Chapter 15 of SirenSong is out!

Aurea has suffered its first, full-scale crisis in a long time. Unsurprisingly enough, Lux stands at the centre of it. Around her are her family, who will react to recent developments in very unexpected ways. What will happen now that the peace of the underwater kingdom is being threatened…?

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Introducing Gaius! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Gaius

Age: 20
Height: 1’78 m
Weight: 65 kg

Siren Gift:
Topaz Bracelet

Likes: Drinking, conversing, love-making
Dislikes: Privilege, snobbishness, arrogance

The first mention in SirenSong of Gaius is in chapter 1, when Lux remarks that no-one likes Gaius. Since he’s the butt of every joke and the target of many insults, one would expect him to be a rather dislikable man.

Until you get to meet him.

Lux herself, who had always disliked Gaius because of the fact that he had received a Siren Gift while she hadn’t, had to admit she had been too quick to judge him. Foul-mouthed and abrasive on the surface, he turned out to be a very tender and generous man… with those people he cares about, that is.

From a very early age, Gaius took to escaping from Aurea’s royal palace and into the city, where he got to meet the plebeians and learn from them. It wasn’t long before he decided that he preferred their company to that of the Patricians and his own family.

His main objective, now, is to lead the Aureans into the surface in order to improve their way of life—a dream which just happens to be closely intertwined with that of Lux’s…

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Introducing Stella! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Stella

Age: 25
Height: 1’62 m
Weight: 41 kg

Siren Gift:
Lapis Lazuli Diadem

Likes: Books, playing with magic, her family
Dislikes: Untidiness, unreasonable people

Chapter 3 of SirenSong introduced Lux’s older sister, Stella. As the librarian of Aurea, she keeps every book of the underwater kingdom in her dome-shaped home, which she rarely leaves.

The power of her diadem confers the ability to control the air. It is this power that keeps the waters at bay and permits life in Aurea. If she were to stop using her magic for even one second, the waters would flood the kingdom and destroy everything within.

Because of this, Stella can’t even allow herself to fall asleep. To ensure that that doesn’t happen, the Sirens gave her a concoction that keeps her constantly awake. Although she’s grateful for this, having to stay vigilant at all times has taken a toll on her, making her body thin and weak.

Loving and caring as she is, she never lets her family to worry about her state. She carries her responsibility with a smile, even when she’s hurting. Unable to sleep or leave her home, all she does is read all day, every day…

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Introducing Alba! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Alba

Age: 16
Height: 1’54 m
Weight: 47 kg

Siren Gift:
Emerald Ankle Bracelet

Likes: Gardening, playing with dolls, fancy dresses, Lux
Dislikes: Anything and anyone that stands in Lux’s way

In SirenSong‘s chapter 2 we met Alba, Lux’s youngest sister, as she danced through the fields to bring a new harvest. She is the owner of the Emerald Ankle Bracelet, which grants its user dominion over nature and vegetation. Because of this power, the whole kingdom of Aurea depends on Alba for sustenance.

She is, however, the least politically inclined of all her siblings. As far as Lux can remember, Alba has never shown any emotion, wearing always a blank, expresionless mask on her face. It is only during periods of exceptional emotional duress that she reveals her true feelings—with a slight tremble or an almost imperceptible twitch of the eye.

It is unknown whether Alba thinks much of her father or her other siblings (other than Stella, whose books she frequently borrows), but she admires and idolizes Lux. Unable as she is of feeling very strong emotions, she wishes for the time when will feel as passionately and intensely about life as Lux does.

In the meantime, she is more than happy to stand by her sister’s side and help her fulfil all her dreams, being the voice of reason in a world that seems to be going insane…

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Introducing Lux! #SirenSong

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Illustration by Hellyon White 2017

Lux

Age: 22
Height: 1’67 m
Weight: 54 kg

Siren Gift:
Alexandrite Blade

Likes: Novelty, exploring, Alba
Dislikes: Boredom, complexity, Sol and Luna

Those of you who have read the prologue and first chapter of SirenSong will be well acquainted with Lux. She’s a troublesome princess who questions the status quo and is never satisfied with bland, meaningless answers.

As a princess of Aurea, she has lived a very sheltered life. She is, however, open-minded and willing to learn; she was, after all, the only person who came to the rescue of Ilios when he was sentenced to death. This means, however, that she often holds views contrary to those of her family and the Aurean society, which make her seem unreliable in the eyes of those who surround her—except for her sister Alba, who admires and adores her above all things.

Lux will be the catalyst for the turmoil that threatens to flood the underwater kingdom of Aurea. Will she bring ruin upon her people, or will she lead them towards the surface…?

Only one way to find out: click that button and read the first chapters on Wattpad! And remember: this Friday I’ll upload chapter 2 of SirenSong, where Lux’s sister Alba is introduced…

 

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Marketing for Writers: Google Analytics

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It is often said that, nowadays, it’s not enough being just an author: you also have to be a marketeer. Traditional publishing houses take into account how many followers you have on your Facebook page and Twitter account before giving you an offer, and self-publishing relies entirely on how much work you’re willing to put in in order to promote your novel. One thing is certain: the ideal of the bohemian writer who spends their whole lives devoted to their craft, leaving the less savoury aspects of the business to their agents, is long gone.

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I Won NaNoWriMo!!

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Two months ago, I asked you for ideas to write a NaNoWriMo novel. And you delivered! Here are some of the ideas you gave me. I’d like to thank  Barb Knowles, 10000hoursleft, Deborah O’Carrol, Vinnieh, ZhyxthenovelHbhatnagar, Mreadsbooks, Ehbates, Bookishgirl129, and Nandini Bharadwaj for their help! 🙂

But this is just the beginning! What’s next, then!?

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