Monday, 4 June 2018

Sisters of Syr Release - Friday June 8th!

It's here! The next chapter of the Moon People saga is all finished and available to pre-order ahead of its official release on June the 8th. You can grab your copy from the following links:

Amazon
Smashwords
Google Play
Kobo
Barnes & Noble

The time has come for seer Netya to take an apprentice of her own – an apprentice poisoned against her by her oldest enemy.

Vaya, the huntress Netya once shamed into exile from her pack, has returned, bringing with her six long years of animosity. Driven by old grudges and weighed down by the burden of her pride, Vaya fights to endure her indentured captivity at the hands of Netya's clan for one reason alone: her loyalty to her friend Kiren.

As Netya struggles to instruct a rebellious young Kiren in the ways of the seerhood, the ripples of Vaya's arrival stir unrest among the clan. How far is Den Mother Adel willing to go in the name of maintaining order, and what, if anything, will be able to stay her hand?

Netya, Kiren, and Vaya all have their parts to play in shaping the future of Adel's pack, but who will tip the balance during this pivotal moment – the witches, or the warriors?


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If you're wondering where book three in the series went, don't worry, this is purely just a naming change. I've recently retitled the previous novel, Sun Huntress, as book three in the series, making Sisters of Syr book four. I hope everyone enjoys this latest instalment in the series!

Stay tuned for more information about the next novel coming soon.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Sisters of Syr Cover Reveal!

Here we go! Another novel release imminent and another lovely commission from Duong Covers to celebrate. Sisters of Syr has been complete in draft form for a while now, but editing is taking some time. Due to writing this one somewhat blind compared to previous entries in the series I'm having to pour many more hours into the post-production on Sisters of Syr, since there are more significant portions that demand tweaks and rewrites than usual. That being said, I expect the novel to be hitting retailer shelves within the next two or three months!

There are a few things that have changed about Sisters of Syr since I last talked about it back in December, one of which you might have already noticed from the cover art. While this was originally planned to be book three in the Moon People Saga, I mused last time about how Sun Huntress probably should've gotten that title given its significance in the story. The more time I spent on Sisters of Syr the more story threads from Sun Huntress started creeping in, to the point where I no longer felt it was appropriate to treat the previous novel as a side entry in the main saga.
So don't be alarmed when you see Sisters of Syr labelled as book four -- you didn't accidentally miss anything! By the time the new novel releases Sun Huntress will have gotten a little rebranding with the new subtitle The Moon People, Book Three.

The second major change to Sisters of Syr is the scope of the novel. When I finished writing Daughter of the Night I originally planned Sun Huntress, Sisters of Syr, and the (currently unwritten) sixth novel in the series to all be part of the same story. That eventually changed when I split Sun Huntress off into its own thing, and toward the end of Sisters of Syr I realised that it didn't make much sense to carry on writing for another 100k+ words when I'd essentially be starting on another brand new story for the final portion of the book.
So the novel that was once planned to be book three in the Moon People Saga is now books three, four, and five. This means Sisters of Syr will end up being shorter than The Alpha's Concubine and Daughter of the Moon, but the overall pacing of the series will flow much better as a result. It didn't make much sense to try and cram three books into one, so I broke them off into more self-contained instalments.

Sisters of Syr will be arriving soon, with information on book five coming hot on its heels! Planning and outlining is already underway, and I can't wait to share the details.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sisters of Syr Announcement!


--- MOON PEOPLE SAGA / SUN HUNTRESS SPOILERS AHEAD! ---



Another novel wrapped up, another on the way! As per usual with my books, the final page of Sun Huntress revealed the title of the next instalment in The Moon People saga -- Sisters of Syr -- and now it's time for me to get into some of the details!

After two divergences from the main storyline, we finally return to what is officially book three of the series (although in retrospect, Sun Huntress probably should've taken that title!). Netya, Adel, Caspian & co. all return to the forefront alongside our Sun Huntress protagonists Kiren and Vaya, with the story picking up at the exact moment Sun Huntress ended. I hope you're up to date with your reading, because major spoilers for the series up till this point lie ahead!

A little older, a little wiser, and with a firmly established pack behind her, Netya has stepped out of her mentor's shadow to take an apprentice of her own -- the impulsive young Kiren. Is she ready to rise to this new challenge? Or is Kiren simply too much of a huntress to ever embrace the skills of a seer? Perhaps more importantly, what does the future hold now that Netya's old rival Vaya -- a woman who has sworn to kill her -- is back among them?
Adel's coven has grown, their spectre looming large over the lands around them, and Alpha Orec struggles to keep the witches' clan of warrior guardians in line. A few small cruelties are inevitable choices a leader must make, but how far is Adel willing to go to preserve the fearsome status of her pack? As rivalries old and new come into focus, past friendships are broken and new ones rebuilt. All the while the seasons turn, and the Sun People continue their forays deeper and deeper into the Moon People's territory...

Sisters of Syr is currently 50,000 words deep, with much more still to come! This novel sees a culmination of many story threads that have been building up over the last few books, focusing primarily on the internal struggles of Adel's pack and the characters that have been established thus far. We will see what kind of a leader Adel has become, what kind of a woman Netya has grown into, and whether her old rivalry with Vaya can be confronted without any more bloodshed.
Unlike previous books that have focused on a single protagonist with occasional forays into the thoughts of others, Sisters of Syr will have multiple viewpoint characters throughout. My initial plan was to follow Netya and Kiren as the primary protagonists, but once I got started writing it became clear that many other characters also had important stories to tell this time around. Needless to say that Netya, Kiren, Adel, and Vaya will all be the heroes (or villains) in their own parts of the saga, with many other characters stepping in along the way. We may also be seeing a little more of the Sun People this time around, and it might just be time for Adel to confront the tragic loss she suffered at the end of Daughter of the Night.

There's a lot more to talk about with this novel, but I can't go into too much detail without getting spoilery! It's no understatement to say that this is one that I've been looking forward to for a while. Sisters of Syr is going to be arriving at some point in 2018, but given the volume of content I have planned it's hard for me to guess at exactly when it'll hit the online shelves. More updates to come closer to release!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sun Huntress Release!

It's here! Sun Huntress is now available for pre-order at various retailers in preparation for the book's release next Friday on August 18th!

From the blurb:

Disobedience among the great packs of the shapeshifting Moon People is to be punished, and young Kiren has disappointed her ruthless mother for the last time.

Banished with one final chance to prove herself, she is sent north on a journey to seek out the clan of the great witch Adel, a woman of terrifying renown and an old rival to Kiren's mother. Perhaps, with the witches' tutelage, she can learn the prestigious craft of a seer and finally secure the respect of her clan. But while the great packs may be at peace, ghostly strangers wander the lands of the Moon People; men who leave behind neither step nor scent.
The world beyond Kiren's den is full of mysteries, and her journey north soon becomes a quest fraught with danger as new friendships are born, romance blossoms, and the cruel bite of tragedy threatens to bring an end to the young woman's adventure. Though she is set on the path to becoming a seer, Kiren's journey will teach her of the huntress that lies within her heart.


Links to where the book can be purchased are as follows:
Amazon
Smashwords
Google Play
Kobo


I'm very excited to hear the response to this one, as it's a little different from my usual fare when it comes to writing these books. There are a few surprises along the way, some shifts in tone, and a departure from some of the signature elements of previous novels in the series. I wanted to shake up expectations this time around, and I think a side novel to the main series like this provided the perfect opportunity to do so.

Originally conceived as a subplot for book three of The Moon People saga, Sun Huntress ended up taking on a life of its own and spinning off into a separate 110,000 word novel. Throwing a cast of new characters together with some of the old, Sun Huntress returns us to the world of the Moon People five years after the events of Daughter of the Moon, paving the way for book three and planting the seeds of the tale to come.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sun Huntress Cover Reveal!

Here we go! In all its glory (and another lovely piece of work from Duong Covers) the cover art for my upcoming novel Sun Huntress.

Work on this title has been ticking along, although a tad slower than anticipated thanks to various things happening over the holiday season and some developmental editing on the side eating into my time. That and, as always, the book will probably wind up being longer than intended. It's been an interesting one to work on, playing out somewhat differently than my previous novels in the series. I'm certainly hoping that people enjoy the unexpected turns it takes!

No release date in sight yet, but I'll post further updates when the novel is closer to going live. As with Daughter of the Night, I plan on offering free/advance copies to people signed up to my mailing list, so make sure you get in there if you're interested!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Sun Huntress Announcement!

The year is coming to a close, and before the holidays hit it's time to share some details on the latest in-progress volume of The Moon People saga. Those who read through Daughter of the Night will have already gotten a sneaky look at the title: Sun Huntress.

( Warning - Daughter of the Moon spoilers ahead! )

Taking place five years after the events of Daughter of the Moon, the story finds the great clans of the Moon People in a time of peace. Rumours regarding the mysterious witches who serve Den Mother Adel swirl through the packs. Their power is feared and respected, for everyone knows the tale of foolish Alpha Miral, who met his end when he tried to claim the witches' magic for his own.
But far away from Adel's valley, another female-dominated clan dwells in the swamps near the coast of the great water. Clan Mother Octavia, rival and once-betrayer of Adel's trust, finds herself burdened with a wilful daughter who refuses to find her place among the pack. Her name is Kiren, and she has inherited neither the dark hair nor the level head of her mother.
Tiring of her daughter's behaviour, Octavia sets Kiren a task: both a journey, and a punishment. She is to travel north, seek out Den Mother Adel's witches, and learn the craft of a seer by becoming one of them. But while the great packs may be at peace, ghosts lurk in the lands of the Moon People. The world beyond Kiren's homeland is full of mysteries, and she soon finds herself thrown into a quest fraught with danger, friendship, romance, and tragedy. Though she has been set on the path to becoming a seer, Kiren's journey will teach her of the huntress that lies within her heart.

Much like Daughter of the Night, Sun Huntress will be wear the suffix "A Book of the Moon People", focusing on a shorter side story rather than being a direct numbered sequel. That being said, the novel will also serve as something of a prequel to book three of The Moon People saga (title TBA), which will pick up right where Sun Huntress ends.

So, why another side story? Why a new main character? Well, that's a great question, since Sun Huntress is a novel that wasn't originally supposed to exist! My plan was to go straight from Daughter of the Night into book three, but during the initial planning phase I started to realise something pretty important about the story I was telling. The character of Kiren is intended to fill a key role in book three, and I always knew I was going to spend some time focusing on her backstory with Octavia's clan, detailing her journey north to find the witches, and just generally establishing her as a strong character before introducing her to the rest of the cast.
But that led me to a problem. I noticed that the amount of material I had outlined for Kiren was almost enough to be its own book, and that including it all in novel #3 would mean numerous departures from the main story to follow what Kiren was doing.

I am strongly of the belief that if a novel has to keep cutting between disparate storylines for an extended period of time, then those stories should probably just be their own books (everything involving Daenerys in the first few Game of Thrones volumes, I'm looking at you). So I decided to spin Kiren's introduction off into its own novel and flesh out what I had, making it a semi-optional prequel to book #3 rather than an awkwardly paced part of it.

While Sun Huntress will focus on a lot of new characters, there'll also be some cameos from the existing cast. Caspian, Khelt, Adel, and Netya will all poke their heads in at some point. We'll see a little more of Octavia, and there'll be some fun insights into how her female-dominated pack live their lives.
But perhaps most excitingly (at least for me!), Sun Huntress will see the return of book #1's vindictive antagonist, Vaya, and you can bet your butt she's going to be more than just a cameo. But how has she changed in the six or so years since we last saw her? Maybe, just maybe, she might be a little more than an antagonist this time around.

Friday, 28 October 2016

The Alpha's Concubine is now free!

Yep, the whole book! Now that the series is expanding I have decided to make the first instalment in The Moon People saga free. You can grab copies at the following links:

Smashwords
Amazon
Google Play

As per usual it may take slightly longer for the price drop to filter down through to some other retailers and store pages, but it should be happening soon.

The publication structure of The Alpha's Concubine was always a little awkward, since I had been used to serialising my novels at the time. As the book (and later the sequels) went on, however, I started to regret this decision, as it seemed a little confusing and out of place for a story like this. Since the entire novel is now free, I'm removing the serialised segments from stores so as not to clutter up my catalogue or cause unnecessary confusion. The only exception to this is Part One, since that edition currently holds the lion's share of the reviews for the series on most retailers. I figured I'd keep that one around for the time being until the complete novel (hopefully) gets some more reviews to let buyers know what to expect.

Aside from that, the next novel in The Moon People saga is underway! Expect more detailed news about it in the coming months.