Thursday, 25 February 2016

Golden Dawn's Paperback!

Eee! I'm so excited it finally turned up! So here's me, being excited...


The re-release date is, to be precise, the 31st of March.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Is it Really Adult or... NA-h?

I've been thinking over this for perhaps as long as Dark One's Mistress was first conceived. I may have even discussed it once before, but the more I look at it, the more I wonder...

Did I miscategorise it?

Way back in 2012, when I'd just finished the first draft, New Adult was a strange beast to me. I'd never read a book in that category. Some years later and I've devoured a number of NA novels, not as many as I would've liked thanks to being currently sans Kindle, but I digress...

I look at Dark One's Mistress' sequel, Dark One's Bride, and I think about how it wouldn't seem strange amongst NA books.

Granted, Clara's at the younger end of the spectrum what with being 17, but the whole arc of the trilogy is... Well, rather New Adult-ish...
In Dark One's Mistress, she's rather like a child raging at the unfairness of it all, which is likely why I get reviews saying how unlikeable she is at first. I won't deny she can be selfish and nasty and altogether stubborn, but I like to think she grows from that.
By Dark One's Bride, she's adjusted a bit and comfortable within her new home, but still uncertain on how to handle herself in the new setting of the court she's put into and all the people's expectations of her, as well as that of her own and Lucias', along with other realities of a romantic relationship with a ruler who needs an heir.
Now in Dark One's Wife, which I've yet to fully outline... Let's just say where Dark One's Bride had the friendly court, Dark One's Wife has the not-so-friendly court. And of course, there's still people trying to kill Lucias and control her. Without giving too much away, she makes a decision even he couldn't make, but then she's not the Great Lord's Shield for nothing.

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I think that qualifies under the whole transition between adolescence and adulthood. Poor woman sure has one turbulent year...

There's no concerns on the steamy side of things to keep me from classing it as New Adult. Dark One's Mistress is a clean romance, they don't even kiss until the end. Dark One's Bride cranks up the steam and perhaps pushes the border a little, but still no sex. Dark One's Wife? Well, the scene I have is near the end and, whilst in need of a rewrite, isn't at all explicit.

Thoughts?

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Songs, Songs, Songs

I was looking over the playlist for In Pain and Blood that has slowly complied itself and... Well, apart from some chapters apparently having two songs linked to them, it has quite a number of songs from children's movies for a book that's not really meant for a little one's eyes. Especially from the Tangled album...




Oof, everything from The Kingdom Dance down just kills me.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Cover Reveal... Golden Dawn!

Eeee! I'm so excited!

Although, admittedly, it feels a little odd, going through the publishing process again for Golden Dawn, but yeah...
The last time Golden Dawn was released into the world, I'd rather sporadic internet back then, and had lost it completely by the original release date, leaving me with the option of hauling my desktop on an hour-round drive to my god mother's place every few days just to get my emails. Trying to protect a hefty all-in-one cpu as you lug it through the rain certainly can't be anyone's idea of fun. I actually wound up with a broken CD drive.


Anyway... you didn't come here to read my rambles about the past or my poor, abused computer.

You're here for the cover.

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I hope it's worth this suspense.

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BOOM!
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Family and blood.

After 1100 years, these simple words mean everything to Herald. His life has been ruled by keeping his siblings safe, keeping them from becoming prey whilst feeding on the weaker. His failures have been many and measured by those he has lost. People like his twin brother.

There has always been another enemy.

Just who the enemy is comes into question when Herald meets the dangerous, angelic creature he is to guard. Wondering where his true loyalties lie is a dangerous thought. No matter whether he chooses family over the heart, it will mean death.

Only the right choice will ensure the life taken is not his.


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Oh, and the full spread for the paperback

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Upcoming Cover Reveal

On the 15th, the new look for Golden Dawn shall be live!

I'm so excited to show it off as it's the second one I've done from scratch.

I've been so jazzed from it, that I went straight on to doing the mock-ups for the following two novels... That I've yet to rewrite because, let's be honest, they're absolute messes.
On the plus side, I have plans for a new direction for Crimson Night, the second novel. Well, a fresh way for certain events to pan out.

If you'd like to be part of the reveal, the post to comment on is over at Enchanted Book Promotions, otherwise...

Keep a look out for the new cover appearing soon!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Chronological Sorting

I've said it before, I'll say it again, each book in the Spellster Series will be written as a standalone. But, as they all happen in the same world, my goal is to have them linked in some way. To that end, I've had to think about timelines and major events that overlap.


For the sake of my sanity, I refer to the stories in the order I plan to publish them...

  1. Through Smoke and Fire
  2. In Pain and Blood
  3. To Target the Heart
  4. Burning Beneath the Sun
  5. Down the Path of Shadows


They each have a different place as a backdrop, so it's not as if they're closely connected...

The most mapwork I've done in ages
1 happens in the Udynea Empire's second largest city
2 goes all around the kingdom of Demarn
3 starts in the capital of Tirglas, but ends in the Udynean capital
4 is set solely in Niholia's capital city
5 focuses on a village in Obuzan


To think of them in chronological terms* is a little trickier. As things stand so far, 3 seems to have become the central point to base the others around, but...

4 has to come first for someone to know a particular thing in 3.
2 likely occurs near the beginning of 3 or between 4 & 3.
3 comes next, otherwise the final events of 1 can't happen.
1 happens sometime during 3. About halfway onwards.
5 could, theoretically, happen whenever. So far, anyway.

* Also, if published in their chronilogical order, I get a whole new sentence: Burning Beneath the Sun, In Pain and Blood, To Target the Heart, Through Smoke and Fire, Down the Path of Shadows. Ha!


Now I know I'll be implementing my little timeline software beyond what I already have laid out for In Pain and Blood. Mind you, it's not as complicated as what I had to do when inserting the novella into The Rogue King Saga, but still 4, 3, & 1 must match up for anyone who reads the whole series, which I guess means that I'll be starting 3 after I'm done with 2...


Have you ever had to make sure timelines match up, whether in a series or a standalone? How did you go about it?

Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Descendants by Jaclyn E. Brod

Everything comes with a price, even if it isn’t what you expect.

The Descendants
(Book One of the Souls Series)

Author: Jaclyn E. Brod

In the year 2030 a war is waged, and only one can save human kind, but will she die before she can save The world?





Excerpt:
Genevieve. It was poor Genevieve who was blocking the front door with bruises adorning her flesh like a molting fledgling. Blood trickled down from the corners of her hazel eyes. Her arms were thrown out to her sides as if that motion alone could stop Theo’s guards and the Experiments.
“Move,” Jaxs hissed, her hands blazing with a midnight glow, but Theo stepped in front of her as fear for the heiress surged in his veins. He heard the safety of Sage’s gun switch from safe to fire. Genevieve said nothing; her knotted golden hair did not even twitch.
Hazel eyes bored into Theo, pleading for him to turn around and give up. He knew that this was the moment. This was the moment where he chose. He looked at Jaxs with the disheveled sneer hanging on her face with frightened eyes and then back Genevieve’s hardened visage.
 “You could have come with us,” Theo muttered just loudly enough for her to hear. He knew that time had passed, that there was nothing that would change her mind now, but he had to be sure that this was what she wanted. The blood pouring from her eyes only increased as her eyes watered slightly. “We both know that is not true. You belong here. I belong here. The Confinement harbors souls, Theo, because we need to be kept safe from the world. You don’t know what you are getting into. You don’t know what that thing,” she gestured to Jaxs,
“Will do to you. You don’t know what you are causing here, but I do. Stay here and trust me.” She held out a hand, ignoring the clatter of footsteps echoing down the hall toward them. Theo felt a vice tighten around his throat as he shook his head.
This was not the wonderful girl that he had come to know before. She was not the freedom loving, loyal soul that he once knew. “No, Genevieve.” He shook his head. “I don’t trust you.” The golden-haired young woman reached into her thin pocket and before anyone could stop her, she shoved a syringe into her own exposed neck. It was as if a bomb had gone off.
Manic laughter echoed off of the cobblestone floors of the castle and melded with the yells of approaching guards. Genevieve dropped her hands to her sides, her head twitching upon her neck as shadows fell over her face.
The once graceful mouth twisted into a maleficent sneer and hazel eyes glazed over with black pigment. “I will obey my Mother!” Genevieve said, or what was left of her. Theo took a step back in horror as thick blackened tendrils exploded throughout Genevieve’s body. Her delicate hands rose to the ceiling with smoke flying from her fingertips.
Her hysterical laughter revealed blackened, charcoal teeth just below the surface that housed bleeding gums. At some point in the transformation Jaxs had moved from her position behind Theo without him noticing. Her outstretched hands pushed him behind her as she let loose a surge of power directed at Genevieve.
There was nothing Theo could do except scream as Jaxs’s blast threw Genevieve to the ground. The former head guard just stared at her twitching body on the cold floor as Sage dragged him out the front door.
The five of them made it outside, but when the heavy door closed behind him Theo swore that he heard a weak, mournful whisper of, “I told you to be careful.” The door clicked shut.
 Guards rushed into the room. Some ran to Genevieve’s fallen form, but they were quickly waved away by Dr. Grant. The foreboding woman crossed the lobby with her head held high, a cold mask settled over her face. She did not react. Stilettos clicked across the uneven cobblestone, echoing eerily across the floor. The stilettos dug into flesh as she stepped on her daughter’s shuddering body.
Blood washed over the bottom of Dr. Grant’s heels, which she ignored in favor of pulling open the door. The weeping willows were churning in the wind as Dr. Grant felt a snicker rise up in her throat. The darkened sky did not allow the woman to see the escapees, but she knew where they were going. A laugh permeated the silence of the outside world as she dug her heels into Genevieve’s flesh. Dr. Grant stood there for a moment before she looked down upon the girl.
 “Get up, my love,” she cooed. “We have some work to do.”
There was no hesitation. “Yes, Mother.”

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Jaclyn E. Brod is a full time writer and student, currently going to school for medical billing as a background but her true passion is writing. She has one cat named Zazzie whos she loves more than anything and a fiancĂ© whos a cook and a gamer nerd. 
When Jaclyn Isn’t writing she is spending time with her best friends and her best friends children who she calls her niece and nephew. 
She is the author of the newly debut novel The Descendants. 
Many of her inspiration from stories comes from music and reading. 
And her biggest inspiration of all, Harry Potter.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Where Did It Go?

You may, or may not, have noticed a sudden disappearance of Golden Dawn's covers from the various social media sites as well as a marked lack of places to buy it.

That's because the rights for it have returned to me. Although it wasn't an easy decision to make, I believe it was the right choice.

I'll be releasing the book later on in the year. When? I'm not yet certain, so keep an eye out for the reveal of its new cover and rerelease.