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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Back in Business

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

It’s been quite a busy week since I got my rights back for Shadows, Requiem in E Sharp, Oasis, and Burning. In that week I’ve managed to design new covers for Shadows, Oasis, and Burning, I’ve fixed a few typos, reformatted all four of them, and loaded them all up on Amazon KDP and Draft2Digital. They are now all once again available to download. Burning even made it to number 5 on the erotic horror section on Amazon.ca on Friday, which was a rather pleasant surprise, even if it didn’t stay up there for very long, it was still pretty fucking fantastic.

Thanks to Draft2Digital I also now have universal buy links for all the books so you can simply click on the links and decide which of the stores you want to buy from. My books are now available from pretty much every online bookstore. I think it’s pretty awesome.

Have a look for yourself by clicking on the below links:

Fury

Requiem in E Sharp

Shadows

Oasis

Burning

Next week I’ll be revealing the cover for my new novelette – The Race!

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Going full Indie

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

So … I have some bitter sweet news to share. As of the 31st of August the rights for my novels, Shadows and Requiem in E Sharp, as well as my two novellas, Oasis and Burning, revert back to me.

It’s been a rough decision but given the current economic crunch in publishing and the fact that I’m a complete control freak, it just makes more sense for me to take all my books and self-publish them.

It just means that I’ve got a lot of work ahead and I have to figure out the smartest way of doing it. Hopefully the books won’t be off the virtual sales shelves for too long while I figure out how I want to re-brand myself and my books. But that’s also one of the bonuses of being indie, I can change things when I need to and as the industry evolves and changes. Being indie means I can be more fluid in my decision making process.

I’m also having to redesign the covers for Shadows, Oasis, and Burning since I don’t own the rights to those covers.

I have however been having a little fun playing around with a few ideas for the covers and would like your opinions.

Here’s what I’ve come up with for Oasis:

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And for Shadows:

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I must admit I am having trouble with the design for Burning. I can’t seem to find just the right image for it. But this is what I have come up with for it so far, but this is probably not what I’ll be sticking with.

Burning new cover

The cover for Requiem will stay the same, because I do own the rights for it and I just love that cover too much to part with it.

The plan of action is to release them as ebooks on Amazon and Draft 2 Digital to begin with and then once I’ve wrapped my head around formatting the paperback version I’ll be putting Shadows and Requiem back in print via Createspace and their expanded distribution. Burning and Oasis will only be released as ebooks for $0.99 cents. That’s part of the fun with novellas and novelettes, you can make them really cheap and still make money. Also one of the perks of being an indie author is I can make them much cheaper because I don’t have to split any of the profits.

I was told over the weekend that my branding sucks. That I need to look at making my covers have a more branded look. And I thought about that last year as well, but the thing is then I would also have to redo the cover for Fury and Requiem and I have to say I’m not quite ready to let go of the covers for either of them. For one thing I’ve only just released Fury, plus the cover is a beautiful work of art, and I’m not in any rush to let it go. So for the foreseeable future I’m sticking with the different covers for my stand-alone books, but for the planned series – now that’s a whole other story (which I still have to think about).

So … please let me know what you think of the new covers. Pretty please with a cherry on top!

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So … after comments and thoughts I went back to the drawing board for Burning and have back with this:

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I know there are still some people who don’t think it’s that fabulous, but you know what? I quite like it!

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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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Shadows: Now on Audible

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Shadows continues to make it’s way out in the world.

You can now download the audio edition from Audible.com.

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So… if you want to listen to something creepy while you drive along a dark and deserted road or just before bedtime, go download it now. Your nightmares will be interesting, I promise.

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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