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The Golden Lands, Volume 1, is Now an Ebook

Copyright 2015 Clare Sceski
Copyright 2015 Clare Sceski

I did it.  It’s done.  I self-published volume one of The Golden Lands (TGL).  This is an utterly huge accomplishment.

There’s really not too much I can say.  This is the beginning of a new journey.  And that’s right.  The beginning.  When I first started writing The Golden Lands, I had never planned for it to become something so official.   But now it is.  And I’m happy with that.

So here you go.  Although it’s only available at Smashwords for the present (because they haven’t distributed it to places like Apple, Barnes and Nobles, etc), I encourage all of you, my dear followers, to take a look at my finished product and share it with your friends.  You can find the link to my Smashwords page by clicking the picture in the sidebar or by clicking here.

I’m giving you everything you need to know about TGL in order to get you up to speed in this post.  Let this post serve as a reference for finding information about TGL on this blog and how to find it on the internet.

Here’s my Smashwords page again:

The Golden Lands, Volume 1: Shadows in the Sunlight

And here are links to post from this blog that will get you up to speed with everything going down here:

The Genre

The Dream

The Reason

The Prologue

Thank you all once again for all of your support.  I couldn’t have done any of this without you.  Remember to enjoy the book and spread the word!

Just to end, here’s a brief excerpt:

But one thing is certain.  My mood has changed.  “What am I doing?” I think furiously to myself.  “Those beasts left you to die, to die a slow death.  They stole Soror and Frater.  And I don’t know why, but maybe they have something to do with my parents disappearing!”  I clench the floor with my hand, squeezing as hard as I can.  “Look at me!” I think, gritting my teeth and huffing, “How dare they make me so pathetic!  How dare they make me despair so that I willingly waste away?”  I push myself to my feet.  I scoop up a handful of blood and let it run out of my hand.  With my other hand I grip my sword beside me.  And this time I speak aloud, roaring, “And how dare they do this to my life!?”

Your Author,

Aul

Praise be to God 😉

TWO!!!!!

Two more days until I publish the first volume of The Golden Lands!!!  Here’s a brief teaser to get you pumped:

They begin dragging Soror and Frater out of the house.  I cry out to them, raising my sword, but I am blocked by a swarm of the beasts.  The darkness is so thick around me, so dark I’ve never seen anything like it, as though the darkness is a black wall connecting the beasts, emanating from their skin.  The way they move makes my head swim, like they keep multiplying and then vanishing into the darkness.  I charge them, and two of them step out to meet me.  One after another, I cut both of them down.  I hear my siblings scream from outside, and I raise my head to look for them outside our demolished front door.  I see them with their arms outstretched for me, and then all of a sudden I feel pain erupt in my stomach and I gasp.  Time freezes for a moment, and then I gasp again, looking down at the blade sticking into my body.  The blade retracts, and I release a quivering breath.  I fall to the ground on my side, watching as my blood pools beneath me, warm against my side.  As I lay there,—sharp, burning pain running through me—I look up, seeing outside within the fading light of day a distinct figure; a beast with long, matted hair, and a red cape.  And I know he is their leader.

Then they leave.  Their cries sound for long, pain-filled moments after, and then they fade into silence.  And all that’s left behind is blood and shadow.

There’s still a bit more work for me to do.  If any of you have some advice about self-publishing, please let me know!  (Especially informing me about certain traps that I could run into).

Thanks for your support!  Almost ready to go!

Aul

THREE!!!

Only (roughly) three more days until I publish the first volume of The Golden Lands!  I’ve been working on formatting the book according to the recommendations by Smashwords, the company/website I’ll be using to self publish.  It’s been rough and tedious, because there are a lot of recommendations.  But I see why lot’s of their recommendations are necessary.

Only a little bit more work to go, and then I’ll be pressing that button!

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Your AA,

Aul

FOUR!!!!

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Uh-huh.  The countdown to self publishing continues.  Only (about) four more days until I press publish, and make The Golden Lands into an ebook.

Here’s an overview of how I’m going to do the series.  (NOTE: This is not an outline….okay, maybe it is 😛 ) I’m not going to add any names to the volumes and what not, because I don’t want to give anything away, but here’s how the series will go:

Book 1 (The Golden Lands)

Vol 1

Vol 2

Vol 3

Etc.

Book 2

Vol 1

Vol 2

Etc.

Book 3

Etc.

So I think you get the picture.  Each book will have multiple volumes within it.  That’s why my titles are all like “The Golden Lands, Volume 1: Shadows in the Sunlight”.  When the next book begins, the volume number will go back to 1.

For all those who don’t know, I will release each issue volume by volume, not book by book!

Stay tuned, because exciting things are going down!

Your AA,

Aul

FIVE!!!

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That’s right.

THE COUNTDOWN TO SELF-PUBLISHING HAS STARTED!

In (roughly) five days, I will publish the first volume of The Golden Lands.  My awesome mom has finished editing it, so once I make the changes, make sure the cover is polished, and check in with the website I’ll be using to publish the novella, things will get underway.

Get pumped, because the first of many volumes is about to come out!!!

Your AA (soon to be just “author”),

Aul

Revised Cover for Volume One!!!

*Trumpet blast*

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen.  Using a graphic tablet, I’ve finished recoloring the cover for volume one of The Golden Lands.  Check it out!

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Now you may notice few things different from when I first displayed the original version of the cover of Volume 1.  First of all, the graphics are way better.  That comes from using the graphic tablet.  Also, I changed the character’s shirt from brown to gray, because he wears gray shirts in the book.  And last of all, I added the title.

Tell me what you think?  THE GOLDEN LANDS IS GOING TO BE SELF-PUBLISHED VERY SOON!!!

Your AA,

Aul

Inspiration for the Scenery of The Golden Lands

Where do I get inspiration for the scenery of The Golden Lands?  Check out these pictures from my backyard!


I love the color of the grass in this image

BY 2

The light is epic in this one:

BY 3

And how about the spotted shade in this one?

BY Pic 1

#theCreatorRocks

Well, now you know where I get my inspiration from!  What do you think?

Your AA,

Aul

Cover for Volume 2!!!!!

Perhaps you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been blogging so much.

….Or maybe you haven’t.  But that’s okay! 😛

What’s been keeping me so busy?  Well, there are a lot of things actually.  But I’d like to show you the main project that’s been hogging up a lot of my time.

Here it is, my dear followers.  The cover of The Golden Lands, Volume 2: WRATH!

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The cover was drawn by my awesome sister Clare (who runs a blog over at https://lilyorphaned.wordpress.com/ ).  I colored the picture, but she was there to help me with that too (since I’m color-blind and I almost made the girl’s skin blue :S ).

Now in case you haven’t noticed, this cover is waaaaay better than the cover of Volume 1: Shadows in the Sunlight.  Why?  Well, this cover was colored using a graphic tablet; the other was not.  While we were making the first cover, the tablet hadn’t been working properly, so we didn’t use it.  It turns out that all it needed was a software update, which I was very glad to discover!  But I discovered this after making the cover for Volume 1.  So that’s why this one is so much better.  I’m very pleased with the cover, which is more than I could have hoped for!  Of course, we still need to use the tablet to redo the cover for Volume 1.

Now, you may be wondering why I’ve shown you the cover for Volume 2, when the first volume hasn’t even come out.   Well, I noticed that in a lot of manga novels (which The Golden Lands resembles in many ways) that at the end of the novel, they’ll have pictures of the next book in the series, acting as a sort of preview or a “coming up next!” sort of thing.  I thought it would be cool if I did the same thing too.  Therefore, you can expect to see this picture at the back of Volume 1 in order to get you excited for the upcoming book.

I hope you like it!

Your AA,

Aul