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Buy in Australia – direct from the Author

I have some copies of The Illusioneer & Other Tales (paperback) available from my webpage shop – for post within Australia only.

For outside Australia – pre-order available online

:Amazingly, Amazon have already got paperback up for pre-order (official publishing date is 18th November). So for those living outside Australia, you can buy from there.

Photo ©2017 Karen Carlisle

Journal 3 has arrived!

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The Illusioneer & Other Tales – book 3 in ‘The Adventures of Viola Stewart’ series has arrived in time for Adelaide Supanova.

Huzzah!

See you there next weekend – Artists’ Alley #12

 

© Photos and video 2017 Karen Carlisle

 


Never Never Book Box Opening

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Hi everyone.

This week I got my first ever book box – the first produced by Never Never Book Box. I did a book box opening vid. Lots of fun – just like Christmas!

You can find more of my videos on my YouTube channel.


Illusioneer Update and a Bonus Short Story

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Good morning Dear Reader,

There’s been a lot happening over the past few weeks. First, an update on ‘The Illusioneer & Other Tales’, then a link to a bonus (so far unpublished) short story of mine.

The manuscript for Viola’s last set of adventures, The Illusioneer & Other Tales, is completed and edited. The galley was proofread by my busy elves.

Now the final page count was finalised, I could format the cover spread.
Both were sent to the printer and I’m waiting for a proof copy before I can order the first box.

The Illusioneer’s ISBN has been allocated and it’s now listed on the National Library database (Trove/CiP). This is what it will look like on your shelf with the others <shameless plug>.

But there’s more:

a bonus excerpt – the first chapter of my next steampunk adventure series, ‘The Department of Curiosities‘ – with new characters and a new look.
(The story starts in 1883 and is set in the same alternative world as ‘The Adventures of Viola Stewart’.)

I bought a new ring to mark the end of my first steampunk mystery series – one stone for each book.

This month’s Bonus:

Penny, from The Adventures of Messrs Smith and Skarry, asked me for a short story. It will feature on her blog this week.

You can read Waking  HERE.

Photos and short story ©2017 Karen J Carlisle. All rights reserved.


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Support local emerging artists and authors at
the Christmas Gift Market at the Tea Tree Gully Library
Community Learning Centre, Tea Tree Gully.

Tea Tree Gully Library is hosting a market with local artists, designers, crafters and writers. I’ll be there, selling my books.

Read Viola’s Christmas adventure,  Tomorrow, When I Die: the second story in the paperback ‘The Illusioneer & Other Tales: The Adventures of Viola Stewart Journal #3’.


Not long now!

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Join Viola – with new friends and old  – as they pit their wits against the Men in Grey’s latest plans for Empire Domination.

The Illusioneer is Coming!

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Read the last eBook in The Adventures of Viola Stewart. Available this November.

The Adventures of Viola Stewart – introduces Viola Stewart, 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.

 

Photo Friday Update

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Last Sunday I posted this: Time for Some Changes.

For those of you who missed it, there will be changes to my post scheduling. The post explains the reasons behind my decision; please take some time to read the post.
This is what it means to you, Dear Reader:

Currently I write two blog posts a week: Photo Fridays and a weekly Sunday blog post. I’ll be cutting back to one Sunday blog post a month (there may be occasional bonuses depending on how I’m going) and I’ll post at least one Photo Friday a month. You can also subscribe to my monthly newsletter for updates, events and sneak peeks of upcoming stories. The time gained will be channeled into writing stories – both short and a new book – for you, Dear Reader.

Rescheduling starts next month. If you subscribe to  blog updates (on the right widget bar), you will get email updates when each post is published on this webpage.

Here’s some pics from this week:

  • Art/Photography: A friend returning from the UK, bought me this dinky little octopus by artist, Heidi Sturgess.
  • Garden: More irises are blooming and there’s hundreds of orange blossoms on our tree.

  • Writing/Reading: I’m plugging along with rewrites to finish The Illusioneer.
  • Other little Green Men:  We survived another D&D game, but the world is ending… yet again.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

Time for Some Changes.

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This week has been exhausting. Lots of things going on. Lots of decisions being made.

I’ve been battling to catch up on my writing, following three months of bronchitis at the beginning of the year. The end was in sight. Almost there… One ebook finished. Two finished – and published. One week of a book blog tour and then I’m on the final writing spree.  Just one more…

Then came the September Trifecta of Terror. A month of hell. Two weeks of ear infection, and side effects from yet another course (two this time) of antibiotics (I’m allergic to most these days, so I don’t have much option). I picked myself up and continued writing.

September ended with a definite clanger – a double barreled attack. The first was totally unexpected.
Regular readers will know how much I love my garden. (Here are the latest pics of the front yard)

I have an organic mixed vege-flower garden and am proud of my bees – my hundreds of bees. I’ve lived here for twenty-five years, incident free. Until last weekend.

It’s been over forty years since I’ve been stung by a bee and had a reaction (the doctor said it was a very good thing it had been so long. Or else…) Now, technically the bee didn’t sting me. As far as we can gather, it most likely brushed up against my coat and dropped its stinger on it. About an hour later I brushed my arm against my jacket when I was at the shops. Yowsers! The pain!

Two staff members came to my aide, not sure what had happened. I grabbed some antihistamines and a cold bottle of water from the shelf and limped home. There was a little trepidation when my lips tingled and my heart fluttered – was it a reaction or just anxiety? The doctor arrived and dosed me up with Prednisolone and strict instructions not to get stung in the near future.

Two days later I still had a lump on my arm (right) and all-over itchiness! Next month I’m off to the specialist to see if an epipen is in my future. I’m still having joint pains, headaches and exhaustion.

The second dredged up my worst fears – electronic failure. I was taking steps to avoid such a disaster and purchased a super-duper external hard drive to save all my writing, art and video work  – in case of a computer demise. On Tuesday I turned on my computer to try to get some writing done.


All my research files and some book files were nowhere to be seen – not on my laptop, not on the new external hard drive!

This time the heart palpitations were definitely an anxiety attack.  My Dearheart finally found them and we are now trying to recover them and confirm they are all intact. (It looks promising.) I did lose the pre-formatting I had done for the upcoming paperback, so that will all have to be reconstructed. And all the time, I’m trying to write two blog posts a week.

Now I am retracing my steps, with (hopefully) not more than three or so weeks writing time lost. I have now adjusted the publishing date for the final eBook and paperback, in the Viola Stewart series, to some time in November.

And those changes I mentioned?

I’ve had to reassess my writing scheduling. It looks like the summer bronchitis (from dust allergies) will be a yearly thing. This was my third year. That means I will lose at least one month (it was almost three this year) of writing time. Right now I am struggling to stay awake. The doctors aren’t sure how long this will last.
I need to add more ‘fudge’ time – time to recover from unexpected crises, panic attacks, allergic reactions, and computer betrayals.

I have so many stories that are fighting to get told. I need to focus on writing and publishing those stories. I’ve had a heart-to-heart with some fellow writers and have decided to cut back on blog posts and concentrate on writing stories.

What does this mean?

Currently I write two blog posts a week: Photo Fridays and a weekly Sunday blog post. I’ll be cutting back to one Sunday blog post a month (there may be occasional bonuses depending on how I’m going) and I’ll post at least one Photo Friday a month. You can also subscribe to my monthly newsletter for updates, events and sneak peeks of upcoming stories. The time gained will be channeled into writing stories – both short and a new book – for you, Dear Reader.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.


Photo Friday:

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Books:  This week has been about books and new beginnings. Another book arrived via post (What Matters in Jane Austen) to add to my research library. Then off to an antiquarian book sale for some goodies.

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My oldest books are now dated 1821- two volumes of translated Don Quixote.

Home: I’ve updated my hair – more purple – and finally started putting up displays for the first of our (six) lightsabres.

 

Doctor Who: Then off to a local comic and toy fare. I managed to get a Doctor Hoof! Back home and I’ve sewn on my patches for my ‘Bill denim jacket’. Just waiting on one more patch to arrive for the front set.

  

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

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