I’ve had a lot going on recently, not all of it good unfortunately. But, I’ve pulled myself out the other side and am back to making things happen once again.

So on to the business end of things… I’ve got a few story submissions to mention. Firstly, img_2357-1my story, Of Blood & Fire, was accepted into the Coffins & Dragons anthology by Dragon Soul Press. The release date has yet to be revealed but as soon as it is I’ll let you know.

Secondly, my story, A Storm Of Ravens, will be published in Divinity, an anthology by Iron Faerie Publishing. It’s scheduled for release on the 25th of October 2019.

I have other news to share, but I’ll make a separate post and share it when I’m not so strapped for time. Weekends don’t allow me much time at the PC. My kids have a tendency to hog it when I’m not quick enough. Roll on, Monday. LOL!

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Myth & Magic

Iron Faerie Publishing are seeking submissions from 500 to 5000 words for their Myth and Magic anthology!

Love mythology and mythical beasts?

Then this submission opportunity is for you!

Open until full there’s still time to submit. And with over a dozen spots left to fill, you’d better get writing.

So, here’s three creatures I’ve stumbled upon during my research for this open call.

Basilisk – The Basilisk was a mythological creature so venomous that its mere glance could kill.

Chimera – From the right angle a chimera might look – if only for a second – like nothing more than a lion. But it’s far from it.

Harpy – Harpies are mythical creatures in Greek and Roman mythologies with the head of a woman and the body of a vulture.

I hope this open call and tiny selection of beasties inspires someone to write something great!

Birthday Giveaway #2

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I had such fun doing this last year that I decided to do it again.

From now until midnight August 1st, I’m hosting a giveaway.

Up for grabs is the following:

1 x ebook copy of Fable, featuring one of my short stories, Stealing Beauty.

1 x ebook copy of Lost, a collection of short stories.

To Enter:

Like this post and leave a comment below to be placed in the draw.

Entries  close at midnight (Perth, WA Time) 1st August 2019.

Winners will be announced at random courtesy of random.org. by midnight 2nd August 2019.

 

 

The Memory of Trees

Today was not a good day. It hasn’t been for the last eleven years. Truth is, I don’t think it’s ever going to be a good day. It’s forever going to be a day tinged with sadness and regret.

Regret for all the things I didn’t say and regret for all things I did say but didn’t mean.

Looking back is hard. Mistakes are painful.

Death is mind numbing. And back then at 24, despite the countless number of funerals I’d already attended it was this one that blew me off my feet.

Nothing prepares you for losing a parent. My mum. She was 58. I thought she’d see seventy at least.

Enya was her favourite. It was played at her funeral. So, I find myself reminiscing and trying to listen to the song without crying. It’s not easy.

One day though.

Soon.

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

He was not a fighter.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

Being winter… it’s once again my source of inspiration.

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

I woke to the the sound of rain.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Smashwords’ Summer Winter SALE!

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It’s an awesome chance to stock up on free and discounted eBooks by your favorite indie authors.

Prices have been slashed by 25% on both Solstice & Lost. While, Morrighan remains at $0.99.

SALE ENDS ON JULY 31ST ONLY ON SMASHWORDS.

25% DISCOUNT! Smashwords’ Summer Winter Sale!

Discount codes can be found on each book’s page upon checkout!

Happy Reading!

And please, if you do pick up a copy of my short story, Morrighan, while it’s free, please consider leaving a review!

Fable is in the Top 100!

Woohoo! 🎉

The anthology, featuring my short story, Stealing Beauty, is currently sitting at #95 for Fantasy Anthologies.

It’s really exciting and I can’t wait for Release Day on Friday!

So, please if you haven’t… PREORDER a copy of Fable now. Myself and the 15 other authors would love to see this anthology reach new heights!

Pre-order Today!

The Countdown is on for Organic Ink, Volume 1

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There’s about twelve hours until Organic Ink Volume 1 arrives! Are you excited? I am! I hope you’ve snagged yourself a copy, because the purchase price goes up the moment the anthology goes live!

So, grab it for $2.99 while you still can!

I have two poems, Petals and Darkness included in this anthology and I can not wait for it to hit shelves! It’s so pretty!

Pre-order NOW! At over 600 pages and 50 poets, it’s going to be awesome!

Get Your Copy Here!

Pre-Order Fable Now!

Fable, the debut anthology from Iron Faerie Publishing is available to PREORDER!

My short story, Stealing Beauty, is one of sixteen stories featured within and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a bit of a twist to it.

It’s just over 3000 words and tells the story of Isabel who swaps places with her father, who was imprisoned for stealing a rose. Not longer after meeting the man who holds her captive, it is revealed that not only is he cursed but she is as well. Both victims of an enchantress who has cursed the entire town for their wrongdoings, no matter how slight.

It comes out officially on the 5 July 2019.

PREORDER NOW!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes the tenth installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

No inspiration for this prompt… just completely random. I hope you enjoy it.

So, here it is, today’s opening line…

The house looked large and all encompassing but it was still dwarfed by the snow capped mountains that loomed in the distance.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

I’ve Totally Got This Under Control

woman-hiding.jpegI’ve totally got this under control.

I do. I really do.

I wish I did.

No… this isn’t one of those blog posts. I’m not down on myself. Far from it. It’s just been a really mentally exhausting week.

It started off great. I was on track… to the point where I was a day ahead of myself. Yeah… funny that. And then I got a phone call. Just before one o’clock on Wednesday afternoon. I recognized the caller ID immediately.

The Primary School where my kids go was calling… somebody needed picking up… because they were sick… or so I thought.

Not… quite. Somebody – my ten year old son – needed picking up because he’d collided with another boy and was now sporting a big egg right above his eye near his eyebrow.

Now, I know what you’re all thinking. You can totally use this as writing fodder… and trust me, it’s being squirreled away for sometime in the not so distant future. But for now, it’s more of an: OH MY GOD! Anxiety overload situation. Yes… even days later. It takes roughly three days for me to get over anxiety. It’s usually three days of not being able to write much, if anything, at all.

It’s not like I haven’t dealt with bumps and bruises before, because I have. Cracked skulls… check. Stitches and broken bones… check! But when your son complains of blurred vision panic starts to set in. So… a trip to emergency ensued.

Sadly, mum life trumped Author life. Who am I kidding, Mum life always trumps author life. Hands down. Wouldn’t change it. Okay, I would on weekends. I need to start saying “no” to my kids more when it comes to the PC because the PC is mine! Yeah… never going to happen. LOL.

So, amidst all that lovely chaos, I got very little writing done or blogging, despite wanting to work on more of In My Blood for you all. Next week, I swear.

Here’s hoping to a much better and more restful weekend.

 

 

Organic Ink, Volume 1… is almost HERE!

organic ink promoHave you purchased your copy of Organic Ink Volume 1 yet? With less than two weeks to go until its release, why wait? And if you need a better reason… it’s only $2.99. The price is set to go up to $7.99 upon RELEASE! (30th June 2019)

I have two poems, Petals and Darkness included in this anthology and I can’t wait for it to hit shelves! Pre-order NOW!

Get Your Copy Here!

This incredible poetry anthology features 50 talented poets who’ve brought emotions and experiences to life in such beautiful ways. I’m truly humbled to be one voice among the fray. It’s going to be huge!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes the ninth installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

Inspiration this week is sunrise. For no other reason than I was awake until almost 5am this morning. Didn’t quite last until the sun rose. I wasn’t really trying to, but I do like the sky at that time of the morning.

So, here it is, today’s opening line…

As the sun rose over the horizon, there was no excitement at the arrival of a new day, merely dread at the realisation I had to repeat yesterday.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Hawthorn & Ash

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I’ve been looking into more online publication opportunities of late and thought I’d bring this one to the attention of other writers just in case you hadn’t seen it yet and you’re interested in getting your words out into the world.

It’s an open submission call from Iron Faerie Publishing and they are after stories for their blog that range in length from 100 to 500 words.

I don’t know about you, but I love drabbles and flash fiction. You’re forced to think about what you’re writing in a way you may not with longer fiction and they’re quicker to write, which is a bonus, in my book given how busy I am.

They are seeking FANTASY and SPECULATIVE FICTION short stories.

Reprints : No

Simultaneous Submissions : No

Multiple Submissions : Authors may submit one story per week.

Publication : Online. An anthology is a possibility in the future.

Author Compensation : Exposure only at this stage.

Additional information can be found on their website.