News, news, news, news

Whelp, one and all, it is that time!

With the revamped unvamped being released on Friday, all the files for print and ebook are finalised and ready to go. Cue the inundation of nightmares featuring spelling mistakes and misplaced commas! The scenes have had a shuffle, the text has (hopefully) been tightened and the scene has been set for book 2, doggone. Along with a new cover, unvamped, is ready and raring to go under the Sleeping Dragon banner from Friday December 1st 2017.

Other news has the Trouble with Hate is… being up on Amazon for pre-order now, with a release date of 23 February 2018. It’s with its beta readers and editing has commenced hopefully well in advance so we have no late night scrambles to get things finished this time. Haha!

We also have confirmation that unvamped book 2: doggone and Cole’s version of No More Maybes, Gray’s Blade, will both be released in 2018 (dates TBA). The sequel for Netherfield Prep, Proposition Prep, is well underway and we’re looking at a 2019 release for that one.

Final news for now sees me winning NaNoWriMo 2017, currently at 70,421 words with a day and a half to go (must remember to validate this year!). No new finished pieces, but I’ve only worked on three this month, so a new completed piece should be making an appearance soon! One of which is the first in a planned six book series (I do like to make things easy on myself!) that I’ve spent far too much time planning and not enough time writing for my liking.

So, I had best get back to the production of stories and hopefully will get another one finished soon! Approaching 800,000 words for the year; you’d think I’d be able to manage it 😛

May you be fleet of finger on the homestretch, fellow Wrimos! And happy reading to all,

iz x

 

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Cover reveal!

A new and improved – dare I say, revamped? – unvamped is being released by Sleeping Dragon Books with a lovely new cover!

First published in 2015, my debut novel unvamped is a YA Paranormal Romance told from three POVs:

unvamped front coverWould you accept yourself to find your humanity?

Ellie Cooper comes from a long line of witches, but wishes she could be normal. When she nearly kills herself cursing a vampire, her dislike of her heritage deepens. Will she find a way to accept her magic, or will she forsake her family altogether?

After feeding on a witch, 693-year-old vampire Charles Dumphrey wakes up to find he is living a human teenage life, complete with parents, school and girls. Can he adjust to his new life as a human, or will he find a way to break the curse Ellie puts on him?

Lee is a werewolf who is not yet shifting regularly. He worries about who he will be when he regulates. Will the wolf take over, or can Lee find the balance between his humanity and the wolf?

Will all three of them be able to overcome their uncertainties and accept themselves in order to save Ellie’s life?

I’m currently working on book two, doggone, which will focus a little more on Lee, as well as a return of someone from Charles’ past who is intent on causing some trouble:

Wolf out. Bite down. Go wild.

Still dealing with the repercussions of her trauma and what it means for her powers, Ellie finds a safe place at uni to practice and learn. Druidry gives her an outlet and a sympathetic group of new friends.

Finally regulated, Lee is learning how to live in his own skin. But, the call of the moon is strong and Lee has trouble resisting. Matters aren’t helped when a human comes into his life. But, Lee’s wolf isn’t the only thing she unleashes.

Between keeping Lee in check on a full moon, issues with Ellie, and someone killing his descendants, Charles’ return to university life is less than ideal. He’s constantly saving everyone else, but who’ll save him?

Wild sides are revealed as our trio realise that it’s one thing to accept yourself and another entirely to control yourself. Especially when you don’t want to.

Book three, dewitch, will focus a little more on Ellie, bring all strands of the narrative to a close and hopefully see our trio older, wiser and happier.

So, keep an eye out for the release date news, as well as new book news 🙂

Keep reading everyone!

x iz

NEW: Monthly Giveaways!

(to skip ramblings, jump straight to Monthly Giveaways page)

News about the monthly giveaways shortly…some rambling/introduction first 🙂

New year, new habits has worked out poorly for me so far 🙂 However, I have as wonderful excuse as you can have – my husband’s little brother (who I’ve known since he was 13) got married over the weekend and, while we were busy as, it was great to see two people I love on such a lovely occasion. Now that the festivities are over (sad face), it is onto completing my next set of writing goals.

For 2016, I am aiming to:

  • Finish the novel I started for NaNoWriMo, Valiant Valerie
  • Put all other novel ideas into some sort of coherent planning book
  • Start and finish another novel
  • Read more (between my birthday in October and Christmas, I received about 20 new books – which does not include any of the books I already owned and have not read yet)
  • Get unvamped some more exposure.

That last point is what brings me to this new idea. I’ve decided that until the first anniversary of unvamped‘s publication, I am going to be giving away ebook copies (mobi, epub or pdf formats) every month in exchange for honest reviews.

What do you have to do to win a copy?

Each month, I will put up a post when the month’s competition starts. Then, all you have to do is contact me before the end of the month. At the end of the month, I will then contact the winners for their information (email address, preferred ebook format, etc.). The number of winners will be at least five (5), but may be more depending on the number of entrants.

All I ask in return is that you tell your friends about it and post a review – even if it’s just a rating – on unvamped‘s page on Goodreads. I will take any review/rating from zero to five stars, as long as you’re honest.

So, to recap, to win a copy of unvamped, you need to:

  1. Wait until I announce the opening of the month’s competition – it may vary, but will be about two weeks before the end of the month
  2. Contact me by the end of the month using #unvampedmonthly – any way you like, Facebook, Twitter, email, via the contact form on the homepage, in person, in the comments below, etc.
  3. If/when I contact you, let me know what format you want – epub, mobi, or pdf
  4. Read unvamped – and hopefully enjoy it 🙂
  5. Leave a review/rating on Goodreads – remember to begin the review with “I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”
  6. Share the competition and tell your friends about unvamped!

Consider this month’s competition OPEN! 🙂

(I still have a lot of print copies left as well, selling for AUD$25 that I will send to you signed and with a free bookmark!)

Looking for honest reviews

Hello all,

I have taken some unintentional time off and am looking to get back into the swing of things.

First on the agenda is trying to get some reviews and/or ratings out there from people other than the publisher. If you’ve already read unvamped, that’s great! If you’d taken a few moments out to even just give it as many stars as you think it deserves, I would be eternally grateful!

I have ebooks available to people interested in reviewing/rating unvamped around the web (Amazon, Goodreads, blogs, etc.). I also have print books still for purchase, which you can get from me for $25 (plus postage if need be) which is a discount on Amazon prices!

Please contact me if you’re interested 🙂

iz

6 days left of ‘unvamped’ giveaway

Just a reminder that there are now only 6 days left in the unvamped Goodreads Giveaway. There are already 950 people requesting it, so I’m trying to do a final push to get over the 1,000 mark!

You can find a link to enter the giveaway at the Goodreads unvamped page.

If you haven’t already, enter now for your chance to win one of two signed copies of unvamped.

Look out for other giveaways and competitions in the near future!

x iz

Signed Print Editions of ‘unvamped’ for Purchase

I still have quite a few print editions (and I will get more if necessary) of unvamped available for purchase directly from me. While stocks last, they come with a free signed bookmark.

Copies are $25 each – that is $5.40 less than buying it from Amazon (I still don’t know why it costs so much…). Postage will depend on where you are, ask me for more details.

Please email me or send me a message via Facebook or Twitter and we’ll arrange the finer points 🙂

x iz

Self-confidence Restored

Since unvamped was picked up for publication…actually, if I’m honest, since I finished writing unvamped, I have found writing hard, planning has been hard, I just haven’t been able to get into the swing of it. I felt like most of my problem stemmed from how much I liked unvamped when I finished it. After, I worried about not liking whatever I wrote next, or not being able to write anything good, or never having my writing published again.

However, NO MORE! 🙂

Somehow, I have pushed through the barrier and emerged the other side actually quite excited about coming up with something new. Soul Wars* has been put on the back burner for a little while – along with other pieces, so it won’t get lonely – as I’m all fired up about Matlock College at the moment. This is the one I started as a novel, set out as a script and then adapted the first section into script. It’s going to be a bit Hogwarts meets St Trinian’s and I’ve manages to get myself quite excited by the whole thing – and I have been able to get the planning done! Which, in itself is a major acheivement as I’ve been stalling on Soul Wars* planning, which is one reason my momentum fell flat I think. But, Matlock College is all blocked out (for a script at least) so I have the bare bones already, now it’s just fleshing it out and making sure its interesting.

My other motivation for writing at the moment is Camp NaNo. I’ve kept the traditionally 50,000 words my goal for this month and, while I may have had a slow start, I am feeling really into and the word count is slowly racking up (first point of order is to flesh out what I already had so that’s been a bit of a mire to wade through).

Also, a note on the Goodreads Giveaway; it is still pending approval by the Goodreads people, but all going well it should start on 13 July!

I am off to work on a mock up cover for Matlock College (I find it helps my motivation 🙂 ) while I procrastinate until my Chicko Roll is ready.

Happy writing, reading, and living,

x iz

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