I'm pleased to announce that my latest novel, Defender, has now been released.
As I mentioned previously, I rewrote this book as the first version didn't sit right. I wasn't happy with the two main characters, and I love the new version of Kira, my newbie FBI agent. She has determination and compassion, and I'm thrilled to send her out into the world.
The book was inspired during my visit to Washington DC, and in particular my tour of the Pentagon and the time I spent at Arlington National Cemetery. Whilst our Pentagon tour guide was an Old Guard soldier--like the character of Ethan--the character wasn't based on him. Ethan was drawn from the stories our guide told, and his demeanor. I was, and still am, in awe of the Old Guard soldiers and the honour they pay to their colleagues. The story doesn't revolve around them, but they are the inspiration behind it.
If you are interested in seeing soldiers such as 'Ethan' in action, check out this video.
Defender is available in both print and Ebook format.
Print: if you live locally (Hobart/Tasmania) and want to collect a copy in person, please message me via the Contact page. The book is also available from my website store, and from most online book sellers.
Ebook: available from Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, etc, etc. Please check your favourite online Ebook seller.
Thank you again for your support.
I'm very happy to announce my next book, Defender, will be released on April 24th, 2020!
This book has taken a while to emerge. I wrote it twice after the original version 'didn't sit right'. I am pleased with the result, and loved writing the characters.
Be careful what you look for. You might find it.
After a year on the job, Kira is still a new agent in the eyes of her FBI counter terrorism colleagues. When a young man is reported for making violent threats against government agencies, she is given the chance to lead the case. Keen to prove herself, Kira dives in, determined to find the man before he can hurt those she has sworn to protect.
When a photo leads her to the suspect, Kira discovers a clue that takes her down a path she never dreamed she’d have to walk.
Sometimes the answer is closer than you think.
Now for the obligatory sales pitch.
The book is available for preorder: direct from me if you live locally (send a message via the contact page), from this website HERE (price includes postage), Amazon and Smashwords for Ebooks. It will also shortly find it's way to your favourite online bookseller.
Sales pitch over.
A big thank you to everyone who continues to support and encourage me. I appreciate every one of you!
Take care, stay safe.
COVID 19. I've been avoiding talking about the virus that has a large number of people stocking loo rolls, pasta, and flour, but it needs to be done. I didn't want it to affect my writing. Indeed, I saw it as an escape, but it hasn't worked that way to date.
Progress with writing has stalled. The unfolding pandemic and the related stories, rumours, and inevitable chat, has left me drained, mentally and emotionally. I've switched off from most social media and mainstream news delivery, and that is helping my brain get back to normal. I hope to do more writing from now on.
On more positive news, I have finished editing my next book. It has been to my beta readers, and is now in the tender (read: blunt, honest, and helpful) hands of my professional editor. I did initially consider delaying the release until after the COVID 19 panic had subsided, but have now decided to push ahead. It will be released in EBook format at the very least. I am considering the best way to provide print copies to those who want them, but it's tricky. I want to ensure there can be no trace of virus on the books. I know I don't have the virus at the moment, but I'm not the one making the print editions. I'll let you know the options for getting print copies closer to the release date.
And what is the expected release date? I don't know at the moment. I can tell you the title - Defender. It is not a part of either series I have written so far. At the moment it is a stand-alone book, but there is the potential to make it the first of a series. Decision pending...
In the meantime, stay safe and look after yourself.
It wouldn't be accurate to say I'm about to return to writing as I started some time ago. Earlier this year I started editing the book I wrote last year, then I put it aside as a new idea was pushing to be written. Now I've nutted out that story premise, I'm returning to editing while the idea sits.
I hope to have a draft ready for my beta readers within a month. An ambitious goal, but it gives me something to aim for! I'll let you know how it goes.
I was hoping to get my latest novel editing and to my beta readers before Christmas, but that's not going to happen. There's too much to tweak and fix, and to be honest, I'm suffering from end-of-year tiredness. I'll be doing the edits in the new year. It means a delay of about a month, so that's not too bad, and it will be a better book for the wait!
I’ve finished another one!
Earlier this week I finished writing my ninth novel – for the second time, I might add. This time I’m happy with the story and the characters, and the rewrite was well worth the effort. Most of the story has changed, and only the main characters and a couple of the support cast made the second version. It’s been an up-and-down journey, but one of the most satisfying.
This story was also different in that I wrote it ‘into the dark’. That means I didn’t plot it out, I just sat and wrote what came to me at the time. And it worked! I’ll admit I tried to plot the ending, but that was a huge failure, so I abandoned the idea and wrote the whole thing without a plan.
No announcement on Facebook?
As some of you will know, normally when I finish writing I announce it on Facebook. Not this time. I’ve previously stated that updates will be posted on my web page rather than Facebook, and I’m going to stick with that. I’m sorry that people will miss out, but I have my reasons. Facebook is supporting someone, a group of people actually, that go against almost everything I believe in. My page will stay published, but as for updates…well, I just can’t reconcile what I’ve been reading about Facebook with my values, and that’s where I’m at.
So, updates and other writerly things will be posted on my website. If you would like the News items emailed to you, then you can use the link in the sidebar to sign up for those.
Thank you for your time and your support – you inspire me to keep writing.
I have wanted to update the covers on my White Rose series of books for a while now. It's always seemed to hard, but I finally set to and redesigned them. I also tweaked the New London books at the same time. It was a long job, but I'm pleased with the results.
I hope you like them!
A couple of things have been going on in my writing life over the past week or so. I contributed to a Kickstarter for WMG publishing, a company run by two of the few writers whose advice I respect. They were gathering funds to produce a short story magazine, and along with the reward of a subscription I gained access to seven different workshops and lectures (GREAT value!). One of the lectures was about designing covers for mystery and thriller books. The woman giving the lecture is a publisher and her marketing knowledge, when it comes to books in particular, is extensive. I listened to the lecture, and what happened next was many hours of image seeking and cover tweaking. I'm concentrating on the White Rose series of books and I'm pleased with the mock-up designs at this point. When the new covers are ready, I'll put them up here for you to have first look at them.
My current writing project is coming along nicely. The words come a little easier some days than they do on others, but forward progress is being made. I'm still on track to complete the first draft by the end of November.
Now I'm getting closer to finishing the current story, I'm starting to think about the next one. I'm toying with the idea of doing a straight romance, probably a little shorter than my current books. I also have another White Rose book (or two) waiting, plus story ideas I've had kicking around for years. Plenty of choice!
Thanks again for your support - Alison
A public library in Queens, New York, has bought a book from this little Tassie author for their collection. So cool! I may be a little excited....
I was supposed to get ahead on the weekend just past, but I found another plot issue - too many clues! I'd been struggling to remember what they had found when, and I suddenly realised it was all too much. So instead of pushing ahead with writing I had to stop and assess the clues. And then fix them.
The upside to this is the story is clearer and my characters have a focus instead of being pulled in several directions at once. It probably helps that I can remember it all now and the writing is easier!
As a result of all that, I am slightly behind where I want to be. The plan this week is to up my daily word count, from 600 to 710 to compensate, and be back on track by this weekend.
Always assuming life doesn't throw a spanner in the works...