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January 26, 2015

I'm working on a few different projects at the moment.

1. "Triptychs" - What is that? I hear you ask. Well, I had to google the word when it was first suggested as a title for the upcoming anthology I'm working on with a few fellow writers. J. Michael Radcliffe suggested it, and when I found out what it means, I thought it was perfect for the book.

Triptychs will be the 3rd book in the Mind's Eye Series. Perspectives and Reflections, the first two books in the series were published last year. This is a series of anthologies where authors/poets write their story/poem inspired by a photograph.



The reason we're calling the 3rd book "Triptychs" is because there will be 3 poems/stories for each of the photographs featured in the book. Definition of "triptych": "a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together".

I've written 2 new short stories for the collection, and there will also be stories from: Darcia Helle, J. Michael Radcliffe, Jason McIntyre, Julie Elizabeth Powell, Eden Baylee, Lisette Brodey, Marc Nash, Geoffrey David West, and Jay Finn. Poems will be contributed by Helle Gade and Ben Ditmars.

Photographs in the collection were taken by Martin David Porter and Helle Gade.

The anthology is almost finished. I'll have more news about that soon.

2. While we're on the subject of short stories, I will have a new short story collection out sometime this year (I say that optimistically as I am trying to fit it in between other projects!). This one is called 'Lost and Found'. One of the stories is called 'Lost and Found', but the collection will include some short stories I wrote in the '90s, which I thought were lost because they were on an old floppy disk and I couldn't retrieve them; recently I found typed copies in a drawer at home while cleaning (this is proof that I need to clean up more often!).





I was very happy to find them again after so many years, especially after thinking they'd been lost. So I thought that title would be very fitting for the collection. So far I've only typed up and edited one of the stories, so it may be a while before the book is ready to be published.

3. A Time to Tell - I'm working on a second edition of the novel. It was originally published in 2006 but is no longer available in paperback, so I'm soon going to release a revised/re-edited version in e-book and paperback. Watch this space for news.

4. My new novel will hopefully be ready for publication sometime this year. I wrote the first draft it in just under two months last year, which is the quickest I've ever written a novel. It usually takes me about 6 months. I've read over the first draft and done an initial edit, but will need to read it over again before sending to my editor. The novel is called 'In the Web of Dreams and Lies'. It's part thriller/horror, part romance/contemporary fiction, with a splash of humour and paranormal. I have already designed a cover for it, but will wait to reveal that nearer to the publication date.

Best places to keep up with my writing news are my website: http://www.mariasavva.com/site/ and my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author...

January 22, 2015

I've seen lots of blog posts lately about people setting reading challenges for themselves, and people making lists of books they want to read in 2015.

I don't tend to plan ahead with my reading, my choices are more random. It can be anything from seeing a book that catches my eye and downloading it onto my Kindle (impulse reading!), to my favourite author releasing their next book. I also do a lot of beta reading for my author friends and get to read many great books in advance (one of the perks of the job).

I don't have my own list of books that I want to read in 2015; that will happen spontaneously, as and when I come across books released throughout the year.

For those of you who are more organised and like to plan, I thought it would be nice to make a list of some books I would suggest you read in 2015. These are all books that I have enjoyed reading and would recommend to everyone!

Rock'n'Roll Suicide


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/RocknRoll-Suici...

The whole of the Jack Lockwood Mystery series by Geoffrey David West is highly recommended. You should start with the first book in the series, and I'm sure you'll want to read the rest of them!

You Wish...


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/You-Wish-Terry-...

Any book by Terry Tyler is worth reading, if the ones I've read are anything to go by, but I'm recommending "You Wish" because it was the first one of her books I read and I fell in love with it. If I have any plans for reading at all this year it's to try to find time to read more of her books.


The Cutting Edge


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Edge-Da...

I've read most of Darcia Helle's books and they are all fantastic. It's hard to pick just one to recommend, but I'm going to choose "The Cutting Edge" because it's definitely one of my favourites.

The Guardian's Apprentice


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Guardians-Appre...

The whole of the Beyond the Veil series by J. Michael Radcliffe is brilliant. You should start with book 1, "The Guardian's Apprentice". A real treat for fantasy fans.

Weird: A Henry Ian Darling Oddity Missive One


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Weird-Henry-Dar...

Julie Elizabeth Powell is another one of my favourite authors. I always enjoy her books. I'm recommending her latest book, which is only a short story, but it is a fabulous example of how imaginative Julie Elizabeth Powell is as a writer. Also, she's writing more books in this series, so that's something to look forward to!

Northern Whispers


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Northern-Whispe...

I'd recommend Helle Gade's books to you whether you're a fan of poetry or not. Before reading her work, I wasn't really interested in reading poetry. Helle Gade's poetry is full of passion and heartfelt imagery. It really makes you think and evokes a myriad of emotions. She's also a talented photographer and her books include photos that accompany each of the verses.

Love & The Goddess


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Goddess-Ma...

This is a wonderfully inspirational story that many will be able to relate to. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Mary Elizabeth Coen is definitely an author to look out for.

Horse Latitudes


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Horse-Latitudes...

I had to recommend this book because it's one of my all time favourites, full of laugh out loud humour and insightful observations. I also wanted to list it here because I've just had the pleasure of beta reading Quentin R. Bufogle's new novel, which is excellent. I'm not sure when the new novel will be out, but you should keep your eyes peeled because you won't want to miss it!

Her Fearful Symmetry


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Her-Fearful-Sym...

This was a book that I read and didn't want it to end. I really loved the quirky characters and the twists and turns in the story.

Squalor, New Mexico


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/SQUALOR-NEW-MEX...

I have read most of Lisette Brodey's books and really enjoyed them all. I could pick any one of them to recommend. I'm picking "Squalor, New Mexico" because it's a great example of the author's ability to create realistic characters that everyone can relate to.

The Bone Cradle


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bone-Cradle-C-E...

This is written for children but it's one of those books that can be enjoyed by all ages. It's a real page-turner by a talented author. The sequel, Grey Amber, is just as wonderful as well.

I'm going to stop there, but if you want some more recommendations, take a look at my book list here on Goodreads and you'll see all the books I've read and reviewed.

Happy Reading!

January 2, 2015

One of my favourite writers has just released a new story so I thought I'd share it here.

Julie Elizabeth Powell has a wonderful imagination. She's probably the most creative writer I have had the opportunity to meet. If you haven't discovered her work yet, you're missing something special. She mainly writes fantasy fiction, but has also written in many other genres. You can check out her list of books on her Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Elizabeth...

I was very happy to discover her new release today.

Her new book is: Weird: A Henry Ian Darling Oddity Missive One



Great cover, isn't it? She designs all her own covers too.

The blurb: "Henry Ian Darling is a collector of oddities, those that bring him closer to an enigma, one he hopes will be a great thing.

But maybe it isn’t."


Julie says this story came to her in a dream!

You can get a copy on Amazon worldwide:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Weird-Henry-Dar...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Henry-D...

Mine has been downloaded and is waiting patiently on my Kindle. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

incidentally, Julie will be joining me, Darcia Helle, and a whole host of other writers for Book 3 in The Mind's Eye Series. I've already read her two contributed stories and they're great!

More news about that book soon!
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December 31, 2014



















Happy New Year to all my blog followers! I hope 2015 is a happy, prosperous, and healthy one for you.

I'm busy editing and writing to bring you more books and stories in the new year.

Thank you for all your support in 2014!
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December 27, 2014

Reflections has been nominated in the Preditors and Editors poll in the category of best anthology of 2014.





If you enjoyed the book, please vote for it in the poll. It's very easy to vote. Just follow this link: http://critters.org/predpoll/antho.shtml

Scroll down the page until you see 'Reflections (Book2 - Mind's Eye Series)', then just click on the circle next to it. If you scroll down further, you'll be asked to confirm the vote. You'll then receive an e-mail with a link so that you can verify the vote.

The book contains stories from me, Darcia Helle, Jason McIntyre, and J. Michael Radcliffe, as well as poems from Helle Gade and Ben Ditmars. All the poems and stories are inspired by photos. The photos were taken by Helle Gade, and Martin David Porter.

It's available as an e-book or paperback on Amazon worldwide:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com./Reflections-Mi...
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk./Reflections-...

Voting is open until 14th January 2015. Thanks in advance to everyone who votes!!

December 19, 2014

It's the time of year when we reflect on the past 12 months. I've read lots of great books this year, so I thought I'd choose my top ten. It wasn't easy to pick just ten!

Here they are, in no particular order:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman




A wonderful fantasy tale, with lots of great imagery.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Ocean-at-End-La...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ocean-at-End-...


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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger



A chilling and entertaining ghost story.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Her-Fearful-Sym...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Her-Fearful-S...


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Welsh Love Story by Clive Pearce



A hilarious love story.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Flew-Over-Dodos...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flew-Over-Dod...

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Mystical High by Lisette Brodey



An intriguing paranormal mystery.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/MYSTICAL-HIGH-D...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/MYSTICAL-HIGH...


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Playmates by Jess C. Scott



A wonderfully edgy psychological thriller.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Playmates-Wilde...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Playmates-Wil...

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Love & The Goddess by Mary E. Coen



An inspirational, captivating read.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Goddess-Ma...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Goddess-...


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Doppelganger by Geoffrey David West



An edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Doppelganger-Ja...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doppelganger-...

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Fastian: An Edgeweir Tale by Jay Finn



An engrossing fantasy adventure.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Fastian-Edgewei...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fastian-Edgew...

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Dirty Business by Julie Elizabeth Powell



A dark and intriguing murder mystery.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Business-...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dirty-Busines...

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The Silence of Juliet Mann by Joanne Phillips



A heartwarming story.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Silence-Juliet-...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silence-Julie...
As we approach the end of 2014, I thought it would be nice to look back at my writing year.

This time last year I had no idea that I would be involved in an exciting short story series. The Mind's Eye Series started with an idea put forward by a photographer friend of mine, Martin David Porter (https://www.facebook.com/MartsArtsPho...). He said he had an idea for a book and asked if he could send me ten photos and I could write ten stories, each one inspired by one of the photos. I'd used one of Martin's photos before, for the cover of my book Delusion and Dreams




When Martin asked me if I'd like to take part in the project, I really wanted to because it sounded like a challenge, but I was busy editing my collection Far Away In Time. I asked if I could bring another writer on board and we could each write 5 stories. Martin agreed so I asked Darcia Helle and she was also interested in the project. That's when Perspectives was born.

We started writing the stories in February and by April we had published the book! It was so much fun to write that we decided to ask some other writers to join us and make it a series of books.



For the second book in the series, Reflections, we were joined by Ben Ditmars, Jason McIntyre, Helle Gade, and J. Michael Radcliffe. Now we had poems as well as short stories, and Helle is also a photographer, so she provided some of the photos.



We are currently working on book 3 in the series, as yet untitled. I've written two stories for that one.

As well as the Mind's Eye Series this year, I also published my collection of short stories Far Away In Time in March.



This collection of 8 tales includes dark fiction, mystery, and fantasy.

This year, I've also been editing my novel A Time to Tell (originally published in 2006). I thought it was the right time for a second edition of the book as I'd ended the contract with the publisher who originally published it, so that I could self-publish the book. When I read through it, I realised how much my writing has changed since I wrote it, and I wanted to edit it so that I could use what I've learned from my writing to hopefully improve the book. It's currently with my beta readers and I hope to publish that early next year.

It has a lovely new cover, designed by Aeternum Designs: http://aeternumdesigns.com/



I've also written a new novel this year. It's called 'In The Web Of Dreams And Lies'. It has elements of horror, comedy, romance, and paranormal.

I'm currently editing the book and it will hopefully be published sometime next year.

I'm looking forward to writing more in 2015!

December 15, 2014

Julie Elizabeth Powell is one of my favourite authors. I've read all her books and have enjoyed them. She is probably the most imaginative writer I know. She mainly writes fantasy stories but has also written a murder mystery, a chick-lit comedy, and children's fiction, as well as non-fiction. You can see a full list of her books on her Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Elizabeth...

Her books are also available in paperback from Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/julizpow

Julie has just released a Christmas themed short story, Christmas Past.




I've started reading it and am about a third of the way through. It's certainly captured my interest and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens.

Book description:

What was Christmas? How did it start? And why was it now banned? Why had the Elders decided it would only cause trouble, that its roots were based on something that only caused wars...those that had destroyed the Old Earth?

Some disagree, and maybe can change things before it’s too late for humankind.

Or maybe it’s already too late.



Get your copy at the following links (it's available on Amazon worldwide).

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Past-...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Pas...


Some other Christmassy books you could try are:

The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan

Christmas Stories by Paulo Coelho

Hark---A Christmas Collection by Justin Bog

Frostbite - The Dragon that Saved Christmas by J. Michael Radcliffe
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December 4, 2014

I've just found out about 2 new releases and these books are going straight on my to-read list, in fact, I've already started reading one of them.

Firstly, Lisette Brodey has released the second book in her paranormal YA series: the "Desert Series", DESERT STAR. Having read the first book in the series, I'm very much looking forward to reading this one.



You can get a copy from Amazon by following the link: http://www.amazon.com/DESERT-STAR-Des...

This series would make a great Christmas gift for the book lover in your life. Even though it's listed as a Young Adult series, I think it can be enjoyed by all ages.

The first book in the series, Mystical High is currently available at just 99 cents: http://www.amazon.com/MYSTICAL-HIGH-D...



The second new release I've heard about is a collection of short stories with Christmas as a theme. Justin Bog has just published Hark---A Christmas Collection. This is a collection of six short stories. I couldn't wait to start reading them and have read the first three already. They are not your typical Christmas stories, they uncover and examine the darker and lonelier side of Christmas. Justin's writing is compulsive reading and I'm enjoying this book. It's the perfect time of year to read it.



You can get your copy here (in Kindle or paperback): http://www.amazon.com/Hark--Christmas...

I think this would make the perfect gift for the short story lover in your life.
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November 22, 2014

For the next 9 hours or so, you can download Perspectives for the bargain price of 99 cents on Kindle from the US Amazon store. It's part of the Kindle Countdown deal.



ABOUT THE BOOK

12 Moments Captured
12 Stories Told

Do you trust what you see?
A rock only becomes a mountain when you broaden your view.
We challenge you to look at the world from different…
PERSPECTIVES



WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:

"First story left me with tears in my eyes. Second story a chill down my back and so they go on."

"Absolutely stunning, raw pictures with a story to go with them. The photographer and authors and editor have done an Awesome job..."


BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Perspectives-Mi...
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