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Beneath Broken Waves cover reveal

Hey 🙂

So, with the launch of this book in just a few weeks, I thought it was time to show you the cover! It’s so PRETTY!

What do you think? I love Moana, and I hope you’ll love her too.

I’ll post the blurb as soon as I’m done agonising over it (and agonise, I will). This book follows on directly from The Way the Sky Curves – but this time following Jake (Melody’s younger brother), and Moana (daughter of the sea), it also includes In the Spirit, which is an important read to introduce you to Alyssa, the main character of book 3.

If you haven’t read The Way the Sky Curves, go here! It’s available at a range of stores right now for only 99c.

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In The Spirit is a finalist!

In The Spirit E-Cover_SMALL FINAL_18-11-2014I had the rather exciting news last night that In The Spirit is a finalist for ‘Best Novella’ for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards this year!


Now I wait anxiously for the full list to go up so I can see who the competition is 😉 Seriously though, I already know of two other fabulous writers with work in the category, and quite frankly, it’s just an honour to be a finalist alongside them. I feel humbled, and really grateful to make it to the finals.

Every year I use the SJV finals list as a bit of a reading list – because if something is on there, then it’s generally worth checking out. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s on there this year that I haven’t read.

Anyway, that’s my excitement for the day! Hope you’re all having a lovely week so far!

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Officially Published!

In The Spirit is now available for purchase. WOO! (You can find links here)

When the email came through from Amazon yesterday afternoon I had one of those goofy ear-to-ear grins. It was displaced after people told me that they still couldn’t get it… but, it’s all done now and people have it on their devices, and one of my old gaming buddies has even read it already!!! AND she enjoyed it and wants more. So, YAY! (Huh, since writing this, I’ve heard from several more people who have read it now too – yay!)

I have more. Lots more. There will be at least another 4 books set in Kotahi Bay – full novels, that is. I may write some more novellas, but we’ll see how we go 😉

Anyway, enough about me! You must be so sick of seeing my cover that I thought I’d share some others with you. A bunch of my writing crew have been publishing work just this week, so here’s a shout-out to them in order of release dates:

Richard Parry brings you his second book, Upgrade:

Mason’s job is simple: company asset protection and acquisition, no questions asked. He’s good at what he does, and it’s given him everything he’s ever wanted. The best looks money can buy, the spacious apartment that only comes with knowing the right people, and top shelf bionics from Apsel Federate. When he meets a lost girl from a dying world, an off-grid rock star, and a slave lord who wants to own them all, he needs to remember what the life he lives has taken away. Lost to corporate interest and the soft line between incentive and crime, Mason is trying to learn what it means to be truly human.

I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my summer reading list. It’s a hefty tome, and going off how much I enjoyed his first book, Night’s Favour, I know I’m gonna love this.

Next up we have Catherine Mede, with her debut novel Cursed Love, a romance set in our lovely New Zealand.

A family curse.
A lifetime of grieving
Jinny Richards past and future are about to collide. Will she survive?
At 18, Virginia ‘Jinny’ Richards was a drug addict who fell in love with Dean Bradford. By 20, Dean was dead. Jinny believes the family curse is to blame, and never wants to fall in love again. She has worked hard to hide her past and now has a job as a successful Insurance Assessor.
Ethan Montgomery lost his wife to breast cancer. He’s mourned for three years and now he’s ready to move on. He understands Jinny’s pain but he wants the feisty Jinnyand nothing, not even a curse, will stand in his way.
When work throws them together, loving Ethan is the farthest thing from Jinny’s mind. He’s tardy and egotistical, even if he is good looking and makes her weak at the knees.
Things get further complicated when Steven Bradford turns out to be the client, bringing up the heartache and pain Jinny has carefully buried for eighteen years.
Will she find love a second time around? Or will the family curse claim another victim?

And that brings us to my release day buddies: T.G. Ayer, releasing the fourth installment, Dead Wrath, of her Valkyrie novels.

Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
While Bryn grieves, struggling to cope with Sigrun’s death, she knows too there is no time for tears. Odin is still a shade of himself and though there is no sign of Loki in all of the Nine Realms – Thor knows he is hiding in Midgard. As the Warriors gather, Bryn must head the offensive and enter the Human Realm in search of the Trickster and his henchman.
The war is silent and it rages all across the planet.
Ragnarok is here …
In this, the 4th thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes the war to home turf. From New York to London, Interpol to CIA, Bryn and her team risk their lives to stop Loki. And to prevent the end of the world.
And, last but not least, Michael Wayne Griffith, with his debut novella, The Runaway Train, which introduces the main character from his future series, Selena Montana.
On the verge of leaving Montana to join the FBI, Detective Selena Marrenger is dragged into one last case when a boy vanishes into the creeping fog around a bus station. With her partner, Kathryn, the two embark on a mission to uncover the mystery behind the young boy’s disappearance. When the suspects begin to pile up, the investigators discover a hidden truth far more sinister than they could have imagined.
The clock is ticking. Will Selena find who is responsible before it’s too late?
Right, and that’s me for the morning! Hope you’re having a great December 🙂
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And then it was live

So, In The Spirit is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Kobo and I am working on the other places.

I spent the bulk of yesterday battling with formatting and then uploading to various distributors, which took me a ridiculous amount of time because it’s all so new to me. My hands shook and my knees literally felt weak as I hit the button to complete the process at my first stop, Amazon.

I’ve been writing for a long time and telling stories for longer. Words and other worlds have always been a part of who I am. I’ve been published before now, short stories online and in anthologies, but never anything longer, never on my own. So this whole thing has been like achieving a dream, ticking something off my bucket list. It’s surreal, and scary and amazing.

Today has been pretty epic because I’ve had this massive outpouring of support and encouragement. Friends have been sharing my links, and spreading the word and pre-ordering – not because I asked them (I didn’t) but because they want to support me. It’s overwhelming. I feel…kind of lost for words. I don’t even need to check my pre-orders page to feel like I’ve achieved my goals because it’s not about the sales volume. Having that support and encouragement, seeing my friends and family have my back? That’s priceless. Better than any profit I could make.

So, thank you. All of you.

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Cover reveal – In The Spirit

Yesterday I mentioned that I’d be able to reveal the cover for In The Spirit this week – well, my cover designer (aka Kate, from Dwell Design) was busy last night and this landed in my inbox just before I went to sleep.In The Spirit E-Cover_SMALL FINAL_18-11-2014

Naturally, it was fairly hard to fall asleep after opening the email.

The model on the cover has a real Alyssa vibe, and I’m really chuffed with how its turned out 🙂 I’ll have the blurb finalized sometime this week too!

OMG A COVER! It feels a lot more real now. Like, this thing is actually a book! It’s a real thing! A thing that people are hopefully going to want to read!

I showed it to a few people earlier today and was hit by the reality of it all. People are keen to get their hands on this book, which is both exciting and terrifying. I just hope they enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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So, I’m releasing a book soon…

Calendar_Dec1-252x300I feel like I’ve been remiss lately. Talking around the thing, but not really approaching it directly. I’m nervous, I guess. Because on Dec 1st (or thereabouts, depending on how badly I cock the process up), I’m publishing In The Spirit. My first release.

Until now, it’s been mostly excitement and preparation and anticipation, but the nerves have definitely hit. I feel like there are a million things to do, and that I’m forgetting 99% of those things. I’ve changed my mind several times over the last month about how I want to approach this, and while currently I think I’ve come to my final ‘plan’, who knows? Maybe that will change!

So, there you have it. The date has been set. Over the next week I’ll be able to show you my cover and will set up a sample and stuff. I’ll be selling it everywhere for 99c, and you can nab it for free by signing up to my mailing list (which will also be coming shortly).

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NaNo? yeah, nah…kinda?

November is almost upon us, and with it, the madness of NaNoWriMo. The internet is being flooded with posts for and against, and writers everywhere are taking sides in the yearly debate of whether you can write a decent novel in a month, or whether you can call yourself a writer if you only write in November/during these challenges etc etc.

I don’t really care to get involved in that. There are pros and cons, and every writer is different. Personally, I can’t, at this point, fathom writing that many words in a month though I have done it before, and I may well do it again in the future.

This is Xanthe. She’s about 15 now and sleeps ~20 hrs a day. Mainly she wakes up to yawn (like this), have some smooches and eat/drink. She is one of the most beautiful cats I’ve seen 🙂

What I DO care about, is how much fun it is to write alongside others. So, this November I will be working on the second novella in the Witches of Kotahi Bay series (aka: the book that comes after In the Spirit, but doesn’t have a title yet). I’m thinking it’ll top out around the 20K mark, and it will be an absolute blast to write – made more fun by participating in a bunch of word sprints over twitter and facebook, and experiencing the joy that is writing alongside some of my favourite writer friends.

Bring it!!! COME ON. I want it to be Nov 1st!!!

I’m spending the last few days of October trying to pin down a few more plot points, but I already have half the book written in my head and I am so very much looking forward to having a new adventure with Alyssa, her best friend Kelly, Mrs Nolan and the new guy who has moved in down the road. I’m also crushing on kittens right now, so I think I’ll give Alyssa one to keep her company.

So, if you’re writing in November, you won’t find me signed up on the NaNo site, but you will find me online. I’ve got some writing sprints locked down for every Tuesday and Wednesday (probably in the am), but I’m up for writing sprints just about whenever – hit me up at @JCHart


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And it’s off to the proofreaders!

Last night I finished the final edit of In the Spirit. GOSH that felt good! I’ve gone through this book countless times now, and it still makes me laugh and smile. I adore Alyssa, and hopefully you’re not so sick of hearing about her by the time the book releases that you’ll still want to read her story!

IMG_20141026_082332658This morning I did something I haven’t in years. I printed off the whole thing. Normally I wouldn’t, but a friend wants to proof it for me (aka: she desperately wants to read it right now and not wait until it’s released), so I thought, hey, why not?? I’ll be dropping that in to her later this morning, and sending out digital copies to my other proofreaders.

It’s all feeling a bit more real now 🙂 How am I going to wait until December 1st to get this out there? I’m so excited about this, folks!!!

Anyway. I still have lots to do. Finalize the cover with my graphic designer, write all the extras a book needs, including a blurb! AND, finish planning book two. I’m going to be writing Alyssa’s next book during November and I’m buzzing about that.

Yes, life is good. And the writing life is even better.

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A timely reminder

In the lead up to self-publishing my first novella I’m having all the feels. You know, joy, elation, doubt, fear. There is a bit of conflict going on internally around my desire to actually make a career out of my writing, and the desire to hide it away from the world because it’s never going to be good enough *throws forearm over eyes, drama queen styles*. J.C. Hart wants a career, Cassie want to tell everyone not to buy her book, but to wait until she has free days and just get it then. J.C. Hart loves her books and wants to share them with the world, while Cassie loves them but is sure she’s going to be the only one.


I do want this. I just have to get over my lifelong wallflower tendencies.

As someone said to me recently. Hurry up. Your first release is never going to be amazing, nor is it going to change the world, not even your world, get it done, figure out what you can do better and then do it again.

Well, actually, he just said ‘Fail faster’, but that was what I took away from it.

Until I actually get out there and start doing it, I’ve got no real idea of what is going to happen. I have a feeling it might be a little like having a baby – no matter how many books you read about it, or which classes you attend, you can never really be prepared. Things will be different to what you expect. I have really reasonable, low expectations, but there is no way to predict outcomes in this business.

So, I’ll focus on what I can control. Writing great books, editing them until they are the best I can make them, and then getting them out there into the world.

From: http://agbeat.com/lists/fear-failure-getting-back-horse/
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Work in Progress Blog Challenge – In the Spirit

Yesterday, I was tagged by fellow writer Emma Lindhagen in a Work in Progress blog challenge – thanks Emma! It’s a very simple one: you post the first line from the first three chapters in your current work in progress and then tag four people to do the same. So without further ado, here are the first lines of the first chapter of In the Spirit, the Christmas novella I’m currently editing.

Chapter One
Alyssa shut the front door and slid the bolt across.

Chapter Two
A chill permeated the house, creeping under the blanket to wake her.

Chapter Three
Alyssa could hear birds chirping outside and sunlight glinted through the curtain and off the mirror, right into her eyes.

Haha, waking up. Wonder if I write about it because that’s one of my least favourite parts of the day right now. I don’t think that any of these first lines say a lot about my work, but hey, who knows? This novella will be coming to a digital bookstore near you in early December. I’ll have something a little more interesting to share closer to the date, but not until after I’m finished my final assignments (YES, YES! The end is near!!!). 

So, who am I going to tag? Jeepers. Well….

Leigh K. Hunt, because I know she’s also working on something new – due out in Dec as well! 

M.W. Griffiths, for the same reason. 

I know that T.G. Ayer has a lot she’s working on right now…

And finally, I’ll tag Anthony despite the fact he won’t do it. Because he needs a public reminder that I am STILL waiting for his next book to come out.