Book Review – Spellbound: A Horror Anthology

"Spellbound: A Horror Anthology" is the fourth book in the horror anthology series - compiled by award winning author, Dan Alatorre, and featuring talents such as Robbie Cheadle, Geoff Le Pard, Dabney Farmer, and many more. Like the previous anthologies, this short story collection is all about chills and thrills, with its horror stories playing... Continue Reading →

Home Again

I'm back! Holidays are over (sniff sniff), but they had the desired effect...I'm refreshed, ethused, and ready to make 2021 my bitch. I've started a new schedule, that allows me to write for an hour and a half every weekday morning. I can get around 1,000 words done in this time, which amounts to 5,000... Continue Reading →

Author Interview!

Yes, I am on holidays! And yes, I said I wouldn't be around... but... I have to point you all in the direction of Victoria 'Ray' and her fabulous blog, as she's featured yours truly in an amazing author interview! I was over the moon to do the interview, and so deeply thankful to Ray... Continue Reading →

Quick Update – I’m Alive!

Hi dear friends! I'm still alive (post op). Sore, sorry, bored. Not quite able to sit at my keyboard for a long period of time though. But! I wanted to point out a few things that have been going on in the blogosphere/Writing Community while I've been away that you might've missed. First, if you... Continue Reading →

Sins of the Lamb teaser

Ever wondered how Grace Dyer, that uncouth gunfighter from the Wild West, might behave at a swanky dinner party? Well, here's a sneak peek (extracted from Sins of the Lamb, The Armageddon Showdown Book II): Ethel launched into an excited description of her upcoming gala event. “It will be the ritziest blow of the century! A masquerade ball.... Continue Reading →

Sum Up Your WIP With One Image…

I recently came across an image on Pinterest that is the quintessential embodiment of my newly released debut novel Guns of Perdition, and indeed, my entire series, The Armageddon Showdown. This has inspired me to ask you all to find and share an image (or gif) that represents your WIP. In the meantime, enjoy, Guns... Continue Reading →

Is there a write time?

So, I've had a busy week publicizing the first installment of The Armageddon Showdown series - Guns of Perdition (my debut novel), and I'd love to say thanks to everyone who has supported my release! But, aside from promotion, I've also been doing a bit of work on Book 2 - Sins of the Lamb.... Continue Reading →

Guns of Perdition – Chapter Teaser

Guns of Perdition, The Armageddon Showdown, is now available for preorder. Want to know if it's for you? Sample some of the first chapter here: CHAPTER ONE Jessie was on his hands and knees picking up shards of glass when the batwing doors swung open, and a stranger strode into the Bad Hoss Saloon. As... Continue Reading →

Twitter Pitching Event – #PitDark

This one nearly passed me by. Only by visiting the blog of fellow dark writer, Priscilla Bettis, did I notice she'd shared a link for upcoming Twitter event #PitDark. What is #PitDark? To quote event organiser, Jason Huebinger: #PitDark is the first and only Twitter pitch event to highlight literature of a “darker” nature. Importantly,... Continue Reading →

A Brief Update

Morning all isolated folks! Hope everything is going well in your part of the world. Here, down under, we're practicing social isolation, though some of us are still coming to work (ie, me). I haven't touched the WIP in months, despite being only a quarter of the way from publish-ready. I've just lost all enthusiasm... Continue Reading →

Finally Back in the Saddle

I finally found the time, motivation, and effort to do a little editing on Guns of Perdition today. Only seventeen more chapters to go and it. is. done. I'm thinking of sending it off to a pro to complete the formatting, as it's not a task I'm particularly keen to undertake myself nor, do I... Continue Reading →

Editing is Important

So, if you've been following my blog for any length of time you'll know I've been wrangling with my debut novel - Guns of Perdition - for a few years. I wrote it, rewrote it, edited, edited some more, edited again, printed and edited, beta'd, edited, and edited again. The dang thing had to be perfect... Continue Reading →

I’m Okay

Hello all! I was planning my return to the blogosphere later this month (and a less than speedy return to writing) after an extended break, when it occurred to me that my overseas friends might be concerned about my well being due to our country's current status - that is, burning. Alright, honestly, it took... Continue Reading →

Spring Vacation

We're about to head off for a couple of weeks' vacation. First, to Australia's National Capital (Canberra) for some museum hopping, to check out the National War Memorial, and to see the National Zoo (watch this space for "cute" Australian wildlife pics). Then we're headed to the Gold Coast (think California) for sun, sea, sand,... Continue Reading →

The Write Way?

Do you ever write scenes (or chapters, or parts) out of order? I've always written from the start to the finish in the past, however I'm contemplating skipping Part III of my current WIP and writing Part IV first. The reason being, Part IV directly relates to events in the previous Book, and I intend... Continue Reading →

Eventful Day of Writing

I managed another eventful day of writing today - the muse is being kind to me. 5,300 words wracked up and Part III of the WIP planned. Here's a very small snippet from today's session (I can't share too much of today's writing because, you know, spoilers). Rolls of naked flab dripped down his torso... Continue Reading →

WIP Progress and a Teaser

Managed a most productive day today. Achieved 4,000 words on the WIP - some of them half-decent words too! This attractive fellow was the inspiration for today's two chapters: And here follows a little snippet of today's adventures: Though the light was dim, it was enough to illuminate the horrors within the hut. Every surface... Continue Reading →

Writing Mojo

I've got the mojo at the moment. I've managed 2,500 words on my WIP  in the past two days. I'm putting it down to having finished the computer game that was devouring my free time (*cough* Witcher 3 *cough*), and getting my ass into gear. Part II of Book II is now shaping up (just... Continue Reading →

Progress Update

A quick update from the spec fic corner down under... My manuscript is at the Doctor. That is; my manuscript is off for its final edit from a pro. Yes, I found an editor who seems to offer quality work at a fair price! I'm very excited to see what she comes back with and... Continue Reading →

Small Progress

Some small progress made today. I edited another 10 chapters in my WIP (Guns of Perdition) and am now over half-way through what I consider to be my final edit. I'm amending some plot points found by dear beta readers, fixing grammar, and tightening, tightening, tightening. I estimate it'll be another two to three weeks... Continue Reading →

Road Block

As mentioned previously, I've been away sick but am now almost completely back 'on deck', so to speak. This doesn't mean my 'mojo' is back - in fact, I'm having trouble picking up the pen again. However, this - I've come to realise - is not directly related to being sick. I've been procrastinating and... Continue Reading →

Progress

I don't know if it was a visit from my Muse (who is definitely not as eye-catching as Staci's) or just some good advice following an out-loud debate about the future of my writing, but yesterday I was able to sink some hours into editing my near complete WIP Guns of Perdition... and I actually enjoyed it.... Continue Reading →

Avena Sativa… and a few other things.

"Avena Sativa"... it means - greetings in a non-human language? Character name for a mouthy half-human, half-elf archer? Capitol city in a mystical land? Nah... it's actually the Latin name for 'oat extract'. I read it on my shampoo bottle and thought 'wow, that sounds cool'! So, why am I talking about the soothing ingredients... Continue Reading →

Unfocused

Long weekend Monday here and I'm feeling pretty unfocused at the moment. After receiving some wonderful feedback on The Armageddon Showdown Book 1, Guns of Perdition, I now have some (more) editing and revising to do. I also have Book 2 WIP to continue writing (which is stalled at chapter eight), plus I've kind of... Continue Reading →

Weighed Down

Do you ever feel weighed down by your current WIP (or series)? I'm a creative person. My brain is always ticking. I usually get three or four ideas a day for stories, characters, settings, plots (etc). However, because I'm in the middle of a (stalled) WIP series, I feel I can't act on anything new. I... Continue Reading →

Book Reviews

As per usual, I haven't had a lot of time for reading, but what I have read has been wonderful (except for two DNFs). Below I've jotted down some thoughts (and links) to those I've read.  Oathbreaker's Guild - The Rose Shield Book 2 - D. Wallace Peach "Oathbreaker's Guild" is a continuation of D. Wallace... Continue Reading →

WIP Update and a Teaser

It's been a slack weekend writing wise but I did get some planning done and reorganised the structure of the WIP slightly. To be clear, I mean Book II in my WIP series! I don't have a lot of motivation for writing at the moment, and I'm putting this down to an impending holiday (or... Continue Reading →

Stay on Target

Okay, so this is the plan... 2000 (approx) words = 1 chapter 2 chapters a week = (approx) 1 Part per month 7 Parts = 7 months 7 months = 1 complete manuscript, (ie) Book 2 - Sins of the Lamb It's just a simple mathematical equation really. So, by this logic, I have one weekend... Continue Reading →

Weekend Progess

Despite still not feeling fantastic, I got around 3,500 words written this weekend, and completed chapters 4 and 5, and started 6. Feeling pretty happy with them too. One more chapter to go before things shift gear and I need to do a ton of research! When writing a WIP, I always think it's interesting... Continue Reading →

A Thrill and Indecision

Goddamn what a fucking thrill it is the first time you see your front cover! Especially for your debut novel! That was my joy yesterday when my extremely talented cover artist, Jennifer, from Indie Designz, showed me the first draft of Guns of Perdition. Thrilled is actually downplaying how I felt. So now I'm back to that... Continue Reading →

It’s all in the Point of View

Dear esteemed writerly fellows, I have a POV question! I'm in the process of outlining The Armageddon Showdown Book II (yes, and still editing Book I), and am trying to decide which POV to use. Book I was third-person limited, which worked quite well, however I am toying with third-person multiple (albeit limited to two characters), for... Continue Reading →

News

It's been a very busy week in my day job this week. Unfortunately, that translates to 'it's been a crap writing week', or rather, editing week. I've hardly looked at my manuscript all week. I'm intending to do a lot this weekend, however I'm nursing a bit of a sinus infection so I mightn't get... Continue Reading →

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