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November 15, 2014

This has been a long time in the making, but I'm delighted to be able to annouce that the trilogy is now available as an e-book set on Amazon! For the opening month it is at a special price of just .99c. This is the final re-written version of each book - the same as the paperback - so those of you with older copies, you might want to consider grabbing it :) There were some major changes made to the books, and I'm delighted with the outcome. The other major difference you will notice is the cover! I had a cover designed originally for the omnibus set by Deedee, a fantastic digital artist who brought Nnelg to life. Now anyone who knows the trilogy understands the cover, but that's where the problem lay. When I got opinions from a variety of people who hadn't read the trilogy, the overwhelming concensus was that it felt too YA (Young Adult). It was quite heartbreaking to have to consider a new cover. But with a vague plan in place I set out to find another artist. This time someone who could create a more traditional fantasy image. I was lucky enough to come across Jenn DePaola, whose artwork felt the perfect mix of old and new. Jenn created this dark, mysterious and almost threatening cover that feels so right!! Lisa Vella, the designer who created the third cover of the trilogy, did her magic with the font work. A truly striking cover, sure to attract :D


  Here are the links for where to grab yourself a copy - remember the special price is just until Dec 15th, then it'll be at the full price of $5.99. So grab it while it's cheap *grin* It is just available on Amazon - if you don't have a kindle you can download the free app for your phone/tablet/computer from Amazon, it's dead easy ;)
Amazon USAmazon UK
Take care all!Nic


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November 3, 2014

Now that the full trilogy is finally in paperback I'm preparing to do a large order for various places and people. I've had queries from readers as to the cost of getting the books signed, so today I sat down and nutted out the various amounts. I've detailed the various amounts in the table below. Unfortunately with New Zealand being such a small country we have no competition for our basic parcel post and that makes it rather steep price wise. The prices below are for basic parcel post only (non tracked, takes 1-2 weeks). Tracked parcel post made it stupid expensive ;p
If you are interested in buying a book or more you need to let me know quickly. I will make the order at the end of next week (Saturday NZ, Friday for those in the Northern Hemisphere).Payment will need to be through to my PayPal account before then, just use this address n(dot)macdonald00(at)gmail(dot)com 

Cost of books if people want them signed – includes cost of shipping to their country and prices are in the indicated currencies. This is for parcel post – NO tracking (that was truly hideous prices ..)

Country Book One Book Two Book Three One & Two Complete Set New Zealand NZD $21.20 $20.20 $21.20 $41.40 $62.60 Australia AUD $25.00 $24.00 $25.00 $44.20 $64.50 United States USD $31.50 $30.50 $31.50 $55.00 $79.50 United Kingdom £ £19.55 £18.90 £19.55 £34.30 £49.75   


Take care all!Nic The Arrival, available FREE at at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Kobo : Smashwords : SonyAwakening available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : Smashwords : iTunes US : iTunes UK : SonyFeel the Burn available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Smashwords : Kobo : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Barnes & Noble : Sony 
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August 28, 2014



Creating Bling A couple of months ago I worked at creating a few pretty pendants utilizing the elemental symbol (created by the cover artist of the omnibus cover, Deedee Davies). I had intended it as something special with which to thank people who’ve helped and as blatant bribery when needed *grin*. Well the reaction of readers who follow the BirthRight Trilogy facebook page made me realize that a few people at least would like the opportunity to buy the necklace. So I made some more.
And failed.
OMG they look so damn simple, the instructions soundsimple, yet the execution is proving anything but!! I’m slowly getting the hang of it, which means I have around one pendant a week available to those who’d like to buy them. So at the moment there’s a short waiting list *hee*.  If you are interested you can purchase the pendant (chain included) for $25NZD postage included – payment via Paypal. There’s two versions, one is set in the brass coloured tray with the chain necklace, and the other version is just on glass and strung on a leather cord. Both are the same price, just send me a message.
If you want a necklace but can’t afford don’t despair! I will be using them as prizes for upcoming events, so keep your eyes peeled and you could win yourself one :)





 
Dreams of the big screen!I’ve never made any secret of my desire to one day see the trilogy as a movie (well three really ;p). Last week a reader got in touch (thanks Melissa!) and let me know about this really neat site where you can suggest a book/game etc as an idea for a movie. You can add suggestions for actors, directors, writers – you name it! And most importantly, you can SUPPORT any projects you like the look of! I spent the weekend working on my ‘blurb’ that would cover the whole trilogy (like what you’d read on the back of a DVD) and with the help of the readers on the BirthRight Trilogy Facebook page we perfected it. Now the BirthRight Trilogy is up on the site as a suggested movie idea! Pop over, sign up and hit the all important ‘SUPPORT’ button – let’s get this up on the big screen for all to enjoy! What an exciting concept!
http://www.iflist.com/stories/thebirthrighttrilogy# 

Take care all!Nic The Arrival, available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Kobo : Smashwords : SonyAwakening available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : Smashwords : iTunes US : iTunes UK : SonyFeel the Burn available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Smashwords : Kobo : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Barnes & Noble : Sony 



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August 9, 2014



It’s been just over a month since we moved into our first *squeal* home. It has been one of the busiest months of our lives! After scrubbing the rental we had been living in from top to bottom even getting the carpets cleaned, it was a hell of a nasty shock to discover the previous owners of our new house felt no such inclination. The house was filthy. The two days I applied for leave to help with the move stretched to a week of midnight/1am ‘days’ of cleaning. Even now Glenn is out the back cleaning more rubbish from the backyard. It does rather astonish us that some people would use their own backyard as a land fill. But on the bright side we were able to sell the scrap metal we found and Glenn’s re-purposed a lot of the wood he’s found into new gates and fixing holes in the fence. We discovered a variety of idiosyncrasies such as, the kitchen has no drawers (and yeah, we didn’t notice. Mainly because you just expect a kitchen to have drawers!!), the light switches for the lounge are in the dining room and the switch for the spa bath is on the wall about three meters from the bath meaning you cannot turn it on/off while in the bath… clever, no? But it’s ours. Sure it needs a paint, the cladding needs fixing and anything the DIY wannabies touched they did wrong. But it’s ours. It’s perfectly imperfect and we love it. I love the dinky space I have for my ‘room’ that means I get to be in the hub of everything while still tucked away. We appreciate the laundry being accessible via our ensuite as we can heat our towels in the dryer while we’re showering (it’s winter here remember). The rain on the tin roof sounds fantastic and the wood burner in the lounge makes it all the more perfect. Sure, we have stack loads of work to do and we only technically own a tiny portion of it, but every month we pay a little more off and get a little more work done. It’s not a mansion by any standard, but listening to the dawn chorus from our bed makes it feel pretty darn special ;)




Take care all!Nic The Arrival, available FREE at at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Kobo : Smashwords : SonyAwakening available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : Smashwords : iTunes US : iTunes UK : SonyFeel the Burn available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Smashwords : Kobo : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Barnes & Noble : Sony 

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June 24, 2014



Yes, I know rationally speaking the concept that everyone born at a particular time under a particular star will act the same and have ‘fate’ treat them the same is rather ridiculous… but I have to confess that I just love reading my horoscope each day. Though I’m only inclined to pay it proper attention if it’s fantastically positive *hee*. I came across a rather fun site the other year which combines both your Western sign (Leo/Taurus/Cancer etc) and your Eastern Sign (Tiger/Dog/Rabbit etc) to create an entirely new creature! Turns out I’m a Shih Tzu … I guess that’s fairly apt as I’m a leo born in the year of the dog and Shih Tzu means lion dog. But some of the combinations are just hilarious. Friends have turned out to be all manner of creatures; black bear, hippo (yeah, she wasn’t so thrilled *lol*), unicorn (we were all jealous ;p), fire fly, gecko, armadillo – even a great white shark! I’m now using the site for genuine research, all the descriptions make fantastic bases for characters but I thought I’d share it with you all for a laugh. Have a peek, check out what your sign is and share it below *grin* Primal Astrology
 Looks just like me, no?


Take care all!Nic The Arrival, available FREE at at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Kobo : Smashwords : SonyAwakening available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : Smashwords : iTunes US : iTunes UK : SonyFeel the Burn available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Smashwords : Kobo : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Barnes & Noble : Sony 
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June 16, 2014



It’s something an author dreams of; readers who love your books enough to recommend them to others. Readers who take the next step in openly supporting your books on their social media sites. It’s quite honestly one of the MOST awesome things I’ve come across and I just wanted to say, to all of you that have and are supporting me and my work,


I am so grateful to have discovered so many fantastic people. Thanks for being awesome, for supporting a story that’s a bit different to the norm (but totally normal to us *grin*) and for helping to spread the word. You guys rock my world.

Take care all!Nic The Arrival, available FREE at at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Kobo : Smashwords : SonyAwakening available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : Smashwords : iTunes US : iTunes UK : SonyFeel the Burn available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Smashwords : Kobo : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Barnes & Noble : Sony 

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May 16, 2014





I am delighted to finally be able to announce that The Arrival is now available in paperback!! I’ll be honest, I thought it would be easy. Wow was I wrong *lol*. Partially due to me been quite nitpicky and wanting this, the final version, as ‘perfect’ as possible. The frustrating part is that it will never ever be 100% perfect. There will always be a sentence I can redo or a minute mistake I’ve missed… *sigh* but at some point I have to declare it done.
The other part that took ages was just the general formatting, which when you include the wee glitches that Word has meant certain ‘easy’ tasks were anything but easy. Best example being page numbering. Each new chapter needs to start on the right (odd numbered page) and any blank page between chapters (occasionally needed to make a chapter start on an odd page) CANNOT have a number. In theory a simple solution utilizing section breaks etc, in reality a hair pullingly frustrating experience.
For anyone stuck fighting with Word in this manner, my solution was this. Save each chapter individually. Then use Adobe (or in my case, Foxit Phantom PDF – a cheap but awesome alternative) to piece the sections together and insert blank, numberless pages. Voila, problem solved.
Currently I’m rereading through the proof of book two and updating the copy of book three so to get the first print of that proofed. The cost of getting a proof out to me in a week is insane ($40NZ) when you consider the actual proof copy costs about $6NZ. But it needs to be done. Once I get all three books complete then I am putting together an Omnibus edition of the Trilogy, using a cover created by Dee, an amazing cover creator I found online. Keep your eyes open for this as when I get the ebook version of the Omnibus edition uploaded I will make it free for a select number of days (Kindle only).



So current status – The Arrival is DONE! I am having some bookplates created specially for the book so if you want a signed edition you can order a bookplate of your choice for $5. When the bookplates are available (still being created currently, you can see one below) I will send a bookplate free to anyone who posts a pic of themselves with their copy of The Arrival on their facebook page, linking it to the BirthRight page.



Sorry to have been out of touch for so long! Sometimes life as a moonlighting novelist gets crazy busy (we’re also attempting to house hunt at the moment, an interesting experience..) and I find it easier to make brief posts on my BirthRight page, but the blog tends to get ignored. Hope you are doing well!

Take care,Nic
Now available in paperback,The Arrival, Amazon: Amazon UK : CreateSpace : Book Depository 

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December 9, 2013



When you get your work out there and noticed, you do garner interest from areas that you (once) dreamed of. But when you break down a potential publishing contract… it’s not pretty. Yes, changing over to become a “traditionally” published author seems like the BIG dream. But you want to read the fine print. As flattering as it is to have someone contact you— “We would love to work with you!” —it feels majorly anticlimactic when you sit down and nut out the true meaning of the fancy-dancy contract you’ve been sent. Actually, it’s kind of heartbreaking. I will point out right now, that hundreds of thousands of books are traditionally published. Every.Single. Year. Being traditionally published effectively gives you these pros and cons.
Pros You have people who will do the technical stuff for you: formatting, editing, cover creating. You may have more success, being part of a company that markets books for a job. You get to do the smug face and say you are ‘traditionally published’
Cons The prices of your books increases and the royalties you receive plummets. Any advance you receive is all the cash you will see from them until the advance ‘pays out’ – ie you pay them back. So if you got a $15,000 advance but only sell $1000 a year, that’s 15 years before you see any cash from your contract! They don’t have to (some do, some don’t) pay the advance all at once. Often they’ll pay a third to begin with, a third part way through and a third at the end. Unless you’ve been given a phenomenal advance, you’ll need to keep your day job. The books are no longer your books and you no longer can do with them what you wish. They can and will ask you to change major aspects even if those parts are already adored by readers. They can sell the rights to anyone they want to and you can’t make a peep. If they want to give the rights to someone to turn it into a hideous film version that they like to call ‘their interpretation of your story’ they can! You just get stuck with the results. You get little say in the covers. They can charge you for e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, including the editing of your book, the creation of the cover, internal formatting and just about anything else they want. Their fees come straight out of your royalties, so unless you are amongst the top selling authors, chances are you will make pittance.
I know I have to put in a stack-load of work being an indie author, but at least at the end of the day I still own all my work and I can still reach those dizzying heights that some traditionally published authors reach. It may take more work and time (and then too, it might happen in the blink of an eye) but it will happen! I’ll damn well make sure of it *grin*

Take care all!Nic The Arrival, available FREE at at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Kobo : Smashwords : Sony 

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December 2, 2013




How often do you glance at a book’s blurb on Amazon to find statements like ‘best seller’, ‘Top 100 book’, ‘Top selling author’, on it? I’m finding I see it more and more frequently. And I don’t have a problem with it providing that it’s trueand still holds true. If a book briefly made a top 100 list then I don’t think it counts, especially when the book is currently hundreds of thousands in the opposite direction. How do you feel about such claims? I just can’t give any credit to an author who appears to be making them up. It really irks me! Maybe this is being over sensitive but as a reader I feel ripped off if you claim your book is a top 100 read when in reality it’s tanking!?! As an author, I totally understand that that one day your book hit a top 100 or the top 100 is a HUGE day – I just don’t feel right using it as an advertising gimmick if it doesn’t stay in the top.
… I don’t know, how do you guys feel about it? Some of my favourite authors ARE top sellers or WERE and by that we’re talking millions of copies sold. Now that’s a feat that I feel is a legitimate reason to plaster ‘top seller’ across the title/blurb whatever. But if you just had an awesome day, that doesn’t really add up the same, at least not to this potential reader.

Take care,Nic
Do you believe in equal rights for all? Are you sick of watching women play the weaker roles? Try The Arrival, four kickass girlfriends out to find love while saving a whole new world in the process. Multi-tasking to the max.
The BirthRight Trilogy — screw being the damsel in distress!
The Arrival, is currently available for FREE at at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Kobo : Smashwords : Sony 

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November 16, 2013

I saw a wee note in my emails from Wattpad. Turns out I am one of Wattpad's most followed people!! I'm rather astonished, and flattered, as well as a little confused as to how that all happened *lol*. But I have to say I am really enjoying meeting people via Wattpad and seeing them enjoying the trilogy :)



Have a fab weekend everyone! I'm off to work on a dress and on the printed pages of Book One before it gets sent off to Createspace to be printed. I know I keep saying this, but it's getting so close!!!



Take care all!Nic The Arrival, available FREE at at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Kobo : Smashwords : SonyAwakening available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Barnes & Noble : Smashwords : iTunes US : iTunes UK : SonyFeel the Burn available at Amazon : AmazonUK : Smashwords : Kobo : iTunes US : iTunes UK : Barnes & Noble : Sony
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Published on November 16, 2013 02:01 • 58 views