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To Hell and Back (Hellcat Series Book 4)

September 18th, 2014

To Hell and Back (Hellcat Series Book 4) is now available in paperback and e-book format worldwide!

Here are some of the purchase links (please search your favourite site if it isn’t listed below):
Amazon US
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NAI0IX8
Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NAI0IX8
Amazon CA
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00NAI0IX8
Amazon AU
http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00NAI0IX8
Smashwords
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474243


Paperbacks should be listed on Amazon in the next few days, but if you’re in a hurry you can purchase direct from Createspace

http://www.createspace.com/4979730

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I’m having a giveaway to celebrate!  Follow this link to enter
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/be11030e8/
Awesome prizes, including some swag from Razor!

Closing soon, so hurry on over.

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Never forget that every review (especially for Indie authors) is very, very precious, and very much appreciated!
Thank you for your ongoing support ♥

To Hell and Back (Hellcat Series Book 4) Available on Amazon Pre-order

September 6th, 2014

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Release date 18 September 2014.

Pre-Order your copy now at:

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NAI0IX8
Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0…
Amazon CA
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00NA…
Amazon AU
https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00NAI0IX8

Hopefully all other platfoms will be available soon. Links will be provided as soon as they are live!

To Hell and Back (Hellcat Series Book 4) Coming soon…….

September 3rd, 2014

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News for August – Exciting times

August 11th, 2014

Yowza, this year is just zipping by, though honestly I’ve got to that point of winter where I simply cannot wait for spring.  It’s been a wet and wild couple of months here in the Land of the Long White Cloud.  There have been storms, gales, hail, tornados and snow, and that was just last week.  Come on spring and summer!  I’m so excited that my Dad is coming to visit us from South Africa in September.  We haven’t seen him since we emigrated, more than 6 years ago.  And best of all he gets here just after the release of Book 4 so I can take a couple of weeks off and enjoy my time with him.  Having seen a disturbing news article about how people are abandoning black cats because they don’t photograph well, I thought I’d show you how wrong they are with a pic of my other ‘baby’.  Boy, has she grown from the tiny ball of fluff she was not so long ago.  She will be 1 in October so she’s still very playful and loves to bite – ouch!

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I’m currently doing my first major review of book 4, meaning it’s 90% finished J.  Just a few minor scenes to add in linking some actions scenes, and the last chapter to finish, which I always only do after my first run-through.  It’ll be going off to my ‘Alpha’ readers (I don’t class myself as the first reader) over the weekend, and hopefully they don’t find any major problems.  On top of that I’m busy planning a Minecraft party for my son who turns 8 on the 21st.  Oh dear, I really feel like I’m getting old.  Have any of you got Minecrafters in your house?  It’s quite something to wrap your head around if you’ve never played it before.  Anyhow, I think I have most of the planning done, the bulk of the shopping done, so now it’s just the cake and some party games to plan and then to prepare for the horde of around 20 children that have been invited (and to pray for sunshine, or at least not pouring rain!)

And now my exciting announcement!

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I will be in contact with my cover artist, the wonderful and talented Erin Kuhle, next week to start work on the new cover – one of my favourite parts of the whole process.  All going well I’ll have a cover release towards the beginning of September, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted on that one.

A while back I narrated a short section of book 1 for you all to hear.  I thought perhaps you’d all like to hear another section like that.  So I’m going to open up my Facebook page and my email for submissions.  If you have an all-time favourite scene, or just something you’d like to hear me narrate, make your nomination by commenting on my FB wall or sending me a message.  Remember to let me have the name of the book as well as what chapter it occurs in.  I’ll list the submissions and let you all vote for your favourite.  There is another giveaway over at Rafflecopter, so click on over http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/be11030e7/

 

Previously unseen snippet:

Gabi moved her chair slightly to be able to look at Mac without straining her neck.  Despite the tense set to his shoulders he appeared at ease in his surroundings; he’d swapped his well-worn jeans for a newer looking pair of beige corduroys and his earlier t-shirt for a blue and grey checked button-up.  A brown leather jacket hung from the back of his chair, apparently Jorge hadn’t managed to pry it away from him, and his brown leather boots had had an obvious clean and polish.  Gabi grinned;

“You clean up okay, Mac,” she teased.  He returned her grin wryly and opened his mouth to respond, then his eyes flicked to Julius and his grin dimmed, what he’d been about to say dying on his lips.

“Thank you, Ma’am,” he said with an odd formality.  Gabi sighed.

“You can be yourself here, Mac,” she said, catching and holding his gaze. “I won’t let anyone eat you, I promise.”

“She’s right,” Kyle chimed in, sensing Gabi’s need to put Mac at ease.  “No one’s ever been eaten on her watch.”  Gabi pulled a face at him, balling up a chunk of a dinner roll from the basket in centre of the table to throw at him.  He caught it and stuffed it into his mouth.  “Hmm, can you butter the next piece, thanks?”

“Please excuse the children, Mr Maclary,” Julius sighed like a long suffering parent, “But Gabrielle is right; there’s no need to censor your words, I’m not that easy to insult.”  He lifted his glass and breathed in the bouquet of the wine, hint of a smile tugging at his lips as he continued.  “And truly, she wouldn’t let me eat you.”  A startled huff, almost a guffaw left the older man, and much of the rigid tension of his shoulders eased.

“Well then, I guess, considering she’s on my side of the table, I’ll take my chances,” Mac stated, with his first genuine amusement of the night.

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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 http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/be11036/ 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. 

If you would like to sign up to receive my bi-monthly newsletter direct to your inbox, you can do so here.  http://hellcatseries.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f4814b4b7ec28968a3ecde276&id=51506a9b5d

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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:

http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvNominations-2014.html

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. 

 

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A Cold Day in Hell is on Sale!

February 11th, 2014

SPECIAL OFFER!

 

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 sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz
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:
http://www.sffanz.org.nz/

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: hellcatseries@gmail.com
Category: Professional – Best Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Your name: (Hopefully you know this one )
Your Contact: (email address is fine)

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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: hellcatseries@gmail.com
Category: Professional – Best New Talent
Genre: Fantasy
Your name: (Hopefully you know this one )
Your Contact: (email address is fine)

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Hellcat Series Book 3 released

November 14th, 2013

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

BuyLinks:

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376635

Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Day-Hell-Hellcat-ebook/dp/B00GO3HIYI/

Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-Day-Hell-Hellcat-Series-ebook/dp/B00GO3HIYI

Amazon CA:

http://www.amazon.ca/Cold-Day-Hell-Hellcat-ebook/dp/B00GO3HIYI

Amazon AUS/NZ:

http://www.amazon.com.au/Cold-Day-Hell-Hellcat-Series-ebook/dp/B00GO3HIYI

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

October 30th, 2013

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