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Category Archives: Blood of Ages #1 – The Genesis

In association with Bewitching Book Tours, from the 1st to the 15th of March 2013, I will be whoring myself around various book blog sites on the Interwebz to promote “The Genesis” and also to do other, more interesting, things. Spotlights, Interviews, Guest Blogs, Reviews…you’ll get to see them all! Oh my glob*, this is so exciting, you guys. Here is the current line-up for the tour, which will start on March 1st: Date Blog Name Post Type 1-Mar-13 Fang-tastic Books Interview 2-Mar-13 Curling Up With A Good Book Interview 2-Mar-13 Krystal’s Enchanting Reads Spotlight 3-Mar-13 Pembroke Sinclair Interview 4-Mar-13 White Sky Project Spotlight 5-Mar-13 Butterfly-o-Meter Books Review & Guest Blog 5-Mar-13 Paranormal Book Club Spotlight 6-Mar-13 Michelle @ Mom With A Kindle Guest Blog 6-Mar-13 Unraveling Words Review 7-Mar-13 Howling Books and Design Spotlight 8-Mar-13 Love YA Books Interview 9-Mar-13 Lunar Haven Reviews and Designs Guest Blog 11-Mar-13 Jodie Pierce…

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A while back, I talked about how I didn’t want to release the paperback edition of “The Genesis” straight after finishing it, because I knew there’d be typos and the like. Well, after another two months’ worth of re-reading and proofing, the paperback is finally here. You can totes buy this now: Paperback from Amazon.com Paperback from Amazon.co.uk   I know there will still be typos hiding in there somewhere. I just know it. My book has been through beta readers, through an editor, and re-read by yours truly too many times to mention. And still, at the final proofreading stage, there were a total of 149 changes. Granted, a large portion of these were formatting issues, but that figure includes sixteen typos. Sixteen. Six-teen. Six and ten. That includes wrong uses of the words “bated” and “spurned”. Five beta readers and an editor didn’t pick those up. And this…

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So…it’s been a while since I did a proper update. In short, life’s been weird the last few months. I’ll probably go into detail on my personal blog once the dust has settled. In the meantime, here’s some updated links to updated versions of “The Genesis”, which now has significantly less typos and other errors. Woot. Kindle US: http://amzn.to/UmjhdG  Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/S9LCxw I’m still hoping to get the paperback version released, but it will probably be some time after Christmas now. Bear with me. I’ll get there =)

My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! Did I mention that my book is out? GO BUY IT! Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk Not sure if it’s going to be your cup of tea? Read the sample here! Go on. You owe it to yourself. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to have a little lie down. All this excitement is just too much for me.

Holy shit, it’s getting close! I’m all excited and terrified and giddy and nauseous. In anticipation of the thousands hundreds tens of sales I’m predicting, I’ve decided to offer a pre-order option for those of your just aching to get your greasy mitts on this book. Click here to Pre-Order* I’ll also be putting up a PDF sample over the weekend, so those of you who haven’t yet been won over by my charming personality and winning smile can get a taster for the book itself. I keep saying this so much that it’s becoming something of a catch phrase, but it bears repeating: THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES, PEOPLE. Get your party hats on, because it’s about to go WILD. * Pre-orders will be e-mailed in the chosen format to the e-mail address provided through PayPal, at midnight GMT on 12th September 2012.

Right, so the time is readily approaching for the release of my first* book, “The Genesis”, and I just thought I’d throw up some information regarding release dates and formats and whatnot. First off, release date: 12th September 2012 Mark your calendars! Put reminders in your phones! Send out the carrier pigeons! Now for the bad news. Sit down. Oh, you’re already sitting. Well, then… “The Genesis” will, at first, be released in eBook format only. I’m sorry. Don’t hit me! Before you get out your pitchforks and torches and chase me into the woods screaming, “EBOOKS ARE GOING TO BE THE DEATH OF LITERATURE!”, let me explain. I’m doing this for a number of reasons, including distribution and speed of release. The appealing thing about eBooks from a writer’s point of view is their (relative) ease of creation. I don’t have to worry about spine sizes, paper weight, or…

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So I’m ploughing through what promises to be the final ever edit I do (before it goes to an editor–that’s right, an actual editor that I have to pay in cash and not in promises of love and devotion) of The Genesis, and it’s painful. See, last October, when I had this oh-so-amazing idea to start the entire first book over again in order to better suit it to the rest of the series’ progression, I wasn’t thinking it through. Yes, in the long run, it will be better, but hell if it’s not painful to work on now. Some plot points that made perfect sense now don’t; some characters are doing things that isn’t right “because the plot says so”; there’s still a fair number of plot points that are glossed over completely. It’s horrible, and I’ve really painted myself into a corner, in that I love the new…

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So I know the other week I asked for some feedback on my latest book covers. For those interested, the feedback was unanimous, and people preferred the covers without the pretty people on them. However, shortly after I posted that blog, I got into a Skype conversation with Muse, and we discussed the importance of striking, enticing book covers. Then, as women in their late twenties are prone to doing, we started talking about sex. Now, we all know sex sells. That goes without saying. Sit a half-naked woman on your car and BOOM, suddenly the car’s just as desirable as the boobs and backside draped over it. It’s like magic. With that in mind, I decided to do something a little…erm…drastic. I decided to “spice up” the the Blood of Ages covers. You might be thinking, “But there is no sex in Blood of Ages. Everyone practically hates each other.” And,…

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The latest edit of “The Genesis” is off sunning itself with the Muse (a.k.a. being torn to pieces). When I get it back, I expect the manuscript to be a trembling, terrified, but wholly improved draft, ready for me to take another (and final) bash at it. While I wait for its return, I’m considering my options with regards to the book cover. I’d like some opinions on the below designs, prompted by feedback I’ve already had. I myself am torn. I love both covers for different reasons. On the one hand, the model I have for the cover is absolutely ideal for the part of Catrina, and I like the idea of giving the reader an idea of the main character before they’ve started reading. In terms of the series as a whole, having the girls on the 3 books surrounding Catrina’s story work well to indicate the progression…

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So I finished my latest edit of “The Genesis” about two hours ago. These are exciting times, people. While I haven’t had all my feedback yet, the results I did have from the quicker betas as well as the subsequent input from The Muse has yielded a very decent second draft already. To celebrate, I read through some of the comments I had from my beta readers so far with regards to this first major edit, after which I felt like sharing. While I asked for feedback on everything in this draft (characters, settings, general story, etc); the most interesting for me was discovering what people thought about the people I’d invented. Some opinions were shared (bear in mind none of the betas know each other – well, two do, technically, but I’m fairly sure they didn’t discuss it). For example, the general consensus of one character was about the same,…

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