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GLASS SOULS Audiobook Is Now Available!

My week came to a great end with the news that the Glass Souls audiobook is now available at Audible.com and on iTunes!

As an avid listener of audiobooks during my long daily commute to and from the Day Job, I listen to a lot of audiobooks, so this is a format near and dear to my heart.

Upcoming Audiobook Release!

Received a surprise email message from my publisher today:

Congratulations! We wanted to let you know Glass Souls is undergoing final audio review and is expected to be released in the next 2 to 3 weeks. It will then be available on iTunes and Amazon for sale.

Happy dance! Happy dance! Happy dance!

No idea who is narrating, since I wasn’t involved in any of the audiobook’s production, but I’m absolutely thrilled! I can’t wait to get my author’s copy!

If I might indulge in a bit of shameless self-promotion, one newspaper reviewer wrote at the time of Glass Souls‘ initial publication:

In this epic first book of the House of the Rose, [Michaela] August is as confident in imagination and detail as Laurell K. Hamilton, and as emotionally rich as Marion Zimmer Bradley. Glass Souls deserves a wide readership. It’s a romantic fantasy novel of distinction — well-told, meticulously researched, and emotionally satisfying.” – Lynn Coddington, Contra Costa County Times

Holiday Book Sale!

Bit of shameless self-promotion: my publisher, Awe-Struck eBooks,  is celebrating their 10th year in business with a sale that runs through the end of the year. They publish all genres of ebooks–romance, historical, fantasy, SF–for Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.

Enter the coupon code HOLIDAY to get 25% off your entire order, ebooks or print. Sale ends January 1, 2013.

I’m published under two names: Karin Welss (historical romance) and Michaela August (historical romance and historical fantasy, co-authored with my friend Marian Huntsman).

Happy reading!

Writing Update

Thought I’d offer a quick update of what Marian and I have been working on recently.

Our writing partnership is currently on hiatus, mostly due to a career change on Marian’s part, that has her traveling for work about 95% of her time. We still get together whenever she’s in the SF Bay Area, but those occasions are unfortunately infrequent.

At present, we’re both working on solo projects. Marian reports that she’s been trying to finish up some old unfinished short stories, novellas, and scripts, as well as working on a supernatural mystery centered around figures from Greek mythology.

I recently finished the first draft of an epic fantasy novel (which started life as a historical novel set on the northern frontier of the Roman Empire in the first century A.D., then rapidly mutated into pure fantasy…becoming a love-letter to Japanese anime in the process). I’m currently about halfway through the second draft, which is over 500 pages long, and hoping to have something to submit to publishers by the end of the year.  I also need a title, since the working title, The Wolf Prince, really isn’t applicable any longer.

Work on the sequel is progressing as well. The second book in the series is tentatively titled The Queen’s Orphan, and will carry the story through the war that began in The Wolf Prince, with a  few new characters, including the enemy commander. I’ve been reading up on military history and famous generals to prepare…just finished a biography of Hannibal, who was a really interesting person, and am about to start reading Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars.

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Welcome And Publishing News!

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share some exciting news that arrived the same week that the new site was launched. My publisher, Awe-Struck Publishing, sent out contracts to add audiobook editions to their current ebook and trade paperback offerings. The audiobooks, when available, will be available through Audible.com and iTunes.

I’m not sure exactly when the audiobook versions of my books will be available, since the backlist of books to be recorded is pretty large, but I’m really excited at the prospect. I love audiobooks–I’ve been an Audible member for years, and audiobooks help make bearable the long daily commute to my day job.

More details will be posted as I learn them.

What I’m listening to right now: Shantaram: A Novel, by Gregory David Roberts. A huge, and absolutely captivating semi-autobiographical novel of an Australian fugitive who finds a new life in India in the 1980s. Fabulous details of life in Bombay/Mumbai, and the narrator is absolutely superb, effortlessly moving between Australian, Indian, Afghani, Persian, British, Canadian, and German accents. Frequently poetic, occasionally brutal and bloody, the audiobook is 43 hours long, and I’m about halfway through right now, and enjoying it immensely.

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