Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Celebrations and nostalgia

I'm still buzzing about how well everything's gone for Blindsighted Wanderer this past week. Yesterday I got some lovely bookmarks in the mail, and two of the necklaces, similar to the ones given away at the Young Adult and Teen readers release party. So tomorrow I'm going to buy myself a silver Sharpie and get some signing done!
 
 
I love them!
 
There's also been a press statement released by Staccato Publishing, about the dual release of Blindsighted Wanderer and HK Savage's Second Sight. It was featured in over 50 reports, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, LA Daily News, Anchorage Daily News, and Sign On San Diego.
 
 
It feels very strange to think I've let Blindsighted Wanderer go now. I can still remember the exact date I began working on it: 1st February, 2007. I'll never forget sitting up in the eaves of a little cottage, watching the snow falling, and scribbling on a pad.
 
Almost six years later and it's like a completely different book. Not to mention it's being read by people all over the world, rather than hiding away in a cupboard! It's such an overwhelming sense of pride, with a little bit of anxiety thrown in. But it can only be good, and get better every day. More than anything, it's simply a dream come true.
 
But I have to admit, 2000 words of assignment still seems like Mount Everest!
 
Hope you all have a wonderful day!
 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Blindsighted Wanderer - OUT NOW!!!

Hi, everybody! Today’s the day!!!! I’m soooooo excited!!!! My debut book has now launched and is available on Amazon, Smashwords. It’s called Blindsighted Wanderer by E. C. Hibbs – as this is my first ever published work my future career as an author depends on how well this book sells, so I’d really appreciate it if you could buy a copy! It is US$4.99/GB£3.23 and is ready to download as an Ebook now!

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!!!
Also, for those of you interested, tonight at 5-10pm EST there is an online party on Facebook to celebrate the release of both Blindsighted Wanderer, and my good friend and fellow Staccato author’s newest release: Second Sight by HK Savage. It’s open to everyone and it would be great if you could join us there! Just log into Facebook, click this link, Second Sight and Blindsighted Wanderer release party and confirm your attendance! HK Savage and I will be online answering questions; there will be games, trivia, and some really cool prizes to be won, including t-shirts and necklaces!
TO GET YOUR COPY OF BLINDSIGHTED WANDERER
 
 
To buy Blindsighted Wanderer from Amazon, you will need a Kindle App. This is a free download available from Amazon and is compatible with any iPad, android phone and tablet, and computers. You can download the Kindle App by clicking here:
 
There will be instructions based on whichever device you want to use, so just follow them along and you’ll have the App in minutes.
 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:
Hit “Buy Now” to add Blindsighted Wanderer to your basket. It costs US$4.99. If you’re using a Kindle, open it up and register it (just type in your Amazon email and password and that’s done). After that, on Amazon go to the drop down bar, select your Kindle’s name, and Blindsighted Wanderer will automatically download into your library.
 
 
Also, I’d really like to throw in a word about HK Savage – she is an amazing author and her new release Second Sight has also been launched today with Blindsighted Wanderer! I’d really recommend checking it out!
To Heather, Karen, and the entire Staccato team, thank you so much for taking a chance on me and for all the help and support along the way! You have made my dreams come true. And to the other authors at Staccato, C.S. Yelle and Donna Milward... an extra big thank you to Jacinta Maree – if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have this book launched today.
 
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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Book launch release party!

Hi, everyone!!!
 
I've been away for a few days and therefore a bit dead to the online world, but now I'm home and can share this with you! We have five days left until the release of my novel Blindsighted Wanderer, and my good friend H.K. Savage's new tale, Second Sight. In order to celebrate, Young Adult and Teen Readers has organised an online party, with some really cool giveaways and prizes to be won on the night! Included are t-shirts for Second Sight, as well as some beautiful cameo-style pendant necklaces made from the Blindsighted Wanderer and Second Sight cover artworks!
 
 
 
   
The link to the event Second Sight and Blindsighted Wanderer Release Party is HERE so feel free to join in if you're interested! It's open to everyone and the more the merrier!
 
I'm getting so excited now... sixteen years of writing and I'm five days away. I don't many how many times I've dreamed about this, and by this time next week it will be reality.
 
And finally, if you want to attend, I'm looking forward to seeing you at the release party!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second Sight, book 1 of The Admiral’s Elite by HK Savage
Rebecca Sauter is a proud military police officer with a secret; she’s clairvoyant. Her ex-Marine father can’t understand why she won’t try harder for a commission but for Becca, hiding among the greater mass of enlisted men and women is safer.
One night on a run she encounters a terrifying man and his beastly dogs; in her attempts to defend herself she hits her head and passes out. When she wakes up in the hospital she’s being collected by a handsome but rude officer.
Humans are fragile. That has been Captain Michael Rossi’s mantra since his first days as a vampire in 1944. Now Admiral Black has given a post within his elite unit to a human woman solely because she has “the sight”. Michael’s fears that she will bring harm to his men are soon eclipsed by his realization that it is her who might suffer should the admiral decide she is a poor fit.
Dive into this new world with HK Savage’s new cast of characters in a series Paranormal Book Club is already calling “Perfect!” and Open Book Society gave a rare 5 star review!!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Book Review - The Book of Dead Days



5/5 STARS

 

The days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve are dead days, when spirits roam and magic shifts restlessly just beneath the surface of our lives. A magician called Valerian must save his own life within those few days or pay the price for the pact he made with evil so many years ago. But alchemy and sorcery are no match against the demonic power pursuing him. Helping him is his servant, Boy, a child with no name and no past. The quick-witted orphan girl, Willow, is with them as they dig in death fields at midnight, and as they are swept into the sprawling blackness of a subterranean city on a journey from which there is no escape.

 

This is one of those books which I’ve read so many times, and had for so long, that the pages are yellow and the spine’s lost all firmness. The first time I opened it, about nine years ago, I read it during the ‘Dead Days’ between Christmas and New Year, and that really added to the atmosphere. Saying that, having read it again at the height of summer, it’s still pretty good, but as Sedgwick books go I’d say they all work best either in autumn or winter.

Anyway, I can’t give anything but praise to The Book of Dead Days. It’s set in a beautiful yet decaying City, full of countless secrets, where the lines of science and magic are blurred. In a way it’s like a steampunk story, but more in the time of the scientific revolution when superstition was still butting heads with the new methodological thinking. It’s a nice time and setting for the story which contemplates it nicely but doesn’t overpower the tale.

Although the story is really told from Boy’s point of view, I love Valerian. He’s one of those characters who you know you should hate, but you’re so intrigued by him that you can’t help but follow along to see where he’s going to take you. I’ve never been able to put my finger on him exactly and that’s why I never get tired of reading about him. Boy is quite likeable too, and so is his friend Willow: two teenagers pulled into Valerian’s mysterious but dire situation.
This was the first of Marcus Sedgwick’s books that I read, and what an introduction! The Book of Dead Days has meaty mystery, some really good and unexpected twists, intriguing characters, and a beautifully simple setting. It’s shot through with brilliant gothic streaks, some dry humour, and just good storytelling. I’d recommend it to anyone from 12+ to adults. A wonderful read that deserves more attention.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Book Review - Memory's Wake



5/5 STARS




Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is, and why her memories were stolen, before she is found by those who want her dead.
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.


As the fragments of her troubled past are pieced together, even her newly found friends question her humanity. Memory just wanted to know who she is. She never thought she’d have to question what she is.


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.


Memory will fight to get back to a family and home she can’t remember but desperately desires, even at the cost of new friendships and romances. On the run with no name and no memories, she thinks she has nothing left to lose. She couldn’t be more mistaken.




I first read Memory’s Wake last year when it was first released. Since then I’ve read it three more times, and I still love it just as much. This is a beautifully written, magical tale that instantly pulls you in and doesn’t let go. Entering the wonderful world of Avall with Memory, you can really empathise with her and follow her on the journey to find herself. Along the way, the setting unfolds like a journey into a magnificent painting. The descriptions really enrich the narrative, bringing a huge amount of very rich settings to life.

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

Blindsighted Wanderer: first review!

What a morning!!!  The initial plan was to head off to archery in the afternoon and shoot some defenceless straw targets... now I've had to add "run around the room like a headless chicken, grinning my head off!!!!!!" to the morning!

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

Blindsighted Wanderer: blurb

 
Amidst the last minute havoc for my Graduation tomorrow, today I saw the blurb for Blindsighted Wanderer and I wanted to share:



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.
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