Friday, 29 January 2016

New (Re-)Release and a #Kobo Sale #scifi #paranormal #romance

So yesterday, after much internal deliberation, I decided to re-release my one missing Breathless/Lycaon title--Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened--nine months after its original release and subsequent removal just ten days later when my publisher closed.

Why so long? Well, originally I wrote it in answer to a call from Lycaon Press for YA short stories. I'd intended it as a one off but after a suggestion for follow-on titles, I decided to do a trilogy at least. I planned to write the second during the April 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo (when book one would be released), with book three down for the July Camp.

Except halfway through writing book two, Breathless and Lycaon announced their upcoming closure in May, a scant ten days after book one was due to release.

It was a shock. I'd been with BP/LP just over a year since signing my first contract with them, and Zombie Girl was to be my fifth release with them. I took the decision to finish book two to complete my Camp word count, but with my debut novel Keir due for re-release already in May and now five books homeless, I had to make some choices. I decided to go ahead with Keir and my four earlier BP/LP titles (three novellas and a short), while shelving Zombie Girl. Although BP allowed us to use our edited versions, I still needed to buy artwork for them all and get them all back out. It meant re-releasing five titles in one month - more than enough work.

And Zombie Girl? Well, I had several ideas of what I could do with it. I could finish the remaining two parts and release each in turn, with the three put together as one volume for a print version. I could do it as one novel in three parts and sub to agents. I could serialize it, either for free on WattPad, or cheap episodes on retailers. But it meant more writing, and more editing and artwork which would cost. I had my Keir series to complete already, and that's my priority.

So Zombie Girl sat on my hard drive, until a few days ago. I've been thinking a lot about it lately, although I'm still not ready to finish the trilogy. But it bugged me that it was sitting there doing nothing when, with just a cover, I could put it out to expand my backlist and hopefully fund some of my other projects. After playing with a couple of images in an attempt to do my own cover and thus cut costs to a minimum (the stock images cost me just 70 cents), I decided to go ahead with it.

At this point my marvelous editor and cover designer Danielle Fine offered me a helping hand (she spoils me!), and I ended up with a far superior cover to my own attempts (mine was okay, but it'll never be up to Danielle's standards). Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened is now back on the loose as a pre-order, with a 15th February release date(isn't the cover gorily gorgeous?!). You'd better start running!

YA Zombie Dystopia
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And now for the bonus. Kobo is having a 50% off sale, so you can grab any of my titles there for half price! Just click HERE (and don't forget to use code JAN1650). See below for more details.

This special sale will start today (Jan. 28th) and ends on Sunday, January 31st and will be valid in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Customers will be able to redeem 50% off of any title published by KWL using the promo code JAN1650 an unlimited number of times starting today.

Promo code is valid for 50% off select eBook purchases. Discount will be confirmed at checkout. Offer valid from January 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST through January 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion and cannot be used to adjust amount paid on previous purchases. Promo code must be entered at time of purchase to qualify for this discount. Discounts cannot be applied nor the discount value refunded once a purchase is complete. Rakuten Kobo Inc. reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time without notice.

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