Monday, August 29, 2022

Concerto DTIYS Challenge!



During the lead up for the 2nd edition and Hardcover release of The New Emperor's Concerto, I'm hosting a DTIYS challenge!

How To Enter

For this challenge, you can either draw Flynn and Lysander in your own style, or, if that's not your thing, you can download the coloring page version! The coloring page can be printed out, or used as a transparent PNG so you can color it digitally. 

For those doing your own art, feel free to change up Lysander and Flynn's poses, outfits, etc. (Cosplay is allowed too!) You can even draw them interacting with your own characters, as long as your picture includes either Lysander, Flynn, or both.

I'll be picking a random artist from the entries who will receive a swag pack (including the Concerto sticker sheet that will be available only as a pre-order goodie) And EVERYONE who enters will be allowed to request a doodle from me for your participation ^_^

This challenge will be shared on Instagram (or Twitter if you don't have an IG account)
Make sure to use the hashtag #concertodtiys and tag me @modern_bard67 on IG or @artfulscribbler on Twitter in your post and/or stories to make sure I see it. Please share my original drawing as a slide when you post as well. If you don't want to share publicly, you can DM me your submission, it will still count.

This challenge will run until October 1st so you have a month to finish your piece!

I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Sweet Vendetta Blues Prequel Backstories Now Available!

 They're here! You can now grab your own copies of the 2 prequel backstories to get yourself in the mood for the release of Sweet Vendetta Blues!

After his sister is taken by traffickers, Leone Paccioretti has made it his mission to figure out a way to protect the children of New York City. And how does he plan to achieve that? By joining the local mafia, Rosa Nera, so he can be closer to the corrupt upper echelons of society. When the current Capo recruits him into his ranks, Leone finds himself going from an orphan on the streets, to a member of one of the most powerful organizations in the country. The only question is, will he be able to achieve his dreams of making the city a safer place, or will his sacrifices all be for nothing in the end?

Jack has made a new life for himself as a budding homicide detective in a small town in New Mexico, but it’s harder to let go of the past than he realized. Faced with a friendly new partner and an apparent vigilante murder case the first week on the job, Jack tries to put his past behind him and focus on the future. After all, there’s no going back to his old life now, so maybe it’s time to look for a little redemption. 

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These are also available as a paperback bind up if you prefer physical copies!

The Butler's Story (which is the New Emperor's Concerto backstory featuring Sinclair) has also gotten an edit and a new face, so if you haven't read it yet, grab a copy now!

Thursday, August 18, 2022

COMING SOON! New Prequel Stories and Sweet Vendetta Blues Cover Reveal


To give you all something to read in the lead-up to the Sweet Vendetta Blues release, I'm going to be releasing two prequel short stories to give you a little look into the missing pasts of the characters. 

These will be available Monday August 22nd, both as ebooks and as a paperback bind-up. 

I will also be doing the cover reveal for Sweet Vendetta Blues on September 6th! I'm really excited to share what I've been working on with you guys so make sure you pop over here that day.

If you would like to join the cover reveal team to share it on your blogs and social media, sign up here with this form. I have a lot to share that day both for SVB and also about the Concerto hardcover, so I'm hoping to get as many people as possible to sign up for the cover reveal!

And finally, if you have not yet ordered your August goodies, go grab them! These Jack and Sebastian chibi stickers are exclusive to ko-fi supporters only, and you will also have the chance to read the first of the flashback chapters from SVB where we get to see Jack meet Paccioretti for the first time.

Get Yours Here!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

COVER REVEAL! A Solstice of Fire and Light by Angela R. Watts

Very excited to be sharing a cover reveal for a new fantasy book by Angela R. Watts today! 

Look how beautiful this is! 

Dionne, a Gifted nomad princess, hunts the warlocks that kidnapped her brother. 

Nnamdi, a popular caravan fighter, wishes to be freed from his sins. 

After they break out of prison together and spare each other in a death match, there’s no turning back… So they board a pirate ship and hunt the Order.

When Dionne learns that the wizards that took her brother have also taken child slaves and hides them all away in her kingdom, she creates a plan with the pirates to infiltrate the Order… But when Dionne reaches the kingdom, she will be sacrificed to the gods on winter solstice.

Swept in a world of deadly magic, Nnamdi swears his protection to Dionne… But then he learns she is a princess and that her fate is sealed at the hands of a jealous wizard. Nnamdi must break his chains and unleash his Gift like never before… Or lose the only woman he’s ever loved.

For lovers of slow-burn romance and fast-paced fantasy, get your next binge-read with one click! This standalone novel is perfect for readers who want a clean, swoon-worthy fantasy romance with high stakes and faith-elements.

Author’s note: this novel is suitable for ages 16+ due to dark themes and violence.

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Angela is also doing a kickstarter for this book so if you're interested in checking that out and helping to reach the stretch goals for a special edition hardcover, I highly suggest taking a look!


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ANGELA R. WATTS is the bestselling and award-nominated author of The Infidel Books and the Remnant Trilogy. She has over 22 works in print. When she’s not writing, Angela enjoys freelance editing, homesteading, and art. She lives in Tennessee with her family and many pets.

You can find her Here

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

August Supporter Goodies are Now Available!


New Goodie pack up on ko-fi! 

This month, for the digital goodie, you get the chance to read the first flashback chapter from Sweet Vendetta Blues. This is the one in which Jack first meets Leone Paccioretti, the mafioso who takes him in.

And for the physical goodies, we have the Jack and Sebastian chibi stickers (die cut vinyl) as well as bookmarks featuring the art from the SVB backstories that will be out later this month, as well as the new Butler's Story art (an updated edition of which will be republished along with the SVB backstories)

Monday, August 1, 2022

Short Story Jam 2022


It's official! The Short Story Jam will be starting this week on Thursday! The discord is now live so get signed up now to join in the fun!

The Jam will be a week long and you'll have the opportunity to share your writing ideas and run sprints with fellow writers! 

For more information, check out the document HERE

To sign up, please fill out this short form HERE

Share this will all of your writer friends! I hope to see you there!