Burn (Rephaim 4): cover, release dates and stuff

Yes, I’ve been a tad remiss with my updates of late, so here’s a quick summary of where it’s all at as far as Burn (fourth and final book in The Rephaim series) is concerned.

Burn is written! It still needs tweaking and polishing, but I’m quietly happy with how it’s all come together. And no, this doesn’t mean it will be out any earlier. :) Sorry. Publishing schedules are pretty much set in stone.

We also have release dates:
Australia/New Zealand (Text Publishing): 24 June 2015
United Kingdom (Indigo/Orion Books): 5 August 2015
US/Canada (Tundra/Random House Canada): 2016

And in case you missed it…here’s the kick-arse cover.

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North American blog tour for Haze

HAZE-BlogTourBannerI’m coming out of the writing cave for a few days because it’s the North American blog tour for Haze!

There are guest posts, interviews, reviews and giveaways. Here are all the links, now live:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
Wendy at The Midnight Garden (Setting inspirations – including locations inspired by random Google images)
Jo Ann at Journey of a Bookseller (review)
Lee at Rally the Readers (review)
Stephanie at The Bevy Bibliothèque (review)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Lynne at Words of Mystery (a guest post, in which I talk about fear – including my own)
Alexandra at Collections (review)
Leslie at Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks (an interview with Gaby)
Ashley at Book Labyrinth (review and giveaway)
Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue (some thoughts on casting/how I picture characters)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Summer at MissFictional’s World of YA Books (guest post: my musical inspiration for Haze)
Jillian at Centre of the Universe (review)
Jen at Perogies & Gyoza (review)
Crystal at WinterHaven Books (review)
Lisa at Turning Pages (review)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
Bethzaida at Bookittyblog (review)
Krystal at Krystal’s Stellar Book Blog (review)
Jaime (and her sister Erin) at FictionFare (an interview about cut scenes, weird google searches, characters who surprised me – and more!)
Marianne and Bec at Escape Club (an interview, in which I talk about Rafa’s appeal)
Christina at The Paperback Princesses (review)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
Joy at Joyousreads (review)
Crystal at Crystal in Bookland (review)
Andrea at Cozy Up With A Good Read (review)
Kristen at My Friends Are Fiction (guest post: what Gaby and I have in common)

You can also check out the Tundra Books blog for more information on how to win a signed copy of Shadows (hard cover) and a brand new hard cover copy of Haze.

Massive thank you to all the bloggers who so kindly participated in the tour, and to Sylvia at Tundra Books for again organising. It was great fun! :)

My Writing Process (a blog hop)

The very lovely Dimity Powell tagged me last month in the My Writing Process blog hop. It’s taken me until now to get organised, but I’ve finally put together my responses.

First up, the preamble:
The #MyWritingProcess blog hop works like this: You get an invitation from an author-blogger to answer four questions about your writing process. When you do, you also invite three more writers to answer the same questions to pass the torch onward.

Step 1: Acknowledge the person who invited you to join:Dimity Powell 2010
Dimity Powell, whose information-packed blog you can find here. (And her blog tour responses are here.) Dimity is the author of the fun junior novel, PS: Who Stole Santa’s Mail.

Step 2: Answer these questions as deeply or briefly as you like:

1.      What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on Burn (Rephaim #4). I’m almost finished the first draft, but I have a mountain structural editing to do. I’m also been writing guest posts for Shimmer’s (Rephaim #3) recent release in Australia and the UK, and planning posts for Haze’s (Rephaim #2) upcoming release in the US and Canada in September.

2.      How do you think your work differs from that of other writers in your genre?
That’s a tricky question, but I guess the best way to answer is that I’m telling a story in a way that appeals to me. I enjoy exploring the complexity of relationships between all of my characters – the things that draw them close and the things that push them apart – as much as I enjoy writing fight scenes. I don’t know if that makes my writing different, but it does make it mine.

3.      Why do you write what you write?
It’s fun! The beauty of speculative fiction is that you make it whatever you want it to be. You can follow traditional forms of storytelling in a particular genre or you can head off in weird and wonderful directions (e.g. genre mash-ups). I’m writing a series about people with flaws, who also happen to be supernatural creatures with special abilities – but these abilities don’t help them solve their problems. (Well, okay, sometimes they do, but not the deep-seated issues:  those ones they have to work on without their swords and fists.)

4.      What’s your writing process, and how does it work?
I don’t know that I have a process (I used to think I did, but now I’m not so sure). Basically, I’ll mull over an idea for a while before I start writing. I tend to be thinking about the next book/story while still writing the current project, which I think allows for plenty of ‘percolating’ time. Then I tend to map out my plot (very roughly) and just dive in. Whenever I hit a brick wall, it’s usually because my plot or character arc isn’t quite right, so I may need to brainstorm (translation: daydream while driving and listening to the Foo Fighters) to get things back on track. My main process, though, is simply sitting down and writing, and fighting through that first half hour/hour when nothing seems to want to come out. The only way it will, is if I stay there and write (rather than checking twitter, Goodreads, facebook, IMBD, etc…)

Who’s next?
This is where I’m supposed to name three other writers to continue the blog hop, but I’m going to cheat and do what my good friend and fellow writer Vikki Wakefield once did, which is to invite any interested blogger-writers to pick up the question (and preamble) and go for it! (Feel free to link to your responses in the comments here.)

Shimmer launch, UK release, guests posts, reviews…

It’s been a busy few weeks, with Shimmer releasing in Australia/New Zealand and the UK. Here’s quick wrap-up of what I’ve been up to.

Shimmer Australian launch
I had such a great night last Thursday at Riverbend Books, when the fabulous Marianne de Pierres and I sat down for a relaxed chat as part of the official Australian launch for Shimmer.

We covered a broad range of topics, from the appeal of angel mythology to the challenges of writing ‘hot’ scenes. I always enjoy chatting with Marianne (with or without an audience), and I loved the chance to meet readers and celebrate with my always supportive family and friends.

Thanks to the great crowd who came along on the night (so many of you bought books – and not just mine!). Thanks again to Marianne and Riverbend Books (especially Dave), and Text Publishing for making it happen (thanks Steph!).

Guest posts
I’ve had a couple of guest posts this week, as part of Shimmer’s release:

  • Kids’ Book Review : where I talk about why I chose to tell the Rephaim story as a series
  • Sister Spooky : 20 random questions
  • Wondrous Reads : an in-depth Q&A including questions about THAT scene in Shimmer (warning: some spoilers if you haven’t read Haze and Shimmer)
  • Dark-Readers : fun guest post featuring bonus details about Rafa and Jude

And a few early reviews of Shimmer:

Thanks to everyone who’s sent messages and left comments after reading Shimmer. I really appreciate it.

Now, back to writing Burn (Rephaim #4).

Shimmer is in the wild…

Today is release day for Shimmer in Australia (only another week until it pops up on shelves in the UK on 3 July*). It’s always such an exciting and nail-biting time when a new book goes out into the world.

I’m not going to tell you too much about what to expect with the plot (needless to say, there will be twists), but there are a couple of unique features in this instalment that I thought I’d mention.

IMG_1346A prologue
Yep, there’s a quick catch-up prologue, so if you haven’t re-read Haze you can hopefully jump straight back into the story. Prologues can be helpful, or they can be a distraction when all you want is to get into the action. But with Shimmer it seemed like a no-brainer (an excellent idea, in fact, from my editor, Mandy Brett). By the time we get to Shimmer, there are too many layers of story to subtly weave into the early chapters (as I attempted to do in Haze). So, I’ve written a short prologue in Gaby’s voice and from her perspective, so hopefully it feels like you have started to read the book proper.

Text Publishing coverA who’s who of the Rephaim
Another great idea from Mandy. Given the number of characters coming together in Shimmer (as a result of what happens at the end of Haze), she thought it would be handy to have a quick snapshot of the main players up front, which I totally agreed with. Rather than do it too clinically, I’ve tried to have a bit of fun with the Rephaim mini bios. See what you think. :)

Hopefully you guys enjoy both new sections – as a help in diving back into the world of the Rephaim and as interesting extras. And, of course, I hope you enjoy the whole book. :)

(*Shimmer will be released in the US and Canada next year.)

Shimmer launch party on 3 July – you coming?

If you’re not doing anything on Thursday 3 July and you can get to Riverbend Books in Bulimba (Brisbane), you might like to book to come along to the Australian launch of Shimmer (Rephaim #3).

The wonderful Marianne de Pierres will again be joining me, and this year we’ll have another of our fun informal chats about the series and writing in general. I’ll take questions from the audience (if anyone has any), plus I’ll be around to sign copies of Shimmer. (Wow, I can’t believe it’s only a few weeks and it’s out in the big wide world!)

I’m so excited to again be at Riverbend Books (I do love a tradition!). We’ll have snacks and a cash bar and of course there’s the actual bookshop itself to explore…

The launch is open to everyone, but you definitely need to RSVP (details below).

See you there!

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Shimmer – teaser chapters!

It’s less than a month now until Shimmer hits shelves in Australia and New Zealand on 25 June (with the UK edition soon after on 3 July), so now feels like a good time for a teaser.

Here are two early chapters from the Text Publishing edition. Enjoy. :)

(WARNING: there are spoilers, so if you haven’t read Haze, don’t click!)

Click on thumbnail for teaser chapters.

Text Publishing cover

 

 

 

What I’ve been reading

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about what I’ve been reading, so I thought I’d rectify that.

I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit of recreational reading in between line edits for Shimmer (less than three months until release!) and progressing further on the first draft of Burn.

Here are my favourites from the past few months. It’s an eclectic bunch. Click on the cover to  read my thoughts on Goodreads (some recommendations are more comprehensive than others!).

Burial RitesBitter Wash RoadImpossible KnifeShe is not invisible

AllegiantDream ThievesThese Broken Stars5th Wave

Siege and StormPeacemakerDisapearance of Ember CrowColdest girlStormdancer

What have you guys been reading and loving lately?

Marianne de Pierres chats about genre blending (and bending)

Peacemaker Tour Banner

The very versatile and talented Marianne de Pierres has a new novel out in five weeks, the clever genre-bending thriller Peacemaker (read my thoughts on it here). I offered to participate in the Peacemaker blog tour because I wanted to ask Marianne about her creative process for this latest project, and I thought a few of you might be interested in the answer. So here it is…

Given you’re adept at a number of genres, how did you decide which elements to bring together – and in what order did they come to you? Western, urban fantasy, sci fi…what was the spark that joined the dots for you?

Marianne:
I wrote a short story almost ten years ago entitled Gin Jackson: Neophtyte Ranger which Cat Sparks published in Agog! The main character in PEACEMAKER was born back then, but she was situated in a futuristic outback Australia, in a town protected by an environmental bubble. GR author pic_webWhen I got the idea for PEACEMAKER, I knew from the outset that I wanted to use Gin as my protagonist, but somehow locate her in a place where I could indulge my love for western novels. Gin Jackson became Virgin, and the rest just slotted together in my mind like a bolt locking into place. I had already visited the notion of Australia super cities in the Parrish Plessis novels, and it was an idea I wanted to continue to explore. In PEACEMAKER, however (unlike Nylon Angel’s Parrishverse), there is no barren interior. The PEACEMAKER world depicts a future Australia that is densely populated throughout, other than this one tract of land – Birrimun Park – which has been preserved as a natural habitat.

Peacemaker-CRSome of the pre-publication discussion about the book has suggested a Firefly kind of world, but it is really nothing at all like that great series. The urban fantasy elements are very strong in PEACEMAKER and they sit firmly atop a story heavy in crime, mystery and semi-espionage. For some inexplicable reason, I also kept getting echoes of Robert Holdstock’s classic novel, Mythago Wood as I began to write. It seemed strange but I’ve learnt to trust these instincts. Suddenly, it became clear that as the story arc played out in my mind, and the fantastical elements began to develop, that the series would tilt more towards a mythical saga. Go figure?

If you are the kind of reader who likes to have both feet planted firmly in a single genre story then PEACEMAKER is not for you. But if you like the notion of a tale that tugs you in a number of directions then I expect — hope — you will enjoy the ride! :)

Thanks Marianne. :)

Read more about Peacemaker and release dates

Read more about Marianne’s work

Shimmer release dates for Australia, NZ and UK

Here they are, confirmed release dates for Shimmer (Rephaim #3):

  • Australia and New Zealand (Text Publishing): 25 June
  • United Kingdom (Indigo): 3 July

(Indigo also distributes the Rephaim series – English language version – to a number of countries in Europe and Asia and other selected parts of the world.)

ShimmerI’m really excited for you guys to read Shimmer. There’s a still a bit of tweaking to do (mostly line edits) but it feels like it’s pretty much there now.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been busy working on Burn (Rephaim #4) and I’m over half-way into the first draft. This will be the final book in the series and a lot of threads need to come together (and work!). So far so good… :)