Wednesday, 24 April 2013


The Fire blog tour is over, but don't forget about the giveaway still going on right here on the blog. You can enter to win here.

I'm about a third of the way through editing Water, and I can't wait to share it with you all! At the moment, I'm waiting on someone else who is going through it for me, which is why things aren't progressing perhaps as quickly as I might like, but I'm currently aiming for a summer release.

Since there not a lot I can do currently with Water, I am spending most of my time going through my initial draft of Air, which (luckily) isn't as awful as it could have been given it was written under the pressure of NaNoWriMo. In fact, I'm pretty pleased with what I have so far and I don't think I'll be keeping you all waiting for it for too long after Water is released. Especially not when I've already started working on my next series idea...

This is the first place I will post any news or updates, so make sure you follow for more info on the Elements of Power series.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Day Twenty One: Starlight Book Reviews

Today is the final day of the tour. I've had a lot of fun visiting so many different blogs over the past three weeks and I hope that lots of new readers have been introduced to Fire (and that they love it as much as I do). 

 photo blogtour6.jpgI really couldn't have asked for a better end - Reena at Starlight Book Reviews has given Fire a five star review! You can check out her review here, and while you're reading that, you can also take a look at a guest post written by me and enter a final giveaway. 

Thank you to everyone who has hosted a Fire tour stop. I hope that you have enjoyed discovering the series and that you're looking forward to Water (which I am hard at work on currently). 

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Day Twenty: Post Two

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Still over on TeamNerd, check out my guest post on why strong female leads are necessary in fiction. I had a lot of fun reading this post and I hope that you enjoy reading it. It would be great to see your thoughts in the comments. You can read it here. (Please, please do!)

And on Mad Geek Girl, you can find a quick interview with me on writing from two perspectives, some of my favourite, non-YA writers and what you can expect from Water. 

Day Twenty: Part One

 photo blogtour6.jpg Apologies for the lack of updates, the past two days have been very busy! This first post is a catch-up on yesterday. TeamNerd Reviews posted this interview with me, which discusses friendship, reading and which character from Fire I would most like to date. Make sure you check it out and keep an eye out for today's blog stop, which I will post about later today.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Day Seventeen: From the Shadows I Review

 photo blogtour6.jpg For day 16 of the tour, head over to From the Shadows I Review for a review of Fire which covers everything from Fire's cover, to the price, to the characters. It's a really detailed review and the blog looks great too. Char is also a Roxy fan - I love how reviewers take quite strongly to one of the girls. I could definitely split the reviews section on my site based on which of the girls the reviewer favoured!

Meanwhile, over on Uniquely Moi Books is a promo for Fire along with a guest post on my eight favourite authors. I had a lot of fun writing this post, so it would be great if you could check it out and add your own opinions in the comments.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Day Sixteen: Jessy's Bookends

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For today's tour stop, head over to Jessy's Bookends for a review and a quick interview about the Realms, my writing influences, and my plans for after Fire. I particularly liked this sentence:

"The end of this book has an ending open to adventure." 

I really enjoy reading reviews, so if you've read Fire or are planning to, then make sure that you let me know what you think. 

A note on grammar

The Telegraph has an interesting quiz today on grammar, which is quite interesting and worth having a go at. You can find it here. I'm pretty geeky/weird in that, even though I know I don't have perfect grammar, I like reading about it and learning new rules. I found that in this test, I scored well on the 'which sentence is correct' questions, but got muddled on the ones that asked you to identify which part of a sentence certain words were agreeing with. The really sneaky question is number 11 - pay very close attention to the commas!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Day Fifteen: Team Nerd Reviews

 photo blogtour6.jpg Head over to Team Nerd Reviews for today's tour stop and a review of Fire. I'll be revisiting the site in a few days time for an interview and guest post.

The sun has been shining over the UK for the past few days, which has meant that I have got lots of writing done; I've started to work on a new project as well as Water and Air, which I am very excited about and am looking forward to sharing with you all one the Elements of Power trilogy has been completed. It's very different to what I have written so far, and focuses on topics and ideas which are very important to me.

Books to Borrow

I have a bit of an organisational/list obsession and recently downloaded Google Keep (despite already using Evernote, Pocket and One Note...). It has replaced Any.Do as the 'list app' on my phone and came in handy as I was walking around Waterstones a few days ago, since I used it to keep track of all the novels I'm either going to borrow from the library over the next few months, or keep an eye out for in Kindle sales.

So far, the list reads:

A certain slant of light
Anna dressed in blood
Beautiful Creatures
Newly Weds
The Madman's Daughter
Walking Disaster
Days of Blood and Starlight
Fire study

And these are just the novels I saw/thought about while in the shop, so don't include the hundreds of books on my 'To-Read' list on Goodreads.... Another book I've just heard about and really want to get hold of is 'Eve and Adam' which is a Sci-Fi novel about a girl (Eve) designing a perfect boy. It sounds like a really interesting twist on the biblical story. Oh, and I've still got the final 'Forest of Hands and Teeth' book out of the library, and my signed copy of 'Scarlet' is staring at me from my book shelf at the moment... And I went back to work today after the Easter holidays...

Too many books, too little time?

And finally, I'm really shocked and saddened to hear about the explosions in Boston. My fiance and I are planning to go there for our honeymoon this Christmas and it's somewhere that's already quite special to us. My thoughts are with those affected at this tragic and difficult time.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Day Fourteen: Water

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I have been really looking forward to this tour date and am so excited that it's finally here! Below is a sneak peak at the opening of Water. I really hope that you enjoy it and please please comment with your opinions: 


Water pooled around my feet, rising at an alarming rate. I stared - panicked - at the palms of my hands, willing the water gushing out of them to stop as miraculously as it had begun.

I only sneezed!

But there wasn't time to complain about how it had started. I needed to make it stop.

The water was already up to my ankles, drowning my feet along with my favourite boots.

My hair, streaked with vibrant violet strands, hung in drenched ringlets down my back as I reached, desperate, for the door to my bedroom, but the force of the water pushed me back from the handle before I could grip it.

I screamed in frustration. This was not happening! I was stuck in my own bedroom, water rising up rapidly around me. All I had to do was open the door, but I couldn't even do that because my hands were the source of the water!

It was up to my knees now. At this rate, it wouldn't take long to fill the room entirely and then...

No. I wasn't going to think about that. I was going to stop the water before then. I could do that. I could control my powers. I would not let them kill me.

Stop, stop, stop. I willed.

Think of something dry, Jasmine. Think of the Helian Realm, all that sunshine and heat.

The force of the jets increased. "No!" I screamed again.

The water was already at my waist. Tears were streaming from my eyes - as if I wasn't already producing enough water to contend with.

I spotted my dressing table by the window, the top of which was above the water line, for now. I climbed up onto it, dripping, and directed my hands towards the part of the room furthest from me; the bathroom door. Now, if that had been open, I would have been okay - I could have held my hands over the plug hole in the bath until the water stopped.

That was what I had done last time.

And the time before that.

But, of course, this morning I'd had to kick the bathroom door shut on my way out, hadn't I?

The water had already made it over the top of the table. I wanted to tear at my hair, clench my fists, hit something really hard. But I couldn't - my hands were completely unusable.

Defeated and frustrated, I settled for standing on my dressing table, cursing my out-of-control powers at the top of my lungs.

And then the bedroom door burst open and a torrent of water poured down the stairs, soaking my best friend, Brae, in the process.

"Oh," was all I could say in response.

The water stopped.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Day Thirteen: Fire, the original opening

Fire. Pretty.
Yes, pretty, some might even call it beautiful. It brings light, heat and protection, but it’s also dangerous – more dangerous than you could yet imagine. In the wrong hands it can become a lethal weapon. In hands like… yours, say. Go on, hold it.
Ow! That’s hot! It burns!
Like I said, it’s dangerous. And you should never accept gifts so willingly. Remember that. Let this be a warning.
Why not? I like gifts.
Because, little Firefly, people can’t be trusted. They’ll offer you what you want most in the world then use it to tear you apart. Don’t give them an easy target. Keep yourself safe. Never trust anyone.
Not even you? Or mum and dad?
No. Not even your parents, not even me. Now, do you want to try holding the fire again?
That’s better.

I can barely believe how naïve I was ten years ago, before I’d known anything about the world I lived in; that Protectors were anything more than people with blood-red streaks running through their hair and that flames didn't spring up, dancing, in just anyone’s hands.


I think that one of the hardest things to learn as a writer is that, no matter how much you might love a particular chapter, scene or character, sometimes you need to step back, look at things objectively, and then cut. 

 photo blogtour6.jpgMy original opening was a flashback to an exchange between Roxy and Vincent. Perhaps one of the fundamental flaws with it was that this isn't exactly clear, but adding 'Vincent said' etc. didn't feel right. It's a great memory of Roxy's, and perhaps I should have used it for the 'Q&A' I posted with her, but as a series opening it didn't work.

Fire's actual opening packs more of a punch - from the first sentence there is action, danger and, of course, fire. I still read my original with affection though and writing it gave me a strong initial grounding of Roxy's character.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Day Twelve: Writing Online

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As a writer, getting feedback on your work is invaluable – it helps you to progress and improve and also lets you build up an audience. One of the easiest ways of doing this is through online writing sites like Figment and Wattpad. I have used both sites and this post is on why each is great.

Wattpad: One of the things I am most proud about in my writing, was that within a few days of going up on Wattpad, the first three chapters of Fire made it into the top ten fantasy stories on the site. It was also top of the Fantasy Teen Reads for quite a while.

Good For
 Long stories with lots of chapters
Practice at sticking with one stories, dedicating a lot of time to it and updating frequently
Practice marketing and publicising
Reading series
Measured in reads – so people don’t have to comment or vote for your rating to go up.

Not so good for
Short stories (harder to build an audience)

Figment: The best thing about Figment is the competitions. Whereas Wattpad works best for long stories, which are updated frequently, Figment is all about challenging yourself to write small pieces on a wide variety of subjects. On Figment, I have written about scenarios and characters very different to anything from the Elements of Power series. I think that I have learnt a lot more from doing this.

Good For
People can react – quick way to engage, instant feedback
It tells you how long it takes to read each one
Easy to ‘swap’
Competitions – lots of inspiration and prompts

Not so good for
Longer stories - Comments are on the whole story, not specific chapters, so people will generally only comment once
People will ‘swap’ hearts – so won’t necessarily actually read what you’ve written.

If you don’t already have an account on either of these sites, I really recommend that you look into them now; even if you are a reader, rather than a writer, you’ll be amazed what you can find on them. And the best part? They’re all free! Hundreds of brilliant stories at your fingertips, without it costing you a penny!

And if you do have an account on either site, comment with a link so that I can check it out. I'll feature anything that I really like on the blog after the tour is over. 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Day Eleven: Character Q&A - Brae

 photo blogtour6.jpgYour full name: Brae Argestes

What everyone calls you: Brae

Describe your appearance: I’m quite tall, I have short brown hair streaked with silver, and light brown eyes.

Sum yourself up in one word: Diplomatic

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite thing about yourself: Erm, that’s a difficult question to answer. I think it’s probably my powers – they’re an important part of my heritage and status, as well as being a big part of what makes me, me. They're also a lot of fun.

Why should we like you? Perhaps you should be asking why should I like you? I don’t like to judge people to quickly and always try to get to know them before making my mind up about them. I would like to think that others would extend me the same courtesy.

Best friend: Jasmine Dystros. She is unique – unlike anyone else I have ever met. We have known each other for more or less our entire lives, as she lives with the Arcan High Priest, Caleb. She is like a sister to me and I would do anything for her.

Favourite childhood memory: Ice-skating with Jazz for her seventh birthday. She was just so happy that day, in the new coat I had asked my mum to get her. She was always complaining about being cold and she was so pleased to feel warm, even though she was outside. Her smile was infectious. But then again, it always is.

Worst fear: I know that one day I will have to take the Arcan throne and that will mean that my father is dead. That knowledge scares me.

What would we find in your room: It’s quite empty really. There’s a photo of me with my mum and dad, and another one of me and Jasmine. Otherwise, the most important feature is the glass ceiling which gives me a view of the sky as I lay in bed at night. 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Day Ten: Hello, Chelly

 photo blogtour6.jpgHello, Chelly is an incredibly cute blog with an awesome colour scheme and some great reviews. Head over there today for a review of Fire and a guest post by me on the five fantasy worlds I would really like to live in. It would be great to see some of you comment with your own choices.

And there's another giveaway for you to enter there too.

Tomorrow, I will be posting the final Q&A - this one's with Brae, so make sure you come back to read it.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Day Nine: Covers

 photo blogtour6.jpgThe cover for Fire was made by me and my brother. I am extremely proud of this. My brother did the photography and I did all the editing on Photoshop. Everything on it is ours – we even took our own photos of fire in a chiminea in the back garden (which was more difficult than we had anticipated given it was the middle of winter and very windy).

It wasn't the first idea I had though – quite a few other options were trialed and dismissed before I ended up with the published version.

Idea One

To find a stock image of someone who looked a little bit like Roxy or Jasmine and put my own coloured steaks in their hair using photoshop. Many of my favourite book covers have just one face on them: Extras by Scott Westerfeld; The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson, Firelight by Sophie Jordan. 

The issue with this was that there wasn't any stock images which remotely matched my idea of Jasmine or Roxy. I wasn't expecting to find a perfect match, but the right skin tone and hair colour would have been nice…

I also wasn't sure about using someone else’s image, in case I misunderstood how the copyright worked, or ended up with the same book cover as anyone else.

Idea Two

A jar filled with fire (a little bit like the Beautiful Disaster cover). I thought that this could work quite well across the series, as it would be easy to tie them together.

I did try to do this, but the pictures didn't turn out very well – it was lighting the fire without an obvious source at the bottom of the jar that proved tricky.

Idea Three

I found this image on Pinterest and I really love it. OK, so the girl in the picture looks nothing like Roxy, but it is incredibly striking; I wouldn't think twice about buying a book with this on the front cover. The biggest issue with this idea was that I couldn't find the image source. I searched and searched with no luck. And if I couldn't find who had created it, I couldn't ask them about using it. I have now actually found the source (as you can see from the previous link). I really suggest you check out the artist’s other work; it’s very cool.

Idea Three

Someone cupping flames in their hands. This was obviously the idea I decided to go with. I am hoping to create something similar for Water and Air, so that the series covers ties together. At the moment, I'm thinking of having another girl on the cover for Water and a guy for Air, although I haven't really thought it all through yet (or worked out exactly how I'm planning to show air...)

What do you think of the cover for Fire? Are there any other ideas you think would have worked well?

{On a completely unrelated note - has anyone listened to the new Fall Out Boy album yet? It is beyond amazing! FOB are my favourite band to write to, so I'm so pleased to have something new to listen to.}

Monday, 8 April 2013

Day Eight: The Cellophane Queen

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For day eight, head over to author Marva Dasef's blog for a guest post on the four Realms and the inspiration behind each. Marva will be giving away an e-copy of Fire to one commenter, so don't forget to leave your thoughts at the end of the post.

And while you're here, follow and enter for a chance to win one of 10 copies of Fire in my 100 followers giveaway!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Day Seven: Roxy Q&A

 photo blogtour6.jpgYour full name: Princess Roxanne Nora LeMarc

What everyone calls you: Roxy

Describe your appearance: My hair is streaked with red – which marks me as a Helian Protector. I have olive-toned skin and warm brown eyes. And I always dress amazingly.

Sum yourself up in one word: Fearless

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite thing about yourself: My powers – without them, I wouldn't be me.

Why should we like you? You shouldn't. Not if you know what’s good for you.

Best friend: I’m torn on this one. It’s either my cousin, Avery, or my mentor, Vincent. I should say Avery, but it’s probably actually Vincent – he’s like a big brother to me: always there, no matter what I need.

Favourite childhood memory: The day my powers first manifested. That morning, I was ‘training’ with Vincent. I use the term lightly since, before my powers kicked in, there was very little we could do other than fitness. We had run all the way from my parents’ house to the closest shore line, where Vincent finally let me stop for a rest. There was a dull burning sensation in my lungs, but I didn't think about it too much, given the run I had just completed. Instead, I sat down on a rock with my back to the water, breathing deeply.

I ran my hands through my hair, pleased that for once it wasn't damp with sweat – thinking back, perhaps that was another indication of what was about to happen – at the time, I was too relieved to notice.

Vincent reached into the rucksack I had thrown down in the red sand at my feet and pulled out two drinks, handing one to me before downing the other himself. His chest rose and fell evenly; giving no indication of the run he had just completed; a perk of being a Protector and immune to the heat.  

``It’s perfect out here today,” I said, leaning back on the rock and tilting my head to the sky, letting the suns’ rays hit me.

``I didn't notice,” Vincent replied, his voice ever so slightly teasing. I refused to open my eyes to look at him, but I knew that he would be grinning. He was quiet for a moment and I soaked in the heat peacefully, knowing that at any moment Vincent was going to tell me it was time to start back and silently hating him for it. Avery’s tutor never made her run so far, but then Avery was terribly out of shape, so I suppose Vincent’s sadistic streak had some benefits.

``Hey Firefly,” Vincent said after a few minutes. I felt his shadow pass over my face, blocking out the sun. Reluctantly, I opened my eyes and blinked up at him.

His eyes were glinting with interest. ``Look what I found.” In his hands he held a vibrant purple flower comprised of three long petals. It was beautiful.

``What is it?” I asked, trying to sound less interested than I was.

He shrugged. ``I've never seen one before. It’s beautiful though.” I shrugged back; a non-committal response. ``Here, take it,” he said, holding it out to me.

I tried not to snatch it out of his hands, flashing him a grin and a ``thanks, Vince” as I cupped my fingers around the delicate petals. Instinctively, I brought it up to my nose and sniffed.

My nose tickled and the sneeze took hold before I could stop it. As my eyes fluttered open again I heard Vincent chuckle.

The beautiful purple flower has turned to ash between my fingers. ``Was that-” I started, wondrous.

Vincent snorted. ``That is the last time I ever give you flowers, Roxanne LeMarc. I can’t believe you just burnt it to a crisp!” When I looked up at his face I could tell that he was trying really hard not to grin at me. ``Come on Firefly,” he said, tucking a stray strand of hair behind my ear. ``It’s time we started back.”

As I stood to resume our run, the strand fell down in front of my face again and I blinked in wonder – when I set off this morning, it had been a soft brown. Now, it was red; the shade of fire and blood.  

Worst fear: I’m a Helian Protector. I’m not afraid of anything.

What would we find in your room: Clothes. Lots and lots of them. Otherwise, I’m pretty minimalistic. A huge glass wall so that I can see the sun, a fireplace, a bathroom with a very hot shower, my bed, and vanity table.

What do you always carry in your bag: The only sort of bag I would ever use is my survival kit, which contains rations, water packs, emergency medical supplies and a basic tool kit. 


What do you think of Roxy's answers? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

100 Followers Giveaway!

To celebrate the Fire blog tour, when the blog reaches 100 followers, I will be giving away 10 e-copies of Fire.

Want to be in with a chance to win? Just follow the blog, then enter via the Rafflecopter widget bellow. Then share the link to the blog with as many people as possible, since no one wins until the blog reaches 100 followers!

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Day Six: YA Book Crazy

There's a second really lovely review for day 6 of the blog tour, which is over at YA Book Crazy. It opens with the following paragraph, which I loved so much that I had to share it here:

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In a world where the elements of the Earth battle one another, two girls search to find themselves amidst startlingly circumstances. Roxy, a girl who is as fiery as the flames themselves, has lived her entire life in violence. She'd rather destroy than create, and isn't afraid to let others know that. Jasmine, an unusual girl with an unknown past, has a dark secret. She won't risk letting anyone know what plagues her, even her best friend Brae. Both girls are extraordinarily different, yet one common, unlikely goal brings them together. 

As part of the tour stop, I have also written a character Q&A for Jasmine, where she answers questions on her favourite memory, what you would find in her room and her worst fear. I will follow it with a Q&A on Roxy here tomorrow, and one with Brae later on in the tour. Make sure you check all three out for an insight into the main characters in the series. 

And,of course, there's also another giveaway!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Day Five: Books and Insomnia

 photo blogtour6.jpgThis one is nice and early (for me anyway) since the blogger - Julie - is based in the Philippines! Head over to Books and Insomnia for the first review of the tour, as well as another giveaway.

Here are some of my highlights from the review:

"What I liked the most about Fire is that the author wrote the story from two different perspectives. It did not only show the side of the 'good' but it also let me see the story from the view of someone living in the villain realm."

"I admire Ms. James' imagination and world-building."

"The ending is also perfect. It's not a cliffhanger but it still makes you crave for the next book. I sure can't wait for Book 2. And more importantly, we have a new author to watch out for."

Thank you Julie for such a lovely review. Make sure that you head over to Books and Insomnia to read the whole thing (her insights into Roxy and Jasmine felt spot on) and to enter the giveaway. The review does contain spoilers though, just to warn you!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Day Four: Characters Who Didn’t Make it into Fire

For this post I needed to open up my very first draft of Fire, which was last touched in 2009! A couple of paragraphs in, comes this:

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“I glanced down briefly at the soft, olive-toned skin of my own hands before running them through my hair, which was now completely red itself thanks to the last three months I’d spent in the Helian Protector Camp, training. I was laid back on the sofa in front of the roaring fire in my lounge waiting, as usual, for the triplets to show.”

Triplets. In my initial draft, Avery was one of three. So what happened to her siblings? I wrote them out over time because they just didn't fit into the plot as it evolved. But sometimes I feel nostalgic about those early characters, so this is a blog post dedicated to the ones who didn't make it:

Disclaimer: All of the quotes in this post were written when I was between the ages of 15 and 17. I’m checking it for errors, but otherwise not changing anything. Please don’t judge me too strongly on the quality of the writing!

Riley (who was later renamed Josh, before I got rid of him completely). My original introduction of him was:

“His hair was almost completely red now; the flecks of onyx were getting fewer and fewer everyday as his powers progressed … He looked almost completely different to the boy that I’d known three months ago; that boy had been slowly erased over weeks and weeks of intensive training: target practice; physical conditioning; fire manipulation; control. The only resemblance the boy sat before me had with my Riley, my cousin, who I’d grown up with, plotted and played pranks with, teased endlessly about his tall but scrawny figure, was his eyes: still the same deep, americano coffee brown as mine and Avery’s and Darcy’s, in fact, pretty much our whole family. They were so dark they were almost black, blurring into his pupils, yet his gaze was still soft, comforting; it said trust me, I won’t hurt you, I want to look after you. That’s why even the non-protectors in the Royal family always got their way: you didn't need to worry about words, or tone of voice, when all you needed to do was look at someone to make them listen to you.”

Riley was a good friend for Roxy and a potential love interest. The latter was what did for him – I needed Roxy to be more isolated. So I introduced a darker, less desirable love interest through Cinaer. Some of Riley’s nicer and more useful traits were given to Vincent and Avery (another reason that he had to go – there were just too many characters fulfilling the same purpose in my original draft).

Darcy I don’t have a lot to say about Darcy, which justifies their removal from the series really. One of my very initial ideas for Fire was to have Brae sent to the Helian Realm to marry one of their Princesses. In a bid to put him off, Darcy was going to act like a psychopath throughout their stay:

“I’m going to spend the month acting like a psychopath – muttering darkly to myself whenever I’m in ear shot and laughing evilly every time I look at him. All you guys have to do is convince him that, if he marries me, there’s a good chance that I might murder him before we've been married a week.”

She had a few fun moments, but when I realised that the arranged marriage plot line didn't make a lot of sense, there’s wasn't space for her in the story – it was rare that she appeared without Avery, so everything she said or did that I wanted to keep was just linked in to Avery’s character instead. Before getting rid of her completely, I did try replacing her with another guy – Nate – but I quickly felt that he didn't work either so he went too.

Boyd Was an Arcan Protector. He lasted the longest and actually made it into my first finished draft. However, the Arcan group just seemed to busy – there was too much going on and not quite enough space to accommodate them, especially after it was suggested to me that Brody and Devon ought to get a little more space in the book. So Cameron and Boyd were merged into one character and Brody went to the Helian Realm with Jasmine.

Elliot sort of made it into the book, but with a dramatically reduced role. He was supposed to befriend Jasmine on her trip to the Helian Realm, but I decided that it was too long a tangent for the plot and also gave me more romantic issues than I was interested in. Once I had decided that Brody was going to the Helian Realm with her, he was also completely unnecessary. However – some of my initial ideas for Elliot can be seen in Kit, one of the new characters from Water. He fits in much better there.

Unfortunately, soon after making these changes I started to read the Game of Thrones series, and wondered if I had got my character strategy completely backwards. But looking back at them now, I can still see why they needed to go and am pleased that they did.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Day Three: Random Smiles

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Head over to Random Smiles for an interview and giveaway for today's blog tour stop. 

The sun is finally shining here in the UK and I am currently hard at work editing Water. I'm really excited about sharing a rough draft of the opening with you all later on in the tour. In fact, I can't wait for everyone to start reading the entire story!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Day Two: The Cult of Me

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Day two focuses on self-publishing and my experiences with it. Head over to The Cult of Me to check my guest post.

And don't forget to follow via the Google Friends Connect link at the side of my blog to be in with a chance of winning an e-copy of Fire at the end of the tour.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Day One: Blkosiner's Book Blog

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The Fire blog tour kicks off today! Head over to Blkosiner's Book Blog for a guest post on why I love fantasy. Don't forget to comment with your own reasons for reading fantasy books and enter the giveaway.

Speaking of giveaways - to celebrate the Fire blog tour, I will be hosting a giveaway with the chance to win 10 e-copies of the book right here  at the end of the tour. But only if I reach 100 followers over the next 2 weeks.

If you want to be in with a chance to win, be sure to follow the blog, then share the link on Facebook  Twitter, Google + and your own blog to get others to follow too.

100 followers = 10 copies to giveaway. 90 will mean 9 and 80 will mean 8 etc. So get following!