Books · Writing

I’m published!

I published my very first short story yesterday, which means I can check ‘teen author’ off my bucket list! (Just barely! 😉 )

Project Relocation is a sweet, sci-fi short story featuring two space explorer kitties, and you can get a copy for free by signing up for my newsletter. This story is a token of my appreciation for the support of my faithful subscribers, and if you haven’t joined already, I’d love to have you on board!

You can also add it on Goodreads, or grab a copy on Amazon or Smashwords.

Project RelocationProject Relocation by Lena Karynn Tesla

From the cold of empty space to the heat of the Egyptian desert.

They have consumed their own world, leaving nothing but an empty waste. Now they’re on the search for a new home for their feline race.

Jara and Maghamir are on a mission to explore a newly discovered planet, only to find it already inhabited. With the help of a new friend, these feline explorers must attempt to blend into the culture of the strange hairless creatures know as humani.

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Books · Second Sunday Sales

Second Sunday Sales #1: Thy Kingdom Come (The Navitas Epidemic #1) by Daniel Adorno

For the first sale (I know I said I’d start this three months ago, but you know, life…), I’d like to share Thy Kindgom Come, on sale for 99¢ for a limited time! The price goes back up tomorrow (Monday, August 10th)!

So, I know it probably seems like I’m obsessed, but actually –

Ok, actually you’re right. I am obsessed. But I have reason to be, because Thy Kingdom Come is freaking awesome!!!

 

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An epidemic caused by a biotech virus has ravaged the population, turning the diseased into mindless electricity devourers. Dex Finnegan is one of the few survivors of the virus called Navitas. Orphaned and desperate for answers, Dex needs to find his uncle–the only man who may know why the outbreak occurred in the first place. But leaving his hometown may prove more difficult than he expects. Looting gangs stand in his way and the Mindless masses are an ever present threat. Can he escape the chaos before Navitas infects him too?

Thy Kingdom Come is the first entry into Daniel Adorno’s latest post-apocalyptic science fiction series.

(Blurb from Goodreads)

 

Download for only 99¢ on Amazon

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Updates, Newsletters, and Summer Reading

Alright, let’s start with the updates:

My blog will be undergoing renovations, so be sure to keep checking back. I’ll mostly be focusing on the Writing pages. I’m also focusing on writing one of my WIPs, Something More. It is book one of a fantasy trilogy, and I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of the year. I got quite a bit done this month by participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, which was a great experience. You can watch my progress in the sidebar. And I know I haven’t done the Second Sunday Sales like I said I would, but I promise I will start that in August. Pinky swear.

I’ve also been able to read quite a few books this summer, which I’m pretty excited about. I’ve reviewed most of them, which you can check out on the Reviews page. I’m currently reading an incredible dystopian novel, Thy Kingdom Come, by the ridiculously talented Daniel Adorno. Yeah, I’m pretty much obsessed with his books (if you couldn’t tell by my reviews… 😉 ). Aaaand, I’m planning to read (and hopefully review) Holding the Future Hostage by Tialla Rising and The Witches’ Sleep (fabulous, by the way; it’s a re-read) by Kaitlyn Deann. I’m also reading a brilliant biography of a brilliant man: Tolkien, by Humphrey Carpenter. That basically sums up my reading life lately… And now for the exciting news!

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I am starting to send out newsletters! You can keep up to date on all my blog-happenings, the progress of my WIPs, and here’s the exciting part: I will occasionally include exclusive excerpts from my books! Subscribe right now! I’ll be sending out the first one very soon! These certainly won’t be monthly, and they probably won’t even happen very regularly, but whenever I have something exciting to update you on, I’ll send one out, and you’ll be the first to know!

 

I love you all and I hope the rest of your summer is exquisite! Thank you for reading and following my blog! ❤

-Lena

Books

Paper and Ink: 3 Reasons I’m Not an eBook Girl

YES!! We need to keep real books alive!

Ashlee Willis, Author of Fantasy

A few weeks ago I was in line at Nebraska Furniture Mart, preparing to purchase a book.

The man behind me in line laughed and said, “You don’t see people doing that much anymore.”

I said, “What? You mean buying a book at a furniture store? I know –  kinda strange, huh?”

“No,” he said. “I mean buying a book . . . at all. People just don’t do it.”

I just smiled. “Well, I certainly do.”

“So you don’t read eBooks?”

“Not much. I’m rather stubbornly rebelling against the eBook world. I’ll always stick to my paperbacks first and foremost.”

The man just grinned at me and shook his head . . . then kept smiling and shaking his head until I had checked out and walked away. That’s what he did. I’m not exaggerating.

Now, maybe people who live in Nebraska just don’t read as much as people from…

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Books · Second Sunday Sales

Second Sunday Sales: Intro

So, I’ve decided I’m going to start posting e-book freebies the second Sunday of every other month, starting this next month. I got this idea from Elisabeth Wheatley’s Friday Freebies, so go check out all her freebies, because I won’t be repeating them.

I may or may not have read the books I post. If I’ve read them, I’ll give a link to my review, or at least say something about how I liked it and the appropriate audience.

If I haven’t read it, I won’t vouch for it, but I’ll give as much information as I was able to find.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, and look forward to a good freebie next week!