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OUT NOW! Broken Lights
Usually when I write a book, I allow for a fair amount of change to take place. I have a firm beginning, two or three plot point ideas throughout the arc, and two or three possible endings, and as I write, I let the story unfold.
Never have I had a book do a 180 degree turn on me until now. Saving Eve has blind-sided me. Writing this book has been like trying to catch a snake with my bare hands, and once the snake is caught, it wriggles and hisses and bites and finally, sheds a layer of skin, and escapes again. I suppose I should not have been surprised, but although I always knew writing this book would be difficult, I thought that was going to be because of the characters involved, but it is more to do with how the story wants to be played out and the state of mind I need to be in to convey it. It's not comfortable. It's cold, lonely and dark, and hard as steel, but also able to break. Forget everything I have told you about this book so far - it's not relevant anymore - and go in as a reader with no expectations (like I should have when I began to write it.)
So ... it's with slight trepidation that I even dare to write the updates below, as they may change because of the nature of this book, but it's also really, really, really hard to write without at least trying to make some things solid, so ... here goes...
Saving Eve will be a standalone - one book - and I have a date for release now: 30th April.
The text / tagline on the book cover has changed, and there is a chance that the paperback cover will ultimately be used across the board for the eBook editions too (I don't know yet).
There is a possibility that the blurb will change a little more before publication.
If the eBook goes to pre-order, it is likely to be at the beginning of April after my Beta readers have given me their brutal, honest opinion on the story. If the feedback is negative, or a lot needs changing, the 30th April release date will be extended.
Saving Eve is not a romance. Saving Eve is not new adult, or contemporary or paranormal romance / erotica. Saving Eve is sort of in a category of its own, but it's a mesh of paranormal, surrealism and creation myth. It does have erotic elements (like all my books), although whether anyone actually finds those elements erotic or not is reader subjective. They are not written to titillate, but to tell a tale rich in symbolism and mythos with the energy of the snake, and what the Original Sin represents in context of this story arc.
As the story progresses, it's becoming more and more clear that if you have not read The Witching Pen series (particularly The Last Dragon), you will not get as much out of this story as someone who has, and I'm sorry for that, actually, because that was never my intention at all. For anyone who has not read The Witching Pen series, look out for a series promo / sale that I will run sometime in March (there'll be a newsletter from this site about it - you can subscribe at the bottom of this post). This way, everyone who wants to read Saving Eve, but had no intention of reading The Witching Pen series, can do so for a smaller outlay.
Phew, I think that's it. Feel free to ask if you're unsure on something. I'm about half way through the book now, and the rest of February and all of March will be spent trying to tame this serpent.
Summer's End (Once Times Thrice) - cover and blurb reveal, and a sale! #contemporaryromance #romance #soulmates
(scroll down for the new covers - which do you prefer?)
1) There's been a title change: "Disgraced (Saving Eve)" has become "Saving Eve".
2) The eBook cover has changed slightly to reflect the new title and there is also now a new paperback cover (pictured) - no date for paperback release yet, but it's usually within a week of the eBook.
3) It's now looking very likely that this will be one standalone story.
4) There may be a one month delay in publication of this book, but I'll do my best to keep the release date in April.
5) The blurb has been tweaked, but has not changed much.
In summary, the changes are good - they reflect the story taking shape, so all is good, and in fact, getting quite exciting. This story is so ... darkly melodic, and abstract. I'm just going with the melody now...
Which cover do you prefer?
First, I just want to say that today was the LAST day of the Broken Lights release blitz! To all the bloggers that have taken part in helping out, and spreading the word, thanks a million! I am so grateful, and I have tried to stop by as many blogs / pages / twitter posts as I can to say thanks :) If I've missed you out, it's only because of time zones, or time in general trying to reach you all - feel free to hit me a message and I'll gladly stop by your page to say thanks. YOU ALL ROCK.
I've finally done it. I've had a lot of requests over the past few months to get my books on Google Play, and here they are below. At the moment, A Silver Kiss is not on there yet, and the individual volumes of The Witching Pen series is not on there (you get the ENTIRE BOXED SET instead, and book one is downloadable for free from most sites anyway, or you can virtually read the whole of book one in the sample of the boxed set). Here are the links...
BOOKS NOW ON GOOGLE PLAY:
EYE OF THE STORM SERIES
Releasing The Wolf (free) - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=HxrmBQAAQBAJ
Cry Of The Wolf - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=sxrmBQAAQBAJ
Heart Of The Wolf - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=thvmBQAAQBAJ
Return Of The Wolf - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=WSHmBQAAQBAJ
THE SPELL OF SUMMER - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=FSPmBQAAQBAJ
BROKEN LIGHTS - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Dianna_Hardy_Broken_Lights?id=0hjmBQAAQBAJ
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY (free) - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Dianna_Hardy_Happy_Anniversary?id=XyPmBQAAQBAJ
THE WITCHING PEN COMPLETE BOXED SET -https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Dianna_Hardy_The_Complete_Witching_Pen_Series_Boxe?id=xK2cAwAAQBAJ
'TIL DEATH DO US PART - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Dianna_Hardy_Til_Death_Do_Us_Part?id=_oT7AwAAQBAJ
Lastly, there is a giveaway currently running on Goodreads for one signed paperback copy of Broken Lights (yes, just one). See it below. There are also a couple more 24-hour giveaways on my Facebook page you can try your luck at!
That's all for now! Thanks for a wonderful year, rich with amazing feedback, wonderful reviews and daily chats ♥ I look forward to hearing all about how your Christmas and New Year was. My social media shenanigans will be a little less until January now, but you can find me on Facebook, TSU, Twitter and Google+. Don't be shy - say 'hi' :D
Here's to an abundant 2015 for us all!
It's here! Broken Lights is a fast-paced, slightly gritty but simultaneously heart-warming contemporary romance based in London: fate, trust, second chances, all wrapped up in my writing style (let's go with 'that's a good thing'! LOL). Don't miss it. It's the perfect Christmas read for someone who wants something that isn't JUST a romance...
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What's really worth fighting for, when one second is all you have left?
Norman Smithson is at the end of the line. His wife left him, women don't look at him, he was made redundant, and at forty, he could be just that little bit slimmer. He would be a has-been if he'd ever been a 'was' in the first place. He's not the Alpha male of the 21st century - or of any century. He was the chubby oddball who used to sit silently at the back of the class so he wouldn't get picked on.
Rosa is a dreadlocked, tattooed and pierced twenty-something, who uses her image as armour to keep everyone away from every broken thing about her. But her past is about to catch up with her ... at the exact moment Norman finds himself in completely the wrong place, at the worst possible time.
One gunshot, one scramble for life, one unlikely couple, one very long night ... can one damaged woman and one ordinary man, find the extraordinary in the very last second they're given?
Broken Lights is a standalone story of what's really worth fighting for, when one second is all you have left.
NOTES: This is a novella at just under 40,000 words, packed with emotion and heat. Contains strong language. Written in British English.
All other links can be found on the book's page, as they become live.
I loved writing this story!