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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Heart of the Storm Mini Prize Giveaway

 
 

 
Hello again guys...
 
As you know, Heart of the Storm is one of a number of magical stories that will form part of the For the Love of the Gods anthology, soon to be released by Ishtar Press.
Here's the blurb:
 
Love has eluded James Foster for many years. But that’s not surprising, for his work as a marine geologist regularly takes him around the world. A highly principled man, he is passionate for the truth and for the environment, but such endeavors leave little time for a private life.

After blowing the whistle on his former employer’s outrageous work practices, which would have endangered the staff and the ecosystem they were operating in, James finds himself without a job and with his reputation in tatters. Forced into isolation, he is hounded by his former employer and the press....

His passion for what is right draws the attention of a mysterious woman. Someone—it appears—with her own agenda!

Will she help him survive the coming storm or ensure he goes under?
 
 
In honor of the fact that this is the first time I've ever qualified to appear in an anthology, I thought it would be a nice idea to hold a little mini prize giveaway.
 
Without giving anything of the plot away, my story has a Norse God/Goddess flavour to it, but in a modern-day setting. So, I thought it might be nice for the mini prizes to reflect that.
And yes - I said prizes. Because there will be two!
 Second place will receive a copy of the eBook itself.
But
The first place prize winner won't just receive an eBook, they'll also receive this stunning Viking Nordic Trefot Pendant too!
 
I hope you like it
 If you want a chance to win this little prize, just enter the Rafflecopter below:
 
 
 
 
 
Enjoy :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Guardians Giveaway

 
To celebrate the forthcoming release of Guardians - the second book of the Guardian Series at the end of September, I'm delighted to announce the start of a new Giveaway.
 
As well as a signed paperback copy of the book itself, you will have the following bumper pack of Guardian & Fire Asylum goodies to play with:
 
 
I know...give me an Ooooh!
 
C'mon! You can do better than that. Give me a LOUDER Ooooooooh.
 
And then, start clicking your options on the Rafflecopter thingy below.
 
 
 
And please, ENJOY!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Cover Release

Heart of the Storm

 

As promised, here's my latest cover for a short story that will initially be released on its own, and then be incorporated into the 'For the Love of the Gods' anthology by Ishtar Press.
 
I really do love this cover because, as you will see when you read the story, it really encapsulates the mood of what this tale is all about.
 
Please enjoy - more details to follow soon :)
 

Love has eluded James Foster for many years. But that’s not surprising, for his work as a marine geologist regularly takes him around the world. A highly principled man, he is passionate for the truth and for the environment, but such endeavors leave little time for a private life.

After blowing the whistle on his former employer’s outrageous work practices, which would have endangered the staff and the ecosystem they were operating in, James finds himself without a job and with his reputation in tatters. Forced into isolation, he is hounded by his former employer and the press....

His passion for what is right draws the attention of a mysterious woman. Someone—it appears—with her own agenda!

Will she help him survive the coming storm or ensure he goes under?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cover Release

 

Guardians - Book 2 of the Guardian Series.

 
 
 
 
Hi everyone.
Well, the day has arrived.
In honour of the forthcoming release of Guardians, the second instalment of the Guardian Series, I have the great pleasure of revealing the cover.
 
You will note the design incorporates the Guardians theme so that it's instantly recognizable, and once again, many thanks go to Christie Choida Gucker for the skills and insight, that helped produce another stunning masterpiece.
 
News of a Guardians Giveaway will be posted over the next week, along with details as to how you can enter.
 
And if you like this...stay tuned.
Another cover reveal is on its way.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

 

A Leap of Faith

 


To be honest, being a writer is all about taking chances isn’t it? It’s an integral part of developing our craft. But how do you know if you’re ready to take a leap of faith and progress to the next level?
I mean, think about what we already do. We come up with a new idea or concept. We do all that research to give ourselves a good base to work from. And then we’re faced with a whole host of choices. What genre will I choose? Will I include scenes of a more intimate nature? What PoV should I choose. Will I stick to the ‘same old – same old’ or try to present it in a new and refreshing way?
Then of course, there’s our individuality to consider. What one writer might consider a gamble will be commonplace to another. Then, at the same time, something relatively minor will freak them both out.
A recent experience of mine made me realize we can’t develop our craft without taking a leap of faith. And taking risks often entail facing your own fears. Fear of failure, fear of rejection. Fear of looking like an idiot. But hey, if you’re truly dedicated to improving your craft, you owe it to yourself – and your readers – to grow.
I faced a hard decision when it came to my newly released supernatural series, The Cambion Journals – Rage of Augustus. The success of the entire story hinges on the bitter and personal experiences of the main character, Augustus Thorne. The reader has to be able to experience his anguish, and taste his pain every step of the way. To do this, his story obviously needs to be expressed in the first person.
However, this tale is incredibly complex, and involves other main characters who have their own parts to play in this unfolding drama. They have their own histories and stories to tell that are vital to the plot. You might think the solution a simple one. Just write it in third person.
Ah, but I couldn’t. If I had done so, I would have lost the special relationship – the connection – with Augustus that is so essential in making this tale really work, because unless the reader actually puts themselves in his shoes, its whole essence will be lost.
So I took a chance!
Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t just stumble blindly into an experiment that could wreck the credibility I’d started to build as a writer. But I did my homework. I researched experienced writers who had successfully managed to mix Pov in their novels, and I studied how they did it. (Because believe me, there are some essential rules to follow). Then I laid out a plan of approach. It was nerve-wracking work, because although I’m new, I’ve still managed to establish a name for myself.
So what would I do? This was a real big gamble...but if I got it right...Wow!
To cut a long story short, I decided to stretch my boundaries. Those who know me and my background realize I hide a very private person behind a jokey exterior. I rarely let my guard down. But to get this concept right, I had to let go! I had to use Augustus’s trials and tribulations as a means to express what’s on the inside. So I did just that.
His hopes and fears, the hard truths he had to contend with, the daily battle to control his true nature...each and every one of them became my struggles. How would I face them? How would I react to those rare moments that lifted his heart from the abyss and brought a ray of sunshine into his life. How would I respond if those treasures were snatched from me? How would I deal with those responsible?
Yes, I had to do something very difficult for me. I had to take the risk to stand on the edge...and jump!
So was it worth it?
Well, its early days, but so far, the reaction has been very encouraging. I must have struck the right cord, because readers appear to be taking to Augustus Thorne in a most amazing way. Needless to say, I’m thrilled. I’m so relieved I decided to take a chance and try this experiment, because it had definitely made me a better writer and enhanced the way I work.
And don’t forget, I wasn’t the only one taking a risk with this concept. I had an amazing team around me who actually supported the idea of a mixed Pov adventure, and gave me the backing I needed. So, thank you Pagan Writer Press – and especially my editor, Rosa – who helped make this journey worthwhile.
 
But the rest is up to you, dear reader. Just how much Augustus Thorne gets to influence lives will be in your hands. Do you want to enter his world?
Please let me know what you think...
Me? Let’s just say...I’m looking for the next goldfish bowl.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Weight Off my Shoulders.

 
Phew! What a busy few months I've had. I've been completing the final book of the Cambion Journals - Embrace of the Incubus. Finalizing the edits of the first book of that series itself - Rage of Augustus, and seeing it safely into its launch. And, my publishers at Ishtar Press, have also kept me occupied with the edits for Heart of the Storm, a short story that will appear in a "Love of the Gods" anthology.
 
On top of that, I've been putting one or two articles together for Astronaut.com, and, getting well into a few experimental pieces for several Sci-Fi magazines. (More to follow).
 
And now?
 

Let's just say - I'm going to relax a bit...
 
But after that?
 
I've got the plot map to beef out for the next and final Guardians Trilogy, which will see their story come to the close. I have two major concepts I'm laying out the framework for - (Quite excited)
.
One is a stand alone Steampunk style Sci-Fi adventure inspired by the lost 9th Legion of Rome, and the other is going to be a paranormal fantasy adventure about Tai'Jian Knights.
I can't wait.
 
But in the mean time, don't forget.
Book 1 of the Cambion journals - Rage of Augustus is out now
 


Here are a few links...
Amazon:
 
Barnes and Noble:
 
And, October will see the release of the second book in the Guardian Series - cunningly entitled, Guardians.
(Cover release soon)
 
So, if you're looking for advice as to what to read next, just listen to the sage advice of this old master when it comes to my latest release...
 

As you know - Yoda is rarely wrong - and he has exceedingly good taste :)
 
You take care now.