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And so it begins… again

DebE —  June 13, 2014 — 6 Comments

The blank page.

That dreaded blank page. It’s horrible!

Why do we do this to ourselves?

I think, largely, it is because writers are gluttons for punishment. We’re never happy, and if we should be then we will find something to keep us down. And what better way than to start a new project?

Read a 1-star review of our work, you suggest? Yes, that is a good plan, too… Unless you get the kind of 1-stars you’re proud of (and I have been, lately… I’ve really liked them).

I am lucky this time around in that I’ve written two previous books in the same series I’m continuing on, so I have a decent string of events I already know I need to cover to tie off the loose ends. But Continue Reading…

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The Felinity Cover

Felinity – An Anthology by Kristell Ink

Felinity, noun, plural fel-in-ities. 1. The quality of being cat-like. 2. A divine being, a cat.

Grimbold Books is proud to present our first Kristell Inkling, a collection of feline inspired flash fiction stories written by authors from all around the world.
This collection celebrates what we regard as the most important factor when writing: write foremost for pleasure. The stories showcased in this book are full of laughter, grit, odd contraptions and a lot of fur, with a loud purring nod to our beloved genres of science fiction and fantasy.
From A.F.E Smith’s unique twist on Schrödinger’s cat, to Joel Cornah’s world-jumping old queen, from Clare Neilson’s steampunk creation to Tina Closser’s dragon fighting dreaming kitty, these alternate feline worlds are bound to delight sci fi/fantasy readers and cat lovers alike.

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Sound interesting?

Sounds like the perfect coffee table book, right? Right?

Stay tuned… below is an interview with one of the FELINITY authors…

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Where to buy:

Note: Prices are those set by Kristell Ink. Amazon has a tendency to play…

Paperback

USA $5.49 UK £3.99

Kindle
USA $2.99 UK £1.99

ePub
USA $2.99 UK £1.99 (Smashwords = all Ebook formats)

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Meet the author: David Cohen

David is a member of the Dunedin Writers Workshop (of which I am currently President/Chair person), so when it was suggested that I interview one of the FELINITY authors, I eagerly took the chance to boost the signal of a local…

Take it away David…

David Cohen

David Cohen

Tell us about something that has just happened or is about to happen in your life that you would like to share.
I’m planning on doing some overseas travel to do some research for a book.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Yes I do, but what it turns into (Novella to series is all open) I’ll only know when the characters tell what they plan to do.

What books have influenced your writing? Continue Reading…

Swag!

DebE —  February 7, 2014 — 3 Comments

So, not only is HEALER’S TOUCH free (ebook versions) everywhere, but you can also win SWAG!

Swag? You ask.

Swag! I say.

What’s swag? you ask.

Swag is… well it’s… it’s…

Oh, let me show you.

Healer's Touch Swag: Coffee mug, bookmarks, book, necklace

Swag!

So, go, GO to the KRISTELL INK website and enter the Rafflecopter to win!

Good luck!

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If you enjoyed this post, you can vote for it over at Springfree Family Times and help me win a trampoline for my family!! (Just picture me jumping on a trampoline – glee – yeah… now you wanna help me win, eh?)… You get free stuff, I get free stuff… win-win, no?

Blog Hop

DebE —  December 23, 2013 — 1 Comment

What a fab way to finish the year: With a re-cap/where-I’m-at post as part of an Author Blog Hop. So, here goes.

A brief run-down of 2013 from me: My book, HEALER’S TOUCH, was released at the end of January by Kristell Ink (part of Grimbold Books). I think it’s done not too badly for a debut novel published by a small publisher. My understanding is that Kristell Ink are really taking off, so I feel privileged to have got in on the ground floor. It’s all up, up, up from here.

We hit a bit of a snag when we split from Holland House to become Grimbold authors, but that’s all done and dusted now, all smooth sailing (Gosh, look at the cliches! Just look at them!).

As far as the rest of life goes, my son turned 3 in September and finally moved on from his terrible twos soon after and is becoming quite a pleasure to have around (phew!). And work has just seemed to get busier and busier. I’m sure it’s all very positive, but we (my husband and I) are stressed a good deal of the time (we work at the same company). Not super great for our parenting and my writing, but we’re managing. There are positive moves being made at work that may lead to reduced stress… or more, who knows?

Anyway, back to the Blog Hop. I was tagged by Elaine White. You can also see what she’s up to on her Facebook Page, Twitter and Goodreads profile.

Here’s how a blog hop works. Elaine tagged me, so I answer the four blog hop questions in my blog, which I will link to Elaine’s answers to the same questions on her blog. Then I will reach out to five random authors to continue the hop!

Read on to find my answers to the blog hop questions.

What are you writing?

I am currently (still) working on Continue Reading…

Cover - The Reluctant Prophet by Gillian O'RourkeHello, Gillian! Welcome to the home of Deb E., where I grill you slowly, basting regularly, until you’re nice and tender then I—uh, hey, where ya going? Come back, come back, I’ll be gentle. Promise. [See. I look totally innocent].

So, first up, can you tell me a little about you and your induction into writing?

Hi Deb, thanks for having me (but please not for dinner). And I promise to keep everything short and sweet! At the moment I’m working away full time as a Social Care Worker, helping adults with Intellectual Disabilities, but before that I was a nurse for several years in Melbourne, Australia, where I grew up. First thing people might notice about me is my odd accent, which has a mix of Scottish, Aussie and Irish now since I moved to Eire in 2007.

As for my writing, I’ve always been writing stories, especially since my teens, but I haven’t truly pursued it because I wouldn’t let anyone read my stuff. Last year I decided to ‘grow a pair’ and I was really very lucky to come across some very lovely people from Kristell Ink, who decided they loved my fantasy novel.

Tell me a little about your fantasy novel, THE RELUCTANT PROPHET.

The Reluctant Prophet is set in its own unique world, more medieval in technologies and beliefs. The story is written from the perspective of seventeen year old Esther, who has the gift/curse of foresight. The only problem is, she can only Continue Reading…

More Prizes

DebE —  July 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

In celebration of their first birthday, Kristell Ink are running a Writing Challenge to give you more chances to win prizes! (More chances? More chances? Yeah, the Rafflecopter is still running).

From Kristell Ink’s page:

In 500 words, we’d like you to tell us a fantasy/science fiction/steampunk/ subgenre story involving something with a feline feel.

And…

Grim and Bold will be judging, along with Alex Shepherd (reviewer for Fantasy Faction and all around fantasy lover). Once a shortlist is decided, we’ll bring along Adam Dalton (Gollancz author) and decide on the top three.

In the event of a split decision, we will turn to Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins author) to make the deciding decision.

Yeah…. They have awesome judges lined up.

So hop to it. 500 words isn’t too hard. Well… yeah… for someone who prefers novel-length writing, 500 words is very hard. Still, it’s worth giving a go.

And you’ve got till the 16th of August. Don’t leave it till the last minute, though. 500 words will take a ton of editing down (o:

Awkwardness… – #8Sunday

DebE —  June 23, 2013 — 14 Comments

So here I am again, sharing eight lines of WIP for the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday.

“Welcome” to new readers, and “Thanks for coming back” to returners.

Sorry to those who were looking for a little more explanation to last week’s entry. I’m going to have to remain tight-lipped on that one… too much spoilery information for HEALER’S TOUCH… But I love this bit, so I hope you will, too…

To set the scene for this one: Jonas and Llew have just attended a funeral for someone dear to them and have headed out for a walk to reflect. Jonas complimented Llew on her speech… and Llew brushes him off like so:

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Llew reached the fence and turned to look Jonas up and down.

“I didn’t say anything.”

“Well then, what you didn’t say, it was real nice.” He Continue Reading…

I know that if you hang out around my blog you probably like reading, or maybe music… hopefully both. In the spirit of encouraging the former, I’m going to shine my spotlight on fellow Kristell Ink author, C. N. Lesley’s recently released title Darkspire Reaches.

Here’s the good stuff:

Darkspire Reaches coverHer birth mother left her as a sacrifice to the Wyvern, believing a second born twin had no soul.
Her foster mother thought Raven possessed the magic of the First born. She believed she raised a slave.
The emperor of all the lands believed she knew the secret of his birth and that he must silence her.
Her tribe thought they could trade her for safe passage out of the emperor’s lands.


The Wyvern knows better. He is coming for her. His fury has no limits.

Raven always knew nobody wanted her: Her own mother abandoned her as baby for a wyvern sacrifice. Saved by a local witch to a hard life of labor, Raven always fears a wyvern would hunt her. And when one does he takes her to the mountain aerie of Darkspire Reaches, where she encounters the mighty Drakken lord. Apart from being handsome and powerful, Connor is the most arrogant, self-centered, difficult man Raven has ever encountered. Instant power battles ensue leading to a sparkling love/hate relationship.

A few buy links:

Amazon Kindle (US)
Amazon Paperback (UK)
Smashwords

Of course, don’t forget to look out for it from your favourite vendor!

About the author:

Elizabeth Hull, writing under the by line of C.N.Lesley, lives in Alberta with her husband and cats. Her three daughters live close by. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth likes to read and to paint watercolors. She is also a keen gardener, despite the very short summers and now has a mature shade garden. Once a worker in the communications sector, mostly concentrating on local news and events, she now writes full time.

Trivia.

The by line comes about because there is a very nice lady fantasy writer already published who uses Elizabeth’s legal name.

All Elizabeth’s cats are rescue adoptions. Her current boy was days away from being euthanized, as he was deemed too sick to adopt. The cat recovered within hours of being brought home.

She was senior managing editor of FlashMe Magazine and now is assistant flash fiction editor for Abyss and Apex.  http://www.abyssapexzine.com/

Elizabeth can be found here: http://cnlesley.wordpress.com/

Mood Killer – #8Sunday

DebE —  April 14, 2013 — 14 Comments

So here I am again, sharing eight lines of WIP for the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday.

This week, I’m actually carrying directly on from last week’s entry… If you recall, Jonas and Llew were getting a little bit cosy, and Jonas had just told Llew that should anything happen to her, he would heal her (which would result in him being drained) and she would be so grateful she’d make love to him immediately… He continues…

“I’m afraid I would be at your mercy, weak as I’d be. But I’ll forgive you.” Continue Reading…

Hey you guys!  (Oh, The Goonies … oooh, Josh Brolin, don’t mind if I do… Oh, wait. Where was I?)

You know all about the fact that my story Healer’s Touch is due to be published, and that it is being published by the new, and just as wonderful, Kristell Ink. I know you know, because I keep telling you!

Well, before we get around to that wonderful event (it’s coming, though … we’re nearly half-way edited, and we’re onto Cover Design!!), Kristell Ink is releasing a couple of other titles. In fact, they are both released this month!

First up is the Steampunk Anthology of short stories, Strange Tales From The Scriptorian Vaults. First up, here’s the blurb:

When the newly-promoted Sergeant Crystal Lewis and her military team loops to a parallel world, they discover a London very different to those their agency have investigated elsewhere. Steam powered ships fill the sky, metal creatures scurry through the streets, and the Great Library is now nothing more than a burnt out shell; the history, knowledge and literature of the world has been destroyed. Crystal’s investigations discover the records of the Scriptorians: elite explorers, scientists and chroniclers, chosen for their wordsmith abilities, their tenacious belief in uncovering the truth, their passion for the bizarre and baffling. There is some evidence that these mysterious adventurers, fighters and writers also discovered the technology to loop and visit other parallel worlds. Here are some of their tales…

Zoë Harris offers us a vision of feminism taken to extremes, while Ken Dawson has the epitome of the pushy parent at the heart of his story; Jake Finlay’s and Ross Kitson’s stories are concerned with moral dilemmas in research and medicine and both consider the nature of immortality; Steven J. Guscott gives a novel twist to the Frankenstein story; David Muir’s central character is an apparently immortal warrior; on lighter note, Paul Freeman gives us a hero easily swayed by a pretty face and adventure, and Robert Peett shows a world of strange invasions, infections and mutations, and at the end, Sammy H.K Smith shows how it all began with the daring Lady Pippa Raven – the first true Scriptorian.

Click here to buy the UK Kindle version!

Click here to buy the US Kindle version!

Well, there you go. That’s straight to the point. Go look-see. Buy, buy!

Why don’t I have a story in there? Because I haven’t had the time to write many short stories on the side. Those that I do take a lot of effort. I have one Short Story that is Steampunk and is a side-project for the Healer’s Touch story, or whatever I end up calling the series. But it didn’t fit with the mood of this anthology, so that is why you won’t find it in there.

Anyway, back to working on Book Two while I have a moment’s silence in the house.
And I’ll tell you about the next release soon!