New Year, New…Book?

I’m taking a break from my regular schedule of posts but will return to it next week.

The new year is upon us. We can put the sh!tshow that was 2020 behind us and try to move on.

To bring a little good to the first day of the new year, I’ve decided to make The Next Stage available for free on Kindle and Google Books. You can find it via the following links;

If you’d like a promo code for Apple Books, then just message me on Twitter and I’ll send one over to you.

If you’re looking for a new read, then The Next Stage could be what you’re looking for.

26th October 2138, Lieutenant William Kell is at the scene of another homicide committed by a rogue group of AIs. What has now become a routine investigation will soon explode into a deeper conspiracy, one that threatens all of humankind. Now it’s a race against time to stop the group’s devious plot before it’s too late, and the city of Washington D.C. implodes into violence.

If you’re unsure, why not check out some of the reviews over on Goodreads, and see what other readers have to say about it.

While you’re over on Goodreads, you can also now set up your 2021 reading challenge. With this challenge you can set a goal for how many books you aim to read this year. I’ve done this for five years, and have found it a good way to make sure I read more. You can see my challenge below and start your own on the website.

This past year I only just managed to reach my goal due to focusing more time on writing and getting The Next Stage out there, but I’m going to try this year, to make some more time for reading, I especially want to read more self-published and Indie authors like myself, as I know how hard it can be to get our books out there to readers.

You can see what I read during my 2020 reading challenge here.

Thank you to all who have already read and reviewed The Next Stage and Creatures. It means a lot to me that people have actually enjoyed what I’ve written and even recommended it it to others. You’re awesome!

Oh yeah, Happy New Year!

An Author’s Holiday

As I’ve previously said, in May of this year I quit my job in IT, because I decided I just couldn’t do it anymore and it was affecting my mental health…blah, blah, blah, but this blog isn’t about that, it’s about holidays.

Now that I don’t have a “real” job and I’m writing full time, you’d think I could pretty much do what I want to, write? (Haha, see what I did there? Urgh) I’ve been trying to give my days a bit more structure because, 1) It helps my mental health and 2) it means I’m more likely actually to get something done. But, just like in a 9-5 job, I need time off. This year more than ever, time off is essential, to not only look after my mental health but also recover some from physical injury.

One plus for not working a 9-5 is that if I decide to take some time off, I only need to clear with my own brain. There’s none of this, trying to find out what other people have booked off, and trying to get it approved by some manager who you never see. The only obstacle I face is actually making myself take the time, and not deciding I will just write this little bit – and then realising it’s 4 hours later.

All I’m trying to say with this blog is that I’ve decided to take a few days off over Christmas and the new year.

Although I’m taking this time off writing, I’m putting together some blog posts and scheduling them, and I’ll probably still be around on Twitter.

As it’s Monday here’s a bit of a writing update.

I’ve shelved It’s All in the Eyes for the time being. I got a bit stuck with where I was going with it, and rather than muddling through and messing it up; I decided a break from it might help.

I’ve done some more work on the tentatively titled The Man (which may also be called Blindsighted, I haven’t decided yet.) I’ve still got a good idea where it’s going, and I’m almost at the end of creating the basic story, so I may pick this back up in the new year again to try to get the first draft finished.

This last week, however, I’ve been working on The Next Stage 2 – no that’s not going to be the final title…I just don’t know what it will be yet. I’ve got around 6000 words written, so it’s coming along. I’ve managed to put a few of my favourite ideas together, leaving some by the wayside for another time. I’m really hoping people will like it as much as the first one, but I guess time will tell.

5 Stars! (Bonus Blog)

I just wanted to thank everyone who has so far read The Next Stage. Especially those that have rated it on Goodreads. It now stands at an average of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ with 50 ratings. I can’t believe that it has gone down this well with people and you’re actually enjoying it.

If you haven’t yet read it, you can find everywhere where it’s available over on the books page of this blog.

By way of celebration of this I’m making it available for free on Kindle on Friday 11th December. If you would like it sooner on Google or Apple Books, let me know, and I’ll send you a promo code.

Thank you again. It gives me more motivation to continue with writing.

Well, here we are again…

Friday again…

But, I’m home now and feeling better. I’m taking today to be lazy and do very little, apart from play games and watch stuff.

So this week has been another fun one. I didn’t do a blog on Wednesday because I felt so out of it on pain meds that I couldn’t concentrate on what I was writing. I was going to do one yesterday to make up for it, but then I woke up with a banging headache, which turned into the worst migraine I’ve ever had; Alex ended up calling an ambulance, and I spent most of the night in hospital. Luckily, over time it eased, and nothing scary was found, but for a time, I was terrified what it might have been. It was so bad that I couldn’t even open my eyes; I was that photophobic.

I didn’t eat or drink most of yesterday so the McDonald’s McMuffin I had this morning tasted amazing.

I’m hoping that I can get back on the writing next week as I’ve got a pile of ideas for this ghost story, as well It’s All in the Eyes.

This year has been God awful, and I can’t wait to see the back of it. I’m not going to be optimistic about the new year because, well, I did that last year and look where we ended up.

One good thing to come out of this week is that The Next Stage now has 21 reviews on Goodreads and all of them are ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I’m blown away by the response this book has had, and I’m looking forward to more people reading it and letting me know what they think.

So for this week that’s it for me, other than probably some tweets here and there.

Just a polite reminder that The Next Stage is now available on Google and Apple Books, I’ve still got some free promo codes to give away if you’re interested too. Just drop me a message if you’d like one.

Have a good weekend!

Friday Bonus Entry (Giveaway)

With the release of The Next Stage on Apple Books, I’ve decided to run a giveaway with some promo codes for free copies over on my Twitter.

To enter, head on over and follow me @GaxTZ and like and retweet my pinned tweet.

I’ll announce winners on Monday 23rd November at 11am (GMT) and DM a code to the lucky few.

I’m hoping to do something similar once Google Books is sorted, so don’t worry if you don’t have an Apple device, your time will come.