New Book Deal!!!

I have exciting news! I am contracted for two new books! The first will be a standalone. It is currently titled WARRIOR OF THE WILD, and it will release winter (Jan-April) 2019. The second is a to-be-determined book that will release winter 2020.

I’m very excited to share Rasmira’s story with you in 2019. Before it had a title, I’d been calling WotW my battle ax story. You can expect battle ax fights, monsters, and a scenery that proves to be just as dangerous as the creatures that live in it. There may also be a prominent romance, banter, and a lead who uses her wits as much as her weapon to get out of tricky situations. Here’s an embellished copy of the deal announcement below!

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As for that to-be-determined book, it means that I don’t have to decide right away which of my ideas I’d like to do for that one. It’s a way for my publisher to get me on the schedule for 2020 in advance. But I’ll let you guys know what I end up doing for that when an official decision is made and I’m allowed to share it. For now, know that you can expect at least three novels from me in the future: DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN in 2018, WARRIOR OF THE WILD in 2019, and a to-be-determined book in 2020.

For now, you can add WARRIOR OF THE WILD to your TBR on Goodreads here!

Thank you so much to my readers who are making my dream of writing continue to be possible! Starting Friday, I will officially be a full-time writer, and I couldn’t be happier!

In other news, once we get closer to the release of DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN, I will be offering a preorder incentive. So hold onto those receipts if you’ve already preordered. In the meantime, here’s a fun image:

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This is the pirate flag for the pirate king’s ship, the DRAGON’S SKULL. You guys have already seen the flag for the AVA-LEE:

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Both of these gorgeous flags were made by the incredibly talented Elizabeth Anne Taggart. She can be found at ThatSnarkyDragon.

My Pirate Cruise

I promised a blog post on my Bahamas trip! I promise I didn’t forget. I was waiting on the pictures from the underwater camera to get sent to me. Now that I have those, I can finally share my real sea adventure!

First, before we ever boarded our ship, we stopped by the Pirate Museum in Nassau. Turned out it was closed. SO BUMMED. But I took pictures with all the things outside!

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I obviously didn’t get carried away at all.

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Anyway, then it was ship time!

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This is the Liberty Clipper. I spent a week on this ship, and it was the coolest experience of my life. There’s something about being on the open sea, unable to see land in any direction. It’s beautiful, adventurous, yet also soothing. Sleeping on a ship is like being rocked to sleep every night. I’ve never slept so well.

Here are some pictures of the ship up close. I was excited about even the simplest ship items, like that green gangplank.

The ship fit the twenty-four passengers and eight crew members snugly. The rooms were small, with only about two feet (if that) between the bunks and the wall. And the bathrooms! Picture an airplane bathroom, except there’s also a shower head in there. You close the toilet seat and put this flap down over the toilet paper so it doesn’t get wet. Then you’re good to go.

Trip Activities!

Day 1:

We sailed to Meeks Patch, an island with wild pigs!

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They were so cute. We brought slop from the ship to feed them. We even pet them. I guess they’re used to visitors. They didn’t have any problem sleeping while we were watching.

Afterward we played at the beach off the island.

That night I got a picture of the ship at dusk before we returned to sleep for the night.

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Day 2:

We stopped at Spanish Wells and drove around the island on golf carts. The crew prepared a scavenger hunt for us, so we had fun driving around and looking at things. There was also this awesome bridge spanning across the two islands. Naturally, we had to jump off into the gorgeous water below. Here’s my mom and cousin getting used to the water!

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Afterward, we had lunch on the beach. Then I decided to go snorkeling. There wasn’t a reef or anything, but the water was so clear—it was just fascinating to be able to see so far. I’m from Oregon, and the ocean water there is NOT clear. Or warm. Snorkeling turned out to be totally worth it. First I found the biggest hermit crab I’ve ever seen. The shell was a foot long, one of those spiral snail shells. I almost picked it up to take to shore before I noticed the legs sticking out it. Just enormous! Shortly after that, I spotted a stingray half buried in the sand. I couldn’t tell it was a ray at first because its tail and most of its body were hidden. Sadly, I didn’t have the underwater camera with me this time. So no pictures of those.

Day 3:

Snorkeling day! We went exploring first around a reef. And there were fish to see!

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And then later in the day was my favorite part of the trip. We went snorkeling around a sunken ship! It wasn’t an ancient ship—it was made of metal, but it was still amazing. All these fish were living in it! It was just incredible. Here are some pictures of what I saw!

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First, here is what you can see of the sunken ship ABOVE the water.

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Here is me getting the nerve to jump off the bow of the ship so I can investigate the sunken ship.

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And here is the ship below the water!

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I dove deeper to explore!

So many fish around the ship!

There were just so many fish!

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SO MANY FISH!

And watching over them all was  a barracuda.

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Oh wait, SIX BARRACUDA!

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They are scary looking fish. I couldn’t fully capture them in these photos, but for those who have seen Finding Nemo, the barracuda is the fish at the beginning of the movie that eats all the eggs. SCARY.

But so cool to see.

Day 4:

We sailed to Hatchet Bay, where we went cave exploring. I’ve been in caves before, but I’ve never seen anything like this. The stalactites and stalagmites were enormous!

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Naturally the adults aboard the cruise had jokes to make about this next picture.

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The best part of the caves was this section that went deeper below the surface. You had to take a rickety ladder to get down. And the cave was filled with water! It went up to my waist in the deepest section, and I waded through it. It was like something right out of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Only my aunt was brave enough to do it with me. I have a video of this section, but my blog won’t let me show videos! So I’ve posted it to my Instagram. Click HERE to view!

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After the cave, we went on a short hike to a cliff at the edge of the island overlooking the ocean.

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Naturally, I had to take a selfie.

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From up here, we saw a sea turtle (not pictured), which was really cool. One of the other passengers found a piece of fishing line that disappeared under the water. He pulled on it, and a clump a seaweed came up with it. A bunch of needlefish came racing after it. If you squint, you can see one this this picture—top left corner. I was in such a hurry to catch the image, my finger got in the way.

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That evening, we sailed into this lagoon-shaped port to dock the ship. The gap to get into the docking area was no more than thirty feet wider than the ship itself. So there was about 15 feet of clearance on either side. It was fun watching the captain sail us through.

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Day 5: The Glass Window and moon pools.

It turns out the moon pools aren’t as exciting as the tide pools we have in Oregon. There wasn’t actually anything alive to see in them, but they were still pretty. The waves were violent, constantly crashing into the hollowed out rocks.

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The Glass Window is this section where only a thin strip of island separates the Bahamian water from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s incredible, because on the Bahamian side, the water is smooth and gentle, and on the Atlantic side, it’s violent with constant waves crashing into the island.

Day 6:

Sailing back home! Why yes, I did help raise the sails. (I’m in purple.)

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Day 7

I felt spoiled. I was the only one who got to climb the mast. Granted, that was because everyone else was too chicken to climb. It was only 60 feet. DSCN1515.JPG

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I kept an eye out for pirates.

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The boat looks different from up there.

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I tried taking the ultimate selfie, but mostly it’s just a closeup of my face.

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Thankfully Kyle (the crew member who took me up top) helped me out. Yeah, don’t ask where he was standing to get that shot. There were NO handholds.

All in all, I’ve decided that a pirate’s life is for me—aside from the pillaging and plundering part. I seriously had a blast and could have stayed on that ship for months. It also didn’t hurt that I was served three delicious meals a day that I didn’t have to cook and could drink as much coke as I wanted.

If anyone wants more of a hands-on experience rather than just lounging on a big cruise ship, I highly recommend Wind Jammer Cruises! I’m dying to go again!

DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN Cover Reveal

For my first book, DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, we had to get the ARCs printed before the cover was finalized. I’ve done many blog posts showing the changes from first draft to final.

This is also going to be the case with DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN.

BUT—

This cover is VERY close to what the final will be. We are only making minor tweaks. But my publisher and I have decided to go ahead and share it with you, since everyone is going to see it once ARCs start circulating anyway.

So here it is!

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What do you think?

Also, you can preorder it now!

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BAM! | Indie Bound | Powells

DotPK Launch

I want to thank everyone who supported (and is still supporting) me and DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING. I had a wonderful launch party and release week!

I thought I would share some fun pictures from the launch!

We had the Provo City Library covered in pirate decor! My mother put together an amazing display table, with pieces my father built from scratch, such as two pirate chests and cutlasses! The chest on the left has ring pops for the kids and the one on the right has chocolate, gold-covered coins. With delicious Belgian chocolate inside!

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I dressed up in a gorgeous pirate corset made by Damsel In This Dress. My mother made the matching pirate hat! I gave a short presentation on how I became an author. My dad fixed up the podium so I could be at the “ship’s helm” while I talked. We had a big flag behind the signing table, which had even more fun pirate stuff on it. I just love how supportive my family was for the whole event. Couldn’t have done it without them!

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While I was signing books, I had one of the best surprises. A lovely reader made me DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING fanart, and I cannot stop looking at it!

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My brother and sisters were also present for the event. I love that they dressed up with me! There was a pirate costume contest for everyone who participated!

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And here is me and my mom!

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Dad didn’t dress up, but I was so happy to have him there. The amazing King’s English Bookshop was there selling books on site. All in all, I’d say the event was a huge success. My cheeks hurt by the end of it from smiling so much!

 

Pre-order Incentive!

When you pre-order DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, email your proof of purchase to tricialevenseller(at)gmail(dot)com, and I will send you a bookmark and signed bookplate! International purchases may redeem, too! Offer stands until 2/27/17 or until supplies run out!

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ARC Giveaway!

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Just wanted to let everyone know there’s a giveaway happening on Goodreads for DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING ARCs. Twelve winners will be selected. Enter by 1/6/17! Click here to go to the giveaway page!

What I’ve Been Up To

First off, there are fewer than three months until DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING releases, and I could not be more excited! To celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway on Twitter. You can check that out here!

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve updated my website. There is now an EVENTS tab on my homepage, where you can find conferences, signings, and other events I’ll be at—I’ll update this throughout the year as more things come up. One highlight is the DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING launch party, which will be held in Provo, Utah. If you’re in the area, I would love for you to join me for a night of giveaways, swashbuckling costumes, and piratey treats! More details here!

I’ve already commissioned my costume for the event. I cannot wait to wear this darling pirate corset! The only thing I need now is the perfect pirate hat to go with it! Oh, and I’ll be wearing boots and leggings instead of the skirt.

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As for the writing side of things, I’m currently working on edits for the DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING sequel. The series is only two books, so this is the second and final installment in the duology. The second book has a title already, but I’m not allowed to announce it yet. It’s somewhat of a spoiler if you haven’t already read the first book.

I’m still reading in my spare time. There are so many exciting books coming out next year that I’ve already had the pleasure of reading. You’ll want to put these on your TBR.

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And then Emily King’s THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN (doesn’t have a cover yet)!

Sadly, I haven’t allowed myself to watch any shows lately. I tend to glue myself to the TV instead of doing my edits, so I’ve cut myself off for now. The fourth season of VIKINGS is just waiting for me on Hulu as soon as I finish these edits.

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I was given an early Christmas present this year:

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OVERWATCH on Xbox 1. Playing the game is my reward each day I get in my page/word count done.

I think that’s everything! I’m so looking forward to the holidays, and I really hope I get these edits done beforehand so I can properly enjoy them! Happy holidays to everyone and stay safe if you’re traveling (and safe if you’re not, too)!

 

 

 

 

Can You Spot the Difference?

Every time I get an updated version of my cover, I feel like I’m playing a game of Can You Spot the Difference. But I shouldn’t be the only one to play. So here’s the newest cover (top) and the older cover (bottom). There are six changes. Can you spot them? Answers below.

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Answers: Background (the new cover is brighter surrounding the girl and darker surrounding the map), My Name (wavier in the new cover), Waves (they extend all the way to the right side of the page in the new cover), Sword (the hilt was changed from blue to black), Corset (changed from gray to black), and Blood (fewer splatters around the girl).

The New Cover

There are various reasons why covers change in publishing, but it happens more often than you might think. I’m happy to say that I think my cover has changed for the better! I absolutely love the new color scheme my publisher decided on. I think the new cover fits the tone of the book better, and I’m excited to hear what everyone thinks about it! Also, I absolutely adore the blurb Anna Banks gave (you can see that at the top of the cover shown below).

Don’t forget you can now read the first chapter of DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING here.

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