Luminous Spirits Release, Giveaway, and Promo
Promoting a Sequel without Spoilers
Thanks for hosting me! It’s been way too long since my young adult, urban fantasy, Shadow Eyes was first released in 2012 by Musa Publishing! Now, finally, after 5 years, I’m releasing the sequel, Luminous Spirits. I am super excited to finally release the next installment in the Shadow Eyes Series and get it out there! I apologize to anyone who read the first version of Shadow Eyes five years ago and who had to wait that long for the sequel. This book is dedicated to you. J
(Everyone, don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a print copy of Luminous Spirits or Shadow Eyes – your choice! Also, Shadow Eyes is on sale for just 99 cents until 3/24!)
I HATE spoilers. As a teacher, it is super annoying when my students read ahead and then blab about the ending or some critical part in the story we haven’t reached yet. It takes the fun away. It ruins that moment whenever we do finally reach it. The shock factor is lost. The big aha epiphany is gone. There’s nothing to wait anxiously for anymore.
Going into promoting the sequel for Shadow Eyes, one of the most frustrating things about trying to promote and post about Luminous Spirits is trying to avoid spoilers about the first book in the series, Shadow Eyes. It may not be that hard for other series if they don’t have major twists and reveals at the end of the first book. But for Shadow Eyes, I feel like I’m playing taboo where I have to carefully watch what I say and constantly backtrack to avoid saying something revealing.
Shadow Eyes has SO MANY big surprises and reveals at the end that I don’t want to spoil. So many things change by the end that influence the action in the sequel, so I can’t just carry on and talk about Iris the same way as I did in the synopsis of Shadow Eyes. It doesn’t all apply now. But most readers don’t know that. The vast majority of readers who will see these promotions won’t have read the first one yet, and they may not want to if they realize I’ve given everything away for them already. I even have to be careful of names since just saying certain names will give away things that you may not realize until you start reading Shadow Eyes.
Still, I need to give enough information to make it seem interesting and give them an idea of what it’s about. I don’t want my synopsis, for example, to be like those early movie trailers where you go away not even knowing what the plot is.
So…in conclusion, I love that Shadow Eyes ends with a bang of huge reveals. But that bang sure as heck is making it difficult to promote its sequel, Luminous Spirits.
Check out my synopsis for Luminous Spirits below and see if you think I was able to balance vague with interesting.
Old habits die hard. Old enemies, even harder.
Iris must now perfect her newfound abilities in order to help her shadow-oppressed family and friends, but more importantly, she must prepare for an impending fight with her most hated adversary. After the arrival of a new mean girl who seems to have history with Iris’s boyfriend, Iris quickly figures out that she is anything but the typical mean girl. She not only creates havoc and conflict among Iris and her friends, but her presence also means that Iris’s inevitable confrontation with her enemy may, in fact, be closer than she thought.
If Iris can figure out why the new girl is there and what her enemy is planning, she’ll at least be one step ahead of their game. But will she be ready when the time comes to face her biggest challenge yet? Or will they succeed in tearing Iris apart before she even has the chance?
Dusty Crabtree loves a good story, but she also loves young people. These two loves are evident in all parts of her life. She has been a high school English teacher since 2006 and a creative writing teacher since 2014. She's also been a youth sponsor at her local church for as long as she’s been teaching. She feels very blessed with the amazing opportunities she has to develop meaningful relationships with teens on a daily basis. With her love of reading in the mix, becoming an author of young adult books was just a natural development of those two passions in her life. She lives with her husband, Clayton, in Yukon, Oklahoma, where they often serve their community as foster parents.
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Check out Shadow Eyes on Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15733491-shadow-eyes?ac=1&from_search=true
Check out Luminous Spirits on Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34533934-luminous-spirits
View the book trailer for SE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7UP9A0Fm78&t=2s
View the Book trailer for LS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2_C1o113Ok&t=9s
Buy Luminous Spirits on Amazon (eBook or print) – https://www.amazon.com/Luminous-Spirits-Shadow-Eyes-Book-ebook/dp/B06XGTSS34
SE Amazon link - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KEM3P9G
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