Victoria: A Tale of Spain (which I now call informally “Victoria/Alyce” because it is a merge of both stories) is an updated version of two stories that used to be in a series and are still listed that way on Goodreads. But you can ignore that because now it is one middle-grade novel set in Spain in the 1600s. In fact, I made a new listing for Victoria/Alyce—Victoria: A Tale of Spain (New Edition.) One issue with “Alyce” was that it really plunked down in the middle of the story and didn’t give a lot of background on the characters. Putting Victoria on the front end of it helps to explain how “Alyce” happened and what motivates the characters.
And the first part of this new story—which I must stress IS new—is set in The Alcazar, a real castle in central Spain. I visited it about three times, years ago. I’m grateful for being able to stand in a real building of this sort and not have to rely on my imagination. Being there multiple times, especially, helped me emulate the feeling of living in this castle. It’s actually someone’s home—home of the family of Duke Carlos with his many daughters—and it might be difficult for us to imagine, with our very different houses and conveniences, that it was a place to live. Not a historical set, with historical costumes—I wanted an unselfconsciousness about it that is a major part of being authentic if you describe any type of family life. Those little details like experiencing the climate of central Spain (it gets really chilly at night!) flesh out the world in a concrete way that I’m glad about.
Victoria has to run away at midnight after learning her older sister has disappeared. Although I always saw this castle during the day, it wasn’t hard to think it could be very spooky at night. And when you’ve got an intruder stalking her—who she doesn’t know yet is a friend in disguise—Victoria is going to be pretty upset and it makes for the kind of unsettling atmosphere that is a big part of the journey. She learns there are things she needs to know as she gets ready for the King’s ball.
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A Year with the Harrisons and the combo pack of Everwood with The Amulet of Renari are on sale for $.99 this week. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can also borrow these or any of my books and read for free. Some of the other titles are reduced to $1.99. You can browse around my Amazon author profile to find them.
In the future I’m hoping to make it easier for people to pop in a quick review of my books by just sending to a review page or feedback box so they don’t have to download specific copies and get back specific reviews by a certain time, etc. Reviews are important, but pressure to review takes all the fun out of it and a lot of the authenticity as well. People just ARE more likely to review a book they think is interesting than one they don’t, so I’m not going to pressure people to review any of my books (as so many authors do.)
I’d like to make it just a lot easier for them to do so if they want. Offers to review a book aren’t pressure—they’re an opportunity to show the book interested you. It’s also not an effort to cover up if the book isn’t being read. If the review process takes fewer steps, the reviewer honestly has time to do it and that removes an impediment that keeps me from reviewing lots of books and probably keeps other people from doing it too.
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Welcome to Sarah Scheele.com newsletter subscribers! Some of you signed up so long ago you probably don’t remember—some just a few days ago—and some months back but haven’t heard from me. It’s nice to talk to all of you again. Be aware I struggled managing my lists earlier this year and I have subscribers overlapped from different lists. If you usubscribed from one list I might have accidentally had you on another list and that's why you're getting this. This was an honest error and I apologize. Feel free to unsubscribe again.
There’s a lot to catch up on! This week I linked the blog into the newsletter, which means you’ll be getting inbox posts from me weekly instead of monthly (or even less often.) I follow a lot of mailing lists and I do feel a lot more engaged when I get frequent emails, even if I never open half of them. Emails will go out on Saturday, so if you're also looking at this post through the website, you'll get an email tomorrow.
I’ve continued working on revision of my books and enhancement of my website. Both of those are in a much (MUCH) improved condition as of now and I’d like to invite you to browse around the new SARAH SCHEELE.COM. If you’d like a snapshot of what people have been looking at, see my Most Viewed Posts.
I have FB chat on my website now! I discovered this cool new feature when ramping up my FB fan page earlier this year. The widget is installed on the “News” page as a Messenger pop-up. Type in a conversation with me there and start chatting with me from my website!
Facets of Fantasy Blue is free on Kindle on Friday Jan 4 and Saturday Jan 5. Be sure to check it out on those days to get the sales rankings up (and enjoy the book too, of course.) 😊 I finally decided on the grouping of stories I wanted for this collection, an alternative to the complete Facets of Fantasy with the purple cover. Just in case you didn’t see the blurb—here it is:
Three fantasy stories that take you to amazing worlds--three mysterious royal families in need of investigation. A boy learns a dull political convention might hold a palace secret and more adventure than he could hope for. A girl leaving her ancient country home finds unlikely allies in her family’s ancestral enemies, elf-like spirits who can take the form of wolves. And a girl from a minority group that’s never noticed by the monarchy is forced to attend a royal ball—in someone else’s ridiculous dress—when she receives an unexplained invitation.
I plan to do a lot more promoting this year. I usually put my books on promotion on Friday and Saturday so be on the lookout for that.
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To kick off the new year, I'm part of a multi-author giveaway bundle. Kellyn Roth and a bunch of other ladies have teamed up to offer editing, critique, blog tours, etc, and are holding an event to celebrate the opening of Reveries Co. Consuela is the book I'm giving away. Check out it and the other books by visiting the Rafflecopter giveaway here. The event lasts 4 days with a FB launch party on Saturday.
There's a lot of GREAT authors here, so I'm sure you'll want to follow some of them.
Facets of Fantasy Blue will be free on Kindle Jan 4 and Jan 5. Download your free copy to get the sales rankings up (and enjoy the book too, of course!) :) This book is an alternative to the full Facets of Fantasy Purple, and contains only the fantasy stories, not the sci-fi.
Here's the blurb: Three fantasy stories that take you to amazing worlds--three mysterious royal families in need of investigation. A boy learns a dull political convention might hold a palace secret and more adventure than he could hope for. A girl leaving her ancient country home finds unlikely allies in her family’s ancestral enemies, elf-like spirits who can take the form of wolves. And a girl from a minority group that’s never noticed by the monarchy is forced to attend a royal ball—in someone else’s ridiculous dress—when she receives an unexplained invitation.
Singing, dreaming, telling stories . . . I live surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life. I love to write more than I love to read, but nothing equals a book that draws me in to find its story. Most recently publication: A Year with the Harrisons, a contemporary comedy about three sisters and a family mystery. Next year's publication: Temmark Osteraith, a futuristic fairy-tale adventure.