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Free books for Londoners? What about the rest of us?

Posted on November 23, 2015

Just because you don’t live in England’s capital city is no reason to miss out. To coincide with Books on the Underground distributing copies on the London underground from 25th November, Shadowless on Kindle is FREE until 8am GMT 27th November. Find S …

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More reviewers wanted!

Posted on November 19, 2015

I found Shadowless on the shelves of the local library today (pictured), and had one of those ‘yep, now I feel like a real writer!’ moments. Thanks to everyone who has provided a review already. I’d love to have more, particularly for Restoring the Lig …

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Read what you love, whenever you can

Posted on October 13, 2015

This is my catchphrase. I put it in book dedications, I try to keep it in mind all the time. There are good scientific and cultural reasons for doing so, as Bookmachine, the publishing industry professionals’ website, can confirm. Check out their artic …

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Posted on October 9, 2015

Pictured here is what I should have been doing last Thursday, 1st October. However a cartload of lemons in the form of a missing book stock order intervened, and here’s what I actually did that evening. After the Failure to Launch last week, a postmort …

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On to the next book…

Posted on September 17, 2015

I have a confession to make. You’re probably going to have to wait a while for Book 3, Playing a Dark Game. I’m a slow writer, and though it’s three-quarters written and the core plot is complete, one or two of the new characters have still got stuff u …

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It’s Launch Party Time – 1st October 2015 (and you’re invited!)

Posted on September 6, 2015

It’s nearly time for Restoring the Light! If you read and loved Shadowless, Book 1 of the Ilmaen Quartet, the wait is nearly over. If you like a party and can get to Surrey, UK, come and join us for the launch – and reviewers of either book come FREE a …

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An author’s best friend is her/his editor

Posted on August 28, 2015

I worked out long ago that I’m not a naturally good writer. A strange admission for an author to make, you may think, but read on because it’s true of more authors than you’d think – and nothing to be ashamed of. I knew I had a great story to tell with …

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Sneaky peak at Peter O’Connor’s Lestar by moonlight – the cover for Restoring the Light

Posted on August 12, 2015

The book covers are really important, so to find a cover designer who could top his first design with an even better one is just a dream come true. You can’t expect cover designers to read your opus magnum cover to cover, so finding a way to convey the …

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Come again? Pronouncing names in the Ilmaen Quartet

Posted on July 31, 2015

There are two key issues that make names complicated in the Ilmaen Quartet: the variety of people who’ve moved into the heart of Western Europe, and the fact that centuries have passed. Just as we don’t speak or spell English in the same way as we used …

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Formatting an e-Book – why I love Jutoh

Posted on July 29, 2015

As a self-publisher and with past careers in technical writing and quality assurance, achieving a good, professional finish was one of the things that most worried me – particularly formatting an e-book, as I’ve seen some that look horrible. I thought …

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