Giveaway Results!


‘The Sons Of Mil’s’ Goodreads Giveaway has wrapped! Congrats to all the Winners, and profound thanks to all who participated!

As this is my first time publishing, I’ve been vastly encouraged by the incredible support I’ve received from friends, family, and fellow authors in the online writing community. TSOM might not have made it very far without any of YOU! I am supremely grateful that so many have expressed interest in my book, and it is my hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thank you all, forever.

I will have the autographed copies in the mail VERY SOON. If you didn’t win this time, remember, TSOM is book one in a COMPLETED trilogy. We have two more books on the way! I will keep everyone posted about their progress and release dates and future sneak peeks from Books Two and Three. Keep your eye on my social media pages for details.

Drop in to any of my pages and say HI! I’d love to hear from you.

Book Two is coming VERY SOON, so stay tuned for deets! 😉

Love all ya’ll,

L.M. Riviere

Happy Reading!

Only 3 Days Left!

‘The Sons Of Mil’ Giveaway ends on Sunday, Feb. 17th!

About 1200 people signed up to win an Autographed copy of ‘The Sons Of Mil’, but only 10 lucky folks will win! If you haven’t signed up yet, do it before Saturday night. CLICK HERE TO ENTER MY GOODREADS GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to everyone who entered, everyone who’s read and reviewed, and to everyone who has supported me through the whole process. You’re all beautiful, and I love you;)

If you HAVE read TSOM, please drop a review on Amazon and on Goodreads today! Nothing helps an author more than reviews. A single sentence will do!

Also, don’t forget that TSOM is available in eBook and Trade Paperback HERE.

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Happy Reading!

Checking In!

Heya, cats and kittens!

The Sons Of Mil‘ has been available for about a week now! Yay! Already sent out the first bundle of autographed copies. How cool is that? The eBook is now half-price, through St. Patrick’s Day! Just $2.99! Find it here: http://amazon.com/author/lmriviere

ALSO, don’t forget to sign up to be one of 10 lucky folks to receive a FREE autographed FIRST EDITION copy of TSOM here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/288468-the-sons-of-mil-the-innisfail-cycle-book-one

After a promising round of queries in pursuit of a traditional publishing contract; I realized what I wanted more than anything, was readership. I aim to connect with readers on a more personal level and build an organic fanbase for ‘The Innisfail Cycle‘… people need to be reading it for that to happen. Waiting indeterminate months/years in the query/rejection game– wasn’t achieving that. While querying, I did garner some professional interest… but I lacked a solid following that might have earned me a more beneficial contract. As an unknown author with a massive epic to sell; if I want to be taken seriously, I need a built-in reader base.

Having said that, I still intend that this series will find its way into traditional print, eventually. ‘The Innisfail Cycle’ is not the only series I have on deck, but it is the first to be completed. I hope giving folks something of mine to read, will help me achieve that ultimate goal.

What do you guys think about that? Are any of you flirting with the same idea– or as readers, where do you discover the majority of your new favorite authors?

The publishing process was a lot more complex and difficult than I expected. Took nearly a month just to get everything uploaded and formatted properly. I was massively underprepared! If not for the kindness and (extreme) patience of several individuals (Mike, Micah, Dee, and Sydney)– I might still be staring at the Kindle Previewer. In the end, the book came together beautifully. I am quite proud (and relieved) by the way it all turned out.

Have you read it yet? If so, what did you think? Hit me up on any of my Social Media pages, and give me the scoop. I wanna hear from you!

TSOM’s sequels are COMING SOON! For sneak peeks, art, and excerpts– follow my new instagram account at: http://instagram.com/lmriviere_author/

Giveaway Time!


Do you like FREE books? Enter to become one of TEN lucky readers to take home an AUTOGRAPHED First Edition copy of The Sons Of Mil, today! Giveaway runs from January 20th, to February 17th 2019! I’m offering this giveaway because I am so excited to share TSOM with all of you. It is my hope that you enjoy reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it. ENTER TODAY AT GOODREADS.COM. Best of luck!

ALSO! The TSOM Ebook, is just $2.99 for a limited time ONLY! Find it at https://amazon.com/author/lmriviere

Happy Reading!




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The Sons Of Mil
by L.M. Riviere
Giveaway ends February 17, 2019.
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‘New ideas wither, where Old Gods reign…”

On the continent of Innisfail, Old Gods reign. Following five hundred years of vicious conflict, the High King has negotiated an armistice between the immortal Sidhe in the North, and the human populations of the South; the Sons of Mil. In this land of treacherous magic and ageless blood feuds, the peace is precarious at best. 

An outcast with few loyalties, Ben Maeden has no interest in the political strife brewing in the South. Convinced a man without pride has nothing left to lose, he’s content to fade into drunken obscurity in the wilderness. That is, until a rare moment of conscience compels him to rescue a young noblewoman from a band of mercenaries. This auspicious encounter hurls him into the heart of a far-reaching conspiracy, for Una Moura is no ordinary girl. Branded a heretic and scourged by her own people, she harbors a secret that could spell disaster for everyone. Hunted by militant nobles, dark creatures, and ambitious zealots; Ben and Una find themselves in a desperate race to prevent a war. Though, not every enemy lurks in the shadows. Haunted by the ghosts of a former life; Ben may discover his greatest challenge lies within. Can he reconcile his past to safeguard Innisfail’s future, or is he doomed to repeat his mistakes… to the detriment of all?

Available For Preorder Now!

The Sons Of Mil’ is available for preorder NOW!
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*** Book Description:
Dark, complex, and action-packed; The Sons Of Mil explores the pitfalls of an imperiled society, with a cast of misfits, heretics, and rogues. Fans of Adventure, High Fantasy, and Romance, will find something to love here!On the continent of Innisfail, Old Gods reign. Following five hundred years of vicious conflict, the High King has negotiated an armistice between the immortal Sidhe in the North, and the human populations of the South; the Sons of Mil. In this land of treacherous magic and ageless blood feuds, the peace is precarious at best. An outcast with few loyalties, Ben Maeden has no interest in the political strife brewing in the South. Convinced a man without pride has nothing left to lose, he’s content to fade into drunken obscurity in the wilderness. That is, until a rare moment of conscience compels him to rescue a young noblewoman from a band of mercenaries. This auspicious encounter hurls him into the heart of a far-reaching conspiracy, for Una Moura is no ordinary girl. Branded a heretic and scourged by her own people, she harbors a secret that could spell disaster for everyone. Hunted by militant nobles, dark creatures, and ambitious zealots; Ben and Una find themselves in a desperate race to prevent a war. Though, not every enemy lurks in the shadows. Haunted by the ghosts of a former life; Ben may discover his greatest challenge lies within. Can he reconcile his past to safeguard Innisfail’s future, or is he doomed to repeat his mistakes… to the detriment of all?

The Sons of Mil is Coming Soon!

We have a release date! TSOM will be available for e-reader, and trade paperback; this January. Stay tuned for Preorder and Special Edition Hardcovers (I will do a limited run this upcoming spring), downloadable extras, and digital files!

If you are a reviewer with an interest in Adult Epic Fantasy, please get in touch with me at your earliest convenience. 

I have taken the unedited first chapter down from this site. As the publishing date gets closer, I will post links to sample reads, and other TSOM goodies. For example, exclusively available to KDP Select members; a downloadable map of Innisfail, an expanded appendix, and trivia questions; will be available by promo codes on this site… and only on this site. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, and I hope everyone loves reading TSOM as much as I loved creating it! HUGS!

The Waiting Game

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You’ve finished your book. You’ve edited until your eyes bled (then edited again). You’ve built a small but manageable marketing platform. You’ve networked, advertised, revised, and lost countless hours of sleep preparing the best query package you can.

You’ve spent hours, days, and even weeks researching your specific publishing demographic. You’ve handpicked a few dozen literary agents and small publishers who specialize in your genre. You’ve taken the time to read what they’ve read, support authors they promote, and generally get acquainted with them– long before you ever dare to write their name in your introductory line, ‘Dear Ms. or Mr. Agent Person’.

The rejections come in quick. Some are brusk and rude, and you’re slightly insulted after spending so much time trying to get to know them before you pestered them with two-decades worth of hard work. You wonder why they would reject you so swiftly and spend yet more hours, days, and weeks pouring over your work to glean what in the world could be so bloody wrong with it that it deserved such an offhand dismissal.

You get depressed. You feel like a failure. That twenty years of your life, might as well have been spent journaling. No one will ever be interested in your work, if a professional such as ‘SO AND SO’ doesn’t find anything marketable in it. You wonder why you stopped drinking, and take to watching Investigation Discovery in your pajamas in your spare time. Soon, you’re eating crackers upside-down on your couch and weeping into your twentieth can of LaCroix. You’re a joke; a middle-aged wannabe with no life and zero talent.

Then, the requests for manuscript roll in. There are more than you hoped for at first, when you were still capable of ‘pre-rejection’ rationale. A tiny glimmer of hope pierces your hazy, self-pity bubble. You start to wash your hair and drink actual fluids again. It’s going to be okay. SOMEONE thinks your work is worthwhile. Just be careful… don’t get cocky. Don’t get excited. Be cool. BE ZEN. They may yet tell you you’re a hack.

The second round of rejections comes in, and you weather it better this time. You’ve had one acceptance letter, but the terms were terrible and you’re not going out like that, son! That glimmer of hope is flickering but constant, in a distant, very Great Gatsby sort of way. Through the fog of self-doubt, your potential career flashes green over a wide expanse of cold water. It’s steady, but faint.

You wait… and wait.

You take terrible part-time jobs to keep the lights on while you wait. You opt not to query additional publishers and agents, until you’ve heard from the first round– because as every agent and small publisher will tell you– they’re going to take their time and if you’re serious about them, they expect you to be patient. So you wait some more. The bills stack up and you’re working forty hours a week, while trying to squeeze in time to write your sequels. You remind yourself that you were going to have to wait it out and in the end, might have to self-publish just to keep food in your fridge. You’re prepared, but the green light is still flashing on that far dock… and you know you’d be better served waiting it out. Months drag by and you’re still in limbo, wondering why you ever thought you could do this in the first place?

You read self-help articles. Positivity articles. You follow hordes of talented, recently published authors, who inspire you to keep going. You go to work. You come home and work. You get up early, and go to bed late. You hit ‘ignore’ on any random phone calls… you know who they are and you have nothing to give them. You’re tapped-out, stretched thin– a tearing canvas, drawn far too tight over its frame. You’re worried you’re going to be stuck chasing that far green light for eternity; a lifetime spent serving others, while your one passion withers on the vine. Who even are you? Do you know anymore? Did you ever?

You wait… and wait…

… and wait some more.

 

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TSOM Update, 7/26/18

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Hey there, cats and kittens!

The Sons Of Mil is fully completed, edited, and currently being solicited to small publishing houses. After taking nearly twenty years of my life to write– I felt it deserved its day in court. It’s my hope that it will be picked up by a boutique publisher and generate a modest following, and toward that goal, I am postponing pre-release until it’s been properly reviewed. Fingers crossed, ya’ll. I have not ruled out the possibility of self-publishing (nor do I think it’s the ‘less valid’ option), but I feel TSOM could only benefit from the influence of experienced and knowledgeable professionals. While TSOM is being read and (gulp) evaluated, I will do my utmost to keep everyone in the loop.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter on this website– folks who do will automatically earn points redeemable for promo goodies listed in my ‘SHOP’ drop-down (promo kits may include limited edition bookmarks, maps, and magnets, as part of TSOM’s pre-release campaign. TBA soon!). Remember you are welcome to read the first chapter anytime under the ‘READ’ drop-down in the menu.

If you are a literary, fiction, or fantasy blogger, and would be interested in reviewing TSOM for its future pre-release, please email me anytime!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

-LaNae Riviere

*The Sons Of Mil: Book One of the Innisfail Cycle, Copyright@LMRIVIERE.COM

**No unauthorized sampling, sharing, or sales- shall be permitted, and any evidence of such, may be subject to legal action.

 

True South

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Hello! I know it’s been a while, but a great many things have happened in my personal life in the past few months. I am recently divorced, have sold my house, moved across the country, and am now starting over in a new(ish) city. I have finished The Sons Of Mil and its arduous editing process (thank jeebus), and am now actively seeking representation for it. I’m also working to rebuild my photography business here in my new(ish) state, and shopping around for galleries to feature my work. Needless to say– I’ve been crazy busy! Haha.

Now that things have calmed down a little, (did I mention The Sons Of Mil is totally DONE???) I’ll be getting ready to properly launch the Innisfail Cycle series, and starting the editing process for Book Two: The Children Of Danu. If you’d like regular updates about this process, please follow this website and subscribe to my mailing list. Any and all announcements will be made here first.

Also, if you are interested in following my photography, please go to My Photo Website and subscribe to my newsletter. Additionally, my Landscape Photography is also up for sale! Looking for an original book cover or sleeve for your novel or website? Message me for details. I sell digital prints.

As if I needed more stuff to do (but I AM a total workaholic, so…), I will be launching editing services from this website soon. Developmental and Line Editing services will be announced and advertised within the next few weeks. If you are interested in delving into the structure and pace of your story for thematic flow and clarity, email me here at your convenience or feel free to DM me on My Twitter account. If you are looking for a copyeditor (please refer to my former post, ‘On Editing’ to differentiate between these services), I know several fantastic folks who charge fair prices– and can point you in the right direction.

Anyhoo, all caught up? I hope so;) Don’t forget that I am on Facebook, and Instagram too!

Catch ya later!

— LaNae