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Site Update!

In the run-up to the Out of Egypt launch, I’ll be revamping the site layout and updating all store links, price listings, and the like. Please bear with me over the next few days, as I’m no expert at this web-building lark – just a competent amateur that muddles through somehow. There might be a few weird glitches and visual inconsistencies while I get things straight!

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Long Time, No Blog

And I admit, I’m a little embarrassed by it. 😣  This time last year, I was convinced that Out of Egypt would be done before the end of 2014. I remember saying as much, which I think many creative people would admit is a bloody lethal thing to do! Because not long after I made that rash promise, I discovered something very wrong with the manuscript. One day when I went to read over what I had in preparation for…

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Out of Egypt Coming Soon

WARNING: Last Paragraph Contains Mild Spoilers It’s been a bitch of a year for me. I say that not to elicit sympathy but to explain, a little, where Book 2 has got to. If you’ve read my latest posts on this blog then you’ll know a little of what’s been going on, but there have been other things I haven’t talked about; my ex-fiancé coming to me with his problems concerning a new girlfriend (and more often than not crying…

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Change of Plan

For the whole time I was writing Before Dark, I intended that it would be a free promotional tool. Even when it balooned from a 5,000 short story to a whopping 50,000 word novel that was still the plan. But that was before I discovered that it was essentially impossible for me to offer the book free through Amazon at this stage, and I had to rethink. I’ve had Before Dark listed free on Smashwords, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and…

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Houston, We Have a Problem ?>

Houston, We Have a Problem

And unsurprisingly, the problem lies with Amazon once again. I don’t think I’ve made a secret of my dislike for Amazon’s treatment of Indie authors; it’s hard to like a company that tries to force us into exclusivity deals and whose constant undercutting of competitors is putting many smaller outlets out of business. I’ve also always felt that as authors, we should be allowed to offer our titles for free if we want. Other retailers allow it; and after all,…

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Progress Report, and a New Subscription Service ?>

Progress Report, and a New Subscription Service

This past six months, you might have noticed I’ve been working on two books – entirely by accident, as one was only meant to be a *cough* short story. It’s one of my failings as a writer that things grow on me; I’ve never been able to write short stories unless they are tied into a larger franchise – and sometimes, not even then. Books, by and large, take a lot of work, and they’re going to take the same…

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Thank You

Before I set my nose to the grindstone today, I want to take time out to say thank you. Earlier this month I had a sudden splurge of sales, and I woke this morning to find that not only had it happened again, but I had a wonderful 5-star review on Amazon.com, three new registrations on this site, and a request that the Juiced Edition be made available again. It knocked me for six, getting so much encouragement in one…

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Progress

Alpha has been a nightmare to write. Some stories spring, fully formed, from the pen; others must be cobbled painstakingly together, a patchwork quilt whose stitches come undone the moment they are sewed. The first incarnation of this story-turned-novella was a disaster: I knew it, even when I gave it to my mother, my Ideal Reader, to look over. I found myself apologising for it, for goodness’ sake. I’d never done that before. She confirmed what I’d known all along:…

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Introducing a New Point of View, and Some (Tiny) Spoilers ?>

Introducing a New Point of View, and Some (Tiny) Spoilers

In many ways, Out of Egypt is becoming a different animal to Dark. Oh, I don’t mean in terms of characters or content, or even in tone – in that sense I think they’re pretty even. But the necessity of telling two sides of this story in two different locations through Out of Egypt has led me to introduce a second viewpoint character: Stryke. I’ve always loved Stryke, even though he didn’t quite have room to shine in Dark. He’s…

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Some Sneek Peeks at “Out of Egypt” ?>

Some Sneek Peeks at “Out of Egypt”

  If you visit the static pages on this site regularly, you might have spotted an update on Out of Egypt‘s page that features the entire Prologue available to read for free. But that’s only one of the peeks I promised, and here’s some more. For the two years since Dark first came to me in a dream, I have to admit I had no idea what his real name was. He was like the Doctor or Spock in that…

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