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Launching Tomorrow: Murder in Mind by Majanka Verstraete

What if we lived in a world where the government could assess your mental health, without any criminal activity or precursor, and commit you to a facility against your will? That’s the future Majanka Verstraete explores in Murder in Mind, led by a protagonist who’s been institutionalized after watching her parents murder. If you’re interested in science fiction, psychological thrillers, and/or dystopian futures, you may find yourself devouring this phenomenal story in one sitting.

You can purchase Murder in Mind directly from us, or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other online retailers. You can also request a copy at your local bookstore, you’ll just need the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The hardcover ISBN is 978-1-949645-50-7 and the paperback ISBN is 978-1-949645-49-1.

You can support the author by adding the book to your list(s) on Goodreads, sharing it with your friends and family, and amplifying our posts on social media!

*Note, if you sign up for the Kyanite Collector’s Pass, you’ll get access to the eBook as well as all the eBooks we’ve published so far and every eBook we have yet to publish in your membership term. Read more about it here!

If you’d like to interact with the author, join us on Twitter on Monday, July 22nd for an interview about Murder in Mind and her other books!

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Transcript: Our Twitter Chat with Michael D. Nadeau

Our chat with Michael D. Nadeau, author of The Darkness Returns, A Lythinall Novel: Book One begins now! Thank you for hanging out with us on your big day! What else do you have planned to celebrate your release?

Michael: I’m having a book signing at my local Barnes and Noble (Manchester, NH) with some other authors (a lot more famous than myself I might add) and generally having a great day handing out coloring pages to kids there as well!

Us: That’s right! We wish we could be there to support you. We will be in spirit! 🙂

Michael: I could use a good couple of ghosts there with me to keep things light – LOL.

Us: Getting right into it, here’s a question submitted by Sam Hendricks. “The characters in The Darkness Returns are so real, and the world is so lived in, that at times I forgot I wasn’t really there with them. How long did it take you to build such a realistic world?”

Michael: I’ve been building worlds for so long in our weekly games that it just kind of happened without much thought. Steal a piece from this adventure, a castle from that one and it just fell into place. So really if you fall in love with Lythinall, you’re actually playing in all of our games and worlds reimagined in book form. Kind of surreal now that I think of it.

Us: That’s actually very surprising. Everything fits together so well, I would never have imagined it came together like that!

Michael: All I had to do was draw a rough map and it was like…”Oh yeah, I’ll use that piece here, and OH that story with the faeries I sent to my friend Kevin would fit there…”

Us: Your answers to that last question apply to this one as well, so maybe you can expand on it. This is a question submitted by one of your editors, B.K. Bass. “I know you’ve done a lot of tabletop roleplay gaming. How did that influence your writing and worldbuilding?”

Michael: It’s a huge influence. That’s how I started to tell stories after all. Once I started running games and realized I had to come up with details for the players I kind of found my little piece of heaven. It was like breathing clean air after living in smog. It was so much fun to create taverns and cities that sometimes that’s all we did, and when I learned to create Gods and pantheons, along with entire worlds…well let’s just say we went through our fair share of burning them down as well. And the fun part is that even my wife played. That’s who Shyi is in the beginning of the book. My beloved Shyi was her character. We had so much fun that writing just came as part of the deal. I started even writing short stories for my friends for gifts and such.

Us: That’s amazing. Speaking of characters, here’s a question submitted by another one of your editors, Sarah LaChance. ” If you had to pick only one of your characters to have a drink with, who would it be and why?”

Michael: Wow… Ok, I would have to say Karsis. Even though he is the personification of my oldest character, mixed with all the sarcasm I have bottled up inside of me at any three moments, I would love to just talk shop with him and see what trouble we could get into… epic.

Us: The Darkness Returns is the first novel in the series. Without giving away any spoilers, what’s next? Is the whole series already written? Do you have a plan for how many there will be? Will you ever open the world and let others write in it?

Michael: LOL! Well yes, the main story is all written so don’t worry I won’t let anyone hang. The next book is The Darkness Within where we see the rest of the Companions of Everknight and everyone meets in that great city. Then I have a set of short stories based on side characters and tertiary characters. explaining some of the little things in the other books. Then we move on to the finale, The Darkness Falls. War, bad guys, and a finish that gave me goosebumps and tears. I honestly can’t freaking wait for all of you to see it, and I have plans to pull a Star Wars thing. Go back and tell the companions stories and then jump back forward to the Kings messengers as well, maybe expand to the other nations around Lythinall.

Reader Questions

*We’ll try and keep this updated as new questions are posted on Twitter (July 12th, 2019).

DK Marie: What inspired you to write The Darkness Returns?

Michael: Besides the role-playing? Well, I was telling a friend to find a job that included the things he liked to do and he turned it back on me saying that I haven’t done that. So I took a step back and said, “Shit he’s right.” So I decided to try my hand at a fully fledged story. Viola!

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The Darkness Returns, A Lythinall Novel: Book One Launches Today!

The Darkness Returns: A Lythinall Novel, Book One launches today!

Launch Day Events

*Author Michael D. Nadeau will appear for a live interview on Twitter at 1:00 PM ET. Follow us there to read the transcript!

*Meet Michael and score a signed book at the Manchester, NH Barnes and Noble from 5-7pm! The event is also a benefit/book drive for the Manchester Public Library and will feature other authors.

You can order the book directly from us, or find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through other online retailers. Prefer to support your local independent bookstore? They’ll order in a copy at your request, all you need is the title and author name or ISBN, which is 978-1-949645-60-6 for the hardcover and 978-1-949645-61-3 for the paperback.

Thanks for supporting this talented author and our growing small business!

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Special Offer: 20% Off The Darkness Returns Pre-Orders

Our semi-annual sale continues today with 20% off pre-orders of The Darkness Returns by Michael D. Nadeau.

Our Collector’s Pass, a membership which grants unlimited access to all our eBooks throughout the twelve-month term — including The Darkness Returns — is still on sale through the 7th of July for only $39!

We’ll have a new one-day offer for you tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!

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Our Semi-Annual Sale Begins Today!

We’re almost halfway through 2019, and we’ve already published sixteen books. We’ve still got a long way to go before we close out the year, with seventeen new titles set to release between now and 2020. Check out our upcoming releases page for an updated list of what’s currently on our calendar through 2021!

To celebrate our authors, catalog, and customers, we’ve been hard at work developing new ways for readers to connect with our stories. We’ve recently launched a book club, hosted a series of author roundtables on Youtube, and started production on a few audiobooks. As time goes on, our goal is to solidify our place in the world of speculative fiction by continuing to adapt to the changing landscapes of web commerce and publishing. Our next offering is a great example of that!

Introducing the Kyanite Collector’s Pass

The Kyanite Collector’s Pass is a 12-month membership with two major benefits:

Unlimited access to all the eBooks we’ve released so far, along with all the eBooks that release during the term

AND

25% off all print orders

*Every book we’ve released and will release is available as an eBook

*When you purchase the pass, you’ll automatically be sent a login and a password to manage your account and downloads for the term

For a limited time, the Kyanite Collector’s Pass is on sale for only $39 for the year! If you purchase it today, by the time your membership is over you’ll have access to over 40 books! That’s less than a dollar per eBook, not to mention the 25% print order discount!

Other Sale Items

Our new Collector’s Pass isn’t the only item on sale. We’re also offering 20% off a different pre-order or new release each day. We’ll be announcing the featured book each morning on social media, and our website will reflect the sale price (no coupon necessary). If you aren’t on social media, the easiest way to keep up will be to check the shop page daily for new deals.

Thank You

We wouldn’t exist without the generosity of the reading community. We appreciate your support! If you get a chance, please help us spread the word about our new membership and our semi-annual sale by sharing this blog post or any of our social media posts with the readers in your life.

Sincerely,

The Kyanite Crew

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Kyanite Press Volume 1 Issue 6

Volume 1, Issue 6 of the Kyanite Press is now available for pre order! CLICK HERE to be sure to get a copy from the first print run!

Returning to the feel of the first ever issue back in September of 2018; rather than having a single theme, we have assembled here a mixture of fantasy, science fiction, and weird tales. Everything from space travel to sword-wielding heroics can be found within these pages. One of the most wonderful outcomes of publishing the journal has been discovering a variety of stories with styles and themes we might have never otherwise dreamed of, and this issue showcases that.

The Kyanite Press is a journal of speculative fiction.  Inside this homage to the pulp magazines of the last century you will find tales of science fiction, fantasy, and horror from some of the most imaginative authors in the genre.  Every issue is packed with fiction and NO commercial advertising, just information about Kyanite Publishing books and authors!  Explore amazing new worlds, travel to exotic realms, and delve inside the human mind in ways you will never see anywhere else!

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Join Our Book Club!

In an effort to expand our community and reach readers in new ways, we’ve created a book club! We will be facilitating it in our Discord server, which you can join here. Discord is a place to chat, and our server is separated into categories and channels, each with their own topics.

All individuals who join will have access to a separate category of channels called the “Kyanite Book Club” and underneath they’ll see a channel for each book that’s selected.

Every month, we’ll select two books: one in the science fiction genre, and one in the fantasy/horror genre. Readers will be able to choose which titles interest them and interact only in the channels they’d like to. In other words, each book will have its own space and will be like its own club.

Benefits of Membership

We’ll be offering anyone who joins and participates in the channel a 30% discount off the eBook, paperback, or hardcover edition of the selected book(s) through our website. The coupon code will be posted in the channel. Readers are also welcome to purchase their book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or through their local indie bookstore and still participate in the book club channels!

The author of each selected book will be informed ahead of time, so they’ll occasionally pop in and interact with readers. We’ll also schedule a general Q&A with them that will take place LIVE in the Discord channel!

We also hope that readers will gain a sense of community from this endeavor, possibly even branching out to the other Kyanite Discord channels. They may even make new friends or professional connections.

Guidelines

All participants are expected to follow the Kyanite Publishing Discord server guidelines. They are posted inside the server under “Royal Decrees” and generally include being kind and respectful.

Upcoming Selections

July:

Citizen of Earth by Joseph Kassabian!

More Details

The coupon code will be posted as soon as the channel is set up, and prior to the beginning of the month, to give readers time to order and for us to fulfill those orders. Note again that readers can also choose to purchase the book elsewhere, or rent it from the library, and still participate in the channels!

Because it may take readers some time to receive and read their books, we’ll keep the channel for that book open for at least two months. So, if a book is selected for July, it doesn’t mean that the discount is only good in July or that the discussion can only happen in July. It can also roll into August, and if readers request it, we’ll keep the channel open even longer.

Our Role

We’ll be encouraging the participants in the channel to interact in a way that feels authentic for them. Should they choose to organize themselves, make use of the voice chat features in Discord, or request support from us to put together meetings, we’ll do everything we can to help. We will not be organizing any structured meetings beyond the live Q&A with the author, which will take place sometime in their selection month or the month following.

We look forward to hearing your feedback and hope to see you in Discord!

Sincerely,

The Kyanite Crew

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Check out our newly integrated shop page!

Hello, readers!

We made some changes to our shop today! Instead of the “catalog” page we used to have, we now have a “shop” that’s fully integrated into your browsing experience.

You can now sort books by category, price, and popularity. You can also scroll between them with ease and view the contents of your cart from any page.

We hope these changes will improve your experience, and we look forward to hearing your feedback!

Stay tuned for more big announcements this month as we gear up to add even more enhancements to the website and our Discord server!

Sincerely,

The Kyanite Crew

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New Kyanite Press Online Article

Loose Body Parts: How to Keep them Attached in Fiction
by Constance Watson

Who here loves zombies? I know I do! Zombie stories are by far one of my favorite genres. But no matter how much you love zombies, that doesn’t mean that every character should be one, which unfortunately is what tends to happen. Unintended zombification can be a huge problem. Why, you ask?

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE!

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Writer Wednesday Webcasts

As you may have seen on social media, we started a Writer Wednesday webcast last month. All of our authors and Kyanite Press contributors are invited to attend each week. We have a theme for each “episode” and so far we’ve talked about characters, world building, first drafts, author branding, and publishing.

Our last episode was recorded on 5/22/2019, and it marked the first time we had invited authors who weren’t associated with our publishing company to attend. The topic was publishing, and we had been looking forward to a roundtable full of experience in self-publishing, hybrid publishing, and traditional small and large press publishing.

Our target audience for these webcasts are both readers and writers who are curious about the publishing industry and the craft of writing. We’re very pleased so far with the turnout and we’re planning to expand our YouTube channel with additional webcasts. We’re also planning to move into podcasting, which we’ll be experimenting with later this year.

If you haven’t yet, check out our YouTube channel and subscribe! If you’re feeling especially generous, share it with your friends and family who love reading or writing!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYGLTSGDCeQzuFV33MrddkQ

Sincerely,

The Kyanite Crew