Yes, my friends, you heard that right!
UnBlessed was recently selected as a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards! What I found most exciting is that this particular award is NOT a popularity contest. My book went out to various members of my target audience (aka, a few high schools, since I’m in the Teen Category) and the readers voted and ranked.
This is an incredible opportunity. To be selected as a finalist, I had to score over 30/40 points in editing, style, cover, and theme. The winners will be announced in April, but even just making finalist is a huge deal! I get a gorgeous award seal (see below) to plaster all over my blog and book and Facebook page (because, why not?) AND I’ll be featured on the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award website for two years. Plus, there’s a ton of other cool things in store … potential Goodreads promotion, inclusion in a press release sent to major literary magazines, even the opportunity to be discovered by a publisher!
Needless to say, I’ll keep all you wonderful people updated as soon as I know anything (you guys are getting this post literally two hours after I read the email) so stay tuned! Meanwhile, I want to thank my editor and cover designer for helping me get to this point: James and Winter, I seriously couldn’t have done it without you guys. I mean, EDITING and COVER – you guys helped me score two out of three categories! Thank you thank you thank you!
And for all my fans – thanks for sticking with me. Great things are bound to be in store for Myrillia, and it means the world to me that you’ve all been along since the start!
Now, behold my new shiny award seal!
A great review of UnBlessed by the wonderful Judith of Read and Review 2016!
Title: UnBlessed Published: 2015 Author: Crystin Goodwin Started: Tuesday 14th June 2016 Finished: Tuesday 21st June 2016 UnBlessed is a fantasy story set in the magical land of Myrillia. There is an ongoing rivalry between the Meliors, those who believe in Elements and can use special gifts once they are Blessed, and the Transeaturs, an […]
First, I’d like to say I’m incredibly sorry for the delay on posting a recap of my first ever book signing. I may have gotten a little over-excited and posted pictures on my personal Facebook page … and then promptly forgot that I had other social media outlet
s eagerly awaiting news.
So yeah … Sorry. >.<
If you couldn’t tell from the above statement, the author signing event went spectacularly! I had a good number of people show up to support me (around 30 or so, I forgot to keep count – but still a great number for an unknown author like me) and even had a few fans show up in costume!
Out of the 26 print books I took with me (yes, odd number, I know) I sold 24 – a completely unexpected success. Most of my research prior to the event said I’d be lucky to sell five copies. Some even went to complete strangers! It helped that the venue (Half Price Books) had a great sale going on, and the store was packed. And since I was right by the front door, I had the perfect opportunity to chat to a lot of potential readers. Of course, I also had a lot of fun. Who wouldn’t have fun living their dream?
.All in all, I had the time of my life. I’d like to extend a special thank you to everyone who attended: your support and enthusiasm made all my effort totally worth it!
Great friends and fun times.
And for those who couldn’t make it, never fear! I had so much fun with my first author event, I can’t wait to plan the next. Keep an eye on my blog (or subscribe to my newsletter) for future events!
Today marks the final day of my sale for UnBlessed, the first book in my Blessings of Myrillia series: if you haven’t gotten your free kindle copy from Amazon, you might want to grab it before the price jumps back to $2.99.
After all, the third book is coming out in – get this – two weeks!
I’m a little excited, if you couldn’t tell. 😀
So yes, grab that first book while it doesn’t cost anything. Maybe check back next week for some deals on Fire Blessed … and definitely take a minute to read this spoiler-free excerpt from UnBlessed. This excerpt explains what, exactly, a Blessing is … and might possibly hint at the central character of book three. 😉
It was Lucien’s turn. Kisara watched as he walked to the Fire Shrine, noting how stiffly he moved. He’s still worried, she thought to herself, and sent a brief prayer that he would be Blessed by one of the first Elements.
Yet again, Fire found another candidate unworthy, and Lucien took a deep breath before continuing on to the Water Shrine. However, when he thrust his hands into the basin of water, there was a brilliant white light—even brighter than the others before it. After it cleared, Lucien stood in a white circle. His tunic turned a pale, shimmering blue, his hair a silvery white. Kisara clapped her hands in joy for her friend and gasped when he turned to grin at her. Unda had favored Lucien strongly; indeed, with his eyes turning the pale blue of snow shadows, it was obvious to see the extent of his Blessing. Lucien was an Ice Blessed! The ring of white surrounding him was frost, Kisara realized, and as she looked closer, she noticed the waterfall had frozen solid.
Yup, you read that right. To celebrate the upcoming release of Ice Blessed, I’m giving away free kindle copies of my first book, UnBlessed. It’s the perfect time to dive into the Blessings of Myrillia series, which readers have called, ‘a wonderfully refreshing tale’ with ‘lovely and crisp writing.’
While the series is definitely high fantasy – set on another world – there is a pretty decent amount of romance woven into the typical fantasy journey. Here’s an example:
They stared at each other, still close enough to feel the other’s breath. Lucien’s hand dropped to her shoulder, his eyes dropping to her mouth.
Kisara’s breath hitched—was he going to try and kiss her? He shouldn’t. They were just friends. Weren’t they? Emotions battled within her, and she stood rooted to the spot.
Talk about romantic tension. Wonder what happens next …? Well, hop on over to Amazon and grab your free kindle copy to find out today!
The sale for UnBlessed is still underway and going strong: it’s already at #11 on the Amazon charts.
You can still snag your free kindle copy from Amazon here! Already have your copy? Well, tell your friends and family! What better time to give a new author a try than when it doesn’t cost you a thing? Besides, you can read kindle files for free on almost every digital device these days …
Not sure if UnBlessed is for you? Not sold on the description on Amazon? Here’s a spoiler-free excerpt about one of the main characters: Sebastian, a shape-shifting Transeatur.
Sebastian ran for what felt like hours, but might have only been minutes, when suddenly—gloriously—everything seemed to come together as he leapt over a fallen log. Mid-leap, he shifted smoothly and landed on the other side on all four paws. He felt the full presence of his Guardian Spirit stretching luxuriously, and together, the two of them continued forward as one. Sebastian reveled in his new body, the coiled power, the heightened senses, his fluid grace. The presence of his Spirit calmed Sebastian, erasing the earlier frustration immediately. He knew instinctively that his Spirit would always be present—not intrusive—but effectively a part of him: almost like an alter ego that knew how best to use this new body of his effectively.
If you’ve already picked up a copy and shared this post (or one of the others like it), why not take a moment to write a short review on Amazon? Reviews are a writer’s best friend, after all!
Side note: UnBlessed is now up to 26 reviews on Amazon!
Today marks the first day of many exciting posts, all geared toward the upcoming release of Ice Blessed.
Starting today, you can pick up a kindle copy of my first book, UnBlessed, absolutely free! Click here for a link to the Amazon page: but hurry, because this offer ends Friday!