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Happy Book Birthday to “River” by Ryen Lesli!

The book publishing process takes more time than most people realize.

Ryen Lesli began writing River about five years ago. She sent it to us last summer, and we made her an offer almost immediately, recognizing its potential and heartbreaking authenticity. Since then, it’s been through several stages of editing, proofing, and production to become the book it is today.

There are no shortcuts. Ryen spent long days in front of her computer going back over every word. We did the same thing, and when we were done, we did it again. We developed prototype covers, we sampled page colors, and we tested formatting schemes. When the final product arrived, it surpassed even our wildest expectations.

River is a work of art. It is a story that transforms, transcends, and transports the reader. Lesli is a master worldbuilder, capable of taking you on a journey you didn’t know you were waiting for. Emotions run high, the stakes even higher. While the main character is a teenager, her story has moved everyone who’s reviewed it. Check it out on Goodreads!

Does she have a secret life? One even SHE doesn’t know about?

Seventeen-year-old River has always felt like she doesn’t belong. It doesn’t help that she sees a light around people that reveals their true nature. When a new kid shows up at school who she can’t read, something inside her breaks open, unleashing a wave of raw emotion and faint visions of an emerald-eyed boy that she doesn’t remember. Soon, River’s world changes and everything she thought was real fades away. Taken from the life she knows, River is forced into a dangerous, beautiful world that has been impatiently awaiting her return.

You can read the first chapter of River for free by visiting the book landing page. It will look like this:

You can also purchase the eBook, paperback, or hardcover edition from us, or from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or your local independent bookstore by request.

Thank you for supporting our small business and the author by sharing this story with your friends and family, especially your young adults! We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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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 and River by Ryen Lesli!

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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Coming Friday 5/24/19: Blood Shadow by Enkelli Arn Robertson

Hello, readers!

We’re excited to announce that Blood Shadow: A Vera Shadow Mystery by Enkelli Arn Robertson will be coming out this Friday!

You can pre-order it here from our website, through Barnes and Noble, or via our other online retailers on 5/24/2019.

“A mysterious woman hires Vera Shadow, Private Detective, to find a missing college student. The trail leads Vera from the dormitory of Dorwich Institute of Magic to a seedy nightclub, an upscale penthouse, and the docks. Little does she know, the rabbit hole goes deeper than she thinks.”

Don’t forget, you can leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon, request that your local library carry a copy, or order it through your local independent bookstore (who can find it by ISBN and order it through our distributor, Ingram).

As always, thanks for supporting our independent press!

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The Fall of John Prescott

Hey readers!

This fall, we’re publishing three novels by author John Prescott. He’s a talented storyteller and all three are worth adding to your collection. We’ll kick off his trio with After on August 2nd.

Preservation Protocol will follow on August 23rd.

And last but not least, we’ll publish Something Deeper on October 4th. (Cover to be revealed at 5:30PM CT on 5/17.)

Pre-orders will be open on all three novels starting this Friday, May 17th. We encourage you to order then, as we’ll be offering 20% off through the weekend with code FALLOFJP at checkout!

Thank you for supporting our mission to bring more entertaining and thought-provoking stories to readers!

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Preview the July/August Issue of the Kyanite Press!

We’re excited to offer a preview of the July/August issue of the Kyanite Press! This is our last issue in Volume 1 featuring stories across all sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy, just like the first issue (Sept/Oct 2018)!

Stay tuned for more details, including who will be contributing and who won the feature spot!

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Kyanite Press Subscription – 25% Off the Cover Price!

Hello again readers!

The Kyanite Press Volume 2 subscription is available for purchase on our website. It’s 25% off the cover price, and this summer we’re offering a special deal: all new subscribers will be entered to win a $5 Starbucks gift card and a Kyanite Publishing eBook of their choice weekly!

Read more about the changes to Volume 2 here, which include fewer issues (4 seasonal issues instead of 6) and more content per issue (250+ pages)!

Please share this news with your family and friends who love science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We’re striving to find and publish the best short stories out there, and we think this next volume will be the best yet!

We appreciate your support!

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Citizen of Earth Launches Friday – 20% Off Coupon

Hello readers!

We’re excited to share that Citizen of Earth by author Joseph Kassabian is launching this Friday!

To celebrate, we’re offering 20% off now through the 17th using code CITIZEN20 at checkout on our website. This applies to paperback and hardcover orders!

Learn more or purchase here.

Thanks for your support!

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Cover Reveal – Life2 by Aisha Tritle

We are so excited to reveal the Life2 cover! This awesome science fiction story by Aisha Tritle is a thrill ride with deep themes and amazing characters.

Astrid was brought back six months ago for one purpose: to help restore balance in the city.

Cursed with a past she can barely remember, Astrid fills her role as an assassin with ease. Every day, she kills Unworthies – those deemed unfit to be a part of the society so carefully constructed after the Infirmum swept through the earth a hundred years ago, leaving all of the children dead and all of the adults infertile.  

Humanity now relies on a weekly injection of Curat to survive. Everyone is young, beautiful, and almost immortal – including the enigmatic doctor who renewed her, Michael.   

As the city is pushed into a new ice age, Astrid realizes she knows dangerously little about the place she lives and the people she kills for. Her trigger finger begins to fail her, and she fears she might be labeled as Unworthy next. When Michael draws her into a rebellion, secrets begin to come out, and the worst one might belong to the past she forgot. As she starts to remember and Michael tells her the true reason he’s been able to survive for so long, Astrid finds out she won’t just have to save the city, she will also have to decide what it truly means to be human.

Pre-order it here!