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!


Merry Midwinter!

Okay, so that was yesterday, but picky, picky. Merry Mid-December, everyone! However you happen to celebrate it, if you do at all, then I wish you all the joy of the season.

I also need to make some apologies, because Sisters of Icarus isn’t out. Nor is it going to be for the foreseeable future. I’m shelving it for the moment because I’m not that happy with it as it stands, and I’d also like to finish all three books before I release any of them. My lovely beta readers agree with me, so sorry if you were waiting for it. If you’d like to read it as it stands, and don’t mind helping me make it better, by all means leave me a comment or email me. I’m always looking for more betas, though I’m pretty sure it’s a thankless task with the amount of stuff I write.

So no new book before 2015, sorry about that. I might, however, have a short story – it all depends on how much free time I get between now and Jan 1st. It’ll be Shaiel and Demero if it does materialise, but if it doesn’t then it’s because I’ve been hijacked by an Anglo-Saxon rebel. Actually he’s not Anglo-Saxon at all, that’s where the trouble starts, but more of that in the New Year.

Speaking of which, next year looks to be interesting in terms of releases from me. Not only do I plan to keep on releasing the Tales of the Aekhartain, as well as the Icarus Child trilogy, but with any lucky I’ll be unleashing the Overworld too. More things with wings, but this time set on another world. Fantasy, giant eagles, skyships and an elite fighting band – sound like fun? Look out for updates on Wingborn, coming soon!

In the meantime, happy holidays!


Quick Update

Sister of Icarus is finished! First draft, anyway. I already know certain places where I need to change things or explain more, but I don’t care.

First draft is done!

Now I can go play with Tobi and Faron for a bit, riding around waving a sword and making pretty swirls with magic. Yay!

(More Good Company tomorrow, for anyone who’s interested. And thanks to Sisters, my current NaNo total is 16K. Whoo!)

(Oh, and I took Be With Me down from Amazon, because it wasn’t price matching and it was annoying me. I might put it up again some time, but it’s always been free on Smashwords.)


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.