Hey Girl, where ya been?

Yeah, I know… I’ve been quiet lately. Sorry about that! I’ve been super busy doing a number of things.

I’m still working on Bail, the second book in my Revenant Series, and lately, I’ve also been getting ready for attendance at a local event, Beltaine in the Forest.

Honestly, I’ve been fightclub-ing. In other words… making soap.

If you’ve read Acquittal, you may remember this little shop called Selkies, Ships & Sirens Eclectic Emporium. Well, we actually run that shop online in real life! Check it out! Selkies, Ships & Sirens Eclectic Emporium

…you can’t take the books from me…

~Serenity

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A Rip… in the Space-Time Continuum…

Ok, not really! Don’t worry!

However, it is a rip, of sorts…

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of author interviews suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly moved to another blog.

Yes, I’ve moved all of my interviews with other authors (and others) to a separate blog. THIS blog will continue to showcase my own endeavours #SerenityValleBooks as well as feature my own geekiness. The new blog will contain interviews, cover reveals, release posts and the like. You can find Interview With a Geek Girl here.

…You Can’t Take the Books from Me…

~Serenity

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Happy 3rd Imz!

Just a little shout out to my baby boy! Imz turns THREE today! Go Imz! ❤

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…you can’t take the books from me,

~Serenity

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As November Looms…

Yes, November! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! Last year at this time I was finishing up final touches on The Fantastical Life of Serenity: Epilogue in preparation for its release on November 19, my middle child’s birthday. I was in the middle of packing and readying myself and my toddler to travel to my mum’s home to assist her after kidney removal, in an attempt to remove the cancer that sadly took her from us on September 11 of this year. So many things have changed since last year this time…

Fidget will turn 3 in 9 days, we will celebrate Diwali the day before that, Halloween (of course!) and then we will zoom into November, National Novel Writing Month!

NaNoWriMo kicks off November 1 and my goal is to write 50,000 words of Bail. The Revenant Series: Book Two by November 30. Look me up if you’re doing it too! Serenity Valle-NaNoWriMo

This year’s NaNoWriMo is dedicated to you, Mum (10/14/46-09/11/14) and you Dad, (12/22/45-06/24/12). You both remain in our hearts always.

You Can’t Take the Books from Me,

~Serenity

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Pirates. Arrr, or rather, Grrr

I love the old stories of Pirates as much as the next pirate-y geek girl… 220px-Female_pirate_Anne_Bonnywhat I don’t like are those who pirate books.

This morning, I found my latest book, Acquittal. The Revenant Series: Book One in PDF format on a file-sharing pirate site. I did not authorise this particular distribution. My books are available legally only on Amazon and Createspace, or from me.

At first, I had a brief moment of  “ah, I have arrived… I’ve been pirated.”… then I got angry. Between writing my first two books (I was working on Acquittal the whole time) and being a mum and wife, it took me over a year to finish that book and now someone is offering it for free? Not cool.

On a side note, I don’t like calling the people who steal and upload books like this “pirates”… why? Well, because as cutthroat as the Pirates of old were, there was a basic level of honour among them. (Consequently, I don’t like referring to modern day “pirates” as Pirates, either, hence the difference of capitalisation when referring to Pirates of old). I’d rather just call them cowardly thieves, amoral thieftains or something.

Back to the point… I don’t work for free (except in my Mum form) and I don’t know anyone that would. The number of downloads of my book changed every time I refreshed, but taking the biggest number of downloads shown multiplied by my current royalty level, I could maintain my household for 2 months without my husband’s mundane job paycheck. Furthermore, what little I could find about this site during an online search claimed that the people who run it embed malware into the downloads… so not only are they STEALING my intellectual property, but they are also attempting to put who knows what on the computers of those who download it!

Think about this: They could be embedding child p*rn in these downloads, if not simply viruses and trackers. Scary thought.

Here it is in a nutshell. This site (and other sites that do this) are STEALING from me and others. It is not cool, it is not right, and I don’t plan on letting it go.

I have arrived, and now I shall lay seige.

You Can’t Take the Books from Me,

~Serenity

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Here is my interview with Serenity Valle

My latest interview!

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Name: Serenity Valle

Age: If I told you, I’d have to kill you 😉

Where are you from: Originally from the St. Louis area (just over the border in Illinois), but have lived many years also in California and West Virginia

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: I am an extremely happy wife to Arleigh Bison Westunlied, author/truck driver/former Navy and intensely proud mum to David, Jaime and Imz, my awesome boys. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and have degrees in Psychology, Social Sciences, Humanities and a minor in Latin American/Latino Studies. We live in a “tiny house” in a quaint little town in West Virginia where I spend time gardening, walking with the toddler and making soaps and other body products (when I’m not writing of course!)


Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Serenity: Well, the most recent news was…

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I’m Back!

It’s been too long! I never meant to be this silent, but we have just today set up internet at our new place, as we recently moved.

I promise you that there will be some exciting stuff coming up in the near future both with my books and some other creative projects!

Watch here!

As always, you can also keep up with me on facebook (www.facebook.com/author.serenityvalle), twitter (@SerenityValle), pinterest (www.pinterest.com/serenityvalle/) google+ (plus.google.com/u/0/+SerenityValle/posts) and somewhere on Instagram (so new to it I don’t know how to use it all quite yet! but you can find me here anyway: instagram.com/serenityvalle_author)

Now I’m off to play about a month’s worth of catch up online…but don’t worry, I WILL be back here soon with some awesomeness!

Love & Books,

~Serenity

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There’s Something New Every Day at Serenity Valle-Author (facebook)

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April 22, 2014 · 2:59 PM

Want to Play Cards?

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Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JE21FY0
Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4596637
Autographed paperback: https://serenityvalleauthor.wordpress.com/autographed-copies/

 

Love & Books,

~Serenity

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Extra! Extra! ACQUITTAL has been released!

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Links to buy!

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JE21FY0

Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4596637

Autographed paperback: https://serenityvalleauthor.wordpress.com/autographed-copies/

 

ALSO! Don’t forget about the Release Day Party event on Facebook TONIGHT starting at 7:30pm EDT! https://www.facebook.com/events/430613367041283/

Hope to see you there!

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