AUTUMN'S FALL, the third book in my magical chick lit / contemporary romance series, can now be pre-ordered exclusively on Apple Books and Nook! Release date: 5th March, 2019
Kindle pre-order not available until end of January.
Paperback pre-order available from December.
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I'm always in two frames of mind as to whether I should explain inspirations for my books. Some readers like to know and some do not. However, if you spend long enough on my Facebook page, some hints start to seep out. I'm not overly public with my life, but I do, on occasion, share information about those bigger life events that affect me, namely to do with my family and my daughter (and my cats!).
I think first it's important to mention that a story usually develops its own life, and is its own creature in many ways, independent from the mind that created it. I knew a long time ago that there would be a girl called Jasmine and she would weave a tale of her own. I knew it in 2012 when I wrote this sentence in The Demon Bride, from Lucifer to Mary (or Ymari):
“The jasmine is beautiful, isn’t it? The flower of the revolution. Can you smell it, Ymari? The scent of a new power rising?”
Right there. Jasmine's seed was planted right there.
What I never knew completely was how the tale would unfold, and what part of my soul I'd need to delve into to tell it.
Fantasy is a beautiful medium for an author because you can take any real life situation, and wrap it in a coat of a different style and colour to better explore it; to make truths easier to swallow, and sorrows a little less painful to heal from - for your readers as well as for yourself.
My daughter was diagnosed with ASD in 2016, and a lot of the inspiration for Jasmine's character and responses in Aftershock came from how I have experienced this entity that is autism; from how she tries to manage it and how we, as her parents, try to understand it better. Sometimes, it is a monster - an uncontrollable, destructive beast that sees no logic or reason. And sometimes, it's quite the enlightening lesson that teases it is so much more than we know it to be. What's the opposite of a monster? Perhaps something divine. Perhaps something that can lead us all into a future worth having.
But not without first traversing the darkness and battling all the monsters we hold within, of course.
The Witching Pen and Eye of the Storm series are their own stories separate from my daughter's and separate from mine, so Jasmine's story will take a turn my daughter's simply won't. I'm not writing about my daughter, which is why I was in two frames of mind as to whether to post this article at all. Rather, I am writing through the experiences I have had because of her "monster within" and using them as a tool to weave my hopes, dreams and fears into worlds far greater than the current one can be.
The reason I decided to post this, in the end, was because I think anyone who works closely with, or is a parent of, children with such needs as ASD will see the similarities in the story between the layers of fantasy; they'll see the traits. And at the end of the day, even though we all experience everything, including autism, so individually, we're fighting the same battles, and it's nice to feel a little less alone.
However, this is not a story purposely carrying any message outside of the ones for the characters. I was very conscious that I did not want to impose my own thoughts onto Jasmine's story (or with any book I write - I prefer to stimulate questions and debate because life is multi-faceted and there are at least two sides to all things). The thoughts are Jasmine's, Pete's and Claire's. I had to be a detached creator, writing from my heart, but letting every sentence go because the story does not belong to me - it belongs to readers. What you gain from it is for you alone and that's always the way it should be.
As an author, all I really hope for is that my readers are able to take away something from my books, whatever that something might be. Whichever pools of inspiration and experience I delve into when I write, I hope that in this respect I have succeeded, and continue to succeed.
Aftershock will be released on 30th October, 2018.
All information and order links can be found HERE.
Aftershock is coming on 30th October!
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Aftershock offers readers so many things, notably a crossover with Blood Shadow, and a crossover with The Witching Pen series world, leading to a brand new series altogether. In light of this, I'm offering all readers yet to read Blood Shadow and TWP series a coupon code giving you 50% off The Witching Pen Complete Series Boxed Set and 50% off Blood Shadow.
This is available to you in two ways:
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Here they are! The brand new covers for The Witching Pen series. Scroll down to see them. You can also view the series as a whole HERE. These new covers will be on all eBook platforms from June 1st, and upload will begin store by store, from now.
The paperback versions will carry the same covers, but they will be uploaded after June 1st. The old paperbacks will go out of print before June.
The books have been re-edited, and new back matter has been inserted. When I say re-edited, what I mean is that one or two typos have been corrected in each book, and I've culled quite a few ellipses (...) because it seems I was ellipses-crazy when writing these books - lord knows why! But all authors' writing changes and improves over time - mine is no different.
However, that is ALL that's been edited. I have not changed the content or story in any way, no words except typos have been altered, nor have I have tampered with the style of writing at all. I wouldn't want to. This series is what it is, the first book written seven years ago without expectation, and the series has since garnered a strong and steady following who love it as it is - I wouldn't change that.
So, if you've just bought the old cover, don't sweat it, 'cause there's no change to the story. Make sure your Kindle or eReader is set to receive automatic updates to all eBooks, and the book should eventually update once the new covers have been released.
Thank you all so much :)
Cover Reveal for The Witching Pen series
The Witching Pen (book one): It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other. But on discovery of a magic pen, Elena's life is about to get a whole lot worse...
The Sands of Time (book two): "Elizabeth" has no idea who she really is, Amy has gone missing without a trace, and Pueblo is going out of his mind trying to find the witch he accidentally bonded with. As he enlists the help of angels and demons alike, Elizabeth begins to remember... But what she uncovers may just have her wanting to turn away from who she really is ... for good.
The Demon Bride (book three): Mary has finally discovered who she really is, and what that means for the human race. What Mary doesn't know, is that Gwain has been searching for her for over ten thousand years, and had lost all hope of finding her. Now that he has her, he's faced with an impossible choice: does he save the woman who altered his very existence, or does he sacrifice her to save mankind?
The Last Dragon (book four): The Earth is in a state of shock after the apocalypse. Demons and fallen angels walk among humans, and everyone is trying to find their place in the new world - Morgan le Fey's world. But the fairy queen struggles with human emotions, Lucifer is keeping secrets, and Karl and Elena battle with their powers. The last Dragon is about to rise in this final instalment of The Witching Pen series.
Wilted (bonus short story prequel): Fifteen-year-old Elena hides her magical abilities from everyone, except her best friend, Karl. Inseparable since very young, they've always shared everything, including the darkest parts of their lives. Elena's beginning to realise her feelings for Karl are growing into something more. But her mother's about to drop a bombshell – one that will change the course of her life, and heart, forever.
Complete Series Boxed Set: Elena is the most powerful witch on the planet, Amy is hidden from her true self, and Mary feels the pain of mankind. On the appearance of a magic pen, three women uncover family secrets and deep betrayal, which may just lead to the end of the world. Unique, fun, fast-paced, sexy and passionate, this is paranormal romance that combines the dark with the light, and the sweet with the gritty.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BDLJJYW/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BDLJJYW/
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07BDLJJYW/
Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07BDLJJYW/
These are the current covers above. I love them. I think they look sleek and professional, and if you're going to write a London-based PNR / Urban Fantasy set around October time ... well, grey's a great colour!
But it doesn't quite portray the sheer dynamism of the series to new readers who have never heard of it - they'll likely scroll right by - yet this series is just as adventurous as the Eye of the Storm series. So, The Witching Pen series is getting a facelift! The new covers have been designed and will be revealed in the next month. They're brighter; more colourful; still women-centric. They have more of an urban fantasy feel than any of the covers that have come before. I love them and can't wait to show you.
The paperback and the eBooks will share the same covers, and there'll be no light edition vs. dark edition going forward.
If you love the covers above and would like your paperbacks in these covers (whether light edition or dark edition) PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP, because once they're out of print, that's it - they're gone.
Here are the light editions below:
Boxed Set: The eBook boxed set will remain for sale, but will reflect the new covers.
Omnibus paperback: I'm bringing back the Omnibus Edition of The Witching Pen series, but this time, it will INCLUDE The Last Dragon so you have the whole series in one book, and it will be sold as a special edition hardback. Yes - a hardback! This will be my first hardback, so I'm thrilled to bits. The eBook changes will come first, followed by the paperback cover changes; the hardback will take a bit longer. I'll give you more solid dates once I have them.
This is quite a project in itself, so please bear with me. The back matter in all the books will also be updated, and the single volume paperbacks will go off-sale before the new paperback covers come in.
Look out for the cover reveal in a few weeks.
Blood Shadow is coming to your eReader in just 11 days! Check out THE BOOK'S PAGE for all pre-order links. And if you haven't been following the countdown on my Facebook page, go have a look - each day's countdown image contains a new three-line teaser.
There will also be a virtual signing for Blood Shadow, which will run from release day for two weeks only. MORE INFO HERE.
That's all for now. I'll see you on release day. The sun is finally out in England - enjoy the spring :)
The day you get married, is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. Dreams are made of such things. But I forgot. I could blame the witch if I wanted to – in fact I did, for quite a while after – but the fault can only lie with me. Being with him made me so happy – so very, very happy – that I chose to forget. I chose amnesia. If I had had any foresight into how my flippant choice would ruin him, I would have saved him the heartbreak. I would have forfeited my knowing him, my own selfishness, lived forever in the pain of unfulfillment, if it meant he could be spared....
When you love someone so much that your heart aches without them in your life, would you give up everything you've ever known to be with them? Would you give up your identity?
This is exactly what Aria did. But her sacrifice comes at a great cost, with startling consequences. With no memory of her previous life, she's forgotten what she really is, and who she's left behind: a jealous, possessive God, who's finally found her, and will stop at nothing to keep her heart from ever straying again.
In this dark and erotically passionate retelling of The Little Mermaid, can a love founded on humanity, stand the passing of time, an angry sea-God, and even death itself?
Length: Novelette (over 10,000 words)
"....a beautiful yet tragic story of true love and sacrifice." - Bitten By Paranormal Romance, 5 Stars, an Alpha Howl!
"....happily sad ... a story of love, sacrifice, and choices." - Romance Novel Junkies, 4 Stars
"The elements of this story weave seamlessly together, creating a touching, truly beautiful world I would personally love to visit .... I would highly recommend this story to anyone who has ever been in love before." - Night Owl Reviews, 4.25 Stars
It's high time I posted a quick update here on my site since not everyone's on Facebook all the time. First of all, I posted a FB update on Blood Shadow and where this new series will lead us. You can read the public post BY CLICKING HERE. My Release Day Newsletter will go out end of March with the Kindle pre-order link for Blood Shadow, as well as the other pre-order links for the book.
The above means my writing is planned out all the way until the end of 2019 - that's a nice feeling! Here's the current line up:
27th April, 2018
Blood Shadow: an Eye Of The Storm companion novel due to be published
27th September, 2018
Aftershock: an Eye Of The Storm companion novel due to be published
Autumn's Fall (Once Times Thrice) due to be published
Untitled New Series #1, book 1, due to be published.
Untitled New Series #2, book 1, due to be published.
Yesterday, I was at the UK Southern Book Show in Worthing. My next planned signing is Heart of Steel in Sheffield (UK) on 1st June, 2019. This is a ticket only event with a stellar line-up of authors including USA Today and New York Times Bestsellers. All the updates, including excerpts and readings can be found on their public Facebook Group. Blood Shadow, Aftershock and Autumn's Fall will have been published by then so you'll be able to purchase signed copies. This is also the BEST opportunity to buy the SIGNED Eye of the Storm Omnibus because there are no postage charges for me shipping out.
There's a possibility I can squeeze in a book event/signing in Winchester (UK) at the end of June this year since it's fairly local to me. I'll keep you posted on that.
Firstly, if you have not read The Spell of Summer, you can get it completely FREE if you sign up to my Release Day Newsletter (via BookFunnel).
And until 10th March only, Summer's End is 50% off only at Smashwords for Read an eBook Week. This essentially means you can read BOTH book for only $2.50. So if you love contemporary romance with just a touch of the magical, don't miss this deal.
For any new readers who happen to be reading this, I usually write quite dark stuff. This is my "lighter" series.
That's it for now! But 2018 is looking busy, so there will undoubtedly be more soon.
What a year! Having started it doubtful and a little worried, I can safely say I have wrapped up a LOT in 2017, made huge progress, and am thoroughly looking forward to 2018. What are you looking forward to most in 2018?
As I move into the new year, I'd like to mention that I'm on Booklikes.com now - this is where I'm going to hold most of my upcoming paperback giveaways and conducting some future interviews and special features, and so on. I'm excited about this new platform! My Booklikes blog will feature all writing updates, so if you're on there, you don't have to venture onto Facebook or my own website to keep up to date on releases and excerpts. (And if you're on Goodreads, all my updates already transfer to my Goodreads blog.)
I'm also on Litsy.com (my handle is DiannaHardy - just search for me there). I plan to post a fair amount on Litsy, as a reader as well as a writer. It's a lovely little space full of truly passionate book lovers, and only available as an app.
I am still most active on Facebook, and I don't see that changing any time soon, but these other platforms may bring something new into the mix.
With regards to new releases, the Eye of the Storm Omnibus Edition is now out! All the books in one. It does NOT contain the "Recap of Werewolf Biology and other Terms" section that you get at the beginning of the individual volumes because there's no gap between books, so you can read through the whole thing without needing the recap. I also wanted to keep something exclusive to the individual volumes. I may revisit the recap if I ever bring out a compendium of the series - it may happen, because, as we know, it hasn't quite ended. Blood Shadow and Aftershock will continue the saga in a different way.
The Omnibus is a steal at £9.99 for the digital format, and £24.95 for the HUGE bumper, special edition keepsake paperback of 824 pages. You can get them via the links below (release date: 31st December).
2018 will see me writing Blood Shadow, followed by Aftershock, and then I'll also be starting work on Autumn's Fall, which won't be published until 2019. If I can squeeze any other, new stories in between, I will, but those are my priorities.
You can pre-order Blood Shadow already over at iBooks, Nook, Book Depository and Waterstones. Excerpts and teasers will be posted on my Facebook page, as well as on Booklikes over the coming weeks.
Finally, I'll be at the UK Southern Book Show in Worthing on Sunday, 4th March - I hope to see some readers there. I'll have some books on hand and will also be giving a short talk in the afternoon.
2018 is looking to be full of opportunities, and I wish you all the very best of them. Here's my question to you again: What are you looking forward to most in 2018? Do let me know in the comments.
Have a wonderful New Year's Eve, everyone, and may your New Year be full of abundance!