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Middle-of-August update (including KITTEH)

So, in good and bad news…Spock has gone to a new home! He’s with a local friend who was thinking of getting a cat anyway, and came over twice for playdates….he’s smitten, and it’s adorable.

We did go over Friday to help Spock settle in – of course the kitten didn’t give a single f***, because THERE WERE WIRES TO CHEW. And a Playstation to hide behind. And a sofa to climb. He was loving the new playground! So he’s settling in happily and I might have to go over occasionally to cat-sit, oh noes. I can’t really complain as I did have every evening and morning with him for a week, so I have had a lot of cute kitten time.

Frankie is exceedingly happy that the small squeaky thing has vacated his territory, and that his sleep can be undisturbed. He’s spent every morning since on my lap, which is adorable but mildly unhelpful. That said, it’s not as unhelpful as a kitten who keeps opening multiple tabs and searching for zzzzzzxcdsfsaa by walking across my keyboard, so I’ll take the larger fluff any day!

In other news, I’m off to Amsterdam for a week on Tuesday, visiting my sister and just generally chilling. I’m hoping to get some writing time as well, and I’ll try to do a couple of blog posts – but if you don’t hear from me, it’s because I’m strolling along a canal and staring at artwork (or more likely, eating pizza and reading).

Have a good and fluffy week, everyone!

 

Being shot and captured…in a pub

Last Saturday I spent a couple of hours in a pub. Not exactly unusual, but more unusually for introverted ol’ me, someone was there with a camera too…

That someone was the amazing Tom Parker; you can find him on Instagram and he’s now officially doing portrait photography. More specifically, if any of my author friends want headshots, his rates are very reasonable and Tom’s lovely!

And, I hope you’ll agree that the photographs are amazing. He’s made me look good!! (Only half joking. I am NOT photogenic…)

I think this is my favourite series – Tom was trying to get me to relax!

And another go…

My official favourites are definitely the ones below, so you might start to see them popping up on social media and in bios…

He’s Thomas David Parker on Instagram – check him out!

Empty Skies & Sunlight is published!

empty skies coverIf you haven’t read the first book, Green Sky & Sparks, then you’re in luck – the Kindle edition is just 99p at the moment!

Empty Skies & Sunlight is the fifth book in the GreenSky sparkpunk series, and you can get hold of it from today in Kindle or paperback.

When Anoé Meerla is given the chance to escape a war-torn city with her daughter, she accepts an assignment to find missing people on the beautiful islands of Tao. But she finds more problems than she expected waiting for her; a Floating Island that roams the waves, a Mage trying to forget a war, an old lover with plans of his own, and a tangled web of runaways and murder – and there’s her daughter to protect as well.

And if you want to hear an excerpt, have a listen to the Bristol Fringe podcast for a teaser!

I am a Horrible Author

I’m a horrible person.

When writing, that is. In real life, I’d hope I’m kinda nice.

…sometimes.

When people don’t piss me off too much.

(Mostly joking! I’m usually incredibly polite and friendly, with the usual proviso of “slight introvert so finds it hard to start a conversation”. If you ever see me, do come and say hi!)

I was thinking about No Man’s Dawn, which is sort of a prequel to No Man’s Land. I’m not entirely happy about it, so I’m just letting it stew…so I was thinking about it in the car as I drove down to see a friend.

And I had the BEST* idea.

You know it’s bad when I start giggling to myself. It’s even worse when I start laughing. And when I lean back and go, “Oh, now that’s GOOD” is when it’s going to be really bad.

Have I told you that my beta reader didn’t talk to me for two days after That Ending in No Man’s Land? I’m still quite proud of that as it’s entirely deserved. I’ve now got a little private bet with myself as to what names she’ll call me after she reads this one – I may have to create a bingo sheet.

Off to do some writing I go! There may be evil chuckles.

 

*Worst. For my characters.