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New Website

DebE —  August 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hey folks.

I’ve made the leap to a self-hosted website. So, if you’ve landed here, feel free to visit me over here.

I’m still settling in at the moment, so bear with me. Once I’ve worked out the design (with my very helpful designer Kura Carpenter) I’ll do a proper launch.

All the old posts from here are over there now, too, so it’s almost like I never moved (but will be prettier). I’m still working on the ability for people to be able to follow the posts… there will be an RSS feed, no doubt, and probably the ability to email blog posts still. But, these will all be shared via my Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages anyway…

Hope to see you over there.

I was interviewed by the lovely Joanne Hall. You can read even more about me, here… (wow)

 

Interview with Deb E Howell, author of “Healer’s Touch”

Following my review of Deb E Howell’s “Healer’s Touch” (see previous post), I’m very happy to welcome Deb to the blog today and subject her to some gentle probing. Take it away, Deb!

Joanne Hall

Following my review of Deb E Howell’s “Healer’s Touch” (see previous post), I’m very happy to welcome Deb to the blog today and subject her to some gentle probing. Take it away, Deb!

Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m a mum to one human and four fur babies (one dog, two cats, and one mini horse). I love to grow things… in pots… less weeding. I love to write. And I love to dance.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, but so far haven’t used it directly. Instead, I use the research skills I learned to help make unreal things a little more real.

Healers TouchI’ve just reviewed your first novel, “Healer’s Touch”, which was an unusual combination of Steampunk / Western / Romance – a bit different! Could you tell us about the book (no spoilers!) What drew you to writing a…

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Compassion is something we often reserve for others, but we need to give it to ourselves first and foremost. We’re artists, stay-at-home-moms, working moms, moms who care about the world around us, balancing budgets, making dinner and taking kids to their softball games/ ballet lessons/ Tae Kwon Do championships, etc.

We falter (Never fail). Sometimes, at only one thing. Other days (or weeks, or what seems like years), we feel like we’re faltering at everything and letting everyone we care about down.

This post came at the right time for me… worth checking out:

Guest Post: An Open Letter To The Writer-Moms, by Tonia Marie Harris | Descent Into Slushland.

“Read a great New Zealand speculative fiction work published last year? Now’s the time to nominate it for a Sir Julius Vogel Award! Nominations are open until 15 February, and anyone can nominate…”

Learn more at: 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Awards – Nominations | SpecFicNZ.

I have been lucky enough to have been nominated for “Best Novel” and “Best New Talent”… but multiple nominations don’t hurt! (o:

 

Eight (that right, EIGHT!) Kristell Ink titles are up for grabs, along with a 10,000 word critique of a SciFi/Fantasy Manuscript by the lovely Joanne Hall, to the highest bidder in one of the Authors of Philipinnes auctions… so get bidding. It’s for a great cause.

Authors for the Philippines

me2ITEM: Up to 10,000 words of manuscript editing / critique (Fantasy and SF only, please!), as well as a box of paperbacks from Kristell Ink – eight books in total.

BIO : Joanne Hall lives in Bristol, England, with her partner. She has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pen, and gave up a sensible (boring) job in insurance to be a full time writer, to the despair of her mother. She dabbled in music journalism, and enjoys going to gigs and the cinema, and reading. Her first three novels, which made up the New Kingdom Trilogy, were published by Epress Online. Since then she has had to move house to make more room for books. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies, including “Dark Spires” and “Future Bristol”, as well as a number of magazines. A collection of short stories, “The Feline Queen”…

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Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014

DebE —  November 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

SFFANZ News

Nominations for the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00pm on 15th February 2014.  The awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2013 calendar year.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies.  We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

Nomination FAQs can be found here.

If you would like to advise us of a work we have not listed, please contact listings@sffanz.org.nz.

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Happy Birthday, Dad

DebE —  October 26, 2013 — 2 Comments

It’s my dad’s birthday.

Just sayin’. (o;

Yesterday (2nd October) was this guy’s birthday:

He wasn't opposed to me making him look girly, either ...

He wasn’t opposed to me making him look girly, either …

He passed on on November 28th 2010.

Still love you, little guy.

Last year I fared worse.

OK. I’m crying now.

Hush.

4days

When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered.

Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger.

The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late.

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Clare Davidson is an independent writer, based in Lancaster. Clare is a high school teacher, mother and character-driven fantasy writer. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten.

She published her first novel, Trinity in July 2012. Trinity is a young adult, fantasy novel, which currently has seventeen five star reviews on Amazon UK.

Her second novel, Reaper’s Rhythm, is due to be released on the 26th July 2013. Also aimed at a young adult audience, Reaper’s Rhythm is an urban fantasy with a dash of mystery.

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Ways to connect with Clare Davidson:

Website: http://claredavidson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareMDavidson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClareMDavidson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6445758.Clare_Davidson

New releases mailing list: http://eepurl.com/zpjGf

Reaper's Rhythm Cover

When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered.

Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger.

The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late.

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Now, I’m lucky enough to have read an e-ARC copy of REAPER’S RHYTHM, and I found it highly enjoyable — finishing it within a couple of days (and that’s saying something, given my timetable).

If Paranormal YA is your thing, I definitely recommend it. But even if it’s not your preferred genre, I think you’ll get a kick out of this one.

REAPER’S RHYTHM releases 26th July 2013.

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Author Bio:

Clare Davidson is an independent writer, based in Lancaster. Clare is a high school teacher, mother and character-driven fantasy writer. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten.

She published her first novel, Trinity in July 2012. Trinity is a young adult, fantasy novel, which currently has seventeen five star reviews on Amazon UK.

Her second novel, Reaper’s Rhythm, is due to be released on the 26th July 2013. Also aimed at a young adult audience, Reaper’s Rhythm is an urban fantasy with a dash of mystery.

Ways to connect with Clare Davidson:

Website: http://claredavidson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareMDavidson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClareMDavidson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6445758.Clare_Davidson

New releases mailing list: http://eepurl.com/zpjGf