So this is my first attempt at an author’s website, so I’ll ask you all to be patient with me.

I have finished the alpha (hopefully, beta) versions of Consequences and have sent them to beta readers to have a look over. I am hoping to send one of them to the editor (the wonderful Jeanne) by the end of the month (I can see Jeanne’s face now!).

Now that I am in waiting mode, I have returned to Dark Reign, the sequel to Dark Dimensions. I have a page exclusively for Dark Reign and will pop some information in it there.

I do hope to have Consequences out soon for all to read. In the meantime, please keep the word going about Dark Dimensions and, just as importantly, KCEditions, my publisher.

Last days of heat – we think

So, I’m sitting here waiting for the vegetables and rice for a rice salad to finish (now cooling), then I’m going to go and veg out in the spa for a short time.

Yes, we have another hot day in paradise. I wonder why that’s the reason I can’t write snow storms?

Dark Reign’s editing is coming along nicely. Once that’s done, I will get proof readers to go over it and then work out the size so that we can get the word count for the cover art.

I have done an unusual thing – I say it’s last minute heat. I have entered a competition. It’s not a very lucrative competition, but it’s a competition all the same. Of course, if I do happen to get a prize out of it, it’ll go toward membership for another year. The competition is Kathryn Suzannah Pritchard’s Spooky story – After Dark and for those who have read the few stories I’ve put up about Nina and Sam Mitchell, it is one of their stories that I’ve put forward.

For anyone who read my short story “Enhanced War”, I have started expanding that and it seems to be gathering strength. Although there is some work to be done as I go with that one.

I have also got the main story of Nina and Sam to almost 58k words and I’ve started looking at that as a whole, so that’s been some fun.

Other than that, there’s not a lot to say! Apart from sorry I’m late yet again!

Busy, Busy, Busy

I was sooooooo busy over the past two weeks, I am sorry for missing last week’s blog.

But I do have some news – Dark Reign is with the editor! So we’re a step closer to release. This is the first ever release of Dark Reign and it will be as an ebook to start off with.

I’m not sure whether I’ve shared this, but this is the new cover for Dark Reign.

The other books are still on Amazon Australia, so still have to get those unpublished before I can update those.

Warming up again

So, our weather is warming up again. But that’s good because that means I can work on more stuff.

Dark Reign is almost edited, then I’ll be able to move forward.

Unfortunately, I am still waiting for Dark Dimensions to be taken down, so the rewritten version of that will have to wait. I’ll have another look at it once Dark Reign is re-released.

Mind you, I’m itching to get into new works.

I have finished my Creative Writing course and just have to wait, now, for the final score. Hopefully I’ve passed. The feedback I’ve got for the last piece (an opening scene for a play) has been positive, so here’s hoping the tutor thinks the same.

I did go to a Writer’s Festival in Fremantle late yesterday and found that what I’ve been doing is what I should be doing. So, I’ll keep doing it.

Wish I had more, but there will be time that I have more! Until then …

Getting back on track

Have you noticed that sometimes it’s hard to get back to a routine after a change?

I keep trying to post here every week on a particular week, but I’m finding that I’m sliding by a day or two. So, I apologise for that. I will get back into my routine, I’m sure.

The editing of Dark Reign is nearly complete. There have been heaps of changes, but I think it’s a better book for the changes. Hopefully it will be ready soon!

I have almost finished my course, I passed the poetry side, even though I did not have a clue what I was doing! Just doing the screen writing module – which was changed to writing for performance and we were asked to write as though it was a play rather than a movie and hopefully I’ll do well in that.

I am working hard on other projects, but I have taken up a second job, so the going is tough and I’m concentrating on getting Dark Reign finished so that you all have the second book to the Clans in Conflict series.

With Dark Dimensions, this is still partly on Amazon, so I have to wait until that comes down before I can do more with it. I have split it into two books, so it will probably be either Volume 1 and 2 or Part 1 and 2. I’m not set on either as yet and it may eventually be combined into one book after editing. At the size it is, however, it may be a bit daunting for readers.

But, that’s it and I’ll write on Sunday (cross my heart and toes and eyes).

Late again … but with news

Gosh! Time flies sooooooo quickly! We had a really hot weekend, so I’m going with the – brain melted!

But I do have news. Dark Reign is coming along – I’m actually editing it fairly heavily at the moment – and it has a cover.

All will be revealed when it’s finalised. Just working on the words part of the cover.

Also, my books are currently only available on Amazon Australia, but I hope that they will come down soon. Then I’ll be able to concentrate on getting Dark Dimensions back up.

Now, since I have written The Dark Road as well, I am going to concentrate on the Clans in Conflict series before I look at the Consequences series. They, too, will get a tweaking and for those interested, there maybe a compilation of short stories of Marek’s younger years. That is well in the future, however, but one of those stories plays heavily in some of his reactions in both Heart of Deception and Legacy of Risks, which means I have to ensure that it is reflected correctly in both books.

That’s all I have so far! Oh, I have one more lecture to go with my studies and I may continue with my poems, but I am learning (surprisingly) more from the screenwriting module of the studies. The lecturer has some interesting points that can easily be translated into novels and will improve what I give you all to read.

Study highlights

Well, I may have found a hidden talent. Who knew I could write poetry?

Still, it’s not the same as writing a book from start to finish.

I am still going through Dark Reign, although the cover is getting closer as I edit. Once the editing is finished, it’ll go on to the next step which is beta readers. I am getting excited because this will be the first new book I’ve put out for a few years, and I’ve got a few strategies for getting more readers.

Because I had it pounded into me this week that before you get sales, you need readers, so the more readers you have, the more people get exposure to you.

So, my strategy will be focussed on readers to begin.

It’s quite exciting to look at it from that point and I can’t wait until I can get it up and running.

This weekend, however, I’m doing a bit of a refresh. Going away for a few days with only a laptop – no internet. I probably won’t work on Dark Reign but I may do a little of paranormal and other work.

Darn Cold

Yes, I got a cold. It was last week. Still not 100% but much, much better.

Thank the gods for Star Trek Discovery and South Park! I slept through most of South Park for the first day and then when I had a lack of energy the other days, I binged Discovery. What a dynamic show that is!

So, because I was virtually off the computer for two days, I did not get a lot done. But we are moving forward with publishing Dark Reign. Still editing it to death, but it’s going to be far better once the edits are done. Then it’ll go back to beta readers and then to the editor and finally proof reader for final check.

I will keep you informed and I do apologise for not writing last week.

Next week may be a short post because I will be away for most of the week.

For the next book after Dark Reign, it will probably be The Dark Road. I’ve tweaked that one and will probably tweak it again once Dark Reign is out but that shouldn’t take a lot to fix.

And I may have completed my paranormal story. Just have to have a read of it as a whole to see if that’s the case.

So that’s us up to date!


Okay, it’s getting closer to me being able to release a book. I have a cover artist and I am just waiting to hear back from them with regard to a cover.

I am going to be publishing Dark Reign first but have no fear – there is enough explanation in it to remind you all about what Dark Dimensions was about with a few new bits of information.

Dark Reign is mainly from a new character’s Point of View, but Troy is heavily involved in it and you’ll find out why when it comes out.

All I can say is – stay tuned!

A New Year

Wow, sounds like I’m about to mention Star Wars’ A New Hope!

No, I’m just welcoming 2023 into existence.

This is a new year. This is going to be our year to shine. We will all get back on the track we had planned out years ago.

Things are going to get better this year. I know it.

I’ve had a busy two or three weeks with work and with writing. Surprisingly, I wrote a 60,000 word book. It may never get published, but it was fun.

I’ve also started to rework Heart of Deception to reflect some things that happened in Marek’s life when he was younger. The feedback I’ve had so far is that it has made him a more rounded character, so I’m pleased with that.

I am working on some cover art for the first book to come out next year, but if the others are released from Amazon before that, then the first book may change.

It’s so exciting to be in a new year with so many new things happening!

Have a great 1 January 2023!