I had a very busy weekend, with book promotion and editing, as well as the renovations that I've been working on around home. Evie has been a busy girl!
I also issued a promotional discount code, via Smashwords, for people to be able to download my e-book for free. Unfortunately, unless I'm part of Amazon's exclusive KDP Select, I could not run a free weekend through them. If I were to sign up, I'd have to remove my book from other listing sites. That's not a choice I'm willing to make just yet, so I decided to discount through Smashwords instead (and yes, Smashwords does have a file type which will read on Amazon Kindles!)
My promo code was used a few times to essentially give away my e-book, Extraordinary Part 1. Not as many sold as I would have liked, however, some did sell, so that's always a bonus!
Posting my e-books as a free read on Wattpad has resulted in a few positive comments, which have made my day! I have to admit I'm still sitting in that grey zone where I'm waiting for my first negative comment... It's a bit like waiting for a hammer to fall! However, I am pleased that so far, at least, no-one has hated it enough to say so! And of those who love it, some have left amazing feedback. So, if you like my book (or if you don't!) please do not hesitate to leave me a comment on my many profiles (links are available throughout the site) or here on my Comments Page.
In other news, I am hoping that the rest of my Weebly website will be live this evening. I'm just running a few last minute link checks and, all going well, it should be up and running again!
The Site is now LIVE! :) See you there!
“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Sometimes things need to change. This is one of those times.
I have decided to overhaul the look of my webpage, which means, for the meantime, that the page is unavailable, at least, for browsing through my novels. But what it does mean is a new colour/design scheme, and some awesome new header images, and a new set-up for samples of my novels.
I will be providing, via this site, just sample chapters of my novels, along with links to where the e-books &paperbacks can be purchased, as they become available.
However, do not worry! I have set up Extraordinary Part 1
as a free read via Wattpad. Please do not hesitate to go and have a read. Membership on Wattpad (required so that you can read the books online) is free of charge, and the books are free to read as well. The only payment I ask is that my readers please leave me feedback. Extraordinary Part 2
is currently being posted up on Wattpad, too; however, it is only being posted as I roll through my final edit. This means that the pages will only appear once I'm happy with them. And that will also mean that I can get on and prepare the e-books!My Wattpad pageMeanwhile... In Other News:
I have been busy in the social networking area. I have arranged to have an author page set up for my writing, via Independent Author Network (a.k.a. IAN).
This site utilises a lot of the social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc) and is also a one-stop-shop for all the links that Independent Authors have for their books! My IAN Page
I have also, finally, finalised all my Part 1 books: They can be found (for purchase) at these sites:E-books:Smashwords
(6" x 9" (15.24cm x 22.86cm) 450 pages ) $20.00Large Print
(7" x 10" (17.78cm x 25.4cm) 658 pages) $23.00
And, in the meantime, I have set up discount codes for the Paperbacks and for the Smashwords e-book (which is formatted for reading on Kindle (.mobi), iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and many other e-readers (.epub), PDF format, and many others).
The discount codes will bring the Paperbacks down by $5.00 per book (Standard will be $15, Large Print will be $18.00) and the e-book will drop from $2.99 to $0.99.
However, I will only be releasing the discount codes to those kind people who have provided feedback for me here on site, via Wattpad, or through my other social media sites.
As far as feedback is concerned, I don't mind what you say, as long as it is kept clean, and is constructive (i.e. it helps me write better!) If there is something you don't like, please let me know. If there is something you love, I want to hear about it! Feel free to say what you think. And also, don't feel you have
to read the entire books online. Just leave me feedback about what you have read, and I'll be happy.
I am looking forward to my improved site being opened to the public shortly.
Thank you for bearing with me!
“I'm unpredictable, I never know where I'm going until I get there, I'm so random, I'm always growing, learning, changing, I'm never the same person twice. But one thing you can be sure of about me; is I will always do exactly what I want to do.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2013.
I have been a very busy girl, travelling up and down the country, visiting friends and family, all while editing the rest of Extraordinary Part 2.
I am very pleased to announce that the complete Extraordinary story is now live on site. I am preparing the e-books for release via Amazon and Smashwords.
I am also considering posting a a discount code for my readers here so that you can purchase the two e-books together for a very good price.
Also, I am very close to having Extraordinary Part 1 available in paperback via Amazon CreateSpace. I will post the link to that once it is ready.
In the meantime, please leave feedback on the site here, letting me know what you think of the story so far. Feedback can be left through my Comments page, or through the comments boxes on each of the Table of Contents pages. You can even leave comments here on the blog!
If you don't want to leave any comments, then please complete the survey set out on the Comments page. However, I am looking for feedback to post up on site! Good, bad or otherwise :)
Also, you can follow me on Twitter and Pinterest (where I have posted some images relating to stuff set out in the story) or join my circle of friends on Google+, keep an eye on me on LinkedIn, or Like my page on Facebook. Links to all of those are up on the top of each page. Just click the appropriate icon, then it will send you to my pages, where you can Like/Follow/Friend to your heart's content.
I'd also love some questions for my Q & A Spot here on my blog, so if you have any questions, whether about my books, my characters, or me personally, then please ask!
I really look forward to hearing from you.
Over the last week-and-a-half I have posted, even by my standard, an unprecedented number of chapters. Over the weekend I posted three chapters in two days and in the days prior to that I was posting a chapter a day.
I guess that my enthusiasm does have a cause... I am very excited about where Part 2 is going.
If you've been following as I've been posting, you will have seen Cassie is going through some major issues, which for the average teenager may not seem as huge as they do to her. However, Cassie is naturally easily frightened and also rather cautious. She worries about those around her and is determined to protect them, no matter the cost. If that means hiding from her mother the true nature of the Grayson Family, the true nature of Cassie's destiny and the secrets that she carries, then Cassie will do that.
But what will Cassie do when she is faced with a member of the Craevyrn army - who also turns out to be her terrifying enemy from her childhood?
Yes, we get to meet Mallory... and discover a side to Cassie that is stronger than Cassie has ever given herself credit for. In Chapter 20 - Cassie's Fight, the tables definitely start to turn. Cassie discovers that she is capable of being the defender, the guardian and the fighter that Alex has been training her to be. But at what cost? Can Cassie live with the decisions that fate forces her to make? Can she deal with the remorse that is soon to follow on the heels of her actions?
In Chapter 21 - The Things We Do For Love, Cassie has to face Alex's anger at her decisions. However, love wins over anger and Alex has to rapidly help her face a new issue - the craving for blood that comes with one of the secrets that she carries. Just how will Alex and Cassie deal with this?
Stay tuned (is that the correct phrase to use?). Cassie has a long way to go and lots of surprises to discover yet...
Oh, and if you're still reading, congratulations. You're now halfway through this book and three-quarters of the way through Cassie's Extraordinary story. It is only going to get more intense from here on in!
In the meantime, please feel free to Like my Facebook Page, or follow my Twitter feed (links at the very very top of the page!) Also, feedback is appreciated, good or bad, so feel free to leave some, either here, or on one of the forms found around the site, or through FB or Twitter! I hope to hear from you!
Also, don't forget that Extraordinary Part 1 is now available as an ebook. To buy a copy, head to "The Novels" page and the links to the sites are listed just below the synopsis for Part 1.
I am super-stoked to announce that Extraordinary Part 1 is now live on Amazon. I have posted links to it on the Novels Page and also throughout the book here on the site (at the bottom of every 5th chapter or so).
The link will direct you to Amazon.com's listing. However, if you are outside of their region (ie UK, Japan, Italy, France etc, then Amazon has different pages for the other regions, and the book code is the same for each page: B00A4SGRGY
However, if you go to Amazon.com, via the link it will give you the option near the top of the page to be redirected to the correct region for your country and will redirect you to where my book is on those pages. Nice and Easy!
In other news, I have been frantically working away at Extraordinary Part 2.
I learned a lot about all the little things I wanted via editing Part 1, so I'm now working on getting all the edits rolled into one, fixing everything on my way through instead of going through multiple times and fixing one thing at a time (i.e removing "stray" commas, getting rid of contractions in narrations, ensuring that my punctuation and plurals are set up correctly - to name but a few!) I think this one will take less time than the last to get right, but now I know what I'm looking for it does help!
However, I have updated the online chapters 1 - 9 of Part 2, and once I've updated Chapters 10, 11 and 12, I'll be putting up 13 and carrying on from there.
My aim (though this might be a bit too out-there) is to try to have Part 2 released for Christmas/New Years. Unless the world ends first.
So thank you for your patience, all of those who are hanging out for the next chapter. I promise you it is coming, and there are many more books in the series to come too. Lots of stories in my head too, so I'm sure I'll be keeping this site up and running for a good long time yet, all going well.
Via Twitter, I was asked the following question by Kelly (@lavuedici):
Q: "Where do you find the motivation?"
A: Motivation comes from a number of places, and depends on the situation. If, as I suspect, we are talking about the motivation to write, and to continue writing, my motivation for that comes from a couple of places.
Firstly: Trying something new a.k.a. Experimenting.
This was a project of sorts that I started, that I now want to see through to its completion - no matter how many years that may take! I give myself a lot of grief sometimes, due to my personal high standards. I had started out doing this just as a means to test myself, to see what I was capable of. I surprised myself, and now wish to see how far I can take it. Will I end up turning all of the drafts I have typed into full novel-length manuscripts? I don't know. What I do know is that as long as I am enjoying it, I will keep doing it!
That brings me to my second motivation: Enjoyment
So many people spend their lives doing things that they feel they have to do, in order to afford to do the things that they like to do. I have to say I have done that myself. Spent hours working hard, just to pay the bills.
Then I discovered that writing was something cheap and cheerful, yet something which really appealed to me. I found it fun! I had discovered a method of "seeing the world" in a way I never had before. I had to research and used Google Earth to explore the areas where my characters live, where they travel, what they do. It really opened my eyes and costs next to nothing! What keeps me coming back to work on my books is the adventure of actually telling a story, creating characters and their backgrounds, lives, motivations and reactions. I love starting with an idea for a person, a scenario or a place, and then building it up until it's almost real to me. I also hope that others will get enjoyment out of reading the story I have created. Of course, when I've worked so hard on a creation like that, I really don't want to leave it alone. I want to perfect it - that is my high standards coming into play again!
Mostly, I think of my writing like an art-form. I'm only going to get better if I practise! I happen to enjoy practising my art, and really - if you love doing something, why stop?
Wow, have I been busy!
I have just now posted the next chapter in Extraordinary Part 2: Chapter 11 - The Other Side of Joy - Is Fear.
Waking in Alex's arms should spell the start of a wonderful day for Cassie. Well, this is Cassie we are talking about. Trouble seems to follow her, and this day is no different. What starts as a day of amazing dreams, and pure happiness, will soon lead to a frightening encounter, and some terrifying events.
I've been a bit slack in posting the newer chapters, because I have been so busy completing my final edits and reposts of Extraordinary Part 1. I'm almost halfway through. I am surprised it's taking so long, but I guess now I'm down the itty-bitty-gritty details, that seem to take forever to complete. I'm happy with the storyline, happy with the conversations lining up with the same conversations in The Secrets We Keep (which I am editing at the same time, so that when it releases it doesn't take nearly as long!), and I'm happy with the small details in the book.
When I say the itty-bitty-gritty details, I'm talking about sentence structure, and grammar, and placement of full-stops and commas and semi-colons. I'm also formatting (which in itself is not too difficult) but it means keeping an eye on the number of spaces, ensuring there are no funny characters or funny formatting styles making an appearance in my ebook (Smashwords) manuscript. Yes, it's really really boring, but someone's got to do it!
On the other hand, I've posted 3 re-edited chapters, plus a new one for Part 2, since Friday night. I'm pretty happy with that. If I keep this up, I'll have a ready-to-go manuscript by mid October. I'm aiming for the end of October, so that means there are allowances for any issues.
Now, its time for me to post yet another request for feedback. If anyone has completed reading Part 1 (and yes I know its not the complete story, as Part 2 will finalise the story) I would really really appreciate getting some feedback, even if its to point out a misplaced comma!! On the other hand, if you are not into giving detailed feedback, then feel free to use the comments form on the Comments Page, or the survey form/feedback form on the Extraordinary Part 1 Table of Contents Page. There are only a couple of quick questions on the survey and I'd love to hear back from my readers. And, as always, if you leave me a feedback comment, I will post it on the Comments page (unless you request otherwise, of course!)
Otherwise, those who are interested can "Follow" me on Twitter, or "Like" my Facebook Page... links to those pages are at the very top of every page on this site.
Hope to hear from you soon!
I have been having a rough few days.
It happens to everyone, I know, and it seems to happen to me quite a lot.
One thing I have noticed is that when I'm at my lowest point, people tend to blame all the writing I'm doing.
"You need to get out more." "Why don't you just take some time off and go away for a few days?" "Have you ever thought about doing something more exciting/different?"
For me, however, writing IS my escape. It is my get-away, and allows me to go places and do things that I'd never have the ability, or the means, to do.
What I wouldn't give to be able to just drop everything and go, head out on the road/to a tropical island/up to the mountains etc. If my daily responsibilities and life itself weren't so time and means consuming, I would go just like that.
So instead I choose to write. And if nothing comes to me, then to read.
My imaginary world, with its imaginary people, is the place I go to hide. The place I visit when real life is too intense, or too frightening, or too stressful to deal with. The place I escape to when the dramas surrounding me are busy reflecting reality television (who came up with that as "entertainment" anyway?? No WONDER the world is ending up as screwed up as it is, with people like that as our "examples" of what "real" people are like! Heaven help us all!)
But I digress...
Yes, I suppose I am digging my head in the sand, but I happen to LIKE my sand! And I happen to LIKE digging around in it! Sometimes my habitation of my alternative reality is more secure and real to me than my so-called "real" life (which, let's be honest, is sometimes so cold and barren in its "reality" that it defies belief!).
I guess, though, in the end, life is what it is.
Everyone needs an escape from it.
And mine is writing.
So tell me, what do YOU do when your life is overwhelming, to help you relax, get some perspective or just to cope? What is it in your life that makes you smile, brings you joy, or helps heal you when you feel completely run down?
Where is your happy place?
Everyone who works in a creative-type job, or has a creative-type hobby, needs it, or has it.
For me, it usually comes in flashes. An image of a place, a snippet of a conversation (whether real or imagined), or a verse in a song will suddenly make the wheels in my brain turn. I'll jump onto my laptop, and start to write.
And boy, sometimes I can WRITE!! I'll start tapping away, and next thing I know, its six hours later, my whole day is gone, but I've written several thousand words. Then I sleep on it.
Sometimes, its good. Other times, I cringe, thinking, "Why on earth did I write THAT?"
The delete key is a good friend of mine.
I used to wonder how writers came up with storylines, how they created their characters, how they visualised a place, or time, and then put it down in such a way that I could "see" it when I read. Sometimes even reading my stories, when a character has found themselves in a certain situation, I'll be reading, and laughing, and wondering how on earth I came up with it. I mean, its often not something I could easily imagine, even if I tried. In those circumstances I only have one word to describe what happened to cause it:
With this in mind, I've created another page here on the site, called "Evie's Inspiration". I've put a few bits and pieces on it, lyrics from songs that inspire me and quotes that I've heard that get me thinking, and have moved me.
Now, I want to know what inspires others. Let me know!
In other news, the writer's block was short lived (YAY!) and I've posted Chapter 4 - Alone over the weekend, and am about to post Chapter 5 - Reawakening.
If you've finished reading Extraordinary Part 1, please let me know what you think. I would love to receive some feedback about it.
Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter, or Like my Facebook page - links are at the top of every page!
Okay, so anyone who has read my story will know that Cassie suffers from strange dreams, as part of her Oracle gift... But now it's my turn! I don't often dream much to do with my books, and they're not often something I remember 12 hours after the fact.
However, in amongst everything else weird I usually dream (lately: food dreams anyone?? Making me hungry!!) I had the most bizarre dream that I was back in high school.
I was at the school library, looking for books on drawing dragons. That in itself isn't so weird, since I have actually been looking for books like that to help with some concepts images for my Astra character.
Anyway, in my dream I found such a book. It was awesome, since it had an image of a Black Labrador (!!) and the section description was "Drawing dragons using a dog as a base form".
Too perfect, right??
Anyway I went to the librarian to borrow it, and found out I had no library card. So I got an application, filled it in, and gave it to her. Then she told me that the book was not able to be released to me "because it is in it's holding phase, which all new books go through."
I thought, "Well, okay. Whatever their rules are, it's TOTALLY worth the wait."
They boxed the book up with a whole lot of other books in a massive box, and taped it up. They told me that the book was registered against my name, and once it was released from "holding" I could have it.
I was just about to ask them how long I'd be waiting, when I woke up! HOW FRUSTRATING!
Yes, I know it was just a dream! It was definitely one of those dreams that Cassie describes as "one where you want to go back into it to finish it".
Perhaps, maybe there is a book out there like what I'm looking for. Or perhaps someone way more artistic than I am would be able to draft up some concepts for me? I have images in my head that want to get out!
Okay, enough of my waffling about my crazy dreams!
In other news, I spent my lunch hour today looking at my Smashwords format manuscript of Extraordinary Part 1. I'd made some changes as I formatted it, so was comparing it to the original manuscript to make sure the changes got transferred. After about ten minutes of side-by-side comparison, I started editing some more. Just small tweaks to the original (and therefore the Smashwords one) but it is now slightly different to the online version I've posted on here. Therefore, once I've finished each chapter, I'll be posting the further edited versions online, replacing the chapters that are there. They aren't TOO different, so you won't have lost out if you don't re-read them. I am just hopeful that the changes mean the story runs smoother (every writer's dream - and by that I mean mine!) and is even more enjoyable.
In the meantime, please share my story, "Like" my Facebook Page, Follow me on Twitter, and let me know what you think, good, bad or otherwise,
Also, please feel free to comment leaving questions for my "Q&A Spot" here on my blog. I need questions to answer please!
Can't wait to hear from you!