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Forthcoming Guest Blog & New Novella!

Hurro!

So, on 16th of February, I will be guest blogging over at Shannon A. Thompson’s blog, talking about writing relatable teenage characters. I’m mega excited. Coinsiding with that will be the release of my new novella, Never Grow Up, about how one summer changes the course of a girl’s life and rockets her into the oblivion of adulthood.

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It’s a funny, upbeat coming of age story about Jude, a tomboy who never wants to grow up. She just wants to live. It’s a quirky little read, filled with letters and texts and lamenting teen rants with an optimistic little sister, a swiftly changing best friend, a despairing dad, a jet-setting older sister and a band called The Manic Flamingos.

This sweet tale is told in just over 21,000 words and will be available on Kindle very soon for about 99p.

As ALWAYS, I’ll be giving away copies via Twitter, here, or anywhere you can find me. If I don’t thrust it in your face, just ask and I’ll oblige.

Honestly, this was such a pleasure to write. It’s a straight-up story of a girl’s choices at 18, when she doesn’t really want to make any. It’s about how one summer can change your life. Given that Honest is a very dark story with an unreliable narrator, this was just so refreshing. I’m hoping to pepper by full novels with novellas, to ease the transition from story to story.

They’re all stand alones, after all, so it’s important to get it across to readers that each book is about a very complex, very different character. I never write the same girl twice and their stories are wildly different. Indeed, they’re from all different walks of life, and that’s what makes it such a pleasure for me. I feel like I’ve got friends all over the place and I’m the one who gets to tell their story.

I think that’s why writing is just the best fun in the world. I’d recommend it to anyone. There’s no better escape!

Best wishes and snippy snappies,

Ava

My First Interview!

My first author interview! Eeep!

It’s terrifying how fast this has all come around. It was only during the summer just gone that I made the massive decision to self publish my books. To me, it was like the fate of my future on my shoulders. I know, melodramatic much? But still, there I was, thinking of all those brave and passionate peeps out there who ‘go it alone’ and wondering if I’d ever pluck up the courage to do it myself.

Well, on January 6th, I made that first step. Honest is out there, and it’s being read and reviewed. More humbling than that is the fact its first review got five stars! This was from somebody who literally just loves reading and reviewing books, and after just a couple interactions on twitter, she read my entire book in just a day or so. Next thing I know, she’s given me a 5 star review and offered me an interview spot on her blog.

To me, that’s just the coolest thing ever. It’s like fancy dress. I  get to put on my fancy-shmancy author clothes and answer questions like a grown-up!

So, thanks to Liisur, I’ve started making baby steps. The support of the book bloggers and the self-publishing community is the thing that really astonishes me. There’s no one-upmanship at all; just lots of people willing to help a brother out. So far, my experience has been really pleasant and I’m so grateful for those people who have contacted me to get a copy of Honest; especially those who started reading right away.

I’ve said it to them, and I’ll say it now: even a 1 star review would be worth everything to me. Even if you hated my work and thought it was a steaming pile of cow dung, I’d still be a happy camper. All I ever wanted was to write books and for people to read them. If you’ve read and considered my work enough to actually review it, then you’re a star.

Of course, I won’t be saying that when the pitchforks come out, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, hahaha…eerrrrh…yeah.

Anyway, if you fancy getting to know me a little bit better, and wouldn’t mind hearing about my writing process and what inspired my first book, you can find it HERE on the lovely Liisur’s blog!

In the interview, I talk a little bit about my other books too, starting with All Girls Cry. That’s coming your way soon, folks, though I don’t want to make any promises time-wise. Soon means soon. Suffice it to say, I made the right choice about the order in which to release them, or so I think. All Girls Cry is about as popular as Honest has been on Goodreads, so I’m sure it’s one of the most sought-after from my little collection.

Of course, the fact that Leap and Beyond haven’t had proper covers this whole time hasn’t helped to get them much exposure. Leap does have a gorgeous cover now, but Beyond is taking a little more time to find the right one. That’s no matter, though, because Beyond is also still being proofread by the lovely Dayna at Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers, so in a funny ol’ way, it’s all worked out!

Beyond is really special, though, so it’s worth the wait. It’s my most “romantic” (OooOOO) book and I’ve described it in my interview with Liisur as ‘a bitter-sweet tale of letting go’, so that gives you an idea.

So there we have it. Things be a’brewin’, folks!  I’ll be hopefully doing a couple of guest blogs in the very near future too, so look out for those. Or don’t. I could very well bore you to tears. In which case, as you were!

‘HONEST’ IS LIVE ON AMAZON! Free copies available!

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA?!

Yes! It’s here! It’s here!

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That book with the weird girl on the cover that I’ve been banging on about since Halloween? Yeah, that one! It’s finally up on Amazon, at the low, low, low, lowly, loathesome…er, low price of £1.99. Or $2.99 if y’all are across the pond.

I just can’t believe it, folks. One down, four to go.

Honest is a weird little book. It’s quirky, it’s different; it even has an unreliable narrator. If you fancy reading something a little bit ‘wooooooaaaah’, or a little bit ‘wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!’ Then please, by all means (I beg of you) download a sample and give it a whirl. Alternatively, you could live your life on the edge and actually put down some cold, hard cash.

Yet ANOTHER alternative is you leave me a comment, or contact me on Twitter, or send me a li’l email, and I’ll give you either an EPUB or MOBI copy for free.

That’s right. Oh yeah. F-R-E-E.

All I ask is that you give me a little star rating or even a review if you’re feeling generous; on Goodreads, on Amazon, on your blog – anywhere you fancy. It’s up to you.

Obviously I’ll  be doing this for a limited time, but I’m not fussed about how long it takes. I’m just super-duper excited to get the ball rolling. So even if you read my book and think it’s the biggest, stinkiest pile of pants you’ve ever had the displeasure of looking at, I’d still love that review. Seriously! Any review is a good review.

All I want is for people to read my work. That’s literally it, folks.

Oh yeah. S’called rock bottom.

But seriously, guys, I’m majorly stoked about this. ‘Honest’ is the first of four books I’ll be bringing out this year, and let me tell you, this is just the beginning. Wherever I’m going with this, I’m happy to go there. Up, down, wiggledy-woo, whatever.

So please join me on this magical, mystical journey – or stand on the sidelines where you can point and laugh. I just like having you around!

Hit me up on Goodreads and Twitter, get yourself a free copy, or just get in touch for a chat. I have something to talk about now, you see! It’s a little thing called a BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK! *happy dance*

I’ll be hopefully doing some guest posts and interview-majiggys and all that fun stuff soon, so please do pop back from time to time to see what I’m up to.

Toodles!

Ava

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Post-Halloween foot-shuffling

Riiiiight. So I just had a pretty long break from blogging right after announcing a giveaway, didn’t I? Well, fortunately that gave Goodreaders plenty of time to add my books, of which there’ve been a pleasant few, so thank you!

I seriously can’t wait to get them out there, and I’m keeping my promise. Those who add my (e)books will get a free copy. When one has no budget for wonderful websites like Netgalley, one’s only choice is to distribute old-fashioned freebies.

Anyway, on to the excuses. RIGHT out of the blue, I found myself flat-hunting and preparing for jury service (all right, the jury part was known for a while, but not coinciding with an entire flat move!) in the run up to Christmas. Seriously, those two very stressful things collided and I almost can’t believe it’s all over. As if moving wasn’t horrible enough, I.E ‘Eurgh! So  much dust!’ and ‘WHY DO I KEEP SO MUCH CRAP?!’ and ‘I’M NEVER LIVING IN AN UPSTAIRS FLAT AGAIN!’, it had to happen on the weekend smack-bang before I started my “civic duty”.

So basically, in between tearing handfuls of my hair out and fretting over my expenses forms to make up for the lack of transcribing I’d be doing for 2 weeks, I was forced to put all bookish thoughts out of my mind. My own books, that is; of course I had time to read for pleasure during those annoying, lengthy waits in the juror’s room.

So there we have it. Before Christmas arrives I plan to get some day-job work done, finish squeezing my bank balance and get cracking on the ebooks. I never expected such a massive delay to occur, but I’m not Wonder Woman and so I was forced to just take a breather and stop expecting myself to build Rome in a day, as they say.

Now, onwards and upwards!

Halloween Ebook Giveaway: Honest

Is it really that time of year again? Holy poo-sticks. This time last year I was (badly) making pumpkin pie and (very badly) toasting some pumpkin seeds. I believe I even carved a brain out of a melon with my then-12-year-old cousin and had a movie marathon. Good times,  brain melons. Need I say more?

So, given its spooky nature, and my desperate need to get my book out there and get some reviews, I figured this was *the* best time to give away my book, Honest.

Honestly! Haha. Hah. Haah…

So here’s how it works: if you have a Goodreads account, per-lease mark Honest (and hopefully my other works – even the ones with shitty pre-covers!) to your “to read” list.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a Goodreads account, or just find yourself thinking “Pppffff…sod that.”, then please give me a shout on Twitter, or email me at AvaBloomfield (at) outlook (dot) com and just go ahead and blatantly, obnoxiously, delightfully, ask for a copy. I’ll make a list of those who request it. There’s no limit. Unless of course my some eerie, magical twist of fate thousands of people ask for it, but that’s just too hilarious and wholly unlikely to fathom.

*Laughing men from The Muppets*

I’m giving away as many ebook copies of Honest to however many people ask for it.

ALL I ask in return is an – aha, get this – HONEST review! See what I did there? Did you see? No? Shut up? All right.

Like I said, I’m giving this book away to ANYONE who asks for it. Anyone and everyone. It’s a Halloween giveaway, so I suppose y’all can either see this as a trick, or a treat.

Either way, I’d be incredibly grateful for Goodreads reviews, a blog review, or even a 140 character review on Twitter.

Alternatively, you could Tweet me saying, “Ava, love, this book was shite.”

Anything goes. I’m in that Halloween mood.

I’m still giving Honest a final read-through and polishing up whatever nit-picky-annoying mistakes I can find before it’s ready, but I’m hoping it’ll be all set before Halloween.

If you would like a copy, just let me know, and I’ll get it to you as soon as I can in time for Halloween.

PLEASE do. I’ve written many books and, quite seriously, this is the one I’m most proud of. It’s hella weird.

So, if you love creepy YA books, re-acquaint yourself with Honest below and bag yourself a freebie. Thanks!

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Honest is the ghostly tale of a drastically unhinged girl in the midst of a warped psychological breakdown.

This is the maybe true, maybe not story of Ellen Woodley and her journey with her father back to the scene of a boat accident three years ago; an accident which killed her boyfriend, Peter, and left her disabled.

She escapes reality into the superficial world of women’s magazines, the glossy bibles that point the way to womanhood. Trapped in the void left by her boyfriend’s death, Ellen is tormented by his ghost in the cottage, reminding her of the terrible secret she has kept from the world since that day.