Sharon Hannaford's Blog

April 1, 2014

APRIL NEWSLETTER

Hello my Hellions

Well, winter is on the way here in the Southern hemisphere, there’s a distinct nip in the early morning air and autumn colours abound. We’re trying to make the most of every last day of warmth and sun while it lasts (and luckily today is beautiful). I am most definitely a summer person, and the thought of winter already has me shivering in my slippers! I can’t believe it’s just a month to my little Bear’s first birthday. She’s been walking for 2 months already, and is getting up to all kinds of mischief; we honestly cannot take our eyes off her for 5 seconds! But she has us all wrapped around her little finger, including her ‘other’ mummy, who looks after her during the day while I work.

Speaking of work - Book 4 is coming along quite splendidly; the antagonists are whispering all their nefarious plans in my ear, while Gabi is learning her way around the minefield of Vampire politics and Julius manages to surprise her yet again. I'm currently well on track for my planned release in September.

I had some wonderful news a few weeks ago when I was informed that I’ve been short-listed for two Sir Julius Vogel Awards this year: Best New Talent and Best Novel of 2013 – this most certainly wouldn’t have happened without your votes! So my most sincere thanks for your faith in my work ♥. The award ceremony will be held on 26 April, and I’m hoping to make it to the ceremony this year, as it’s being held in my home City of Auckland. If you’d like to see who else made the short-list, (and see some more up-and-coming New Zealand talent) the full list is available here:
http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvNomin...

A small announcement: I’ve updated the first book in the Hellcat Series, A Cat’s Chance in Hell. I corrected some typos and smoothed out what I thought were some rough areas. There are no major changes to the storyline or characters, but if you’d like to download the revised editions you can do this via Amazon by going to your Account, selecting Manage your Kindle, and, if you haven’t already, turning on ‘Automatic Book Update’. An icon will then show at the book title in your list of titles and you can choose to download the newer version. I’m not sure how other e-book platforms (ie Smashwords/Kobo) accomplish this, if anyone knows please let me know and I’ll pass on the information to everyone in the next newsletter.

A new Giveaway: Click on over to Rafflecopter http://bit.ly/10xT93p or my Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning signed bookmarks, as well as be one of the first to receive book 4 when it’s released later in the year!

Lastly, my apologies for not being very active on GoodReads; I’m finding it difficult to have time for all the social media platforms I need to update, but I promise to try harder over the coming months. In the meantime, for those of you on Facebook, I’ve implemented some fun regular weekday slots, like Mancandy Monday (guys you’re welcome to add in some girlCandy….just keep it clean for the FB police), Titbit Tuesday (I try to find a teaser from the new book for you), What’s up Wednesday (I get to learn a bit more about YOU), Thought for Thursday (I’d love some contributions) and, as always, Friday Funny(my particular and occasionally bizarre brand of humour). Thank you to all of you who drop in with a ‘like’ or a comment; every single one of those helps to make sure that my posts are sent out to a few more people. If you want to see all of them don’t forget to click ‘Get notifications’ under the ‘Liked’ box of my page. And please don’t be shy to add to the chatter – I love to hear from you.

If you would like to receive my bi-monthly newsletter via email please email me at hellcatseries(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject: Newsletter Please and you will be added to the newsletter list.

As always, thank you for your continued support of my work.
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Published on April 01, 2014 14:44 • 16 views • Tags: gabi, hellcat

November 14, 2013

A Cold Day in Hell has now been released in e-format!

Grab your copy at one of the following buy links;
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Day-Hell-H...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-Day-Hell...
http://www.amazon.ca/Cold-Day-Hell-He...
http://www.amazon.com.au/Cold-Day-Hel...

All other e-book platforms and paperbacks sales should be up and running in the next two weeks!
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Published on November 14, 2013 13:33 • 45 views • Tags: gabi, hellcat

October 24, 2013

It's official! A Cold Day in Hell (Hellcat Series Book 3) will be released on 15 November 2013. A Cold Day in Hell

My cover reveal is happening on 31 October via my Facebook page, my website and here on GoodReads. There will also be a fun giveaway going on, so be sure to stop by and tell me what you think of the new cover and stand a chance to win some great reads!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-...
http://www.hellcatseries.com
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Published on October 24, 2013 20:36 • 57 views • Tags: gabi, hellcat

October 22, 2013

The official release date for A Cold Day in Hell (Hellcat Series Book 3) will be announced on 25 October (New Zealand time). Join me over on my Facebook page for a fun day of giveaways and Author Q & A.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-...
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Published on October 22, 2013 14:43 • 32 views • Tags: gabi, hellcat

August 17, 2013

To celebrate reaching 2000 likes on my Facebook page I'm running a fun giveaway. The first prize is a chance to be written into book 3 :-) If you win you get to tell me a bit about yourself and I'll make sure you make a guest appearance somewhere in the book. The first prize also includes an e-copy of book 3 on release day, as well as a signed paperback when they are available. There are also another 5 e-copies of Book 3 up for grabs (also obviously once the book is released).
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-... It should be up and running in about 6 hours!
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July 16, 2013

I can’t tell you how tired I am of hearing the sentiment that writers should write for the love of the writing, not the money. Okay, well let me try…… I AM SICK TO DEATH OF IT! I have had it up to the eyeballs and beyond. It makes me sick to the stomach. It makes me want to pull my hair out. It drives me to drink – copiously. I want to stamp my feet and roll around on the floor screaming like a two year old. I imagine you now get the picture of exactly how much it gets to me……

I’ve never heard general sentiment that a sales rep should sell things only for the love of it. An accountant isn’t expected to do your books simply because it’s a passion, a dentist isn’t encouraged to fix teeth for love and charity, a shop assistant isn’t asked to go to work every day simply for the joy of assisting customers to find the right product. So why, oh why, oh why is it such a bad thing that a writer should write to make an income?

I work damn hard. I balance being a wife, mother, house-keeper and author (as an Indie author this includes, being a marketer, publicist, blogger and social media fundi) which leaves little time for recreation or relaxation I can assure you. In fact, since I’ve taken up writing as my full-time career, I’ve read fewer books than I’ve ever read at any other time of my life (check out my GoodReads lists if you don't believe me). I count it a good day if I get fifteen minutes to do a crossword puzzle between homework and bath time in the evening. I don’t make a fortune, I’m not a ‘big six’ author, but I currently make about as much as I would working for a boss during school hours. If I didn’t make a living out of writing I wouldn’t be writing. It’s as simple as that. I brave finger cramp, back ache, eye strain, sleepless nights reworking problem plots and the possibility of National Security arriving at my house to find out about some of the websites I’ve been searching. Why should I not be financially rewarded for it as any other working person?

Other writers can say and think what they like, but I write as a career, and that means making a living out of selling books. I write books that have commercial appeal right now, and when those stop being commercially viable I’ll find the next genre that is selling and I’ll write that. Does that make me a bad person? If so, tough sh#t, I’m proud of it. So proud of it, I’m prepared to shout it from the rooftops.

I MAKE A LIVING WRITING BOOKS! So there!
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June 19, 2013

It's really hard for me as an author being so far from most of my readers, so I really want to try and find ways to make up for not being able to do book signings and readings. In this spirit I have narrated a short section of the first book in my Hellcat Series for readers to go and listen to. So if you'd like to hear what a South African Kiwi sounds like head over to my website www.hellcatseries.com and have a listen!
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Published on June 19, 2013 01:00 • 36 views • Tags: gabi, hellcat

May 9, 2013

I am running my first official giveaway with a heap of fabulous prizes, including SIGNED paperback copies of All Hell Breaks Loose and A Cat's Chance in Hell. There are also e-books and other swag by some of my awesome author friends. Drop by my Facebook page or http://is.gd/UvTqvc to enter!
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Published on May 09, 2013 23:48 • 37 views • Tags: giveaway

April 2, 2013

I recently joined forces with a small select group of Indie authors. It's a tough world out there being an Indie author on your own. Especially if, like me, you live on the "other side of the world" - right next door to Middle Earth in my case :-) We're working together to try and do a little of what the big name publishers do for their writers, by introducing readers to other authors they might enjoy reading. Between us we'll be holding regular giveaways and competitions and keeping you updated on new releases and freebie days.

SO join us on our combined Blog to see what's happening - there is an amazing giveaway on the go RIGHT NOW, so don't delay.

http://authorshelpingauthors1.blogspo...
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Published on April 02, 2013 14:55 • 54 views

January 7, 2013

There aren't too many book awards that I stand any chance of achieving something in in New Zealand; a country where local-based books are highly encouraged and awarded. So I'm very excited that nominations for the Julius Vogel Awards are now open. These awards are voted on by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Assoc of New Zealand, but you don't even have to be a New Zealander to make a nomination (just alive and kicking). The author you're voting for though does have to be one (like me)! So if you enjoyed reading my novels, and think I deserve to be up for nomination in these awards, please do the following; [every nomination counts as only those with the highest nominations go forward to voting by SFFANZ members.]

Send email nominations to sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz
You can vote for as many books and authors as you like, but each nomination (book) requires a separate email. Simply cut and paste the info below for the nomination you would like to make, add in your details, and forward it to the email address above.

For further information, or to see other authors you can vote for, go to:
http://www.sffanz.org.nz/

To nominate ACCIH or AHBL for Best Professional Novel:

Book Title: A Cat’s Chance in Hell (Hellcat Series Book 1)
Author: Sharon Hannaford
Type of work: Novel
Yr of release: 2012
Publisher: Sharon Hannaford
Author Contact: hellcatseries@gmail.com
Category: Professional – Best Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Your name: (Hopefully you know this one)
Your Contact: (email address is fine)

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Book Title: All Hell Breaks Loose (Hellcat Series Book 2)
Author: Sharon Hannaford
Type of work: Novel
Yr of release: 2012
Publisher: Sharon Hannaford
Author Contact: hellcatseries@gmail.com
Category: Professional – Best Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Your name: (Hopefully you know this one)
Your Contact: (email address is fine)

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To nominate me for Best New Talent

Author: Sharon Hannaford
Type of work: Novels
1st yr of release: 2012
Publisher: Sharon Hannaford
Author Contact: hellcatseries@gmail.com
Category: Professional – Best New Talent
Genre: Fantasy
Your name: (Hopefully you know this one)
Your Contact: (email address is fine)

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Thanks to each one of you for your continued support and encouragement!

Very best wishes to you and yours for 2013.
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Published on January 07, 2013 21:33 • 102 views