Hello Wicked Warriors, (What the Hell is a Wicked Warrior? It’s the name I came up with that seemed like a better idea than Hello ___insert name here___, but who knows I could be wrong. Wouldn’t be the first time.)
First, the updates!
It’s been a while since I sent out a newsletter. I think it was after covid hit the world, but like most of you my brain turned to mush when the sh@$ hit the fan, so I’m not really sure what I even sent out.
Amazon launched a new reading platform called Kindle Vella, and in true world dominating evil corp fashion, they made little effort to advertise or make it easily accessible or available to the readers, leaving authors high and dry as usual. So, my bet is that you have never heard of it, and have no idea what it is. Well friends, it is Amazon jumping in on serialized fiction, and this author, who is apparently a glutton for punishment, is jumping right in, too. I have two stories on Amazon Vella. Chained by Destiny is a Paranormal Romance with werewolves, witches and fae. Dark Awakening is a top faved YA sweet romance about old war, new love and gods and goddesses. I’d love a few reads and I would probably squeal like a school girl if you threw some thumbs ups, follows and crowns my way.
Give Vella a chance where the first 3 episodes of a story are always FREE and you will get 200 FREE tokens to unlock paid episodes.
I released a second Reanimated Rumble book. Yeah, yeah, I know it took WAY longer than it should have to run another head to head zombie fiction writing contest, but I did, and the book is available for you to devour. Just like zombies devour the brains of the living.
Okay. We’re all caught up. I think. Like I said, I honestly have no idea where we left off.
Below is the welcome email for the new subscribers. Thought I would send it to all my loyal newsletter subscribers, this way you know what the new direction will be for Insult to the Written Word, and Valerie Lioudis.
Welcome to the monthly newsletter Wicked Warriors! I say monthly in the loosest of terms because I have never been able to keep up a newsletter with any real frequency. So buckle up kids, you may get 12 sarcasm packed newsletters a year, but probably not.
What should you expect? (If I ever actually get around to sending these things)
Self-deprecating author humor. Nothing says confidence in your work like making fun of yourself.
Book updates. These are just as all over the map as their author.
Random internet nonsense that catches my eye. Handpicked just for you. Who am I kidding? Handpicked my ass.
Are you thinking, “How did I end up here?”
Well, that happened one of three ways.
You signed up for Author Valerie Lioudis’s email list so long ago that you literally have no idea who she is or what she writes because there was a chance to win a prize.
You are one of those crazy kids who bucks the system and signed up for her newsletter because you actually wanted updates on her books.
You found this newsletter/blog now that she made the move to substack, and found this kind of dark humor worth subscribing to.
No matter how it happened, you made a questionable decision. And just in case you want to encourage your friends to make the same mistake, the share button is below.
And now for some upbeat humorless corporate copy paste that has some info you may want. Don’t blame me, I didn’t write it.
“It’s good to have you here!
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Thanks again, and please tell a few friends if you feel like it.”