The Pre-Order of Death Be Raven is now live!

The cover has been designed, the concept is in play, the book is with the editor for the final round and the pre-order for DEATH BE RAVEN, book 3 in the Terra Vane series is now live via Amazon stores!

To pre-order your copy at the temporary low price that will hold until its release in May, click here. It directs to the Amazon.com site but from there Amazon should direct you to the site applicable to your location.

Death Be Raven follows on from book 2 where Terra left the vampires behind after her undercover operation. Here is the book blurb:

Escaped prisoners. A black feather. A new crime scene.

Not long after Enforcer Field Agent Terra Vane returns from an undercover operation with the Darkwood Vampires, Terra and her partner are alerted to a new crime scene—one where a black feather has been found.

Linked to an escaped prisoner, the black feather is key in determining the next steps of the dangerous criminals who are on the run from Portiside Prison.

With a trek into the Fey Lands and a trail leading to the labs of Portis Forward Incorporated, Terra, Kaleb and Bernard need to work together to find out what the connection is between the dead bodies that keep piling up. There is more to this case than meets the eye, and it’s up to them all to try and piece it together before it’s too late for both worlds.

I am so excited about this one. Heading into the Fey Lands was a surprise even for me, and it was great to see the world of Portiside grow and unravel with the discovery of it. There is also a new character we come across who is a bit of a handful. I have to admit, he’s become one of my fast favourites!

With each one of these books there seems to be a challenge—some form of obstacle to get over—and Death Be Raven didn’t disappoint! However, it’s because of such challenges that I’m happy to see the growth in the characters and of a new world that I’m still convinced exists 😂. I’m currently writing Death Be Burned, book 4 in the series, and I hope to be releasing that later on in the fall this year, but more to come on that!

The set release date for Death Be Raven will be the 17th May 2018, so pre-order your copy today so you can take advantage of the low price!

Have a great day!

Interview with Author Joshua Grant

Here is a recent interview I did with Joshua Grant who is the author of such books as The Fifth Ascendant and the horror thriller, Pandora. It was great to chat to Joshua about his writing, the books he’s published and his website Diabolic Shrimp. Take a look!

INTERVIEW WITH JOSHUA GRANT

Hi Joshua, thanks for joining me today. I thought we’d kick off the interview by going back to the time in your life when you decided when you wanted to write? What inspired you to finish that first book?

Oo, time travelling!  That’s always fun!  Well, I was definitely inspired to write by my 8th grade English teacher Mrs. Munos.  She had us write short stories and I decided to do a horror story (something about a space defense force checking out a facility on another planet).  It was pretty dorky but Mrs. Munos left me some simple note like ‘that’s spooky,’ and that’s all it took.  I’ve been hooked ever since on trying to hit people in the heart strings with a deep moral core to each of my novels.

You do a lot of promotional work for other writers through your website Diabolic Shrimp. How many hours week/month/year are you able to dedicate to your own work?

For about half a year, Diabolic Shrimp only had six members, so it was pretty relaxing.  The past year saw massive growth to over a thousand people.  That definitely shocked me and I wasn’t ready for it at first.  There was a month where I dedicated about half my time to the site.  I had to build a lot of the foundation (pages, coding, how the system would work).  It was pretty exhausting but once everything was in place and I caught up, I only have to spend about an hour each day on everything.  Some of that is outreach to authors and readers, but most of that time is just reading people’s books that I’ve bought so I really enjoy it!

Tell us a little about the books you’ve written:

I’ve only published two novels so far, with several more on the way this year.  The first novel I published is a sci-fi horror thriller called Pandora.  This is the first in a planned horror series of four books (I’ve finished the rough draft of the second book, Jericho, due later this year).  In Pandora, the cruise ship Emerald Rose disappears for a week, emerging a week later prompting the question ‘what happened to it?’  To answer this, private business tycoon Patrick Carver sends his own special forces team out to investigate.  He also sends civilian doctor Aubrey Pittenger for reasons she can’t grasp.  All around, fans of films like Aliens or books by Dean Koontz would likely enjoy it.

My most recent release is a young adult fantasy novel called The Fifth Ascendant.  This is a zany fun romp through the mystical world of Drina filled with outrageous heists, imaginative monsters, deep feels, and witty characters.  It was inspired by the Final Fantasy series and Avatar the Last Airbender, so fans of games and anime would be right at home here.

What are your favourite genres to read and why?

I’m a sci-fi, fantasy, horror, young adult fan all the way!  I just need some mystical element and powerful emotions in what I like to read.  Yet, through my quest to read all types of books on Diabolic Shrimp, I’m actually finding I like a bit of everything.  I’ve always been a bit of a romantic myself as a human being, so relationships and romance in literature are always a big plus for me 🙂

If you had to pick one, just one, what book would you take with you if you had to stay on a book-barren desert island for three months?

Aside from a survival manual?  🙂 Okay, sorry, I had to.  I’d probably bring The Giver.  The emotions in that book and descriptions just get me in the heart every time.

Do you prefer music or silence when you write?

I weirdly need silence when I compose.  You know those little fake flowers that dance when the sun hits their solar panels?  My nieces put like thirty in my window which I have to remove every time I write because they make this faint clicking noise.  (urg, flowers)  🙂

Who is the favourite of your characters that you’ve created so far?

Oh my goodness, tough question!  It’s like choosing between children or something.  My newest book, The Fifth Ascendant, is filled with a cast of characters that I love.  I spent a lot of time on that one making sure every character, main or side, had a cool background or fun quirk.  Kal, the actual Fifth Ascendant, is definitely my favorite with his emotional journey and his humor.  Twine, a crazy ex spy, is a close second.

What lessons have you learned as a writer?

As far as writing goes, I’ve learned to play the long game and to only write something that you yourself love.  Everything we do as writers only pays off half a year to four years later, so you have to dig in your heels and stick with it.  Being a genuine true person in your writing and marketing is also the key to success.  Never compromise in either field.

And personally, writing has given me a deeper wisdom about things.  Taking the time to examine moral and emotional issues from a host of different perspectives grants you as a human being a deeper understanding of our existence.  It’s addictive and I love it!

What method of writing do you use to create your books? E.g. typewriter, pen and paper, computer etc.

I’m fairly old school.  I write everything on paper in cursive.  Then I go through and type it all up on the computer.  It’s my first round of revision while I type, and as an added bonus, it’s really the only time I get to listen to music so I enjoy it.  I then read through and revise about four more times before I’m ready to push it for publishing.

What do you think of book trailers for up and coming books?

Book trailers are a weird animal.  On one hand, they’re a great way to catch the attention of the passing audience since they’re more flashy than a description.  On the other hand, trailers are designed to show off something that moves like films and video games.  Since books don’t do this, there’s not a lot of content to put into a trailer.  I think it’s better to place a cover photo and description and really focus on engaging with your target audience.

I see that you donate 10% of your books’ profits to noteworthy causes that work closely with ocean exploration, disease research, and renewable energy? I take it these causes are very close to your heart?

Science was my first passion (I originally was working towards going to space before I became an actor and then a teacher).  I definitely support a scientific understanding of our planet and the responsible stuardship of it, but I’m ultimately a humanitarian.  I support all causes that have the potential of improving life on earth for all people.  Our books aren’t eternal as authors, but if each of us gives a little piece of that to something that will improve future generations’ lives, then we will have move the baton just a little further forward and made our mark on history.  I also like shrimp and exploring the ocean is fun.

Do you have any advice for other writers out there? Or for anyone thinking about taking the plunge and writing a book?

Great writers write.  Just write what you love.  You are important and have something important and meaningful to share with the world.  Believe in yourself, be genuine, and everything will pan out from there.

What is your favourite motivational phase?

Beginnings and endings.  Something will spark me to get creative and I’ll start writing (the beginning).  Then you finish a chapter or a story or book and you get this incredible feeling of accomplishment and pride (even if it’s unrevised and total junk at that moment).  I love both and it just pushes me to write more.

I hear you’ve got a new book coming out soon. Are you able to tell me more about it?

I have several books coming this year.  I just published The Fifth Ascendant, the first in a fantasy trilogy (The Sixth Ascendant is slated for early next year).  I’m cranking away at Silly Tales from Albanon, a humorous set of short fantasy stories that take place in the world of Albanon.  Each story focuses on a different quirky character and their tale, but they all build towards a surprise ending.

I’m also planning on releasing Jericho, the second in my horror series The Organization, in the fall.  A father takes his son to stay with his mother for the summer in the small town of Shadow Pines.  At the same time, a police officer heads for the hamlet in search of her missing brother.  In their own way, both are looking for something, but what they find in Shadow Pines is hardly what they expected, and hardly set on the good will of men.

Where can a potential reader go to view more about your books?

All my books are in both physical and ebook formats on Amazon.  They are also free on Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to that service.  You can also check out my work and hundreds of other authors on Diabolic Shrimp.

Thanks Joshua. This has been a great interview. Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

There’s a type of shrimp that can punch holes in fish tanks!  Oh, and I just recently learned that your eyes breathe (yes they breathe) by drinking tears.  Think about that while you’re reading this!

Check out more about Joshua and his books at www.diabolicshrimp.com

Wolverhampton Literature Festival

It’s that time of year again!

Oh yes! They have invited me back for a second year!! How crazy are they, I hear you cry. But fear not, I shall be there armed and dangerous with my book, Death Be Blue, to let Terra Vane run loose on the unwitting public.

The Wolverhampton Literature Festival in the UK, is running from the 26th to the 28th of January 2018, and I shall be there on the 27th January at 12pm to do a reading from Death Be Blue in the Wolverhampton Central Library. If you feel like coming down, check out the website to see all the different authors, poets, artists and performers who will be there over the three days. It looks to be great fun!

http://www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk/

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish a belated happy new year to you all, and that I hope you’re all ready to take on 2018 as if it was 1999 … and that means dance, people!!! Let’s boogie our way through a new year with hope, kindness and optimism. I for one, hope you have a splendid 2018.

Lots of projects are in the pipeline, and Death Be Charmed has just been released. If you would like to see the up and coming cover reveal of Death Be Raven before any one else, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter via the website. By doing so, you will get a free copy of Diary of a Vampire, a short story relating to Death Be Charmed, and you will be signed up ready to get a free copy of Raven Moonshine’s short story: Diary of a Raven Shifter that will be released to my subscribers very soon. Diary of a Raven Shifter will link into book 3, Death be Raven, of the Terra Vane series.

Thanks for continuing on the this journey with me folks. If you’re in the area, please feel free to pop in and say ‘hi’ at the festival where I will also be doing a signing on my books.

Have a great day! May all your dreams and wishes come true for the new year!

 

 

Escaping the Shadows …

Well, not really escaping the shadows. Only one shadow. And I’m not escaping the shadow per se. Or the child it belongs too. I’m just seeking a brief moment of solace. One where I’m not hearing ‘Mom, look at this…’ multiplied by a million. Okay. Maybe a million is a little bit of an exaggeration. It’s more like nine hundred ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-nine, but you get the point.

We’ve had snow here, enough to close the schools for a little while. That means I’ve had a child at home with me for a few days. And it’s been great. The first day—amazing. The second day—kinda cool. The third day—someone hand me the wine after I’ve downed a triple skinny cinnamon dosed ginger mocha. Work has dropped down the priority list, of course, having to be fitted in at night under warm duvets. Present buying, gift wrapping, Christmas prep has also dropped down a few notches. So instead, we’ve taken to playing in the snow, making paper Christmas trees, and watching Christmas movies. That’s been the good side. The bad side has resulted in me taking my phone and headphones into the bathroom to escape for a short while. Locking the door was imperative after my child-turned tortoise popped her head in only seconds after I’d moved an inch. And then I could breathe …

I was sooo lucky once the lock clicked into place. She went off and played on her on own (she’s eight going on sixteen) and didn’t threaten to break down the door (yes!) so I did all I could in that moment. And it didn’t have anything to do with the toilet. I wouldn’t be sharing that on here. I have boundaries believe it or not.

Instead, I edited on my phone because I have a cool set-up that lets me do just that. And then my tune came on. The kind of tune where you have to get up and shake your booty a little. So there I am, in a locked bathroom, no bra (ouch), in my PJs, dancing around and shaking my stuff, phone in hand, earphones in ears, acting like I’m at a party. And boy, was it fun. In my head, I danced and cheered and looked damn fine. I was about two stone lighter, had on an amazing outfit, and I was the best on the dance floor. It’s amazing how delusion can bring a smile to my face. But a smile to my face it brought me. I only needed one song. One song to bring me back to normal once I’d done the last bit of editing I needed to do.

I danced my heart out, miming my heart out to the words as others only heard silence, and after that I came out refreshed and ready to get dressed and face the day.

  • Editing done – check
  • Crazy alone time – check
  • Getting the kid out in the snow time – check, check.
  • Rocked the day – check, check, checkity check.

My daughter is back at school today, and I’ll miss her like crazy. But I’ll also be able to get back to work. I can’t become full eccentric: dancing, talking to myself, ironing out plot holes (verbally) as my eldest is still at home and I still have my mom-rep to consider. But I can at least get some work done on Book 3 of the Terra Vane series. Death Be Raven—that now has its title—is currently in tidy-up/re-write mode (I don’t mind doing housework on my novels). It’s written. First draft is down. And I’ve gone through it all and noted where there is a problem. So now I just need to go in and fix the problems.

In between all that, I’m just waiting for the final part of the proofread from my editor of Book 2 – Death Be Charmed to come through so I can continue prepping that for its January release. Then there’s the literary festival prep to do ready for the new year. Yes, they’ve invited me back. No, I didn’t have to bribe them. So it’s busy, busy, busy. I’m lucky that I’m so domestically challenged, and that all I have to do is host Christmas dinner this year and set the table. Dinner is being entrusted to my mom and sisters who I know secretly love to take control anyway (they don’t seem to like frozen potatoes for some reason), so that’s a biggie off my list.

The cover of Death Be Charmed was released recently and so was the link for the pre-order on Amazon (yippee kai-hey). And the short story Diary of a Vampire is available free for those who sign up to the newsletter via my website; a story that ties into one of the characters from Death Be Charmed, so I’m hoping I’ve finally managed to get a little ahead of myself. See how hiding in the toilet pays off?

Now it’s all about getting through the final days of the school term and making sure I remember the million and one Christmas activities planned (the kids love it so not complaining, just hoping I get through it unscathed), and making sure I remember to buy a gift for all the right people on my list. I’ve just about managed to buy Christmas cards. If people get them then I will consider that a result. Then there’s getting through Christmas dinner with the family. It’s gonna be a hoot!

No matter whether you celebrate this time of year or not, I wish you happy holidays, blessings, and good wishes. And don’t forget the moral of this story if it all gets too much. The bathroom has a lock on the door for a reason. Don’t forget to take advantage.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Pre-Order for Death Be Charmed

The pre-order is now live for Death Be Charmed, book two in the Terra Vane series…

With a release date planned for January 2018, the ebook of Death Be Charmed can now be pre-ordered at the low introductory price that will hold for a limited time only.

Death Be Charmed continues with the story of Terra Vane, an Enforcer Field Agent for the PCA (Portiside City Agency), and the one and only psychic and human on the force.

After delving deep into a murky case of a mysterious drug and potential corruption in the Consilium, Terra and her partner Kaleb are faced with tracking down twelve very dangerous convicts who have escaped from Portiside prison.

Not only that, but with limited intel and a potential cover-up giving the escaped convicts time to go underground, Terra must agree to a plan that involves the vampires—and one vampire in particular. In this story, we get to meet Terra’s ex-boyfriend, Bernard Vostreux—a hunter for the vampires who’s willing to leave his comforts behind in Earthside to come over and help Terra hunt down the only escaped with VAMPIRE on his citizen badge.

Going undercover in Darkwood where the vampires live isn’t going to be easy. Not with the plan Bernard has in store for them both. But Terra has never been one to back away from the challenge when there is justice to be served. I really hope you enjoy this one!

Pre-order links are below or you can locate the book in Amazon stores. Death Be Blue is out now if you haven’t had the chance yet to dive into the supernatural world of Terra Vane.

http://amzn.to/2mVmxD0 (amazon.com)

http://amzn.to/2ArMMXw (amazon.co.uk)

Have a great day!