Morgan had resigned herself to death. She had been ready to follow her true love into the afterlife, if only a certain Dragon hadn’t “rescued” her. She wasn’t grateful – after all, she was a full-fledged Lady Knight and perfectly capable of making her own decisions, without the help of arrogant Dragon Lords, no matter how good-looking everyone seemed to think they were…
After dragging Lady Morgan from a Troll’s lair and dropping her off in another realm, Vallen thought he’d never see her again. But then an old member of his Knight Order betrays her oaths and begins amassing an army of thugs and highwaymen – in the same realm he’d left Morgan.
Racing back with only his brother for a squire, Vallen finds Lady Morgan, accompanied by a teenage Werewolf, ready to take on this Dragon all by herself. But it will take all of them to defeat her, and little do they know that in this battle, the secrets of their broken hearts will rise up from the past and walk again…
Special Guest Post by the Author
Self-Publishing: My Accidental Dream
Two and a half years ago I received a phone call from a friend. She was really excited to tell me all about how her agency was looking to take on a few new authors and she had told them all about me. I was very flattered but a little confused. She was a fiction writer and I had written only non-fiction for the last ten years. After she prodded me for a few more minutes and gave up so we could talk about other things, the topic was dropped.
Over the next few days, I rolled around what she had said. Once upon a time I had desperately wanted to be a novelist but I had grown up, faced realities such as bills, and moved past it. However, for the first time in my life I actually had time to think about writing. After an hour of digging through shelves I found a notebook full of ideas I had been playing with for years. Armed with a laptop and fueled by a bottle of white wine I sat down to see if anything would come out of my fingertips.
Three months later I had two completed manuscripts for a new vampire series and a third and fourth outlined. Two friends and a college professor from my younger years went over the stories, helping me edit them enough to send out. I was nervous and enthusiastic to send them to anyone to read.
Late May that year I heard back from an agency. I was overjoyed. They really liked what they had read and wanted copies of the full manuscripts. I heard back a week later and couldn’t believe that they wanted to help me get them published. I am usually a bit more jaded so I probably should have done more homework and known if it seemed too good to be true, it probably was.
I signed away my rights to my manuscripts and agreed not work with any other agency for a specified period of time. Having never published a book before I didn’t realize what was standard and what wasn’t. I wasn’t sure how agencies worked exactly. I just signed on the dotted line and kept telling myself I was going to be a writer.
Things didn’t go the way I thought they would. I found out the agency I had signed a contract with had a rather tarnished reputation and my own experience was no different. After hours of international calls with an attorney, months of emails, and an undeterminable amount of ice cream, I faced the fact I had been screwed over. It really made me want to give up.
The following spring on a whim I started working on a blog. I enjoyed writing and I wanted a hobby. I began writing “Elven Life”, a blog that was based on my daily life but told the story as if I had just discovered I was a Changeling. A friend of mine became almost as obsessed with reading it as I was with writing it. The blog slowly started to evolve into an epic story rather than slice of life updates. From there plans hatched to write a book based in the world I had created, but with all new characters. From that moment the Otherworld Realms series was born.
My friend turned editor and I had to overcome the small problem of being under contract. While I didn’t think my sham of an agency would take legal action against me, I didn’t want to worry about it. I decided I was going to self-publish and take back control of my own creative work. I spoke with a number of other friends who were also writers. Some were traditionally published and others were self-published.
In fall of 2014 three other writers and I founded Otherworld Romance, llc. We split the cost and built a partnership so we could own and run our own small independent press out of London. With multiple writers we were able to better negotiate with other entrepreneurs for their service.
At this time I am the only one of the four of us to have books out on the label but fellow author Chantam Hex is due to have a couple out this fall and winter. We are all very excited to support each other and now that I’ve been through the self-publishing process a few times I’ve grown to love the amount of control it gives me over my own projects.
About The Author
Isabelle Saint-Michael currently lives abroad in Seoul, South Korea with a transition in process to the UK. Writing is now her full-time gig, but she spent a number of years working in the online media industry. (That’s when she upgraded her personality software from socialite to geek.) Her hobbies include reading, shopping, travel, and medieval shenanigans with her closest friends. She has earned such coveted nicknames as The Fighting Smurf, The Iz and Wiffle Ball Monkey Slayer.
From the author: “The Elven Life is a blog connecting a series of books and characters that I have created. So many times we buy books but then must wait a year at least to get another fix. In a world of immediate gratification I wanted to build an interactive way of storytelling for my readers. Each book, along with the blog, is a free-standing story, but they will occasionally have connecting themes, characters, and messages for our fans to catch. Check us out and keep watching! Books will be available through Amazon, Kindle, and a retailer near you.”