Fiction Blog, The Desertera Series

Guest Post: Themes in a Series

Check out my guest post on author and professor Charles French’s blog. I discuss the importance of themes in a series, as well as how the themes of my Desertera series have evolved over the first two novels.

I would like to welcome author Kate M. Colby to my blog. In this post, she discusses the issue of themes in a series of novels. Kate is an excellent writer, one I am proud to know. I respect her abilities and writing, and I have used her previous novel The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera […]

via The Courtesan’s Avenger by Kate M. Colby: Themes in a Series — charles french words reading and writing

Fiction Blog, The Desertera Series, Writing Updates

On Sale Now: The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2)

perf5.250x8.000.inddAfter over a year of working and waiting, I’m pleased to announce that The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2) is available in ebook AND paperback formats on all major online retailers.

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point. I couldn’t have published one book, let alone two, without the support of my family, friends, and fellow writers. My readers deserve a special thanks: your encouraging emails, social media shout-outs, and heartwarming reviews are the fuel that keeps my inspiration burning. Thank you joining my journey.

When I published The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) last year, I thought my heart would burst from panic. Here I was, an unknown and inexperienced author, putting her art out for the world to judge. Publishing my nonfiction booklets has felt significantly less personal (more like writing one of my craft blog posts), so I thought I would be better prepared for this launch. After all, this will be my tenth publication. It’s old hat now, right?

Wrong. I’m still a bundle of nerves and excitement, of dread and hope. I’m not a parent, but I have to imagine that this is what it feels like to send your child off to kindergarten or university. I did the best that I could. Now it’s up to you, little one.

I’ll write a longer reflection post after the book launch buzz simmers down. For now, I’m off to take deep breaths, celebrate, then start book three.

If you haven’t bought your copy of The Courtesan’s Avenger yet, click this link to download it from your favorite retailer.

If you’re waiting on signed paperback copies, stay tuned. I’ll have purchase links available once I have copies to sign.

Fiction Blog, Musings & Bookish Things, The Desertera Series

Read Chapter One of The Courtesan’s Avenger

perf5.250x8.000.inddWant a preview of The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2)? Click the link below to read the first chapter now.

SPOILER ALERT: This chapter contains spoilers for The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1)If you have yet to read TCD, I highly recommend you do it first — it’s only $0.99 until September 20th.

Read Chapter One of The Courtesan’s Avenger now!

And remember: you can pre-order the ebook today. It comes with an exclusive Q&A with me about the novel and my plans for the rest of the Desertera series. Click here to pre-order yours.

Paperbacks will be available in two weeks.

Happy reading!

Fiction Blog, Musings & Bookish Things, The Desertera Series

Sick of the Presidential Election? Vote for Books!

No matter how you feel about the coming U.S. presidential election, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all earned a break. So, if you’re tired of deciding for whom to cast your vote (or simply tired of seeing all those outrageous clips on the international news), here’s something we can all get behind: books!

The inaugural Summer Indie Book Awards are on! This is a great effort to recognize deserving independently or small-press published books that are not eligible for traditional awards. To my surprise and honor, The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) has been nominated in TWO categories: Dystopian and Contemporary.

First and foremost, thank you to whoever nominated me! I really appreciate your support for the series.

Second, there are literally hundreds of books nominated, so I doubt I have a shot at winning. But hey, I’ve got to try! If you’d like to help, here are the links at which you can vote for The Cogsmith’s Daughter. HINT: These documents are super long. Hit CTRL+F and search Colby.

VOTE HERE:

Dystopian – http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533523xe37d4b0E-22

Contemporary – http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533535x82a34755-22 

Want to see if any of your other favorite authors were nominated? You’ll find all the categories here.

HURRY: Voting ends September 11, 2016!

And if I can ask for one more teensy favor, three of my friend Kara Jorgensen’s novels have been nominated as well! She deserves your vote, too.

Historical (The Earl of Brass and The Earl and the Artificer) – http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533529x7C28e4CB-22

Paranormal (The Winter Garden) – http://www.poll-maker.com/poll533491x44200b87-22


Have YOU been nominated? Put the info in the comments, and I’ll return the favor!

Fiction Blog, The Desertera Series, Writing Updates

Five Things You Need to Know About The Courtesan’s Avenger (Pre-Order Available!)

The title of this one says it all, folks. As regular readers will know, I have a new book coming out this month: The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2). If you’ve been living under a rock (or in more interesting corners of the Internet), here are five things you need to know to get up to speed. Read them, then pre-order your copy on your favorite online retailer.

perf5.250x8.000.inddIt’s a sequel!

As you’ll see in the title, The Courtesan’s Avenger is the second book in the Desertera series (aka Desertera #2). It’s the sequel to The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1), and a continuation of the story. It picks up about a month after the action of TCD, only with one major change to the storytelling …

It’s written from Dellwyn’s perspective.

For those of you who have read The Cogsmith’s Daughter, you’ll likely remember Aya’s best friend and roommate, Dellwyn. In The Courtesan’s Avenger, our witty friend takes center stage, and we join her as she solves the mystery of grotesque murder. Along the way, Dellwyn tackles her own ambitions, plays big sister to a new brothel worker, and grapples with her feelings for the dashing Lord Collingwood.

The main theme is vengeance vs. justice.

The Cogsmith’s Daughter centers on revenge. Aya’s mission is to take vengeance on King Archon for ordering the wrongful execution of her father. Dellwyn doesn’t do vengeance. In The Courtesan’s Avenger, she’s all about justice. True, lawful, legitimate justice. This is especially important as we begin to see the social and political fallout from the first book and Dellwyn’s reactions to it.

It’s a novel about friendship.

Despite living in the underbelly of Desertera, Dellwyn’s quite a popular gal. Friendship is very important to her, as her friends are her family. You’ll see how the dynamics of her relationship with Aya have changed, meet her allies and enemies at the brothel, and watch her make a few unlikely new friends. As the author, I really enjoyed tackling this topic in The Courtesan’s AvengerAfter all, what really makes a true friend?

You have plenty of ways to read it!

If you’d like to read The Courtesan’s Avengeryou have several options:

Preorder the ebook NOW through your favorite online retailer. It comes with a special pre-order bonus: a Q&A with me about my writing process, my thoughts on the novel, and my future plans for the Desertera series.

Paperback lovers can grab their copy on Tuesday, September 20. And yes, signed copies will be available on my books page!

My Reader List subscribers have the option to receive advance review copies. Keep your eyes on your inboxes!

PSST … If you haven’t read The Cogsmith’s Daughter yet, now is the time. It’s on sale for $0.99 through September 20. Download your copy today.