The House on Tiger Mountain

My book family buys a run-down old farmhouse at the end of book 3 (Rhythm & Rhyme) on Tiger Mountain, east of Seattle. It’s on five acres of land backing on to a state forest, and is hidden behind a stone wall.

This house becomes a character in its own right in the series, so I spent some time imagining it, drawing the plans, and eventually mocking up a view from the front. The house is eccentric, which in this case is another way of saying *ugly*, built in stages over the years.

I think I have a slight obsession with houses. We grew up with huge drawerfuls of Lego, and all I ever made with Lego was houses. I didn’t play with the houses. I just made them. The three most fun parts about making Lego houses were:

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Little Sister Song – paperback edition

If you like the feel of a book in your hand… Little Sister Song is now available as a paperback edition! Click the button at the end to purchase.

Unfortunately, Amazon Australia doesn’t offer this service so my Aussie readers will have to order from Amazon US and pay shipping. Even I wasn’t able to order a proof copy, so please let me know if you do order the book and discover something horribly wrong with it!

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Three Horn Toots

It’s been a weekend of headaches jumping though Amazon’s hoops to get the plagiarized versions of my first two books removed from their store. This process reset to 99c the “permanently free” price-matching Amazon did for me, but it looks like the books are free once again in the Australian and US stores. I’ve asked for them to be free across all marketplaces.

On April 1st, Little Sister Song hit the top 100 free Kindles in the Literary Fiction category, which was a huge and pleasant surprise.

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Introducing Blunderbelly

In my Wynter Wild series, middle brother Indio plays in a college band called Blunderbelly. It sounds like a name they dreamed up while drunk or high, and I have no idea how it came to me as I was neither at the time…

Blunderbelly’s never gonna make the big time. I love it, and I love those guys, but no one’s really listening to rock music these days.

  No one but me??

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Cover reveal! Book 4 Lost Melodies

Here ’tis! Lost Melodies is the fourth installment of the Wynter Wild series. I’ve almost finished uploading book 3 to Wattpad, and it’ll be a few weeks before I start uploading book 4. NOTE: It will be tagged “Mature” on Wattpad, as it’s suitable for ages 16+ due to adult themes (among other things).

Meanwhile, I’ll be posting a bonus chapter there (actually part of the prequel, which will become flashbacks in a future sequel) about the first time Wynter and Xay met at the ashram.

Lost Melodies

Wynter’s dreams are coming true: after more than a year in foster care, she finally has the home she always dreamed of when Caleb buys a ramshackle farmhouse on the mountain. Her experience of the world is growing, with Jesse to guide her at every step (even when she’d rather he didn’t). She has her first boyfriend, her first job, and a new hard rock band at school.

But one of her brothers is hiding a shameful secret. Just when her hopes of a united family seem possible… he’s gone.

And one by one, her other successes are falling apart. How will Wynter cope when her desire for a simple, safe life is under threat?

What’s it like on Wattpad? Part 3

I’ve been talking about my experience so far after a couple of months sharing my books on Wattpad.

Wattpad allows you to tag your stories so interested readers can find them. It was through the tag system I first realized there’s a sub-genre of general and YA fiction revolving around siblings. In most cases, the protagonist is a girl in her early-to-mid teens, the siblings are mostly older, mostly boys, and the stories are first-person accounts.

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What’s it like on Wattpad? Part 2

In my last post I talked about my reasons for using Wattpad, and how my first two books are doing since I started uploading them, chapter by chapter, about 6 weeks ago.

I wanted to share a few thoughts about how this method of sharing my books differs on a more personal level with the two sci-fi books I had published a few years ago.

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What’s it like on Wattpad?

In late December I started uploading chapters of Little Sister Song to Wattpad. That story is now complete on the site, and I’ve almost finished uploading Out of Tune (book 2) as well. I thought I’d talk a bit about my reasons for using Wattpad to distribute these books, and my experience so far.

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Read Little Sister Song on Wattpad

Little Sister Song

UPDATE: Little Sister Song is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Just a heads-up that Little Sister Song, book 1 of the Wynter Wild series, is now uploaded and complete on Wattpad, a free book platform where books can be serialized. In the future I’ll be releasing the first few books of the Wynter Wild series as free Kindles (and other ebooks).

I changed the cover for Wattpad and discovered that adding a figure to the image correlated to an increase in “reads”.  Click the cover for a direct link. (You do need to sign up, or log in with your Facebook or Google account.)

Getting instant feedback on a story, chapter by chapter, in the form of votes and comments, is certainly a different experience for me. Better still is the chance to interact with readers in real time, as well as to check out the other books they’re reading in order to discover new fiction for myself.

I’m in the process of uploading book 2, Out of Tune, and updating every day.