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Dragonlands Sale!

Right, so the poll wasn’t the greatest success, but the votes I did get suggested that both a sale and a new book would be nice. So here we go.

From now until April 15th, the entire Dragonlands series is on sale!

Blazing Dawn is FREE everywhere except for Amazon, although some retailers might take a day or two to update their prices. Amazon is as cheap as it will allow me to list it.

Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo
Amazon: US || UK || AUS || DE || CAN

Storm Rising, Cloud Cursed and Burning Sky and all 0.99 or as low as I can put it. Click each title for more details or head here for all the buying links. (If anyone wants them on Google Play, let me know and I’ll add them.)

The rest of the series should follow soon, Broken Ground hopefully at the end of this sale, and Setting Sun in June. More details to come when I know for certain.

Thanks and enjoy!

Once this sale is done I’ll run a Wingborn series sale, which will hopefully end with the release of World’s End and Aftermath. Before that I have a new world and a new serial to share, starting tomorrow. See you there :)

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Last Chance!

The Dragonlands series is still on sale, but only until tomorrow. Grab ’em now and get FOUR books for *less than a fiver! (*Depending on your location, but they’re still pretty cheap.)

You can find out more about all of them on the Dragonlands Series page. Or just click a link below.

1: Blazing Dawn
|| Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo|| Amazon: US || UK || AUS || CAN || DE ||

2: Storm Rising
|| Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo|| Amazon: US || UK || AUS || DE || CAN ||

3: Cloud Cursed
|| Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo || Amazon: US || UK || AUS || DE || CAN ||

4: Burning Sky
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Enjoy!

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Dragonlands Sale

Just a friendly reminder, in case you missed it, that all the Dragonlands books are on sale until Tuesday! Only .99 (or your local equivalent).

You can find out more about all of them on the Dragonlands Series page.

Or just click a link below.

1: Blazing Dawn
|| Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo|| Amazon: US || UK || AUS || CAN || DE ||

2: Storm Rising
|| Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo|| Amazon: US || UK || AUS || DE || CAN ||

3: Cloud Cursed
|| Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo || Amazon: US || UK || AUS || DE || CAN ||

4: Burning Sky
|| Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo || Amazon: US || UK || AUS || DE || CAN ||

Cheers!

Books, Overworld, Writing

Burning Sky is Out!

04 Burning Sky Cover 4In case you missed it – Burning Sky is out now!

Buy it. Read it.

Amazon: US || UK || AUS || DE || CAN
Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo

The rest of the series – Blazing Dawn, Storm Rising and Cloud Cursed – are also only .99 until Tuesday, 23rd April. Grab ’em while they’re cheap!

This book was a real pain to write and felt quite stressful to release, so I really hope you enjoy it. But if you’re still not sure if you want to give it a go yet, here’s Chapter 1, Part 2 to tempt you along. Featuring an anxious Rider and a very poorly dragon.

If you missed the first half, catch up here. Enjoy!

Continue reading “Burning Sky is Out!”

Books, Overworld, Writing

Burning Sky

The Dragonlands series continues in the heat and heart of the desert.
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Those who dance with fire cannot help getting burned…

The delegation is in trouble. Elder Khennik kin Blazeborn is sick, mistrust festers amongst the dragons, yet the Skylark travels onwards, bound by its diplomatic mission. Clan Sunlord is not known for its tolerance of humans, but the Rift Riders have no choice. The journey must go on.

The desert awaits, full of heat and passion and strange wonders, but each smile is tinged with cunning and betrayal is never far away. New dragons, new dangers, fresh troubles and deep prejudice lurk in the shadows of the Sunlord palace. The Dragonlands are changing, but this time even the strong might not survive.

Available Now!

Amazon: US || UK || AUS || DE || CAN
Smashwords || B&N || iBooks || Kobo

You can also review it on Goodreads.

Read on for the first part of Chapter One.

Continue reading “Burning Sky”

Overworld, Patreon, Updates

Short Update

Firstly, I am on Twitter! Why now? Why has it taken me this long? Why am I so rubbish at social media and promo? There is no satisfactory answer to any of those questions that I can give, but I’m there now.

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Secondly, Burning Sky (Dragonlands 4) is coming along nicely. Look it has a cover and everything.

You can read the first half of the first chapter right now on Patreon, and the second part will be along tomorrow.

You can also read the whole book right now if you’re signed up to the $5 tier.

I have plans to overhaul my tier system soon to make rewards clearer, but I need to get the book out first. For now the option to read early is there. Both the chapter and the book are early versions, so may change before publication, but I’ll update them as necessary.

I’m aiming at a mid-April release (15th hopefully), but that might change depending on beta-reader feedback.

In the meantime, Merry Wednesday, everyone!

Overworld, Updates

Dragonlands Update

Book 5 is done! Broken Ground is finished! Whoo!

Broken Ground, you say? What is Broken Ground? I thought book 5 was called Ice Falls?

Yes, well, the observant amongst you might remember I kept talking about a book called Ice Falls until quite recently. You might also have noticed that the name on the sidebar changed a week or two ago. This is because I always had a scene in my head for the final showdown in this book. I knew where the action was going, I knew how it would finish.

Except I was well over halfway through the book and there was no ice. In fact I was almost breaking the plot to get everyone somewhere icy before I realised that maybe that scene wasn’t going to turn out the way I thought it was and there might not be any actual ice in the book at all.

*headdesk*

So the title changed. Dragonlands book 5 is now called Broken Ground, and I’ve finished it! As always it’s a complete mess (and I really mean it this time), and needs a lot of fleshing out in places and smoothing down in others. It’s a strange book, because it was only ever supposed to be a bridge between what happens in Burning Sky (4) and Setting Sun (6), mostly intended to kill some of the big time gap between the two.

Turns out lots happens in this book, even if it doesn’t involve any ice or kill nearly as much time as I needed it to. Instead this is the book with all the things. Happening. A lot. If you’ve been missing some action in this series, never fear, this book makes up for any action the others might have lacked. It’s… I… nope. Can’t say anything about it because spoilers, spoilers everywhere. But I think it worked out quite well. Sort of. Depending on who you are and how you look at it. Pretty sure most of the characters don’t agree with me, but alas, they’re not in charge.

Which means I’ll probably hate it when I have to edit it. Oh well, that’s a job for another day. Besides, who cares about book 5? You need book 4 first.

Speaking of… I will now be turning my attention back to Burning Sky. All things being well, it should hopefully come about the end of March/beginning of April. I’ll be doing a quick read through this week, after which I should have a better idea of how much work it’s going to take to bring it up to scratch. I’ll have a more accurate release date for you after that.

But it is coming. And you won’t have to wait a year, as you did with the other books.

Once that’s done I’ll be writing Setting Sun, and depending on how well that goes Broken Ground should come out Sept/Oct time. If everything stays on track and nothing major happens in the meantime to throw it all off. Which… yeah, probably will, because this is me and longterm plans are made to be smashed up into itty-bitty unpick-upable pieces. But for now things are nicely on track.

Merry Monday, everyone!

A Bit of Me, Updates

NaNo 2018 Round Up

December is here, NaNo is over, let’s see what I managed to get done.

NaNoWriMo Goal 1: Complete Burning Sky

Even though I was already nearly halfway through writing this book, the only thing I really wanted to achieve last month was finishing it. And I did!

Day 10. 42,562 words added. Goal achieved.

But I didn’t want to stop there, so I took a day to prepare myself to start the next Dragonlands novel – and promptly jumped into an unrelated novella from a brand new series.

NaNoWriMo Goal 2: Write Thief’s Gamble

The idea of a Foundation of Aquila series has been knocking around the back of my brain for a year or two (someone asked about it on Wattpad), but I hadn’t really pinned anything down yet. Until Keo and Lahera burst into full life and took over NaNo, leaving me with a completed novella and plenty of ideas for the series to follow. This one should (hopefully) be a lot of fun. I really do need to write another Dragonlands novel first, though.

Regardless of my plans or best intentions, I finished it. And for once an attempted novella stayed an actual novella. I am all astonishment!

Day 20. 25,028 words later. Goal achieved.

Two things down and I still had nine days left. I guess that meant I could finally crack on with that Dragonlands novel.

Wrong.

NaNoWriMo Goal 3: Finish Aftermath

I fully intended to make a start on Ice Falls, I swear I did, but to be honest the last nine days of NaNo weren’t great for me. Mostly because of fatigue issues. I also don’t really have a feel for where this book is supposed to start, so I need to go back and look at the end of Burning Sky before I tackle it.

Anyway, my head was so desperate not to start Ice Falls it seized on Aftermath instead. This is an entirely self-indulgent, overblown epilogue novella for the Wingborn series, which ties up some of the romances and side characters and little things that I didn’t really have room for in the main books. It was supposed to be short and sweet and full of warm fuzziness. I originally dove straight into it after finishing Wingborn 6, but I stalled after a while and it became yet another thing I’ve struggled to finish this year.

However, NaNo was going well, so I thought, why not? Give it a go. The worst that can happen is I’ll get stuck precisely where I’ve been stuck all year.

Day 30. 19,947 words added. Goal achieved!

Three stories finished. 86,340 words written in total. Two major albatrosses released back into the wild. I can’t believe how well that went.

Although, if I look back at my daily tallies, it could have gone a little better. There were 13 days when I didn’t write a single word, and even my biggest daily haul (9135 words) is a bit below my best. I didn’t experience my usual rush of momentum where I write more and more and more as the month goes on, but that’s probably because I’m used to focusing on one project from start to finish, not jumping in halfway and finishing several things along the way.

So perhaps I could have written more, but looking back I am more than happy with how I did. Burning Sky is finally finished! A pair of new characters have established themselves in a whole new series and I’m excited to get back to them and let their story unfold. I’m also relieved that Aftermath is done, even though I acknowledge it’s no longer a novella, bonus or otherwise. But I knew that after it passed 30K, I was just living in denial. Still, it’s done, yay! And I’ll figure out what to do with it later.

For now, thanks NaNo! I don’t know why the mere thought of the challenge can break through blockages that have frustrated me all year, I’m just glad that it did. November is done. Thanks for the word count, but now it’s time to move on.

To all my fellow NaNoers, I hope you enjoyed your month and had fun with all your words. Here’s to you all! And I’ll see you again next year.

Merry December, everyone!

Overworld, Updates, Writing

NaNoWriMo Week 2

Writing continued apace this week, despite a few days when things were thrown slightly off-track, but it all got quite interesting around the weekend and new projects now loom on the horizon.

Snippets below, no spoilers, along with links to all the Patreon posts where I talk a little more each day.

DAY EIGHT

“Why wouldn’t I want to fix you, Khennik? You’re important.” Litha patted him on the arm again. “Think of all the hard work you do, as a delegate, as an elder. Why, one day you might even change the Overworld.”

Burning Sky Chapter 18

Day Total: 4049 words
NaNo Total: 29,747 words
Book Total: 75,573 words

DAY NINE

“It mattered. It mattered a lot, because Nera desperately needed to know which dragon she could punch for this.”

Nera, Burning Sky Chapter 19

Day Total: 8600 words
NaNo Total: 38,347 words
Book Total: 84,173 words

DAY TEN

Jesral grinned. “Now that is a very clever trick.”

Burning Sky Chapter 22

Day Total: 4215 words
NaNo Total: 42,562 words
Book Total: 88,288 words

I finished Burning Sky! NaNoWriMo GOAL ACHIEVED!

DAY ELEVEN
Zero, zip, zilch.

DAY TWELVE

History, they say, is written by the victors. This is invariably true, but they often forget to mention that it is frequently edited by prudes and fusspots, who take out all the interesting bits.

Thief’s Gamble, Prologue

Day Total: 2173 words
NaNo Total: 44,735 words
Book Total: 2173 words

New book, new characters, new series, old world. It’s an Overworld novella and I’ll talk more about it when I get further into it.

DAY THIRTEEN

“You’re cracked. He’s cracked. I’m cracked!”

Lahera, Thief’s Gamble Chapter 2

Day Total: 4081 words
NaNo Total: 48,816 words
Book Total: 6254 words

And that’s it for the moment, since I haven’t written anything yet today.

Week 2 done, the halfway point approaching, 50K almost reached and I’m onto a second, unplanned project. Ha! This is why I love taking part in NaNo.

Here’s hoping everyone else out there is having as much fun as I am.

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NaNoWriMo Week 1

Before it all began, here’s where things stood.

NaNoWriMo Goal: Complete Burning Sky
Pre-NaNo Word Count: 45,826

Now onto the first week round-up, complete with non-spoilery snippets.

DAY ONE

Indoor plumbing had long been one of her favourite aspects of travelling through the Dragonlands, but the Sunlords had elevated it to a new level. Ready-heated water at the wave of a hand. Dragons truly were miraculous creatures.

Nera, Burning Sky Chapter 12

Day Total: 4447 words
NaNo Total: 4447 words
Book Total: 50,273 words

NaNo Day 1 and I’m already over 50K. I win! XD

DAY TWO

A chance to assist in an effort to bring down the arrogant swamp creature who had most probably sent him and Estenarven far below the Curse, intending it to end with their deaths? Hmm, let him think…

Khennik, Burning Sky Chapter 13

Day Total: 3126 words
NaNo Total: 7573 words
Book Total: 53, 399 words

DAY THREE

The poor woman. The poor, poor, deluded fool. Mastekh’s heart clenched tight in sympathy.

Mastekh, Burning Sky Chapter 14

Day Total: 4517 words
NaNo Total: 12,090 words
Book Total: 57,916 words

DAY FOUR
Nothing.

DAY FIVE

“Breakfast,” Mastekh announced, throwing the word out like a challenge, with no hint of bubbles or hesitation.

Estenarven smiled as he crossed the room to accept a steaming mug of honey-scented tea. “Thank you,” he murmured, kissing his lover on the cheek.

Cool skin heated beneath his lips and Mastekh’s colour returned with a hint of a green blush. “Oh.”

Burning Sky Chapter 15

Day Total: 4473 words
NaNo Total: 16,563 words
Book Total: 62, 389 words

DAY SIX
Nothing.

DAY SEVEN

“Overkill,” Jesken said, after Wellswen flicked a goose a little too hard and shot the wooden fox straight off the board and over the edge of the table.

“That’ll teach you to pounce so gleefully.”

“It won’t. I’ll be even more merciless next time and cow the rest of your gaggle into submission.”

“Geese never submit.”

“And foxes never die.” Jesken held up her hand and Gharrik placed the recovered fox into her palm. “Best of three?”

“Of course.” They reset the board and hunched over it in intense silence once more.

Burning Sky Chapter 17

(They’re playing Fox and Geese, btw, so no actual fake geese were harmed by Wellswen’s inability to lose with grace.)

Day Total: 9135 words
NaNo Total: 25,698 words
Book Total: 71, 524 words

So far, I think it’s going rather well :D

Daily updates can be found (open to all) on Patreon. Hopefully by the next update I’ll have finished this book and be moving onto the next one.

But enough of me, how are the rest of you doing? If you’re doing NaNo too I hope it’s going as well as mine and that you’re comfortably on track.

And to all, NaNo writers or not, Merry Wednesday!