09 May 2019

Giveaway winner

The winner of the 15,000 stars giveaway is Thumpaholden.  Please email me at mail@andreakhost.com to select your prize!

24 March 2019

15,000 Stars

I first published The Silence of Medair and Stained Glass Monsters in December of 2010.  Since I had a backlog of written books, I've published more than one a year since then.  [Things sure have slowed down once I got back to first drafts, though!]

In 2012 I celebrated reaching 1,000 Stars on Goodreads, and 2014 marked 5,000 Stars.  Now, in 2019, we've reached 15,000 individual ratings on Goodreads (note: not all of these indicate read books - Goodreads lets people rate books that aren't even out yet, and there's a small percentage of everyone's ratings which are empty ratings like that).

To celebrate 15,000 stars, I'll offer a few options:
  • A signed copy of any one of my books.
  • Three unsigned copies of any of my books (actually cheaper for me, heh).
  • A chance to read one of the partials listed on the 5,000 Stars post.  [Sure to be frustrating to the reader.]
  • A chance to read the first chapter of Tangleways.
  • A copy of each of the Touchstone audiobooks when they're released (this will take some considerable time, as there's a couple of months of production involved in each).
Anyway, it's been a ride.  I'm sure I could have more stars if I had a faster writing schedule, and actually did some promo, but this relaxed writing stories and sharing them when they're done is pretty ideal for me.  Glad for all of you coming along with me!

To enter, just comment below.  [Competition closes end of April.]

16 February 2019

Question re audiobook timing

So we're gearing up to actual audiobook production on Stray, and I thought I'd check in with you all as to a timing preference.

Would you prefer audiobooks to be released as they're finalised (months apart), a week or two apart, or all at once?

03 January 2019

Still progressing toward audiobooks

Just a quick update on this, since I know some of you are hanging out for the Touchstone audiobooks.  I'm still saving up for them (I need to save up all the money first, since I don't want to risk needing to change narrators between books).  I am hoping to shift to hiring someone around the middle of the year.

Sadly the Australian dollar is very low at the moment, which means if I go with an overseas producer it will cost quite a bit more than originally expected.  Still, since I want an Australian voice for the narration, I'm looking at local companies first to see if any of them are viable.

02 January 2019

A new year!

I hope it's a happy one for you all.

I'll try to post more frequently this year - I cut myself off last year in order to concentrate on finishing Starfighter, but that turned into way too many months of silence.

I'm currently working on Chapter 1 of Tangleways.  To prepare, I listened to Pyramids twice using Google books text to speak (so convenient).  The Trifold series is such a deep and complex world that even my glossary isn't enough and I will probably listen to Pyramids a few more times over the next couple of months.  Fortunately I really enjoyed listening to it - I think it's probably the best book I've ever written (though I will try to surpass it, of course).

Tangleways brings a greater focus on Eluned, with far fewer chapters from Rian's point of view.  It might even technically count as young adult.

Other than my slow-progress writing, I am reading a lot of manga and watching a bunch of anime.  I haven't really followed anime for a few years, but I'm in the mood for it at the moment, so having a bit of a glom.

Playing Subnautica, which is good, but I'm constantly in need of precious metals. :/

Giveaway winner

The winner of the 15,000 stars giveaway is Thumpaholden.  Please email me at mail@andreakhost.com to select your prize!