Free copy of the Shadow Seer to give away!

Giving away a free copy of the Shadow Seer, book 1 of Ellenessia’s Curse, to celebrate the release of book 2, the Seer’s Tower. It’s via goodreads, so you will need an account. For UK people only, as postage is pretty high as it’s a fat book!



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Ellenessia's Curse Book 1 by Fran Jacobs

Ellenessia’s Curse Book 1

by Fran Jacobs

Giveaway ends September 22, 2012.

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Authors, Libraries and the gov.

Another post, because I thought that this blog shouldn’t just be my writing progress and whatnot, but issues that are important to me, as a writer, and other writers. And this is one, authors not getting royalties from libraries for their books.

As it stands this doesn’t effect me directly. The libraries that have my book have them because they were donated there, so I get no royalties from them at all. To get your book in a library the traditional way requires your book to be listed with the right distributing company, which in turn has its own requirements. My publisher, being Australian based, doesn’t know all the ins and outs of UK companies and set up, so I’m not listed with them. Other small print companies, UK based, or those with UK knowledge, might be and they will certainly be effected, as will any main stream published author.

Being an author doesn’t mean you will make lots of cash. As the article said, the average is under 10K a year. We need whatever we can get, not to be greedy, but to live! Besides which, we work hard on our books, don’t we deserve some sort of payment for them when they’re checked out? Song writers get money for their work whenever that song is played on the radio, film makers get money when their films are seen, in cinema, or rented, or shown on tv. Why should authors be any different? The library is like the radio, to us, a place where people can get to know us and our books, without paying for them. If they like it they can buy it afterwards, just as someone can buy a song, or download it, if they like what they hear on the radio.

I know that libraries have it hard, many are closing, many are run by volunteers, but this isn’t helping. This is only continuing to dump on those who can’t afford it and it may come that authors won’t be able to afford to write full time, to spend so much time producing decent books, and I think everyone who loves to read will suffer as a result of that.


The blurb for book 2 has been decided.

Prince Candale has discovered the truth about himself at last. He is the Shadow Seer, foretold prophet of dark visions and fallen kingdoms. The witch Mayrilla¬† tried to teach him control, but now she lies dead, struck down by Candale’s own hand, and the ever-watching shadow has begun to talk.

It wants him to go the kingdom of Idryan, to the Seer’s Tower, and tells him that what he will learn there will change everything. It promises rewards, if he obeys, but punishment if he does not.

But is it the voice of the demon, Ellenessia, that talks to him, a voice to be obeyed, or just the beginnings of Candale’s prophecised descent into madness?

And I have just done another quick edit of three mistakes the assistant editor found so hopefully it won’t be long until the book is released :)

Editing updates

Had an email from publisher today with three things to change, so we’re nearly there! Two of those things were basically the same thing and very daft. Candale seeing someone grin, who had his back to him! I think that says there and then why it’s useful, and very important, to have editors! Two people have proof read my book, before the publishers, I read it several times, and still we missed that small detail. Even coming back to a book with fresh eyes doesn’t always help. Things can still slip past you, and they can slip past all your editors too, but at least having them means you have more of a chance of catching them!

Ten years ago

It was ten years ago when a good friend of mine, Alisa, had an asthma attack and died. She was 21. Her death hit me hard, though we weren’t as close then as we had been, we had both moved apart, she had been a good friend for a while, and always someone i was glad to have in my life. All my books are and will be dedicated to her, and my parents and grandparents, because I think it’s important to honour those who are alive, my parents, and have a big impact in your life, but to also remember the dead, and the impact they had as well.

Those ten years went so fast, it’s scary. I was working on the Shadow Seer then. The book itself was written quickly, but i was scared of sending it out, of being rejected, and worked to edit it for years instead. I finally did, but I’m still working on the series. I haven’t moved on from it yet. I haven’t done anything much with those ten years. At the time I created a page to Ailsa, with a guestbook, so I could forward the messages to her parents. One friend said how we should remember that life doesn’t begin tomorrow (words to that effect at least.) And she’s right. Life doesn’t. It’s now. So, ten years on, I have to get on with this. Writing is my dream. I have to finish editing, get the book out, finish the next one, and move on. Make it my life, my career, not just a half-assed hobby/career mix that it is at the moment. Learn from what happened to Ailsa, make the most of my life, live my dreams, but not forget her. Never that.

Writing Progress


This is the cover for book 2, the Seer’s Tower. It’s on it’s second lot of edits at the moment, so slowly progressing. I have reached the 95K mark of book 3, the Children of the Shadow. It isn’t going to be as long as the others, it’s more or less at the end, except, I’m not sure how to write it! I know what has to happen, and I know how the book, and the series, will finish, but I’m not sure how I get to that point. Tying up a series is difficult. Loose ends need to be finished off, but not too soon, or there’s no book! And it can’t all be about endings, or the book will have no real drive forward. It’s also hard to think about this being the end. I’ve been living with Candale and his friends for almost a decade now and it will be hard to say goodbye and to move onto something new. But good, too, I think, to get to know some new characters in a new world, with a new problem!
While working out how to get to the end of the Children of the Shadow I have been working on a new project, a collection of short stories about faeries. Not nice, light children’s stories, but a collection, some dark, some not, but certainly more for young adults and grownups! I have always had a love of the fae and faerie mythology,all mythology, really (hence my degree in Ancient History and Classical Civilisations) And I’m enjoying the research that comes with this new project. I only have two stories so far, one that has already been published, and one I just finished that is unseen by anyone except my poor, bullied editing friends. But I plan to have around 7. It won’t be a long collection, but hopefully it will be enjoyable!
And, as you can see, I have a blog! One you can comment on, and follow, so please do! :) I’m interested in knowing who is out there!