New Years Eve 2018

The year ended with the release of my tenth book (in the Byte Series). Pretty amazing achievement really. I’m going to let that settle for a bit (and then I’m going back to work on the 11th book!).

2018 was an interesting year. It saw much upheaval with my publishing journey and the end of Rebel ePublishers. As traumatic as the months leading up to the end of Rebel were, they were also a learning opportunity. From the rubble grew the Wayward Guild and 9mm Press, forward momentum, and new fabulous friends.

My daughter designed the cover for Qubyte. This is her first book cover and it’s excellent. You have to see it in print – it’s beautiful! 🙂 Paperbacks will be available in March from Writers Plot Bookshop. 

No plans for the paperbacks to be available via Amazon – but you can order from anywhere in the world on the bookshop website.

A note here about my growing annoyance with Amazon. Paperbacks of all the Bye Series – killerbyte through to Metabyte – are available via our bookshop and NOT on Amazon or anywhere else!) As an author I prefer readers to buy digitally from Smashwords, Apple Books, Kobo … our bookshop. Anywhere but Amazon. I have many reasons but the biggest is: I do not like the way Amazon treats people and I do not like the way they behave toward authors. Also, their reporting is shit.

Earlier this year I attended a two-week intense PopUp Business School. During that crazy experience, I met my tribe. That’s right, I found my people. And without them, I wouldn’t have my books in our bookshop now. They know who they are and if they need reminding they’ll see a reminder in the acknowledgments within Qubyte. 🙂

Listen out for a podcast on the Break it Down Show featuring yours truly, coming soon. 🙂

Happy New Year!

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Massive sale and Merry whatever to you my friends!

The entire Byte Series is heavily reduced (killerbyte is free) until New Years Day, on Smashwords.

Here are is the link you need to take advantage of this:

The Byte Series.  

Also, the In between byte stories are heavily reduced (in most cases free).

Here is the link to those! In between bytes.

Get in there, folks! The latest Byte Novel – Qubyte releases on Dec 30th! You want to be up with the play before that drops, so you know the buzz is about. 🙂

Trust me. I’m a professional.

Merry Christmas

Have a merry and safe Christmas and a happy New Year. 🙂

Yes, that is Qubyte on the top of the pile! All proofed and ready to go to print in Feb. 🙂

Those of you who read on devices – Qubyte is loaded and ready to download on Dec 30 (Dec 31 in NZ and Oz). You can pre-order from your usual digital retailer. Paperbacks will be available from Writers Plot bookshop in March.

Also, look out for me on the Break it Down Show … Pete and I had a long chat about Qubyte and whatnot this morning. I’ll drop a link when the podcast is available!

Ride Cowboy Ride

When I hear from someone reading my new book (yes, the one that’s not released yet, Qubyte) and he says he has a technical question, there’s a little moment of ‘what could this be?’ and a small sense of foreboding.  

It was a really good question and easily answered, but not something anyone else has mentioned so that was very cool. 

The question involved an Internet café more specifically the term ‘Internet Café’ – it’s an important place and it never had a name that Ellie knew, it was always the Internet café. This place brings up the past and reminds her how quickly shit can go wrong. 

I really liked being able to tell Pete why the café existed the way it did. No branding, no real movement into the 21st Century, it’s still the same café that Ellie visited in Killerbyte. These days you’d be hard pressed to find an actual Internet café with computers sitting in a row and that makes this particular place standout in the story which is obviously set in the present day.

Then he told me that he’s enjoying the book. And I breathed a sigh of relief and maybe there was a little fist pump! 🙂

Yeah, this is my 10th Byte novel, but it never gets easy. I’m never sure if I hit the marks or not. And when someone new to Ellie Iverson’s world begins with book 10, it’s nerve wracking. 

To be honest, no matter where someone I care about start the series it will always be a nervous time for me. 

Having someone who knows shit and who you greatly respect read it – well, it’s a sink or swim moment. So, I’m one pretty happy author right about now. Thanks Pete. 🙂

My biggest hope when new readers hop on board the crazy train is that they love Ellie as much as I do and that she becomes a real person to the reader. Someone they’d like to drink tequila with or grab a coffee with, someone they care about. 

Ellie is who she is because of a culmination of experiences (just like the rest of us) and she rarely backs down because she believes in justice – however that unfolds. I’ve known her a long time – and she still surprises me. Writing Ellie Iverson gives me a sense of security. (I know, right? Insane stuff!)

Writing Qubyte not knowing what would happen or who would still be standing at the end was interesting and a little bit scary, but, there were things I did know. I knew how Ellie would react in various scenarios (to a point, once that point was hit all bets were off!), I knew what pushed her buttons, and I knew without any doubt that she would never ask anyone to do something that she wasn’t prepared to do herself. 

Sending a book out into the world is terrifying.

It will never get easy and for that I am grateful. 

You can pre-order Qubyte for kindle here.  

Pre-order an ePub version of Qubyte from kobo here.

Pre-order from Apple Books here.

Dec 11th 2018

Thought I should write a little update. You know, let you all know what we’re up to and what’s going on. So here goes:

The editing of Qubyte is finished and signed off, and the formatting completed for kindle, epub and print!

There is almost a cover for QUBYTE. Almost. You will see it soon. I hope. Hopefully, I’ll have some proof copies before Christmas, but I’m not sure. Depends on the cover and whether the printers can do it.

Would be pretty cool!

In other news – we are definitely on track for a Dec 30/31 release of the ePub and Kindle versions. [Silent scream]

My amazing Knight arrived yesterday. 🙂 Happy days here!

It’s my birthday tomorrow. (It is birthday month – we have a lot of December birthdays. December babies are obviously amazing!)

#ActorKid has her end of year dinner/dance the day after. (Because what you need in year 8 is a posh goddamn formal dance at the Racecourse – Intermediate school is getting ridiculous.)

Christmas party for our Upper Hutt business school support group on Friday. Looking forward to it. Would very much like sun and whatnot, seeing as it’s summer but who knows?

And that is my week!

How’s your end of year looking?