Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Oz Comic-Con indie author alley - D L Richardson



UPDATE: I'M IN STAND #48  


The time is almost upon me to pack the car with books and merchandise and head to Australia's version of Comic-Con. In June this year I attended SupaNova, and it was my first time as a stall holder. One thing a few customers said was, while they love books they just couldn't fit any more in their house. And it's not easy to sell ebooks at a stall though I did have bookmarks made up with the scan code. So I created a range of products to sell that weren't books but were still part of the franchise. And hey, I own the franchise, so why not be like George Lucas and Disney?
I'll sell t-shirts, book bags, artwork as well as all of my seven book titles. Here's a sample of the goods I'll be selling. I hope to be able to sell these online as well. But first I have to figure out what sort of online store I want.

I hope to see you there.
Oz Comic-Con
Darling Harbour International Convention Centre
September 30 - October 1, 2017
 













 
 


Friday, 15 September 2017

Author spotlight on Miranda Nading, Mirren Hogan, and Stephanie Barr

Indie authors are getting under the spotlight on my blog this month.
 
So far I've put these authors under the spotlight.
 
 
 
Now it's time for 3 more indie authors to showcase their books.
 
 
Miranda Nading
 
https://www.amazon.com/Eldorado-Gold-Miranda-Nading-ebook/dp/B073XC8M8N/
 
 
 
Mirren Hogan
 
https://www.amazon.com/Nightmares-Rise-Dark-Shores-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B06Y3L597M/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
 
https://www.amazon.com/Night-Witches-Mirren-Hogan-ebook/dp/B06XKJ5LLD/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
 
https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCrimson-Fire-Magic-Isskasala-Book-ebook%2Fdp%2FB0716MVQ3F%2F&h=ATPZ7sOxvBywdpJwuJlwe6_t7tha1vXAGAF4lIjGU9Ru-ujGGH188Elq9n5mgCWiGbLNmz5nvEC7NdzP4XkS03XNJM7QX6mhhM330w2zS3m5jYeBxD-LUpJejGHIFCrG741DmPrkKncVqCjKDmfebDaAgEud6xHeWHVeVSG7RygLn1yC40K3UDdoaOE6BjLGAOjTUqmD-rwt74ONXXz35QKYDUWikgoIWAiyV3jvXfSNc2G47TGpgNUuy-0GZKHrfrvNzCoYjuocIB-vL8I8IGCsSa4zMnxDaUAjyBY
 
Read my review of Crimson Fire here
 
Stephanie Barr
 
https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Stephanie-Barr-ebook/dp/B07451LJVB/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
 
 
https://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Barr/e/B00N9W84YK?fref=gc&dti=1902358100088615
 
 
Coming soon
 
More authors under the spotlight...
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Speculative fiction - what is it and why do I write it? by D L Richardson

Speculative Fiction

What is it and Why do I write it?
 
 
Welcome to my new subscribers, and hello to my current subscribers. Many of you have been on my VIP list for a few years, since my first novel was published, a young adult title called The Bird With The Broken Wing. A lot has changed in that time. I’ve written two more YA novels as well as four books for adults. It’s occurred to me that some of you might have signed up while I was writing YA and my books for adults might not be to your liking. That’s okay. Today, I thought I’d give you a brief look into the world of speculative fiction.
 
What is speculative fiction?
 
It’s broadly described as a piece of fiction applying the “what if” principle. What if vampires were real? What if the world ended because of a meteor strike? What if you could become invisible for a day? All fiction is, in essence, speculative. What if the man you loved dumped you for a younger woman (chick-lit)? What if you were being chased by a serial killer (thriller)? What if you were single and looking for love (romance)?
 
The term ‘speculative fiction’ is usually applied to three genres and their subgenres because thrillers and romance and women’s fiction typically are called literary, historical, or commercial fiction. They don’t involve the supernatural or the predictive.
 
These listed subgenres are just a few examples. There are so many more with mash-ups and new styles.
 
Science fiction eg: apocalyptic, space opera, adventure, dystopian, futuristic, 
Horror eg: supernatural thriller, ghosts, slasher, psychological thriller, magic, demons
Fantasy eg: urban fantasy, swords and sorcery, magic, epic saga, dragons, shape shifters, vampires
 
 
Why do I write speculative fiction?
 
In one way, the answer is I don’t know. If you look at my book shelf at home it has a vast range of genres. There’s romance, sci-fi, horror, thriller, chick-lit, YA, fantasy, classic literature. Some of my favourite books are not speculative fiction: the Secret Garden, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Outsiders. But then some of them are: The Hobbit, Roboapocalypse, Interview with the Vampire. Marian Keyes and Maeve Binchy are two my favourite authors. But then, so are Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
 
However, speculative fiction something I’m draw to writing. I believe this area offers the best method for me to explore the philosophical discussions that happen inside my head. When it comes to science fiction, we can predict a future world. That’s easy. We can create policies and practices. Also easy. The beauty of this genre is that most sci-fi stories not only get a reader to ask “Can we do this?” but they can allow a reader to ask “Should we do this?” The current state of world affairs provides everyone with the chance to ask this question. My dystopian novel (currently with a major publisher son fingers crossed for me) explores the philosophical discussion around population control and oppression. These can be, but not always, very exhilarating genres to write and read.
 
It’s not the only genre I write in. I currently have four romance novels and one crime/thriller novel that I aim to work on over the course of next year and submit to publishers. So even if speculative fiction or fantasy or science fiction isn’t your thing, maybe one of my future books might make it onto your reading pile.
 
Thanks for the opportunity to chat to you. Take care till we next chat.
 
D L Richardson

No promo, no brags, no links

There are no links in this blog post, no calls to action, no self-promo, no incentives, no promises. I realize so many readers are becoming bombarded with 'buy me' emails and posts, I worry that authors may be losing touch with the reason we wrote these pieces in the first place. To connect. To say hi. To say this is what I've been up to.

Well, I've been up to my neck in the daily grind of working to pay the bills and family dramas that would give Downton Abbey a run for their money. It's called life.

Hope your life isn't too hectic at the moment. What with Christmas only around the corner.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Author spotlights - Jeanette O'Hagan, J I Rogers, Jesse Frankel

All through the month of September, a group of indie authors, including myself, are putting the spotlight on each other.
 
So far we've put the spotlight on:
 
 
 
 
Now its these three authors turn.
 
 
Jeanette O'Hagan
Blog

https://www.amazon.com/Akrads-Children-Legacy-Book-ebook/dp/B075BK8436/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

 
https://www.amazon.com/herbalists-daughter-short-story-Tamrin-ebook/dp/B01M9IP1O4/
 
You can read my review of "The Herbalist's Daughter" book here
 
 
J. I. Rogers
 
https://www.amazon.com/Korpes-File-942-Book-ebook/dp/B06XCZNTK7/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505126461&sr=1-1&keywords=the+korpes+file
 
https://www.amazon.com/Korpes-File-942-Book-ebook/dp/B06XCZNTK7/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505126461&sr=1-1&keywords=the+korpes+file
 
Read the 5 star review from Readers Favorite

 
 
 
Jesse Frankel
 
 
https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-J-S-Frankel-ebook/dp/B00ISYC33W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
 
https://www.amazon.com/Catnip-J-S-Frankel-ebook/dp/B00MJ57YIU/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
 
 
Please follow and like and sign up to newsletters. More authors will be coming under the spotlight soon.
 
Sharing is caring this September for indie authors.
 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Author spotlight on Diane Morrison, Jane Suen, and Jason Nugent

September is spotlight author month.
 
 
A group I belong to is holding a month long promotion. I'll post a few authors at a time. Why not drop by and check them out.
 
Today the spotlight is on...
 
DIANE MORRISON
 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073VVYGJ5/ref=series_rw_dp_sw?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=sabarapriwit-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=619b6bac750555fb420a83e8414ab4f3&camp=1789&creative=9325&fref=gc&dti=2062280774058578
 
https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Fireflies-Summer-Romance-Anthology-ebook/dp/B071FMRXY9/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1504769583&sr=1-1
 
 
 
JANE SUEN
 
https://www.amazon.com/Alterations-Jane-Suen/dp/0997929758/
 
YOU CAN READ MY REVIEW OF ALTERATIONS HERE
 
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_pdt_bl_sr?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Jane+Suen

 
  
JASON NUGENT

 
 
mybook.to/the-selection
 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ7UPAX?tag=geolinker-20
 
 
More authors to come under the spotlight in a few days.
 
Have you checked any of these books out yet?
 
 
 
 

 
 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

An author's journal - getting healthy

I started recording my daily eating and exercise routine to keep myself on track. I find it's working. However updating the log daily takes up time. So I'll keep a track and only post it once a week.

I also may not get around to writing down every meal, but I'll share techniques I'm using to help me "lose the caboose". For example, last night at dinner, my husband and I went to a Chinese restaurant. Usually we get the honey chicken (it's deep fried chicken pieces drizzled in honey sauce). It's delicious. And we eat it with fried rice.



Our Friday night once a week if we're lucky eat-out dining experience:
I swapped deep fried chicken for sizzling chicken in Szechuan sauce and I ate mostly vegetables anyway.
I swapped fried rice for boiled rice.
I only had 1 spring roll and 1 dim sim instead of 2 pieces each.


Our binge movie watching experience:
Normally when the husband and I sit down to watch movies, we break out the popcorn and maybe other snacks. This time we sat and watched it without popcorn. I know, I hear you say, how could I?


The weekend dog walk:
Instead of just walking the dog, I called up a friend who also has a dog and we took them down to the beach. There's a really long beach to walk along. That took us an hour return. all that walking on the sand was felt days later.


Now for the confessions. 4 days of discipline is easy to achieve. After that, life interrupts, and while I'm conscious of changing my eating patterns, yes it's more salad and vegetables with dinner, I've also broken my goal of drinking when not socialising. Can I share why? I'm feeling a bit down from the loss of hope I've been experiencing. Most movie and book plots follow a structure. Character in the real world. Inciting incident. Call to adventure. All is lost.

I'm also at the disillusioned stage. I cancelled a podcast because 'what's the point?' was all I could think of.



I'm at this 'all is lost' and 'disillusioned' stage. Most authors live here or at least visit it. We want something. We work hard to get it. We don't get it. At the end of the day, success relies on a lot of luck. So I'm feeling unlucky. And I'm licking my wounds. With scotch. And wine. But not cheese. I am not a fan of the dairy industry and the way it treats animals so I will not go down without my principles at least.


Note to self. Get past the 'all is lost' phase and move into the 'battle' phase. It's all any of us can do. I've passed the point of 'no return'. Now I need to make it to the 'achieve goal' stage.

So it's true, perfect health really is about the mind, the body, and the spirit.

More on this journey next week.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Author spotlights - Stacy Bennett, Audra Trosper, Merri Halma

 
September is spotlight author month. A group I belong to is holding a month long promotion. I'll post a few authors at a time. Why not drop by and check them out.
 
STACY BENNETT
 
https://www.amazon.com/Quest-Dreamwalker-Corthan-Legacy-Book-ebook/dp/B01LR8P1IO/ref=pd_sbs_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=P8KF4RHK69PM8K80B17B
 
https://www.facebook.com/sbennettbooks/?fref=gc&dti=2062280774058578&hc_location=ufi
 
AUDRA TROSPER
 
https://www.amazon.com/Unveiled-Raven-Daughter-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01N3AHCTQ/
 
https://www.amazon.com/Betrayed-Raven-Daughter-Book-2-ebook/dp/B074JYJ4XH
 
MERRI HALMA
 
https://www.amazon.com/Indigo-Travelers-Dragons-Blood-Sword-ebook/dp/B00Y8ZHSDU/
 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IFSF5T4/
 
 
 
More spotlights to come over the month of September.
 
Plus reviews of books. I promise I'll get to these asap.