December 5, 2014
A Vengance of Angels, Amazon, CreateSpace, novel, paperback, self-publish
The first complete copies of A Vengeance of Angels have arrived in the UK, courtesy of Amazon CreateSpace, drawing a neat line under the story and declaring it to be completed.
My first book suffered from a case of couldn’t-leave-it-alone-itis. However, with some thanks to the timetable set by my editor, the second book will not suffer this fate.
With ‘Vengeance’ in print, I am content to leave it alone – barring the surfacing of any undiscovered typos, of course.
So now, I am determined to crack on with the third book in the trilogy and:
USA: Buy A Vengeance of Angels
UK: Buy A Vengeance of Angels
December 3, 2014
Canada, novel, paperback, publish, signed, USA
Signed copies now available to US and Canadian residents.
Buy A Construct of Angels, get an eCopy of A Vengeance of Angels free!
(Oh, if you’re resident in any other country, and would like a signed copy plus the perk,
please contact me in the comments section or PM me via Facebook.)
December 1, 2014
first draft, illness, knee, Laptop, muse, notes, novel, Pink Camper van, self-publish, story, write, writer
Image courtesy of ba1969 at StockXchng
In an odd turn of events, I find myself incapacitated and stuck at home, exactly fifteen years after a similar event kick-started my writing.
Those who know my story might remember that a week-long illness gave me the time I needed to collate all my scattered notes onto my first-ever laptop. This was the start of my first ‘real’ writing project, the still-to-be-completed ‘Homeworld.’ (I will complete this one day, when I’ve cleared a few other projects.)
Now, after eight weeks immobilised, resting my crocked leg, my Muse crept up behind me, placed her hands over my eyes and whispered: “I have a great idea. Wanna hear it?”
And so she delivered an entire story, possibly an 80k novel, into my shell-like ear. I’m 99.8% certain (in life, there’s always room for a little doubt) the idea would never have come to me if I’d been working.
I’m optimistic that this new story has legs and will come together pretty quickly. It’s a quiet little British adventure story (provisionally titled ‘Pink Camper Van’) that made me smile as it unfolded. At the time of posting, I’ve already written 2,000 words, and I have a firm conclusion in mind, meaning this particular tale won’t end up as one of my infamous neverending stories.
As they say, watch this space. And as Monty Python might add: ‘And now for something completely different.’
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 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:
July 18, 2014
CDO, CreateSpace, errors, novel, obsessive, OCD, paperback, printing, self-publish, tyops, typo
Anyone who’s been following my attempts to create a paperback from my eBook will know that I’ve been so very close for such a long, long time.
But last night, I got confirmation that my first paperback had been despatched by Amazon.
All right, I was the one who’d purchased it, but it was for a friend and voluntary beta-reader in Canada. Thanks Michelle!
Perhaps I ought to call her an omega-reader, because this (he says) is going to be the very last set of changes I will apply to the MS. Discussions with my editor (hello Tara!) place the industry-acceptable rate of errors at 0.015%. Mine is currently averaging 0.005% but typos still get under my skin and I hate them and zey vill.not.be.tolerated!!
Not that I’m obsessive or CDO or anything… >.<
(For those that haven’t seen CDO before, it’s like OCD, but the letters are.in.the.correct.order. As they ought to be. :D )
Aaaaanyway, my first paperback has taken flight and ought to arrive within the week. I wait with baited breath for Michelle’s appraisal before I fix the dratted MS for one final time and close the chapter on the first book. Any remaining errors will have to be flagged up by particularly CDO-inclined readers of the future. I will simply smile quietly and say ‘I left that one in there especially for you, you clever thing.’
Oh, PS… I clicked ‘order’ on Tuesday evening (GMT), received a shipping notification the following evening and by Thursday afternoon, the book had arrived in Ontario! This was well inside Createspace’s ‘within 7 days’ estimate. Impressive!