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Dragons Realm is available here if you’d like a copy. Its a You Say Which Way adventure, so have fun saying which way the story goes. Watch out for strange creatures lurking in Spanglewood Forest. And don’t let go of your picnic lunch! It may come in handy!
A ‘You Say Which Way’ e-book – now available on Amazon!
Escape the school bullies and stumble into Dragons Realm – a world of dragons, magic and adventure. Can you trust the strange people you meet? And will the bullies follow you? Luckily, you’re prepared with a great picnic lunch.
Dragons Realm. Next generation storytelling, where YOU say which way the story goes.
Dragons Realm is suitable for kids over 10, or younger kids who read well – although children up to 110 will enjoy it too! You choose the outcome of your story! Have fun and beware of tharuks lurking in the forest.
Great price! 99c but not for long!
I’d like to thank my publisher, The Fairy Tale Factory, who are offering Dragons Realm for 99c as an introductory offer on Amazon. The e-book is available for pre-order now, and will be sent to your device in time for the weekend. If you’d like to order the book, I’d love it if you order before Friday, as this will help boost Dragons Realm’s rankings on Amazon.
If you don’t have a kindle, you can download this book to your tablet, i-pad, phone or computer. Just open your browser in the device you want to install Kindle reader on, and click the appropriate link, below.
I’m excited to announce that my middle-grade novel, Dragon’s Realm, for 8-12 year-old children, will be out in before Christmas this year.
You Say Which Way!
You Say Which Way is a great series of stories in which you choose the adventure you want. These interactive e-books are similar to the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” or “Pick a Path” stories we used to read when we were younger, but even BETTER!
In You Say Which Way there’s a new adventure on every page, and a multitude of cool endings to reach! The choices you make are meaningful and change the outcome of your story. You write your own story with your choices.
Earlier this year, I was contracted by The Fairytale Factory, to write one of these adventures, and it has been a real adventure writing it! My story, Dragon’s Realm, will soon be joining all of these goodies! See these You Say Which Way adventures in the Amazon.com: Kindle Store
Last year I was involved in publishing two anthologies – Lost in the Museum and The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales – which sucked up a lot of my writing time. This year I have some exciting news. I’ve been asked by a publisher to write a couple of kids’ novels for their You Say Which Way series. These are interactive e-books, similar to Choose Your Own Adventure or Pick a Path stories, where kids choose which way the story goes. I’ll have more exciting news about these soon. I am also finishing a kids’ novel and rewriting a young adult paranormal romance that has been on the back burner for over a year. So it’s exciting and busy!
I thought I’d keep everyone up to date on my progress with my new word meters in the sidebar – a cool way to let my readers know what I’m up to. These word meters will be updated as I make progress.
Currently as you’ll see :
Black Belt Bailey – a middle grade martial arts novel for 11-13 year olds – is complete at 38,000 words.
The first draft of Dragon’s Realm – the first of my You Say Which Way adventures – is finished at 42,000 words. This was fun to write and I look forward to receiving feedback from the publisher soon.
Nymphyre is a YA paranormal romance that has been brewing in the background for a couple of years. It was at about 92,000 words, and I’m whittling it down to about 80,000 (currently 87,000 and shrinking.) Written in fits and starts between other projects, this novel needs a through rewrite! I usually write a novel from start to finish, not over two years, so it’s been really interesting to rewrite this, bringing all the scenes into line with how I now want to the story to run. Clarkes’ Critique Group have taken my innocent sentences twisting them with their risque humor, making our local library cafe ring with laughter for hours on end as we chortle over possible romantic twists! Luckily most of these ludicrous suggestions will remain in the cafe – although their sound story-crafting ideas have been steadily worked into the novel. What is it about romance that makes people giggle and come up with silly jokes? Monkey Lab, my other critique group have also enjoyed aping around with the story! Lots of grunting & screeching during those critique sessions – think chimps at the zoo.
Mystic Portal is a project planned for later this year, another You Say Which Way – a mountain biking adventure with a twist! Or several twists, depending on which paths you choose!
My 5 Criteria for a Word Meter
If you’d like to create a word meter, pop by this site to see the one I use. There are many out there, but my criteria were quite specific:
Ability to reflect progress on several projects
Include total word count and names of projects
I did not want the names and word counts to take up too much space on my sidebar, so I decided to have meters with the words and count inside them.
Flexibility with color (I can choose my own)
I wanted to reflect which phase of the writing process I am at with each project , e.g. draft, editing, 2nd draft, rewrite etc.
WOW! I never expected this! I just got an amazing Christmas gift! Let me share it with you.
I am absolutely thrilled to let you know that my first solo audio-book as been released. With great narration, a top notch music, and its own fun cover. This project was a spontaneous suggestion from one of my readers and I am blown away at how it happened—and at the amazing audio-story that’s been created.
Fairy Lights is a short Christmas tale for children and adults and is available here! A great Christmas present.
Now, let me tell you how this top-quality audio book was made—complete with its own musical score and cover, both created by talented people!
Phantom Feather Press, a small independent publisher, launched The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales on 13 November 2014 at The Children’s Bookshop in Wellington. The launch was amazing with around 120 people attending, and authors flying in from all around New Zealand.
On the way home, I received a text from Sasha, a teenager who had attended the launch.
Hey, just wanted to let u know… I’ve read ur stories and they are fantastic!!!!
I especially Loved Fairy Lights 🙂
Thank you. You’re so sweet.
Sasha texted back:
Her Mum then told me a few days later that the story had touched their family.
“We read it twice as a family. It was so beautiful it made our whole family cry.”
Fairy Lights is a story that made my eyes moist when I first wrote it last year, and made my 9-year-old son also cry the first few times he read it. My son said,
“I love it because it made me cry but it has a happy ending.” 🙂
A couple of weeks later, Sasha’s Dad, Charles—a singing teacher and voice-over artist—contacted me, suggesting we create an audio book. Phantom Feather Press agreed, as long as we mentioned The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales.
Charles recorded the story beautifully—no mean feat—and told me Giacomo, a musician in Canada, was interested in creating a musical score for Fairy Lights, and Bythe, an Australian artist was also keen to create Fairy Lights cover art.
When the music arrived, it blew me away. I was so humbled that a musician would create such an incredible arrangement for my story. Giacomo’s music swept me along on an emotional journey—started by my wee story, enhanced by a musical-score that sounds like a movie sound track, and gift-wrapped in by a cover from a talented artist.
If Fairy Lights is popular, Charles, Giacomo, Blythe and I would love to work together again. Check out this link to find out what Fairy Lights is about.
A special thank you to Charles Humphreys, Giacomo Cataldo and Blythe Thompson for making one of my dreams come true and giving me the best Christmas gift ever! And thank you to you, my readers, for listening to Fairy Lights. Your love and trust is also a fabulous Christmas gift. I wish you a warm and loving Christmas and a great start to the New Year.
I know many of my readers are overseas and are unable to get to The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales book launch in Wellington. So here’s the good news: We’re having an online e-book launch throughout Friday. There will be giveaways, prizes and lots of online fun.
Christmas Tales e-book now, and email your receipt to phantomfeatherpress [at] gmail [dot] com (use the correct symbols please) to go into the draw to win e-books, Twisty Christmas cards and other cool prizes!
The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales is about to hit the shelves and is already a rip-roaring success. Many happy readers have pre-ordered books, cards and e-books using the Pledge Me Twisty Christmas page. If you want to have a peek, there is only an hour to go before Pledge Me closes.
Thanks to all our wonderful supporters for helping us to reach our goals.
If you’d like to come along to our Best of Twisty Christmas Tales book launch, feel free to download an invitation here: Twisty-Christmas-Invitation We’d love to see you at The Children’s Bookshop on Thursday 13 November at 6pm, to join in the fun. (Address is on the invitation.)
The dust has finally settled after Storylines Family Day, and Christmas is just around the corner. But I have a confession to make: I’ve been wearing my Santa hat for months, editing The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales!
Last year Peter, Alicia and I put out a small e-book of ten Christmas stories as a trial for a larger project. Now that larger project is nearly complete! The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales features 31 crazy Christmas capers from 27 authors, including iconic kiwi authors Joy Cowley and David Hill, best-selling sci-fi author Dave Freer, stacks of kiwis and an Aussie or two.
Check out the awesome list of authors in our new kids anthology here. It’s going to be a Twisty Christmas!
It’s been an amazing experience to edit this anthology, along with Alicia Ponder and Peter Friend. So many great stories, so many talented authors, so much fun, and so much hard work! As well as all the other projects I’ve been working on! If anyone has a cloning kit, similar to one that gets used in Santa’s workshop in one of our Twisty stories, then I would gladly borrow it, just to get everything done. Or perhaps not, after all, I know what havoc resulted when Santa’s elves tried it!
To find out more about The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales, the authors, and the artist – check out this link
The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales is available in good NZ bookstores and on Amazon from late October.
Lost in The Museum was featured in the Dominion Post last weekend, on the Capital Day page. Both Tim Jones and I had fun in the glaring sun with the fresh Wellington wind creating new hairstyles and making our eyes water! What a photo! Brilliant!
The Cook Strait News also ran an article last Monday. I know that Dannevirke News mentioned Lost In The Museum with Lyn McConchie featured as their local author and that other newspapers are also keen on this quirky collection which is is set in our national iconic museum, Te Papa Tongarewa — NZ’s home of national treasures.
Behind Lost In The Museum is a great team who has put in long hours, selecting stories, editing them, formatting, proof-reading and typesetting. I’d personally like to thank Alicia Ponder and Lorraine Williams for accepting my stories and providing great editing feedback, to Mary MacCallum for her editorial input and keen eye, and to everyone who helped in the book production.
Our cover artist, Geoff Popham, did a brilliant cover. Everyone comments on it! We look forward to working with such a talented young artist again. William Carden-Horton added richness to the anthology with his offbeat illustrations.
Thanks to all the authors. It’s an honor to have my work in an anthology with yours!
Baby Teeth-Bite-sized Tales of Terror is now available as an audio book. My story Dad’s Wisdom has been uploaded as the sample. Pop over to Sound Cloud to listen!
Narrated by the amazing Chris Barnes of Dynamic Ram. Enjoy his cool accent!
Don’t get too scared by this bite-sized tale of terror! It’s an adventure of a wee child, terrorized by the thing hiding under the bed. Hopefully it will have you laughing before you’re done!