A Bit of Me

Reindog Games

Xmas Wishes

Christmas is coming! Time to deck the paws and ready the reindogs.

Xmas Rowan Reindeer 2

But some were not born to become reindogs…

(help me)

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(Hahaha! Try sticking it on my head now, human.)

Others find it tedious…

Xmas Yawn

But a special few were born to be reindog beautiful.

Xmas Mushu

Happy Yule! Merry Christmas! Solstice Celebrations!
Happy Holidays!

However you choose to spend the festive season,
I wish you joy, health and happiness, and all good things.
From my heart to yours.
Thank you.

Xmas kiss

Here’s to a fabulous 2019!

A Bit of Me

Season’s Greetings, One and All!

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Reindeer love from Mu and Bru.

Whatever you’re celebrating this December, even if it’s just a chance to meet up with family or treat yourself to things you don’t normally eat, enjoy, my friends!

I wish you health and every happiness and all good things.

This year hasn’t been great for a lot of people, but it’s finally almost done. Woohoo!

Thanks to everyone who has read, bought and reviewed my books this year. Your support has been amazing, and I hope you’ll be back to share in more adventures with me soon.

In the meantime, happy holidays and season’s greetings, and all those lovely things, from me and mine to you and yours.

See you in 2018!

Xmas Wishes
Hitch me up to a sleigh, someone, I am ready and raring to go! (Or, you know, there may have been a pigeon in the birdbath, but I can totally pull a sleigh. Especially if there are pigeons.)
A Bit of Me, Updates

August Catch Up

Yartor Pony July

I’m not quite sure what it is about this year – or me – but every time I mention a deadline I seem to be tempting fate too far, so I get something else thrown at my head to make all chances of meeting said deadline impossible.

Which is a roundabout way of attempting to excuse myself for missing all my self-imposed deadlines this year. I would say that from now on I will hit each and every one, but I’m making no promises – in case they turn around and devour me whole.

The good news is A Courtship of Dragons is finally out! You may have already noticed.

The other good news is that I’m working really hard on Storm Rising and hope that it won’t be long before it follows. I have a hard deadline set in my head, but I refuse to write it down for fear of aforementioned bitey things.

After that it really is time I returned to writing. Things have been so hectic around here this year that I basically haven’t written anything in more months than I care to imagine. Which would be frightening, except I have been just too busy to have managed anything. I’ve written copious reviews, but I don’t think they really count. I also cleaned out a fully packed attic, which is satisfying in many ways, but doesn’t write the stories for me.

Next up on my writing schedule is the long neglected Burning Sky (or is it Sands?), which is Dragonlands #4. I left some characters in a bad way there, so I really do need to go and take care of them. After that, I would love to try NaNo again this year, probably with Wingborn #5 (whose title is spoilery for those who haven’t read past book 1). Beyond that, a whole other series without dragons or miryhls in it keeps calling me with a siren song and I’d love to return and play with them. I also have Aekhs to work on and older books to tidy up for various reasons.

As always, lots to do, very little time to do it in. But in non-writing news I’ve been walking loads, have finally worked out a routine so I can yoga every day and I even have a new camera to play with. My dogs and I continue to get older, my cat remains cuddly and grumpy, family is awesome, and my good old British summer isn’t playing very fair right now (see the photo, that’s supposed to be July!). On the whole, though, I can’t complain.

But enough of me, how are you lovely people doing?

Free Fiction, Overworld, Serial

Still Waiting…

I’m still waiting for Smashwords to distribute Rift Riders to other retailers, like B&N and Kobo. No idea why it’s taking so long this time, but it seems like a general trend intended to mess with my head.

I’m also still waiting to find out what exactly is going on with Amazon and why Be With Me has been blocked from sale along with the plagiarised version.

Dragongift 1But in other news, Rift Riders has now been removed from here and Wattpad, except for the first three teaser chapters.

All of which means the Dragongift serial begins tomorrow!

(Ooh, look it’s all green and rugged.)

Just as a warning to anyone who hasn’t read Rift yet, pretty much anything to do with DG will be spoilery. I’ll try and put most of it behind cuts, so click at your own risk.

Updates this week will be Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, before returning to the regular Friday and Sunday schedule. More info and the prologue to come tomorrow.

I look forward to continuing the journey with you all from there.

Fast winds and clear skies, everyone!

Aekhartain, Updates

Release Updates!

Cover_3 Icarus ChildThe Icarus Child now has its own page and seems to be available almost everywhere except B&N. I’ll be adding that link as soon as I see it.

It’s also up on Goodreads now, so you can add it if you want to.

I’ll also be tinkering with this site over the next few days, so if you see any changes you hate, let me know ;)

Other than that I have one more Secrets of Icarus post to do, and then I’ll start talking about what’s next on the project list. I’m planning a hiatus from the Aekhartain for a few months, so expect a few changes around here…

There may also be a Photo Friday, depending on how much time I get and how quickly my next writing project sinks its claws in. How exciting!


So it Begins…

Happy 2016, everyone!

I hope you had a good holiday season, celebrating it in whichever way was most enjoyable for you. I saw lots of family, did quite a bit of reading and seem to have lost track of all time and so am still flailing around trying to catch up.

Nothing new really.

I have all kinds of plans for the new year, but since I’m still ironing out most of the creases and I always tend to have more ideas than I can ever put into practice, I’ll keep quiet about them until they’re ready to launch. Instead I shall say edits on The Icarus Child are in progress and I’m aiming for February 2nd as a release date. I could have gone for mid-January like the other books, but Feb 2nd is not only Imbolc, the start of Celtic spring, but it’s Icastar/Shaiel’s birthday so it appeals to me.

Thus far I’ve edited the first section of IC and I don’t hate it, so progress is good at the moment. Fingers crossed it’ll stay that way.

Elsewhere, the big end of year sale is now over, so prices will revert to normal over the next day or so. If you still want to grab a bargain, be quick because time is ticking.

Thanks to everyone who supported me last year, you’re all wonderful. Here’s for an even better 2016!

Brace yourselves for Shakespeare, lots of poetry (not mine, thankfully), loads of things with wings, giant talking eagles and something that may or may not contain Vikings. And if I have time I might even throw in a dragon or two. Sounds exhausting, but hopefully it’ll be fun and exciting too along the way.

In the meantime – Merry Wednesday, all!

Updates, Writing

Done! (For now…)

My rewrite edit of Sisters of Icarus is done! At 100,000 words it’s grown by 20K, but right now I don’t care. It is done, and hopefully most of the bits my betas didn’t like have now been removed.

I’ve also found out that a bunch of my family are coming to visit this weekend (and next week), so I guess work on The Crying Child will have to wait. While the schedule-keeping bit of me is disappointed, the rest of me is doing a happy dance. I get to play with my nieces and nephews and also avoid writing the less-than-happy book! (Though I’m working on getting more happy into it.) It’s also carnival week next week in my little town, which mostly means face painting, crab fishing, cake stalls and sunshine – yay! 

Summer is on! I hope you’re getting a chance to enjoy it in your part of the world. And if you’re in an upside down spot, then I hope your winter is passing kindly. (If it’s not, sorry to hear that, but I’m not giving the sun back yet ;)

In the meantime, I have books to read and review, plot ideas to form and butterflies to count – if only they will actually appear in the garden! (Seriously, where have all the butterflies gone this year? Last year I couldn’t move for them. Guess my contribution to the Big Butterfly Count is going to be pretty pathetic.) Happy, sunny days!


July Update

Hello, everyone! I hope your July is treating you well in your corner of the world. Currently my July is beautifully warm and I’ve been spending lots of time sitting in the sunshine coming through the window, catching sneaky peaks at the Tour de France, while running around on important family errands and squeezing in rewrites of Sisters of Icarus where I can.

I’ve just hit 50% on that, which leaves me nicely on target to get through it by the end of the month. Hopefully it’ll go quicker now that I’ve rewritten a particularly troublesome chapter. There are a few more ahead, though, so I’m not feeling too confident just yet. Still, it’ll be nice to write something from scratch next month.

Speaking of new things, I’m toying with the idea of releasing a collection of short stories to accompany the Dark Rebellion duology. I’ve got ideas for at least three – all connected with the books – but I’d like to include a few more, perhaps about Caligo’s childhood before his troubles began. If there’s anything you’d like to know more about in the books (or that happens outside of the books), I’m definitely open to ideas. Request for more Noctis will always be considered, especially since we recently lost Hector, the chief inspiration for his doggy days.

And finally in other Dark Rebellion news, The Rebel Returns is still on offer at $.99/£.99, but only until next Friday, July 17th. Get it cheap while you can!

A Bit of Me

Thank you!

As 2014 draws to a close, I thought it was time to take a little look back over the last twelve months. This year was the one when I finally stopped dreaming and started pushing my stories out into the wider world, when I stopped hesitating and procrastinating and became an indie author for real. It’s been interesting and stressful at times, but fun and educational too, and I am genuinely thankful for many things. Two Aekhartain collections and two free novellas sadly don’t appear by magic and though I mostly write in my isolated Ima-cave these days, there are one or two people who have helped me along the way.

So let’s get started.

Thank you, Lynn E. O’Connacht, for listening to my inane rambles, reading my first drafts, chuckling at corpsicles and cork seals, and doing your absolute best to wrangle my bad punctuation into some readable form. You’re a trooper and the shiniest of stars, even in the face of extreme provocation, and without your support I’d probably not have published anything.

Thanks also to my other Talechasing friends, for beta reading, cheer leading, drabble support, plenty of emails and comments and the general youness that makes each of you special and so much fun to know. You’ve stuck with the Aekhartain for a good few years now, I just hope I can retell their stories to your satisfaction. I promise Ree and Blitz, Zao and Rai are coming, not to mention Nawa, Issie and lots more Mero. I might even break out the oreads.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded free copies of Sing to Me or Be With Me. I am genuinely astonished at how many people have downloaded copies of these books. I know they’re free, but the fact that something about them caught your attention and made you want to know more will forever delight me.

Huge thanks to anyone who has written a review for me this year. Firstly I’m so happy you read my book, and secondly I am so grateful that you’ve taken time to post a review about it. Your words genuinely mean the world to me.

Last, and most definitely not least, to everyone who bought a copy of Orion’s Kiss or Unbound and Free, thank you so much. I’m just a boringly ordinary person living a dull and unexciting life in which I also happen to write stories. I’ve been telling them for several years now, but mostly kept them to myself. To know that they’re out in the wider world where people are choosing to buy them kind of staggers me really. I really hope you enjoy them and that they might make you smile, and that perhaps you’ll even want to come back and find out more about them. Thank you for helping make my dream of being an author feel a bit more real.

So, I guess that was 2014. Break out the celebratory beverage of your choice, count down the final seconds, raise that glass and know that you have been thanked, my friends. Farewell 2014, hello 2015! May it be better for every single one of you than the last one was.

Hope and happiness to you all.


Kalan Gawv Lowen!

Happy First Day of Winter! Or Merry Samhain, or Happy Hallowe’en, or Yes! It’s Friday! Whatever today means to you, I hope you’re having a good day.

Now for a quick update of what’s going on around Beccaland right now.

Writing: I’m currently finishing up the next Aekhartain book, Sisters of Icarus, which is the first of a trilogy telling of Shaiel’s origins, how the Aekhartain were formed, and explains more about that pesky island. As with everything Aekhartain it’s an awkward thing to describe, because the first book is a romance, but the ones that follow aren’t. Oh well, more on that later.

NaNoWriMo: Anyone taking part? I’ve never been an official participant, since I spend too many months writing novels as it is ;) but I sometimes like to set myself an unofficial challenge. This year I want to write something that isn’t Aekh-related, so I’ll be trying to finish an old story I’ve had lying around for a few years. It’s a M/M tale about a healer mage student and a squire, and is a much more traditional fantasy than the Aekhs. I’ll be posting bits and pieces as I go, if anyone is interested in reading along, and maybe encouraging me to finish it, that would be great. I already have a fair chunk, which is handy since I want to finish Sisters first. If there’s anyone out there who wants a cheerleader to help them through the month, let me know. I wave a mean pom-pom!

Reading: I have read some amazing books over the last few months, so I’ll have to find time to make a few recommendations. My current favourite thing is Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart, YA Sci-Fi at it’s absolute best. Read anything good lately?

And that’s about all I can think of for the moment. Hope all’s well in your own worlds and that life is treating you kind. Have an apple of good fortune from me.