Posts Tagged ‘Twisted Coven’

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

bad review 1

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

twisted coven promo

Yes, she’s live, she’s on sale and I couldn’t be happier. Its available in both Kindle and print and I am so excited.

I am also working on several other books including Hell Hath No Fury, and book three of the Poisoned by Blood series. I’m also working on events and promotion for the four books I have out.

I still have to pinch myself sometimes as I never once thought that i would ever have books on sale so to have three is astounding to me.

Yes I’m super happy with my books and I’m protective and I hope that one day one of my idol’s will read my books, though that is a long shot.

I love watching old documentaries and learning about the past, it helps spark some on the idea’s in my mind. I do find myself waking in the middle of the night with idea’s in my mind, some darker than others.

I love that my publisher too a huge chance on me and I love her for it.

Stay true to you.

Happy writing

Simone

 

Hi

I’m super excited as my baby, the first book I ever completed writing and the one I prayed would be published is live and I couldn’t be happier.

I have spent six years working on this book and I pray that you guys enjoy the book, Click here to get it!!

The release party takes place tomorrow 4th of April at 9pm GMT. Click here to join the fun!!

Hope you enjoy

Happy writing

Simone

Happy Saturday

I thought I’d check in and let you know what’s going on with me. Twisted Coven’s release is happening soon and I can’t wait. I am looking forward to sharing it with you guys.

Twisted Coven is the first book I ever completed and I was thrilled that my publisher loved it as much as I did. there’s two two more in the series and there are two more in the Poisoned by Blood Series. Yeah, I’m keeping myself busy.

One thing I have noticed, and I know I’ve said this before, that with each book I learn more and more. I’ve learn what my bad habits are, such as repeating myself, sometimes I slip up and use British English terms and words when my books are set in American English and I don’t always catch them. I also some time have too many characters of the same name.

I’m lucky that I have an awesome Editor that helps me translate things into American English and without her I would be lost.

What are you’re bad habits?

What are you’re dreams when it comes to writing?

Have and excellent weekend

Simone

 

Here’s the cover for Twisted Coven and I love it. Rue has worked her magic yet again.

twisted coven cover

 

Hello

It’s the dreaded beginning of the week.

I’ve been hard at it with one release imminent and another a little over a month away.

I love writing, it’s a good way for me to explore my creativity and explore my mind and the twisted tales it creates. Once Twisted Coven, the White Witch Trilogy, is with my awesome editor I’m going to have a week or two break from writing, if my brain lets me, and then back at it.

I am working on five books after these two releases which are the continuation of the Poisoned by Blood series, two more books in that series. There’s the continuation of the White Witch Trilogy along with ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ which is something that I’m looking forward to sharing with you guys.

There are more projects than them but they are the main ones that are current works in progress and taking up my time.

I love that I can share these with you.

Happy writing

Simone

 

“I have no use for your body, for within its youth lies a rotten wench already deceased.”
Keisha Keenleyside

Hello guys.

I’ve been teasing you with a big announcement for a few weeks but I wanted to have the contracts signed and sent before I told you all.

Four weeks ago I submitted two novels to my publisher for her to look at which was Spilt Blood sequel, Dark side of Humanity and Twisted Coven, book one of the White Witch Trilogy. I waited on tenterhooks to see what she thought and I was bowled over when she told me she wanted the ‘Dark side of humanity’ and the following two of the series. She also wanted the entire of the White Witch trilogy. I was shocked and very happy. Added to that two anthologies that I working one, one will be released later this year and the other will be out next year.

I was bowled over that she wanted the entire of both series. She saw past me dyslexia and has the faith in me that I can write books that others will be interested in reading.

The dates for the releases are as bellows but are both subject to change.

Dark Side of Humanity:

Twisted Coven:

There are a few events coming up that showcase not only my work but the work of others.

Indie Authors Appreciation Week 2016

Halloween Vamptasy night of creeps 2

So stay tuned for cover reveals and further information.

Happy Writing
Simone

“There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it.” -Alfred Hitchcock

Hello Guys

There is a few big things happening at the moment and I really can’t wait to tell you but I want to make sure i have dates and such to tell you before I reveal it.

As most of you know I have one project on going. I have an erotic sort in an up coming anthology so I will be sharing things before the release of both volumes of the Anthology. I have an event this weekend Horror Weekend Event and I will be doing a competition and giveaway on the day. Head over to Facebook and join the fun.

I have three projects I am editing at the moment and I will keep you informed once I know dates.

Stay Tuned

Happy Writing

Simone

Hello,

I know I’ve been quiet but with good reason. I have been hard at work as I have been working on anthology submissions and, as mentioned before, it got excepted and I’ve been working on edits.

I have also been working on Spilt Blood sequel and that is with my publisher at the moment as is my first ever completed novel Twisted Coven and i am waiting to hear back, I just hope she likes them.

While I wait I have been working Hell Hath No Fury, a book where I have used my best friends daughter, who is only a few years younger than me, as the ghost in the book who is rather pissed off and is looking for revenge and I am looking forward to showing my awesome publisher that book.

So yes, I’ve been Busy, i also have my mum over for a week and we have a lot planned, I also have a few things planned this weekend as it’s my birthday so I am doing an event on the 29, I’m also doing a sale on both books for the weekend and a giveaway in the event and one on my page.

Click here to like my facebook and be in with a chance of winning some goodies.

Happy Monday

Simone

Hello guys

 

So summer’s on its way out and the nights are becoming longer and longer but the best news is that Halloween is getting closer to, that and winter solstice is near too.

I have been thinking about a few things of late including why I became a writer. The truth is I never set out to be an author. I used to write, as a child, to express my fantasies about my favourite TV show characters paying special attention to Michael Shanks, Tom Welling and Nick Lea to name but a few.

During my time at University I began writing a book on child abuse, types, how to investigate and so on. During that time I got the idea for a novel originally titled Blakesmith Catacombs, now titled Twisted Covern. When I moved to York I started a writing class and my teacher told me that it was worth publishing.

The class opened something in my head and soon I was over run with ideas. Red Eyes and Shattered Souls were originally submissions for anthology’s but were release on their own and now Spilt Blood has been signed.

I have fallen in love with it and the reviews I’ve had have pushed me forward.

Happy writing

Simone