Paint me with your Love Cover Reveal

Hey guys,

I may be behind in Nanowrimo, but I did finish the first chapter of my erotic fiction ‘Paint me with your Love’ and I’ve got an amazing cover to go with it.


How AWE-SOME is it? It was designed by my best friend, AuroraSky who’s going into the cover designing business and not without reason. Results speak for themselves. She’s preparing her website with more juicy covers, but until then you can contact her at for your own covers. She has very affordable covers.

Anyway, I digress, Chapter 1 is out and can be found on

Follow the link, read, comment, like, vote it, but most of all enjoy it. And hopefully you can tell me what you think about my attempt at the genre.

Read the first chapter here.

Rhys out,


A Siren’s Song: Let the revision begin

‘Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip’

Elmore Leonard

But sometimes when you write, you’re so indulged in the magic of your own creation, that you lose yourself within your world and go on, rambling about things that make the novel all the more real to you, but which readers will most definitely skip, especially when you begin yapping about things that have nothing to do with the plot.

So with feelings of elation, exhilaration and excitement, I have to grab the knife and butcher my precious little child to make it presentable for the world to read.

‘A Siren’s Song’ is an idea I developed when I was 16 and was the first story I wrote and finished in the English language, albeit it being only 60 pages. When I returned to the idea this January I was eager to make it work for older audiences, but also make it appealable to the young adult age group it belongs, as well as insert it into the fantasy genre more prominently. So I reformed the world, took different decisions, difficult turns and made brave, but risky, choices. But even then it didn’t feel real to me. It was only when I’d written half my way through the story when it hit me. And it did in the shower of all places. If that isn’t a sign, then I don’t know what is.

So as I was pouring water all over me in a similar manner that Iris does in the book, I found the connecting dot that would make this book and its trilogy a worth-while read for avid bookworms. Now that I’ve finished the first stage of the draft writing with 57k words on my shoulder, I’m about to jump right in on the next, more difficult step. That of editing. If you ask any author, they will tell you that the hardest thing to do is make the writer shut up inside their heads and awaken the editor and critic when going through the novel. You have to resist, fight or even combat the urge to add a little bit here and there, because you want everyone to know this world just a bit too well, and instead erase parts that you love and treasure in the sake of good literature.

I’ve only been through this stage a few times, so I’m still a novice. But thankfully, three years of college have taught me how to be a good and honest critic, even with myself. So with these thoughts let’s bang the gong.

Let the revision commence…

‘A Siren’s Song’ is the first novel in A Siren’s Song Trilogy coming out in ebook and paperback in 2014

Character VS Story

I have a problem.

My characters are stronger than my story. Or so I think anyway. For all I know the story is equally captivating. I’m talking of course about my fantasy romance which is currently under the works and I’m midway through. The book is primarily told from the view-point of


the main protagonist. The thing is, she has strong opinions. She likes to comment on things. She doesn’t think before she speaks, or think before she thinks. She’s not hot-headed. She’s just a girl. Now the second person whose point-of-view is used,


is a poet. He speaks through metaphors and matching unlikely words together to form new meaning. He’s also in love, so he’s more of a Shakespeare in Love than usual. The third person,


is new. New to everything. Everything is strange mechanics of magic and reality to her. Simple tasks become art in her eyes. She locates every detail others would ignore.

Now that you know these things about my book, I can tell you it takes a lot of time to write these characters. And they move the action forward, but they also like to linger on things. Just like the mind does. You see I studied modernism this year (and post-modernism) and I learnt of the annoying, but equally captivating stream-of-consciousness narrative and although the book is not written in riddles, it does follow the pattern of thoughts. I believe my story is stronger now, more than before, but at the same time I believe the characters are interesting with or without the action.

And I wonder.

Is the character development enough or does it bore? Is the reader going to throw the book away and get done with it, because the action is happening slower than it should, or are they going to fall in love with these characters and not care either way? Of course I know how to balance things. It’s not like I have fifty pages of whether my character should buy a nail polish or not, but it’s something I’m nervous about when I write 5,000 words in one chapter and the story is only 5% forward rather than 20%.

What do you guys think? Is story more important then characters? Is balance the best? Or can a character-driven novel hold the reader as hooked as an action-packed book?