The Sandbach (Cheshire, UK) author signing is this Saturday. For anyone going, I'll be there with Alastair and my table will be easy to spot as I'll have two very tall banners, a black table cloth, and skull bookends on my table (as well as my books, of course). Apart from the two panels I'll be on, I'll be at my table throughout the day to talk about writing and reading (and whatever else), and signing my books. I'll also be selling incense cones, the skull bookends mentioned above, and some witchy incense sticks, as well as a few bits and bobs. If this is the first you've heard of the signing and you think you can make it, please comment below for further details, or read all about it at booksigning.co.uk There's also a Facebook events page you can join. See you there! xx
Please join us! This is firstly a discussion group and secondly a fan club. It's for the regular readers and lovers of my books to have more in-depth conversations about the stories and characters with spoilers allowed! My regular Facebook page is carrying on as normal, but in the new group you will also be able to view deleted scenes, get inside character info, be party to occasional giveaways and more, and you'll be doing it with like-minded readers. You'll also be able to set notifications to your liking so you
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Or maybe it's the "Creation Room" - that's what my other half calls it - but I finally have my new "office" in some kind of decent state to be able to show you all...
When you walk through the door, what you see on the left is all my reference books, dictionaries, thesauruses, poetry books, plays and scripts, classic literature, my own authored paperbacks, and my writing documents and files on the ladder shelves (all fiction books I own are in another room), and the bar table and stool I sit on to write are directly in front of the window.
Bar stool number 2 is sometimes occupied by my fiancé, so we can enjoy the view from the window together over coffee and snacks.
The sea view from the window - exactly as I see it sitting on my chair when I write.
And as the sun sets, the "mood lighting" goes on.
No "Creation Room" is complete without a meditation corner, where I can sit to edit, read, or gather my thoughts (or quieten all thoughts). There'll be many, many more cushions and soft fleeces / rugs in this corner to make it as comfy as possible!
A little piece of sanctuary.
To the left of this Buddha is the art and music corner where my guitar stands, and old LPs can be played on the turntable I will finally be getting. Paint brushes, pastels, oils and watercolours await to be used when the inspiration calls. (To the Buddha's right is the meditation corner and cushions shown above.)
And there you have it - my little home within our home. This is my canvas for creation.
Writing updates: A Release Day Newsletter will be sent to all my subscribers in the next 48 hours with purchase links to all the Summer's End book formats, information about book signings, and - finally - the blurb for Reign Of The Wolf, which is the next book I'm about to start writing from next week.
I hope you're all having a wonderful summer!
If you're on Facebook, you may already be up-to-date with the below info...
The blurb for Reign Of The Wolf will be posted end of June, as will the start of all updates and comments on the series and characters as I write the last book, so if you're a fan of the Eye Of The Storm series, pop back end of June for everything to do with werewolves.
Summer's End is completed and around 86,000 words in length. It will be published imminently in eBook form, and the paperback will be out end of June with the chance to order a signed copy nearer the time. I'm awaiting the manuscript back from the editor, and then I have to get those corrections in there, and then we're ready to roll. I'm also moving house at the same time, so please bear with me, because there are a lot of boxes and packing and unpacking, paperwork, and setting up WiFi, and so on. That's in part why there's not as much promo surrounding this book - I'm all over the place (literally). If you hang around my Facebook page, you'll be treated to some Summer's End quotes over the next 3 weeks (posted at random intervals), possibly some early reviews from ARC readers and lots of photos of boxes, beaches, and summer in our new house. You'll find the latest excerpt HERE.
SPECIAL OFFER: The Spell of Summer is ONLY $0.99 / £0.99 until end of June, 2016. If you haven't read this beautiful story yet, now is the time to grab it! It can be read as a standalone, although it's best to read The Spell of Summer before book two, Summer's End. (So grab it, grab it, grab it!)
Lastly, if you've been following these posts from my website, you'll know I struggled to write Summer's End through burnout / writer's block / depression / delayed grief. (Maybe I was channelling my characters - I've joked about "method writing" before - my literary take on method acting - but it happens to me lots, often without me realising it!). I get into the mode.
But I feel a huge burden lifted now we can finally move home, and I'm hoping beyond hope this is the change I've been waiting for to lift me out of the dip I've been in for the past 8 months - I honestly believe this to be the case, because I already feel the motivation is back for writing and setting up my new office, and everything. I can't wait - and I can't wait to start Reign Of The Wolf either. It's likely Reign will be published after October now (the last two books in the series were each out at end of Oct in previous years, so there is this unintentional pattern there), but I'll let you know once I've started writing and once I'm in the flow. I'll then have a much better idea of everything and will be able to organise the preorders for the book.
Thanks so much!
Look out for more info about everything in the next few weeks. If you are subscribed (below) to this feed, you'll get weekly / monthly info of the most important things including any giveaways and signings, and if you're subscribed to the Release Day Newsletter, you'll ONLY receive info about my new releases on release day itself, and on the day preorder becomes available (no contests or giveaways - but you do get a chance to win an Amazon GV by just being a subscriber).
Have a wonderful weekend :)
Calling all Witching Pen series fans! In the books, one of the main characters, Elena, owns a new age / pagan / witchcraft shop called Ancient Ways. I'm delighted to be bringing Elena's shop to life online. JUST OPENED: www.ancientways.uk
This is a REAL shop selling real witchcraft items and gifts, but has the huge added novelty of being "run" by Elena, referring to the book series in various departments (item dependant), and offering series exclusive products (look out for the Seven Demon Tribes Mojo Bags!). If you decide to pop in, I hope you enjoy.
More items will be added to the store in the coming months.
While we're on the subject of online stores and magical things... I've been working on building Between Fire and Ice while I've been writing Summer's End. The process has been nothing short of therapeutic. Now the store's foundations are pretty much finalised, I am looking forward to finishing Summer's End and getting some sunshine by doing things like 'going outside'. I used to have a 'magick' online shop years ago, and it's been truly wonderful to be able to set one up again. Between Fire & Ice has a focus on crystals & gemstones, but incorporates an array of 'magickal' items too, including incense. While it shares some of its warehouse space with Ancient Ways (above), both of the stores have unique items of their own (particularly Between Fire and Ice - you won't find a shortage of gemstone pendants and necklaces here!) Between Fire & Ice works with the metaphysical properties of its stock, with the hope of bringing sunshine, healing, balance and magick into your life. People often ask me where my book ideas come from. They come from my history - they all have a seed in my past and things that have happened to me, and while the books that I write are fiction, I'm happy to be able to bring you these online stores as a glimpse into my own life - 'the author's life' - and perhaps as a snapshot of where I come from (sometimes, anyway) when I write my books. Enjoy browsing ♥
News of Summer's End coming up in a few days.
I'm absolutely delighted to feature this werewolf series by a great author and friend, Elizabeth Morgan. Book two (three if you count the prequel) in the series has just been released today, so we're taking you through all three books below. There's a competition at the bottom, and a hell of an excerpt! Enjoy :)
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