Monday, May 8, 2017

Supanova Wrap-Up

I had an absolutely amazing time at Supanova Melbourne with my book, Fyrebyrne Island. I met so many readers and fellow writers. I was so much more exhausted afterwards than I had expected, but it was worth it.

Look at my booth! 

I am so thrilled that I sold all of the copies of Fyrebyrne Island that I had ordered for Supanova, as well as the copies I had ordered for family and friends. I want to say a huge thank you to Steve and James, my helpers over the weekend. You guys rock!

My favourite thing about Supanova is all of the amazing cosplay that people create. I am speechless about the level of talent and creativity I saw in all of the costumes that passed by my booth. I didn't have my phone on me, and just now I've realised how many photos I missed out on getting. Here is a small snapshot of the few my helpers were able to get (holding copies of my book, of course!).



Thank you to everyone who stopped by for a chat, and for filling in the "What Type of Dragon Are You?" questionnaire. The winners for my small competition have been drawn, and will be announced shortly, once I have contacted them all. These cute guys will be heading to homes soon. I will also be creating (in the very near future) an online version of the quiz for anyone who missed out on finding out their dragon type.


Although I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to check out all the other authors' booths, I did sneak off Sunday morning before the doors opened to the public and purchased these little beauties. I cannot wait until I can sit down and have a good binge read of them all.


Book haul:
The Khalada Stone series, by Russell Meek
Surrender, by G.R. Thomas
Wildfire, by C.L. Aire

Lastly, I want to say a very special thank you to fellow authors G.R.Thomas and Alex James for making me feel so welcome at my first ever convention as a writer. Your advice and kind words along the way meant so much to me.

 Here is G.R.Thomas on the left, and the lovely Renee Spryou in the middle.






Thursday, May 4, 2017

Indie Author Love - A Shining in the Shadows, by Beverley Lee

I had high expectations for A Shining in the Shadows since I had loved The Making of Gabriel Davenport (Book 1 in the Gabriel Davenport series) so much, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I could not put this down, and pressing deadlines got pushed back because I HAD to finish this story.


Here's the kindle edition, but I desperately want a paperback copy, too, because it's such a beautiful book!

A Shining in the Shadows picks up almost one year after the end of Book 1, and the characters are only just beginning to rebuild their lives when they are thrown back in to danger. I am hesitant to say too much because the beauty of these books is the mystery that lies around every corner, and it has this in abundance. This story is threaded with history and mythology, and the visuals painted by author Beverley Lee left me breathless and longing to visit England again.

If you have not yet read this series I highly recommend you do, only make sure you set aside an entire weekend because you will absolutely have to binge-read this wonderful, dark and yet eerily beautiful story.

To find out more about the Gabriel Davenport series, check out Beverley Lee's website here: http://beverleylee.com/

Monday, April 24, 2017

Indie Author Love - Awaken, by G.R. Thomas

Awaken is a fast-paced journey that never pulls its punches. It is a really cool take on mythology, as well as biblical themes such as angels and demons. The main character, Sophia, is by no means a weakling and takes some pretty heavy stuff in her stride. I love books with such strong female characters like this! This book will take you on a wild ride and you will not be able to put this book down. I am hanging out to get my hands on Book 2 of this series, Surrender.

See below for the book's full synopsis.



Here I am, proudly holding my copy!


Blurb:

SOME PEOPLE AREN'T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?

Find out where you can purchase Awaken on G.R. Thomas' website here: https://www.grthomasbooks.com/

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fyrebyrne Island at Supanova Melbourne

Fyrebyrne Island has had a chance to make its way through the world now. Talented author and all-round good guy, Dean Mayes, was kind enough to do an amazing write-up for it on his website.

I will be selling copies of Fyrebyrne Island in Artist Ally at Supanova in Melbourne on April 29th and 30th at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Make sure you come along and say hello. There will be a questionnaire available for you to discover what type of dragon you are, and I will have some cool merch to sell, too.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Author Interview - Ash Oldfield and Ander Louis on Writing

Image Credit: Up&Up Media 2017

In preparation for the release of Mixtape #1, a compilation of short stories by some amazing local authors (and featuring my own story, The Conduit), I sat down and had a chat with Ander Louis, Up&Up Media founder and talented author. It can be viewed on the Up&Up Media Facebook Page. Check it out in the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/upandupmedia/videos/1789739211344741/

Mixtape #1 will be officially launched on the 29th of April at Up&Up's headquarters. Tickets are available for $25 (cost includes the book). Tickets can be purchased here or from the Up&Up Media Facebook event page. I will be there to meet everyone and celebrate the local talent.

Event Details:


Saturday, April 29th
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Up & Up Media HQ - 16/96 Manchester Road, Mooroolbark, VIC

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fyrebyrne Island Is Now Available

I AM SO EXCITED!

The paperback for my first book, Fyrebyrne Island, has officially been released into the big wide world. Just look at how happy I am:

It is currently available at all good online retailers. For example:

- Fishpond (Australia)
- Book Depository (UK)
- Barnes and Noble (US)

If you are wondering where you can buy a book from me in person, I will be selling copies in Artist Alley at Supanova Melbourne on April 29th and 30th. Come along and say hello!

I will also be hosting a book launch once I have recovered from Supanova. Watch this space for further details.

Even more exciting - after a lovely chat with the awesome people at Dymocks Camberwell, my book will be available for purchase from their store as soon as I can get copies over to them. They've always been my favourite bookstore, but now even more so. Seriously, I have never known a bookstore to stock such an amazing, diverse range of literature (and now they'll have one more!).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ponderings and Recollections

When I was 22 I moved out of home for the first time. I had bought my own place in a suburb I knew to be a little rough, but it was all I could afford. I figured it would make a good investment. I chose to live alone, which is an experience I highly recommend for anyone at some stage in their lives.

A couple of weeks after I moved in I received a knock on my front door at dusk. I kept the security screen firmly shut, only opening the wooden door. Standing on the threshold was an angry-looking man who I had never seen before, claiming to be my neighbour. He had a flat tyre, he told me, and asked if he could use my car jack. I told him I did not have a car jack. He told me I must have one, telling me I had a car in my driveway that would have a car jack in it. Perhaps we could go and investigate together? My mother drummed 'stranger danger' into me from a very young age, so there was no way I was ever going to unlock my door to this man. I explained to him that my car jack had rusted (which was actually the truth) and that he should call roadside assist. He grew very angry with me, and I felt very shaken. However, I shut and bolted my front door and walked away.

Every now and then I wonder about this situation. Am I over-sensitive and rude, or do I just have a strong sense of self-preservation? I genuinely could not have helped this man, but I also would not have helped him if I could out of a need to feel safe.

This morning, when doing research for a story, I came across an old article on the serial killer, Ted Bundy, who used to wear a sling on his arm or plaster cast on his leg and ask young women for help. If they complied he led them to a secluded area and murdered them. Now I have decided my strong sense of self-preservation is a good thing after all.