Sunday, August 16, 2015

Win in my giveaway!!

Win a $25 gift card and also eBook copies of Aranya in my giveaway this week - click here for free entry!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dragonfriend roars aloft, Aranya wins an award

Dear reader-friends, August 15th is here and that means publication day for Dragonlove! The response so far has been overwhelming. If you like fiery romance, majestic dragons and sweeping adventure wrapped up in an unforgettable fantasy cover, then why not order Dragonlove today? Widely available in eBook stores:


In other news, Aranya has been honoured with a BRAG medallion which recognises excellence in Indie publishing. Thank you so much for being part of this amazing dragonride.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Announcing Dragonlove: August 15th!

I'm delighted to announce that my newest release, Dragonlove, is available on Amazon for preorder, and will be published on August 15th, 2015. Don't miss your chance to preorder this second volume in my Dragonfriend series. Dragonlove is already a Top 100 bestseller in Coming of Age fantasy for Teens on Amazon - thank you to all who have already reserved their copy. You rock - and I've got a super story to share with you!

"When a woman loves a dragon, that love will change the world."

I'm in love with this artwork by the awesome Joemel Requeza! What do you think? As a lifelong fan of fantasy, this one hits my sweet spot. I like my dragons awesome, huge and mysterious. If you look closely you'll see Hualiama is wearing her Nuyallith blades and an Immadian dagger. This volume reveals a great deal more about her powers and origins, but in a way that I hope is both surprising and original. I certainly don't want to give away anything of the plot, so I'll leave it here ... just to add, there will be a part three after this volume.

How can a woman love a dragon? Join Hualiama in this huge adventure as she crosses the Island-World in search of her Dragon love, Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon.

Quick special: Aranya is on sale this weekend. Don't miss your chance to pick up your own copy of this awesome Dragon adventure.





Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Score for Amazon! Improvements to customer ratings system.

Everyone knows the customer ratings system is flawed. You can review anything without ever buying the product or reading the book, buy reviews on tap, rate a book 1* because your Kindle stopped working, and unfortunately there's a minor industry in trolling as well. That's merely the tip of the iceberg.

So it was with great interest that I read today that Amazon is trying to introduce changes to the review system to provide a better overall experience for the customer - and hopefully, for me, as an author - by flagging up more helpful or verified reviews and controlling the ocean of trash out there.

Amazon Taps Machine-Learning System To Keep Customer Reviews In Check: Here Are The Changes : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Marking milestones as a writer

Every so often you have a lovely milestone as a writer - about an hour ago, I received my 100th review on Amazon for The Pygmy Dragon. It's entitled, "Spellbinding" and says, "I fell in love with Pip and all the other characters. Suspenseful. Anyone who loves fantasy and dragons will fall in love with this book." Thank you Patricia Wilson! You rock!

75 of the 100 reviews for The Pgymy Dragon are 5*, making it one of the 3 best-rated fantasy books in
its bestseller category on Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/…/7006…/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_1_6_last - where Pygmy Dragon is #26) - a category that Aranya (#19), Shadow Dragon (#20) and The Girl who Sang with Whales (#79) also appear in, and where I'm privileged to share space with big-name writers like Christopher Paolini (Eragon - #2, #4), Phillip Pullman (The Golden Compass - #4, also #23 and #25) and lesser-known but excellent authors like Krista Wayment (Trusted - Dragon's Trust Book #1) and Jess E. Owen - I am reading her Song of the Summer King at the moment. It's awesome.

I love to celebrate milestones like this - because there are also milestones which are not so enjoyable, along the way. So grab the moments while you can and savour them, and thank you to all the fans who have read and enjoyed The Pygmy Dragon so far! Thanks to 100 awesome reviewers who have made this milestone possible. I hope to have the sequel out late in the summer / early autumn 2015 so look out for that one!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Win a free audiobook - Aranya!

Over on Audio-fantasy.com I'm looking for your feedback in exchange for a free audiobook code from Audible.com or Audible UK! Come and visit this great site for carefully curated new releases in audiobook fantasy!

This is the place to enter for a chance to win!

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About Aranya:
Aranya is a fantasy bestseller in the US, Canada and UK.

Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly? 

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia. 

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ian Martyn - Ancestral Dreams: The Return (Review)

Elves and centaurs in space? Bring it on!

When I had the opportunity to read Ian Martyn's "Project Noah" I discovered a writer with a rare ability
to build deep, utterly believable characters. While this story is not strong on action, it is strong on suspense, speculation and plot. In the distant future as Humankind expand into the depths of space they discover that the mythical creatures of Earth's past are not quite so mythical after all, and that dangers abound.

This story is essentially a search-and-rescue mission which turns into the discovery of a new and formidable enemy. There is much exploration of technology and inter-species relationships (the story is clean, but rated PG for swear words), moving from planet to planet, and a particularly beautifully described visit to the home planet of the Elves. The narration is told through Danjay, a jaded, long-lived soldier with a good heart, a complex and fascinating character who is not all that he seems!

On the negative side there are a few typos and formatting issues with the MSS. However the storytelling is commendable and compelling, with an excellent level of suspense maintained throughout. Very difficult to put down as the different plot elements come together. Recommended for fans of the tried-and-true brand of Sci-Fi, who like sweeping, Asimov-style stories which are full of substance and surprises.

I rate this book 4/5 stars. Purchase here! Also on Goodreads.