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    About No Going Back

    As of the date of this post, No Going Back (Club Aegis #6) is up on Amazon and available for pre-order. I think it’s as well that I let you know that the style of this book is a little different from other books in the series, but only in a small way, and one that I hope won’t be detrimental to your enjoyment of the story. I normally write in third person past tense, which is a fairly standard writing style for fiction. However, there was something about the nature of this story that led me to write the prologue, and only the prologue, in first person present tense.…

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    No Going Back (Club Aegis #6) – Update

    So, the first draft of No Going Back is complete. I’m now reading through it to make sure it’s got all the right plot points in the right order—the pitfalls of writing out of sequence! The main male character in this story is Sir Guy Somerton. Guy’s made other appearances in the series, but in No Going Back, he takes centre stage. He’s spent more than a decade alone, since losing the love of his life in a fire—a situation he doesn’t expect to change, until he meets Madeleine Scott. When I originally conceived the character of Sir Guy, he was only going to be a minor character—a pompous senior…

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    Club Aegis – A Progress Report

    With the recent publication of Winter’s Fire, I thought I’d take this opportunity to let everyone know how the next book in the series, No Going Back, is… er, going! Word count is currently almost 53k. At this stage, I can’t be sure what the finished count will be, but my current estimate is between 80k and 90k, so much in keeping with the main body of Club Aegis stories. The epilogue is already written, due to the nature of how I write, which tends to be in chunks that may or may not be consecutive. The epilogue ends with a hook into another story in the series. And therein…

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    I used to be indecisive…

    …Now I’m not so sure. I know, it’s an old joke, but it’s about the right standard for my sense of humour. So, if dithering were an Olympic event, I’d win gold every time. You may be aware I’ve just published my first (and last) book for the year, and I’ve been trying to work out what to do for the best regarding where I sell it. Since January, all my other books have been exclusive to Amazon. While sales and page reads haven’t been amazing (I’m not well-known, and my relationship with marketing/promo is a whole other issue), what I have seen with the latter is what I assume…

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    Thinking out loud…

    Or in the public view should, I guess, be a more accurate way of describing this post. Back in November, I wrote a post about the decision I was trying to make about going wide with my next book, or making it exclusive to Amazon. My conclusion at that point was that I was going to go wide with Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5). Winter’s Fire goes live on Tuesday 19 December 2017, and it will be on two sites only – Amazon and Apple. You can pre-order it there for 99c / 99p until release day. I guess I’ve fallen somewhere between Amazon exclusive and wide. Time’s gone by,…

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    Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – now available for pre-order

    FINALLY – I’m happy to announce that Winter’s Fire, the fifth book in the Club Aegis series, is now available for pre-order. At present, it’s on Amazon and Apple iBooks, and during the pre-order period, until the publication date of 19 December 2017, you can get it for 99c/99p. Unlike the other books in the series, Winter’s Fire isn’t initially available on Kindle Unlimited. However, I will be reviewing the situation with regard to sales through the Apple website, so this may change in due course.  The publishing world has been going through a lot of changes in recent years, and as an independent publisher, I have to look at all the…

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    Amazon only or wide – that is the question…

    My blog posts are like buses – you wait ages for one, then a bunch come along at once, although I’m not certain two constitutes a bunch. Then again, who knows what tomorrow might bring? This post concerns the vexing question in its title.  At least, it’s a vexing question for indie authors like me, who have control of all aspects of the writing and publication processes. I started off wide – that means I listed my books on all the websites I felt comfortable with: Amazon, Kobo, others via a service provided by Draft2Digital (D2D), mainly so I could list on iBooks. For those of you who aren’t aware,…

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    Club Aegis Update

    Things are moving in the Club Aegis universe! Winter’s Fire (#5) is now with my editor. I’m hoping to have it up for order in early December, but that’s dependent on her schedule. In the meantime, I’m using #NaNoWriMo as a springboard to get No Going Back (#6) started. #NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and the challenge is to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in a month. I have no idea how long No Going Back will be, even though I’ve done some plotting of the story, but even if it’s longer than 50,000 words, if I can hit that target, it’ll be a good…

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    Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – latest news

    At long last I can bring you a meaningful update on Winter’s Fire. The book is currently with my beta readers, three lovely ladies who’ve agreed to take a look at the manuscript before it goes to my editor. I don’t have a specific release date yet, as I’m now dependent on receiving their feedback and making any necessary changes, and then the book goes to my editor. If all goes smoothly, I hope to have the book available in December, but that depends on multiple factors, not all of which I can control. Watch this space!

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    Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – an update

    Just thought I’d give you a little update on Logan and Lucy’s story. Things are finally moving. This is a tough one, and for the last few months, it’s been like trying to push a stationary boulder. At long last, I feel as if I’ve got some traction, and the boulder’s finally moving. Still a way from completing the first draft, and when I do, I have a feeling there’ll be a lot of darlings to kill before it goes for editing, but at last there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I am so ready to get this book out there. I have a few more books in…