Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Black & White blog tour giveaway winners, and Full Dark is coming!

Hope everyone's doing well. I'm here to announce the winners of my Black & White blog tour giveaway - sorry it's a bit late, I got kind of swamped with work after the tour wrapped up. So without further ado...

Winner of $10 Amazon giftcard - Lynda Dietz
Winners of ecopies of A Change of Mind and Other Stories - Will Griesmer, Brent Strassburg and Mary Preston

Congrats, guys! I'll be in touch about your prizes shortly.

Now, onto some other exciting news. I'm pleased to announce that I'm involved in an anthology put together by the wonderful Melissa Maygrove, which is set for release at the end of this month (just in time for Halloween). Melissa's been through some trials and tribulations recently, to say the least, so I'm super impressed that she's managed to pull this project together so well.

Title: FULL DARK: An Anthology

Tagline: What happens in the dark will come to light.

Official blurb:
Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

Publisher: Obsidian Books

Official release date: October 30, 2017

I'm excited to be a part of this book alongside a stellar line-up of authors, and also very happy that the profits are going to such a superb cause, especially in light of the various disasters we have seen lately.

You can add it to your Goodreads list here and below is a Tweet if you'd like to help spread the word:

Monday, 9 October 2017

IWSG Contest Winners Announced!

Monday again, and it's a great start to the week as the IWSG Show Your Writer Insecurity contest winners have been announced!

Thanks to all the participants - there were so many excellent and creative image. But we only had three prize packages with dozens of books, audio books, IWSG features, and IWSG erasers… (drum roll)

Third place goes to: J Lenni Dorner

Second place goes to: Mary Aalgaard

And the grand prize winner who also finally told all his Facebook friends he’s a writer: Ken Rahmoeller

For more awesome images, visit the other participants:

Sarah, Karen, SE White, Carrie-Anne, Tyrean, Fundy, Sandra, Erika, Olga, Toi, IB Nosey, Morgan, Nancy, Deniz, Zan Marie, Allison Kathy, and Sharon.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

IWSG October 2017 - Show Us Your Writer Insecurity

Time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group and it's a busy one today. If you don't know, the first Wednesday of the month marks the day when writers everywhere can gather to share our doubts and insecurities without fear of being judged. Hosted as always by Ninja Cap'n Alex J. Cavanaugh, today's co-hosts are Olga GodimChemist KenJennifer Hawes and Tamara Narayan. Onto the first item of business...

This will be a lot of fun - today we've asked you to pose with any item of the IWSG swag or the IWSG logo. Once you've done that, leave a comment at the IWSG website or Facebook page directing us to your photo. The admin team will visit each one and pick the top three, who will receive the following enviable prize packages:

Third place – EBook of A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford, eBook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, eBook of Cling to God by Lynda R. Young, eBook of Already Home by Heather M. Gardner, and eBook of Dragon of the Stars by Alex. J. Cavanaugh. 

Second place – The entire eBook collection of the Totem series by Christine Rains, eBooks of Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie, audio book of CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh, eBook of Black and White by Nick Wilford, and your choice eBook from J.L. Campbell. 

Grand prize winner - IWSG website interview, IWSG newsletter spotlight, IWSG pinned tweet for one week, C. Lee McKenzie's Featured Follower for the month, the IWSG Goodreads book club eBook for October/November, a short chapter critique, and a pair of IWSG erasers.

Onto the next item of business... submissions are currently open for the exciting next IWSG anthology.

Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free. 

Word count: 3500-6000

Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller

Theme: Tick Tock. The story revolves around a clock, is time sensitive, or has something about a specific time. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence. 

Story deadline: November 1st 2017

How to enter: Send your polished, previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please format double-spaced, size 12 font, and no headers or footers. Include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging or Facebook IWSG group. 

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.

We know there's an incredible amount of talent in this group, so we can't wait to see what you've got! If you haven't entered yet, give it some thought and see what you come up with. This theme could go anywhere and we're excited to go through the entries.

So, onto today's post. I'm not feeling particularly insecure at the moment - having just finished a blog tour for my first ever released novel, I've been heartened by the support and encouragement that's out there in the writing community and I'm thankful to all the bloggers who hosted me and all those who commented and shared the posts. With this book being nearly five years in the gestation, having it out there feels like turning a corner and I'm optimistic about the future. Of course there is work still to be done with remaining edits on the subsequent parts, but it feels like it's within my grasp, which hasn't always been the case!

Are you showing your insecurity today? Submitted to the anthology or still crafting your masterpiece?

Don't forget to check out other IWSG contributors here!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Black & White blog tour Grand Finale

So, I have reached the end of my blog tour for my YA dystopian release, Black & White! It's been a blast - I had a lot of fun coming up with and writing the posts, and hopping around to the various hosts. A humble thanks to each and every one of you who has left best wishes, shared the posts, downloaded a copy of the book or added it to your TBR piles. I'm still working on getting back to everyone - I've been using a borrowed laptop since the light went out on my screen earlier this week, but I should be returning all your comments in the next few days. I'll also be announcing the winners of my giveaway, hopefully next Friday.

For my final post, I'm visiting Lorna at The Writing Greyhound with some closing thoughts on what keeps driving me forward on this crazy writing journey.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Black & White blog tour Day 11

Happy Friday! It's the penultimate day of my blog tour, and today I'm visiting Patricia Lynne where we're being treated to a rare interview with the Supreme Grand Ruler of Harmonia, Lord Hubert Histender. Let's hear what he's got to say for himself.

Hope you have a great weekend! Up to anything nice?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Black & White blog tour Day 10

I'm rolling on with the tour for my YA dystopian release and today you can catch me at the following stops:

Julie Flanders - excerpt
Home of a Book Lover - a broadcast from Dr George Tindleson about the importance of science in Harmonia

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Black & White blog tour Day 9

Today on the blog tour for my recent dystopian release Black & White, I'm visiting the following two excellent writers:

Darla M. Sands with a post about reasons for including romance in non-romance books
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan where my character Mallinger is giving you a guided tour around his home town of Fusterbury.

Hope you can join me!