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Got Goals? Time to Breathe

Big Goals BloghopI feel like I should be saying that September’s been a crazy month, but I really can’t. It saw a quiet release of While We Were Waiting (which, of course, was as hectic as any release is), but I really feel like this month has been more about taking a breath. I needed it. I really did.

I’ve been making big, positive changes in my life and business, and let go of a lot of stuff that wasn’t serving me. We did a major declutter of the house, getting rid of stuff that we’ve been carrying for up to 10 years, moved from house to house to house with. And I feel so much lighter in myself. We’ve still got a lot more decluttering to go, but the majority of it is done.

Which means I have my beautiful desk back. I’ve moved, having, finally, resigned myself to the fact that my office really is served better as my husband’s. I’m set up in a beautifully sunny corner of our bedroom, and I’m quite happy. I really needed this, after more than a year working at the family dining table. Jostling for space with homework and toys.

And I’ve also been decluttering my business, and my finances, and I’m happy. I’m happy to let things go that I was clinging on to for no other reason than habit.

So, yeah, after a difficult summer, September has been me taking a breath. Taking stock. Working out what I really want. And that’s more valuable than anything.

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Got Goals? Feeling the Heat

Big Goals BloghopLast month, I didn’t post a Got Goals? blog post. And I’ll tell you why: just two hours into the start of the summer holidays, my two year old son had a nasty fall and broke his femur. He’s still in a plaster cast now, and will be for another three weeks. Which means life can’t go back to normal until then. Not completely.

And the summer has been tough. Really tough. All of our plans had to change, and I faced a summer of entertaining a toddler who can hardly do anything (beach is out, playpark is out, most things are out), while saving my five year old from losing out on his summer holidays too. It was hard. There have been tears and meltdowns, and all of them from me. But, I’m not going to go on about that. If you’re interested, you can read all about my adventures with that here.

While We Were WaitingSo, let’s get back to the writing. July was Camp NaNoWriMo which, against all odds, I managed to complete to my set target of 25k. I finished writing While We Were Waiting, and moved onto starting my following book, The Notary of Gotliss Street. While We Were Waiting was subsequently edited (slowly), and sent out to beta readers, and will be released on September 18th. A month later than I’d originally planned, but there you go. I can’t control everything, and I need to learn that.

Other than that, the summer has been a bit of a bust, with me missing goals all over the place. But I can forgive myself for that, and I learnt a lot from it, about my limits, my time management, and what happens if I push myself too hard. Next summer will be entirely different, because I’ve learnt my lessons this year.

So, what’s in store for September? Obviously, the release of While We Were Waiting, which means final edits, dreaded formatting, and the joy of ordering a paperback proof (which, with the merging of KDP and CreateSpace may not go as smoothly as I’d like. We’ll see.) I’ve also been reading ‘Mastering Amazon Ads’ by Brian D Meeks (highly recommended by the way), and I’m hoping to start on that new adventure next month too.

But, it looks like I’ve rambled on enough here, so I’ll sign off now. September’s going to be busy. In fact, the rest of the year looks set to be pretty manic with two literary conventions where I am a guest author. Wish me luck!

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Got Goals? She’s Here!

Big Goals BloghopIn my post last month, I was sailing towards the end of Camp NaNoWriMo, which I did complete with a 25k wordcount goal. Really happy with that, and a good chunk of my next book, While We Were Waiting, is now written.

May has been a little big of a mixed bag. I’ve been busy plotting the rest of While We Were Waiting (and finally worked out what the ending would be just yesterday!), and I returned to The Memory Trader series with the final edits and formatting of The Sister before its release on 22nd. So, yes, another book is now out, and the reviews have been absolutely amazing!

It really feels like things are moving forward, and picking up momentum now. Like I might, soon, be able to actually justify all this! Something’s definitely shifted, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

So, looking forward to June, it would be great to get While We Were Waiting fully plotted, fully written, and maybe even out to the beta readers. Too much? We’ll see!

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Her Dark Voice

Her Dark Voice volume 2This July, the Her Dark Voice Vol 2 anthology will be unleashed.

A collection of horror shorts all penned by women, the anthology will be raising money for Breast Cancer Research.

The book will be launched at a special event as part of Edge Lit speculative fiction literary festival, held at The Quad in Derby on July 14th. The launch will include a number of readings by several of the book’s authors, and I will be reading from my story Rock-a-Bye.

Her Dark Voice Vol 2 is published by Quantum Corsets and edited by Theresa Derwin.


She’s Out, and She’s Not Playing Nice…

It’s release day!

The Visionary“You’re just as weak minded as everyone else. Just as easy to control.”

After generations of freedom from the administration’s rule, the slum women find themselves facing a census. But as officers try to list and tag them, their efforts are met with violent resistance.

Maeve needs to keep Faith safe, and hidden, but she has another demon to battle. Powerful psychic Corinn, the girl nobody wants, is playing deadly games, and no one’s safe from her influence.

Maeve’s learning to fight back, but her powers aren’t the only thing being unlocked, and she doesn’t have long to decide who to trust.

You can continue the Paper Duchess series by buying your copy at Amazon, iTunes, Nook, and Kobo, and adding it on Goodreads.

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Coming Soon: This Twisted Earth

This Twisted Earth“When I pitched the gig I described it as a chance to ‘play cat’s cradle with Time.’ I hope you enjoy the game as much as we did.”
—from the Introduction

This Twisted Earth is the latest book from Dion Winton-Polak, the editor and anthologist behind Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies. Here, he theorized a version of our planet in which a strange cataclysm has left time itself in a tangle. This is a sandpit universe; in which the authors were encouraged to unleash their wildest dreams to create pulpy stories of danger, adventure, and dread-filled discovery.

This Twisted Earth contains 12 stories, and a further 12 creative fragments, including…

  • Stagecoach Mary and the Ride over the Mountains – a Western tale, pitting folk-hero Mary Fields against a pack of prehistoric predators.
  • Dead Horse Walking – a Mayan-noir detective story, digging into the mysteries of the world.
  • The Man who would be King of the Monsters – a sly spin on the Kipling yarn – featuring colossal monsters. Naturally.
  • Little Boy – a samurai leads an old woman through a death-haunted domain to find her missing son.
  • The Electric Eye of the Silver God – a rag-tag group of adventurers defy a horde of degenerates in order to claim one final, glittering prize.

Whilst the concept was originated by Dion Winton-Polak, the authors collaborated and brainstormed together to make this a truly shared world. The individual stories stand alone, but little details draw them together, and additional material by Dion is used to both strengthen this cohesion and plant seeds for future volumes.

The paperback edition of This Twisted Earth will be launched at FantasyCon by the Sea in Scarborough on 24th September, 2016. The editor and several authors will be available to answer questions and to sign copies of the book. There will also be an extremely limited run of hardback copies, available to purchase on the day.

The authors are multiple-award nominated author Adrian Tchaikovsky, author, comic scriptwriter, and editor Mike Chinn, author and academic librarian Jess Nevins, and widely published author Phil Sloman, along with Andrew Coulthard, Dave de Burgh, Drew Bassett, Hereward Proops, Jacob Prytherch, Keith Coleman, Matt Lewis, and Piotr Świetlik.

This Twisted Earth will be available from October 1st from

“Something about the forest made her brain itch. Diagonally across the middle of England, from Bristol up to Hull, were a series of craters that looked alarmingly like footprints. Anglesey, for some reason, glowed. Much of Scotland was covered by a glacier. Across the Channel, in the place of France, was some kind of black smudge. Most of it was off the bottom of the screen but the smudge looked, even from space, like it was… writhing.”
“The Ghost in Michelle”
Matt Lewis