Leaving my day job…and I’m scared s**tless!

This week I will be leaving my day job (argh). Tomorrow will be my last day working for a local authority in London. After fourteen years I’ve decided to take a leap and concentrate on my writing for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t just upped and left my job with no plans, I took voluntary redundancy so I have a cushion for a while until either my writing career earns me the money I need to continue writing or I have to head back into the land of CV’s, application forms and interviews. I hope I can do the former, but realise the latter is more likely. I’m nothing if not realistic.

What’s my immediate plan? Well, at the end of this week I shall be taking a week holiday with my family in Cornwall. I will be eating a bunch of ice-creams, seafood, swimming in the sea, building sand castles, seeing family and generally relaxing. This week I’ve finished my edits and Tortured Souls is going off for proof-reading and Beta reading shortly.

After that …?

Well, the onus really is on me now to really try and make my dream come true and to do that I need to keep on writing, keep on making contacts, keep on marketing, blogging, interacting with readers and so on… This was already a full-time job, and now I will soon have the time to really give it a bash.  I’ve given myself two months to really work at this writing lark and to set my dreams in motion.

I intend to spend all of September and October writing, concentrating on my new Sisters of Hex series. First I need to complete my Five Gold Rings story for the 12 Days of Christmas anthology I am a part of…. if you want to read a sneak peak click HERE

After that’s finished I am concentrating in earnest on the first three books of the Sisters of Hex series; Accacia’s Curse, Accacia’s Blood and Accacia’s Bite. With editing Tortured Souls I haven’t had as much time as I’d like lately to really get stuck in on these books, but with more time freeing up soon I cannot wait. Below are the covers, designed by my friend and fellow author / Flocker, Arizona X Tape. It probably isn’t hard to figure out what supernatural creature/s these books will revolve around.

 

In the meantime Tortured Souls – Book two of The Soul Guide series is being released on the 21st October. I am very nervous about this one, only because I really hope I’ve done the story justice. We’ll see once feedback starts to come in. I’m trying not to have a mini-meltdown thinking about it. This is the first time I’ve used Beta readers who aren’t my friends, so this experience will be a slightly terrifying one.  Not that my friends didn’t give me their honest opinions and point out flaws, quite the contrary, it’s just that opening yourself up for potential criticism is all the more difficult when its from people you don’t know. But, I am ready to take all comments head on to make Tortured Souls the best it can be.

For now, As the old adage says, “when one door closes another doors opens” and in this case I sure as hell hope it’s straight into a successful writing career. 

 

 

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The Flock August Releases

As I’ve mentioned on another Blog post today about The Flock Launch party, all of my fellow Flock authors have had or will be having a release this month!! When I saw the list, I thought damn, I need to catch up with these ladies! Lol!

My next release, Tortured Souls – book two of The Soul Guide series, will be releasing 21st October and I will have a novelette coming out again in November with the 12 Days of Christmas anthology.  Can’t wait to share these with you!!

But for now, to support my fellow Flock authors here are their August releases! Aren’t they bloody great?!

3rd August: Cloaked (Beyond the Curse #3) by Laura Greenwood

Cloaked

8th August: Falling (My Winter Wolf #2) by Arizona Tape

Winter wolf2

14th August: Elliot’s Secret (The King Brothers #3) by G. Bailey

Elliot's Secret

15th August: Twisted Fate (Fractured Fate #2) by Cece Rose

Twisted Fate

15th August: Stones of Winter (Winter Princess #2) by Skye MacKinnon

Stones of Winter

15th August: Creatures (includes Ocean’s Serenade, co-written by Laura Greenwood) creatures

16th August: Strip for Me #1 by G. Bailey

strip for me

22nd August: (My Winter Wolf #3) by Arizona Tape

My Winter Wolf

24th August: Catching His Ladybird by Laura Greenwood

ladybird

Aren’t these just incredible! I can’t wait for next month’s release either The Flock authors are unstoppable!

The Flock Launch

Today I have a few reasons to be excited. Firstly, The Flock Launch is happening! Myself and five other like-minded authors have come together to set up The Flock Author Collective. It sounds really posh but really it’s just a group of friends who talk books, writing, share our ups and downs and generally have a good time supporting each other in our writing endeavours.  We set up The Flock Facebook page a few weeks ago and today we have our launch party. All six of us will have our own spot (look for FA next to our names), but there will be a TON of fabulously talented authors from all over the world taking part as well.

Take a lookie for yourself:

The Flock Lineup

The slots are all BST (British Summer Time) so make sure you rock up at the correct time for your Time Zone. Better yet, stick with us for all of it and you’ll be in for a treat! I’m on at 6.30pm-7.30pm BST and would welcome your support! There will be all sorts of wonderful stuff happening like, GIVEAWAYS, GAMES, COVER REVEALS, WIP EXCERPTS, TEASERS, HOT MEN & WOMEN, CUTE ANIMALS and lots of chat!

We can’t wait for you to join our party, and if the fancy takes you why don’t you join The Flock and become affectionately known as a Flockling / Flocker.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and join THE FLOCK LAUNCH PARTY!

I mentioned that this was the first thing I am excited about well some fellow Flock authors have their new releases out today. I’ll be talking about these on The Flock August releases post shortly. 

Book two – Cover Reveal

If you read my recent post you would have seen that The Soul Guide has had a cover update. My cover designer Charlie, of Sapphire Designs, really got what I was looking for and has also come up with a beautiful new cover for Secrets and Souls (The Soul Guide prequel) and for Tortured Souls (COMING SOON) which is book two of The Soul Guide series. I am delighted with my new covers.

So, without further ado here they are:

948259_secrets_and_souls_paperback_cover2  TSG Finished e-book  Tortured Souls e-book cover

Don’t they look beautiful side-by-side like that? I think so.

If you are interested in checking out my books just click on the image and you’ll be whizzed over to Amazon. Don’t forget if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited then you can read them for FREE too!

New cover, new look…

Well, I only went and got a new cover done! The Soul Guide has had a major makeover and it is exactly what I wanted! I had the great pleasure of coming across Charlie from Sapphire Designs through one of the Facebook author groups I’m a member of. Charlie was advertising her wares, I liked what I saw and, well, here we are now a few weeks later!

For a while now, I realised that my original front cover just didn’t really suit the genre of urban fantasy and so I decided to bite the bullet and get it updated. Don’t get me wrong the first cover I published with was fine. It just didn’t quite capture the essence of the book. I wanted a ‘silver’ bumble bee (like the one that stings Sybil in the story) but my original cover artist wasn’t able to oblige unfortunately. That’s all been changed now and I am stoked!

Following the process was fascinating, Charlie was able to find the perfect image for Sybil, but the model had blonde hair. This wasn’t an issue, because, hey presto, Charlie turned it brown. She added her own magic and personality and below is the result. I think it is a work of art, would you agree?

So this is my new front cover by the incredibly talented Charlie at Sapphire Designs. 

TSG Finished e-book

I can’t tell you how important the front cover is. People really do judge a book by its cover! I wish I had found Charlie before publishing my book, but hey, you live and learn!

Also, and this is key, once you find a great cover artist keep hold of them and NEVER let go. Sapphire Designs is also updating Secrets and Souls (The Soul Guide – prequel novella) and will be doing the new covers for my second and third in series. I cannot wait to share them with you once they are done!!

For now, here are the previous incarnations of The Soul Guide. The first (blue stars) was done by me in Canva, the second by a gentleman on Fiverr, and the third my latest, most favourite, and frankly the best of them all, by Sapphire Designs.

The Soul Guide Version jpeg    the-soul-guide-kindle-cover_2   TSG Finished e-book