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Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas treats!

Despite the fact that Christmas is only 5 weeks and 2 days away I have not been feeling festive, which considering it is still November might not be a total surprise, but when pretty much everyone you know has almost finished their Christmas shopping - whereas I have yet to start - well, I for one really feel like a bit of a grump.

I love Christmas, and I have a very good feeling that as soon as I start shopping and then wrapping the presents, and once the tree is up, well, I will be there in the festive zone, but I'm just not there yet.

What I will say though is despite the mass amount of Christmas advertisements that have been on television this last week - and my god, I swear there wasn't this many last year - there is only one advert that proves to me that Christmas is coming and that is the Coca Cola advert. Yeah, you know the one. Little boy runs into a church and rings the bell. The theme song kicks in. All the towns folk go out in the snow in their pretty lit up village and watch as those big red coca cola lorries go past with Santa drinking an ice cold cola from a classic glass bottle on the back doors.

Yes, as soon as I see that advert I know that Christmas is officially on its way. The lyrics to the tune are after all, "Holidays are coming." And guess what, I saw it twice last night as well. Despite the last week full of supermarket, clothes and toy adverts, no cola advert and then last nigh BAM two in one go. I think it is basically time for me to get my butt in gear for the festive season and I am going to start today by announcing the following:



Razel Dazzle, my modern fairytale retelling is now FREE at Smashwords. That price will filter through the retailers so soon it should pop up for free at Barnes & Noble, iTunes etc but it will take a couple of days. I would love to say that it will be free at Amazon, but alas they no longer do free books unless you are on Kindle select and with all due respect I just didn't fancy making the book exclusive to them. So, it isn't free on Amazon, but on every ebook page under the product details you will find a link saying, "tell us about a lower price?" I will be clicking this link in the hopes that after pestering them they may indeed make the book free, but it will take a while and possibly a lot of pestering. 

Razel Dazzle
A modern twist on a long haired tale....

Was: $0.99
Now: FREE

Blurb:

Will she let down her hair for the man of her fantasies?

Famous for her long, golden hair and beaming smile, Razel D’Punz is the hottest model in the industry. But although most women would kill to get ahead in this profession, Razel lives an isolated life; one she has learnt to accept...until she meets Matthew Prince, a new photographer in the business.

Refusing to let her mother/agent’s strict rules stop her from spending time with the man of her fantasies, Razel quickly discovers that one night with Matthew isn’t enough....

And neither is the life she is chained to. Something will have to change if she is ever to get her very own Happily Ever After.

Warning: This title contains explicit language and graphic sex.

Buy Links:
Smashwords: 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/371656


Razel Dazzle will now be free from this moment onward. Consider this a taster book. So, if you have toyed with the idea of trying one of my books and getting the feel for how and what I write, well, now's your chance to give me a try and see what you think. :-D

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And because everyone wants to be kept warm at Christmas, why not treat yourself - or perhaps a friend or family member who loves a good Werewolf romance or an action packed Urban Fantasy - to the Blood Series. Both books have been reduced for the festive season, but will revert back to their original prices on January 1st 2015.




She-Wolf
Blood Series: Prequel

Was: $3.99
Now: $2.99

Blurb:

Dealing with the Rogue Werewolves terrorizing his Pack? Simple.
Trying to convince his mate he does want to be with her? Bloody impossible.

Owen MacLaren is the Alpha's son and the Pack's second, and he has never been one to let anything get to him. So when a bunch of Rogues begin purposely dumping mutilated bodies around the Pack Keep, he is more than ready to deal with the Werewolves responsible.

But one night off and a trip to a local strip joint for a colleague's stag night changes things, and Owen soon discovers he isn't immune to everything . . . .
 

Being an independent Loup and travelling the world? Easy.
Having to come home and face the Werewolf who broke her young heart? Challenging.

After five years away, Clare Walker finds herself back home in Scotland, working in a strip club. The tips are decent, and she gets to dance, but it isn't a place she thought she would ever be, let alone Owen, her Pack second and the mate she has always desired.

Although Owen is determined to prove he wants to be with Clare, things can't go smoothly between them, not when they have past issues to sort out and a bunch of unusual 'Rogues' to deal with.

This title contains explicit language, violence, and graphic sex.

Buy Links:

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Cranberry Blood
Blood Series: Book One

Was: $4.99
Now: $3.99


Blurb:

Killing Vampires? Easy.
Tracking someone? Simple.
Helping, and protecting a Vampire slayer . . . . Bloody hard work!

Thirteen years ago, Brendan Daniels made a deal with a psychic. In exchange for information on the whereabouts of a Rogue Werewolf, he promised to help and protect Sofia's granddaughter. Unfortunately, he had no idea what he was letting himself, or his Pack, in for.

Nothing about Heather is simple, from her weird dietary needs to her life’s mission. The girl can handle herself, but the promise to protect her soon becomes a need, and one he can't fully understand.

Vampire Slayer.
Born Infected.
Addicted to blood . . . but not by choice.

Heather Ryan is the current Slayer in a long family line. Like all before her, she has spent her life searching for her ancestor, Marko Pavel, the Vampire her family has sworn to kill. If that isn't complicated enough, she is also a born "Infected", and to keep her from becoming insane or giving in to her darker side, she is on a very strict diet.

Now that her Grandmother Sofia has passed, it is up to Heather to take the family legacy into her own hands. Or at least, it would have been...if her Grandmother hadn't sent a Werewolf to help her.

What is the irritating Brendan supposed to help her with? Sofia never told either of them. Luckily, it doesn't take long for Heather and Brendan to find out that the Vampires have big plans, and that the Leeches have waited a long time for them both.

This title contains explicit language, violence, and some scenes of a sexual nature.



So, get yourself a hot chocolate with all the naughty trimming and treat yourself this Christmas. ;-)

Monday, 10 November 2014

Writing a series in one go; yay or nay?

As a reader I am always eager for the next book in a series that I love, and although my impatient side really wants the author to complete the book and release it, I also love the build-up for the books release. As sad as it sounds it means I always have something to look forward to.

As an author, I now understand the excitement and pressure in writing the next book and having it ready for its allotted release. Firstly, I want to say that I don't feel under pressure for getting the next book in the Blood Series done. I'm very lucky and grateful that those of you have have read either or both She-Wolf and Cranberry Blood have enjoyed it, and seem to be excited to read the next instalment, which is really awesome and makes me very happy.

The pressure and excitement I feel now I am writing the untitled Book Two is from myself and the sheer knowledge that a fair amount of time has passed between me finishing She-Wolf - which I wrote after Cranberry Blood - and this next book. The main reasons for that are a) trouble with the original publisher who had both books. After Cranberry was released things started going downhill and I just thought, "no, I'm not even writing the second book until I have the rights back for these two and can self-publish them." At the time I actually thought I would be waiting a very long time until I got my rights back, but actually it was a year. And b) I'm not one of those authors that write series in one go. I know that a lot of authors don't do that. They do one book either a year, or they will write and release a book in a series and have something completely different in the works.

Well, I'm starting to see the appeal of writing a series in one go. Writing each book. Finishing the entire series, and then releasing them one at a time over the course of so many months. To know that the book is there and ready for release and you have books to release while working on new projects.

It seems like a good idea. Time has passed and I find myself questioning what I am writing. All authors do that no matter what they are writing, but I suppose the biggest benefit will be that you are already completely immersed in the universe you are writing that perhaps everything will flow; rather than having a couple months to a years break and having to refresh yourself with it all again.

What do you think authors? Do you prefer to write a book at a time, taking breaks in between to write different stories? Or do you like to work on a series as a whole and have it completed and done?

I don't know if that is what I am planning to do with the rest of the books in the Blood Series. It seems like a good plan because it actually has been four years since I last worked on the series, and I really would like to complete it because a) I know some of you have been waiting a long time for it to continue, and b) I would like to see what happens next, c) this series is my baby and I would love to see it completed because d) I have other worlds I so want to dive into, and another series I also need to re-release and finish.

So, I can't make any promises because I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. All I know is that Blood Book Two will be complete and releasing next year, and I really hope you will all enjoy it. :)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Blood 2 has a beginning!

Hope you all had a fab Halloween. I ate way too much and I actually had a pretty lazy weekend. Dressed up - despite feeling ill on Friday - as a skeleton - no I won't be sharing pictures - I had no face paint so I had to improvise with talc and eye shadow. Needless to say my face didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, but I had led lights and candles on so it was really dark in my house, meaning when Trick or Treaters came round, well, it was too dark for them to notice my lame attempt at being scary.

On Saturday I went to the theatre to watch The Woman in Black. I thought it was very clever how it was done, but instead of reading the book, seeing the show, and then watching the movie, I saw the movie first and I do think once you have seen the movie version of a story you do get it in your head and kinda presume everything else will be like that. Needless to say, I thought it was smart, jumpy yes, but in places it was surprisingly funny also. It was a Saturday afternoon well spent. The only thing that annoyed me is that people left their mobiles on after repeatedly being told by staff at the theatre to turn them off out of respect for the other audience members and performers. It seems some people can literally not live without their mobile, or they are just daft and don't know how to turn the thing on silent. You would think after spending money to see a show you wouldn't want to be interrupted by someone txting you.

The weekend ended with hanging out with my aunt and cousin, binge eating and watching more movies. So yes, lazy weekend I have had, but we are now in to a new week and I must continue with the untitled second book in the Blood Series. I am already 5,100 words in, which means that Blood Book 2 has an actual beginning! Yay! I am liking my new "baddie" so far, well, both of them really - yes there is more than one - the only problem is I feel like I have too much in my head to the point that I can't wade through it. So, I decided that I would use my cork border, or rather the space I like to call; "I need it out of my head."



Believe it or not it has actually helped. Yes, the maps, images and info on this board all relate to the untitled Book 2 in the Blood Series.

Red pins = Vampires. Yellow pins = Werewolves. Gold pins = holding pictures to board lol and the White pins = something not good for those involved.

Got the sword I use for when Heather is showing me fight scenes - yes, I do stand in my room waving that wooden toy around, it helps.

The paper - mwahahahaha - is stuff you're not allowed to know.  Spoilers.

The Heather in the corner of the board I actually purchased in London from a group of children who were raising money for a charity. I was handed a yellow flower and then it was taken off me and the Scottish Heather was placed in my hand. I was told it was lucky. Honestly, I was just amused that a) I was in London, which is one of the central locations in Cranberry Blood, b) it was Scottish Heather, and as you may know Scotland is the main location for both books so far, plus most of the Pack are Scottish, and c) it's Heather, which is of course my main Heroines name. Yes, I'm easily amused.


It's one way for me to empty my head and make a little space. I will no doubt be adding to it as I venture further into this story, but for now I'm just happy I have made a start. Now, let's see if I can manage another 5k this week. Wish me luck!