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Aisa Tea by Viridian Tea Company

Aisa Tea, Image Credit: Viridian Tea Company
 

Whenever we least expect it, the universe conspires to bring us together with kindred spirits we may not have crossed paths with otherwise. In those special moments, happenstance and fortune combine to work a little magic. 

That’s exactly what happened eight months ago when I met author Kimberly Richardson at Wizard World NOLA. (You can read the rest of that story in Kimberly’s own words – here). What I couldn’t have imagined then was where that happy occurrence would lead us…

Introducing Aisa Tea by Viridian Tea Company – a blend of tea inspired by The White-Haired Fate herself! This is the first of many collaborations to come between myself and Kimberly, who also happens to be the owner (and Empress of Tea) at Viridian Tea Company. 

Aisa Tea is a blend of Assam tea, sage, honey crystals, and dried lemon peel

The tea is available for purchase online through Viridian Tea Company, and will soon be available in New Orleans at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop

Like Kimberly always says, Happy Cups!

Upcoming Author Events

UPCOMING LOCAL (NEW ORLEANS) EVENTS:

September 24 – Paranormal Con at the at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. I will be participating in two of their panels. Specific times to follow.

September 30 to October 2 – CONtraflow VI at the New Orleans Airport Hilton. CONtraflow is a Science Fiction & Fantasy literary convention with a New Orleans flair. I will be participating in several of their panels. Times and dates to follow.

October 8 – Japan Fest at the New Orleans Museum of Art. I will be signing and selling books from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Kawaii NOLA, who I work with often, will also be in attendance! Come by and say hello!

 

On becoming involved and writing uncompromisingly for yourself

Yoshida
‘Sarusawa Pond’ by Yoshida Hiroshi.

Hi all! Once again, a million things have been going on; so much so that I can barely keep up. To tell y’all the truth, I don’t even know where to begin! I guess the beginning is always best, but who’s to say exactly where the beginning is? (I’ve been reading Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, can you tell?)

In the past eight months, I’ve gone out of my way to participate in as many local events as I can.  I was already struggling to juggle my writing and my day job, so the masochist in me decided I needed to add another level of intensity! It’s been tough, to say the least, but it’s brought a whole new dynamic to my author life and I can’t stress enough how game changing it’s been for me as a whole. Not only has it brought me into contact with fellow authors and people in the local community who have offered their friendship and support, but it’s brought me closer to the readers I’d hoped to connect with and reach.

If you’re wondering what I mean by becoming locally involved, here are a few examples. This weekend, I ran a Fantasy Writing Workshop at Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop in New Orleans, with author Kimberly Richardson. Before that there was Geek Fest at the New Orleans Public Library in July, NOLA Time Fest in June, the Independent Bookstore Day events at Tubby & Coo’s in May, and contributing to New Orleans’s first Cherry Blossom Festival hosted by Kawaii NOLA in April.

The next few weeks will be even more intense. I’ll be releasing the Second Edition of The Butterfly Crest, just in time for a three week extravaganza of local (New Orleans) events! (Scroll down to the end of the post for event dates and times). For a while now, I’ve been considering making several aesthetic changes to the cover and book design of the paperback, and I figured there’s no better time than now! So, I shelved Book Two for several weeks to make the necessary updates. Fear not, there have been no substantive changes to the contents of the story (not even to those parts where I might have been somewhat overzealous with my descriptions)!

So, what’s going on with Book Two? Glad you asked! I’ve started over. I’ve ‘destroyed’ my work. What do I mean by that? Exactly as scary as it sounds! Back in April I mentioned going ‘back to basics’. Things had been paralyzed for quite some time and I kept hitting a wall. What I had no idea then was how far I would have to go to change things!

After a year of trying to force things (and denying there was a problem to begin with), I ended up having to pitch it all and start over. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but I’m glad I did it. I honestly didn’t have any other choice. I wasn’t happy with what I had of Book Two.  I knew exactly what was wrong with it, but I was too scared to do anything about it; the problem was systematic and if I addressed it, I’d have to destroy everything I’d taken so long to create. That’s why I’d been paralyzed for so long. Destroying everything after so much blood, sweat and tears—the idea of it was terrifying. I didn’t want to accept it.

So what was the problem? It was something simple (basic) in hindsight. I wasn’t writing for me. Not a single word of it sounded like me. My voice, as an author, was nowhere to be found. Once I realized that, destroying it was my only option. The second I pitched it all, the writing started to flow. In a single month I wrote what had taken me a year to write before. I’m happy to report that we’re back on track and stronger than ever! Yes, the release of Book Two will now be delayed, but I’d rather have a product that is my own and that I’m proud of. I want to write uncompromisingly for myself, fearlessly and without apologies.

UPCOMING LOCAL (NEW ORLEANS) EVENTS:
  • September 24Paranormal Con at the Jefferson Parish Library. I will be participating in two of their panels. Specific times to follow.
  • September 30 to October  2CONtraflow VI at the New Orleans Airport Hilton. CONtraflow is a Science Fiction & Fantasy literary convention with a New Orleans flair. I will be participating in several of their panels. Times and dates to follow.
  • October 8 – Japan Fest at the New Orleans Museum of Art. I will be signing and selling books from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Kawaii NOLA, who I work with often, will also be in attendance! Come by and say hello!

 

This post’s image is  “Sarusawa Pond” by Yoshida Hiroshi, a Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker who is known for his beautiful landscape prints. I chose this image because of how serene it is and how calm it makes me feel; the perfect sentiment as I move ahead. Calm and steady.

Kawaii NOLA

Hi all! I am thrilled to announce that The Butterfly Crest is now available for purchase at one of my favorite local shops, Kawaii NOLA, which specializes in bringing Japan’s culture of cute to New Orleans!

Stop by their Magazine Street boutique today for your local dose of all things cute (including some awesome Miyazaki swag)! Feel free to click on the Instagram link below to take a look at some of their amazing merchandise.

Local shops supporting local authors; it’s a beautiful thing.

Kawaii NOLA is located at 3512 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

NOLA Independent Bookstore Day

Image Credit: Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop

Hi all! Just a quick note to mention that New Orleans is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, May 7th, and that I will be celebrating at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop at 2:00 pm!

The shop will be open and celebrating ALL day with tons of events, including a workshop with Alys Arden, a Neil Gaiman happy hour, a Harry Potter read aloud, a literary costume contest, and adult coloring and wine! They’ll also have exclusive merchandise (the Neil Gaiman Coloring Book, a signed print from Anthony Bourdain, a Stormlight Archive companion from Brandon Sanderson), sales, giveaways, and an epic scavenger hunt in partnership with Garden District Book Shop, Octavia Books, and Maple Street Book Shop.

I hope to see y’all there!

For more information, check out the Event Page here.

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
631 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119

 

 

NOLA Cherry Blossom Festival

Sakura Fest
Photo credit: Kawaii NOLA

Hi guys. Just a quick news flash/update!

Our friends at Kawaii NOLA will be hosting the NOLA Cherry Blossom Festival this Sunday, April 24th! If you’re in New Orleans this weekend, come celebrate spring at Kawaii NOLA from from 12 to 2 pm!

Hosted by Midori & Eureeka Starfish, the mini-festival will include performances by LibeRaunchy the BeauxQueenEureeka Starfish, Chelsea Chavis, & sora with tunes mixed by DJ BELLA! There will be 3 pop-up shops with handmade accessories by local shops DozidotesMintyMix, & T-Baby’s Cute n’ Fuzzies. There will also be a J-Fashion Contest with prizes from local New Orleans merchants and artists (including a copy of The Butterfly Crest), a special NOLA Lolitas Fashion Show, and treats by Nola Voodoo Cakes. A Sakura Petal Toss will conclude the event at 2 pm!

For more details, you can check out the Facebook Event Page.

For a quick peek at their cute inventory, check out Kawaii NOLA’s Instagram.

Kawaii NOLA
3512 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tucson Festival of Books

Hi all! Just wanted to post a quick news update.

I’ll be making an appearance at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 14th and 15th, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The festival is being held at the University of Arizona (which also happens to be my alma mater, so I’m super excited to being going back!). I’ll be in the Book Goodies booth with several other authors, so if you’re in the area please to stop by to say hello! (I’ll keep you posted on the booth number, once I find out).

I recently did an author interview for Book Goodies, in anticipation of the festival. If you’re the curious type, I invite you to click on the following link: Interview with Author – Eva Vanrell

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hello all!!

My Goodreads Book Giveaway has been approved and is now accepting entries! Please click on the image below and Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 **signed** First Edition Paperback copies of The Butterfly Crest. The Giveaway dates are from October 11th through November 11th. Best of Luck! Ganbare! 

Giveaway

Such stuff as dreams are made

BCpaperbackIt’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! Three years and a Cold War With Drop Caps/Small Caps later, it’s finally in print! Physical. Tangible. Definite. My soul made manifest and laid bare for the world to see.

There are no words to describe the feeling. Relief. Elation. Awe. Satisfaction. Euphoria. Joy. Humility. Accomplishment. Pride. All these words, while true, seem two-dimensional.

This is the stuff of dreams.

So when’s the big day? The First Edition Paperback of The Butterfly Crest will be released on November 11th through Amazon! To celebrate, I’ll be giving away 3 signed copies on Goodreads, so please stay tuned in the next few days for more information on that!

But wait, there’s more! Spread The Word Book Blog Tours will be hosting a Virtual Book Tour for The Butterfly Crest from November 10th through the 18th (which will include another giveaway), and The Twins and I have been working on a Character Interview for your reading pleasure (thanks Moonrise Book Blog for the invitation!).

So if you’re an old friend of the beasties or new, we’d love to have you join the celebration!

Happy news

finalist-shiny-hrHello all! Just a quick status to share some fantastic news. I received word late last night that The Butterfly Crest has been selected as a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest! It made the cut in three categories (Fiction – Fantasy, Fiction – Paranormal, and Fiction – Supernatural), so please keep your fingers crossed for me and the little beasties!!

Oh, and if you happened to miss yesterday’s interview of the immodest Mr. Muse, you can take a quick look here.

On opening Pandora’s box…

The Butterfly Crest has officially been distributed to all eBook retailers! It is available now (for all eReaders) through BookBaby. It will be available through Amazon Kindle mid next week, and the iBookstore in 1 to 2 weeks. Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Copia, Scribd, Baker & Taylor, Gardners, eSentral, Oyster, and Flipkart will carry it in 2-4 weeks. I’ll keep you posted as the links go live. Your reviews are welcome!!

On delays…

Good morning. I know this announcement is late in coming (my sincere apologies), but I’ve had to delay the book release by about two weeks (hopefully) because of some conversion issues with two special characters used in Japanese words. I’ll keep everyone posted as more info comes in. Sorry for the delay, but I held out until the last minute hoping we could fix this in time. It’s very important to me to salvage the proper spelling and usage of the language, so I hope you don’t mind. Cheers, and thanks for your support!

On a break from the madness…

‘Peony flower and butterflies’, hanging scroll by Itō Jakuchū, ca. 1757.

My apologies for the radio silence of late, but quite a lot has been happening behind the scenes and I’m trying my best to keep on top of everything.

First thing’s first, I’m thrilled to announce that The Butterfly Crest will be at an ebook retailer near you in May. The official publish date is May 16th, but the date could vary depending on the retailer. It will be available through iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Copia and a slew of others, so please stay tuned for those updates. The book will also be available on print in the next few months.

If you’d like to stay up to date on the latest news, please join my new mailing list to receive that information via email, as well as exclusive sneak peeks, promotions and bonus materials. You can sign up here. Rest assured, your contact information is safe with me!

If you look around the site, you’ll see a few new additions. The theme this week was ‘social media’. After a little trial and error, I have officially joined Twitter (@EvaVanrell) and started a Facebook Page. I’ve added Follow and Like buttons to the sidebar on the main page, and links to the accounts themselves on the menu above. It goes without saying that your support is greatly appreciated. 

The proof for the book arrived mid week and I’ve been knee-deep in review. It’s been a struggle to stop myself from reading the thing word for word, so I handed it over to my husband this morning. As of right now, the format looks amazing and we haven’t seen any major problems.

Book Two is coming along, and I’ve somehow managed to find a little time to write in all the madness (when I’m not woking on social media, streamlining the website, setting up the book promotion, or at my day job). I’m really happy with how the story is developing, and I can’t wait to be able to focus all of my energy on writing (and telling you all about it)!

Today’s image is ‘Peony flower and butterflies’ by Itō Jakuchū, ca. 1757. I would say I chose it, but it was really Mr. Muse while we were on Pinterest two weeks ago. He’s quite fond of butterflies, and it seemed an appropriate image for today’s post.