See me at New York Comic Con Oct. 5-8!

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My most favorite time of the year approaches once again–New York Comic Con!

I will be attending all four days again this year. This is my first year attending under my “professional” banner and, not gonna lie–I shed a few tears when NYCC graced me with a pro pass. I owe that all to you wonderful people. I couldn’t be doing this without you! Each and every one of you who are reading The Warding, enjoying Caitlin’s tale, and patiently (or maybe not so patiently) waiting for the next installment are my heart and soul.

As a thanks for all of the love and support you’ve shown me, I have some nifty Warding swag in the works for fans new and old that I will be giving out at NYCC. ::the maniacal cackle goes here:: Sneak peaks and teasers will be shown on my social media over the next few months.

So; are you attending New York Comic Con? Are you as excited for it as I am??

If so, shout it out! Come find me and show me some Warding love!

Fast is now available and First Hunt is free!

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FasterFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700Faster is now live and available for purchase!

To purchase Faster, please check out the Books section on my website, or follow one of the handy dandy links I will be inserting right here. You can purchase Faster in eBook form on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and Kobo, or as a paperback sold exclusively at Amazon.com.

Also–in honor of the release of the next part of Caitlin’s adventure, her short story First Hunt is free for the rest of this week. Grab a copy of that too if you haven’t already and find out what, exactly, happened the night of her first hunt.

I hope you all enjoy reading Faster and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

Iron Turns 1 Today

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happy_birthday_cake-8Iron turns one today and… Wow, what a year it has been!

When I made the decision to blaze the indie trail and put my first novel out there for better or worse, I had pretty modest hopes. I honestly just hoped it would sell one copy to someone who didn’t already know me! Beyond that? I hardly dared to hope that it would sell a few hundred copies; enough to recoup what I had spent in the production and see me through the publishing of a sequel.

Well, within a few months that little book o’ mine far out shot my wildest dreams, selling thousands of copies instead of hundreds. And that, my virtual friends, is all thanks to you. If not for you, taking a chance in picking up a new tale from an unknown author, I wouldn’t be writing this post today. I really cannot express how much your feedback about, appreciation for, and general support of Iron has meant to me. In Faster (due out next month!) I dedicated that book to each and every one of you–and I meant it. Without you, there would be no me. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

When I decided to tough it out on the indie road to publication, it was a choice based on realistic expectations. I knew I was rolling the dice with Caitlin as my first person heroine. She’s a character that will be either loved or hated–and, so far, I’ve seen a fair amount of both. Each time someone complains about her whining or her frequent pity parties, I smile. It doesn’t bother me, although one might think it would. Instead, it proves to me that I captured her spirit perfectly–and that’s a spirit not everyone is going to understand.

To understand Cat (and why I’m perfectly okay with people rolling their eyes at her personality), you have to understand me. I was a strange, shy child. I had wild imaginary friends (the one I remember most being a pterodactyl), loved collecting and playing with Battle Beasts, and my favorite part of the Wizard of Oz was the flying monkeys. So, I was probably not your typical little girl.

I also grew up as an avid reader. As far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed time spent with a good book much more than I did the company of other people. (Still do, really.) Lucky for me, my father was a big fantasy reader and introduced me to reading early. I was devouring Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms novels by the 4th grade, despite those around me teasing me for “reading the dictionary.” (Kids can be so mean.)

Without that, who knows what would have happened to me. I was an introvert from the get-go, saddled with social anxiety and crippling panic attacks that no one around me really understood at the time. Fantasy, and later urban fantasy, were what kept me sane; kept my wild imagination growing, kept me from feeling like I was alone in the world. Books were–and still are–my escape.

I’m really not so much different now. Maybe by now I shouldn’t need an escape anymore, but I do. I’m still an anxiety ridden, depression prone mess. Better at controlling both, sure, but still not the type to strike up a conversation with a stranger or fond of jumping into new situations. This year I’ll be attending New York Comic Con alone for two days and that is a huge step for me. Mindbogglingly big, really. The me of three years ago would never for a second considered doing something so bold… or frightening!

Hell, I turned 35 this year and up until making the decision to throw caution to the wind by putting my work out there, I had no freaking clue what I was doing with my life. I have a wonderful marriage and a husband that I adore but, beyond that? All those normal “should have” pieces of adulthood are still missing. I found myself in my mid-thirties, still searching for a career, not owning a home, not even wanting kids and a picket fence the way all of my friends did. I was the odd woman out, as per usual. Then I thought, “Certainly I can’t be alone in that…”

That “what if” snowballed into Iron. Though I didn’t really know I was doing so at the time, I created Caitlin to both speak to the girl I once was and the woman I had grown into. The mouthy yet shy introvert; the dreamer who longed for excitement but who also feared change; the woman who wanted to believe in the fantastic but couldn’t quite accept anything that special happening in her life. Caitlin is a contradiction trying to make the best of what life is throwing at her. She’s far from perfect and she knows it, but she fights every day to make sense of the pieces sifting through her fingers. Not everyone will understand that; will understand her.

That’s okay. They’ve probably never had to fight off the black dog; ignoring that little voice inside that tears them down and tells them lies. They’ve likely never spent an hour or two locked in their own bathroom, trying to talk themselves into heading out the door to attend that big party where so many strangers will be. And that’s just fine. She’s not for them. I created Cat for those of us who know we are a little broken but hold no shame in it. For those of us who fail and keep on trying anyway. For those of us who know we could still be the hero of our story, if the impossible were to happen to us.

So, again, thank you to each and every one of you who has identified with Cat; who have emailed me or left such amazing reviews telling me, and the world, how much you love her and her story. Its those words that fuel me early each morning when I stumble over to the writing desk, barely able to see straight enough to brew that first cup of coffee (all hail the Keurig). It’s those words that keep up my motivation, making sure I get those words out first thing on the next story, and the next after that.

It’s you that I keep doing this for, and I’ll keep doing it so long as you want to know what happens next. ❤

Enter the GoodReads Giveaway for IRON and FASTER!

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Can’t wait a month for the release of Faster?

Enter my GoodReads Giveaway to win 1 of 2 signed sets of both Iron and Faster, before it’s available for purchase!

Please share this post and tell anyone you think might like to get their hands on the first two book of The Warding about this giveaway.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Faster by Robin L. Cole

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by Robin L. Cole

Giveaway ends October 11, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Faster Available for Pre-Order!

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The eBook of Faster is now live for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, and Kobo! The paperback, unfortunately, is not available for pre-order (booooo!) and will not go live for purchase until the day of October 25th 2016.

To pre-order your eBook copy, check out the Books page or see the links below.

Later this week I will be putting up the first two chapters for free here on the website, so check back to get a sneak peak. And don’t forget there will be a GoodReads Giveaway for two signed sets of both Iron and Faster paperback ARCs starting next Monday–be sure to enter and see if you can get your hands on a copy of book two before it is released!


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by Robin L. Cole

Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Book Two of The Warding

Caitlin Moore thought finding the Secret Keeper would make all her problems go away.

Not so much.

She can no longer deny the fae blood running through her veins but coming to grips with her new life as a Warder who is immune to the Gifts of other fae is the least of her worries. Kaine and Co. are still stuck in Riverview and she’d love nothing more than to get him out of her life once and for all.

The plan should be easy: find the key, use it to break the banishment spell, and send them on their way across the Veil to stop the mad High King. Only things are never so simple when the fae are involved. To key they need is an ancient sword long thought to be a myth. Even worse? They will need to use it to summon the Morrigan, a powerful goddess, and beg her to break the spell.

Caitlin and Gannon, her teacher and fellow hunter, race to find the sword but she finds herself confronted by new dangers at every turn. She must make the impossible choice between righting the wrongs of her past or fulfilling her promise to see Kaine home—no matter the cost.

Excerpts – Coming soon!

Purchase Links Now available for pre-order!

Faster: The Warding Book II Cover Reveal!

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Fiona Jayde continues to amaze me with her top-notch artwork on this next installment in The Warding series. No one else can bring Cat to life like she does–and I hope you all are in love with this next cover as much as I am!

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“Caitlin Moore thought finding the Secret Keeper would make all her problems go away.

Not so much.

She can no longer deny the fae blood running through her veins but coming to grips with her new life as a Warder who is immune to the Gifts of other fae is the least of her worries. Kaine and Co. are still stuck in Riverview and she’d love nothing more than to get him out of her life once and for all.

The plan should be easy: find the key, use it to break the banishment spell, and send them on their way across the Veil to stop the mad High King. Only things are never so simple when the fae are involved. To key they need is an ancient sword long thought to be a myth. Even worse? They will need to use it to summon the Morrigan, a powerful goddess, and beg her to break the spell.

Caitlin and Gannon, her teacher and fellow hunter, race to find the sword but she finds herself confronted by new dangers at every turn. She must make the impossible choice between righting the wrongs of her past or fulfilling her promise to see Kaine home—no matter the cost.”

Faster: The Warding Book II will be released on October 25th 2016 on Amazon (Kindle and paperback), Barnes n’ Noble Nook, and iTunes.

Pre-release information will be coming mid-September and will be shared here, on my Facebook page, and on Twitter.

First Hunt is live. Get your copy for FREE!

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First Hunt: A Warding Short Story is live and available for purchase on Kindle, or to read through Kindle Unlimited!

Even better: for the first few days, this short story is available for free. Its the least I can do, to thank all of you who have taken a chance on me and supported Iron. I hope this little snippet of Caitlin’s life helps hold you over until Faster comes out in the fall. (And if you enjoy short stories like these, set in The Warding world, please let me know! I have other side stories floating around in my head that I’d like to put to paper if you’re all interested in seeing more of them.)

Once the free introductory period ends, the price will go up to $0.99. Still a bargain, I’d say!

Now, I had originally intended to release First Hunt tomorrow on the 26th (and believe I mentioned that in my last post) but, well, sometimes KDP and I have a difference of opinion. For some reason it refused to let me set that particular date. No complaints, really, as I would much rather it go up sooner rather than later. It also happens to be a rather special day for me, as this is also my six year wedding anniversary, and my loving husband has by far been my biggest supporter along every step of the publishing journey. (Awwwww!) We’ll just chalk this publication date snafu it up to serendipity.

I’ve babbled enough. Hop on over to Amazon and check out First Hunt. Grab this fun little story while its free (from today April 25th, through Friday April 29th, and be sure to let me know what you thought of it!