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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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October 2015

Liberated paperbacks have arrived

My first order of Liberated paperbacks have arrived!

For those who pre-ordered, I have the list and I will be signing, wrapping, hugging and sending to you asap!

For those who missed out, fear not. Liberated and the new Guardians Saver Pack are now up on the website HERE.

Ebook lovers, the date of the pre-order has changed so you should be getting your copy on the 1st of November (keeping in mind sometimes Amazon likes to use US time even when I set it to Aus, so it might be one day late… hopefully not though!)

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Are you doing, NaNoWriMo?

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NaNoWriMo. A word that is easy to type, but hard to say.

Seriously, try it. You sound nuts.

If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo it stands for National Novel Writing Month. The idea is that it’s an all out personal writing challenge, no holding back, no second thoughts, rush to pump out those words without thinking… and I’m… not doing it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think NaNoWriMo is a great idea. I do. However I’m one of those people that has a 1000 ideas a second, but the moment someone says, hey you have to write this many words in this amount of time, they all vanish; like the world’s most UNCOOL magic trick. (WHY!? WHERE ARE THE IDEAS?!)

So no, I won’t be doing NaNo this year. If you’re a budding writer though that isn’t as terrified as I am of deadlines, then you should totally do it. You can find out more information here: http://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works

November is going to be a busy month for me anyhow with the launch of Liberated on (hopefully) the 1st of November. The paperbacks are on their way to me as we speak and I’m waiting around like an expectant mother for my due date. Also, there is Supanova (Pop Culture Expo) 27th-29th November in Brisbane which is always a super fun and great event.

I’m also working on The Dream Thief (getting into full on writing very soon) and presenting some info/teasers for it on December 1st.

That’s about all for now.

Happy writing and reading!

M.J.

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Almost two years since BOUND was created.

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One of my first Facebook cover photos!

Around this time, two years ago, things were heating up.

Yes, it was getting into Summer here in Australia BUT I mean for me as an author.

Did you know it took me nearly a year to actually call myself an author? I had the book, I had the name, I had the Facebook page… and yet still I would shy away from being called an author. I would tack writer onto everything.

Maybe it’s because it didn’t seem real, and sometimes it still doesn’t. I started out with only the vaguest idea of what being an indie author would mean for me. I was scared of failure. It’s a big scary world out there and yes, I will admit that Bound has seen many publishing houses… but those copies never returned to me. That isn’t the reason I became indie. I had this burning desire to write that I wouldn’t allow to be silenced!

As we get closer and closer to Liberated’s launch I need to remind myself of all the hard work, tears (measured in BUCKETS) sweat, and countless hours spent on each novel. I’m not sure if it’s being young, or a cultural thing, but I have trouble patting myself on the back and admitting I have done a good job. I always downplay it.

Today, however, darn it …. I think I’ve done great…. AHH!! That’s the best I can do!

I wonder what another year will bring? Another book? A contract? More conventions? Who knows!? I’m excited for it though.

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Bound, Divided & Hidden Paperback Giveaway.

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited for the launch of Liberated that I have decided to do a giveaway. A few months ago I ordered some adorable mini-book necklaces and pin buttons to go along with the prize packs! The first pack up for grabs is perfect for those who have only had the ebooks, or who really want this for family or a friend!

(Sorry, this pack is only available within Aus as it’s a big pack and will be too expensive to go overseas!)

Pack Includes:

1x Bound

1x Divided

1x Hidden

2x Bookmarks

3x Pin Buttons

1x Bound Mini Book Necklace and Chain

The link below will take you to the rafflecopter page where a winner will be drawn at random. Entries close Saturday 17th October 2015 at midnight.

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October Update

Hello hello, blog friends!

It’s October already, can you believe it? August for me went really slow, but I blinked and missed September.

Before I get started, I just wanted to say hello to Brazil … because apparently my blog is viewed by a lot by people there. I had no idea (being based in Australia and all) so… hello Brazil!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Let’s talk Guardian Series.

This month is going to be big. I’m ordering the paperback copies of Liberated around the 8th of October, so if you haven’t put in a pre-order and you would like to, you have until the 8th! All paperback pre-orders come with matching Blue and Tal bookmarks, as seen on social media, and I’m trying to get some more pin buttons too with different things on them, like those I had at previous conventions.

The ebook pre-orders are now available on Amazon.If you missed the message about Liberated being available for ebook pre-order fear not: HERE IS THE LINK. Ebook pre-orders will remain open until the launch date/earlier which is currently set at 25th November 2015.

Please join us if you haven’t already for our characters spotlights happening over on Facebook as we lead up to the launch!

Now let’s talk my next upcoming project!

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I also announced on my Facebook this week that I will be presenting a sneak peak and new book trailer for The Dream Thief including an introduction to my new protagonist, Kate Lane. I will also announce main character, Cole Marshall, and a bit out him in the story.

I’m looking forward to getting in and writing this book. I do however plan to take a bit of time off around the Christmas break to just enjoy Summer (yes, Australia again, remember?) as I’ve now moved into a full-time job and things are busy!

I’m really looking forward to writing new characters again and working on developing them by learning what they do and don’t like, plus taking them on the adventure as we uncover the story. The Dream Thief is not a series, it is a standalone book. I do have plans for another book, but I really think it might become a series without meaning to, which is why I decided to work on TDT before I get too excited with that one.

Well that’s all for now!

Keep writing and reading.

M.J.

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