Brief update-Affliction book #3

It’s officially been a year since the release of Bathory’s Secret and never in my wildest dreams did I think that I’d be sitting at my desk putting the finishing touches not on book #2 but book #3 by now! Say it with me: “Whoop whoop!”

I have almost completed the first edit and taken out as much of the roughness as I can at this point. After that I will let it sit for a week or so before going in again for more fine tuning and corrections. I hope to have it with my editor by December, preferably earlier December rather than later December but sadly that’s more up to him than me. Fingers crossed!

I’m pretty sure I’ve settled on the title too, but will reveal it when I’m 100% sure it’s right. The cover is also in the works.

In other news, the paperback versions of the other two books are getting finishing touches and I hope to have Bathory’s Secret, at least, available by January. Someone please send me a little additional time in the post… There’s so much to do!

Final bit of news is the inception of book #4 in the Affliction series and hopefully a little surprise story. We’ll see how I get on with time and will update accordingly.

Vampire Edifice now available for pre-order!

Very often my blog posts are like buses, there’s none for ages and then a bunch come together. To avoid a big post with several topics however, I’ll talk a bit about the book today and tomorrow about some of the research I’ve been doing in recent days. What’s historical fiction after all without some decent research?

Edifice

The last couple of weeks have been super busy for me, I finished editing my book, went on holiday (which I combined with a research trip to Padova) and have spent the best part of this week formatting and listing it on Amazon (the listing part was quite quick admittedly).

Vampire Edifice: The Awakening is now officially finished and ready. It’s on pre-order, and will be available as of next Monday 10/08/15 while I wait for ARC reviews to come in.

I’m very pleased with the end result, though it was more delayed than I expected, but as it stands, I’d rather have a top product than a rushed one.

As some of you may have already gathered the book picks up where the last one left off, with Kati’s escape from the Countess and follows her during the four years she spends away from Csejthe. The world of Affliction opens up to the reader as Kati begins to come into her own.

Final Blurb:

Hungary 1610 A.D.

A wave of terror grips Csejthe village as Erzsébet Báthory’s long list of crimes comes to light, forcing Kati, who managed to escape death at the hands of the Countess, to go into hiding after her close call.

Having caught the Countess red handed, Palatine Thurzó is shocked by the atrocities committed by his cousin and becomes intent on getting to the heart of the murders. Events unfold further when he is put on Kati’s trail by one of Báthory’s co-conspirators.

Kati is then forced to risk a return to Csejthe in order to cover her tracks and hide the journals which threaten to expose the Afflicted. The task proves more dangerous than she thought, however, and she is forced to flee to Vienna where she hopes to find more of her kind.

Once there she is accepted into an Afflicted paradise where she is supported, educated and helped to deal with the pain of her past. When she discovers that Báthory’s ill son is secretly being held in a Sanatorium for the marginalized and depraved, though, she comes to the conclusion that all is not as it seems and her life might be in danger once more…

To Blurb or not to Blurb? -To Blurb, Duh!

I’m starting to put together a blurb for Vampire Edifice.
Here is what I came up with just now.
I suspect I’m going to have to change a lot of it as I’m not sure it’s concise enough.

If you have comments feel free to share them, the floor (or comment section) is yours.

Vampire Edifice: Affliction Series #2

As soon as Kati escapes death at the clutches of Countess Erzsébet Báthory she realizes she risks detection by Palatine Thurzo who is investigating the murders of the countless girls that died at her mistress’s hands.

Intent on finding the missing victim everyone is talking about, the Palatine searches the castle and uncovers hints of possible written evidence. Wanting to protect Afflicted Vampires, Kati risks being caught in order to hide the journals.

When one of the Countess’s conspirators threatens to expose her to the Palatine she is left with no choice but to leave, making her way to Vienna to see if everything the Countess described in her journals was true.

There, she finds an Afflicted Paradise where she is accepted and helped to deal with the pain of her past. When she discovers that Báthory’s ill son is secretly being held in a Sanatorium for the marginalized and depraved however, she comes to the conclusion that all is not as it seems and her life might be in danger once more…

Busy week, news and reviews!

First a little update on the title quest. I can officially announce that I have THE TITLE, but I can’t announce it just yet ‘cause I’m still thinking a little about the subtitle. With some luck I’ll have more news by next week when I get my cover suggestions in from my designer, so sit tight a little longer.

I have two reviews of books I’ve read this week both by two very successful indie authors so here goes:

Balanced on the Blade’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
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This was one of first times I’ve read a Steampunk type book and I was pleasantly surprised. Lyndsay is a prolific indie author with a high volume of titles and I’ve been curious to read her work for some time. The premise was excellent and the story moreish and sweet and it even had a heavy romance thread which I didn’t know about but which I enjoyed thoroughly none the less. Though I have enjoyed the odd romance book in my day, it is not a genre I tend to go after. In this case it came to me, and it was good.

Sardelle, a sorceress, wakes up after a 300 year slumber at the base of a mountain and is rescued by some horny miners. She is taken up top and discovers that Iskandia, her one time home, is now a fort and mine of energy crystals. She pretends to go along with the authorities in the guise of a prisoner until she manages to gain enough leverage to extract Jaxi, her soul linked sword, out from another section of the mine. During her time in the fort she meets and falls in love with Colonel Ridge but is afraid to tell him her of her past as all sorcery is punishable by death in this time.

Like I said, the book is pleasant, magical and a little YA but it’s feel-good so it’s worth a read. Lindsday writes well and I particularly enjoyed the comical elements which are woven expertly into the plot. At times it reminded me of Terry Pratchet.

However, I didn’t like the fact that (at least so far) we’re not told why out of all the people in the collapsing mountain she was the only to survive in sleeping mode for 300 years, and also her name which reminded me of Sardines (that’s my personal issue-I cast no aspersions).

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The other title I finished this week was Reversion: The Inevitable Horror by J. Thorn. If the Blade’s Edge was warm and fuzzy then this one was at the total opposite end of the spectrum, it was dark, menacing and at times terrifying.

Reversion starts with Samuel who wakes up hanging from a tree and minutes from being devoured by a pack of wolves. He manages to escape the wolves but realizes he’s in this limbo type of universe where if you’re not killed by the wolves or flaking zombies, an all encompassing cloud threatens to eat the entire universe. Samuel, who comes across a group of three more people and a deity in this world, slowly discovers their reasons for being there and that in order to leave he needs to open a portal to another part of this limbo and pass through. I won’t give much more away other than say that the end though cathartic is unclear; there’s more books in this series.

Despite the fact that it was a little heavy at times, probably due to the feeling that traversing the reversion felt like wading through treacle, Thorn makes very good use of the language and draws you into the characters’ despair. Only read if you’re of a cheerful disposition!

Turns out I will do anything than learn how to use scrivener, so I just wrote another quick teazer…

She sat at her writing desk which she had hastily moved by the window this evening. She opened it to let in the moonlight, the only thing that brightened the room. She hated candlelight when the moon was full in the night sky. It was forbiddingly cold but she didn’t care, even though she was only wearing her floor length chemise. Her nipples stood to attention and her skin had goose-pimpled underneath the sheer fabric but not a shiver passed through her. Her mind was on the herbal recipe she had been given and she had to write it down quickly before any of the ingredients slipped her mind. The area she had traveled to had a long history of witches due to the plants with unusual properties which grew in the surrounding forests.

She had rushed back from the woods repeating the words back to herself like a childhood poem, knowing full well the cost of forgetting a line or getting the order wrong. The witch she had gone to see was quite a distance away and she had only spoken to her from her herb induced trance. It wasn’t as if she could ask her again. The woman had excited the Countess to such a degree that the moment she stopped her manic dance Erzsébet grabbed her by the hair, and pulling her backwards arched her neck so that all the veins and arteries on it protruded temptingly. The old woman was breathing fast from her exertions and her tanned skin glistened under the sweat she had worked up in the smoky, dank hut that reeked of all her preparations. They called her the Seer, but she had not anticipated this one. She would never have guessed she was to die at the fangs of the reigning Countess, whose job was to sustain and protect the area and its inhabitants. She had strong lungs for a woman her age and her shrieks reverberated for miles, but this far into the woods only wolves heard her desperate screams.