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What I’ve been doing and what’s coming up

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It has been an insanely busy first half of the year for me. In truth, I over-committed myself on the writing front, but it’s been fun and productive if somewhat stressful.

My stress levels were not helped by the closure of Samhain at the end of the February on fairly short notice and the realisation that a whole bunch of my books were going to disappear from sales outlets. Suddenly, as well as writing/reviewing/revising three books all at different stages, I had to arrange new covers and blurbs and get myself up the learning curve on the self-publishing skill front.

Thanks to lots of good advice from fellow authors, the fantastic cover-designing skills of Natasha Snow (see above) and the very easy to use Pronoun self publishing tool, I now have the whole Enlightenment series back up. Natasha is currently working on the cover for Unforgivable, my second M/F Regency romance (and my actual bestseller by a long way) and The Dream Alchemist should be available in the next week or two, with the same cover, which I purchased from Samhain.

And now that I’m au fait(ish) with self publishing there will be a few other pre-published stories to follow from anthologies I’ve contributed to.

I’m also working on getting books available as paperbacks through Createspace.

Most excitingly for me, though, is that Provoked will be coming out on audio – I’m hoping by August. More on that to follow!

One problem this leaves me with is that I have a bunch of first edition paperbacks of all the books above with their old Samhain covers. So, if you’re interested in acquiring a signed set, subscribe to my newsletter for an upcoming giveaway of a full set of all four novels

My next book release (in the can) will be another novel (contemporary this time) in the Porthkennack series.  I’m not sure when that will be out, but hopefully late summer/early autumn. I have a little Hallowe’en anthology contribution in October and there will be (I hope) a Christmas novella featuring characters I’ve written about before.

But it’s the next full length novel that’s on my mind now. I’ve been swithering over a few possibilities – for instance, I really do want to write the follow up to The Dream Alchemist as soon as possible. But I think it’s almost certain the next book will be the historical werewolves book that’s been playing on my mind for a long time now. I’m really excited about this project and right now I’m beginning my research phase in earnest – which is one of my favourite parts of the process. This is the point at which the clean white page beckons.

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Enemies Like You is out today! There be giveaways!

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I’m genuinely super-excited today. Me and my friend wrote this book, and I think it’s awesome. It started as a pulpy romp. And yeah, it kinda stayed a pulpy romp, but then it sorta became all super-emotional! I love Kit, and I loooove Will. And I love how my friend Annika writes. This whole process was a joy and a pleasure.

So, how’s about a giveaway? Details are on my facebook page here with extra chances to win at Annika’s page here.

Hope you love it, friends.

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Free read: Enemies with Benefits

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ICYMI…

You can download this exciting 16K prequel of upcoming (15th May) release, Enemies Like You. Download links below 🙂

Amazon → http://amzn.to/2pebGl8
iBooks → http://apple.co/2qassAF
Nook → http://bit.ly/2oGAsIq
Kobo → http://bit.ly/2oGCfNJ
Google Play → http://bit.ly/2pvTTbZ

 

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Winner winner!

Thanks all for the entries for the giveaway for A Gathering Storm on my newsletter – it was lovely to get so many emails and kind wishes!

However, there could only be one winner, and that – courtesy of random.org – is Wax Applelover 🙂

Please though, do keep your eyes peeled, as I plan a few more giveaways over the next couple of weeks. There will be one to celebrate the release of Enemies Like You on 15th May, and another to celebrate the republication of Provoked, Beguiled and Enlightened .

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A Gathering Storm blog tour

agatheringstorm_400x600 Details of the blog tour for the release of A Gathering Storm below! Go! Visit! Comment! You’ll be entered to win the book and a $25 Riptide gift card.

There’s also a chance to win a goody bag with a signed paperback copy in it via my newsletter – if you’ve not signed up yet, do it now then email me if you want to be included in the giveaway at authorjoannachambers[at]gmail[dot]com!

April 17, 2017Joyfully Jay

April 17, 2017 Boy Meets Boy Reviews
April 17, 2017 Unquietly Me
April 17, 2017 Diverse Reader
April 18, 2017 MM Good Book Reviews
April 18, 2017 The Novel Approach
April 18, 2017 My Fiction Nook
April 18, 2017 OMG Reads
April 18, 2017 On Top Down Under
April 19, 2017 Love Bytes Reviews
April 19, 2017 Dog-Eared Daydreams
April 19, 2017 Alpha Book Club
April 20, 2017 Erotica for All
April 20, 2017 Bayou Book Junkie
April 21, 2017 Sinfully Gay Romance
April 21, 2017 Book Reviews and More by Kathy
April 21, 2017 TTC Books and More
April 21, 2017 Booklover Sue

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A Gathering Storm is out! Want to win a signed print copy?

Edited to add: now available at other online stores – see buy links page 🙂

A Gathering Storm is out at Riptide’s site to buy and read now – and at other online stores from Monday! By way of celebration I’ll be giving away a signed print copy and some other prizes via my newsletter which will be issued in a couple of days. Just sign up for a chance to win!

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In which I practically weep with excitement over all my booky news…

I have so many exciting things happening. So, let’s take a look at Thing the First. Check out this beautiful amazing piece of cover fabulousness by Natasha Snow. This is replacement cover for PROVOKED. Isn’t it WILDLY LOVELY?

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I am hopeful of having the main trilogy (Provoked, Beguiled and Enlightened) uploaded to online stores to buy again by early next week with the rest of my Samhain titles following asap thereafter. I cannot wait to show you the other covers! They are equally gorgeous, I promise.

Thing the second: My new novel, A Gathering Storm (book 2 of Riptide’s new Porthkennack series) is out on MONDAY! Riptide preorders page is here and I gather it should be up on Amazon very soon. There is a blog tour next week – deets here – you can win a gift token and the book on the tour AND I will be giving away a signed paperback of the book here on the website too.

Thing the Third: I will have ANOTHER new book out in May and it’s a doozy! I’m usually much more modest about my books, lol, but I get to boast about this one because it is co-written with the amazing ANNIKA MARTIN. It is a contemp MM and I fucking love it and can’t wait to share all the details – which will follow very soon…

Thing the fourth: that is not all for 2017! There will be another Porthkennack book in August (a contemp this time), a vampire story for Hallowe’en (charity antho) and, I hope, a Christmas story revisiting two characters from one of my previous books. I have a couple of ideas as to which two to pick. If you have hankering for a particular duo, do let me know 🙂

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Upcoming excitement!

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I’m super excited about my upcoming release with Riptide Publishing on 17 April 2017. Isn’t the cover lovely? Blurb below. At 83K, this is one of my longer books and represents quite a lot of my 2016… It’s part of the Porthkennack series featuring books from Alex Beecroft, JL Merrow, Garret Leigh and Charlie Cochrane (all great favourites of mine). It was lovely to be asked to part of it.

When grief-stricken scientist Sir Edward Fitzwilliam provokes public scorn by defending a sham spiritualist, he’s forced to retreat to Porthkennack to lick his wounds. Ward’s reputation is in tatters, but he’s determined to continue the work he began after the death of his beloved brother. 

In Porthkennack, Ward meets Nicholas Hearn, land steward to the Roscarrock family. Ward becomes convinced that Nick, whose Romany mother was reportedly clairvoyant, is the perfect man to assist with his work. But Nick—who has reason to distrust the whims of wealthy men—is loath to agree. Until Fate steps in to lend a hand.

Despite Nick’s misgivings, he discovers that Ward is not the high-handed aristocrat he first thought. And when passion ignites between them, Nick learns there’s much more to love than the rushed, clandestine encounters he’s used to. Nevertheless, Nick’s sure that wealthy, educated Ward will never see him as an equal.

A storm is gathering, but with Nick’s self-doubts and Ward’s growing obsession, the fragile bond between the two men may not be strong enough to withstand it.

 

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Samhain closure – info about my books

As you may have heard, Samhain publishing will be closing at the end of February 2017. This means that a number of my books will be temporarily unavailable for purchase. The affected books are:

Provoked

Beguiled

Enlightened

Unnatural

The Dream Alchemist

Unforgivable

I am not sure at this point in time exactly what will be happening in relation to these books but I do plan to ensure they are back on sale, as soon as I can make that happen. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.

EDITED TO ADD: I’m hoping to have the Enlightenment series (Provoked, Beguiled, Enlightened and Unnatural) out not too long after end February on a self published basis. I’m having new covers commissioned and am excited to share these very soon!

On a nicer note, I do have a new release coming up with Riptide on 7 April 2017, A Gathering Storm, for which there be a cover reveal at Heroes & Heartbreakers on Valentine’s Day

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A year of philosophy

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For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been immersing myself in philosophy. This is something I’ve wanted to devote a chunk of time to for a while but it suddenly began to feel urgent towards the end of last year. I’ve found myself reading and listening with a sort of thirst, and I’ve felt, well, fortified by it. 
 

In part, I think this is a reaction to the world around me and in part, to how I’ve been spending my time lately, in particular, spending far too much of it scrolling through social media on my phone picking up fleeting impressions of a terrifying world and reacting to those events accordingly (quickly, fearfully). I’m making efforts to access news differently too, but that’s a different post.

Anyway, I’ve decided to make this a project, and – somewhat arbitrarily – to devote a year to it. Not the whole year, of course. I’ll still be doing the day job, being a mother, writing books. I’m also not going to attach any particular goals to this project. I’m not going to study it in the way someone studies for an exam. I’m just going to read – and listen since I envisage I will get quite a bit of this my audiobook and podcast – and see what I retain.  I’ll share the odd snippet and maybe pose some questions, maybe reflect on the exercise, we’ll see.
 
So, today, I was listening to a programme about various pre-Socratic thinkers and I thought I’d share this quote from Empedocles. Empedocles believed there were two moving forces in the universe, Love and Strife. He said this:

The force that unites the elements to become all things is Love, also called Aphrodite; Love brings together dissimilar elements into a unity, to become a composite thing. Love is the same force that human beings find at work in themselves whenever they feel joy, love and peace. Strife, on the other hand, is the force responsible for the dissolution of the one back into its many, the four elements of which it was composed.

In other words, Empedocles envisaged a universe in which the four simple, unalterable forms of matter – fire, air, earth, water – were drawn together by Love to form all material things and these things were in turn broken apart and dissolved back their constituent elements by Strife. Love and Strife were thus, he thought, the two agents of change in the universe.
Why am I sharing this particular little snippet? Well, it’s not because I’ve decided to become a follower of Empedocles (legend has it he committed suicide by throwing himself in Mount Etna, so really, no). I suppose it’s partly because this one element of his vision of the world and the forces within it chimed with me (probably for obvious reasons – the world feels pretty full of Strife right now). But mostly I shared it as just one illustration of something that brings me solace – and that’s knowing that there have always been, will always be, humans who question. Who burn with curiosity. Who aren’t satisfied with the answers offered to them, even when they are told that they must not question.
 

That’s reassuring, don’t you think?

One last thought: when I put that question mark at the top of this post, it was a placeholder for an image I was going to select later. I wasn’t sure how the post was going to turn out. Now, it is the image for this post.
 

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