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The Siren is Calling, and You Must Go April 29, 2015

The Siren’s Realm is officially released to the world! I am so thrilled that the second book in The Tethering Series is officially available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Smashwords, and of course the Silence in the Library website.

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Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren’t always that simple in the world of Magickind…

The war has begun.

The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn’t been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.

I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who helped The Siren’s Realm reach my readers. From my husband to my publisher, I couldn’t have done it without all of their help. And then there is the dedicatee of the book: my mother.

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And it’s true. Emilia may have to go looking for the mother who abandoned her, but my Mom has always been there to love and support me. And I’m sure she’ll read this blog post, too.

So thanks, Mom. You’re the best.

 

Book Deals and Thanks March 16, 2015

Tomorrow, preorder for The Siren’s Realm will end! And I cannot possibly express how grateful I am for all of the amazing support my book and I have received! Becoming more a part of the author community has been amazing, and reading the kind words of the reviewers has been a truly humbling experience.

I’m not very good at getting good reviews. I feel like I’m being set on a pedestal that I cannot possibly survive on. I almost fell off a folding chair in rehearsal the other day. Pedestals are really not my thing.

But I am proud of The Siren’s Realm. I am proud of the story I wrote and thrilled that the world will have another chance to get to know Jacob Evans and Emilia Gray. There are even some new characters that are intriguing.

So, if you’d like to read The Siren’s Realm, please preorder here! It’s the best deal you’ll find on the book, and you’ll get my short story The Forgotten Gray for free!

Oh, and great news! The other two books of The Tethering Series just got signed by Silence in the Library. I’m so excited! The Dragon Unbound, book three in the four-book series, will be up for preorder in early 2016.

Thank you all again for listening to me ramble, for indulging my insecurities, and most of all for supporting my books!

 

The Voices From My Head March 11, 2015

I hate the sound of my speaking voice. I suppose that’s not too uncommon, and it’s not as though there is really anything wrong with the way I speak. I just hate listening to it, which is a problem if you’re an actor and have to submit video auditions. Lucky for me, I have a husband who is willing to edit my videos for me. But still, if I can hear my voice in onstage monitors, it freaks me out. I don’t sound like Fran Drescher or anything, it’s more like a childlike fascinated revulsion of is that really me? (more…)

 

A Celebratory Tattoo February 21, 2015

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I got a new tattoo! With The Tethering paperback being officially available to the general public, I decided it was time.

The tree of life is a very important symbol in The Tethering series. Not only is it featured in the cover art, but it is also the crest of the Gray Clan, the family which my  protagonist ends up joining. I know you may think getting a tattoo to mark my first novel may seem a bit extreme, but this is a huge accomplishment. One that can never be taken away. And now for the rest of my life, that pride is etched into my skin. And my husband’s. Cause he decided to get a tattoo, too!

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The top of the foot is NOT a pleasant place to get a tattoo. But it doesn’t so much hurt as it feels like nails on a chalkboard in your skin.

The only moment when I nearly backed out was when I was talking to the tattoo artist, and he said, “So you want more light brown in your tree.” (more…)

 

Preorder for The Siren’s Realm has Begun! February 16, 2015

Preorder for The Siren’s Realm has begun! Just like with The Tethering, preorder for this book will be done through Kickstarter. For all the reasons why Kickstarter is an amazingly author and publisher friendly platform, click here.

Aside from getting so nervous that I thought I would have a permanent leg twitch while I watched the clock count down to midnight and waited for the preorder page to go live, it’s been a lovely start to preorder.

I walked along the beach and met a battalion of birds waiting a seagull’s command.

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I rode by bike and didn’t fall down.

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And I got to see an amazing sunset.

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And now my book is out for the world to order!

TheSirenRealm

Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren’t always that simple in the world of Magickind…

The war has begun.

The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn’t been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.

 

So head on over to the Kickstarter page for amazing deals you won’t be able to find anywhere else!

 

Nice is Different Than Good January 31, 2015

I’m not a nice person. I’m a good person, just not a nice one. I will absolutely help you if you are hurt, but I may laugh at you if you fall down and you’re fine. It’s a delicate balance, but I walk the line.

Eons ago when my husband and I were still dating, he took a twenty-six hour bus ride to visit me over Christmas break. Yes, we did go to the same college. Yes, I was going to see him in two weeks. But it didn’t matter. I missed him, so he took a bus all the way from Tennessee to New York. He got to meet my mother and my sister, and he got to see my house.

I grew up in an Inn that runs costumed Victorian tea programs, so seeing my house for the first time isn’t really about figuring out which way the bathroom is. It’s more about counting how many hair wreaths my mother has and wondering just how many small children have spilled tea on our floor.

Being the loving girlfriend that I was, I gave him the full tour, including the Ladies’ Parlor, which my sister and I dubbed the dead room in honor of its plethora of mourning paraphernalia and the portrait of Louisa. (more…)

 

Late Breaking News! January 29, 2015

I am thrilled to present the cover for The Siren’s Realm, the second book in The Tethering Series.

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Preorder for The Siren’s Realm begins on February 16th, but there is still some excitement to pass the time.

First, the official blurb for The Siren’s Realm!

Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren’t always that simple in the world of Magickind…

The war has begun.

The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn’t been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.

If you would like to win a free signed copy of The Tethering, you can enter the Goodreads giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Tethering by Megan O'Russell

The Tethering

by Megan O’Russell

Giveaway ends February 17, 2015.

See the giveaway details
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Follow the link to enter, and don’t forget to add The Tethering and The Siren’s Realm to your “to read” list.

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