Tuesday 25 September 2012

The Gathering (Guardians, #3)

We're halfway there, ladies and gentlemen. The third book of my epic fantasy series, Guardians & The Lost Paradise, went live sometime during the wee hours of this morning. Of all the books thus far, I am most excited about this one; this is where events become truly "epic," setting the stage for the final three books in the series.

Last month, I was able to serialize the first book on Wattpad. This time around, I'm working on putting it through another distribution channel: Kobo. The plan is to set it to free over there, then hope that Amazon decides to price match it to free as well. That way, more people will (hopefully) be able to discover the series, and for the wonderful price of nothing too. So, wish me luck I guess. *crosses fingers*

I'll be posting an update to let you know how it goes. Till then, here are the links for book three:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

P.S: The recently-forced Blogger upgrade has pretty much ensured that I can no longer compose blog posts on my BlackBerry. So, you might notice some relative silence from me in the days and weeks to come, at least pending when my ISP gets their act together.

Monday 17 September 2012

Genre Favorites Blogfest

This post is part of a blogfest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Participants are required to talk about their favorite book, movie and music genres, and a guilty pleasure from any of the three.

I confess, I didn't start reading novels until well into my teens, and so, I am not as well-read as I'd like to be. I still plan on going back one day to read all the classics. Of all the genres out there today, my favorite would be everything that falls under the umbrella of speculative fiction. This includes science fiction, fantasy, dystopian fiction, and even paranormal romance (although I absolutely despise love triangles).

I've been watching movies from as far back as I can remember. I recently posted about a childhood monster I encountered in the movie adaptation of the epic fantasy book, The NeverEnding Story. And here, once again, I find myself leaning towards the genres under the speculative fiction umbrella. But if I was forced to narrow the choice down to just one, I'd go with science fiction.

I don't know if you know this, but there are very few things in this world I love more than music. One of those things is the TV show, Gilmore Girls, but that's another topic for another blog post. I take a lot of pride in my varied taste in music (and my 10,000-song iTunes Library), which is why it is almost impossible for me to pick just one genre for this blog post. Simply put, I don't have a favorite genre. I love everything from House, to Hip-Hop, to Nu Metal, and even Dubstep. I know this goes against the rules of the blogfest, Alex, but I just can't narrow this one down. Sorry.

Guilty Pleasure:
For the guilty pleasure portion of this post, I'm sticking with music again. Like I just said, I listen to almost everything out there. Because of that, there is a disturbing volume of "pop music geared towards teenage girls" in my library. Britney Spears. Gwen Stefani. Katy Perry. Lady Gaga. Miley Cyrus. Selena Gomez. Taylor Swift. The list is endless really. If it made it remotely close to the top of the Billboard charts, then chances are I've had it on near-constant repeat at one time or the other. :D

Wednesday 5 September 2012

The Insecure Writers' Support Group

Today is the first Wednesday of a new month. This means it is time for yet another round of Insecure Writers' Support Group posts. The IWSG is a bloghop hosted by science-fiction writer, Alex J. Cavanaugh, where participants are expected to share their writerly challenges, and to show support to others as well.

Last month, I was clearly burnt out following a (somewhat) successful crowdfunding campaign and the launch of a new series. This time around, I'm pleased to announce that things seem to be more manageable. I have since released book two in the series, and will be doing a cover reveal for book three on the Facebook page sometime next week.

Okay. I confess. Everything isn't exactly sunshine and butterflies right now. I'm still waiting for that rather nebulous point in time where one of my books would break out. So far, monthly sales are still in the single digits for each one. It's not easy being an independent writer, I know. But still...

P.S: This is completely off topic, but The Beatles totally rock! :D