General:, My Writing:

Getting Back into The Swing of Writing

Getting back into the swing of writing is a post written by Australian author Alison Tait. The title grabbed my attention and inspired me to write this post. Let me be honest, I haven’t written a thing in three years. Not a single word. In my defence I’ve had a lot on my mind, and I’m told I’ve been through multiple highly stressful situations during this time, however, in the past that’s when I write the most. But not this time.

I’m starting to find my feet and I have discovered over recent weeks I’ve thought about writing. Thinking and doing are two different things, I know that, but for me thinking is a step closer. 

There are five things I really do enjoy. Well, maybe I should say, I used to really enjoy. They are, in no particular order:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Researching my family tree
  4. Playing the PlayStation
  5. Taking long walks with G and our dog.

I’ve never stopped reading. However, I can’t say the same for the other things on my list. Over the last few months though, I’ve restarted four of the five things. The only thing left to restart is the writing. I want to start. I guess this post is the first step. I wrote the post. I acknowledge my desire. I now have to … write.

I’ll get back to you in relation to this.

Books & Movies, My Writing:

Ebook Sale, only 2 days to go

Only two days remain to buy ebooks from my website or from Kayelle Press for $1.00 each. This offer WILL expire at midnight on 31 December 2014, Australian EST.

Head to either of the two websites, a larger selection is available from Kayelle Press, and grab some reading material (fantasy, science fiction and horror) right now before you miss out.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family, especially those who received an ereader for Christmas.

1. The Land of Miu, 2. The King's Riddle, Books & Movies, Hope Anthology, Speculative Realms

Free eBooks Available for Read an eBook Week

Just letting you know that Kayelle Press is happy to participate in Read an eBook Week. They feel it’s important to promote any kind of reading as it really can set the imagination free, if you let it.

Unshackle your mind by downloading their free ebooks during the promotion — 4 March 2012 (starts at one minute past midnight) to 10 March 2012 (ends at 11.59pm, USA Pacific time).

The Land of Miu — always free!
The King’s Riddle — free for one week only!
Hope Anthology — free for one week only!

Get them for FREE from Kayelle Press’ Smashwords page during the promotional period mentioned above only.

Also, I am offering the Speculative Realms Anthology for free as well. Head over to the Speculative Realms’ Smashwords Page to download the ebook for free.

Reminder: Don’t forget to use the coupon code, which will only appear on the individual pages for the books during the promotion period, when completing the checkout process.

2. The King's Riddle, Published!

Released: A King’s Riddle

I’m extremely proud to announce that The King’s Riddle, book 2 of The Land of Miu series, was officially released on 25 January 2012.

The book takes the reader back to Manu and is told from Siptah’s point of view, the princess’s guard-in-training. The young Miuans have gotten themselves into trouble (again) and need the two human girls to return to Miu and help them solve an ancient puzzle.

The book is available in paperback and various digital formats. And, until the end of February 2012, Goodreads members can elect to be in the running to win a free copy of the paperback. There are three copies to be won and this offer is available to anyone living in Australia, England, United States and Canada.

Why don’t you head over to The King’s Riddle Goodreads page and click on the “Enter to Win” button right now! 😀

Books & Movies, Speculative Realms

National Year of Reading Special Offer

Happy New Year! I hope all your dreams come true in the next twelve months. More importantly, I hope you are happy, healthy and stay safe.

2012 is the National Year of Reading. It’s a year to encourage people to read more or simply to learn to read better.

With this in mind, I am offering ebooks for download at the grand price of nothing! That’s right, they are free for the taking, but you must use the coupon codes listed below at the check out. And you must do this before 31 January 2012, as that’s when the offer expires.

First up, is the Speculative Realms anthology:

Promotional price: Absolutely Free!
Coupon Code: YR74C
Expires: January 31, 2012

Secondly, is the Hope anthology:

Promotional price: Again, Absolutely Free!
Coupon Code: HJ58A
Expires: January 31, 2012

All you have to do is follow the link to the respective pages at Smashwords, click on “Add to Cart”, type in the coupon code above and download the version that suits you best. Then, add the file to your ereader and start reading.

And finaly, there is The Land of Miu, which is always free but I felt compelled to ensure you knew that. For this ebook there is no coupon code, just go to “The Land of Miu” Smashword’s page and download the version you want.

Happy reading and Happy New Year!

1. The Land of Miu, Books & Movies

eBook Available for Free!

The Land of Miu is the first book in a series for younger readers. It can be purchased as a paperback (refer to my official The Land of Miu page). Or, it can be downloaded as a free ebook from the following places:

Smashwords (available in various digital formats including epub and kindle)
Kobo Books (download to your Kobo device or any other device with a Kobo app)
Nook Books (download to your Nook or any other device with a Nook app)
iTunes (download through iBookstore or onto your computer)
Goodreads (read online)
Wattpad (read online)
Feedbooks (download epub or Kindle versions from the website and add to your ereader or download through various ebook apps through your device)

1. The Land of Miu, Published!

Released: The Land of Miu

On Friday, 25 November 2011, The Land of Miu was published.

It is important to note that this is the second edition of the first book of the Land of Miu series. I know it’s getting tiresome reading that sentence everywhere, but I want to ensure existing readers totally understand that this is not the next instalment in the series. The next instalment, The King’s Riddle, will be released on 25 January 2012.

The paperback version of The Land of Miu is already available from Amazon for $9.99. Of course, it is also available from Kayelle Press for the same price.

The digital version is free! It is available from Smashwords. At present, it is also available from the Amazon Kindle Store for $0.99 but I’m hoping that will change to a free download in coming weeks.

If you do not have a Smashwords account and do not want to create one then use the contact form above to send me a request to email the ebook to you. Don’t forget to tell me which format you prefer. It’s available in PDF, mobi, epub, LRF and PDB.

And please rest easy knowing that to me ‘free’ means exactly that, ‘free’. There are no catches or small print, and you will not be emailed for any other purpose than to send you your free ebook. Promise.

2. The King's Riddle

A New Cover for The King’s Riddle

The King’s Riddle is the second book of The Land of Miu Series. This book takes us back to the four friends (Kate, Emma, Alara and Siptah) three months after the first book ends. And, this book is told from Siptah’s point of view so the reader will be provided with more background information in regards to the magical world of Miu.

The book’s description reads …

Princess Alara and her guard-in-training, Siptah, have done something unthinkable. By accident, they activated the volcano deep below the tunnels in which they live. If they can’t stop the volcano from erupting the whole of Miu will be lost.

But that isn’t the only problem they have, their fathers are missing and time is running out, so it’s up to them to fix things by themselves. A clue found in the king’s chamber suggests their human friends, Kate and Emma, must come back to Manu to help them. Can the group of friends overcome their fears and frustrations and solve an ancient riddle in time to save the Land of Miu?

Many thanks goes to Donna from DigitalDonna.com. She will be providing the covers for all three books in the series. And, I must say, they look awesome.

The King’s Riddle will be available from 25 January 2012.

1. The Land of Miu

Out With the Old and In With the New

Cat's Eyes (fantasy for younger readers)
1st Edition, published December 2010
2nd Edition, published November 2011

Important Note: “Cat’s Eyes” is being replaced with a second edition with a new title, “The Land of Miu”.

These are the same book, the first book in the series, but with different titles and different covers.

On 25 November 2011 “Cat’s Eyes” will officially become the first edition of Book 1 of the The Land of Miu series. The second edition will be released with the title “The Land of Miu” and it will be published with a new cover (see the cover to the right).

It is extremely important to me that readers know and understand these two titles are one and the same book (same story, same events, same characters — the second edition has just been tweaked a little bit for spelling/grammar inconsistencies). I have attempted to ensure everyone is fully aware of this fact well before the publication date and I have placed both covers on this page in an effort to get the word out there. I truly don’t want existing readers to purchase the second edition and feel duped. So please be patient with me if you feel I am going on about it too much.

1. The Land of Miu, 2. The King's Riddle, 3. The Lion Gods

The Mythology Behind the Land of Miu

Until now, the mythology behind the Land of Miu has not been shared with anyone. It wasn’t a secret, but I enjoyed writing the first two books without ever mentioning that the Land of Miu was built around Ancient Egyptian mythology.

Book 2, The King’s Riddle, does have a clear reference to the myth. Book 3, The Lion Gods, will be where all is revealed.

However, today, I am going to reveal the myth behind the Land of Miu.

For those of you who are familiar with the original publication of the first book (soon to be released with the title The Land of Miu, but originally published as “Cat’s Eyes”) you will recognise the image above as a similar version to what was used on the front cover.

This was not something I made up. It is a real Ancient Egyptian myth called Aker, also referred to as Akeru and Akerui. Aker was an ancient earth-god in Egypt. It is said that the two lions are guarding the entrance to the underworld to ensure evil spirits cannot escape when the sun entered the tunnels at dusk, travelled through the underworld during the night and exited the tunnels at dawn.

The image itself depicts two lions seated back to back with the symbol for the horizon on their shoulders with the rising sun. The lions themselves represent the sun setting in the west and the sun rising in the east. They were named Sef (Yesterday) and Duau (Today). The strip at the top is the sky, which is held up by the two peaks of Djew.

Now we get to the bit that involves the Land of Miu. The Egyptians believed there was a cosmic mountain range that held up the heavens. The western peak was called Manu while the eastern peak was called Bakhu. It was on these two peaks that the heavens rested and these are the two cities found in Miu.

We have the lions protecting the entrances to the underworld and we have the two peaks of the mountain supporting heaven. I found this to be a fascinating combination and the Land of Miu was built entirely around the image and the mythology associated with it.