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    A New Book

    If you’ve found me on Facebook, you may have seen me refer to a secret project over the last few months. Well, the secret is now out! The secret project is a crossover story linking my Club Aegis series to characters in worlds created by the wonderful author Susan Stoker. If you like military romance and you haven’t discovered her yet, you’re in for a treat. You can find details of the treasure trove of her books on her website. Charity’s Heart is the first book in a new series, focusing on Spectrum Security and its expansion in the US. It features characters from the Club Aegis series, but they…

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    Happy New Year!

    As I’m writing this post, it’s New Year’s Eve, and in a few more hours, we’ll be welcoming in 2019 – I hope it brings you health and happiness, and success in everything you do. I last published a book in July 2018, which seems an awfully long time ago now. That was No Going Back, the 6th book in my Club Aegis series. I did make a start on the next book in the series – there’ll be 9 books in all – but I put that project on the back burner while I started work on a new project. I can’t say too much just yet, but the…

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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…