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How Good a Multitasker Am I? #NaNoWriMo and Edits?

The Dragon Legacy Series Tomorrow sees the start of  the National Novel Writing Month #NaNoWriMo. Writers attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I entered last year but only managed about a quarter of that target because I was editing my debut novel The Dragon Legacy that released December 2013.

THE REVENGE MASQ-LARGEThis year I am in a similar position with the release of my second book in The  Dragon Legacy series,  The Revenge Masquerade in December 2014.

I have decided to enter even though it will test my multitasking and time- management skills to the limit. 🙂 My edits will be my top priority but however much I write of my new novel it will bring it closer to completion.

Past Shadows CoverPast Shadows is a Gothic, historical romance. I started it last year in NaNo and so this year I intend to add to it. I’m aiming for a finished word count of around 70,000 so If I can write 50,000 in the contest that will be great.

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Justin Bracken has no choice but to resign his commission and return home to the cotton mills, when his father falls ill. Unrest among the workers, fire, death and an opinionated woman all seek to make his new life every bit as dangerous as the military battles he fought in the past.

Young widow and vicar’s daughter Lucinda Osborne is born out of her time. When her husband dies, she returns to her father’s home determined to improve the lives of the mill workers she grew up with. Mill owner, Charles Bracken refuses her offer to educate the workers’ children and threatens her. Lucinda narrowly escapes his unwelcome attentions, thanks to the rugged stranger who intervenes.
A fire at the mill and the sudden death of the mill owner has profound implications for Lucinda, who suspects her cousins’ are responsible. Determined to save them from the hangman’s noose, she risks her own reputation to do so.

Grief stricken by his father’s sudden death, Justin cannot forget his father’s last words, accusing Lucinda of starting the fire in the mill. Determined to find out the truth Justin summons the vicar’s daughter to the manor. Intuitively he knows she is not guilty but believes she knows who is. In an attempt to get to the truth and unable to control his inconvenient passion, he makes her an indecent proposal but will she accept?

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Captain Justin Bracken surveyed his father’ empire as he savored the smooth, aged whiskey, which slipped down his throat and left a pleasant warmness in its wake. The pristine, white manor house purposely built by his father, Charles Bracken, with the majority of windows facing the mills so he could admire his handiwork and spy on his workforce, in case anyone dared to shirk their duty or steal from him.
Justin cast a desultory eye around the palatial library where he sat; it was full of leather bound first editions, no one would ever read. Part of the pretence his father insisted upon, believing it made his money more acceptable to the landed gentry. Charles’ wealth owed more to the hard work of others, than birthright but maybe the similarities to old money were not so different, the chosen few, profited from the toil and poverty of the masses.
How typical of his father to prefer an industrial view rather than the exquisite greenery that surrounded them. The mills cut a swath through the valley. Tall multi- windowed, brick buildings and their interconnecting paths rose from the green hills and woods and ruined the little piece of heaven he so enjoyed as a boy. Justin didn’t share his father’s passion for commerce but Charles’ apoplexy, which stiffened the left side of his well-built body and limited his mobility, made his overseeing the three mills untenable. As the only son and heir Justin resigned his commission in the army, his chosen career of more than fifteen years and returned to the Derbyshire countryside and the family business.
A perfectly proportioned female form drew his silver- eyed gaze as she walked close to the mill ponds, the source of power for the two cotton mills. The woman stopped and looked back as if she could feel the weight of his stare. Justin stepped back from the long sash window. She flicked a stray hair from her face and carried on her way. He couldn’t discern her facial features but the vibrant mahogany red of her hair triggered a long ago memory of a young girl he secretly played hide and seek with, in the little wood. It couldn’t be little Lucy surely she would be long married and moved away by now. He turned away but a shadow in the mill window far below, stopped him. He stared at the dusty window and thought he saw a woman staring back at him but no one would be on the mill’s top floor which served as a store for the raw cotton. The creaking protest of a door hinge followed by the slam of the heavy oak door against the dark oak panelling drew his attention away from the window.’

©Jane Hunt October 2014

 

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 3 November 2014 – #Update – Initial Edits completed and returned to Editor 🙂 Now for #NaNo

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4* Review : Chasing the Sun – Sasha Abernathy

Hunted by Chaos. Protected by Death. Guided by Fire. Terran is now the key to a world she never knew existed.

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A life of predictability and comfort is rocked when Terran meets the mysterious Aiden…and she’s forced to choose between the life she knew and a life on the edge.

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For Terran, life was simple – until she meets the new art gallery owner, Aiden.

Through him, she finds herself surrounded by terrifying nightmares and gods. When an ancient evil threatens to escape and unleash all Hell, Terran must dive into a world she never knew existed to save them all…even if that means giving up her life to do it.

My Review 2

 Chasing the SunThis story is a fusion of urban paranormal/fantasy and Egyptian mythology played out against the wild, untamed setting of Alaska. Not surprisingly it caught my interest from the first page.

Told from the aptly named heroine, Terran’s point of view you are immediately aware of her despair and sadness, two years after her tragic loss. Barely able to function in the ‘real world’, she lives through her strange dreams, which for a time allow her to capture what she has lost. The dream sequences are vivid and evocative of Terran’s current life and future.

There is intricate world building in the first half of the story. This slows this pace a little but allows the reader to understand Terran and empathise with her as she struggles with her grief and new discoveries. Terran thinks she is losing her grip on reality but maybe not?

This story is full of alpha males who all effect Terran deeply. Supernatural events clash with the ordinary; she discovers no one is really what they seem. The characters’ duality makes the collision of the mythological world with contemporary Alaska imaginable. For me it is the poignancy of this story that makes it hard to put down. The fast paced ending leaves us with more questions than answers. I can’t wait for book 2.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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chasing the sun-medium-1“Aren’t these Aiden’s pieces?” Micah had caught up to me and seemed as perplexed as I did.
“Yeah, I guess so.”
“Who would have thought he’d donate his work?” Micah commented and then lost interest, walking away as she saw someone she recognized.
I stayed, staring in shock.
“Don’t look so surprised. Your friend Jon’s charity is truly for a good cause.”
I shouldn’t have lingered. By now I should have known to avoid anything having to do with Aiden. Many of the contributing artists were here to help promote their pieces so I should have known. But somehow he always caught me off guard.
Actually, I’m surprised you have a heart at all.” My disdain oozed off my words as I gave him the biggest scowl I could muster.
However ugly I thought his attitude, I couldn’t say the same about his appearance. Aiden cleaned up nicely in his all-black tuxedo. His hair had been gelled down, but you could still see the natural wave of it. His tux looked as if it had been custom-made, which made me curious. How many black-tie events did he go to in order to have purchased a custom tux?
But, who cared? With my shoulders back, chest raised, and chin up I turned my head, grabbed my dress on the sides and walked away. Screw him.
I got about three steps away before I heard him.
“You look beautiful,” he said to my back. It stopped me, my heart thumping loud in my chest. An immeasurable amount of time had passed since someone besides my friends had told me I was beautiful. I could feel him staring at me, but I didn’t move. I only stood there, frozen.
“Terran,” His voice was soft with yearning. It was then that I gained enough courage to walk away. I had already made up my mind about him. He was too complicated and I was tired of the ups and downs of his mood. This man would break my spirit, at least what little of it I fought to keep.

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Born in Germany to a Puerto Rican mother and All-American Military father, who saw fit to give her a Russian name, Sasha Abernathy has always loved storytelling and travelling. Raised in Oklahoma, but eventually moving everywhere from Alaska to Spain, Sasha has finally settled in the beautiful state of Colorado. With her loving husband, two wild sons, and neurotic labradoodle, Sasha is surrounded by way too much testosterone and escapes through her mysteriously whimsical and romantic novels.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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5* Review: A Place For Us -Part 3 – Harriet Evans

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The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.

The hall is cool after the hot summer’s day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.

Yet something makes you suspect life here can’t be as perfect as it seems.
After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.

But wouldn’t you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?

Welcome to Winterfold.
Martha Winter’s family is finally coming home 

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My Review
A Place For Us Part 3I wondered if part 3 of ‘A Place For Us’ would be an anti-climax after the drama of part 2 but it isn’t.
After Martha’s terrible revelation, life returns to fractured normality for those who remain. Another traumatic event for Martha leaves her doubting the validity of her life work, creating a safe haven for her family.
Flash backs to David’s teenage are harrowing and solve the mystery surrounding Florence and why he avoids contact with his earlier life. This part of David’s story is poignant and appalling. Be prepared for tears, such is the reader’s empathy with David at this point in his life. It also illuminates his later behaviour and why Martha condones it.
Florence discovers her own shocking revelation, which estranges her from Martha and Bill. Only Lucy provides the impetus for the family to survive the tsunami of grief that engulfs it. The ethos of this part of the story is dark but at the end thanks to Lucy, Martha sees a more positive way forward.
Part 3 reveals deep secrets with sensitivity and sets the scene for the last act, which I can’t wait to read.
I received a copy of this book from Headline via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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The Revenge Masquerade — Jane Hunt —– Cover Reveal-(The Dragon Legacy#2 )

I’m excited to share the cover for –

The Revenge Masquerade.

I love it.

What do you think?

Thank you to fabulous graphic designer, Suzannah Safi,for capturing the essence of my story.

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Title: The Revenge Masquerade

The Dragon Legacy #2

Release Date: 16 December 2014

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crimson Frost Books

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‘Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.
Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?’

 

The Revenge Masquerade is the second in-

The Dragon Legacy Series.

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4*Review: Lady Betty and the Bonnet from Hell – Jessica Baker

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Blurb -2If Lady Betty had been freckle free, Lord Edward Carrington wouldn’t be in a carriage with her, border bound, hoping to flirt his way out of the parson’s trap.
Edward needs a bride or he’ll be disinherited. Responsible for an estate, he needs to fall on his sword and marry but his shadowed bloodline doesn’t bode well. Looking after people is his job. He’s good at it. He’s not so good at asking for help; especially if it means letting his future wife watch him die.
Losing a loved one breaks people; Betty’s seen it happen. Marrying will let her escape the mausoleum her father has turned their home into, but she needs a husband she won’t mind losing. With only one man to choose from, Edward seems perfect until she realises she’s found her first true friend. A friend capable of making her toes curl.
Bonnet eating sheep, mid-road waltzes and duels at dawn; a fifty-fifty chance of losing each other in the future is nothing compared to what tomorrow holds.

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My Review

I like the quirky sense of fun that underlines this story. Lady Betty’s dry, witty sense of humour made me smile. Edward is charming, although far removed from an alpha Regency rake. This story is often sensual but has the ambience of a gentle, traditional historical romance. More historical details would make this story more atmospheric. The plot is simple but it becomes increasingly complex with a series of convoluted marriage proposals and mixed signals that keep you guessing.
Interesting characters, lovely country house setting and a nice mix of romance, sensuality and fun counter the difficult circumstances Betty and Edward find themselves in. A suitably dramatic ending and the epilogue ensures the desired happy ever after.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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New Release: Chasing the Sun – Sasha Abernathy

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Hunted by Chaos. Protected by Death. Guided by Fire. Terran is now the key to a world she never knew existed.

Chasing the Sun is available from:

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I will be reviewing Chasing the Sun next week

UntitledFor Terran, life was simple – until she meets the new art gallery owner, Aiden.
Through him, she finds herself surrounded by terrifying nightmares and gods. When an ancient evil threatens to escape and unleash all Hell, Terran must dive into a world she never knew existed to save them all…even if that means giving up her life to do it.

Excerpt -2 “Looking for someone in particular, or just attempting to learn some new dance moves?” I turned to the side to find Seth, drink in hand, smiling at me. This man had all the confidence in the world and there was no doubt as to why.
“No one in particular, no.” I smiled biting the edge of my lip in an attempt to appear flirty before going back to my empty drink. Damn. Do I really need another glass? My heart raced and stomach dropped. I was tipsy, and tipsy was dangerous.
Seth chuckled like he knew I was lying, but was too polite to say so. “I see,” he replied, with a mock frown. “You see,” he continued as he leaned in close enough to only have to whisper. “I secretly hoped you were looking for me.”
I turned my face towards his, and now we were only inches apart. He smelled of fresh cloves and the sky right after a long rainfall. I didn’t know how to respond, so I went with a breathy, nearly inaudible sound mimicking the word, “oh.”
“May I have this dance?” he asked, a seriousness still on his face as he extended his hand. I didn’t answer, but instead put my drink down and let him escort me to the floor. Seth walked me out towards the center and then held me close. The tempo of the music didn’t matter. His intent was to hold me and he didn’t seem like a man that heard no often.
A heat radiated from within me. From deep down, an energy pulsed. How could he have such an effect on me? He held me close and firm. It comforted and excited me at the same time. I finally relaxed and nestled in closer. It was only a dance, I might as well enjoy it. Our lives were worlds apart. If I were honest, this would most likely be the last time I saw him unless I was tending to his yard.
“You look ravishing tonight, Terran.” Seth’s slight British accent made his words even more enticing.
“Thank you,” I said, shyness crept over me as I bowed my head so I didn’t have to look him in the eyes.
“Your makeup and jewelry are remarkable. However this stone doesn’t do your other necklace justice. Your father had impeccable taste.”
I was sort of confused by the change in topic, but I didn’t care. A gorgeous man held me and told me I was the beautiful one.
“You are special. Do you know that, Terran?” He stopped our dancing and moved his hand from the small of my back to the side of my face, cupping my cheek and placing the barest touch of his thumb on my lips. My mouth parted as the energy inside me grew and blossomed. His eyes bore into mine as we stared at one another.
Then, without warning, he withdrew his hand and placed it on my back again, motioning me to dance.
“Do you have plans for next Saturday?”
“I don’t think so, no.” A date?
“I have a dinner party to attend at Mr. and Mrs. Parker’s home Saturday afternoon. Would you please be my guest? I promise to take you out somewhere pleasant afterward.” He laughed. I guess he wasn’t too fond of them either. “You would make it so much better. I’d love to spend more time with you.”
My eyes widened and I didn’t know what to say. This would be my first date since I lost the boys.
“Please?” he asked and placed his hand on my face again, only this time he leaned in closer. I was frozen and couldn’t move. Shock crept over me along with the glow of my skin. And as he reached in and placed the barest of kisses on my cheek whispering, “please” once again, I could feel a pulse of energy form around us. I looked to the other dancers and no one seemed to notice, so it must have been in my head. It was a small rush of power, but tasted as sweet as the power had tasted in the woods.

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Born in Germany to a Puerto Rican mother and All-American Military father, who saw fit to give her a Russian name, Sasha Abernathy has always loved storytelling and travelling. Raised in Oklahoma, but eventually moving everywhere from Alaska to Spain, Sasha has finally settled in the beautiful state of Colorado. With her loving husband, two wild sons, and neurotic labradoodle, Sasha is surrounded by way too much testosterone and escapes through her mysteriously whimsical and romantic novels.

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5* Review: The Harbour Master II: The Maze- Daniel Pembrey

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In the latest Harbour Master story, maverick Amsterdam cop Henk van der Pol roves further afield, to Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels – investigating a maze-like set of cases involving diamonds, fine art, drugs and high-class prostitution. What connects the cases, and what risks must Henk run to uncover the criminals? Impeding him is his rival and boss Joost, who has an equal but quite separate interest in the investigation’s outcome. Upon discovering the connection between the cases, Henk must confront challenges at a higher and more dangerous level of the Dutch state.

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My ReviewThe Harbour Master II: The Maze‘The Maze’ is a succinct description for the second in The Harbour Master series. Henk, the seasoned, world worn detective enjoys a short break with his long suffering wife, interrupted by his only political ally, currently working in Brussels. Again Henk puts work before his personal life and risks compounding the family tension with his daughter.

A series of new and unsolved crimes force Henk to question those in authority and make him wary of his peers. Still in the shadow of an unsolved suspicious death Henk finds himself at the centre of a political scandal that only he wants to expose.

The players in this mysterious thriller are numerous all provide essential clues to the true crime. Relationships both personal and work orientated are explored as they entangle but Henk must visit many expertly constructed dead ends before he finds the truth.

Henk is a clever detective, a maverick, he threatens the establishment but is a true advocate for justice. His wife Pernilla and long time army friend Johann thankfully have his back often at great personal cost.

The dramatic ending provides a satisfying conclusion to ‘The Maze’ but reveals a new crime for Henk to solve. There are also problems closer to home for Henk to explore in the next of his adventures perhaps.

A worthy second chapter of The Harbour Master series, ‘The Maze’ is a mind provoking story; fast paced action interwoven with a vivid, realistic setting and detailed characters and relationships.

 I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 Read my 5* review of The Harbour Master – the first book in the series.

 

The Harbour Master II: The Maze by Daniel Pembrey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: Bloodpledge – Tima Maria Lacoba

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Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren. But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker.
Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate.
When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins

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My Review 2I read ‘Bloodpledge ‘in a couple of days. My first thoughts are exciting, enthralling and nail biting. I love the originality of the story, which continues chronologically from ‘Bloodgifted.’
Laura’s independence and courage develop despite her human fears, as she moves closer to her destiny. Alec is the vampire with a conscience who is determined to fight against needless killing of humanity but willing to kill without mercy anyone who threatens Laura or the ‘Brethren’ community under his care.
Bloodpledge explores the bond between Marcus and his men in greater detail and lends an interesting historical perspective to this fast paced urban gothic tale. Aside from the civil unrest within the ‘Brethren’ the clash of paranormal and human worlds also causes problems for Laura and her family.
The Australian setting is unusual and captivating. An enticing blend of action and historical detail, layered with paranormal legend and passionate romance. The first person style of writing from Alec and Laura’s point of view gives the reader an immediate insight into their feelings and builds empathy.
The puzzle of the witch’s curse is an overriding theme of the story. Bloodpledge reveals more pieces but the mystery remains. I look forward to the next chapter of the Dantonville Legacy.

 

 

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Author Interview: Tima Maria Lacoba

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I’m excited to have  Gothic romance writer Tima Maria Lacoba with me on my blog today. Tima is the author of ‘ The Dantonville Legacy’ books.

Bloodpledge is her latest release from the series.

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Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren. But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker.
Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate.
When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins.

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 Lovely to have you on my blog today Tima.

 Great to be here Jane.

What inspired you to write the Dantonville Legacy stories?

It came to me almost in a flash! I was doing research for my MPhil in Romano-British archaeology on the military forts along Hadrian’s Wall when I came across something unusual. One of those Roman forts—Vindobala—had been unexplainably abandoned in the mid 2nd century. So, of course, being the imaginative girl that I am, I came up with my own explanation!

I’ve read lots of paranormal romance but ‘Bloodgifted’, the first in the Dantonville Legacy series is different. How difficult was it to create an original series in such a popular genre?

Honestly, I didn’t even think about it. It simply came to me as I stared at the ruins of Vindobala (Rudchester). And just earlier that day, someone had said to me that I looked young for my age, let alone for an archaeologist! Jokingly I replied, “Vampire blood!” Bloodgifted was born that day.

Do you have a ‘tried and tested’ writing process? Can you share it with us?

Yes, it’s called, If-my-writers-group-hate-it-try-again! Lol! I do lots of drafts and edit as I write, and share my latest scribblings each week with my group. They’re brilliant. Whatever I miss grammatically, plot wise, character development … they pick up and correct.

You’ve released three books now including Laura’s Locket, a Dantonville Chronicle. Can you tell us about your latest release ‘Bloodpledge’? What’s next?

Book #2, Bloodpledge, naturally continues Alec and Laura’s story, but unlike the slightly tongue-in-cheek, Bloodgifted, this book contains darker elements as my heroine Laura grapples with her inheritance, and learns that Alec won’t always be able to come to her rescue. She has to do some kick-butting herself. And I’ve introduced a new, and complex villain. He was fun to write!

Why is writing important in your life?

Unless I want my head to explode, those stories have to come out some way! To me, writing is as necessary as breathing. I’m sure you know the feeling.

How important do you think social media is to a book’s success?

These days, social media is everything. How else does a writer get word of their book out into the world? Unfortunately, it can also suck so much of your writing time. I restrict myself to four social media sites—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus. I have an author page where I post anything and everything about The Dantonville Legacy Series—promotions, giveaways, how my book’s ranking on Amazon (or not, depending on the day!), and general Dantonville gossip.
My Facebook personal page is only close friends and family, so I rarely accept Friend Requests from people I don’t personally know. That’s my social page, where I chat away, post pics and share interesting posts.
Twitter is my promotional tool. That’s where I post my book promos, because that’s where 90% of my sales come from. Saying that, I do interact with my followers, reply to comments and retweet a lot.

Do you enjoy social media or would you rather be writing than networking?

As much as I enjoy social media (I’m forever chatting away and catching up with friends on facebook), it takes away from writing time. I try to keep a balance. But if it came to choice, of course I’d rather be writing.

Are you an avid reader? If so what sort of books do you like to read?

Oh my yes! I love reading and often lament the fact I don’t have the time to indulge that passion. My reading taste is quite eclectic. In fact anything which interests me at the time – historical novels, contemporary romance, gothic (of course!), paranormal, urban fantasy … the list goes on.

Do you want to concentrate on writing ‘gothic romance’ or would you like to write in another genre? If so what?

Although I prefer contemporary gothic romance, my series will expand to include historical as well. Since the story actually begins in mid 2nd century Roman-Britain, one of the books will be set entirely in that period. Can’t wait! *rubbing my hands in glee*

What made you decide to self-publish?

I believe it was the control factor. There are few publishers who offer a publishing contract without asking for changes, and these are not always for the best. I have writer-friends who’ve been asked to change entire plots, the sex of their characters, and accept covers which have nothing to do with the story within.

What do you see as the advantages of self- publishing?

With self-publishing I have control over my creation, and although I have to pay for my own editor and cover designer, I know exactly where my money is going. Likewise, the royalties I earn are all mine. That way I can see how much I’ve invested in my work, and how much I’m gaining back in return. I can check my daily sales on Amazon and Smashwords and know exactly how much I’ve earned that day. That’s a good thing.

Are there any disadvantages?

As with everything, there are pros and cons. Self-publishing takes a lot of work—you are your own publisher, promoter and marketer. It’s a business and you have to approach it as such. For me, it’s been a steep learning curve, but worth it. It’s rewarding to know that the book you wrote and produced is liked by readers, and they’re asking for more. And what’s even better, is that I can do it all myself. For a control freak like me, that’s priceless!

Thanks for chatting with me today Tima.  Lots of success with the Dantonville Legacy. I eagerly await the next in the series.

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If you haven’t read any of Tima’s books yet here’s a little about the first in the series Bloodgifted.

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Being unable to age is only the beginning.

Laura Dantonville is shocked to learn her strange genetic mutation, is linked to a dark family secret—a centuries-old curse that turned her Roman ancestor into a vampire. Now that she has come of age, she is the key to breaking that curse. But she’s also the prey of rogue vampires who inhabit the city’s frightening and violent underworld, as her blood gives them the ability to daywalk. For her protection she’s assigned a guardian—the handsome, sexy and dangerous Alec Munro.
And he wants nothing to do with her. If not for her family, Alec Munro would never have been transformed into a vampire. He owes them nothing, yet he also knows his own fated role in breaking the curse, and the unthinkable consequences should he not accept.
To the Brethren, the ending of the curse spells disaster. Among a powerful few malice grows . . .

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Amazon (UK)

 Amazon (AU)

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 Here’s the link to my 5* review of Bloodgifted

Here’s the link to my 5* review of Bloodpledge

 

 

Posted in Inspiration, Past Shadows, Writing Journey

My New and Nearly New Projects – Past Shadows

 

Pleasley Vale Inspiration for Past Shadows

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Pleasley Vale - Inspiration for Past Shadows Past Shadows is a Gothic, historical romance inspired by Pleasley Vale,mills in Derbyshire. The  area is steeped in history. Past Shadows, which I started last year in NaNo is the first  of three books inspired by the area. The old mills are currently used as commercial/industrial units and form part of a lovely walk, which is how I first discovered them.2013-05-26 13.16.12

 The second book as yet untitled has Pleasley Pit as its inspiration.

Pleasley Pit

 The third book is inspired by Hardwick Hall and Estate.

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 I am really excited to be exploring one of my favourite romance genres.