Thursday, April 21, 2011


Good news!

With the help of my husband and my friend (and fellow author) Kody Boye, PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES: A VAMPIRE NOVEL is now a sleeker book for the great price of $10.95!!!

When we (my husband and I) first started self-publishing, we did the best we could to present an attractive trade paperback with a great story inside for my readership. The first version of PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES ended up a really thick book and we originally sold it for $16.95. Though people loved the novel and gave it good reviews, it took a long time for the book to catch on. It wasn't until the big ebook revolution that PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES found a solid fanbase and began to sell briskly.

But not everyone has an ereader and I received some complaints that the price of the book was too high for readers that were trying to budget their money. I also realized that the price might put off some readers who have never heard of me, but are looking for a good vampire story. We looked into reducing the price, but the only way we could do that without losing the small royalty we receive per book was to reformat the book so it would be smaller.

Therefore, Kody Boye has reformatted the book with a smaller, but still very readable font and adjusted the line spacing. My husband scaled down the cover so it would fit the new smaller tome and it looks great. The novel is now slimmer and easier to hold. It still has the same great cover and awesome story inside, but is at a more affordable price.

You can purchase the book today at my online store here (where I get a much better royalty), or purchase it an online retailer once the price has adjusted, or order it at your local bookstore.

So if you've been wanting to read this novel, but have been put off by the price, I hope you will order your copy today.

Thanks again for all your support!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

THE FIRST DAYS Giveaway on Goodreads!!!

Big News! Tor is giving away 25 copies of THE FIRST DAYS on Goodreads. Hurry and enter now!

Here is the news as it was listed on the Tor/Forge Blog.

Enter for a chance to win a copy on Goodreads!

About The First Days: Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy is an internet sensation. The first two books, The First Days and Fighting to Survive, have won the Dead Letter Award for Best Novel from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner. AmericanHorrorBlog calls Rhiannon Frater “a writer to watch.”

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.

Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni’s stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

Fast-paced and exciting, filled with characters who grab your heart, The First Days: As the World Dies is the beginning of a frightening trilogy.
Enter for a chance to win here!

(Ends May 15) Open to US and Canada only.

Good luck, everyone! I know you're going to love this new version of the story!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Research...What You Do When You're Not Writing

I've been struggling with a certain reality the last few weeks. Grumbling to myself has become a common occurrence of late. Feelings of guilt and anxiety overwhelm me when I consider how much time I have actually spent writing on my new novel.

"I'm only sixty thousand words into this book. How is that possible? What's wrong with me?"

And so forth...

Last night when I stopped writing (once again) to do some research, I finally stopped chastising myself for not writing as much as I believe I should be.

What I have been spending a lot of time on is researching information for the novel. Though I had already done a lot of research for the first book, THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE, the sequel also demands a lot of attention to detail. I want the world that Glynis inhabits to feel real to the reader and that means I have to do my homework.

So what have I researched lately about the early 1800's:

Hair styling
Proper tea service
Which buildings existed in Buda, Hungary during this time...and which did not.

and a whole lot more!

A lot of times writers live by their daily word counts. We flog ourselves if we don't hit our target and are joyous when we go over the designated number. Honestly, I know a lot of writers who live and die by their word counts. But what we forget is that sometimes the creation of a story is not about just getting the words down (that is important), but researching important aspects of that story that will make it a richer experience for our reader.

I have decided to forgive myself for all the times I have had to pause in writing the story to look up some little bit of information that will add meat to the bones of the story.