The difficult second book

Sometimes you start something with a clear path in mind. You work out what you need to do and how long it will take you, so you get started. Everything goes great to begin with, and then life gets in the way. Regular followers will know that I had originally planned to have Uprising out in time for Christmas. I had a big promo lined up for Firestone and I was all ready to go. Then life got in the way. As December progressed, I found the time I had to work on Uprising faded away in a wash of Christmas presents, work and other stuff. By the time I found a little window to do an hour’s work, I would find I was too exhausted to concentrate on magic and dragons.

Christmas came and went, and so did January. All I wanted to do was write, but things got in the way. I wondered if I would ever get it finished. I have another project that I’m itching to crack on with, but promised myself to complete Uprising first. And now I have. It was a difficult second book (to coin a phrase) in more ways than one, but I did it. I am now an author of two, yes two, novels. I’m not some fly-by-night writer now, y’ know!

Anyway, I hit the publish button yesterday evening and let it percolate through Amazon’s systems and it is now live. It is priced at a very reasonable £1.99 ($.299) and Firestone is still a bargain at half price- 99p ($1.49) so you can get both for about the price of a coffee (depending where you go, if it’s your local greasy spoon, you could get half a dozen for the same price).

The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice Uprising is not available to borrow. I have deliberately not enrolled it in Amazon’s KDP Select. What does that mean for those who don’t follow all that author stuff? Well it means Uprising will never be priced at free. No promo’s for this one. Why?

Come 15th March, the 90 day lock-in for Firestone will be up, so that will come out of Select also. KDP Select has an exclusivity clause, which means I can only sell my books on Amazon. It is now time to spread my wings a little, so come mid-March, both books will be available on Kobo and Nook and the iBookstore. Amazon have a 45% share of the eBook market (in the US at least, it’s probably higher in the UK at the moment, but I don’t have those figures) so currently 55% of people who like to read eBooks don’t have the option to not buy my books. That’s a huge potential audience.

I’ve enjoyed writing Uprising, I really have, but I’m glad it’s finished. It’s time for me to move on to something new. For you, however, the story is all yours to enjoy.

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The blurb for Uprising…

Well, it’s taken me a little longer than anticipated to get Uprising finished and ready for publication, but I am nearly there (I’m talking merely days now, folks). So to keep you going for now, here is the blurb…

After Leila loses both her parents in quick succession, she finds friendship in a young boy who has no memory of his name, or of his past. He bears the scale of a dragon symbiant, but there is no dragon, except in his nightmares. Together they become embroiled in a crusade against the King by her uncle, a man she hasn’t seen since she was a child. Her once quiet life suddenly becomes filled with danger, secrets and deception. Can she help her new friend regain his past? Why does her uncle want the King dead? A new life in Acirath awaits her…

Uprising delayed, but Firestone is FREE!

I was expecting to release Uprising upon the world today, but unfortunately I am delaying the release until January. It needs a bit more work done to it and it just wouldn’t be right to release it before it is ready. I hope you all agree it is worth waiting just a little longer for something that is done right, rather than getting something less than perfect right now.

In the meantime, because it is Christmas, you can download Firestone FREE from Amazon for the next few days. So if you haven’t already got a copy (and why the hell not? :p ) now is the perfect chance.

Please also let all your friends, blog audiences, Twitter followers and Facebook friends know that Firestone is free. Every download helps towards a successful promotion.

Merry Christmas!

Uprising official announcement!

Today I can reveal that Uprising, the sequel to Firestone will be released upon the world on 24th December 2012. As an added little bonus, here is the cover that will go with it. Again it is by the very talented Todd Hebertson. I hope you like it!

It’s in the title.

Right you are everyone. I am now officially announcing the title to the sequel. Coming soon to an Amazon near you… Uprising!

For those of you have read Firestone, the title is enough to give you a hint of what to expect from this follow up. Watch this space for more details as the release day (tba) comes every closer!

I do have to say that I am quite excited about this novel now. It is shaping up into quite a story!