Okay, so I've been somewhat busy (hence the lack of posts), so, sorry for that.
Some of you may know I've got a little girl now who's 7 months old. My husband and I love her to bits and she's our whole world. Somehow, I've managed to get Silence Rising to my publisher (yay), but now comes the hard question which Viking like silhouettes do you like better?
Come on now, everyone has an opinion. Let me know here or on facebook;
They're here! Elflings is finally out and available now! It's a big day. I may have been off the net for a while, but I have not been idle. A new edit of Quest of the Demon and a new e-book cover. Get your copy now for free, yes free, for the month of December!
Elflings too makes its debut online. Check it out on Smashwords;
Links for Amazon soon to follow.
Update for Silence Rising. I have been going through the draft of this story and finally I finished the next round. From 50k to 60k this draft took me and still I haven't managed to really get into the last few chapters.
In Elflings - you will get to meet Ulav and Olay. Two brothers who love to brawl, drink and have fun. Silence Rising takes their lives on a different turn... from rescuing a wizard to surviving the relentless onslaught of the Vas. Tallen and Elonan make their return as all their fates entertwine. All of this and yet we're only half way to the end of the epic 7 novel fantasy series that I am yet to finish!
Silence Rising is due out at the end of 2013 leaving only 3 more novels to go... Well, I'm excited anyway! I have no idea what I'll do after that.
Kids Event - The Reading Hour at Wyndham Vale Library
Join us for this jointly hosted event between Wyndham Libraries and Kumon to celebrate the National Year of Reading. We invite families to come along and share the joy of reading.
Our special guest at this event will be a local author, and illustrator of a wonderful new children's book.
2:00 pm Saturday 25/08/12
Wyndham Vale Library (Crn of Derrimut Rd and Heaths Rd)
Guess what... that local author is... du du du daaaahhhh... Me :). Come and support the reading hour where we're trying to promote reading to your children and reading in general!
I will have a few copies of Tallen and Quest of the Demon on the day in case anyone would like an autographed copy.
Excerpt from Elflings-
""Ha!" he yelled to the sky, receiving a mouthful of snow that he simply chewed and swallowed. "Is that it?" he asked. "A pissing snow drift? It takes more than that to kill me you maggot ridden butt stain!" With nothing but anger fuelling a new burst in energy, Elonan began to step forward into the blizzard." Out Dec 2012!
Just thought I'd throw in a paragraph to try and show you who Elonan is... he's not your average main character. Hero, chivalrous, generous... not words I'd use to describe his personality :).
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Finally... who knows how many years this novel was in the making! At a guess, I'm pretty sure I started Elflings in 2001.
Anyway, final edit is completed! It has been sent to the publisher today so now I can relax and have some fun. The book teaser video has begun (which always gives me a laugh.) Whatch this space as I'll post it as soon as I'm done.
The official Elflings cover will be online soon and for those who would like to pre-order, will let you know once it's on-line.
Wish me luck. In between doing the book teaser, the next draft of Silence Rising has begun!
Well, Elflings is less than a week away from the publishers! Good times ahead. (Well, one would think. My self imposed book reading ban can be lifted once the edit is finally done.)
Elflings has 40 pages left to edit and should be coming in at 95k. Still not as long as the Quest of the Demon, but very similar to Tallen, the Aftermath will continue with Elonan - his grumpy, somewhat selfish, trouble seeking self in all his glory. Would you be brave enough to tell a dragon to shove their quest somewhere uncomfortable?
Despite that particular good piece of news, I've actually been surprised to find in my email inbox, contact from the Wyndham Library. They asked if I'd be interested in doing a reading of one of my novels as part of the Wyndham National Year of Reading events!
Have a think about the last time you read something that you'd written out loud to an audience? Highschool was it?
It certainly will be interesting to hear some of my characters out loud! More info to come...
Some of you may remember my first attempt at making a home made book teaser. Quest of the Demon book teaser, uploaded Jan 2011 I was surprised to actually get some views (up to 569)... but, if you look at it, (unless you are comparing it to when color tv was introduced), it's pretty basic.
From there, just over 6 months later, the book Teaser for Tallen was created. Now this was a bit of an advance for me as I actually had some very basic animation. Having photoshop as opposed to just paint as my art program helped a lot, 588 views and no real comments, some likes and looks like 1 dislike (oh well)...
My question is, for the tech savi out there, any suggestions on improvement for my book teasers? Elflings will involve a ship, winged giant bat like monsters in a nightmare, traveling over snow dunes and the deadly swoop of an ice dragon... Let me know what you think.
Well, editing is going along smoothly. I have made it to about half way! Edit has added another 5k to the manuscript... where do all the words come from I wonder? Up to a 90k work of fantasy though I do find that as the writing progressess (since the first novel), it's not quite as YA as it should be.
I wonder, is it me changing my tastes, or is society getting less blaze about things?
Enough of the deep thought, Friday the 13th was a great night to get out and about to attend a themed trivia night. No sexy vampire costume for me... Zombie all the way! Needless to say my friend and I received a few good looks on our drive into the city! Good night in all!