Help The Fair Queen win Indie Fantasy Book of the Year 2020!

Hi lovely folks! I’ve got a tiny favour to ask of you today, if you can spare me thirty seconds.

TFQ is up for Indie Fantasy Book of the Year 2020, and 14 Jan is the last day for nominations. The top ten go through to the next round, and I’m currently around 15th place so I’d love a few more nominations!

Nominate TFQ (and your favourite 2020 indie fantasy releases) here.

Thank you so much for helping me to reach more readers! I appreciate your help in getting my first book baby into the next round of the awards.

If I win I’ll do a giveaway on Instagram and email you here to let you know about it!

Stay safe and well.

Lyndsey

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Nano or Not?

It’s been a while! How are you?

This month I’m taking part in my fifth NaNoWriMo, attempting to finish the first draft of book two, The Solitary King. Over on Instagram, I’m also participating in a fun month-long meme called #NanoOrNot20, which includes daily prompts to share about your current project, whether you’re taking part in Nano or not (geddit?).

Today’s prompt is about your book’s world, so pop over to my account to find out all about the Fair Realm, and check my previous posts about my MC Aria and my writing goals for November.

Do you take part in NaNoWriMo? I don’t necessarily aim to hit 50k words, but I do find the deadline and focus really helpful for my writing habits, and the community is like no other during November. Writers everywhere come together online and in person (when not in times of COVID) to support and encourage each other, meet beta readers and critique partners, and occasionally to write!

I like to try and join in during April and July’s Camp Nanos as well, usually to rewrite and revise rather than draft. This July, I was actually editing The Fair Queen before publishing in August, but I was that deep into polishing the final product I didn’t give Camp Nano a second thought. And it’ll probably be the same story next year as I get TSK ready for publication before 2021 is out. Release date still TBC.

Writers – what are you working on this month?

Readers – what are you reading right now?

I’m currently listening to the audio book of Crescent City and really enjoying it, I’m about halfway through and starting to see what people mean when they say it starts off about one thing but by the end it’s about something completely different. And I can see the book hangover looming in the distance when I finish this one, S. J. Maas is a killer for that.

What has your favourite book been this year? Mine is currently Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury, and I don’t see that changing if I’m honest, it was dark and atmospheric and I loved every word of it.

Things are a bit dark and atmospheric in the real world right now, aren’t they? With the UK just about to go back into full lockdown, and the US election dragging on, there’s definite tension and anxiety in the air. If you’re feeling unproductive, uncreative and generally a bit burnt out at the moment, just know you’re not alone. We’re all struggling with the current dystopian plot being played out by the writers of 2020, but we will get through it and better days will come again. If you’re having a hard time believing that, please reach out to someone and talk, my email is always open.

Sending strength and support.

Lyndsey

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ARCs of The Fair Queen now available!

Less than 3 weeks to go until The Fair Queen is published! I got the finished ebook and paperback files back from my interior formatter and cover designer today and it is so beautiful I could cry. I uploaded them to KDP immediately and ordered my proof copy of the paperback so I can check for any errors before the hard copies go on sale. I can’t wait for it to arrive next week!

The Advance Reader Copies of the ebook are now available on Booksprout, so head on over if you’d like to claim a copy in exchange for an honest review. There are only 14 left so get it quick before they’re gone and you have to wait until publication day!

I’ve been sharing snippets and aesthetics over on my Instagram page for a while, so you can follow me there if you’d like to find out more about the Fair and their realm before you dive into the story. This is the latest snippet I shared:

“Xander, tell me the truth.” She tried to appeal to the boy she saw underneath. Not the crown prince, not the soldier, the boy who looked at her with such intensity it felt like a caress. Or a blow.

The Fair Queen by Lyndsey Hall

There’s still time to enter the preorder giveaway too, so if you’d like to get your hands on a signed paperback, a TFQ bookmark with custom character art by Lina Amarego, and a digital prologue, then all you have to do is preorder the ebook and send proof of purchase to my email me@lyndseyhallwrites.com or DM a screenshot to me on Instagram.

Here’s the beautiful character art in question:

How gorgeous are they? Aria and Xander, as modelled by Sophie Turner and Ben Barnes (natch).

You can preorder The Fair Queen on Amazon Kindle now, and in paperback very soon. And you can add it to your Goodreads shelf here! I’m also answering reader questions over on my Goodreads page so feel free to ask me anything! And there’ll be some fun and games in the week running up to 31 August on my Instagram so you’re very welcome to pop by and see what’s happening in a couple of weeks.

Thank you for all the love and support The Fair Queen has received so far, you’re the best and I can’t wait to finally share Aria’s story with you.

Lyndsey

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