Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Selkie Sorceress Release Day and Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce The Selkie Sorceress is available now on Amazon!
American detective Sam Holt has a knack for finding people who shouldn’t be found. When his last case almost killed an innocent woman, he swore off detective work forever. But when this same woman asks him for one last investigation—to find her husband’s long lost mother—Sam cannot refuse. Clairvoyant Irish artist Glenna McClure will do anything to stop Sam, even if it means teaming up with a powerful sorceress who she knows she cannot trust. But when the petals of a mysterious night-blooming rose begin to turn black, Glenna realizes that an even darker force is at work. To protect the people she loves, Glenna will have to face a terrible curse that has haunted her all her life before the final petal fades to ash.
The Seal Island Trilogy is now available in paperback!
A huge thank you to my amazing book designers, Blue Harvest Creative, for helping me navigate the paperback process and for transforming the cover and layout of each of these stories into a work of art. It is a dream come true to see my stories in print, and I can't wait to share them with all of you!
To celebrate The Selkie Sorceress and Seal Island Trilogy paperback release, I'm offering another giveaway! In addition to reducing the Kindle prices of The Selkie Spell and The Selkie Enchantress to $.99 each from April 25-28th, I am hosting a Reviewer Appreciation Giveaway!
Many of you have generously posted reviews on Amazon for my stories in the past. I am so incredibly grateful whenever I receive a review and I would like to do a little something to show my appreciation. Anyone who posts a review of The Selkie Sorceress on Amazon within the next month is eligible for this giveaway.
What can you win?
A $25 Gift Card to Amazon
A signed paperback copy of The Selkie Spell
A signed paperback copy of The Selkie Enchantress
A signed paperback copy of The Selkie Sorceress
To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below, or send me an email at with the link to your review and I will enter you. I will choose four names on May 25th, and notify each of you individually by email.
Thank you all so much for your support. It means the world to me. :) I hope you enjoy The Selkie Sorceress as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Seal Island Trilogy Playlist

We're less than three weeks away from the release of The Selkie Sorceress on April 25th! I'm getting really excited. :)

Recently, a few of my readers hinted that they'd like to see a Seal Island Trilogy playlist, so I created one through Spotify this weekend. It contains 25 songs (8-9 per story) and each song represents a particular scene in the series.

I will give away a *mystery prize* to three randomly selected readers who can match a song from the playlist to a scene in The Selkie Spell or The Selkie Enchantress!

Hint: the songs are listed in the same order that the scenes unfold in the stories. The first 9 songs belong to The Selkie Spell, the middle 8 songs belong to The Selkie Enchantress, and the last 8 songs belong to The Selkie Sorceress.

A huge thank you to everyone who sent in song ideas through Twitter and Facebook. :) Thank you especially to @bullishink and @charitygirlblog for coming up with this great idea months ago, and to @GrandmasDaffadi for nudging me along!

So what do you think? Did I miss anything? What other songs do you think should be on the playlist?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Meet Lisa Shambrook, Author of Beneath the Rainbow

To celebrate the first day of April and the return of spring, I'm hosting a wonderful author who shares my passion for flowers. I met Lisa Shambrook through the online flash fiction community and have been following her writing blog, The Last Krystallos, for many months now. She's here today to tell us a little about how she got into writing flash fiction and her inspiration behind her beautiful debut novel, Beneath the Rainbow.

Sophie: What inspired you to write Beneath the Rainbow?
Lisa: I began writing Beneath the Rainbow in 2009. I was frustrated with trying to edit a trilogy I'd written. I'd taken them as far as I could at the time and couldn't decide what else to write... I was walking through our local park when the first line of the book leaped into my head and I couldn't shake it... "Freya was seven-years-old when she got hit by the car, it was a 4x4 with a bull bar." The line shocked me, and my immediate reaction was how could I write a book that began with the death of a child? I came home and scrawled it out in my notebook and spent the next few hours crafting the first chapter. I was completely drawn into the grief her family was suffering and imagined how it would appear to a child on the other side of Heaven. It was a story that flowed and I was determined to weave both grief and joy into the tale.

Sophie: Your use of flower imagery in this story is really beautiful. How did you learn so much about flowers? Do you like to garden?
Lisa: I adore flowers and all kinds of natural imagery, I love beauty and I think that comes across in my writing. Flowers were a natural progression, especially as the story dealt with death and heaven, two things that to me involve flowers! My favourite flower is the bluebell and one of my earliest memories is of wandering through bluebell woods at a young age…magical carpets of blue! When we first bought our house, I poured through gardening books, learning everything I could, and gardened ferociously, but my garden has overtaken my grand ideas over the years, and a back condition limits my physical gardening, but that doesn’t stop me adoring plants, and I think they’ll always feature in my writing!

Sophie: You participate actively in several flash fiction communities. Do you think writing flash fiction on a regular basis helps strengthen your writing? What would you say to someone who wants to try writing flash fiction, but doesn't know where to start?
Lisa: Yes, yes, yes! I wrote Beneath the Rainbow then joined Twitter and discovered Flash Fiction, I wish it had been the other way round…my writing has grown tremendously through flash fiction challenges and contests! I found Lillie McFerrin’s Five Sentence Fiction and I’ve never looked back! I didn’t know it was open to anyone to begin with and asked if I could join in…there were only a handful of us writing, and that challenge had over 50 participants for a recent prompt. My advice is to check out a variety of Flash Fiction, I always link my entries to the host so anyone can find the fictioneers I follow on my blog…find what suits you, try out as many as you want and watch your writing improve and your imagination grow!

Sophie: Are you working on a new novel? Tell us a little about it!
Lisa: I had never considered doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) before, but in 2012 I got caught up in my writing friends' excitement and decided to pick up an idea I'd had a while ago...and Beneath the Old Oak was revived. After writing Rainbow, I recalled a poem that my mother-in-law had written many years ago and it inspired me to write about the old oak tree. I wanted to write about the things a huge, ancient tree sees within its life span, and have it affect my protagonist’s life. Meg is a supporting character in Rainbow and her life seven years on, as a fourteen-year-old, fit perfectly, and I enjoyed revisiting characters from the first novel too. This story is darker and draws on my own experiences with depression and the turmoil’s of a damaged teen.

Here’s my blurb: "Meg's mother is anxious, depressed and neglectful. Meg thinks her mum is broken and wonders if she’ll be next, or is she already broken too? Meg wants to escape, but her mum beats her to it. Solace is found in a huge, old oak tree and Meg begins to learn to grow…"

After Beneath the Old Oak comes out, I plan to return to the three books that frustrated me some years ago. My writing skills are far superior to where they were a decade ago and my dragon adventure stories need rewriting and editing!