Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where I'm At...

There’s a lot going on in my busy life and in my head, and I thought I’d just take the time to update my readers on my book world – one: because I like to keep you in the know and two: putting it down in words is kind of like stepping back from a Monet painting. I can see the big picture rather just a lot of blobs.

Along with organizing my move a few months ago, and then everything that needed to be organized for my holiday, and then actually taking time out to go on that holiday (oh I know, poor me having to organize a holiday – that was sarcasm btw), I’m also Maid of Honor in my best friend’s wedding this summer so I’ve been organizing the Hen Night (Bachelorette Party), freaking out about getting the perfect bridesmaid dress, and marvelling over the superwoman that is my best friend. 

This girl is a full-time (AWESOME) mum, has just been promoted at work and begun training for said new (full-time) position, has had to move house and is redecorating said house as we speak, and is in the middle of organizing her wedding that takes place in August. And I thought I was stressed. Anyhoo, kudos to Ashleen. She rocks a lot. And has done for the entire sixteen years we’ve known each other. :)

So, with everything that’s been going on this year, my ambitious writing schedule has kind of suffered. My foray into adult fiction began sooner than I had intended because, I don’t know about other writers, but if I have characters in my head who refuse to go away I have to let them speak, and that’s exactly what’s happened with my Adult contemporary romance. That doesn’t mean I’m going to let my YA books suffer. Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4) has been pushed back a month to accommodate the release of my adult fiction novel, but this is really for editing purposes. I am going to be hard at work on Darkness, Kindled so fear not Fire Spirits fans… just because I start a new project doesn’t mean I forget the one I’m already in the middle of. Anyhoo, I love Ari, Jai, Charlie and the Seven Kings. We’re not done with each other! So… here’s how things are looking. My adult fiction book is releasing in September, so Darkness, Kindled is releasing in November. Still no definite release date on that and I can’t say right now when there will be.
However, to apologize for the slight delay on release I will be releasing the ‘Club Scene’ from Scorched Skies (Fire Spirits #2) from Jai’s P.O.V! YAY! Hot-a-licious :p
Look out for this over the coming weeks.

With Fire Spirits #4 out in November, that means the fifth book will be releasing within the first few months of 2013. This pushes the release of Phantasmagoria and Other Stories to Summer 2013, and I will probably be working on my adult dystopian series in tandem with this. So for all you fans who have been waiting patiently for Lunarmorte Repercussions, the spin-off series to the Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy, we’re now looking at a late 2013/early 2014 start – preferably the former. And of course there is still the matter of Sneak Thievery, which I’m hoping to be able to write alongside Phantasmagoria. We shall see! Life has a way of getting in the way of things – which can be seen when you look back at my original schedule for this year in which I hoped to have every single book in the Fire Spirits series out by December. Still, I feel good about being able to release books a few months after the other rather than having to wait a year in between, so I’m not going complain :p

So, that’s how things are looking for now. Hope you’re all looking forward to it! And remember, there’s still time to enter the Borrowed Ember giveaway!

Love ya

Sam x

P.S for folks who follow the blog via the Goodreads feed (which will only allow me to feed in one blog) check out a new teaser for On Dublin Street here - for readers ages 18+

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Branching Out...

For the past 18 months I've been concentrating on publishing my young adult titles, and although I'm by no means finished (doubtful I'll ever be lol) writing in this genre, I've been impatiently waiting to sink my teeth into adult fiction. With a dystopian/UF series on the backburner and my 'secret project' becoming more and more demanding, I decided it was time. My secret project is in fact 'On Dublin Street' my first adult contemporary (HOT) romance. I've been working on this novel for a while now and Jocelyn and Braden have crawled too deeply inside for me to treat this manuscript as a side deal. I'm deep into it now and since it's so close to completion I thought it was time to let it out the bag :)

My goal was always to write a contemporary romance with real heart. Jocelyn and Braden (particularly Jocelyn) are flawed characters with plenty of issues, but they're also really interesting people and I'm hoping readers find their story funny, emotional and a little bit gut-wrenching.<3

 On Dublin Street
Coming September 2012 
Cover art by Phatpuppy Art 

Four years ago,
Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in
Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without
any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a
fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to
its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.

Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship,
Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction
between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn
agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded
determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare…to the very soul.

Genre: Adult
Contemporary Romance. Contains adult content. For readers ages 18+ only.

Read the first two chapters. 

This will be the only time I post on my YA blog about my adult fiction blog :)

Sam x

Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4) - The Cover

Yesterday, the cover for book four in the Fire Spirits series was revealed on the awesome blogs:
Electrifying Reviews
Tsk, Tsk, What to Read?
Shortie Says
Good Choice Reading

Thank you to those much loved bloggers for participating. You absolutely rock <3

And if you missed the cover reveal on the blogs, not to worry... 
... here it is...

Coming November 2012

The cover art for Darkness, Kindled is by my awesome cover artist Claudia McKinney of Phatpuppy Art

I absolutely adore this cover (that's Ari on the cover again folks!) and it just says everything I want it to... plus the colors are scrumptious. A few readers have told me it's their favorite so far, so I'm absolutely stoked!

Hope you all love it.

 Sam x

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'm back!

Dudes and Dudettes, I have returned from the Caribbean.

That happy holiday glow you see above has been greatly diminished by the 26 hours of travelling we had to endure BUT I'm sure once I ease out of the tiredness I will be refreshed! I should be, considering I sat by a pool for ten days and did eff all :-p
My grand plans to read a ton of books was blown to smithereens by my ultra laziness. At first I was restless and wrote a couple of chapters of my latest manuscript but the call of the sun lounger was just too great a temptation to ignore. Although it should be noted that the DR sun is really close and after receiving some nasty blisters on my knees despite the factor 30 lotion I had slathered on, I stuck myself under one of those beach umbrellas you see above and only dared to peek out of it every now and then. 

I'm jumping right back into work! Great vacation but I've missed it. And that starts with the Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4) Cover Reveal. It will be unveiled on a number of blogs tomorrow so keep a lookout for it. I'll post the cover up on the blog the day after.

Also, I'm in the middle of going through A LOT of emails and comments on my social sites. I've already dealt with twitter but I promise I'm on the rest, so if you haven't heard back from me you will. :-)

Sam xx

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Borrowed Ember Swag & Giveaway (Including 'Ember' necklace)

Well, I'll be off the grid tomorrow (until the 16th) as I head off to start the first leg of my holiday. I thought I'd leave you guys with a great giveaway for Borrowed Ember (Fire Spirits #3). 

Here's what's up for grabs:

A signed paperback copy of Borrowed Ember. A Borrowed Ember pen, bookmarks, magnet, poster and keyring.

The Borrowed Ember Necklace. Delicate solid silver (40-44cm chain) necklace with a semi-precious citrine pendant and stones in the clasp.

First prize winner will win the swag and the necklace.
Second prize winner will win the swag.
Two runners up will win a paperback copy of Borrowed Ember sent directly to them via amazon.

The Deets:

Only one entry per person - although entrants are allowed an extra entry for following the blog and an extra entry for liking the official Facebook Page (three possible entries in total per person)
Entrants must be 14 years and up
Open Internationally
Giveaway runs from Tuesday 3rd July to midnight Friday 3rd August. Winners will be announced Saturday 4th August.

Giveaway now closed.