Liliana Trilogy Cover Reveal

The third and final instalment in the Liliana Trilogy is finally on its way. With the help of the fabulous designer, Rachel Bostwick, I’m so excited to reveal the title and cover of the third book in the trilogy, Eternity Begins.

I had an idea in mind for Eternity Begins, and so I sent the below sketch to Rachel. It’s fair to say, she transformed it into something beautiful!

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The first two books in the trilogy are available to purchase on Amazon, so if you want to be up to date before Eternity Begins is released on 31st August 2017, you can get them by following the links below.

Reality is in a Dream

Mourning Memories

Eternity Begins is available for pre-order right now, and to make it even more special, it’s only 0.99! Pre-order your copy here!

Liliana Frye is a Custos – an immortal being with superhuman powers. It’s a life that many would love to have, and yet Liliana’s hasn’t been easy. Her powers are greatly desired by Duana, a Custos whose main aim is to steal as many powers as she can to become the greatest of all.

The Book of Custos contains the information that Duana needs to take the powers, but she doesn’t have it. Liliana’s family have the book. Duana has Liliana, along with hundreds of Custos in her crystal ball prisons. It’s only a matter of time before she figures out the ritual, and puts everyone’s lives in danger.

The action-packed final instalment of the Liliana Trilogy will keep you hooked until the very last page.

Eternity Begins Full Cover - Lauren Mayhew Author

 

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Proofreading Services for Indie Authors

Proofreading Services - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAs a self-published author myself, I know how hard it is to proofread your own work. You’ll never find all of the typos, as you know exactly what the sentence is supposed to say, and your brain skips past the errors automatically. I think a certain degree of errors are expected in self-published works, because not all of us can afford to pay a high-end proofreader, or two, to look over our books. But, you should never hit the publish button without having at least one person read through it.  Continue reading “Proofreading Services for Indie Authors”

50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 3

As you can see from the picture on the left, I completed my 50,000 words in 50 days challenge! I’m feeling very proud of myself right now, as this book just did not want to be written.

If you’ve followed my previous blogs about writing the Liliana trilogy, you’ll know that I really struggled to write the second book. It took me 18 months – yes that’s right – 18 long, long months. Because of this, I sort of fell out of love with writing this series, and I had no motivation whatsoever to write the third one. With a challenge like this one, I had no choice but to write it.

Obviously, it’s nowhere near finished. It’s probably the worst draft I’ve ever written, but that’s the whole point of doing a challenge like this. It’s quantity, not quality. You put the quality in during draft 2 and the edits! Continue reading “50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 3”

50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 1

50K50Days - Day 17 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorIt’s day 19 of my writing challenge, as I write this, and I’m glad to say that everything is going well so far.

As you can see from the picture on the left, by Day 17 I was already at 18,376 words. That’s 1,376 words ahead of schedule, so I gave myself the day off on day 18.

I am surprised at how easy I’ve been finding this so far. It took me a whole year of procrastination to get round to writing this book, and now that I’ve got the ball rolling, I don’t know what took me so long. Continue reading “50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 1”

Mourning Memories is Live!

Mourning Memories by Lauren MayhewIf you’ve followed my blog for a while, you will know that I really struggled with writing book 2 in the ‘Liliana Trilogy’ and I was uncertain if it would ever be finished! But, nearly two years after I started writing it, I can proudly say that it is now available to buy as an eBook!

Here’s the links: Amazon UK  –  Amazon US  –  Amazon CA

It’s available worldwide, though, so don’t worry if your country hasn’t been linked! Continue reading “Mourning Memories is Live!”

Book Promo

I’m really trying my hardest to give ‘Mourning Memories’ the best release possible, so I’m doing what I didn’t do with ‘Reality is in a Dream’. I’m going to try and promote it with the help of a few awesome newsletters.

First on the list, and a website I stumbled upon a while ago, ReadFree.ly. Their book submission is free, which has actually surprised me! Fingers crossed they accept my book for their Newsletter. A few places I’ve looked at, and been rejected from, don’t like new releases, but here’s hoping! Continue reading “Book Promo”

Writing Update Again

This whole year I’ve struggled with my writing. I’ve said this a lot (sorry for being repetitive) and I’ve tried loads of different things to get back on track. As I said in my last update, I’ve been quite motivated to write recently and while I’m in that sort of mood, I thought I’d try writing at a different time.

Normally, I write in my lunch break at work. What with advertising ‘Reality is in a Dream‘ and getting distracted by Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, I haven’t really found the time to write. Now I’ve decided to read in my lunch breaks instead. You can catch up on what I’m reading here.

I used to read before I went to bed every night, so now I’m writing. I used to write before I went to bed, but I stopped as soon as I got a job. I don’t know why because that seems to be when my brain is most active and imaginative.

It’s working though, because I’ve written more in the last two weeks than I did in the previous few months. Mourning Memories should be finished in the next few months! Fingers crossed anyway!

Writing Update

Waterdrop Necklace

I haven’t updated you all on my writing for a while and that’s because I haven’t really written much this whole year! I re-wrote a large portion of my second book ‘Mourning Memories’ and I found it really hard to get back into writing after that.

In the last few weeks, I’ve started to get back into it though and I’m really happy about it! I’ve come to the point in my story outline that I just cannot wait to write. It sounds stupid, but I think the anticipation of writing the ending of the book made me slow down what I was writing because it just wasn’t as exciting as all of the ideas running round in my head.

I’d also like to let you all in on the fact that one of my characters turned traitor a few months ago… sort of. You’ll just have to wait and see what I’m talking about, but I would never have suspected them of anything bad. They fooled me!

I may have created the names and existence of my characters, but they are the one’s that tell me their story. I don’t know anything about them until they feel ready to reveal it to me. I may sound crazy right now, but what writer isn’t 😉

I’d really love to have ‘Mourning Memories’ finished and attempt to have it released before the end of the year. We’ll see how it goes. Wish me luck!

Book 1 in the Liliana trilogy is available to buy worldwide on Amazon. You can find it here in the UK.

How Do You Advertise?

I’ve really been struggling to make sales for my book. I know it’s my first book and no-one knows who the hell I am, but I still would have expected a few more than… well… zero!

Here’s the link to my book: Amazon UKAmazon US Have I done something wrong with the listing?

The price of my book was relatively high, so I have changed that to the lowest that Amazon will allow an eBook to go and yet, even with Twitter and Facebook, I still can’t get people to click the link to my book.

I’ve tried Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads paid advertising and yet nothing seems to work.

I decided to opt in for Kindle Select which means that I can put my book up for free for 5 days in a 90 day period. This worked in the sense that I ‘sold’ 30+ copies of my book (which is a tiny amount when you think about it!) but I think most of those people were from a Facebook that I joined recently for YA authors. I’m not complaining, I’m flattered that they wanted to purchase my book, I just would have liked to see my efforts on Twitter make a difference.

I don’t have many followers on Twitter and even less on my Facebook page (click the links if you want to have a look). Most of my twitter followers are fellow authors who all seem to have had ‘Amazon Bestselling Books’.

On a different subject, is it only me that gets annoyed with automatic direct messages from people trying to sell their book/music to you. I’ll look for myself thanks… Forcing links on me is going to make me click them even less!

Back on subject… I’ve looked up websites that will list your book if it has a special promotion. The only problem with them is that your book needs a minimum of 5 reviews, which I don’t have. How can I get reviews if they won’t let me advertise with them? Catch 22 once again…

Do any of you have any tips on how to advertise my book? I’d love to know!