“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.”
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.
If you are familiar with authors you will know that many a manuscript lies in that special drawer (or folder) collecting the dust of doubt and the lack of belief. It’s no surprise that writers can lack a lot in the self-esteem department. Often it will take just one comment to sway your entire purpose. So I have this drawer just like all my other author buddies. And like many of them, although I loved the novel, I wasn’t sure that people would be interested in reading it. This, compounded by numerous agent rejections for Skin Deep, let me to place this novel in the ‘The virtual Drawer” consigned to collecting the dust of the years.
But something changed (Don’t bother asking me what changed- I’m still trying to figure that out myself!)
I pulled the files out from folders that are no longer even in use, opened it up and skimmed a bit. It was only when I felt myself needing to read more that I realised the story had a life all of its own. And I had to force myself to close the file even though I kept wanting to read more (Fire edits are priority today)… I remembered how much I loved the characters, how much I loved writing this book, and I realised that with a little editing this could be another book that will shine.
So, even though I’m probably insane for adding another project into my already insane schedule, I guess I am giving in…
You can look out for The Seals of Hades, later in 2013.
The Seals of Hades
Book 1 in the Chronicles of the Irin
In a world where mythological beings exist side by side, the Brotherhood of the Irin recruits winged beings from around the world. Valkyries, Angels, Faerie and Apsara’s work together to fight evil and guard the portals to the Underworlds, keeping human Earth safe.
Angel Evangeline is the strongest, most loyal Warrior of the Irin. When the brotherhood’s actions cause Evie to question their motives, her first duty is to protect the Twelve Seals of Hades. But as usual Evie gets more than she bargains for and sets off a chain of events that plunges her into the Underworld, brings her face to face with her haunted past, and throws her straight into the arms of Hades.
A rich world filled with demons and angels, faerie and immortals. An intriguing blend of Myth and legend that will satisfy your Urban Fantasy reading needs… PS. There’s a demon in this book that I really adore- when you read the story you will totally know what I mean..
Dead Radiance, Dead Embers & Dead Chaos
DEAD RADIANCE & DEAD EMBERS will be on tour in APRIL with the lovely peeps at Nevermore PR- more details to follow.
DEAD EMBERS will soon be available at Whitcoull’s stores throughout NZ. DEAD RADIANCE is already stocked.
DEAD CHAOS is expected to release end June to mid July- still to be confirmed. Expect a cover revel sometime in June.
Book 1 in the DarkWorld series
SKIN DEEP has a firm release day! We will release with the eBook first on 30th April 2013. The paperback will follow a week or so later.
SKIN DEEP will be on tour with Between the Lines Book Tours for the month of May. Further updates to follow.
I’m in the process of ordering some super gorgeous swag for Skin Deep – I’ll post a photo as soon as I can confirm.
And I have a bookmark for SKIN DEEP. Do you love it as much as I do?
Book 1 in the Hand of Kali series
I can only provide a tentative date for FIRE at this point: end of May or mid June 2013.
To celebrate my one year anniversary as a published author I am holding a giveaway. The prize is a collection of novels from an awesome and generous bunch of authors. And of course I’m giving away copies of Dead Radiance, Dead Embers and Skin Deep!
Giveaway begins 27th February and ends 3rd March. Winner will be announce by 7th March. If the winner does not respond to the email within two weeks a new winner will be announced. Already a newsletter subscriber? Let me know in the comments and you will still get the five entry points.
The day has finally arrived! DEAD EMBERS is now available!
About Dead Embers:
DEAD EMBERS- Book 2 in the Valkyrie Novels
Valkyrie-in-training Bryn Halbrook just can’t catch a break. With her boyfriend stuck in Hel and the taunting laughter of Loki still ringing in her ears, she struggles to concentrate on her training and duties in Odin’s realm. The last thing she expects or wants is more adventure—but then treachery, a shocking abduction and a chilling discovery send her forth on another perilous, globe-hopping mission.
As the ultimate battle, Ragnarok, draws closer, it’s a race against time for Bryn, Fenrir and their team to discover who kidnapped her foster brother from the halls of Asgard and what’s causing the mysterious deaths of so many of Odin’s chosen warriors.
In the exciting sequel to DEAD RADIANCE, Bryn encounters dwarfs and dragons, new friends and old foes—but worst enemy of all may be the person she trusts most!
I promised myself that apart from the convention I would dedicate my weekend to being on holiday. That included Chinese Takeaway and a Hot-Pot that was too sweet and totally not hot enough. Also included were Fruit & Nut Chocolate, Chocolate Tim Tams (Yum!), a Jacob’s Creek Rose and a chocolate cheesecake – needless to say a yummy weekend. Gym anyone?
With Monday off we had a movie marathon- The Tourist, Fast Five, Hanna, Karate Kid and Hulk (Ed Norton). I think you can tell that I am not the regular movie-goer. Honestly I am barely a regular TV watcher.
Next on my list is to complete The Night Circus, very difficult as I am being tempted away by Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris – its a tough life…
All in all, a very good weekend 🙂
UnCONventional – Science Fiction & Fantasy New Zealand Annual Convention 2012
My dear friend Melissa Pearl and I spent Saturday and Sunday selling and signing at the SFFNZ 2012 convention – UnCONventional.
It’s always cool to have a signing partner to chat to – even better when you are besties who just can’t stop talking!
UnCONventional. What a cool event. Lots of gamers and cosplay, sci-fi and fantasy readers and writers.
I especially loved the robed dude – (I wasn’t sure if he was Harry Potter or Merlin or a maskless Darth Vader)
And a girl with a very bushy, very red fox tail (either a Chines Kistune or a Norse Huldra?)
I’m wondering why Mel and I weren’t all constumed up? Would have been fun…
Plus the highlight – an appearance by the lovely Trudi Canavan who made us cups of hot chili chocolate drinks.
Oh and she is a the fabulous author of the BestSelling Black Magician Trilogy.
I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on myself- it is technically the first day of the week. I do know that many writers suffer from Mondayitis. It’s tough, even in conventional jobs, to get started on the first day back from a holiday. But there has been progress. A slow slog to DEAD CHAOS, plus a steady tapping away at DEAD EMBERS edits- I feel slightly woodpeckerish. It’s coming along though – a few lightbulb moments on the weekend has resulted in two pretty epic scene additions for Dead Embers, which I am hoping my readers will love reading as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Bonus Excerpt from Dead Embers
And because I can’t promise to be conscious or sentient in a blog sense next week (lots more slogging and tapping to be done), I have a little teaser from Dead Embers for you…
Cold burrowed into my knees, digging icy claws deep into bone. Despite the pain, I didn’t move. I knelt on the white marble floor of Odin’s Hall, time suspended in a maelstrom of seconds and minutes and unshed tears.
My gaze lay fixed, unblinking, on the bright red of Aidan’s blood. Slick blood dripped from my quivering hands, warm and sticky, like honey. Yet there was nothing sweet or pleasant about having the warm ruby liquid seep into the whorls of my fingers, and stain my hands and my clothing.
The sounds of the Great Hall simmered around me, fading into the shadows of my despair. Only the rabid cackle of Loki’s laughter filtered through my sorrow. The rattle of his chains echoed in my ears as Fenrir dragged him away.
Loki’s treachery, although not unexpected, had taken us all by surprise. In the end he’d driven his poisoned dagger deep into Aidan’s flesh. And now Aidan’s blood marred the bold purity of the white tiles, while I sat bereft, haunted by a god’s callous laughter and my own pathetic tears which refused to fall.
Grief and anger and guilt warred inside me.
I wanted someone to make it all right, or to just make everything go away.
I wanted to curl up and tell everyone to just shut up and leave me the hell alone.
I clenched my fingers. The darkening blood beneath my nails glared at me, mocking my grief. A desperate urge engulfed me, a need to scrub the flesh of my fingers raw, to get every last spot of blood out, to erase the rosy tint from my skin.
A hand touched my shoulder, and I flinched. My knuckles tightened on my sword hilt. But when I looked up, it was only Joshua, his brow wrinkled with concern. Aimee stood behind him, gazing at me with watery eyes.
“Bryn,” Joshua said. “There’s nothing more you can do here.”
I let him help me to my feet, let them lead me away to the pools.
When I finished, who knows how much later, Aimee tossed me a new, clean robe and walked me back to my room. She said nothing, sensing my mood, but gave my arm a sisterly squeeze. I was grateful for her silence, and even more for the fact that she wasn’t Sigrun, thank goodness. I wasn’t ready to face Sigrun yet.
The cover for DEAD EMBERS (Book 2 in the Valkyrie series) is done and I couldn’t find a single reason to delay the reveal. So here it is:
a Valkyrie Novel #2
Isn’t she lovely? My amazingly fabulous cover artist Eduardo Daniel Priego who can be found here on DeviantArt. And again the cover features the sword ‘The Viking’ created by the talented team at Darksword Armory. Thanks again guys for allowing me to use this amazing piece. You can find Darkword Armory here.
In the sequel to DEAD RADIANCE Bryn continues her education in the art of being a Valkyrie. It doesn’t help that though Aidan still needs saving, Bryn has to focus her attention on performing her duty as one of Odin’s Valkyrie. When new warrior recruits begin dying under mysterious circumstances, Bryn, Fenrir and the team have to figure out who is targeting Odin’s great army and why. Will Bryn find the truth in time? And this time will she save Aidan?