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!)

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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