Free download on Smashwords

For those who haven’t a Kindle, or who have but haven’t gotten my books yet. As from today through June 5th 2013 both

Red Gone Bad

cover_image_600x800

and

Bound

Cover bound bare back red small new

will be available for free download by using the following coupon code

MK95J upon checkout when downloading Bound

or

TC66T to get your free copy of Red Gone Bad

Please leave a rating, or even a review after you’ve read it. All feedback will be appreciated. 🙂

Lena Winfrey Seder reviewed Red Gone Bad

Naughty Girls of Fairy Tales

By

Lena Winfrey Seder

Lucy Pireel’s collection of short stories “Red Gone Bad,” is an interesting read! She turned common fairytales of Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin into dark, twisted tales. It was unusual yet enjoyable! There were indeed surprises where these familiar sweet characters turned out to be tougher, spunkier, and even naughtier than what we grew up with.

I recommend “Red Gone Bad”; you will have your mind blown and your perspective skewed. It is a great, entertaining collection of short stories. Lucy has shown her creativity as top-notch. These tales will hold your attention, and you will never view these characters in the same old way again!

Red Gone BadPhoto provided by Nineteen68

Red Gone Bad
Photo provided by Nineteen68

Available at Amazon

US

UK

CA

JP

Smashwords

Kobo

iTunes Store

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

My dear friend Gerry McCullough asked me to join her in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. She has a great book out, Angel in Flight which you could check out and perhaps even buy.

Cover Angel in Flight

Thank you Gerry for this opportunity to shed a little light on my first ever self-published collection of short stories. A collection of twisted fairy tales without a happy ending in sight. Red Gone Bad available on Amazon and Smashwords only one more week on sale for $0.99. Get it while it’s still available cheap.

cover_image_600x800

I also must thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my next to be published project.

What is the (working title) of your book?

I’m always struggling to find the right title. This time was no different. It’s been Angels From Heaven, Angels or Demons and now it is Heaven’s Closed.

Cover Heavens Closed

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I had two shorts with a theme, Angelic characters who could have easily been demons, or not. I have a thing with characters not being what they are supposed to be, or maybe they are. layer upon layer. Ogres are like unions, my characters are like ogres, Erm, I mean unions. Hahaha, unless you are perceptive and know how to read between the lines. Or maybe I’m just really all over the place. Or maybe I like characters who do not always behave the way they should or change when they need to.

What genre does your book fall under?

Fiction? Hahaha, I know that is not a genre. Shoot, why does that question always pops up? I have no idea. Fantasy? What with the angels, demons, witches and all.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

As always Helena Bonham-Carter for any female role. Love how she is able to play crazy mad as well as classical. My angels should be … Hmmm, not too slick and certainly not those fabricated, unreal Hollywood types. Maybe Vinnie Jones? Jason Statham? Okay, Lorry, just for you Karl Urban can play too. Hahahaha, at least I’ll be sure one person will come and see the movie adaptation that way.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

What if not all is what it seems and Angels could be demons, or even regular humans?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am again very proud to say that this double dip (it will be a small thingy consisting of only two short stories and free for all) will be completely self-published. Cover done by me this time too. Any and all comments made to improve said cover are more than welcome by the by.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Oh, I don’t know. A week? Two? Not too long in any case.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That’s a question I really have no answer too, because I tend not to read much stories like these. My reading is all over the place and not limited to any one genre, but I haven’t read anything like my own work yet. And I have a dislike, to say the least, of Young Adult and Dystopian.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The one called Heaven’s Gate was written by me as entry to a contest. Won it too, Whoop! Hahahaha, but since I hold the rights to it I am free to now publish it in this little book of mine. The other was meant to be submitted to a publisher. To fit into an end of year anthology. They loved it but it didn’t quite fit in with what they had already accepted. So I was left with a perfect story that needed to be out there before end of year. What solution did I come up with? Give it to Sue at Book Junkies Journal to put on their site. Again I still hold all rights and can publish it in this book.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Hey! It’s free and one won a contest while the other only got rejected because of not fitting in with the other accepted stories for an anthology. Besides I like them and whomever wants bite sized reads for free might like them too.

Anyway, enough about me. Let me introduce to you some friends of mine who have great books out and will be talking to you about those in a weeks time. But for now I can at least steer you towards their blogs and ask you to take a look at their books. Shoot, you might even like them so much you’ll buy and give some away for Christmas.

Vicky Johnstone, writer of Kiwi in Cat City, a great childrens book based on her own pet.

Cover Kiwi

Elizabeth Black, author of Trouble in Thigh High Boots, an erotic retelling of Puss in Boots.

Cover Trouble

Kirsty Berridge, author of The Hunted, a great vampiric read.

Cover the hunted

Pam Howes, author of Not Fade Away, a great Rock ‘n Roll Romance novel available at Amazon UK  and Amazon US.

Cover Not Fade Away

And last but certainly not least,

Lorelei Bell, author of the Sabrina Strong Series. Vampire novels but better.

cover Sabrina Strong

Finally! Red Gone Bad Available for Download!

After writing the stories, having them edited–thoroughly and without a doubt near perfect–I first wanted to submit my stories to a paying market. Then my dear colleague and friend Kimberley Grenfell aka Devon Winterson put the idea in my head that self-publishing them was a possibility too. At first I thought, “Nah, that’s not for me. I don’t know where to start, what to do and …” Anyway, I had more of  those non-reasons holding me back from it. But she had me looking into the matter and soon enough I realised it gave me full control on the how, what, where, and when. Not such a bad idea after all!!

That meant making a choice. And I did. I chose to self-publish.

Now I needed a cover! Got Gimp, found a photo of Flickr and gotten the permission to use is from Nineteen68 (the photographer) and tried my hand at cover art. Failed at it, miserably and nearly gave up. Then I posted my own work up at Writer’s Beat and a member stepped up and helped me out with it. I am for ever in his dept. Thank you! I ended up with a beautiful cover I would never could have created myself. And we all know books are still judged by their cover. Even ebooks!

Now I needed formatting to be picture perfect. Struggled a bit, until I discovered that with Scrivener that is a near walk in the park, if you know how to use the program right. I learned and got it right!

So now, without further ado, I present to you

cover_image_600x800

I hope you’ll be interested enough to go take a look and read the sample, or even buy the book. A mere $0.99 buys you tales without a happy end in sight.

On Amazon

Or Smashwords

Final Cover Arrived

Yay! I’ve got the final cover for Red Gone Bad and it is beautiful and obviously done the professional way. I am so happy! I’m positive this cover will be liked when I show it. Not just yet though.

I’m working towards December 1st to release the collection of twisted fairy tales Red Gone Bad, so shortly before that date I’ll start really promoting. Then I’ll post the cover and share it with you all. For now you will just have to take my word that it is truly in the spirit of the bundle. Twisted tales, not a happy ending in sight.