Everyone Has A Story, How Interesting Is Yours?

Picture by Kynan Tait

Picture by Kynan Tait

Hi everyone, instead of the usual quote, book review or update on my journey as an author, I wanted to share something a little more important. I recently volunteered for MIFQ (Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland) to assist with an art exhibition held at King George Square in Brisbane City. The exhibition had over 300 pieces of work by more than 160 artists with a lived experience of mental illness. I have to say, I was blown away by the quality of the artwork. As an artist and writer myself, it was amazing to see so many visual works displayed in the heart of Brisbane.

The exhibition helps to raise awareness of mental illness and art can help with the recovery of those affected by it. If you get the chance to check out the exhibition next year, I would recommend that you do. Every piece of art tells its own story and I found some of the work on display to be extremely interesting. At the very least you can admire some excellent art work, and who knows, maybe you will find some inspiration there.

Everyone has a story, how interesting is yours?

Click here to find out more about MIFQ.

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Help Wanted – What Do You Think Of The Blurb?

Picture by Pakom

Picture by Pakom

Here is a big shout out to my readers, thank you all for tagging along on my journey and following my blog. If you want to get involved and give me a helping hand, it would be great if you could let me know what you think of the back blurb for my upcoming novel ‘Blood Rage’. You don’t have to write War & Peace, I’ll be happy if you just leave me a short comment. So here it is:-

Conall is a loner, a thief with a secret trying to survive in the cruel world of Kirree. Commissioned to steal a magical talisman, he sets out on a dangerous journey that leads him to a new friendship with Erin – a rogue trying to make a better life for herself. When Conall discovers Erin has been imprisoned by a ruthless power-monger, he must decide if he should help her or focus on the job at hand – A job which ultimately leads to his betrayal.

Set in a tough and gritty world of magic and mythical creatures, the odds are stacked against him.

Book Review – Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson

Shatterwing (Dragon Wine, #1)Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is part 1 of the Dragon Wine series and tells two inter-twining stories. One follows the story of Salinda, a slave with a gift she must protect at all costs. The other traces the path of Laidan, a girl who has a similar gift thrust upon her, before she too is enslaved and struggles to survive.

The Bad Stuff: To be honest, other than a couple of typo’s, there is nothing I picked up on. The only thing I would caution, is that this is set in a gritty world, where there are some pretty sick people that do some pretty nasty things. If you are prudish, this book is not for you.

The Good Stuff: The story world is well established and the characters have some depth. There are dragons and magic in an archaic setting that lends to the dark side of human nature. The protagonists have a real hard time of it with life going from bad to worse. The author sure doesn’t show them much love and this makes you want to see them succeed. Oh, and did I mention there’s dragons?

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 golden bookmarks.

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What’s Happening With Me?

Image by Jcrakow

Image by Jcrakow

Yay! I finally got my internet sorted after my move and now have access to the net again. I never realized how much I rely on the internet, until I didn’t have it, and I must say, it’s great to be back online.

So what’s been happening with me? Well, apart from the usual paid job, the moving and trying to sell the old house, I have been working on cover art for my book. After giving a friend a few tips on what I was looking for, he has put some time and effort into coming up with a few covers for me – and what a great job he’s done. He’s also sent me the sample files, and I have been mucking about with them trying to tweak them a little to suit my preference. I hope to upload these for voting on sometime soon, so I can see what cover you think should be on the book when it comes out.

I’m pretty sure I have my back blurb ready too, so I’ll put that out first to give you an idea of the book before I hit you up with the covers. On top of that, I have also split the original book so I can expand on it, and I am currently working on a short story to do just that. What’s more, I plan to release the short story for free and follow it up with a ‘cut price’ novella that will lead onto the novel before I publish. By doing tings this way, I can buy myself some time for the house to sell, so I will be cashed up enough to get my edit done on the novel. Everything is moving in the right the direction though, so hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I have my first novel out.

Until then, keep an eye out for my coming posts, take care.

Moving Pains.

Picture by Greg Westfall

Picture by Greg Westfall

I have been very busy of late moving house and sorting out everything that comes with a change of address. I have been selling old furniture and shopping for new items, connecting services and notifying change of address to every Tom, Dick and Harry. I’ve also had issues with my internet connection, it’s been about 5 weeks now and it still isn’t up and running. I have become a Wi-Fi gypsy, roaming around to locations where I can log on for 30 minutes to check my e-mails, etc… With all this chaos, I’ve had little time to blog, write, or do any of my usual writing related activities. I feel like I’m in limbo, stuck in a place where I have words to plant and ideas to sow, but no tools to do the work and no time to tend for them while they grow. Hopefully, after this week, I will escape this place of torment and get back to the world of order and convenience – back to my writing, blogging and alike. Once I get on my feet again, I will post an update of where I’m at with everything, until then, I just wanted to say thank you, I appreciate your patience while I traverse these tumultuous times.

Book Review: The Indie Author Power Pack by various authors.

The Indie Author Power Pack: How To Write, Publish & Market Your BookThe Indie Author Power Pack: How To Write, Publish & Market Your Book by Sean Platt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Indie Author Power Pack is a collection of books for authors that is jam packed with info that will help you to become a published author. It consists of 3 books: Write, Publish Repeat by Sean Platt & Johnny B Truant, Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran and How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn.

The Bad Stuff: There is a lot of repetition in these books that feels like it is only there to fill the pages.

The Good Stuff: There is a great deal of useful information in these books, all in the one place. I have spent years reading ‘How to’ books and searching the net for information that is stored in this set.

This great value pack was a limited time only offer and you may find that you need to purchase the books individually now. There are 3 books in the set that only cost me 99c on Amazon. There’s heaps of useful info on publishing and marketing. Well worth the money! If you want to know how to self pub an e-book, set up a mailing list, set up a blog, this will give you the info you need. I give it 4 out of 5 golden bookmarks.

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