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New series, mailing list, and covers!

Good afternoon everyone! It’s been quite some time since I had any news about my writing, but today I’ve got a boatload.

Chrysalis Blooms

So, my new series, Chrysalis Blooms, is launching on October 30th and the pre order is live now, US link, UK link. This is the first episode in a 10 part season of my supernatural adventure and episodes will be launching every 2-4 weeks! It’s been great fun plotting and writing so I hope you all enjoy it when it lands at the end of the month. Check out the blurb for the first episode below:

When Lisa Joyce sneaks out, it isn’t a boy or her friends she goes to meet, but nightmares brought to life… 


In a world where monsters and demons roam the night, preying on the innocent, it is Lisa’s duty to fight the darkness. The responsibility was inherited, but even so, she can’t begin to comprehend the magnitude of the life that lies before her. 

As an outsider who never quite fits in, Lisa is different. She is stronger and faster than everyone else, and her heightened senses grant her unusual abilities. They are the perfect gifts for a monster hunter, but nothing but a curse for a girl trying to find her place in high school. 

When a fiend strikes Fisher Creek High, Lisa can’t help but take it personally. Things are changing, her battles evolving at an alarming rate. Something is coming, but in order to understand, Lisa needs to learn more about who and what she is… 

Mailing List

Also, my mailing list is now live, so if you want to stay up to date with my writing and latest news then feel free to subscribe: Subscribe

Cover Collection

Finally, I’ve been working on the covers for the first 10 episodes of Chrysalis Blooms, and you can find them all in the gallery. Let me know what you think!

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ATH: Webisodes Incoming

While everyone is being patient and waiting for the second book in the A Thousand Hearts series I’ve decided to fill in some of the gaps with a weekly ‘Webisode’. Basically these will be short snippets that take place between book one and two. Hopefully these will satisfy peoples hunger as I finish off the second book.

Speaking of the second book, things are coming along well. I’m going to get a deadline sorted and I’ll post the update once I have a date. Look forward to sharing the first glimpses of the story with you all this coming Friday!

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Camp NaNoWriMo

Well I’ve just joined up to participate in this years Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ll be working on a separate project, Second Chance, leaving A Thousand Hearts to its usual schedule. This is the first time I’ve done anything related to NaNoWriMo and I’m looking forward to it.

So a little bit about Second Chance. It’s a slightly different type of book to what I’ve been writing previously, focusing on the romance storyline more than the adventure. The basics are that a guy saves a girl, the guy dies in the process, but his spirit is left behind. I’m looking forward to writing it, and hopefully the end result will be as interesting as what’s in my head right now.

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A Thousand Hearts Sale Weekend

Good evening all. Since it’s bank holiday here in the UK I thought I’d kick off a little sale until Monday evening. Grab yourselves a bargain, with A Thousand Hearts – Rebirth, retailing on Amazon at a only 77p! For those outside of the UK the sale extends to you guys as-well! There’s no better time to buy, so pick up a copy this weekend.

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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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A Thousand Hearts Competition

With a recent little push from Amazon, A Thousand Hearts – Rebirth, has begun climbing in sales once again. So I decided to support Amazon’s efforts by running a promotion/competition myself. The more shares, and visibility we can get the better!

For anyone who shares or helps spread the word your name will be entered into a prize draw. The winner in the UK will receive a signed copy of my book, A Thousand Hearts – Rebirth, and the winner outside of the UK will win a free copy in eBook format.

I’ll be running this campaign over the weekend, drawing it to a close and announcing the winners on Monday 19th. So to be in with a chance to win, just share, reblog or repost this message and let’s get as much interaction as possible.

Thank you so far to everyone who has supported my first book launch, this weekend I’m really driving to get the book into the top sellers league!

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JOPR68G
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JOPR68G
Paperback – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rebirth-1-A-Thousand-Hearts/dp/1497411483/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400138623&sr=8-1&keywords=shaun+dowdall

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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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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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Today is launch day!

Well it’s been a long time coming but it is finally here! My first book, A Thousand Hearts – Rebirth is available to purchase today! You can find it available on Amazon Kindle and in physical copy to order. The book will soon be available on most other eBook platforms too.

Here are the Amazon links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JOPR68G?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JOPR68G

Thank you to everyone for your patience and putting up with my constant ranting about my book. It’s been a while and I really hope you all enjoy the start of this journey and stick with me to see it through to the end.

Some special mentions, in true cheesy style:

Cynthia Shepp, thanks for being such a fantastic editor with the patience of a saint.

Rene Folsom, thank you for the cover art, it looks amazing!

Rosie Munroe, thanks for sticking around and bringing my characters to life, they are looking better than ever.

Katie Amzid, thanks for tackling my book in its rawest form and giving me the feedback I needed to evolve it.

Maureen Cutajar, thanks for the formatting, the final thing looks amazing.

Sarah Dowdall, last, and by no means least, thanks for putting up with my late night writing, my random silent periods of staring at my laptop screen. Thanks for being there through this process.

Now everyone, stop reading this and go out there and read A Thousand Hearts! Thanks everyone! Enjoy!

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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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Work, play, write

If I’ve learnt one thing writing my first book it’s that I’m chaotic when it comes to writing. In fact I’m chaotic when it comes to most things but my writing seems to suffer the most.

My plan going forward is to enforce some structure, driving up efficiency of my writing. What tips do any if you writers out there have for managing your writing time effectively when also working full time?

Hope to see some ideas in the comments! 😀

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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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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!