Ideas, Ideas, everywhere!

So many ideas!

Hi everyone, I’ve not posted in awhile. So, this is just an update on what I’ve been up to this past month.

Well in terms of writing the novels I’m afraid to say I’ve not done anywhere near enough the amount that I would have liked in January. And that’s because I’ve been settling in at my new job as a content manager, which I think is going pretty well so far.

2017 was a rough year for a few personal reasons but I did manage to release the audiobook version of Heir to the Sundered Crown, book 3 in the saga and the trilogy boxset.

This year I’m hoping for a lot more stability in my life in regards to work and will be hoping to crack on with my current works in progress. The thing is, there is I have so many ideas at the moment that I’m struggling to focus on just one project. As it stands I’m still aiming to release The First Fear sometime in the summer, but at the moment I think that will be my only release in 2018.

Never Enough Time!

Whilst working on that title I will also be working on book 4 in the Sundered Crown Saga and will also be dabbling in a few other projects. Unconquered Book 2 remains on hold due to time constraints but I will do my darnest to focus on it fully when the opportunity arises.

For this blog, I’ll be doing some more writing relating posts, movie reviews and will be opening up some slots for any guest posts that my fellow authors would like to contribute.

So here’s to a (hopefully) productive 2018!

 

 

Happy New Year – What’s to come?

Hello, everybody, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! I thought I’d write a post about my plans for 2018.

So last year was a bit of a rollercoaster for me jobs wise and was one where I learnt some tough lessons, both about life and writing. Life wise I learnt that we are all just a paycheck or two away from disaster and that if life decides to kick you in the nuts you can’t afford to wallow in self-doubt and give up. Instead, you must keep going and has happened to me in 2017 you will move on to better things. You just have to keep fighting and not give up!

Writing wise I took part in the SPFBO competition along with many of the brightest and most talented fantasy authors in the world of indy publishing. Alas, I didn’t make it through the first round but I did make some great new contacts and hope to try again next year.

I start a new job in January so the vast majority of my time will be focused on that, but in the time I can spare and most weekends I will still be forging ahead with my books. As things are set to become a bit hectic over the coming months I am going to be realistic with you all regarding my works in progress.

Unconquered Series

I’ve started book 2 in the Unconquered series more times than I can count but so far haven’t found a beginning that I’m happy with. Historical fiction also takes a lot of time up due to research and ensuring that it is as historically accurate as I can be. I’ll be working on this in phases throughout the year but in all honesty, I’m not expecting a first draft to be completed until 2019 at the earliest.

Progress so far – 5%

The First Fear

A first draft of The First Fear is still a few months away from completion, but I am still hoping to get it released sometime in the Spring or early Summer.  The bulk of the story has been written and I’m now working on the final quarter of the novel. I’m expecting the first draft to come in at around 100,000 words.

Progress so far – 75%

Sundered Crown Saga book 4

I’ve been planning out the remainder of the saga and have come up with something a bit different for books 4,5 and 6. As the second trilogy is set in a different land to that of the first 3 books I will be introducing a whole new set of characters and a storyline that will tie both trilogies together. Now, I’ve asked other authors about this strategy; some have warned me that doing this may upset my readers whilst others have said go for it. I would love to know what you guys think and I’ve set up a poll on my Facebook page.

Progress so far – 10%

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Summer Sale!

It’s that time of the year again when you look to go on holiday, but what books should you take with you? Well, hopefully, some or all of mine! Every one of my books will be on sale at discounted prices over the next few weeks.

The Dates & Pricing

Terran Defenders – Fancy a bit of explosive sci-fi action? Terran Defenders, the smash hit on Wattpad will on sale from July 5th to July 12th at 80% off! Get it here

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Unconquered: Blood of Kings

Want a Medieval Historical fiction to get your teeth into? Look no further than Unconquered: Blood of Kings, the tale of England in 1066, of Vikings, of battles and of Kings. Get it for free from July 8th to July 11th.

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The Nightblade

Fearsome Fell Beasts stalk the lands of Delfinnia and only the Nightblades can stop them. For a tale of monsters and heroes, the Nightblade is for you. On sale 8th to the 14th July for just 99p/c.

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Terran Defenders: Genesis

Another dose of sci-fi action sees alien visitors come to Earth. Do they come in peace or do they bring humanity’s doom? Find out in this globe-trotting action-adventure! On sale July 17-24.

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Heir to the Sundered Crown

With book 3 in the Sundered Crown Saga released in August now is the perfect time to jump into this epic series. Witches, Dragons, Knights and Epic battles are all in this spellbinding first part of the saga. On sale from August 1st to August 8th.

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War for the Sundered Crown

Part 2 in the Sundered Crown is also on sale between 1-8 August. Follow Luxon and his companions as they venture to the dangerous lands of the Tribal Folk and to the city of Stormglade, a city fallen to darkness.

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The Winter Sale Continues and other updates

My winter book sale continues tomorrow when my latest novel the Nightblade is on sale for just 99p/c on kindle. Make sure to pick up a copy and please leave reviews it’s a little light on that front! Remember, every review helps.

You can get your copy from http://a.co/cmcedBy

Paperbacks

Amazon’s KDP service now offers authors the option to create paperbacks! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be creating paperback versions of all my books, so if you don’t have a kindle or prefer to have a physical book in your hands keep an eye out for when they are available.

Quest for the Sundered Crown

As well as that piece of news I’m still working away on Quest for the Sundered Crown and I’m now aiming for a late spring early summer release. The story is coming together nicely after a few rewrites and alterations and I’m currently working on a scene that all you fans of dragons and knights will hopefully enjoy. (Think epic dragon slaying.) Luxon’s plotline is weaving together nicely and I’ve a few surprises in store for him for the rest of the novel. All-in-all progress is nice and steady.

The First Fear

My other work in progress is also coming along nicely. Even though I failed NaNoWriMo this year (due to work and other commitments) I still managed to get plenty of words done for it. I post updates every Saturday on Wattpad so if you want something new to read please do check it out and leave feedback. Please bear in mind that it’s a first draft.

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New Website coming soon and an update

Hi everyone, I’m just letting you all know that I will soon be launching my new website. As good as WordPress is, it’s not the easiest thing to edit and can be a bit unreliable at times.

As good as WordPress is, it’s not the easiest thing to edit and can be a bit unreliable at times. I tried out a few different cms’s and have settled for Wix. Editing the site will be a lot easier and I can some cool little extras that hopefully should help me promote and sell my work.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to transfer the current URL over to Wix to avoid any confusion. I’m hoping to launch the new site by the end of the month, just need to optimise it for SEO purposes and make sure it’s looking good.

Other News

Danon’s free run has come to an end. It did ok which is surprising due to the lack of promotion I did for it. Next up in my sale will be Unconquered: Blood of Kings. If you’re a fan of historical fiction you should check it out.

Following on from that will be the discounts on my Terran Defenders series. Keep checking the Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on that.

Writing Progress

Writing book 3 in the Sundered Crown Saga is continuing and a slow and steady pace. After a few alterations of rewrites of some of the early chapters, I think I’m heading in the right direction. I’m hoping to get a first draft finished this year, but its looking more likely early next year. A release date is a loose Spring 2017.

As well as writing Quest I’ve begun work on a new fantasy project. I’m really excited about the story and will be revealing more information about it over the comings months.

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Book Sale Bonanza

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that I am holding a massive sale of most of my books throughout September and October.

Included in the sale is my recently released Sci-fi novel : Terran Defenders. If you haven’t got yourself a copy then check it out. To those of you that have bought a copy, thank you! Reviews are greatly appreciated. The same goes for any of my titles, reviews are always welcome.

For more info on the upcoming sale check out the video below.

 

 

Nightblade

Also, don’t forget that you can pre-order the latest in my Tales of Delfinnia series, The Nightblade now!

The release date is October 28th, (to tie in with Halloween). If you like a story full of mystery, monsters and magic then get yourself a copy.

You can pre-order the Nightblade from the following links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LJK98ZW

USA- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LJK98ZW

AUS- https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01LJK98ZW

CAD- https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01LJK98ZW

DE- https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01LJK98ZW

FR- https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01LJK98ZW

ESP – https://www.amazon.es/dp/B01LJK98ZW

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Terran Defenders Series

If you’ve been following me on Wattpad or via Facebook then you will know that I also write science fiction stories.

Today, I am pleased to announce that my Terran Defenders Series will see its first self-published release some this year!. The first book that will be released will be Terran Defenders: Genesis and I have another two books in the works (the waiting time between novels will hopefully be shorter).

The first draft of the other books in the series are coming along nicely and I hope to finish them both by the end of this year. As for the second book in the Sundered Crown Saga, work on that is coming along slowly but steadily. I’m still aiming for a late summer release but that will depend on the editing process (never fear I have learnt my lessons from HTTSC!)

You can check out my works in progress on Wattpad  here.

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