I’m delighted to show you all the new covers for the international release of the Night Creatures Burn Bright, Angel Arias, Shine Light. Thank you to Austin Designworks for yet again coming up with exactly what I wanted.

The books will be available on Amazon in March 2013 in E-book and Paperback.

When Yunyu and I started collaborating on a book/song release with Burn Bright I had no idea how much fun I’d have and how interesting it would be. For those who don’t know the background, when I released Burn Bright (book 1) of my Night Creatures YA trilogy, Yunyu also released a song called Angel Arias written specifically to to accompany the book.

The song was made available for download via iTunes and Bandcamp for a small fee. We also released two videos using a sample of the music. One video was produced by Random House using a remixed version of Yunyu’s song and perfectly captured the hard core party atmosphere of Ixion. The second video was released by Yunyu and was more of a sneak peak at the song proper.

The result of all this was an enhanced reading/listening experience for the fans of the series. I still get excited every time I hear Yunyu’s song, Angel Arias, and it will forever take me back to the world I created – in the same way that songs take me back to other times in my life; past loves, experiences, places and emotions.

On the creative side, the collaboration was a wonderful, enriching experience. On the administrative/production side there were a few bumps along the way but we got there in the end. I reminded myself a few times, that nothing worth fighting for comes easily.

As the book 2 got under way, Yunyu and I revisited the music/book idea and agreed that we loved working together. For me, Yunyu (her sense of humour and crazy-arsed brilliant mind) is nothing but a pleasure to have in my life and I hope I brought something to her in return. And so … we lined up for round two…

Things were a bit different this time. Yunyu and I planned it on the fly between us and she chose a song, already written, that fitted perfectly with the frantic flight of the my main character through the second book. The song, Bluebeard, is fierce and full of energy and fear.

This time Yunyu said we could make the song available free specially for those who purchased the book. Being the tech savant that she is, she suggested we place a QR tag in the back of the book which would allow anyone with a iPhone or Smartphone to download from the link.

This is a simple and graceful approach, and as of today our plan has been realised. Anyone who has purchased a copy of Book 2 Angel Arias, just needs to point their QR reader app at the tag in the book and it will take them to a free download link of the song. And if you’d like an idea of the kind of song it is, you can get a taste of it by watching the book trailer below made by R & D Studios (I’ll be running a feature on them soon so you can find out more about them) for book 2.

Will we do it again for book 3? Absolutely!

R & D Studios trailer for Angel Arias


Angel Arias Song Preview


Random House trailer for Burn Bright


Some nice news bits this week beginning with the announcement that Glitter Rose will be in the World Fantasy Con bags in San Diego this month. Twelfth Planet Press have sent them across as their calling card! This is extremely cool.

Also, today is release day for Angel Arias. We’ve been doing giveaways on FB all week and its been fun. Thanks to those who joined in. Some reviews have popped up around the place, including Laine’s Fiction Books Corner, Tassie Book ReviewsIn The Good Books, ALPHA Reader and The Book Gryffin.

Around the Net, there are some bits and pieces as well. Brigitte Sutherland and I talked to Geek Speak Magazine about Peacemaker. Aura from Aura’s Book Box has been our wonderful guest vlogger at Burn Bright talking about how she fell in love with reading. Like Priscilla from The Readables, Aura is eloquent and vibrant.

I’m heading down to Melbourne on Frdiay for SheKilda where I’ll be on several panels and catching up with friends and bloggers. I’m also having a interview with Nalini from Dark Matter Fanzine – should be a great weekend.



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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 





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