NaNoWriMo 2017 – Chamberlain’s Curse

As usual I am taking part in NaNoWriMo.
For those of you who have no idea of what that is, here’s the official explanation:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

It’s essentially a competition with yourself, but you can buddy up with other writers, inspire and encourage each other and take part in events – it all depends on how you like to work. For the last couple of years I have started the competition but been unable to finish anything. It’s been a rough time personally (as regular blog readers will know) and that has an irritating tendency to take away my focus and determination.

Anyhoo, this year I’m working on a standalone book set in the world of “The Heir of The Dragon” but set a few years after the events of that story, tentatively entitled “Chamberlain’s Curse”  Here’s the Blurb again:

Kai-Lynn Riordan loved Te Ling.

The day-time streets thronged with tourists that would pay her to tell their fortunes. The night-time streets crawled with people who needed her services as a Hunter.

Life was good.

The only drawback to Te Ling was that the only thing that you could rely on was that everything would change…

I’m posting the chapters each day on my Patreon Page; however,  only Patrons will be able to read them for the first 3 days.  The story is proceding nicely and I’ve been above the goal wordcount of 1667 words every day so far (it’s early days yet) so I’m fairly happy with myself at the moment.

I’m also going to reduce the price of “The Heir of The Dragon” for this month only, so if you haven’t read it yet (why not?) you’ll be able to pick up an e-book copy for £0.99 / $1.00!


You can buy a copy anywhere that sells e-books – but here are the main links:

or if you prefer a different format to Kindle, just pop over to Smashwords, where they have it available in all sorts…

Happy Reading!!

Author Identity Crisis…

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*grins* That headline makes it sound so dramatic…

It’s not a true identity crisis of course… it’s one of those where my author identity is clashing with the real life me. I have two Pen names – Kira Morgana and A. E. Churchyard – but they don’t get  much notice to be honest.

If you google Kira Morgana, you get  404,000 results. Only the first page (the important one really) will have exact results from me. There will be others scattered through the next 3 pages – mostly because Kira Morgana is the main focus for my publishing.  Any others will be about other people.T
This is completely normal when you’re what the Publishing Industry & HMRC calls a “Hobbyist” Author.

Why do they call me that? Well, it’s because I don’t earn enough money off my books to live on. *eye roll*

If I google A. E. Churchyard, I get 354,000 results. On that one  only the first page will be about me. Again, that’s the important page, but the reason there aren’t many other posts is that Churchyard is less prolific (she’ll have a few more if I can manage to get them edited and get covers…) and tends to deal with darker subjects.

If you google my real name – Mandy Ward – you get everyone and anyone other than me…

This is both a good thing and a bad thing.

Good – it means that I can go for Teaching Interviews without my writing being discovered unless I want to mention it.  This was the whole reason that I started in publishing using pen names. I have a private life this way… not that it’s all that necessary – I don’t exactly have paparazzi wanting to find me to take my picture… *grins*

Bad – I am on a lot of social media as myself. If you become friends with me on Facebook for example, you aren’t friends with Kira Morgana or A. E. Churchyard,  you’re friends with Mandy Ward.
The problem with that, is that if other Publishing Industry people are trying to contact me and they know me from facebook, they don’t tend to know my pen names.
Also, when I mention to a friend that I write and publish books, they tend to look me up through my real name… which doesn’t exist in Publishing (well, unless you go right back to my first publications as a teenager) and then they can’t find my books.

It’s a tricky subject.

Latest Publication: The Heir of The Dragon

The Heir of the Dragon

The latest book from my Alter Ego, A. E. Churchyard, is the novella, “The Heir of The Dragon”.  Here’s the Blurb:

Turn a city upside down and shake it – what falls out?

The Treaty that binds the Vampires, Werewolves, Humans and the rarely seen True Dragons, is over 1000 years old. It provides stability and safety for all the citizens of the city of Te Ling. Triads and Yakuza are not welcome here and Tourism flourishes like a well fed swan amongst the parks, temples and theaters by day,  and under the bright lights of the night clubs and other leisure facilities by night.

But many lights cast a multitude of shadows, and they get darker as you get deeper.

Li is as deep into the darkness as you can get: cop by day, shadow by night, he eats and drinks the lifeblood of the city. A threat to the current Te Ling Triang Leader is a threat to the City and The Black Dragon cannot be risked. Li is handed the responsibility of tracking down and removing the threat…preferably permanently.

Links to Buy – 

Smashwords –

Amazon UK –

Amazon US –

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I’m not jumping on the Vampire bandwagon – I wrote this one when Buffy and Blade were brand new, so it’s an old story; I’ve just spent a long time getting it ready for publication.

I hope that everyone who buys it, enjoys reading it.