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.

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Book 3 Cover Reveal

Liliana Trilogy Book 3 Cover Reveal - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe third book in the Liliana Trilogy finally has a release date! On 31st August 2017, you’ll be able to get a copy of the last installment, however, I’m not quite ready to release the title or cover.

Over the next week, I’ll be teasing the cover on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so if you want to catch a glimpse, use the links at the bottom of this post to keep track of the reveal.

The final reveal will, along with pre-order link, will be here on 30th June. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

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Character Inspiration: Dreams

Character Inspiration Dreams - Lauren Mayhew AuthorDreams are full of people, some that pop up more frequently than others, and some who you’re sure you’ve never even met before. But all of the dreams are created by you, and each of the people in them is a character in that scenario.

Throughout my trilogy, characters and certain events have all come to fruition because of my crazy dreams. My dreams are so weird, I’m surprised my mum hasn’t sent me to be sectioned yet. On the plus side, I can get some wicked storylines and characters from them. Continue reading “Character Inspiration: Dreams”

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 2

50K50Days - Day 38 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, it’s day 39 in the challenge I set for myself to write 50,000 words in 50 days, and so far I’m doing really well. There was a point a few days ago where I had no idea what I was going to write next, and I very nearly gave up. However, I pushed through, and here I am on day 39 with 39,160 words written, and I haven’t even done any writing yet today!

I’ve written the final chapter already, though I know a lot of it is going to change when I start on draft 2. Now all I need to write is the battle scene at the end. Continue reading “50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 2”

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”

Dawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn

Dawn of Rebellion by Michelle LynnDawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: Dawn of Rebellion is the first in a trilogy about two sisters, Dawn and Gabby, trying to find their way and their family in a desperate future. In this first book, they encounter the forces of British occupation and the seeds of rebellion in a land formerly known as America.

Trust…Family…Love…Courage…Betrayal

When faced with the possibility of losing her sister, Dawn must find the strength to overcome anything that is thrown in her way. With the help of some unlikely friends, she travels to a wild land and faces enormous obstacles at every turn. From barbaric people to the wild animals that roam the land, this adventure is much more than Dawn bargained for…but it’s for her sister and she won’t let her down.

Up until about half way through, this book was 4 stars, but that ending! Wow! It had to be a 5!

For the first time in a long time when reading a book, my heart was racing towards the end. It was like I was running alongside Gabby and Dawn. In that moment, I was being chased too. The writing was incredible!

I liked the essence of the story being about families trying to find each other. The only criticism I would have is that Drew’s motives to go to the colonies seemed to get a bit lost in the story. I’d love to find out more about him and really hope that it’s in book 2!

I did get a little confused sometimes about who was narrating at certain times even though each chapter clearly says who it is. I think it may be because it was written in first person. My brain just couldn’t figure it out quick enough. It’s no fault of Michelle Lynn’s, just my brain!

I loved all of the characters, though I did share Dawn’s view of Drew at the beginning – cocky arse! However, my mind was quickly changed. Oh, Drew… How I love you… I find Gabby a little harder to relate to, but I think that might be because I’m more like Dawn in real life.

It’s no wonder my love life is so abysmal when I have all these fictional boyfriends. Well, Drew is now added to that list. If anyone knows a man like Drew living in England, send him my way 😉

In all seriousness, this book was amazing. It kept me wanting to read more from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what Day of Reckoning has in store for me!

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Light – Michael Grant

LIGHT Michael Grant

Light – Michael Grant – 3.5/5 Stars

I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed with the ending of a book. I thought all the deaths of my favourite characters was leading up to this big fight at the end but all I got was disco lights.

Even Little Pete’s involvement annoyed me. The whole way through the book, the series even, Petey is made out to be all powerful and yet… nope. I get the feeling that the books were rushed and so major plot holes were just left there and not filled in or explained.

I was reluctant to read the last 100 pages of this book because I was so worried about being disappointed and.. well.. I was. It was very similar to the others in the fact that nothing really happened until the last quarter of the book and even the end fell a bit flat.

It has taken me about 5 months to read this series and although I don’t regret reading them because the story is so different to anything I’ve read before, I just cannot explain how much of an anti-climax it was. I’m left with more questions than I like.

There were more characters that just seemed pointless, Justin being one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him because he was so sweet, but he added nothing to the story. Literally nothing.

And Drake! What the hell? Sam should have killed him in Lies. There was no reason and I mean no reason for him to live!

And seriously… what happened to Cookie, The Siren girl, the two kids living on the farm together? If a character is named and given a significant chunk of the story, you can’t just forget about them!

I was very happy that Edilio got his happy ending and Diana too! I’m not joking, if Edilio had died, Michael Grant would need to have eyes on the back of his head! I’d be coming after him with a spiked baseball bat!

Overall, the series was good. There was just a lot of unnecessary characters and a sloppy ending. I feel that it could have been condensed into a trilogy. Six books was just a bit too much!

The next few books I read won’t be part of a series. I think I need a few stand-alone’s for now! (Except for The Fate of Ten which comes out in 8 days!!!!!)

Writing Deadline – What Writing Deadline?

I have one question that I seriously need an answer to… How the hell is it August already?

I set myself a writing deadline a few months ago because I was trying to force myself to speed up my writing of book two – Mourning Memories. I’m supposed to have finished writing it by the 31st August. The deadline only seems to have slowed me down because I’m only half way through.

I’ve found it a real struggle to write and advertise my first book, Reality is in a Dream. Not only this, Pinterest has me glued to the computer screen every lunch break! It’s hard to concentrate on writing when funny Harry Potter memes are waiting to be laughed at!

Because of my inability to concentrate on writing Mourning Memories, I’ve decided to delete my deadline from here and pretend I never set it for myself! Some things just can’t be rushed, and writing a book is one of them!

I hope to have the book finished by the end of the year and edited quite quickly after that! I’m really excited about this one and I think that might be part of the reason it’s taking me so long! I really want it to be perfect!

I’ll keep you updated on my progress for book 2 in the Liliana trilogy. Wish me luck!

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!