All posts by CJ Embers

I'm an aspiring author working on becoming a writer full-time.

The Cat Express – New on Android!

Hi everyone! Although this is unrelated to my books, I wanted to post about it anyway because I’m quite excited about it. I recently published a small mobile endless runner game, called The Cat Express!

Although it’s very simple and basic right now, there are many updates planned to add more content, better graphics and animations, etc..  It is currently on Android  (Google Play), so if you have an Android, I would appreciate any installs, reviews, and honest feedback! It doesn’t appear to be visible to everyone on the app of Google Play currently, but it is available right here on the website version.

Thank you in advance to anyone who decides to give it a try!

Update to the Merge

Yesterday I posted about how the company I use for my books is merging with another company, and that everything was well so far. Well, that wasn’t wrong, but some time after posting that, issues started arising. As of right now, the cover and interior files have all disappeared from my account at the new company. Many other authors are having the same issues, so it’s not an isolated incident thankfully– meaning they will hopefully get it fixed sooner rather than later.

That being said, I don’t know if they can fix it and retrieve the files that have disappeared. If they can’t, I will be quite upset for a few reasons. The first is regarding the first edition of Dragons’ Myth. Although it was riddled with errors, bad formatting, and the cover wasn’t great, it was nostalgic because it was my first ever published book. However, somewhere along the line, I lost (or maybe didn’t back up?) the files for that book, and if this new company is not able to retrieve them, they will be gone forever.

The second reason is if I have to re-upload the files for Dragons’ Myth (second edition) and Renascence, and this new company requires different formatting (which they shouldn’t, but you never know), then I’ll be annoyed because formatting has always been the most frustrating, time-consuming, and headache-inducing part of the publishing process for me.

If the issues continue to persist, I will consider moving my books to an unrelated company. In any case, I suggest not buying any copies for now. Although their Amazon pages look normal, I don’t want anyone to risk buying a copy and end up with a blank and coverless book.

I will post an update when it’s sorted out.

Book Company Is Merging

The company I use to publish my books is merging with another. My books have already been transferred and all seems well, but please let me know if you encounter any issues on your end. This can include book availability, formatting/printing issues (cover or interior), etc..  I will be keeping an eye on it, but if you notice anything that seems off, please contact me and I will look into it. Thank you!

Projected Projects for 2019

With Renascence finally out, I’m on to the next things on my list for 2019. The problem is that I have four things I want to do!

  1. Make Dragons’ Myth into an eBook
  2. Make Renascence into an eBook
  3. Write the third Dragons’ Myth book
  4. Write an unrelated book

I don’t know if I will be able to get all four done in 2019, but that’s what I will aim for. Converting the first two books of the Dragons’ Myth series into eBooks should take considerably less time than writing a book, simply because it’s already written and all I’d have to do is change the formatting. Continue reading Projected Projects for 2019

Renascence Price Change

As mentioned in the publication announcement for Renascence, the $10 USD price was for a limited time to celebrate its launch. Now that a couple weeks have passed, the price will be going up to $12 USD sometime this coming weekend. So if you haven’t gotten a copy yet and you want to, you only have a few more days to get it for a couple dollars cheaper!

Dragons’ Myth: Renascence – Available Now!

After about six years, I am extremely excited to announce that the sequel to Dragons’ Myth is finally now officially done, published, and for sale! You can find its page under the “Novels” tab, where you can read the book’s details and synopsis, see its cover, and find the link to its Amazon page. As of writing this post, the Amazon page won’t be fully done being built, but the book should still be able to be bought (if not, please let me know!). As mentioned previously, the link leads to the .com site. If you’re Canadian and would like to buy from its Canadian page, simply change the .com in the URL to .ca!

Because the title has already been questioned many times, I figure I will post my explanation here. So:

No, it’s not supposed to be Renaissance. Yes, it’s spelled right. Renascence, while very similar to the word “renaissance”, actually has a slightly different meaning, and that’s why I chose it. Renaissance, according to its definition, is about cultural rebirth, whereas renascence is just about rebirth in general. Its exact definition fits the plot so perfectly, so again, that’s why I chose it! The pronunciations of the two words are also slightly different. Renaissance is “ren-ah-saunse”, while renascence is either “ren-EH-sense” or “ren-AH-sense” (uppercase is the syllable to emphasize for proper pronunciation).

Anyway, back to the book! I’m so excited for you all to read it! Although many (most?) people think sequels aren’t as good as the first, I honestly personally think Renascence is better than the first, and I really hope it lives up to the expectations I have for it. It kind of boggles my mind that it’s been basically six or so years since I first published Dragons’ Myth, and the sequel has only come out now. Granted, it came out only a year and a half since the second edition of Dragons’ Myth, but the point still stands that I’d been working on only one book for over half a decade! So finally being able to say “I’ve published two books” is a milestone to me.

Currently, the price for Renascence is set at $10 USD ($13-something CAD), however, that price is only for a limited time. The price will go up to its normal price of $12 USD a week or two from today.

One thing I want to mention, is that I went through Renascence many times and tried very hard to make sure no errors made it to publication. That being said, it is still possible some slipped through (after all, even traditionally published novels have errors, and those authors have a whole team!), so if you buy the book and spot any, please let me know so I can fix it!

Lastly, please leave a (verified) review on its Amazon page if you buy a copy! It would mean a lot to me.

Thank you for your support, and I hope you love Renascence!

The Sequel is Almost Done!

In a previous post I mentioned, I said I wouldn’t make any more updates about the sequel unless it was to say it’s for sale, but it’s been a few months since my latest update so I figured I’d let you all know that I’m still working on it (in case anyone was wondering!).

Lately, my main issue has been formatting the interior. I’ve been staying up until around 3am a lot lately trying to get issues figured out, and it has been quite frustrating. That being said, everything is basically good to go now. I went through the proof and made all the changes I wanted/needed to, and now I’m just waiting for the updated files to be approved through the review process.

I’ll be ordering a new proof just due to wanting to make sure everything is perfect before launch, which will take around a week or two from today. I don’t really want to, because at this point I just want it published already, but I think it would be silly not to. I won’t be reading through this one, though; I’m mainly interested in seeing the cover… But now that I’m writing this, I’m actually considering just going with seeing it through the digital proof instead to save that time (and money), in which case I could get it published within a few days from today.

Either way, I will of course post an update when it’s (finally!) published and ready to buy!

Delays and Other News

It’s now nearly the end of February, and I’m sad to say that the Dragons’ Myth sequel is still not up for sale. I know I said in my last update that I wouldn’t post another until it’s for sale, but that was two, going on three months ago, and I was expecting things to move at a proper pace. Unfortunately, my editing partner is not making editing one of his priorities. I’ve decided that if he is not done by the end of February, I will move on and figure something else out, because I wanted this book done three to four months ago already. Continue reading Delays and Other News

Helping the Environment One Step at a Time

As an environmentalist, I’m always working on finding ways to make less of an impact to our Earth. After all, this is our only home, and once it’s gone, there might not be a way to bring it back. Before anyone brings it up, this post isn’t about climate change. Whether you believe in it or not, this isn’t about that. It’s about the oceans full of trash, forests being cut down, and animals dying and going extinct because of our messy habits – that’s a fact and not up for debate. We as a species are slowly learning to be more environmentally conscious, but when the large majority still don’t care, it’s not quick enough. Continue reading Helping the Environment One Step at a Time