Book Trailer!

Hey all!

Just taking a quick break from editing to drop my latest surprise…a brand new book trailer!

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You can also find it on the website with information about the books.

Stay tuned for more surprises, including a countdown to the cover release!

Until next time,

Erin K Broich

Welcome to My New Site!

Hello all! I know, I know…it’s been ages. Lot’s of things have been happening in my life, including a new degree, and The Guardians just haven’t been getting the love and attention they deserve.

That changes now!

I’ve got some exciting new things planned, and some news I know a lot of people have been waiting quite a while for.

First off, welcome to my new website, erinkbroich.wordpress.com! Going forward, this will be the central hub for all things Guardians. Throughout the site, you’ll be able to find information about the books, about me, and easily explore my connected social media sites, including my Twitter, and the trilogy’s Facebook page. This site will also be the new home for my blog, “To Anoera and Beyond” (which you’ve probably already figured out given the fact that you’re reading this on the website).

I’m exploring a few other possibilities to keep you all connected with The Guardians, including a newsletter, and possibly a video series…we’ll see what I can come up with.

Finally, what I’m sure many of you have been waiting for…

Work is well underway on the third and final book of The Guardians of LightIt’s too early yet to set an official release date, but the goal is to have the book finished this year. Stay tuned for updates, and more specific information about Book Three’s timeline!

I’m both excited and sad to be reaching the end of the trilogy, but I can’t wait for you all to finally know how the story ends.

Be sure to check back here for any news and updates, and if you haven’t yet, like the Facebook page, and/or follow me on Twitter!

Until next time,

Erin K.

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The Guardians of Light, Book One: The Betrayer (Second Edition)

Hello my very patient and understanding readers!  I know it has been WAY to long since I last posted, but I promise, the long absence has been a productive one.  To start with, though, I unfortunately did not finish the first book of The Fire Crystal Chronicles like I was hoping I would.  Between graduation, moving, and preparing for my new job, the time just wasn’t there.  HOWEVER, I was not completely idle during the past few weeks.  I received a jolt of motivation to work on The Guardians.  It happened when I found out that a kid I used to babysit for, who goes to my old middle school, found my first book in the library.  He didn’t know I wrote it, but he saw the title, was interested, and started reading it.  Apparently, he LOVED it, and told his mom (who then told him it was my book…really, though, I don’t always look at the author of what I’m reading).  That really brought my attention back to the trilogy, which I have been diligently working on ever since.  And, I am happy to announce, everything is on track for the release of the second book in late August, early September.  In the meantime, though, in anticipation of the rest of the trilogy coming out, I am happy to announce the release of the SECOND EDITION of The Guardians of Light, Book One: The Betrayer.  The whole book has been re-edited and updated, with a lot of rewriting in Part One (the story ends up the same place, but the journey is a little different).  It even has a brand new cover!

 
 
I’m very excited about the new release, and hope you all enjoy the changes!  A Kindle edition will be available soon as well, and I will keep you all posted as to when that is ready.  Also, if you want a copy of the First Edition of The Betrayer, get it while you still can, because they will be going out of circulation soon!  All right, that’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon with more updates and more exciting stuff (perhaps an excerpt of Book Two?)  So stay tuned!!
 
E.K. Broich 

Get your copy of The Betrayer, 2nd Edition here! The Betrayer, 2nd Edition

Introducing "To Anoera and Beyond…"

When I was fourteen years old, I was watching my cousin play a video game…and I was bored (I wanted to play).  It was one of those tournament fighting games that doesn’t have a real storyline, so, in my boredom, I made one up for some of the characters.  As the story began developing in my head, I began to write down some of the details.  Then I started typing it out.  Eventually, I was planning a whole trilogy, and so The Guardians of Light was born.  I finished the first book, The Betrayer, in a year (Christmas break to Christmas break), and then had kind of a “now what?” moment.  I knew I wanted to publish it, but didn’t know how to do that, so I started doing some research.  What I found out was I had pretty much no chance of publication without an agent…and at the time, I was to impatient to find an agent (I’m still pretty impatient).  And then I discovered self-publishing.  It was a lot more work, but I thought it would be worth it.  So, I set about preparing the first book for publishing.  I edited it, and had others edit it as well.  I found a print-on-demand company that I thought would solve all my publishing problems (they had a dog for a mascot at the time, which really drew me).  I learned how to draw (kind of) so that I could design the cover and illustrations myself.  I did all this while maintaining a very busy high school career (volleyball, speech, mock trial, drama, 4-H, golf…the list goes on).  In the end, it took me four years before the book was
ready, and I finally self-published it when I was eighteen.  I thought that would be the hardest part, and the rest would just fall into place.  I was very, VERY wrong.

I had no marketing skills, and had no platform from which to launch any kind of marketing strategy.  I was young, inexperienced, and had entered into a world I wasn’t really prepared for.  I went to some book talks, and had a signing at my school, but I was basically flailing around in the dark.  Then I just kind of…gave up.  College started, and life became more demanding.  I continued writing, continued working on the other two books, but the fire that had led me to publishing the first one died a bit.  The print on demand method was expensive, and I wasn’t making any money.  It was another four years before I came to my next big decision…I was going to look for an agent.

I started my agent hunt in the fall of 2013, after going through the first book and editing everything again.  I’m still looking, and have done extensive updates to the original manuscript, filling in some plot-holes, and maturing the story.  I’ve done a lot of growing up since I first wrote The Betrayer, so it needed to grow up a bit too.  I’ve learned a lot more in the ten years I’ve been doing this, and have even considered giving self-publishing another chance if an agent doesn’t respond (it’s proving difficult to get someone to represent a high-fantasy book in a dystopian saturated market).  This blog will be my outlet and my platform.  Hopefully, through this, I am able to share the world of The Guardians with a wider audience, and to receive feedback from the people interested in exploring it.  So, I hope you stick around for the journey.  It’s been a long one already, but now it’s really going to get interesting.

E. K. Broich