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The TRC are Four

Last Friday I attended the Trauma Recovery Centre’s 4th Birthday Party and it was super awesome to go hang out with these awesome people for the evening (and who doesn’t like an excuse for a party).

TRC AwardThe TRC are a charity I’ve mentioned several times. They really do great work in a lot of different areas related to child trauma and have helped so many kids and adults already. They also have an amazing facebook page you can check out and like here or their awesome website here. You only need to take a quick glance at their page to see the awesome things they’re doing and the lives they’re changing for the better.

While at the party they shared a couple of stories from parents who’d had their children and themselves supported by the TRC and then a couple of awards were given out. It was great to take time away from the heroics of my characters to go listen and appreciate the even more meaningful heroics of ordinary people doing the best they can. Life often hands us difficult times, surprise events and even occasionally the loss of people we love. It’s good to know that when the worst happens there are people to help pick up the pieces. The TRC do just that.

Unfortunately there is always more they could do and more people that need the help they provide, so if you have some spare cash please consider donating to them and know it will go to helping people when they need it most.

TRC Christmas Fair

I often join in with TRC events to help them raise money so no surprises that I’m mentioning them again (seriously, they’re awesome).

This Christmas they are doing a craft fair sort of thing in Bath and I went to the same event last year and it was amazing! The venue is new but the crafters are really really good (one of them made my tardis journal for me).

And, on top of all their usual awesomeness, I’m also going to be there signing print books, including the new Sherdan series.

A percentage of everything¬† the stall holders sell will go to the TRC so it’s a great way to do some Christmas shopping and give to charity, all at the same time.

And yes, I am doing this in the middle of also trying to do 60k for NaNoWriMo, which just makes it all the more epic. You never know, if you come along you might even get to have a sneak peak at the book I’m writing!

Charity Abseil: A Distraction

My usual distractions from writing usually include games, deep philosophical thoughts and conversations with other people on the internet (usually facebook).

This one is a little out of the ordinary. Saturday the 9th of february I’m abseiling about 200 feet down Avon gorge in Bristol for the Trauma Recovery Centre in Bath.

I’ve mentioned these guys before as half of the rights to Innocent Hearts was given to them as well as 10% of all my fantasy works going forward. If you want to know more about them, and all the wonderful things they do, their website is here.

I’d really love it for those of you who have some spare cash to sponsor me here and help me aid them in continuing their work. I’m really rather nervous about doing this and if every one of my regular blog readers each gave only ¬£2 I’d hit my target with ease. It really is an amazing cause!

Innocent Hearts

As I mentioned yesterday my new ebook is out, Innocent Hearts. It’s two short stories of the fantasy genre and two brief blurbs for each story are near the bottom of the blog.

The reason I’ve written this blog is two-fold. Firstly if you are going to buy my ebook anyway, this is a request that you do so on a particular day. December 27th to be precise. Having lots of people buy my ebook in a short period of time makes it climb the rankings faster and gives the book more exposure from Amazon. Amazon calculates the rankings hourly and several sales in a single hour even can have a huge affect.

The other half of my reason is simply this – Half of all royalties of this book in its entire lifetime will go to the TRC. Here’s a link for the people that don’t know what charity that is: http://www.trc-uk.org/

It’s my chosen charity for all my book related fundraising. In June I climbed a mountain in the middle of the night to raise money for them and I’m sure I’ll be doing something whacky next year as well, so you’ll also be lining their pockets.

Now I’ve stated why I emailed here’s those blurbs finally:

When Bronwen’s parents die she has to leave her home in the wilderness and try to find the elf city her mother told her about, but with little food and no experience in the wild she risks her life just trying.

Liza doesn’t fit into the Nepharil society, she can’t fly, something her father reminds her of daily. She hasn’t given up trying but her time is running out and her father is impatient to have her married and out of his hands.

To top all that off, if you’re still not convinced I’ve had the ebook priced at the lowest amazon will let me set it to. $0.99/¬£0.86

So to clarify, please buy my ebook on December 27th and half of all the royalties will go to the TRC and help change the lives of children.

Here’s the two links for the US amazon and the Uk amazon:

Also if any of you know any other people who might be interested, please forward the link to this blog on to them or if in the US consider gifting them a copy of the ebook as well.

Thank you.

The Plan: July 11

Last Month’s progress:

The month just gone was pretty much as I imagined it. Lot’s of business stuff, writing contracts, and talking over business details for different things. I did get the first draft of my other short done as well, however, and made a little more progress with book 2 as well as some starting head way on book 3.

  • Played around with our printer’s design system and ordered our first prototype.
  • Hand wrote approx 5k of short stories, excerpts and poetry.
  • Hand wrote approx 2k of book 2.
  • Typed approx 33k words (including emails and blogs).
  • Spent approx 40 hours promoting book 1.
  • Spent approx 15 hours reading.
  • Worked approx 15 hours for Flight.
  • Worked approx 20 hours for t-shirt company.
  • Walked all night up a very large hill for charity.
  • Sent 158 emails.

A lot of the emails were business related so not surprised that figure was so high and is where a lot of my time was taken up. Arranging things and organisation mostly.

You may also notice the hill walking addition this month. A very awesome charity called the TRC have opened recently in Bath to help lead the way in the fight against human trafficking (A practice that currently holds an estimated 27 million, mostly women and children, in slavery). Even though we’ve already done this, the group of 8 of us have left our sponsorship page open a little longer for more people to donate. The charity really is amazing so do expect to hear more about them on my blog and if you want a little more info about the trafficking stuff there is a very nicely worded blog on Flight’s website here.

This Month I plan to have the new clothing company launched. How exciting is that? Our tentative date is currently July 18th, but as soon as we can after that if we don’t quite make it. I should also finally have book 1 in print this month, that feels like a long time coming but I’m working on the cover pretty much as we speak with my designer. Book 2 and book 3 will then be my main focus when not working on the two companies.

On a more personal note it’s my birthday this month as well as my 5th wedding anniversary so I will be taking a little bit of time to spend with my amazing husband, he really does have to put up with a lot with me being so busy all the time.