AFS Publishing

Very excited because after much hard work I have finally managed to start a new business. I decided to register as a publisher in order to publish ‘Vortex’. I know that sounds a bit drastic, but it does have it’s advantages and as I am going to have more books to publish in the future it seemed like a good idea.

This week I received a business registration certificate making AFS Publishing an official business and I’ve set up an account with a printers so now I just need a book to publish. The lady editing ‘Vortex’ is expecting to be finished by the end of the week soooo…

Anyway I’ve set up a website and Facebook page and you can also follow me on twitter too!

A Busy Week

So we’re almost at the end of the week and it’s been quite exciting for me, not that I’ve managed to get any writing done! The most exciting event was Vortex getting an ISBN! It now feels real, like it can actually happen, like it will become a real life, available for all to read book.

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I also decided that I now needed to make a more serious effort on the publicity front. The scariest part being, having a decent photo of the author, which means a photo of me. Now I’m quite happy to stay as a big silvery blue dragon, but I think if I expect people to take me seriously then I need to show my human side. “Gulp!”

I dislike having my photo taken, I always look a terrible washed out mess. I hate wearing make up and  so have no idea how to apply it and as for my hair…! But a decent photo is what’s needed, apparently?

I decided the answer was to book myself in for one of those makeover sessions. You know the ones where they are supposed to make you look like a film star. Yer good luck with that!


If you’d have told me before that I would willingly, without a gun to my head, book myself up for such a thing I would have died laughing. But going down this route meant I would have someone to do my makeup, so I wouldn’t end up looking like a zombie and I would also get a professional photographer, which would greatly improve my chances of getting at least one usable photo.

My hair is another major problem, it lives a life of its own totally separate from me and any wishes or desires I may have for it. I gave up years ago trying to tame it and now the only time it behaves at all is when my very brave hairdresser washes and trims it. I had only recently paid a visit to the hairdressers and I had watched very carefully what she did. So after a week of practising and feeling confident I had achieved a reasonable result I let slip to my daughter about the photo shoot. She took one look at me and said “you’ll have to do something about your hair then!”

I immediately booked an appointment for my hairdresser to sort it out for me.

The photo shoot wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The photographer was very patient and kind and as I had been booked in for an hour (they could obviously see what a challenge it was going to be) she took pictures of me from every angle, standing, sitting, lay on the floor, leaning against a wall etc. She appeared quietly confident that with the wonders of airbrushing and their advanced computer program they would come up with a set of usable shots of me.

I’m due to go back next Friday to view the pictures and choose which ones I would like to use. I will post the results here when I have them and I will expect you all to wait till you’re out of earshot before you start giggling!

Vortex to be published June 2012

For those that don’t know Vortex is my first novel. I completed it around a year ago and after much editing and polishing it is ready to be published. The plan is to Publish it early next month (June 2012), I haven’t got an exact date yet but I will post it as soon as I know. In the mean time here is the front cover and a short synopsis

.   On a night when prophecies stir, an outraged dragon vents his anger, Damian is ripped from everything he knows and Sam’s nightmares become real…

Sam isn’t enjoying university life, she’s disillusioned with her course and having second thoughts about her future. It doesn’t help that she keeps having a scary, recurring nightmare and when she thinks things couldn’t get worse a creepy man follows her back to her room.

Damian is unique, he has silver eyes, horns and wings, he is also being visited by a ghost girl. She looks so sad and frightened he feels compelled to help her, but the night he reaches out to save her from a dragon’s fiery breath he gets ripped from his life, his world, from everything he knows.

Now it’s Damian who’s lost in an unfamiliar world that’s devoid of magic and full of strange monsters. His only connection with home is Sam who he recognises as the ghost girl. Sam has to put aside her fear and disbelief in Damian’s explanations about himself to try and help him find his way home.

But in a world without magic is this possible?

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