PSA: Idiocy Alert

Well, what is a girl to do when she has a week left until the next release? She goes completely insane and makes an odd choice; release the next book on April 6 2018. So, read on all. Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination…

We’ve got a new section this time around: Life Being Rude is where I’ll give a ramble about what’s been eating into my writing time – much like Plot Bunnies, it’s all the things that are distracting me only not (yet) another story idea. As per usual, any word/title/phrase that’s blue and underlined and all cover pictures are hyperlinks, so feel free to have a click around.

KUA front coverWriting Progress Update: In exciting news, I’m making good progress on a couple of pieces and have not started any new ones. I’ve had a couple of ideas, but just made notes and moved on successfully. Keeping Up Appearances and The Stand-In (page coming soon – I’m surprised I don’t already have one [bad me]) are going well. Keeping Up Appearances even has a cover, and *gasp* there it is!! 😀 —–> Xander has been behaving himself very well, and making all the right choices. Accidentally Perfect is having a good edit (see Release Rambles below for some interesting news on that one…) and the Trouble with Hate is… is going through it’s final edit before files are all ready for release on Friday! I have a new two-in-one tablet/laptop with fancy Windows Ink expected to be delivered on Monday, so that will make the whole editing process much easier and much more fun, I think (and hope).

A Reading Update: HAHAHA! Oh, dear… Okay… So, we last left off with me and my grand plans for reading this year. I am still only something like four or five chapters through Sense and Sensibility and haven’t read anything else except my own work for editing and/or ‘where the hell was I going with this?’ purposes. I am hoping I’ll get something finished before the end of the month am accumulating a massive pile of books I’m supposed to read. But, with Trouble with Hate coming out in less than a week and my grand plans for April… I’m not sure I’ll have time to read anything other than uni materials.

TWH full cover 5.06x7.81 FUR4Release Rambles: Here’s the interesting stuff, people! So, we all know the Trouble with Hate is… is coming out on Friday! Woo! I almost can’t believe it’s already right around the corner! You can pre-order it on Amazon now if you haven’t got your copy.

And, now for the new news. *drumroll* Accidentally Perfect will be released worldwide in print and ebook on April 6 2018. That’s right, everyone; Piper and Roman are being unleashed upon the world, sent into the great unknown, available to all sorts of criticism and love. You can pre-order it on Amazon now as well, for the special pre-order price of USD$0.99 (or, for those of us not in the US, AUD$1.26)! Both are up on my Goodreads author profile with my other books, so why not add them to your to-read list? 😉

And, now for the truly idiotic part (and point) of this Public Service Announcement: this year, as research for my Masters thesis, I am going to attempt to release a book every two months and try to find the best way to approach pre-orders. That’s right. I have officially gone insane and apparently am becoming swiftly addicted to the pre-publication deadline panic. So, February sees Trouble with Hate going live. April, we’ve got Accidentally Perfect gracing you all with its adorable presence. What about June, August, October and December you ask? Well, August’s plan is Gray’s Blade – companion novel to No More Maybes (you remember it). And December’s plan is unvamped book two: doggone. I thought it would be poignant for them to be released a year after the first ones (so, you can expect unvamped book 3: dewitch December 2019). For June and October, watch this space!

Current Focus: So, with all the things happening and making interesting life choices that are guaranteed to up my stress levels, what am I actually working on? Well – editing aside – Keeping Up Appearances is keeping me busy and it’s moving along at a spectacular pace. I’ve got this wild dream that I’ll get one first draft a month finished this year. And – to be honest – when most of my WIPs are between 25,000 and 40,000 words at the moment, it’s probably not a ridiculous goal or all that impressive. Still, if I can get a few more finished and still not start anything new, then I’ll count that as a win. The Stand-In is also chuffing along nicely, so really it’s a bit of a race between those two as to which one finishes first. And, really, those are the only two I’ve really been focussing on. So, haven’t I been good? 😛

Plot Bunnies: Plot bunnies are behaving themselves so far. I get a few ideas now and then. But, they seem content to just let me get the basic, vague plan/notes out onto the page and then I can get back to actually finishing things. So, there is really very little to report in that respect – much like my reading progress…oops.

Life Being Rude: So, my Masters thesis is due at the end of the year and I’ve chosen to research marketing – a ‘kill two birds with one stone’ sort of concept. This means me running experiments, making extensive notes, evaluating, and trying to make the next experiment better (i.e. more profitable). Part of this involves me delving into the world of fanfiction *gasp* and short stories/novellas. Which – to a degree – is writing-related, yes. But, I’m not sure how that endeavour will go. The world of fanfiction is a scary place I’ve never been in before – that’s right, I have ever intentionally read fanfiction – but I’m diving in as best I can. You can find my author profile over at

Short stories/novellas are a bit of a laugh at the moment, if I’m quite honest. I’ve always been the sort of person who goes “oh, yeah. I’ll write this 5,000-word story, it’ll be grand” and end up with 120,000 words or something equally cumbersome and ridiculous. My going theory is that I’m going to take a WIP (think the Princess Diaries on steroids) and turn it into 4 novellas and release them as a serial. Fingers crossed for that experiment…it so far does not go well, lol.

And, that has you all caught up for this third weekend in February. I hope you’re all getting a chance to read more than me. I must go and bottle some homebrew now 😀

Read, write, and live well,

x iz


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


New book news again!

Well, then! Almost 600,000 words for the year and I have finally finished the first draft of a new book among all the fragments! It’s taken me almost 12 months for this one, about four re-starts, a bunch of umm’s and ahh’s, a whole lot of emotional energy, and some literal tears. But, it is done! I have a new 86,000-or-so word YA draft for the Trouble with Hate is…

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Leilani Granger can’t stand the person Casper Drake has become, and Casper doesn’t even recognise his best mate’s little sister anymore. Loving each other is second-nature, but they don’t know how not to hate each other either.

But, after one night of a deeper connection than either of them were ready for, the lines between the emotional and the physical start to blur.

Leilani wasn’t the kind to lose herself in meaningless sex.

Casper’s been doing it for years.

It’s the only time hate doesn’t get in the way.

But, the trouble with hate is…it’s often not hate at all.

It’s off with the first lot of beta readers. So, now, here comes the editing phase!

BTW, if you’re interested in becoming a beta reader, feel free to get in touch or shoot me an email! The more the merrier 🙂

iz x

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

Just keep writing…

Hey all,

It would kill the past, and when that was dead he would be free.

Well, No More Maybes has been out for almost two weeks now and going great guns! So, the post-publication stress is dead and I’m free to worry about the next project 🙂

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Aurora Daniels just wants to get through Year 12 with no distractions.

Then, Cole Fielding comes along.

She is instantly drawn to him but isn’t sure he’s the sort of guy she should fall for—he smokes, he’s unreliable, gets into fights, and just exudes bad boy.

But, Cole hides an intelligence that speaks to her.

As they get closer, so does Cole’s harrowing past. Can she believe in someone who can’t believe in himself? Maybe…

The ‘Where to Purchase’ section of the webpage is finally up to date – so click here if you’d like to know where to purchase your copy in either print or ebook. FYI, the ebook is currently free in Kindle Unlimited! As per usual, I will have author signed copies available in the next couple of days – remember, each book you buy directly from me comes with a signed bookmark!

Netherfield Prep is having a great time in Kindle Unlimited currently – also currently free in KU – so that’s lovely to see, and reviews are coming back pretty well.

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A modern reimagining of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

When Lily Brewer’s mum dies, she’s shipped to the other side of the world to her step-sisters’ pompous English boarding school, Netherfield.
There, she meets Austin Cooper. Arrogant as hell but with abs to die for, Austin soon becomes the bane of her existence.
His twin brother, Jax, is the complete opposite. Kind and sweet, Jax soon strikes up a thing with Lily’s roommate, Anne.
Austin, though seems keen to keep them apart.
Will pride and prejudice ruin them all?
Or, will love win the day?

For more details on where to get your copy if you don’t already have one click here. And, I still have author signed copies available.

My next project is hopefully going to be released in December 2017, so keep an eye out for updates on that one. But, as yet it’s hush hush 😉

In good news, I am *close* to finishing a couple of projects – but, unfortunately have started more without finishing anything; so much for my promises. My word count for the year is almost 520,000 now and I don’t even want to know how many WIPs that is. But, the end is in good sight for a couple of them. So, finger’s crossed they’ll be done soon! There’s some editing needing doing (great English usage there!) on my fae-inspired Danu Cycle stories – currently books 0.5, 1 and 2 – and hopefully I’ll be happy enough with them to release soon.

All in all, it’s busy, busy, busy; writing, day job, study. Keep an eye out for my next update which should hopefully have some new publication news.

You can also subscribe to my new mailing list – which I am tenuously navigating – by heading to my Facebook page. But, bear with me while I work out how to get it going! 🙂

x iz

Might 29 novels be too many?

So, I’m re-evaluating my writing process at present. The other day I realised my 2017 word count stood at a little over 300,000 and that got me super excited! But, then, I realised I wasn’t sure what I had to show for it; I hadn’t finished anything, and I’d just gone and started more.

At last count, I was sitting on about 29 works-in-progress, and that’s only counting the ones I’ve worked on this year. Now, while this is super useful for staving off writer’s block – because, really, there has to be something going on over that many stories – it is less conducive to getting more pieces finished. Which, you know, seems like a good idea.

I am making consistent steady progress with one new YA/Paranormal Romance novel called The Guard. It’s a fun little piece, currently blurbed:

I have to somehow make and angel, a werewolf, a vampire and a faerie stop flirting with me and not kill each other long enough to save the damned world. Why me?

The apocalypse hit in a way we never expected. The angels descended, determined to take the world back from the Shadow Denizens under the pretence of protecting humanity. War rages between the races, longer than it should have. The world was nothing but a battle groung. Good luck surviving that.

My crazy little brother, Percy, may be creation’s only hope. I didn’t think I could keep him safe long enough. Now he has a supernatural guard who can’t agree on anything but how tasty I’d be, I have no hope.

I have no idea where the idea for this one came from; I think I was meandering through Shutterstock for potential cover images for something and saw something that triggered the beginnings of an idea. The excuse to be able to make a proper fae was enticing and I couldn’t decide what creatures I wanted to use, so I thought ALL OF THEM! No idea who she ends up with yet, but I’ve got three books to work it out.

Netherfield Prep‘s first month live went well. I’ve got great reviews and am actually making a little bit of money, which is nice. If you’re California-bound, you’ll find it at Pipe and Thimble Book Store with signed bookmarks!

Netherfield‘s sequel, Proposition Prep, is making slow progress – I think I’m a little bit panicked I’ll screw it up, but I’ll get there in the end. And, planning for the third and last instalment of the Austen Reimagined: P&P series, Wedding Prep, is chuffing along nicely; fair warning, Hunter gets a little screwed over, but it will all be good in the end.

I’m also dipping my toe into editing my Irish fae novels that came about during my thesis investigations last year. I wrote the first two books, Gryffynhall and Elfhaven, last year (although, it was one huge one to begin with), wizzing through about three drafts of 175,000 words in a little over 100 days – sorry about the bragging, but I was super pleased. They books need a good edit, but the first one should hopefully be coming out later this year.

Speaking of coming out later this year, new YA Romance No More Maybes will be out in a couple of months; we just have to get through the last lot of editing and formatting. It’s not quite the story I envisioned when I started it, but every time I read it, I’m happy with it. So, it is what it is:

Aurora Daniels just wants to get through Year 12 with no distractions.

Then, Cole Fielding comes along.

She is instantly drawn to him but isn’t sure he’s the sort of guy she should fall for – he smokes, he’s unreliable, gets into fights, and just exudes bad boy.

But, Cole hides an intelligence that speaks to her.

As they get closer, so does Cole’s harrowing past. Can she believe in someone who can’t believe in himself? Maybe…

I’m working on a version from Cole’s POV, so we’ll see how that goes.

The goal, going forward, is obviously get something finished. By the end of May, I fully intend to have one more piece finished – I know it’s possible, I just need to stop pussyfooting about. And, of course, get No More Maybes ready for publication and finish editing Gryffynhall.

I’ll keep you updated as to my progress!

x iz

Illness can’t keep me down…forever

Just a quick update today and more expansive, interesting posts will follow.

After the successful launching of unvamped, I was downed by a stomach virus of some kind for the next two weeks. I’ve still got lingering tiredness, but have bounced back pretty well otherwise.

Being confined to bed for two weeks has given me time to make lots of exciting plans for the short-term, which I shall divulge presently. I have a new toy from which to do my writing-related activities, but its charging so I can’t break it out yet.

Will be back sooner this time,

x iz