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News for June

June 18th, 2014

Hello Hellions

Holy Moly, winter arrived in New Zealand with a bang.  It seemed that the leaves had only just started turning to rich autumn shades and whammo, three mornings of thick frost covered lawns and the ski slopes all over NZ were open.  Maybe one day I’ll get up the courage to try skiing or snow-boarding, but it’s not something us South Africans commonly do!  When it’s snowing and below zero all I want to do is sit in front of a roaring fire with a glass of sherry in hand.   

Well, my baby Bear is officially 1, and what a party it was!  She was so spoilt, and her brother didn’t feel the least bit neglected as most of the kids who came were his age.  He just loves having friends around.   Hubby and I used the opportunity to catch up with friends we only get to see a few times a year (usually at kid’s birthdays).  It’s always a fabulous way to spend an afternoon.  I was quite proud of the cupcakes I made – all edible bugs and butterflies J – and some butterfly cookies too!

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Book 4 is still speaking to me very loudly (always a good thing) though I’ve had to take a short break to do my income tax return this past week. Blah! Thank goodness that’s now done and I can get back to writing.  There are some exciting scenes spinning around in my head, including a cliff-hanger for the end of the book.  You’ll probably hate me, but want book 5 even more *evil author grin*.  I have a working title, and will give it a few weeks to see if it sticks.  I might just reveal it in the next newsletter if it does.

Sadly I didn’t win either of my categories in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards this year, but it was an honour to have been nominated and acknowledged.

I had one disappointing note to my week last week when I was thumped over the head with the realisation that, sadly, many people still don’t think of Indie authors as ‘proper’ authors.  A very well-known Urban Fantasy author made comments on her blog and Facebook to the effect of; ‘non-traditionally published authors do not pay for things like book covers, proofing and editing, so their e-books should be much more cheaply available on e-book platforms than traditionally published books’, using a picture of a cheap, shoddy hamburger and obviously alluding to the sentiment that ‘you get what you pay for’ when you buy an Indie published book.  I would just like to step in here and assure you that I, and most Indie authors, do indeed pay for covers (mine are exclusive, one-off designs) proof-readers and editors directly from our own pockets.  I’ll continue to be a proudly Indie author, knowing that I (and the vast majority of my Indie author peers) put a quality product out there for all to read and enjoy. 

Another thing that came to my attention last week was a case of a book blog trying to pass off a pirated copy of an e-book as a prize in one of their giveaways.  As if ‘normal’ e-book piracy isn’t enough of a headache for authors to deal with… So I simply ask that if you ever win a giveaway and get asked for your @kindle address (and for you to add a blogger as an approved sender) for the blogger to send you your prize that you check with the blogger that the prize is legitimate.  No paid for copy of an e-book will ever require your @kindle address, and very few authors will send out a copy like this unless it’s an ARC (advanced review copy), and in that case it should be noted clearly during the giveaway.  If you’re unsure, or get the runaround from the blogger concerned, try to contact the author directly, most of us have a website or FB page these days.  That being said, this doesn’t seem to be a wide-spread issue yet, and by far, the majority of bloggers are awesome people and would never do something so underhanded to an author or reader!

A new Giveaway:  Click on over to Rafflecopter or my Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning.  There are e-books from author friends; Rachel Walter, Tiffany Flowers and Nicki Scalise up for grabs, as well as signed bookmarks, and the chance to be one of the first to receive Hellcat book 4 when it’s released later in the year.  I’ve also got one VERY special prize; the chance to name a character in book 4!

Huge thanks to all of you who join in the fun on Facebook, I think my favourite of the weekday regulars is What’s Up Wednesday – I just love to hear what you think and like.

As always, thank you for your continued support of my work. 

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News for April

April 1st, 2014

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  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. 


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A Cold Day in Hell is on Sale!

February 11th, 2014



E-book format of Book 3 in the Hellcat Series is on sale from now until the end of Feb.  So you haven’t bought your copy yet, now’s the time!  Don’t forget to spread the word to friends and family.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards time!

February 11th, 2014
Oops – I’ve nearly missed the cut off date for nominations for the NZ Speculative Fiction awards! If you think the Hellcat Series is worthy of a nomination please check out how to vote for me below: (You don’t have to be from New Zealand t…o vote) I really need your votes, as they only select the top nominated books/authors for consideration for the final member-only vote. Nominations close 15 Feb (NZ time) Thanks everyone!!!

Julius Vogel Awards Nomination Forms

Send your email nominations to
You can vote for as many books and authors as you like, but each nomination requires a separate email. Simply cut and paste the info for the nomination you would like to make, add in your details, and forward it to the email address above. Anyone around the globe (legitimate and living) is eligible to nominate, you don’t have to be a New Zealand citizen or resident (only the author has to be).

For further information, or to see other authors you can vote for, go to:

To nominate ACDIH for Best Professional Novel:

Book Title: A Cold Day in Hell (Hellcat Series Book 3)
Author: Sharon Hannaford
Type of work: Novel
Yr of release: 2013
Publisher: Sharon Hannaford
Author Contact:
Category: Professional – Best Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Your name: (Hopefully you know this one )
Your Contact: (email address is fine)


To nominate me for Best New Talent

Author: Sharon Hannaford
Type of work: Novels
Body of work: The Hellcat Series Books 1, 2 and 3
1st yr of release: 2012
Publisher: Sharon Hannaford
Author Contact:
Category: Professional – Best New Talent
Genre: Fantasy
Your name: (Hopefully you know this one )
Your Contact: (email address is fine)


Hellcat Series Book 3 released

November 14th, 2013

A Cold Day in Hell (Hellcat Series Book 3) is now available in e-format!



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Cover Reveal for A Cold Day in Hell (Hellcat Series Book3)

October 30th, 2013

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Release Day Announced

October 24th, 2013

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 Join me over on my Facebook page

for a fun day of giveaways

and Author Q & A.

Release Day Announcement

October 22nd, 2013


Release date for A Cold Day in Hell (Hellcat Series Book 3) will be announced on 25 October (New Zealand time).  Join me over on my Facebook page for a fun day of giveaways and Author Q & A.  I will also put the news up here on the website, so check back here if you can’t join me on Facebook.

Win the chance to make an appearance in book 3

August 17th, 2013

To celebrate reaching 2000 likes on my Facebook page I’m running a fun giveaway.  The first prize is a chance to be written into book 3 :-) If you win you get to tell me a bit about yourself and I’ll make sure you make a guest appearance somewhere in the book.  The first prize also includes an e-copy of book 3 on release day, as well as a signed paperback when they are available.  There’re also another 5 e-copies of Book 3 up for grabs (obviously once the book is released in November).…  or mobile friendly link


Gabi’s Diary July 2013

July 29th, 2013

Well, as you can maybe tell, the author woman hasn’t been around to bug me into writing a diary lately, but I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that she’s now back from maternity leave, and nagging my ears off.  She made me meet her for coffee yesterday and somehow talked me into promising to do this! She had the new baby with her, and I swear that little girl has the biggest, bluest, most knowing eyes I’ve ever seen.  I’m not much of one for babies, as they always seem to be egesting some kind of bodily fluid (and I’m also quite convinced that if I touch one I’ll break it) but I dare anyone, of any species, not to respond when that mite smiles at you!

But you know what? It reminded me why I do what I do.  The thought of something bad happening to that little girl, or her mother, is scarier than the thought of facing Dantè and his demon horde all over again.  Nothing evil can ever be allowed close enough to touch them.  Not on my watch!

Maybe it’s time to sort things out with Byron and the SMV, I’ve been putting it off for too long.  Much like Derek!  Oh, Derek.  He is a bigger problem than I thought.  Things are about to come to head with him.  I’ve about had enough of his woe-is-me act.  I just need to go to him with a truck-load of patience, so that I’m not tempted to put him out of his misery, I’m not sure that Trish would forgive me for that.

Well, I have to be off, tonight is the big celebration for the completion of the new manor house.  Julius is treating all the staff who worked on the project to a night of fun in one of his clubs – supernaturals only night – so they can let loose and enjoy themselves.  I need to pick up something to wear.  Time to tempt a certain overly-controlled Master Vampire *evil grin*.  Be good and stay safe!