Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Glory of Books on Shelves

To fully appreciate my elation, and why this deserves its own post, you have to understand that my books have been in boxes since last April/May, when the flooring of doom project began. They are still not all unpacked, but I'm making some significant headway -- and plan on getting this unboxing project completed before the end of the summer.

My efforts have been hampered by a number of complications -- one of which was the loss of a bookshelf when we tried to relocate it to clear the room for the flooring install. It just literally fell apart in our* hands. So when I finally did start unpacking... well, the shelving we did have filled up FAST. As you can see.

I had to make some cuthroat decision about what books were going to be shelved and what weren't, in the shorter term, until we accepted delivery of a bookshelf... um, let's call it a donation, from a family member. This of course meant that once the new bookcase was delivered and set in its assigned location, I had to reorganize the books that were already shelved -- because there's a method to all this madness. Series and Genre and Author all have to be taken into account! And then also the sizing of the books (because Thor forbid there be a standardized trade paperback size.) You have to arrange them in such a way that more books can be positioned horizontally on top, because ALL THE BOOKS, and spaces is always at a premium. As you can see. Um. Again. (That towering stack reaching into the sky is because that whole top shelf is the TBR pile and I obviously didn't take into account the reality of the number of unread books I accumulated this past year between cons and, you know, trips to the bookstore. Whoops.)

But there is hope! Light at the end of the tunnel! Or at least temporary light, because I know for SURE this is not all my historical fiction titles:

a shelf from the unpictured still in progress donated bookcase

And this is definitely not even all my YA fantasy/sci fi, though I am excited to report that I have been able to consolidate most of my unboxed YA titles on the shelves above and below. For the moment.



Sooooo there's still not a small amount of reorganization in my future, but I'm getting there. Slowly but surely, but surely all the same. And I can tell you already I'm going to need at least one more 6ft bookcase, if not two, in order to shelve all the books I have left.

But there is NOTHING in this world more satisfying than looking at my well-ordered books on their shelves, so I can promise you I won't be giving up on the dream of every beautiful book in its place.

In the meantime, I hope you're keeping up with me at blog.amaliacarosella.com! Carosella Author!me has been... very busy.

*These hands probably belonged to my cousins and/or brother and/or bffs.

Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1) Tempting Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1.5) Fate Forgotten (Fate of the Gods, #2) Taming Fate (Fate of the Gods, #2.5) Beyond Fate (Fate of the Gods, #3)
Honor Among Orcs (Orc Saga, #1) Blood of the Queen (Orc Saga, #2) * Postcards from Asgard * Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Forged by Fate is **FREE** for Kindle!

Tuesday BY HELEN'S HAND released, under my Amalia Carosella name, and if you've subscribed to my newsletter The Amaliad, you already heard the news of how I'm celebrating--



This is the first time I've offered FORGED for free, and I'm not sure when it will happen again, so take advantage while you can -- or let your myth-loving friends know, if you've already got it! And of course please do check out BY HELEN'S HAND, as well -- it's a pretty sweet two-for-one, if you ask me, and those of you who received the newsletter got a little behind the scenes look into why I'm so excited to promote these books side by side!

If you missed the first issue -- you can find out what you missed HERE, but you'll still want to subscribe if you want to read the HELEN OF SPARTA series prequel short story Ariadne and the Beast!



Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1) Tempting Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1.5) Fate Forgotten (Fate of the Gods, #2) Taming Fate (Fate of the Gods, #2.5) Beyond Fate (Fate of the Gods, #3)
Honor Among Orcs (Orc Saga, #1) Blood of the Queen (Orc Saga, #2) * Postcards from Asgard * Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand
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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

#NAMEthatSUITOR to enter my Audiobook Giveaway for BY HELEN'S HAND!

I know guys, I know -- I'm the worst blogger these days. But you'll find more regular posts over at blog.amaliacarosella.com right now as I ramp up for the release of BY HELEN'S HAND on May 10th, including a giveaway for a copy of the audiobook edition AND an owl pendant to match the bracelet/necklace my fabulous cover artist gave Helen on both her covers!


Klikky Klikky to head over and check it out -- and please do enter to win! It's no fun playing #NAMEthatSUITOR by myself. :P There's also a link to the goodreads giveaway which is happening NOW and I hope you'll throw your hat in that ring as well!

In other news: I finally and at last wrapped the draft for The Manuscript of Doom, which will be an Amalia Carosella title, and I hope to have more information for you guys soon on that project. But readers of Amalia Dillin!me I think will be particularly interested! I'm destroying the developmental edits with the best editor in the world as we speak. (And when it gets closer to the big day, I'll definitely be talking about why that manuscript was such a beast to write!) I've also got another bronze age historical (my Hippodamia and Pirithous book) in the final stages of production, release date TBA! I'll let you know when I have it pinned down!

Next up is Orc 3, and I'll be throwing myself into that head-first as soon as the Manuscript of Doom edits are wrapped. Believe me, I want to get Orc 3 out to you guys as much as you guys want to read it. But be on the lookout for an HONOR AMONG ORCS promotion in June, around the release of Warcraft the movie. It just seemed fitting.

Finally: Do definitely subscribe to The Amaliad and I'll deliver behind the scenes book stuff as well as the most important updates about Authors!Me directly to your inbox!

I think that's a wrap for now!


Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1) Tempting Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1.5) Fate Forgotten (Fate of the Gods, #2) Taming Fate (Fate of the Gods, #2.5) Beyond Fate (Fate of the Gods, #3)
Honor Among Orcs (Orc Saga, #1) Blood of the Queen (Orc Saga, #2) * Postcards from Asgard * Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand
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Monday, April 04, 2016

Subscribe to My Newsletter: THE AMALIAD


I'm more than a day late, but it's time to get this ball rolling -- my new Author Newsletter, THE AMALIAD is a GO, and I'd love it if you all would sign up!

I won't be emailing you more than once a month (if that), and ONLY when I have something big to share like a new book, or a big promotion you might be interested in! So have no fear -- I won't be clogging your inbox. And to show my gratitude for your support and interest in following the adventures of Authors!Me, I'm offering subscribers an EXCLUSIVE short story about Ariadne, Theseus, and the Minotaur, for FREE. (A link will be emailed to you automatically when you confirm your subscription!)



The first issue of the Amaliad will go out on May 10th!
(And it has some fun background info on how HELEN OF SPARTA was conceived!)




Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1) Tempting Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1.5) Fate Forgotten (Fate of the Gods, #2) Taming Fate (Fate of the Gods, #2.5) Beyond Fate (Fate of the Gods, #3)
Honor Among Orcs (Orc Saga, #1) Blood of the Queen (Orc Saga, #2) * Postcards from Asgard * Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Appearances and Fate of the Gods News

Firstly: ALBACON!
I have a schedule -- and I look forward to seeing some of you there!
Friday:
  • I'll be taking part in a panel on Ways to Publish on 1pm during the Writer's Workshop and available to offer critiques at 4pm. (I'm also planning to attend the lunch on Friday, so you can catch me then, too!)
Saturday:
  • I'm signing at 4pm! Come see me! There will be Butts!
  • I'll have a full selection of Amalia Carosella AND Amalia Dillin books for sale through Flights of Fantasy Books and Games at the con, so if you don't have paperbacks yet, you can grab them there!
Sunday: 
  • 11am panel on Mythology in Science Fiction and Fantasy!

Second Best: Another Opportunity to Say Hello!
And if you won't be making it to ALBACON this year, I'll also be taking part in Local Author Day at Barnes and Noble in Colonie Center on Saturday, April 2, 2015 as Amalia Carosella. I'll be thrilled to sign anything you have by Amalia Dillin as well, but only Helen of Sparta will be available for sale at B&N.

If you already have a signed copy of HELEN, consider stopping in to pre-order BY HELEN'S HAND, coming May 10th! I'm hoping to have some bookmarks for BHH on hand, as well as bookmarks and magnets for HELEN and my Amalia Dillin books.


Lastly: Fate of the Gods
You might have noticed that my Fate of the Gods books are currently unavailable from your favorite vendor of choice -- but don't worry, they'll be back VERY shortly. Paperbacks will continue to be available via all the usual channels, but ebooks will be kindle only for the time being (though I hope not forever). I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Please hang in there while I get things sorted on my end during this hopefully brief time of transition!

And now I am back to the writing cave -- fingers crossed this manuscript doesn't actually kill me before I'm done. See you at Albacon or Local Author's Day!



Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1) Tempting Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1.5) Fate Forgotten (Fate of the Gods, #2) Taming Fate (Fate of the Gods, #2.5) Beyond Fate (Fate of the Gods, #3)
Honor Among Orcs (Orc Saga, #1) Blood of the Queen (Orc Saga, #2) * Postcards from Asgard * Helen of Sparta By Helen's Hand
Buy Now:
Amazon | Barnes&Noble