So excited to share this story with you. The story came very naturally and was a fun exploration of the Mine world. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Note: This novella is only available for purchase on Amazon. If it presents a problem, please feel free to email me and we’ll see what we can work out.
Truth: Before I got serious about publishing a book and began researching a lot about the industry, I had no clue what a novella was. Since I’ve announce MINE TO TARNISH, I’ve gotten a lot of people who, like me, don’t know exactly what it is.
Novella short unofficial definition: Think shorter than a novel but longer than a short story.
Novella unofficial numbers definition: It varies some depending on who you ask, but typically somewhere in the range of 15,000 — 40,000 words.
What? Word count? What about page count?
The problem with page count is it varies. A lot. Font size, style, formatting are all things that can play a part. For example, YOU ARE MINE can range anywhere from 270 to 372 pages. Same exact text, over 100 pages difference!
Whichever way you look at it, YOU ARE MINE is about 94,000 words. MINE TO TARNISH is about 29,000 words. So about one third of the size. Approximately 98-128 pages depending on the format. It’s a quick read, an evening perhaps. And it officially launches in one week!
Any questions about novellas?
MINE TO TARNISH‘s release is sneaking up really fast. I can’t believe it’s almost time. Katherine’s story is one I’ve been dying to share. It has always been such a loud story in my head and now almost ready for you to dive into. It can be read before or after YOU ARE MINE. Enjoy the sneak peek!
For anyone that has read You Are Mine, you know that Serena likes drinking hot chocolate, often accompanied by a biscuit.
Biscuits and chocolate. I devour them, not even taking the time to dunk the thin, sweet wafer in my thick drink.
Chardonian biscuits are a type of biscotti. If you’ve never had them before, what are you waiting for? They’re super tasty, and I love them dipped in nice, thick Chardonian hot chocolate. The original recipe is from Allrecipes, but has been modified for a more Chardonian taste. The biggest change is using vanilla flavoring instead of anise, but if you like a licorice sort of flavoring, then by all means, go with the original recipe.
Since hot chocolate season is starting again, I thought it’d be the perfect time to share the recipe. Enjoy!
Recipe derived from Biscotti Recipe on Allrecipes. They also have a video on their website that does a great job showing you how to make them.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3 1/4 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. sugar
1 T. vanilla
Place half of the dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet in a log the length of your cookie sheet. Roll out to 1/4″ thick. Repeat with the other half on its own cookie sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. When cool enough to touch, cut into 1/2″ sticks. Toast in the oven an additional 5-8 minutes on each of the newly cut side.
When cool enough to touch, dunk in Chardonian Hot Chocolate and enjoy!
Mine to Tarnish — Available December 2nd, 2013
Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run.
Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.
A big, huge thanks to YA Bound Tours and all those who are helping release the cover!
I’m so excited to be able to share the cover with you! Let me know what you think in the comments.
It’s here! The last and best piece! Scroll for a peek.
Now we have the good stuff. A glimspe at Katherine. First, her eyes are closed. This was very intentional to represent who she is at the beginning of the book. And yes, she has a lot of eye make up. It’s hard to tell from this small peek, but she also is wearing the white face paint required of women in Chardonia. Eeek!
That’s it. Last peice. On Thursday the full cover will be reveal with help from YA Bound Tours!
Katherine would rather be killed—or worse—than belong to her new owner.
And we have a logline! My amazing critic partner, Loralie Hall, came up with this beauty and I love it! It fits the story perfectly.
Last piece is coming next Tuesday, the 24th. Then the cover will be here! Squeee!
The first thing I’m sharing is the title. It is on the place holder cover, but the one for the real cover is in the bottom left corner. This is because Katherine is on the right. And I love, love, love how she turned out! Can’t wait until you guys can see her on the 26th! Also, the background is still black. I feel this is important to mention because it won’t be for any of the future covers.
Next peice on Thursday!
Pass along copy was won by commenter #1 Havalah!
Because I totally forgot to ask for email addresses (derp! I blame being buried in Mine to Spell edits ;), if you would email your mailing address, Havalah, I’ll get it shipped out to you!
I have a paperback copy of You Are Mine that I can’t sell because it’s technically a proof. The thing is, it’s exactly like the final version, except for the word proof printed on the last page. I debated what to do with it when the idea hit me that hopefully some readers would enjoy. A Pass Along Paperback!
- You can read it if you haven’t already, but by saying you’d like to receive it, you’re promising to pass it on when you’re finished. If you’ve already read it and just want to pass it on, that’s fine, too.
- It can be passed on to anyone, so long as you think they’d enjoy it AND they are willing to pass it on when they finish it.
- I will pay postage to a US address for the first time only. Any other time it gets mailed, the mailer will have to pay the cost. (fyi, it can go as media mail which is only a couple bucks). Or you can give it away in person.
- You will have the option of writing your name and location in the book.
- You will also have the option of taking a picture with the book and sharing it with me on facebook, twitter, or email if you so desire.
Obviously I can’t make you pass it along, but please, if you don’t want to pass it along, either purchase a copy for yourself or wait until I have another giveaway. I will be giving away more paperback copies in the future, one of which will be soon.
If you’ve read over the list and would like the pass along copy, please leave a comment below. If more than one person would like it, I will use random.org to choose a winner.
Pass Along Paperback
The Mine to Tarnish cover will be revealed on September 26th!
I’m really excited to share it! I love You Are Mine‘s cover, but truthfully, I think I like this one even more. Squee! As the cover reveal gets closer, I’ll have some sneak peeks so keep a look out.
Until then, some details: Nereyda from YA Bound Tours is assisting me with the cover reveal, and guys, she’s awesome! I would be super happy if you have a site your willing to host the cover reveal on. Thanks in advance!
Cover Coming September 26th!