I cannot believe it is almost Christmas already. So much has happened this year. I’ve had the opportunity to become a freelance proofreader working with my wonderful editor and designer – Jen of Fuzzy Flamingo. So far I have worked with her on three books. Two of those have been released so far, both achieving bestseller status on Amazon. What an incredible feeling that is! I’ve learned a lot already, but there’s much still to learn. It definitely feels like a calling I should pursue further.
Then of course there is the small matter of having published my first novel back in April. No biggy. I lie. It’s a massive biggy to me. As someone who has always loved reading books, and writing, to actually see my name on the cover of a real book, to hold it in print, is nothing short of incredible. For it to have achieved bestseller status on Amazon was the icing on the cake.
But I couldn’t have done it alone. My wife, family, and friends have all pushed me and encouraged me to see it over the line. Jen edited and designed my book, making it look the part. And a number of authors I am fortunate enough to count as friends now through my book reviewing all lent their support and words of wisdom. This brings me to the purpose of this post. It’s a little appreciation post of those writers who helped and encouraged me. A chance for me to say thanks, but also an opportunity to highlight the amazing work they have created. And with Christmas right around the corner, who knows, you might just find a new favourite author to try! I’ll put their links in each section.
AK Alliss, otherwise known as Adam is an author from Australia. I came to know him through my book review blog when he asked me to review his first book Frame – a cyberpunk thriller. Since then I’ve had the fortune of reading all of his cyberpunk novels in the Ouroborous Series (Frame, Future’s Orphans, and Gravity’s Truth), his first dalliance with fantasy, All The Dead Stars, and his latest novel, alt-history noir Jimmy Dean’s Last Dance. He has become a firm friend over this time, always ready to offer encouragement, support, and advice with my own writing, for which I am always grateful. I’d highly recommend him if you are after a gritty read with rich worlds.
Richard is another gifted author who has become a good friend over the years. He contacted me on my review blog to ask for a review of his cozy space crime novel, Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe. I fell in love with this novel and have always relished the release of a new novel in this series. I cannot recommend them highly enough for a light, but fast-paced read. He also has an array of other novels running the gamut from sci-fi to steampunk and, most recently fantasy with his latest fantastic release, The Syk’m. Richard is another author who has always been ready to help me with my own journey into writing, willing and keen to talk shop, make suggestions and read early drafts of Chasing Shadows.
Sharn is another author who contacted me to review her book It’s Killing Jerry. This dark comedy was a fantastic read that I thoroughly enjoyed. When I heard she was venturing into young adult/fantasy, I was excited to see what would come of it. The end result was the wonderful Phyllo Cane and the Circus of Wonder. It’s a beautifully crafted story of life in a magical circus, where dark things lurk in the shadows. It’s a fantastic read that I hope is the first of a series.
D. Wells writes uplifting fiction with wonderfully realised characters. The cozy and comfortable reads. We are both in a number of similar Facebook groups dedicated to authors and book lovers. She has become someone quick to offer her support and advice whenever she can, and is always there to uplift all who need it.
Last but by no means least is the wonderful Lizzie. She runs a fantastic book group over on Facebook. It’s one of the nicest, most welcoming places on the internet. Lizzie posts a thought or question every day, something to get everyone thinking. She freely gives her time to highlight other authors while also being an author of many books of her own. The community she has built on Facebook is nothing short of incredible: a place where everyone follows Lizzie’s own ethos, to help, support, and champion authors, both established and those of us just starting out.
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/647115202160536
And just in case any of you happened to have forgotten, Chasing Shadows is also available should you need a last-minute Christmas gift! Paperbacks are available, signed, directly from me including UK postage. Books can be sent internationally. Contact me if you’d like to purchase a personalised copy. It’s also available on Kindle.