It’s BLOOD WISP’s Release Day! & Catch the Live Event Replay on YouTube

My dark epic fantasy vampire novel is out today *throws dark confetti*

I had loads of fun with the live event in my Facebook Reader Group this morning. If you missed it, the replay is now available in my group as well as on YouTube!

This has been my most pre-ordered book to date. Thank you so much to everyone who supported Yua on her big day <3

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A young woman struggling with her Shadow. A blood-thirsty demon fighting for control. Neither prepared to lose against the other.

The country of Midoka embraces magic, also known as the gift. Its most powerful order of sorcerers, the Mist Women, teach novices at the coven in Maishi Hou, and their graduates serve as expert advisors all over the world. Magic is every Midokan’s undeniable birthright.

Except for Yua. An unwilling resident at the Maishi Hou coven, she can’t call forth the smallest flame. Her only childhood memory is soaked in blood. The only hint as to who—or what—she is lies in her blackened veins.

But they also hide a shadow thirsting for blood, and even the leading Mist Woman fears it.

All her life, Yua has fought her Shadow… until she meets Aza, who says there’s no darkness without light.

Yua is done being scared of herself, but embracing her Shadow could kill everyone. If she tries, she could lose herself forever…

Or she could answer its whispers and become something new.


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The Lovely Lyndsey Hall Had Me Over on Her Blog for a Chat!

This was a really fun interview, and a great way to learn more about me and my books!

You can read the interview on her blog.

Thank you for chatting with me, Lyndsey!!


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Changes to My Blogging Schedule in 2021

Edit: Did I mean to schedule this post for January 4th? Yes. Yes, I did. Did I instead have a moment and post it on December 31st? Mmhmm. Apologies!


First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR! *throws confetti*

I hope you had a great start to the new year <3

Last month, I realised I don’t enjoy blogging, so I’m making some changes to my schedule for this year. Under the old schedule, I would have shared my goals for the month and for the year today, but I decided to stop doing monthly goal posts as well as the monthly progress reports.

Instead, I will be doing quarterly updates with my progress from the last quarter and my goals for the coming quarter, and I will be doing them on my podcast The Writing Sparrow. I’ve already recorded the first one, and it will go live on my birthday, January 26th. If you prefer to read my updates, don’t worry – the transcripts will be available right here on this blog and via the podcast itself, so no matter where you choose to follow, you’ll see them. If you want to follow along via this blog, you’ll find the updates saved in two categories: The Writing Sparrow Podcast and Progress Updates.

I also won’t be doing any other monthly posts like the mini updates. Doing all those little posts every month took up a fair bit of time, and I believe I can better spend this time elsewhere.

So, what’s left on this blog?

There are the podcast transcripts of course, but I’ll also still share all bookish news, like new releases, new trailers, and things like that.

If you have any questions about this new schedule, be that about missing content or possible future content, ask away!

Now, let’s go make 2021 our year *high five*


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Happy release day, Brightened Shadows!

My youngest is out in the world!

*throws confetti*

Today is the day: Brightened Shadows is out, and I couldn’t be happier <3 It’s had the largest number of pre-orders out of all my books, which bodes well for its future.

The price is in the process of going up to $2.99, but if you’re quick, you might be able to still get it for 99p 😉

Just like Darkened LightBrightened Shadows will also be available on Kindle Unlimited. Unfortunately, there’s been a delay with the paperback, but such is life. 

Thank you SO MUCH if you were amongst those who pre-ordered. Seeing the numbers go up higher than my previous books has made my month <3 And if you didn’t pre-order but would like to support me on release day:

Buy Brightened Shadows

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go eat my weight in chocolate and gingerbread 😉


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Darkened Light is now available on all major online retailers!

These really are strange times we live in. Like so many of you, I’m back to working from home. First I worked from home, then I went back to work, now I’m working from home again… *makes strong tea to cope with this confusion*

I always try to look on the bright side, so I’m focussing on how I’ll be able to power through my last editing jobs over the next few weeks and make some progress on my own books. I want to go after a BookBub Featured Deal from next week and have been preparing my books (boring stuff like making sure all the links go where they are supposed to) for this.

Long story super short, Darkened Light just joined Rise of the Sparrows on Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble – you name it! And of course it’s still on Amazon, too.

This is for you if you…

… couldn’t afford / didn’t have room for the paperback but don’t own a kindle.

… love dark epic fantasy.

… love a slow-burn boy-on-boy romance.

… love a misfits-need-to-save-the-world story.

… love your fantasy with a good dose of sarcasm and banter.

Still unsure? Here’s the trailer:

Happy reading, friends and bookworms <3


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Two new epic fantasy freebies for your inbox – one exclusive short story, and one whole novella!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve finally done when I’d been meaning to do for ages –

My mailing list subscribers finally get two freebies which are related to my books. #hallelujah

Freebie 1 is Shadow in Ar’Sanciond, the prequel novella to my Relics of Ar’Zac trilogy.

Freebie 2 is even more special than a whole novella, because I wrote it just for my subscribers – meaning my mailing list is the only place to get it. It’s a short story (roughly 5k) telling the story of how Rachael was abandoned in Blackrock when she was five years old and the events leading up to that day.

You don’t need to have read the trilogy to read either freebie. If you’ve started the trilogy or even finished it, then these two will give you interesting back stories. I don’t know about you, but I love a prequel after I’ve read the main series!

If you haven’t started the trilogy, then both freebies could be a great starting point for you.

And best of all, they’re free, so there’s zero investment from you other than your time.

If you’re already subscribed, check your inbox – both freebies should be with you now.

If you’re not already subscribed and really want these freebies, hop on board now:


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Happy Release Day, Little Box Set!

This is a must read for lovers of fantasy with quite a bit of action and unexpected twists.

My first box set is out today and I couldn’t be happier <3 It’s my 30th birthday in two days, so my emotions today are all over the place.

If you pre-ordered it, it should be on your kindle now.

The special pre-order price is now over, but you can still get it dirt cheap at what’s effectively half price!

Head on over to Amazon and treat yourself.


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The Relics of Ar’Zac Trilogy: 17 Reasons You Should Read It

In case you missed it, my first box set is out in just two days! I’m super excited and have talked about it quite a lot, especially on Instagram, but I wanted to tell you a little more about it in case you’re not sure if it’s for you.

The Relics of Ar'Zac Trilogy: 17 Reasons You Should Read It

You should read this box set if you like:

Dark epic fantasy

FLAWED CHARACTERS

No perfect happy endings (and the occasional cliffhanger ending)

Strong female characters throughout

A slow-burn romance THAT’S NOT THE FOCUS OF THE STORY

Prophecy (and a MC who couldn’t be less impressed)

good-vs-evil battles

Gay representation

Prequels where everyone dies (not a spoiler–it’s in the blurb!)

A large fantasy world

NO BURIED GAYS

Shadow monsters and dragons

You might cry by the end (my editor and I did)

GORGEOUS cover art by Design for Writers

ALL THE FEELINGS

Comic relief

And this beautiful beast:

This trilogy means everything to me. It started so small, but it’s grown into so much more than I ever imagined. I’ve created something I’m truly proud of, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too. If nothing else I think it’ll make you laugh a few times and feel for Rachael, Cephy, Cale, Reeve, Ludo, and everyone else.

This box set is out in two days, but you can pre-order it now and it’ll be on your kindle at midnight of the 24th.

In the meantime, you can subscribe to my mailing list for updates and a related exclusive freebie that’s coming soon, add the book on Goodreads, and follow me on Instagram and Facebook. If you know someone who would love this box set, you can tell them about it too.

Thank you so much to everyone who’s already pre-ordered, written early reviews, and otherwise spread the word. You’re support means everything to me <3

Now, WHO’S HYPED FOR RELEASE DAY?


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THE BOX SET HAS A TRAILER <3 <3 <3

Exciting news, Sparrows!

My box set has a BOOK TRAILER! <3 <3 <3

Thank you so much to PlatformHouse Publishing for creating another beauty <3

Here you go:

Haven’t pre-ordered yet? Get all four books for the price of one – special pre-order price! (;


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