Saturday, 5 April 2014

Voting is closed!

So it looks like we have a winning name! Thanks for all your input. 'Sam' he is!

What is his name?
Adam 30% 
Sam 45% 
Jack 25%

Now I can get back to my story evolution exercises!

Keep an eye out on the blog though as sometime soon I'm going to have to have rethink about the design. I think its time I have an 'Author page' rather than just Witchblood... For any newbie writers out there, learn from my mistakes and don't create a website address the same as your first books because it makes things somewhat complicated when you want to write something new!

For now though I think I'll have to just change the design and landing page and keep the address. Any smart techies out there and I would love some ideas on how to create an author page without losing all the blog traffic!

Friday, 4 April 2014

New Series : Male Character Name Poll

Right! So I've been doing some more character sketches and plot sketches today for my new series and I have this guy...
Well I don't have Michael Fassbender, but he is the inspiration for one of my main characters. He is the dad to an 8 year old girl called Lucy and the step-dad to my main protagonist 16yr old Liv and her twin brother Will. He is 35 and is loving, protective, loyal and a teeny bit controlling! He is an office designer.

I just couldn't think of a suitable name, probably because I had his real name stuck in my head lol. So I put out a call on my facebook page and got loads of great ideas. Now I'm stuck deciding between my three favourites. Which is your favourite? You Decide!


What is his name?

  free polls 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Mortal Instruments

So for this week's blog I thought I would do a brief review of the Cassandra Clare 'Mortal Instruments' books which I've been reading as I want to discuss 'doomed relationships' in series.

Up until Book Five (the current book I'm reading... or trying to) I have really enjoyed the series. It is something a little bit different from other paranormal YA series. I love the world building as it reminds me of the HP series in which the muggles live alongside and completely oblivious to the wizards. In Cassandra Clare's series the humans are living alongside all the supernatural species under the sun, and yet it is totally believable!

Clary is a great character and unlike a lot of YA protagonists I didn't find her annoying or unrealistic in her reactions. She comes across as fairly average, likeable and funny, but can be strong when she needs to be; which happens more as the series progresses. In Book One : City of Bones Clary finds herself drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters and her life is turned upside down. As seems the norm with this genre Clary soon finds herself in the middle of the obligatory love triangle and when things get tough with Jace, the rather irresistible and arrogant shadowhunter, she begins dating her best friend, Simon, which I found a little strange and unbelievable. Simon is a great character and is there for Clary throughout the series, I just wish the love angle had been left out as in my opinion it adds nothing to the story.

All of the first four books are totally readable and addictive. They are very easy to read and you soon find yourself loosing track of the time and becoming immersed in Cassandra Clare's world. The action scenes, are well written and exciting and the twists and turns have you double guessing plot lines throughout!

However... and this is my main negative point, over the last four books I did guess that the Clary / Jace 'problem' would be resolved and thoroughly enjoyed book four when this was all coming together. The 'happy ending' was well deserved after their struggle throughout the previous four books... So why oh why did the author feel it necessary to split them up again!! Ahhhhh! I have only got part way into Book Five and I honestly can't be bothered reading anymore. To be honest I am now fed up of seeing how many ways Cassandra Clare can keep them apart! Personally I would have much preferred to have these final books with Clary and Jace working together as a team. They could still have had the mighty battles and I'm sure there will be plenty, after all the Faerie Queen is a loose cannon and Valentine & his psychotic son are still on the rampage. So why the need for more Clary / Jace drama?

Hopefully one day I'll return to Book five and finish it, but for now I just can't be bothered.

What do you think? Have you read the series and if so what do you think about Book 5?

Do you like constant relationship drama or think it's too much?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Catching Up

Well, what can I say?
I'm totally terrible and I've completely let the blogging thing go! In fact I've completely let the writing thing go too!

I think to be honest last year, what with finishing WitchLove, writing 'Genevieve' and then writing the final book 'WitchHunt', all along with preparing for the IOW Literary Festival and moving 200 miles south kind of floored me!

I was intending on moving in, publishing WitchHunt at the end of October and then taking the rest of the year off to settle in and think of a new series idea; but in reality the new house was a mess and has needed a lot of TLC. I think as well, the longer I stayed away from writing the harder it seemed to get back into it.

I had a great idea for a new three book series, but I just didn't know how to get it going, and I was a little wary as it is a complete change for me in genre. It turned out that redecorating the tiny spare bedroom and turning it into a craft / writing room did the trick! Initially I intended it to be a craft / sewing room (as I love all things crafty!) but I found that with the sun streaming in the window and the lovely view of the fields all I wanted to do was set up my laptop!

Merely a week later, here I am, blogging away and I've even written the four main character sketches and the first two paragraphs! I'm starting to feel the excitement of getting pulled into another imaginary world!

Thursday, 2 January 2014

2013 Year in Review

Wow! What a year! In the space of just 12 months I have published two novels and a short story; sold my house four times and finally moved with my family, 250 miles south to Somerset! In February 2013 we put our house up for Sale and I published book three in the WitchBlood Series, 'WitchLove'. In March I had my best sales rankings ever and sold 5000 books in one month! In April my husband got an amazing new job in Somerset and as the house was already for sale we decided to make the move a little more terrifying and explore a new county! That was where things became a little stressful!

In the months that followed we had three house sales fall apart further down the chain, my husband had to start his job in Somerset, leaving the children and I behind every week and I had the final WitchBlood book to write! At the same time as all this craziness I was invited to attend and run a workshop at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival in October. Even though I had never done anything like this before I accepted thinking we would at least be moved by then and nearer to the IOW! Little did I know just how many times things would go wrong! In the end we finally exchanged on our house two days before I was due to speak at the festival on the 19th October! The weekend was a whirlwind and my husband drove me there and back in three days and three days after that I was packing our belongings and waving goodbye to all our friends. My daughter, and our cat travelled in my car, whilst our son travelled with my husband & the dog in his car!

We arrived here on the 25th October, I somehow managed to publish 'WitchHunt' the final book in the series on November the 6th; and even with the mountainous task of DIY, decorating and cleaning involved I can honestly say I haven't looked back! I love the tiny Somerset village. I love hearing the sheep and the chickens in the morning and I love how everyone is so friendly and welcoming. What I don't love, is the mud! I am not a particularly 'car-proud' girl and tend to wash my car about once a year... but here I washed my car 3 times in as many weeks... and then I gave up! Buying a new white car last summer was my worst mistake. I really should have bought black... or even that new metallic coffee coloured brown. Now that would be perfect!

So it's been chaotic to say the least, but the children love their new school and Christmas was a good one. Hopefully 2014 will be a little quieter. A little calmer! So Happy New Year from Somerset!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Let the WitchHunt Tour begin!

So the day is here, the day quite a lot of you have been asking about for the last three months lol! Today is quite emotional for me because it is the day I publish WitchHunt and that means the end of the WitchBlood series! I started writing WitchBlood three years ago, in 2010, but it took me a year to write as I still had my youngest child at home with me. It then took me another year to go through the wringer of publishing options and decide to self publish to Kindle. What a decision! It has honestly changed my life!

When I started out and uploaded WitchBlood to Kindle I remember being terrified - it is like putting your neck in a guillotine and waiting for the blade to drop... except amazingly it never did! Instead I got a trickle of 4 and 5 star reviews. First it was family... then friends... then I found some book bloggers who read it... and loved it! Twice now WitchBlood has been in the Top 10 Kindle genre charts and the others not far behind! By the summer of 2012 I was getting requests for a sequel and the story began to spiral in my head. My insomnia got worse and two more books began to take shape. Witchblood was to be a trilogy!

Except as I reached 70,000 words into WitchLove I suddenly realised I had a whole host of plots that needed resolving. Either I was going to write a Breaking Dawn-esque saga or I needed another book. I went for a fourth book and WitchHunt was born! Over the last year more than 20,000 of you have downloaded my books and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

You may ask will I write more and maybe in time I will. I may write some more short stories, like 'Genevieve', the story of Eva; but for now I want to settle into my new home in Somerset and think about writing something new! And I do have some really interesting ideas for two new series! For now though, enjoy the WitchHunt blog tour. Click the link on the right to go to the tour page. There are loads of reviews, interviews and guest posts written by me... Oh and remember if you download my books, love them and want to help me out; there's nothing better than waking up to read a new review on Amazon or Goodreads!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Wow! What a whirlwind of a weekend! I can somewhat proudly say I conquered my demons this weekend. On Friday I was involved with the schools programme running on the island which meant I was supposed to be chatting to a small group of teenagers about my books and writing. It turned out that I entered the college to find an auditorium, complete with microphone and no less than EIGHTY teenagers aged 11 and up! It was certainly a baptism of fire, but luckily I didn't have long to freak out about it and it all went well.

I started by reading my prologue from WitchBlood, then we chatted a bit about what might be expected from the book in the coming chapters. I did a couple more readings, chatted about self-publishing and had lots of time for questions... and happily they did seem interested and there were loads of questions! In fact we ran out of time :)

I must have done something right because 24hrs later my UK Kindle rankings had jumped up 10,000 places! Here is the programme for my slot on Sunday at Northwood House...

It was quite an experience with lots of famous faces! At one point I was selling some of my books after doing my slot in the spooky cellars and Anneka Rice wandered past! I was taken up to the 'Green Room' for a lovely lunch with my family and met Sir Max Hastings who was very nice and I saw Kate Mosse being interviewed. The children had a lovely time at a fairy workshop, listening to stories and making wings with a local children's author, Jules Marriner and then we jumped on the ferry home...

Here are a couple of photos of the beautiful Isle of Wight: