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

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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

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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

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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!

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!)

A new feature!

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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Well, I do! I run giveaways, and announce things to there first, and ask opinions, share snippets and more. There’s no cost, charge or obligation in joining, but you could score ARCs or exclusive goodies.

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!
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Did you know I have a Reader group?

Well, I do! I run giveaways, and announce things to there first, and ask opinions, share snippets and more. There’s no cost, charge or obligation in joining, but you could score ARCs or exclusive goodies.