There have been a few changes at BraeVitae lately, all related to this adorable, if somewhat demanding creature pictured above. Starting a family of our own has been our greatest wish for about ten years and last December a wonderful birth-mother chose us! We’re now the proud and slightly frazzled parents of Elizabeth (Ellie).
This is having a significant impact on our book release schedule.
We’re inching closer to completing The Witch’s Diary, now including some incredible illustrations created by our good friend Alison Tamko (also purveyor of fine Fantasy and SciFi inspired tea blends).
Part Time Girl and Mist Warden book 3 are on the back-burner for the moment. As we only have a few moments of baby free-time in a day, we’re going to work on a few short stories that we’ve been jonesing to write.
Here’s what we’ve been up to since we published Curse Bound earlier this year:
Rebecca completed an adult fantasy/humour novel, working title: The Witch’s Diary. Our first-readers have provided feedback and she’s gearing up to query it.
Adriaan completed a YA low-fantasy novel with a gender-fluid theme, working title: Part Time Girl. He has been querying it and has had some partials requested.
We have not forgotten the Mist Warden series! We recently completed the outline for book 3: Death Bound. There’s death and mayhem in Coldwater as the gate’s magic pushes farther into this reality. Jess, Drew, and Mac face the toughest challenges yet, making decisions that will change the course of history.
We will be at Tea… and other things this Saturday (9 July) signing books and hanging out with some other local artists and creators.
Hope to see you there!
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For those in the LGBTQ+ community who are scared and hurt, reach out to your family and friends if you can—talk, hold them tight, tell them you love them. If you can’t and need someone to talk things through with, please call a help line. You are precious and you are not alone. There are people who care about you that you haven’t even met yet.
For anyone feeling helpless who wants to do something positive but isn’t sure what, please consider donating money and/or time to local, national, or international organizations that offer programs supporting LGBTQ+ people. They are just a quick Google away and all of their resources will be stretched thin in the coming days and months.
This tragedy reaches beyond country borders. LGBTQ+ people worldwide will feel this hurt deeply and may need help. Please also consider donating to distress lines and if you can, donate blood. Your blood may not reach the victims of this tragedy, but it will reach someone else in crisis. Saving a life is the best response I can think of to this senseless horror.
Last, but by no means least, speak out against hate in all its forms. Don’t stay silent. You never know who is listening. Someone’s life may depend on your response to that hatred, in that moment.
A short list of the many organizations you could help:
As authors, we become embedded in the literary world. We’ve read hundreds of reviews and written scores. We forget sometimes that not all readers are this hard-core, and are a little trepidatious about dropping a review online.
What you may not know as a reader is how your review makes our books more visible to other readers. A certain number of reviews are required to enter promotional lists on Amazon and elsewhere (this bar keeps rising). Readers also say the total number of reviews (not the rating) is a primary factor in deciding to take a closer look at a book.
Honest: Be bluntly honest. Leave a review for other readers, not the author. If you don’t mention a problem you’re just setting another reader up for disappointment and potentially generating worse reviews for the author in future.
Fair: Try to evaluate the book thinking about that other reader. What do they need to know to choose this book over another (or not)? If there was something that bothered you, try to make it explicit, Eg:”There wasn’t enough romance for me” rather than “It was boring.” (Also, if you received a free book, an ARC or a review copy, it’s good practice to mention this at the start of the review.)
Size Doesn’t Matter: Make your review as long or short as it needs to be. If you have an essay in your heart inspired by the book, go ahead. If you just want to drop a quick note saying you enjoyed the read, go ahead. Generally positive reviews can be shorter because they don’t need to explain (Tolstoy effect).
Where To Leave Reviews:
The best place to leave a review is Amazon:
Goodreads is also a great place to leave reviews:
Goodreads: Chaos Bound
Goodreads: Curse Bound
Links to other stores, both online and off, can be found on the book pages:
Please also consider voting for our books on Goodreads lists. Readers often use these lists to find other books in a specific genre.
Duplicate Reviews: It is completely appropriate to duplicate your review across multiple stores/sites if you would like to reach a broader audience. For example: Reviews on Amazon local stores (ie. Amazon.ca) will not show up on Amazon.com.
A Special Note on Cultural Awareness / Appropriation:
We want to represent multicultural societies in our writing, but we’re well aware that we can’t know everything there is to know about cultures outside of our European-Canadian upbringing. We’re bound to make mistakes. We encourage feedback in these areas and promise to take it as a learning experience.