Alison will be appearing on panels at Continuum 9 in Melbourne.
I'm in the countdown to the deadline for my new Regency adventure novel, so I'm going to be pretty much incommunicado until early June. I'll keep tabs on my Facebook Page every now and again, so please do drop by and say hi via the portal opposite, but I won't be answering comments or posting until I've returned from 1812. Have a great month!
It's been a very busy January and February. I'm forging ahead with my new Regency adventure novel and the past two months have included a lot of interviews around the re-release of my adult crime novel, A New Kind of Death. On my Facebook page, I've posted a rather good article about it that appeared in the Herald Sun, or if you have a bit of time, DarkMatter Fanzine conducted an excellent in depth video interview with me about my writing career which I've embedded below. I do a bit of umming and erring at the beginnng (I'm far more comfortable sitting behind my desk creating worlds than sitting in front of a camera talking about myself) so sorry about that, but I do get better as the interview progresses.
As ever, if you would like to drop me a line, mosey on over and Like my Facebook page (you can find the portal to your right) and send a message. I will get back to you!
Cheers for now,
It's a bit belated, I know, but Happy New Year! 2013 is already shaping up to be interesting. I've been writing hard over the holiday break and I'm coming up to the mid-point in my new supernatural adventure novel set in the Regency. Huzzah! Usually at this half-way mark, I have a bit of a mid-book crisis, but so far so good. I'm still rocking along and enjoying every minute of it.
To keep me spurred on, my Mum recently gave me some 'Regency' pictures she found stashed away in her cupboard. She cut them out of the English Women's Weekly decades ago but now has no idea why she kept them, so has passed them on to me for inspiration. Thanks, Mum! Now, by my reckoning they are a much later "Romantic" rendering of the Regency era, perhaps late Victorian or even more modern than that. I can't make out the artists' names, but if anyone does know who did them, drop me a line via my Facebook page. All that aside, they are, I think, quite lovely and depict some seminal social moments in the Regency gal's life: being introduced to a young man at a ball, attending the theatre, and hanging with the BFF's. Needless to say, the captions are mine and not the originals...
'Miss Charles, allow me to introduce Mr Timms. He's a tool, but good for one dance, at least.'
'Good Lord , Beatrice, look what Sally Withers is wearing!'
'So according to this map, there's a secret passage in the ball room that leads to the Philsopher's Stone.'
Great news for those who like to read a bit of crime fiction now and again. My adult crime thriller A New Kind of Death is now available as a Kindle e-book from Amazon for the fabulous price of $5.99. Yay!
I also promised a few more pics from the print book launch, and when I say a few...I mean one. So here it is, a pic of me and my publisher Lindy who heads Clan Destine Press. Two very happy campers!
So, we are now in the thick of the very merry holiday season and, as is my holiday habit, I have posted a little reading gift for my readers. This year it is an article that takes a look at the twisting, winding road of historical research. I recently went to the UK to research my new series set in Regency London, and was inspired to write the article. You'll find it here. I hope you enjoy.
Finally, I would like to leave you with warm holiday wishes and a hope that the New Year brings you happiness and prosperity. 2013 will be a busy year for me - I will be finishing the first book in the Regency series, editing it for an early 2014 release, and then heading over to the UK to research Book 2 and the World Fantasy Convention. Phew!
Cheerio and sunny holiday greetings from the Southern Hemisphere! See you in 2013.
Last night we had the Melbourne launch of my adult crime novel, A New Kind of Death, and it was a blast. The weather was hot and sticky with lots of rain to snarl up the Christmas traffic, but loads of intrepid friends and fans made the journey to The Rising Sun Hotel to celebrate the release of the book. It had all the elements that I think make up a great launch: friends, short speeches, fried food and a bar tab!
It was a great evening all round, and included a screening of the short animation that shows the development of the cover that my husband designed. You can check out the animation here, on the ANKoD page, where you will also find a three chapter taster of the novel. Please be aware that the novel is aimed at an adult readership and the taster does contain explicit language and adult themes.
I'm waiting for some official photos of the launch to come through, but here's a 'less official' pic to start things off: me signing a book for my two lovely nieces, Joci and Samantha.
AND NOW FOR THE SPECIAL PROMO PRICE:
For a short time, the publisher of the print edition of A New Kind of Death, Clan Destine Press, is offering a special promotional price of $AUD22.00 (rrp $AUD27.00), and will post overseas as well as around Australia (postage is additional). To claim the promo book price, Click here to order and use the code NEW-KIND-OF-DEATH when you check out.
And, as ever, if you would like to say hi or leave me a comment, you can do so on my Facebook Page. I do personally read and answer all my messages, but it may take a little while for me to get back to you as I'm hard at work on my new Regency adventure series.
Cheers for now,
Are you going to be in Melbourne on 13th December? If so, come and join me for the launch of A New Kind of Death, the Australian edition of my adult crime novel which was originally published in the US as Killing the Rabbit. A signed and personalised crime book is a GREAT Christmas present, so take the chance to come along and tick one off the pressie list! Your invitation is below and entry is only via RSVP. Thanks.
Cheers and hope to see you on Thursday the 13th.
I had such a blast at Supanova Brisbane. A big thanks to the Supanova crew for yet another great event. Here are some pics of my fellow authors, and a few fan girl moments for myself!
From L to R: Rachel Caine, Kylie Chan, Joe Abercrombie, Trudi Canavan, and yours truly.
And here are two of my total fan girl moments: Luke Perry and Morena Baccharin. Sigh. Both such lovely people.
Cheers for now,
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