Friday, 22 May 2015

Anime North Schedule!

Roomy and I are off to Toronto for Anime North! If you're there and would like to chat writing, storytelling or just, you know, chat, you can find me here:

The Co-Creative Process 
Friday at 2000 (8:00 pm) in Ottawa (International Plaza) 
Working as part of a creative team to meet your deadlines without ending up dead! 

Collecting: When is Enough Too Much? 
Saturday at 1400 (2:00 pm) in Ottawa (International Plaza) 
A frank discussion about managing a collection, including budgeting, defending your collection, and letting go.

Paper to eBooks 
Saturday at 1500 (3:00 pm) in Ottawa (International Plaza) 
An apparently simple change, but everything changed. A panel of authors reveal the far reaching implications of this new distribution channel. 

Business of writing 
Saturday at 1600 (4:00 pm) in Ottawa (International Plaza) 
So you wrote it. Now how do you make money with it? How could you keep doing so and make a livelihood from hitting your keyboard? 

Help! I've run out of space! 
Saturday at 2300 (11:00 pm) in Ottawa (International Plaza) 
Let's talk about curating, displaying, and enjoying a collection.

I'll also be at Roomy's panels, playing technical support. Check out her schedule.

I just noticed that all of my panels are in the Ottawa room.  Ha ha! That's awesome. And fitting.

Hope to see you there!

Final Cover Reveal! The End of the End is... Nigh.

Coming soon, the end of the saga that became a bestseller in Canada, the U.S. and Italy! 

The flames ignited on the cover of book one break into embers, ashes and smoke on the cover of book five. And so all good (and terrifying) things must come to an end. Don't miss the ending of the fairy tale that ended our world!

"The First Great Serialized Novel of 2015." - Black Gate Magazine



Nigh - Book 5

The world didn’t end.

It shifted. Adapted. Changed.

Everything Alva Viola Taverner has ever understood or known is gone. She’s a mechanic in a world of magic and faeries, where gears long ago turned to rust and dust. Only one thing now matters: surviving long enough to save those she considers her family.

But when the world itself is destroyed by the fairy tale, can there be a happily ever after?

Cover Art by Kerri Elizabeth Gerow and Design by Designs by Lynsey.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Nigh 4 is Now Available!

I could not be more proud of this book, partly because I KICKED FAERIE BUTT TO GET IT OUT! This is the fourth of a serialized novel. The fifth is coming out in just three weeks, and I can't wait to share the end with you. Remember: Once upon a time, there were no more happy endings.


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With the hopes of the faerie realm turned to dust, Alva Viola Taverner and Hector Henry Featherson strike the final blow to the veil between worlds, shattering it and returning them to the human realm. 

But one hundred years has passed for humanity, and things have changed. The world awaiting them now bears larger teeth and sharper claws, and it hungers for much more than their lives.
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Since this book was released slightly off schedule, I'm holding a $0.99 sale this weekend! Every Nigh book will be on sale until Monday, so catch up this weekend if you can!

Buy links will be updated as they come up! Woo!

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
GooglePlay
Kobo

Thursday, 30 April 2015

THE FAERIES HAVE STRUCK!

I giggled when I noticed that Amazon seemed to think Nigh should be categorized in Biographies & Memoirs.  I write a convincing faerie-apocalypse, I told myself.

WELL IT'S NOT FUNNY ANYMORE!


Because it might be true.  

Nigh 4 has been struck with a string of unfortunate events that slowed down production.  Instead of releasing a sub-standard product (gasp!), we'll finish it off right and release it soon. 

Obviously the faerie-pocalypse is a thing the faeries don't want you to read about, especially as we're just about to step back into our world in Nigh 4. FEAR NOT!  I will bring you all the tips you'll need to survive this calamity!  Or I will show you how to die terribly but with some sort of dignity (maybe).  

You're welcome.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this!  Keep an eye on my blog for updates and sign up for my Newsletter if you'd like purchasing links sent directly to your inbox (check the right-hand column to sign up).

In the meantime, here's a bit of a preview!  FIGHT ON!

“By fairy hands their knell is rung;
By forms unseen their dirge is sung.”
 -- William Collins, Ode Written in the Year 1746


Up above, the sky shattered.
Like falling stars, the gray tumbled down around them, shimmering into a light so bright that Alva’s eyes watered. But still she kept them open and looked through her tears. This wasn’t something she was willing to miss.
The falling patches from the sky crumpled and melted into the ground, joining the purple and green stars below them, swirling together to form a new pattern.
The world stilled. The stars stopped moving. The tiniest sound, from her breath to Hector’s coat shifting with his small movement, was amplified tenfold and echoed, as if they were caught in an endless chamber.
The floor trembled and Hector’s grip tightened on her hand. The stars from below swirled up, around them and through them, tiny electric shocks coursing through her body. The stars exploded, splattering glittered light everywhere.
The fragment of light set fire to invisible walls, green and purple flames dancing in a non-existent breeze. Al heard the Pete-Not-Pete cry out in fear behind her, and she forced herself to keep facing forward.
The flames grew wider and licked the air around her, but they did not burn her.
“The veil is fading,” Hector said.
Bits of flames erupted from the larger columns, floating away as embers, before burning out, dissipating with the fading light.
As the flames vanished, night grew in intensity. For one second, as the last flame burnt out, Alva stood in complete, smothering darkness, and she feared that this would be her end.
This was where they would be trapped forever, until they perished slow, agonizing deaths.
But then a crack appeared before her. And behind her. Around her, everywhere, cracks appeared, bright rainbows at first and then gray like a mirror.
The cracks joined one another, crisscrossing in wild patterns all around them.
And then the walls shattered.
Alva felt the ground solidify under her feet. The daylight hurt her eyes, but she forced herself to look.
And to see her world as it stood before her.
A world much the same, yet completely different.


--- to be continued ---

Friday, 17 April 2015

Cover Reveal for Nigh 4

In Nigh 4 we move from apocalypse to post-apocalypse, where the dangers are still very real and even more unpredictable.

Catch up on Nigh now before the next installment releases on April 30!  Nigh closes in May with Nigh 5. But will there be a happily ever after in this faerie apocalypse?



And all four books so far, in a neat little row...



Woo! 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Off to BC!

For the next ten days, I'll be on Vancouver Island doing lots of awesome stuff!  Public events include:

Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19
The Odyssey
Nanaimo, BC
Because telling this once at the National Arts Centre wasn't enough!  I get to dive back into Homer for some more exploration. This time, I'm doing Chapter 18, the Beggar in the Palace, and it's a fun chapter. I can't wait to tell it!
Check out the full event details. If you're around, don't miss it. It's a worthwhile experience.

Friday, April 24
Stories of Nigh
Parksville, BC
This is it! The launch of the full show that accompanies the serialized novel. I premiered some of it at Ad Astra this weekend, but this one is the full set. BUT, no worries - I'll be touring this in Ontario in the fall.  With special surprises.
Check out the event details here!

Saturday, April 25
Writing Workshops!  
I'll be giving a workshop on social media for writers, and one on increasing tension in your story. You can attend both for a special price, and it's all super cheap.  So come on out and let's get our smarts on!
Check out the event details here.

Thanks to Marva Blackmore for organizing this whole tour and billeting me, to fellow writer Derek K√ľnsken for being silly enough to agree to drive me to the airport at stupid o'clock tomorrow morning, and to Roomy for making sure the house doesn't explode while I'm away (chances of it not exploding are much higher when I'm away, but still!)

See you again soon, Ottawa! BC, here I come!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Tonight in Peterborough!

Come say hi and get a copy of Nigh 1! I'll be reading from Nigh, of course.

Cheers!