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New Print Release

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For anyone who knows me having a story in print has been a big, if not huge dream of mine. Originally this story was going to be released at the beginning of next month but plans were brought forward by my publisher Echelon Press.

These four stories are fairytales with a steampunk twist. These are young adult and are suitable for all ages.

Wings by Ella Grey

Born into a world where the fairer sex hides coyly behind fans, Winifred is nowhere near the stereotype. She is fearless and passionate about her father’s scientific work. When the King summons him, Winifred is worried. The arrival of her six brothers and the mysterious Amelia and her silent brother offers distraction, but Winifred’s entire world is about to change beyond recognition and it’s up to her to save everyone she loves.

Hands and Grater by Robin Wyatt Dunn

Hands and Grater don’t understand their mother’s unique love for them. For how much love can a machine truly give? As Grimm originally intended, this is a bildungsroman, a tale of two young people coming of age in a time and place filled with danger and joy. The time has come for brother and sister to leave the nest, and learn their true nature, and the nature of their mother.

Bitter Cold by Katina French

Childhood friends, Kit and Greta, live in an extraordinary place powered by alchemical magic and mechanical wonders. Just when life might offer him favors, Kit is captured by the Snow Queen, a ruthless industrialist, bent on developing her Eternity Engine. Greta must risk everything to save Kit. Can a stubborn young lady best the most powerful woman in the world, with a little alchemy, a lot of luck, and a clockwork reindeer?

The Enchanted Bean by Matt Mitrovich

How do you reach a fabled land of giants without any magic beans? Build an airship, of course. A British adventurer takes to the skies seeking wealth and glory, instead he finds ancient gods ruling an oppressive flying kingdom. With the help of their allies, these former masters of men want to replant the World Tree and rebuild their war machines. To stop the sky from falling, our hero will have to do more than chop down a beanstalk.

Publication Date:May 22 2013ISBN/EAN13:159080791X / 9781590807910Page Count:262Binding Type:US Trade PaperTrim Size:5″ x 8″Language:EnglishColor:Black and WhiteRelated Categories:Fiction / Science Fiction / Steampunk

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Witches, Updates and Submissions. Oh my.

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I haven’t done tantalizing tuesday for a few weeks. My workload for one has been hectic and I’ve been submitting stories. I sent out three and I got a no for one today. It always sucks when you get a rejection but a part of me knew that the story I submitted, wouldn’t fit with the publisher I sent it to. In the end, it’s my own fault. The manuscript needs a lot of TLC before I even think of sending it out again. Think of it as a boxer, it’s gone into the ring and been bashed about a few times. It needs to be fixed and I’ll give it a few weeks before I open the file and try to soothe it’s battered ego.

But back onto the subject of tantalizing tuesday, yes before you ask ‘have you been knocked around the head?’ I know it’s wednesday but I’ve decided to let my muse run free and I’m going to post a few hundred words on the picture above. My first published story was about a witch called Molly O’Brien, I’ve also written another story featuring another witch called Kat, one of the submissions I’m waiting to hear on. So, let’s stick with the theme.

“I’m a witch.”
The man opposite me laughed and I fight the urge to smack him in the face. I don’t like people loving at me, especially when I’m being serious. Why had I even thought that telling him would result in anything but laughing? Because you’re in love with him, my inner voice whispered at me. No, I don’t, I argued back, how can I love anyone who can’t accepted me for how I am?
“You cackle over a cauldron and eat the neighbours kids?”
The glint in his eyes nearly makes me lose my temper. “Of course I don’t. That isn’t what being a witch means. I don’t have a hooked nose and I don’t have any warts either.”
He laughed again, he didn’t know how close he is to being turned into a toad and thrown into a lake. I edged closer to him and there’s no mistaking the startled look in his eyes. “Would you like me to prove it to you?”
“How can you prove it to me?”
Being an Earth witch means I’m mentally connected to the Earth, to flowers, plants and trees. It’s a powerful gift to have. People often asked me how I managed to have the best garden in the neighourhood. I’m not lying when I say it’s Magic.

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An Insight into Ella Grey

The wonderfully talented Angela Addams messaged me over the weekend and asked if I wanted to talk part in an interview. The best way to describe it is a chain letter, one writer tags in two other writers and all of us answer the same questions. I’m pretty sure that it won’t result in a thousand years of bad luck if you don’t participate but it’s interesting to find out how other writers approach the questions given.

Make sure to check out Angela’s answers http://www.blog.angelaaddams.com/
Next stop on the chain is Jessica Jayne. http://www.jessicajayneauthor.com

So here are mine.

Questions:

What are you working on right now?

The better question would be what am I not working on right now but for the sake of space I’ll give you one. I’m currently working on a sequel to Saving Kat, called Guarding Mari. It’s about a doctor who gets infected with the werewolf virus and the man who protects her. It’s the second in my ‘Black Paw Pack’ series for Decadent Publishing’s Tease line.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?

It’s written by me? It isn’t the first werewolf story I’ve written. I first wrote ‘A Difficult Decision’ a YA eshort series which featured werewolves. The ‘Black Paw Pack’ stories are strictly romance with a healthy dose of drama through in. They have incredibly fun to write and I’m looking forward to writing more.

What experiences have influenced you?

In this or in writing in general? I’m trying to grow as a writer, sometimes that can be incredibly hard since a writer writes what they know. I use my imagination a lot, thankfully I have an active imagination and the ability to overthink things. The last one is a bit of a mixed blessing.

Why do you write what you do?

I’ve experimented with a few different genres but one that I always seem to come back to is paranormal. My first story was about a fire witch called Molly O’Brien, the second was about werewolves and then I did steampunk. Then I tackled adult fiction. Now back to werewolves and other things that I can’t get into just yet. I was the generation who watched Buffy and Charmed for the first time. I’ve always liked magic and the unknown.

How does your writing process work?

write, write and then write some more. I have a small boy who I affectionally call little monster, so I write when he’s in bed or nursery.

What is the hardest part about writing?

Finishing. I have a few wips on my hard drive that might never be finished but the stories that I’ve had published out number them.

What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?

A full length novel and a box in print.

Who are the authors you most admire?

That’s a hard question to answer. There are so many great writers out there. The bigger ones would be Stephen King and Terry Pratchett. Smaller ones, as in the ones with smaller publishers would be Stacey Kennedy and Mina Carter.

Who are new authors to watch out for?

Damn, another hard question. You really don’t make it easy, do you? I don’t know many new, new writers. Nikki Prince is a good writer, doing fairy tale retellings for Evernight’s Naughty Fairytale line at the moment or Lola Drake, ‘In Pursuit of Love’ is mentioned on my blog and is well worth a read.

What scares you?

This might sound a little silly. I was asked once, what would you prefer, going blind or deaf? Not being able to hear doesn’t scare me. I would be scared of losing my sight.