Category: Writing

The Starless Girl and Readers of Realms

The Starless Girl and Readers of Realms

What a great day! It’s 50 degrees here in Connecticut which feels like it’s summer weather. Despite only getting four hours of sleep last night because my tiny human loves to see me all hours of the day, I’m in a great mood!

The first book in my Realm of Camellia series has an official new name, and an official release date!

The Starless Girl, through Limitless Publishing, will drop on May 14th, and will be available for pre-sale on May 4th.


To gear up for the release, I’ve opened a reader’s group on Facebook. Join for exclusive content and be the first to find out updates on all of the Realm of Camellia books. I’ve also got some giveaways in the works.

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Update! Realm of Camellia book 1 to be published by Limitless Publishing

Update! Realm of Camellia book 1 to be published by Limitless Publishing

If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably heard that my next book will be published by Limitless Publishing! It’s the first book in the Realm of Camellia series. I won’t say the name right now, since we’re possibly making a change to the title, but the series will definitely be called the Realm of Camellia series! The book will be published sometime this year, I’ll have more information soon, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Check out my author bio on Limitless Publishing’s website, and join my newsletter list for more updates.

New! Short Story Anthology from Owl Hollow Press

New! Short Story Anthology from Owl Hollow Press

Coming this fall from Owl Hollow Press, my short story “Red Sneakers” will be published in the anthology Under the Full Moon’s Light:

This anthology will explore stories that all feature the full moon, and I’m excited to be a part of it!  I normally don’t write short stories, but decided to take a break from my current works in progress–and I’m glad I took the chance!  It was a much different process for me, since I’ve grown used to writing stories that are parts of series. It was a fun process, and I think I’ll keep writing short stories now!

More info coming soon on the anthology!

Coiled Blog Tour & Author Interview by H.L. Burke

Coiled Blog Tour & Author Interview by H.L. Burke

Welcome to the first stop on the Coiled Blog Tour!  We’ve got some great stuff leading up to the Coiled release!

Welcome to the Coiled blog tour: a collection of posts celebrating the release of the new YA Mythological Romance from Uncommon Universes Press and author, H. L. Burke. Via the links below you will find interviews, informational and entertaining posts about the story behind the story, and of course, sneks.

Seven stops on this blog tour contain special Scavenger Hunt Clues, presented by #TheodoretheDragon and #PistachioSnek. Look for a photo of either or both of those little guys holding up a note. Each note is part of our secret phrase. When you have all seven pieces of our secret phrase click here and tell us. All correct entries will be put into a random drawing for a signed paperback of Coiled. The winner will be drawn at our Facebook party on June 23rd.

Blog Tour Dates

June 5 – Liz Delton, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
June 7 – Monsters, Misfits, Mushy Stuff Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
June 8 – Brianna Merritt, Book Spotlight
June 10 – Rebekah Gyger, Greek Gods Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
June 12 – A. R. Silverberry, Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
June 13 – Heather Hayden, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
June 14 – Lea Doue, Author Interview
June 15 – Alyson, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
June 20 – Jebraun Clifford, Guest Blog
June 22 – Laura Pol, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
June 23 – Olivia Fisher, Book Spotlight

About Coiled

In the vein of Eros and Psyche, two cursed souls find each other on a forsaken isle and together must shed the darkness inflicted upon them–or else live as monsters forever.

A healing touch. A hideous face. A looming curse.

As the ugly twin to a perfect sister, Princess Laidra lives her life in the shadows—until her parents offer her as bait for a giant serpent.

Her escape attempt leaves her shipwrecked on a secluded island with only one inhabitant: Prince Calen, who lives under a curse. If anyone looks upon him, he turns into a giant serpent. Speaking to him in the darkness, Laidra sees past the monster to Calen’s lonely soul, and she determines to free him from the magic’s hold.

But if Laidra can’t break the curse in time, Calen will become a mindless creature of scales and fangs forever.

Where to buy:
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About the Author, H. L. Burke

Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

Follow her personal blog at www.hlburkeblog.com

And now for the interview!

When did you first come across the myth you based Coiled on?

I first read variants of this story probably in middle school when I was going through all the fairy tale books my local library had to offer. I’d go to that section and seek out books that had stories with unfamiliar names because I didn’t really want to read another version of Cinderella or Snow White (though if I could find one with different details, like the older version where Cinderella’s stepsisters got their toes cut off, that was great). The thing is, Eros and Psyche is one of those stories that has been retold by multiple cultures. East of the Son, West of the Moon had a public radio story time version that I really liked when I was young, so that might’ve been my earliest exposure, and of course, I read the C. S. Lewis version, Til We Have Faces, in high school.

I like a lot of the concepts, the falling in love sight unseen, people changing into monsters/animals, the redemptive quest at the end. Of course, there were other aspects I really wanted to change, so it was nice to play around with that.

Besides Eros and Psyche, do you have any other favorite myths or tales?

As mentioned above, I’m a huge fan of slightly obscure fairy tales and mythology. People turning into animals is a favorite, so I think stories like The Blue Bird or The White Cat.

When writing, was it harder, or easier (or the same) to have the myth as your reference? Did you do anything differently than when you wrote your other books?

Hard to judge. The myth gave me a really good starting point, but about the middle of the myth, there were some things that I didn’t feel worked for the story I wanted to tell, but because of the myth, I spent more time than I should trying to make them work than I might’ve otherwise spent on an idea that didn’t click with my vision. Freeing myself from absolute adherence to the outline allowed me to finish the story and tell the story I wanted to tell. However, the original myth did give me the inspiration for the world being Greek inspired. Originally I’d planned to place it in a world of castles and knights, you know, typical fairy tale fare, but diving into the older origins of the story definitely took the world in a more interesting direction, for me anyway. Plus Greek gods are all sorts of fun.

Have you considered doing any other retellings?

I have no definitive plans for it, but you never know. Honestly, this is the one fairy tale I’ve always wanted to tackle, and now that I have, I think the retelling bug is out of my system.

I have done some short stories inspired by fairy tales. I have a Steampunk version of Pandora’s Box (another Greek myth. I grew up on those. I recently bought my daughters the same Greek Myth book I pored over as a kid and can’t wait to share it) in an anthology of Steampunk fairy tales and I have written a story inspired by the Minotaur legend for an upcoming Fellowship of Fantasy anthology (you can find information on that here www.fellowshipoffantasy.com).

If I were to do another retelling, it would probably be either the Blue Bird or the White Cat, just because I haven’t seen them done yet (they probably have been because everything has, but not to the extent of say Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast).

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I can’t wait for the release of this great book–I’ll be putting up my own review of it on the 15th!

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Sylvia in the Wilds Short Story

Sylvia in the Wilds Short Story

In the Arcera Trilogy, Sylvia Thorne discovers just what happens when the first war in a thousand years breaks out.  But before that, she was just a Rider, spending her days traveling through the wilds between the Four Cities.

Right before the first book Meadowcity, she gets stuck in Lightcity, waiting for a package to deliver.  She isn’t stuck for long though, when a young girl decides to go on a haphazard mission into the wilds–and Sylvia feels compelled to follow.

Which brings us to Sylvia In The Wilds–the short story prequel, which will be available as a free ebook in April 2017!

The story is currently with my beta readers, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

A Prequel Adventure

A Prequel Adventure

Before the first war in a thousand years, Sylvia Thorne was just a normal sixteen-year old girl, who happened to have one of the most dangerous jobs in the Four Cities.

Now that I wrote that above line, I’m convinced I need to add it to the description below…  Anyway, you get the idea.  You’re about to find out what Sylvia’s life was like before Meadowcity, before the war, in this upcoming short story (title TBA).  Check out the description, which might change right after I publish this post:

For a thousand years, the Four Cities of Arcera lived in peace behind their protective walls, while the lands between them turned wild and full of danger.  Only the few people willing to brave the wilds will step foot there, and Sylvia Thorne is one of them.
Sylvia is used to delivering messages between the cities for a living–and she will soon deliver the message that breaks the peace between the cities, but before that, she gets stuck in Lightcity, waiting for a package to deliver.
Her wait for adventure isn’t long, when she discovers that a young girl named Maddy has left the city–untrained in the ways of the wilds.
One of the youngest Riders in Arcera, Sylvia feels she must go after the girl and bring her safely back to her sister.
When Maddy brings them into one danger after another, desperate to find her missing parents, Sylvia must draw upon her training to protect the both of them.
But a wolf pack lurking about is acting strangely, and something seems very wrong in the wilds of Arcera.
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What do you think?  Look for this prequel short story sometime in April or March, depending on how ambitious I am.

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A Rift Between Cities, The Arcera Trilogy

A Rift Between Cities, The Arcera Trilogy

I can’t believe it’s finally here!

Available now on Amazon

From the first notes, sketches and doodles, to a complete trilogy in four years.  Has it really been that long?

A Rift Between Cities concludes what Governor Sorin Greyling started in Meadowcity…the first war in a thousand years.

Now, it sounds poetic, “the first war in a thousand years”, but when I began writing Meadowcity, I really tried to think of how it would be like for people who have never experienced war in any form.  The government would dither (as Gero’s council did), while the very few who are driven and courageous might actually try and stop it, knowing how precious their lives are.

But things go wrong, as they often do.  People make mistakes, even with the best intentions.  People are selfish, and refuse to aid those they can help.  But luckily, Sylvia Thorne isn’t people.  Sylvia won’t stop until she is stopped, until she can mend the rift between cities.

Then again, people aren’t all bad.  As the Arcera Trilogy comes to a close, you’ll see plenty of good to balance the bad, as we follow Sylvia, Atlan, Ven, Flint, Ember, Neve and Sorin on their final adventure!

Reader’s Favorite kindly gave A Rift Between Cities five stars! Here’s an excerpt of the review:

Given that the author allows readers to follow many different characters, including the villain, this is an exciting book. Even close to its conclusion, the author keeps readers guessing as to how all the pieces will come together.”

Read the full review here.

 

Until 12/9/16, you can enter to win a signed copy of A Rift Between Cities on Goodreads!

 

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A Rift Between Cities by Liz Delton

A Rift Between Cities

by Liz Delton

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First Look at A Rift Between Cities

First Look at A Rift Between Cities

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I certainly did; it was the first time I’d hosted, and everything was splendid.  I even had someone else to eat pumpkin pie with me!

I was pretty sure I was the only one who was going to eat it, but I made it anyway.

A Rift Between Cities is only two weeks away!  I honestly don’t know where this entire year has gone, and next week it will be December.

Today I wanted to share the first look into A Rift Between Cities with you, while you are hopefully relaxing at home eating leftovers, as I plan on doing.

Here you are!–

If you’re in Connecticut, you can catch me at one of these events and get yourself a signed copy!

Book Launch & Meet the Author
Hall Memorial Library, Ellington, CTSaturday, Dec 10, 1-2

The Author’s Table Book Sale & Signing
Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT
Saturday, Dec 17, 12-2

Request an ARC for A Rift Between Cities

Request an ARC for A Rift Between Cities

A Rift Between Cities by Liz DeltonIn a mere six weeks, the final installment of the Arcera Trilogy will be released!

Interested in reading it sooner?  Request an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy)!

Here’s how it works:

Fill out the form below.  I’ll send you an electronic ARC.

If you feel so inclined, I’d greatly appreciate a review on or around release time (December 9), on whichever forum you normally review books (Amazon, Goodreads, etc…).

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Cover Reveal: A Rift Between Cities

Cover Reveal: A Rift Between Cities

It’s just under three months away: the release of the final installment in the Arcera Trilogy.

Sylvia has come a long way since first discovering the declaration of war against her home.  She has faced violence and destruction the like of which hasn’t been seen in Arcera in a thousand years.  She has mastered skills unknown to anyone but the denizens of Seascape, and she has only just begun to fight the war brought about by Governor Sorin Greyling.

This brings us to…

A Rift Between Cities, Book 3 in the Arcera Trilogy

A Rift Between Cities by Liz Delton

Which will be released December 9, 2016!

I received the first proof copy of the paperback in the mail today, and ripped open the box in the middle of my driveway so I could see.  Personally, I thought it was breathtaking.

Arcera Trilogy by Liz Delton
The first ‘family photo’ of the trilogy.

Over the next few months you can come see me at one of several book signings:

The Big E (Celebrating 100 Years!)

Saturday, Sept 17- 10am-1pm
Wednesday, Sept 21– 4pm-7pm *Connecticut Day
Saturday, Oct 1 – 1pm-4pm

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire

Saturday, October 29, 1-3pm

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