Spoils of War — new year, new cover, new life…and a giveaway!

Many a moon ago (last summer, LOL), I got the rights back to my first m/m book, a fantasy novella called Spoils of War, about a month prior to the original publisher of that book folding. Thus ending a long, ugly war over frankenPODs, unreported sales, miscalculated & MIA royalties, filing a lawsuit, and an extremely unpleasant partridge in a sooper stressful pear tree. (Any other author who’s been through it and pushed to the other side knows exactly what I’m talking about. Not a fun time.)

With my rights safely tucked in my pocket, I could breathe again. And finally — finally — I could do right by that book. Rather than rolling Spoils back into the market with a spiffy new cover, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work! I loved Micah and Eli, of course, but I was very new when I wrote that book, which didn’t get a lot of editing. I’m a much stronger writer now and I knew I could make that story better. So that’s what I did.


Enslaved during the invasion of the rival King of Herra, Micah cut off his emotions and adapted to his new life in servitude. Xerxes, the Herran King, abuses his captive to keep the neighboring kingdom of Alekia under his yoke, but after Micah nearly dies when plague sweeps Herra, the Alekian King sends Eli to bring his beloved son home. Conditioned by his slavery, unable to cope with his freedom, Micah seeks to please the new master he’s found in Eli throughout their harrowing journey to a homeland he no longer remembers. Eli protects the young man and introduces Micah to the pleasures denied him as a prisoner.

Will Micah accept his noble birthright when they reach Alekia, and more importantly, can he accept Eli as the devoted slave his father has given him rather than the master he’s come to love?

For fans of the first edition of this book…The story you came to love has not changed. Micah is still Micah; Eli is still Eli. If the horrific formatting of the first edition made you batty, though, that’s been fixed. Craft issues that drove me bonkers have been addressed, to give readers a smoother and more elegant ride, too. I also added a short epilogue that didn’t appear in the first edition for a more pronounced HEA so if you longed for that sweet ending sigh whenΒ  you read it years ago, now’s your chance.

I can’t thank my editors at Loose Id enough for helping me polish my first and much beloved m/m book into a better, stronger story — the story I wished Spoils had been when it released back in 2010.

And with all that said…Where’s the deets on the free stuff, right? LOL!

Very fitting that my new year should start with a new beginning for my very first m/m story. What about you? What are you hoping for in 2014? Comment below by 12:01 a.m. EST on January 14th, the release date for the new & improved Spoils of War, to be entered into a random drawing for a FREE ebook of the revised edition!

Wishing you all a 2014 full of love, laughter, opportunities, and adventure…

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29 Responses to Spoils of War — new year, new cover, new life…and a giveaway!

  1. Thommie says:

    I’m so glad you could have a second chance on polishing your first book Kari. I do know quite many authors have that need. What I’m loving is the blurb of this book (no I haven’t read it, I know, shame on me), and it’s so very intriguing.

    Best of luck with this new edition!

    • Kari says:

      Thanks, Thommie! A first book, for a writer, is very like the first time you fall in love. Wonderful and dizzying. You only get one first time and my first m/m book was just enthralling to me. Very, very special. Oh, how I loved this book. I really, truly did. When it released in 2010, it was the best I was capable of at that time…but it didn’t get much in the way of editing. And Spoils needed it.

      The heart of the story has always been completely magical to me, though. You can fix formatting. You can fix craft mistakes. THANK GOD, you can even (eventually) fix business mistakes. I sure did, LOL! But if the heart of the book is bad, no fix can save it. The heart of Spoils tugged at me in 2010,though, and tugs at me still. It was a damn good story. Now, it’s a better one. πŸ˜€

  2. Lucy Watson Campbell says:

    It’s wonderful that you’ve had the chance to make the book what you want. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    For 2014, I’m hoping for some do-overs myself: the chance to strengthen some relationships that have grown distant: a busy life is no excuse for not keeping up with people. And, looking ahead means not spending a lot of time looking behind. So, my resolve is to quit with the what-ifs or the should-haves, and just do what needs to be done this year. Oh, and I want to spend the year reading as much as possible. πŸ˜€

    • Kari says:

      Oh, I hear you — definitely — on putting the past behind you. With all that happened with Spoils…Beating myself up for my coulda/shoulda’s doesn’t change anything. I’m tired of being mad and feeling jaded. I won’t make those mistakes again (famous last words) because I have so many new mistakes I haven’t tried yet. LOL! Fresh foot forward!

      And I want to read more this year, too. πŸ˜‰

  3. Jen says:

    I’m surprised I have not read Spoils of War yet. It sounds fantastic. I added it to my TBR list so I can now read the improved version. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing the story about this book and for the giveaway.

  4. Chelle says:

    I have to say, I honestly loved reading Spoils of War when it came out. It will be interesting to see the changes you have made. Keep writing the stories…I look forward to being immersed in your characters once again.

    thank you,

    • Kari says:

      Thank you! I loved the original, too. Spoils was like my first crush. He broke my heart, but I thought of him wistfully sometimes? πŸ˜‰ I really do think the revision and re-editing made the story better, though.

  5. Ashley E says:

    So glad your book got a second chance. I’m hoping for a second chance myself, as I’m applying for a new job. I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed!

  6. KristiP says:

    I love Spoils, and I can’t wait to read the new version! Congrats on making it to the other side of that stressful situation.

    I’m hoping my kids and I can spend more time with my parents this year. We live 1365 miles apart, so it’ll be a challenge.

    • Kari says:

      Thanks! Living away from family can be difficult — we don’t live near family, either. Maybe I should make that a goal for my 2014, too. πŸ™‚

  7. Mary B says:

    Spoils of War is my second favorite of your books–it’s sequel is my very favorite. And you’re planning to make it even better? Cool! Thanks!

  8. Theresa says:

    Congrats on getting the rights to Spoils of War back! I stumbled upon this book a couple of years ago and it’s one of the first m/m books I read and it’s the book that made me an absolute FAN FAN FAN of all your books!

    For 2014, I would like to find a way to keep from strangling my ‘girl’ boss AND my ‘boy’ boss…and yes, that is absolutely what I call them, in my head and to my friends!!

  9. jackie reay says:

    This was the first book by you I bought even though there were editing errors I went on to buy others and now you are one of a dozen writers I buy whenever you have a new book out without reading the blurb knowing I am in for a good story

  10. RMG says:

    I’m glad your baby’s back in your hands, safe and sound. Although I loved the original version of this story, I’m sooo looking forward to the revised version. Wish you much luck and success with it! πŸ™‚

    • Kari says:

      I loved the original, too, but it was a wistful sort of thing? Not only because of the first publisher, although that certainly played a huge part. It’s just that a few years (or even a year) down the road of my career, I could see the mistakes, what I could’ve done better to make that story smoother. The story had good bones and a lot of heart, but there’s really no substitute for good editing. I’m much happier with Spoils as it is now and I hope you will, too. πŸ™‚

  11. Linnt says:

    i’m glad to hear that you’re able to get your baby back. it must have been hard on you with all the problems you where having over the book.

    i have yet to read the original but i’m looking forward to the new and improve version of the story.

  12. Leta Hutchins says:

    YAY! I had actually gone back to reread my copy of Spoils of War (the original) annnnn it’s gone… Lost somewhere when I transferred my data to a new laptop. I was le sad, but now there is a new and improved shiny! Hopefully this year I will be traditionally employed, editing and writing is fun, but doesn’t pay as well when you’re starting out >.> And to take more mini vacations. I have decided they are supremely important!

    • Kari says:

      OMG, you mean I’m not the only one? I swear, I get a new ereader and lose at least 10% of whatever was on the old one. I thought I was just cursed. πŸ˜‰

      Thumbs up for mini-vacations. If I can stay ahead of a deadline, I think we’ll drive up to Centralia, PA next month. I keep saying we’re going to do it and then, we never do. πŸ™ That’s more of a daytrip than a vaca, but nevertheless.I need to stop procrastinating the thing.

  13. Carolyn says:

    Happy new year, Kari! I’ve actually never read Spoils of War but congratulations on getting it back and being able to re-work it to your satisfaction (and ours!). Thanks for the chance to win and for letting us know about your new old story. πŸ™‚

  14. Norma says:

    I had this book on my wish list before, but now I’ve gotta move it up closer to the top!
    Definitely looking forward to reading this one and Pretty Poison also!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. g m says:

    Just finished Pretty Poison, what a good book ! Ilike your style.

    Thanks for the chance to win Spoils of War. I’ll be looking for more of your books.

  16. CaryLory says:

    I already bought the old Spoils of War in print — twice actually.
    Any chance I can read the new revised version??
    Love all your books but this new version sounds better than the first even though it was a terrific read.

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