusion received an official ’Starred Review’ from Kirkus Reviews! This is in addition to being named as one of the Best Sci-Fi releases back in September. These are both wonderful benchmarks for a new book from a first-time author. It wouldn’t have happened without all of you, and we hope to have more exciting news in the coming weeks and months.
Reviews continue to climb on Amazon and Goodreads. We are at a 4.26 star average with 111 reviews on Goodreads, and a 4.9 average with 39 reviews on Amazon! If you have had a chance to read the book, and have not left a review yet, it would mean the world to me if you could take a moment to leave a review. It is absolutely vital to the continued success of the book now that the ’new release’ energy is wavering. Especially on Amazon. Once we pass 50 on Amazon (only 11 more reviews!) the book will receive a bit more recommendation love from the sites algorithms.
I hope those of you that have had a chance to read the book, have enjoyed it! I appreciate all of you, and if you ever want to reach out with any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you - JacquiCastle@gmail.com
Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend!
Good morning, everyone.
I hope you’ve been well! We’re a little past one month since Shadow King launched and it has been quite the ride. I had two successful book signing/author events in October and hope to have more in the future. Right now, I’m planning to be at Arisia in January (in Boston). I’ll keep you posted on that.
I was also interviewed by WBZ-AM Radio’s Laurie Kirby for her Women’s Watch segment. You can listen to the interview on the WBZ website if you’re interested.
If you were one of my early backers and have not yet received your copy of Shadow King OR a link to download the e-book (or both), please contact Inkshares customer service at email@example.com and they will be able to help you out.
I’ve had a few people ask about their copies -- in most cases, people thought they ordered a hard copy but only ordered the e-book version. But you were all so kind as to support me early on in this adventure, I want to make sure you get your book!
Have a great weekend - and I’ll update again soon (I have two other interviews coming up and will share those links when they’re available!)
To my surprise and delight, Grimalkin rose to 3rd in its first week as an entrant in the 2018 Inkshares Horror Contest, but it’s down to 4th. I’d love your help in pushing it back into the top 3. To those of you who have already pre-ordered Grimalkin, thanks so much for your support. Also, Chapter 5 is now available to read and delves into the question of what’s scarier: mean girls or bloody squirrels?
Been a bit too long since my last update, and there’s lots going on.
In August I was asked to speak at a local museum/gallery on the writing and publishing experience. It was a 2 hour discussion and it was invigorating. I’m getting set to do it again on December 15 as a new workshop! 2 hours on writing process, paths to publication, and the marketing madness that comes with the territory. I’m looking forward to this.
I have Mechcraft news as well- we now have 57 Amazon reviews, holding at 4.8 rating, 29 Audible reviews, with a 4.3 rating, and 19 Goodreads reviews, 4.3 rating. If you’ve read Mechcraft, please give it a quick review. It means everything.
More good news. Mechcraft: Harbinger is now 12 chapters deep. This is a much darker and much longer tale. Prepare yourselves; our heroes are in trouble.
I had planned on having the first draft finished by end of the year, but I’ve been invited to participate in 2 upcoming anthologies for charity. I’ll be contributing a horror story with an abandonment theme, and the other a ghost/haunting theme. I’ll finish these short stories and then jump back into the sequel.
I hope you all had a fun Halloween, and a great Thanksgiving coming up.