Friday, 21 December 2012

IT'S BACK!

After a lot of hard work (not me, my editor Silvia Paoletta of Dark World Books) and a lot of patience - yep, that part applies to me. Think of me as a Hovering Saint - The Ferryman's Wife is FINALLY back up on Amazon and available to purchase. Shouldn't be long before it's available on Kindle too.

What a relief! As I said, I am looking for reviews, so please do share your thoughts. If you are a reviewer and wish to read my book, please get in touch. And if you have already read it, be sure to transfer your review over to the new Amazon page. AND don't forget to Like it while you're there.

I can't wait to find out how this new version will be received. There are new scenes as well, which I think you'll find make the whole experience that little bit more affecting. The manuscript has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb, so it's sleeker, stronger and all-in-all a better product. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Getting Excited

Not long now until The Ferryman's Wife is available. I'm so excited! I'm honoured to have my connection with Dark World Books, and am thrilled that they've been willing to edit the manuscript.

Well, it's been one heck of a week! If you've been following what's going on, you'll know what I'm talking about. However, if you have not, I regret to inform you that wont find me talking about it here or anywhere else, other than the original article. And I wont be posting links either, sorry.

After a small set back involving poor health, I am going strong. With several projects on the go, I can almost see the creativity pulsing from my being (it's orange, BTW).  I have rediscovered my love of poetry, and in doing so I am finding more and more opportunities. It wont be long until my first project, the poetry anthology Dark Company, will be set for release. I'm lucky to have found a group of authors who hold the same ideals as me. All royalties will be paid directly to the charity buildOn. It's a worthy cause that tackles "poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education." As they say, they are not a charity, they are a movement. I for one am delighted to be able to contribute. When it's available to buy I'll provide the relevant links.

Those who know me are aware that my writing process is 70% research/plotting 30% writing. Sure, a lot of new ideas come to me once I start to write, but most of the twists are planned well in advance. I usually begin writing, but most of the story making goes on in my head and my note pads. The writing of The Heart Thief (Devils Light Book 2) is still underway, but these past weeks I have been thrashing out the first major twist in the plot. For obvious reasons, I can't say what it is, but what I will say is that it involves deception, a white velvet cloak, and a murder. I am working out the set up just now. As always, it's a pleasure when writing this story. Each and every character is fun to write.

Until next time, bye folks.

NB: As an afterthought, I realized I had forgot to tell you that my 1 star review was removed. Funny that.


Saturday, 1 December 2012

1 Star Attitude

Well it has yet again been a funny old week. Between the craziness of a certain Voldemort of a publishing company, (They-who-must-not-be-named) and the hurdles of day-to-day life, I am one tired bunny. 

I also received my first 1 star review this week. I only wish it were actually a genuine critique of my work. I am open to criticism; I want to improve as a writer and I love hearing what I could do to be better. A 1 star review does not upset me as it stands. Sadly, this person actually removed a 4-star review and replaced it with a 1 star, purely because she decided to act on a hissy fit. I'd approached her about joining the collaboration me & a few others are doing for charity. Rather than see it as an invite & an opportunity, this particular author got hostile. Well,  I don't do hostility. So, I told her that although she'd received my support up to then, she would get it no more. Rather than go about being a mud-slinger, I discretely removed the book from my to-read list on Goodreads and kept quiet. I didn't want to be horrid, I just didn't want to support her anymore after she'd been rude to me. However, when I noticed the blank 1 star review today, instead of the "wonderful debut novel" review, I decided to speak my mind. Why was I being nice? Why did I not just actually say what I thought of her book? That it was so dull, poorly written and badly edited, it had been putting me off reading it for about a month.  I had fallen prey to this Nicey-Nice culture of not actually writing my opinion. So I did. I wrote my review, my genuine opinion, and posted it earlier today. Now please understand, I don't normally do tit-for-tat. But when someone decides to act like a tit... well, you get me, I'm sure. Besides, my bad reviews are always far more entertaining.

I am now looking for genuine, honest reviewers, and if you think that you are someone for the job then please post a comment below & a place to connect. With The Ferryman's Wife soon to be re-released, some reviews would work a treat. If you have read it already, but haven't left a review, then this is the time to do so. It's still up on Goodreads so please do post. It doesn't have to be long or complicated - just your thoughts. And if you just want to leave a star rating - well, that's fine too. It's only deleted & altered reviews out of spite that I take umbrage with.

Speak soon.