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

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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

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