April Update

Greetings!

That’s another month done and dusted for the year 2016. It’s now April. Am I the only one who’s a little freaked out with how fast this year is going? My sister is currently preggers with my first little niece and we are all pretty certain we’ll be welcoming her into the world before May. I’m sitting by the phone just waiting for the call. It’s going to be a busy month!

What I’m Writing:
I was hoping I would be finished the reviews for Blessed Cursed by the end of March. Safe to say I was over confident. I’ve completed about half the manuscript so it may just take another month before I’ve finished. I’m still on the look out for Beta Readers so if you are interested please drop me a message and I’ll let you know the details. Blessed Cursed is currently sitting at roughly 120k words so I can safely say it’s the longest novel I’ve ever written so far.

What I’m Reading:
I’m still on the Dragons of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. Since my last update I’ve finished Moreta’s Story. A good book but probably not the best in this series. I feel the ending is too forced. Without giving much away, the tale of Moreta is known to anyone who has read the early books in the Dragons series including the end. I can’t help but feel McCaffrey really wanted to write this story about Moreta but, because she had already set the ending in earlier books, couldn’t change it. Therefore the ending feels forced, sudden and to be completely honest, a bit disappointing.
In March, I also read Nerilka’s Story,  Dragonsdawn, The Renegades of Pern and All the Weyrs of Pern.untitled
Of these, I have to take a moment to talk about Dragonsdawn. To put it bluntly, I. Love. This. Book. I do. I really do. Dragonsdawn would take a spot on my all time favourite books list. My copy at home is falling apart from too much reading. Dragonsdawn is set in a different time period to the rest of the series and tells the tale of the very first dragons and their riders. It’s the thickest book in the series (and for good reason because it covered a lot!)
I’ve only three more books in this series before I finish it and start on the next one. Does any one have any suggestions?

Have an awesome April!!

Ashleigh

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Beta Readers for Blessed Cursed

Greetings!

It’s time for a new month and a new season! Here in Australia, we are moving from Summer into Autumn. I can’t wait for the days to start to cool. This summer has been particularly hot with the naughty El Nino driving temperatures up. For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, Happy Spring 🙂

What I’m Writing:
In February I was able to finish writing Blessed Cursed! Yay! Happy times. I’ve already started the reviewing process and hope for that to be completed by the end of March. I’m making great progress this year. Here is a brief synopsis.

Blessed Cursed

When the Gates of Hell are opened
And darkness walks the land
Everything will crumble
Rock returns to sand

For four hundred years, Demons have slaughtered the innocent and destroyed the cities of man. Those who managed to escape were often infected by the Demon’s Curse. A poisoning of the blood, it granted them speed and strength but as the infection takes hold, it also drives them insane. The Church of Light sent its best warriors to take down the fell beasts but still they multiply and no one knows why. When Arden’s best friend is tainted by the Demon’s Curse, she puts her own life aside to find a cure before her friend looses her mind forever.

I’m starting to look for Beta Readers to read Blessed Cursed and give me feedback. Would you like to help? I’d like people who read regularly and who like Fantasy. I’m looking for completely honest feedback with as much detail as possible. If you would like to be a Beta Reader, please CLICK THIS LINK and fill in the contact form. Please include some of your favourite books so I can get an idea of what you like.

What I’m Reading:
In this last month, I’ve been reading the Dragons of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. As I said in my Feb post, I just love it. I read the followingdragonsong instalments last month: Dragon Flight, Dragon Quest, Dragon Song, Dragon Singer, The White Dragon and Dragon Drums. Of all these books, I think my favourite would have to be Dragon Flight followed by Dragon Song and Dragon Singer. The Dragon Song/Singer duo is about Menolly, a girl who loves music and writes the most beautiful songs. But girls can’t be Harpers and the Sea Hold which is her home has no time for such things.

The book I’m currently reading from the Pern series is Moreta, Dragonlady of Pern. I am hesitant to read this novel again. Its ending is incredibly sad and I don’t really like books that make me cry. But it’s been years since I’ve read it and I figured I’d give it another go. Maybe it won’t be as bad the second time around.

Have a great March guys, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to be a Beta Reader for Blessed Cursed.

Ashleigh

February Already!

Hi internet friends!

Wow February already. Where is 2016 going?

I’ve had a pretty good year so far and I hope you have as well. I’ve been writing solidly for Blessed Cursed and am on track to finish the first draft in the next few weeks. Then it’ll be onto the ‘fun’ part of editing. Once that’s been completed, I would like to find a few people who would be willing to be my Beta Readers. All you have to do is read the manuscript and tell me your honest thoughts about it. Let me know if you would be interested in helping me 🙂

Since my last update I’ve finished reading Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness and Immortals series. Both fantastic. I can’t speak any higher of them. I’ve also read Game of Throne. I did enjoy this although I did feel nothing was resolved. I understand it’s a complicated series and I intend to keep reading but I couldn’t help but feel a little let down when the book simply ended. I’m currently reading Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey. This is another book which I first read years ago when I was a teenager. What can I say except I love dragons and the Dragons of Pern series captures them beautifully. I’m very much looking forward to re-reading this series which is currently taking up almost an entire row on my book shelf. Are you guys reading any good books at the moment?

I do have some sad news as well. As of Jan 2016, my publisher for the last three years closed its doors. Unfortunately this means that Birth By Fire’s Embrace and the rest of the Amethyst series will be out of print while I look for a new publisher to take it up. I’ll keep you updated on how I’m going but it’s a long process. If you would like a paperback copy of Birth By Fire’s Embrace, there are a few online shop such as Amazon which still have a few copies in stock. I myself also have some which I sell for $10 plus postage. I’ve had a lot of people asking me when Standing In The Wind’s Shadow will be released. Unfortunately I simply don’t know how long it will take to find a new publisher.

But no sense dwelling on the unchangeable. There are words to be written and worlds to build.

Till next time,

Ashleigh

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone! Hope your 2016 is off to a flying start.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? I’m hoping to save up enough this year for a deposit on a house. But it will mean avoiding treats (which I have never been too good at!)

I’ve also given my website a facelift so if you get a chance, have a little look around and let me know what you think 🙂

Merry Christmas To All!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

I know it’ll a little early (not as early as the shopping centre decorations though) but I thought I’d say it now as Christmas Day is always flat out visiting family for me.

I’ve finished reading the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce and it is simply awesome. I’ve said it before but if you haven’t yet read this series, you should get your hands on it. I’m now re-reading the Immortals series also by Pierce. Set in the same universe as the Song of the Lioness, it’s just as amazing.

As for my own writing, I hit 50k words on Blessed Cursed last night so I am very happy about that. If I keep this pace up, I hope to finish it in the first few months of the new year. I may be looking for some Beta readers around March so please let me know if you are interested.

Anyways I had best get back to the old grind. Thank you all for your support during 2015. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and that 2016 be a great year.