Hello my Hellions
Well, winter is on the way here in the Southern hemisphere, there’s a distinct nip in the early morning air and autumn colours abound. We’re trying to make the most of every last day of warmth and sun while it lasts (and luckily today is beautiful). I am most definitely a summer person, and the thought of winter already has me shivering in my slippers! I can’t believe it’s just a month to my little Bear’s first birthday. She’s been walking for 2 months already, and is getting up to all kinds of mischief; we honestly cannot take our eyes off her for 5 seconds! But she has us all wrapped around her little finger, including her ‘other’ mummy, who looks after her during the day while I work.
Speaking of work – Book 4 is coming along quite splendidly; the antagonists are whispering all their nefarious plans in my ear, while Gabi is learning her way around the minefield of Vampire politics and Julius manages to surprise her yet again. I’m currently on track for my planned release in September.
I had some wonderful news a few weeks ago when I was informed that I’ve been short-listed for two Sir Julius Vogel Awards this year: Best New Talent and Best Novel of 2013 – this most certainly wouldn’t have happened without your votes! So my most sincere thanks for your faith in my work ♥. The award ceremony will be held on 26 April, and I’m hoping to make it to the ceremony this year, as it’s being held in my home City of Auckland. If you’d like to see who else made the short-list, (and see some more up-and-coming New Zealand talent) the full list is available here:
A small announcement: I’ve updated the first book in the Hellcat Series, A Cat’s Chance in Hell. I corrected some typos and smoothed out what I thought were some rough areas. There are no major changes to the storyline or characters, but if you’d like to download the revised editions you can do this via Amazon by going to your Account, selecting Manage your Kindle, and, if you haven’t already, turning on ‘Automatic Book Update’. An icon will then show at the book title in your list of titles and you can choose to download the newer version. I’m not sure how other e-book platforms (ie Smashwords/Kobo) accomplish this, if anyone knows please let me know and I’ll pass on the information to everyone in the next newsletter.
A new Giveaway: Click on over to Rafflecopter http://bit.ly/10xT93p or my Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning signed bookmarks, as well as be one of the first to receive book 4 when it’s released later in the year!
Lastly, my apologies for not being very active on the website; I’m finding it difficult to have time for all the social media platforms I need to update, but I promise to try harder over the coming months. In the meantime, for those of you on Facebook, I’ve implemented some fun regular weekday slots, like Mancandy Monday (guys you’re welcome to add in some girlCandy….just keep it clean for the FB police), Titbit Tuesday (I try to find a teaser from the new book for you), What’s up Wednesday (I get to learn a bit more about YOU), Thought for Thursday (I’d love some contributions) and, as always, Friday Funny (my particular, and occasionally bizarre, brand of humour). Thank you to all of you who drop in with a ‘like’ or a comment; every single one of those helps to make sure that my posts are sent out to a few more people. If you want to see all of them don’t forget to click ‘Get notifications’ under the ‘Liked’ box of my page. And please don’t be shy to add to the chatter – I love to hear from you.
As always, thank you for your continued support of my work.