And Books 5 Came

As always, meant to do this sooner. As always, claim to myself I will get back into blogging properly. But hey, new year ahead. I can make the lie to myself all over again ūüôā

Anyway, Book 5 and Book 5.1 of Treading Twisted Lines happened during my absence from doll thermometer. I’ve updated the Treading Twisted section on here, anyway, so there’s stuff up about them there. Hope you have a look, a read, add on Goodreads, review, and all the nice things, should you choose. Thought I should say something, as I plan to have Book 6 out in January ūüôā

Book 5 is¬†Trials of the Gods’ Hands –¬†here’s it’s lovely cover. I about flipped out when Nathan Cover Designer first showed me ūüôā

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Gifted mind reader Samson prays for some way to aid his blessed, but ailing friend. His prayers at last answered, the young priest struggles to combat the near inevitable: but for a miracle, Kai will be hospitalised, or ordered into his abusive father’s care, by a court bound to act in his best interests. His own prospects so slim, Samson offers all he is for Kai. But even that may not save him.

Book 5.1 is Trials of the Gods’ Hands: The Grid. You will note both name and cover are quite similar. Book 5.1 was the original Book 5, but it didn’t quite work in my head on its own. Still, I wanted to share everything that happened with Kai during this time, so decided to release an extension to the book. This is hopefully the one instance where it’s best to read both to get a full idea of what’s going on.

Trials of the Gods Hands The Grid 01

Never self-assured in his life and forced before a panel of doctors, Kai struggles to save himself from a future worse than death. But though the court-appointed experts mean him no harm, Kai’s father has sneaked an antagonist into the private interview. And that antagonist has teeth.

As always, available for US$0.99 from all the nice book places – Amazon, Smashwords, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo eBooks and so on. Links are on the Treading Twisted Lines page if you’d like to click. Mean to do a general 2015 updates post soon. But may wind up getting distracted – I often do. But this isn’t as hard as I always seem to make myself think. So maybe I’ll have the motivation in 2016 to get more into it – I’m marginally more active over at Tumblr, if anyone’s interested in having a look there. And by active, I mean reblogging pictures of books, tea and flowers. That’s pretty much it. I’m not very good at internet-ing anywhere. But here’s to slogging on!

Almost Belated Trumpets – Treading Twisted Lines Book 4 Almost Out!

I’ve been meaning to post this for longer than a while – sorry for the late notice. Thought I should update anyone who may be interested: Book 4 of Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai – Book 4 that I’ve been working on since the end of 2012, Book 4 that has eluded me for so long, caused so much grief and despair – is finally being released. The magical date is 16 July 2015.

It’s called Suddenly Calling – a far cry of the original working titles (Stronger, The Little Strong Girl, etc), but I quite like it. Here’s the lovely cover and short blurb:

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Kana, strong by name and nature, has served the Okens since childhood. As further domestic inequities come to light and realities of a darker world are affirmed in scanty articles and upper-class gossip, Kana is gradually guided from reluctant complacency, and inadvertently scouted by unions, radicals, and Gods.

A rollicking tale of family, puppies, hand-to-hand combat, workplace frustration, celestial intervention, sticking it to the man, and tea …

The main challenge in writing this book was that for a long time it felt like a story¬†of necessity, the other protagonists having already been introduced and this one needing her opening – there was no massive burst of inspiration, like the first three. Inspiration¬†was attained, though, in many random tiny bursts. Also, the story takes place over such a long period of time, and I was keeping very close in mind that this series was meant to be a “short” story cycle.

Well, it’s officially a plain old story cycle now: I’ve got around 60,000 words for you here, all for the lovely little sum of 99 cents. Same format, too – please don’t mind that I haven’t gone with chapters, even though¬†Book 4 is¬†much longer than 1 – 3; I wanted to keep some consistency. Let me know if it really doesn’t work, though ūüôā

Lots of time left to pre-order – and pre-ordering does help. Every pre-order will boost the story higher and higher – maybe high enough it’ll actually be seen. Suddenly Calling can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. It’s up on Goodreads, too, if you’d like to add it ūüôā

And if you haven’t read Books 1 – 3, don’t worry: each story is independent – you just get the full¬†experience reading them all. But if you do want to give them a go, they should be a click away at the above links ūüôā

Thanks so much for everyone’s lovely support. Here’s hoping Book 5 won’t take another two and a half years …

Exciting News! New Cover of Michelle Proulx’s Imminent Danger Revealed! Will Be Re-Published In Coming Months!

I love the NanoWriMo 1 November midnight sitting. Already feel like I have a head start. Project this year: Treading Twisted Lines. The short story cycle’s not technically a novel. But why not be a NaNoRebel? With any luck, this year’s NaNoWriMo will see the next few stories complete, possibly released before year’s end. Cross all of the limbs.

But no more NaNo for now – there is some exciting news I must share. Hopefully many of you are aware of Michelle Proulx.

MP Author Photo

This is Michelle…

…she was born on the market moon of Vega Minor where she spent her formative years reading, writing, and gambling at illegal underground jsgarn fighting rings. While en route to Alpha Centauri, Michelle crash-landed her space yacht on the planet Earth. She now lives in Canada and divides her time between observing the local fauna and repairing her star ship.

If you have not met her, she lives here online and is the talented author of what remains the best indie book I’ve yet read – Imminent Danger and How To Fly Straight Into It. I would gush here, but, to save on postage, here’s a link to my review. As it happens, Imminent Danger¬†has just gotten some work done in the¬†cosmetic sense and now has a brand new shiny cover for its upcoming re-publishing!

Imminent Danger Cover Reveal

It’s just so pretty!

And now, from the author herself, the story behind the shininess:

In the far-gone year of two thousand and twelve, a naive young authoress with a trusting heart gave unto a company called iUniverse thousands of dollars with which to publish her novel. But alas! For this foolish young authoress did not realize the assisted-publishing path was fraught with peril, and the thousands paid were not in value received. Control was relinquished, prices did skyrocket, and the young authoress cried out to the heavens, “Woe is me! Would that I had done this publishing business myself!” And the young authoress did take it upon herself to publish the novel, commissioning a talented artist to provide her with a new cover that doth more accurately capture the spirit of her novel. And lo! The new cover is revealed.

And in case my word of its quality and the promise of a beautiful cover to spruce up your bookshelves isn’t enough, here’s the book summary to further entice you – there just aren’t enough young adult sci-fi romances in the world.

High school junior Eris Miller thinks she’s having a bad day when her roommate’s boyfriend catches her stepping out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel. Then she gets abducted by scaly six-armed aliens with a strange fondness for the color blue, and her day suddenly gets a whole lot worse.
Trapped on a spaceship bound for the slave markets of Sirius B, Eris fears she’ll never see her home again. But then fate whisks her away from her reptilian captors and into the arms of Varrin, a fast-talking space pirate who promises to deliver her safely back to Earth. He claims to have her best interests at heart, but Eris soon discovers that her charming rescuer has a hidden agenda.
As they race across the galaxy, outrunning a villainous figure from Varrin’s past, Eris begins to realize that their relationship is putting her planet, her life, and her heart in imminent danger. She knows that trusting Varrin could prove deadly … but what other choice does she have?
Cannot recommend this read enough for fun and giggles and excitement. And there are alien shopping scenes – I love shopping scenes! And the aliens just make it better! Shall provide links to purchase pages once this fine work is re-published. Very much hope all you lovely people will support a deserving artist by enjoying her work.
Also, an exciting giveaway is happening on Michelle’s blog – get over there to see what you could win and how to win¬†it!

Release of the Third Instalment! It Was Managed Before New Year! Hooray!

Said I hoped to manage it before we all ticked on over into 2013, and so it was done. Just.

The third instalment of my fantasy short story cycle Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai is now available from Smashwords as a FREE DOWNLOAD.

Had to capitalise that. Just to see what it looked like.

I like it enough to leave it.

This book is called¬†The Rat.¬†Comments from pre-publishing readers have included “confronting” and “captures the utter hopelessness of the situation.” I hope you download it and give it a read. Let me know what you think with a comment, or even a review on Smashwords, if you particularly like/don’t like it. And if you haven’t read the first two instalments – they are all stand alone books, but you’ll pick up connections and relations between the stories and characters if you read them all – The Chosen Voice and Under the Bright Water are both available from Smashwords and an array of good online retailers.

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2013 will be a happy year of life and blogging for us all.

A Conflict of Personal Views and the Calls of Marketing


Trying to decide whether it’s worth making¬†YouTube¬†videos to advertise my indie books.

The Smashwords publishing guides suggests video as a good form of marketing, as it exposes your work to an audience that may not have otherwise come across it. ¬†However, I am no filmmaker. ¬†This was confirmed the other day when I was making a preliminary attempt at a video to see what it might look like, and I wound up filming sideways. ¬†Had to do several tests, filming a few seconds and then sending them to my email, and then opening it in MovieMaker, just to know which way to hold my iPad. ¬†I probably could have looked it up but … it didn’t occur to me. ¬†Honestly.

There are many fabulous online videos, and I’m sure YouTube, alongside Netflicks and Hulu and other things we don’t have in Australia yet, will soon take over television completely. ¬†But many people take the tagline “Broadcast Yourself,” in my opinion, a little too literally. ¬†Honest, simple home video footage aside, I believe these videos should have considerable thought and effort behind them. ¬†And, unfortunately, many don’t. ¬†There are too many questionable videos posted on YouTube, questionable in both content and quality. ¬†I don’t want to add to add to them with my shoddy advertising clips.

But, putting aside personal feelings and going back to marketing opportunities, any video is better than none. ¬†Isn’t it? ¬†Starting a YouTube channel wouldn’t drive away present readers … I don’t think. ¬†Videos wouldn’t lose me business. ¬†They would either help me gain it, or do absolutely nothing at all. ¬†Which won’t hurt me. ¬†Except for my feelings.

Still thinking.  May make a final decision a bit later down the track.

And when I’m talking about advertising, I don’t mean book trailers. ¬†At least, not like one in particular I’ve seen. ¬†Terrible. ¬†Made me swear I’d never, ever read that book – some hideously generic fantasy, showing off its generic-ness in subtitles while medieval¬†tapestry-looking still images scrolled. ¬†I know, I’m a terrible snob, a terrible person. ¬†But it really switched me off. ¬†I don’t want to try anything like that. ¬†Something making use of reviews would probably be the best way to go. ¬†But to do that, I think actually having a review might be necessary.

Right now, if I made a video, I reckon I’d have a short blurb section, a short background section (what led to the story being written, etc), maybe a very small part with a few points of interest about the story, and a reading from part of the story. ¬†And the intro and outro. ¬†Probably just me wearing as conservative a top as I can manage talking in front of the most static background I can find – in the preliminary shots I used the heavy grey curtains over our back door. ¬†Not overly interesting. ¬†I should think about setting, studio related stuff more … said I was no filmmaker. ¬†I did shine a bright light in my face, though. ¬†I thought of that much. ¬†If the videos and books started doing well, maybe I’d think about making more types, like Q&A videos, longer readings … other stuff. ¬†Haven’t gotten that far yet. ¬†Clearly.

So. ¬†To use the wonder of YouTube in an attempt to spread awareness of my work further into the collective consciousness of cyberspace by the creation and sharing of poorly-made¬†advertisement¬†material? ¬†Or … not?

(A few days late, my biggest gap in a while … had a meeting after choir on Wednesday – long annual general meeting is very, very, very, very, very looooooooooong – and spent all of yesterday working on the third Treading Twisted Lines story … and finished the rough draft. ¬†Hooray)