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Friday I received a message. Out of the blue. The Adventures of Viola Stewart had been nominated in the mystery section of the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards.

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Wow! Someone nominated my book for an award. I must admit I hadn’t heard of Metamorph Publishing before, so I did an internet reckie.

Metamorph Publishing is a small indie publisher in Southeast Missouri.They boast an array of books, including speculative fiction. They have an in-house editor and cover designer. Their website has author interviews and giveaways. They are a proud member of #IndieBooksBeSeen and the Author Promo Co-op.

About the Awards:
“Nominations will be accepted from any indie or small-press author, regardless of their current published or non-published state, or what genre they write in.”

Nominations, from readers and authors, were open from January, 2016 and closed on 16th August. Voting will begin on September 1st and end on September 10th. (I’ll blog more details about the voting when  they are posted or you can follow their posts on the SIBA Facebook event page.)

Some of the categories include: Anthology, Diversity, Dystopian, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Novella/Short Story, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller and Young Adult.

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I know it’s not a nomination for a big award, like a Ditmar, a Nebula, a Hugo or Aurealis Award, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award or the Man Booker Prize, but it is my first nomination. Ever. Someone has taken the time to fill out a form (with my name and book details!) and send it off for consideration. That’s a big thing. I have no idea who you are (or if there was more than one of you) but let me just say this: I appreciate it.

Whether I win the category or remain a nominee, the point is you enjoyed Viola’s adventures enough to nominate. And I want to thank you publicly.

To the wonderful reader who nominated me: Thank you.

Tea & Tidings is on its way!

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Don’t forget to redeem your free eBook copy of The Adventures of Viola Stewart #3: Three More Short Stories before the 28th September.

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World Photo Day

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Today is World Photo Day as well as Photo Friday – so it deserved two photo posts.

What is World Photo Day?
World Photo Day begain in 2009. It celebrates photography – preserving visual memories through techonology. It was on August 19th, 1839, the French Aademy of Sciences announed the daguerreotype – a photography technique developed by Louis-Jaques-Mandé Daguerre. You can read more about it on the official website.

And to celebrate, here are some of my favourite photos:

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Photos:©2016 Karen J Carlisle. All Rights Reserved.
If you wish to use any of my images, please contact me.


Photo Friday: New Covers and Events

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It’s all happening. My plan cannot fail – as long as file submissions go through without a hitch and parcels don’t get lost in the mail (my first book had a two week holiday in Hawaii before the post finally decided to move along). Sigh.

I celebrated finishing up my manuscript with sticky bun and tea. Then celebrated again (with my fantastic editor, Sharon) the next day. Chocolate cake, of course!

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What is the plan?
In the grand tradition of villian monologues, I shall spill it: the second Journal will be published as two separate eBooks and a paperback (complete)

  • eBook #1: The Adventures of Viola Stewart #3: Three More Short Stories
    published July 
  • eBook #2: The Adventures of Viola Stewart #4: Eye of the Beholder
    to be published late August
  • Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales: The Adventures of Viola Stewart Journal #2
    pre-book launch 11th September,
    official book launch 17/18th September.

And here’s the official cover reveal for Eye of the Beholder eBook (#4) – Mummies. Curses. Madness…?

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And the cover for the paperback, Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales: The Adventures of Viola Stewart Journal #2:

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And some giveaway bookmarks:

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There’s also a new event in my calendar: Halloween Comic Con. What better way to celebrate than with Jack the Ripper and cursed mummies?

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eBook Giveaway

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Only three days left to sign up to my newsletter and get a free eBook of Viola’s newest short adventures, Three More Short Stories.

All of Viola’s plans have gone astray. Has Henry forgotten Viola’s birthday or are there more nefarious things afoot?
The Men in Grey return – with plans for Viola. Can Polly save the day?
Will the lure of technology seduce Viola or will Henry lose her forever?

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The Power of Words

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It’s been a fantastic week. A little rain for the garden. Some sunny days for my enjoyment. No significant pain. I finally feel like I have shaken off the effects of the anaesthetic. I’ve rewritten and edited scenes and almost caught up on the months lost to pre-surgery health hiccups…

The final words loomed. I just had to type them. Just two words.

A wave of relief swept over me. It’s done. My fingers hovered over the keyboard. Twitch. I hesitated.

A voice niggled at the back of my brain. Months of research, a year of writing, rewrites, editing, chasing up translations… With two words my story, and my beloved characters, would no longer be my own. They would belong to the world. To my readers. I had bared my soul. What if I could do better? What if they were rejected?

What if…?

Have you ever had one of those anxiety dreams? You know, like the one where life is fantastic – right up until you find yourself standing stark naked, transported suddenly into a crowded room and suddenly every single person turns and stares at you?
And there’s nowhere to hide.

My fingers trembled.

And the penny dropped.  There was one thing more terrifying than baring my soul and risking rejection: facing a blank page.

My heart sank. What if I can’t come up with another story? What if this was it? The… <gulp> …end?

Another voice whispered in my ear:

Fear is the enemy.
I can’t let it define me.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

I had to turn the fear into courage or I would never succeed. I had to finish my story. I had to face the next blank page and new possibilities.

I took a deep breath and pressed the keys: T-H-E E-N-D.

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Photo Friday: Cheering up.

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What I’ve been doing:

I needed cheering up. I ventured out into the sun and managed to get out of the house twice! (If you don’t count a walk to the letterbox.) Oh, the excitement. Wedged between several chilly days of rain, thunder and hail, have been a few sunny gems. (Thursday was a corker.) The rain has brought life to dusty old Adelaide. It is glorious to behold.
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What I’ve been writing:

This week I’m finishing up final rewrites on Eye of the Beholder. The end is so close now. (excuse the typos)DSC_1365_20160811143626111

What I’ve been wearing:

My moustache necklace always cheers me up.
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Photos:©2016 Karen J Carlisle. All Rights Reserved.
If you wish to use any of my images, please contact me.

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Viola Stewart is back in a new series of short stories!

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All of Viola’s plans have gone astray. Has Henry forgotten Viola’s birthday or are there more nefarious things afoot?
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The Men in Grey return – with plans for Viola. Can Polly save the day?
Mars Ascending
Sir Archibald has invited Viola and her friends to a dinner party, followed by a viewing of Mars with his tracking telescope. Will the lure of technology seduce Viola or will Henry lose her forever?

Viola is a widowed optician with a penchant for detectiving, who stumbles upon a secret Society of Men in Grey. This Victorian Mystery series is set in a steampunk fantasy world and has a gaslamp flavour – with a hint of romance.

(This compilation totals over 12,500 words. .)

The Adventures of Viola Stewart #3: Three More Shorts is now available as eBook from Smashwords and Amazon

 


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Get your free copy of  the latest of Viola’s short adventures:
The Adventures of Viola Stewart #3: Three More Short Stories (eBook). 

Sign up for my newsletter/email list before 18/8/16 for free copy of Viola’s newest short adventures.

More information HERE.

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The Sorrow of Loss

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James was a giant of a man. It wasn’t hard to believe he’d been a policeman in the Sudan. Yet he was as gentle as a teddy bear with a cheeky grin that lit up those around him. I cherished his warm hugs – always guaranteed to cheer me up, no matter how exhausted or how disheartened I felt.

He smiled when I practiced my partially-remembered Dinka and always asked (genuinely) about my family. Family was important to James. Friends were important to James. His home country was important to James. He would often return to North Sudan, to help. This time he won’t return.

Yesterday I received the news. James had died. He’d hidden much of his health issues, insisting on helping other. I was in shock. I’d grown to treasure my ‘James hugs’. I will miss them.

My heart aches for his family – for Amel, his lovely wife, and his children. James only touched my life; he was a big part of theirs. I grieve with them as they organise their next steps without their husband and father. May God bless and look after them.

Today there is a hole in my heart.

Rest in peace James.

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