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Merry Christmas 2016

36794-095Anyone else think the year has flown? How much have you packed into this year?

For me, 2016 has been massive. I’ve settled into a new city and have helped build a new practice from scratch. It’s taught me a lot about myself. I thought by my age I might have stopped learning about what makes me tick but apparently not. What I have discovered has made me both more comfortable in my own skin and also driven me to be a better employee, leader and person.It’s also shown me that I have a long way to go.

My writing has had to take a back seat as I first worked on marketing my books and then spent more hours at my day job. I have new found respect for authors who write as well as hold down a full time job. I can’t really do my writing justice at the moment but I know things will turn around and I just have to keep moving forward with it at whatever pace is possible.

Samael Delcost 1Christmas finds me one third of the way through writing my next book and half way through the edits of The Lady and the Pirate, due for release February 14th 2017. I can’t wait for reader reaction on this one- you’re going to love it!

As a gift for my readers, most of my books are on special over the Christmas period.

Princess Avenger is FREE on all platforms. Just click the cover to the right for your copy.

Special deal extended!
Until the 1st of January, you can get The Lady’s Choice and Princess in Exile at 20% off! Just use the coupons: WW93K for The Lady’s Choice  and coupon WR52A for Princess in Exile

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My Pan Macmillan books The Lord and the Mermaid and The Elf King’s Lady are on special at half price at the moment- that’s around $1.99 each depending on which country you live in. Just click on the links to take you to the book.

So you can pick up my entire list for less than $10- Merry Christmas!

The reading order is:

Princess Avenger
The Lady’s Choice
Princess in Exile
The Lord and the Mermaid
The Elf King’s Lady

So have yourself a merry little Christmas and I’ll see you closer to 2017. Enjoy!!

 

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The Elf

GwaetheWhen I began my fantasy romance series, I never realised that elves would feature so prominently. But as most writers will know, characters have a way or forcing themselves into your stories.

The elven character is beloved in fantasy tales such as Tolkien’s and this is the type of elf which has inhabited my world of Thorius. They are tall, lithe and handsome with pointed ears. They dwell in forests and live in trees. They live for centuries but the trade off for a longer life is their low reproductive rate.

There is one important exception. My elves have dark skin and dark eyes. I wanted something different in my elves, something that wold set them apart from other fantasy elves. They have amazing low light and night vision though not as good as nocturnal animals. Their pupils are oval shaped not round.

Initially, the dark elves in my stories were just a far way nuisance in Princess Avenger, before becoming a real threat to Benae and Ramon in The Lady’s Choice. They have evolved from being a single race to having two factions- once dedicated to peace and one to regaining their lands that were taken by humans. They have magic, which is met with suspicion by the humans.

In The Elf King’s Lady, Kain must confront dark elves in a very real way and we meet elven princess Gwaethe Arenil. And now I come to write Gwaethe’s story. How will she ensure peace for her people while fighting a civil war? Who will she enlist to help her achieve her goals. Will she fall in love or is the cause of peace all there is for her?

I look forward to bringing Elf Princess Warrior to you in the future. The first seven thousand words are written, only sixty odd thousand to go!

 

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2016! Happy New Year!

 

0515 The Elf King's Lady_Final2015 was a huge year for me. No wonder it seems to have flown past. I published four books and just 2 days ago I completed the first draft of The Lady and the Pirate. I can’t wait to share more stories with you in 2016 and am hoping for at least three releases.

Estelle Aranati 1Personally, I lost my mother-in-law which was a huge blow for the entire Rowley family. I’ve named my heroine in the Lady and the Pirate after her in the hope that she will live on in that character. Perhaps Estelle will get to do some of the things Esther never could.

The Lord and the Mermaid coverMy youngest graduated from high school and now faces a bachelor degree at the University of Queensland where I studied many years ago. We moved to Brisbane from Townsville after a sojourn of nine years. Life seems to be coming full circle in many ways.

In 2015 there have been good times and bad, plenty of cricket, laughs and tragedies and more cricket.

The Lady's Choice Cover- newI love this time when we stand at the start of a new year and I’m always filled with optimism. I hope this year brings you more good than bad and a chance to change anything about your life that needs changing.

Princess Avenger Ebook coverFor me, I’m going to embrace 2016 and look forward to a year of discovering new characters, new friends and old and making the most of this life I’ve been granted.

FireworksMay 2016 bring you everything you dream of!

 

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Release Day- The Elf King’s Lady

0515 The Elf King's Lady_FinalToday sees the release of my fourth book, The Elf King’s Lady, Wildecoast Saga Book Two. For those who have read The Lord and the Mermaid, it’s the love story of Kain Jazara and Alique Zorba and it’s a truly magnificent love. These two are beautiful together. Here’s the blurb:

In the midst of a war between elves and men, two unlikely companions find love. But in this battle of ages, can they defy the very blood that courses through their veins?

The human kingdom of Thorius is once again under threat from the dark elven menace. General Kain Jazara has sworn to protect Thorius from all danger, magical or otherwise – but first he must rescue the highborn family of alluring healer Lady Alique Zorba.

Thrown together in their quest to save Alique’s family, and eventually themselves, from the merciless elven clan, the pragmatic General and the impulsive Lady Alique discover an undeniable passion. But when Kain’s world is torn apart by a personal revelation, he turns his back on both Alique and his homeland.

Can Kain find a path back to love and victory in time? Or will he allow revelations from his family’s mysterious past to destroy his relationship, his happiness, and his kingdom?

I hope you love their story. Please leave a comment to win a copy of The Elf King’s Lady.

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The Elf King’s Lady- 1 week to go!

0515 The Elf King's Lady_FinalExcitement is building in my world as I count down to the launch of another book. I’m so excited to be bringing you Kane and Alique’s love story in The Elf King’s Lady. Now there is only one week to go until release day.

The winner of last week’s comp was Vik who gets to choose one of my books for free!

This week, simply leave a comment on this blog to go in the draw to win one of my books. Too easy.

So get cracking and make this a big final week!

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4 weeks until The Elf King’s Lady!

0515 The Elf King's Lady_FinalActually it’s less than four weeks as this is late! Last week’s winner was Pam and her favourite hero, described in five words was: Blonde tall blue eyed hero.

That is certainly one of the stereotypical heroes and a favourite with many. My favourite is more like General Kain Jazara from The Elf King’s Lady or Captain Vard Anton from Princess Avenger– tall, dark, brooding and mysterious; a man not easy to get close to but one who is loyal once he falls in love.

This week, to mark four weeks from release of The Elf King’s Lady, I want to shift the focus to the girls. Please describe in four words, your ideal heroine. The winner can select any one of my books for their very own.

Until next week…

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The Elf King’s Lady- 7 week Countdown

0515 The Elf King's Lady_FinalWhat a year it’s been! It’s October already and soon we’ll be celebrating Christmas and counting our New Years resolutions. But I have a different celebration on my mind.

In seven weeks, The Elf King’s Lady will be released by Momentum Australia and each week until then I’ll be running a giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment and I will choose a winner from each week’s commenters.

For Australian winners, the prize will be a signed copy of my paperback Princess Avenger. Overseas commenters who win will receive a digital copy of The Lady’s Choice or The Lord and the Mermaid.

So get commenting and to help you out, I want you to tell me in seven words what ROMANCE means to you.

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The Elf King’s Lady

Kain JazaraThis Wednesday the 5th August is cover reveal day for my next book in the Wildecoast Saga, The Elf King’s Lady. I can’t wait to share this beautiful cover with you but what I can share now is the blurb for the story.

In the midst of a war between elves and men, two unlikely companions find love. But in this battle of ages, can they defy the very blood that courses through their veins?

The human kingdom of Thorius is once again under threat from the dark elven menace. General Kain Jazara has sworn to protect Thorius from all danger, magical or otherwise – but first he must rescue the highborn family of alluring healer Lady Alique Zorba.

Alique ZorbaThrown together in their quest to save Alique’s family, and eventually themselves, from the merciless elven clan, the pragmatic general and the impulsive Lady Alique discover an undeniable passion. But when Kain’s world is torn apart by a personal revelation, he turns his back on both Alique and his homeland.

Can Kain find a path back to love and victory in time? Or will he allow revelations from his family’s mysterious past to destroy his relationship, his happiness, and his kingdom?

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Release Day- The Lord and the Mermaid

The Lord and the Mermaid coverToday marks the release of The Lord and the Mermaid from Momentum Australia, a Pan Macmillan imprint. It is hugely exciting for me and a chance to continue to tell stories from the world of Thorius begun with Princess Avenger and The Lady’s Choice. I hope you enjoy!

You can purchase The Lord and the Mermaid from all good ebook retailers.

Stay tuned for the cover reveal of my next book in July from Momentum

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This Writing Life

The Lord and the Mermaid coverIs there anything better than telling a story to the world? No, there is not!

I thought I’d put some thoughts down about my writing life. It’s a wonderful mix of left brain/right brain, love/hate, drive/ procrastination, confidence/despair. A writer’s life holds such contradictions, it’s no wonder we fear for our sanity.

But a writing life is wonderful. There is nothing better than escaping into one’s own world, in fact, I live there most of the time. Creating a character from our imagination and then having them surprise us with their actions or words is such a joy. For, though readers like to imagine a writer has control of all aspects of their manuscript, this isn’t the case. Once let loose on the page, our imagination and characters can and do make amazing things happen.

The Lady's Choice Cover- newAt the moment, the right side of my brain is taking a back seat to the left- yes, I’m editing. I love this part of the process where you get to file off all the rough edges and see your word sculpture taking shape. It’s a multistep process. For example, The Elf King’s Lady, which I’m working on at the moment, was edited multiple times by myself before it was sent to my editor. She has come back with suggested changes which I’m currently working on. Once this is complete, the manuscript will move to another editor and then her suggestions will be sent back to me for another revision. There will be another edit after that and more work for me to do but by then I will almost have the finished product.

With at least four books to be released this year, I’ve been editing all year and the pressure is mounting within to write another story. I have three ideas in mind, involving my world for which there are now two series: my self-published Brightcastle Saga and Momentum’s Wildecoast Saga. Momentum’s will obviously be the focus. Lucky I have Brightcastle Saga Book 2 already written and-you guessed it- awaiting another edit!

Princess Avenger Ebook coverSounds busy but I pace myself. I have to. All writers have another life and most have other jobs. Almost all have children or grandchildren to care for (other than their book babies).

I hope that gives an insight into my writing life though I really haven’t touched on the agony of actually writing the story yet. That would be a whole blog series! Perhaps I can look at that later in the year and get some other writers to help.

In the meantime, happy reading- you’d better enjoy it because now you know how much blood sweat and tears goes into a book.