I’ve been feeling a little stressed lately and lacking focus, so I’ve made a decision: I’m holding off on my NaNo novel until I can focus on it exclusively. When I began writing it, I realized that I didn’t have as many details as I needed, and trying to write in the midst of my major Nutcracker Bleeds edit just isn’t working out. I feel that I need to drop one in favor of the other, so that’s what I’ve decided to do. Since I’m trying to get The Nutcracker Bleeds out before Christmas, that one wins.
So, finally, I’m ready to talk about it and show it off!
London 1905—It begins when a toy-maker comes bearing a unique Christmas gift for his favorite niece, Olivia—a handsomely carved nutcracker doll.
Anne, Olivia’s young governess, believes that a girl of fourteen is much too old for toys. Olivia, however, refuses to grow up. She cares for the dolls as if they are dear friends. They speak to her. Anne merely humors the girl’s pleasures. She has never had much use for fantasy.
Yet not even Anne can deny the curse.
At the stroke of midnight, Anne is immersed in the horrific world of her unstable charge when a bite from a mouse makes her the size of a doll. She must brave a world of mangled and demented toys that have come to life. Each has his own agenda—the most unrelenting of which is the mysterious Nutcracker, who becomes Anne’s only sane ally.
There is war in the lower levels of the Ellington house between the rodents and the toys, yet Anne’s only concern is getting Olivia and herself back to their own world before they are stuck in this twisted reality forever, or worse: become subjected to the terrifying Rat King.
The Nutcracker Bleeds is a mature, unusual, and horrific retelling of the classic Nutcracker story.
Isn’t it beautiful?? And terrifying. This cover was created by Omri Koresh, who I always praise, but he really outdid himself this time. I love this image because at first glance, you see Anne and the darkness around her, but when you look more closely, you see the seven rat heads. For those who have read the book before, look! –you can see the sugar on her cheeks! And don’t worry; the back cover of the print edition is just as impressive.
I’m calling this version the Ultimate Edition — secretly though. It won’t be listed like that. Officially, it’s just the second edition, but everything about it is better. It is what it was meant to be, with an amazing new cover, new description, new interior, and with commentary. (And again, I am so sorry and so embarrassed over the copies I sold that were in poor condition. I could make a lot of excuses, but in the end, it was a lack of care on my part.) So! I have to make it better this time. And I have!
This edition is going to be on the same Kindle book listing (since it’s a second edition. Same ASIN.). So there will be no preorder for this one. I’m still planning to have it updated for those who have already purchased it, so you don’t have to purchase it twice. You should get the new cover and everything. The paperback edition will be an all new book with a different ISBN, but it should be linked on the Amazon page.
I’ve decided to release it on November 24th (Black Friday, fitting) so it’s only a week! I haven’t decided on the price of the ebook yet. The print book is likely going to be $14.99 because of the size of the book.
I am sooo excited about this one. I think it’s going to end my year in a good way. Reading over it, I feel that everything is in place and it’s much better than it was. I still think that, overall, The Nutcracker Bleeds story is one of my best stories. I was very crestfallen at seeing all the errors in it when I went through it the first time, but I feel confident in it now.
I’ve recently found some online software called ProWritingAid, and I’m hoping that this will help me out with catching errors. I still have to sort through the text manually, but this software can help to remind me of grammar rules and to quickly spot issues. I have high hopes in using it.
The next step for me:
I’ve decided that following my recent editing issues, I’m going to take some time to review my other works and make sure that everything is the best that it can be before I try to release anything else. I hate to think that I might lose readers over a few errors and formatting issues. One thing that I am grateful for is that readers are pretty forgiving about this sort of thing (not that it’s alright) but reviews still say “Lani Lenore can write” which is the highest compliment, in my opinion. Even if a person doesn’t like the story, if they still say that I’m talented, I feel happy. :p
I’m going to spend some time sorting through my other works, and I also want to spend more time reading. I feel that I need to explore written worlds that are not my own.
So! November 24th for The Nutcracker Bleeds! And don’t forget to get your copy of The Hallowed!