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!)

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

#unvamped has launched :)

You can buy the ebook for AUD$6.95 at: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781629292700
on Amazon.com for AUD$6.95 at:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00YFY3L8K/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1433142998&sr=8-1π=AC_SX110_SY165_FMwebp_QL70&keywords=unvamped
Or Amazon.com.au for AUD$8.88 at:
http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/aw/d/B00YFY3L8K/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1433143131&sr=8-2π=SY200_QL40&keywords=unvamped

I’ll keep you updated on when it’s available in print and elsewhere.

Print books will be available for AUD$25 at the book launch.

general update

Well, the past two weeks have been filled with 17-hour editing sessions, sleep, and resting my tendinitis – for which my wrist thanks me.

All that work now means we have found ourselves two days away from the unvamped release date and less than one week away from the launch!! The print books are winging their way to me and I have a lot of last minute organisation to do. Not in the least, I need to find my usb which has momentarily disappeared…I need to put a tracking device on that thing. And, I must be a better aunt and get my niece a birthday present.

I have also been sorting giveaways for the Adelaide Launch, which is very exciting, but I must be good and not spoil the surprise 🙂

My ‘Sentence a Day’ venture will be re-started in earnest from June.

You can now find unvamped on the Eternal Press website at: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781629292700. They sell ebook versions (which will be available at 12:01am Pacific Time (US) on June 1st). You can also find ebooks on Amazon within 24 hours of then, and print editions soon to follow. I’ll give more info when I have it 🙂

I must get back to my mandarin marmalade making now,

x iz

Day 30 – The End of Month One

A month has passed and it is time to evaluate my site/blog and see what I’m doing, what I should be doing, and what I want to be doing. I have been rather lazy this past week with a dreaded lurgy, and I worked through the weekend (though made time to have my Writers’ Group meeting!), so not a lot has been done, but I’ve been thinking about it all.

I don’t have any more news yet as to a release date for unvamped and until that happens, I don’t have much more pre-promotional stuff I can be doing. So, I can tick that off in terms of doing what I should be doing.

I’ve started uploading some stories, but not had any time to write more at the moment – deadline for work is almost done so free time will be my own soon! – so I’m bordering on actually getting done what I would like to be getting done. Next month, I’d really like to be able to write a few new ones and enter some competitions. I think, too, I may submit my two children’s books to publishers and see if there’s any interest there.

We shall not discuss Camp Nano for this month – suffice to say planning will be completed through May and Camp Nano will be done in June! If only I could counts the words I’ve written for work and study! *woe*

I haven’t been blogging quite as much as I’d planned given my work load this month. But I do think, given I haven’t had much of interest to say when I have blogged, that’s not such a bad thing 🙂

I have been very slow in putting up more of my Tips & Tricks, but I will get back to that in the next week as I have found a (somewhat) solution to my formatting issue – we’ll see how successful that is when I’ve posted them up!

Having discovered my lack of daily blogging – and losing track of what day I’m up to – I have decided now to change my menu format going forward. From now on, I will be grouping posts by months (Month 2, Month 3, etc – possibly by Month name too, I shall see how I feel when I need to set it up) and just naming them whatever I think matches best. I feel like I need to go back and do that for this past month, but have decided its much too much work for now – maybe when work calms down and this dreaded lurgy goes away.

Lunch over now, back to work time.

x iz

Day 9 – an ode to reference books

Not a lot of writing done since my last post, I was unfortunately busy working – dang living requiring money. I have started reading Laini Taylor’s Dreams of Gods and Monsters, reading more Heart and Brain (Heart is just awesome and all The Awkward Yeti’s comics are relatable!) and been thinking about reference books a lot.

I love reference books, even if they’re not specifically helpful to my current topic – stuff is just interesting, that’s just how it is. I have books on:

  • Medieval Castles – complete with floor plans, floor plans are very important
  • the craft of writing (just so many!) – you can never stop learning to better yourself!
  • poisons – makes my husband very nervous, but it’s great for killing characters off in creative ways!
  • religions – from all over the world, throughout history!
  • witchcraft/wicca/druidry – because why not?
  • baby names – dictionaries plus apps, for when inspiration needs a jolt!
  • all my school and university subjects – history (modern and ancient, and especially medieval) features prominantly.
  • and so many others, I just can’t keep track.

I have reference books to thank for realising my dream of becoming a published author – it was while reading Steven Harper’s Writing the Paranormal Novel that I came up with the idea for Unvamped. Harper suggests to think outside the box when it comes to plotting, think of something that’s different. And, I suddenly thought “What if, instead of human turns vampire and off we go…what if, vampire turns human and off we go?!” I was pretty certain it was a novel idea (pardon the pun) – not to say it had never been done before, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t mainstream. And, thus Unvamped was born. Actually…that gives me an idea for the middle of Unvamped 2*! This seems to be a pattern with me of late – I come up with a good starting idea, find the ending, but the middle remains murky for much too long!

Either way! Must go and make notes before I forget my potentially genius idea!

x iz

*working title

Day 8 – a new week, a new me (complete with poll!)

This last week has seen some productivity, some rearranging of priorities and a settling in to more of a rhythm. I may not be any better at this blogging business, but I know what I want to acheive with this site/blog now and that makes me a bit more comfortable with my lesser abilities.

I’ve done a bit more work on Soul Wars*, I have a much better idea of where the middle is going – though I fear its going to turn into more of a saga than planned! – and have written a few more words on it. So hooray for some progress on Camp Nano! I still feel like there’s something missing from what I can see of this story. I don’t know what it is, but there seems to be a plot element I’m not seeing but that has already inserted itself into the story. Hopefully as I keep writing and planning, I shall find it! 🙂
I’m also energetically making up promotional materials I will need for an Unvamped launch in readiness for a release date (woot bookmarks!) and posters. Its probably the least productive thing I can be doing really, but it is tremendous fun! I just have to decide if I’m going to pay for the fonts the cover artist used so everything is aesthetically pleasing, or just match as best I can. What do you think?
After adding the word “poll” everywhere it is starting to look weird and wrong, so I’m going off to do something else now…
x iz
*working title

Day 7 – realisations hit

Week 1 is finally finished and with all the excitement of Unvamped getting closer to publication, I have realised that this blog is becoming more to me than just about finding a new story. I feel like I have a bit more to share than just about Soul Wars*. Especially with pre-promotion of Unvamped and some reviews to be made (now that I’ve finally finished reading Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood and Starlight).

Planning for Soul Wars* has been put on semi-hold for a while with all the Unvamped excitement and some (real) work needing to be done (yay money though). I haven’t forgotten about it entirely, I’m still thinking about it, but I do think it needs a lot more thinking and planning that I have done so far. The plot I’ve been coming up with is not really the story I’ve had in my mind – although how that makes sense, I’m not sure! I sort of have this picture in my mind – a bit like a movie – of how it is supposed to be, and the plan I’m working on doesn’t seem to measure up. I’m sure it will all pan out in the end. I also have the problem that I keep envisioning some story to do with angels – though I blame Laini Taylor for that at present!

Having said that, Camp Nano is on this month, so I would really like to be able to get some work done on Soul Wars* during that time – nothing gets more words on the page than the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo – you’ll find me at izziestevens) – after two years of NaNo (and no work in between) I came up with Unvamped.

I feel really positive going forward – things are becoming clearer in my head and my path seems more direct and better lit so I feel I can see my way now.

Should get back to some actual writing work now 🙂

x iz

*working title