My Fantasy Series has a title! Plus other updates…

artemisTo start this out, I want to take you all back to the post I did back in July about a Fantasy series that I am working on. I gave an initial introduction to the series along with previewing the opening lines of the first book.

The legends of this land speak of a great war long ago. A war for the freedom of the Ilysian races against oppression from the shadows that long plagued the lands. Few people know what really happened all those years ago but more than legend has been passed down, one to another, in my family. To tell the story, I must take you back to the day the darkness fell upon these lands. The day the dawn fell and the shadows grew, leaving a looming darkness.

Now I can say that I finally titled the series! I have decided to tile it The Elements of Ilysia with the first book being titled A Darkness Awakens (The Elements of Ilysia: Volume One) set to be released January 31, 2018! Little by little as I begin major work on this series, I’ll introduce some bits and pieces about Ilysia and the people of the series. This is a world full of magic centered on a battle between the light and the dark, with very clear dividing lines. It’s a land with a rich history, a long history and has known too much war without enough peace. I will be telling a major story first about the war and how this land will find its peace, but I do plan on going back and doing a prequel series that will be known as The Chronicles of Ilysia. There is a lot to this world and this story. I just plan on telling the story I was inspired to tell in my mind before I tell the history.

releaseannouncementnewMy next update involves The Passion of the Dragon Saga. About a month ago, Rayna and I decided to postpone the release of Souls Ignited, Volume Three in the series, from December 12, 2016 to July 24, 2017. It was a difficult decision to make but one that is certainly not regretted. There is still a lot left to tell in the story of Vlad, Erdenia, and Erzsébet. If you have not introduced yourself to this story yet, Hearts on Fire and Love in Flames are available now for Kindle and in Paperback. For more on the change of the release date, check out our latest blog post. Keep an eye out on the series website for more news from Rayna and myself.

I’ve also got other ideas in the works for later projects. I can’t seem to turn my brain off where that is concerned. I’m just trying to focus on one project at a time.

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Upcoming Kindle Deals and More!

It’s April which means it is National Poetry Monthnapo2016button1 I am challenging myself to complete each daily poetry writing prompt again this year, just as I did last year. I will be updating my website to display my writings from 2015 and 2016’s NaPoWriMo sometime soon. Why do I always do these prompts? I find it a challenge to write poetry in new forms about subjects that are out of my norm. It is a way for me to get out of my own box and into a new real where my writing is concerned. I think it’s something all writers should think about doing for the challenge of doing things out of their own norm.

I’ll be doing some upcoming Kindle Countdown Deals on both of my poetry collections. I’m looking forward to offering them to new readers and a REDUCED PRICE. I’ve done this deal for Behind the Mask before as well as doing FREE promotions for both it and Phoenix from the Ashes. Check out the details below because you don’t want to miss out on this!

behindthemaskfrontcoverminiBehind the Mask Kindle Countdown Deal:

  • May 26, 2016 at 8:00am PST: $0.99
  • May 28, 2016 at 8:00am PST: $1.99
  • May 31, 2016 at 8:00am PST: $2.99 (returns to original price)

 

 

 

 

phoenixfromtheashesfrontcoverfinalminiPhoenix from the Ashes Kindle Countdown Deal:

  • May 4, 2016 at 8:00am PST: $0.99
  • May 7, 2016 at 4:00am PST: $1.99
  • May 10, 2016 at 12:00 PST: $2.99 (returns to original price)

 

 

 

 

passionofthedragonsagaRayna and I have posted an update on the website for The Passion of the Dragon Saga on its website that includes information about a FREE upcoming Kindle promotion for Hearts on Fire and an upcoming Kindle Countdown Deal for Love in Flames. Check it out here!

I’ve also been doing some more developmental work on the fantasy series I’ve discussed on here previously. I’ve been able to write out all the basic details for the different species of people that will live in this world I’m creating. Right now I’m focusing on major development of the main characters as well as the history of this world. I’m not quite ready to share more than that yet but one day in the (hopefully near) future I plan on sharing this series with the world.

Until next time I’m off to the world of writing!

-Helena

Quick Updates and Announcements!

Things have been rather busy for me but I have no complaints. I feel like life is coming together wonderfully for me at the moment. I have decided to postpone the release of Antidote for the Poison for the time being. I feel I cannot put the time it deserves into it right now. It might possibly release near the end of the year but so far I am seeing that it will be at least 2017 before it is released. I have no doubt that I will be releasing a lot more poetry in the future. It is something that is very close to my heart. I just feel that for now, it would be taking on way more than I should have on my plate to put things together for an April release.

As for my writing, lately the majority of my focus is completely on The Passion of the Dragon Saga. Rayna and I have been working long and hard on the next book and the series. This series is just as close to my heart as poetry. After all, it took years of discussing our thoughts for us to begin writing it. Now after two complete books and with progress being made on the third, it feels like an amazing achievement for us both, something we are both quite proud of to be honest. We, also, just posted an update on the series website you can check out here!

In my last post, I mentioned a fantasy series I had been developing for quite a while. I am happy to share that I am doing a little more work on it. I have been working on developing the history for this world, species by species. For now that’s all I am saying but one day, there will be a title and information on coming books.

I will have more to come about writing and life soon, as well as the posting of my 2015 NaPoWriMo work to this site!

-Helena

Updates: Back to work on The Passion of the Dragon Saga & More!

passionofthedragonsaga2Rayna & I are back to work on The Passion of the Dragon Saga! Don’t miss out on the updates on the website!

I’m currently working out ideas for the artwork of my next poetry collection while I start choosing the poems for it. It’s a challenge so far but there will be a lot more to come soon as it will be releasing April 6th. I am so excited. I’ve got so many ideas in my head for this as a poetry series to show a journey of healing. Part one of this journey will be titled Antidote for the Poison. I am hoping that showing my journey of healing from dark depression and post traumatic stress disorder will help others who have their own struggles. That is why I share my poetry as each one is a piece of my heart and soul.phoenixfromtheashesfrontcoverfinal

Don’t miss out on the Kindle Free Promotion on my already released poetry collections (Behind the Mask and Phoenix from the Ashes) this weekend, February 5-7! Kindle users, get your copy for free! There will be a Kindle Free Promotion on Hearts on Fire and a Kindle Countdown Deal coming up this month on The Passion of the Dragon Saga novels (Hearts on Fire and Love in Flames). If you want more details, take a look at the series website.

I’ve also been doing  a little work on a Fantasy series I’ve been developing for over a decade now. I’m not sure when I will have more details to share but it’s just something I’m working on every now and then. I do plan on focusing more on it after Rayna and I finish writing The Passion of the Dragon Saga.

Hopefully I will be sharing some more exciting things soon!

-Helena

Quick Update & Kindle Promotions

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to update about things in my life. Things have been hectic for me but are starting to slow down to the normal flow of life. I have been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting on things in my life. It is helping me start to unravel the insanity in my head. I’ve started doing coloring therapy along with reading, writing, and everything else that has always worked. It is a nice creative way to clear my mind. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new outlet!

My poetry collections (Behind the Mask and Phoenix from the Ashes) will be free on Amazon Kindle February 5-7, 2016! Don’t miss out on your chance to get them both for FREE! I will, also, be releasing my third collection of poetry that will be the first in a series of four known as Poetry from a Journey of a Healing. The first part will be titled Antidote to the Poison and will release April 6, 2016 from KCL Publishing as a Paperback and for Amazon Kindle! I’m very excited to start putting this series of poetry collections together. The artwork is in its initial stages and will be done by Le Fey Designs. I am beginning to select the poems for this collection and look forward to releasing some teasers soon!

Rayna and I have been writing on the third volume of The Passion of the Dragon Saga. While everyone waits for more about this next book, keep an eye out on the website. Also, if you haven’t started reading it yet there will be some upcoming promotions on Amazon Kindle for both Hearts on Fire and Love in Flames! Check them out here!

I’m back to living life and writing. Wishing my best to you all!

-Helena

Love in Flames has released!

front cover miniI’m very excited to say that Love in Flames is now available! Rayna and I worked very hard on the writing of this book. It took its toll on us mentally and emotionally but proved to be well worth it in the end. For me, this was very hard to write at times due to how connected I tend to be with my character. Rayna and I seem to have excelled at bringing the characters that we write into ourselves as if we are them as we pen their story. Bringing this story to life has been a challenge for me as a writer. It has taught me a lot and I know it will continue to teach me. For example, up until I began writing this series with Rayna, I had a horrible time writing things in first person point of view and now it comes to me much easier. Everything in life is a learning process just as everything in writing is for a writer. I’m quite thankful to Rayna for continuing to push me to better myself as a writer and it is because of her that I have more confidence writing in a point of view that I had always struggled with. I do intend on writing a more in-depth blog about this soon. For now, head over to the website for The Passion of the Dragon Saga to view the latest news, check out the teasers, read a review of the book by fellow author Lola Blake, and even find links to where you can purchase Love in Flames: The Story of Vlad the Impaler and the Women He Loved.

-Helena

Re-Post: Calling All Reviewers!!!

passionofthedragonsaga2Rayna and I just announced that we are seeking reviewers to review The Passion of the Dragon Saga on the website (view post here)! This is your chance to get excerpts of your reviews featured on the back of the Hardcover Dust Jacket of Love in Flames: The Story of Vlad the Impaler and the Women He Loved! Email us at kingstonandlancasterbooks@gmail.com so we can send you review copies!

-Helena

Passion of the Dragon Saga News!

IMG_2521Rayna and I recently updated the website for The Passion of the Dragon Saga about our latest adventures and so much more! We have visited yet another former residence of Vlad himself, permanently lowered the price for Hearts on Fire Paperback and Kindle versions, and been getting Love in Flames prepared for publication on the 26th of this month! It’s been quite busy but for all the details please check out the latest post on the series website. The teasers for Love in Flames will be unveiled soon so stay tuned!

-Helena

UPDATES: Love in Flames, Phoenix from the Ashes, News, Historical Visits, and More!

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Don’t miss out on mine and Rayna’s latest blog post on The Passion of the Dragon Saga website: Love in Flames: News, Historical Visits, and Kindle Promo! There is lots of big news there! Love in Flames releases in Paperback and for Kindle in just six more weeks! Save the date, November 26! For those interested in Hardcover, it will be releasing on December 1!IMG_1772

I have not forgotten about my poetry! Poetry is my personal phoenixfromtheashesfrontcoverfinalresizetherapy and something that I value deeply in my life. Phoenix from the Ashes is out on November 12, just about four more weeks from now. I’ll have some nice previews out within the next week or two for everyone to enjoy. I’m working hard on choosing the right poems to be included in this collection. For you poetry lovers, it will not be my last one. I already have ideas for the title of my third one but nothing definite yet. Phoenix from the Ashes will be in the hands of my wonderful editor, Ashley, at the end of this week. I’m nervous and excited at the same time for this release. Each and every time I share my poetry with the world, I am sharing a piece of my heart and a piece of my soul. I am sharing pieces of me in the hopes that someone out there who is feeling trapped in their own darkness will see that they’re not alone and never will be.

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For those of you looking to read my first poetry release, Behind the Mask, or the first novel

in The Passion of the Dragon Saga, Hearts on Fire, they will both be undergoing a FREE promotion on Amazon Kindle from October 30 – NoHearts on Fire alternate version250pxminivember 3!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get both of these completely FREE!

There is a lot going on for me right now but it is all so exciting! More from Romania coming soon!

-Helena