Enter the PAPERBACK!

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Some people say there’s nothing like the smell of new books to stir a reader’s soul. To those people I say… try being the one who wrote the book!

The Razvak Hunter is now officially in Paperback format and I’ve already gotten my first group at home. I feel like I’m going to spend the entire day just staring at them (maybe with some drool involved).

Doesn’t it look awesome? I love the colors and the way the cover came up and I hope you guys will like it too. Let me know your opinions below and don’t forget to order your own copy at:

http://goo.gl/2Lvjwd

Release Day!

RELEASE DAY

It’s here! It’s here!

Happy release day, everybody! The Razvak Hunter is now officially out and live for purchase.

I cannot tell you how relieved and excited I am, and God knows I’ve opened the book page ten thousand times today just to take a look at it (*sniff* So beautiful! *sniff*)

This has been a great journey and I’m happy to see it come to completion. Now onto the next one and to hope you will all give this my humble book a try!

GET IT HERE!

 

Teaser Monday 1

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Hi, hi!

So… February! I can’t believe it’s here already. Knowing we are entering release month is both amazing and nerve-wracking. I have a couple of things lined up but the schedule of it all is pretty much nightmarish.

But anyways, you guys don’t want to know about that. Instead, let me tell you what’s going to happen over the next month, ok?

Well, leading to the release date of February 29 (mark your calendars, people!) I’m going to be releasing some weekly content about the book and the world in which the book develops: Vallenthar.

Here’s how it looks:

Monday: Teaser Day (We are going to have three more teasers before the book is live, the one today being the first in the line up. Each teaser contains a piece of the book so gather them up!)

Wednesday: Glossary/Word of the Day (Like any self-respecting fantasy world, Vallenthar has its own geography and languages. For the rest of February we are going to be learning some more about that, exploring the map of Vallenthar and learning the locations and terminology that you are going to be seeing in the book once is out. This glossary as a whole will be available as a single illustrated piece in my website after the release day, so if you missed a post, you know where to go!)

Friday: Meet and Greet  (Every Friday night I’ll be presenting one of the main character of my series, in ascending order of importance. I’ll tell you a little bit about them, their background and why you are going to want to know more about them. Look forward to it!)

The rest of my posting schedule, including the Straight from… posts and all other content I blog about is going to remain the same, so I’m not slacking off in that sense. But people, it’s release month, release month! Precursory measures must be taken!

Oh, gosh, so busy, so busy!

Enjoy your teaser and see you on Wednesday. 😉

 

Official Website launch!

Hi, there!

Ok, so here it is! I’ve been working on it for a while and now it’s finally a reality:

Arel B. Grant’s Official Author Website

I put a lot of effort into this and those of you who visit it will find some interesting things that have not been available in this blog as of yet. You will also get some more information about my prequel novella, Heroes of Vallenthar, which we discussed earlier last week. This novella will be available for FREE to all the readers that sign up for the monthly newsletter. Click the link to find out more!

The website also has an exclusive Razvak Series section. This is going to be filling up as more content comes up and more books are released, so you’ll have to check back frequently. To commemorate this auspicious occasion of ours, I’ll leave you with a little treat: the map that is going to be included in the The Razvak Hunter ebook, featuring the land of Vallenthar and the region in which books 0.5, 1 and 2 occur: Myrasia.

Happy Monday!

map Myrasia (Large)

The Razvak Hunter: Cover and Blurb Reveal

Front (kindle size)  Back (kindle size) (Custom)

Before…

Aelwyd has worked hard to become strong. As the Fairest One of Vallenthar, her power is formidable. Years of battle honed her into a fearsome warrior who never falters in front of an enemy. However, there are shadows that when they come, they can swallow you whole. After a hundred years of praying against it, the minute she walks into the chilling scene of death in front of her, she knows her personal nightmare is back.

He nearly destroyed her once, but she isn’t a victim anymore. This time, she will stop him, or she will die trying.

Now…

Dalbran knows nothing of friends, joy, or mischief. The orphaned ward of a ruthless warrior woman, she’s never showed him love or affection. Instead she fills his days with learning the art of battle, savage teachings of how to survive in their harsh world. Days are filled with pain and exhaustion, but nighttime used to be his own. Even that is now lost, though, for something lurks in the shadows of sleep, clawing at him the moment his eyes close. He tells himself it’s okay, that he can handle it. However daunting the voices may be, however cold the hand that chokes him in the darkness, as long as it stays within the nightmare, everything will be all right.

As long as it stays within the nightmare…

Hello, hello!

As promised earlier this week, today is the cover and blurb launch for my first novel, The Razvak Hunter. 

I am particularly fond of this cover and I must say it has come a long way from my first original design. Those of you who have been following my blog might have noticed the progressive changes the teaser format has gone through. Yes, the cover has suffered them as well. I guess my designer’s soul was never quite happy with the results every time, so I just kept changing it.

This is also the reason why I’m finally releasing it here. Publication is a great deterrent so if I ever fall out of love with it in the future (fingers crossed I won’t), the temptation to change it won’t be bigger than me.

Back cover is also ready, although I won’t be releasing a paperback in quite a while. It’s an interesting endeavor when you are trying to create the cover for YOUR book. I’ve done several for other authors, but for some reason, yours is always the hardest. However, if you keep in mind the core requisites for any cover, you will be alright. Let’s remember them:

  1. Does it look professional?
  2. Does it convey your genre?
  3. Is it eye-catching enough to get your reader’s attentions among the gazillion other covers that are available online?

Remember that the cover will pretty much be the base of your future branding, so it IS important (for more about that, check my Cover Design series here).

But back to our main theme: The Razvak Hunter is officially covered! Yay!

 

New Year, New Teaser!

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It’s been a while since I did a Progress Report.

The holidays really hit my blogging career, but we are still on track! The manuscript is going through his last round of editings and cover and blurb are already up (so prettyyyyyy!!!!) I’ll probably be releasing them by the end of this week.

Pre-Order for The Razvak Hunter will be available soon so make sure to keep an eye out, and next monday will be the launching of the Arel B. Grant Official Author Page (sounds professional and everything!) So excited!

For now, another teaser for you, dear readers of mine (however few you may be). The third in our group of ten. Doesn’t it look lovely?

See you later, and keep reading everybody!

Progress Report!

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It’s been awhile since my first progress report and we’ve been moving forward since then, slowly but steadily. We are now entering the 20,000 words deadline. Yikes! That means long days, exhausting editing and juggling word count with day job so as to not burn all your ships too early. It’s all nice and dandy on the road to NYT Bestselling (visualization is key, people, key!), but one still needs to eat.

Big changes from last time:

  • New Title! I realized the “Journey” title was a little bit on the vague side. After all, I want my future score of avid readers (la-la-la-la) to be able to find my book and not be stuck among a dozen of travel manuals, so that’s it. New title! Nice and shiny and totally appropriate: The Razvak Hunter makes its debut.
  • New Teaser Format! Our previous teaser was rather boring, wasn’t it? And even if it wasn’t, it’s gone. Our new teaser format is going to be the standard from now on, and it’s also the base for the covers that are going to appear sometime this month (look forward to it). Hope you enjoy!

With that in mind, I’ll leave you another teaser, and  encourage you to wait for the grand cover reveal that will be happening by the end of this month, along with the blurb release for all of you to read and be excited about (again, visualization :D)

Anyways, that was progress report for today, hopefully, they will start coming more often. Next report will be about entering the 10k words deadline (fingers crossed) and also the release of my official webpage, which should be up and about by early December. So much to do! So little time!

Teaser 1

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The Journey is the first novel of my Epic Fantasy series Razvak, a project quite close to my heart that’s been more than five years in the making.

After many changes, improvements, and do-overs, the book will finally come to life sometime in early 2016. Right now I’m just adding those torturous final touches. It’s strange to know that by this time next year, I’m going to be working on something else entirely…

Or maybe not. After all, The Journey is just a first look. And there still much more to come.

Stay tuned for more updates!

You can follow my regular uploads on twitter, or look for the progress reports right here.

Next time, we’ll get a sneak peak of chapter 2, plus the first full-length summary.