I’m lost for words…

… which believe me is a little unusual for an author!

Just recently I have been feeling more than a little lost. My writing has been slow and getting words onto a page has been like pulling teeth. It’s the reason I haven’t posted anything here for a while; every word I can muster has been put into a WIP.

Then this morning, I woke up to some wonderful news.

The beautiful and talented Maria K.  has been steadily putting her books into Audiobook form, and has quite a catalogue building up.

I’ve thought about putting my books into audiobook form, but as I’m struggling just to get my books finished, edited and published in e-book, I’ve been putting it off as I only want to focus on one project at a time.

So when Maria asked me if I was okay with her putting the Land Far Away books out in audiobook form, I knew that it was a sign that I should dip my toe into the Audio Sea…

I didn’t expect it to happen very quickly, so I kept the news quiet…

But this morning I woke up to a wonderfully sweet surprise!

 

Maria had already been working on getting the Land Far Away books into audio; she engaged the services of Trista Shaye to narrate the books  and this morning,  I woke up to something that cheered me up immensely!

I was feeling yucky (I’m currently fighting some kind of virus) and tired and generally depressed about my lack of usefulness. I slipped into Facebook to see what my friends from the rest of the world had been getting up to…

The first Land Far Away book had appeared in Audio!

Ahkoo is actually the second book in the series (don’t question it – Audible has its own timetable by the looks of it) and is the one that my oldest son inspired – the main character was his creation. Trista has a smooth, calm voice and manages the strange words that I made up with aplomb – she brings out the characters personalities perfectly!

I just wish there was a way of combining Maria’s gorgeous pictures with the Audio too… maybe that’s a project for another day.

Now I feel so much better – I suppose I ought to get on with some author things, you know, writing, editing etc…

But I’ll leave you with the blurb:

While all respectable fligaphluphs make a point to stay away from the enticing lair of the terrible and powerful Snafflewich,

Ahkoo is determined to do the opposite and pay her a visit.

An adventurous and irrepressibly curious Fligaphluph, Ahkoo’s parents have trouble getting him to go to bed at sunrise when all the other Fligaphluphs do. So his Granddad tells him about the Snafflewich, hoping to make him stay in bed when the sun is in the sky.

Unfortunately, this has the opposite effect and off goes Ahkoo to discover what the Snafflewich really is like…

All the links to Ahkoo in all his glorious forms you can ever need can be found here

I hope you enjoy listening!

I’m so sleepy…

… so damn sleepy,
I’m so sleepy and yawny and tired!
I’m in need of tea,
And lots of biscuits…
And a nap would be really quite nice…

*above is sung to the tune of “I’m so pretty”*
TOH puts tea and biscuits in front of me.

Ah. That’s better.

I’ve decided that my current set of up and down moods is entirely PW’s fault.
I will get this foot to my mouth

You know hormones and all that jazz, combined with lack of sleep and a drop of financial worry makes for an irritable mummy.

My mum keeps telling me to give myself six months and I’ll be feeling better… I suppose I can allow myself to be tired.

Anyway, this weekend Maria Kuroshchepova and I published another book. You remember Maria? She’s Mama Masha and the inspiration for the Lych Mistress in “The Tower and The Eye“.

As I was saying, we published another “Land Far Away” book at the weekend:

Ahkoo

 

While all respectable fligaphluphs make a point to stay away from the enticing lair of the terrible and powerful Snafflewich,

Ahkoo is determined to do the opposite and pay her a visit.

An adventurous and irrepressibly curious Fligaphluph, Ahkoo’s parents have trouble getting him to go to bed at sunrise when all the other Fligaphluphs do. So his Granddad tells him about the Snafflewich, hoping to make him stay in bed when the sun is in the sky.

Unfortunately, this has the opposite effect and off goes Ahkoo to discover what the Snafflewich really is like…

This one was written when my son was about seven. He too was irrepressibly curious and adventurous at the time, so that particular year was heart stopping – we hurtled from one incident to another and  culminated in him impaling himself on a curtain hook  (don’t ask, I don’t know how he did it) and then trying to get himself run over on the way to school a few days later.

Ahkoo wasn’t finished until late last year however – I’d had a problem with getting the ending I wanted to the story to rhyme properly.  Then both Maria and I had a lot of other things taking our attention from publishing, so he’s been waiting patiently to hit the printed page.

But now he’s here and is eagerly waiting for someone to read about him!

Lulu – http://www.lulu.com/shop/maria-k-and-kra-morgana/ahkoo-and-the-snafflewich/paperback/product-21612591.html;jsessionid=0017495669C984F0B1DA3798820B4BC5

Now I am going to go have a shower and see if I can wash some of the fluff build up out of my brain…