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Delays…inevitable…shingles…bah

Well, I wish this was good news, but it’s not.
Existence Oblivion, which was due to release tomorrow, was cancelled at the last minute for…reasons unknown. We’ve decided, as I’m sick and have shingles that the best plan is to work an extra month into the schedule and get everything done – right – and as best as we can.

The shingles is across my face too, so I’m struggling with a lot right now – I’m probably sleeping about 50% more, which, for an insomniac, is really impressive, but not fun.

The new release schedule is:
30th JuneExistence Oblivion
8th July21 Healthy Habits reissue
30th July Glass Block reissue
August 30thRogue – To Honor Anubis and Osiris
November 12th…And miles to go before I sleep
November 30thSnowblind

I understand – and share – the dissapointment this must bring, but we’ve already lodged the new version to go live and as soon as I can, I’ll update links and we’ll be there and it’ll be sorted. I hope.

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How ‘All my Friends are Reapers’ started…with Chaos…


One of the things that amazes me is how I end up with book ideas. And how sometimes, they reflect the chaos and turmoil in my world, without meaning to.
I mean, it’s wierd to think that there’s all these…universes in my head, kinda. And it’s like I unearth them, from random ideas and connections.
All my friends are Reapers though was one of those easy ones to pinpoint – I wanted to write a bit using some of the research I’d done into some of the lesser known pantheons out there, and had been listening to 21 Pilots a lot. And, then some of the novels ended up titled after some of my favorite songs or concepts, and that got me thinking about how much music actually influences me. But first, I want to talk about dieties, and why I made Chaos one of them (and not just because I was writing this and thinking about playing Warhammer 40K again soon!)

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So, that’s why I’ll be doing a ‘Sunday songs’ and sharing some of my favorite music and playlists. But before that, I thought I’d share a bit about the stories in ‘All my friends are Reapers’, especially Mae and Jax.
Mae is the main character – she’s a white priestess who made a promise to her gods and goddesses that she’d be theirs to do as they pleased, if they let her live a happy life with her beloved. They agreed, and when she finally passed into the afterlife (which is explained in a later book, and was early, despite what she believes at the beginning of the series) nine gods that she had believed in and talked to in her time as a priestess were waiting there, each of their Reapers waiting to claim her. Because of the promise though, they had to come up with something else.
And that’s when Chaos came into things. The tenth diety, and wanted to take the world, universe and all creation and destroy it, so had devised a competition.

And Chaos doesn’t play fair

Enter Jax. The Reaper representing the Egyptian pantheon, and standing in for Bast, Osiris and Anubis to start with. He doesn’t much like Mae, who doesn’t always exactly do as he expects, but they form an alliance, to keep the world, universe…existence from being destroyed. Jax has secrets and problems of his own to deal with and keep hidden, but they make a great team.
Each book, after the introduction, deals with the collection of a soul or souls, and and an incident, event or disaster (mostly disaster!) surrounding it. We’ll be in space, dealing with murders, and all sorts of other mischief.
Jax and Mae have allies – Amara, Tansy, and others. And their dieties make an appearance too 🙂

Books on a wooden background
All my Friends are Reapers, books 1 and 2!

Most of all, I’m trying to keep it pretty lighthearted, though it will deal with lots of important stuff – mental health, families, pandemics and more. While it does have religious and moral content, I hope that it’s not too heavy or preachy.

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The Big KushkaPress Reboot!

KushkaPress is proud to announce our reboot! We’ve chosen five books – three new releases, and two re-releases to run in our big reboot. And we’re running a Rafflecopter, inviting people to join my readers’ group and more.
Interested in learning about what we’re rebooting?

First though – the books already out are

The 10 hour marketing plan

January 1st 2019

A ten hour a week plan for balanced marketing and writing time.

12×12

February 1st 2019

12 basic social media projects, which allow you to build on your social media presences and extend into new ones.


I’m having so much fun!

I’m interrupting this blog post to invite you to my event – if you miss it there will still be livestreams and other goodies!


These are the five books I’m releasing in the next while (and the one we announced on the live feed!

Book release order

I’m really glad we’re back and that I’m getting to share my books with everyone!
Finally, please head on over to my giveaway to enter to win!
So…that’s it official. Tomorrow, I’ll share a bit of what I’ve been doing, why I’ve been away, and what our long-term plans are.
Anything you’re tempted by?

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What’s coming in July?

Well, other than Camp Nanowrimo? (if you’re local to me, you will have your invite to the server – if you’re not, part of my local crew, I’ll also be running on WayWard InkSlingers, and you’re welcome to join me there! There’s sprints and all sorts of fun.

And I’ll be launching some new projects and new things that people can get involved in – three anthologies, a PPC project and The Indie Summer Club! More on that later though!

July’s releases

Freebies!

Footnotes to a Lesson

Free to newsletter subscribers

Also included in Memento Mori, this is a ‘thinking man’s zombie’ short story.
After the plague that created them is cured, a few zombies remain – this is the story of one of them.

Funhouse

Free to newsletter subscribers

The book before AMFAR. Pitting Suki and Mae against an issue in the Watchtower, this Garrett/AMFAR crossover explains the beginning of the end in their Universe.
Suki, the Housemother meets Maehb, the White Priestess

Out Among the Stars

Free to newsletter subscribers

Originally included in a collection called ‘Once Upon a Twist’, this is my scifi start to my own ‘Once upon a Twist’ project.
A sci-fi retelling of Setana and the Blacksmith’s dog!

Book releases in July

21 Healthy Habits

RERELEASE!

One of the hardest things to do, once you’ve lost your way, is to find it back. In this 21 day guide of mindful meditation and habits that set your day and night up right, Kai Viola looks at how to form habits, why it’s important for mental health and what you can do to adapt and find time to write.
21 Healthy Habits talks about the foundations of habits, some frameworks you can follow and other information you can use to build your world.

Burlesque Under Lockdown

NEW!

It was only supposed to be one last dance…
A weekend away.
Her best friends’ stag party and hen parties combined… Their best friends from their childhood. Her best friends are off-limits – but the rest?
What is a girl to do?
A story from the Garret Universe – meet Suki before she became a House Mother.
A novella from the Love Under Lockdown Project.  For more books, visit Love Under Lockdown Series

Existence Oblivion

NEW!

Can one soul prevent Oblivion?  Maybe with a little help from her friends
Maebh had discovered early on that of all the things she had to deal with, sometimes using her middle name was easier than explaining why “Maebh” was a trick name. So she was Mae to her close friends, Hellenna professionally (Siobhan, again…arguments).

And that’s just for starters. I’ll be sharing daily writing prompts, support for writers and artists as they take part in Camp Nanowrimo, and adjusting to new normals and more. Plus, adding a few brand new websites to the mix.

Newsletter – June 28th

No newsletter this week – Mailerlite seems to be having problems and I don’t want to risk it.

Instead, please check out the new things we’ve added to the blog!

Our Freebies also has a subscribable calendar, and we’ve added a 2020 release calendar too!

Wednesday Inspiration restarts this week, and a new feature – a monthly roundup of everyting I’ve read, played, listened to and watched. I think that’s gonna be a bigger post than I expect, but we’ll see what happens.

How is everyone? Lockdown is sorta lifted here – non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen soon, but I’ve already decided that it’s safer for me to stay home unless I really need something, so my behaviour isn’t going to change any time soon. Masks are hard to find here that aren’t just bandanas, or tubes of cloth, so I’m hanging around till I can solve that.

Oh, and I’ll be running stuff for Camp Nanowrimo this month too – if you join the Wayward Inkslingers Discord, we’ll be sprinting. If you’re local, there’s a specific one for those that are under my care due to being in my region too!

Sunday Songs

Well, we’re nearly at the end of another month, so I thought I’d share my playlist for the month. I’ve not been listening to much music, so I’d recommend checking out my ‘Wednesday Watch’ on the first Wednesday of the month to catch you up on what I’ve listened to.
Plus, you can always see what I’m reading on Goodreads!

Spotify June

June’s – really short – playlist.

A summer rewind…

While I suspect this is last summer’s rewind, I’m including this because we’ve been offline a lot due to the internet and study and I’ve had to do a lot of true crime research!

Got any songs to recommend to me for July? Stick them in the comments, I’d be really grateful!

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Weekly inspiration | Galaxies in their hearts

While I know writers of both kinds (broadly plotters and pantersers), I’m not sure I fall into either category. I just kinda unearth stories in my head. I write to find the galaxies in my head (and heart), through the maps in my fingers, and with belief in my heart. I believe that my characters are real, because to me, they are.

Once a week, I’ll share a pretty quote or inspirational thought in various sizes – you’re welcome to share and link them! Our weekly inspirations come in Facebook post, Facebook story, Instagram story, Instagram post, Twitter post and Pinterest post. 🙂

This week’s quoteable

Writers have whole galaxies in our heads, maps in our fingers, and belief in our hearts.

Kai Viola – 2020 – https://kushkapress.com/

The inspiration….

This week, I saw a post talking about the different ways writers see novelling. Meredeth Ireland said something really funny on Twitter, and quite on the nose for many writers, and it got me thinking…

First, the tweet.

While I know writers of both kinds (broadly plotters and pantersers), I’m not sure I fall into either category. I just kinda unearth stories in my head. I write to find the galaxies in my head (and heart), through the maps in my fingers, and with belief in my heart. I believe that my characters are real, because to me, they are.

They live in there, in the strata, and I breach something, I find a bone…it’s like a kind of really wierd archaeology, I guess. It also explains why I mostly write in fragments – you could say I go one bone at a time. And I like it that way 🙂
How about you? (also, thanks to Meredeth for the wonderful prompt).

Get ready for your next book crush!

When I started writing ‘All my Friends are Reapers’, I never thought it’d turn into what it did. It’s a huge, sprawling story of epic proportions so far. And the first book is released at the end of the month too!

From there we’ll be running a modified rapid release cycle of approximately three months a book, over the nine pantheons and main storyline at the centre.

We kick off the whole thing with Existence Oblivion, where you get to meet all of the Reapers, the Dieties they serve, and discover why this is going on, but most of all you get to meet Maebh, and maybe, Jax, who definitely appears in Rogue, the next book in the series.

Who’s the book crush?

I’ve been asked this by a lot of my alpha readers – whether it was ok that they’ve all got different ‘book crushes’ in the series – and honestly, that’s the best kind. Whether you’re team Mae, team Jax, team Amara (who is the woman with the husky on Snowblind). Whether you end up enjoying any and all of them is the most important thing to me, after writing books. So…the book crush is YOUR choice!

We’ve announced three so far – Existence Oblivion, Rogue and Snowblind, and tomorrow, I’m going to share a sample!
In the meantime, have YOU entered my giveaway?

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What’s in a name?

A history of KushkaPress – and Kushka (Jenuine Wildtansy)

The girlie below was the first cat I adopted as an adult. And, of all the things I could tell you about her, the biggest thing was she was extraordinary. All pets are, but Kushka… She was an old soul.

We adopted her in 2007 – just as I was finishing my first year of Uni. Kushka came with her name, her history of five owners that we tracked, minimum. You see, Kushka – or Jenuine WildTansy – or my favorite, Office Cat, if she wasn’t getting Kush or Kushie was an F4 bengal.More than that though, she was my companion, my beloved, my little sparky dreamer Bengals shimmer – its to do with their hair shafts) and that shimmer was the least remarkable thing about her.

…in a basket

Asleep….

Immortal


One of the major problems she had was a permanent respratory infection. What that was was a fancy way of saying all she did was sneeze, poor thing. Constantly, like clockwork, we had her at the vets for antibiotic shots, but she also needed some interesting things fixed. like a prolapsed eyelid, pancreatitis and more.
For all that though, she was a doll. If you’ve never encountered a Bengal, they’re loud, boistrous cats, that do a tonne of mischevious stuff. They’re bred down from leapord cats, down to F4, when they become Bengals. Before that, they’re hybrids.
From what we knew of Kushka, she was a foundation Bengal in the UK – or at least, one of the first F4’s. I’ve not been able to track her family line really – a few award winners that were her kits, but what we also knew was that she wasn’t a cat that was kept, as far as we knew, as a pet. She was a commodity, a valuable breeding tool. I’m not saying she wasn’t cared for, we don’t know that. What we do know is that she hadn’t really gotten to stay in a home for more than a few years, if she was bred from then passed through several households. There were five on her list when we registered her with the pedigree tracking group. And when we moved house, the genuine fear she exhibited was…heartbreaking. We made jokes, but we both thought she was terrified that she was being sent away.
But we didn’t. She came with us. Because she was sick, we could never kennel her, not really, so we’d either get a housesitter, or she’d travel with us to Scotland. And travelled well. We knew she came from somewhere north of our hometown, but she was sweet tempered, clever, lithe and just…one of a kind. She’d sit and give paw, mostly on command (that’s a big deal for a cat), she knew when it was 11am and cuddle time and would close my laptop. She played games with us. Peek-a-boo with Tempus, who she’d come down and give a hard time if he paused longer between peeks around the corner. Our office chairs were hers. Our blankets too. She’d steam while I was having a bath – so every evening, I’d put her pillow on the toilet seat and she’d jump up and go to sleep. She played fetch and fishing, but, as we think she was primarily bred from, she didn’t really know some games cats do, so we taught her. Catfishing with yarn was her favorite. Which made knitting more of a chore than it should have sometimes. Mostly, she was my shadow. I’ve never known a cat to be such a little ghost to another person, but though she loved Tempus and the kids, she was definitely my girl.
In February 2013, I had to do the hardest thing I’ve ever done – supported and backed by my partner. She was my girl, so I held her when we had her put to sleep – catastrophic pneumonia, unseen till then diabeties and a growth – we just couldn’t fight the tide any more. It still aches to think about. So…that’s why I named the press KushkaPress. So my girl, immortal in the hearts of our family, could live onin other ways.

Kushka though, is other things, in the real world. It’s a river, in Turkmenistan, and is considered to be part of the range of the Persian Leopard. And, I’m pretty much of the thought that words and knowledge should flow like rivers untouched. So, there’s multiple layers if you go looking.
Above though, you can see the logo, and two photos of her.
She was, and remains, my little love, though, we have adopted a half Bengal-Half Norwegian loudmouth bigger love called Eiryss, and her sister by household, Haley, who we suspect is a lot Russian Blue, but mostly, British shorthair. Life goes on, even if sometimes we wish it didn’t, but Kushie will always – always – have a special place in my heart, and my books. And she showed Tempus WHY I’m so obsessed with Bengals as a breed. We rescue, but we were lucky – our first rescue was a Bengal.

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https://www.facebook.com/haleyandeiryss/https://www.facebook.com/haleyandeiryss/(and yes, you might be forgiven for thinking the tabby is Kush. Its not. Its Eiryss, while the grey is our Haley Boo.) These little superstars have their own page and Instagram too! We adopted them a few months after Kushka’s passing, from a lovely woman who we remain in contact with to this day. Haley is hand-reared and a wee lovebug, Eiryss is a bit more standoffish, but purrs so loud you can hear her down a floor. And drools when she does. Both are wee superstars.

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