Paperback Proof!

Look what I had come in the post!!!

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Finally the paperback proof for Wicked Game has arrived and I’m thrilled with it! As you can see it looks great and I am pleased to announce I have okayed it, so it should be available to buy on Amazon and all other good book shops any time now!!

Awesome Give-aways!!

Yes! There are two give-aways containing books or swag from yours truly running at the moment! Not only do they contain stuff from me they both also contain a lot of awesome books and swag from some fantastic authors, so make sure you don’t miss your chance to enter either of them!

Firstly The Violet Hour Book Review is running a give-away for swag from me, a choice of a paperback by Airicka Phoenix and a choice of an ebook by Stephanie Constante. There’s only a day left on this one so don’t hang around, go and enter before it’s too late!!

The second give-away is being hosted by the wonderful Tianna Holley who I met and became good friends with at the RNConvention in Las Vagas!

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Tianna has kindly included two sts of my ebooks in her give-away, which also includes loads of other fantastic prizes by some incredible authors! Here’s the give-away to make it easy for you to enter, because I’m so good to you!! 😀

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There’s links to all the authors on Tianna’s web site so you can see just what wonderful prizes these really are! Get over there and check it out and good luck! 😀

Massive Thank You!!

Yesterday I posted about what a wonderful time I had in Las Vagas at the RNConvention. Well today I want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone involved in organising the event. It was fabulous, but only because of the people who worked tirelessly to pull it all together and make sure we all had a great time.

So to Jimmy Thomas, Shannon, Jimmy’s mum TJ Mackay, all the wonderful people at InD’tale Magazine, all the volunteers and everyone else who gave up their time and energy to give us all a fantastic week, I would like to express all my gratitude and thanks, you are all absolutely amazing!! I had the most incredible time and I’m definitely looking forward to next year!!

Dragon in Las Vagas!

I’m back, and WOW did I have a great time in Las Vagas!!!!

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I vent to attend the first ever Romance Novel Convention and yes it was worth it! The hotel was lovely, the people super friendly and the convention itself was soooo much fun! I attended lots of classes and talks on promoting, and marketing, an area I’m not to good at! There were shows, parties and even a costume ball! I went as a dragon!

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I met loads of new friends and a couple of long term friends who I hadn’t actually met in person before!!

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Richard is a member of the wonderful writing group I am privileged to be a member of The Alliance of World Builders, and I’ve known him for around two and a half years now. He and his lovely wife Susan came to attend the book fair on the Saturday and to meet me!

One of the big highlights of the convention was the costume ball. I had never been to a real costume ball before and boy were there some fabulous costumes!! The room had been decorated beautifully too, and standing at one end was an enormous open book. It stood taller than me and was propped open. Inside a scene had been crafted on the right hand page with such intricate detail, it was incredible. Check out the convention’s FB page for everyone’s photos of the convention, there are some really great and interesting pictures.

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I had booked a table at the book fair and set out all my swag and a pile of crisp new copies of Vortex to sell. I haven’t sold direct to the public before, like this so I was a little nervous. I shouldn’t have worried because everyone was really kind and showed a lot of interest in my book.

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I actually sold over half my pile of paperbacks and gave away loads of copies of the QR code to both Vortex and Wicked Game so all those who read ebooks can upload them easily.

On Sunday I went on a tour of The Strip with Richard and Susan and checked out all those amazing hotels! We spent hours walking around Ceasar’s Palace, it is mind blowing inside, and watched the dancing fountains outside The Bellagio. It would take weeks to see all the sights and we only had one day so I’m looking forward to visiting again, maybe for next years convention 😉

This is INSIDE Ceasar's Palace!

This is INSIDE Ceasar’s Palace!

Here’s some more pictures of the convention 🙂

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Only Hours Away!

Yes, I’ve uploaded the file to Amazon and Kobo so Wicked Game is only hours away from becoming live!!

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And for August it’s going to be at a discount price so get your copy now!!

The paperback and Hardback copies should hopefully be available mid August for those who, like me, like to hold a real book in their hands.

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The RONE Awards 2012

I’m very excited at the moment! Vortex has been nominated for an award!!!! AND it’s a very big one too!! It’s The RONE Awards 2012 . They are being run by Ind’tale Magazine in connection with the Romance Novel Centre and the winners will be announced at the RNConvention in Las Vagas in August!!! So saying I’m very excited is really a massive understatement!

In order to be nominated for this award you have to have received a four star or higher review in Ind’tale’s on-line magazine. (Vortex got a glowing five star review in the magazine!!) and then you are put through to the second round which involves a public vote. The voting has been split up into sections over six weeks and Vortex is in the Paranormal section in week 4. Week 4 Started yesterday Friday 10th May and runs through till Thursday 17th May.

I would be thrilled and very grateful if you would consider voting for Vortex and I! If you don’t want to register on the site there is an option to send in a PDF ballot form with your vote on it. (the link is on the page). Both ways to vote can be found here.

This is a very prestigious award and I feel very honoured to have got this far and to be included in the nominations! If you haven’t visited Ind’tale magazine before I strongly recommend you take a look as it’s a great magazine full of useful and interesting articles and lots of great indie book reviews too. The same goes for the Romance Novel Centre especially if your looking for a stand out cover for your next book!

  

 

 

 

Wicked Game Cover Reveal!!!!

Yes here it is, the cover for Wicked Game!!!! Very excited!!! Thank you to the wonderful Gregory Barons for all his hard work designing and putting it together for me. (it’s not easy finding unicorn skulls!!) I’m totally thrilled with it.

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As for Wicked Game, I’ve finished my first edit and it’s on its way out to my beta readers, so feeling nervous about what they’re going to think of it at the moment!! Will keep you posted!

The London Book Fair

I am starting to get very excited about the London Book Fair next week. I can only go for one day which is a bit of a shame because it looks like there’s going to be more than enough stuff to fill the full three days of the show for any visitor. But what’s getting me most excited and very scared is that Kobo, who are a major supplier of ebooks (including Vortex 😀 ) have given me a half hour slot in their author lounge at the fair!! So if anyone happens to be going to the fair on Tuesday 16th please call by and see me!!

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Wicked Game is coming on well at the moment, I’ve always had the last few chapters almost fully formed in my head so it’s just a case of writing them down!! Then of course there’s all the editing, rewriting etc. but I’m actually looking forward to that bit.

So I have started thinking about what I’m going to put on the back of the book and here’s my first draft of the back cover synopsis:

From the inside of the open locket, a pair of blue eyes gazed out from the face of a young girl. She had an amused expression and long, wavy brown hair. A fierce ache clawed at Damian’s chest as he looked upon this face, the face of Samantha White. He tore his eyes away and gently snapped the locket shut, closing his fingers around it and pressing his fist against his heart.
“Please come back to me Sam,” the words formed silently on his lips, “I can not exist without you.”

She had everything anyone could ever want, a home, a future, a large, loving family and Damian.

But Sam walked away and now she can’t go back…

Any thoughts would be appreciated! 🙂

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Kobo and other news

Well I’ve just realised how long it’s been since I last updated my poor neglected blog!! You see I’ve been busy writing like crazy trying to get my work-in-progress, Wicked Game, finished. Due to such feverish writing other parts of my life seem to have ground to a holt.

Even so I have managed to get some other things done, the most impressive of which (to me anyway!) has been to finally publish Vortex as an epub book onKobo!! So if you have a Kobo reader or an epub reader on your computer/tablet/phone etc. you can now download a copy at last! I have also published Vortex on The Best Indie Book Store and it’s being displayed on their home page at the moment!! I’m rolling my sleeves up now and preparing to visit Smashwords to see if I can manage to get it on there too! I am actually scaring myself with my grasp on technology, I’m sure I’ve probably done something wrong and it’ll all go haywire very shortly!! But in the meantime I’m sat here feeling quite smug with myself 🙂

In other news, I’m hoping to go to The London Book Fair in April, I’ve never been before, but it does look quite exciting,  it covers two floors of Earls Court and all the big names in the publishing industry will be there. I’m sure I’m going to find loads of useful information and advice.

And finally, we’re showing Skyfall at our village cinema next week! 🙂 Yes I have already seen it! and Yes I will be watching it again!! I do have two large Skyfall posters of Daniel Craig which may go missing before I have to put them on the sandwich board outside the village hall and end up on my wall instead!!! 😀