)O( Book Signing Today! )O(

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I had my very first book signing today for The Old Ways, and I’m pleased to announce, despite being completely and utterly exhausted, I sold out of every copy I had!

Today was so fantastic, I’m so grateful to everyone who came along to support me, everyone who bought a copy, and everyone who helped me get sorted. Considering, this morning, I was a trembling nervous mess who could barely hold a Sharpie.

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More pictures below!

Also, if anyone missed the show the other night, I was on Metro Radio’s Night Owls with Alan Robson. Check it out here. I was on the Thursday (8th October) show, and I’m on at about 1 hour 27 minutes in 😀

I was also in the Chronicle newspaper! Check out the article here.

Oh, it’s been a busy few weeks! I just want to sleep now. Eat and sleep.

What an awesome experience this has been. I’m hoping to ride the wave and continue with more signings in the future.

I’ll keep you posted!

Blessed be

RK )O(

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Happy Preorder Day!!!

The Old Ways is now available for preorder!

Check it out on Amazon (link below) and be one of the first to get your copy! Ebook preorder only, though. Gots to wait for a paperback!

I’ve been interviewed by our local newspaper, and a lovely lady has been out to snap some photos for the article. I’ll post pictures of it when it appears!

For now, get hyped because it’s only FIVE DAYS UNTIL RELEASE!!! 😀 😀 😀

All the faeries here are super excited, I’ve been nipped so many times already.

Preorder your copy of The Old Ways here!

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Blessed be, my darling pixies!

RK )O(

Cover Reveal!

Well, my lovelies… you’ve waited, you’ve been patient, you’ve been the most wonderfully darling pixies any kooky author could want. And, because I am a gracious overlord empress woman, your loyalty shall be rewarded.

So, without any further ado, here it comes…

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If I had a thousand years and access to every language both known and unknown to man, I wouldn’t be able to describe my happiness. I think the only thing that would top this would be if Tom Hiddleston called me up to say how excited he was to read The Old Ways.

*cough*hint hint, Mr Hiddleston*cough*

I’m kidding.

But look how beautiful it is. Look at the detail. It’s just so exquisite.

I’d better go, because I’m actually starting to cry.

Blessed Be

RK )O(

British Weather

It’s too hot. It’s too cold. It’s raining. It’s sunny. Hailstones. Thunder. Hellfire. I really wish British weather would make its mind up 😦

It’s reached that part of the year where I start out the day wearing two layers of nice warm clothing and my smexy black beret, then by midday the sun comes out in blazing glory and I sweat until I’m a puddle of ew.

Look at that disgustingly happy son of a bitch -_-

Look at that disgustingly happy son of a bitch -_-

Being a Northern gal, I don’t cope with the hot weather very well. Hence the reason why I’m not going abroad with my parents this year. My first ever time I’m not going away since I was about 10. Although I love going on holiday with my parents (contrary to popular belief, I do actually like them), I just can’t deal with how hot Spain and the Dominican and the Canary Islands are.

My most favourite holidays in the past few years have been when I’ve stayed in the UK. Definitely Scotland and Cornwall. Although, Cornwall, there’s a story…

Okay, so I’d always wanted to go to Tintagel, the mythical birthplace of King Arthur. We drove all eight hours down to Cornwall, to live in this beautiful cottage for a week. Admittedly, the cottage was tiny and full of abnormally large spiders. We (read: my stepdad) went through the entire house for the first hour to rid the place of the too-many-legs.

So, the first few days went fantastic, we travelled around Cornwall, finding ancient places and mystical secrets. Then the third day in, we received the news that my Grandfather had passed away in his sleep. As it’s quite distressing, I’m not going to go into it too deeply, but I just wanted to mention it because I’ve dedicated The Old Ways to him.

Sorry, had to take a moment, there.

Okay, so The Old Ways.

*takes deep breath*

WE HAVE A RELEASE DATE!!!

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Mark this date on your calendars, my lovely pixies! 25th September for ebooks, and 29th September for paperback!

I will be throwing a party for the release. My mother has already appointed herself my Marketing Manager. It seems to be her life goal to make sure every single person on earth reads The Old Ways. I’m in two minds about this decision…

She’s already made a start on some leaflets that I can fashion into paper-planes and throw at people in the street. I can see the headlines now… “Local Author Violently Throws Paper at Passers-By”.

Also, it’s only … *counts* … 16 days until I go to London with Tatty! 😀 😀 😀 We’ve tentatively named our trip “Tatty and Katie Take London: Slytherins on Tour”

This is gonna be the most awesome trip ever 🙂

Blessed Be

RK )O(

Bandit Book Bloggers: A House of Light and Stone, by EJ Runyon

A HOUSE OF LIGHT AND STONE

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EJ Runyon

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Giving a voice to the silent. A House of Light and Stone is the first full-length novel from writer E. J. Runyon, which follows the daily struggles of an abused young girl as she takes her first tentative steps into growing up. Secrets and lies abound in the backstreets of late-sixties Los Angeles, and coming of age here is no mean feat. For Duffy, whose talent and creativity far exceed her years, growing up is about making immutable choices and learning one simple lesson: that understanding oneself is absolutely everything. In charting Duffy’s quest, Runyon illuminates the dark corners, shedding credible light on a subject that could easily slip into the realms of melodrama. The result is something believable and profound; a true testament to the strength of the human spirit.

PURCHASE LINKS for A HOUSE OF LIGHT AND STONE

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Interview with EJ Runyon

E.J. Runyon lives in the US Southwest. Since 2002 she’s found herself moving on to smaller and smaller desert towns, while working to become the author and writing coach she planned to be. First, she quit working in software and sold her home to finance her degree in Creative Writing and her Grad-work in Online Teaching and Learning. She’s never looked back since. Now, her life revolves around her own writing and Bridge to Story – an online creativity coaching business that she runs– and you know, being a better person day to day. E.J.’s passion is focused on writing fine prose and on getting folks writing, her aim is coaching them in writing well. She participates yearly in National Novel Writing Month – an event she’s been involved in since 2001. Her first collection of short stories, Claiming One was published by Inspired Quill in 2012, which was followed in 2013 by Tell Me How to Write a Story, a guide for writers new and old alike.

 

Thank you for this opportunity, EJ. Let’s start at the beginning. Who designed that eye-catching cover on your debut novel?

That was Venetia Jackson, out of the UK. Is it fab or what? We all went around a few times, IQ, she and I, and that was the end result. I love what she captured of the novel’s essence in her work, back and front covers. I’ve used her artwork to make many Book Memes for posting to FB and a lot of folks mention how much they think of that cover. Lots of thumbs up.

Have your life experiences influenced your work in any way?

For real long time, my life experience was to work really, really, hard and ignore my art, as if it was something to shove aside for a later time. The biggest shift in that experience was realizing I was really good at working hard and really good at writing, so why not work hard at the writing for the rest of my life?
I think that’s the biggest life experience that’s influenced my work. Because now that’s all I do. I work at my writing and I work at other people’s writing. And I work really hard at both.

As a writer, are you a planner or do you jump right into it?

I’m the type who gets an idea in the form a scene or a line of dialogue that pops up in my mind then I jump right into planning what I’m going to do around it.
I’ve written ending lines first. And then built backwards. When it comes to planning, mine takes the form of a whole bunch of ”What if…?” questions that I ask. Mostly about how would someone react…, what would happen when…, how would they think…, what would lead to…
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to those types of of question make it very easy for a not-much-of-a-planner to get a grip on what the story might end up being about.

How long have you been writing?

As a non-dilettante, non-lip service, not posing at it, really siting down and writing, then editing writer-person, since 1992.
That’s when I became very serious about everything. Even though my doing so was small and confused. And very novice at my attempts.
I started sending my work out in 1996 or so. The first short story I sent out got accepted. In 1997 I stopped my day-work to focus on a group of 8 short stories, by 2001 it was on to novellas via NaNoWriMo. Then in 2011, the first short story collection got accepted, then the first novel…
Now there’s three titles out by Inspired Quill, and I’m self-publishing my 2001 novella this year. In 2010 I built my Bridge to Story coaching site. And Writer’s Digest has let me guest-blog a time or two for their ‘There Are No Rules‘ web posts. But as we see, there were years of revisions in the mix. This year it’s another Writer’s Guide. Next year, another novel.

You’re also a skilled story editor, how much of your time is split between writing your own work and editing others?

I work maybe 14 hours out of the day, because I run my own business and no one can say, Hey stop that!
And I’d say it’s about 40%/60% for my work/their work.
That’s just because any time where there’s no editing to do, the full time then goes to my own work. As of 2015 I’ve got three other novels ready to go for submissions. And five others under final round edits. In the years altering with placing those novels to good homes, it’ll be working to put out writing guides.

When you’re not writing or editing, what hobbies keep you busy?

What I enjoy is miniatures. 1 inch scale types. Though I’m much more the armchair enthusiast. I’ve only made a few things of my own that I’m really proud of. I did splurge once and got to go to a Miniatures conference, where I signed up for a class in ¼ scale room box creations. I made a spectacular (in my eyes) adobe casita, and furnished it to look like a painter’s studio.  It was brilliant. Out in the patio were planters with flowering bushes, a tree, a cat, brickwork, and a tiled fountain. Best time in my miniatures career to date.

What book or books are you reading at the moment?

I’m re-reading a few things and also working through a list of 50 books that I planned for this year’s reading agenda. The re-reading is above and beyond the 50 books. And I usually have two or three things going simultaneously. So as far as re-reading goes, it’s Catherine Ryan Hyde’s ‘Earthquake Weather’. And for the book off my 2015 list, this week it’s, Lev Raphael’s ‘Rosedale In Love (The House of Mirth Revisited)’. Strangely, I happen to post a lot on FB with both those authors.

 

And lastly, do you prefer mermaids or flapjacks? 🙂

If you mean which do I prefer for a nice long chat, I’d have to say Mermaids—hands down.
Now if you meant what I’d like to share with a Mermaid I’ve experienced an excellent conversation with, that would have to be the flapjacks. No question. 🙂

 

Of course we’re keeping this one, that’s the most sensible answer to that question I’ve ever heard! Goodness, I’m building quite a collection of authors here, I’m gonna have to build a bigger pen…

 

Blessed be, my darling pixies

RK )O(

Bandit Book Bloggers: Chasing Azrael, by Hazel Butler

CHASING AZRAEL

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Hazel Butler

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Chasing Azrael: Gritty New Paranormal Mystery Series Raises Vital Awareness of Bipolar Disorder.

 

The ‘Deathly Insanity’ series uses gripping urban mystery and heaps of the paranormal to keep its readers on the edge of their seats. However, the series is also serving a vital dual-purpose by openly examining societal attitudes towards Bipolar Disorder and Depression. The first volume, ‘Chasing Azrael’, sees author Hazel Butler serve up the perfect start to what’s poised to be a best-selling series.

 

PURCHASE LINKS for CHASING AZRAEL

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Hazel Butler Website

Interview with Hazel Butler

Hazel is a twenty eight year old author, artist and archaeologist from Cheshire, England. She is currently in the final year of her PhD, which focuses on Gender Dynamics in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Britain. She studied archaeology at The University of Manchester, then Bangor University, and spent two years doing corporate archaeology and research excavations, both in Britain and Austria. She has had papers published in international journals and online.

Since 2010, she has been working on Chasing Azrael, a Gothic Literary novel and the first in the Deathly Insanity Series, a set of Paranormal Mystery/Urban Fantasy novels with overlapping character and plot-lines. Although these novels have a strong supernatural element they also explore themes of mental health, in particular Bipolar Disorder, which Hazel herself has suffered from since her early teens.

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Hi Hazel! Sooo, let’s start at the beginning. Tell me a little bit about Chasing Azrael. No spoilers, though!

Chasing Azrael is primarily a ghost story, following main character Andee Tilbrook as she attempts to recover from her husband James’s death. Andee has the ability to see ghosts, and as a result can still see and speak with James on a regular basis. At the start of the novel, two years have passed since his death, but for Andee the grief is still as fresh as the day he died, and she is contemplating suicide. Her personal problems take a slight backseat when Josh, one of her closest friends, is threatened by a very unstable ex-girlfriend. Andee has a gut reaction to this woman that tells her something is very wrong, and soon enough is proven correct, when it transpires she is wanted in connection to a string of murders. Andee gets dragged into the murder investigated by Robert, the same detective who investigated James’s death, and she ends up torn between James, Josh, and Robert, as she tries to puzzle out how she feels and use her abilities to solve the murders.

On a deeper level however, Chasing Azrael is more than simply a paranormal whodoneit. It examines depression, suicide, and mental illness, as well as societal attitudes to bipolar disorder and the effects those attitudes can have on people with the condition.

I like the cover, who designed it?

The cover has actually just changed, so I’m not sure which to talk about. The original cover was a digital painting done by myself. I was never entirely happy with it however, as I found the colour scheme a little dull, and the composition too busy. I have just changed it for a new design – this one a digital photo manipulation, also done by myself – which has a much brighter colour scheme and a far simpler composition. I am very pleased with the new cover, although it is very different.

You’re a very talented artist in your own right. Have you created any artwork to go with Chasing Azrael?

Yes I have, although I haven’t released any of it. I may at some point, but there are no plans to do so as of yet.

When it comes to writing, do you prefer to plan ahead or do you just write and write and write until you pass out?

It depends what I’m writing. Chasing Azrael was very cathartic for me. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2010 and writing became a way for me to order my thoughts and feelings, come to terms with the diagnosis, and try to express in a way others – who had never suffered any form of mental illness – could understand, just what it was like to live a bipolar life, or live with someone who was bipolar. I had no idea where the book was going when I started writing. I just kept writing until suddenly I had the bones of a book. I then built it up from there. Other projects I plan meticulously. I’m currently working on the sequel to Chasing Azrael, the second book in the Deathly Insanity series, Death Becomes Me. That one has a very complicated plot, and has taken a great deal of time and effort to plan properly. The whole series gets complicated at this point, because the books have different bit overlapping characters and plotlines.

How long have you been writing?

Fiction? Since my very early teens, although it wasn’t particularly good back then. I wrote a few short pieces that impressed my English teachers at school and I think that encouraged me to continue, although to be honest I think I would have done whether I was any good or not. I wrote my first full length novel when I was about nineteen and kept working on that for a couple more years. I had started a second one but gave that up when I started Chasing Azrael. There have been numerous short stories, novellas, and novel plans done since then. I’ve also started two other novels, one of which is about half done.

Do you write full time or part time?

Erm… tricky question. I write fiction part time, but my full time job is as a freelance editor, proofreader, copywriter, researcher, and artist, so I generally spend most of my time writing or doing art work.

When you’re not writing, what keeps you busy?

More writing? Seriously the writing never ends. I spend a couple of afternoons/evenings a week with a writing group and that’s my main time off. I run my own business, so I don’t have a lot of free time. When I do, I walk my dog, who is very loyal and sits patiently under my desk as long as I’m working. I also do my own art work, and I play the piano. I have two god-daughters and a young niece and I spend as much time as I can with them. I’m also an avid reader, and a huge fan of a wide range of TV shows and films, so it all keeps me busy. Multi-tasking. I’ve found that’s the key.

What book/books are you reading at the moment?

I’m actually in the midst of my annual re-read of all my Robin Hobb books. I love Robin Hobb, she’s by far my favourite author (so much so that the Fantasy and Science Fiction imprint of my publishing house, Astrid Press, is named after her). Every year I re-read her books. I’m doing it a little earlier than usual this year, it’s usually an early winter thing, but I’m going to London on the 19th August to meet her and George R.R. Martin, and she has just released a new novel, so I’m doing it early. I’m delaying reading the new novel until I’ve finished and it’s agony – I treasure her books so much, having a new one I’ve never read before is the biggest treat imaginable.

And lastly, most importantly, do you prefer dragons or pancakes?

To eat? Or which do I prefer? I prefer dragons, but I would not like to eat one, so if the question was food related definitely pancakes.

 

The Force is strong with this one. We’ll keep her for a while.

 

Blessed be, my little pixies

RK )O(