Issues with Bound - Update

Hello lovelies!

I have received quite a few emails regarding my boxed set and the second book in my Caelian Cycle Series, Bound. Apparently during my rush in getting updated versions out before my BookBub promotion and my fast encroaching deadlines for As We Rise: Rogue, I uploaded an older draft of Bound instead of the fully edited version.

Cue McCoy Facepalm.

This is THE first time I have made such a grandiose mistake and due to the epic amount of embarrassment I'm feeling at the moment - it won't be repeated. I'm sure in the grand scheme of things this isn't such a terrible disaster, but is sure feels that way to me. As a reader myself, I take your concerns seriously.

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Readers, I am terribly sorry for this and have sent the corrected version to Amazon. Right now, I’m working with them to make the new version available to those who have already purchased either the single or the boxed set.

If for some reason you cannot get the updated version and you’re like me, impatient, send me an email at donnielletyner@outlook.com with proof of purchase and I’ll send you the updated copy.

I appreciate those who have emailed me. It means a lot that you took the time to make sure I knew what was going on with my books instead of choosing to leave a bad review and move on.

You guys rock!

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Just Over Here - Adulting and Stuff

Hello Beautiful People!

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Since completing The Caelian Cycle, I've been on a sort of hiatus. My brain needed to reset after being in Sadie's world for over a year. Since publishing SHIFT: I read a TON of books, beta read for other authors, finally decided to move from a nose stud to ring, and dyed my hair blue.

You know... grown up things. 

But that doesn't mean I haven't been busy working on my next novel. Space Captain novel has been in the works since March, but with me finalizing SHIFT and working on promotional stuff - including my first book signing - and getting started into another school year. I haven't had much time to work on the actual writing of Space Captain.

I have, however, been hard at work on the "outline". My outlines are more of a general idea of where the characters should go, but usually I don't follow my own rules very well. Those pesky characters sometimes change the story for me. :D

On that note, I will say that Space Captain novel will be labeled as a New Adult instead of Young Adult - only because the characters are in that age range and not because there's explicit bedroom action.

With fingers crossed, I will be writing daily starting October 1st (after I pack up my family and move). If I can resist the urge to procrastinate, then - according my my schedule - I should be good for a release in early 2017. 

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I'm Not Dead...

Well, obviously because who is posting all these Book Reviews and Blog Tours.

Seriously though, I have been a little M.I.A. in the personal blog post department. Blogging has never been my strong suit. Coming up with subject matter that’s interesting? UGH… who do you think I am a writer? Oh... wait...

Yeah Okay. I write stuff about things, but I take many hours to fine tune my ideas before spending even more hours writing them. Then heaping another few hundred more hours with edits and promotions... Books take a lot of time, but somehow are hella easier than ONE. SIMPLE. BLOG. POST.

That being said, I am going to try to make time for personal posts. Even if the only thing I have to say is – today I wrote some words and parented some children. That’s interesting, right?

Right?

In the spirit of blogging here is my update: kids = unpredictable, self = stressed, family = love them, friends = both wonderful and tragic, and books = excited.

With my family selling our house and our move looming in the distance, writing has been a thing I do when I’m not cleaning my house for a showing or running around looking at other houses to buy. SHIFT has finally received a release date of July 22nd 2016 and will conclude The Caelian Cycle. I’m sad to see Sadie’s story come to an end, but at the same time thrilled to start on a new project.

Earlier this year, I decided to jump ahead in my Works-In-Progress line to write a stand-alone novel to honor my JanMom BFF who passed away in March. This novel had nothing more than an idea and some working thoughts on character development (unlike the duology I have been working on for almost a year while writing The Caelian Cycle).

Since finishing SHIFT, I have spent what little free time I have researching and developing this new world set in a different part of our galaxy. Not everything has been set in stone, but I have a working plot and an interesting history for my new set of characters.

I can’t wait to share it with you, but until then check out SHIFT on Goodreads or Amazon and please leave reviews – indie authors depend on them in order to sell more books. 

Until then - STAY AWESOME!

January: an update

Hello Beautiful People!

Hi! How are ya?

Well... I have been in a bit of a writing slump lately. January is ALWAYS the worst month for me - seriously. Life is overwhelming right now and that is after I have all the other "new year" things to deal with. The beginning of the year has always been full of too much LIFE STUFF that I can never seem to find the time or motivation to do anything besides make sure the kids are being taking care of and well... exist.

However, things have been looking up. There has been a huge re-working of our daily schedules that made me fall behind on my word count goals so sadly, I will probably have to push back SHIFT's release until April 2016

Fear not! All the Tyner's are adjusting and *fingers crossed* everything will be OKAY.

With the extra time until SHIFT's release, I have some cool things planned that will (hopefully) pump everybody up. Those things are Shh-Shh-Secrete-Quite. However I can tell you that in the next few weeks, I will be able to get the blurb (maybe have the playlist ready) and have a cover reveal for SHIFT - so that's awesome.

Finally, I decided to host a few book tours on the site. Not a whole bunch because ain't nobody got time for that. I've been considering this for a while because I want to help promote other self-published authors and to be transparent - the traffic to my site wouldn't hurt. Also, I'd like to read and review the books that interest me.

Love you guys! Here's to February 2016 arriving with it's 29 days of getting my life back in order. I CAN DO THIS!

Stay Awesome!!!

 

Cover Reveal: Redeem, The Caelian Cycle #2.5


Hello Beautiful People!

I have been waiting for weeks to share this cover with you and I'm so exited to get it out there. If you haven't guessed or read the blurb yet, this novella is from Kian's point-of-view and it's set before Lost. I wrote this novella because there are events that happen in the third novel, Shift, that needed some background. Plus, I felt Kian needed a bit more explanation of his actions in Lost and, personally, I wanted the readers to understand why he is who he is. 

Redeem ripped some hard emotions out of me and I feel it came across in the story and although I haven't finished Shift yet, Redeem has been one of my favorite stories I have ever written.

So here it is people, Redeem:

It took me FOREVER to find a male model that even remotely looked like Kian does in my head and then it took EVEN LONGER to find one that was wearing clothes. LOL!!!

It took me FOREVER to find a male model that even remotely looked like Kian does in my head and then it took EVEN LONGER to find one that was wearing clothes. LOL!!!

Redeem - A Caelian Cycle Novella #2.5

A boy without a voice.

A teen without a home.

A man without hope.

Kian knows the way his life is headed will be the death of him. It doesn’t matter how many criminals he catches for Gordon's Bounty Detective Agency or how deep he tries to fall into the bottle – those eyes haunt him. All it took was one whisper of bad advice, one wrong choice, one mistake, to wipe out years of confidence he had struggled to build while living on his Grandmother’s farm. Then Kian found the box of files overflowing with unsolved crimes. Those cold cases jolted his soul from its vegetative state and awakened his resolve. Kian knew those cases were meant for him to solve, but the last thing he expected to find within a few wrinkled folders was his ultimate redemption.

Release Date: January 18th, 2016

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Redeem Playlist

Hello Beautiful People.

Guess what? I have seen the cover for Redeem and it looks fabulous! Kian looks amazing and I can't wait to share it with you guys, but Y'ALL will have to wait until December 28th. I'm doing a cover reveal with YA Bound Book Tours, so check your favorite book blog - it may be featured. 

Redeem doesn't have a firm release date, but I'm hoping to get it to you by January 25th 2016.

But until then, I will leave you with the playlist for Redeem. This list is a bit different than from the other two novels. It has a lot more guitars and deeper lyrics than what I have listened to with Lost or Bound. It is probably because the pro-tag is male in this one, but the songs are definitely a direct result of his issues that differ than Sadie's.  

Redeem - A Caelian Cycle Novella Playlist

  • Jars of Clay -  Loneliness & Alcohol (Jt Daly Remix)
  • Blue October - Bleed Out
  • Red - Darkest Part
  • Matthew and the Atlas - Out of the Darkness
  • The Silent Comedy - Bartholomew
  • Art of Dying - Get Through This
  • We As Human - Bring to Life
  • Beck - Blue Moon
  • Wolf Rider - For You
  • Shinedown - Unity

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Redeem Blurb Reveal

Hello beautiful people,

I’ve been a busy little writer last month participating in NaNoWriMo and finished by the seat of my pants at the very end. It was so hard to finish on before the month ended and this time, the reason for my procrastination is Netflix, specifically JESSICA JONES. The husband and I are in so much obsessive love with that show.

Anyway… Since then, I have finished my first round of copy edits and the manuscript is now with my beta readers. The stars are aligning perfectly with my copy editor and cover artists and right now it looks like you guys could get a copy by mid-January. WOOT!

Until then, I will tease your little hearts out. *insert evil laugh* Beginning with the blurb below. Enjoy!


Redeem – A Caelian Cycle Novella

A boy without a voice.

A teen without a home.

A man without hope.

Kian knows the way his life is headed will be the death of him. It doesn’t matter how many criminals he catches for Gordon's Bounty Detective Agency or how deep he tries to fall into the bottle – those eyes haunt him. All it took was one whisper of bad advice, one wrong choice, one mistake, to wipe out years of confidence he had struggled to build while living on his Grandmother’s farm. Then Kian found the box of files overflowing with unsolved crimes. Those cold cases jolted his soul from its vegetative state and awakened his resolve. Kian knew those cases were meant for him to solve, but the last thing he expected to find within a few wrinkled folders was his ultimate redemption.


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Did You Miss Me?

Hello Beautiful People!

I'm baaaaaack! Our vacation to south Texas was awesome - except the whole rainy part at the end, but it's Texas and weather cannot be predicted. However, I realized two things on this vacation. 1. I really need a DSLR camera. Pictures taken on your phone just don't do the scenery justice and 2. I'm so glad I decided to set my second book series in that area because now I have a legit, tax right-off excuse to go back. Just look at this:

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

This trip came at an awesome time because I REALLY needed a break. I've been working on some final touches on the third and final book of The Caelian Cycle's outline and finished the preliminary's on a Caelian Cycle Novella that will be released before the final book next year. YAY! 

MIND. BLOWN.

I didn't set out to write any novella's, but Kian's story kept begging to be told. (Plus, I know a few fangirls who love themselves some Kian and I aim to please).The novella is from Kian's perspective and WILL NOT contain spoilers to the series (it will have hints though), but will open up some of the mystery to Kian's past and explain some of the weirdo choices he has made throughout the series. 

This week, I will resume my weekly inspirational board posts, finishing my Caelian Crew from Lost. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to do the norms or start on the new characters from Bound to celebrate it's release next Monday. Which reminds me, this is your last week to purchase Lost for $0.99.

As always, STAY AWESOME!


So Sorry...

Hello lovelies,

I'm so sorry I haven't been active lately here or in my social media accounts. Things have been crazy around here: mom-cations, home school, and next week a family vacation.

When I get back, we will be getting on the bandwagon because Bound will be releasing soon. I'll post an excerpt and maybe a few more tidbits about the characters. Before I leave on Sunday for family vacation/ research for the next book installment (no Caelian Cycle), I'll post my inspiration board for John.

Until then, please accept my humble apologies. 

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Inspiration Board - Madison

Hello Beautiful People!

This time of year is always busy for the Tyner clan. Homeschool begins for the boy and I’m going to attempt to bring my 2-year-old in some activities – Lord help me! We also love to vacation this time of year. This weekend, I get the wonderful opportunity to go on a mom-cation with my mommy group. It will be nice to have a weekend out with the girls.

Pretty soon, we will be visiting Big Bend National Park and some of the surrounding area so be prepared for my social media to blast plenty of pictures. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to go, the area is where I will be setting my duology that will be published after I finish the Caelian cycle. 

Today we're going to look at...

Madison

Madison is probably my favorite character in Lost, but there is a new character being introduced in Bound that I adore as well and would probably have to fight for top spot. Knowing Madison, she would take me up on that offer. It’s probably narcissistic that I love Madison so much because according to those who know me, she is the one character most like my own personality.

That may or may not be so, but I do know that I didn’t base her off myself (not intentionally). Madison’s character came from the days when I worked with teenagers at my church. I had the opportunity to work with some girls who were hardened by their different lives and it was those girls who my heart spoke to the most. Each girl had a different story and each dealt with the hardships in their life from mild personality quirks to some self-destructive behavior. Madison is a version of those girls who closed themselves off from all except those closest to them and those girls who had such low self-esteem that they sought out multiple sex partners in order to fill that hole in their heart that only loving yourself can fill. I wanted to give those girls the representation they deserve.

In Bound, Madison goes through some amazing highs and incredible lows that will break down her walls and rock everything she thought she knew about herself and the world around her. My goal for each character in the Caelian cycle it to become a better version of themselves by the end of the story. 

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Inspiration Board - Kian

Hello Beautiful People,

This week has been a little crazy at home. September is the start of school and I'm trying to learn how to juggle teaching my kindergartner and having a toddler running around. Plus, we just found out my grandfather has cancer and prognosis doesn't look too good. So we've been visiting with them and trying to soak up as much time as possible and that is why I'm a little late on this inspiration board.

Today we're going to look at...

Kian

You will notice over many inspiration boards that I have a thing for men with beards. My dear husband has a glorious one and I find him way more attractive with his scruff than without. (and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he looks 5 years younger than me without).

My idea for Kian is a mixture of the following traits: self-assured, pragmatic, tenacious, and caring. These four basic traits of Kian's personality are borrowed from four different men who have impacted my life. Caring comes from my brother. He has always been a sensitive soul even though his exterior says otherwise, but I knew he had a heart for caring when he first volunteered with the Special Olympics. Tenacious is one word I can describe my grandfather. Another word could be stubborn, but either way I've always admired how he got things done through every struggle. Pragmatic comes from my father in law. I come from a family of impulsive people and when I first saw how how he methodically thinks about his choices, my eyes were opened and frankly, I was little freaked out. Finally, self-assured comes from my husband. He has always exuded a confidence that I found myself trying to emulate. 

Most romantic leads are very alpha male in their personality and there is a reason why that is. Women are typically attracted to the the tough, take action type of guys and usually in those stories the nice guy doesn't get the girl. She rides off on the bad boys motorcycle towards their happily ever after. Kian was never EVER destined to be one of those alpha males. Yes, Kian is strong and a little cocky. Yes, he has a deep dark secret. Yes,  in Bound, you will learn that he isn't exactly a nice guy. BUT he is sensitive to Sadie and her needs. He has the utmost respect for her and although his goes against his caring nature, he doesn't coddle her. He has seen some bad stuff through his job which has grounded him and given him a strong moral compass. 

Kian isn't a hard character for me to write. He's what I hope my son will grow up to be (minus the family drama and dicey career choice). Out of all the love interests I have written, Kian has been my favorite by far. 

I hope you guys love him too.

The Wait is Over...

Hello beautiful people,

I just want to thank each and every one of you for your support and enthusiasm for the books of The Caelian Cycle. These characters, although not the first to come alive on paper from the madness of my mind, are the closest to my heart. Each character has at least one attribute taken from some very special people in my life. 

I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Today two copies of Bound has been released into the hands of two special ladies, my Beta readers. This is always the hardest part for me because they are the first to read Sadie's story and their opinions matter greatly to me. With a lot of luck, I am looking at a tentative October 19th, 2015 release date pending hearing back from my copy editor.

Please enjoy the cover art for Bound below and just because I'm a little evil *insert laugh* I'll leave you with this: There is something on the cover art that is vital to the story line.  

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Bound, Cover Teaser!

Hello wonderful people. So sorry it's been a while. Summer has been in full swing over here.  I've been spending most of my free time wrapping up the first draft of Bound and have been elbow deep in copy edits. 

I have been working with Kari from Cover to Cover Designs with the cover for Bound and I'm just about ready to release it out to the world, but as of right now I'll leave this teaser image right over here. 

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For my newsletter people, you my friends, will get to see the revealed cover first along with an EXCLUSIVE (it will not be on the website or any other media) excerpt from the book. If you want to be first to see it, join my newsletter below.

Bound is scheduled to release October 2015. 

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How to pronounce Caelian

Hi!

I've been asked a few times on how to pronounce Caelian properly and as always I'm here to serve. But first, I want to give you a little history on how I came up with the name.

When researching for Lost, I wanted the race of altered human's and their history to be as believable as possible. So I gathered facts: I knew the meteorite would land in southern Europe, around Rome during the great war. In the early 19th century we didn't have the technology to monitor the space around Earth consistently or have the ability to warn of an impending collision and that means rogue meteors "could" have happened. Science as we know it today was just started to emerge, but the laymen was still superstitious (especially in rural areas).

With these facts, I began looking into Roman mythology and found Caelus.

Caelus appears at the top of the curiass of Augustus of Prima Porta. One of the few depictions of Caelus in art.

Caelus appears at the top of the curiass of Augustus of Prima Porta. One of the few depictions of Caelus in art.

PAUSE for a brief mythology lesson: 

Caelus, the Roman god of the Sky and the equivalent to the Greek god Uranus.  Caelus is the son of Aether (primordial deity representing the upper air in our atmosphere) and Dies or "Daylight". He is often paired with Terra "Earth" as the mother & father (mother earth & father sky), although to my knowledge they did not have children together. Caelus is the father of the Roman god Janus, Saturn, and Ops. Caelus is also the father of one of the three forms of Jupiter. 

Random fact: Caelum is the Latin work for "sky" which is where we get our English word celestial.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I loved the idea that the name of this new race of human's to derive from a meteor/ meteorite  named after the Roman god of the sky and it's believable since nearly all celestial bodies are named in that manner. So I created the Caelian's. 

To figure out how to pronounce Caelian, I had to look at its root work Caelus. There are two camps of pronunciation: Classical that uses a hard 'C' and modern that pronounces the 'C' as an 'S'. I decided to firmly place myself in the classical camp. Caelus is Latin in it's roots, not English after all.

Random Fact: Caelian is also the name of one of the seven hills in Rome, but that version is pronounced with an 'S'.

Caelum is pronounced kae̯.lum

Caelus is very similar kae̯.lus. 

So Caelian would be pronounced kae̯.lē-ən. However, my southern tends to come out and sometimes it comes out as Kay instead of Kae. Either way is fine with me, but just don't just the soft 'S'. That would drive me insane.

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What's new & a sneak peek

Hello all you beautiful people!

The paperback version of Lost arrived for me to proof and it was perfect, beautiful, and absolutely amazing to look at. As you can see, my little girl was just as amazed as her mother. 

The paperback version should be available for pre-order in another week at Amazon and it could take up to 8 weeks for other distributors. Stay tuned on information on that if you prefer another book distributor. 

In other news, Lost will go on a virtual book tour to begin on July 6th until July 23rd through Sparkle Book Tours. There will be a lot of activity on my social media and on this blog those two weeks.

Book 2 of The Caelian Cycle is well on it's way. I've had some set backs with my kids acting absolutely CRAZY since the weather in Texas has been insane. My rugrats need to be released into the wild at least once a day for everyone's sanity, but for nearly a month that wasn't possible with daily rain. However, it seems Texas has found its summer and hopefully I will be able to get the book done on schedule. 

Would you like to read the first chapter of Lost?

Within the week, I will be sending out my first newsletter with some important news and the first chapter of Lost. If you sign up you'll have important updates and other surprises delivered directly to your inbox. The newsletter sign up is under my twitter feed on left left. >>>>>

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Donnielle

Lost is LIVE for Pre-orders

Good Afternoon!

It’s a really super awesome feeling to search your name on Amazon or Barnes & Nobel and see your book pop up. If you are interested in purchasing an eBook copy of Lost then please pre-order on your favorite site.

Pre-ordering is important to indie, and traditionally published, authors because each purchase in the pre-order period is stacked at counted towards the first weeks sales. First day sales maximizes an author’s chances of hitting the best sellers list and increasing their ranking/ visibility on eBook sites.

Once the paperback version is ready to list, I’ll keep those of you who want a physical copy updated.

Pre-order Lost (eBook version only) on the following websites:

Cover Reveal - Lost

It's here! It's here! It's FINALLY here!!!

I have been waiting for weeks to see the cover for my first book and it is beautiful! First I'd like to thank the wonderful Kari from Cover to Cover Designs for working with me on getting my vision of Sadie out of my head and in print. It's hard to design a SciFi cover and keep that Young Adult feel without it getting all hokey. I say she did a smashing job!

And now without further stalling for time, here is the cover for Lost, book 1 of The Caelian Cycle. 

Stay tuned for an update on the exact release date. I do know it will be in mid-June 2015 and it will be available at all major retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, etc. 

 

Synopsis:

During WW1, a meteorite crashed, releasing a mist that changed the DNA of all who were exposed.  One hundred years has passed and society is divided between the Norms and the Caelians, whose changed DNA awakened dormant gifts, called Talents.

Sadie is over it!

She’s an orphan, her boyfriend was murdered, and she’s the only Caelian at St. Vincent’s without a Talent. Once she turns 18, there will be no place for her in the world. That is, until a chance encounter with Kian, a Caelian boy who makes her feel uncomfortable and alive at the same time.

Secrets of her past are uncovered and Sadie’s latent, rare Talent is exposed. With great power comes the hunters, hired by an egomaniac who wants to use Sadie’s power to establish Caelian dominance. On the run with Kian and her friends, Sadie will have to decide: hide or fight.

Will Sadie accept her new reality or will she stay lost? 

Vacation

Hello!

So this is where I have been these past few days and it was GLORIOUS!

There is truly nothing better than camping on the beach, cramped inside a small tent with my family. We slept 10 feet away from the ocean. Who needs a sleep machine? Right?

Although it was amazing, I am glad to be home where there are showers and less sand in unmentionable places.

Enough bragging. I spent a significant portion of the trip to and from vacation editing my manuscript. I finished my revisions and it is currently with my beta readers!! 

WOOOOO!

Right now we have a tentative release date of June 5th! 

- Donnielle