Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Goodreads Giveaway! Enter to win

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Dragon Stones by Kristian Alva

Dragon Stones

by Kristian Alva

Giveaway ends July 07, 2011.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pottermore and E-Books

Well, the secret's out. Pottermore isn't a new book. It's a website, and basically the announcement is that JK Rowling is going to finally offer e-book versions of the Harry Potter Series. JK Rowling had always refused to publish her books in e-book format, in part to discourage piracy, but of course, all of her books have been pirated for years, and in fact, she is probably the most pirated author of all time because of that fact.

The website has very little content right now. I guess I was hoping for something more exciting. I'll admit it-- I'm sad it isn't a new book.

You can sign up for alerts, but they aren't even taking e-mail sign ups yet, because of "overwhelming demand." I don't know how you can have "overwhelming demand" when no one is actually signing up for anything yet, but then again, I'm not a marketing guru. I'll post more news when I hear something new.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

5-Star Review of Dragon Stones on Book Garden Reviews

This morning, I got a Google Alert that my new YA fantasy, "Dragon Stones," had received its first 5-star review from Book Garden Reviews. Yay! Time to celebrate.

Isabella says:
Kristian Alva is a talented author, spellbinding the reader with each page. The story is fast-paced with delicious dialogue, vibrant descriptions, and mind bending twists. This is a wonderfully engaging book that stands on its own. Dragon Stones is the first book in the Dragon Stones saga, and I am excited to see what happens next.

I'm trying not  to promote it too much, because the Kindle edition isn't even out yet, (although the Nook version of Dragon Stones is live). I will be posting a giveaway on Goodreads next week.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

It's already Father's Day on the East Coast, and the Google icon has switched to something cute and  memorable for this holiday:

We are spending the day with family. Lots of kids, gossip, good food, and maybe some movies. Disney's Cars II will be coming out next month, so we may watch the first Cars movie (for the hundreth time) to get prepared for the sequel.

I hope everyone has a great Father's Day; give a dad ( your dad, brother, husband, uncle...) a hug today.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Countdown to Pottermore

So, more news about the "Pottermore" website. Rowling's publicists have stated that the announcement is NOT a new book. Scholastic also confirmed that the announcement will not be a new book in the series.They won't say much else, but there is lots of speculation that this may be the long-awaited lexicon; an encyclopedia of all-things Potter.

It may also a be an interactive website-- perhaps a game? Who knows. We'll all find out soon, though. The announcement is happening 6 days from now (here's the You Tube video of the countdown).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What is JK Rowling's new "Pottermore?"

Very excited about a (possible) new development in the fabulous world of Harry Potter! Thanks to a recent notice on Book Blogs, we know that Rowling is planning something new in the much-beloved Potter universe.

The information is spotty, but currently, the domain for Pottermore is active, with a short note that says, simply, "Coming Soon" and it's signed by the author herself.

I've added a screenshot so you can see what I mean. For Harry Potter fans, this news is akin to winning the lottery. I watched numerous interviews with Rowling after she finished the series, and I was certain from her responses that she was done with these characters.

I'm really happy about this, and I'll be posting more news as more is released.

UPDATE: If you click on the owls, it takes you to a countdown clock! Thanks to Dorothy on Book Blogs for this tip! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Currently Reading: Dragon's Kin by Anne McCaffrey

It's been a long time since I picked up a book by Anne McCaffrey. She was one of my favorite authors growing up. I read most of her books in high school, but I'm always happy when I find an undiscovered gem like Dragon's Kin.

I found this one at my favorite used bookstore yesterday, and came home to start reading it immediately. This is a book that McCaffrey co-wrote with her son, Todd McCaffrey.

It's great so far-- I'm about half-way through and the storyline is great. I had no idea that Anne McCaffrey's son was a fantasy author, as well. Looks like great storytelling runs in the family. I should have a full review by the end of the week.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dragon Stones Available on Smashwords for Free for a Limited Time

Dragon Stones: Book One of the Dragon Stone Saga, has been added to Smashwords in all ebook formats. It is going to be included in their premium catalog, as well. Right now, you can download the book for free (for a limited time).

Dragon Stones will also be featured on the website Online Novels. I'll post a link as soon as it's available. You can now contact me on Goodreads through my author profile. I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to send me a message.

Kristian Alva's books on Goodreads

Monday, June 13, 2011

Joined Smashwords and Goodreads Today!

I officially joined Smashwords and Goodreads today, two of the best websites for authors to find readers and people who share similar interests. It was easy to join both sites, and Goodreads only took about 48 hours to add me to the site under "author status." I've already made a few friends, one of whom is a Goodreads librarian and has over 5,000 followers! Amazing.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Paperback Edition of Dragon Stones is Now Available

You can see the paperback edition of Dragon Stones here. The paperback is $8.95. The Kindle and Nook editions will be available by the end of June, 2011.

I am working on the second installment in this series, "The Rise of the Dragon Riders," which will be available in the Fall of 2011. I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Welcome to my blog! I hope to use this blog to write about my favorite fantasy authors, books, and my own writings.

The first book in my fantasy series, Dragon Stones, will be released in June, 2011. Please feel free to leave a comment. You can also learn more about my at my official website, http://www.kristianalva.com/.

Thanks for stopping by.