Just a quick note to keep you up-to-date.
Recording has begun on the Healer’s Touch audio edition. Exciting times…
I was remiss in my post yesterday in that I didn’t mention that Grimbold Books have seven other titles looking for voice actors to turn them into audio books. This could be your chance to be the voice of a publisher… if it so happened that your talents suited multiple titles.
Let’s have a look-see at what’s up for grabs:
In Search of Gods and Heroes (Children of Nalowyn)
By Sammy H.K Smith
Buried in the scriptures of Ibea lies a story of rivalry, betrayal, stolen love, and the bitter division of the gods into two factions. This rift forced the lesser deities to pledge their divine loyalty either to the shining Eternal Kingdom or the darkness of the Underworld.
In Search of Gods and Heroes, Book One of Children of Nalowyn, is a true epic of sweeping proportions which becomes progressively darker as the baser side of human nature is explored, the failings and ambitions of the gods is revealed, and lines between sensuality and sadism, love and lust are blurred.
Since I have read this one, I can attest to its epicness. Go on, have a nosey.
By Ellen Crosháin
Once a year, in the caves deep below the house, the Family gathers to perform a ritual to appease their god. But Faroust only accepts payment in blood.
Cruelty, it runs in the Family.
By C.N Lesley
The wyvern has hunted for the young outcast all her life; a day will come when, after being rejected by civilisation and the tribes, she must at last face him.
A unique and unsettling romantic adventure about rejection and belonging.
I’ve read this one, too, and can agree that there are some rather unsettling parts. But the whole will draw you in and pull you along for the adventure.
By Jude Houghton
Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They never should have met, and now they will rip the world apart.
What happens when a single secret is discovered that calls into question everything we have ever believed? Welcome to the Autonomy. Welcome to your future.
I want to read this one… But I’m going to have to wait. It comes out next month.
The Reluctant Prophet
By Gillian O’Rourke
There’s none so blind as she who can see . . . Esther is blessed, and cursed, with a rare gift: the ability to see the fates of those around her. But when she escapes her peasant upbringing to become a priestess of the Order, she begins to realise how valuable her ability is among the power-hungry nobility, and what they are willing to do to possess it.
The Reluctant Prophet is the story of one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands, when all she wishes for is a glimpse of her own happiness.
I’ve read The Reluctant Prophet, and I would suspect it would appeal to many fans of Healer’s Touch.
Non-Compliance: The Sector
By Paige Daniels
I used to matter… but now I’m just a girl in a ghetto, a statistic of the Non-Compliance Sector. Shea Kelly had a brilliant career in technology, but after refusing to implant an invasive government device in her body she was sent to a modern day reservation: a Non-Compliance Sector, a lawless community run by thugs and organized crime. She’s made a life for herself as a resourceful barkeep, and hacks for goods on the black market with her best friend Wynne, a computer genius and part-time stripper. Life is pretty quiet under the reigning Boss, apart from run-ins with his right hand man, the mighty Quinn: until Danny Rose threatens to take over the sector. Pushed to the edge, Shea decides to fight back …
I’ve read this one, too. It’s a strong opening to a strong trilogy.
The Art of Forgetting: Rider
By Joanne Hall
A young boy leaves his village to become a cavalryman with the famous King’s Third regiment; in doing so he discovers both his past and his destiny. Gifted and cursed with a unique memory, the foundling son of a notorious traitor, Rhodri joins an elite cavalry unit stationed in the harbour town of Northpoint. His training reveals his talents and brings him friendship, love and loss, and sexual awakening…
This, the first part of The Art of Forgetting, is a gripping story about belonging and identity, set in a superbly imagined and complex world that is both harsh and beautiful.
Another one I’ve read, and another great title, with several accolades, from Grimbold Books.
So, the news is that audio books are a current priority in the Grimbold Books stable, so if you’d like to join us on this ride, dive on in. There’s something for everybody.
Long time no blogging. That would have a lot to do with having a baby and a 5-year-old, as well as moving house.
As always, I’m tired, so this will be brief.
What I would like to share is that I am currently listening to voice actor auditions for reading the Healer’s Touch audio book. There are a… few… to get through, so it may take some time. That’s not to say I’m not keen to hear some more. Auditions have been open for over a year, but audio books took a backseat for a while there. You see, not only am I raising children and doing other work to bring in a penny (actually, right now I’m fully off working a day job, but we won’t be able to maintain that for too much longer), but so is my publisher and many of my fellow authors. We do this because we love it. Don’t get me wrong, we all dream of our writing supporting itself, but we do it regardless.
That’s one of the exciting things about delving into audio. It opens up a greater audience and, yes, a greater potential income stream.
The other bonus is that an over-tired mum can listen to auditions. It’s way easier than editing. That being said, editing Warrior’s Touch is still my number 1 priority when the stars align. And even when they’re just, kind of, almost approaching alignment. It makes me feel as if I am achieving something when I otherwise might not.
Anyway, if you happen to come across this and happen to be a voice actor, feel free to put in an audition and I’ll see if I like it. It’s hard to put a deadline on it at this stage, but I would say it’s drawing close. Perhaps in a week or two I will have narrowed down the current choices significantly. So, if you want to get in there, get in quick.
And to all the voice actors who have already put in an audition: Don’t be offended if I don’t pick you. I’m having to put on my super brutal judgy pants to do this, otherwise I’d never pick. It’s amazing hearing all these beautiful voices. Some I love for how smooth they are. Some are quite sultry. Some are wonderful at taking on a different ‘voice’ for different characters (they do get my attention). All are appreciated for the time and interest you have taken in my debut novel. As always, I feel blessed.
The blank page.
That dreaded blank page. It’s horrible!
Why do we do this to ourselves?
I think, largely, it is because writers are gluttons for punishment. We’re never happy, and if we should be then we will find something to keep us down. And what better way than to start a new project?
Read a 1-star review of our work, you suggest? Yes, that is a good plan, too… Unless you get the kind of 1-stars you’re proud of (and I have been, lately… I’ve really liked them).
I am lucky this time around in that I’ve written two previous books in the same series I’m continuing on, so I have a decent string of events I already know I need to cover to tie off the loose ends. But
We have had a highly successful promo campaign already, and HEALER’S TOUCH is still free for the rest of the month! And after a little BookBub boost at the end of last week, there have been a ton of downloads… I mean that. LOTS. And some of those downloaders have read it already, and some of them have even liked it. And people are, understandably, asking about Book 2.
Well, I have been working on WARRIOR’S TOUCH since before HT even hit the shelves… yeah, that long. Some fifteen months to date. It hasn’t been an easy ride. There have been some parts of the book I’ve been so enthusiastic about, but that just haven’t worked. And there are other bits I’m so excited about and I can’t wait to get them out there. And then there are the slightly less exciting point-A-to-point-B parts… They’re OK. I’ll shine them up a bit by the end.
The point is, I have
… When you read a really awesome review and you just keep going back to pinch yourself and remind yourself that the reviewer was talking about YOUR BOOK!
is my favourite line from a review ever (so far… shut up).*
Because I am a fan.
Do I set out to write like Joe Abercrombie? Well, maybe, because I love his work and I want to love my work (but I don’t know if that is ever really possible for an author to truly LURVE their own output… because we can always see what it was meant to be). I’ve nearly finished reading all his currently published works… then I will be sad… but more is coming out, so I will be happy (yay!).
Anyway… in another sense I don’t set out to write like Mr. Abercrombie, because, well, I like sexual tension and romance in stories, and so I write stories with these elements appearing fairly central to the overall plot. It often makes me wonder if I’ll find much of an audience. I mean, some elements of my stories probably appeal to those who like dark, gritty themes and violence and whatnot, while other aspects of my stories will appeal to those who dig romance and sex… Is there an audience for both? Well… there’s me (o: I’m not entirely unique… Somewhere out there, are others like me, and just maybe (please!) they feel like reading something I write….
And so… I continue to write… Just in case.
* my deepest apologies to my other reviewers, because I TOTALLY dig your work, too… it’s just… it’s just… yeah, I can’t dig myself out of this one. But don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved plenty of reviews – the passion with which some people can talk about my book… wow… just wow. Y’all are awesome.
… and I believe it really will be!
Anyway, without further ado, here is my New Year gift to you… the eBook Cover for Healer’s Touch!
So, now seems to be the time to think back on 2012 and look forward to 2013. I think it’s pretty obvious what 2013 will bring for me. The release of
Things are a little quiet around here. That’s because I have decided that THE most important thing I do right now is write Book 2 (well, after “be a mother to my son”, oh, and, you know, “be a wife”).
Some work on Healer’s Touch is taking away from my writing of new stuff — I have to make decisions on cover design and the like. But that is coming to a close now, and I am very lucky to have my publisher to do a lot of that work for me (like the back cover copy!). Sure, I put in my two cents here and there, and then I leave most of it to them.
Yes, a big part of me wanted to self-publish so that I could have all this control over the whole process. But the reality
…And Kristell Ink are looking for readers. Obviously, there can only be so many free copies given away, and it may be more than a matter of “first in”…
Anyway, this is from Kristell Ink:
Soooo … we’re after some reviewers for our January release. Do you have time to read a fantastic fantasy book for us? We’ll supply the ARC if you supply the review.
send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get the copy to you asap.
Where are things at right now? Well, the cover illustration is complete, and I think we’ve picked the font for the title/author text. Now it’s just a matter of a little styling.
I would like to welcome to the Healer’s Touch team…. dun dun duuuun… Matt Donnici.
Matt is working (like, right now!) feverishly on a cover illustration for Healer’s Touch! How mega exciting is that? Yeah! Mega MEGA exciting! We’ve been discussing concepts and finer details the last couple of days, and Matt has done amazing work shaping his initial sketch into something that looks really promising. Really promising. I’m excited. Can you tell?