Lets do this!

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

2016 is done and dusted (thank fuck) and 2017 (just need to remember to get the date right from now on) has begun.

We survived a really rough year and now we need to survive and thrive in the new one.

I think it’s going to be an interesting year and, like last year, it will also have its ups and downs. It’s just going to be a case of putting one step in front of the other or, in my case, one word after the next.

In order to get me focused on getting through this year and to help me write the sequel to The Race as well as working on the first book in The Cursed Witch series I’ve decided I need a theme song.


I think given the nature of the story for The Race and its subsequent books and the year I’ve got ahead of me and what we’ve already survived, I think it’s a pretty apt choice. Don’t you?

So … if you had a theme song for this year or last year what would it be?

And don’t forget Shadows is still free until the end of January! Just click on the universal buy link and then on whichever store you’d like to download it from. Amazon, unfortunately, still hasn’t come to the party on this one. But you can get it free from Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo, and pretty much everywhere else.

I hope 2017 brings you all that you wish for yourself!


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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!