Happy Release Day to Domna
Happy Release Day to Domna
Happy Release Day to Dommmmmna
It’s About Damn Time
(sung, of course, to the tune of the birthday song)
That’s right folks, it is FINALLLLLY Release Day for the first part of my serialized historical fantasy fiction novel Domna. And what a long road it’s been to get her here.
Let’s get five tiny promotional matters out of the way before I start rambling about the book, the process, and the relief that this day is finally here.
First, The Release Day Special
Yep, Domna, Part One: The Sun God’s Daughter will be a mere 99c for a limited time as part of her release day festivities.
Second, The Description That I Hope Makes It Impossible for You to Resist Domna
For those of you who haven’t put up with me blathering on about this book for the past year, here’s what it’s all about….
As a realm teeters on the verge of rebellion anything is possible, except one woman’s freedom to choose her fate.
Sofia Domna has her future planned. She’ll follow in her father’s footsteps and lead the Temple of Apollo. She’ll marry her childhood love, Papinias. She’ll have respect, status, and power.
So when her father bitterly forces her betrothal to a stranger and orders her from the life she’s always known, Sofia is thrown into a new world where any wrong move could mean her demise.
Refusing to give up her home, her future, and her love, Sofia immediately plans her escape, but she soon learns exactly how cruel destiny and the people surrounding her new husband can be.
Set in a world brimming with political turmoil and violent ambition, Domna is a six-part serialized novel that tells the tale of Sofia Domna.
As Sofia’s life moves through the trials of a forced marriage, motherhood, and yearning temptation, she learns that destiny isn’t given; it’s made by cunning, endurance, and, at times, bloodshed.
If you like the political intrigue, adventure, and love triangles of historical fiction by Philippa Gregory and Bernard Cornwell, and the mythological world-building of fantasy fiction by Madeline Miller and Simon Scarrow, you’ll love Domna.
Third, Where to Find Domna
If that description has you eager to grab your copy to begin this highly-anticipated tale of passion, ambition, and betrayal today, Domna, Part One: The Sun God’s Daughter is available at oodles of online retailers including….
Domna is also strutting her stuff on many other retailers around the world, so If the links above don’t take you to your favorite store, simply follow Domna’s Universal Book Link that will take you where you need to go lickity split.
Also, for paperback lovers, there is a “real” version available now. Simply follow the Amazon links above, or tap the Kindle button at this Universal Book Link to pick up your copy.
Fourth, Begging for Reviews
If you have already picked up a copy of Domna or have been reading Part One on this blog, I would love it if you could leave a review either at one of the retailers above and/or at Goodreads and/or Bookbub.
I really really really need reviews to book the promos I have planned for the later books in the series, so it really really really will make a difference if you could take a minute or two to leave your thoughts. THANKS!!!
Fifth, The Beasties Assist with the Book Launch
There’ll be more on these shenanigans tomorrow. However, to give you a little taste of how things went, here’s what happened when I told Finn McSpool I hoped Domna would be a hot new release.
Sixth, Last But Not Least….Phew!
Bringing Domna to life has been an abnormally long road. The original manuscript of what started out as a purely historical novel set in Ancient Rome began way back in 2012, was worked on again in 2013, saw another attempt in 2015, and then got locked away until late 2017.
Over the past year, this mishmash manuscript with its poorly thought out characters, its dangling story lines, its complete lack of cohesion, got rewritten, reimagined, and reinvigorated in its new genre (historical/mythological fantasy) and its new setting of Osteria (my Greco-Roman fantasy world).
But it wasn’t just adding in a few gods and centaurs. The original character of Sofia Domna was a flighty thing with no motivation, no personality, and no real characteristics that readers could like. She was basically there for things to happen to or to serve as a vehicle for other characters’ actions.
The rewrite saw me change this lackluster character into a real person who struggles with her emotions, fights for her place in the world, and can be blinded by her own ambitions. And while building her character into something believable, I was also able to turn a very disjointed manuscript into something that flows together, weaves in story lines, and overall delivers a truly satisfying story.
In other words, it has been an insane amount of work, but it was well worth it. I’m beyond proud of all six parts of this book and believe you won’t be disappointed.
Um, that was a hint to go get a copy. Why are you still here?
I’ll be back tomorrow with Release Day Part II when the Beasties show off their book launch efforts (and their Osterian fashion sense). See you then!!
P.S. Don’t forget, you can also pre-order Domna, Parts 2 through 6 for only 99c of this highly-anticipated serialized historical fantasy novel. That 99c price will go up soon after each part’s release, so you might want to get your copy today!
Simply follow these Universal Book Links to treat yourself to a little something special at a fabulous bargain.
- Domna, Part Two: The Solon’s Son
- Domna, Part Three: The Centaur’s Gamble
- Domna, Part Four: The Regent’s Edict
- Domna, Part Five: The Forgotten Heir*
- Domna, Part Six: The Solon’s Wife*
*These titles are not yet available for pre-order on Amazon