The story is written. It is edited. It is formatted. It is compiled into an e-book. And it is on its way out to the shops. Amazon and Smashwords both have approved the new book, and the latter is currently pushing the book to the other stores.
Behold. The cover. I think it’s beautiful. Thank you, Sophie Cohen, for creating it.
The story tells about Baba Yaga and the time she’s been in her home country, after leaving school and Hilda’s village. It’s become a story that is much ‘darker’ than the Hilda books, but it turned out well, I think. Of course, it’s up to you, the reader, to pass the final judgment on that.
As soon as the book is more widely available, I’ll post the links to where you can find it. For now, you can hop over to Amazon or Smashwords. I’m still working on the paperback; that will be done later.
I really hope you will like this spin-off book, this companion to the Hilda series.
It’s actually going to happen. Soon. Book 22 in the Hilda ‘saga’.
I’m not going to write down the title of the book. That’s something you will have to figure out for yourself, but something tells me that’s not too difficult at this point.
The e-book will be available as soon as possible. Okay, the paperback will be too, but as usual, that takes a little longer. If there are any candidates who think the paperback should come out first, please let me know. 😉
I have taken a gamble with this book. When I started writing it, I wasn’t certain if the idea would actually work, so I evaluated the story ‘so far’ after five chapters. Called in support teams. Spent time meditating about it in solitary caves in India (funny how a couch can become a cave in India when you need it). Thought about future options concerning this road I was about to take with Hilda and William. (No, I didn’t actually go to the future. I don’t have a Delorean!)
But… the future is here. I’m writing Hilda 23 and the road ahead looks good. Bumpy. What else can you expect from our wicked witch?
Just now I have unleashed a command on my computer:
Hilda_22$ pandoc *md -o ~/tmp/Hilda22.odt
This may not seem like much, but it is the start of creating the actual books. I’m a command line junkie in many respects. Well, for now I’ll spare you more of this nonsense and I’ll continue making a proper e-book from the result of said command.
We(*) all hope you’re going to experience a wonderful weekend!
* – Hilda, William, Grim, Obsi, Johanna, Baba Yaga, Charisma and lots of others!
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:
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!
I am not sorry for shouting! There is a new book available!
In this sequel to “Wanted: hero” we follow Sabas and his alien bride Reny as they are looking for their own home. When they receive an invitation to visit the Souverein and his family again, they are immediately up for the journey there. A concert and meeting someone who works in a library are the starting points for an adventure into an area on Nilib-6 that Sabas has never heard of. Remarkable encounters and unexpected discoveries are the fast paced elements of this new trip for the two. Will they ever get home? Why do they go up in the air? And will Sabas and Reny succeed in becoming parents? You can find the answer to these and more questions in “Wanted: adventurer”.
Much time has passed for this one.
It took me a long time to write this book. That’s the problem with a head full of ideas and projects, a job outside writing and several other things concerning this oddity called ‘life’.
I hope you will appreciate this book. I loved writing it and exploring the world of Nillib-6 for you. Follow in the footsteps of our heroes and spend some time in Oldness with them. If you don’t know where that is, take the next shuttle out there!
Are you one of the people who’ve been waiting for the sequel to the adventures of Sabas and Reny who so bravely fought the Lergesh on Nilib-6? Let me bring you some good news:
The wait is almost over!
With gratitude to Renée Barratt for yet an excellent cover, I am proud to announce that “Wanted: adventurer” is being prepared for publication. The plan is to have the e-book out there on the first day of December of this year at all the usual gathering places like Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and so forth.
As usual the paperback will take a little longer, the more as I’ve decided to change printers for the Wanted-books.
If you want to know what this new book is about, read on:
In this sequel to “Wanted: hero” we follow Sabas and his alien bride Reny as they are looking for their own home. When they receive an invitation to visit the Souverein and his family again, they are immediately up for the journey there.
A concert and meeting someone who works in a library are the starting points for an adventure into an area on Nilib-6 that Sabas has never heard of. Remarkable encounters and unexpected discoveries are the fast paced elements of this new trip for the two.
Will they ever get home? Why do they go up in the air? And will Sabas and Reny succeed in becoming parents? You can find the answer to these and more questions in “Wanted: adventurer”.
Yes, yes, yes, you can’t believe how dear you are to me.
Here it is.
Book 20 in the series. TWENTY!! And you’re to blame. I mean thank! Without your reading support, your questions and likes, I would never have gotten this far in the life of Hilda and William.
It’s one thing to write a book, yet another to find that people like it a lot and are waiting for more. That, dear reader, touches my writer’s heart more than I can express…
Book 21 (do you see that? 21!) is in the making. Carol’s working on the editing while I’m still working on getting more errors out before she laughs too hard (oh, the shame). The book has no title yet, nor a cover, but we’re full steam ahead. (Pulls cable, fog horn sounds, cable breaks, fog horn falls silent. Drat. Carol! I need a new fog horn cable!)
No need to excuse my enthusiasm. Live with it or run away screaming. In the latter case please send me a recording of your screams as I collect interesting vocal expressions.
Tomorrow is the day! Hilda’s 20th adventure will hit the e-shelves! And it’s a book about a book! A book of Dragons! Real, live, big, dragony fly-beasts! If you want to know how to get one, buy the book and find out!
And what’s this adventurer stuff then?
That’s coming too, be it a little later. I hope by the end of November. I’m talking about the sequel to “Wanted: hero“. It will be called “Wanted: adventurer”. It was a really difficult book to write which threw surprise after surprise at me. All came out well in the end, despite a lot of dust, cracks and airborne problems. Maybe you remember Reny and Sebastian, also known as Sabas to throw the ugly Lergesh off his trail. There are more adventures (well, duh) lined up for them. And yes: there will be Nordrish too. 😀
The last bits of things: Nanowrimo!
Winter is coming to the north, as we all know (except for Jon Snow; he knows nothing). But November also means Nanowrimo. Despite the fact that I’m working on 2 Hilda books (one in edit and one in writing) I plan on starting another book about Hilda’s world. This one will be different though. You may remember Baba Yaga’s absence from her bestest girlfriend’s life. Well, this book is going to detail where she went and what happened during that time.
Until all that is done you can either read one of the many books all those writer types from around the world have created especially for you, or you can join the Night’s Watch and wait for the Army of the Dead to arrive. Up to you.
But whatever you choose to do: stay alive and enjoy it!
Believe it. I’m not adding the “or not” bit because there’s no escape possible. Hilda’s (and William’s) twentieth adventure is going to hit the e-shelves soon.
Soon in this case is October 1st. Yes, oddly enough it will be available on a Sunday but that’s fine, I’m sure.
Let me show you something of the book. The cover image. Then you know the title of the book too.
Yep. There be dragons. I’m sure you’re curious what this book is about. Well… how about this:
They play a big role in this new book in the Hilda (and William) series. We’ll find out what can happen with a certain book, we’ll learn a surprise fact about King Walt and Queen Velma, and many characters you already know return to the party.
Is that enough to tease you? Are you drooling already? Or is this quite the deception? Feel free to let me know, either in a comment, through my contact page, on Facebook, or use the old fashioned way: via e-mail!
This is a very serious question. Quay Hotel isn’t your average hotel, as the main character in this short story realises all too well. In a way it’s like ‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles. You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.
This is my first attempt to write a horror story. It came out ‘horrorbly’, I think, but I’ll leave the final word to you.
As to what this book is about:
A man somehow gets lost in his own town after dropping off his girl at the airport. He has to spend the night at Quay Hotel. It‘s a night he‘ll never forget…
You may notice there’s no paperback available. That’s because the cost for that would be totally unbalanced to the size of the book. Maybe someday I’ll have written enough ‘horrorble’ stories to compile all of them into a paper book.
There is a new book out in the wild. It’s a book that I originally wrote in Dutch as a labour of love. What’s it about?
The Magic of the Bull
Cuijk, a small town in the Netherlands. After lightning hit the statue of the famous Exporum Bull, strange things are visible there… but not for everyone! Fleur, her brother Bram and even their parents experience something they could never have suspected in their wildest dreams. Around the Bull things happen that bring back the past and also pose two major questions: “How do we get home?” and “Who looks after the dog?”
A fun little detail is that the statue really exists. Most of the details in the book are based on historically correct facts as far as I could uncover them. Researching this book took me about 3 years. I hope you will enjoy it!