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Pre-order Bonus for TWB!

Hey fam! We’re just under 6 weeks from release day so I thought I’d go ahead and share this fun little gift.

Original post over on Instagram.

Free fan art!

How do you get access to this lovely piece of digital art? Simple – just pre-order The Wraith’s Bargain and email or message me a screenshot of the order confirmation! (Email me at Jo @ JoNarayan .com or message me on any of my socials!)

The art is by 2ndChanceCreatures on Etsy and I’m super thrilled with the result! If there are good responses to this art, I’ll be commissioning more pieces for future giveaways, so definitely let me know what you all think!

Other updates

I’ve started getting reviews in on my advance reader copies and will be sharing them on my Instagram – if you’re not following me you ought to!

Thursday I had a feature on Armed with a Book and I also have at least 2 confirmed features for July. I’m working on getting more and they’ll be posted to my Press & Media page!

The paperback of The Wraith’s Bargain is almost ready! I got a proof copy but the formatting was a little wonky so those adjustments have been made and resubmitted. Fingers crossed this next one will be perfect. If so, the paperback will be ready for launch day as well which is super exciting for me!

Tell me, do you prefer paperbacks or ebooks? Comment below!

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We’re 2 months out!

Hey, fam.

I know there’s been some radio silence. But… I did it.

I finished editing and formatting for The Wraith’s Bargain. What’s more? I added 60 pages. Sixty freaking pages!

The total pages come to 378, including acknowledgments and whatnot. And as of today, the book releases in 2 months! I’m SO EXCITED for you all to read it!

That being said… here’s a PSA.

This was inspired by a conversation I had with a family member, not long ago. I’ve had a lot of family and friends say that they want to read the book, that they want to support me. Which is amazing and fantastic. But take a look, here.

Does this look like a book about sunshine and roses? …. Nope.

This book is dark. It’s actually classified as dark fantasy/ ya fantasy / ya paranormal. But less emphasis on the YA… because the New Adult category isn’t really big enough to have categories yet. Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Violence and (non-graphic) descriptions of torture
  • Demons. Lots of demons.
  • Magic
  • Curse words
  • Sex between unmarried people
  • Theft
  • Toxic relationships
  • Manipulation
  • Mental health issues
  • Death
  • (mild) Addiction

….And that’s just off the top of my head.

What I’m getting at, is this book series has a particular target audience. People who need dark tales, drama and angst, and who can see the underlying messages about trust, perseverance, and personal growth.

If this book isn’t your jam, please don’t force yourself to read out of a misplaced sense of loyalty. What supports authors is having engaged readers who actually enjoy their books (and who leave reviews)!

Okay, that being said.

I’ll be calling for Advance Reader Copies here soon, and I have a limited number to give away. If you’re already interested, drop a comment or keep an eye out on my social medias! I’ll be posting on Facebook and Instagram, and maybe Twitter if I have enough left over.

I’m super excited and I know y’all will love this book. I finished the final read-through yesterday and was just amazed at this thing that came out of my brain. The hard work has really paid off and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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Announcement

Hey, fam.

So I got some feedback on some Advance Copies of the The Wraith’s Bargain. It turns out, I missed something. A pretty big something, honestly.

Those of you who write, you’ll understand this. The book has gone through so many versions, that in my head, all these bases were covered. But when a reader who didn’t know the material inside and out read it? Certain things didn’t make sense. Oh.

Soo…

Long story short:

I’m pushing back the release date while I work fervently to correct this issue. I’m hoping it will only be by one month, but I will update you all as it gets closer.

I’m sharing more regular info like updates about progress and snippets of what I’m working over on Instagram, so you don’t already follow me there you totally should.

See you around! I’m going to be very busy for the next little bit.

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The reasons behind the book

Everyone says, “I want to write a book.” They have different reasons behind it. Some want fortune, or fame. Some want to feel like their names will go down in history. Others write because they have something inside them–a story, a character, an emotion–and they have to get it out.

I’m in that last category.

As some of you may know, The Wraith’s Bargain has been rewritten many times over the years. My first draft in high school was actually named Queen’s Gambit. The second draft, and many after it, were simply called Order of the Hunt.

In each version of the book, I was working through a problem. I took comfort in familiar characters that I had based on real life friends. I shaped the plot for the characters to encounter different obstacles and to overcome them–from unhealthy relationships to financial struggles, from a struggle against evil to dipping their toes in. There was a whole section of the book that explored religious aspects of the series (which I ultimately dismissed) and the morality associated with recruiting to such a cause.

The current and final version of the book explores morality, the existence of absolute good and absolute evil, corruption, power, and control, and even a little bit of what makes a healthy or unhealthy relationship.

Mind you, not all of these are outright obvious in the first book. But as the series continues you’ll see more and the pieces will fit together.

So.. long story short. Why did I write this book?

I never really planned to publish. I wrote for my own enjoyment, for my own sort of therapy to work through different issues. And when I got to the end, I realized that it was a story I had to share with the world.

And I will be sharing it, June 28th. Hope to see you there.

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The Wraith’s Bargain – Cover reveal!

Fam, I am SO EXCITED. I finally get to share my cover and blurb with you all!

A year has passed since the nightmares began, and Dana is running on fumes. Her nightly torture by demons has left her reliant on caffeine and desperate for change.

Change comes, in the most unexpected way. When a demon comes for her in real life, Dana is saved by an Order of local demon hunters. They offer to help her to manifest and learn to control her own brand of magic, which could turn her life around. It will take time, but Dana is prepared to put in the work. That is, until she encounters the demon king himself who promises she won’t have to wait–and is left with her head spinning.

Dana knows nothing good will come from trusting the demons–but she doesn’t know how much longer she can handle the nightmares. It’s not until a charming stranger starts turning up in her dreams and helping her out of sticky situations that she realizes she may have a third option. Unfortunately for Dana, he’s a demon too–but he has just the bargain that could get her out of this mess for good.

Preorder now available on Amazon – release date 6.28.20

What do you all think?? A huge thanks to Mandi Lynn at Stone Ridge Books for helping to bring this gorgeous cover to life!

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Freebie Alert!

Hey, fam.

I’ve been thinking, and I don’t know if I can wait until the summer to start sharing parts of The Wraith’s Bargain with you.

So… I’m giving out Chapter 1, for free. Just click the button below and I’ll email it to you!

Please keep in mind that it might change slightly by the time the book comes out.. I am still waiting on it to come back from the editor, after all. But, it introduces you to our protagonist, Dana, and what she’s living with that starts all of this mess.

Comment below or email me and tell me what you think! I’m excited to hear everyone’s reactions!

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Announcements for 2020

Hey fam! We’re knee deep in the holiday season.. Christmas is tomorrow! Whatever winter holiday you celebrate, if any, I hope you’re enjoying it.

I wanted to pop on here and dish out a few announcements that I am So Excited to share with you!

First off.. a mailing list!

I’ve finally got it figured out to do a mailing list of my own. I plan to use the newsletter to keep you all in the loop on writing progress and projects, blog updates, life updates, book recommendations… all sorts of stuff, really. I wouldn’t be raining down on your inbox all the time though.. probably just once or twice a month. Readers on my email list would also get access to behind the scenes info and first chance at freebies and other offers.


Which leads me to my bigger announcement…

That’s right, finally. That novel I’ve been talking about for ages? It’s legitimately happening. I don’t have an official release date yet, but it should be somewhere around June.

As for the cover art, I’ll be revealing that in early 2020. Email subscribers will get first looks at the cover, as well as inside info on the novel and my launching process.

The Wraith’s Bargain is for book lovers who enjoy fantasy, dark themes, and of course, demons and magic. I’m thinking Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets House of Night. (Just… without the vampires.)

Intrigued? Hit that subscribe button above and I’ll keep you in the loop! Plus, I’m cooking up a gift for subscribers here pretty soon… but it’s a surprise!

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Now Available! The Strategist

Hey Fam. The day is finally here!!

The Strategist is now available to read for free on Wattpad (limited time!)

Posting schedule will be one chapter each Sunday and Wednesday, to be completed by the end of the month. I’m so excited for you all to check this out!

Between expectations of family and school, Kat only wanted a chance to make her own life. So when she was inducted into the secret society of demon hunters, she thought she had it made. Until the day a message arrived: the next big enemy was coming. And soon.
The last message preceded a battle that left half of their group in the hospital. Only barely healed, the four of them are far from being battle ready.
Now the demon hunters are working feverishly to master their skills in time to face this unexpected threat. But Kat still can’t channel magic. And one demon in particular has its eye on her.

I’d love to hear any feedback you all have. Follow me on Wattpad to be automatically notified of new chapters!

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The First Stone- available on Wattpad!

Hey, fam. I’ve published my first story on Wattpad and I’d really appreciate you checking it out! It’s called The First Stone .

We aren’t alone in this world. It’s a lesson that Will learned the hard way on the night of his twelfth birthday. He and his best friend Jeremy were attacked by a demon only hours after discovering they had supernatural powers. This night was the first of many they dedicated to learning to control their powers and defeat that which goes bump in the night.

Fast forward eight years and they’ve learned all the tricks of the trade–or so they thought. A late night chance encounter with a demon hunter introduces them to an entire secret society and a wealth of knowledge. The only problem is that now Will has become a walking target for a species of demon that has a taste for his psychic energy.

Now the clock is ticking as Will and Jeremy race to seal the demons out of their world once and for all. Can they do it before Will becomes a demon’s dinner?

I’m really excited to bring this world to you all.. I’ve been working on this world and magic style for years and I feel like I know it inside and out.. but then I look at my unpublished novel and I know that people need more information. So I’m working on a collection of short story/novellas to make available, for free, so that people can get to know the world of my characters.

Will Murphy is the first character we get to know. The next story will focus on Kat Flores, and then probably Annie Harris. The last story (probably) will be Jeremy Harris. He’s the leader of their little group and that one will need a lot of build up.

Any feedback at all you can give me on The First Stone would be super appreciated. You can comment on Wattpad, or here, or hit me up on social media anywhere. I can’t wait to hear what you all think! đź–¤

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Creating Culture in The Wraith

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Happy Weekend! How is everyone doing? I’m having a good Saturday morning so far, I had my coffee and then went out to water our flowers and discovered a bird’s nest in one of our plants. That was a surprise!

Today I’d like to discuss..

An important aspect of my books and how I went about creating the culture and world that the demons reside in. I had so much fun coming up with this culture. It isn’t explored a lot in book one, but it’s a huge part of book two. Since book two isn’t finished yet, the culture may evolve some as I explore the world more, but I just wanted to share what sorts of things I think about when creating a fantasy culture.

Firstly, the culture or people themselves needs a name. You also need social structure, and to consider whether their society has a class system or not. If so, how would this affect the individuals in each class, and their relations to one another? Their economy? What sort of social system runs this world, and what languages are spoken? Is there a religion? How do the different gender roles and ages interact with each other? There are also things to consider such as leadership and politics, geography and its effects on the people, and more.

It sounds like a lot, but it’s important to know these things even if they aren’t shown in the book. There’s even more I haven’t covered and probably haven’t thought of myself, but I’d like to share what I have so far about the culture and world of demons in my upcoming book The Wraith.

The world of the Yoruta, more commonly known as demons.

The Yoruta are divided into two types, the Erlaubi and the Rux. These two categories of demons live separately from each other and rarely interact. Their languages are similar enough that they can communicate if needed, but there are misunderstandings. The dialect the Rux speak is called Ruta, and the dialect of the Erlaubi is Yoca.

The Rux demons are what Dana and the Order members are more familiar with. Their power are physical-based and they are often baser demons, reacting in more animalistic fashion to aggressors. Some of them stray into the world of humans in search of sustenance or else on orders to target an individual. The leadership of their region have targeted humans in the past, but the reasons aren’t given to the soldiers. They simply do as they are told.

The region the Rux live in is mostly barren, with small pockets of flourishing nature surrounding an oasis. Their towns are structured around these, with the fortress bordering the largest one. Outside of the borders of the fortress, the Rux have marketplaces, villages, and all of the other makings of civilization. Their economy isn’t doing too great currently and relies on a mixture of coin and the bartering of goods and services. The main occupations are farmers, builders, and weavers. Some also dedicate themselves to maintaining their villages through leadership, cleanup and waste disposal, and healing.

Inside the wall however, is where the real power lies. The ruler, or Daeheru, resides in the fortress along with his advisors and council. There is a barracks on the grounds where soldiers are housed, as well as a farm adjacent the water where crops and livestock are raised for the fortress. The soldiers themselves are used mostly for keeping the peace and enforcing the collection of taxes, however they do occasionally have to put down rebellions.

The succession of power and title of Daeheru (Lord) is passed down either be appointment by the current ruler, or else taken by force. The Daeheru’s power is limited to the region of the Rux –The Erlaubi have their own leadership and laws.

The Erlaubi consider themselves a higher order of demons than their counterparts. They are physically more appealing, to humans at least, and their powers are more mentally based. Because of this, empathy is a common trait and they have more peace than the Rux—their economy is even an approximation of human Socialism. For professions, there are a few that tend their crops and maintain infrastructure but the majority consider themselves to be artists, political ambassadors, or teachers. Hobbies like weaving are common, but are not considered primary professions. The region they reside in contains plentiful water sources and has much more vegetation and animal life, which also makes it so they don’t need to struggle as much as their brethren. This breeds resentment from the few Rux who know anything about the differences between their regions.

Despite their differences, the Rux and the Erlaubi share most cultural values. The staggering majority of Yoruta feel that physical sex is irrelevant- some individuals lay eggs and others fertilize. Elders raise offspring until their adolescent years, at which point the parents take over and teach them about the world and trades. There is very little religion to speak of, and not much prejudice over races or power traits aside from the main division of Rux and Erlaubi.

One thing that all Yoruta have in common is that they are private about their true name. A name is generally made up to use with others, and the polite form of inquiry is some variation of “What can I call you?” This is because knowing the demon’s true name gives power over them—they can be invoked in rituals and spells and weaker ones can even be forced to do the user’s bidding. The sharing of a demon’s true name is a sign of the utmost trust.

That’s all I have so far! I’d love some feedback on what I have so far on this culture. What do you all think? Do you have any questions or suggestions? Comment below!