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Goodreads giveaway

Thought I would experiment on Goodreads so I’ve put an autographed copy of A Thousand Hearts up for grabs! Not sure what sort of demand to expect but thought it could be a fun idea. If you have a Goodreads account then check it out, who knows, you could be the winner!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Rebirth by Shaun Dowdall

Rebirth

by Shaun Dowdall

Giveaway ends May 26, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Progress so far

Well it’s almost been a month of being published and so far so good! Feedback from the book is great, glad everyone who has read it has been enjoying my story so far.

A Thousand Hearts broke into the top 10k selling books, not sure if that’s a great achievement in terms of sales but I’m pretty happy considering the huge number of books selling out there.

Onto the second book in the series, Fallen. I’m 10% of the way through the first draft so I’m on schedule so it shouldn’t be too long until the book is ready for my beta readers. Everything is on track to have the second book ready to be published this year so fingers crossed nothing huge comes up and interrupts the writing process, it has been known to happen to me in the past 😛

As always, if you haven’t checked out my first book yet, take a peek at the following links!

Thanks for reading.

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Second Book

The plan for the second book in the ‘A Thousand Hearts’ series is complete. Writing will begin today and my schedule is jam packed with time planned for writing this book so expect a faster turn around! The title for the second book is ‘Fallen’, focusing on a new era for the Guild and it’s members.

As always I’ll keep updating you on the progress of the book but for now here is a little teaser image!

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Rebirth – Where to buy

So my first novel has been out for a little while and it is beginning to hit new store shelves, both virtual and physical so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of where you can pick up my book!

eBook Format

Amazon USUK
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords
Apple iBooks
Google Play

Paperback

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

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Release Due

Well, I must admit, that in all the mayhem leading up to the book launch I forgot to actually announce it! My first novel, A Thousand Hearts – Rebirth, will be landing on virtual shelves within the next two weeks. I’m very excited and can’t wait to get this book out there.

Hopefully I’ve learnt a few things, following a number of different processes and gaining new experiences. I may have even learnt a few things about how to actually write thanks to a very, very, patient editor.

So thanks for everyone’s patience so far. Not long now.


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A Thousand Hearts – Michael and Katerine

ATH Michael and Katerine

Another little doodle I did of Michael Nolan and Katerine Lesigne from A Thousand Hearts. Had some great fun playing with this on my Galaxy Note. Not long now until the book is out! Just a couple of weeks.

The book is now being formatted to fit ebooks and also print. Once I’ve got the completed files back it won’t take me long to get the book out. The wait is almost over.



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Release Time

So ATH Rebirth will hit shelves some time around March/April 2014. I had aimed for a launch this year but with my schedule blowing out of control with job changes etc I didn’t want to rush the book. Also in order to work with the editor I wanted to work with, Cynthia Shepp, things have had to wait a little longer.

This gives me a great opportunity to begin work on the next installments in the series so the books will all gel together so much more. I’ve written the plans and the entire structure for the series has now changed but at the same time it’s finalised. Five books in total for the story arc that follows Michael Nolan’s trials.

I’ve always said I won’t rush these books and that I’ll wait for quality and I feel that Cynthia is a choice worth waiting for. No point in rushing it at this last hurdle.

Thanks to everyone for your patience. It will be worth it in the end.

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Beta Over

Well the first impressions from my beta readers are looking good. With the feedback Ive had it looks like I am finally on track to get this book into the final stages. One last read through required and the addition of a small amount of content and then its out of my hands and into an editors.

Now as I near the final stages theres a few tweaks I need to make to the plans for the next two books. Idea overload hitting some blank pieces of paper shortly.

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Almost there

Well the complete book has now gone to my beta readers. There a few amendments I need to make but its almost ready to go off to an editor. Very excited about the completed book nearing its existence.

Made a slight amendment to the ending but after another read through I felt it needed the tweak. Things are looking good and I’m aiming for a December launch!

Let’s see how this all plays out!

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Second Draft Complete!

It’s done! The second draft is complete! Now I’m onto the editing stage which shouldn’t take long (Famous last words) So excited right now. Beta readers get ready for your copies.

Had a bit of a change in how the ending of the book plays out and it just went from vaguely dark to “holy hell who turned out the lights?”

Love the ending now!

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Slight Delay

Well it’s getting close to the completion date and well…. my book isn’t complete yet. There’re a number of reason it’s not done yet but I’ve decided not to compromise on quality so the release date is getting pushed back until later this year. Thanks for your patience everyone! It will get done one day. Better done right and late rather than early and poor? I sure hope so 😛

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Updated Cover

Here it is, the final cover! Worked with a fantastic couple of people. Designer and editor were absolutely brilliant, Cynthia did great work on my blurb and Rene did amazing work with the cover.

Design: http://www.phycel.com/

Editor:  http://www.cynthiashepp.com/

So here they are! The images of the finished cover!

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Four Chapters Left!

Only four chapters left to go until I’ve finished the first draft! Got a little side tracked with my job and starting at a new store but I’m almost there now. Once the first draft is done then I can really knuckle down with the second draft/edit then it’s over to beta readers! So close now everyone!