Monday 17 December 2018

Corruption and Black & White Cover Reveal

Hope everyone's well and enjoying the festive season so far! Today I have not one but two cover reveals - as well as unveiling the cover for Corruption, the second part in my YA dystopian trilogy, the first part, Black & White, has also had a makeover. First up, here's Corruption...

Corruption (Black & White #2)

Release Date: 11th February 2019

Cover design: germancreative

Blurb: Wellesbury Noon and Ezmerelda Dontible have found themselves in a position where they can make their native land somewhere that lives up to its name: Harmonia. However, they’re setting their sights further afield for their number one task: eradicating the disease that has plagued the neighbouring country of Loretania for generations and allowed the privileged Harmonians to live in a sterile environment.

After dispatching a team of scientists to Loretania, armed with cratefuls of an antidote and vaccine and headed up by their friend, Dr George Tindleson, Welles, Ez, and Welles’s brother Mal – who grew up in that benighted nation – start to worry when they hear nothing back, despite what they had agreed. Commandeering a fishing boat to follow the science team over the sea, they soon find that, while the disease may be on the way out, a new kind of infection has set in – the corruption they thought they had stamped out in Harmonia.

Can they get to the root of the problem and eradicate it before even more damage is done to an innocent people?

*** Warning – this book contains themes that some sensitive readers may find upsetting. ***

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And Black & White:

Black & White (Black & White #1)

Cover design: germancreative

Blurb: What is the price paid for the creation of a perfect society?

In Whitopolis, a gleamingly white city of the future where illness has been eradicated, shock waves run through the populace when a bedraggled, dirt-stricken boy materialises in the main street. Led by government propaganda, most citizens shun him as a demon, except for Wellesbury Noon – a high school student the same age as the boy.

Upon befriending the boy, Wellesbury feels a connection that he can’t explain – as well as discovering that his new friend comes from a land that is stricken by disease and only has two weeks to live. Why do he and a girl named Ezmerelda Dontible appear to be the only ones who want to help?

As they dig deeper, everything they know is turned on its head – and a race to save one boy becomes a struggle to redeem humanity.

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If you fancy treating yourself to an early present, Black & White is now permafree!

That's it from me for this year. My first post for 2019 will be IWSG in January. Until then, have a restful time and may your days be merry and bright!

Wednesday 5 December 2018

IWSG December 2018

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means for the last time in 2018, it's time for the group posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Hosted as ever by the erstwhile Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, the purpose of the group is to offer a safe space where we can air our fears and insecurities in a mutually supportive environment. Why not consider joining if you haven't already? Today's co-hosts are J.H. MoncrieffTonja DreckerPatsy Collins and Chrys Fey.

Although I've got the usual insecurities associated with the release of a new book - which is coming in just over two months - added to some new ones about this being a sequel (will people who liked the first book like this one? Will they even read it? Will they be shocked/disappointed/upset by the turn things are taking?), I'm trying not to dwell on them and focusing on being festive as we dive (headlong, it seems) into the holiday period and the new year. Of course that's a time for new outlooks and mindsets and I'm going to make this one about positivity. Those insecurities will still be there, but having this space to deal with them is going to be really helpful. Something to be thankful for!

So let's have a look at this month's IWSG question: "What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?"

My writing space is quite sparse because it also happens to be the dining table, so I can't clutter it up with too much stuff - it needs to be cleared every night. However, I'm sure I can rustle up five things that are usually close at hand.

  • Laptop - This might seem an obvious one, but I know not everyone types things up right away. I can't imagine another way of working, however. I know they shouldn't, but things always seem more official when they're captured in electronic form. This brings me on to my next item...
  • Notebook - I've not always been known to keep one of these around, but I'm trying to get better at that. It's great for jotting down random thoughts as they occur and trying to conceptualise how a plotline might play out. I've been making good use of the one I won from Patricia Lynne.
  • Music - This is a funny one because although it's essential for inspiration, I can't actually listen to anything when writing or editing my own stuff. However, it powers me through my day job for which I use the very same space. And as a Luddite who's not exactly embraced the world of streaming and playlists, my music still comes out of physical objects (stereo, radio and, since last Christmas thanks to my lovely wife, record player!)
  • Tea - Something else that keeps me going through the day, I'll regularly have a cup of this near to my keyboard.
  • Dictionary - This is most often used for my day job, ie editing other people's stuff. I'll often come across technical terms with which I'm unfamiliar, and because my internet is often unreliable, it's usually quicker to look them up the old-fashioned way. I've found that very technical ones aren't always there, however.
So nothing too unusual here, but I still like my writing space. If I ever get my own space, it would probably become a lot more cluttered!

In IWSG news, the next Twitter pitch event is just around the corner - January 15 to be precise. Check out the details here and get your pitches in front of top editors and agents!

Signups are open for this month's WEP challenge with the theme of Ribbons and Candles. We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Check the link for more details.

* I'm just going to add in a quick request for help here - I still have a few spaces available on the blog tour for my upcoming release, which is slated for February 2019. You can find details and a signup form here. Thank you!

To check out other IWSG posts, click here.