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Dissuasão – Aversion in Portuguese

It’s that time again! Thanks to the wonderful world of Babelcube, the (Brazilian) Portuguese version of Aversion, “Dissuasão”, is now available to purchase at all major online retail stores.

The process began with Nathalia Carvalho’s 2016 translation of Broken Ties, Laços Rompidos, where she aptly coined the word Dissuasão for Aversion (since Aversão didn’t quite feel right), and then translated the first chapter, paving the way for Bárbara Bressan to continue with the series. I am so pleased Bárbara was able to work on this story because she showed so mush resilience and dedication even when we faced a number of setbacks. I truly look forward to working with her again! I also can’t thank Jose Serranito enough for taking out time to read through both books and making corrections at the end stages. His help has been brilliant and his generosity will never be forgotten. And finally, a huge thanks to Tom Jay for providing the updated cover for this version, once again.

So what are you waiting for? Time to click away and spread the word. Thanks again everyone. Next stop, more from the series in Spanish!

DISSUASÃO

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Para a primeira vez de Gemma Green, as coisas deveriam ter sido óbvias. Encontre seu alvo, mantenha contato visual e empurre um pensamento para sua mente para salvá-lo de um desastre no futuro – Dissuasão completa. Um processo bastante simples dado que o alvo não teria lembrança nenhuma da experiência. Mas Russ Tanner parecia não querer esquecer. Na verdade, quanto mais ela tentava evitá-lo, mais ele se empenhava em tentar conhecê-la. Gemma sabe que tem um problema, mas estaria ela encarando os efeitos colaterais de uma Dissuasão mal feita ou o campeão de tênis da escola tinha realmente se apaixonado por ela?

It Has Soooooo Not Been Five Months!

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First of all, I would like to express my apologies to anyone who follows this blog with the hope of receiving constant posts. It has been over five months since my last one and, even though I keep on meaning to write a few words, I don’t just want to post something for the sake of posting. My thoughts occasionally linger on stuff I’d like to share, but my fingers haven’t quite made it to a keyboard in time…

My second apology is related to the next book in my Mentalist book series, Keepers. It was noted as “coming soon” at the end of Sentient which was released around now in 2013. I have managed to release one book in the series each year since Aversion came out so you can understand my desire to carry on this tradition and why I was racked with guilt about this for a while. The thing is, earlier this year as I was having one of my mini panic attacks about my lack of productivity, a work colleague  said something along the lines of, “Good things take time to get right so don’t rush it.” That was the moment I decided that, no matter how much guilt I felt about not having time or motivation to write, I had to take a deep breath and accept it would get done when it was right. Not that I’d ever compare myself to George RR Martin’s brilliance but Continue reading

It Starts With One…

Back in November, I blogged about giving “The Other Slipper” some company in the wonderful world of ebooks in the form of another novel I’ve written called “The Altercation of Vira” (see Two Is Company). The more observant readers might have noticed that the My Books…So Far tab on my sidebar has been updated within the last few months but not with said novel (feel free to check out the novella listed there, if you’re interested in YA fiction). 

What I’ve decided to do is post the prologue and first 3 chapters of Vira on this blog so that readers can sample the book before it hits retail stores. Retailers usually allow readers download between 10 and 20% of the book content before purchase so I figured, why not start early?  Continue reading

Two Is Company

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who has supported and/or bought my e-book The Other Slipper. I couldn’t have done it without you guys. It took a while for me to get into the whole self-promotion mindset but I’m slowly getting there. One of the resounding pieces of advice I’ve come across during my research is that with e-books, more is better when it comes to how many books an author has available. As long as the work published is interesting and of high quality, there is no need to wait months or years to release books as is done in the traditional publishing world. This is because there is no debate about which book shop will stock your book or how much shelf space the product takes up etc. E-books will always be digitally available (well, as long as the internet and e-book readers exist) and so can always be stumbled upon by a multitude of readers.

Bearing this in mind I’ve decided to give The Other Slipper a companion on the shelf. It looks a little lonely sitting out there by itself so I’ve been editing another fantasy fiction novel I wrote called The Altercation of Vira. I wrote this years before The Other Slipper and I know some people will be happy to finally see it out there (you know yourselves) so I’m even more excited about publishing this than the last one.

Again, I’d love to get people’s opinions on the front cover. Continue reading

The Kindle Spindle

I’m finally doing it. After months of deliberation and self-doubt, I’m delving into the world of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. I discovered that anyone can self publish their work to be read on a Kindle device (or via a Kindle app on iphones, ipads, Android devices etc) when I was reading a series of writing articles in the Reader’s Digest earlier this year. It took no time to convince myself that I could use this to get my work published but it was months before I started to do any proper research and get the ball in motion. Why? Because I kept thinking it couldn’t be that easy, and it isn’t, but it’s still much easier than I thought it would be. If you want your work to be good, there is no other way round it, hard work needs to be done! Plus there are plenty of online forums and blogs out there that give fantastic advice on what to do to make the process less painful.

I have to admit, I’ve never been so petrified of anything in my life! Putting my work out there for others to judge has never been an easy thing for me. I have to do it everyday in my working life and it hurts when long hours of design work are dismissed with one word because someone just doesn’t get where you’re coming from, but this will be far worse. Continue reading