If you live in the Gloucestershire area, now is your chance to pre-order Fanning Flames! I will be putting in a bulk order on the 5th December and you have the opportunity to buy a copy of any of my books at a reduced price – £3.49 off the usual RRP + postage (Lulu postage is £2.99 for paperbacks & £4.99 for hardbacks).
Just fill in the form below before the 5th December and you are guaranteed to receive it before Christmas. I will contact you to arrange pickup or drop-off once I have a firm arrival date.
If you live in the Gloucestershire area and can arrange pickup, I will be doing a bulk order of both of the above books prior to Christmas – look out for a pre-order form in the next few days to buy at a special reduced price.
Thank you for your patience! Just a couple more weeks to wait until you find out what happens next for Giselle, Baltair, Corran & Frang!
When 9-year-old orphan Izzy hops on the last wagon of the circus passing through town and persuades the ringmaster to let her stay, she has no idea what she’s let herself in for. Featuring brawling clowns, misbehaving pixies and a dragon who can’t breathe fire, this is officially the worst circus EVER. As she battles stage fright and faces booing audiences alongside her new partner Smokey, Izzy stumbles upon a snooping inspector who threatens to shut the circus down. She’s not about to let him send her back to the orphanage, so she sets out to make the medicine that will cure Smokey’s fire-breathing issues and blow the inspector away.
On Thursday 4th July I had another visit into my old primary school to talk to Year 4 about one of the two stories I have been working on recently; a chapter book about an orphan who runs away with a magical circus. It’s been in the works for about a year and is now at the stage that it’s gone through quite a few beta readers and after some feedback from my target audience, I’ll be sending it out to agents.
I talked through the very basic journey of what it takes to get a book published:
Send to agent
It’s something that no one really tells you when you’re a kid who wants to grow up to be an author. I also very much enjoyed receiving a question about whether Magic Al’s Circus was a “girls’ book” or a “boys’ book” and shot down the entire concept, emphasising how they could read whatever books they wanted to.
Once Magic Al’s Circus is sent off to agents and my current YA fantasy novel Curse of the Rohkai has been edited and is with beta readers, I shall be returning to Fanning Flames. Thanks to the discovery of beat sheets as a way of planning a story’s structure, I have finally worked out what to do with Giselle’s ending – the coming war with Ikjor is not going to be the only cause of battles!
The day is here! Kindling Ashes has been available for a little while now but it’s officially release day!
Sixteen years have passed since dragons were supposedly wiped out – but their hibernation is over. For a teenage gold smuggler with a voice in her head and the youngest son of a dragonslayer, life will never be the same again.
“A highly imaginative fantasy of remarkable vision and premise.”
“Made me want to slip into the book as one of the characters.”
– Goodreads reviews
Buy a copy now! Click forward to your preferred retailer (note the hardback is only available from Lulu.com to keep the price down).
For anyone arriving at this page hearing about Kindling Ashes for the first time, it is a fantasy novel that won Lulu.com’s Wrimo Accelerator competition run in conjunction with NaNoWriMo 2013. It is the first of a 2-book series, ‘Firesouls’, following the lives of Giselle and Corran in a world where dragons are struggling to escape extinction. You can read the first two chapters for free here, or explore this website to find out more about the book or author.
A few updates here – I got back from Book Expo America on Sunday and had an amazing time there. I shall be posting about my experience with pictures and all soon, but I am so glad I went. I got to meet two of my favourite authors (Garth Nix & Sarah J Maas), got a load of free books, met several of the other Wrimo Accelerator winners and had my first signing experience!
I’ve also recently got an update on what’s been happening with Kindling Ashes. Turns out the reason it hasn’t appeared on Amazon/Barnes & Noble yet is because there was a problem with the batch it was sent over with. This has now been resolved and it should be there within a week… keep a look out!
Somewhat related to this, I am moving house this weekend and I will have no internet access except at work from Saturday until Wednesday. Therefore the earliest official release date will be next Thursday 12th June because I want to be online enough to promote it – however if you’re watching you might spot it before I make the announcement.
That’s pretty much it, but here’s a couple of links where Kindling Ashes/I have been featured:
Lots of things going on at the moment. Last weekend the 2nd paperback proof arrived and I approved it, so that’s currently on its way to Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc. for processing. That normally takes 4-8 weeks but lately it’s apparently been moving faster so it could be as little as 2-4 weeks. The hardback has also been done although it will be available exclusively through Lulu to keep the price down. Ebook is in progress. I won’t announce the release date until all formats are available to buy so it’s possible you might be able to hunt down a buy link before I’ve actually announced anything.
Three teaser trailers have now been released and can be found on my youtube channel – the final book trailer will be finished and posted up later today.
And finally, I’ve started doing giveaways. The one running right now is on Tumblr and can be found here (deadline 3rd May 2014, 7pm BST). I will also be running giveaways on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads in the coming weeks, all of which will give you the chance to win a signed hardback as well as a bookmark and magnet, so keep an eye out for those. I will probably also run smaller giveaways for signed paperbacks in a few other places, most likely after the release date.
All these release plans shall culminate in the last weekend of May at Book Expo America where I will be signing copies of my book as well as giving out free bookmarks. More details on when & where to find me at BEA will be posted closer to the time.
The second sample chapter is now available to read here.
This chapter is from the point of view of Corran Dunslade, the youngest son of Lord Huwcyn Dunslade who led the fight against dragons sixteen years ago.
In other news, I’ve been working on book trailers! I have 4 planned which will all be released over the coming week or two. There will be three teasers, one general and the other two for Corran and Giselle, followed by the full trailer. Here is the first, please let me know what you think: