Blog Tour: Thunderlight (Book 2 of The Dragonian Series) by Adrienne Woods. **Guest Post**

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About The Author

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Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.

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About The Book

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Title: Thunderlight, Book Two
Author: Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dragonian Series
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: 20 November 2014
ISBN: 9780992244613

Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

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Author Guest Post

What have you learned from being a first time author?

 

A lot of things that I never thought I could possibly learn in this short amount of time. Firebolt is the first novel that I’ve published but not the first novel that I’ve written. The first is called Morgan, which is about half vampires/half werewolves called the Aswangs. It’s a very complicated story and although Morgan isn’t the first novel in this series, it’s Blaze, it was the very first novel I have written. Why did I publish Firebolt first? It was purely a market choice.

 

Writing for the market is extremely important. Dragons are huge at the moment thanks to the Hobbit and Game of Thrones, readers are craving for Dragon novels and ever since I’ve published Firebolt, my novel hasn’t stop selling, which is making the PRE-ORDER experience on Thunderlight and Venom a sweet and amazing experience.

 

I can promise you this, if Dragons weren’t big, I wouldn’t have had this success to begin with. I would’ve struggled to get my little novel out there. Which brings me to the second point of what I’ve learned: How to get your novel in front of readers.

 

Blog tours, Blog tours, and more Blog tours. I know plenty of you think it’s a waste of money, but I promise you it’s not. All my social media accounts have grown including my fan base on Goodreads and Facebook pages. People are starting to know who I am because of Blog tours and even though I am paying for their services, I’m so grateful for everything these companies have done for me. It’s not as expensive as getting a PR company to promote you as an author and it really does help with getting your novel in front of readers, so give it a try, but again, I wrote for the market, so if Dragons weren’t huge at the moment, it might not have been this successful as it has been, still you do get your novel in front of readers that love the genre you wrote for, which brings me to my third point.

 

PR Companies.

When is the right time to use them?

 

I’m sure many authors know what I’m talking about when it comes to PR Companies and how expensive they can be. Still I believe with all my heart that at some stage you do need a good PR Specialist. But before you choose the right company to begin with, do your research on these companies first. Look at what others are saying about them and go and see if those authors are selling their novels. It’s easy to go and see if novels are selling or not, just go to Amazon ranking and Barnes and Noble, it’s just an example but there are more ways to check if an author’s novel is selling. These come in handy when you do research on a PR Company or a Publishing company.  You don’t want to publish your novel with a publisher if none of their novels are good sellers, and by good I don’t mean they have to be number one, but anything from 100 000 to 10 000 and below is good. It means you are selling between one book a week to 20 books a day, depending on the rating. Doing this, I promise you, you will see value for your money. It’s very important to do the research before choosing a PR Company or any other company to work with when it comes to your novel.

 

Reviews?

Take them with a pinch of salt. Never reply to a review unless it’s to thank someone that really did the effort in telling you how much they enjoyed it. Don’t send a mail if they didn’t enjoy it and you don’t approve of their comments. It’s their opinion, not the entire world and you have to make peace with the fact that not everyone is going to love your novel.

If you feel that you need to change your novel, say for instance too many people hammered on something that annoyed them in your novel or they would’ve liked to see more growing of one of your characters, then by all means, do a revamp of your story and get the second edition out. I’ve done it with Firebolt and the new Firebolt is getting much stronger reviews then the first and second edition.

 

Review copies and fans.

Don’t be afraid to send out free stuff, free copies to review, etc. You are not going to lose sales with free copies in fact I think you are gaining more from these reviews. They will tell their friends if it’s a good novel that they loved and those friends will buy it eventually and maybe tell more people about it. Word of mouth is not going to happen overnight and it’s free arc copies, or review copies that is going to get you there. Reach out to bloggers, asking them nicely to help with reviewing your novel. I’ve spend months doing this to get Firebolt out there as I didn’t always have the money to pay for virtual tours.

Ask someone to make you bookmarks and bags, anything you can think off to give away. I know it costs money but believe me a bookmark will give you plenty new likes on a Facebook page or followers if you have one up for grabs with say gaining more followers event. A giftcard from Amazon is even more potent. So don’t be afraid to go crazy with giving out free copies for reviews. They really do help getting your novel out there.

 

Last, be grateful what you have accomplished. This one is actually my first and I can’t tell you how grateful I am of all my sales, my fans, people who are supporting me and the team that is making my dream come true. They are all unique in what they do, and together they make everything come to live.

 

Thank you all and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate, you can leave a comment on this blog and I will answer them for you.

 

Kind wishes,

Adrienne Woods.

 

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