Friday, 8 November 2013

And now, the time is near...

RETURN is now available online via SMASHWORDS, KOBO & AMAZON (ebook & paperback)

Please click on the links above to go to the retailer directly...

It is really exciting for me to think that nearly 4 years of writing, editing, etc have culminated in three full size novels...

Through the Trilogy, I have had a lot of fun, and have even cried at the decisions I made.

I have packed a lot in... first love, relationships, family, university life, oh, and vampires of course! Well, perhaps not, I'll let you be the judge on whether my creation makes them qualify as vamps!

Since I was little, I always loved SciFi cartoons... Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Scooby Doo (yeah, it qualifies...). As I got older I read a range of books. Enid Blyton was fantastic with fairies, etc and then detective stories like Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.

I read a lot of thrillers too - James Herbert and John Grisham to name a few.

I loved TV series and was hooked on Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest (I watched these with my gran a lot - oh yeah). I then moved on to young adult series like Home & Away (I know....) and loved one called Heartbreak High.

I had always liked vampires in movies - The Lost Boys, Interview with a Vampire. But, it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer that got me completely hooked. I just loved the whole bad wanting to be good angle, and the sexual tension... I also liked the alien angle used in Roswell, and others like it (yes, I have watched Star Wars & Star Trek!)

A romance angle used within a SciFi setting has to be my favourite... I believe this is known as speculative fiction, not SciFi. I believe this describes the genre for my Trilogy.

So, it is no surprise that Twilight has influenced me. It got me writing stories again for a start (only took a break of 15 years). I caught the tale end of the movie browsing television and I was hooked. Read the series really quickly and had no idea it was so big until I saw loads of people with their copy.

So, why am I telling you all of this?

Well, to explain why I wrote the Trilogy, of course... (chuckles).

If I'm honest, I do not think my Trilogy is like Twilight, the style of writing for a start is very different. But, I have of course been influenced by all of the things I love, as mentioned above.

I also did not realise how much my upbringing in Gibraltar impacted my writing until I wrote RETURN. I obviously had things that needed to be said, in a fictional setting of course.

I am really happy with the way the Trilogy ends... it definitely works for me, and I hope it works for you too.

Please let me know what you think if you read it.

Keep reading, writing and watching great films! Let the imagination run riot...

Thanks for reading,
Hugs & best wishes
Vanessa Wester

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

What a journey...

Sometimes things really do happen for a reason. I have just finished the final edit for Return, and have to thank my fantastic readers and editors who have spotted my inadequacies along the way... Adam, Lynn, Julie, Donna - you are all the best.

But, today I got feedback from an online reader, Sarah, who kindly had a look at my description & cover to see what she thought. I wondered if I was doing something wrong, or putting off readers with my presentation. Well, she came back with some fantastic feedback and I have spent the evening re-thinking the description for the books - please take a look and see what you think...

I think they work better now.

She also thought the covers were not drawing her in... this might take more reworking! I will sleep on this and might consider a new look in the next few weeks, subject to the release of Return.

One step at a time - I love my covers, and since I know the people who took them I would feel bad not using them... but, I admit, they might not be the best for the Trilogy - I don't know :(

Anyway, I can't wait to unleash my last book on all of you readers!

Now to finalise the price (another headache). Any ideas?

Again, thank you for reading and for your support... the end is near!

Vanessa xx