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Kotahi Bay Quartet – coming soon!

Just a quick update to let you know that the ENTIRE Kotahi Bay series will be available in one volume from the 12th of Feb. It’s currently on pre-order at a super low price of 99c, so if you haven’t read it yet you can grab the whole thing for the price of book one! I’ll be raising the price on the 15th of Feb, so get in quick.

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I’m working on a print version as wellย and will update when that’s available.

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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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Future-dreaming

Ah, the future. It’s a beautiful place. I long for it, I spend hours and hours day dreaming about what it might be like (when I’m not totally run off my feet with other things anyway).

Except, it’s not exactly daydreaming, is it? Not when plans evolve and develop, and you steadily make progress, small though it may be. As my friend and fellow writer, Leigh, said to me last night, it’s ‘future-dreaming’. I love that phrase. I’m going to hold onto it over the course of the year.

This is her latest cover design, stunning right?

Of course, she’s helping me to future dream with her amazing cover design skills through Dwell Design and Press (check out some of her workย here, she’s awesome!). We’ve started looking at images and she knocked together a few mock ups and oh boy… I’m totally in love. Sadly for you, I’m not going to show you just yet – for starters, they need some elements added, but also, it won’t be until the end of the year that I step forward into the world of self publishing and I want to save the covers for then. Naturally.

It’ll be worth the wait. And I have big plans, big plans which will no doubt develop and change over the year.

But basically, the gist of it is that I’ll be self publishing three paranormal romance novellas and one novel over the course of a year, with the first hopefully being released in time for Christmas 2014. The novel is the only book not written at the moment, though it’s been plotted and I’ll get on with that once my year of study is done. I adore this series, and I can’t wait to get it out into the world.

I hear a few of you asking – well why not just do it now then??ย 

Because I want to do it right. I want to do it when it can be my focus, not when it’s coming second to study. I want to make sure I’ve done the very best I can before I hit ‘publish’ and to do so in a way that’s not (as) stressful for me, but is joyous.

Because it should be a wonderful thing, not another thing that is adding stress to an already busy year. I mean, I GET that it’s going to be all kinds of anxiety inducing, but I want to have the space to make the most of all the feelings and things that go with the release of your first book. Followed by your second, third and fourth. And onwards, of course. So many books…

Onwards! And here’s to the future!

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And it’s done

The first draft of Shell and Bone is complete at 23, 532 words.

A few facts about it:

Things kick off with a kiss and they end with a kiss too.

One of the main characters could easily be considered a ‘bad’ character, though she has really great reasons for her actions and others come to see that too – though I found it hard to write and kept wondering whether the reader would find a way to love her too. We’ll see, I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stuff happened that I had not planned. The characters didn’t come out like I had intended, they did things I didn’t expect them too – and that is awesome.

I think it contains the most boring and bleck scene I have ever written – and yet that scene gave me the key to the first scene of the next book in the series, so no matter how painful and ugly it was to write, it was totally worth it (even if none of the original words survive the rewrite).

It’s a hot mess. And I love it.