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Pinch Me

It’s happening. It’s really happening.

After a tumultuous start to the year: authorly, personally, and healthily, things are turning and I’m slowly unfolding myself from the assumed crash position.

When I pulled Cold As Hell from its previous publisher I was so disheartened. I knew it was the right thing to do, for many reasons, but still all my hopes and excitement about getting my own publication out into the world were set alight and left to burn to cinders. I had resigned myself to have it be tucked away in the bottom drawer in my mental filing cabinet.

And yet, here we are. *insert a SQUEE of excitement*

The work that has gone into creating a richer and more dynamic and delicious tale has been well worth the wait.

I can honestly say I am in love with Cold As Hell. I cannot wait to hold it up with pride and a Cheshire grin. and I really hope others enjoy Adie and her adventure and discovery, scratching past the surface of OpenFields.

To get your own copy, preorders can be found here.

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Posted in Writing Adventures

A Land Called Fantasy

I’m a bit excited ya’ll. I finally put on my brave face and joined some group promotions for my writing. It’s a huge thing for someone who has such fear and anxiety over rejection.

But, I applied to some promotions and I have my first one running right now. It’s awesome.

If you are interested in checking out some free LGBT fantasy stories then you are in luck 🙂

Just click here or the banner below. My short story Make A Wish is amoungst these fantastical adventures.

Free Books to dive in to.

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Newsletter for fun and goodies

Did you all know that I have a newsletter with freebies, random rants, furbaby updates, and insights into the highs and lows of all my writing adventures? No?

Well aren’t you lucky … because all you need to do is click here, fill in your name and email and I’ll send you a free short story, just to say thanks :-).

And I promise, I’m far too busy (and disorganised) to spam your email … I do a monthly round up and every now and then a special newsletter with treats and exciting news.

You’re welcome

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Posted in Publications, Writing Adventures

IT’S HERE!

EDIT: THIS IS NO LONGER HAPPENING AS THIS POST DESCRIBES – DUE TO PRIVATE AND PROFESSIONAL REASONS I HAVE PULLED THIS BOOK FROM THE PUBLISHER – IT HAS A NEW PUBLISHER AND NEW RELEASE DATE … AND THINGS ARE ALL GOOD.

Last year I pushed myself beyond all comfort zones and wrote my first Novella. Cold As Hell is about Adie, a young woman who lives in OpenFields. But OpenFields is not your ordinary town. Magic exists here, and while Adie is the odd one out, things are all about to change.

I’m so excited to be able to share this gorgeous cover and pre-order (https://readerlinks.com/l/1661404) link with you.

Cold As Hell will be out on April 23rd 2021. By pre-ordering you can make sure it hits your reading devices as early as possible.

Thank you so much to Black Hare Press for taking the chance on me and getting my words out there. I can’t wait to get my hands on a paperback copy.

Now, if you’ll all excuse me … time to go run around like a happy little loony toon. It’s HERE!!! 😀

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Posted in Interview, Publications, Reading Adventures

Interview with Writer and Editor Aiki Flinthart

I have the great pleasure of knowing Aiki Flinthart, who has been kind enough to agree to an interview about her upcoming anthology Relics, Wrecks, and Ruins.

https://books2read.com/Relics

Aiki is an incredibly talented writer and editor. She has published 14 sci-fi/fantasy novels, 2 non-fiction books, a collection of fantasy and sci-fi short stories, and a collection (with Pamela Jeffs) of sci-fi short stories not to mention the plethora of short stories she has published in Anthologies through a multitude of Publishers. She has also edited several anthologies with her writing group The Springfield Writer’s Group.

So on to the questions:

How did you first come up with the idea to do Relics, Wrecks, and Ruins?
Funnily enough, I was sitting around with a couple of writer friends chatting about our upcoming projects. I really wanted to do the sequel to Blackbirds Sing: which is meant to be Blackbirds Return. But the painkillers and anti-cancer drugs make it really difficult to concentrate and a mosaic novel like that is hugely complex to plot and write. So I jokingly said I should do a ‘last hurrah’ anthology and reach out to the biggest possible of my favourite authors who would answer my emails.
The others encouraged me and I went ‘what the heck’ and sent emails out that night – starting with the hugest names on my favourite authors list that I could find contact information for.
One of the marks of a great writer is their willingness to help lift up other writers. They remember what it was like. So many, if they possibly can, will help someone who asks politely. A lot of writers didn’t answer, a few regretfully and politely declined due to time and work constraints – which is understandable. But so many agreed that I actually got a bit worried I’d end up with a brick-sized book in the end.

Can you tell us a little about some of the stories readers can expect to find in Relics, Wrecks, and Ruins?
I deliberately left the theme fairly open to interpretation (Relics, Wrecks and Ruins – things left behind, or rediscovered etc). And requested stories from sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers.
It was fascinating to see the differences and the similarities in the stories that came back. I didn’t want the book to be too dark, so I’d asked for mostly hopeful endings. There are a smattering of darker ones, but generally the tone is hopeful rather than depressing.
So many resilient heroes/heroines. Many stories about people and relationships, too – which was wonderful and perfect.

You’ve edited a few anthologies now, can you talk about the differences and/or similarities in this experience?
My first few anthologies were mostly working with newer and emerging authors. So they
involved a lot more story development – where you’re working closely with the author on bigger structural issues and plot and character development. Every one of those authors was extremely professional in accepting editorial input, too. And I must say that the end results of most of those stories are works that each author can be extremely proud of. Those stories are strong and well-written.
Relics was great because most of the stories didn’t require much beyond pointing out a few continuity errors or typos. Which is not surprising, given the excellence of the authors involved. They, too were (unsurprisingly) wonderfully professional to work with. And the resulting stories are fabulous, interesting, fresh, and highly varied in tone and content.

The profits for this anthology are going toward The Flinthart, can you tell us a little about this?
The Flinthart is a writer residency and mentoring program set up by the Qld Writers Centre. Each year, applicants will be assessed and a writer will be chosen for the Flinthart program. They will be funded to help them focus on writing for a short amount of time. They’ll go into the Qld Writers Centre regularly, sit down, and just write. No distractions, no work, no phone ringing, no kids complaining. Just time to write and a mentor to help them through.
I’m thrilled that the How to get a Blackbelt in Writing online workshop will also help to fund this program. Hopefully, between these, we can keep enough funding coming in to keep the residency going for years.

You are both a writer and an editor. Where’s the best place people can find your work?
All my novels, and short story collections and anthologies are available at the usual places online. You can start at www.aikiflinthart.com – browse through the Books menus, read the blurbs, see what you fancy. Click the Buy ebook link (and maybe refresh it because it can be a bit dodgy). Then choose the retailer you prefer to buy from and grab a copy.
If you’d prefer a paperback, just either send an email through the website, or order one through your online bookstore or local bookstore.
And don’t forget to leave reviews on Goodreads etc if you enjoy the stories.
Good reviews help other readers find good stories – and help authors not die of starvation.

Very exciting news, there is also a LIVE Pictionary event with the amazing Annie Bucknall as she has special guests Aiki Flinthart, Garth Nix, Juliet Marillier, and Alison Goodman, just a few of the exceptional authors from Relics, Wrecks, and Ruins joining her on the 28th January 2021. To sign up for reminders of the event, just click here

A huge thank you to Aiki Flinthart for taking the time to do this. To pre-order your very own copy of Relics, Wrecks, and Ruins you can go here https://books2read.com/Relics and help support The Flinthart.

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Posted in Life Adventures, Publications, Writing Adventures

Just a Little Update

A lot later with this post then I meant, but these things happen, regularly. I’m working on my November Reviews post now but just a little update about life and writing. Since finishing NaNoWriMo, the publisher of my Novella Series Fang Ripper Chronicles has picked a date for Book 1, The Void and advertised it.

Book 1 of my first Series coming in 2021 – It’s real and it’s happening

In between working on this series, I’ve been preparing for my first Novella being released on April 23rd, Cold as Hell, which I should hopefully be able to reveal the cover and pre-order link in the next few weeks. As well as working on some other stories, including a dystopian tale to push me right outside of my comfort zone. It’s been very interesting and educational … about both my writing method and the frustrations I am getting with my own writing method.

In life news, we are looking forward to a small family Christmas with just our little trio (well there is five of us when you include the fur babies). We even got the lights and tree up.

Our Tree Book

Hope you are all staying safe, and looking forward to some season joy or downtime.

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