Lunar Shadows Re-Release Tour!

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To celebrate the re-release of the Lunar Shadows series through JMS Books, B Proud PR is hosting a blog tour and book giveaway! Check out the participants below:

October 14th
Mirri Gold
Author Niamh Murphy
Kinzie Things
B Proud PR

October 15th
Love Bytes Reviews
Books, Tattoos & Tea

October 16th
Bayou Book Junkie
LGBTQ Reads (Guest Post)

October 17th
Book After Book
Small Queer, Big Opinions

October 18th
Roanna Sylver
Queer Books Unbound

October 22nd
Joyfully Jay (Guest Post)

You can enter the book giveaway here and be in to win e-copies of both Witcheskin and Rough Sleepers! 5 days and counting until the winners are chosen!

If you’d like to read more about the books in the Lunar Shadows universe, you can do so here. You can also read about the characters here.

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About Rough Sleepers

Rough Sleepers is being released today! Scroll down to read more about the characters!

I am currently doing a book tour on Instagram so go and check out the posts from all the folks taking part! #nemrowan #roughsleepers

We are hosting the giveaway for everyone who ordered an e-copy of Rough Sleepers, and you could win a signed hard copy and a bunch of other book merchandise.

As it’s release day, I want to talk a little about the book, its characters and how I worked on it, so here we go.

Leon (or Leona) is a very old character of mine, first taking shape as a somewhat scatter-brained space pirate that I created when I was 11 years old. Even before I know what being gay, or even being queer, was all about, there was something rather flamboyantly rainbow about Leon, who later began to evolve into a much bossier, big-mouthed cross-dresser. In later years, he then evolved again into the form he takes now, switching between genders and pronouns, and taking great delight in showing off his good looks. Amusingly, the original form of Leon had a terrible singing voice and was made fun of by the other characters for being awful at karaoke, so in this incarnation, it felt right to make him a successful performer who could actually hold a tune. Leon was always very critical of other peoples’ appearances, he could be quite cutting at times, and I tried my best to retain his sharpness without making him unlikeable.

Ceri is a much newer character. He too underwent some transformation to get where he is now, but I won’t talk about that too much or risk spoiling the story! Ceri represents my own battle with self-harm, appearing as this weathered, scarred old man who feels sorry for himself and runs away at the first sign of emotional confrontation. His appearance and scruffiness in partly inspired by two other characters that appear in the story (Gabriel and DogEnd) as I am, for some unknown reason, very fond of scruffy men. I wanted Ceri to have a chance to repent and for the reader to see him the way Leon sees him: someone who was abandoned when they most needed help, and the consequences of that which followed. Because of Leon’s sometimes shallow personality, it seemed right to pair him with Ceri, who is the complete polar opposite in many ways, as an opportunity for Leon to understand his own flaws and help Ceri heal from his old injuries.

Mecky is a character that is quite close to my heart. She is based in part on a friend of mine from Poland, and she shares a lot of his no-nonsense attitude, his fighting spirit and inability to surrender. Mecky’s language also borrows heavily from the way he talks, so in a way she is my tribute to him for all the times we laughed and the jokes we shared. I wanted her to be strong but also motherly, caring for the other characters and being strong for them despite trying to hold back the crippling grief of losing her husband and child. Most of all, I wanted her to get revenge. I had originally planned for Rough Sleepers to have a polyamorous triad instead of a couple, so some of the traces of Mecky’s brief romance with Leon is still present in the story, but it felt wrong to remove all of it as I didn’t want her relationship with him to be cold and distant. Even with Ceri, she is still very close. I chose to remove the relationship as I felt it would isolate Christine’s character too much.

Christine was created as a sub-character, but she quickly blossomed into one of the main four and took on a personality all her own. Her background closely mirrors my own; in fact, I grew up not far from where her home is set in the story. I feel as though she is a fragment of my own childhood that has broken off and taken up its own personality. Christine’s relationship with Darnel was so important to Darnel’s survival that as soon as he entered the story, I wanted them to have a happy ending and to continue to have a relationship together despite its rocky start. I also wanted to show that a young girl like Christine can be strong and supportive, a reflection of my wife’s relationship with me when we were teens, so it felt natural for her to be Darnel’s support system despite the front of confidence he puts on. Christine even makes Leon doubt his own approach to dating, causing him to reconsider the pressure he puts on Ceri in the beginning.

The idea I had for Rough Sleepers was originally going to be a totally separate story that had nothing to do with Witcheskin. It was spawned from a short story I wrote about Leon getting attacked by a werewolf and turning into a beast, and some of that short story made it into the manuscript, which I used as a base to build upon when I began creating the other characters and planning the rest of the storyline. Some of the characters are going to reappear in the 3rd Lunar Shadows novel, which will tie off the plot (hopefully in a neat way!) and explain some of the unanswered questions in books #1 and #2. It took me about 6 months to write Rough Sleepers (minus the editing process), so it was ready for submission not long before Witcheskin’s release. I think it was so easy to write because I’d had the story going round in my head long before Witcheskin had even taken shape, so putting it into words wasn’t so difficult.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been so lucky with the 3rd book. I’ve scrapped the manuscript 3 times already! But there is a lot of work for me to do in regards to tying off loose ends, winding down character arcs and fact-checking to ensure everything makes sense. I do have some spin-offs planned that will be set after the events of Lunar Shadows, in particular a book about Mecky and what she does after the trilogy ends, which I hope to get started at some point next year.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my little essay about my characters and that you will enjoy reading Rough Sleepers if you have purchased a copy!

Cheers!

2 days until release day!

If you have pre-ordered, you can enter my giveaway to win some book merchandise! You can DM me @nemrowan or my PR friend @midnightclockwork on Instagram with a screencap of your receipt, to receive further instruction on entry.

I am doing a Bookstagram tour too, so go and follow the awesome people taking part and follow them to keep updated:

Rough Sleepers is available to pre-order on Amazon, direct from my publisher at Less Than Three Press and it is also available at SmashWords and a few other retailers.

 

Not long to go!

Just under two weeks to go until the release of Rough Sleepers! Some lovely folks on Instagram are hosting my book tour, and there will also be a goodies giveaway for folks who have pre-ordered a copy!

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Go and follow everyone if you’d like to see the entire tour and if you have pre-ordered (which can do so direct from LT3’s website), you’ll have a chance to win the following:

A signed 1st Edition hard copy of the book
A tasselled bookmark
A set of character art postcards
A limited edition Giclée art print
A signed book-plate

There will also be 2nd and 3rd runner-ups too. Linn from A Novel Take PR is handling my book tour, go and check out her Instagam page.

If you’d like to show your support, you can also buy merch from my Red Bubble page!

Website update

I’ve done a big clean up of my website, added some new things and updated some posts too. I’ve been meaning to do that for awhile! Wish I could figure out how I can add my Red Bubble shop to my site though, the widgets I’ve tried don’t work well so I think I may make a mini slideshow of pics with a linked button or something. Apart from that, I’ve updated all the information on the Work In Progress, Novels and Characters pages with fresh links and some new character art too.

Rough Sleepers will have its cover reveal fairly soon when I start my blog tour. Thankyou to everyone who has offered to join in so far! I’m really excited for everyone to read my next novel but also super nervous about the kind of reviews it’ll get ^^’

Rough Sleepers Pre-Order

Rough Sleepers is now available for pre-order at LT3’s site 😀

https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=92&products_id=1673

I will soon be doing a pre-order raffle to win a limited edition print and some other goodies!

In other news, I’m approximately 25,000 words into the third Lunar Shadows novel after several false starts, and things are going swimmingly (I’ve always wanted a reason to use that word lol). I hope that by the time the third book comes out, people will have a better feel for the kind of stuff I write. Sometimes I am concerned that readers who aren’t interested in Horror as a genre might pick up my work and dislike it because they expected Bridget Jones: Fantasy Edition ^^’

I may be attending WorldCon next year in Dublin to do some promo stuff there and potentially I may attend some panels but I’m not sure what’s going on with that just yet. I’m also contemplating paying a visit to the next Bristol Horror Con.

I’ve also got a definite planned off-shoot novel from Lunar Shadows, and potentially a second off-shoot as well, along with a couple of other separate projects going at the moment. More on that later.

Rough Sleepers Release Date

If everything goes forward like I think (hope) it will, the release date for my next book will be the end of October 2018!

I’d better get on writing the third one now XD I didn’t expect things to move forward so quickly. I will be doing some promo things in the next couple of months to coincide with the release. If you would like to keep updated on that front, do follow me on Instagram where I will be posting news.

Rough Sleepers Accepted for Publication

I got an email last night from LT3 saying they have accepted Rough Sleepers for publication. Right now there’s a hurricane of so many different emotions going round in my head, I don’t know what to do with myself! I barely slept last night and woke up this morning feeling exhausted with heartburn.

I feel like this:

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But I also feel like this:

dying

So yeah 🙂

Basically I’m going through what feels like an evolutionary period in my identity and dealing with some things in my private life, which mostly came to my realisation yesterday at work, but I’m dealing with it in my own way. The most important thing is for me to focus on what I love and to find something to be grateful for every day. I am grateful today. I’ve come a long way and I need to allow myself to be proud of ME.

I’ve decided to scrap the project I started for the 3rd Lunar Shadows book, even though I wrote nearly 30,000 words. It just wasn’t working or going in the direction I wanted. Instead, I’ve come up with an alternate version that I feel will work out better and be more exciting and less linear. So I’m going to ponder on that for awhile in between working on my other projects. Let’s see where it leads.

Rough Sleepers

I completed my manuscript of Rough Sleepers and am happy to report that it has been submitted for examination to my publisher. I’m super excited! The journey I made whilst writing it was very different to the journey I experienced with Witcheskin, and I suspect will be different again to the third book I’m now working on. I plan to complete the trilogy and then write some spin-offs about the other characters in the series, Mecky in particular. I’ve also written the beginning of a novella with Leon and Ceri in as a follow-up, which will solely be a romance story with very little in the way of supernatural horror.

I have ideas for other spin-offs but I’m trying to keep them under control because I also need to continue work on Scissor Island lol.