September 17, 2014
A Construct of Angels, A Vengeance of Angels, cover reveal, editor, novel, second novel, self published, Shaner Media Creations, tara
This sequel has been a long time coming, but the release date is steadily drawing closer and optimism is growing for a mid-November release. So different from the release of my first novel, this timetable is holding and everything appears to be on schedule.
‘A Construct of Angels’ – my debut novel – crawled forward in random fits and starts, suffering from a mixture of inexperience and poor planning.
But thanks to my editor, Tara (she of Shaner Media Creations), the timetable she created is keeping me moving steadily forward.
So, in keeping with her timetable, I am now proud to present the cover my second novel, the sequel to ‘A Construct of Angels:’
Seasoned readers will spot many similarities to the first cover. This is deliberate :D
I asked Ravven to retain some of the original elements in order to provide series continuity. The main character, you will notice, has been replaced with another to reflect the changes in the new storyline.
All being well, I ought to be able to reveal some teasers soon. :D Not yet, though, as my beta-readers are still combing through the MS.
In the meantime, watch this space and:
September 15, 2014
WordPress has notified me that I now have 500 lovely followers!
I know you’re all lovely – I’m sure I would have heard if you weren’t. These things get out, you know!
Anyway, this is for all of you, especially those who have followed me since the early days:
Don’t blush. I know you’re out there! :D
So, keep following and reading… plus don’t forget to:
September 8, 2014
A Construct of Angels, A Vengeance of Angels, blog hop, fun, jumping from cliffs, novel, self published, Work in progress
I was recently nominated by my more-than-entertaining blogging mate Jon to share my opening sentences with everyone who reads my posts.
People DO read my posts… don’t they? *listens to the keening wind and the rustle of tumbleweed.* Oh well, just me then.
I am to post, as required, the opening sentence from each of the first three chapters of my current WIP, ‘A Vengeance of Angels.’
This is the sequel to my debut novel ‘A Construct of Angels’ and describes the apocalyptic adventures of the Angel-become-mortal, Michael.
Oh, if you’ve already read the first book (which uses Sara Finn’s POV), this story is told from Michael’s POV.
I was alone, and I was glad of it.
The bright beacon that had been the Black Star flared briefly as it swept toward the western horizon.
Two weary men – paramedics by the look of their leaf green jumpsuits – trudged wearily through the reception area.
That’s it! That’s the only peek you’re getting for now. *waves everyone gently back.*
Thanks for nominating me Jon. Everyone, please go and pay Jumpingfromcliffs a visit. It’s so entertaining, it should be on your bucket list!
Now, in keeping with the blog hop, I now nominate four other bloggers to continue the fun:
Have fun, and above all:
September 3, 2014
I recently happened across another article about famous introverts.
There are more of us out there, than you’d think – some very famous ones too! Julia Roberts and Harrison Ford amongst them.
August 21, 2014
Andrew Toynbee, bling, bookmark, limited edition, paperback, signed copy, Sonya Loveday, USA
Although we now live in a world of electronic books, there remains a healthy number of people who prefer the smell and feel of real paperbacks (and hardbacks, lets not forget) and would always choose the physical over the virtual.
To that end, I was persuaded to produce a paperback version of ‘A Construct of Angels’ so that these traditional readers could also enjoy (I hope) my written word.
With the help of my US writing bestie, Sonya Loveday, two boxes of freshly-printed copies have now arrived in the US.
The first fifteen peeps to order one of these books will receive a signed copy, plus bookmark, plus a choice of miniature ‘Construct of Angels’ paperback bling created by Tarnya Rutheford:
This is a one-off offer (for the US) as I’ll be returning to England within the next few days.
I’ll be leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again. :D (That was a free earworm for you to enjoy!)
So, grab ‘em while you can!
Numbers, as I said, are limited.
Click on the Paypal ‘Buy it’ button on the right side of this page (under the book cover) for ordering details.
August 13, 2014
book, introvert, Jenna Burtenshaw, retiring, Robin Hobb, shy, signing, Waterstones, writer
Many of us who are writing have probably dreamed about suddenly being catapulted to fame – the sort of fame now enjoyed (endured?) by Joanne Rowling.
But would such a thing be a triumph, or a terror?
For me, I would hate the idea; love the income, fear the price that comes with it.
As an introvert, I would far rather hide in the background and pay an accomplished actor to be ‘me,’ to press the flesh and face the flashes as a blizzard of questions are launched.
I’m happy to think, imagine, dream and type out my thoughts on my current keyboard, from wherever I happen to be in the world.
I have been to exactly two book signings in my life. One was for my fellow writer and Darlington-dweller, Jenna Burtenshaw, the other was for Robin Hobb, one of my favourite fantasy authors.
Although the attendance at Jenna’s signing was a little smaller than Robin’s, I still wondered what it would feel like to be on the opposite side of the table. It didn’t appeal. Although it would have been nice (I imagined) to speak to people who’d enjoyed my work, the idea of being placed in front of the public sent a cold shiver down my back. I would much rather communicate with an audience on-line than in real life.
Am I alone in this?
Do other writers fear the repercussions of their work achieving a measure of fame?
It’s a question raised by Ben Myers in The Guardian. In the twenty-first century, do writers now have a duty to the public?
If you ask me, I’d rather simply…