Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Chronicles of Kerrigan: Promo and Guest Post.

 Rae of Hope 
The Chronicles of Kerrigan
Book One
W.J. May

Genre:  Young Adult – Fantasy  (Paranormal, Romance, Suspense)


Number of pages: 248pgs

Word Count: 81,000

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Book Description:

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?

Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family's history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.

Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter?

As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her sixteenth birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It's up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family's past and have a ray of hope for her future.

Dark Nebula
The Chronicles of Kerrigan
Book Two
W.J. May

Genre:  Young Adult – Fantasy  (Paranormal, Romance, Suspense)

Word count: 85,000
Page count: 265 pages

Book Description:

Nothing is as it seems anymore.

Leery from the horrifying incident at the end of her first year at Guilder Boarding School, Rae Kerrigan is determined to learn more about her new tattoo. Her expectations are high, an easy senior year and a happy reunion with Devon, the boy she’s not supposed to date. All hopes of happiness turn into shattered dreams the moment she steps back on campus.

Lies and secrets are everywhere, and a betrayal cuts Rae deeply. Among her conflicts and enemies, it appears as if her father is reaching out from beyond the grave to ruin her life. With no one to trust, Rae doesn’t know where or who to turn to for help.
Has her destiny been written? Or will she become the one thing she hates the most—her father’s prodigy.

Book Trailer -   

Guest Post by W.J. May
"Biggest Challenge faced as a writer"

When I first read the topic suggestion, I thought it would be a hard topic to write about. The entire process of writing, editing, publishing, marketing, etc... is an entire learning process that is kinda fun. I'm not sure everyone would agree.
I think I got lucky, or more like my timing got lucky. I started marketing Rae of Hope (The Chronicles of Kerrigan) just when there was a gab in genres for YA. I had several offers by agents and went with the amazing Dawn Dowdle. She was interested in more of my writing, not just this series.
Editing and revising and more rewriting came next. I loved it! I never heard of track changes and could believe how AMAZING it was to do edits with :) (yeah, Im a tad silly).  We began shopping the series around to publishers and on New Years Day 2011 I signed with a smaller publishing company. Happy to be getting my feet wet and learn the publishing process.
There were challenges. I knew there were deadlines and I grew frustrated when I didn't get my manuscript back for 2-3 mths, only to learn I had to have it finished in a week or ten days. But I learned and the process and even appreciated how editors worked. They had a lot more on their table than I did.
Rae of Hope finally had its publishing day and it was great. It came out in December and I received my first royalty payment in January. Pretty cool to say I was part of the process.
Here is where the big challenge comes in.  I received my first royalty payment and that was it. I let the next one slide when the publisher said they would catch up at the next one as there had been changes within the company for the better.  I even let the next one go - we were told that when other authors with my agent signed with the publisher received their royalties, there had been a mix up with mine and the computer program "glitched" mine. We were promised full payment before the end of the year - when the second book in the series came out.
Dark Nebula came out Dec 15th and three days later my agent and I sent a letter requesting the rights back due to breech of contract. I was torn - I still had faith the publishing company would pay, how could they not?
Within fifteen minutes the letter came back with our rights fully granted.
Disappointed? Very much so. But on the up scale - I decided to self publish the series since it had already been published.  With the help of some fantastic friends, I had ebooks formatted and amazing covers made and learned how to set up print copies as well).  I get to watch my sales (which can be addictive) and control the price.
I'm still a fan of publishing the agent-to-publisher-to print route. I'll be incredibly hesitant with the next book or series I sign; lots of background checking, asking other authors, etc... Lesson learned :)
Fingers crossed its a contract with the Big Six (sorry Five now) or something well represented with an advance?! -  hey, a girl can dream can't she?!  LOL

About the Author:

Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario - St.Catharines. Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.

The youngest of six -- four older brothers, and a sister -- taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.

At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump. She continued to compete, breaking Canada's JR High Jump record (1.92m - 6' 3 1/2" for those metric-ly challenged). She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University - winning CIAU's and becoming All-American 6x - NCAA Indoors Runner Up + more.

But you're not interested in her athletic career - unless of course you're curious to know she stands 1.70m (5'7") and has jumped 20cm over her head on more than one occassion. She's represented Canada at the World Championships, World Jrs., won Francophone Games, and loved every minute of every competition. From the grueling workouts, the crazy weights she lifted on her back, the days she thought her lungs were going to spit out of her mouth for lack of oxygen, the travelling around the world and the opportunity to read - her favourite past time.

Wanita and her husband now run an online business, dealing in antiques and collectables - particularly jewelry and porcelain.

After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again. A passion she'd loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.

She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.

Twitter: @wanitajump


Thank you very much W.J!



  1. Great post and it doesn't cost anything to dream. :+)

  2. Editing can be so much fun. I'm in the middle of it now. :)



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