Iron Turns 1 Today

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!

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

Faster

by Robin L. Cole

Giveaway ends October 11, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Faster Available for Pre-Order!

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!

Giveaway Finished!

Thank you to everyone who entered my Goodreads Giveaway. I was thrilled to see over 1,000 people were interested in winning a copy of Iron for the holidays!

The winners were spread out nicely over three countries, with one being here in the US and the others being in England and Ireland, respectively. That’s incredibly cool to me, and I hope international readers enjoy Caitlin’s romp through Riverview, New Jersey too.

Goodreads has forwarded the winners’ information over to me and I will be mailing out the signed copies this weekend, along with a few extras. If you were one of the three picked, I hope you enjoy Iron and I would love to hear what you think of it after you read it!

Things to Come

Sorry that I’ve been pretty quiet here on the blog and on social media in general. I’ve been meaning to make more updates but… dang, have I been busy! I’m still having a little trouble balancing this whole full time indie author gig along with my full time day job and other aspects of life in general. I’m getting better at it, bit by bit, but every spare minute I have at a keyboard right now has been spent on furthering book two, which I’m sure matters more to y’all in the long run than my rambling on about this or that.

But, since its quiet today and I have a few minutes before the inevitable holiday madness descends and keeps me crazy busy throughout December, I thought I’d do a little “what’s up” check-in sort of post today…

Continue reading “Things to Come”

Want to win a FREE copy of Iron?

Interested in Iron, but short on funds?

Well, here’s your chance to get a score a free signed, first edition paperback copy! Gift the first book in my “deliciously dark and humorous” new urban fantasy season to someone you love this holiday season. (Or keep it for yourself–I won’t judge.)

Enter my Goodreads Holiday Giveaway below, for the chance to win one of those three signed copies. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

 

Iron by Robin L. Cole

Iron

by Robin L. Cole

Giveaway ends December 10, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

 

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Iron featured on Betty Book Freak

Not gonna lie–seeing Iron‘s cover as the lead image on Betty Book Freak today made my morning!

Iron is being featured as their fantasy new release today, and I’m truly honored that they chose my book’s cover to be the main image of the day. (Fiona Jayde Media‘s fantastic cover art gets all the credit, of course. It is gorgeous and I’m still head over heels in love with it.)

Check it out!

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