Giveaway: Blackout

I’ll be giving away ten free copies of Blackout to Kindle users via email. If you’re interested in getting a copy, fill out the form below. If you like it, tell your friends. If you don’t, I’ll try to be a bit better for the next book.

Please leave a review when you’re done, but more importantly enjoy the book! Thanks for reading and enjoy your day!

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Teaser- Outed

The two women sat with their feet dangling in the water over the edge of a wooden bridge. The little stream remained a surprisingly clean fixture of the abandoned, overgrown garden, the water supporting ducks and all manner of local fish. The cries of birds signalled the coming of the early morning a bit more clearly than the slowly emerging sun for the two women, both fighting hangovers from the night before. It was particularly sharp for Maddie, fighting the tougher of the two headaches as her tooth-baring grimace attested. Putting her feet in the cold water provided some sort of relief and very definite contrast to the squeezing warmth in her head.
She didn’t really know the other woman too well, not being someone she’d normally hang out with, but out there in the dark, there was no way she was risking herself by going out alone. Being drunk made her way friendlier anyway… Maddie squeezed the bridge of her nose as if it was going to relieve her pain. No way am I giving into peer pressure again… Perhaps the vodka hadn’t been a good idea. It was a bit too late to complain about whatever she was doing the night before, but it didn’t make Maddie curse them any less. Continue reading

Progress Report

I’m really excited to announce that Ira Draconis: Blackout has been completed. As it stands, it’s 30000 words of short story goodness being sorted through by my editor. If all goes well, the release could be at the end of January. The distribution to the various retailers may take a bit longer, but expect the book very soon. 

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Teaser for Blackout

Development of Blackout is going well. I’ve got two artists doing cover work on it and my editor is taking his sweet time with the completed stories. In the meantime, here’s the opening bit from the book itself. First draft material here but I’m very excited to let you guys see this. Read below the line for the intro.

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Setback #1

I’ve decided to show the audience more of what I’m all about with Blackout. I’m including twice the amount of short stories in it now, with a wider variety of tones and themes.

Because of this and because of my editor’s erratic schedule, the release of Blackout is being pushed to February/March next year. That does, however, give beta readers more time to read and more time to refine the product. 
Thanks for reading and enjoy your day.

Gathering Opinions and Gathering Steam

It’s safe to say that I am an unknown writer.We all have to start off that way and it’s our job to change that and I’d like to start changing that soon.

Plan of Action. With that in mind, I am very happy to announce that my short story anthology and soon-to-be debut piece of, hopefully quality, literature is nearly complete, the final title being Ira Draconis: Blackout. There are seven short stories and a prelude, the shortest is 1000 words long and the longest 4500 words, that I’d like people to read. Not review, mind you, just read. I value your opinions and would very much like to know them.

Once that is done, I plan to distribute the anthology on Kindle and then expand onto paperback copies once I gather steam. This first book will be free forever, a sort of introduction to me as an author and to see if you like my style or not. If you could leave constructive reviews and responses, negative and positive, I’d be eternally grateful.

A word on my previous forays. I’ve released a novel before. Two, in fact. Neither was exceptional nor were they professionally edited and they ended up being quite bad. I’d gotten some reviewers to look at them and they weren’t received too well. Those days are past me, I’ve improved, if I may say so, and you can safely ignore those. This is not to say I’m erasing those errors. I recognise them and I own them. So if you see any reviews of anything under my name (Dahraan du Toit), know that those are from a time before I picked up vital experience.

Contact. I realise that there is a need to create a fanbase of sorts. It’s the most difficult part of being an indie writer: becoming known. It’s going to take time but hopefully I’ll be able to grab your interest and deliver something good.

If you have any questions for me, would like to read my short stories or just want to say hi, my contact details are below. I respond fairly quickly. That’s relatively speaking, of course, as my timezone (UTC +2) might mean that I get an email at 1 AM and can only respond a few hours later.

Email:
s.k.wonza@gmail.com
Twitter:
@Skwonz (at this point in time, I’m just sharing blog posts from here onto there. Nothing special, yet.)
Tumblr:
skwonz.tumblr.com (I haven’t quite figured out Tumblr yet but I sometimes share my half-baked art there. I suppose I could post more casual stuff there once I’m properly up and running.)

Thanks for reading and enjoy your day.

Ira Draconis: Blackout

I’ve got a bad habit of making promises for cool things and then never following up, but this time I’ve come good. I’ve got 4 and a half short stories for my upcoming anthology Ira Draconis: Blackout, ready for peer review. The anthology itself will detail the world of Ira Draconis and, hopefully, create some sort of audience for Wyvern Diary next year.

The short stories range from 1500-3000 words as of the current state of writing, though some of the later ones may be a touch longer. If you would like to help me by reading and giving feedback on these, I’d be really grateful. Send an email to s.k.wonza@gmail.com if you’re interested in reading some work-in-progress short stories.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your day.

Twofold Progress Announcement

Wyvern Diary is going well; I’m around a third of the way in and Steve is looking less like a prick than before. Mission accomplished.

On a different note, I’m also starting work on a supplementary anthology of short stories detailing the events and circumstances right after the catastrophic Blackmatter Event. Current storyline ideas include:

Chaos at Nigeria’s impact point
Mutagen outbreak at a military facility
First awakening of telekinesis
The beginning phases of ubiquitous civilian weaponry and ever present warfare

The story, under the working title of The Blackout War, will attempt to give a global picture, so if you have any suggestions on location and subject matter, please contribute.

I look forward to your contribution and I hope you have a good day.