06 February 2016

The Sleeping Life


Back in 2010, I was halfway through writing The Sleeping Life when I decided to embark on self-publishing my backlist, so I set it aside and distracted myself thoroughly in other worlds.  It's a pleasure to come back to this one - although, typically, by the time I had reached the end of this I had thought of at least three other stories I'd like to write in this world!  TOO MANY BOOKS TO WRITE!

The cover, as many of you probably already know, is by Julie Dillon (and is so gorgeous).

Anyway, for my blog readers, here are Smashwords 50% off coupon codes not only for TSL, but for SGM if you don't have it already.  Although TSL is technically a self-contained plot, it is so bound up in the aftermath of SGM that I really don't recommend trying to read it as a standalone.  The coupons are good until 14 February.

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Fallon DeVries has a sister who lives only in his mind.  Paying the price of magic gone wrong, Aurienne is trapped watching a world she cannot touch, only able to communicate with her brother while he sleeps. And it's slowly killing him. Fallon and Auri's best chance of untangling their lives is to win the help of a mage of unparalleled ability. But how can they ask for help when the warped spell prevents him from speaking? Besides, Rennyn Claire - once the most powerful mage in the world - is a shadow of her former self: ill, injured and unlikely to recover unless she can hunt down the monster who once tried to make her his slave. But that Wicked Uncle is nowhere to be found, and other dangers, once slumbering dormant, are stirring...

Buy Links (I'll update as I receive them):

Amazon US, UK, AU, DE, FR

Survey results and prize winners

Well, as the publication of The Sleeping Life rapidly approaches, it's time to draw the winners of the survey competition!  And the random number generator says: 3 and 55!

Congrats Nina and Kelsey!  Emails will be wending their way to you shortly.

I had plenty of fun reading all the survey results. I totally recommend to other authors that they ask their readers for their favourite moments/re-readable moments in your books, because so many of them are my favourite moments as well. :D

The answer to question 1 was totally unsurprising.



My fave is still Stained Glass Monsters. :D  But also, usually, whatever I'm writing at the moment, in between hating it.  There is always a "Wow, this is so much better than I thought" stage in re-reading a book you've recently written - while the current chapter is always The Worst Thing Ever.

Not long at all now before I can put up links to TSL!  Then onward, ever onward, to all the new books I decided I wanted to write while working on this one.

Edit: Expanding this post as requested to include a few more results.

Fave POV Character: Cass by a long way, but Medair, Ash and Rian also gained a fair number of votes.

Fave Non-POV Character: Kaoren, Aristide, Maze, Ys, Illukar and Illidian.

Story Element: Evenly scattered among categories I've already been writing, with some preference to not go in for too much smut.

Fanfic suggestions:
A lot of fun stuff here, including:
- Arden Ruuel falls in love.
- Daily life fluff.
- Setari School Stories.
- How Fish and Maddie managed to get together.

Fave moment:
My favourite question!
- Lots of people liking that elevator encounter. :)
- The scene where Rennyn calls the lifestealer.
- The crypt in Silence of Medair.
- Thornaster laughing himself into hiccups.
- Trolling the Secret War actors.
- Dragon conjuring!
- 80% mark on And All the Stars.

Looking forward to: