Wednesday, 21 February 2018

No, I'm not dead...

I'm back!
Actually, I never went away, I've just been too poorly and miserable to do more than what was absolutely necessary to get through a day and that meant my writing, publishing, social media, blog, email - everything writing-related really - went abandoned because it wasn't necessary to my immediate needs. 
That sounds horrible like I don't think writing and building my writing career (hopefully a career!) is important, but I do!
I've just been seriously bloody ill.

Remember when I wrote that Something Wicked would be delayed because I broke ribs in a fit of stupidity? 
Remember the hideous optimism that I'd only be a week or so delayed because I'd have time at home, while my ribs were healing, and I'd be able to crack on with the finishing touches and it'd all be awesome?
How stupid was I?!
Have you ever broken a rib? How about multiple? 
I'll tell you now, it HURTS. 
Hurts like hell to sit, to stand, to walk to bend, to lie down... To BREATHE!
It's a whole world of hurt and one of the main pieces of advice you get is to be sure to cough regularly and try and take regular deep breaths - even though it HURTS - to ensure your lungs are able to clear the mucus etc.
Yeah. It's not fun, but I was doing ok until I caught the 'Aussie Flu'. 
Then I legit thought I was going to die.
The flu has a way of making you so ill that you kinda feel like you are dying anyway, but when you combine the flu with broken ribs?!
Holy hell in an organza handbasket. 
I legit thought I was going to die.
And of course I developed a chest infection.
Of course I did! 
Because I have the worst luck in the world and having the flu, and broken ribs, wasn't bad enough.
I ended up in hospital on a wonderful antibiotic drip; for the chest infection, not the flu, fyi. 
I was monstrously ill. 
Utterly miserable and completely wiped out even when I started to feel better.

This is me, 6 weeks or so later just starting to feel better.
And I'm not feeling 100% better. 
I'm still tired. 
So, so, tired... But I'm back.
I'm dusting myself off and getting back on with things.

What I'm not doing is publishing Something Wicked.
I know. I really do know. 
It's like, does this book even exist?! (It does.)
Is she crazy?! (Maybe.) 
Is she making this shit up?! (Sadly, no.)
I just want to release this book, my first book, without feeling like it's cursed. 
I've worked so hard and I don't want to mess everything up.
I sometimes feel like just hitting publish then trying to get people to read it would be a good plan.
But, I want to give it a little bit of fan-fare!
I want time to contact some bloggers and see if they'll help me share the news.
Time to, maybe, organize a book blitz to mark its launch. 
Or a giveaway. 
Or both!
I basically want a do-over of 2018 (so far) and since I can't have that I'm giving myself a do-over of my book launch.

I'm going to share the first chapter this weekend and I'm also going to put the book up for pre-order so, no matter what happens to me next, Something Wicked WILL release on March 29th. 
Just in time for Easter weekend!

To those that read this, or are genuinely curious about this book, thank you! I am so sorry to have let you down.
To everyone else... Hi?

Hope you have a good week!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Something Wicked Delay!

Something Wicked was supposed to be published this past Thursday (11th) but I haven't been able to upload it yet. 
The reason for this is because I fell on the stairs Monday morning while rushing around like a mad thing trying to get everybody out the door on time for first day back at school, and work, after the Christmas holidays. 
The fall resulted in me, somehow, managing to dislocate my shoulder and break a couple of ribs! 
I also got a nice bump on the head for my troubles and I basically have spent the last few days feeling very sorry for myself while not being able to do much more than binge watch crap on Netflix and sleep.

Not a good start to the New Year!

I'm obviously still very sore but I hope to finish formatting, finish tweaking the blurb (which is SO difficult!) and have the manuscript uploaded sometime over the coming week.

It's disappointing that I missed my self-imposed deadline for publication but shit happens and, in this case, things could have been much worse... I could have broken more than my ribs!

I hope you understand.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

It Was The Night Before Christmas...

And this extremely tired aspiring author wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas before the madness of tomorrow hits.

I hope you all have a wonderful day however you choose to celebrate (or not).

Thank you for following my journey.


Monday, 11 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop

As it's the season to be jolly and giving, and all the good stuff, I thought I'd join a giveaway hop!

As I'm releasing my first novel in January, I thought I'd giveaway an ARC ebook copy of Something Wicked and a $5 amazon gift card to one lucky winner!

Entry is open internationally and all I ask is that entrants are 18 years old, or over, due to explicit content within the book.

Good luck!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Something Wicked Cover Reveal!

Here it is!
Here is my pretty, pretty, precious cover for my upcoming novel, Something Wicked!

Something Wicked is a paranormal romance. 
It will be released on 11th January 2018.

Blurb and further detail to follow.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

NaNoWriMo: Week Three Summary & The End

I give up.
I quit.
This month has sucked. 
I have too much going on at home and I have zero time for blitzing a new novel. 
I'm still working on finishing Something Wicked though... I'll be releasing that one in January and revealing the cover later this week for those who are interested.
This'll be my last NaNo related post for this year. 
Good luck to all those still charging towards the finish line and well done to those that have already reached it!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

NaNoWriMo: Week Two Summary

I wrote some notes on a new world I'm creating... Does that count?