New fantasy lovers necklace & bracelet giveaway

Small TBSB pendantAn exquisite, one-of-a-kind necklace was designed by Moore Park artist Chris (Ekko Glass Designs) last year to celebrate the launch of The Blood She Betrayed.

The red, white and gold mirrors the shades of the TBSB cover: the red represents Shahkara and her Taloner blood; the gold the spritz of the Twilight Mists; the silver-white is the tail spines of Shahkara’s dragon key – and the many paths she must take to find the Elnara.

The Ekko Glass necklace and a gorgeous heart bracelet made by The Bling Thing, Hervey Bay, were to be the prizes at The Blood She Betrayed FaceBook launch party, but were withdrawn when the eBook was unable to be launched on the night.

bracelet1Instead, I’ve held these two prizes over until early this year when I knew the eBook would be available (and I’d be back from my physical author tour and able to give it some attention again).

To enter, all you have to do is buy a copy of The Blood She Betrayed and email your proof of purchase (Amazon or Dymocks receipt, etc) to me at cheryse (at) quietdawn (dot) org

Two separate winners – one for the necklace and one for the bracelet – will be drawn.

Those who have already bought a copy of The Blood She Betrayed in 2013 (either eBook or paperback) are also eligible – just email me your proof of purchase – and/or remind me where I signed your book for you during the physical author tour.

Winners of the Hearts & Talons giveaway 2013:

September: $AU50 Clan Destine Press book pack: C Prowse, Townsville, Aust

October: $AU50 Amazon gift voucher: M Black, Paterson, NJ, US

November: $AU130  9ct gold crystal pendant: Ian G. Blackwell, Bundaberg, Aust

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Name a Character winners announced

Taloners fightingThe Name a Character after a Reader contest was conceived in September last year with the goal of stimulating The Blood She Betrayed eBook sales prior to the Bundaberg paperback launch. Since Clan Destine Press was unable to release the eBook until after the September Facebook party and the Brisbane and Bundaberg launches in October, Iopened the contest up to all readers who bought copies of the eBook or paperback during October.

The winner is… *drum roll* … ex-Bundy writer Emma Gough, who attended one of the Brisbane book launches.

The brilliant plot twist to this contest is that I had *already* created an Emma character in The Ghost She Killed so, even though Emma’s happy to have a multi-layered characters as her namesake, I have also drawn two more names – just to make it a little more fun. I will weave these two names into my current manuscript in the coming months.

I’d originally hoped to draw out a man’s name as the winner as I have a few fabulous new male characters in The Ghost She Killed, but that didn’t happen so my little mind is now working out what roles Shaye and Krystal will play in my work-in-progress. I’m almost certain one of them will become the namesake for one of the sword-wielding Goth girls, introduced to readers in The Blood She Betrayed. We’re resurrecting a few of those assassins for the next book.

The namesake character may not have large roles in The Ghost She Killed, but they will certainly play a part – even if it’s just as a dead body :)

Name a Character winners:

1. Emma Gough, Brisbane, Aust

2. Krystal Sardelich-Mcnutt, Greymouth, NZ

3. Shaye Campbell, Yarraman, Aust

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Being grateful for simplicity

FairyangelOne gift in this life that I love celebrating – and one which we are often not grateful enough for, in fact often don’t even recognize, is the virtue of keeping life simple.

I might fantasize about living in a home with six bedrooms, a library and a landscaped garden. In reality, my husband and I run three businesses from a two-and-a-half bedroom home. The garage is both his office and the laundry and my writing desk is in our bedroom – so my early-morning typing is always at risk of waking the sleeping giant (aka hubby).

pencilsThis month (and what better time than the start of a new year?), I have been de-cluttering. Feng shui practitioners believe this process removes stagnant energy from a home or workplace, allowing new energy (and a whole world of possibilities) to sweep inside your doors – and your life. I always feel refreshed and invigorated when I clean, de-clutter and organise so maybe there’s truth in these principles.

However, I’m a sentimental person, so it is often difficult for me to let go of hundred-year-old knick knacks inherited from my Great Uncle or a chipped mug that was once given to me by a now departed friend. We will never forget our memories of loved ones, but too much clutter and immersing ourselves in our past all the time can sometimes thwart us from moving on to the next stage in our short life on this world.

catsSo I’ve had to be quite ruthless in discarding those objects in my home that are no longer useful or inspiring to me at this point in my life. To do this effectively, I have to focus on two things: 1) That someone else has a greater use for these items that I’m not using; and 2) By releasing them back into the world, I am allowing space in my life for new ideas and possibilities. De-cluttering my house, although sometimes frustrating and agonising at the start of the process, is an incredibly simple action that you can implement in your life to create new energy in 2014. Now that’s certainly something to celebrate at the start of a new year.

What are you Celebrate the small thingscelebrating this week? I’m celebrating the many ways in which I can simplify my life.

This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things.

To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to post every Friday about something you’re grateful  for that week.

It can be about writing or family or school or general life.


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