Cover Reveal & Pre-order Special Deal

It is with great pleasure that I announce The Lion Gods will be released for sale on 1 June 2018. At this stage it will be available only as an ebook — epub, mobi (for kindle) and pdf. The print version will be available at a later date, which is yet to be confirmed.

Today, I want to offer two things:

1. The first look at the cover for The Lion Gods.
2. A pre-order special deal.

Drum roll please…

I present the cover for The Lion Gods…

As mentioned, the ebook will be published on 1 June 2018 and will be available from most online ebook stores in due course. However, if you pre-order the ebook from me — within the next three weeks — you will get not only The Lion Gods, but also the first two books of the series thrown in for free. And, to make the offer even sweeter, you will pay just $1 for the lot.

Yes, for $1 (Australian dollar) you will get the complete set — The Land of Miu (Book 1), The King’s Riddle (Book 2) and The Lion Gods (Book 3). This offer is only available through this website and will end at midnight on 31 May 2018 Australian EST.

Place your order now and be one of the first people to receive and read the full series.

How? Simply go to the pre-order purchase page for The Lion Gods, pay your dollar and download your confirmation entitling you to the three books. I will email your ebooks to your nominated email address between 29 and 31 May 2018 (depending on number of orders received).

 

Go to Pre-order Page

 

The Lion Gods Moves into Stage 3 of the Editing Process

I know it’s been a little quiet here lately. I’ve been busy editing The Lion Gods. Gone are the days when the website and my online presence took up all my time. These days, I write (or edit). I think I’ve got my priorities right … finally.

The second phase went well. I love the end results; which has to be a good sign. Yesterday, I printed the manuscript and will commence a line edit in coming days. Possibly tomorrow.

Today, I get a well-deserved rest day.

First Draft: The Lion Gods is Finished

Over recent weeks I’ve been doing some tweaks to the website and I saw a notification saying that The Lion Gods was due for release in 2014. Here we are in 2018 and that still hasn’t happened.

In my own defense, a lot has happened since I wrote that notification — my father passed away, my mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I took on the primary carer role for my mum and moved house and job location, my own house flooded leaving damage that made the house uninhabitable (it had to be sold), G’s dad passed away, his mum was diagnosed with dementia, he moved in with her and became her primary carer, G had a burst aneurysm and a stroke and lost his memory for three months, mum went into permanent care, I moved and relocated my job again, and I took on the primary role of carer for G. During that time I moved house three times and I had to clear out my mother’s home of 40 years and G’s mum’s home as well. As you can see the list is all major, stressful stuff, not little things. I’m glad to report now that G is doing well and is improving each month, mum is extremely happy in residential care and wishes she went there earlier and G’s mum is now living with his sister and also doing well. G and I have our own place at last, and we are now married. All good.

Over the last few months, since everything has settled down to a more normal way of living, I have been writing again. And I am so happy right now, because I can finally say that The Lions Gods has been completed. It might only be the first draft, but that is beside the point. I rediscovered the urge to write and the story has been written. I’m ecstatic.

I would dance on my desk if it wasn’t totally covered with my writing stuff (and if I were 100% sure it wouldn’t collapse). 😀

I intend to put the manuscript aside for a few days and then start the editing stage. I’ve decided that for the first round, I am going to use a generated voice read it to me as I take notes and make minor corrections. I’ve never done this before but feel it might be useful. I’ll let you know what I get from it after that phase is done.

Right now it’s time to party…or at least go make myself a cuppa!

Update from My Writing Desk

It’s the second month of the year already. Time flies when you’re having fun … or just when you’re older. Not sure which is truer these days.

Today, I’m glad to say that during the month of January, I averaged about 800 words per day. It may not sound inspiring to you, but to me that is one hell of a job well done. I am super proud of myself.

I’ve been working on Book 3 of The Land of Miu series, The Lion Gods. And, I might add, I am very close to writing those magic words “The End”. I should finish the first draft by the end of February. In fact, if I continue with my current average, I should finish it by mid-February. Then the editing stage begins. Without putting pressure on myself, I feel as if I will meet my goal.

In other writing news, the consistent writing has also awakened my mind to thinking about other ideas. I’ve written them down, but refuse to allow them to distract me from my goal. However, the ideas are quite vivid and I find myself thinking about how I might expand the ideas into another series for young readers. But this set of ideas will remain just that for the time being. Perhaps I will do something about writing these ideas when I’m in editing mode to give myself a break. I’m not sure yet. All I know for certain is that I do not want to lose the consistency of writing every day. So maybe writing 800 words for this idea and editing for an hour or so each day may be the way for me to go. I’ll see.

Lastly, I’m super excited to say that I purchased a cover for another of my manuscripts, known here as Mirror Image, but will be published with the title “Domino Effect”. The first draft of the manuscript is complete. This one is NOT for kids. It’s a very dark novel for adults. Totally the opposite to the stuff I write for kids. I have done a read through and corrected obvious errors, but that was in 2015 and my plan is to work on this one after The Lion Gods has been published.

Question: Do you like to write one project while editing another?

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare is one of Aesop’s Fables. To me, it’s about a hare that is a bit big headed and a determined tortoise, who is slow but due to his determination wins the race. The reason I mention this fable is because it is the way I currently refer to my writing. Yes, I’m writing. After a very, VERY long break. I am actually writing. I’m so pleased with myself.

Anyway, back to what I was saying. I currently refer to myself as the tortoise when I write. I have written probably five days out of seven (on average) over the last two months. At the beginning of September I wrote about my future writing space and then the software I planned to use, but then I went quiet. There were no more posts. You probably thought I was on another long hiatus, when in fact I have placed bum on chair and have started writing again.

Despite what I wrote in September, I presently only use one piece of software – yWriter. I honestly think it’s great. I use yWriter6 on my laptop and I also purchased the iPad version. Now, I can sit in a quiet room and write on my laptop or, at night, I can sit in the lounge room and continue to write (or I can go over what I wrote earlier in the day and make corrections). I use Dropbox to save my work.

This is working brilliantly for me.

As for the tortoise remark. I am only writing around 500 to 600 words a day. Or roughly 2,500 a week. But, for me, that is a no stress, no pressure method of getting the job done. If I start to feel overwhelmed, I stop writing and come back to it the next day. No matter what anyone else things, this method is working wonders for me. The story is getting written. I feel enthused and find myself looking for ideas in what I do and see the rest of the day.

Whatever blocked me, is behind me. I’m writing and it feels good. And my plan is to just go with the flow and write like a tortoise, knowing that eventually I’ll stumble over the finish line.

Writing Update

It’s been a long, long time since I wrote an update for this website that didn’t consist of a book review. I wouldn’t blame you for thinking the blog is dead. But it’s not. I’m here as always. I check in often but don’t feel there’s anything worth saying, that hasn’t been said before. That’s one of the problems with having a blog for many years. The blogger runs out of things to say. Or, maybe the importance of what’s being said changes with time.

Anyway, after the stroke 18 months ago, I spent many months recovering. I did little else except sleep, work and read. 2012 was a complete write-off for me.

2013 has been different. There are on-going medical issues and will be forever, from what I’m told, but I’m not going to focus on any of that. This post is about achievements. Despite the set-backs, I have had achievements.

I completed the editing course and received my diploma. You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face when that happened.

I have edited and published two anthologies — Night Terrors and Tomorrow — under the name Karen Henderson.

And in recent months, I have started writing again. I have written half a manuscript for younger readers, which has a working title of Haunted House and I have written four chapters of book 3 of The Land of Miu series — The Lion Gods.

At present, I am averaging about 800 words a day, which (to me) is brilliant. It is important not to pressure myself into a corner, so I made the decision to write 450 words a day. And, if I do miss a day (which is rare) I don’t beat myself up over it.

Writing, for me, used to be a way of spending every spare moment. I would think about writing while at work or on the train. I would dream about writing at night. I would sit long into the night and lose myself in worlds of my own making. But then, I started to feel pressured and writing became a chore. When that happened, I lost the joy and stopped writing.

I’m not interested in going back to that. Not ever!

So, when I write, I do it to relax. I want to enjoy what I’m doing and never want to feel pressured in any way. If I write 200 words and it’s just not coming together, then I’ll stop and try again tomorrow (when I’ll probably scrap those words and start again). However, I’m finding that the words flow if I don’t over commit myself and I’m pleased about that. I’ll go with it until both the manuscripts I’ve mentioned above are completed.