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text 2018-06-20 11:00
Facts About Me: Too Many WIP's - Part 4

I'm a notorious busy bee. I can never stop, even when I'm already in the middle of something, so I usually have at least four or five WIP's (works in progress) on the go at once.


Here's a quick glance at some that I'll be working on throughout 2018. And, because I'm so bad at starting a story and not finishing it, or coming up with new ideas when I'm supposed to be doing something else, there are too many for one post, so keep an eye out for more, in the future.






Moonglaive has been the home of the Gods since the human world was created. A place of worship and serenity, it is the home to the Moonglaive monastery, who do all they can to serve the demon Gods who created humanity.

It has been decades since the Gods sent a chosen into their care...until Pipper. Arriving as a child, his true fate marks him as the chosen of the demon Gods, someone who will be their conduit, learn from them and work with his demon to keep the human world safe.

Years pass and Pipper's true purpose has been to battle sin, one case at a time. But when the world begins to show signs of a coming apocalypse, Pipper must draw human hunter Finore into his confidence. Together, they will travel the world with his demon God, Azelel, in an attempt to prevent the destruction of all they hold dear. In the process, they will reveal forbidden secrets, expose long forgotten truths, and go on a journey of self discovery that will spell death for one member of their group.





The baby of his family, Willow has always been the odd one out. While his brothers have superpowers like controlling Fire, Air, and Water, he's left with the elemental gift of Earth. A gift that, despite turning twenty-one, he has yet to master.

Add on the awkward fact that his first day on campus is full of whispers about the four new boys who all looked like trouble. Black leather and black jeans; that was the way all Grace boys dressed. It was the unwritten rule of their status as princes in the warlock world.

But being a prince won't help Willow navigate college. Or help him figure out why that strange redhead keeps staring at him.






All Eli ever wanted was to be in a band, be a singer, and write lyrics for songs that touched people's hearts. That dream came true when indie band Graceless Nights rebranded themselves with a new name and a new lead singer – Eli.

But fame comes at a price. And the price, for Eli, is not worth the rewards.

A threat of blackmail, from a blogger with a story to sell, leaves Eli unbalanced, lost in a haze of secrets that he must expose before the blogger can.

Even if it means losing himself, his privacy, and everyone he's ever held dear.





When the King dies unexpected, his daughter assumes the role of Queen in his stead. Until the council of elders gather and try to tell her that a woman cannot rule.

Unwilling to accept that she can only rule with a man by her side, self-made Queen Rachael takes matters into her own hands.

Sending notes far and wide, she invites all eligible Counts, Lords, and Princes of the realm to the castle, under the guise of a week long celebration of her father's life and rule. Convincing the council that she will marry one of the men, Rachael begins the most daring adventure of her tomboy life, yet...stealing a throne that already rightfully belongs to her.




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text 2018-06-13 11:00
Facts About Me: Dream Castings

I'm a sucker for always making dream casts for my books, so I thought I'd share some of my favourites with you. Now, I don't like to go the obvious route and choose the big names. I prefer to find people who match the look, the personality, and the style of the characters, even if no one has heard of the actor/actress before.




The Trade










The Royal Series





Forged in Fire





Following Orders





Decadent Series




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text 2018-06-06 11:00
Facts About Me: My 2018 TBR: Netgalley

I have LOADS of books on my TBR list for 2018. I have about 250 just for Netgalley, not including a mountain of paperbacks that I bought throughout the year, and a whole lot more e-books that I bought or that were on sale over the last year or two.

This post will focus on those books that I've been accepted for on Netgalley. The list is now a lot more than it was at the beginning of the year; a whopping 354 books (as we speak). I've actually created two spreadsheets to divide my lists and make them more readable; one is for series books and the other for solo novels. This means that I can view at a glance the series books, how many more are in the series and how many I've already worked through. Once a book is read, I delete it from my list so that I can view how many are left in total.

The one problem I've found with Netgalley is that most of the books are ARC's, which means they're not always on Amazon or Goodreads when they come up for request. That means that I can request a book and not know that it's part of a series until months later, perhaps before I've started reading it. Which means that my TBR list grows exponentially. Such as when I was approved a book that, eventually, turned out to be book #4 in a series. So, I had to go and buy the other 3 books, because I cannot abide reading a series out of order.

The books listed here are the ones that I've already marked to be read this year. There are a mountain more to be read, but these are the ones that I'm trying to get done first.



44 Scotland Street 1-12, by Alexander McCall Smith (1 for Netgalley)

Alex Cross 1-20, by James Patterson (2 for Netgalley)

Blackstone 1-6, by Richard Falkirk

Hell Divers 1-3, by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Bitter Moon Saga 1-4, by Amy Lane

Ishmael Jones 1-3, by Simon R. Green (1 for Netgalley)

Kingfountain 1-6, by Jeff Wheeler (3 for Netgalley)

Maeve Kerrigan 1-7, by Jane Casey (2 for Netgalley)

Miss Phryne Fisher 6-19, by Kerry Greenwood (4 for Netgalley)

The Copper Cat 1-3, by Jen Williams

Yancy Lazarus 1-4, by James A. Hunter

The Vengeance Trilogy 1-3, by Devin Madson (1 for Netgalley)

David Raker 1-9, by Tim Weaver (3 for Netgalley)



A Son of the Sun, by Fabien Nury

The Atrocities, by Jeremy C. Shipp

NuBiAh, by Thomas Jones

Forward the Hunt, by Lotus Oakes

Evergreen, by Geneva Vand

Experiment Number Six, by Mina MacLeod

The Adventures of Technicality Man, by Jessica Meats

Brass Automaton, by Mark Gardner

Hammers on Bone, by Cassandra Khaw

Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks, Vol. 1, by Jamie Rich

The Falcon of Sparta, by Conn Iggulden

The Forbidden Harbour, Vol. 1, by Teresa Radic

Guess Who, by Chris McGeorge


As you can see, I probably won't be able to get all of these read in 2018 (or what's left of it) but I'm certainly going to try. If you've read any of these, I'd love to know your thoughts (good or bad) and if you're intrigued by them, check them out! I've included the links to the Goodreads pages so that you can read the blurbs if you want to.

Happy Reading!


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text 2018-05-30 11:00
Facts About Me: Trigger Warnings

I spoke about trigger warnings in a post last year, that you can find here. Why am I writing about it again? Because it's important. Because it's one of those things that every author has to account for. It's a responsibility that we possess, as writers. It's our duty to our readers to provide them.

So let's discuss, by evaluating the biggest questions that surround trigger warnings:

Are trigger warnings plot spoilers?

NO! And this is one argument that really rubs me up the wrong way. Books nowadays come with notes/warnings such as: cliffhanger, HEA, HFN and so much more. Why do authors believe that those are not plot spoilers but a trigger warning is? The whole point of HEA and cliffhanger warnings is to warn readers who don't like those things - who want a perfect, clear ending, who don't want to pick up a book that has a cliffhanger etc.

Who does it harm when a reader picks up a book without a cliffhanger warning?

No one. Sure, a reader might be frustrated or annoyed by the lack of a warning. A reader might even downgrade a story/book/novel because they brought expectations to the book, believing it was a completed story, only to find that it's not. Either the story continues in another book or the ending is rounded off but not all the way complete because the plot continues in the next issue/edition/episode or novel. That's a personal thing and nothing that will seriously hurt anyone's feelings.

Who does it hurt when a reader picks up a book without a trigger warning?

Wow...so many answers to this. To properly answer this, we need to evaluate what a trigger warning is and what it should do. But, the general idea is that a trigger warning is a clear indicator of plot arcs or content that could be detrimental to a person's physical or mental health.

Here's the literal description, if you type 'trigger warning definition' into Google:

"trigger warning

  1. a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc. alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material.
    "there probably should be a trigger warning for people dealing with grief"

There it is, in a nutshell. "Potentially distressing material." Which brings up to defining what that is.

What subjects require a trigger warning?

This can vary, according to personal ideas, but I generally think the accepted terms are that rape, child abuse, domestic abuse, and suicide should be given a trigger warning. Personally, I would also add in cancer (as someone who has had it, gone through chemo, and doesn't always like the way it's represented in books), certain mental health issues (such as schizophrenia or self-harm and depression) as well as cheating. These are things that most people in life have experienced at some point, so a lot of authors wouldn't agree they should have a trigger warning, but having talked to countless readers and authors, I disagree.

I've spoken to a reader recently who was traumatised by a book recommended to her, as "light relief" while she was undergoing a difficult time at home, because someone recommended a book and didn't warn her that it had a cancer storyline. Not just a cancer storyline, but a particularly brutal one, in a lot of detail. Which was the last thing she wanted, because she was trying to escape the trauma and emotional chaos of a close family member going through chemo. I, myself, have undergone chemo and don't like the way some authors portray it. To some it's a death sentence and there's no hope, their characters reject treatment, while others go the opposite route and make it a plot-toy that is mentioned but is never actually explored with any dignity or respect.

I also know readers who have suffered through being cheated on in marriage or in a relationship, who were devastated and unable to trust for a long time after. They're the kind of readers who hope for and need a trigger warning for cheating in books.

But, most importantly of all, there are the people who need trigger warnings for rape, assault, domestic abuse and more. People who have PTSD for military reasons, from an assault, from homophobic or racist hate crimes, people who have nightmares, flashbacks, and still cannot move past what was done to them or what they experienced. People who are struggling to get through from day-to-day. These are the people who desperately NEED a trigger warning.

Where should a trigger warning be placed?

No matter the extent of the content, as long as it's in there, or implied, it needs to be included in a warning. Whether this is in the front matter, a small note in the blurb, or used in the promo material with a single line of warning, it needs to be SOMEWHERE. Somewhere people will see it and can make a well informed judgment about whether they are able to read that book, whether it will be harmful to them to read it, or whether they can cope with the content.

Most importantly, there is ONE reason to use trigger warnings:

It is THEIR choice, not ours.

As authors, we write the stories that speak to us, but we have no right to force people to read our stories if it's going to be harmful to them or detrimental to their mental or physical health.

I've seen a friend suffer flashbacks, anxiety attacks, nightmares, and who had to make an emergency visit to their psychologist to get help to overcome the effects of reading a book that detailed what he had gone through in his own life, because there was NO warning. He was the kind of reader who was very careful never to place himself in a position to read books that could relate to his own experiences and life, who knew what reading those kind of books could do to him. But there was no warning and he ended up in severe mental distress, with physical and mental symptoms and suicidal thoughts, all because of a book.

Words have power. Authors sometimes forget that. We forget that we try to write realistic characters and, sometimes, we hit the mark far too well. We hit a nerve with people. That's the point of being an author, to touch a nerve, to strike an emotion, to make people feel something.

A trigger warning has nothing to do with ruining the plot, with exposing a huge plot point, or revealing too much. A trigger warning isn't a spoiler that will stop people from reading the book. In fact, it can draw readers to an author, because they knew that author cares, that they are open about the content in their books. A reader who doesn't need or want a trigger warning can skim it, if they want to. A reader who needs that warning can go into the book with their eyes open, knowing what to expect, or they can choose not to take the risk.

The truth is this: a trigger warning provides context, preparation, a chance for the reader to give their conscious consent to read about an issue that may affect them. The lack of a trigger warning cannot be undone. An author who doesn't provide a trigger warning for a book that should have it and doesn't, will NEVER be able to undo the damage done to a reader who desperately needed that warning. They will lose no readers for a trigger warning in a blurb, but they will lose a reader for books with no trigger warning when it's needed.

Which is why I'm such a devoted advocate of trigger warnings.

Trigger warnings are there for when we hit the mark. When we get it right. Because, a well placed trigger warning can save a life. And, to me, that's all that matters.


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Facts About Me: My 2018 TBR

I have LOADS of books on my TBR list for 2018. This post will feature some of the paperbacks and e-books that I've purchased over the years, that I really want to actually get read. I spent good money on buying them, but I always prioritise those that I've agreed to review and never seem to make time for those that I paid money for. Which seems kind of ridiculous. So, 2018 is my year of catching up on the ones I was desperate to read, paid for, and never got round to.


  • Descender, Vol. 1 and 2, by Jeff Lemire
  • The Queen of the Damned (Comic) 1-11, by Anne Rice
  • Amelia Peabody 1-20, by Elizabeth Peters
  • Amsterdam Assassin 1-4, by Martyn V. Halm
  • Awakened by Blood 1-3, by Marie Treanor
  • Cornelius Quaint Chronicles 1-6, by Darren Craske
  • Daisy Dalrymple 1-23, by Carola Dunn
  • Dan Shepherd 1-12, by Stephen Leather
  • Dark/Carpathian 1-27, by Christine Feehan
  • Dave Gurney 1-5, by John Verdon
  • Elders & Welders Chronicles 1-3, by Margaret Foxe
  • Inspector Montalbano 1-12, by Andrea Camilleri
  • Lady of Ashes 1-6, by Christine Trent
  • Peter Grant 1-5, by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Powder Mage 1-3, by Brian McClellan
  • Psy-Changeling 1-10, by Nalini Singh
  • Vera Stanhope 1-6, by Anne Cleaves
  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children 1-3, by Ransom Riggs
  • Sidekicked 1-2, by John David Anderson
  • The Vampire Chronicles 1-3, by Anne Rice
  • Dead Camp 1-5, by Sean Kerr
  • Dusk, by Tim Lebbon
  • Detective Murdoch 1-8, by Maureen Jennings
  • Somebody to Love, by Aurelia Frey
  • 13 Ways to Midnight, by Rue Volley
  • Tales from Verania 1-3, by T.J. Klune
  • Swords of Riverside 1-2, by Ellen Kushner
  • The Maze Runner 1-3, by James Dashner
  • City of the Damned 1-3, by Marie Treanor
  • Willow, by Wayland Drew
  • Beastkeeper, by Cat Hellisen
  • Inheritance Cycle 1-4, by Christopher Paolini
  • Victoria Speedwell 1-2, by Deanna Raybourn
  • The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco


Of course, there will be a mountain of solo novels that I want to read, but since 2018 is my year of catching up, I plan to do the series books first. There are a lot of comics that I also want to read, since I've been buying quite a few Humble Bundle's ever since I discovered the site last year. Plus, comics are great for fitting in when you don't have a lot of time. A comic of 150 pages can be read in just half an hour, thanks to the fact that all the world building and detail is put into the illustrations, so you can fit in a whole lot of comics in a short time than you can short stories or novels.


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