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Women in Horror Month!

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What lurks beneath the bed?

Hi folks, well apparently February is Women in Horror Month, a little something that’s now in its 7th year! I only discovered it this year, however, so I’m hoping to share the love a little further by telling you fine folks about it.

WiHM2016Girl-WhiteOnBlack-smallThere are events running all over the world for it. You can find out if there is anything happening near you here. You may find that some of your favourite authors are offering promotions this month, myself included. If you haven’t yet picked up your FREE copy of Seeds of Autumn you can do so here. And if you’ve devoured that and are hungry for more, then the second book in the series, Ghosts of Winter, is currently available from Amazon at just 99p (or 99 cents for the Americans).

I’ve always considered Echoes of the Past to be more in the thriller, or dark fantasy genres than horror, but there is no denying that there are some horror elements in my writing. I owe much of my desire to become a writer to role models such as Stephen King, whose work haunted my dreams when I was far too young to be reading The Stand, or It. I began reading horror with the Point Horror books as a pre-teen and after slashing my way through dozens of them (big thanks to my mum for always saying yes when we were in Waterstones!) I very quickly graduated to the “grown up” authors.

I remember many a girly sleepover involving films such as Poltergeist, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Interview with a Vampire. Films like The Exorcist and A Clockwork Orange, not to mention David Lynch’s seminal masterpiece, Twin Peaks, are what led me to study Film & TV for my degree. The thrill of being scared, those goosebumps, the shiver up the spine, the feeling of someone watching from the shadows, those sensations stay with you. For those of you who have already read my books, one of my favourite characters to write is The-Knight-of-Shadowed-Fear. All of those spine-tingling memories of watching or reading inappropriately frightening material late at night in the dark are called upon to write his scenes.

As this is WOMEN in horror month, I have to give a shout out to all of the scream queens; the young women who gave their lives in the slasher movies, but especially the survivors. The women strong enough to unmask the murderer, stave off the nightmares, and outrun the maniacs.

Oh and then there are the wonderful evil women in horror. Let’s face it, some of the scariest antagonists have been women. The mother, Margaret White, in Stephen King’s Carrie; another King classic: Misery (Kathy Bates still rocking it in horror to this day in the disturbing TV series, American Horror Story); and on that note, Jessica Lange’s characters in AHS have been stunning.

Gale Anne Hurd, Image by Gage Skidmore, via Creative Commons

Gale Anne Hurd, Image by Gage Skidmore, via Creative Commons

Coming up with female creators of horror is harder. I don’t know if it’s that there simply aren’t that many who are successful, or if I’ve been out of the horror loop for a while and missed some. There hasn’t been a female writer as prominent as Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, well, since Mary Shelley! Where are the female writers and directors? To her credit, Gale Anne Hurd is freaking awesome. She’s a producer who has been behind some of my all time favourite horror (and cross genre action-thriller) productions, such as Aliens, Terminator, and of course, The Walking Dead. It wouldn’t be right for me to omit mention of what has to be the best contemporary offering on the horror table. The mid-season premier airs in the UK on Monday night and I am gripping the edge of my seat in anticipation already.

Please comment below with your favourite examples of women in horror!

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Promotion!

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Special Offer – Limited Time Only!

Hi folks. I hope January has treated you well and that those New Year’s Resolutions are sticking. Just in case one of those resolutions was “read more”, then here is a nice little offer:

For a limited time only, the first and second books in the Echoes of the Past series, Seeds of Autumn and Ghosts of Winter, are on offer on all major retailers for just 99p (99c in the US). So pick up your discounted copies today.

If you’d prefer to have a FREE copy of the first book, Seeds of Autumn, then click here.

I’m off to bake a birthday cake now for a very excited young man who turns four tomorrow!

Let me know in the comments if you have any book recommendations for me to read this year 😉

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Some of My Favourite Lines

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    It’s just 17 days now until Tides of Spring is published! I hope some of you are as excited as I am. (Plus it’s now October and I’m a tad excited about Halloween, hence the above picture!) I’m really proud of this book. It’s been a challenge and a joy to write and at a hefty 150,000 words, it’s quite a tome to get stuck into.
    I’d like to share some of my favourite lines from the book. Don’t worry, there are no major spoilers, but hopefully some intrigue for you that will leave you desperate to read more.

Favourite Quotes from Tides of Spring

‘We have endured winter, though it was not without loss. But spring approaches now and with it the threat of war. The Furies rise around us and are preparing themselves. The main assault could begin at any time.’

‘Did Red Scythe just try to unite the packs for war?’ Eyes asked.

She powered through the unclaimed territory, climbing up buildings, leaping across rooftops and vaulting fences with ease. Always chasing the elusive spirit that had led her to her true name.

His muscles were on fire with adrenaline and he felt his body start to change as the beast threatened to take over. He roared into the night air. ‘Bring the lightning!’ At his command, a fork of lightning tore down from the tumultuous clouds and struck the Alpha’s chest.

A shape rose up from the metal, seeming to separate itself from it and its heavy feet thudded as it moved around the throne to face them. The construct was made of plates of metal that ground against each other, showering the ground around it with friction sparks. Bits of the construct clunked and clanged about inside its cavernous body. It wasn’t humanoid, it took the form of a small tank on four lumbering limbs and its head bobbed slightly as it moved; its yellow lamp-like eyes shone with wisdom.

She didn’t want to think about it but she was going to have to confront the answer to one question, at least. What secret were they hiding in that bunker?

‘Wrong!’ bellowed the judge. ‘I may judge you.’

‘The last time the Blue Moon were here they shared their secrets too.’

‘Calm down,’ Stalker called out. ‘It’s okay, you’re safe.’ Everyone stood back in surprise as Hidden Voice convulsed violently and moaned in distress. His eyes met Stalker’s and for just a second she saw on his face as clear as words “No, I’m not”.

‘You have overstepped the line, Wind Talker.’ Eyes was puffing out his chest and bearing down on his pack mate now and Stalker watched, paralysed and unable to act.

‘I haven’t even begun to overstep the line!’

‘You have forgotten!’ Hands-and-Face roared.

There was a loud moaning sound and Eyes caught movement at the corner of his eye. His gaze flickered towards it and settled on something vast and monstrous lurching between the buildings. It was like something from a horror film, some sort of apocalyptic kaiju story, where a giant creature from the deep had surfaced and rampaged through a metropolis, destroying everything in its wake.

He was ready to put that event behind them, he had had his fill of repercussions, of echoes of the past.

‘Pointy, stabby! Bad fly!’

‘How dare you!’ she yelled. ‘How dare you risk the lives of everyone in this pack. You reckless, arrogant son of a bitch.’

They knew, they all knew, and never told her.

‘She’s hardly living her life. Living her death might be more accurate.’

The Knight leaned closer to Eyes. Cold poured off him and seeped under Eyes’ skin.

‘A fine young spine you have there,’ the demon sighed.

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I hope these little offerings tempt you to click the “buy now” button on the 17th October.

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Nearly Launch Time!

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It’s nearly launch time!

Tides of Spring is almost ready to launch and will be available from all major retailers on 17th October. My apologies for it being a little later than I originally anticipated. The summer has been hard work filled with ups and downs. I know that many of you are eagerly anticipating your Pubslush rewards, so they will be with you in the next week or so and I’ll send you a link to download your copies of Tides of Spring on release day.

And…..

I’m really excited to announce my all new Launch Team! If you’d like to get your hands on all future releases in advance for FREE, then please sign up here. I will send out an advance digital copy of my books in exchange for an honest review from you on your favourite retail website on release day. If you backed my crowdfunder and would like to get in on the launch team action as well, please click the link and you’ll get your copy of Tides of Spring before anyone else. It’s just three weeks until launch day, so I just need a commitment from you to read the book in time to leave that all important review on the 17th October.

Reviews are the life blood of every author. We need to let potential readers know how good our books are, and they trust reader reviews far more than flashy advertising. The Amazon search engine also loves reviews and uses them in its algorithm for ranking books. So it’s vital that my wonderful readers spread a little love for my books 😉

I may also ask you to share the occasional post on social media about my book releases. But aside from the time it takes to read the book, which I would hope you would be happy to spend anyway, I won’t be asking for too much of your time.

So do please signup today to maximise your reading time before release day!

In the meantime, I hope everyone is looking forward to tomorrow’s extraordinary Supermoon total lunar eclipse! I can’t wait. This incredible celestial event only occurs roughly every couple of decades, the last one being the year I was born, 1982, the next one not happening until 2033. The moon will be at the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth when it passes into Earth’s shadow. The effect will be a larger-than-normal moon tinted coppery red, otherwise known as a “Blood Moon”.

So it seems fitting to be sending out the first copies of Tides of Spring on this special day. Get yours here.

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That’s all folks, enjoy the Blood Moon and take care!

 


Blue Moon Giveaway!

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For one day only, to honour today’s Blue Moon, new subscribers to my mailing list will receive a free digital copy of Seeds of Autumn. Grab your copy today, Friday 31st July 2015!

There is also still time to contribute to my crowdfunder, which finishes tonight! So for more fab swag, check out my campaign page and make a contribution. You could get signed print copies of all three books, a signed print of the cover or even a short story written just for you! Check it out on Pubslush here.


Sewing Seeds

It’s been a busy week since Ghosts of Winter went on sale. I’d like to thank everyone who has bought the book so far, your support means everything to me.

I’ve been working on book three, but became a bit distracted by a character nagging me to write about his history. So I took a little detour, ten years into the past. The series isn’t called Echoes of the Past for nothing. There are seeds there, just waiting to blossom, and I love weaving the story through those shoots.

seeds_coverIn honour of those seeds, I’m offering book one of the series, Seeds of Autumn free on Kindle for five days, starting tomorrow, on 1st December. Please feel free to share this promotion, and don’t forget, reviews are like oxygen to writers, so if you read and enjoy my books do please leave a review on Amazon.

I’ll be getting my new short story out to readers soon, but in the mean time, my previous short story, The Storm Riders’ Vigil is also on Kindle. Caerton is a rich and diverse city, there are many shifters who chatter noisily in my mind and their stories demand to be told, almost as much as Stalker’s.

I love hearing from you. If there are seeds you’d like to know more about leave a comment below to help me learn which characters and plot threads might make for popular short stories in the future.