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Hi Guys

I have been super busy working on Hell Hath No Fury and Poisoned By Blood Book Three, I have the sequel to Twisted Coven is planned out and ready once I have the other two squared away.

Today I wanted to talk about the pluses of having a support network around writers, whether they be signed, freelance, those wanting to write and those who were still deciding if they truly want to be a writer.

By nature the world or writing isn’t an easy one to be in. It is fought with judgement and angst. You may be told no 20, 100, 300 times before being signed, J. K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before the Harry Potter series was signed, Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times before being published. It’s part of the job, perseverance and willing to listen to feedback are the best thing’s for a writer to have in their back pocket.

I have received some negative feed back and attention and I’ll show you a few examples and tell you on how to deal with them.

First a review from Shattered Souls

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I have redacted the name to protect the person in question. This was a bad review in a sea of four and five star reviews. I was upset when I saw this, I will admit that I did shed a tear but I realized that it was merely a troll, a person who was out to hurt as troll are. You can do nothing about trolls, nothing but ignore them and move on.

Here’s a review for Spilt Blood

Bad review 2

This review is constructive, meaning that instead of five words with no true meaning and are not the slightest bit helpful. They give pointers on how the books going forward can be improved and how they can be better. They advise the use of Beta readers, which is now something I do now. They do question the main characters age state that it would be better if she was older, this is something I debated on this as I wrote the book but her age is important further in the series, in book four. The comment about the ‘rushed’ feel of the book, that was purposeful as their is a serial killer around and they are hunting him before he kills too many people, they don’t really have the time to do much else. Though I think I could have done a bit more character building and relationship building.

Authors are, by nature, solitary nature and we like to work in our own cocoon but we do need a good network of support around us. I am extremely lucky that my Mum and Dad (Stepdad) have always been there, pushing me to be better. I have an awesome husband who believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I have an awesome publisher with Vamptasy Publishing, the website is being updated at the moment but it does show several of our awesome writers on their. I also have several fans although I’m only a beginner in this job and they are loyal and that is astounding to me. Having people around to help bring you up when you get that rejection letter or that bad review helps.

While I was lucky to get a yes early on and I love my book home and I would never change that ever in the world and I only hope that one day all authors find their book home.

Thankfully there is no negative review of Dark Side of Humanity yet nor has there been any for Twisted Coven yet, not on Amazon anyway.

I have a lot of things going on this year and I am hoping that my books grow in strength and that those who love it continue too do so. I have a group of people who seem to love my books and people that are happy to share my books on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I am hoping to do a Facebook ad this weekend to help promote the books a little. I am busy, two book releases this year with more going on that are working on in the back ground hence why I’ve been quiet.

My main peaces of advise are as follows:-

  1. Take on the constructive criticism and use it going forward with more books and any re-releases.
  2. Let troll reviews slide off your back and move on.
  3. Make sure you have an awesome network around you.
  4. Don’t let rejection stop you.
  5. Learn, learn and learn. Read, read and read. Write, write and write.

I also know I need an editor as my dyslexia makes things hard work and tricky to do and I quite often miss mistakes, that’s another good thing about beta readers, they help with the process and help make things more coherent.

If there are any subjects you want me to take on please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Happy Writing

Simone

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Hello guys,

Happy New year, I hope your holiday celebration went well and that you were spoilt by those around you. I got writing stuff, best thing for me and some cool things from my bestie.

Spilt Blood was released on the 29th and I have been working hard on Promotion and it has already yielded results, it’s reached my highest ranking so far and I hope to get it higher. I have a 3 star review with some worth while feedback. I have another coming over at some point and I have requested one from the Nerd Girls.

I need Beta readers, that I know, I have one but I need more, will ask my fellow #onehouseunited authors their ideas.

Here’s the Amazon links for my book, go check them out, they’ll keep you hooked. I hope!!

http://smarturl.it/Souls
http://smarturl.it/SpiltBlood

Reviews welcome!!

Here is my favourite poster so far that I’ve made for Spilt Blood.

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Stay Tuned

Simone

Hello Readers

Another post so soon, I know, my early New Years resolution is to keep my multiple blogs up to date, Yes multiple, Here, tumblr and TSU along with my instargram, twitter, facebook and linkedin accounts. I love my job and I am finally getting my head around they whole self promotion aspect of being a writer and sharing my tales with others.

I love the act of writing and find it relaxing. It has been something I’ve been doing since childhood, obviously my writing has evolved through the years. I recently went through some of my old writing stuff and I released how bad some of my early work is. I am finding ways of working around my damn dyslexia and the EDS is being a royal pain in the butt as my wrist, thumb and first finger are slightly out of place which makes typing a little painful but I can write long hand as its my left hand that’s not so well and I write with both but predominantly my write.

I have some things planed or my upcoming book release, some will be after Christmas and I have 11 books to give away during the release as well as a few other upcoming treats that I am currently working on, one of which includes recycling a few old books of mine.

Click here to join the release party!!

Click here to get your copy of Shattered Souls

Here’s two teaser posters, one for each current works.

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Stay Tuned for more.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello reader

I have been hard at edits as my baby is now with the editor and I have the cover and I am in love.

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What do you think, beautiful isn’t it.

Last weekend I did a post boost on my Facebook page and it helped with my ranking on amazon so I’ll be doing it for the Spilt blood release.

I’m in love with the series and I think think you guys will fall in love with it too.

Starting work on book two soon and submissions for a few anthologies so my brain is still hard at work.

Happy writing

Simone

Hello friends,

This morning I teased that I had some news to share with you. I can now reveal that I have had my second book signed with my publisher. It is titled Spilt Blood and is set for publication in December ready for Christmas. I am still working non edits and preparation for it to head over to my beta readers.

I’ll keep you all up to date. It is one of a series titled ‘Poisoned By Blood’ and I am looking forward to seeing how it is received, and I will soon crack on with the sequel. I am so excited and happy. I have several works to share on here once they are ready and tease you with books from some of my author friends.

Hope your all doing well and have a brilliant summer.

Happy Writing

Simone

Hello friends,

This is a short post in preparation for a bigger one later today.

I have some news to share, which is the topic of the larger post, and i am currently getting prepared for several events including baking birthday cakes, Dr Who cookies, short stories and more.

My stationary obsession is being feed by the back to school stationary sales on in almost every shop I go to. Its torture and I give in way too much but being a writer means it will all come in useful.

I love writing, I live reading and I still struggle to believe that I have a book on sale. Its an easy read, short novel with twists and turns. I love the review my fellow Vamptasy writer gave me. Its a little further down. She’s an award winning author and she loved my book and was instrumental in getting it where it is. Click below to get your copy.
Shatered Souls Amazon

So stay tuned for my excellent news later today.

Happy writing

Simone

Hi Guys

 

This is a first for me but I’m happy to be doing it. One of my fellow writers has asked me to take part in a blog tour and I said why the hell not. I’m so glad my first one is for this lovely woman as she is an brilliant writer and has helped me in so many ways.

And with that I hand you guys over to the wonderful Carmilla Voiez

 

 

Starblood Trilogy Blog Tour

 

Carmilla Voiez is a pioneer in horror writing. Her visceral and violent no-holds-barred descriptions of magic, sex, demons and obsession might remind some readers of Clive Barker’s wonderful works of horror and dark fantasy, however her stories are told from a uniquely female perspective. Old tropes of hapless female victims pursued by psychotic male killers are reversed or expelled and the result is disturbing yet at the same time refreshing.

 

Starblood has been released as a trilogy in three separate books Starblood, Psychonaut and Black Sun previously and these are all still available for Kindle or in paperback. However, on the 16th May 2014 a new volume, beautifully edited and perfected, of all three stories in one huge package will be available on Kindle, bringing Voiez’s work to a whole new generation of horror readers.

 

There will be a release party on Facebook to celebrate the launch. Once the book goes live on Amazon this link will take you to that page. In the meantime it will direct you towards the party event where you can find out more. http://smarturl.it/TheStarbloodTrilogy

 

 

Praise for Starblood –

 

 

“In a market flooded with badly written supernatural romances passed off as horror, Carmilla Voiez is a prophet of the uncanny. Not since Clive Barker has any author mastered pure, visceral atrocity, and yet her characters maintain an elegance and humanity that turns what could just be a blood sport into a Shakespearean tragedy. Starblood may be the only true female horror novel in existence, and within its pages a reader is forced at knifepoint to see the world through the eyes of the raped, the abused, and the unloved with hateful clarity. She makes us bear witness to the demons we ourselves create. You don’t read her books. You survive them.

” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

 

 

Praise for Psychonaut –

 

 

“Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life.” Graham Masterton “Psychonaut is a book of mad impulses, inner vision, sadism, escape and belief. You feel uncomfortable reading it, like Alex strapped to the chair in Clockwork Orange being taught to feel sick at atrocity. Rather than leave us crippled by response, though, Psychonaut bears you through the hurt towards the only paradise we can be assured of…a love past fault.” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

 

 

Praise for Black Sun –

 

“This is the concluding novel in the Starblood trilogy. Satori has brought Star back to the physical world, and the second novel, Psychonaut, could well have ended on that happy note, but as we know by now, Carmilla Voiez doesn’t do clichés. Satori and Star have not returned alone: insidious influences from both the astral plane and the physical world intermingle in a web of deceit and betrayal of Wagnerian complexity. Even that which is not what it seems is not what it seems. If you are a horror fan, the Starblood Trilogy has everything to recommend it. If you are not, you will enjoy having your comfort zone challenged – I certainly did.” J.R.B.

 

Author’s bio –

 

 

Carmilla Voiez is a new voice in the world of horror. While the imagery harks back to the writings of Clive Barker and H P Lovecraft, her voice is uniquely female. Starblood is perhaps the first true female horror story ever written, dealing with both sexual violence and the struggle of a woman trying to make sense of a senseless world.

 

Carmilla grew up on a varied diet of horror. Her earliest influences as a teenage reader were Graham Masterton, Brian Lumley and Clive Barker mixed with the romance of Hammer Horror and the visceral violence of the first wave of video nasties. Fascinated by the Goth aesthetic and enchanted by threnodies of eighties Goth and post-punk music she evolved into the creature of darkness we find today.

 

Living in North East Scotland, she finds inspiration in the wildlife, castles and desolate places which surround her. She lives with her two children by the sea.

 

Her books are both extraordinarily personal and universally challenging. As Jef Withonef of Houston Press once said – “You do not read her books, you survive them.”

 

Signed to Vamptasy Publishing in 2012 three books in the critically acclaimed Starblood Trilogy have been published and she is currently working on a vampire tale. She has also edited and compiled a collection of psychological horror from the best new talent in the world of horror writing “Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds”. Carmilla Voiez is a name to watch.

 

 

You can find Carmilla’s full bibliography at Amazon – http://smarturl.it/CarmillaOnAmazon

her blog can be found at http://carmillavoiez.wordpress.com

and her Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Author.Carmilla.Voiez

 

 

Excerpt from The Starblood Trilogy –

 

 

The more Satori practises the more he realises that he has gone beyond what Paul can teach. Paul’s books, however – opening them, absorbing their musty pages and archaic language, he can smell power. Energy lifts from each paragraph and crackles in the air around him. He doubts their owner has read even a tenth of them. The secrets they hold: power beyond reckoning. He will learn how to defeat Lilith, he is certain of it. But how long will it take? Will I run out of time? He could spend an entire lifetime in these books and still leave some pages unturned.

 

The room has settled again. His eyes are ready to focus once more. Instantly, Satori forgets the idea of coffee and returns to the book on his lap. He sits cross-legged on the floor. His eyes pore over the words. A noise behind him makes him jump.

 

‘Paul, you scared me.’

 

‘Sorry Satori. I brought you some water and I’ve made lunch. Would you like to eat?’

 

Satori shakes his head. ‘Your library is amazing, but I can’t find the answers I need. These books just don’t cover battling anything as powerful as Lilith.’

 

‘Well think about it, Satori. What is Lilith? If it’s a demon then it’s as powerful as Asmodeus or Satan. But the Kabbalists call it a god. I’m not sure we’ll ever find the answer,’ Paul says. ‘You might as well rest for a while. I’m worried you’ll burn out.’

 

‘There is always an answer. We just need help. Maybe to fight a god you need a god. But who? One of the old pre-Christian ones? Do you really have no ideas?’

 

‘I have one.’ Paul walks across the room to a black lacquer cabinet. Taking a key from a chain around his neck, he unlocks the door. On a shelf at chest height Satori sees something covered with black linen. Paul beckons him over. Even covered, Satori can feel the object’s power. It frightens him.

 

‘What is it?’ he whispers.

 

Paul pulls the material away and Satori faces a clay head. Glyphs are carved across the forehead, cheeks and on either side of the chin. The eye sockets are filled with obsidian and the mouth, opened in an eternal scream, is stuffed with red clay.

 

Satori lifts his hand towards it.

 

‘Careful,’ Paul says.

 

‘What is it?’ Satori asks. ‘It feels … powerful.’

 

‘It’s a vessel of Balon,’ Paul answers, staring at the head. ‘And if you break the seal, the demons inside it will tear me apart. It’s an oracle of sorts. If I ask it a question it has to tell me the truth.’

 

‘Ask it about Lilith,’ Satori says.

 

‘What precisely do you want me to ask?’

 

‘Can I destroy her?’

 

Paul lifts the head and sets it on a low table. He pauses then turns it a few degrees anti-clockwise. His movements are gentle and full of reverence. A thread of sweat trickles down his brow as he concentrates. ‘Vessel of Balon, I have fashioned you with my Art. I have given you life. Now answer in truth. If the sorcerer Satori battles Lilith, can he destroy the demon?’

 

The room is silent. The glyphs on the head glow red. Its obsidian eyes shine as if lit by an internal fire. Satori’s ears strain to hear the answer. Holding his breath, he watches the head. Every hair on his body stands on end. In spite of his fascination and desire for knowledge, his body tells him to run from the room and never return. A trio of cold, powerful voices echo each other. ‘No.’

 

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Longer post than normal but well worth it. I love this woman.

 

Happy writing

 

Simone

 

 

 

Hi

Little old me again. I’m sat writing book one of the ‘Poisoned by Blood’, and I am enjoying the tale it really does have a mind of its own. I have done a guest blog for my publishing company Vamptasy and I have been working on little teasers for here. Prose and flash fiction.

I have had a few more reviews from ‘Shattered Souls’, several of my friends have read it, one wanted a sequel, another loved it as she hated the main character and loved the ending. It has only been good things. It’s spurring me on to get ‘Spilt Blood’ done.

One of my friends was describing to another how I plan every story. I used to just let it flow but that caused me to waffle on and go off point. I was doing a writing course with my local college when one of the tutors taught me how I could plan out the tales. She is shocked that each idea has it’s own notebook and its own detailed plan. I was just glad that she liked the end product. I have been asking for as much feed back as possible to help with future books.

Stay tuned, there’s a lot more to come.

Simone

Hello there,

I feel so bad. I have been away for a week, at my mothers and I feel as though I have neglected you.

So I apologise from the bottom of my heart. I fee so so bad.

So hopefully by the end of the week twisted should be complete. Finally finally finished. I’m so excited. It’s a big thing. A huge thing. Cross fingers. That’s providing there are no distractions, yeah right. Then on with book two and a darker more heart wrenching tale. It’s all very very well, interesting. Also there are so Manu other tales that are wanting attention. I have to prioritise them as to which are important and which can waited. Dead college girl cry( I really need a new name for that one) and Mirror Image are wanting attention not to mention the one I do in English class.

Will post the new planning method as soon as I can.

Happy writing

Simone