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Interview: Minerva Cerridwen

I did an interview for Asexual Artists. Many thanks to Lauren Jankowski for featuring me!

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Today we’re joined by Minerva Cerridwen. Minerva is a phenomenal SFF author and visual artist. For writing, she has a story published in Unburied Fables and recently released her novella, The Dragon of Ynys (which features an aro-ace main character). Visual art is more of a hobby for her, though she does do commissions. Minerva does handlettering and draws, using traditional mediums such as pencils and ink. It’s clear she’s a very passionate and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

01 Bianca (own character) - pencil - 2017Bianca (own character)

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’ve always loved writing, and to my great joy I can call myself a published author these days. I mainly write fantasy and science fiction and sometimes dabble in poetry and horror. So far I’ve got a short story in the queer fairy tale anthology Unburied Fables

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An Interview with Snap

Hello!

A new character interview was published today, this time with Snap, the dragon of Ynys himself! You can read it here: http://candidceillie.com/character-interview-snap-the-dragon-of-ynys/

I also realise I haven’t shown off my absolutely awesome phone cover yet, here on the blog. And a friend made this brilliant keychain for me! My eternal thanks to her, and of course to Kirby Crow for the design of The Dragon of Ynys‘ cover.

Phone cover 040618-1And some not-Dragon-related news:

The publication of Darkling’s Beasts and Brews: Poetry with a Drink on the Side is expected in October 2018, ready to provide some Halloween goodness. You can find its cover and table of contents here on Facebook.

I also rearranged my website a little, mainly making the Stories page a lot neater than it was. Have a look around and let me know what you think!


The Dragon of Ynys is now available at:

Less Than Three Press (Publisher; 20% off in June for Pride month!) | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Kobo | Amazon (US) | Amazon (Canada) | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (De)

and you can add it on Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Links

As promised, you can find all the direct links to the blog tour posts about The Dragon of Ynys below!

Review via Let’s Fox About It: https://letsfoxaboutit.com/review-the-dragon-of-ynys-by-minerva-cerridwen/
(Coming soon, from the same blogger: there will be a character interview with Snap at http://candidceillie.com/; I’ll make a separate post for this once it’s published. Thanks, Ceillie!)

Review via Barely a Blogger: https://barelyablogger.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/2018-dragon-ynys-minerva/

Review via Jennifer Lee Rossman: https://jenniferleerossman.blogspot.be/2018/05/the-dragon-of-ynys-blog-tour.html

Review & interview via Crimson Talks Books, Mostly: https://crimsontalksbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/review-and-author-interview-the-dragon-of-ynys-by-minerva-cerridwen/

Review via Ava Kelly: http://avakellyfiction.com/review-the-dragon-of-ynys-by-minerva-cerridwen/

Character interview via Archer Kay Leah: https://archerkayleah.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/the-dragon-of-ynys-by-minerva-cerridwen-blog-tour-character-interview/

YouTube interview via Amphibian Press: https://youtu.be/W3aUDqduIcQ
(That’s right, you can see me babble in English for 30 minutes. I wasn’t nervous at all… *ahem*)

A very big thank you to all of these bloggers! If you have the time, be sure to check out the rest of the websites and channel of these awesome people as well.

I’d also like to thank everyone who’s been writing reviews outside of the blog tour! In the past week I’ve gotten the question whether it’s important to buy the book from one specific retailer in order to get its sales numbers up, and as far as I know, that’s not important at all. But something that does help massively is to leave reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon (even if you didn’t buy the book there). Books with more than 50 reviews (that’s text reviews, not just the star ratings on Goodreads) get promoted more on those websites. So if you’ve read the book, I really appreciate it if you post a review! It doesn’t have to be long at all, as long as there are some words 😉

With that, the blog tour is officially over and my book is really out there in the world. I hope many people will enjoy the story. To my great joy, the reactions have been great so far, and someone even made a calligraphy artwork inspired by The Dragon! Things like that are, in my opinion, the greatest honour an author can get. ❤

The Dragon of Ynys is now available at:

Less Than Three Press (Publisher) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (Canada) | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (De) | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Kobo | Bookstrand | Bol.com

and you can add it on Goodreads.

 

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Release Day!

The Dragon of Ynys is OUT NOW!!!

You can buy it at (amongst others):

LT3 Market | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords

And add it on Goodreads: Goodreads

All preorders should have arrived in the appropriate mailboxes by now.

This also means the blog tour has taken off! I’d like to send major thanks to the people who are spreading the word about my novella during the tour, which will run from May 15 until May 28. On the last day, I’ll repost the schedule with all the updated links!

May 15

Review via Let’s Fox About It: https://letsfoxaboutit.com/review-the-dragon-of-ynys-by-minerva-cerridwen/ (character interview to come at a later date at http://candidceillie.com/)

Review via Barely a Blogger: https://barelyablogger.wordpress.com/

May 16

Review via Jennifer Lee Rossman: https://jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com/

Review & interview via Crimson Talks Books, Mostly: https://crimsontalksbooks.wordpress.com

May 20

Review via Ava Kelly: http://avakellyfiction.com/news/

May 22

Character interview via Archer Kay Leah: https://archerkayleah.wordpress.com/

May 28

YouTube interview via Amphibian Press: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCthRhMtY9NSLpbCIMNd20tw/videos

 

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Blog Tour!

I’m doing a blog tour for The Dragon of Ynys! People can contact me if they want to write a review, do an interview or feature a guest post on their blogs. That way more people will become aware The Dragon exists and hopefully they’ll get curious enough to check out the story for themselves.

Would you like an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review? Or do you have a blog, website or YouTube channel where you’d like to feature a post about The Dragon? Then check out this form!

I’m honoured to say I already got a few responses. This week I’ll be recording my first video interview… Exciting but also a little bit scary!

 

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THE DRAGON OF YNYS on Goodreads and on sale

You can now add my novella to your shelves on Goodreads! Click here to find it.

If you ever hesitate if you should publish a Goodreads review for a book you’ve read, know that the answer is yes. Reviews will show on your Goodreads friends’ feeds, giving them the chance to discover independent books. They’re a handy tool for readers who are checking out a book and want to find out if it’s something they might enjoy. And I’ve heard many other authors say that on Amazon, books with more than 50 reviews will be promoted more, based on their algorithms (though I can’t immediately find a reliable source for this). So even if your review is just a few words, they are of enormous value to authors.

That said, I also want to tell you that The Dragon of Ynys is even more on sale than it already was! Aside from the preorder sale, Less Than Three Press is celebrating its ninth birthday this month. That means there’s an extra 29% sale in April, and with every book you buy from them, you’re entered into a raffle (read more about all that here!). For my novella, this means there’s a 40% sale in total, so it’s only $1.80 if you buy it this month. And then it’s just a month and 10 days’ wait until it arrives in your mailbox ^^

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THE DRAGON OF YNYS available for preorder!!

Every time something goes missing from the village, Sir Violet makes his way to the dragon’s cave and negotiates the item’s return. It’s annoying, but at least the dragon is polite.

But when the dragon steals a person, that’s a step too far. As Sir Violet ventures out to get the missing baker back, however, he quickly realizes things are not at all what they seem…

My debut novella will be released on May 16 with LT3 Press but you can already preorder it now for only $2.54! Sir Violet, the main character, is aro/ace, other important characters are lesbian and trans, and of course there’s a dragon!

Get it HERE!