Thursday, January 31, 2013

I nearly forgot to tell you...

...that I finally published my YA Fantasy novel "Scotland's Guardians".

Since Bryanna grows up in Scotland, she is familiar with hobgoblins, selkies, and kelpies from the tales of her homeland. But she is extremely surprised when she starts seeing these creatures one day. Is she hallucinating? Before she can ask her father’s advice, he is kidnapped by a woman whose scent seems awfully familiar. Instead of calling the police, Bryanna follows the kidnapper and lands smack-dab in the middle of the adventure of her life. It’s just as well she knows the old legends and myths well enough. The world she lands in is murderously dangerous. And even if she survives the journey, she is fated to kill her father.

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All right, I played around with the cover some more, but I didn’t like the way the letters obstructed the lovely picture. I think it’s better now. Hopefully, you think so too.

I got the idea to this story during one of my numerous visits in Scotland. Beside the unbelievably beautiful nature, this country has much to offer particularly one thing: the supernatural. Every region has its own mythical creature, and every Scotsman knows at least one haunted house or Loch monster. No matter whether on the mountains, at the coast, or in the valleys, there are as many stories about brownies (household sprites), Boobries (giants birds), and kelpies (waterhorses) as there are grains of sand by the sea. Fascinated, I decided to put at least some of these creatures into a novel. It took form after a woman appeared in my mind whose eyes mirrored the Scottish moors and not the garden she looked at.

I very much hope you will enjoy the book. Please leave a review if you do. It helps me so much to sell it. Also any likes or tags are very welcome, and you can even do that without buying the book. Just follow this link to amazon and like or tag.
Cat

Monday, January 21, 2013

Every Year -- Alle Jahre Wieder...

Hi,

what can I say? It's THAT time of the year again. I'm doing my taxes...

Have fun (I'm trying to...)
Cat

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cover Reveal "Scotland's Guardians"

Hi,

I've been struggling with this cover for a while. My biggest problem was that I got terrific art by a guy called Bramasta Aji, but I just couldn't fit the title or author name in without blocking out the most interesting part of the picture. In the end, I decided that the picture is more important. The title will still be readable enough in a thumbnail, but the picture will be the main focus. What do you think? Will it draw readers?

  

"Scotland's Guardians" tells the story of Bryanna, a young girl with few friends living in Edinburgh, Scotland. When her father is kidnapped by a woman with a strangely familiar scent, Bryanna follows them instead of calling the police. It's a choice that will change her life forever. Luckily, she does remember some of the old Scottish tales she loved so much as a child. Now, she needs all that knowledge to survive, especially with a Kelpie on her heels bent on murder (I'm still working on the cover-text).

Scotland's Guardians will be available on Amazon before the month is out. Other retailers will follow soon.
Let me know what you think of the cover,
Cat

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I Finished another WIP!

Hi,

at the moment, everything is running the way I wont (except for my household which is less tidy than I like). I finished my latest project "Juma's Rain" today. Although it's a good 7.500 words shorter than I had planned, I know it will be easy to add those during revision. I'll put it aside for now (because like a good coffee, a good novel has to set before revision) and concentrate on publishing my backlist I've so ardently translated last year.

In the coming months, I will publish the following stories, starting with Scotland's Guardians (cover reveal next week):
  • Scotland’s Guardians -- an Urban Fantasy story about Scottish myths and legends
  • Paralan’s Children -- a Science Fantasy story set on an ice world
  • Chasing the Grimm Reaper -- a non-linear fairy tale murder mystery
  • Swordplay -- an Urban Fantasy murder mystery, first in an of yet unwritten series
I hope you'll have a look at a couple of them when they're out.
Have a great day,
Cat

Monday, January 7, 2013

Finally back at work

Hi,

I love Mondays in general (my kids and hubby are all gone until 4pm., so I've got a full working day), but the first Monday of a new year is something special. I feel like I have cleared all the slates, the kids are back in school, and writing life can start again. My WIP is drawing to a close. It turned out shorter than I had anticipated, but that can/will be remedied during revision. I managed to come up with a workable Marketing-Master-Plan (hihihi) which I will adapt as needed in the months to come. And I'm so ready to publish my next novel.

Stay tuned for the cover reveal next week, and have a good time until then.
Cat