Coming soon: Journey to Freedom

Journey to Freedom cover
A mini fantasy collection

I am excited to announce a new book will be released soon. Journey to Freedom is a mini fantasy collection of four short stories.

The common themes in the stories are oppression and struggle. The main characters crave freedom, but can they find what they are looking for?

More details to follow in coming weeks, but today I will reveal the front cover.

If you are interested in receiving a free review copy of the ebook version of the book, please use the contact page and let me know which format you prefer (ie epub, mobi, pdf).

Thinking about NaNoWriMo 2019

I have officially and unofficially participated in NoNoWriMo before, but had to go into the archives of my website to find out when the last time was. It is a shock to find out that it was in 2007–12 years ago! I am gob smacked by that discovery.

In the years including and preceding 2007 I had completed NaNo twice officially. The first time was a disaster and put me off doing it again. Looking back, even though I managed to write the 50,000 words in 30 days, I felt totally washed out and the manuscript I wrote was terrible. Now I know I was not sufficiently prepared and that put a lot of pressure on me. Totally my fault. 

Then I believe a writing colleague talked me into doing an unofficial challenge, which we called a mini-NaNo. I successfully completed two of those in different years. Both times I felt good about the result and I didn’t suffer mentally or physically.

Then, I completed the second official challenge successfully in 2007 and this time was happy with myself and my writing.

I never joined the challenge again. Didn’t even consider it, for reasons I cannot explain or remember.

Last week I saw a mention of the 2019 NaNo challenge and something sparked in me. I want to enter the challenge. Officially or unofficially, I’m not sure yet. My next writing project will not be 50,000 words in length so I know I cannot reach the goal. This makes me think I’ll need to bash out the words unofficially. But, I could attempt to write two chapter books in the official time frame. If I can do that, I could join the thousands of other writers officially. 

To do or not to do, that is the question.

To be honest, I have a hankering to go official. Bash out two manuscripts in 30 days. How sweet would that be?

However, being realistic, my head is saying “slow down, you don’t want to burn out now that you’re writing regularly again”. It’s true. I am writing most days and I’m loving it. I don’t want to lose that, not ever.

I think I just talked myself into doing an unofficial 2019 NaNoWriMo, with the added thought that I might start work on the second chapter book if it happens naturally. If not, no pressure, no problem.

It’s a shame the NaNoWriMo website didn’t cater for a mini-NaNo because I would love to join the offical buzz.

Writing Update

My blog seems to have turned into a book review website over recent months. I read regularly and try to write reviews for every book that I read (including paperback, epub or audiobook). For two reasons: 1) it’s a brilliant way to keep track of the books I’ve read, and 2) I like to share my opinion so that other readers might be encouraged to read the books too.

I love to read, but I love to write too. Yet, writing posts seem to be few and far between. I would not blame you for thinking that writing isn’t on my agenda. How wrong you are.

My writing is going well. I released Domino Effect at the beginning of the year and House on the Hill in July. And now I’m working on a mini-fantasy collection. The title is uncertain right now and will be announced at a later date. What I can tell you is that there will be four short stories. All fantasy themed. I’m pleased with the way they are developing. There is no release date as yet, but I am hoping that it will be before the end of the year.

2020 will be a big year too. I have two projects intended for release. The first will be Ghost at the Cemetery (another Cat and Mouse Adventure). The second is a personal favourite of mine. Something I’ve worked on for nearly three decades! I won’t share the details of that one yet, except to say that it is a fantasy full-length novel. I’m excited to finally publish it soon though.

A well known Australian author, Fiona McIntosh, once gave me some really good advice. It was at the time I was organising and publishing a number of anthologies. She told me that what I was doing was good (for other authors) but she told me not to forget about my own writing. I didn’t see it then. I thought I was still writing, but in truth, I was not. I rarely wrote a word at that time.

Everything happens for a reason. Things in my life changed, I changed with it because I had too. Now, things have changed again and it has allowed me to find my way back to writing. And I am embracing it. I write at least five days out of seven, often seven days out of seven. And I love it.

I may not be here, on my website, writing page after page of posts. That’s because I am where I am meant to be. I am sitting at my desk writing stories–long and short. And I’m loving it!

Free Offer: Domino Effect

Domino Effect Cover

I’m pleased to announce that Domino Effect is now available in other formats, such as epub, pdf, lrf and pdb.

To celebrate I am offering all formats, including mobi, absolutely free through Smashwords until 31 July 2019.

Short description: Domino Effect, is a dark novel showing a family in despair after a loved one dies by suicide and the effect one person’s decision has on those left behind. The story is fictitious, but the emotions and some of the scenes are based on the author’s real experiences.

 

Go to Smashwords and grab your copy today.

 

Discounted: The Land of Miu Series

The Land of Miu Series

Between now and the end of July 2019 you can get all three ebooks in The Land of Miu series for $3 (for the lot). That’s less than a cup of coffee for three books. Bargain!

Available in various formats, including epub, mobi, pdf, lrf and pbd. This super deal is only available from Smashwords.

I want these books!

Pre-order: House on the Hill eBook

House on the Hill cover

It’s with great pleasure I announce that the ebook version of House on the Hill (A Cat and Mouse Adventure) is ready for preorder at Smashwords. And in a few days, it will also be available from Amazon (I’ll share the link when it becomes available).

Both versions of the book (ebook and paperback) will be released on 9 July 2019. Give it a few weeks and you will be able to purchase your copy from most online book stores. But why wait, pre-order the ebook now and be one of the first to read this new adventure for young readers of all ages.

The ebook is only $1.49.

Cover Reveal: House on the Hill

House on the Hill is coming to an online bookstore near you soon.

Eleven-year-old twins, Cat and Mouse, crave adventure but when the school bully talks them into taking a ride on a dodgy-looking canoe, they know it can only lead to disaster. Proven right, they must learn how to deal with the bully and the man who lives in the sinister house on the hill.

House on the Hill cover

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