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Welcome to the blog.

 

Here you will find all the updates on how my writing is going, how the quest for publishing is coming along, and details of any new additions to the website. You will also find any announcements, and the details of where you can find my work.

 

Chelle

Posted By Michelle Birbeck

I wrote a short story a while ago now and handed it over to Pocket Novels (publisher of Consequences). Having so much other work to be getting on with, I mostly forgot about it. Except for the occasional prod to see if it was going to go anywhere.

Well, I got that very exciting email the other day.

There isn’t a date yet, but there will be one soon. Contracts and such are signed and just need to be sent off. Then soonish after that, my next short horror story will be out!

I’ll let everyone know as soon as I hear a date or have a link, but Playthings will be coming out! Hopefully in time for Christmas!

Chelle

P.s: if it's not out by Christmas, Consequences makes a great stocking filler! And if you've got a Kindle, it's only £1!


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

Amazon


Hello!

First of all, sorry for the radio silence these last weeks. I've been busy on an exciting new project called The Stars Are Falling. There’s a pretty tight deadline for it, so I’ve been spending pretty much all day writing away for it. The project is coming along nicely, and should be complete in the next couple of days. Then it’s off to my wonderful prereaders before it comes back to me for a very quick very thorough edit.

Secondly, if you’ve read The Last Keeper, or any of my other works, and have rated the book on goodreads, would you be so kind as to pop a quick review on Amazon? Ratings and reviews are coming in every few days on Goodreads at the moment, and I am so happy so many of you are enjoying the book. It takes just a few second to review a book on Amazon, so if you’ve got a few seconds to spare, it would be very much appreciated.

In other news, I’ll be at Sunderland library on October 8th at 5pm for their literary festival! I’ll be a guest speaker along with author Rachael H Dixon, and together we’ll be talking about horror and vampires, and things that go bump in the night.

Rachael and I will then be back together on Halloween at Stockton library for their Halloween festivities! They’ve got spooky stories, refreshments, tarot readings, and competitions. Rachael and I will be judging a costume contest, too! That’s on October 31st from 6.15pm through until 10m.

You’ll also get the very first look in the whole world of Last Chance’s book trailer. We’re doing the photoshoot this weekend, including the cover shots. The music is already written and recorded and is completely original! And all that’s left is the pictures and putting the video together. There’s going to be a blog tour with video interviews of the cast and my wonderful musician, as well as behind the scenes photos, videos, and tips for anyone wanting to make their own book trailer.

And lastly, if you’ve noticed that the website needs updating, you’re right. That’s the plan for Sunday as soon as The Stars Are Falling is written and off to the prereaders. I’ll be adding more interviews, including an interview with Serenity Cardea, as well as a list of guest posts and an updated calendar.

In the meantime, I’m off to get cracking on this project!

Chelle


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

As many of you know, I announced a short while ago that the contracts for Last Chance had been signed and we were set for a release of book 2 in The Keepers’ Chronicles in 2013.

And now I’m trying to think of a way to say everything has changed that’s polite. So, yes, everything has changed. I was informed on Friday evening that this is not the case. TWCS Publishing House will not be continuing with The Keepers’ Chronicles.

Given that contracts were signed and I was expecting editing to start and everything was planned, right down to a blog tour in October for the run up to the trailer release, I was somewhat shocked.

I’m not going to go into the details, as they are between TWCS and me.

I am going to say this, though; for the last twenty-four hours I’ve been thinking. It’s what I do best. I think and I overthink, and then I rethink again.

And here are the results of that thinking.

May 2013 (exact date to be confirmed) Last Chance, book 2 in The Keepers’ Chronicles, will be released. I’ve found a wonderful young lady to edit the book. I already have the cover planned, as it was going to be my own artwork anyway. I’ve looked at the options for printing and distribution and marketing, and everything is now covered.

All in all, I’m happier with things going as they are now. There may not be contracts and royalties and a publishing house printing my work, but there will be books.

I’m not giving up, ever.

Chelle


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

It’s been an interesting end to the week this week. Having recently moved, a lot of things have changed, including the house insurance. The new insurers want a list of all my books. I think part of it is that they don’t believe anyone in this day and age can own almost 1000 books. But part of it is that if anything happens, which it won’t, then they need to know what I have to it can be replaced.

There’s just one problem with that. I do have somewhere in the region of 1000 books. And I’ve never catalogued them in my life.

Fortunately I enlisted the help of my very good friend Angela in writing down the list of them. Author, title, year published, hardback or paperback, special attributes, and ISBN. Whole lot of information for a whole lot of books.

So far it’s taken two of us two days, and I still have a day of work left.

During the marathon of clearing and restacking shelves, I learned a few things. The first being that before about 1970, ISBNs weren’t something that was used. This might be interesting for the insurance to see on the list, because I have about 300 books that are pre 1970. I even have a couple of books that are more than one hundred years old.

The second thing that I learned is that even now, books aren’t actually required to have an ISBN. Sure, if you want it listed in all the hip hopping book shops, then you need one. But they’re not actually mandatory.

Lastly, whilst I was going through book after book after book, I picked one up in particular. I noted its author and title. Then I turned it on its side and went to open it, looking for the rest of the information. What was there? A nicely sized spider. And a very white blob.

Yep, a spider and her nest. Right on the side of one of my books.

I may have panicked and thrown the book, and then panicked some more when the spider moved. I also may have agreed to my friend taking the book from me to get rid of said spider and nest. The nest didn’t survive. The spider was thrown into the garden.

So the last thing I learned this weekend whilst cataloguing books was exactly what a spider’s nest looks like.

Safe to say, it wasn’t something I really wanted to learn.

In the meantime, there’s another 2 book cases, the cookbooks, and the rare and collectible cabinet still to catalogue. Hopefully there’ll not be any more spiders, or nests. But I do know there are a couple of very old books. And at least one that’s old enough only the ten oldest living people in the world were alive when it was printed.*

I love my books.

*Update: We've been taking the inscription in the front of the book as its publication date. I've just found out that it was actually prublished 15 years before that. So the oldest people in the world were 14 years of being born when it was printed.

p.s: cyber cookies for anyony who can guess the date of publication.


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

Open Heart by Emlyn Chand


The second book in Emlyn's Farsighted series is out now! It's called Open Heart, and you can check out her release day post here for goodies and giveaways.

 

Simmi Shergill's life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township's sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be working as a diet plan. Well, at least her boyfriend, Alex, loves her so much he'd do anything for her. Last summer he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her.

The problem is, she's not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? And why can't she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Whenever he's around, part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter who she’d hurt or what she’d risk.

Simmi's loyalty is on the line. Who will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with "bad idea" written all over him? Emotions run high as the tension mounts in book two of the Farsighted series.

You can buy Open Heart, and the first book; Farsighted, below

Farsighted:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

B&N

Book Depository

 

Open Heart:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

 

Enjoy! And don't forget to leave a review when you've read it!