Lost Dreams Cover Change

One of the perks of being an indie author is the ability to change the cover art of your books whenever you feel like it.

I’ve never been 100% happy with the original cover for The Archive of Lost Dreams because the Smashwords version, which uploaded to Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Diesel and Sony among others, was always a little blurry no matter what I did.

So I’ve changed the cover ever so slightly. It’s still got the same feel to it and it’s very similar to the original cover. I like this one better, though.

New Cover:

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New cover: 2014

Old Cover:

 

Archive of lost dreams

Old cover: 2013

As a side note, I’ve temporarily unpublished The Archive of Lost Dreams and Storm Front from the Smashwords store and affiliates. They’ve been available for free there for quite some time (thanks for the downloads!), but while I was doing that, I was unable to make them free on Amazon. This gives me a chance to enroll them in Kindle Select and make them free for five days in a 3 month period. Keep a look out for the free promotions on Amazon!

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Tis The Season And All That: Christmas Giveaway

Hi beautiful people.

I have an announcement to make.

While I’m not sure if Storm Front (bundled with The Archive of Lost Dreams) will be available for the Kindle before Christmas (I’m going away for a few days at a crucial moment, bad timing I know, but that’s what Christmas is all about!), I’m still waiting on The Archive of Lost Dreams to be approved for the Premium Catalogue on Smashwords. My last few stories have taken up to two/three weeks to be approved and shipped so I don’t expect the Archive will be available on Kobo, Diesel, iTunes etc before Christmas.

On top of my perpetually bad timing, I’m offering a

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY

Complete with a Disney-themed Christmas picture! (The Enchanted Christmas)

Because I feel like it, and it’s Christmas, and because I’m an indie writer I can do as I please. And it pleases me greatly to host this giveaway.

I’m giving away copies of both of my books on Smashwords: The deep space cyberpunk The Edge of Darkness, and my collection of paranormal short stories, The Archive of Lost Dreams. (Remember, the five Storm Front urban fantasy short stories are still currently FREE on Smashwords.)

To qualify for the giveaway, you must do the following:

  • Leave a comment saying which book you’d prefer a copy of: The Edge of Darkness or The Archive of Lost Dreams.
  • Make sure you leave a VALID email address in the comment, because this will be the email address I contact you with. You’ll be receiving a code for a limited time free Smashwords download.
  • It is not required that you subscribe to this blog, but it would be a nice thought!

I’m going to be selecting winners at random, and the number of winners will be equal to half the number of entries. If there are two entries there will be one winner, if there are four entries there will be two winners. If there are one hundred entries there will be fifty winners! (Eh, a girl can dream).

So basically you have a 50/50 chance of winning! And the more entries there are, the more I will give away!

  • It would help A LOT if you tweeted, Facebooked and blogged about this giveaway, but it won’t give you an extra entry.
  • This giveaway will end on New Year’s Eve! That gives you a little over a week to help spread the word and get as many friends to enter as you can, because the more entries there are, the more winners there will be!

Good luck, and please have a very happy and safe holiday!

Just a quick reminder on The Edge of Darkness giveaway

My international giveaway of my first published novel, The Edge of Darkness –  a soft sci-fi dystopian about cyborg former prisoners of war in space and their mutiny aboard an old transport ship – closes in roughly seven hours. For everyone who’s subscribed to my blog recently and not commented on this post, you’re missing out on the chance to win a free book.

The Goodreads giveaway, which ended earlier today, ended up with a whopping 808 requests and 146 adds to to-reads lists. I’m overwhelmed by this attention – although I know a lot of people on Goodreads just want a free book, I’m still a little intimidated by what the genuinely interested people are going to think of it.

The Edge of Darkness will be available for purchase soon in paperback format and in ebook format. I’ll let you know when this happens, so stay tuned.

BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY: Signed copy of The Edge Of Darkness

Hello, my lovelies. I have an amazing announcement. I am hosting my very first giveaway!

I am giving away ONE SIGNED paperback copy of my first novel, The Edge Of Darkness, a space opera about cyborg prisoners of war who discover a conspiracy aboard their transport ship and mutiny to save their lives.  It’s a soft sci-fi dystopian with a little bit of thriller elements and a little bit of romance, and contains a kick-ass heroine and her noble love interest.

The Edge of Darkness cover

Oh my gosh, take a look at my cover! It’s so pretty and shiny! Note: not actually shiny.

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (YAY! I hear you all cheer).  I will choose the winner on September 1st because I have a simultaneous giveaway on Goodreads and there is a small chance one person could win both books.

To be eligible to win this giveaway, all you have to do is SUBSCRIBE to my blog using the SUBSCRIBE button over there —> because quite frankly, not everyone has a Twitter or a Facebook or a Google+ but everyone has email. I’m not going to make you like my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter, or add me to your circle on Google+, or follow me on Goodreads, or even follow my NetworkedBlog. But you’re welcome to do all that.

Then, AFTER you have subscribed (or if you ALREADY subscribed in which case, YAY!) please COMMENT on THIS post using the SAME email address in the info field, or, if you’re a WordPress blog user, the link to your blog (so I can tell who’s who).

Please note:

  • If you subscribe but do not comment you won’t be eligible.
  • If you comment without subscribing you won’t be eligible.
  • If you comment more than once I will only count your first entry.

I will select the winner using random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to an email.

I’m excited about this giveaway because The Edge of Darkness will be going on sale in September! I am using Smashwords for the digital copies and CreateSpace for the paperback copies. Stay tuned for the announcement.

AND NOW it’s time for a Chapter One excerpt, so see if you’d be interested in winning this giveaway. Why wouldn’t you? It’s FREE!

 I snapped out of my daydream as my husband Ethan sat next to me.

“You’ll never guess what,” he said, his one human eye shining with excitement. Ethan was one of the lucky borgs who managed to keep his human voice. I think that’s why he gravitated towards me: that and the full head of hair I sport. I was originally born in the Philippines on Old Earth, and I still have the long black hair I was born with. When my face was smashed, I was given a cybernetic eye and face plate. At first the human in me was horrified by the way I looked in a mirror – and then I never saw a mirror again, and so I forgot. Cyborgs aren’t given mirrors, and on the Rock we don’t have anything that can cast a reflection. So I forgot about my face. Until I saw Ethan.

Ethan tells me he was very athletic before the explosion. He had longish blonde hair and tanned skin – his skin is now pale and sallow, like so many of us. I do adore his human eye, though. It is blue and happy. That’s how it seems to me. Happy.

Happiness is rare on the Rock.

“What is it?” I asked him, taking his human hand in mine. The touch set off a bunch of receptors to my cybernetic nerves, and my system flooded with euphoria. Every time I touched him, I got the same response. When I reported the over stimulus to the Authorities, they told me they couldn’t afford the mechanics to fix the overload. So I learned to enjoy it.

“Apparently the war’s over. I heard the Authorities talking about incoming transport ships. The Antiquity fleet. Max, my girl, I think we’re going home!”

“Home!” I tried not to laugh at his hopeful expression. What could home offer us? Perhaps we would no longer be refugees, or prisoners of war, but we’d still be second-class citizens. Why did they want to send us back to Old Earth when they could use us until we died in servitude?

“We’re too expensive an investment to risk sending home,” I argued quietly. “Why don’t they ship us off-planet to some alien contractor? They’d get their money’s worth.”

“Well Max, the war’s over, so the risk of being pirated while offline is minimal.”

“I don’t want to go offline,” I said under my breath. He squeezed my hand.

“It’s OK, love: I’ll compartmentalise right beside you. I’ll never leave your side, you know that.”

“Yes, Ethan, I do know that.” I looked furtively around, and saw that there were no Authorities nearby. I leaned in and kissed him quickly on the lips.

It was an illegal move, and one that could have grave consequences if we were caught. That’s why, in the three years we have been together on the Rock, neither of us have progressed further than a kiss or a grope, despite us both being healthy semi-humans with fully functioning sex organs. It’s just too risky. The consequences for breaking proximity rules were harsh. I think it haunted a lot of the borgs who were capable of thinking about it.

I will love you all the more if you RETWEET. FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS, PLEASE RETWEET/SHARE ON FACEBOOK.

Also: The Edge of Darkness is now on Goodreads! Use this link to mark it to-read. If you’re SUPER nice and I get 100 to-reads, I will give away some e-book editions!