FF&P Prism Awards

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I’m stoked (and more than a little shocked) to announce that ARCHANGEL has been selected as a finalist in FF&P’s Prism Awards, in the Novella category!

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the RWA’s annual conference on the 23 July.

The full list of categories and selected works can be found here.

Zaniah Press

Since mid-February, I’ve been working at getting back into self-employment, but with a more sustainable plan. I’d already come up with a publishing name – Zaniah Press – and released ERASURE under it. Early March, I applied for and got a job as a copy editor. This is pretty much a full-time position, which means less time to write, though working from home I am still my own boss. I can negotiate hours as required. So pretty perfect.

My plan was to continue writing sci fi romance and self-pub as Misa Buckley under Zaniah Press. This worked fine until two things happened. The first was realising my rights to ELEANOR’S HEART return to me in July. I immediately planned to rewrite EH and then write the two sequels in my head, publishing them under a pseudonym to ‘protect’ my sci fi romance brand.

The second thing to happen was the muse handing me a contemporary romance bunny. I fought but it won. I’m currently on 8K, writing it for Camp NaNoWriMo. But I knew there was no way I could maintain three author websites and work a 35 hour week and have a life, so I sort of stole a leaf from Lori Gallagher Witt’s book and decided to ‘umbrella’ all three names on one website.

Zaniah Press is in the early stages of construction. Eventually, it’ll be the only site I have – I’ll let this one go when the domain name is up for renewal – and will be home to three of me. Misa Buckley is writing sci fi romance, Meredith Heyworth is writing historical fantasy and paranormal romance, and Dee Tass is writing contemporary romance.

To be honest, there’s more being planned at the moment than I can actually share. There are… wheels in motion that will put me in control of my career as an author. Things I’m really excited about and promise to update as soon as I’ve something concrete to tell you. But I can say one thing – it will be good. šŸ˜‰

April Fools for Love

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The suggestion for blog posts was to write something about characters. I’m not going to do that. While the first might be April Fools Day, it’s also the anniversary of me and hubs dating.

As of today, we’ve been together 24 years. And tomorrow we’ll have been married 20.

SoĀ while everyone else is sharing fictional love stories, here’s a real one.

I asked him out. Sort of. Last day of the half term, before college broke up for Easter, I “borrowed” his calculator. I didn’t need it. What I did was enter seven digits and save them to the memory. Those seven digits was the phone number of my parents’ house. The trick worked – he found the number, rang it, and I invited him along with a walk my parents had planned.

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Mum, H, me, and Dad.

Three years later, we were engaged. Then I got pregnant. We married in a bit of a rush on 2 April 1995, because the celebrant at church wasn’t available on the first.

Three months after that, our first child was born. (She’s 20 this year. Where the hell did the time go?!). Four more followed, at irregular intervals.

Hubs and IĀ a lot of things in common. We’re both petrolheads and love watching motor racing. We’ve a very similar sense of humour. We both adore sci fi (our dogs are named “Nippet” after an Ewok and “Chewie” after… well, Chewbacca). And while he might not be a reader, he’s endlessly supportive of my writing.

APRIL FOOLS FOR LOVE GIVEAWAY

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Grand Prize: $75 gift card + 16 ebooks
2nd runner up: $25 gift cardĀ + 12 ebooks
3rd runner up: $25 gift cardĀ + 8 ebooks

(gift cards are for the choice of iBooks, Nook, All Romance or Kindle)

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And that’s a wrap

Today I closed down Chrome and opened OpenOffice to write the last scene of COUP DE GRACE.Ā The last scene of my Amazing Grace series.

A few moments ago, I wrote the last sentence.

I love this series. I love Grace and Benedict. I love the fact the series is peppered with references to Stargate, Buffy and several comic heroes. It’s been a fun series to write, not least because I’d done the minimal planning and the plot often took turns which surprised me. In fact I’d no idea how Grace and Benedict were going to stop the Bad Bad until the last few scenes of SAVING GRACE, when I had an epiphany and had to open a new document to make notes.

I am a little sad to be ending Amazing Grace. However, I doubt I’ll be leaving the ‘verse forever.

Before I leave it for the moment, I’ll leave you with THE song I’ve listened to while writing this series.

SFFSat – 14/04/15

SFFSat is a groupĀ of authors posting snippets from either WIPs or published work.
To read the rest of the posts for this week, please click on the image above.

Welcome to anotherĀ snippet fromĀ STONE COLD DEAD. Last week, I introduced a mysterious thief or may or may not have had something to do with Alex’s murder. In this scene, he’s still playing hard to get with Jade.

The thief’s eyes narrowed. “Are you accusing me of murder?”

“Are you admitting to it?”

“Miss ā€“ it is Miss, isn’t it?” He paused and she nodded. “Miss Waters, I admit to being a thief. I admit to being a damn good one, and to be a good thief one has to be all but invisible. Committing murder is not invisible.”

“But you were in Corridor Tango between eleven and one last night.”

He gave her a thin smile. “Perhaps.”

“You have no ID,” Jade reminded him. “No pass. So no, I don’t know who you are, but I can imagine that you are wanted by at least one police force back on Earth. Right now, the very least you are guilty of is theft and boarding a spaceship without proper identification. I suggest that you cooperate. Otherwise you will be facing a murder charge.”

Thanks for reading! :)