It’s New Year’s resolution time again, and one of my favourite resolutions is to read more books! This year, I’m aiming to read 100 books in 2017. It’s an ambitious goal, but even if I don’t make it, I still come out ahead because…books.
Here are the statistics Goodreads has shared about last year’s challenge:
Books Pledged 142,398,150
Books Finished 39,444,997
Avg. Books Pledged 46
Challenges Completed 30,338
And 2017 is looking good too. Here are the stats so far:
46,226,091 Total Books Pledged
1,103,854 Total Books Completed
45 Average Books Per Challenge
232 Challenges Completed
232 people have finished their challenges already. How many books will you read this year?
I recently appeared at Hal-Con, the biggest sci fi/fantasy conference in Eastern Canada, as a guest speaker and vendor and I had a ton of fun. I went all out and dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast on two separate days – I wore the famous yellow ball gown on Saturday and the blue peasant dress on Sunday – but I still didn’t hold a candle to some of the costumes I saw at the con.
I spoke on three panels about writing and self-publishing, and it was amazing to meet so many other talented authors and artists in the audience at each one. The amazing Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Raven Cycle series, was one of the major guests at the con and hearing her speak was definitely a highlight. It was also exciting to share microphone time with fellow local authors Bruce Delo, Christian DeWolf, Shawna Romkey, Julia Phillips-Smith, and Clare C. Marshall.
There were a bunch of crazy-talented comic book artists at the con as guests and I especially enjoyed meeting Mike Norton (the creator of Battlepug), Michel Lacombe (who has worked on pretty much every famous comic book ever), and Jenni Frison (cover artist extraordinaire) and Rossi Gifford (creator of critically acclaimed fantasy series “Spirit Leaves”).
One of the things I really appreciated about Hal-Con is that there seemed to be an equal balance of male and female guests/speakers. Most statistics I’ve read say that somewhere between 65-75% of traditionally published authors and reviewers are male, and from what I understand, the same problem persists in comics. (There’s an interesting Wikipedia article about the issue here).
I’m still hard at work on getting The Fury Bride ready for launch, but in the meantime, I’m so excited to announce the release of Man’s Ruin, the first book in my new Original Sin series. To be honest, I actually like this book even more than the Furies (not that I’ll be abandoning them), and I think Man’s Ruin is my best work yet. Check it out and tell me what you think!
I have also created a special “Pulp Edition” of Man’s Ruin, which features a classic hardboiled cover created by artist Ástor Alexander and includes the short story prequel, “Whatever Lola Wants” as well as “The Sweet Spot: Pulp Fiction and Modern Romance”, an essay about crime fiction and the romance genre.
“Whatever Lola Wants” is also available as a standalone short story for $0.99 and “The Sweet Spot” is available as a FREE download!
There’s lots of Furies news to report, so I’ll give you the bad news first – I’ve had to push the release of The Fury Bride back from August to September, 2016. That’s partly good news, though, because the reason for the push is that I’ve been busy with new projects since Fury’s Kiss won the 2016 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Most of these projects are related to the Furies, but there’s one totally separate project that I’m very excited about and which will be announced later this month, so stay tuned!
Jackson Byrne isn’t quite sure how he ended up engaged to a woman with powers straight out of Greek legend, but he wouldn’t trade the life he’s made with his fiancee, Tara, for anything. With the big day fast approaching, he’s determined to give his bride the wedding of her dreams – unless Greek god and party boy, Dionysus, gets in the way.
This New England Furies short story takes place between the events of Fury Scorned (Book 2) and Dark Fury (Book 3), shortly after Venus Rising (another short). I particularly enjoyed writing this story from Jackson’s point of view!
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The Official Fury’s Kiss Companion
This novella-length (approx. 30 pages) peek behind the scenes into the world of the New England Furies has been available to newsletter subscribers as a free PDF since last August, but the kind folks at Kobo have helped me convert the file to true ebook format and the Companion is now available for purchase as well ($0.99) in the new, improved format.
This book is best read on an e-reader or tablet with a color display, or on your desktop, as it uses a number of photos and graphic design elements.
A note about pricing: This book is $0.99 at Kobo and iBooks, but because of the large file size, Amazon won’t allow a price lower than $1.99.
The New England Furies Box Set – Books 1-3
Includes Two bonus Short Stories
In the exclusive Kobo version, you will also find included a copy of The Official Fury’s Kiss Companion.
Get $18 of value for only $9.99!
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Hey paranormal romance fans! Fury’s Kiss will be released in an anthology with seven other awesome authors on August 2 and even if you’ve already read my book, the anthology is a steal at $0.99 (full retail value of $40). This is a limited-time promo project, so you’ll only have a few months before it disappears. Pre-order now to make sure you don’t miss it!
Bad Boys After Dark
Dark, dangerous, deadly, and full of desire.
Paranormal creatures stalk the night and find their mates in this collection of stories to be read at bedtime and fantasized about in dreams. A power that can’t be resisted. A wild streak that can’t be tamed. A passion that fulfills a woman in ways she never imagined. All these are contained in a volume of tempting FULL-LENGTH NOVELS by eight AWARD WINNING and BESTSELLING romance authors.
Shifters, vampires, ghosts, and more inhabit these night time worlds, existing in the gray realm between good and evil. Whether you like your hero furry, fanged, aggressive or more subtly seductive, this set is for you!
Featuring eight sexy paranormal romances and urban fantasies, Bad Boys After Dark is a limited time box set worth more than $40!
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Since winning the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, I have been featured on Global News Morning in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia and in the local newspaper, The Chronicle Herald. The TV news spot was filmed live, so that was definitely the more nerve-wracking of the two! Luckily, both Andrea Dion of Global News and Heather Laura Clarke from the Chronicle Herald are wonderful interviewers and helped put me at ease.
Since the TV spot aired and the newspaper article came out, I have received lots of messages from friends and readers from all over, and knowing that people are rooting for me to succeed and are enjoying my work is such an encouragement to keep writing. I’ve even heard from a few people who are interested in self-publishing and have shared the fact that my work has inspired them to pursue their dreams. This is one of the most amazing compliments I have ever received!
Since the Kobo win, I have been amused to find myself in the position of constantly confusing people about which of my names they should use – my pen name or my legal name. While some authors with pen names guard their real identities zealously, my true identity has never been a secret and is very similar to my real name, so I always tell people to use whichever name they want. In fact, most of my writing group and publishing industry contacts use both names interchangeably!
I owe a special thanks to Taylor Buckley of High View Communications for working with me to spread the word about Fury’s Kiss, and to Kobo for connecting us.
Some of my readers will already have seen the news on social media, but I’m thrilled to announce that Fury’s Kiss won the 2016 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize! I was in Toronto last week for the award reception, and it was amazing. I got to meet the Kobo Writing Life team (the self-publishing side of things), and they were so supportive and friendly, I feel like I’ve known them forever! The hospitality they showed me was incredible and I encourage all my readers to purchase from them if you like to read ebooks. You don’t need their specific e-reader, as you can download the Kobo app in various browsers on various devices. Kobo is a huge supporter of indie authors – many writing contests won’t allow self-published authors to even enter!
Here’s what judge Lynsay Sands, author of the bestselling Argeneau Vampires series, had to say about Fury’s Kiss:
“Nicola R. White’s Fury’s Kiss: New England Furies Book 1 was a welcome surprise. The idea behind the story was definitely original and Ms. White is a natural storyteller. Her writing flows smoothly, quickly drawing the reader into the world she’s created, and then keeps them there with high doses of action, suspense, and of course romance. The characters, though, are where Ms. White truly shines. Her female lead is strong but still relatable. However, her secondary characters really added to the story, giving it depth and personality. This story is definitely a winner.”
Since the winners of the prize were announced, Fury’s Kiss has shot up the bestseller lists at Kobo and I am humbled by the number of people who are reading my books. I’ve even been outselling Stephen King! He is one of my favourite authors, so that is a very big deal to me. As a result of winning the prize, lots of exciting new opportunities and possibilities have been coming my way, so stay tuned for news about new projects and new releases.
Finally, I want to say congratulations to the other winners and the other authors who were shortlisted, especially the romance authors. Their books all look amazing and I can’t wait to check them out!
Check out my latest short story, “No Accounting For Taste”! Tabitha Fletcher is a forensic accountant who catches a criminal and finds love while on assignment in the Australian outback.
This story was written for a contest run by Success Tax Professionals (Australian tax agents, accountants, and business advisors). The contest focuses on raising funds for the ‘Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal’, a national response to the threat posed by disease to the Tasmanian Devil. The Tasmanian Devil is highly endangered due to an epidemic caused by a unique, contagious cancer.
If you enjoy the story and “like” it on Facebook, it will be a big help to me personally, and will help raise awareness of an endangered species. Thanks for reading!
If you like getting free books, sneak peeks of new releases, and behind the scenes info into the world of your favourite characters, my street team is for you!
As a member of my street team, you’ll get to read my books before anyone else, get the first look at new covers, and qualify for great prizes and giveaways. In exchange, I’ll ask you to help promote my books by leaving reviews and telling friends about new releases.