Free Promotion: DANSE MACABRE (final day!)


Wow – nearly 400 people have downloaded Danse Macabre during its free promotion week! THANK YOU to every single one you amazing people who’ve shared, read, reviewed or downloaded the book.

Even more awesomely, earlier this week my favourite cyborg (and kickass lady-author) Teresa Frohock recently called Danse Macabre a dark little gem of a novelette‘; and Drew Weldon, aka. The Tattooed Book Geek, called it ‘a stunning read’!

Here’s the universal link again: mybook.to/Danse-Macabre. I won’t be signing up for KDP Select after my current enrolment period ends (since I want to make Danse Macabre available on Kobo and other e-platforms), so this is most likely the last time it’ll be free on Amazon.  Get it while you can, peeps! 🙂Danse Macabre free promotion graphic January 2017

Here – have a free book!


In February, my current term of enrolment in KDP Select comes to an end. This means that the ebook of Danse Macabre will no longer be Amazon exclusive, and that I’m free to make it available for Kobo and other e-readers.

This also means that I only have five more free promotion days left with Amazon… and what better way to use them than to welcome in the new year?

Danse Macabre free promotion graphic January 2017

Happy new year!

Last chance for doodles!


I’m blown away by the enthusiasm surrounding Danse Macabre’s recent release in paperback. So many of you supported me by buying and sharing – and you ROCK!

More, a whole bunch of you were even willing to pay more for a signed, personalised copy. A trend soon developed of unique and increasingly elaborate doodles (or, as one Anindita nicknamed them, ‘Loodles’!), and seeing them pop up on social media has been hella fun.

Here’s the thing: I’m no artist. And while I’m pretty chuffed with how some of those doodles turned out, the fact is that they took me aaaaaaaages (up to an hour each for some of them!). Given that I’m aiming to have the first draft of my novel completed by March, I’m having to carefully consider my other commitments, and cut down on those I just don’t have the time for any more.

So! You can still grab a doodled copy of Danse Macabre as long as you place your order before the end of December. Once that clock ticks over into 2017, that’s it. Window closed.

You can order your personalised copy here, or buy a bog-standard one from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Either way – thank you, and happy new year!

A Spoonful of Thunder


This is just a quick message to implore any and all fantasy lovers and/or supporters of Doctors Without Borders to join Booknest’s Fantasy Fundraiser’s Thunderclap campaign.

What’s the deal with Thunderclap?

  1. You visit Booknest’s Thunderclap page.
  2. Select whether you’d like to show your support through Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr – or all three!
  3. Connect your chosen social media account(s) (it takes less than a minute to sign in)
  4. That’s it!

On 28th December, if we make it to 100 supporters (currently we’re sitting at 60), Thunderclap will send out a one-time tweet/post through all the supporters’ accounts. Hopefully this will give us the boost we need to reach our donations target on JustGiving.

You can read more about this incredible project below!


Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Peter Tr, founder of Booknest.eu, has organised something brilliant, turning his idea for a fun competition into an insanely exciting charity project. Check it out!
Booknest's Fantasy Fundraiser banner

Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser (#BooknestFFF) brings together one hundred (100!) SFF authors in a bid to raise as much money as possible for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF).

As you’re reading this, BFFF is raffling off books donated by myself and ninety-nine other authors. Each of the books will be signed, dedicated, and shipped straight to the winners.Booknest's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Every £1 (GBP) you donate gets you 1 ‘ticket’ in the raffle. On January 1st 2017, Peter will kick off the new year in style by drawing six winners, each of whom will receive a bundle of ten randomly selected books from the raffle.

What about the other books? Well, the remaining 40 will be split into two equal lots, both of which will be auctioned off later in January.

Médecins Sans Frontières do amazing work across the globe. And with just £1 per ticket – and all those amazing books waiting to be won! – you could help them do even more.

So enter now, and please help us spread the word. Feel free to use any of the banners above when sharing across social media, and use the hashtag #BooknestFFF.

THANK YOU!

Booknest's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser (Jthumbnail)

Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser!


Peter Tr, founder of Booknest.eu, has organised something brilliant, turning his idea for a fun competition into an insanely exciting charity project. Check it out!
Booknest's Fantasy Fundraiser banner

Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser (#BooknestFFF) brings together one hundred (100!) SFF authors in a bid to raise as much money as possible for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF).

As you’re reading this, BFFF is raffling off books donated by myself and ninety-nine other authors. Each of the books will be signed, dedicated, and shipped straight to the winners.Booknest's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Every £1 (GBP) you donate gets you 1 ‘ticket’ in the raffle. On January 1st 2017, Peter will kick off the new year in style by drawing six winners, each of whom will receive a bundle of ten randomly selected books from the raffle.

What about the other books? Well, the remaining 40 will be split into two equal lots, both of which will be auctioned off later in January.

Médecins Sans Frontières do amazing work across the globe. And with just £1 per ticket – and all those amazing books waiting to be won! – you could help them do even more.

So enter now, and please help us spread the word. Feel free to use any of the banners above when sharing across social media, and use the hashtag #BooknestFFF.

 

THANK YOU, and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Booknest's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser (Jthumbnail)

COVER REVEAL! ‘Dragon’s Blade: Veiled Intentions’ by Michael R. Miller


In true Lancashire style, I’m ‘reet chuffed to be part of the cover reveal for Michael R. Miller’s second novel, Dragon’s Blade: Veiled Intentions.

But first, a quick introduction:

Michael R. Miller is an indie author (and all-round decent bloke) from the UK. His debut novel, The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King, narrowly missed out on making the final ten in Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) 2016.

However, Miller’s book did win the ‘Best Cover’ award during the same competition – fending off no less than 299 competitors for the top spot!

Dragon's Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller

Miller impressed us all and demonstrated extreme pride in his own work by putting out such a visually stunning product. The time, money and effort that has clearly gone into his covers continues to show off a level of professionalism that self-published books can (and should) strive to achieve.

Without further ado, here’s the gorgeous, shiny new cover for the upcoming sequel!

Dragon's Blade: Veiled Intentions by Michael R Miller

How gorgeous are those colours? I could stare at this all day long. Simple, bold and colourful, yet with a delicate touch that puts me in mind of the peacock shades of Tiffany glass art.

Both Dragon’s Blade covers are designed by the phenomenally talented Rachel Lawston.

Dragon's Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. MillerDragon's Blade: Veiled Intentions by Michael R Miller

Here’s the Dragon’s Blade: Veiled Intentions blurb:

Rectar has always had his sights set on conquering the human lands. His demonic invasion of the west is gaining momentum – an unrelenting horde unhindered by food or sleep. Now, only the undermanned Splintering Isles lie between the demons and the human kingdom of Brevia. If the islands fall, the rest of Tenalp will soon follow.

“The Three Races must work together if they are to survive, but they have another problem – Castallan. The traitorous wizard has raised a deadly rebellion and declared himself King of Humans. He believes himself safe in the bowels of his impenetrable Bastion fortress, but Darnuir, now King of Dragons, intends to break those walls at all cost.

“To face these threats, all dragons, humans and fairies must truly unite; yet old prejudices may undermine Darnuir’s efforts once again. And as the true intentions of all are revealed, so too is a secret that may change the entire world.”

The book is set for release on February 10th 2017. You can pre-order it here.

In the meantime, you can grab book one for just £1 when you sign up to the author’s mailing list!

Michael R. Miller

Michael R. Miller is a young Scot living in London and getting stuck into writing his first epic fantasy series, The Dragon’s Blade. Book 1, The Reborn King, made the top 20 books in Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off 2016. The second in the trilogy, Veiled Intentions, releases February 10th 2017.  Michael is ‘that guy’ who enjoys discussing the mad fan theories of Game of Thrones even more than the books or show, and knows more about World of Warcraft than is probably healthy. 

Dead Tree Danse Macabre


As you may already have noticed, Danse Macabre is now available in paperback!

Danse Macabre (paperback covers) by Laura M Hughes

Yesterday, I shared this picture on Facebook and Twitter; the response was, quite frankly, overwhelming. Friends, family and strangers alike showed bucket-loads of enthusiasm, generosity and kindness, and many of them inquired about signed and dedicated copies of the book.

Slightly stunned by their earnestness, I hastened to set up a ‘Buy My Book‘ page. I’m immensely flattered and grateful to everyone who expressed an interest, and to all who ordered within the first few hours of my announcement. I’m now preparing to personalise and ship orders to readers (and friends!) in Greece, Ohio, London, Northern Ireland and Wales, and want to say thank you once again for the support.

Not wanting to disappoint anyone, I set the ‘orders’ page up with little thought of what I’d do afterwards. But those who know me, know that logistical stuff (like money management and posting parcels) tends to get me in a bit of a flap; so for now, I’ve decided to restrict the signed/dedicated copies to UK-based customers only. I’ve also had to adjust the price slightly (I calculated it wrong – surprise, surprise!)

Those who’ve already been in touch and received a response from me, fear not: I’ll proceed with your order as promised (if you’re still interested).

For those who just want a bog-standard copy, or who aren’t in the UK: here’s the universal Amazon link again.

Thank you again for your patience, generosity and well-wishes… and I hope you enjoy the book!

The first paperback copies of Danse Macabre!