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What have I been up to?

Well that is an interesting discussion. You may not think so, but all authors are self righteous asshole’s who think everyone should read their work. While else would you want to become a writer, than have millions of strangers praise you for the finery of your written work.

None!

What.So.Ever.

But seeing as this is a blog and you have become used to my ramblings, I may as well tell you what I have been up to.

First and foremost, I have received my latest cover for my Fallen Angels series. I will post what it looks like sometime next week or the week after.

It looks amazing!!!!

The best one yet, and I can’t thank Glendon from Street Light Graphics enough. Something weird happened regarding that cover.

I didn’t tell him what happened in the story, I didn’t give him any clues about the book. Just told him to let his imagination run wild and what he came out with was as close to perfection as you can get.

It is almost like the cover was made for the story. I know some writers see their cover first and work the story around it. But this was just done by pure luck. Nothing else, nothing more.

So that is now done and finished.

Secondly, I am going through the editors copy of the latest book in the Fallen Angels series. This may be the final one. I really don’t know how well it will turn out. Because I have done zero marketing for it, I can’t really gauge it’s success.

When I market it later this year, I will be able to tell if it is something that I want to continue writing or not.

If the demand is high for it I may do.

If it dies a horrible death then at least I tried.

It was a fun first series to sink my teeth into, to learn the basics of my craft.

What more can I ask for.

The final and last thing that I am really proud of, is that I have finished my first ever sci-fi book. It was the quickest thing I have ever written and If I am honest, was the most fun. I tried to write to market and make it as fast pace as I could. But some of me got in the book which isn’t always a bad thing.

Now I have to go back and see what I should leave in and what I should take out.

It came out at 67K. That number may go up or down, we shall see.

67K is about right for the type of genre that it is in, but right now like I said it is just a mould of clay the real process begins now.

And…..that’s about it really.

I haven’t posted on here much as all my brain and willpower, are being used to pump out more and more fiction words. So now that am taking a little break, I can give this blog some love and attention.

I say that. But theres editing to be done. Marketing to be done. Dates to be scheduled.

Sigh.

Guess the break will have to wait.

Till next time.

Good Morning.

Good Evening.

Good Night.

 

My Ideas

I wanted to take a minute, and just tell readers how my first ever series Fallen Angels came to be. Really I honestly can’t quite tell you. Not for certain. I try and recall how it came about, but this idea has been knocking around in my head for so long, that it just seems to have always been there. From as far back as I can remember, I had this need to tell an Angel story. I knew how the first book would end, and how it would start. But apart from that, everything else was just one big blur.

It felt as if I was looking through a window smeared with grease, and didn’t know were it would led if I smashed through it.

Looking back at it now, with the series nearly finished, and taking a critical eye, over the whole thing. I can see where I went wrong with it.

I simply wrote for myself.

It was a story that I needed to tell, that has a lot of me in it. But apart from that, the story as a whole, doesn’t really fit in any genre. It doesn’t fit any category. It was just a story that I always had buried inside of me.

And I am happy that I told it. But judging from the sales of this series or should I say lack of it, it will always be a niche series written by me. But thats okay, because it has taught me so many valuable lessons. On story structure, story development, character development, the whole nine yards.

Now that I can take a step back, I can see the mistakes I made. Where I showed and not told. Where I added to much to the story instead of taking it away. Where the story was too lean, when it needed more meat on its bones.  I could go on and on, but after each book was finished, I leaned back in my chair and was happy that I couldn’t improve it any more.  I was happy with the finished product, and because of that, I can hold my head high.

Its only after some time has passed, when you grow in skill. Do you realise how lacking the book really is.

But I don’t think that will ever change, if you’re always looking to improve your story telling craft. That’s the only way you can really grow, by reading other peoples works, and reading books on craft. I am loving it, and having a blast at the moment reading everything I can get my hands on relating to the subject. I feel like a video game character, improving daily by the more info I dump into my brain.

I was never afraid of releasing my book. Well I may have been afraid a little bit. But I knew that no matter how much work I put into it, it would never be up to scratch in my eyes. When you have put that much work into something, it will never truly live up to your dreams. But like I said, thats okay.

I can only get better by writing more words. Day in, day out.

They say that you won’t learn the basics of story craft, unless you have a million words under your belt in fiction. Many writers believe also, thats where you truly start finding your voice.

I don’t know how true or false that may be.

But I have another Sixty-Five hundred thousand words to go, I can’t wait to tackle it one word at a time.

Until next time.

Love and Peace

Y’all

Takeover (Fallen Angel Book 3) Available Everywhere

Takeover-2500x1563-Amazon-Smashwords-Kobo-AppleBroken heart, broken mind, broken body…

Being left for dead, Perez must face his greatest challenge yet.
Survival. Simple for most, but not for him.
With Monroe in danger, all seems lost,
As an unknown angel finds himself closer to victory,
A victory that Perez knows will bring about
Many twists and turnns of events that could ruin them all.
Now, it’s up to Perez, broken and shattered, to find the courage and strength to save all that he holds dear, before the takeover.

 

 

It’s out!!!!

I am super excited and happy that my third novel in the Fallen Angels series is finally here. It took a little while to get out, but after I had edited the last word, I sat back with a smile on my face knowing that I couldn’t have written it any better. This book for me is my best work yet.

It’s double the size of the last two, and has more action, emotion, and heartache than the other two as well.

You can pick your copy from, Amazon.uk,Amazon.com,Kobo,Barnes&Noble.

Hope you enjoy it,

Until next time

Love and Peace

Y’all

 

Do you like reading in other genres

Although at the moment, I write in christian fantasy. I love reading in other genres, and plan on writing in them too. I know other writers frown on writing in more than one genre or sub-genre, and many use pen names when planning to venture into new territory, but I don’t see why they should.  Unless you write kids books or young adult, and then are planning to dive into romance, then I get your choice for creating a new pen name.

But if you write space opera, and plan to write an epic fantasy book with sword swinging barbarians and dragons, then I don’t see the harm.  People allow themselves to be pigeon holed into an area of their lives, where they are afraid to escape from it. Your die hard fan’s will always read whatever you write, and the majority of your other fans will wait till, you release something more to their liking till they buy from you again.

Whatever the case, life is all about choices.

Now at the moment I am really loving the superhero genre, being a fan of marvel and anime since I could remember, I am a bit surprised and disappointed that my first series wasn’t in that genre. They always say your first book just comes to you, and with my Fallen Angels series it just kind of did. I have always been fascinated with angels, and I think my next post will be where I got the story idea for it and how it formed in my brain.

Thinking about it now, I may have struggled if I decided to write in the superhero genre first. With the explosion of Marvel movies coming out, the genre has become one of the hardest to break into. At the time of writing this, I am on my fifth rough draft of a novel and I am getting better with every word I put  on screen or paper. So when the time comes to dive into the superhero series I have planned, I can do it justice.

I have an idea that has been cooking, and ohhhh boy, I can’t wait to get it out to the masses.

If you are a writer reading this, the only way you can become a better writer is by stretching your writing legs. You should strive to improve on your craft, you should strive to surprise and please your readers with each and every piece of work you put out. I think that’s where writers block can come in sometimes, if you have written twenty books in a series you are quite comfortable in that world. Your not challenging yourself, and without challenge you can never grow. That’s why in my personal opinion, you should always go outside your comfort zone.

Thats with everything in life.

Pick up a book you wouldn’t normally.

Write a story long or short that you wouldn’t dream of doing.

Dance naked in the rain.

Anything.

Just try to challenge yourself, that’s where growth happens.

Anyway getting back to my point, I think there was one somewhere in this post.

If you are a fan of the numerous marvel or dc movies that have been coming out in recent years, I adore you to check them out. It may not be your thing when you first start reading them but, like any good story once it captures your attention it will be impossible to put down.  Check out the list of books at the end of this post,  and drop a comment back here to tell me if you enjoyed it or not. Or leave a comment with any recommendations  that you may think that I like, am always on the search for new material to absorb and make me greater.

Series that I have enjoyed so far.

Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs

The Meta Superhero Novel Series

Until next time friends.

Love and Peace

Y’all

Cover reveal

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Hello

The third book in the Fallen Angels series called Takeover will be out soon. (I know, I know. I had planned to get it out in feb, but life kicked me in the balls.) Anyway I love this cover, as you can tell by the picture the story is set in America. I had great fun writing it, and it was one of the fastest books I have ever written.

I think that the cover really delivers how action packed the story is, so I am happy with it.

P.S I am looking for a march release date, but keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming email giving you a firmer date.

Don’t be afraid to comment and let me know what you guys and gals think.

Hope you lot have a amazing day and speak to you soon.

Love and Peace

Y’all

Book 3 update‏

I have written a lot of words on this blog lately for other writers and people of the art world, and I have not addressed my wonderful readers, so I thought I would do this today.

With the first two books out of the fallen angels series, I would just like to update everyone on what I am planning to do with the series and how long it will be etc etc.

First I want to say, that I have received the draft back from my editor and I am hungrily going through it, so I can get a March release out on the ebooks. Like the other books before it, the paperback, will follow in the weeks following.

The third  book for me is where things really start to kick off, in a big way. It’s more action packed, fast pace, and we get introduced to one of my favourite characters I have ever created.

We also finally get to meet the big boss man, who has been hidden in the shadows, in the last two books. The third book, and the rest of the books that follow, are also double the size of the last two.

Out of all the books I have wrote, the third one stands as my favourite. I don’t know why, but the story just seems to grip you by the throat from the start, and not release it’s hold till it’s done telling your its tale.

I have the book covers back from my cover designer, and will be post an image of it in the next few days.

Some little hints, that won’t spoil the story for anyone. The third book is set in America, and there may even be a new love angle, wanting there for one of our characters. Threads that you may have forgotten about, that were mention in Origins, are slowly revealed in this book to.

I wanted to tell everyone the name of the third book, but I think I will wait till the cover release.

The story will be told in five books. I have already mapped out the how the story will go, and I pretty much know the ending of the series. I just don’t know if I will have an open ended last scene, where I can always do back and write another few in the series if demand is high enough, or just close it off completely, in such a way that I can never go back to the story.

I am pretty sure that, that decision, will be made right on the dotted line. (I like it best like that, keeps me on my toes.)

For my first ever series/ books published by me, I must say that I am impressed with the way that the story turned out as a whole. I will write another post as to how the story came about, (I know, I know, I should address it here but this post is more of an update.) The whole story for me felt complete, and looking at the whole package from an outside prospective, I don’t think I could have done a better job.

I am just finishing the first drafts of book four and five, then it will be  an uphill battle of editing those as well.

And that it really, the third book should be out in march.

I am looking to release number four sometime in May-June, and the last book I should be dropping sometime in August.

Anyway this blog was only meant to be a quick update, so I will leave it here, and wish you all a good morning, a happy afternoon, or a restful evening.

Love and Peace

Y’all