I now know how George R.R. Martin feels! It's certainly true what he says, you can't write books AND write a regular blog feature (he's delayed publishing the next instalment of his Game of Thrones novel due to blogging commitments).
Instead of coming on here and writing something worthy, I've been busy writing parts two and three of The Girl in the Mirror, as well as working on marketing and promotion. For those of you who have been following my blog, you may recall that I stated last year that book two (The Sons of Gyges) was finished, this being around the time book one was released. I thought it was, but after an extensive edit (thanks Laura!) I realised that more work was needed to perfect it, and as a result I spent much of January and a bit of February re-writing it. In fact, it wasn't until the beginning of March, after seeing, and correcting, the publication proofs, that it wasn't complete. There's nothing like going to the wire! And I felt a lot of pressure during the past couple of months as I worked tirelessly in getting The Sons of Gyges published; on top of that, my editor had set me a deadline for the first draught of book 3 (which I've only partially met - half the book is written, the other half I've promised will be done by end of May) more pressure!
When talking to people about my second novel, the first question I get asked is: how do you pronounce Gyges? Gyges is pronounced: jahy-jees.
The next question I'm asked is; What is it about? Well, I say, go buy it and find out! But if pressed, simply, it's a continuation of the story that started with The Girl in the Mirror. It's another high-octane, action adventure that has twists and cliff-hangers throughout. A mix of conspiracy and sci-fi, it has been described by some as a story that is a cross between Dan Brown, 24 and Bourne Identity, combined for a younger audience, with the main fundamental difference: a female lead. Integral to the story is Sophie Jennings, the young heroine of the first book, who, once again, has her abilities put to the test, only this time round she faces much greater difficulties, not only from the foes she is pitted against, but also from the understanding that there are consequences to having her genetic enhancements, especially as she is fast running out of a special serum that enables her to at least appear 'normal'.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind this past week since the release of The Sons of Gyges. I've been interviewed by the press, and featured not once, but twice within East Anglia's premier newspaper, the East Anglian Daily Times. I've also carried out a book signing event at the Waterstones book store in Ipswich, meeting customers and signing books for fans. But whilst these things are great, and I get a real buzz from doing them, the all important thing is getting people to buy my books, which seems to be the hardest part of the process. Currently I have a promotion going on, selling The Girl in the Mirror as an eBook for just $0.99/£0.99 for a limited period, which I am advertising on a number of book selling sites, as well as on Social media. The thought being, if you want to read the latest instalment, you need to read the first one, so I'm giving you an inexpensive chance to do it! And from 10th April I am running a book Giveaway on Goodreads, which was popular last time when I did it, and absolutely anyone can enter it. Details will follow shortly.
As I continue to promote the latest book, work begins in earnest on the final instalment of The Girl in the Mirror trilogy. I've just announced the title of book 3, which is The Whisper of Persia. The release date is currently pencilled in for the end of November, and I have a lot of work to do before the end result is available to purchase. Be sure to check in with me from time to time for exclusive updates on my progress, and for unrelated ramblings on my blog. Although I can't promise that they'll be regular, but when I do squeeze out a new instalment, I'll aim to make it worthwhile!