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Rise of the Reaper: The Blurb

Rise of the Reaper: The Blurb

Finally, after losing the original blurbs that I had begun drafting, and having to start from scratch, the blurb for Rise of the Reaper is done. More on the process soon. Fire. Darkness. Grief The strange dreams come to Danny Stone, nightly, since the day his mother vanished. The burning pain of her disappearance, years […]

Rise of the Reaper - Excerpt - Chapter 1

Rise of the Reaper – Excerpt – Chapter 1

This is a small excerpt – one chapter to be precise – of my upcoming YA fantasy novel, Rise of the Reaper. It is the first in the Broken Lands series and is in the penultimate editing stages. Here’s a taste. Also, please forgive the dialogue formatting. WordPress has a shitty habit of stripping the […]

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 9

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 9

It seems like there is still so much to do to get Rise of the Reaper into print, but little movement, which is more than likely down to having a big list of things to do and not knowing where to start. The fact that many things are linked to others, and need something else […]

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 8

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 8

It’s done. Finally, it’s done and the book can go off to the copy-editor. And then I’ll have another edit and several proofs to do when it comes back, but I don’t want to think about that right now. I just want to relax. Oh,and then do the mountain of work that has piled up […]

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 7

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 7

Finally, the main/big/major edit is done. The manuscript is now sitting at just over 113,400 words, ready for the next, lighter edit pass. This one will be to fill in any remaining blanks, where I have left placeholders for some names and places, and to go over my notes and check all is well, present, […]

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 6

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 6

It’s been excruciatingly tough, but at least I can now say that I am nearing the end of the dreaded ‘main edit’. With just 40,000 words to go, I’ll hopefully be through this phase by the end of the weekend, if I can focus. Problem is, however, I always struggle with ‘end of book’ edits. […]

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 5

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 5

And that’s me finished. A few days ago, at 2:30(ish) am, I finally finished the first draft of the rewrite of Rise of the Reaper. Bleary-eyed, knackered, and convinced that the ending I had just written wasn’t quite what I wanted, I was finished. It came in at 114,747 words. That’s about 14k more than […]

Rise of the Reaper: What and When?

Rise of the Reaper: What and When?

I thought it was about time that I actually sat down and talked about what my new book, Rise of the Reaper, is actually about, given that I’ve been posting diaries (albeit sporadically) for some time. What? Rise of the Reaper is the first book in a YA fantasy series (that I’d also slip hopefully […]

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 4

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 4

Things have been going well, lately, which has been something of a relief (and a nice change). I haven’t updated these diaries for a while for the simple reason that I had put the book down and switched projects. This was down to the fact that that I had originally planned to take a week […]

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 3

Rise of the Reaper: Diary 3

The start of Rise of the Reaper has been interesting to re-write – a process which has actually quite enjoyable. My goal was to give it that all-important hook – something to grab the reader and keep them involved. Sadly, thanks to grudgingly having to follow that well-reasoned piece of universal advice, I couldn’t start […]

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