New Website is up!!!

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After several months planning and thinking and tweaking I’m pleased to announce that my new website is up and ready to view! Check it out here: www.heatherkinnane.com. So excited! And the count down is on to the publication of A Faery Union – not long to go now! 😀

 

If you still haven’t read the first book in the series: A Faery Dream, you can purchase it from all Amazon Sites (US, Aus, UK, CA, JP etc) All Romance eBooks, and ofcourse, direct from the publisher Steam eReads

A Sequel! A Faery Union out in June

I just realised that I haven’t shared my most recent exciting news with any of you wonderful people! :O

I’m not sure how I missed it – I got facebook and twitter, and even google+, but I forgot my own blog. Definitely a sign I need more sleep lol.

Anyway, as the title read – A Faery Union has been contracted and is due for publication in June! Yay!! 🙂

A Faery Union is the novel-length sequel to A Faery Dream (also available on Amazon). A Faery Union is set in the realm of Faery, whose portal is accessible only via a portal somewhere in the Tasmanian Wilderness, and continues the story of Kellen and Nyssa as they head towards marriage and ruling Faery together. Of course there are obstacles in their way, in the form of two people, one of whom they least expect!

I’ll keep posting updates as the time draws nearer, so keep your eye out! 🙂

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AWWC Review #2 Wraith’s Cry by Aislinn Gilbert

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Aislinn Gilbert’s ‘Wraith’s Cry‘ is such a sweet story, and though I’m not sure that’s the best way to describe a supernatural tale like this with a ghost intent on revenge, the romance between the hero and heroine is sweet. Lovers for a brief time in high school, Adriana and Jeff parted ways when Adriana went off to the city to follow her dream and study medicine. Now Adriana has moved back home, qualified and ready to start her new job as one of the town’s doctors. She’s caught up with Jeff again, but their first night together is interrupted by what sounds like a dreadful car crash just outside the property Adriana is house-sitting. Though they search the road and surrounding paddocks there is no sign of any such accident, and they return inside, though the mood is ruined. When Adriana wakes later in the night, a cry leads her to the river, where she feels sure someone is trapped. But as she reaches out to help, Adriana finds herself pulled into the river.

Jeff rescues her and once again they return to the house, Adriana convinced she must have been hallucinating. The next morning, Jeff is gone, and Adriana is sure her hallucinations have driven him away. Meanwhile, Jeff knows what attacked Adriana in the night. Nothing more than his own ex-girlfriend Vanessa, a girl who died at 18 and has had a dangerous obsession with him ever since – haunting and destroying every relationship he’s ever had.

I have to admit, I have read this story before, not long after it was first published by Borough’s last year, but reading it again this week I picked up on little things that just added to the story. Jeff’s reactions to certain occurrences, which Adriana views in one light (not favourable to Jeff I might add), are fully explained when you know how the tale ends, and I love how Gilbert has managed to weave those little hints into her story.

This really is a great short read, highly recommended to anyone who loves a romance with a bit of a ghostly tale! 🙂

 

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My first writer’s festival! The Festival of Golden Words – Beaconsfield, Tasmania

What a weekend!!

For the first time ever, a writer’s festival was held within an hours drive from my home. It was brilliant! There were author talks, panels on a huge variety of topics, book signings, a book store, and people – so many people. I saw people I haven’t seen for years, and I met new people, and we talked about all sorts of things, but above all, of course, we talked about writing.

There are far too many talks to discuss in this one post (especially as my muse is calling me to get back to working on my own stories!), so I’ll just mention two – ‘Living in a World of Fantasy’ with authors Tansy Raynor Roberts, Lian Tanner and Chris Foster, and ‘Tasmania, My Inspiration’ with all Tassie authors Heather Rose, Poppy Gee, Kate Gordon and Christina Booth

‘Living in a World of Fantasy’ was brilliant. Not only did we hear from the authors themselves and how much they live in their own fantasy worlds, but they gave amazing advice on writing when you have young children – As the mother of two chidren aged 9 and 5 (I think I have that right), Tansy Raynor Roberts gave some great tips –  Respect your work, and teach your children to respect it. Your writing-work is just as important and valid as the work of a parent who leaves home every morning to work elsewhere, and also Balance! Tansy said she knew she had the balance wrong when her daughter started punching the laptop!!

I also learnt that Tansy was one of those responsible for starting the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine! I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea it was Australian – I thought it was an American publication (clearly I was half asleep when I looked at it!), but now I will definitely be sending my short stories their way. They recommended a great amount of authors to read, including Diana Wynne Jones – especially her book “The Tough Guide to Fantasy Land”. They gave advice on what to do when you get stuck.

“Insert square brackets [something awesome goes here] and keep on writing.” Don’t let not knowing how to progress the story to the next scene, stop you from writing the next scene. (Did that even make sense? Sorry, my mind is a jumble at the minute – so much to think about, so much to write about…)

They talked of how limitations make the world more believable, and the story far more interesting. And the struggles when writing a series of having book one already published when you discover something has to happen in book three, but can’t because of circumstances explained in book one… and the challenge that imposes upon the author.

‘Tasmania: My Inspiration’ was a great source of inspiration to me. As the authors talked not only of location, and use of the landscape in their stories and as inspiration for their stories (as I used it myself in A Faery Dream), but also of the people who had inspired them, and the strange belief (perhaps not unique to us, but certainly steeped deep in our psyche) that Tasmania and Tasmanian’s are somewhat lesser, that we are not good enough to write stories, to publish stories, to succeed, I found myself reflecting back on how Tasmania seeps into my own writing. As my first published story, A Faery Dream is the one in which I found myself reflecting my favourite image of Tasmania on the page. I rarely use my home state as location, and when I have done it often feels forced, and yet Tasmania is an incredible landscape and backdrop, shown quite clearly by the range of stories told about this amazing place.

Well I’m not sure how clear this post has been today. My mind is still a whirl from the ideas and information I picked up over this amazing weekend. It was truly a brilliant event, and I have my fingers crossed they will hold another one next year!