Lake Of Sins: Hangman’s Army
by L.S. O’Dea
GENRE: YA, Dystopian Fantasy
A rebellion is brewing in the world of the Lake of Sins while Hugh Truent sits in prison days away from his execution.
After taking his findings about the genetic similarities between the classes to the Supreme Almighty and the Council, Hugh had been arrested for treason and all his evidence had vanished as if made from smoke.
To protect his family, he cut off all contact with the outside world while he sat in prison for over four years waiting for his execution. He has no idea that some of his reports were leaked to the other classes and that civil war looms on the horizon.
Trinity and her friends have no hope of winning the war unless they can unite the classes. In order to do that, they need someone everyone will follow. They need the one person all the classes trust and believe in. They need Hugh.
That means they have to break him out of a maximum security prison and convince him to lead their army, but that won’t be easy because Hugh wants revenge and he’s not going to let anything get in his way especially mouthy, attractive, know-it-all Trinity.
“What do you suggest we do?” From this position, the next tree was quite a distance away. The River-Men waited in the water below. He didn’t want to go back but he didn’t think they had a choice.
She went farther out on the branch toward the other tree. “Do you think you can jump?” She turned toward him, her golden eyes searching his face. “Don’t lie. If you miss, you die.”
“I’ll never make that jump.” There was no room for manly bravado in this situation.
She stared at him for another moment and then leapt. The River-Men dipped below the surface and then back up as she landed safely on the other tree. His heart thudded in his chest. She wasn’t leaving him. She wouldn’t do that. He had faith in her. He trusted her, but his stomach knotted. He’d trusted before and had been betrayed.
She tied the end of the rope around the trunk of the tree. “Do you think you can cross on the rope? If you don’t, I’ll come back, but then we’ll have to backtrack and that means sleeping in the swamp tonight.”
His arms and back ached and his hands were a bloody mess, but he could do this. He had to do this. “Throw me the rope.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah.” He wasn’t sure at all but they didn’t have time to go back. He caught the rope and tied it to the trunk of the tree, making sure it was tight-really, really tight. Then he grabbed the taut rope and wrapped his ankles over the top of it. Hand over hand, he moved away from the safety of the tree. He glanced down. The River-Men were swimming faster, excited and anticipating a meal.
The Things (Oh so many things!) I Wish I Knew About Being An Author I Didn’t Know Before
I have a degree in English Creative Writing so I have some background in writing. Even so, before I started my first book I took a writing class with Writer’s Digest. I hadn’t written anything (not counting notes, emails, etc) in about twenty years. I definitely needed a refresher. However, none of that – NOT ONE LITTLE BIT – prepared me for being a published author.
Sure, with my background, I proofread my own work and I’m pretty good with showing and not telling, but I was completely unprepared for the marketing that is required of authors today (both Indie and traditionally published).
You need a website and ISBN’s (do you buy your own or use ones from a service?), a book cover and a blurb. Let me tell you that writing a good blurb is a lot different than writing a good story. My stories are very good, my blurbs not so much. If you want to go the traditional publishing route instead of indie (there are pros and cons to each) then you’ll also need a bio, a summary, a synopsis, a tag line, a usp (unique selling point), just to mention a few things.
So, you spend time and get all that done. Whew! Tiring but you’re ready to publish your book. Are you going to go wide or just publish on Amazon (again pros and cons to both)? Are you going to publish in both paperback and ebook format (no reason not to that I can think of)?
You made those decisions. You have everything done and you believe – truly, truly believe–(we all do) that your book is going to fly off the proverbial ebook shelves, but it doesn’t. You need to make people aware of your book. You need to get the right Amazon keywords (there are classes on this subject) and you need to advertise – but how?
You can book a blog tour (they are fun and work well), you can promote through email marketing (of course all the better ebook marketers require a minimum number of reviews that you can’t get until people notice your book and leave a review), you can hire a publicist (never tried that myself), you can promote on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc—do podcasts, go to conventions, etc.
Then there is the one that I’m focusing on now, building your own email list of people who like your books. This is very important because we all get busy and even though someone may really like my books, they may have no way of knowing when a new one is released. The newsletter is the key.
So, with all that being said, if I could only pick one thing to tell new authors, I’d tell them to put links to their other books inside each book. It seems obvious, but I never thought to do it and probably lost readers. We need to make it as easy as possible for readers to find our work and that’s one way.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
L. S. O’Dea grew up the youngest of seven in a family that uses teasing and tricks as an indication of love (or at least that’s what she tells herself). Being five years younger than her closest sibling often made her the unwilling entertainment for her brothers and sisters.
Before she started kindergarten her brothers taught her how to spell her first and middle name—Linda Sue. She was so proud she ran into the kitchen to tell her mother. She stood tall and recited the letters of her name: L-E-M-O-N H-E-A-D.
She’s pretty sure she has her siblings to thank for the demons that lurk in her mind, whispering dark and demented stories.
This book is the third in the series–and the series should be read in order. The first two books is the series are FREE.
The author will be awarding a Kindle Paperwhite to a randomly drawn winner (International winner) during the tour.