Cover Reveal – Imran Siddiq’s Disconnect

My fellow author and friend, Imran Siddiq, has a new book coming out on the 22nd of Feb, 2013, and he’s had a cover done by a professional artist. I was more than happy to share because the cover looks amazing—if only more indie authors would go to as much effort. Congratulations Imran, it looks amazing!

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In space, love has boundaries.

Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.

In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he’s never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn’t enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.

Underworld will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter’s moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa’s father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.

Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa’s sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.

About the Author

Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in each novel – literally throw.

The Next Big Thing Blog Tour Thingy Majiggy

I’ve been tagged for a bit of a blog hop thingy by good writer friend Tima Lacoba. I’m required to answer the following questions and I promise to do so to the best of my ability (so don’t expect too much). I currently have a fantasy novel out (in case the dragon on my website was not a dead giveaway), a book of suspenseful, and somewhat dark, short stories, Dark Spaces, and I’ve just released a little short story, all on it’s own, called Divine Intervention. The one I’ll be referring to today is Shadows of the Realm—my first, and most loved, baby.

  • What is the title of your latest book? Shadows of the Realm.
  • Where did the idea come from for the book? Not sure. Just wanted to write a fantasy book and that’s the one that was there.
  • What genre does your book fall under? Young adult, epic fantasy, with dragons. I don’t think ‘with dragons’ is a genre, but, if erotica can have tentacle sex as a sub-genre, I can have dragons.
  • What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? Oh goodness, gracious, mwah (I just wanted an excuse to blow you all a kiss), OK it’s moi. Hmm, this is a tough one because I don’t watch a lot of movies so I’m not totally up with who is around. I’ll leave it to the casting agent.
  • What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? With their world under threat of invasion, Bronwyn and Blayke, two young realmists, are forced to leave all they’ve known to undertake a dangerous journey to discover the magic of the realms before all they love is destroyed.
  • Is your book self-published or represented by an agency? Bwahahaha. Oh, excuse me *straightens shirt and smooths hair.*  I’m self published.
  • How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? I can’t remember specifics, as it was eight years ago, but I’m thinking it was two or three months.
  • What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Anything by David Eddings with a hint of Stephen King at times. (Note here that I’m not saying it’s as good as theirs, but they have been my influences and I can only aspire to their great skill. Just wanted to make that clear so there’s no massive expectations when you buy my book. Although, you can have some expectations, just don’t go overboard—it wouldn’t be good for either of us).
  • Who or what inspired you to write this book? I inspired myself (I’m very inspirational you know). I’d always wanted to write a book—I don’t know why—and so I did.
  • What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Hmm, the characters are varied and well drawn (I have it on good authority), there’s dragons, a splatter of horror, much adventuring and visiting different realms and of course, my unique brand of humour, which probably isn’t that unique and I’m sure not everyone finds it funny. All I can say is that I enjoyed writing it and reading it the two hundred times I went through it in editing, so I’m sure you can brave it just once, please? (This isn’t begging, I’m just being polite).

Not sure if I’m supposed to tag anyone or if it’s supposed to die a natural death. I’ll keep it going for one more time and tag my podcast partners in crime, Amber Jerome~Norrgard. Take it away Amber :).

Oh and I wouldn’t be doing this properly if I didn’t have a call to action at the end. Go and buy the book, now, quick, before … before … well, before you forget.

OMG, If You’ve Read Shadows of the Realm, You Have a Chance to Win!

Hey Everyone :). As a Christmas ‘thank you’ to all my wonderful readers, I’m running a competition. It’s been so amazing to have people read my book and let me know they’ve enjoyed it, and I wanted to return some of the love. I’m asking you to post your favourite quote from Shadows of the Realm on my Facebook author page or on Twitter (don’t forget to tweet it @DionneLister or I’ll miss it). The quote must come from Chapter 8 onwards. Each person can only enter once, as I don’t want it to turn into some crazy quoting of the whole book lol. There will be two winners—each will receive a $20 (US) Amazon gift voucher. The competition starts on 14th November, 2012 and I will draw the winners on 16th December 2012 (my Grandmother’s birthday), wherein I’ll announce the results on my Facebook Page. So, if you haven’t yet bought your copy, go now. Good luck you Awesome Peeps!

Amber & Dionne Talk James Bond, Reviews and Toilet Paper with Author Barry Crowther

Successful author Barry Crowther writes mystery and horror. He joins us to chat about traditional publishing, agents, self publishing and reviews (in light of the recent pay for review controversy). We giggled at times because we can’t help ourselves, but Barry was a super interesting guest. I must apologise now for my children who don’t know how to leave me alone lol. Join us for another cool episode of Twitter’s favourite podcasts Tweep Nation (ok, so I might be stretching the truth).

Rayne Hall Brings out the Best in Amber & Dionne

 

Today, on episode 32 of Tweep Nation, we are joined by author, writing teacher and editor Rayne Hall. There are a couple of first for this show.

Number 1: Rayne is the first guest with a German accent and

Number 2: There was no swearing.

What? I hear you ask. No swearing. How could that be, it’s Amber and Dionne we’re talking about. Well, Rayne was so polite that we were too. Don’t let that stop you listening though, because we’re still all very interesting, especially when I reveal the extent to which my Alzheimer’s has progressed.

Dark Spaces – My new book of suspenseful short stories

Dark Spaces by Dionne Lister

Drum roll… And now, I would like to announce, I have a new book out! Dark Spaces. This was a surprise to me. I had an idea that I wanted to gather all my short stories and a couple of my flash fiction and bundle them together in one collection. But I thought it would happen in a few weeks. When, all of a sudden, I was picking a cover photo and Amber Jerome-Norrgard was doing the writing on the cover (thanks Amber) I realised it was happening now!

I love my cover, and can’t believe it turned out so well. Amber can attest to that, as I’m very picky. After making her adjust the placement of the text a few times, she labelled the file “dionneanalretentive”. The cover lets you know what to expect: suspense, increased heart-rate, and some psychopathic characters.

Anyway, I found myself uploading the book to Smashwords and Amazon on a day that was not set-aside for this. Where did that come from? How did it happen? Hmm, maybe that’s fitting, seeing as it’s a book of suspenseful stories. As usual, I surprised myself. The next shock came when it was available on Smashwords approximately fifteen minutes after I pressed ‘publish’. I would have fallen over, had I not been sitting down, because I had two sales within fifteen minutes of going live!

I would like to thank the supportive peeps who have already bought my book. I hope you grab onto your e-readers, desperate to know what’s going to happen next, and I’m sorry if any of my stories make you cry.

So, I’m excited! I have two books out. If you had told me, a year ago, that I would have self-published two books by now I would not only have laughed, but called for someone to get you a psyche evaluation. Funny how life surprises us sometimes, isn’t it?

Holy Flying Squirrel Shit Batman! It’s Tweep Nation Ep 28

This is such a fun podcast. Amber & I were alone (together) today and had a blast! I think I was high on chocolate fumes from cooking a birthday cake yesterday. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for my ridiculous observations. If you play the “Amber snorts” drinking game, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to slam those shots down. If you’ve got not much to do and need a giggle, listen to this episode and find out what Chinese medicine and flying squirrel poo have in common, what I think Amber should do next time she rear-ends another car, oh and don’t forget my impersonation of Queen Elizabeth. There’s something for everyone (everyone who’s a bit crazy anyway). Join us. Go on, it’ll be fun.

Tweep Nation Ep 22 – Amber & Dionne Give Rachel a Brazillian

This week on Tweep Nation we had the pleasure of talking to the super fabulous Rachel Thomson (@badredheadmedia). She was generous in sharing information on how to increase your profile on social media and we discussed ways you can use the internet to sell your books. When the serious stuff was out of the way we discussed brazillians, gross stuff in our food and the perils of walking the streets with a 4 year old. Join us for some great info, and a few giggles, and oh dear the ‘f’ and ‘p’ words made an appearance. Will we ever behave?

Shadows of the Realm Earns its First Badge

In the big push to get my book out there, I found a great website, Grub Street Reads. These girls have come up with a great idea for recommending indie books. They have a sound criteria of what makes a good book—rounded characters, consistency in plot and character actions, pace, grammar, spelling, overall plot (you get the picture). When they recommend a book, the reader knows it is going to be of a certain standard.

I applied to them and waited, only a couple of weeks, for the outcome. I must admit, my nails are shorter; it’s always nerve-wracking when someone is ‘judging’ your work.

I am so pleased to announce that I passed the test. My fantabulous book (if I do say so myself) Shadows of the Realm, is now recommended on their website and I get a cool badge to display on my cover and my website. The badge reminds me of the little medals they stick on wine bottles. They also had this to say about my book which makes me smile every time I read it:

You have done a great job of creating characters with distinct voices and personalities. It was a pleasure to go on this epic journey with them. 

So if you’re a reader looking for a good book, visit their site, they obviously have good taste ;). Ok, well I’m off to continue my happy dance then I think I’ll need a little nap.