Monday, 22 December 2014

Re-release of Dream World: Book 1

Re-release of my YA Romance as a self-published author. £1.02 until Wed.

Grab your copy today.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00RAYWYR6/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1419258841&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Nano update

I am in 27 days now and 41k or so written. Good news is book 4 in the Dream World series is written. However I am short of the 50k for Nano. I am writing a short Xmas story to make up my shortfall.

I'm happy...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

NaNoWriMo

Good morning guys, I just thought I would pop in and say hi, and let you all know that I am taking part in Nano this year, my fourth time. This year I am writing book 4, in my Dream World Series.

I only managed to write 2,234 words.

I am about to start today and add more to my word count.

Will be keeping you guys updated.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Update

So much to do, so little time. I may be on holiday at the present time, but I am working on adding edits to book 1, ready for it to be re-released as my own self published book.

I am also adding edits to book 2, which I am hoping to be out not long after.

Plus I am getting read for this years NaNoWriMo

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Release date for book 2.

It may not come as a surprise that I am working hard on releasing my second book, of course I am trying to re-release book 1 as a self published author.
In October I will be joining a blogfest and well since its mid October the day I will be on there, I was hoping to release book 2 around that time. I think it would be a good idea.

Fingers crossed we can make this happen. Book cover being designed as we speak, may reveal it on the blogfest, time will tell.

Sarah.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Another day over:

It's the weekend, and I have three days off work, I am hoping to get more editing done on the novel I am planning to publish after the second book of the stargazing saga.

I also will be writing and typing up book 3. I am hoping that I can also, and I know I am biting off more than I can chew, but work on a new series, called Grace Jones, which I am trying my hand at writing in first person, present tense. I am not sure how this will read, but I am sure once my beta readers have it in their hands they will let me know, and I will go from there.

Now that I have rambled on enough, I will get back to editing.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

MIA

I was planning to keep my blog going on here back in May, what happened, I really do not know, I guess it got forgotten. Maybe because I have been so busy getting book 1 and 2 ready for release.

I am very happy to say that book1, of the Dream World series, which I have decided to call the whole series, Stargazer saga, and the first book be called Dream World. Book 2, I was not sure to call it daydreamer, I am thinking that may work best. And then from there, you will head to book 3. Mean Girls.

Right now, book 1 and 2, follow the same storyline, in the voice of the three main characters, but book 3, well that is not going to have three POV's. Instead, we will follow Karen's story.

I loved writing Karen, she turned out to be one of my favourite characters, if you had asked me a few years back, I would have not believed it myself.

Right now, book 2 is in the hands of my beta readers, and the few who have already finished it, have loved what they read. One loved the ending. I will add a few snippets and teasers of book 1, and book 2 as the days follow to the lead up to the release of book 1 as a self published author and then if all goes to plan, book 2.

Monday, 19 May 2014

I am back

I have to start by apologising.  I had not meant to stay away for do long.  But things have been very busy. With work, life and of course editing.

Also creating more crafty things.  Really enjoying that.  I love using my spectrum noir pens. Love it.

If I am not writing or editing I am at my craft station colouring or getting covered in various inks.

My editing is back on track. ....yay and have to say how proud of my daughter I am. She is a talented young lady and just recently been asked along with six others to work towards an A* in her maths. She is shocked. But I am happy for her. If she keeps this work up as she is only in her first year of starting her GCSE's. I know she can do it.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Publisher closing her doors:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, my publisher will be closing down. Does that mean my books will be taken down and looking for a new publisher.  Yes they will be taken down, but I plan to self publish.  I am sure I can do it. Just one book at a time. I plan to upload book one ASAP and get book 2 ready.

I am sure I will have plenty of support. In advance I thank you.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Monday already:

With half-term over and already a week of back to school and work, is it really Monday already?

I have plans today to update my blogs, and my website, and today I will be adding a new author to my website. She will feature the whole week, and well she is a very talented writer, and she blows my mind, because she is only twelve years old. Pop over to my website and check her books out, yes books, she has two.

Here is a link to check her out, and while you are there, why not check out the past authors too.

http://sjhitchcock.weebly.com/jasmin-lily-duncan.html

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wishing I had a stopwatch:

There are times like today, and well my day off on a Monday too, where I wish I could pause time just for a bit. I never seem to get very far with my plans. Its like I sit down, look at the clock and before I know it, two or more hours have passed, so not fair.

Today I got in, made my lunch, put some washing on, washed up, having to the boil the kettle as we ran out of gas and new bottles are coming tomorrow. Why did I not order them on Monday, oh yeah I was on here updating and going through Push with a friend. Which I am happy to say that went well and I have a plan of action, thank you Darcy. And even though we were nervous of doing a video chat via Facebook, it was really good. Two hours we chatted like that, awesome or what.

Back on topic and not wanting to bore you, but I already have one hour before the school run time. What do I have time to do, not much, but I will take a look at what I can work on tomorrow and at the weekend.

I think I will be using my speech program to read the novel back to me, don't want any more wrong words. 

My other plan is to find out what a street team is, and what they do, and if I have to pay for one. If you know, and would like to let me know, great, or you are one, and looking to add a Romance Author or YA, New Adult and Adult novels, let me know would love to chat about my options. 


Sarah.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

One more day off

That's it a whole week and what have I done. Not much. Finished another round of edits for book 2. Started and Finished reading another book. Took the children out.

Today my day is filled with the chore I hate. Sock sorting. How do I end up with so many non pairs.

Tomorrow the children are back to school and I would love to spend it writing. Will I...good question. Maybe if I get my planning for work done today. Fingers and toes crossed.

Oh and I am hoping to work on Push soon.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Update:

I have not managed much writing today, actually none unless you count updating my blog. I blame the headache I have.

I have had it all day today and I should not really complain as its the first one I have had this year. Typical though that my partner has gone back to work today and I have the house to myself until the school run and then I have the kids home.

Tonight there will be no time, as I am out to Zumba, trying to get fit, trying being the word. The diet really needs to start soon and I need to stick to it.

I am hoping this is the start of the new me.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Debate

Which novel to work on after book 2 of Dream World, Yes there is a book 3, but I wanted to get another different one out there. So which one.

A single stand alone book, or another series, or should I simply do the single book and then the series. I would love them all to be released at some point, but what in order, does it matter?

Here is a little of Push, it is very rough, needs editing, but what do you guys think. Please comment. I need feedback. Also debating making it first person. I would love to hear what you think. Should I keep her the age she is, or older? I also am aware it needs more description, I will be working on that. I want to know, would you want to read more?

Prologue (I, S.J Hitchock own copyright to the chapter below and it may not be copied. I would be grateful for you keeping my hard work safe. If you would like to read more, the next three chapters can be found on wattpad.com. - http://www.wattpad.com/1425177-push-chapter-1)

Brianna Evans lay half asleep on her bed watching a movie, as a niggling pain hit her.   Pulling the duvet up around her body she fought against the pain, muffling the sound as she buried her head in her pillow.  It was the same every month, but this pain was different, intense.  Since she was a few weeks late, she put it down to that.  Curling up into a ball she held the pillow against her stomach as she rocked silently. The pain subsided as the relief washed over her.

Brianna, Anna to her friends, began to relax. Until half an hour later the pain returned and left her breathless. She managed to relax once again as another set of pain hit her, tears rolled down her cheeks. She wanted to call her mother, but she could not. Her mother was a proud woman and any sign of weakness was not acceptable. She was a young woman and these pains were part of it and she had been told to deal with it like a woman would. She had no choice to ride them out, they would end soon, she hoped. Fresh tears fell down her now red cheeks, she was not being strong. Right now Brianna did not care as another pain made her double up.

She held the pillow tighter over her stomach as the pain eased away. The clock on the bedside table ticked away silently as each pain came and went. To her it felt as a few hours had passed, but in reality only a one hour had passed. The sound of the door opening did not arouse her. Her mother entered her room to find her curled up in the foetal position and hot salty tears streaming down her cheeks. Her mother, Trudy sat down beside her as another pain rocked through her body. The tears fell freely as her mother tried hard to comfort her, neither aware of what was happening to her.

As another pain crippled her, Trudy realised her daughters pains were more serious and helped her daughter into the family car. She then drove her to the hospital.

Trudy helped her daughter out of the car and into the E.R as another pain crippled her daughter. This one caused her to cry out. Just as she screamed, a gush of water fell to the floor between her legs.

"I am sorry," Brianna cried.

Looking at the floor the nurse nodded.

"It's okay, we can take care of that," she nodded.   "It looks as if your water broke that's all. We need to get you to the maternity ward, now."

"Her what!" Trudy said as she let go of her daughters arm.

The woman ignored the question.  "Okay, lay down sweet heart and let me check how far dilated you are."

"Brianna's pregnant?"

"Not for much longer, she's already nine centimetres. We really need to get you upstairs," the Nurse stated.

"She can't be. She's only sixteen, Brianna can't be a mother."

"A little too late for that now," the Nurse began as a porter rushed to the aid of the Nurse and together they took Brianna and the bed to the Maternity ward.

"This can't be happening, Brianna why did..."

"I'm not having a baby," she screamed as another pain ripped through her body.

"Its okay Brianna, we are here to help you deliver this baby. When we say push you need to push down as hard as you can and we can get this baby delivered."

Her mother stood by the side the bed, then backed away.

"Where are you going, Mum!"

"You did this, I can't be here. Your father will be angry you know that. He won't stand for this. You made this baby, you will have to do this, I have to go," she said as she made her way out of the room.

The sound of Brianna calling for her mother echoed around the room as another contraction ripped through her body once again.


Moments later Brianna was helped onto the bed in the delivery room.  The midwife smiled at her as she instructed her on what had to be done.

"Push."

"I am pushing," Brianna stated through gritted teeth.

"One more push, you're nearly there," the midwife coaxed.

Bearing down she pushed with every last ounce of energy she possessed.    Her finger nails dug into the palms of her hand.  Sweat tricked down her brow, red faced Brianna concentrated on the job in hand.  Not having time to contemplate on what was happening to her. 

Hearing only the voice of the woman giving her encouragement.  She wished her mother had stayed by her side, but she had no time to dwell on the matter as she pushed as hard as she could.  Feeling the sensation of burning, it passed as she was informed she delivered the baby's head.  Taking a deep breath, she listened to the soft voice of the midwife.

"Okay, now on the next contraction one last big push and this baby will be born."

Brianna nodded, as the pain intensified, and gave one final push as she felt the baby leave her body. 

The next sound she heard belonged to her daughter.  The baby had a pair of lungs on her and the sound filled the delivery suite.  Brianna looked down at her baby barely seconds old and cried. 

The midwife lifted the baby up to lay on her chest, Brianna shook her head.

"I can't, I don't want it.  Take it away."


The moment the words tumbled from her lips she regretted it.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Update for you guys:

A few days ago I promised I would return, well here I am, some of my post won't be long, but I will be here.

I have heard good news today that my book will now be available in print, anyone excited about this, I know I am. Cannot wait to see it in print. Hold it in my hands, I will post a pic of the new one when I receive it. For now here is me with the old one. I am not a fan of my picture being taken, but here it is anyway.


I knows its not a great picture, I hate having it done, but here I am holding the original book that was created with my first publisher. Now I have a UK based one and well as soon as I have my hands on it, I will upload it. Hopefully looking a tad thinner, well one can wish....hee hee

Here is the new cover design:
 
created and updated by Karabeth publishing, original image by Sharon Brock.

Blurb
I spot my mother's car approaching me. I see her wave, and smile as our eyes lock. Then as if slow motion, the most horrific scene plays out before my eyes. The van switches lanes once again right into my mother's path. The look on her face as she steps on the brakes shows she has realised it's too late, the car ploughs into the van at such speed she has no time to react. I watch in horror as my mother flies forward. I close my eyes and crumble to the floor, shielding my vision, not wanting to see the scene continue to play out. Hearing metal on metal as screams fill the air it's then I realise it's me who is screaming. 

My name is Debbie Conway, I am thirteen years old and from the day I witnessed my mother's death I could think of little else. To ease my pain, I spent more time in my dream world, in the arms of Joshua Lawson, the guy from the poster above my bed, and starring in my favorite T.V show, Victor. 

Meet my best friend Wendy, former best friend and school bully Karen and a boy who will confuse my love for Joshua Lawson, Mark Hobson. He's a new student from America, whose accent alone sends shivers up and down my spine.


Sunday, 2 February 2014

I am back...

I will try to update here more often. Now that I have my second blog, website, I have been busy. I will keep this one to feature more adult themed authors, and my book reviews.

I am currently reading a series of four books, by Ryn Shell. Her series of Billabong series. I am on book two and will post a review as soon as I am done.

As well as reading, updating my social networks I am also editing book 2.

Book 1, could do with some love too, so feel free to grab a copy.

Blurb
I spot my mother's car approaching me. I see her wave, and smile as our eyes lock. Then as if slow motion, the most horrific scene plays out before my eyes. The van switches lanes once again right into my mother's path. The look on her face as she steps on the brakes shows she has realised it's too late, the car ploughs into the van at such speed she has no time to react. I watch in horror as my mother flies forward. I close my eyes and crumble to the floor, shielding my vision, not wanting to see the scene continue to play out. Hearing metal on metal as screams fill the air it's then i realise it's me who is screaming.

My name is Debbie Conway, I am thirteen years old and from the day I witnessed my mother's death I could think of little else. To ease my pain, I spent more time in my dream world, in the arms of Joshua Lawson, the guy from the poster above my bed, and starring in my favorite T.V show, Victor.

Meet my best friend Wendy, former best friend and school bully Karen and a boy who will confuse my love for Joshua Lawson, Mark Hobson. He's a new student from America, whose accent alone sends shivers up and down my spine.

http://amzn.to/19xHMvQ   .co.uk
http://amzn.to/1fEqU7G  .com


Sunday, 12 January 2014

Website

I am creating a new website, which also features a blog too, pop over give it some love.

http://sjhitchcock.weebly.com

Monday, 6 January 2014

Update.

Book is no longer on sale price, but you can still grab a copy on either Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

http://amzn.to/19xHMvQ   .co.uk
http://amzn.to/1fEqU7G  .com

Now I just thought I would share with you that I will be back to reviewing books that are on my TBR list. I will aim for one a month, maybe two, depending on how things pan out. With writing, and editing too, and of course being back to work tomorrow.

I have started a few short stories, some old that need tweaking, some new, some from my ideas folder. I wonder if its the right thing to do, or is it frowned apon. Some authors suggest it, some state its a bad idea. I don't get why its a bad idea, surely more published work by an author is good. I don't know which way to turn, whose right, maybe neither are, maybe it could actually work out for me. I think it depends on the audience.

I read a while back a book, that at the time I had no idea, even from the blurb that is was a sample of the book, yes I was disappointed, as I had been pulled into the story. Did I buy the book, not yet. I did feel cheated by it, will I ever do that as an author, hell no.

If one of my readers wants to read a sample of a book, Amazon has that option. If I do any short stories, or a collection, they will all be stand alones. No characters popping in from my novels. Well I don't think I will, I can understand why they do it, maybe a novella is okay to do that.

What do you think about those that do this, sell the opening of a book with hopes you will buy the rest???