Faery Forged Now Available For Pre-Sales

I’m in the final stages of editing of Faery Forged – Book Two in the War Faery Series and I have to say I am pretty excited. I’m confident any of you that read and enjoyed Faery Born are going to love the second installment in the trilogy. (For those of you who are my die-hard chicklit fans fear not, I am also working on Tess’s Tale – Book Three in The Chanel Series.)

Anyway Faery Forged is now available for pre-sales on Amazon for the special price of $0.99. It will revert to $3.99 when the book is released on the 23rd May 2015.

TO PRE-ORDER FAERY FORGED CLICK HERE.

However, if you have joined my Fantasy Book Club (box is up top right of this page) I will be offering you a free copy of Faery Forged in a couple of weeks to thank you for your support. All I will ask in return, is an honest review to be posted before the book is released on the 23rd May. (And if you could post one for Faery Born that would be fantastic too.)

See below for the fantastic cover (thank you Derek Murphy) and back cover blurb.

Faery Forged - kindle coverGalanta is only one step away from successfully releasing Santanas. The faeries must either stop her or hope that their allies stand strong in the coming storm. While they seek her out, they are forced to cement old allegiances and create new ones.

With this in mind, Orion offers himself as a groom to the treacherous night faeries, asking only that Aethan go in his stead to choose his bride. Meanwhile, Galanta’s spell means that while Izzy now remembers Aethan, he has no memory of her.

As Aethan, Izzy and Wilfred travel to the realm of the night faeries to bring home Orion’s bride, they are pursued by goblins and hunted by giants. To make matters worse, Santanas’ strengthening power means that terrifying monsters are unleashed against them. They will need all their strength and cunning to make it safely home and to stop Galanta from releasing a mad War Faery upon the world.

 

 

 

Goons ‘n’ Roses File Error

This morning the lovely Sarah Lucas emailed me to tell me there was a major chunk of story missing at the end of chapter three.

‘No way,’ I thought as I rolled out of bed and crawled to my computer.

But alas, she was indeed correct. Picture me sitting there with a face red enough to match my fiery hair. And of course I’ve been feeling like a right dufus for the whole day.  You see there were hints of this error in some of the latest reviews:

She seemed to throw characters into the book as if we were meant to know who they were. ‘Well she obviously didn’t read book one,’ I said to the pilot.

The kidnapping scene left me confused. ‘Really,’ I said, ‘they shouldn’t let special people write reviews.’

There seemed to be a bit missing at the end of chapter three. Yep, you’d think I would have cottoned onto the fact there was something dreadfully wrong with my file by this stage. My only defense is that I check my files so thoroughly (cough) that I couldn’t fathom there was anything wrong.

Anyway, I want to apologise to all of you who ended up with a faulty file and to let you know that a new one should now be in your kindle library. Or alternatively, please feel free to contact me and I will email you a new mobi file.

Thanks a Bloody Lot!

81PvhBMYibL._SL1500_So I’m meant to be writing. I’m meant to be spending my days off luxuriating in the divine pleasure of immersing myself in my work. I’m meant to be improving my awful social media skills. The one thing I am most certainly NOT meant to be doing is living on the couch with my nose pressed into someone else’s work!

So my troubles started when a friend of mine recommended J.R.Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. I bought the first one (Dark Lover) for a bit of light before bed reading. Trundling through the next day on almost no sleep was certainly a challenge, but I went right out there and bought the second book in the series. Silly me.

If not being able to put the book down wasn’t crippling enough, the depression left by her superlative metaphors and similes certainly was. Her character development was sublime, and her original twist on the tired vampire genre truly inspired. And then there were the love scenes … need I say more?

Anyhoo, I am currently reading number seven in the series and I would just like to send out to J.R.Ward (nup – couldn’t get her full name even from her own website) a big, fat, thanks a bloody lot.

To check out book one in the series DARK LOVER, click HERE and enjoy.

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The Maxwell Sisters

The Maxwell SistersWhen Random House asked me to take part in a blog tour for the release of The Maxwell Sisters I jumped at the chance. While I always love to help out fellow writers, Loretta Hill is a fellow Perth author, which made this book release more special.

I have to admit, what with everything going on (writing the first draft of my new book, Christmas, New Year, getting an honourable mention in the London Book festival ((Sorry, had to slip that one in!)) enough house guests to necessitate tents in my back yard, a motorbike accident in which the Pilot broke his foot and his brother broke his leg, and said carer’s duties from said accident), that I kind of left reading the book till the last minute. I approached it in a mild state of panic with only 48 hours left till my review was due. And I may have spent more time running around the house shrieking about how I had to be left alone so I could read, than actually picking up the book. But eventually I found the time, in between preparing meals, changing dressings and wheeling the Pilot down to the park, to start. Continue reading

Faery Born On Sale

For one week only, starting today (Sunday 19th Oct.), I will be pricing my new book, Faery Born, at the bargain price of 99c. It’s the first in a fantasy trilogy about a young witch, Isadora Scrumpleton, and is suitable for adults and young adults. I haven’t got many reviews on it yet but the ones I have are great. (Which I am very excited about!)

Here’s what one of them (A reader) had to say:

For those who love fantasy, magical creatures, action and romance, you’ll find it all here packed into an exciting storyline. The story drew me in from the start and the pace picked up quickly making it hard to put down. Ms. Usher shows great imagination in creating an entirely new fantasy world filled with witches, faeries, goblins and assorted other supernatural creatures. She sets up a conflict between two co-existing magical factions, while at the same time seamlessly weaving in the romance between the very likeable main characters – Isadora (Izzy) and Aethan. Although there is fighting and violence, Ms. Usher handles it adeptly and does not cross the line into overdone grisly gore that could distract and turn off the reader from her very interesting plot. I also thoroughly enjoyed the bits of humor sprinkled in throughout that lightened the mood when necessary. Bottom line: very well written and imaginative. Looking forward for Book 2 of this trilogy.

To check it out on Amazon click HERE.

I am also very excited to be working with eBookSoda to promote this sale. EbookSoda are a new reader’s site. They send you ebook recommendations tailored to your taste. If you are interested in signing up with them to get their emails, their site is – www.ebooksoda.com

Faery Born Available For Pre-Sale

Well it’s been a long time coming but Book One in The War Faery Trilogy - Faery Born, is finally available for pre-sale on Amazon. Put your order in now and the book will automatically be delivered to you on the 11th of September.

Word of warning to all my fans – although Faery Born embodies my normal writing style and sense of humour, this is a fantasy book suitable for YA readers. It contains some romance, but it also has witches, faeries, goblins, fighting and magic. Here’s the blurb:

It’s been thirteen years since the Dark Years ended. Thirteen years since the mad War Faery responsible was imprisoned in stone. Now, with goblin attacks on the rise it seems Galanta, the Goblin Queen, is intent on returning the land to chaos and terror.

Isadora Scrumpleton is trying not to think about the Dark Years. She’s just been chosen by her ‘familiar’, found out she’s half faery, and discovered she’s dating the second-in-line to the Faery Throne. That’s enough for one teenage witch to handle. But when goblins attack her village, Izzy is forced into action, ultimately joining the elite Border Guard and attracting the attention of the Goblin Queen.

As Galanta weaves a web of deceit, Izzy struggles to control her powers. Will she be able to stop the Goblin Queen in time, or will the world be plunged into a dark new reality?

 

Sound like something you might like? Click HERE to go to Amazon to order your copy. Not sure? I’d love you to try it, but feel free to refund it if you don’t enjoy it.

Faery Born Cover Reveal

faeryborn1.529BIt’s 11.30pm and I should be fast asleep because I have to go to work tomorrow, but I’m too buzzed to sleep. I’ve just finished my rewrite of the first book in The War Faery Trilogy – Faery Born. And although I know there’s still a long way to go till it’s published (like four rounds of editing), I’m extremely excited. So, I wanted to share with you the kindle cover that the brilliant Derek Murphy from creativindie has designed for me.

As you can probably guess by the cover, this one’s a little different from my chicklit/women’s fiction/cosy mysteries. It’s a young adult fiction fantasy novel about a witch, and I’m hoping you’ll all give it a go.

All going well, it should be available on Amazon by the end of August. So watch this space for more information.

Cocoa and Chanel Takes Gold.

I loved writing the first book in the Chanel Series – Cocoa and Chanel, so I was very excited to find out that it had placed first in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for the Ebook Fiction Category. Imagine my excitement when a couple of weeks later I found out it had also won the Humor Category in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards.

Yay to Chanel and her crazy friends!!

Book Two in the Series – Goons ‘n’ Roses – is doing really well, so as soon as I have finished with my current project (Book One in the War Faery Series – Faery Born, a YA Fantasy novel) I will get cracking on the next installment of the Chanel Series, Tess’s Tale.

Big thanks to the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards for the chance to show that Indie Authors can shine, and to their judges for all their time and hard work.

 

And The Winner Is…

Thanks to everybody who entered my Cocoa and Chanel review competition. Unfortunately there can only be one winner. And that winner is Kieran O’Brien.

As Kieran is also on my subscriber list to find out when my books are released she wins a $30 voucher. A huge thanks goes out to the rest of you for your enthusiasm and your lovely reviews.

Goons ‘n’ Roses

goonslightblueI am so excited and pleased to announce that my latest novel, Goons ‘n’ Roses, is now available in eBook form from Amazon. It’s the second book in The Chanel Series so we are re-united with Chanel and her crazy crew in another adventure. There’s also some new faces on the block, including bad boy Billy.

It’s been 3 months since Chanel’s world fell apart and now she’s ready for a vacation. Unfortunately, her all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas is not turning out as she had hoped. Within hours of arriving, her mum, Lorraine, is kidnapped. Then Trent, her boss and Lorraine’s boyfriend, disappears; but not before he imparts information about an Interpol investigation into missing girls in Las Vegas.

When Chanel hooks up with local bad boy, the seriously sexy Billy, in a bid to get information, things only start to get worse. As she and Martine search for answers they are thwarted by obstacles and pursued by ruthless killers.

Who really kidnapped Lorraine? What happened to the missing girls? Can the delicious Billy be trusted? These are all questions that she needs to find the answers to, before the answers find her.

Want to read some of it? Follow this LINK to Amazon.