Rapunzel – in paperback!

Yes, dear reader!

It is a fact, an accomplished fact!

Behold:

Rapunzel 2.0 paperback

The latest story of Hilda the Wicked Witch is available on paper as of now. Actually it was available 7 hours ago but I was asleep then so I couldn’t tell you sooner. I hope you can forgive me.

You may notice that this book is available through Amazon instead of the other printer I used to use. That is because the quality of the books with Amazon is better and also I like their paper much more.

I am glad to bring you such good news!

Paul

It’s April first, and this is not a fool-you post.

The incredible has happened. Okay, maybe not so incredible.

Last year in November I participated in Nanowrimo. I started 2 stories, a Dutch and an English one. The English one, about Baba Yaga, is now done! It has taken a while but it is done. This story will be a companion book to the Hilda-series.

This story threw me a few difficult passages to get through, which is one reason it took a while. Of course there also was Hilda 21 that had to get done, and real life happened in between. Or In Betweeen, but that’s something for Hilda 22. You’ll find out about that in due time. That also has something with special butterflies, but I won’t confuse you with that just yet.

baba yagaFor now I’m glad that Baba Yaga’s story is done. You’ll meet Papa Yaga again, and Mama Yaga, and a few shop owners. And nomads. And travelling salespeople. And much, much more. And before you get your hopes up: no butterflies.

A word of warning: don’t expect the cheerful banter that you encounter in the Hilda books. This story has come out much darker and more serious than I’d originally thought. Still it makes for an interesting read. I think. Well, I hope. I’ll let you be the judge of it once the book is ready for prime-time. This will take a while because all I have now are over 70,000 words in a first draft. They need to be tamed, reordered, spells have to be checked and perhaps bits of universe have to be moved around, but that’s all in a day’s work for a writer.

 

Finally. It happened. The 21st book in the Hilda series!

Yes, dear reader,

It has taken some time but there it is. The new book. Out today – at least the e-book – at your favourite e-book store. I’m still working on a detail of the backside of the cover of the paperback. Wow, that’s a lot of words for a detail, isn’t it? Anyhow, the book is available at Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.nl, Amazon.it, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.ca, Amazon.au, Barnes&Noble, Apple iTunes and the Kobo e-bookstore. For now. There may be more

I’m sure however that this list will quench your thirst for witchy adventures for a while. And trust me, there are plenty of adventures piled up!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for, and it sounds like Hilda.

Yes, dear reader.

Hilda. The wicked witch we all know and love. There is going to be a new book. Number 21. I’m still impressed with her…

Let me give this to you first:

Hilda_21_Rapunzel_web

Yes. This is what will happen on March 31st, a week from now. Rapunzel 2.0. And what is the story about?

There was a ghost that left damage. Lots of it.

Hilda and William of course lend a hand to fix things up and meet someone who will have a great impact on the citizens of Sunrise. Who is this person? Where is she from?

Next to these questions, Hilda, William and another magical person come to the rescue of Rapunzel, discover architectural surprises in two magical sisters, and face the problem of addressing the Squeamish once again.

As you see, there are quite some magical people involved. I hope you agree with the amount. I’ve tried to make them interesting and entertaining!

The e-book (as usual) will come out first – it’s available for pre-order at Amazon , Barnes&Noble , Apple iTunes and Smashwords already. The other book stores will follow as soon as possible, but they should have it for you by next week. I’m still working on the paperback version of the book, but that’s coming along nicely as well.

That’s the news for now. I hope it made your weekend a little better!

Paul

 

News from the writer’s cave

Dear reader,

Paperback news

What fun is there to report? First of all I’ve taken a small step for man but a giant step – oh, wait. Wrong note. Sorry, Mr Armstrong. At least the small step is true. Until a while ago I put all the paper books on Lulu.com. Amazon now has a paperback system in place and I’ve initiated the process of putting Hilda’s first adventure out there on paper. So far I must say I like the way Amazon has created the system and I’m looking forward to receiving the print proof of the booklet. It should reach me on February 20th or 21st.

I’ve added a new cover to that book. If it all looks nice I’m going to update the cover for the e-book as well. This is what the new cover will look like:

More Hilda news:

I’m almost done reworking the chapters for Hilda 21 so there’s nice progress there. Writing Hilda 22 is going well also, I may be approaching the end of book 22 soon. After that, indeed, the reworking starts again but it will be different. 21 will then be 22. 😀

Baba Yaga news

As you may recall, I started writing Baba Yaga’s story last November. It’s still not done, although I am crawling towards the end on that story also. It’s a very different type than the Hilda series, which keeps surprising me. It does fit the story though, so I’m hopeful that everyone who read it (when I’m finally all done with it) will agree.

A question to you

Which stories do you like best? The Hilda’s? The Wanted books? The Steampunk books? Anything else? I’m really curious because I think it’s time to mainly focus on the kind of books people really want to read. At times it feels as if I’m spreading myself too thin by writing so many different genres.

I’m looking forward to your reactions!

Paul

Book review: The Time Traveller’s Wife

The Time Traveler's WifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whoa. What a read. So impressive.

I understand that many people have difficulties reading this book as it’s not a linear read. Time travelling isn’t linear, it takes you from place to place but also from time to time. If you can’t deal with a book jumping around the clock and the calendar then this might not be for you but…

If you like such books… this is certainly a book for you to enjoy.

Henry and Clare aren’t your usual couple. Their relationship is endearing and the school example of “it’s complicated”. I shan’t spoil anything more for you in that respect.

The book is well-written and has a great pace. There is a lot of character backstory but not too much. I really got to know the main characters and enjoyed living with them during the read of this book.

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What a writer does in the new year

Yes, what does a writer do in a new year?

He writes. Unless the writer is a lady, in that case she writes.

That’s about it in a nutshell. Of course I’d be a poor writer if I left it at that.

First of course there’s my darling Hilda. Hilda and I are doing well. Carol’s still working on checking the 21st story, and I’m busy writing number 22.

Twenty-two Hilda stories… Imagine that. I had never thought nor even dare to think of a series about the wicked witch when I put that first little story online. What a ride. Or rather: what a flight!

Broom

But there’s more! There’s still last year’s NanoWrimo story!

Baba Yaga
This probably isn’t Baba Yaga.

That’s true.

In November 2017 I challenged myself to write two Nanowrimo stories, one in Dutch and one in English. The English one is going really well. The story of Baba Yaga when she was gone from Rompford for some years is growing. It’s well over 160 pages now.

I seriously appreciate how this story is unfolding. It surprises me. It’s also very unlike the lighthearted Hilda-stories. Just so you know. But that doesn’t make it less of a story, I think. Baba Yaga, after all, is a totally other personality than Grimhilda is, and this story shows a lot of what shaped her.

So you see, I’m busy as busy can be. I’m still trying to write faster than you can read but so far I’m failing miserably. Do forgive me.

Paul

 

As the year draws nearer to the end…

Yes, dear reader,

2017. Fare thee well.

2017

There’s no escape. 2017 is almost behind us. Just today, tonight, and tomorrow. Then it’s done. Wrapped up.

Did this year bring you good things? Things you hoped for? I can only hope so. My year was lots of things.

Entertaining. I started a new job this year. So far so good, we’ll see what the future brings.

Writing. Several new books came out this year, something I’m always proud of. Writing is one thing for a writer. Getting the book all ready and out into the world is different beast. So far I feel I’m on the right track. There are several books in the pipeline as I type this, including a very interesting SciFi story that I’m so far calling Story X. Simply because I have no clue what the title will be.

Right, I’m not going to make this a mile-long post about everything that happened and should have happened and didn’t happen and such. I’ll simply wish you a great end of this year and a fabulous start of the new year. May that bring you good things and beautiful books. 🙂

Book review – Blood Curse, by Ursula Visser

Dear reader,

You may not know this writer. Ursula Visser is Dutch, like I am. And like me, that doesn’t stop her from writing in English.

I read her English book “Blood Curse”.

blood curse

“Blood curse” is the first book in Ursula’s “Dragon Queen” series.

I found it a well-written book with lots of speed. The characters were interesting and some of them quite stubborn (which is a good thing). In this book we meet the main character, Mara. We also meet dragons (which, seeing the series title, isn’t a big surprise).

Adventures are stacked on top of each other, mixed with surprises and revelations that Mara couldn’t have dreamed of. Near the end of the book there was a surprise I hadn’t even dreamed of. I can recommend it. If you are interested in learning more about Mara, you can find the e-book at The BlackSheep Indie website.