My First Bow

Well my first proper Composite bow. I don’t count the Nerf bows sitting around the house.

Greetings All!

Kittens
Little cuties, Kuro and Harley

What a May! Blink and you’ll miss it. Earlier in the month, it was my birthday. I’d like to thank everyone once more for your kind wishes. Then, just a few days ago, it was my beautiful husband and I’s first year wedding anniversary. A lot has changed in a year. We’ve moved houses and adopted two gorgeous little kittens, Kuro and Harley. It has been an extremely productive year for both of us. I’ve written the vast majority of Blessed Cursed since then.

Last weekend we attended the Medieval Market and Fantasy Faire in Ipswich, QLD. It was fantastic to see so many interesting stalls and people. My eye was caught by the Archery stall and I didn’t go home empty handed. Once home, we set up a little practise range in the garage and boy, were my shoulders sore the next day! I think I need to start some strength training for my arms.

What I’m Writing:
I’m still working away at Blessed Cursed. In reviewing, I’ve discovered I’m no longer happy with two of my chapters and I’m completely re-writing them. I’ve also decided to flesh out the last quarter of the book more so my novel is now looking like it’s going to be 150k words instead of the 100k goal I set when I started. I’m hoping to have those chapters re-written by next month then the review can start again where I left off. At this stage, I can’t give an estimate as to when the review will be finished but I just really hope it’s before August.

What I’m Reading:
I’ve finished the last three books I have in the Dragons of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. They were First Fall, Dolphins of Pern, and Red Star Rising. I enjoyed them thoroughly although not as much as some other books in the series. I liked First Fall and Red Star Rising because they are set earlier in Pern’s history. It was nice to read about the first Dragon riders in First Fall and the problems faced by them in Red Star Rising to convince the Holders Thread was real when it hasn’t been seen in centuries years.

GotrekSince finishing that series, I started a new one which is somewhat different to what I normally read. Gotrek and Felix is a Gothic Fantasy series set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe. Gotrek is a dwarf slayer who is pledged to meet his doom in epic combat. Felix is a human who, after getting very drunk, agreed to accompany Gotrek on his travels and write an epic tale of Gotrek’s death once he’s achieved the glorious end in battle he seeks. The problem is Gotrek just can’t seem to find anyone (or anything) strong enough to best him in battle so he keeps looking. I’ve finished the first four books being Trollslayer, Skavernslayer, Deamonslayer and Dragonslayer. I’m currently halfway through Beastslayer. All written by William King. Are you picking up a theme with the titles? I’m reading them in the two omnibus collections which I’m very happy for. Apart from the first two novels, the last three have read like one long story. The first book, Trollslayer is probably the worse. It reads to me like a collection of short stories which became a novel. Each chapter is a story and there isn’t really an over-arcing plot. I found the writing repetitive. However the second book onwards has been really good and I am enjoying the story. Set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe, it’s much darker and more gruesome than I am used to but not to a fault. That is simply how that universe is. If considering to read these books, I suggest doing a little bit of research into the Warhammer Fantasy universe as it will help you understand the races and attitudes. I myself only had a very limited knowledge to start with but it certainly helped.

Till next time,

Ashleigh

Update

Hi Everyone and Happy belated New Year!

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve just been so busy. My wedding is coming up in a few months and I’m flat out trying to get everything organised. Who’d have thought so much effort goes into one day.

I’d like to thank all those who bought a copy of my book over the last few months. You guys are awesome. I’m also trying to get more reviews on Amazon.com. If you’d like to help me out with this, message me via the contact page. I’ll send you a free copy as long as you promise to put a honest review on Amazon.com when you are finished reading it. That’s a pretty good deal I think 🙂

I’m going to be running some more competitions this year so keep a keen eye out and the winner might just be you!

Importance of Reviews

Hey guys!

I just want to take a moment and explain the importance of reviews.

Our books are our babies. We nurture them for years and one of the hardest things we have to do is put them in the eyes of the public. Afterall what’s the point of a book that isn’t read. We want to share our stories, our adventures with the world. But in a society where hundreds of books are added to sites like Amazon everyday, it’s hard to be noticed. Our little voice whimpering ‘read me’ is often missed in the uproar. Many authors don’t have a huge budget for marketing. In fact they are probably working normal jobs on the side just to pay the bills. What we rely on are other voices, readers who stand by our books and say ‘Yes, this is good. Read this.’ Once enough people are there, the message can start to be heard.

Reviews don’t have to be a two pages narrative on every aspect liked and disliked. A simple sentence works wonders.

So I’d like to make this appeal on behalf of all authors. If you’ve read a book, and you liked it, please take 5 min to write a review on Good Reads or Amazon or where ever you like. If you maintain a blog, you can let your audience know how much you enjoyed it. The author will thank you from the bottom of their heart and so will I.

GoodReads Choice Awards 2013

Greeting Everyone!

Goodreads is holding their 2013 Choice Awards. I would appriciate it very much if everyone could vote for Birth By Fire’s Embrace.

To do this, Click This Link and scroll to the bottom. Enter Birth By Fire’s Embrace in the ‘Your Choice’ box.

A BIG thank you to everyone who has voted so far. You Guys ROCK!

Goodreads Book Giveaway – Enter to Win

Birth By Fire’s Embrace is having a Goodreads Book Giveaway. Please see below for details and don’t forget to enter. You can go in the draw to win one Signed copy of Birth By Fire’s Embrace.

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Birth by Fire's Embrace by Ashleigh Galvin

Birth by Fire’s Embrace

by Ashleigh Galvin

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