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M.J. Stevens – Author and Creative Spirit

A young woman trying to make sense of the world

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December 2013

Bound Cover Reveal!

*Trumpet music!!* COVER REVEAL TIME!! 

Isn’t it beautiful?! After 12 long months of hard work, I’m so excited to bring you the official cover of “Bound” (The Guardians, #1) So many people have been… incredible – and by that I mean insanely calm and supportive – of me and this whole process. I can’t wait to let readers have at it on the 23rd of January, 2014 and to launch in person on the 25th of January here in Brisbane, Australia! 

M.J. Stevens

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‘No good deed ever goes unpunished, Mellea…’

Mellea Wendorn hasn’t exactly had a normal life. Misfortune seems to follow her, and her family, wherever she goes. 
However, when Mellea stops to assist a mysterious young man suddenly her prior hardships seem trivial.

His name is Leo. He is a Successor, a child of the Guardians of Selestia. 

He is royalty. 
He is handsome. 
And he wants Mellea completely to himself. 

Unable to escape the Guardian’s laws, Mellea must learn the ways of the royals. She is convinced her life can’t get much worse. But when a timeworn Guardian enemy arises from the shadows, Mellea must make a choice that will change her destiny forever.

Book update! Writers must read! Writer’s block!

Hello all!

The book is coming along nicely. This week I have been editing my little heart out in-between work. (Kindle says I’m up to 63%, thanks Kindle!) I’m really hoping that all the editing I’m doing will translate into the epub and mobi files and not be a waste. Or I might actually have to… I dunno… (insert really random way of dying here. Like walking into a river trying to catch the moon or something.)

On to other things…

When you’re trying to write, be it a novel, short-story or what have you, the biggest thing you get told is WRITERS MUST READ. 

That makes sense. By reading you’re increasing your vocab, learning the ways other writers use their voice in text, seeing layouts and also crossing off a list in your head of things I WOULD NEVER DO! It’s all helpful. But I think the majority of writers who don’t read aren’t avoiding it because they think they’re too good, it’s because we have this idea that to be a ‘reader’ you must down a book a night, or at least a week. For some of us (ME) it takes a while to read a good book, especially if you work, have a house to maintain, general life is in the way and hell – let’s not even mention kids! 

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If you are a writer wanting to read, but you are in the creative process and are worried that reading might interrupt your thoughts or you simply can’t hold anymore words in your head, I know the feeling, then there are other things you can do. 

YOUTUBE: My ultimate hero of all things holy. Go on youtube and search around for some music, use key words and see if you can find anything that matches a moment or a feeling in your work. Close your eyes. Can you see your characters? What are they doing? Open your eyes and jot down a few points, maybe sketch something.

SKETCHING: Yeah by sketching I don’t mean a perfect scene of a battle between good-and-evil. I mean a weird doodle that only makes sense to you. Drawing uses another part of your brain, giving your writing section a break. It can form a bridge and clear gunk.

These are only two methods. I have a whole bunch. I’m really hoping to present them at the 2014 Emerging Writers Festival. But either way I will eventually post them here. 

Take care out there!

M.J.

Why hello, December!

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Look it’s the 12th month of the year. Already. How?

It’s been a long 48 weeks of 2013 madness, and I’m so happy for it to be drawing to a close. For good reasons:

1) Christmas. I love Christmas. I don’t have a huge family, in fact it’s just 4 of us (including me). So for us it’s about eating food, drinking wine, playing games and being a total sloth for 24 hot summer hours. 

2) New Years’ Eve. Unsst, unsst, unsst… that’s the beat of heavy bass. Who doesn’t love popping crackers and dancing? 

3) A fresh start. I think the whole world breathes a sigh of relief on Jan 1st. It’s just this nice feeling of, “Okay, last year was a bit shit — but this year is going to be better! Money! New job! AWESOMENESS!!” It’s a good feeling.

4) Oh yeah… THE LAUNCH OF BOUND! I don’t have an official date yet, but all systems go for the month of Jan. I’m hoping to get the orders of print copies started on either the 1st or 2nd of Jan and have them asap for the launch party and THE WORLD. 

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Book Update Info:

Cover: Designs are being drawn up as we speak…write…read…

Inside the book: I’m getting everything so shiny and wonderful you will go blind reading this book. Well I hope not. I will not be held liable if you do. 

ISBNs & Barcodes: I have them! OMG

Launch Date: Like I mentioned, still to come

Launch location: I’m currently based in Brisbane, Australia so… somewhere around there. But it should be up and on both Amazon and Smashwords by then. Plus I’m planning on doing a bit of website sales as well. But that needs more research/website alterations.

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