Monday, 24 December 2012
Friday, 21 December 2012
I was also quite shocked to get back online and see that my facebook page has hit over 300 likes! That's pretty incredible, especially since over 200 of them have happened in December alone. I have the amazing Becky Johnson from Bex 'n' Books to thank for the vast majority of all the new support, so a HUUUUUGE THANK YOU to her!!!
Saturday, 8 December 2012
Friday, 7 December 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
I would love to hear your feedback – good or bad! – if you get a copy! I really hope you like it and hope to hear from you soon! Thank you!!!
Once the App is on your device, log into Amazon (you will need to create an account before buying), and follow this link to find Blindsighted Wanderer:
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Monday, 12 November 2012
Saturday, 10 November 2012
She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But the land she’s found herself in is completely unfamiliar. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic.
Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and change the whole kingdom.
In many ways, it reminded me of the classic fairytales like the Brothers Grimm and Hans Andersen, and that’s beautifully balanced by having a main character who’s brilliantly sarcastic. Memory is a really likeable character and I love the dynamics between her and the other female protagonist, Eloryn. The way the two bounce off each other is very well constructed. I really enjoyed how there was no pigeonholing with any of the characters either. All of them have reasons for what they do; it’s only the way they’re perceived which might mark them out as being ‘good’ or ‘evil’. That adds a very believable realism to them; that they’re just ordinary people.
The paperback and hardcover versions are full of original illustrations done by Selina. I’ve been a huge fan of her artwork for almost ten years, but these illustrations really raise the novel and contemplate the narrative beautifully. There’s a small one at the start of each chapter to help set the scene, and in the most poignant parts there are full-page ones that really pull you into the moment. The level of detail is on par with that of the writing; I had to actually go through the book again after I finished reading it just to spend time studying and marvelling at the pictures.
This is easily one of my favourite paranormal books; there’s a perfect mix of magic, romance, adventure and mystery to satisfy a wide range of readers. It’s an engaging and occasionally funny piece of work that I’ll happily read again and again.
Sunday, 4 November 2012
First, I woke up and found out that my favourite artist/author, Selina Fenech, has shared a fanart I did of her characters on her facebook page!!!... and then I saw the first review for Blindsighted Wanderer, by my amazing friend HK Savage.
I was so excited... I was pacing up and down while waiting for the page to load! And then I read it and it had 5 stars!!! If you'd like to read it, head over to the book's new page on Goodreads and scroll down to the review section!
Anyway, time for me to make a move up to uni! Wishing you all a brilliant day!
Thursday, 1 November 2012
The Wall has long kept Elitland Valley safe from the demons on the other side. For centuries the villagers have avoided speaking of the Wall or the creatures it protects them from.
Upon their return from the annual Country Fayre, the older Atego brothers learn of their father's passing. When fifteen year old Silas Atego learns the mysterious illness that took his father might have been a curse from a demon, his need for answers draws him to the one place he must not go. The far side of the Wall.
When Silas is still missing days later, his older brother Raphael sets out on his own to bring him home. On his journey, Raphael learns how it was his ancestor who was cursed by a demon creature from the Lake and had the Wall built to keep them out. More desperate than ever to find his brother, his search draws Raphael to the same terrifying barrier.
Along the brothers' individual travels they face their greatest fears, make lifelong friends, and more importantly, learn the truth of what happened centuries ago.
Blindsighted Wanderer is a tale about how truth and forgiveness will set you free. Where myths are transformed to legends that last a lifetime. The brothers leave their home as desperate boys but return to their family as honorable men.
Blindsighted Wanderer is a young adult fantasy, coming of age story appropriate for readers 12 +.
What do you think??? Please let me know!
Blindsighted Wanderer will be released by Darkest Night Publishing on 20th November 2012, available as an E-book through Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.
Monday, 29 October 2012
I'm delighted to announce that Blindsighted Wanderer will be released in ebook format through Darkest Night Publishing on Tuesday 20th November!!!!
The cover is also done now, by Tishia Mackey from Para Graphic Designs, and I'm absolutely delighted with it. Thank you, Tishia!
I want to say a HUUUUUGE thank you to everyone who's helped me get to this point - there are a lot of people who really got behind me on this and it honestly means the world to me. From offering your opinions on the sample chapters (all that time ago!) to keeping an eye on the story's progress as it makes its way closer to the big wide world... you're all superstars!!!
I hope you like it all as much as I do, and I really can't wait for the big day when the story of Merrin, Silas and Raphael comes to life.
Thank you everybody for all your support!
Sunday, 28 October 2012
That's not what happened. Instead, I think I did the best I ever have!
We'd put the bottle on the top as a sort-of extra target, and everyone shooting from that station got a bit of a vendetta against it. You can't see it too well, but in the bottom photo, my arrow has actually gone inbetween the wood and metal strut. I'd been aiming for the bottle, but I didn't actually realise I'd hit it until I went over to collect the arrows; I thought I'd just hit the wood! Needless to say, I am one happy bunny!
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
I just wanted to let you know that now you can see some of the concept artworks I've done for Blindsighted Wanderer by clicking here or by visiting the Bonus Material link at the top of the blog. You can also see them in the Blindsighted Wanderer photo album on my Facebook page.
There will be more coming soon, both in digital and traditional mediums. I have quite a lot of very messy thumbnail sketches, done mainly to help me with the writing process, so it's now going to be a process of sifting through them to find ones that will look best when polished up. Although, I'll probably keep the majority of My Tragic Silence's art for nearer the time of its release. That's not to say there won't be a few vampires popping up alongside water nymphs though, so be sure to watch out for them!
Thanks for looking, I hope you'll like the pictures!
Monday, 15 October 2012
I don't think my smile could have got any wider. I haven't had any desk at all for almost seven years, but I've wanted a proper writing desk for even longer, and now I get one that reaches back to the 1800s. And you can't really see it in that photo, but it's got a little key in the top too!
It's living at my grandfather's for the near future, because my room at my house is tiny - if I raise both hands then I can touch two of the walls. Needless to say, I've been busy re-arranging all my books and DVDs, trying to figure out a way to get the desk in there! It would be a lot easier if my wardrobe wasn't bolted in place, but beggars can't be choosers. So far, it looks like I'll have to get rid of my bigger bookcase and find homes for the books in the cupboards somewhere. I'm still not sure if it will even be possible, but I really hope I can manage it somehow!
Saturday, 13 October 2012
In the Bonus at the moment are the soundtrack song listings for both the novels, research notes, and an English folktale. I honestly hope you'll enjoy checking them out! Go to the links bar overhead to have a browse!
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Also, pretty please, check out the other interviews with my fellow Staccato/Darkest Night authors
Jacinta Maree : author of My Demonic Ghost
and Jay Mims : author of The Five Santas and The Cult of Koo Kway
Monday, 10 September 2012
Well, I'm 21 now - got a big key and everything! And what a birthday it was! It feels really like the whole birthday was stretched over the fortnight; pretty much as soon as we'd settled into our little village on the south coast of Corfu, it began. My parents secretly brought a chocolate cake over in the luggage (I'm shocked that it made it in one piece, let alone unmelted!), as well as a load of light-up balloons and a new camera – which was put to good use!
After a morning at the beach and afternoon at the pool, we headed out for dinner... me with one of those huge 21 TODAY! badges about the size of a small plate. That was essentially the whole holiday in a nutshell: if it wasn't the beach, it was the pool. I snorkelled with fish, dived for shells, and got urchin spines stuck in my foot at one point! Towards the end, we spent a day in Kerkyra (Corfu Town), and had a brilliant time wandering the maze of backstreets before settling down by the harbour with a fresh feta cheese pie each (I'm going to miss those!).
There wasn't a cloud in the sky for the entire time we were there, and when we flew back, the majority of Europe was clear, too. From the plane, we could see Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium... we flew over the Alps and the Black Forest, and when we crossed the Channel, our first sight of England was the white cliffs of Dover from about 30, 000 feet in the air.
I'm a bit jetlagged, but nothing too bad. It's been a bit crazy ever since we've got home... not least because it was a bit odd to look up at the sky and see clouds! And it wasn't long before we headed to my grandfather's house, and had a little family party with yet ANOTHER chocolate cake which was even bigger than the first!
So now I'm trying to get everything ready for if I manage to go back to uni for my masters. There's a lot to be done now I'm home... tidying up, writing, drawing, emailing... I'm going to be a busy bee! And I've also got a slightly-bigger kitten to keep amused, as she has now definitely hit the moggy stage of teenager-dom!
Thursday, 23 August 2012
Friday, 3 August 2012
Blindsighted Wanderer and My Tragic Silence will be brought to ebook by Darkest Night, an imprint of Staccato Publishing in Minnesota. I've been waiting for this moment for years; for about half my life, I'd say... you have dreams but when they come true it's absolutely incredible. Add that to my recent BSc and it basically means my feet haven't really touched the ground for a month!
I now have a Facebook fan page set up, so pleeeeeease go to E. C. Hibbs and click Like to help me spread the word!
Also, go to the author page of Darkest Night to see both profiles of me and my fellow writer Jacinta Maree
And, to top all that off, I was told the other day that to celebrate my 21st birthday later this month, my parents are taking me to one of my favourite countries in the world: Greece. I went there a few times when I was very young and I love it to pieces, so it's such a brilliant feeling to be going back! I'd love to write a story set there or something... let's see if inspiration strikes!
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Keep checking back for more!
Thursday, 21 June 2012
I think that's mainly down to the J'hura novels being with me for almost eight years. I wrote the first drafts when I was 14, and fell into the world so much that my schoolwork went a bit downhill. But it was something I felt I needed to do, and even though I still grimace a bit when I think of those dips in my grades, I'm happy I spent so long trapped in the stories. Since those early days, the series has had a huge face lift of an edit, which is the main reason why I let it brew for a few years before writing it again. I wanted to make sure I got everything right, and as good as it could possibly be.
I can't wait to share Phoenix Feathers, but it will probably be a little way off yet. I still need to do the covers for the series and make sure all the ends will tie up nice and neatly. It definitely has a very different tone to my previous stuff. It's quite a dark story, with a fair load of bloody battles, although there's some dry humour and unlikely friendships in there, too.
I'll be setting up a page for the Trilogy soon, but in the meantime, I'm working hard on trying to get my driving test out of the way, while my brain's still in 'study mode'. Apart from that, it's full speed ahead with Phoenix Flight! Whoohoo!
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
Like a lot of writers, I find it really hard to sit down with one of my novels and figure out where to draw the line. I think that when it's just been you and these characters holed up inside your own head, it can make it difficult for you to distance yourself enough from your own work to edit it properly. I once read that "easy reading is damn hard writing", and I couldn't agree more.
Saying that, I wouldn't stop for the world. If I was forced to give up all except one pastime, I could begrudgingly let karate go, I could probably even put my graphite pencils down, but if I tried to stop myself from writing then I think I would literally go mad.
The other week, I finished the absolute, final, complete edit of Blindsighted Wanderer. I say 'absolute, final, complete' because there's been too many single edits that I was convinced were the last ones. It seems that no matter how many times I go back to a manuscript, there's always one typo hiding somewhere or a sentance that warbles on. Finishing an edit and then stepping back, saying "right, that's it, I'm not doing any more," is really tough. No matter how many edits you do, it is never enough, but sometimes you need to find that line, draw it, and let it go.
In the next few days, I'm beginning the 'absolute, final, complete' edit of My Tragic Silence. I'm quite looking forward to finishing that one, because it's been through such a huge number of drafts and reworkings. At one point, I took to thinking of it like a wrestling match with a snake that shed its skin every ten minutes. But overall, I'm happy with the way it's turned out.
I will say here, however, so there aren't any misconceptions: My Tragic Silence is a vampire novel, but it's not a romance. I'm not the biggest fan of romance anyway, so even though most of my books have some kind of romantic element to them, it won't ever be the main subject. On the other hand, I love fantasy, history, and horror/action, and all of these will feature prominently (and most probably in that order) in basically everything.
Later this summer, I'll be beginning a huge edit of Phoenix Feathers, and starting work on its sequel. On top of that, I'll be continuing with plans for Wintermourn, and pushing to get Blindsighted Wanderer and My Tragic Silence out into the big wide world! It feels so strange; I've been writing for a long time and managed quite a few novels, but the fact that I've started my blog and am letting people know about it all is making it a bit more real. I can't wait to see how everything turns out!
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