Hugin from the Valkyrie series

Hugin

My rendition of HUGIN from the VALKYRIE series.


“The air-conditioner would have shut off hours ago and the room was stuffy. I stood by the window, looking out at the thick darkness of the park, at the slight movement in the branches of the nearest tree where Hugin waited.”

 

Β Dead Radiance is FREEΒ HERE

Dead Embers is HERE

Dead Chaos is HERE

& Dead Silence is coming soon πŸ™‚

Valkyrie Christmas Order Special!

I’ve decided to offer a paperback order special for the Valkyrie series.

What’s on offer?
Order Dead Radiance and Dead Embers and get Dead Chaos Free – all signed with signed bookmarks and bookcards
Also on offer are the Swagpacks which included the signed paperback as well as the bling ie Bryn’s Amber Pendant with Dead Radiance, the Glasir Leaf Ring with Dead Embers and a Tree of Life Bracelet with Dead Chaos.

ValkyrieChristmasSpecial

Click on the Special offer image on the Home page of my website or follow this link http://bit.ly/ValkyrieChristmas

If you have any questions please fee free to email me – tgayer@xtra.co.nz

DEAD CHAOS (Valkyrie #3) is Released!

At long last the Dead Chaos ebook is finally available!

20131030-214634.jpg

Buy on Amazon

Soon to be available at more outlets.
Paperback to be released mid November.

Join our FACEBOOK RELEASE PARTY 30th October EST

Description:
Valkyrie Bryn Halbrook is broken and damaged…

Struggling to accept the loss of her wings, Bryn’s not sure if she can be a real Valkyrie anymore. But when a mysterious prophecy claims she will be the reason the All-Father dies, she is determined to ensure the prediction will not come to pass.

A visit to the three fates who live beneath the great Tree of life, sends Bryn racing against time to find the missing Heimdall and his horn. As Odin’s life hangs in the balance and Ragnarok draws ever closer, Bryn has to find a way to save Heimdall and Odin before she can discover the truth about who she really is.

In this thrilling instalment of the Valkyrie series Bryn must battle not only the formidable frost giants and the hated God Loki, but she must also find a balance between what she will lose and what she will gain.

Dead Chaos & Covers Update

DEAD CHAOS NEWS

I usually post a Tuesday Teaser but I will forgo that for today as I have an announcement. I know I scheduled Dead Chaos to release 25th September but its been impossible to keep to that schedule with my health giving me the runaround. I promise I tried my very best but it just became too much to aim for the 25th Sep. I want to get the best book out to you and that really means I need to not rush it out. I hope you will understand my position.

New release time will be the last week of October 2013 – I will post a final date closer to the time but DC will definitely be out by the end of October.

Add it on Goodreads if you haven’t already- A release event invitation will be sent the day before DC is released —> Dead Chaos on Goodreads

 

COVER NEWS

With the impending release of Dead Chaos I decided to jazz up the covers for the entire Valkyrie series so look out for the cover reveals over the next week or two.

 

PS. LOST SOUL NEWS

I do have one more thing to tell you and that is I’m working hard to have Lost Soul published some time mid to late November so go add it to your to-reads on GR here –> Lost Soul on Goodreads

 

Are you on Amazon?
Then sign up to be notified as soon as I release a new book. Go to my Amazon author page and at the top right hand corner click the link to subscribe.Β Amazon Author page.

*subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to know about the release

PS. One lucky Newsletter subscriber will win a swag pack this month – Dead Radiance Magnet, Valkyrie series bookmarks and bookcards all signed

Cover Teaser: DEAD CHAOS

Ok, so I thought I would update you lovely people on where I am at on the cover of DEAD CHAOS. You’re probably thinking I’ve been way too busy with birthdays and birthday cake not to mention writing LOST SOUL (and you’re probably right) but here is a teaser to tide you over.

DC Cover teaser1

Add DEAD CHAOS on Goodreads so you don’t forget πŸ˜‰

*subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to know about the release

PS. One lucky Newsletter subscriber will win a swag pack this month – Dead Radiance Magnet, Valkyrie series bookmarks and bookcards all signed

 

Teaser Tuesday (Aug 27)

Here’s an excerpt from Dead Chaos to tide you over until release day…

DC Excerpt 4

Expect to see DEAD CHAOS released end AUG/early SEP. Come back next week for another scintillating excerpt…

Are you on Amazon? Then sign up to be notified as soon as I release a new book. Go to my author page and at the top right hand corner click the link to subscribe.Β Amazon Author page.

Or you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email the day of every new release, and be notified of cover reveals and competitions too.Β SUBSCRIBE

Teaser Tuesday (Aug 20)

Here’s an excerpt from Dead Chaos to tide you over until release day…

DC Excerpt 3

Expect to see DEAD CHAOS released end AUG/early SEP. Come back next week for another scintillating excerpt…

Are you on Amazon? Then sign up to be notified as soon as I release a new book. Go to my author page and at the top right hand corner click the link to subscribe.Β Amazon Author page.

Or you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email the day of every new release, and be notified of cover reveals and competitions too.Β SUBSCRIBE

Teaser Tuesday (Aug 13)

Here’s an excerpt from Dead Chaos to tide you over until release day…

DC Excerpt 2

Expect to see DEAD CHAOS released end AUG/early SEP. Come back next week for another scintillating excerpt…

Are you on Amazon? Then sign up to be notified as soon as I release a new book. Go to my author page and at the top right hand corner click the link to subscribe.Β Amazon Author page.

Or you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email the day of every new release, and be notified of cover reveals and competitions too.Β SUBSCRIBE

Teaser Tuesday (Aug 6)

Here’s an excerpt from Dead Chaos to tide you over until release day…

DC Excerpt 1

Expect to see DEAD CHAOS released end AUG/early SEP. Come back next week for another scintillating excerpt…

Are you on Amazon? Then sign up to be notified as soon as I release a new book. Go to my author page and at the top right hand corner click the link to subscribe.Β Amazon Author page.

Or you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email the day of every new release, and be notified of cover reveals and competitions too.Β SUBSCRIBE

A new novel beckons: Curse of the blinking cursor

A new novel beckons: Curse of the blinking cursor

Every so often I encounter the blank page. More so when I’m about to embark on a new project. And every single time (and even though I now have 6 completed novels written) it affords me the same sense of excitement mixed with a dash of oh-my-god-how-am-I-going-to-finish-this! It’s just so much of blank emptiness that needs to be filled that’s so easy to make a writer doubtful.

I’m busy outlining Lost Soul, the second book in the DarkWorld series. It’s so much fun playing with characters and scenes, defining motivations and refining plot lines. But once it’s done, the next step is to open up that document and face the blinking cursor.

Breaking it Down
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s upwards of 90 thousand words, roughly 100 hours of writing time for me. that’s a huge job to face down. Breaking it down into manageable bits makes it feel less daunting, makes the task seem less insurmountable.

If I’m concentrating on one particular project I like to set a goal, maybe 5000 words per day. If I don’t hit that goal I readjust my numbers as I write but I keep track. I’m a spreadsheet nut so I love drawing up a list of days with my targets, actuals and running totals. Watching my progress keeps me in line, makes me want to hit my target and makes the ginormous job so much easier to complete.

The Mid-novel Slump
Some writers have this problem and although I called it the mid novel slump, we tend to experience this slump at different times for different projects. Some writers hit the one third mark and sit back frustrated because it suddenly feels like you’re running on empty. I usually reach this point at around 60K. The end is in sight and yet finishing seems like I’m climbing the steepest mountain.

At this point I am often tempted to begin my revisions, and sometimes this has worked. I’ve gone back, tightened the plot, fixed plot holes and motivations which may make the final 30k much easier to write.

Sometimes this is a bad idea, mainly because it’s a reason to keep fiddling and never finish the novel. This is an especially frustrating problem for new writers so I’d suggest newbies don’t take this route, just write to done and then revise.

If you don’t have a problem finishing, if you don’t fall into the cycle of fix fix fix without reaching the end, then going back to revise may be a good thing for both you and your novel. It gives me the opportunity to read what I’ve written, to remember the cool stuff I wrote, to refine those awesome story threads that I may have forgotten (believe me this happens pretty often) as I’ve been barrelling along meeting my daily wordcount goals without a backward glance.

For now I’m rounding up Dead Chaos (Valkyrie #3) and plotting Lost Soul (DarkWorld #2) and maybe I’ll throw in a revision for Seals of Hades (Irin #1). Let’s see how things go…