Warrior’s Touch is LIVE

Warrior's Touch paperbacks (3)
Look at the pretty. Just LOOK at it!

 

Hi!

 

I forgot I should probably write something here…

 

Warrior’s Touch went live on Sunday (2nd September 2018). I can see it on Amazon for Kindle.

 

Kindle US | Kindle Australia | Kindle UK

 

I’m still waiting for it to show up elsewhere (it’s meant to be a wide release, not exclusive, but there we are…). And, Amazon doesn’t have the paperbacks listed, yet… not sure why. I am following that up.

 

As for audio, Kathryn, who did Healer’s Touch, is keen to work on WT (yay!), which is lovely, because neither of us are getting rich off it at this time (dreams of one day…?). So, I just need to co-ordinate with the powers-that-be and get that ball rolling, too.

 

So… it’s a THING! It exists!

 

And, at this time, I still LOVE this book! I do. I’m pretty chuffed with how it’s turned out.

 

Now I just need to keep some confidence in where I’m going with Magician’s Touch, and get it done and out to you all asap!

 

 

EDITED to add more links: Kobo, Thalia, Barnes & Noble

For all the details, check out the Warrior’s Touch Page

 

 

The ultimate betrayal exposes a new enemy and forces Llew and Jonas to choose their loves, loyalties and allies.

 

Once upon a time, the last Immortal lost his powers to an Aenuk Healer and her tree. Nine hundred years later, he learns that

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Warrior’s Touch Excerpt

Here we are… a pivotal moment in the story, but one that I don’t think gives too much away.

 

Of course, if you haven’t read Healer’s Touch, here be spoilers. Warned.


 

A soldier sauntered arrogantly up to Aris. Llew might have said ‘swaggering’, but the man’s high boots and long, medalled, dress jacket suggested a class beyond swagger. The white handle hanging from his hip glowed in the airy moonlight.

 

Captain.” The mustachioed man nodded to Aris.

 

Lieutenant general,” Aris acknowledged the man in return.

 

The new arrival placed himself beside Aris as he observed all those gathered in the yard. He dipped his head to share a few words with Aris.

 

Military ranks were lost on Llew, but whether the man officially outranked him or not, it seemed Aris was in charge. The other man bent at the waist to listen to Aris’s instruction. The lieutenant general nodded and straightened. He and Aris surveyed the soldiers around them. Then Aris made a gesture.

 

Something thumped Llew in the chest, reminding her of the ache she’d felt when watching Karlani with Jonas. She looked to Jonas now. He was looking at two crossbow bolts in his hand, confused. He turned to her and his face went slack.

 

She looked down.

 

A crossbow bolt shaft protruded from her shirt, which meant the tip was… the tip was…

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Warrior’s Touch available for pre-order

That’s right. Just in case you didn’t know already: Warrior’s Touch has been sent to the paperback printers, ready for printing and distribution, and to the e-book suppliers for the same (minus printing). And the Amazons have it available for pre-order! (Clicking that link should take you to the WT page at your preferred Amazon online store).

 

Feel free to send me links if you find them elsewhere (iBooks?). I have been checking Kobo, but nothing as yet. Nothing on Barnes & Noble, either. Ebooks pre-orders seem to be of debatable value. It’s entirely possible that doing a pre-order period is going to hurt, rather than help, my ranking on Amazon. I guess we shall find out! This is only my second time out of the gates and, as a second book in a series, it feels like different marketing “rules” are in play. And then there’s this tug-of-war: I want to give my loyal readers what they want: THE BOOK! But, I also want to give myself the best chance possible of turning this writing gig into a legitimate career choice, because I really do enjoy it… and I have this new story idea burning at the back of my brain waiting its turn.

 

Anyway, for those cruising past who haven’t been hanging around Facebook or Twitter, here is a look at the Warrior’s Touch cover:

 

Warrior's Touch by Deb E Howell ebook cover
Warrior’s Touch front cover

 

I’ll admit, when I first saw it, I wasn’t immediately sold. But, I rather like that it’s not the standard fantasy dark figure in cloak running/hiding in the shadows. And I feel like the overall yellow tint will help it stand out on a page of other book thumbnails. Each character symbolises their overall journey within the story, without giving too much away, I think. And I’m looking forward to working on a cover for Magician’s Touch!

 

Here’s the paperback cover!

Warrior's Touch Deb E Howell cover full paperback
Warrior’s Touch Paperback cover

 

And for those looking for a little extra, here is a wee Easter Egg… I designed/illustrated the tattoo on Jonas:

Jonas from Warrior's Touch front cover showing the full tattoo design
Jonas and his Tattoo

 

I have previously played around with illustrating what it looks like wrapped around his body (the tail ends somewhere just beneath his left buttock), but my illustration skills as far as drawing (particularly colouring) people are somewhat substandard to my eye, so I won’t pop that here.

 

And…

 

… right about now my busy mummy brain is kicking in and I’ve lost my train-of-thought. How to wind-up this post? I have no idea. But I had better get back to my invoicing “day job” before bed time.

 

So glad to have you on this journey with me.

 

Looking forward to sharing Warrior’s Touch and spurring myself on to make decent progress on Magician’s Touch in spite of life commitments. In theory, finishing a decent draft by the end of this year is feasible… watch this space, I guess.

Grim & Bold Interview Jennifer Lee Rossman

Hello team!

Grim Cat (one of the cats that run the Grimbold Books show, don’t ya know) has come up with some questions to ask the authors of Grimbold. Bold Cat may have added some thoughts. Today, I am hosting the interview with Jennifer Lee Rossman, who has a new book coming out at the end of May, although you can get a hold of ARC copies now. Read on to find out how…

 

Grim & Bold, the black cats
Art by Joshua Cornah – https://joshartisticgenius.deviantart.com/

So, this story you’ve written. What’s it about? Why should I interrupt my nap-time to read it?

Anachronism is about a time traveler and a gay teenage girl (who happens to be the future President of the United States) who go on a road trip to stop a nuclear war. It’s funny and there’s a twist at the end that is very clever, if I do say so myself. And you can always nap ON the book like my cat does.

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So, where’s Warrior’s Touch at?

Hi!

Quick note while my toddler sleeps in the car (windows and boot are open–I can do that safely at my home–he’s got plenty of air and a cat).

I thought I would post a brief update on Warrior’s Touch here. I often post on Twitter when something happens, because Twitter is easy. Or Facebook, because Facebook gives ready feedback from the few people who actually see my posts. I haven’t wanted to pester people on my mailing list with little tidbits, but they’ll get the first cover peek and that sort of stuff, depending on how all this stuff rolls out.

Anyway, what you’re here for…

Warrior’s Touch has been through edits, formatting, and a final proof-read by me. It is back with my publisher to get my recommendations implemented if the publisher agrees they’re good ideas. And, of course, just to get those silly errors that slipped by us all the times before but that I caught this time… Doesn’t mean I didn’t still miss some, but so be it.

I have no news at this time on publication date, nor release build-up schedule. But I will let you know when I know, because I want you to be excited, too! I finished the first draft in 2014! It’s been a long road getting it out to the world already. I can’t wait to finally share it (although, I’m still nervous it’ll get ripped to shreds by critics)… it’ll be great!! [forced smile]

 

“You felt it, didn’t you?” Braph squinted up at his half-brother, his narrowed eyes sparkling in the low light. “The power.”
Jonas took his time answering. “I felt it.”
Braph smiled. “Isn’t it…?” He closed his eyes, sucking in air as if he’d just injected himself again.
“It ain’t right.” Jonas half turned his head as if intending to look to Llew, but unable to make eye contact. Just how good *did* her blood feel to them?

–Warrior’s Touch

Book Pipeline Review of Healer’s Touch

I know I’m kind of flogging an old, sick horse by now, but I still get excited about generally positive reviews of Healer’s Touch, so I hope you won’t mind if I share it. Also, maybe, just maybe, someone new might decide to pick it up because of this review.

Progress on Warrior’s Touch is currently out of  my hands, and I can’t, as yet, give you any further details about when it will come out, but do have faith that it is working its way through the system and will hit the market… sometime, probably in the next year, or two.

Progress on Magician’s Touch is… slow. I’m doing my best. But, two young children, and a severe shortage of both time and money means that writing time is extremely limited. And then there are the things I’m learning about my muse (it doesn’t like hormonal birth control)… It is getting written, but it’s glacial speed at the moment, with a high likelihood of needing major re-writes…

Anyway, I’m here to share this review.

TL;DR: I can write good (:oP), and I had some original ideas here, but it’s a little bit too similar to other fantasy stories.

In other words, if you love fantasy and want more of the same, but different, then Healer’s Touch might just be perfect for you! Or it might not be…

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“So, what is Book Pipeline?” you ask.

Book Pipeline is a competition run by Script Pipeline where you can submit a book to see if it might get selected to be shopped around to movie executives, giving you the ever-so-slightly decent chance of seeing your book turned into a movie.

Book Pipeline Logo

HT failed. But in the process I got this pretty cool review that I’m allowed to share with you and so I shall. I’m going to bold the bits I like (o:

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The Review:

The author very clearly knows their craft and also knows how to write up a compelling opening teaser that immediately captures the attention of the audience. The premise of this story is also fairly unique to the fantasy-genre in that it highlights our main protagonist (Llew) as one who is able to draw life from plants and people close by in order to heal herself and, in some extreme cases, bring herself back to life. However, overusing her ability can result in the accidental death of those around her. The nature of Llew’s gift is compelling for a main character and as mentioned, the writer certainly is skilled in staging a very vivid and engaging environment early on. Despite these qualities, the primary drawback for this narrative is the unfolding plot and the structure in which the story proceeds as it feels, at times, overly predictable in its execution and almost derivative of a large majority of fantasy-based stories that overuse the “hero’s journey” in their design. Still, the dark tones and gritty depiction of the fantasy world is very compelling and the nature of Llew’s ability has potential for some dire consequences as the story unfolds. It is possible that producers and studios might find a dark, unusual fantasy-adventure such as this appealing on some level and add weight to the narrative’s adaptation potential.
 
Your submission was also selected for the second round of judging, or top 100 appx., but fell short of semis during the second or third review.
Just like any number of other authors, I often fall back into feeling like I’m no good at this writing gig and what makes me think I can put a book out there and expect anyone, let alone many anyones, to waste their time and money on it. So, I’m going to be re-reading some of the lines in this review because keeping them in mind is going to help me forge ahead and complete Magician’s Touch.
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Was the entry fee worth it?

In this case, I think so.
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Healer’s Touch in Audio

Hi all.

Book and Headphones, as in audio bookLong 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.

Did somebody say Free?

Grimbold Books has gone cra-azy again, offering one of its titles for free… and this time it’s… it’s… MINE!

Giveaway BookYou read that right, HEALER’S TOUCH (digital editions) is once again FREE for a limited time (February).

Where can you get this FREE book from? All the usual places.

To be honest, I think the most helpful place to get it from is Amazon US (‘go the monopoly,’ she says with absolutely no enthusiasm whatsoever) because it would be awesome to get into the top 100 free books on there… maybe even the top 50… top 10? Maybe…

But you can also go to:

Otherwise… I guess I had better get back to whippin’ my muse into action on the next book.

On that, I feel the re-write is going well. Still question marks over my first chapter, but I have two options available to resolve that, so it’s well fixable. The rest… well, I’m getting more and more excited, which is a good thing after several months of “I can’t do this! I suck! Apparently I can write, but I just can’t do story! I suck! I suck! I suck!”

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If you enjoyed this post, you can vote for it over at Springfree Family Times and help me win a trampoline for my family!! (Just picture me jumping on a trampoline – glee – yeah… now you wanna help me win, eh?)

Blog Hop

What a fab way to finish the year: With a re-cap/where-I’m-at post as part of an Author Blog Hop. So, here goes.

A brief run-down of 2013 from me: My book, HEALER’S TOUCH, was released at the end of January by Kristell Ink (part of Grimbold Books). I think it’s done not too badly for a debut novel published by a small publisher. My understanding is that Kristell Ink are really taking off, so I feel privileged to have got in on the ground floor. It’s all up, up, up from here.

We hit a bit of a snag when we split from Holland House to become Grimbold authors, but that’s all done and dusted now, all smooth sailing (Gosh, look at the cliches! Just look at them!).

As far as the rest of life goes, my son turned 3 in September and finally moved on from his terrible twos soon after and is becoming quite a pleasure to have around (phew!). And work has just seemed to get busier and busier. I’m sure it’s all very positive, but we (my husband and I) are stressed a good deal of the time (we work at the same company). Not super great for our parenting and my writing, but we’re managing. There are positive moves being made at work that may lead to reduced stress… or more, who knows?

Anyway, back to the Blog Hop. I was tagged by Elaine White. You can also see what she’s up to on her Facebook Page, Twitter and Goodreads profile.

Here’s how a blog hop works. Elaine tagged me, so I answer the four blog hop questions in my blog, which I will link to Elaine’s answers to the same questions on her blog. Then I will reach out to five random authors to continue the hop!

Read on to find my answers to the blog hop questions.

What are you writing?

I am currently (still) working on

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Awkwardness… – #8Sunday

So here I am again, sharing eight lines of WIP for the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday.

“Welcome” to new readers, and “Thanks for coming back” to returners.

Sorry to those who were looking for a little more explanation to last week’s entry. I’m going to have to remain tight-lipped on that one… too much spoilery information for HEALER’S TOUCH… But I love this bit, so I hope you will, too…

To set the scene for this one: Jonas and Llew have just attended a funeral for someone dear to them and have headed out for a walk to reflect. Jonas complimented Llew on her speech… and Llew brushes him off like so:

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Llew reached the fence and turned to look Jonas up and down.

“I didn’t say anything.”

“Well then, what you didn’t say, it was real nice.” He

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