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Friday, November 21, 2014

Gratitude

Hi, I'm Pippa Jay, author of scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul. Here in the UK we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but this year I have good reason to be both grateful and thankful. 2013 ended badly, and 2014 wasn't much better at the start. Disappointments and disasters in both my publishing life and real life had me on the verge of hitting the delete button for everything. I don't think I've been so near to giving up on my dream of being a published author.


But here I am, and today is actually release day for my fifth title of this year, and my tenth since my debut in May 2012.
EXCERPT | GOODREADS
Available at... Breathless Press

Amazon US | Amazon UK
Blurb:

In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she's woken up with cuts and bruises on her body and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who's been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there'd be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.
Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark's regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis...or to save Kadie either.

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Isn't the cover gorgeous?! Oh, I know I'm biased, but I'm also grateful to never have had a cover I didn't like so far (of course I do have my favourites, but I'm not telling, shh!). Next month my last release for 2014 will come out on the 19th December, making six releases for this year. SIX! Suffice to say, I'm not planning quite that many for 2015.

In the meantime, I am grateful that I didn't quit despite the temptation. That all the problems that hung over me and my family as 2013 shifted to 2014 weren't life threatening or tragic, merely depressing and expensive. I'm grateful that my kids are happy, healthy, and doing well at school, and that despite being a year older both myself and my husband are still going strong and still in love (not bad for 21 years). 

And right now 2015 is looking peachy (but I still have my fingers crossed, just in case). May your year be as good!


4 comments:

Judith Ashley said...

Wow! six releases!!! Well done!!!!

This cover is gorgeous. And just like your other ones certainly has me stopping for a second look. Just what you want readers to do.

One thing I'm grateful for is your help in getting guest bloggers for Romancing The Genres in October and this month. Holding positive thoughts that 2015 is a super fantastic year for you!

Sarah Raplee said...

Love your new cover! Sounds like a great story.

A writing career is not for the faint-hearted, is it? We all reach 'the brink' sooner or later. So glad you stepped back and stayed in the game!

Diana McCollum said...

Hi, Pippa! Love the cover! And the blurb. Sounds like one interesting read. I'm glad you persevered and continued writing. I know when I have difficulties in my personal life, writing is hard to non-existent. Lots of writers I know say just the opposite.They can escape their troubles by writing, not me, I'm not one of those. Good luck on your sales, and Happy holidays!!

Pippa Jay said...

Hi Judith! I know, right?! I still have to keep pinching myself over the number, lol. And thanks, I really do love this cover and how the artist picked up exactly what I wanted but also improved on it. Aww, it's my pleasure and thank you.

Sarah, thanks. And no, much as I love it, a writing career is as hard as it is joyous. I think it does help to step away from it all once in a while.

Hi Diana, thanks! Yeah, I can work well under pressure, but usually that kind of thing kills creativity and most authors that I know are the same. Writing *was* my way of escaping reality, but as an adult with responsibilities - not so much.