And the winners are

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

The Race giveaway, to celebrate passing 500 likes on my Facebook Author page, has come to an end. I’m sorry!

But we do have our 5 random winners…

Rochelle Steyn

Valerie Roberson

Bridget Lotz

Anina Stenvert

Ray Garton

I’ll be in touch with your prize!

Thank you so much for taking part and liking my author page.

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The Race: #Giveaway

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

To celebrate the fact that my Facebook author page has passed 500 likes I’m giving away 5 copies of The Race.

All you have to do is enter the giveaway by clicking on the link below and, if you haven’t already, give my author page a like.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Once you’ve entered please hit the “I’ve visited” button on the bottom right hand corner of the entry box. Unless you hit that it doesn’t accept your entry.

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The Race by Joan De La Haye

The Race gets another awesome review!

Tony's Thoughts

The Race by Joan De La Haye

When I first saw this cover I didn’t like it. I’ve never been a fan of scantily clad female warriors (stop laughing) in fiction. In this case it made sense in some ways. This story was very much Running Man meets Xena with more than a little new world order conspiracy theory thrown in.

Like most of the author’s work there was a definite South African feel to this book. The slight differences from the usual British or American viewpoints has captured my attention yet again. This was a short fast-paced story that was effortless to read. There were no complications to get in the way of the pacing that I thought was vital to the feel of The Race.

I enjoyed this book. It was a great way to escape the daily grind and at the end I was left wondering ‘what if?’, and for me that has always…

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Blog tour: Guest post on Inspiration

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

As part of my current blog tour I stopped off at David Chislett’s blog to talk about creativity and inspiration. To read what I had to say pop on over here.

There’s only two days left to enter the giveaway so pop on over to the Silver Dagger Scriptorium to enter.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

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I’m on a blog tour and you, dear reader, stand a chance to win your choice of either Shadows, Requiem in E Sharp, or Fury.

All you have to do is enter at any of the blog stops along the way until the 26th of October 2016.

For more information pop into the Silver Dagger Scriptorium and don’t forget to enter.

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The post-publication blues

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

I think the post-publication blues is something that all writers go through. It hits about a week or so after the book lands on the virtual or actual store shelves. It creeps up on you once the publication high starts to dwindle and you start to obsessively check your sales numbers on Amazon and Draft2Digital. It smacks you right in the gut when the sales aren’t what you hoped they would be and the reviews you were hoping for don’t come in as quick as you thought they would. It scratches on your brain-stem when everything seems to drag and you feel like the publishing quagmire is sucking you in and your words will be lost forever and there’s no hope insight.

But then some kind soul buys your book or one of those reviews you’ve been waiting for come out and it’s a really good one. You know one of those reviews that make you cry because someone really really loved the words you painstakingly put together. Or you write a really good sentence for your new book and a smile twitches at the corner of your mouth and you start to think there may be hope after all.

But then you’re back to obsessively checking those non-existent sales figures and the downward spiral starts all over again. It’s a vicious cycle, one which I haven’t found a cure for yet. The only thing I can do while I’m in the grips of the post-publication blues is try not to check my non-existent sales figures everyday. Every time I do I know I’m just going to slide further down that hole. And yet I still check them hoping that by some miracle someone bought a copy of one of my books.

I need to focus on the few things in this industry that I can control, like working on the new book and trying to focus on doing some publicity for my existing books. Whether or not people buy my books or write a review is beyond my control. Which sucks hairy arse, but that’s life as a writer.

So while I battle through my blues I’m going to grab my mug of coffee, try to ignore that nagging impulse to check my latest sales figures, write a few words even if they’re crap, and focus on my upcoming blog tour starting on the 12th of October. Wish me luck!