HumberSFF#3 Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy (done)

The Humber Science Fiction & Fantasy group [External Link] will be having their third social [External Link], a night of readings and chat in the Hull Central Library;
15th April, 2017;
Hull, England

I’m one of three women who will be reading from their work. I will be reading from 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and, if there’s a second reading, one of the short stories published here.

Wednesday 1st March, 2017

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!
(And Happy Saint David’s Day to those who insist on saying it in English.)

Rugby continues to be entertaining. Despite the fact that I cheer for Wales, I’m now hoping for a Scottish Triple Crown and an Irish Championship (it would be an amazing set of results).

On more writing focussed updates, I am now halfway through my current WIP first draft – which is only intended to be a 40,000 word novella, so that may not be the most impressive boast ever – and I have discovered that Amazon.com allows people to do giveaways of, well, almost anything. As a result, I’ve set up a giveaway of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf in attempt to attract a few Americans to my work.

Giveaway: 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf – Amazon.com

To celebrate the completion of the trilogy in combination with the fact that I’ve only just realised the American Amazon site allows people to do giveaways, I’m running a giveaway of 5 paperback copies – on Amazon.com (direct link here: [External Link]). You can skip right over there and see the conditions on-site but I’ll include the conditions below, too.

First, please be aware that this is only open to people in the … Continue reading

Wednesday 15th February, 2017

The Future Fire [External Link] achieved their goal!

Rugby has been entertaining!

I have been writing!

Oh, and – as you may remember – I have a book out. And I forgot to mention I’ve been cleaning up my notes on how the fur-skins world works again last weekend, so here’s the latest Order of Play post.

Wednesday 8th February, 2017

To make up for my hubris last week, my current WIP has barely crawled this week. It’s been more like one of those heart breaking belly-flopping motions that someone makes when they’ve fallen over ad struggle to get up due to lack of co-ordination. Although, persona experience of this has usually been due to too much alcohol and entirely self-inflicted, so sympathy is wasted. Sorry, I digress. I have put words into other things this week, though, along with spending some time reading.

So, I have a new guest post to tell you about, all part of promoting Fool If You Think It’s Over:

  • Werewolves and Writing Process on Shona Kinsella’s blog [External Link]

You may notice that it also ties in with the guest post I did some time ago for The Future Fire:

Speaking of which, that is loosely associated with The Future Fire’s awareness raising for their Problem Daughters anthology. They’re on their last week of the drive, so please go take a look at their Indiegogo campaign if you haven’t already: [External Link]

Order of Play, Version 3

Given that the final installment of the Elkie Bernstein trilogy / series has been published, here’s the latest version of the Fur-Skins Order of Play posts.

Reminders:

  • There is essentially just a write up of my world-building notes with respect to what I would like to do here if I get back to it – while hopefully avoiding spoilers of what already exists and what could exist.
  • As well as the page linked above … Continue reading
  • Wednesday 1st February, 2017

    Today’s update is basically an Elkie run down but, before we get into that, just to let you know that the current Greenwood WIP continues to crawl along – well, aside from this week’s crawl was 4,000 words so that’s practically a sprint by my standards.

    Anyway. Here’s your Elkie round-up.

    Fool If You Think It’s Over is officially published and has been available as a paperback from Amazon since Sunday. We’re still waiting for the Kindle version but it’s usually a week or so after the paperback.

    If you would like to know what this Elkie thing I keep mentioning is all about, I have an outline of the Fur-Skins world. However, the basic run-down is that Fool If You Think It’s Over is the third in a trilogy / series of three books about a young girl growing up in rural Wales fighting werewolves and doing her best to escape toxic relationships. You can see the covers, along with blurbs and some basic links for the whole series here.

    There is some more in-depth background material released with the first book, 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf, along with the opening prologue and chapter, so here are their links:

    For those of you who’ve read the books, you may like this short story, Second Date, which features a significantly younger Conn.

    And, to finish off, if you have any question’s about Elkie’s world, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer in a way that makes sense to someone other than me!

    Published: Fool If You Think It’s Over

    Fox Spirit Books [External Link] published Fool If You Think It’s Over (in paperback) on Sunday 29th January, 2017. You can buy copies from Amazon.co.uk here: [External Link] (Or your local version, just look the title up – if you have no objections to Amazon)

    When the Kindle format is available, I’ll but a link to Amazon.co.uk here (Other Amazon sites are available…)

    Goodreads page here: [External Link]

    Booklikes page here: [External Link]

    Novel, horror / dark fantasy (in the Fur-Skins world)

    Wednesday 25th January, 2017

    Sorry for the silence, at least on the web-site.

    However, you’ll be happy to know I’ve been attempting to get my writing groove back. I had to abandon my fairies for their lack of good behaviour in mid-December last year. I managed to get about 22,000 words out of them before they went on strike, so I may come back to them when they’re feeling a bit more talkative.

    My current (1st draft) WIP is thematically if not actually linked to the “long” work before the fairies that I mentioned as Greenwood in the tags and The Knight’s Daughter as a working title. The current working title is The Wolf of Ravensholme and I’ve broken 10,000 words today – which means I’m still limping along at about 1,500-2,000 words a week but any progress is progress. And more greenwood-themed story ideas have been noted so, if they’re the stories that get the words flowing, expect to see many more greenwood tags over the next year or so as I grawl through them.

    That said, there will always be room for my Fur-Skins and Elkie Bernstein, particularly as Elkie’s third outing (Foll If You Think It’s Over) should be landing this weekend at Amazon. I’ll be putting out my published announcement as soon as she’s spotted but, to tide you over, here’s a reminder of the whole trilogy: The Collected Covers (with blurbs and links).

    Wednesday 4th January, 2017

    Welcome to 2017. How are we liking it so far?

    As last week was my “end of year” post, Mousie’s carolling with her mouse choir went unmentioned but you can still catch up with her best wishes before Twelfth Night (if you’re reading this before 6th January). I think Mousie might make another A-Z this year (you can see her Thurnscoe entries here) but we will have to invest in a book or two about the local area so we can plot her sight-seeing hike.

    Also unmentioned last week was the first review of the third Elkie Bernstein book, Fool If You Think It’s Over, from Kate Coe (here: [External Link]). We’ve also recently put up a Goodreads page [External Link] in advance of publishing and it looks like the book itself lands in mid-January. This basically means things should be coming out somewhen around my next weekly update or the one after.