2020 Book Releases

Hello friends!

I wanted to let you know what my 2020 release aspirations are just so you can mark them in your diary… haha, just kidding, but it’s nice to shout my book releases out into the void just so they’re real, y’know?

At the moment I don’t know the exact dates of these releases but it will most definitely be *after* May due to other projects I’m working on (readying a manuscript to submit to agents, trying to get my bookshop off the ground), so you can expect the following from me towards the middle of the year:

Etta – Volume 3 – Without giving too much away, the third instalment of Etta’s journey will see her trying to navigate the orphanage she found herself in at the end of Baby Steps. Despite being on her own for book 1 and 2, she always had to rely on old friends and family to help her along. How will she get on alone? Will she pull anyone else into her crazy world? You’ll have to read it to find out! Due Out: After May 2020

Seven Princes of Hell – Volume 2 – After Saul’s introduction into the world of the seven princes of hell we’ll tag along with another of the brother’s to see the world from a slightly different perspective, following the mystery of the murder and learning more about the dark destiny that awaits them all. Due out: After July 2020

Working titleEDEN‘ – A graphic novel I’ve been working on for a while in terms of character & world creation. I’m currently working on the first draft of the story so I’ll either be writing and illustrating it myself or else finding an artist looking for a collaboration project. If I do manage to find an artist to work with I image this will go to print via a kickstarter campaign instead of Amazon but we will see. I’m hesitant to release the plot idea for this at the moment so I suppose watch this space for future updates!

Apart from these self-publishing projects I’m working on a full length YA novel which I’m shopping to agents (mission: get agent, get published, repeat) as well as stoking a fire under another novel in order to get it at least part way ready for a proof reader/ editor to have a bash at it. Writing is a continuous journey of writing, editing, writing, editing, publishing, writing, writing, editing… forever! It’s none stop and it can take a long time for work to see the light of day (especially when you have a day job and three side businesses) so I’m really hoping this year is the year a lot of the work I’ve done over the past ten years starts to pay off!!!

Here’s to a very wordy year!

Sam

Reading Resolutions for 2020!

Happy new year, readers!

As the new decade begins I wanted to pop over here and make sure you all got the books you wanted for Christmas?! I did; the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was waiting for me under the tree, along with a graphic novel, a copy of Sharp Objects and the 2020 Almanac (a must for anyone who loves nature and trying to live a holistic lifestyle). Of course, they all go on top of my current TBR pile… but at least I’m starting the year with a good reading plan!

Which brings me to my reading resolutions!

I know a lot of people set reading goals, particularly on Goodreads… which I used to do until a few years ago… but I’m not actually setting a reading goal this year.

  1. Much like last year (where I only read 18 books), I’m just going to naturally read but consistently. As you know – because you’re here – I am also writing, so that takes a good amount of my time. I also work full time and am getting a second hand book shop off the ground! Adding a set amount of books will only stress me out so I’m taking a softer approach!
  2. Read more indie author books! As an indie author myself, I know how important it is to buy books from people doing it on their own and I’ve read some fantastic indie books over the years – I want to keep that up!
  3. Leave all the reviews. I haven’t left a book review in a good while. It’s helpful to writers and readers but also for me; to think about what made a book either good or bad will hopefully make me more aware of my own writing!
  4. Only buy new books from book shops, only buy other books second hand or borrow from the library. I hate buying books online from BIG companies (only when it comes to standard publication, not self publication) because it’s not supporting the economy or the world in any way! I want to keep bookshops and libraries alive so I’m going to double my efforts to show them my support this year.

In terms of this blog – I’ll be on here at least twice a month with fun things about writing, reading and all the things in between! Check out my page on Amazon and buy my books if you want to!! 😀 Don’t forget to tell me if you have any reading resolutions!

Sam

Seven Princes of Hell – Pinterest Character board

Now that Seven Princes of Hell – Saul has been out for a while I figured I’d share the Pinterest board with you!

I LOVE doing Pinterest boards for stories I’m working on. I pin ideas for places and people, helping me understand the vibe I’m going for. I’m a very visual person so it really helps me zone into the world I’m creating. I have many, many boards on the go. Some of them might be public, a hell of a lot of them are private!

I made SPoH public when the book was released because I wanted people to see what the characters look like in my head. I’m going to admit – I have no clue who any of these people are. They’re random pictures I came across on my Pinterest travels (is everyday too much?) but they spoke to me!

When I write characters I tend to shy away from very detailed descriptions. I love to throw in an eye or hair colour, a general build of body and such, but I don’t like being really detailed because, as a reader, I love just seeing what my brain comes up with when I’m reading and so I like to create the same experience with my stories.

So head on over to Pinterest to take a look – let me know what you think; do they match what you had in your mind or not? If you’re a Pinterest user don’t forget to follow the board because it will be added to as the story continues and more characters and places are introduced!

I hope you’re enjoying the book!

Sam

NaNoWriMo 2019

If you follow me on my other social media accounts you might know that I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year.

What’s NaNoWriMo, you may ask?! It stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a challenge writers both new and old take each November to practice their writing habits and write… every day… in November. The aim is to hit 50,000 words which seems like a lot, and it is. Which is why it’s a fun challenge… not selling it to you, am I?

That’s OK.

This year I am, for some inexplicable reason, ahead by a few days and I’m writing a story I both love and loathe. You know when you have an idea in your head but when you come to do said idea it doesn’t turn out the way you had envisioned? That’s currently happening to me.

I can’t say it’s a familiar feeling because most of my books go in the way I originally dreamt them, but this year the story is veering into an unknown place and I’m not particularly happy with it, but I know enough to trust my brain. It will figure it out as we go.

Every year there is a theme – I don’t think I’ve ever followed the theme before so maybe that’s part of the problem. I’ve added elements to the story to fit the theme and that’s what’s sending me on a wild goose chase… where is that plot? The theme is time travel. I love time travel. Anything in TV shows, movies and books that has time travel in it captures my attention and imagination. It’s my guilty pleasure but I’m finding that I don’t write it as well as I consume it. But do I quit? Hell no!

You see, NaNoWriMo is a time to explore writing in a friendly-competition-esque manner. It doesn’t require good writing. It doesn’t require fantastic plots and characters. It just requires words on a page which is what I excel at! The fine tuning comes later for me – my editing process is where I hammer out the details, finding the curves and lines, the shape of something within the mass of clay I’ve slung.

I would give you more details about what I’ve written but I’ll save that for a future post. Just for fun! (Although, if you’re a super sleuth you’d be able to find details somewhere online). What I will do is share with you the title – Pitch Fork.

I’ll also share with you my Pinterest inspiration board – something I love doing for each novel I work on. Finding characters and ideas within pictures really helps me visualise the story so I hope you enjoy!

Based on these little snippets of information… what do you think this book is about?

New website design!

Hi! Welcome to my author page!

Again.

I’m one of those ‘can’t leave well enough alone’ people and I looked at my site the other day and hated it so I’ve just rejigged it a little. I’ve also decided, in order to be a good writer and generate interest and hopefully new readers, that this news section will turn into a more regular blog so stick around; sign up to my mailing list so you don’t miss out on anything. I’ll be posting about NaNoWriMo very soon, talking about TV shows based on books that I’m watching, the books I’m reading and, character inspiration and writing playlists… as well as any book news I have!

If there’s anything you’d like to see or any questions you have please give me a shout!

Sam

Baby Steps in paperback!

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter or follow me on social media you might know that Baby Steps, the second installation in The Fantasy Girl series, is now available in paperback.

Wow! It took me a long time to get my butt into gear to get this done!

The process of getting a book ready for paperback release is long and laborious but this time I got help from a friend who is a formatter and she made it so much easier it was a weight off my already busy shoulders!

Someone recently asked me how many books are going to be in this series and I revealed there would be 6-7 novellas in the whole story. I plotted it all out years ago and there’s no turning back now so after I finish working on another book series that will be revealed soon, I will be right back to writing the next instalment.

If you feel like having a look and perhaps buying it (e-book is also available) – check it out here!

Happy reading!

Sam