Monday, September 29, 2014

It's all coming together

I know, I know, I've been really slack over here. What if I told you there was a very good reason for it? There is. Edits. Lovely, lovely edits. Which is a statement I never thought I'd say. I'll go into that in a future post, but I used to think editing was the work of the devil. Since embarking on this journey though, I have discovered that I actually love it. Watching a story get sharper, and cleaner, and more shiny and fantastic on each pass is something a little magical.

Why so many edits? Because the next few months are going to be hectic but oh so fun! In the next six months, I will be sharing not one, but THREE new releases with you.

My upcoming release schedule is as follows:

2014:

October 31st - Through the Fire (Daughter of Fire Book 1)








December 13th - Happily Evan After (currently available for pre-order

2015:

February 28th - Besieged by Rain (Son of Rain Book 1)

The release dates of the 2nd book in each of the series are still to be advised, but Daughter of Fire book 2 (Rise from Ash) should be approx. June 2015 and Son of Rain book 2 (Among the Debris) approx. October 2015. 

I'm so excited to share these books with you all as well as a few other surprise ones I'm working on as we speak.

What other books are you looking forward to for the rest of 2014?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Promotion of self

Now that things are getting closer to the pointy end of my first book release (with second hot on it's heels), I'm coming to the point of this journey that I knew would come, but that I've been a little fearful of: self promotion.

It's a necessary evil, but necessary doesn't = easy. Approaching a blog owner or reviewer, even one where the people who run it are really lovely (which pretty much covers all the blogs I follow regularly), is scary. I find the process of asking others to invest their time in me and my writing. Even if it's something as simple as a blog post or a share of my Facebook page.

I am extremely grateful to all those who do these things, especially those who do it without being asked and out of the kindness of their heart.

I know I've mentioned before how I am my moments of self-doubt and low self-confidence so trying to sell myself is a big deal for me. There's something I've realized over the last few months of writing, editing, rewriting, adding, getting beta-readers and feedback etc, it's that my writing is worth it. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm okay with that. Nothing will please everyone. I think though that those who do like it, will love it. I've got a confidence that I didn't have a year ago. I am invested in my stories and my writing, but that doesn't stop me from feeling a bit like this every time I ask for attention:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tone, Intention, and the Typed Word

With a recent post to Facebook, I started thinking about how easy things can be to be misconstrued. I tend to be one of those super polite people who say "Sorry" even if you were the one who ran into me, so I hate to ever think there is a possibility that something I've said could be interpreted in a bad way. Facebook, text messaging, chat screens, email, they all take away the personable side of communication. Where in conversation I might be able to say to one of my friends, "Shut your face!" and be able to inflict the right level of tone and humor into my voice to let them know I'm just expressing my disbelief and not telling them to literally stop talking. In a text environment, that emotional aspect is removed. You have no control over the way the reader will interpret the words you type. You have no idea what has happened in their lives that day, month, year, that might have put up a filter over their eyes and leaves the most innocent expression open to be misconstrued.

In the particular example I'm thinking of there was nothing bad that came of it. I posted about how waiting was sometimes the hardest part of being a writer (as regular blog vistors would know from my blogging about it in the past) and it wasn't until one of the beta readers for my current novel commented on the post that I realized there was a very distinct possibility that my update could have been seen to be a nudge along for information. Now don't get me wrong, it was all perfectly innocent above board messages. There was no negativity about it at all from either side, and I was probably just being overly cautious (it's that whole saying sorry when I'm tripped up thing). However, it did make me wonder about the possibility for misinterpretation. It was a little reminder that what you mean to express and what is understood can be two vastly different thing.

Of course the same can applies to novels, only there, you can give the reader hints and clues about how people interpret information, and about how the speaker intended it to be taken. There's still a risk for misrepresentation by the reader (and always by the characters, because let's face it that's half the fun) but it's greatly minimized because the reader is provided with all those emotional clues that are entirely absent in other written formats.

Even on this blog, I occasionally worry that some little statement will be misinterpreted. At the end of the day though, I can only be me and this is who I am :)


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happily Evan After

COVER REVEAL:

HAPPILY EVAN AFTER

Synopsis:

Cover by: Soxsational Cover Art
Evan is a reluctant cupid. Facing an unknown term of servitude to repay his debt to the world, it is his responsibility to guide couples together. Despite initial hesitancy, he has learned to handle every case with care and he now basks in the afterglow of new-found love and relishes in the energy it provides him. But his end goal is still the promise of paradise in return for his penance.

It's all going according to plan until he receives an assignment that is inconceivable to him. He has to find a mate for Becca, within whom lives the reincarnated soul of his one true love. Bound by his duty to find her a match, he must resist her charm and suppress his own desires. It is his job and he cannot fail, even if his own paradise now seems lost.

For a cupid, falling is love is against the rules.

Isn't it?

Author Bio:

Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page. 

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Taking the bull by the horns

Sometimes there are moments in life where you just have to grab onto an idea with both hands and just do it. Sometimes these work out, sometimes they don't. There's no way of knowing what it will be before you take the plunge, you just have to have faith. I had one of those moments today. I'm not going to say that it all worked out well, or badly, because honestly I don't know how it's going to work yet. If something comes of it, I'll let you know. If nothing comes from it, I'll probably forget about it in a few weeks time.

I've had similar moments before:

  • When I decided to send out the query for the first in my series (we all know that worked out well as we anxious await October). 
  • When I took the chance on getting some replicas of the chain that features in my Daughter of Fire/Son of Rain series (which worked out awesome and I can't wait to start giving these out as prizes, ideally to readers who get the importance behind them after the first 2 books). 
  • When I took the plunge to try my hand at self-publishing my stand-alone book (which is progressing thanks to a number of wonderful people who have volunteered their time to be beta readers for me, and thanks to the wonderful cover designer who has designed the beautiful cover I'll be revealing on Sunday). 
It's these little moments that can seem monumental at the time, even if they are small in the grand scheme of things. You know them from the flutters they cause in your stomach and the way they make your heart race. 

Maybe it's the time you passed the note to your crush. Or the time you went for a job that you know is just outside of your skillset but that you'd be perfect for. When was the last time one of these presented themselves to you? Did it work out the way you'd hoped? 


Friday, September 5, 2014

Supernatural Enforcement Bureau Release Day



As Director of the Supernatural Enforcement Bureau, powerful Vampire Ronan, thought he had seen it all...until he discovers that Dragons actually exist. Can he help the Dragon being hunted on his patch? He certainly has the means at his disposal...if they can find it first...before the dark magic-wielding Witches and their Vampire cohorts.

After seeing the magnificent beast with his own eyes he can't turn from the task, even if he wanted to. Especially as his Sire, Josef, gives him a direct command to find the Dragon and keep it safe. No matter the cost.


With rogue Vampires and Witches on its trail, it's only a matter of time before they capture it. That's not something Ronan will allow...not on his watch! He will do whatever it takes to find and save the Dragon, using every powerful being at his disposal, including the dark and dangerous Creed.





Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Little Faith by Emma James Cover Reveal


I had no idea a carefree island vacation would tear my life apart.
But now it’s time to put my walls up, make them impenetrable.
It’s the only way to survive.
~Faith

Six Years Later…
Harley, the protector. Retro, the straight shooter.
Keanu, the funny bone. Levi, the model. And Text, who can’t seem to find himself.
All their lives were permanently altered by one event.
With a pact made, these five best friends need something from Faith.
Is she ready now to give them what they have been waiting for?

Join Faith as she goes on an emotional and heartwarming discovery where all may not be what it seems.
But with every ending, comes a new beginning, a second chance.
You just gotta have A Little Faith...

Welcome to Ocean Beach.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
Bob Marley


  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emma James lives in Queensland, Australia with her smexi husband ,three children and a big black Labrador. Life is busy and most entertaining in the James household. She often bounces ideas off her family and gets very creative responses. She loves to read as much as write. Daytime for writing, night time for reading.

She hopes to surprise you with her debut book, A Little Faith.

AUTHOR LINKS
Twitter : @emmajamesbooks

 GIVEAWAY
5 x Mobi files – A Little Faith , up for grabs. Prizes will be sent out on 10th October 2014.