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Friday, 11 April 2014

PUPS delay

For anyone out there waiting to read my new series (PUPS - the adventures of a third grade werewolf) I have some bad news. Four days ago my computer died and I have managed to lose a great deal of my writing, associated notes and other bits and pieces. I thought I'd backed them up, but they weren't on the backup drive so I don't know what happened there. I try to do it once a week, but I suppose it must have been 2 or 3 (months maybe?).

Finally worked out it is the hard drive that has failed (tried to do a fresh install and the windows boot disc said 'No - hard drive is about to fail). It's a Lenovo ideapad Z580. Just about a year old, but I can't find the receipt to say for sure (which is not in the box which I can find). I have managed to piece together a working PC from some of the old ones in the garage, but it clunks and moans and sounds like it is steam powered. It's also incredibly slow!

Anyway, I've managed to get back copies of books 1 and 2 (the case of the horrifying headmaster and the case of the loathsome lunches respectively), but book 3 will need to be started from scratch (the case of the cancelled Christmas). I have also managed to lose all of the book covers that I made and the associated artwork to make them again.

Oh, and all of the data and artwork for my website for some reason.

I could see this as an opportunity, if I was a glass half full kind of person. I suppose I am starting to do that now that I've stopped being so annoyed with myself, but part of me honestly believes that whatever I write for PUPS book 3 will never be as good as the chapters I had already written. Anyone else ever felt like that?

So, to summarise -
Pups 1 and 2 saved but back to being in non-edited format
Pups 3 starting from scratch
Website lost (will have to start from scratch next time I want to change it, may well look different if I get a flash of inspiration)
Artwork and covers for Pups 1-7 lost and will need to be redone from scratch
Need to buy a new laptop hard drive

I think that's about it. Has anyone else had a similar problem? How did you cope? What did you do?

A really inspiring story would be great about now....

Friday, 28 March 2014

My Next Project

I have decided to write my series for younger children next. It is called 'PUPS' and concerns the adventures of an 8 year old werewolf and her friends. Here is the first chapter -

Chapter 1

Jessica was eight years old and she had a secret. It wasn't a normal secret, like the surprise birthday present you buy for your mum, or the secret codeword that gets you into the club that you and your friends made.

No, Jessica was a werewolf.

She had always been a werewolf, or at least for as long as she could remember. There weren't any pictures of her as a werewolf baby, but that was probably because her mum and dad didn't take any. They weren't werewolves, by the way, her mum and dad, but they did know about Jessica. They would always make sure to leave a piece of fresh steak in the garden every full moon, and to have a nice warm bath ready for when she got home from running through the forest.

There was no forest anymore though. Jessica's dad had lost his job and they'd had to sell their big house in the country, which had acres and acres of trees and fields for Jessica to run around in. Now they lived in a small terraced house in the city, made of boring red brick and with a tiny back garden. No longer would she be able to chase the farmers sheep, dig holes beneath the trees, or howl at the moon from her favourite rock. She was stuck in the city and she hated it.

To make things worse for Jessica, not only did she have to live in a new house, she also had to go to a new school! She loved her old school, with Mrs Murphy and Mr Callahan. They were always so good to her, helping her with her sums and her joined up writing, and all of her friends were there too; Sophie, Oscar, Emily and Harry. She didn't know anyone at her new school, no one at all, and as everyone in the country knew, city children were weird.

It was the fourth of September and the first day of the new school year. Jessica's mum had taken her to the reception desk and there they met the very pleasant Mrs Sandlewood, the school secretary. She gave Jessica her very own book bag (with the school's logo on it), and told her that she would be going into Mrs Haversham's class.

"She's a little bit nervous,” Jessica's mum said to Mrs Sandlewood.

No I'm not,” Jessica said grumpily.

She is a bit,” Jessica's mum whispered, “but she'll be okay in an hour or two.”

It's all perfectly natural,” Mrs Sandlewood said with a beaming smile. “Here at Sunny Brook Academy, we're all just one big happy family! And Mrs Haversham is lovely, she'll make Jessica feel very welcome.”

Oh, I know she will,” Jessica's mum replied, returning the big beaming smile.

The bell rang suddenly, startling all three of them. Mrs Sandlewood placed a friendly hand on Jessica's shoulder and said, “Time to go and meet your class.”

Have a lovely day in your new school,” Jessica's mum said cheerfully. “I'm sure you'll make lots of friends in no time!”

Humph,” Jessica replied. “New school's are rubbish.”

Well I don't think so,” Jessica's mum said with a smile. “But I'll pick you up tonight and you can tell me all about it.”

Just as Jessica was about to be lead away, her mum pulled her in for one last hug. “Remember,” Jessica's mum whispered into her ear. “Keep your secret. You can't let anyone find out.”

Jessica nodded and, before she knew it, Mrs Sandlewood was escorting her down the corridor to Mrs Haversham's classroom.

What do people think? I am looking for some constructive feedback and criticism please.
Also, here are the covers for the first 4 in the series. Feedback would be welcome here too!

Please be honest, brutal if needed!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Look at what a friend of mine made!

Thomas Manning (author of Energize) kindly made this for me! I love it!

Suffice to say, I will be going back to him to make further banners as I write more books...

As you can see, awesome!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

One down, four to go!

The first signed book collection has been claimed! The decryption of the journal page was emailed to me today at 15:38, and the answer was correct!

There's still time though to claim one of the other 4 prizes - remember I am offering signed copies of the first 3 Benjamin Knight books to the first 5 people to correctly decode the secret message.

Once all of the prizes have been won, I will be posting the names of the winners to my blog, so hurry up before you miss out!

Here is the code again for those that missed it -

Email me via my website ( once you have it all figured out!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

New Light Competition

As part of the release of Book 3 in The Chronicle of Benjamin Knight, the epilogue of the book contains a competition that also leads into the fourth book. As part of a desire to make it fair to everyone, I have decided to post the competition here also for anyone to enter (like most competitions these days, no purchase necessary!).

First, here is the code sheet that readers have to decipher...

As noted in the book, the first five people to contact me with the correct decryption of the code (via my website will receive signed copies of the first three books in the Benjamin Knight series!

In addition, I still have review copies available for people if they want them (available in epub, mobi and pdf format) and I'm happy to provide copies of books 1 and 2 to go along with them. Please leave a comment below or contact me via the website, with contact details and the format required.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

New Light is Now Available

New Light is Now Available!

Available now on Amazon Kindle!

The wait is finally over. New Light is now available to buy on Amazon kindle and will be available in paperback within the next week. Advanced Review Copies are still available, but if you would like to see it in all its glory, visit the links below!



Friday, 14 March 2014

Next project

While New Light is being tidied up, I have started work on my next project.  No, sorry, this isn't Book 4 of Benjamin Knight (which will be called Oracle for those of you who are interested).  Instead, I've decided to write something else for a little while.  My next book will be much shorter and aimed at younger readers (6+ or there about).

First, the cover (maybe)

What do you think?
I haven't found any other books that deal with an 8 year old Werewolf and her adventures at a new school with new friends, but if you know of any please let me know!
Anyway, comments please?