Two posts in one week! Editing, and Publishing

I completely forgot to share the link to my post on editing last Sunday, so this week you get two posts!

First: Editing: Enrich your story by showing, not telling

And Second: Publishing in South Africa and Abroad: Do I need an ISBN and where do I get it?

Have fun!

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That’s a wrap! A look back at 2018 and a few guesses about the future.

Visit Chasing Dreams Publishing to see what’s in the pipeline for 2019!

Published: “Beneath the Wax” by Nthato Morakabi

 

In October, I was thrilled to publish Beneath the Wax, the first novella in Nthato Morakabi’s sci-fi horror series! With the latter half of 2018 proving to be a very busy year, the publication of this book ranks as one of my highlights!

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With a gorgeous cover design by Nico Venter (who is currently working on the artwork for Jozi Flash 2018 – YAY!), and exceptional story-telling by Nthato, Beneath the Wax is a perfect Christmas gift for fans of horror and sci-fi.

 

1723: Constantine Bourgeois is a man of many secrets. Artisan by day, killer by night, he turns his victims into wax figures for his shop.
2045: Richard Baines works for the renowned Anthony Garfield Historical Museum. His mundane existence is a stark counterpoint to his fascination with serial killers and science fiction.
Constantine’s nightmares drive him to undertake a journey to uncover a long-forgotten secret. Richard’s research uncovers a company secret and the mystery of Madame Bourgeois.
Two men, two timelines, and truths that will only be revealed when they look Beneath the Wax

Purchase the novel on Amazon* today, or if you’re a book blogger and would like to review the novella, please leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch with you ASAP.

*I would like to state that Chasing Dreams Publishing operates as an independent publisher, and 100% of royalties earned from the sale of Beneath the Wax go to the author. If you would like to make his Christmas that much more festive, please consider supporting him by purchasing a copy. If you’d like to make it doubly festive, an honest review on Amazon would be even more appreciated!

 

 

Ablaze in Mirth – Matthew Thompson

I was recently given the opportunity to beta read Ablaze in Mirth by Matthew Thompson. A short story, Ablaze in Mirth is a gripping action tale of a vampire enslaved to humans, determined to save himself and his family by any means necessary.

I loved the return to “traditional” vampires, vulnerable to sunlight – a vulnerability which leads to an age-old struggle of life and death in a battlefield created for human entertainment.

The author weaves a tight-paced tale of action balanced by softer emotions that serve no purpose in the struggle to survive.

Ablaze in Mirth is available as a free download on Smashwords.

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“The humans cheered and booed and bet on us blood suckers. And they enjoyed it too, watching us burn every year in the Nile Valley during the summer solstice, the sun beating down on us, incinerating us like bugs beneath a magnifying glass.”

Once a year, the Ablaze Games attracts thousands of spectators from around the world for a two-week tournament, wherein the winner attains his or her freedom.

Matias Carlos Bassi is one of this year’s contenders, risking his life to gain a better one. And it’s not only in the arenas he must strive to survive; the underground Ablaze Complex leaves its competitors to circulate amongst themselves, including assassins. All of which is televised for the human populace, the current rulers of the world.

Seven arenas separate Matias from becoming the 189th victor. It will mean keeping out of the deathlight, and to kill his fellow kind. But he’s hungrier than ever, and willing to do whatever it takes to remove the shackles from himself and his loved ones.

About the Author

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Matthew Thompson was born in England in 1983, and is the creator of Domino Galaxy, a book series set in an afterworld. He has previously worked in the video games industry as a game and level designer.

You can view his website here: http://dominogalaxy.crevado.com/

Kristian’s War – Peter Wisan

I was recently given the opportunity to beta read Kristian’s War, a novel by Peter Wisan. He has now published the story, and it is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

A modern take on an age-old spiritual journey, what I truly enjoyed about this story is the universal message that salvation is found within, not without. Congratulations on publishing Peter, and I look forward to seeing more in the Searcher Series.

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Kristian Anders, a dirt-poor farmer, lives in a dark land where evil forces take the form of men. The sins of his past weigh heavily on his mind. When a stranger directs him to take a new path, Kris begins the journey of a lifetime towards a distant King who is rumored to solve all problems. But then a ruthless soldier is dispatched by the ruler of the dark land to capture or kill Kris. Everything leads to one final fight, where Kristian must defeat the demons of his past or die.

Marine Corps veteran Peter Wisan delivers a gripping, tactical take on the spiritual journey in a blend of heart-stopping action and heart-rending loss.

 

 

To a year of chasing dreams!

Welcome to 2017 everyone! I truly hope that this year will mark a new beginning of wonder, a middle of everything that’s beautiful, and an ending of circumstances that no longer serve a purpose in your life.

A new year is normally a time for resolutions, but I’ve never been fond of making those, so I’ll just tell you what I have planned for Chasing Dreams in the next few months:

Dream in Words Competition

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I’m so excited about this competition. Even though Chasing Dreams is still a small one-person startup, I’m collaborating with an amazing artist and people who are passionate about writing to hold this event. The deadline is really close, so if you’ve got a story that you would love to bring to life, make sure to send your synopsis and first three chapters through to entries@chasingdreamspublishing.com before the 31st January.

Jozi Flash 2017

At the end of 2015, the Jozi Wrino’s organised a Flash Fiction Anthology challenge. The resulting stories were published by Chasing Dreams in 2016 in a free to download e-book. The stories are a crazy, topsy-turvy mix of genres, with the only common theme being the prompts and the fact that the authors are all South African.

This year we’re doing it again, with amazing artwork from Nico Venter providing prompts across 8 different genres. The anthology will again be available, free to download from the end of March 2017.

You can download the original Jozi Flash Anthology here.

After the End

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Due to the holidays and the general chaos with which 2016 ended (for both myself and Sharon), the release of After the End has been extended to 20 March 2017.

For those who don’t know, Sharon is currently living on a farm in a small town in South Africa, and building her own house out of recycled materials. After the End features ten short stories from her which explore life in post-apocalyptic worlds. While Sharon’s own circumstances are far from post-apocalyptic, she certainly has some experience with surviving disastrous circumstances and starting life afresh, with new adventures every day.

The extra time taken to polish and refine After the End, will make it a collection well-worth owning.

If you would like to be involved in the blog tour which has been moved to 13th to 19th March 2017, please signup here.

I’m looking forward to sharing a year full of dreams with you. Here’s to 2017!

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