Oh boy, it's been a busy week and I'm taking a bit of a breather today, though not for too long. So, what's new?
I received the initial cover draft for Heart of Regulus a couple of weeks ago and it's been back and forward to the designer a couple of times already for tweaking. On Friday he sent me the latest version. It's close, just not quite there yet, so it's gone back to him today for what I hope will be the final time.
Now... drum roll and trumpet fanfare please, and break out the bubbly. I have at last finished the final edit. It's taken a LOT longer than I expected - those pesky perfectionist tendencies - but I've got there. Proof editing is in hand this week.
My other book-related jobs for the week? Finalising the back matter (you know, those bits after the story that say 'Other books by', short bio and so on)..
This time, I'm also adding in an appendix, for want of a better word, summarising what happened with Gemma at the end of Khalia's Tomb. Because, let's face it, it's been a while! I forgot a lot of it and had to re-read so unless you've been burying your nose in it recently, I'm sure you'll have forgotten a lot of it too. There will also be memory joggers on the skulls and the permanent characters.
New to the series? I'll be flagging up the sections containing 'spoilers' to the previous books so you can skip them if you want.
Well, it appears that we are all going to have a bit more time on our hands for the next few weeks, if not months. This virus is unlikely to disappear any time soon. So, while it is going to challenge all of us to move into a very different way of living, why not make the most of the slower pace of life it will demand of us all, and embrace the gifts it brings?
If staying in is the new going out, what a great opportunity to catch up on our reading. In this blog, I've recommended 6 books that I've read (or re-read) recently and have loved. The descriptions have come from the books' Amazon pages and I've given you the Amazon links.
Last week I was invited onto The Outer Limits Radio Show on Swindon 105.5 to chat about crystal skulls and The Skull Chronicles with hosts Peggy-Sue and Chloe Dee Ford.
I had a fabulous time chatting all things skullie and writing related and answering a stream of listeners' questions.
Listen in here: The Outer Limits Show
Recently, I met up with the fabulous Naz Goldbourne, guesting on her Inspired Writer podcast. It was a lot of fun. Lots of laughter (especially when her gorgeous little black and white cat decided to introduce a live mouse into the proceedings) and plenty of chat about The Skull Chronicles, my writing inspiration and so much more...
Listen in here
(I've currently got my shoulder to the wheel, working hard to finish Book V of The Skull Chronicles. When time permits, I'll post the transcript of the interview here for those of you who, like me, prefer to read than listen.)
It's Christmas, and to celebrate the festive season I'm hijacking my blog to tell you about a very special festive offer available on my books. From now until midnight on 24th December, the paperback versions of ALL my books are for sale on Amazon at 20% off the listed price.
So if you're still looking for that perfect prezzie for the book-a-holic in your family, or a way to escape from the chaos and busy-ness of the festivities, why not take a look?
I haven't forgotten all of you wonderful Kindle readers either. I've reduced all ebook prices for the period as well.
You can find the Amazon links to all the books on my website at www.dkhenderson.com
But don't wait too long. This offer ends at midnight on Christmas Eve.
If you would prefer to buy signed paperback copies directly from me, with a short message added if you wish, the same offer applies. (With additional postage costs where applicable.)
Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and any message you'd like me to write in the books at and as soon as I receive payment (Paypal or bank transfer) I'll post it out.
Please order by Thursday 19th December as the last date I can post out is Friday 20th, the Royal Mail last posting date for 1st Class Mail.
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