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The writing process is fascinating, and every writer approaches it slightly differently. In this category you’ll find everything about my journey, from the first words of the first draft all the way to publication.

Wardens of Archos Release Week Day 5 – A Review and Excerpts!

Here’s the final release week stop, friends and Sparrows! Author and Blogger Rhianne Williams did an interview and shared some excerpts over on her blog. Take a look:

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Wardens of Archos Release Week Day 2 – A Review and Excerpts

Today, I’m over on Meka James’s blog for her review of Wardens of Archos and a couple of excerpts chosen by her, so head on over there and take a look 😉

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Wardens of Archos RELEASE DAY – Release Week Schedule and Character Aesthetics

IT’S HERE, FRIENDS AND SPARROWS! Wardens of Archos is now officially OUT!

To celebrate, there are all kinds of things going on this week. Here’s the schedule so you know what’s happening where and when:

 

MondayFaith Rivens shares some of her favourite lines and pretty character aesthetics

TuesdayMeka James shares her review and favourite excerpts

WednesdayDana Fraedrich does an interview with me

ThursdayK. J. Chapman does a mini interview with me and also has a HUGE reveal regarding Book 3, friends!

FridayRhianne Williams shares her review as well as two excerpts

Faith Rivens is kicking things off today by sharing her favourite lines and also some character aesthetics (which I had so much fun creating, by the way). Take a look:

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I’ll be sharing a link to each stop as they become available. Since we all live in different time zones, most of them won’t go live at my usual time but if you keep an eye on this blog – or the links above – you won’t miss a thing 🙂

You can buy it here. Don’t forget to add it on Goodreads, either 😉

Now, share away, friends, and happy reading! <3


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Wardens of Archos Signed Paperback Giveaway

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME, FRIENDS AND SPARROWS!

With the release of Wardens of Archos only one week away, I thought now was the perfect time to give away some signed paperbacks! If you’d like to win one of two signed copies, read on 😉

Here’s how you enter:

• post a picture of Book 1 in the trilogy, Rise of the Sparrows, and tell me who your favourite character is using the hashtag #wardensofarchosgiveaway I want to make sure that Book 2 goes to someone who’s read the first book, hence the picture 😉
• you can enter on Twitter, Facebook, and on Instagram
• if you cross-post across social media platforms (from Instagram to Twitter, for example) make sure you’ve tagged me correctly so I don’t miss your posts. My handles are: @sarinalanger (Twitter), @sarinalangerwriter (Instagram and Facebook)
• 1 entry per social media platform – so, if you post on Instagram, on Twitter, and on Facebook, you get three entries
• 1 entry if you sign up to my newsletter
• 1 entry if you join my Sparrow Review Team

That makes five potential entries, friends! 😘

Commenting here does not count as an entry.

The giveaway ends on Sunday October 15. The winners will be announced on Monday ☺️

Good luck, friends and Sparrows!

“Once a despised street rat, now the reigning queen of Rifarne, Rachael is at the centre of everyone’s attention. All she wants is a few peaceful moments to herself—

but her kingdom has other plans.

The Tramuran ambassador unnerves her.

The Krymistian lady is hiding something.

A Mist Woman brings her a gift, and a warning: Aeron’s death has released the Dark One’s shades into the world. And Rachael, as the only living seer in existence, is the only one who can stop him before he destroys everything she’s beginning to cherish. But can Rachael trust the Mist Woman, or is Kaida just another sorceress playing with her life?

There’s a chance that answers are hidden beneath the ancient Krymistian ruins of Archos.

If only she could be sure that her nightmares of Cephy are just that, and not something darker…

Rachael is running out of time. The shadows are coming, and their claws are reaching for her.”


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The Pre-order of Wardens of Archos is now LIVE!

Good news, friends! You can now pre-order the eBook of Wardens of Archos! <3

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Once a despised street rat, now the reigning queen of Rifarne, Rachael is at the centre of everyone’s attention. All she wants is a few peaceful moments to herself—

but her kingdom has other plans.

The Tramuran ambassador unnerves her.

The Krymistian lady is hiding something.

A Mist Woman brings her a gift, and a warning: Aeron’s death has released the Dark One’s shades into the world. And Rachael, as the only living seer in existence, is the only one who can stop him before he destroys everything she’s beginning to cherish. But can Rachael trust the Mist Woman, or is Kaida just another sorceress playing with her life?

There’s a chance that answers are hidden beneath the ancient Krymistian ruins of Archos.

If only she could be sure that her nightmares of Cephy are just that, and not something darker…

Rachael is running out of time. The shadows are coming, and their claws are reaching for her.”

If you don’t want to wait until October 16, you can still join my Sparrow Review Team 😉


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Wardens of Archos Release Date, ARC’s, & Upcoming Giveaways (oh, and the cover for Darkened Light is also underway)

Happy Friday, friends! I have exciting news this week! 😉

(But before we get into any of that goodness, I refuse to believe it’s September. Somebody explain.)

Let’s start with the most exciting thing, shall we? Relics of Ar’Zac #2 has a release date! Wardens of Archos will be published on October 16th. You’ll be able to pre-order the eBook once the final proofread is done and I’ve formatted it; I’ll let you know when the time comes 😉

Before that, you’ll be able to add it to your Goodreads list. I’m sending out ARCs next week, and will add it to Goodreads around the same time. If you keep an eye on my various social media accounts, you won’t miss it.

While most of my ARCs have been requested, I still have a few left! If you’d like an ARC, either leave a comment here or let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram 🙂 All you have to do in return is write a review for Amazon and Goodreads in time for the release. If you have the review before the 16th you’re allowed to post that, too, you just won’t be able to share it on Amazon before it’s published. Amazon and Goodreads are a must, but you’re welcome to also share it wherever else you usually post your reviews.

Yesterday I contacted everyone who’s requested an ARC already, so if you’re not sure if you’ve asked and haven’t heard from me, do it now 😉

If you’d like to do an interview, host a giveaway, share some character aesthetics or a few snippets, or do a review with quotes during release week to help me promote the book, let me know! If you’re interested but none of the above sound appealing or fit your blog, let me know and we can work something out 🙂

Ideally, I’d like to promote Wardens on a different blog every day during release week, but if I have enough takers I might stretch it out to two weeks *goodnight, my sanity*. I’ve had two requests already before I even started asking, so get in early 😉

All this means it’s almost time for giveaways! I’m currently planning on hosting two – one newsletter exclusive (subscribe here if you haven’t already so you don’t miss it), and one across all social media accounts. My newsletter list is still relatively small, so you’ve got a good chance of winning 😉

I haven’t decided how many paperbacks I’ll give away yet, but they’ll all be signed and they’ll be given away in the run-up to release week.

Honestly, this was a surprise this week! I could have sworn I booked it for October… But on Wednesday, I had an email inviting me to start the project, so here we are! COVER REVEAL INCOMING! 😀 We’ve only just started planning, but if I had to guess I’d say there’ll be a new shiny cover and blurb coming your way at the end of September/ early October 😉

I’m really excited to share this with you, and I can’t wait to throw a little more your way <3

That’s it for today! September is going to be an exciting one, and I’ve a feeling it’ll go fast. There’ll be more updates the closer we get to release week (there’ll be a giveaway, for one, and I guess there’s a cover reveal coming now, too) so make yourselves some tea and be ready!


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Check out This Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Promo This Weekend!

This weekend, Rise of the Sparrows is included in this huge monster promotion! Be sure to check it out – it’s 100 amazing additions to your sci-fi and fantasy reading list! 😉

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Promo

“As a homeless orphan, shunned for having the gift, Rachael knows how to survive. The visions of people dying are only hers to see. The shadows are her safety. When Cephy comes into her life, having a friend—a friend as feared by the villagers as Rachael—seems too good to be true.

And it is. Her visions are worse since Cephy came along, and Rachael’s gut feeling urges her to walk the other way. Alone.

When Cephy burns down her old home, the villagers respond with violence: they call on the White Guard to take Rachael and Cephy away for execution. Together they flee into a world they know nothing about. In the unknown awaits a Mist Woman, a prophecy, and a young rebel who sounds sincere –

but in Rachael’s experience, no one ever is. And how can she trust him when he believes in an ancient prophecy that seems to refer to her, and asks her to commit regicide so that people with the gift can be free?

Suddenly the cold shadows of Blackrock’s winter don’t seem so bad, and Rachael is torn between finally having food and warm shelter, and surviving on her own as she always has. The Sparrows—fighters of the resistance—believe in her because the prophecy names her. But can she be the leader they need when she can’t control her own magic?

Rachael knows the struggles the gifted endure all too well. Perhaps it’s time she stopped hiding, and fought back.”


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Progress Update: Wardens of Archos, Darkened Light, and Nervous Beta Shakes (OOH, and an Excerpt)

I figured it was about time I updated you 🙂 Much has happened this month, many cookies have been consumed in celebration (and fear), and all of it is exciting. I’ll try to make this brief because I’m not at my home computer right now and therefore can’t spam you with gifs.

~ Wardens of Archos ~

WoA is now with my beta squad <3 As I’m waiting for the first emails with feedback to come in I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m scared, I’m relieved – it’s not a good combination, friends.  I’m an emotional mess, basically (which, yes, is me on every other day, too, but waiting for beta feedback to roll in makes it worse; I’m a fragile, emotionally unstable kitten).

I do have a release date in mind, but I’m worried if I announce it I’ll jinx it. Which is a pretty big difference to last year, when I announced my release date long before betas were recruited and I ultimately stressed my sanity until it died. It will come soon, I promise (so will ARCs, btw – any takers? 😉 ). I just want to be sure first that it’s doable. But watch October, friends.

~ Darkened Light ~

I’m SO excited to finally come back to this. Darkened Light has been resting ever since December (some of you might remember that it was a NaNo baby), and I’ve been dying to come back to my elven sorceress, my thief, my sacrifice, and my boy who likes to set stuff on fire. It’s a great group, you’ll see 🙂

It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything about it – WoA has been so needy, friends; also, I have separation issues – so I thought I’d share the opening scene again. It’s had a rough (very rough) first edit now, but there’s lot of work left to do. I skimmed the first few pre-NaNo chapters yesterday and it’s in pretty bad shape :’) The post-NaNo chapters look so much better already, I just need to work my way through the beginnings to get there.

Pray for me, will you? :’) Cookies, cake, and tea are also appreciated.

I’ll be doing more sharing over the next few months (the cover is booked for early October!) and will hopefully get a first draft of a blurb written, too (blurbs are the devil, by the way. the. devil.) but for now, here’s the first few words of Darkened Light:

~ Excerpt ~

Naavah Ora stared into the soul of the Heart, and knew that it was dying. There was a presence here with her, and it slowly corrupted the world.

The red grass beneath her feet swayed in the windless breeze as always, the same breeze caressed her skin, but something wasn’t right. In the distance, she saw the city—a haven for all dead—bright and shining as ever, but still something wasn’t right.

It was the missing whisper on the wind. It was the missing laughter in their eyes. It was the slow hiss that carried over the meadow and into the sky, and turned her blood to ice.

And all she could do was watch as it slithered invisibly to the city at the heart of their haven, and turned the dead against them.


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Wardens of Archos Beta Squad, ASSEMBLE!

It’s time, friends!! Wardens of Archos needs you! *flails* *cries tears of fear*

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You’ll have a month from the day you receive the draft to get your feedback to me. I will send out beta copies next week, probably around Wednesday or Thursday, so you’d have until August 17th. Roughly.
  • If you realise at any point that my book isn’t for you, you’re free to abandon ship.
  • If you realise at any point that you’ve taken on too much and you don’t have the time after all, you’re free to abandon ship.
  • If you abandon ship, please let me know so I don’t forever wonder what happened to you.
  • If you’ve never been a beta reader before, that’s fine – I promise to take good care of you <3
  • I’m looking for five, maybe seven, lovelies to join my loyal beta squad.

You don’t necessarily need to have read Rise of the Sparrows first, but please remember that this is a sequel, so having read Book 1 first can’t be a bad idea 🙂

When I send you your beta copy, you’ll also receive an email of instructions so you’ll know what to look for 🙂 If you want more information now, before committing to anything, you can find my blog post about what betas do here:

To volunteer, you can either leave a comment below, or you can send me a message (or reply to the corresponding post) on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook 🙂

Now, volunteer away, my lovelies! <3


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