Vote for Enchanted Forests in the All Author Cover Contest!

Hi friends! I’ve got a big favour to ask of you today, but don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny.

Our latest charity anthology, Enchanted Forests, is currently in second place in the All Author Cover Contest, and we’d really appreciate your vote.

We’re neck and neck with another cover and it’s going to be a close run thing all the way to the end, so all support is really appreciated!

Click the cover below to vote:

Thank you so much if you voted! As a charity anthology, we don’t take any royalties as all profits go to the Rainforest Foundation, and therefore we can’t afford to spend much on advertising Enchanted Forests. The first prize of free advertising for the book would help us to reach so many more readers and raise a lot more money for forest conservation. As of right now, we’ve raised over $560 for the Rainforest Foundation, and voting for our cover in the contest will help us to reach our goal of $1,000 raised in the first year.

Thank you, friends!

Lyndsey

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My Top 3 Tips for Drafting

Writing the first draft is one of my favourite parts of the writing process. (World building and creating magic systems take the top spot). But I know it’s a lot of people’s most hated part, and some of you even prefer editing *shudder*.

So, I thought I’d share a few quick and simple tips for getting that first draft done, whether you’re a plotter or a pantser. Here we go:

Tip 1.

Write a scene/chapter summary at the top of each new page to refer to whenever you get stuck.

Okay, this one is more for the plotters amongst us, but even a lot of pantsers have a general idea of where the story needs to go before it reaches its ultimate conclusion. If you know some of the essential beats or big plot events that will happen in your story, jot them down and paste them throughout your document so that when you finish the first beat you have an idea of the next one. Or, if you’re an outline obsessive, like me, you can write a paragraph at the top of every single chapter so you never find yourself staring at a blank document with no idea what’s supposed to happen next.

Tip 2.

Stop in the middle of the action so you know exactly what’s happening when you come back to it.

This is the one I find the hardest to put into practice, I much prefer ending a writing session with a complete scene, but if you want to hit the ground running the next day, this one works a treat. Just close your laptop mid-battle/kiss/argument/revelation and when you open it again tomorrow you can carry on from there, easing you into a new writing session with as little pain or procrastination as possible.

Tip 3.

Leave yourself a short note about what needs to happen next at the end of each writing session.

This one works if you’re like me and hate to stop in the middle of a scene. When you’re in the flow of the story, you probably know exactly where it’s going next, but you have to stop at some point to eat/walk the dog/socialise with your friends or family. It’s a drag, I know. Just kidding, but if you quickly scribble down a summary of the next scene before you stop for the day, you’ll thank yourself tomorrow when you don’t have to spend ages rereading your last few pages or trying to think of what to write next.

And there you have it, three very simple and effective ways to help yourself get that first draft finished and move on to the next phase of your publishing journey!

Lyndsey

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Cover Reveal: Return of the Dragons by R. S. Williams

I’ve got something really exciting (and pretty) to show you today. It’s the absolutely breathtaking cover for the upcoming sequel to Kingdom of Lies by R. S. Williams, Return of the Dragons!

Return of the Dragons is the second book in The Kane Saga, a gripping epic fantasy series with magic, assassins, royalty, romance, political intrigue, the chosen one, and did I mention DRAGONS?!

If you haven’t read book one, Kingdom of Lies, go here to check it out and avoid any possible spoilers.

Ready for book two’s blurb? Here we go:

Blurb

Having grown up in Rheanydd, all Elijah wanted to focus on was entering the annual Hollom horse race. A year later, he’s one of Princess Sienna’s Elite bodyguards in Adelith, where he learns more about his hazy past every day.

King Roderick’s solution to Eli being revealed as the missing crown heir is to marry Eli to Princess Sienna and combine their two bloodlines. But when a body is found with a blood-splattered message and the queen reveals a secret about Eli’s magic, a wedding is the last thing on everyone’s mind.

Eli starts to doubt the Dragon Elders’ motives when their answers only come in the form of cryptic messages. Yet he can’t help but feel a connection between the dragons and himself. So, he agrees to fulfil their task to get the relics before The Master’s Agents of Cyran.

But the agreement between the dragons and his father is due to end soon, setting the dragons free from their human forms and able to rebuild their race. Unless The Master gains control of them.

Can Eli and the dragons work together to stop The Master from getting the relics, or will he gain control over the dragons to rebuild the world and become a god?

To celebrate the cover reveal, Rhianne is also hosting a giveaway! Hop over to Instagram to enter on the giveaway post on Rhianne’s account (@authorrhiannewilliams).

And don’t forget to preorder Return of the Dragons!

Lyndsey

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