Thursday, 21 March 2019

Say Hello To Chasing Solace

People have been asking me questions for a long time.

"What happened next?"
"When's book 2 coming out?"
"Does Opal find what she's looking for?"
"How's Athene/Clarissa?"
"Do you actually do any writing, or just spend all day on social media?"
"Where's my biscuits?"

(Actually, that last one was just my cat, Dolly.)

Well, the lot of you can shut up. I've done it. I've written words. I've rewritten words. I've re-re-written words. And again, just to be sure. I've polished. I've tidied. I've cut. I've remixed. Then, when my beta readers suggested new scenes, I went off and wrote those. And now, my fine people, it's time. Time to announce:

Chasing Solace! [Dum dum dum brakkabrakkabrakka etc]

Book 2. The sequel to the much-loved Lost Solace.

And it was time to turn the dial up to eleven.

Lost Solace is 58,500 words. Chasing Solace is 95,500 words.
Lost Solace had one setting. Chasing Solace has more.
Lost Solace featured a big and creepy spaceship. Chasing Solace features [redacted, but it's an eleven, for sure].
Lost Solace forced Opal to face numerous threats. Chasing Solace has smarter threats.
And so on.

Publication day (yay yay yay) for the e-book version is 15th April 2019. The paperback release will come at a later date. You can even pre-order the e-book. It's $1 cheaper to buy it now than it will be on release day. I'm probably going to do a discount deal on Lost Solace so that people who have never experienced this world can get both books at a cheaper price. I'll announce that at a later date.

I also have a newsletter you can sign up to: the next issue will include a free preview of the opening of Chasing Solace for my newsletters subscribers, so sign up if you want that preview. Or wait. Up to you. I don't care. I already know what happens. I've read it twenty times (though it is still good).

Remember: 15th April 2019 is Publication Party Day!

Where next? You might want to follow me and my work, or even buy my books. Many thanks!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

My Books Are Now On Google Play

As of today, my e-books are also available on Google Play (you'll find a full list of distributors here).

I want to make things as easy as possible for my fans, which is why my books are available from every store (including bricks and mortar), rather than being exclusive to Amazon.

Also note that Google Play often reduces the prices of books, as they have done on all my titles immediately after publication there!

Where next? You might want to follow me and my work, or even buy my books. Many thanks!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Comments On They Move Below

I recently ran a Hidden Gems promo for my creepy story collection They Move Below. At the end of it Hidden Gems passed on the comments they'd received from their readers. It was all good, but here were my favourites:

"The stories and the way they were written reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe. Very good, will recommend it to my friends and family."

"Loved this book!!!"

"Short, Scary, Snacks...With Bite"

"This is a book of short stories, each seemingly so short that it's hard to account for how disturbing they are. The title story really got me, but they all left me with deliciously dreadful images that will be hard to forget. I loved it!"

Where next? You might want to follow me and my work, or even buy my books. Many thanks!

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Things To Think About While Rewriting A Novel

Here's a checklist of useful things for authors to consider when it's time to do some editing and rewriting. No, it's not exhaustive: it will still be useful though. It's just a few of the things I look out for as I read work for clients.
  • Factual errors; breaks in continuity.
  • Showing not telling.
  • Dialogue: is it natural/believable?
  • Descriptions: are all the senses engaged?
  • Cliches.
  • Repetition of words, phrases, gestures, settings etc.
  • Unnecessary words.
  • Do subplots break up the main plot and improve the story?
  • Are all the characters needed? Can any be merged? Are they three-dimensional?
  • Does the end tie in to the beginning? Does the climax have enough impact and emotional payoff?
  • Are there surprises/reversals/turning points? (Escalating gaps between expectation and result.)
  • Do the stakes get higher throughout the novel?
  • Is every scene necessary? If one is removed, will it destroy the plot? If it only serves one purpose, such as characterisation, then is it really earning its keep? Does it end with a reason to keep reading? Does every scene propel the main characters deeper into the story?
Good luck!

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