Sneak Peek Friday: Author Renee Scattergood

Smashwords is once again holding their annual July Summer/Winter Promotion. So this year Renee Scattergood is listing Demon Hunt, the prequel novella to her Shadow Stalker serial, free for the entire month!


Demon Hunt

Demon Hunt smallAuren longs for adventure and a break from her tedious life on Appolia. It’s the start of summer, and she is looking forward to her yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado. She believes these trips are for fun, but when they arrive on Luten Isle, Kado informs her that she is a shadow stalker, and she is in training.

One morning, Auren decides to take her training into her own hands. She only means to practice seeing the veil to the shadow world, the world of the shadow people and the source of their power. Instead, she opens the veil releasing a demon, a guardian of the shadow world, into the physical world.

With the deadly beast loose, she and Kado don’t have long to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, or many innocent people could die.

Download it on Smashwords Free in July!


Now for a Sneak Peek!

“We’re getting closer.” Kado sped up, trusting that Auren would keep up with him. They needed to reach it before it got to the mountains or they might lose it. Though there was an advantage to it heading that way. It wasn’t going toward any of the villages.

The rock face they had run into rose well over two hundred meters, but about fifty meters up, there was a cave.

Kado pointed. “That’s where it’s heading.”

“How do you know?”

First he pointed out the obvious. Recent gouges in the hard rock. “It will seek darkness as well. Being from the shadow world, they are not accustomed to the daylight. It confuses and agitates them.”

“Maybe it will start just traveling at night then?”

“They don’t sleep, Auren. It will keep moving. We’re just lucky they move so slowly. It’s our only advantage.”

“How are we going to get up there? We didn’t bring rope.”

“I had intended on teaching you to free climb during this trip. I also planned to have time to do it properly. We don’t have that luxury now. I will go first. Watch me and go where I go.”

 


Renee Scattergood's Bio PicRenee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy.

She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.

Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com


Author Pages

Website/Blog: http://reneescattergood.com/

Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2

Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/RScatts

BookBub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/renee-scattergood

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8507658.Renee_Scattergood

Renee’s Shadow Stalkers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16rTPYCAwDq5cpyxHfphx0-x6ka9C7DWoJsdgYa2CyAw/viewform

Social Media

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReneeScatts

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100671337443224225702/posts

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/pub/renee-scattergood/56/963/3

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rscatts/

 

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Sneak Peek Friday: Author Renee Scattergood

This week I’d like to welcome author Renee Scattergood who writes the Shadow Stalker series. Renee is a very talented writer with an ever growing following of readers. Once you start these books, it’s really hard to put them down!

Shadow Stalker: Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6)

Shadow Stalker Part 1 SmallAuren learns she is destined to enslave the people of her world, and Drevin, emperor of the Galvadi Empire is determined to end her life before it happens. Her foster father, Kado, has sworn to protect her and trains her as a shadow stalker. But her training is cut short, when their people are overrun by the Galvadi Empire. Now she has to find a way to help her people without succumbing to the prophecy.


“Are you ready?” Kado asked me.

“Ready for what?”

He removed a wooden lid covering the well and took a rope from a hook inside the opening. “You will need to climb down into the hole.”

“And then what?”

“Well, that will be up to you.”

“You’re not making sense again.”

He tilted his head toward the well. “Go on.”

I sighed. This seemed like a silly lesson. I had rappelled down many cliffs and into many caverns with Kado over the years. It was nothing new to me. Maybe he was going to start with the easy stuff. I grabbed the rope and sat on the wall of the well. Then I swung my legs over the side and started my descent.

It looked a lot deeper than it was. It was so dark I couldn’t see the bottom, and the opening became snugger as I lowered myself into the hole. By the time I reached the bottom, the walls touched me on all sides, but not enough to slow my progress. Then it opened up, and I found myself in a cavern of some sort. A little further, and my feet were on the ground.

I waited for my eyes to adjust to the darkness and then looked around the open space. The walls were obscured from view, but I heard the burbling of an underwater spring nearby. I looked up and was almost blinded by the light shining through the shaft I had just descended. I thought Kado might be coming down after me, but I didn’t see him.

“Okay I’m down here. Now what?”

“Let go of the rope.”

I dropped the rope, and watched it disappear through the top of the hole.

“Kado, what are you doing?”

Without a word, he put the lid over the hole and left me in complete darkness.

Get a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com


Renee Scattergood's Bio PicRenee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy.

She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.

Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com


Author Pages

Website/Blog: http://reneescattergood.com/

Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2

Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/RScatts

BookBub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/renee-scattergood

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8507658.Renee_Scattergood

Renee’s Shadow Stalkers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16rTPYCAwDq5cpyxHfphx0-x6ka9C7DWoJsdgYa2CyAw/viewform

Social Media

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReneeScatts

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100671337443224225702/posts

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/pub/renee-scattergood/56/963/3

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rscatts/

 

Join the Easter Egg Hunt!

This week’s Fantasy Fix is a special Easter edition, and we’ve put together a fun Easter egg hunt with prize goodies at the end. Even if you don’t want to join the hunt, check out this week’s newsletter.  I’ve written an Easter-themed article and added something about medieval Easter eggs. There are freebies from the other authors as well.  Here are the contest details…

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter EggOn each of our blogs there are three Easter eggs hidden in the posts (nine in total). Read the clues found here, and see if you can find the Easter eggs. You’ll get one entry into the giveaway for each one you find.

We will be choosing four winners who will win one of four prizes:

  • $15 Amazon Gift Card
  • An autographed copy of Ancient Voices: Into the Depths
  • Set of three Thrice Nine Legends ebooks
  • Demon Hunt (ebook)

Have fun hunting…and good luck!

How to Attract Readers – by Renee Scattergood

This is the hardest part about being a new author. You know you have a great story to share, but how do you convince others you have a great story?

Well, here’s the thing. You don’t.

The more you try to push your story on others, the more you get labelled an annoying salesman and drive potential readers away.

So what’s the solution?

It’s simple. You sell yourself instead of your books. Do this by using social media for its intended purpose: to meet and interact with people. Get to know other authors, especially authors in your genre, and people who enjoy reading in your genre. Engage them in conversation and visit their blogs (if they have one) and leave comments. Share their posts (and let them know you’ve shared). Re-blog their posts if their blog allows it.

By doing this, you’ll be helping them, and believe me… they’ll appreciate it. When you help people this way, they will often check out your stuff as well. If you have your website/blog set up to feature your work and get sign-ups for your newsletter, and you make it easy to share your content (with one click share buttons), they will likely share it.

Don’t stop there though. When you’ve made connections with people, offer to host them on your blog. You can interview them or maybe even offer to review their work (if you enjoy writing reviews). You can even ask them if they’d like to write a guest post for your blog. They might appreciate the exposure so much, they’ll offer the same in return. Of course, you can always ask for reciprocation.

Follow the 80/20 rule where 80% of your content should be entertaining and/or informative and 20% promotional. You can draw attention to your blog by writing informational posts on writing, publishing, marketing or your genre. Or you can write something entertaining like poems, short stories or even share a personal story. People will love to hear about your personal experiences while writing.

Bottom line is, don’t get caught up in the promotion. Most people, unless they know you, won’t be interested in your new book. So you have to let them get to know you first. Once you’ve taken the time to connect with potential readers, your work will likely sell itself.


Biography:

Renee Scattergood PicRenee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy. She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, Savior of the Serpent Isles. The first book, The Galvadi Invasion, is due to be released mid-2016. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com

Author Pages:

Website/Blog: http://reneescattergood.com/

Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2

Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts

Read As I Write (Don’t wait til the book is released): https://www.patreon.com/RScatts

Social Media:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReneeScatts

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100671337443224225702/posts

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/pub/renee-scattergood/56/963/3

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rscatts/