The Story of Harmony.

WP_20150727_17_39_33_ProWell, for those of you who know me, you know that I am doing the last of my personal
edits on my current Work-In-Progress, Harmony. The current status is I’m in the home  stretch, and it’s looking like it’ll be about 80000 words of action, excitement and really wild times.

Sydney flooded by Chris Kneipp smallHarmony, for those that don’t  know, is the tale of Kiara Black, Key to her friends. She’s a cop in 2099 Kings Cross, Sydney. The world is a very different place, after a tsunami wiped out the east coast in the ’48 Crash. Sydney is a shattered version of herself, ruled by gangs  and the powerful Mayor, Key’s boss. Her job  is to control the drugs coming into the sleazy world of a pleasure town like the  Cross. When a bust goes  wrong,  she and her partner are exposed to a new drug called Harmony.  Instantly addictive, and withdrawal having deadly consequences the question arises, what will she do when she finds the source.

This story started as a NaNoWriMo story in 2014 though the roots for the story were set down in a much stranger time. 1984. Yes sometimes an idea needs to percolate for a while. And I am now getting  it up to the stage of spending money on  it. Want to recommend an editor,  leave a comment below.  We’re all friends here.

These  last few  chapters need the  most work, especially with me changing up a few things and butterfly effecting my plot. In the next few weeks you’ll be hearing a lot more.

So, soon I’ll be seeking some beta readers, and you can contact me in the usual manner or comment below.

Chris K.

 

 

A Break From The Silence.

 

IMG_5867It’s been a while. I’ve spent the last year and a half getting my collective shit together. I’ve written a new novel, a couple of short stories and got two thirds of the way through the Final book in the Kasdtien Cycle trilogy. You’ll be hearing a lot more about that later. While health issues in house have made life challenging, overall it’s been a pretty bloody good year. Oh the stories I could tell!
But the upshot is that I’m ready to face a busy 2016. This is the fourth year of my five-year plan to become a full-time author. So far things are more or less on track but could very quickly go pear-shaped if I’m not on top of everything.This year I have a to-do list that requires several pages tasks to do to be ready by next December.
My hope is that I might gain the services of an agent like Curtis Brown UK For the new novel which is currently in the edit stage.With the help of my writers group, Vision Writers, and with thanks for their collective wisdom, I am ready to cast my words out to the world again.
What started as a NaNoWriMo in November 2014, (thanks guys,) is now a fully fledged novel of about 80,000 words.
So what’s it about? I’m glad you asked.
The novel is called Harmony the title referring to a drug that gives people the ability to not only read minds, but share the emotions others.
But this isn’t the story about the drug, this is the story of Key, Kiara Black, a cop for hire in a corrupt Australian city, Kings cross, in 2099. She’s come up the hard way from a very different world to today.
In 2048 there was a massive disaster In the Pacific Rim, a tsunami hit the entire coast of Australia and wiped out millions of people. More would have been lost, had the government not been moving people away from the coast to avoid the already rising seas of 2048. The details are sketchy but we lost contact with most of the rest of the world and will be revealed in the next book, (Yes, there will  be another book, good lord willing and the seas don’t rise. (Sea levels have risen about 15 metres from today’s high tide, in case you’re interested.)

Fifty-one years after that disaster Australia has got itself more or less back on its feet . Government is a strange mixture of rampant bureaucracy and background noise to a cop chasing rumours of a new drug. When a drug bust goes wrong Key’s partner is exposed to a massive dose of Harmony. She’s also exposed but to a lesser dose absorbed through the skin more slowly.

Drugs are tricky things, affecting different people different ways but this one is instantly addictive, unpredictable and It’s really easy to lose yourself in other people’s heads. Add to that withdrawal brings on an uncontrollable Desire to top yourself, to end the emptiness of being just yourself.

Key’s problems get serious when she defies the Mayor, her boss and goes chasing answers, despite being ordered to drop it. But as she chases the source of Harmony the question remains, what will she do when she finds the source? What will she do now she’s hooked.Sydney flooded by Chris Kneipp small

The clues take her from the subterranean world beneath Sydney’s derelict and streets,  to the other side of the Great Dividing Range. Meeting some (hopefully) interesting people along the way, including a hot doctor, the richest man in the world and a guy I kind of love called Roan. Roan is something special. I won’t spoil it.

Continuing to defy the Mayor of the Cross, Key follows the clues, to the source and finds a conspiracy three generations in the making.
After that the shit really hits the fan, but you’ll have to read it to find out what happens next.
I’m looking forward to everyone reading it, and if you leave a comment I might even let you be one of the beta readers.:)

So thank you all for seeing me through this quiet period on the blog, and now that I am out of the dark shadows of beating out an 80,000 word book, I can write more about the things that interest me and hopefully that interest you as well.
Remember, sometimes there’s a lot going on in the silence.

I’ll just leave this here.

Chris K

 

18

18 small18 is the new Anthology released today as an E book on Amazon. Celebrating the great writers group in Brisbane, Vision Writers’ 18th year since it began. With many published members, including founders Marian De Pierres and Rowena Corey Daniels, the group is a fantastic cauldron to throw down your current work in progress and hear honest and invaluable advice. My writing would not be anything were it not from the lessons I have learned from this fabulous mix of Sci fi, Fantasy and Horror Authors.
And so I’m excited to announce that our anthology 18 is available. Showing off the talents of some of the current crop of authors, thirteen stories of other worlds, other places, other times. From Tales of Dragon’s to Gangsters and wizards, the stories will take you to places of wonder and horror. My own story is the last, appropriately closing out this excellent collection. Thanks to all who had a hand in making it happen, Trahern, Belinda, Talitha, Meghann, and all the other writers involved.
On the 9th of May it will be free to download, from Amazon

So go get it, read it, tell me what you think.

Review Of Serious Sas and Messy Magda

Serious Sas and Messy MagdaSerious Sas and Messy Magda by Marianne de Pierres
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Serious Sas and Messy Magda is a picture book for kids that works on so many levels. Without preaching, or feeling like a lecture, the fun tale of Sas and her messy mother Magda helps to teach kids it’s okay to be different, whether you’re a clean freak or a messy mum. Along the way we learn lessons about accepting others, accepting ourselves and loving those in our lives, even if they’re different.
I thoroughly recommend this book for all children. A lovely, enjoyable book with great art by Rachel Annie Bridgen.

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My next great adventure.

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Well I still haven’t made my fortune so my day job has been keeping me busy, I’ve managed to squeeze out a flash fiction for a competition  and polish up my story for an anthology coming out mid year. (More news to follow closer to the date.) I’ve been blogging for Marianne De Pierres’ web site and updated my political/conscience blog Not All Men Are Bastards with my opinion of the state of Australian Government. (I’m taking part in the March in March, my first ever protest rally. Something everyone should do at least once in their life.)

Cover Woo BookOneMediumAs for Parallel, my YA Paranormal Fantasy novel is fast approaching 5000 downloads. Amazon is still outperforming Smashwords, despite Amazon’s continued stuffup of pricing. (It’s free, really.) but Smashwords has paid me my first royalties. (Yay, I can finally buy that cappuccino.) I think I’m about ready to start charging a nominal price for it soon but for now it’s still free.

Book Two, The Immortal Darkness has been an interesting exercise and I see now it was released too soon.It is in revision now and the newer betterer version will be out soon. I’m planning a big relaunch promo sort of thing. We’ll see how that goes.

Oh well, you live and learn and in the last two years I have learned so much  from so many people. The members of my writing group Vision Writers have been an invaluable brains trust, as have my Facebook friends and of course my long suffering family.

mapcompositeBook three is coming along, but I have spent far less time on Quell than I would have liked. The aim at this stage is to have it ready for the end of the year.

So that’s where I’m at at the moment. Competition, anthology, book two relaunch, book three.

I’m expecting big things this year, all part of the five year plan. (The good Lord willin’ and the creeks don’t rise.)

 Chris K

Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

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It’s been a while since my last post, as I prepare for what I hope will be a great New Year, I think back on what I’ve been doing this year. 2013 has been a year of preparing for 2014. This year I have recieved my first payment of money made from sales. It’ll buy me a couple of coffees, but it’s the moral victory that counts. I’ve been blogging for Marianne De Pierres. The ever gracious author  lets me hone my blogging skills doing Reviews of Tech

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and movies.

I’ve learnt so much, bounced ideas around with the talented authors of Vision Writers group. Looking forward to bringing great things out in the coming year but more on that later.

Along the way I’ve re-edited Parallel and reposted it and am working through a revise on The Immortal Darkness. Four thousand people have downloaded Parallel and it keeps me going watching the download counter go up. I’ve also made headway on the third book, though its going places I did not expect.

At this time, when we review our years and consider our futures I hope that you all have a wonderful, enlightening and above all else safe New Year. Thank you to all those who have encourage me and kept me going.

Let Peace be your religion and love your incense. Thanks for the words folks.

Chris K

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Swooning for E publishing.

Hi all, it’s been a little while since my last post, as I’ve been busy doing the things that need to be done iCover Woo BookOneMediumn preparation for the third book. I’ve also been using the time to get some book buddies, other writers with an interest in Spec Fiction. Thanks to comments , Particularly on book One by a friend of mine from Vision writers group, (Hi Guys) I’ve uploaded the revised first book to Amazon and Smashwords and they be up soon.

The simple act of uploading a newer, tighter version of the novel is, I believe, one of the main strengths of Self Publishing in an ebook format.

For a starting out author like me, I get to use the readers I have (3000+ downloads at this time.) to gauge what works and what doesn’t. Then by using the feedback to improve the manuscript, I can then upload a revised version. Now this could be endless, but I’m pretty sure the version up now is pretty much it.

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Book One and Two

The Second book will undergo the same treatment with the help of my Novel Buds, Avril, Laura and Claire. To anyone who is out there and wants to write, I can tell you there is no greater resource than finding a writers’ group. We need like minded people in our lives both on line and in person.

The third is being written and will no doubt benefit from these friends, who have writer’s and editor’s minds.

So, just saying, I am in love with the modern age of ebook self publishing and internetworking with other writers. My only regret is that it wasn’t around when I was in my twenties and thirties.

Thanks go out to Avril, Claire and Laura, and I am enjoying casting a critical eye over your work as well.

Connect people. That’s my advice.

Chris K