Warrior’s Touch is LIVE

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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!

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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.

Warrior’s Touch is coming

Hello world!

I completed a first draft in 2014! Completed major edits in 2016! Finalised the formatting earlier this year.

Yes, it’s been a long time coming (due largely to my own tardiness as I grew another human being, moved house, and continued to work towards supporting my family–writing doesn’t do that) but Warrior’s Touch will soon be out in the world. When? Well, I’ll leave that for another post. We need to throw some dates around and pick one (depending on a few other links in the chain).

Shall we take a moment to feel the warm glow of seeing a real, physical copy in existence (and, no, I haven’t touched it… it’s on the other side of the world!)… (photos courtesy of Kristell Ink/Grimbold Books)

 

Front Cover of Warrior's Touch by Deb E Howell
Front Cover

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Back cover of Warrior's Touch by Deb E Howell
Back cover

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First page of Chapter 1 of Warrior's Touch by Deb E Howell
Chapter 1

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Healer's Touch and Warrior's Touch by Deb E Howell
Healer’s Touch and Warrior’s Touch together

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Healer's Touch and Warrior's Touch by Deb E Howell spines
Warrior’s Touch is about 23,000 words longer than Healer’s Touch

You can let the world know you’re planning to read Warrior’s Touch here, on Goodreads.

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.

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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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BOOM! It’s Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser!

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Hi guys and gals,

I know you’re all busy off enjoying your holidays–for those of us in the southern hemisphere, it means full summer holidays–but I have a little something something you may or may not like to look at, but I’d be most grateful if you would.

You see, a bunch of fantasy novelists (some 100 of us) have got together with a plan to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, aka Médecins Sans Frontières.

The plan is to run two auctions and a lottery for the chance to win real, physical books, signed and dedicated.

I’m in there… see? Down the bottom, but totally dead-centre. I have a few copies of my first edition of Healer’s Touch left… yes, first editions. They had a few errors, two I will totally correct in the signed editions before sending. The rest are more minor. But that makes these rare books… so, you know, when I’m famous and stuff…

And you could win one. But, more than that, you could win, or buy, a BUNCH of fantasy novels… ah, so much good reading to be had!

Go, check out THIS WEBPAGE for all the details, but I can give you a bit of a run down.

What will it cost?

Each ticket in the lottery is £1 (so, whatever that works out in your own currency… I’m in New Zealand, so that’s currently NZD1.78, which isn’t too painful for the chance to win a bunch of books).

What’s the lottery prize?

Sixty books will be divided amongst six winners when the lottery is drawn on January 1st… GMT time, I believe. So, each of the six winners will receive 10 randomly selected books.

You said something about an auction?

The other 40 books will be auctioned off in two lots of 20 later in January. All proceeds will go to help Doctors Without Borders.

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OK. I’d like to help, but I already own a bunch of these books.

You can help SPREAD THE WORD!

We’re running a Thunderclap Campaign, which is a great way to get things noticed online. If you add your support to the campaign, then on the 28th December (in whatever time zone Thunderclap goes by) the social media accounts you supported the campaign from (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) will spread the word about our project and a bunch of people you know, or who at least know about you, can join the fun and help out a great cause.

Even if you can take part in the lottery and auctions, feel free to join the Thunderclap campaign. The more the merrier is the key, here.

You can also spread the word by using the hashtag #BooknestFFF on your social media.

So, come on, lets all do our bit for a great cause. SPREAD THE WORD, or GET RIGHT IN ON THE ACTION.

Read great books.

Help a great cause.

Do it.

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A Man, A Woman, and A Clown

For no real reason, I’m going to share the results of another writing exercise I did a while back. The prompt was the same as the title of this post, and we had fifteen minutes to write.

Feel free to have a go yourself before reading on and seeing what I did with it.

I think that’s the fun thing about doing writing exercises based on basic writing prompts: seeing what different people turn that prompt into. And, if you could wipe your memory (or exercise great restraint and avoid copying yourself), how different would your little story be if you did the exercise again next week? Month? Year? Decade?

From a basic prompt, what comes about can be influenced not only by your overall life experiences, but also where your head is at in that very moment. What TV show did you watch that might inspire you? What book have you been reading? What were you discussing with workmates over lunch? All these seemingly incidental things can influence your creative output, especially when it is “just” an exercise and isn’t constrained by story rules established for a longer piece.

So… fifteen minutes. A Man, A Woman, and A Clown… what did you come up with?

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Sharing for sharing’s sake

I have a blog. That blog desires to be updated.

I’m also a mum. My brain is regularly drained to completely empty by the time I get a minute to go anywhere near a computer. Especially when you spend somewhere close to an hour reading a book especially designed to make children sleepy while your 1-year-old cries at you… So, you give up and let him cry for ten minutes. Go in, lie him down, let him cry for ten minutes more, and go in and lie him down and wait the two minutes it takes for him to finally fall asleep… Much faster than an hour of reading. Of course, I would prefer it if I could read my child to sleep, but he’s just not a fan of his cot. And I can’t leave him sleeping in the car over night. And he can’t sleep in my bed until I’m ready to be there, too (no safety sides). It’s just one of those “battles” I’m not winning at the moment.

On the bright side, Mr6 generally settles to sleep really easily, and sleeps deeply.

Anyway, enough about that. I thought I would type up a wee story I wrote in June 2014 during a writing meeting I attended (and Chaired). For this exercise, we had four images from which to choose as inspiration, and 30 minutes to write. No, I cannot recall the image that inspired the following, but so be it… you’ll survive! (Yes, you will!)

Here goes…

Dinner was to be on the table at five thirty.

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