Why I Have Delayed BLACK NOVA

I’m getting a lot of emails from concerned readers who had pre-ordered the 6 parts of Black Nova, and the Omnibus. Thus far Parts 1 and 2 have been released, and I was due to have the rest out by mid-June. However I am deep into a new novel, and knew I would not be able to get them done in time.

I could have postponed them, but Amazon doesn’t allow that. So I’ve had to cancel Parts 3-6, and the Omnibus, which means you’ve all been refunded – for now. My plan is to finish this current novel, then get Part 3 done before I set to work on Operation Chimera 2 with my buddy Matt Cox. Around about the same time, our fourth child is due, so I can’t say how quickly I will get the last 3 parts written, but I’ll certainly do my best to deliver them in a timely manner.

I know people have followed Far From Home all the way through to now – the sheer amount of pre-orders I had for Black Nova was testament to that – and I fully intend on bringing the rest of Black Nova out.

But not till I finish this book.

My hope is to have Black Nova Part 3 out mid-July. And because I couldn’t deliver these on time, when they’re released they will be free for 5 days straight. That’s my way of saying thanks to everyone for being so patient. So you will be able to get the other parts completely free if you pick them up with the first 5 days of their release.

As always, check back here (or sign up for email updates) to know the exact date . . . and thank you for reading.

Now, I’ve gotta get back to my novel . . .

Tony

Interview: Fiona Skye

Every year I try to run interviews with authors, both traditionally and independently published. Previous interviewees have been the likes of Alan Dean Foster, Meg Gardiner, Richard Roberts, Emma Newman, Bernard Schaffer . . . the list goes on. If you’re reading this and would like to take part, you know the email address. It’s tonyleehealey at gmail dot com.

Today I’m interviewing Fiona Skye and we’re going to be discussing her book, Silver Shackles, Revelations Trilogy, Book Two. I know Fiona from a very cool writing group on Facebook called The Dragon’s Rocketship, a collective of writers in scifi and fantasy. Recently she has been working with me in an editorial capacity on the latest installments of my Far From Home series. You can check our efforts out by clicking here: Black Nova – Part One and here: Black Nova – Part Two.

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Firstly, welcome to the site.
Thanks so much for inviting me to come yammer on about my books!

Tell us about Silver Shackles. What’s it about?
It’s the second book in my Revelations Trilogy, about a were-jaguar and her dealings with the Fae. In the first book, Taming Shadows, my main character committed grand larceny as part of a deal she made with the Summer Fae to keep her safe from the Winter Fae. In this new book, the consequences of that theft become apparent.

What compelled you to write the Revelations Trilogy?
It was born of a marathon game of What If. What if that barista serving me coffee is actually a werewolf? What if that bartender is actually a vampire? What if that kind elderly lady next door is actually a witch? The world would probably look the same as it does now if the things that go bump in the night are real, but it sure wouldn’t feel the same!

How has the response been so far to your trilogy?
Pretty positive, I think. People seem to enjoy the world I’ve created and they relate well to my characters, too. It took me about two years to write Silver Shackles and in that time, I had people bugging me to finish and hurry up and publish it, so that’s a nice feeling, knowing that there are readers eager to get the next part of the series.

So, let’s talk about the process of writing. What works for you?
A schedule that’s easy to stick to. Some good instrumental music. Snacks—gummi worms, almonds and cashews, dried fruit. Coffee in the morning, juice or iced tea in the afternoon. A clear plan of where the words will take me that day.

If you could impart one piece of valuable advice on a fellow writer, what would it be?
Make writing daily a habit and you will never experience writer’s block.

With the current state of publishing, it’s a whole new playing field out there. What are your thoughts on independent and traditional publishing?
Regardless of which publishing path an author chooses, she’s still going to have to do a hefty bit of marketing on her own, something that—for me at least—is difficult. Plus, if that same author chooses to get her book traditionally published, there’s no guarantee that what she’s written is what will be published. It seems as though traditionally published authors lose a lot of creative control. They often don’t even have any say over the title or cover of their book. That’s ultimately why I decided to self-publish. Sure, in the end, it required a lot more work and money, but since the book on the shelf is the same book I wrote, I think it all works out in the end.

What are your hopes for the Revelations Trilogy?
That more people discover and enjoy my version of the world.

Writing and publishing aside, what does a normal day look like for you?
I’m also working as a freelance book editor, so as soon as I get up and have breakfast in the morning, I’m editing until lunchtime. Then I write until my kids get home from school and I get to be a mom for a couple of hours, and ifI’m still mentally functioning after dinner, homework, and housework, I write for another hour or so at night. Tuesdays nights are for TV—The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Person of Interest.

Totally stealing from James Lipton here so forgive me. Here are the classic ten questions from the French “Bouillon de Culture,” hosted by Bernard Pivot. Answer with the first thing that comes to mind, as honestly as possible. If you’d rather not answer a specific question, that’s fine too.
What is your favorite word?
Susurrus
What is your least favourite word?
Moist
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Passion
What turns you off?
Tedium
What is your favourite curse word?
The F-bomb
What sound or noise do you love?
My children’s laughter
What sound or noise do you hate?
My cat scratching to be let out at 3 a.m.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Professional chef
What profession would you not like to do?
Anything involving medicine
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Normally Buddhists don’t stay long…

SILVER SHACKLES IS OUT JUNE 15th, 2015

Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Fiona-Skye/e/B00CKY01EE/
Taming Shadows: http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Shadows-Revelations-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00F85VW18/
Website: http://www.fiona-skye.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FionaSkyeWriter
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/FionaSkyeWriter

Confederation Reborn #5: Fool’s Gambit is OUT NOW!

When Bernard Schaffer announced the Confederation Reborn project, he asked for individual takes on the concept. My good friend (and Sussex neighbor) Simon John Cox went to work on his own vision, entitled Fool’s Gambit. I read the very first version, before even Bernard had a chance to get hold of it, and loved it straight away. Bernard and Simon worked their magic with it, and I read the final draft. I was blown away by the fact that between the two of them, they had taken Simon’s initial story and achieved the impossible – they’d made it even better!

I seriously can’t wait to read the next installment from Simon and Bernard – and I had great fun putting the cover together.

Fool's Gambit with ART

Fool’s Gambit is available now by CLICKING HERE and please consider leaving a review!

My entry in Mark Lawrence’s Flash Fiction contest

It had to include the words liar and key. This is set in the The Fallen Crown series. Enjoy!

(For details  of the competition, in which you could win an ARC of his latest novel, The Liar’s Key, head on over to http://thatthornguy.com/2015/03/05/the-liars-key-writing-contest/?contact-form-id=1208&contact-form-sent=1615&_wpnonce=02c8b64166#contact-form-1208)

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The Noose

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Muriel Bonnet smiled. “I can’t. It’s just my style, you know? My mystique.”

“No, tell me,” Rowan said, prodding the fire with a stick. “How did you know?”

“Look, if I explained every trick I employ, where would the mystery be?”

Rowan mumbled something about being unfair and continued to push at the fire.

Muriel looked up. The night sky was so clear she could watch the smoke from the fire rise up in to the stars. She sighed. “Alright. But only because we’ve got three hard days of travel to Bredge and I can’t stand you having a face like a smacked arse the whole way.”

“Oh?” Rowan looked up, hopeful. “Go on then . . .”

“I knew Lord Kirt’s servant would betray him because when you’re dealing with a chronic liar, the key to playing them at their own game, is simply in getting them to tell the truth.”

Rowan frowned. “I don’t get it. You’re telling me you exposed the servant by . . . provoking him to tell the truth?”

“That’s it. His whole charade was a lie. All of it. The moment I got him to talk about his past, about how he’d come to work for Lord Kirt in the first place, I knew I had him. It was the most truthful thing out of his mouth, because it revealed his true intentions.”

“Murder,” Rowan said with a delicious grin, savouring the word. “The oldest story in the book.”

“That and revenge,” Muriel said. She lay back, dark face lit by the fire, eyes burning bright. “The servant hanged but, the truth of it is, sometimes a man hangs himself through his own near-sightedness. You only have to show him the rope. Do that and he’ll tie his own knot.”

Writer’s Exercise: 7 Things About Me

7 Things About Me

Thanks to the members of The Dragon’s Rocketship for the generic invite to this.

Here’s seven things you don’t know about me. I didn’t plan them out, they’re what came to me first. That fact probably says more about me than anything else.

1.

I tried to write throughout my teens, but couldn’t get past a few thousand words at a time. Then about four years ago I just sat down and started writing for real. I haven’t stopped since, and earnings from self-publishing are now my primary source of income (the day job takes second place).

2.

I was born 1985, left high school in 2001, went to college where I studied English and Photography, before starting full-time work in retail in 2005. This year marks my tenth year in food retail – and all going well, I hope to make it my last. But you know what? The reality is I’ll probably be saying that next year!

3.

I met my lovely wife in 2007, we were married and had our first daughter, Leah, in 2008. Freya followed in 2010, and Olivia in 2012. As of this writing (4th March, 2015) we are expecting our fourth child in July.

4.

I am the oldest of eight children – three boys, five girls. My brother Danny, the second-oldest, died when he was less than a year old and spent his short life entirely in the hospital. Of course, I was the only one of my siblings to meet him and spend some time with him – these are hazy memories I cherish above all else. There’s not a single day I don’t think about Danny.

5.

My favourite scifi writer is Arthur C. Clarke. He gets flack for having workmanlike prose, but I find so many beautiful flourishes in his work. For an example of this, see his prologue to 3001: The Final Odyssey. For Fantasy it has to be Joe Abercrombie, for the humour in his work and the way he can tell epic fantasy in an edgy, modern way. The best horror writer? It’s got to be King Prime. By that I mean anything he wrote up to Misery. I just don’t think the rest of his work has the same tightness to it, though I do hold some regard for Bag of Bones, and I think his Dark Tower series has to be taken as a separate work altogether. All of this being said about genre writers, the most powerful book I’ve ever read has to be Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. The most moving, The Time Travellers Wife. A work of pure brilliance is The Cider House Rules by John Irving. That said, A Prayer for Owen Meany is also very, very good . . .

6.

My movie tastes are so wide I’d be here all day listing titles. I like the classics, I like big movies with grand sweeps, I like small indies. Gross-out comedies, rom-coms. Whatever. I do not like Colin Farrell, though. And I can’t watch Jason Statham. In anything. Probably why I haven’t watched The Expendables yet. The Deer Hunter reduces me to a bawling wreck every single time I watch it. It’s the sort of film I think would make a great novel. I actually sought out the adaptation of it some years ago, hoping it would be brilliant. You won’t be surprised to hear that it was fucking awful.

7.

When I’m writing an action scene, I listen to something fast and racy. Loud. When I’m picking my way through a chapter, finding the rhythm, my weapon of choice is Springsteen. No matter what I listen to, I always come back to the Boss. If you’re not appreciating the music, you’re appreciating the lyrics and the story he’s telling. I rarely listen to soundtracks when writing. Or classical, though I really like classical music. There’s nothing better than starting a new book and hearing Bruce relate the tale of Thunder Road to you for the hundredth time . . .

FREE Far From Home Event: This Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Outland (Far From Home 17) comes out Monday 2nd of March, so to celebrate that fact, I’ve made several Far From Home titles free this whole weekend, and the day of release.

Up for grabs, starting this saturday:

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Outland

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Far From Home Series 2

Far From Home: The Complete Second Series

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Spectre

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Age of Destiny

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When The Guns Come Out

When The Guns Come Out

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