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Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore and Myth – Reimagined and Remastered.

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I am so thrilled to be a part of this spectacular fairytale retelling anthology. Twice Upon A Time was put together by editor and blogger Joshua Allen Mercier as a launch for his new publishing house, The Bearded Scribe. Having previously been featured on Joshua’s blog (Aversion review), I was approached earlier this year with an invitation to submit a short story for the launch. Since I’d already tackled Cinderella’s story in my YA novel, The Other Slipper, I figured I would try to come up with something darker for this. About six months later, I submitted my  wacky take on the Sleeping Beauty story, which was accepted (phew!) and now sits alongside about 40 other stories . I hope new and old readers of my work will enjoy the stories, and share your thoughts on them online.

The anticipated release date is the 23rd of December, just in time for a Christmas morning read in bed. I will post more links up in the coming week but, in the meantime, below is the book’s blurb and links to its Youtube book trailer Continue reading

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The Altercation of Vira – Rebranding

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In a post last month, I mentioned that I was revamping some of my older book covers; three of them to be precise. The Summer of Brian got its makeover at the start of October and, after a long process of head scratching, uhming and arhing, I settled on an idea for the new cover of The Altercation of Vira. I was surprised at how many options I had to mull over with this one – blue umbrella and stones, ghost town, red stalks, green sun with red sky…you’ll understand the links if you’ve read the book. Turns out I had far too many objects to play with than I’d considered when I worked on the original cover. But I decided to shun all that and go down another route. Once it got the nod from my team of cover eyeballers (thanks guys!), I put it up on Amazon et al and went on to post about it on Book Goodies and Indie Author Land on Friday.

Between Friday afternoon and this morning, downloads had shot up 500%! I know it could all be a huge coincidence brought on by the weekend weather or something, but I hope it’s not. The good news is, since Friday, Vira has been sitting on Amazon.com’s Top 100 free Teen/YA Sword and Sorcery list and Amazon.co.uk’s Top 100 free Children’s ebooks Love and Romance list. Brilliant, no? That last category is odd because the characters are older than 18 but, hey, I won’t knock it. Being on any list means it is visible to readers who would otherwise not have heard of it. Moral of the story? I need to start work on the cover of The Other Slipper. Looks like I’ll be busy from now until Christmas.

Blogoversary Event at Books Books and More Books

Really pleased to announce that ‘Aversion’ and ‘The Other Slipper’ are being offered as giveaway e-books as part of the Blogoversary Event on Books Books & More Books, many thanks to the fabulous Martha Campos. I’m doubly pleased that I’m being featured with David Estes. So exciting! Click here for a link.

Have a Happy Easter everyone!

The Other Slipper paperback is finally here!

It’s finally here! I squealed with delight when I got home and saw the  package from Createspace last night. I’m so much more excited about this than I was about the release of the e-version but that’s probably because this feels so much more real (you can probably see that I already bent the cover with all my eager page turning). I had a few last-minute tweaks to make after reviewing the proof (oh, the woes of formatting) and now the book has been approved for distribution in the USA and Europe via Amazon. To be honest, the e-version looks so much more appealing when you look at the cost of the paperback ($9.99 – ah, the colossal cost of printing) but not everyone likes to read off a screen so this will give those people a chance to get a hold of the book. Please spread the word as usual and thank you once again for all your support.

Link for purchase via Createspace is: https://www.createspace.com/4007967

I will post the Amazon link once it comes up.

Happy 1st Birthday To The Other Slipper!

Can you believe it? It’s been a year already! Thanks to everyone who has supported my dream by buying an e-copy of The Other Slipper. I’ve had positive reviews on various book review blogs, Amazon and Goodreads and I’m really grateful to all those who felt passionate enough about the story to talk about it. In recognition of this lovely anniversary, I’m looking into releasing a paperback copy pretty soon (thank God for CreateSpace) and I am currently going through all the formatting, editing, etc to get it right for printing (I now almost understand why publishers charge so much money for this!). It will be available via Amazon online stores so I will keep you guys posted. Exciting!

The Great Conspiracy of The Flashy Cover

We’ve all done it before – browsing the aisles of a bookstore as you wait for your flight to be announced, scrolling through pages on Amazon looking for the perfect book to upload to your Kindle before your train commute, or (shock of all shocks) walking into Foyles to explore the wonders that publishers have deemed worthy to provide for our perusal. Most people will tell you that an author’s name or a blurb drive their purchase of books but let’s be honest, put a pretty picture on any old crap and you might be able to sell it to a king. When dropped in a sea of literary works, most of us usually walk towards (or hover over) a book because the cover attracts our attention. Then we notice the title and the author’s name (whichever is in larger font) before we even check what the book is about.

Why am I going on about this? I recently completed the first draft of my YA novella, Aversion, and was faced with the task of creating a cover for it. When it comes to marketing related tasks, I prefer this exercise to synopsis or blurb writing so I tend to spend more time on this than I should  (although I’ve heard this doesn’t necessarily translate to the end product). I like book covers with block colours and few images on, like those I’ve included above. No pretty lasses in frocks floating about on my covers, thank you very much. Yes, those types of covers are eye catching and most people think that’s what young adult novel covers should look like but they don’t really have anything to do with my stories. It’s bad enough that people mistake some of my work for romance just because of the young adult genre (okay, this only happens with The Other Slipper but people, why can’t YA adventure exist without romance?).

Anyway, in my lengthy research on book covers, I came across this blog post which restored my hope in simple covers. It shows some iconic but simple book covers from the 20th century which support my notion that over glossed, fluffy covers are not necessarily the only way to go. Unfortunately I don’t think any of the titles are in the YA range (unless we class Lord of the Flies as YA) so maybe I still need to rethink my strategy. And maybe I need to step into the 21st century. Maybe…

I’ve previously uploaded my attempts at being a cover designer on here so I decided to put up the current fruits of my labour. Do people have any opinions? The covers are pretty much the same concept with slight variations (the three I’ve narrowed my efforts down to are at the top of this post). I’ve included the current blurb to give a feel of the story but all of these are subject to change before the end of year release of the novella. Let me know what you think.

Aversion – Book One of “The Mentalist Series”

For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?

This Week in Kenny’s World…

Round up of this week’s promos:

Interview on Hock G. Tjoa’s blog
Review of The Altercation of Vira on Library Mosaic

Enjoy!