A very short review – Bleach, Vol 13

Bleach, Volume 13Bleach, Volume 13 by Tite Kubo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, I just read another Bleach volume. I am trying to get through the 21 volume box set I was gifted for xmas a couple of years ago. Thanks T. I enjoyed this volume more than most, I think Kenny is a badass! That’s all I’ve got to say ūüôā

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Flying High – Nervous, Elated, Tense, and Having Fun all at the Same Time.

Recently I went for an introduction to flying lesson. It was a little scary because the instructor went through the controls and then said, “you’ll be doing most of the flying today.” I thought he was joking, but oh no… he meant it. I got to taxi down to the runway, where he took control for take off, but as soon as we were up in the air he handed over to me. It was awesome, an amazing feeling to know I was flying the plane, but I was very tense,¬†thinking of the consequences of doing¬†something wrong. Anyway, I survived.

How can I apply this experience to my writing? Well, if I could apply these emotions to my writing, the elation, the¬†tension, having my characters in a dangerous situation, making¬†them and my readers¬†so acutely¬†aware of the stakes, I would have one hell of a story. I will try to remember how this felt the next time I’m writing a scene like this, hopefully the feelings will flow through to my writing.

And here are some photos for you all.


Are Reviews Important To You?

Hello Readers,

I thought I’d start this post by asking the question –¬†Are reviews important to you?

Do you look at a book you are interested in and then read the reviews¬†before deciding to purchase? Or do you read¬†reviews¬†which interest and¬†inspire you to purchase a book you had not heard of? I am very interested¬†to know the answers to these questions. Why? Because as an author it is drummed into me that reviews are like gold dust. It is said that they interest other readers and convince people to buy a book.¬†Without reviews I will struggle or even¬†crash and burn. These are the things I hear, anyway. Because of this I have been trying to drum up reviews for my books. I have placed a note inside the covers, asking readers to leave a review if they enjoyed the book. I have sent¬†free copies to readers for their enjoyment, stating there is no obligation to leave a review, but it would be greatly appreciated if they did. But reviews are like that elusive¬†winning lottery ticket, you know they are out there, they do exist, but they rarely show up. And so I get to the real point of this post. I would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all my readers who have left a review for one of my books. Whether it be on amazon, goodreads or a blog you run, it is one of the small things you have done to help me as a writer, and for that, I am truly grateful.

Time For Another Update.

What on earth have you been up to? We haven’t heard from you in ages, I hear you saying. Well. to be honest, I’ve been really busy, but I don’t feel like I’ve got much done at all. The life of a writer is hard yakka. I’ve been working on promo for months now, trying different things with small successes here and there, but nothing to write home about. I’ve done a bit of Face Book advertising, been drumming up a few reviews, dabbled in some Amazon Marketing, and now a good reads giveaway (and boy has that taken off… Not in sales, but I’m getting a lot of adds to readers TBR lists –¬†which is awesome!) In between all that I’ve been building relations with a publisher (helping them to help Indie authors), trying to write more (not had too much luck with that), and trying to keep up with my own TBR list.

As far as my actual writing goes, I’m about half way through a short story I was doing for an anthology, but the submission date for entries¬†has passed now, so I’ll be saving that story for another book. I’ve got around 3 complete stories in the first draft stage that I need to edit/rewrite to polish them up. Then there’s a¬†novella (that might end up as a¬†novel)¬†that is around the half way mark. I plan to get stuck into finalising these in coming weeks, so I can start formatting them for print/ebook and find appropriate covers. At least that’s the plan!

If you haven’t read any of my work yet, you can grab a free copy of the anthology ’18’ from most of the popular retailers. It has my first published short story ‘Low Life’ lurking amongst the pages. The anthology Darkest Depths¬†is also tipped to¬†become free in the near future, so keep an eye out for that.¬†It contains another short story by ‘yours truly’ called ‘Darkness in Shadows’. These both fit into the horror genre, but if that’s not your cup of tea,¬†you can always enter the good reads giveaway for a copy¬†of my fantasy¬†novella ‘The Crimson Guild’ or if you’re feeling generous, shell out on a copy of ‘Blood Rage’ (or better still, the boxed set which is better value). In the meantime, I’ll do my best to get some new material out¬†over the next 6 months.

Happy reading.

Repost – Done is better than perfect.

This kid knows what‚Äôs what: sometimes, you just have to let it burn. A few months ago, a friend said something that struck a nerve: ‚ÄėDone is better than perfect‚Äô. My brain exploded. Now I know how other people cram so much stuff into their lives. One of my friends writes tens of thousands of words¬†[‚Ķ]

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Want To Win A Signed Copy Of The Crimson Guild?

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Crimson Guild by Allan Walsh

The Crimson Guild

by Allan Walsh

Giveaway ends September 16, 2017.

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Hello Readers,

I just thought I would give you all a heads up that I am running a giveaway on Goodreads. It is open to readers in the US, Canada, Great Britain and Australia, starts on the 18/6/17 and will run until 16/9/17. I have 5 signed paperback copies of The Crimson Guild to give away. While I have had previous giveaways for this book, up until now they have only been for e-copies. So, if you want to be in for a chance to win a copy that you can actually touch and feel, flick through and smell the pages, then click on the Enter Giveaway link above.

Good Luck!

Calendar Girls: Best High Fantasy ‚ÄĒ Book Princess Reviews (Post share)

Well, another month has gone by, and I seriously don’t know where it has gone. Do you think I misplaced it somewhere? But since March has left us, it’s time for Calendar Girls to be back in action, and I’m super excited to bring you a new one…even though I realize just how unprepared I […]

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What Made You Purchase Your Last Book?

As an Author, I am¬†constantly hearing that you need to have a great cover for people to pick up your book.¬†You need a great blurb on the back to grab the readers interest. You need a well edited story to hold the readers attention. This all makes perfect sense, but I’m curious if there is more to it than this. I mean, I’d buy a book if I heard people saying how great it was, regardless of the cover. I’d buy a book a friend recommended to me without even looking at the blurb. I’d even read a book¬†with a great story without too much concern for its¬†poor editing. But everyone is different, so I want to ask you, What¬†made you¬†purchase your last book?

Learning. Adapting. Improving.

Wow… What a busy weekend! Saturday, I drove a Lotus Elige around a skid pan. The first few circuits were with an ex¬†race-driver, advising me¬†on where I was going wrong and coaching me on how to improve. I¬†had a few spin outs at the start, but¬†a few hours later, I was driving the car alone, drifting around the slippery track,¬†in full control of the vehicle.¬†It was really exciting and so much fun, I just wanted to keep gliding around¬†the circuit (but I had to come off and make way for the next bunch of thrill seekers). The excitement of sliding around in a lotus¬†was followed up by a trip to the movies to see the new ‘John Wick’ movie. Now anyone who really knows me, knows that I like a bit of action, and this film did not let me down. It was full on,¬†edge-of-the-seat, stuff. Car chases, explosions and plenty of violence from start to finish. No deep plot, not much to think about, just a¬†sit-back-and-enjoy-the-thrills kind of movie. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it!

Sunday was a little more subdued.¬†I went to a writer’s workshop¬†titled ‘From Character to Plot’, run by Louise Cusack. It was an informative workshop and really opened my eyes to the fact that, as a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of their pants),¬†I do not put a lot of effort into my character development.¬†To sum things up, I went from learning some advanced driving skills to learning¬†some advanced writing skills. I think I even learnt a little¬†about myself.¬†I’ve come to the realisation that my love¬†of action and adventure lends itself to a tolerance for¬†undeveloped characters and plot.

Now, this leads me on nicely to my next point. As you know, I released The Crimson Guild back in March. Well the reviews are starting to trickle in, and guess what? They’re saying that they are enjoying the fast paced story,¬†but¬†the¬†characters feel under-developed.¬†In my opinion, this workshop could not have come at a better time. If I had completed¬†it before I wrote this book, I probably would not have paid¬†much attention to¬†the characterisation¬†content of the workshop. But having listened to feedback, I paid more attention to this content.¬†As a result, I now have¬†some new skills and I’m better equipped, so my commitment to my readers is to work on improving. I will certainly¬†be¬†putting more effort into my character development in future.

To those that have written reviews, thank you. It’s great to hear that people¬†are enjoying my¬†work, but it’s¬†just as important¬†to receive constructive criticism.¬†If you’ve read The Crimson Guild, I’d love to know what you thought. And if you have not read it yet, but you’re interested, you can¬†purchase a copy here.