ARC Invitation

This is the novel I started to write during NaNoWriMo last year. I’d already discovered a few of the key characters early on that year in a handful of short stories I wrote, set in a fictional town located somewhere on the beautiful west coast of South Africa.

Some of you might remember Albertina, Auntie Rose and Auntie Grace, Jannie, Sam and the Professor from those stories; some of you also know that my characters have a habit of plucking at my sleeve, reminding me that they more of their stories need to be told.

And so now, it is with the greatest pleasure that I can tell you that Song of the Sea Goddess is ready to share with you via the ARC: simply click here to download your copy and get started.

Here’s the blurb:

Sam thinks his problems are over when finds his fishing bucket filled with gold coins. There’s a problem though. The gold burns the fingers of anyone who touches it. His unlikely find coincides with the appearance of a mythical sea creature on the headland overlooking the town and the resumption of quarrying up in the mountains that is poisoning the streams and contaminating the town’s water supply.

Determined to keep his coins hidden, Sam goes up-river to bury them. There he encounters a beguiling young woman called Shasa, who lives by one of the tainted springs and just happens to have a fish’s tail.

As the blasting continues, the discovery of a series of recently-made drawings in the cave under the headland reveals a terrifying prophesy that will result in the earth spilling apart. Fearing for Shasa’s safety, Sam sets out find her again, only to meet the danger head on, as nature takes its revenge for the damage being wrought by humankind.

Will Sam and Shasa survive?

Set in a fictional location on the West Coast of South Africa, this moving story blends the charm of small town life with the threat of ecological disaster at the hands of a powerful force beyond human understanding.

Come the New Year the ebook and paperback will be available to buy on Amazon and I’m already excited!

Now I must get back to writing the so far untitled sequel… be right with you, Albertina!

NaNo update #2 and a surprise!

End of week two, and it’s still going pretty well. Ten chapters almost complete and I’m more or less on track with the word count, although that’s not so important as far as I’m concerned.

Getting the story down is what matters to me. It’s coming along nicely; some mysteries are unfolding and some new characters are evolving.

And it’s still fun.

Remember I mentioned that what I’m writing during NaNo is a sequel to my new novel? Well, here’s the surprise. Exclusively for you, a sneak peak of the cover design and a tiny teaser from the blurb.

Just a few more steps to go and I’ll be ready to offer advance reader copies for anyone who’d like one. More details to follow, but if you’re interested in getting hold of one, please let me know in the comments.

All for now. I’m diving right back in to my new story again.

Have a great rest of the weekend, whatever you’re doing!