Almost Midnight: Cover and Blurb reveal!

Well, I’m officially a hermit. I’ve been chained to my desk for weeks hammering away at rewrites and rewrites and rewrites, and I still have plenty more rewrites to go. But while I do that, why don’t I finally introduce Almost Midnight to you properly?

Almost Midnight is a collection of three classic fairytales: Cinderella, Hans My Hedgehog, and The Little Mermaid. While we all know the basic stories of all the great fairy tales, I think the details, themes and lessons change depending on the person telling them. So these are my versions of the fairy tales, and while they still have happily ever afters, the getting there involves a lot more talking hedgehogs and dancing scarecrows than you’re probably used to.

So without further ado, here’s the cover, the blurb, and a sneak peek of one of Ben Sigas‘s stunning illustrations, featured in both the eBook and the paperback.

Almost Midnight

 

‘Keep a careful eye to the hour,’ said the white bird. ‘Our magic will last only until midnight, and everything we’ve changed will be as it was.’

Meet Ella, a young woman who has lost everything; Hans, a boy doomed by his father’s greed to live as a monster; and Nameless, a lonely mermaid who yearns to be loved. Each seeks their happily ever after, but wishes and magic will only get them so far…

Almost Midnight takes three beloved fairy tales and retells them with new twists and turns, uniting them with the powers of love, courage, hope, and the magic of midnight.

 

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Release date to be announced!

The Edge of the Woods: Release Date!

20th of May, 2014!

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It’s finally happening, folks! After one year, five drafts and probably a couple of hundred emails with editors, proofreaders, test readers, an artist and a formatter, my debut novel is going public.

The Edge of the Woods, a 64.5k word young adult fantasy adventure about friendship, strength and courage will be available as both an eBook and paperback from Amazon on the 20th, with other ebook retailers to follow.

I can’t tell you how exciting, terrifying and weird it is to have reached this point. I’ve wanted to be a novelist for a very long time, and now to be able to call myself one for real is just… awesome. I’m very proud of my first story, and I look forward to sharing the next (and the one after that, and the one after that…) with all of you.

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I don’t know whether to drink a glass of wine, or get cracking on book #2.

Yeah, let’s go with both.

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Note: If you’d like a chance at a free signed paperback, my Goodreads giveaway is running until May 31st.

Cover Reveal (I’m Back!)

Hello!

I am back on the internet, and I bring treats (for me, maybe for you). During my sabbatical I’ve been working away at the technical side of self-publishing (by which I mean telling people who know how to do technical things what to do) and sinking my teeth into novel #2 (more about that later).

So!

Have some images!

Cover KINDLEThe final ebook cover

CoverThe paperback

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The paperback interior 

A big thanks to cover artist Destiny Marie and Jason and Marina at Polgarus Studio for making my book look so darn pretty.

Still waiting on a concrete release date, but it will be this month. Stay tuned!

Regular posting will resume from here on out.

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The Edge of the Woods: Sneak Peek (Prologue, Chapters 1 – 3)

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I’m all on track for a May release! My test readers and final edits are done, and I’m down to the finishing touches: proofreading, formatting, and finalising the cover.

So to celebrate, here’s the prologue plus first three chapters of my forthcoming young adult fantasy, The Edge of the Woods.

Hope you enjoy!

Continue reading “The Edge of the Woods: Sneak Peek (Prologue, Chapters 1 – 3)”

Updates

Having spent the last week working with designers at 99designs, I have officially chosen a cover for my upcoming ebook, The Edge of the Woods, designed by the very talented Destiny Marie.

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To celebrate, I’ve given the blog a makeover (the theme I was going for was ‘self promotional’ – tell me if you think I’ve been subtle enough) and updated the book’s page with a shiny new synopsis.

A blog on how much I hate writing synopses to come.