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Influencers for Mark of the Raven

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Hey everyone! Who’s excited for the release of Mark of the Raven (Me! Me!)? As we draw closer to November, I am now putting together a team of readers who want to help me not only launch this book, but any books in the future (such as Flight of the Raven coming in July 2019 ;).

I was thinking up some names for this group (Morgan’s Minions? Nah. Morgan’s Monkeys? Nah. Morgan’s Monsters? Nah.). As you can tell, I’m having a hard time. So I’ll put that aside for now (but if you have an awesome name, please PM me!). Until then, I’ll explain how you can become part of this group of amazing readers and receive a free book 🙂

Here are my requirements:

  • Be willing to read the book.
  • Must leave a honest review of the book on your choice of book site (Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, etc…) within a month of the book release.
  • Share on one or more social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc…) leading up to and on the release date.

 

Now you might be thinking, “I already do this because I love your books!” That’s kind of what I was thinking because that’s what awesome readers do :). But for clarity’s sake, I thought I should share what is expected of book influencers.

So are you interested? Want to help me with the release of Mark of the Raven and future books? Then click on the link below and fill out the form. I’m looking for engaging readers, so not everyone will be chosen for this opportunity, and spots are limited, so don’t wait.

https://goo.gl/forms/sgjvXzLyQVWoiGhL2

Thank you!

Morgan

Mark of the Raven Giveaway

Winners of the Mark of the RavenGiveaway

I don’t know about you, but I had a lot of fun seeing all the raven tattoos all over the internet! Thank you, my friends and readers, for sharing your excitement for my next series and letting others know. Now for the real reason you’re reading this post 😉

Ready?

 

 

Are you sure?

 

 

Okay, here you go!

Congratulations to these three people who have each won a signed copy of Mark of the Raven!

 

Caleb Lang

Andrew King

Marla Schultz

 

Yeah!!! I have privately contacted each of you and you will be receiving a signed copy of Mark of the Raven in November. If you were not one of the winners, take heart, there will be more chances to win a signed copy as the release date for the Mark of the Raven draws near, so be watching for a blog post or newsletter announcement. And if you haven’t already pre-ordered, Christianbook.com currently as the paperback available for $9.99 (best price right now and better than coffee at Starbucks 😉

~Morgan

 

Here’s what others are saying about Mark of the Raven:

Mark of the Raven grabbed me from the first moment and didn’t let go. Cliché to say? Maybe. Doesn’t make it any less true. Layered characters, an epic storyline, and strong writing make this a tale to be savored.”

—James L. Rubart, bestselling author of The Man He Never Was

 

“Stunning! Mark of the Raven is a captivating adventure that plumbs the depths of humanity’s soul. Busse’s deftly drawn characters offer a refreshing break from the tropes of most fantasy novels. I can’t wait for the next book!”

—Ronie Kendig, bestselling, award-winning author of The Tox Files and Abiassa’s Fire

 

Mark of the Raven is a rich fantasy set in a world of great powers and dark secrets. Fast-paced and sure to please, Morgan Busse has delivered a novel that sticks with you. When you wake from your next nightmare, try to tell yourself ‘It was just a dream.’”

—Patrick W. Carr, author of The Darkwater Saga

 

“A great new fantasy adventure from Morgan L. Busse, Mark of the Raven fulfills every expectation. This fast-paced heroic fantasy was a pleasure to read with its with dreamwalkers, political machinations, mystery, romance, and a world on the brink of war. Readers will be transfixed as Lady Selene struggles with the calling placed upon her. I’m so looking forward to the next book in the series.”

—Jill Williamson, Christy Award-winning author of The Kinsman Chronicles and Blood of Kings

 

“Contrasting an atmosphere of dark politics against the illumination of hope, Mark of the Raven took flight on the page, swooping me into its magically layered yet fully accessible world. With vividly conflicted characters and danger lurking around every bend, this series starter left me breathless for its sequel. Brilliant!”

—Serena Chase, author of Eyes of E’veria

A Chance to Win a Signed Copy of Mark of the Raven

Dear friends,

Here it is! The first giveaway for the first book in my new fantasy series, Mark of the Raven!

When I was brainstorming creative swag for Mark of the Raven, a friend suggested temporary tattoos of the raven symbol from my book. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how brilliant that was (you know, “mark” of the raven, heehee). Here’s the final tattoo image:

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I am offering these tattoos exclusively to those attending Realm Makers and to all my readers for free. And if you want to enter the contest I’m holding for Mark of the Raven, here’s the guide:

1) Take tattoo and place it somewhere (on your arm, on your computer, on your friend’s forehead).
2) Take picture of tattoo.
3) Post picture on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter, say something about Mark of the Raven, and tag Morgan L. Busse.
4) Three winners will be chosen on August 15, 2018, so post your picture before then.

Yes, three winners will receive a signed copy of Mark of the Raven when it comes out in November! Yeah!

So how do you get your tattoo? I mail one to you 🙂 If you want to enter (or just want one of these fabulous tattoos, or a couple to give to friends and family), please email me your address (morganlbusse@live.com). I will do nothing more with your address than mail you how many tattoos you want (and mail you a book if you win!).

Have fun!

Carol Award Finalist and Other Things

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me! I’ve traveled across numerous states, visited some beautiful places, spent lots of wonderful time with my family, finished my edits on Flight of the Raven, book 2 of the Ravenwood Saga, and…

I FOUND OUT AWAKENED IS A CAROL AWARD FINALIST! YEAH!

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So that’s why you haven’t heard from me in a while. If you want to see the pictures from my travels, check out my Instagram account (I also post pics of my books and pets because they are so cute!).

Next week I’ll be at Realm Makers and if you live in the St. Louis area, come see me at the Realm Makers Book Festival 🙂

Also, I’ll be having my very first giveaway for a signed copy for Mark of the Raven, so be watching (or better yet, sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out).

Cover Reveal for Mark of the Raven

Hello Friends! I’m excited to reveal the cover for the first book in my new fantasy series, The Ravenwood Saga, coming out with Bethany House November 2018. So are you ready to see the cover for Mark of the Raven?

Are you sure?

It’s pretty awesome 😉

Here you go!

MotRCoverAnd here is what it’s all about:

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy, a legacy that supports her people, or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her decision comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

COMING NOVEMBER 2018. But you can pre-order your copy now 🙂 www.amazon.com/Mark-Raven-Ravenwood-Morgan-Busse

Looking Forward to 2018

2018newyearA year ago I was moving halfway across the country, gave away half of my possessions so I could make the move, wasn’t sure if Awakened would be released for my readers, fighting one of the worst colds ever, and felt over all pretty bleak about the upcoming year. But one thing I did not lose sight of: God was still with me, and because of that, I could face 2017.

Fast forward: we are now looking for a house (which if you’ve known me for a while you know is a huge deal since we’ve moved every year since 2011). God replaced everything I gave away to move here to the Midwest. My health is in a great place. Tainted won the Realm Award for Horror/Paranormal/Steampunk. And Awakened released in November to the great joy of all of you readers 🙂
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So what does 2018 hold for me?

A new book series. The Ravenwood Saga, my next fantasy series, was picked up by Bethany House. Mark of the Raven, the first book, is slated to be released Fall of 2018. I’ve already seen one of the possible covers for this new book and can I say WOW! I can’t wait to share the official cover with all of you 🙂 (not to mention the story).

I will be teaching at The Well Conference up in Michigan in May. I will be sharing writing tools for the speculative writer and how to bring the Christian worldview in fiction without preaching. If you’re nearby and looking for a writing conference, then check this one out!

And speaking of conferences, I will be attending Realm Makers in July with my daughter (eek! I can’t wait!). I’ve been to almost every Realm Makers since it first started 6 years ago and is the best conference for speculative writers and artists in my opinion. To find out more, check out www.realmmakers.com

Plus I will be taking a fun trip with my family over the summer.

With all of the exciting stuff coming in 2018, I don’t want to lose sight of one thing: God is with me. And God is with you too, my friend. So go forth and face the new year!

New Book Contract

contract signingFriends! I’m so excited to announce that my new fantasy series has a home. I just signed a three book contract with Bethany House. It is bittersweet to be moving to another publisher and yet I’m excited to work with the people and authors at Bethany.

So what does this mean for you, my readers? It means you will have a new book to read next November (2018). And it also means you won’t be waiting a whole year between books. Yep, you read that right! I will be working diligently with Bethany to have a new installment every nine months. Yeah!

So be watching for the cover for Mark of the Raven, coming soon! And in the meantime, here is what my new series is about:

Mark of the

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy, a legacy that supports her people, or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her decision comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

What I’m Writing Now and My Writing Routine

coffee dateWahoo! After almost a year (a year filled with deadlines, moving twice, and the release of almost two books) I am resurrecting my monthly coffee date posts. I love this post since it gives you, my readers, a chance to ask me questions and gives me a chance to interact with you! So without further ado, here we go!

Timothy asks: “What’s the release date and synopsis of your new series you are finishing up the first volume of?”

A timely question since I just finished the edits on the manuscript in question and just sent it off to my critique partners! As I’ve waited for the release of Awakened, the second book in my steampunk series, I’ve been writing a whole new fantasy series. This new series will follow a young woman who has inherited her family’s secret ability to dreamwalk (the ability to enter a person’s dreams and see their hopes, thoughts, and memories). Here is the back blurb:

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy, a legacy that supports her people, or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her decision comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

 

The first book, Mark of the Raven, is currently under consideration at a publishing house. Once I know more, I will definitely let you all know. Until then, Awakened comes out November 14th!

 

Ralene asks: “How has your writing routine changed over the years as the kids have gotten older?”

It is much easier to have a routine with older children! I can even write in the summer, even though I cut my wordcount in half in order to spend time with my kids. A typical day for me goes with sending my kids off to school, writing my first 500 words, cleaning, cooking, doing whatever I need to do, then writing my second 500 words. Some days I write more, but I always write at least 1k words a day to stay on track and finish a book in a year. However, my family is still my priority, so writing happens when they are at school, and when they are home, the writer in me is put away and the mom comes out. Thanks for asking!

Do you have a question for me that you would like answered during my monthly coffee date? Feel free to post it below and I’ll place it in my que. Until next month, bye!

Steampunk Worldbuilding

I was asked to share a while ago how I created the steampunk world for Tainted, the first book in my steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Before I begin, I think it is good to define what steampunk is. There are a lot of definitions out there, most of them wordy and abstract. So I took the common elements and narrowed them down to one statement: steampunk is the fusion of our history (usually Victorian Era or wild west) and science fiction/fantasy. The “steam” part comes from advance technology that is run on—you guessed it—steam.

I like to use the word “fusion” when defining steampunk. Why? Fusion is the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. With steampunk, you join the historical genre with the speculative genre and fuse them together with steam-powered technology to create a brand new genre.

So now that you know what steampunk is, let me share how I created my own fused world. For the historical aspect, I went with the Victorian Era. I love this time period because there was so much change that occurred during this era. This is when the Industrial Revolution occurred (perfect for my steampunk technology), many things were in the process of being invented (again, perfect for steampunk), advances and changes in the medical world, women were stepping into the world of higher education and science, and all the advancements of science itself.

For the speculative aspect, I went with fantasy. The idea for Tainted originally came from an online conversation where someone asked if necromancy could ever be used for good. I had this image of a woman who had been “tainted” by her father’s research, and although it opened her up to amazing power, it also was killing her on the inside.

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And thus Tainted was born. But instead of straight up fantasy necromancy, I chose to use science instead, and ask the questions 1) Are there lines we shouldn’t cross in our pursuit of the unknown? 2) What happens if we cross those lines? 3) Does it hurt others?

Kat’s own abilities stem from science as well, namely, the laws of science. She can manipulate matter. This means she can cause things to combust, or move, or cause particles to draw together (forming a solid) or drift apart (creating liquid or state form). She can even cause time to stand still. But humans were never meant to contain such power, and so it is killing her soul.

Lastly, the steampunk technology. I chose to go with a more covert approach instead of flashy, in-your-face technology. Steam technology is part of the everyday world in Tainted, and thus not focused on as much by the characters, in as much we use the coffeepot to make coffee in the mornings, or use our cell phones to connect with other people, but we don’t sit there and gawk at how amazing our technology is. We simply use it. It is part of the background of our lives.

Now some steampunk authors love to build all sorts of cool gadgets and gizmos. Great! I wanted to focus more on the story of the characters and use the steampunk aspect as the backdrop to their story. I think ever writer has the freedom to be as overt or covert with their technology as they want to be. And I think it also depends on the story you are writing. If it’s about an inventor, then yes, you’ll probably have a lot of cool inventions. If it’s about a socialite, eh, not so much.

So there you go. To build a world of steampunk, you research your history piece, pulling together what works for your world, including cultural aspects, manners, beliefs, and even fashion. Then you choose if you want a more science fiction or fantasy feel (maybe even both), then tie those into your world. You want magic? Great! You want AI automatons? Great!

Then lastly, have fun coming up with your own unique steampunk technology and decide how covert or overt you want to be with it. Does it take center stage of your book? Or is it the backdrop? And how does it work? Some things you can get away with just showing it in use, but some things readers might want an explanation for, depending on how overt you go with your technology.

Now go forth and write!

To find out more about Tainted, click here.

This article was originally posted on janeenippolito.com 

 

Tainted a Finalist in a Cover Contest

Still not sure who entered the cover for Tainted in the Creme de la Cover contest held by InD’Tale magazine, but whoever you are, thanks! A couple days ago I received an email that the cover for Tainted is one of the final covers for the contest mentioned above. Wow! Now that contest is open for people to vote for the best cover. If you think Tainted is a great cover, would you consider heading over to Creme de la Cover contest and voting? I would much appreciate it. Thanks!

Tainted