A Friday Update


Spring is coming! (now that I’ve said that it will snow, right?)

The first week of school holidays is almost over – too bad the gorgeous girl and I have spent much of it housebound, struck down again by the bug that just won’t go away. However, modern medicine and good old-fashioned rest seem to be doing the trick, as we are both feeling better and actually ventured out today, for brunch and a movie with one of her schoolfriends and his mother. (We saw Zootropolis, which was actually really well done.)

I’ve also been writing. Silver and Black is flying along (so far), the story taking an intriguing shape, and I’m toying with the idea of serialising it on my blog once it’s ready to go. There are a couple of reasons for this: one is that the idea came to me via a series of blog challenges, so perhaps this is the right venue in which to share it, and two, I don’t usually write vampire stories, so it will be interesting to see what sort of feedback it gets.

I’m also looking at joining the Authors Lending and Copyright Society, a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK, run for and by writers. The ALCS is, in their own words, ‘dedicated to protecting and promoting authors’ rights’ and one of the ways they do so is by collecting secondary use royalties. These types of royalties can be levied when someone photocopies or digitally reproduces your work, or whenever your books are borrowed from a library. However, I will do a little more research before signing on, and will dedicate a blog post to exploring it more in depth.

Today I read this excellent interview with Hugh Howey via The Story Reading Ape. Hugh is an independent author extraordinaire and, I think I might love him a little. He’s such a passionate advocate for independent publishing, and has so much to say about the current state of the industry – it is well worth a read.

I’ve also been watching the latest Star Wars trailer, for Rogue One. I’ve been a Star Wars fangirl since the very beginning, ever since I was taken to see the first film in the cinema. This newest episode looks fantastic, and I have it down as one of my must-see movies for this year.

Next week the gorgeous girl and I have a few things planned, so hopefully we’ll both be back to full health and ready to go. I’ll still be writing away in Camp NaNo as and when I can, plus looking ahead to marketing and promotional opportunities for Oak and Mist. Hills and Valleys, the third Ambeth book, is now in the final editing stage, so I’m hoping to be able to publish by the end of this month – watch this space for cover reveals and more info.

Wishing you all a good weekend!

Over The Hills and Far Away


I am taking a little break from blogging. Just for a few days.

A trip to the mountains beckons, and with it some time to refresh and renew. Also, No Quarter, the second book in the Ambeth series, needs a nice solid edit so I’ll be venturing into the woods again, working through what happens next for Alma, Caleb and Deryck. And finally, I might get a little bit of time to read for pleasure. I’ve a couple of books to get through, Rise of The Prince by Nicholas Rossis (which I’ve already started and am enjoying), and Ordinary Handsome by Stephen Baird (which I’ve not yet started, but am looking forward to getting into).

And lovely Chris at The Story Reading Ape has kindly offered to feature me as one of his Guest Authors- the post is due to go live tomorrow so please do take a look and, while you’re there, take a wander through some of the other interesting material on his blog – it’s a great resource.

So I’ll be around for messages and things like that, and will be back soon with, hopefully, some new content. I’m also about to get back on the submissions trail with a new book called A Thousand Rooms. So I’ll let you know how that goes…

Until then… xx