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Fribble Frabble

Apparently ‘fribble frabble’ has something to do with being drunk. I’m not presently intoxicated. Actually blogging while intoxicated can lead to embarrassing things. I did that once and a politician I mentioned commented on my blog. At the time I was a public servant and nearly cacked myself -being apolitical and all that.¬† I’m no longer a public servant and I’m not going to mention his name because I don’t want him commenting again as he is a twat. But he has been mentioned in relation to a film star.

I’m still working on my fantasy series (Silverlands), the first of which is Argenterra, published under Donna Maree Hanson. I thought the third book was coming along so slowly and crapily but I can say I’m very pleased with the progress now. I’m up to 62,000 words (halfway) and I’m planning to write more today. I’ve had some great ideas and it’s working. I think it’s now in better shape than book 2, which is awaiting a revision after beta reading comments.

I lost the map of Argenterra I had, although it’s not a good map. Some may even say it’s not a map! But now I have to draw a new one and make it make sense and have scale and oh dear god…

I’ve also got to do some sketches for the cover of book two and three for the cover artist that I should have done weeks ago. I was forestalled by the PhD.

I’m expecting the edits for Dani’s Invoked soonish. After that I don’t have too many Dani Kristoff writing plans. I have another book in mind for the Spellbound in Sydney series, but I’m not sure there’s a market for more of them. I have to think up something else if Dani is to have a romance writing career. I have two possible projects. I’ve started Changling Curse which is the sequel to The Sorcerer’s Spell and I also started a contemporary romance that I could put out under Dani’s name. Or hell…I could polish that bloody SF romance¬† Cold Soldier.

What do you know blogging fribble frabble can be useful.Cold Soldier it is.

BTW if you are coming to the RWA conference in August I’ll be there and I’ll be one of the authors signing. I’ve also booked for the ARRA conference in February 2016.me light


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My news!

I have mentioned in previous posts that I had been working on another Spellbound in Sydney book, a new book after Spiritbound and Bespelled. Invoked has had an interesting journey. The first time I submitted it to the publisher. It sucked. It was rejected with comments. I then had to rework the thing! Significantly.

Lucky for me Kate Cuthbert’s comments were pretty spot on. So revising the book kicked my butt. I thought as it’s the tenth or twelfth book I had ever written that is should be easy right? Not this book. I pulled my hair. I wanted to forget about it, give up on it, but couldn’t. It took me time and angst to get it to where it needed to be. I did submit it, but then there were some more hurdles. Good news was it didn’t suck.

So finally I can tell you Invoked has been accepted for publication with Escape Publishing! It’s taken around 18 months from first submission.

Yipee! Happy dance.

What can I tell you about the book. It’s set in Lake Macquarie. Scenic portions of the story were cut in the rewrites!

The story features Bethanea, or Nea, who is Jake Royston’s cousin and Earl Pressonville, a warlock who is a little bit different. This story is a bit darker than the other two, and also builds a bit more of the world.

I don’t know when it will be out, but I’ll keep you up to date with what I know and cover etc.


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Doing the ritz

I should apologise for being so slack and not being on here posting. Naughty me. It’s not like I don’t have things to write about, it’s just RSI and being busy.

I also write under the name Donna Maree Hanson. Here. And the other me, and well the Dani me, are doing some cool things.

Firstly I’m retiring from my day job. Mostly due to the issues with my spine which made me rethink what I want from life and how to use my productive capability. Nextly because I’m doing a Phd and researching (broadly) Feminism in Popular Romance. I started last month and I’m having a ball.

I’m also writing as much as I can, too.

And now for some news. Bespelled is on special for a short time for 99 cents (less in the USA) so grab yourself a copy and have fun with the witches, love spells and the lovely Sydney Harbour.

Just click through to find your ebook of choice.

Publisher link here.

Amazon.com link here.

You should check out Spiritbound as well. Cool undead cat origin story as a bonus.


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ARRA Finalists announced

I’d been feeling a bit confidence challenged these last few days. I suspect that I realise I have a lot of hard work ahead of me with my current work in progresses ( A Regency romance #$%#!!, a SF romance and a YA fantasy romance &&$#?) and well that’s hard work! Isn’t it?

I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease which means my thyroid is being killed off. It explains a lot of the last year to me. Hyper and low periods. You know up and down. Manic and then lethargic. I’ve started on Thyroxine and I have energy! I’m not hyper though, which is good and bad. I like hyper highs!

So anyway, last night I get tagged by ARRA on Facebook to find that Spiritbound is a finalist in the ARRA awards in the paranormal category. I was blown away. Thought I was dreaming. I mean I thought no one even noticed Spiritbound. I love this story about Grace and Declan and it’s so uplifting too. If you read my dark fantasy (under Donna Maree Hanson) you will be surprised by the contrast. That’s why I love writing romance, particularly SF and paranormal romance as you can play around with the dark stuff, but the core of the story is light and love and happy ever after. I don’t know who nominated me. I thank you for the votes though. I’d love to keep writing paranormal romance and this has given me a lovely boost in confidence. I heart you! Sniff.

A heartfelt thank you to Kate Cuthbert from Escape Publishing. Thank you for believing in me.

I never thought I’d ever put this up on my blog!

2015 ARRA finalist(1)Spiritbound


Cheers Dani


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Blog tour for The Sorcerer’s Spell

My publisher has arranged for a blog tour to promote The Sorcerer’s Spell and hopefully introduce me to new readers. There is a give away too.

The blog tour runs from 19 October until the 30th. There is some time differences-for instance a blog post in the UK is not up when I get up in the morning and today it’s in the US of A and the blog post goes live in the evening.

It really is quite fascinating for me seeing (virtual meeting) these fabulous book bloggers from all over the world.

First one up on 19th October is Book Chatter in the UK. Here

Christine Young 20th October. She appears to be from Idaho. Link to her blog here.

On 21 October it is Behind Closed Doors, which looks to be an Australian blog. The link won’t be live until the 21st. Here.

I’ll come back and fill you in on the next stops on the blog tour. The blog tour was organised by Goddess Fish Promotions.

When not hanging out on Facebook and Twitter (or at work) I am either writing or making hats or hanging out with my partner. It’s getting warm here with Summer coming on. Canberra is set for a hot and dry one this year. Cheers.

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Blog Tour 19-30 October

My wonderful publishers, HarperCollins, have organised a blog tour for The Sorcerer’s Spell. There will be giveaways! Not only of The Sorcerer’s Spell but other Impulse titles so get your ereader primes.

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Each day during the blog tour I’ll put a link and also Tweet the blog tour so you’ll have lots of opportunities to win. I’m not writing blog posts but I’m happy to answer questions.

Meanwhile on the home front I’ve been adapting my workspace to cope with my ongoing spinal/RSI issues. Our deck is complete (yay!) and I now have a standing desk and a sitting desk side by side. This way I can move the keyboard and mouse and reposition myself. I’m going to do that right now.

Here I am typing standing up. It’s really surprising how quickly I have adapted to this. I have a sit stand desk in my day job.

I hope to be a better blogger. Right now I am wrestling with my tax. It’s funny but my daughter said you should get a tax agent. I have a tax agent but I still have to organise all my receipts etc. Hopefully that will be done this week. I’m too wasted this evening. It’s been a great weekend but I’m tired.

Now if you have read The Sorcerer’s Spell, then you might like my other series, featuring Spiritbound and Bespelled. This series features witches in Balmain and is lighter than The Sorcerer’s Spell.

Writing The Changling Curse is on my to do list. Delayed really because RSI. It features more of Rolf, the shapeshifter, who makes a rather sexy appearance in The Sorcerer’s Spell.

Thanks me for now. Waves.

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The new covers!

I thought I should post the image on my new promo post cards. The two books look fab together. BTW the other me (Donna Maree Hanson) is going to be signing books at Supanova so come along and check me out. I’ll be handing out the postcards.

SpiritboundI haven’t seen any reviews of Spiritbound yet so if you’ve read it please let me know what you think. I’m hoping readers like it as much as I do.

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