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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.

Sad News

I was going to write an uplifting note this week with more links to books and interviews.

However, I received the news yesterday that my sister had passed away from cancer. While we were expecting this, it still was not welcome news. I was hoping she’d hold out until her birthday in March.

She worked really hard for FAP (a hereditary bowel cancer), helping a large number of people along the way. She had a strong tie to WEHI after working on various projects as a consumer advocate and consultant with them through the Cancer Council of Victoria.

Elaine touched a great many hearts, some of whom have reached out through the various FAP groups on Facebook. She was a gentle soul who meant much to a lot of people.

I remember when Countdown first came on the ABC back in the 70s. Dad and mum had a little black and white television in their room and the night that Countdown was on, we’d have tea a little earlier so Elaine and I could go watch Countdown in their room. It was a time of bonding for the two of us.

She called herself, and I have to agree, a long-term survivor of FAP as the cancer she had was not related to FAP. It was fast-acting and aggressive and she only went into hospital 2 weeks before her death.

Right up until a week ago she was bright, positive and still making jokes with the nursing staff.

One of the things Elaine loved when she was younger was skiing. She would go up to the snowfields every winter and spend at least 2 weeks there. She even travelled over to the US in 1978 to ski on Vermont.

I like to think that she is somewhere skiing to her heart’s content. Life is a lot different without her, even though we were 4k kilometres apart. Ski on, Elaine, and watch out for those ice patches!

Pre-Order!

Legacy of Risks is now available for Pre-Order. here are the links!

Amazon Australia

Amazon US

And if you have yet to read its prequel, Heart of Deception, you can buy it here:

Amazon Australia

Amazon US

For those who have read Heart of Deception, I would really appreciate a review – it would be awesome to get some reviews! Tell me what you like about it, what you didn’t like!

Dark Dimensions is still available to buy:

Amazon Australia

Amazon US

Dark Reign is still being worked on. Last week I had a suggestion to change the POV in the second half. Agreeing with the suggestion, I went through and changed a lot of the second POV back to the first POV for a more dramatic feel. From what feedback I’ve received while doing so, this has been a good change. So, Dark Reign will be a little longer before it goes to the publisher.

While we’re here talking about books, I have a few friends who have books out and books about to come out. So, here they are!

First off the blocks is John Murray McKay. John resides in what he called Mordor – we all know it as South Africa. John has a few different genres he writes in and he writes a tight book with great dialogue and wonderful visual scenes. His books can be found:

The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse

Amazon US

Amazon Australia

The Venom Protocols

Amazon US

Amazon Australia

Land of our Fathers

Amazon US

Amazon Australia

Let’s look at MJ Spickett. MJ lives in a place more known for its Ice Road and snow than for its heat. MJ lives in the northern country of Canada. She has a vivid imagination and has produced many books on her own but is working on a new series. MJ’s characters are rich and their interactions are dynamic.

Whispers of the Immortal

Amazon US

Amazon Australia

So, please, do us all a favour and have a look at these books.

If you haven’t read them, I shamelessly implore you to read them and if you have, I equally shamelessly implore you to write a review for each of the books you have read!

And enjoy your week! I know I will!

End of the Heat

Well, for a few days, anyway. Then we’re back to melting. Okay, so that’s what the spa is for!

Onto other things, I had an online interview yesterday morning with Josh Lindquist of Nerds with Friends. It was a great interview and I had a lot of fun! Looking forward to doing it again!

For those who are interested, here are the links to the interview:

YouTube

and

Buzzsprout

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as Josh and I did making it.

So 22 February is fast approaching and Legacy of Risks is now available for pre-order.

Please find it here!

And here!

I’m so excited that the sequel to Heart of Deception is almost here. It will answer those questions you may have – does Marek get the use of his legs back? Do the Royals challenge the Mannors Family in court? Find out in Legacy of Risks!

Dark Reign – as I said, this has completed editing, however, I did get some feedback regarding it and I’ve been rewriting it to see if the suggestions make it better. I’ll let you know as soon as I’ve worked it out!

Don’t forget, you can get Dark Dimensions here! and here!

Holidays are nearly over

So, Happy Holidays to everyone, hope you are safe during this time of the year, no matter where you are.

I have made it home after a wonderful week with my sister in Castlemaine! I have to thank my long time friend, Sue, for picking me up from the airport and delivering me to their home and picking me up from the train station in Sunbury and driving me back to the airport. Wow, I still can’t believe I went from about +24C at Castlemaine to +14C at Sunbury! What a change! And, then, when I got back into Perth at 20.37, it was still +31C!

During the time I was away, so much happened. The Omicron variant of covid-19 hit Sydney and threatened Victoria, two truckers made their way to Western Australia with the Delta variant – I did hear that they had tested negative when they left Sydney but were positive by the time they reached Perth.

So after two weeks at the Pan Pacific Hotel (which reinforced in me that I prefer fresh vegies) I finally made it out of hotel quarantine on 21st December, just in time for Christmas! Simon was pleased because he was worried I’d come back with the virus. I could have told him he was panicking – he’s got more chance of getting it than I did in Victoria. After all, if I’d come down with it, I wouldn’t have been able to stay with my sister.

On another bright note, Legacy of Risks will soon be available – I’ll post a pre-order link here! And I will try and get the trailer link and post that here as well.

Legacy of Risks is the sequel to Heart of Deception and there is a third book which has been submitted for publication.

Dark Reign has completed editing and is now with the final proof reader, so as soon as that’s finished, I’ll send that for publishing as well. So, hang in there, more of Troy and Pril is on its way!

And after all the melting heat Perth went through over Christmas weekend (each day over +41C) we’ve finally cooled somewhat. Heading for +31C. Needless to say, now that our X-Box kinect is up and running, I’ve already spent 10 minutes on it and I will spend extra time on it. Gotta get back into the swing of X-Box! My inspiration is the ad in Australia where the mother is playing either Nintendo or Wii (not sure which) late at night! 😀

Back Home

Well, not quite. I am currently in 14 days’ hotel quarantine!

But, I have a laptop, internet access, movies and everything I need. (Rubbing hands together) What mischief can I get up to?

I think I’m a little slow on the uptake – I only found out yesterday that the movies are free. Binged yesterday in between setting up this laptop with everything I need. Oh, have yet to do scrivener. Might not, though. This computer does have ywriter. I can make do with that!

So, I did finish NaNoWriMo. It took me until the Sunday night but as I was flying out the next day I really didn’t want to be trying to upload it from over there!

For those who don’t know what I did – I actually wrote 2 short paranormal stories straight from my head. It just kept tumbling out and I have no idea where it came from. And then it took a twist I hadn’t expected! Yep, I did it! I brought dimensions into the situation.

Oh, hang on, I wrote 3 – the first one at least had a bit of a background. The others had just an idea that came from watching paranormal on youtube and a challenge on FB about dolls head lamps – because they just look spooky!

Anyway, it’s done and if you’re interested in reading my little diary on my hotel quarantine, I have started it in FB as a page : J A Duxbury December 2021.

Away from Home

Okay, so the time has come. I am booked on a flight on Monday 29 November to Melbourne to visit my sister.

It will be an interesting flight as there’s a 90 minute stop-over in Adelaide. Of course, being in National Novel Writing Month, my laptop will be in my carry-on luggage. 90 minutes is a long time to cover!

It’s been an interesting Nano this year. I followed on from last year and did another story with Sam Mitchell. I’ve had lots of feedback on it, so it may get expanded in the future.

One of the things I talked about during the year and got told ‘you absolutely have to write that’, was what would happen if one of those ghost hunting teams (one of the ones who fake everything 😉 ) has unexplained things happen while they’re investigating and at the end of the story a ghost comes right up to them and says really loudly so there’s no fudging it, ‘Boo!’

So, I started that. Although by the end of almost 5000 words, it didn’t end that way. No, I had 2 ‘ghosts’ who weren’t really ghosts and when they argued about how they got to where they were, they were overheard and had to cough up the truth. Even to the fact that they’re a couple of thieves! <sigh>

The joys of pantsing. And, now, I came across something else I got dared to write and guess who’s coming out to play? Yep, one of the aliens! How does this happen? That was supposed to be a one-shot story, not a series of stories! Oh well, let’s see where that one goes!

Having said all that, I’m sitting at 33447. I’ve been this low before and managed to scrape through, so guess what? Don’t talk to me this weekend. I’ve got very itchy fingers! 😀

Good news, hard news

So, we finally got away in the van. Headed up north to a little place called Dongara. What a fabulous weekend we had – beautiful weather, the water was superb and we got to catch up with a friend in Geraldton. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to call in on a separate friend.

We were on track to head back to Dongara in time for Happy Hour when we decided to look for adblu for the car (diesel scrubber). Using Google and google maps, we ended up driving around for 2 hours before finally finding a place that sold bottles of it and spent quite a lot of money on it. We were that ticked off it wasn’t funny. Well, it did end up being funny.

On the way back I was taking various videos for friends in the US when a bird hit the side mirror. I caught sight of it and watched as it ricocheted back into the bush. Stu heard the bang and immediately said, “what did you do?” The shock on his face when I told him was worth a thousand pictures!

We got back in time to relax somewhat and then head out for fish and chips (minus the chips) on the beach. Then Stu entertained me by feeding the seagulls the 3 pieces of lemon that came with the fish. The looks on their faces were comical!

Sunday was a day of quiet and writing and watching videos. Didn’t do a great deal that day but did go out again and take videos and pics of Dongara. It really is a picturesque little town. Oh, and we did go to the Illegal Rum Distillery. So called for the law made by Governor Macquarie in 1808 that made rum illegal in Australia. Even to this day, you won’t find rum made in Australia – it’s always either a clear or brown spirit. Happy Hour with the caravan club was lots of fun and made friends with some of the new members.

Monday we headed for the visitors’ centre only to find out that all the places we wanted to see were closed on Mondays. So, we headed off and found the 7 Mile Beach. Another lovely spot.

This is a place we will definitely come back to and visit more friends while we’re there.

Unfortunately, we found out on Tuesday that one of our newest members had been involved in a fatal crash on the way home. Our thoughts are with their family and friends and we are deeply rocked by this news.

Diverse week

So this last week has been really diverse. I’ve been doing a lot of wordz for work (I wonder if transcription for courts counts as part of Nanowrimo?), writing quite a lot because – well, National Novel Writing Month – going to a writer’s group, dealing with a toothache and a heap more.

Toothache, however, did me out of a game of DnD last night, so I’m not impressed. At the same time I was able to watch the last two episodes of Arrow, so that’s completed now.

Oh, also heard from the caravan mob but it’s still up in the air about whether we’re caravaning next weekend or camping. Simon has offered to loan us his tent.

Next weekend we’re actually heading out of town. We’re going to a small town called Dongara and we’re leaving Friday and coming back on Tuesday. I am sooooo looking forward to it.

Ah, panadol works well with headache from toothache. Did take 4 to settle it, though. Have booked dentist on Thursday morning before Stu gets back.

Halloween was a blast! We got some dry ice to put in my potions but for some reason, even though we refridgerated it, most of it disappeared! We did get enough for the potions for a video so at least we’ve got that. I’m going to look into a smoking machine for next year. We didn’t get much decorations put up, I think I’m going to have to buy next year’s decorations online so I can get them earlier.

At least now I can concentrate on setting up the pond area to look like a beach scene. Just have to push some of the green back to expose the sand there! And get some tiny surfboards, some drink umbrellas and a couple of cheap dolls on beach recliners. Already have a table for them!

I have written my fantasy magic battle between my warrior-wizard and my mage-king but I’ve asked for feedback on it to see whether it’s enough or whether I need more. Still waiting, but it’s been less than a day.

Dark Reign is still being edited but it looks like my writing has improved from Dark Dimensions, at least I hope so! Fingers crossed it won’t be far away! Then I have to decide on doing the kids’ story or Vlad’s story. Decisions, decisions!

I’m still in the air about Consequences 4 because I’m not sure if people want to read something that’s at least 20 years after Dangerous Heart. Maybe I’ll ask people after Dangerous Heart is released.