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Viva la Resolution!

Viva la Resolution

Woohoo! 2015 is upon us 😀

Well, to be precise, 2015 has been upon us for a few weeks now, but I only got back from Tasmania last night so it officially started for me today 😛

I thought I would write a little post about what I have planned for this year, and what I want to achieve. The list will no doubt grow and change as the year progresses, but I think it’s always good to have a jumping off point.

1. Rewrite my synopsis for The Mark of the Cagairáin – to be completed by the end of January.

I wrote a 1 page synopsis when I first started querying. But since then, my novel has undergone significant change, dropping from a whopping 105K to a nice, svelte 88.5 K. As such, my original synopsis doesn’t quite match any longer. I also need a 2-5 page synopsis to go with my 1 page synopsis. So off to the rewriting trenches I go.

2. Work with my Pitching Posse to set up our new website and maintain throughout the year – website to go live sometime in February.

Last year I participated in a pitch-writing workshop hosted by The Australian Writers Marketplace, and was fortunate enough to befriend 3 lovely ladies: Fiona Stevens, Gabrielle Stroud and Karen Evers. We’ve decided to set up a website together where we will post regularly about our writing journeys and perhaps even showcase some of our writing 😀 I’m very excited to be a part of this! Watch this space for more info as this progresses…

3. Finish the first draft of my fantasy novel – hopefully by end of April.

Currently, I’m just past half way.

4. Write a significant proportion of the second draft of my fantasy novel by the close of 2015.

5. I’m also thinking of compiling a few playlists and setting up some individual web pages for each of my novels. Oh, and posting more novel-related material on Pinterest.

Inspiration for a novel I’m not even close to starting – my modern adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s Victoria – has been whispering to me lately, particularly in the music sense. This is something I’m going to have to submit to – even if it means simply compiling a playlist and collating images.

6. On a personal note, attend my high school graduation 20 year reunion on August 22.

7. Finish watching Buffy and Angel with my eldest. And then maybe move onto Twin Peaks.

On the topic of TV series, I’m really looking forward to season five of Teen Wolf and catching up on the last season of Revenge. And seeing Outlander, of course. When I was in Tassie, I also started re-watching The Lying Game – I absolutely love that show (and watching Blair Redford is definitely a treat 😉 ) Shame it never got a third season.

Hello, Mr Redford… 😉

Anyways, that’s about it for now. Fingers crossed every one of these goals gets the tick of completion 😀

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Desperate for a thrilling read? Look no further…

I am very excited to announce the release of Athena Daniels’ romantic suspense novel, Desperate. Athena Daniels is one of my Pitching Posse 😀 Congratulations Athena!

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How do you start over while your past still stalks you?

Meticulous planning gets Ivy half way across the world, with a new identity. But Blake is no ordinary ex-husband, he is a corrupt private investigator with links to London’s underworld.

Eric Prescott, a handsome and successful property developer knows Ivy is hiding something, and from someone. At first Eric only wants to help, but soon finds himself falling for this beautiful woman with the haunting eyes. In one night of explosive passion, Ivy finally gives in. And discovers love, the way it’s meant to be.

Ivy finally dares to believe she is free, but soon faces losing all that she has come to love the day her ex-husband is released from jail. She knows it is only a matter of time before he will return to serve the full force of his deadly vengeance.

Desperate is out now! You can purchase your very own copy at Evernight Publishing, Bookstrand and All Romance Ebooks.

Oh, and be sure to check out Athena’s webpage @ http://www.athenadaniels.com!

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The Changeling Chronicles…

I’ve been working on some artwork for my website – specifically a page for my fantasy WIP, book 1 in the Changeling Chronicles, set in the Scandinavian hidden world. I thought I’d post it here first – sources to be added to the Credits page shortly. The novel is dual pov – the girl in the top frame is the changeling, Astrid, and in the bottom frame, her nightmare, Danica. Oh, and there’s a bear in it… and a castle hanging in the sky 😀 I hope you like it!

The Changeling Chronicles

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And the results are in…

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Sorry for taking so long to write this post, but it’s been Christmas and I’ve been taking a sort of hiatus from the cyber world in Tasmania – my annual summer escape 😀

I’ve sifted through all of my Twitter pitches and compiled a list of the twitches that snagged attention.

Over all three events (#PitMad, #SFFpit and #PitchMAS), 10 of my twitches were favourited (in total) by 4 publishers and 1 agent:

  • 17yo Boudica can tame vampires with her words. But she’s being hunted & must decide if her childhood beau is friend or foe. (favourited 3 times)
  • In 18c Scotland, 17yo girl must hone her ability to tame vampires if she wants to face the monsters who massacred her kin & live. (favourited twice)
  • In 18c Scotland, a smithy’s daughter & a cute vampire in a kilt must join forces to defeat the monster who massacred her kin.
  • In 18c Scotland, where hellhounds roam & witches harbor secrets, the survival of an entire clan rests with a 17yo girl.
  • For 17 years she hid in plain sight. Now the bloodsuckers who massacred her kin have found her. HARRY POTTER x VAMPIRE DIARIES.
  • Scotland 1723: To save her clan, 17yo girl must hone her vampire taming powers but it means trusting the boy who betrayed her.
  • Cute boys in kilts? Aye. Power to tame vampires? Aye. Psycho bloodsuckers butchering your loved ones, one by one? Ack, no!

You might notice several of those twitches are new – after #SFFpit, I crafted a few extra for #PitchMAS that I hadn’t included in my original posts. I ended up with 20 unique twitches. I added comp titles this time. Funnily enough, prior to crafting these twitches I’d never realised my novel shared themes with Harry Potter.

  1. What do you get when you mix the romance of OUTLANDER with the teen angst of VAMPIRE DIARIES? A Scottish love story with fangs.
  2. Scotland 1723: 17yo girl must hone her ability to tame vampires if she wants to face the monster who massacred her kin & live.
  3. She can tame the undead with her words. He chose to become undead to keep her safe. A love story inspired by Celtic folklore.
  4. To save her clan 17yo girl must choose: shun the boy who betrayed her or accept his help to harness her vampire taming powers.
  5. The vamps who killed her parents have found her. If she wants to live, she must learn to whisper. HARRY POTTER x OUTLANDER.
  6. Life is bonny when an old flame returns, until the laird’s brother demands her hand in marriage & her daddy gives it to him.
  7. Cute boys in kilts. Witches harboring secrets. Monsters masquerading as friends. Life’s complicated when you’re the Whisperer.
  8. 17yo Boudica can tame vampires with her words. But she’s being hunted & must decide if her childhood beau is friend or foe.
  9. When you’re being hunted & you don’t know it, when your survival depends on a whisper. Stiefvater’s LAMENT meets OUTLANDER.
  10. To save her clan, 17yo girl must harness her ability to tame vampires. If only she knew if she could trust the lad she loves.
  11. In 18c Scotland, vampires control the clans, until a 17yo smithy’s daughter discovers her words can control vampires.
  12. Some people can tame horses, others can sweet-talk hounds, but 17yo Boudica can force vampires to their knees…with a whisper.
  13. For 17 years she hid in plain sight. Now the bloodsuckers who massacred her kin have found her. HARRY POTTER x VAMPIRE DIARIES.
  14. Scotland 1723: To save her clan, 17yo girl must hone her vampire taming powers but it means trusting the boy who betrayed her.
  15. In 18c Scotland, a smithy’s daughter & a cute vampire in a kilt must join forces to defeat the monster who massacred her kin.
  16. In 18c Scotland, where hellhounds roam & witches spin lies, the survival of an entire clan rests with a 17yo girl.
  17. When what’s in his mouth is more dangerous than what’s under his kilt. OUTLANDER x VAMPIRE DIARIES.
  18. 2200 sunsets since he was stolen from her, 6000 miles wedged between them, and all it took to bring him back was a whisper.
  19. When a 17yo girl is savaged by a hellhound & left for dead, she’s forced to question her new beau’s motives & her own identity.
  20. Cute boys in kilts? Aye. Power to tame vampires? Aye. Psycho bloodsuckers butchering your loved ones, one by one? Ack, no!

I have to say, participating in #PitMad, #SFFpit and #PitchMAS was an exciting experience and I really enjoyed connecting with all the other writers who were involved. Thanks for all your support and I look forward to catching up with you again next pitch season!

Oh, and by the way, Happy New Year!

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