Treading Twisted Now Free

Huzzah, happiness and good things – it’s Read an Ebook Week. Consequently, every single one of my books – the whole Treading Twisted series as it currently stands, from The Chosen Voice all the way to A Courtesy Call – is free at Smashwords until 12 March when you use the code RW100. A whole series … as it currently stands … for free is a pretty good deal, I think. By partaking of this offer also, you make a humble author most happy 🙂

You can have a lovely browse of the series right here on my Smashwords author page.

Would love any feedback, critique, support, manic grinning of enjoyment … anything you’d like to offer that you get out of my stories. I hope there is much said manic grinning of enjoyment … if you enjoy them. Thanks in advance to all the lovely people for your support and hope to hear good things from you!

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Book 6 Happened Too

Book 6, A Courtesy Call, was out about a month and a half ago now. I fixed up the Treading Twisted Lines page and such but, of course, neglected to actually post. Shall do so now 🙂

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When privileged Darren Brown stumbles upon a body outside his apartment, the idealistic but naïve student attempts to do right by the victim. Unfortunately, in Oshi Daini, alerting police is not enough to trigger justice.

Treading Twisted Lines is a story cycle (previously short story cycle) set in the Four Free Areas, a technologically advanced world where Gods watch from rivers and fantastical arts are practiced by wizards and priests. It is the normal roughly $US0.99 from all the good places – Amazon, Smashwords, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo eBooks and so on.

Thought of posting due to other Treading Twisted thoughts. Like thinking ahead to distant books when I should be working on Book 7. And consistently planning Treading Twisted stuff when I’m trying to write an unrelated novel. Hard to focus – been wondering if it’s time to attempt a hard copy collection of the first six (plus Book 5.1 …) stories. Did want a few more in each collection, but Book 4 is a long one … Also it seems Amazon.com now supports giveaways for eBooks. May be looking into that soon. I know they’re short and inexpensive, but free stuff is always nice 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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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.

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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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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

Walking: Five Short Stories from the Sands – Book Review

Met a nice author on Goodreads and read their book. Enjoyed it. You can have a look at W.G. White on Goodreads and purchase the book (it’s cheap) from Amazon.

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Here’s the review:

It’s a challenge with 100,000 words or more. But with Walking: Five Short Stories from the Sands, White has created depth. Introducing a new protagonist with each story, each bringing a new perspective and trudging through poles-apart circumstances—this is despite the Walkers and Riders living practically on top of each other and highlights the distrust between them—White has crafted a full world with limited page space. More little touches, such as differences in speech even among the Walkers, help flesh out the life going on around the stories and make this book fulfilling on more levels than only the surface plots.

I’m a fan of dystopian stories and was attracted to this uniquely-imagined rover future. The people here still manage to be selfish and bigoted despite having lost everything—somehow I’m not surprised. But there’s still good, and it shines through in each story in different ways, both blatant and quiet. A literary boost now and then, reassurance there’s no need to give up on our race just yet, is always welcome.

As with many indie books I’ve read, there are some grammatical issues here. As well, there were a few words that seemed out of place, a few sentences that were confused and briefly confused me. However, White’s style is generally engaging, and there are multiple examples of quite powerful descriptive writing.

The Rider and The Shuffler stood out in my mind, the former painfully close to the bone and the latter a solid redemption story. The Cultist was violent and sad, always a poignant combination. The Walker manages to be both twisted and touching, a feat I respect, while The Chaperone covers twisted and twisted, if that’s your thing—White should be proud of that creature of horror he’s created here.

Walking imagines a bleak, evocative world through appealing characters we can get behind, even if we don’t agree with what they’ve done. Three and a half stars from me; I’d recommend this book to those who like satisfying, visceral reads in one sitting.

Still Very Little Of The Blogginess

Excepting when I’ve been far away from any computer for an extended period of time, I think this has been the longest time I’ve been so seriously without the blogginess. At least on other writing fronts things are starting to look a bit better.

The other day while riding the bus and walking the rest of the way to work, I planned an entire Treading Twisted Lines story – shall probably be number 6 or 7. I had to stop in the middle of the path and just stand there for 10 minutes or so to record as much as I could on my smaller iDevice.  This story came from wanting to give the Four Free Areas its own dominant fast food chain and the observation that there were a lot more bugs around than usual that morning. I’m liking how it flowed so easily – much more like how I wrote the first three, not like how I’m still struggling with number 4. The day after that, I expanded on the basic idea of another Treading Twisted Lines story – I’m not sure whereabouts it’ll be in the series. Probably not too far away. I should probably write the ones that I actually know, first.

On another note, as this year’s NaNoWriMo approaches – I’m probably not going to participate, with work playing havoc with my writing as it is – I’ve dug out last year’s effort – Pulp Runner, if you remember – and am putting it through a harsh, split-screen, re-type edit. It needs it, unfortunately. I need to re-work the ending and thread more references to it and the villain character (if he can be called that – a rather pathetic villain, really) throughout, not to mention simplify the protagonist’s internal dilemmas. Well, not simplify as such. Just convey them more simply. Or better. Just better.

Will probably have to put the first novel through a similar split-screen, re-type edit, but decided to do Pulp Runner first – it’s much shorter and I’m a coward. Been putting stuff together in bits and pieces for Behind Glass, as well, and a story I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned on the doll thermometer, before. I’ll call it Leonard, here. Originally he was being entirely handwritten as something to keep me occupied at school in Japan when I wasn’t given any work, but I’ve just about decided to shift back to typing and use the rest of his notebook for planning.

Shall aim to write a randomly generated scene in the next week – it’ll be my first free weekend in what probably isn’t forever, but quite feels like it, at the moment.

Most exciting news that I think I forgot to mention in the gloom of upcoming elections and the misery of the aftermath:  I sent inquiry letters re Missing Exhibit to a few literary agents and one of them requested to see the first 30 pages. She’s had them for a few weeks, now. I’m keeping as many phalanges crossed as I can and freaking out every time I check my phone for emails during work, hoping that she asks to see the rest. But I’m feeling pretty good, even if she decides she doesn’t want to represent me 🙂 If I got past the first stage once, I can do it again.

So. There’s a good, long waffle on about not really very much. I’ll try to do better. I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog again the way I did in the beginning, though. I could just go on about anything, hopefully in a vaguely interesting fashion. Sadly, I don’t think I’ve grown particularly as a blogger as of yet, unless it’s more lazy. I’ll try to figure out a new posting routine. Soon. Maybe that’ll help.

If anyone has any tips for keeping their blogs going strong when feeling quite swamped, feel free to instruct me in your wise ways 🙂

To Read in One’s Own Words

Late nights singing, overtime and and a weekend away at choir camp all aligned at the end of the week and kept me away from the computer longer than I’d like. Not much to report save a small personal achievement: for my review (sort of like a talent/variety show, if anyone requires an explanation) item at camp, I read the first scene from Under the Bright Water aloud. I thought it fit the evening’s costume theme – book characters. Thought about dressing as one of my own characters, but decided that might be a little pretentious.
 
Twas a touch nerve-wracking, reading my own work. I know I’ve already published it, but still. It’s a little different, sharing it that way. More personal. I chose Under the Bright Water as it’s still the piece of writing I’m most satisfied with overall. I received several good comments about my style and quite a few said they were going to read the rest and would look into reading the rest of the series, which makes me happy.
 
I’ve really got to get a move on with the fourth story in Treading Twisted Lines and keep the series moving along. Number four’s been eluding me for far too long.