Goodbye 2016

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

In just a couple days 2016 will be over. It’s been an interesting year on a global scale. Brexit, Trump, The Grimm Reaper taking the rich and famous, friends and family. It’s been a stressful year to say the least. And I have to say, I’m glad it’s over. Lets just hope that 2017 is less of a killer.

There have also been some good things in 2016 and they’re what I’m going to try and focus on and take with me and grow in 2017.

I managed to publish two new books! I’m fucking proud of myself for that. I also got all the rights back for my other books and managed to republish them and go completely indie in a matter of days. Another accomplishment that I’m fucking proud of.

I may not be a bestselling author – yet, but I’m working on it. That’s where my focus is going to be in the new year. I’m focusing on building my audience and writing new stories. The rest will take care of itself.

I’m not going to make any hard and fast New Years resolutions. None of that new year, new me crap. I’m still going to be the dark, twisted, and sarcastic bitch I’ve always been. The coffee and wine are still going to flow in 2017.

With the close of 2016 I’d like to ask you to take a moment to think of the books you’ve read and enjoyed this year. Think of the writers who’ve worked to craft those words that have taken you on unexpected journeys. The words that have made you cry, or laugh, or scared you shitless.

If you appreciate those words that were so cleverly strung together leave a little review, doesn’t have to be a long one, on Goodreads or Amazon or wherever you got it. Tell your friends about the book. Tell them about the author. Spread the words.
And in 2017 try expanding your reading horizons. Try an author you’ve never read before. Give the little guy a shot. Don’t just stick within your usual safe zone. You never know, you might stumble onto your new favourite author and then tell your friends about them.

And just to make sure the new year starts off with a bang, I’ll be making Shadows FREE until the end of January. Most ebook stores have already caught up with the change in price but it may take Amazon a few days to catch up. Just click on the Universal buy link and choose your favourite store. Go download it and tell your friends about it.

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I hope 2017 brings you all joy, prosperity, and good books. See you all in the new year.


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Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hello my Freaky Darlings,


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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Shadows: New Book Trailer and Author Reading

Hello My Freaky Darlings,

I had some fun this week making a new book trailer for Shadows as well as filming me reading the first scene from the book for you.

I made the first book trailer for Shadows way back in 2009, when Shadows was released for the very first time. Since it’s been re-released I thought it was time for a new one.

Here’s the old one:

And here I am doing a quick reading of it:

So … what do you think?

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3D Covers and Book ads

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Since I created the 3D book cover and ad for Fury, I decided to go back to all my other books and do the same for them. Hey, the older books need some love too you know.

I have to say, I’ve actually had quite a bit of fun doing them and going back to all my old reviews to find quotes to use on the ads has also been rather enjoyable. I sometimes forget that there are people out there who do enjoy the books I write. Good reviews are like lifelines to writers, especially when we’re suffering from the post-publication blues.

Anyway … Here are the ads I created using those 3D covers.

Burning ad

Oasis Ad

Requiem ad

Shadows Ad

And I tweaked the ad for Fury a little.

Fury ad

I’ll be splashing these around twitter.

What do you think? Good idea or back to the drawing board?

Shadows Audiobook Out Now!

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Today is the official release day for the Shadows audiobook from Audioshelf. To listen to a sampler and buy it go have a lookie here.

You can get it at a reduced price of R99.00 for the month of June.

Here’s what Audioshelf had to say about it …

‘Shadows’ by Pretoria-based horror author Joan De La Haye is now up for sale on the Audioshelf Shop. We had a great time producing this one. Terry Lloyd-Roberts’ narration was fantastic as usual, nailing each character’s tone brilliantly. Putting a voice to an evil demon is no easy task…

A chillingly glorious horror, set in our home country. A note to our listeners; not for the faint-hearted!

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