Pretty thrilled to have The Lost Mask nominated for an award (and the first nomination I've had for any of my writing over the years :D)!
The Planetary Awards are for Science Fiction and Fantasy writing and have three categories for 2015, Best Novella/Short Story, Self-Subbed/Small Press Best Novel and Trad-Pubbed Best Novel.
Voting is by book bloggers and to vote, all you have to do is post in the comments and establish your blogging history by mentioning a few reviews you've done.
If you're able to vote for me, that would be brilliant! Otherwise, check out the other nominations right here.
Big thanks for Space and Sorcery for nominating me too!
Today I've got a bit of a mixture of links to a range of things, a couple of interviews, a review, a blog post, and a giveaway and so without further rambling, here's the list :D
I recently started working with an ace group of writers who've banded together under the name Quill. We're a cross-genre bunch trying to share interesting content and win fans - for my part you can check out a short interview and my post: Intro to World Building - Making it Stick.
Friday Fortnight Interview
A while back Kerry J Donovan conducted an interview on his blog - check it out if you're looking for a chuckle :) (And while you're there, if you like Crime-Thrillers have a look at his DCI Jones Casebook series, they're ace.)
With the release of Crossings not too far off (I'm gunning for October) I'm offering 3 ways to win a copy during the lead up :)
1. Visit Goodreads and add the book to your 'to-read' shelf and you'll be automatically notified when the Goodreads Giveaway goes live. (This one opens in Nov.)
2. Visit the 'newsletter' sign-up page in the top right of the site and that's it - you're in the running to win an e-copy of Crossings and you'll also receive the eBook for A Whisper of Leaves upon sign-up. (The newsletter comp will be announced in Oct.)
3. Visit the Crossings page and check out chapter one (or click here, it's probably quicker) and answer a simple question:
What does Lisa find on her doorstep?
Once you find the answer, just let me know by leaving a comment on this post OR by sending me an e-mail to mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com. The first two people to answer will win a print copy of Crossings :)
The Lost Mask
Some early reviews are in and it's a weight off my mind to see readers who enjoyed City of Masks are finding that The Lost Mask lives up to their expectations!
Here's a link to them on GR. Thanks to everyone who has read it already and let me know what they thought, it makes a big difference :)
Here's the new banner from Snapping Turtle with an announcement that The Lost Mask ebook is now live and available for purchase from Amazon!
I'm brimming with happiness but also nerves once again - as it's a Book 2 I'm really hoping I've not only done Book 1 justice but bettered it. Hopefully I find out in the coming weeks :)
This weekend I'm part of a promo featuring a heap of authors and their works, which are either free or on sale - you can check them out right here.
I've got The Fairy Wren ebook on special for $1 starting from right now (I'm on the right hand side and though my promo is listed as starting on Sunday, it's kicked in a day early on Amazon) but you can see all kinds of other genres and specials at the page too - one of which I recommend is Past Life Strife by Christina McMullen.
In terms of updates I've got a few but they're short - Crossings is going to copy edits in less than two weeks and then it's due to go to formatting for upload to retailers, so I'm hoping to get it out earlier than my estimated November release date :)
The Lost Mask is really, really close now - we're at proofing stage!
Here's the cover (which I love) if you missed it last time I updated the blog:
This means I'm also trying to charge through writing Greatmask, the conclusion to the Bone Mask Trilogy, so I'll hopefully have the progress bar ticking along on the right hand side there soon too. I'm also looking to run giveaways and other promos for Crossings and The Lost Mask in the near future too.
Speaking of promos - I'm also running a newsletter sign-up promo during 2015. You can check it out at the top right of the sidebar, but in short, every sign-up to the newsletter receives a copy of A Whisper of Leaves, my novella-length ghost story set in Japan :)
Just a quick update tonight - very pleased to report that The Lost Mask will be released in this August!
No exact date yet, but I'll be sure to post that soon as I have it. I should be able to share the new artwork for the book soon too.
In the meantime, if you'd like to check out the first few chapters of The Lost Mask you can do so here (there will be spoilers) and if you'd like a chance to win a copy of City of Masks, jump over to the Book Frivolity to enter the paperback giveaway :)
Good afternoon (or evening)! Or Morning!
I'm still hoping The Lost Mask will be out soon but it might not be until late July at this stage - so in the meantime you can check out the first three chapters below :)
The Lost Mask - Chapters 1-3
Be warned however, while these late-draft versions of the chapter may have typos - they most certainly will have spoilers for City of Masks.
Just stopping off to add another quick update about a couple of writing projects.
The sad news is that The Lost Mask, follow up to City of Masks, is now due early 2015, which is hopefully only a month or two later than the original Christmas release date. Some of the revisions have proven more trick-some than I anticipated but it's for the best. The alterations will make it a much stronger book!
The Fairy Wren is now available, but there's still a week (two at the most, I hope) until the ebook is ready for purchase. In the meantime, you can check out the opening here if you wanted to sample it.
Sea of Trees (working title) is hopefully on track for release next year, as is Greatmask, the conclusion to The Bone Mask Trilogy. Everything else is on hold while I work on finishing up the titles above but soon I hope to post a Christmas post/comp/giveaway/thingy, so stay tuned!
Below is the cover for The Lost Mask: Book 2 of the Bone Mask Trilogy!
Very excited to get this so early and I love the colours, they suit the forest-theme that features heavily in one of the storylines and the butterfly is perfect, very fitting for a group readers will meet in Book 2 - the Butterfly Eaters.
So, I’ve been slogging through the third draft of The Lost Mask (Book 2 of the Bone Mask Trilogy) and will be handing it to my editor at Snapping Turtle on August 1st. So far everything looks set for me to meet that target so it’s my hope that The Lost Mask will see publication before Christmas!
I’ve also revisited the outline for Greatmask, the conclusion to the trilogy, and I have to say that I’m taking a lot of care with it. I don’t want the series to spiral into an endless line of books, but that also means that the third book might be a bit bigger than the first two – each a bit shy of 500 pages. We’ll see!
In other news I’m hoping to release an unrelated novel, The Fairy Wren possibly in September, you can check the blub here. I’m just working on preparing the e-book (print is ready to go as we speak) and the cover art. In yet more 'other' news, the parnormal fantasy novella Sea of Trees (working title) is also at the publisher and I'm really looking forward to the feedback so I can refine it further.
In the meantime, stay tuned for a cover reveal for The Lost Mask and a teaser from The Fairy Wren in the near future, along with a couple more interviews with great authors!
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline