Author Advice, Author Support, Cheat Sheet, Editing Assistance, Grammar Assistant

Authors… Do you get confused with certain words? Not sure whether it’s an effect or affect? Read on… This post is all about commonly misspelled words, confused definitions, and homophones. I hope it helps!

Happy hump day!

Today I’m talking about some of the most common mishaps I find in the majority of manuscripts I am sent.

With every manuscript I open, I carry out some basic housekeeping before I start the actual editing. This includes checking for some of the most commonly misspelled words and I have a list of these printed out which I keep to hand. Whether from a debut author or one with twenty books behind them, these confusions appear.

It’s with this in mind that I thought I’d create you a cheat sheet to print out and keep to hand.

I have included some of the most commonly misspelled words, words whose definitions are often, and easily, confused, and some of the most common homophone (words which sound the same but which have different meanings and/or spellings) mishaps.

You can download the PDF here: Creating Perfection ~ Grammar Assistant

Do you have any tips and tricks for remembering the spelling of tricky words? One of mine is for necessary… one Coffee and two Sugars…

Let me know in the comments below if you struggle with any of these.

Have a super day and I do hope this helps 🙂

Emma x

Author Advice, Case Study, Self-Publishing Author Case Study

#WritingCommunity #SelfPublished author Emma Miles joins me to share her publishing journey today … @emmamilesShadow #CreatingPerfection #amwriting #amediting #fantasy

I am over the moon to welcome one of my favourite people in the publishing world to Creating Perfection to share her writing journey.

Who are you and when did your journey begin?

I’m Emma and I’ve been writing since I learned to hold a pen! I wrote a lot of poetry as a very young child and invented stories for my many cousins. I knew for sure I was a writer when I was ten and read the Lord of the Rings.

Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish etc.

I’ve just published my fifth novel and my sixth should be out around May this year. I originally self-published through Lulu.com but moved on to Amazon. My latest novel is the first one for which I have been able to employ a professional editor and cover designer. (NB. I’ve heard the editor you chose is pretty spectacular!)

Why did you choose to self-publish?

A long story so bear with me. I started, many years ago, by submitting to agents for traditional publishing. The third agent I submitted to ask to read all of my manuscript. After about three months she wrote back to say that she was sorry to have taken so long, but she’d asked a few of the others in the office to read it also, but that they’d decided that my work needed more editing and wasn’t quite ready. At the time I didn’t realise how fabulous a response that was. I decided to complete the trilogy before re-submitting and then go back and re-work the first book. I was in a bad relationship with an abusive alcoholic during that period and so my writing became very hit and miss. By the time I finished the trilogy, any kind of professional editing or cover design was a dream well beyond my means. I escaped my abusive partner but had to sell belongings to even afford to eat. I did make a few attempts at submitting my work, but I had no confidence in myself and was appallingly bad at writing cover letters to try to sell myself and my work. Sadly, when I felt I was ready to re-submit to the same agent, I discovered that the lady who had founded the agency had recently died and I felt it would be inappropriate to bother them about my book. It was not long after that period when I was introduced online to a lovely man who wrote and self-published horror books. He encouraged me to go for self-publishing and I did.

What’s best thing about self-publishing?

Ha ha, not having to write a synopsis! Seriously, I would say it’s having control over my work and not having to be restricted by word count or publication dates.

And the worst?

Not seeing my books on the shelves in bookshops and having to do all the advertising, promotion, and networking myself.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?

Self-publishing was in its relatively early days when I first did it and I myself very naive. I foolishly thought I could just publish my book and people would find it and love it; I didn’t realise that to get anywhere I’d have to do a huge amount of self-promotion. It was lack of resources really that I wish I could have changed and most importantly lack of a support network.

If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?

I wish I’d had the money to get professional edits and covers done.

Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?

Find yourself a support network of other writers, bloggers, beta readers etc. There are great writing communities on Facebook and Twitter where you can get help and advice, encouragement, recommendations, and the benefit of other peoples’ experiences. Also build yourself an online presence and following, you need to start promoting yourself and your work before your book is available.

Thank you so much for sharing with us, Emma. What an incredible journey. You are such a talented author and have a wonderful way with words and deserve so much success!

Readers, if you’d like to share your journey, click here.

Emma’s first book in her Fire-walker series is The Raven Tower

Here’s the blurb …

The Raven Tower: A captivating fantasy adventure (Fire-Walker Book 1) by [Miles, Emma]

What price will Kesta and the fire-walkers have to pay to keep their people from enslavement? The raids were more ferocious, more desperate and much earlier in the year. When Kesta sees in the flame who is really behind the attacks the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his sorcerer, the Dark Man.

You can keep up with all Emma’s news by following her on social media:

Twitter: @emmamilesShadow

About the author …

Emma Miles

I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily, and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions The Wind’s Children trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future.

The boy’s name was Tobias. I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the Hall of Pillars which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

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Author Advice

#WritingCommunity Why typing #TheEnd isn’t actually the end for your #writing journey #authors #CreatingPerfection #amwriting #amediting

One thing I’ve noticed over the last three years working in the publishing industry is that not many authors fully understand that writing The End isn’t actually the end of their journey with that manuscript.

In fact, that was probably the easy part … yes, I heard that collective gasp of, ‘Yeah, whatever, Emma …’

But seriously, whether you’re going for a traditional publishing contract or are self-publishing, your journey is only just beginning.

Today I’m going to talk about the things that you’ll need to think about now that your manuscript is ready, but which should be thought about when you get to the halfway point in your WIP. These elements apply to any and all authors, whatever route to publishing you’re taking.

So, have you got the following lined up?

  • Beta readers
  • Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Cover designer / own software to do this
  • Typesetter / own software to do this
  • Advanced readers
  • Contacts in the blogging community
  • Marketing / blog tours
  • Active social media accounts
  • Website
  • Contacts with local media groups?
  • Contacts with local book shops?
  • Advertising budget
  • Publishers and agents you want to approach
  • Professional bodies you can join
  • Self-employment
  • Accounts and tax
  • Submission package, blurb, synopsis writing

You can be forgiven for thinking you won’t need any of this if you’re going for a traditional contract with a publishing house and they’ll do it all for you, right? You finish the manuscript, send it off to them, complete the edits they return, choose a cover from the two or three they send you, then that’s it. Sit back and wait for it to hit number one in all the right places, the money starts rolling in, you move to a cottage in the middle of nowhere, and hide out while writing the next one until it’s the night of the movie premier of the adaptation in Hollywood and you’re there to meet your characters.

That’s how it works, right?

Unfortunately, not.

This is also something many authors don’t fully understand. Publishers only have so much money so once your initial marketing and publicity has been done around publication day that’s it for that book. Think about it, if they constantly publicised every book every author on their list had out, they’d need an army of staff and a bottomless pit of money to keep up with it all. I’ve spoken with many authors over the last three years who are signed with publishers and had no idea how much time they’d have to spend on the things I’ve listed.

Publishers will typically do the following:

  • Edit
  • Proofread
  • Initial marketing and a blog tour
  • Potentially media and book shops

The rest is up to you.

Don’t get me wrong, some publishers will do more than others, some will do what they do with such passion you’d think they’d written the book themselves! It’s all down to the publisher and your contract – I am talking in broad terms here, so please, don’t be offended if you do more than what I’ve detailed.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to look at each element in detail and offer tips and guidance to help you navigate the tricky world of publishing. The information I’m going to share will be useful for all authors.

Before I go, something else self-publishing authors don’t always know at the start is the cost.

If you’re not already, sit down.

It typically costs between two and five thousand pounds to publish a book.

Yes.

That’s right.

A minimum of two thousand pounds if you use professionals to do your editing and cover design. Don’t think these elements are important? Read some of the Self-Published Author Case Studies I’ve shared on the blog. These are things people have gone cheap on and lived to regret down the line. Also, the people you expect to buy your book deserve it to be in the best possible shape when they part with their hard-earned money.

Hopefully, at this point in your journey you know you need to be saving some money to get these things in place, you will have thought about some of the list above, and will be prepared for it.

So, now we know that there’s a long road ahead, I’m going to let all this sink in and next time I’m going to be looking at editors and proofreaders. When to start sourcing one, what you need to look for, how to approach one, what they should do for you, and how to work with them when you send them your manuscript.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this; have I missed anything? What was the biggest shock you had either as an indie author or with a publisher? Have you published one way or the other and have a story you’d like to share? What would you change about your journey so far? Is there something else you’d like me to talk about?

See you next time.

Keep writing x

Author Advice, Beta Reader Questionnaire, Beta Reading, Publication Ready

#BetaReaders ~ what to look for and how to get the best from them #AuthorAdvice #AmWriting #AmReading #AmEditing #CreatingPerfection

In today’s article I’m going to talk about beta readers.

A beta reader is someone who reads your manuscript before it’s sent off for editing. Most likely after you’re happy with the structural and developmental edits but before you go for the final copy/line edits and certainly before you start submitting to agents or publishers.

The idea is they’ll provide feedback from a reader’s point of view on the plot, pacing, and consistency of your manuscript.

They are not proofreaders or editors although some of these professionals will offer this service from a critique partner point of view, so don’t expect them to pick up, or even look for, any mishaps in terms of grammar, punctuation, or spelling.

Beta readers are an excellent resource to authors and when they are used properly, can provide invaluable feedback to strengthen and improve your manuscript.

But what makes a good beta reader? And where do you find them? 

The best place to start is your author friends. If you’re on social media, there are groups on Facebook where you will find people willing to help out, but before you start sourcing them make sure you know what you’re looking for:

  • They should be in your target audience. This way they will know what works – and more importantly, what doesn’t – within that genre and can then apply that knowledge to your manuscript.
  • If they aren’t in your target demographic, they should be experienced in the publishing world and be able to appreciate decent work that doesn’t perhaps appeal to them. They will recognise what creates suspense and what entices the reader to read until the end. They will understand characterisation, plot development, and structure. They will also appreciate that at this stage, a few typos do not a bad first draft make! I’ve heard of manuscripts being torn to pieces by beta readers who didn’t quite understand that this isn’t the final stage of the process and who haven’t appreciated that this is still a work in progress.
  • They should know how to provide constructive feedback. The last thing you need is someone killing your dreams with their harsh words. Constructive criticism allows you to see the areas needing improvement while giving you the hope that it can be fixed.
  • They shouldn’t be too close to you so they are unable to say things you might not want to hear. You may have a best friend who doesn’t hold back on honesty, but others who may shy away from potentially upsetting you and not give their honest opinion.
  • They should be regular readers. There’s no point asking someone who doesn’t enjoy reading.

This is a short list of the ideal characteristics you need to look for and not everyone you select will fall into each category, but that’s fine.

Now let’s look at what you want from them.

What happens if you send your manuscript to ten people with no clear instructions on your expectations? You’ll most likely end up with ten different reports and no idea how to implement all the suggested changes as they’ll probably conflict with each other.

And how do you qualify what each one says?

Perhaps you think a character or sub-plot needs attention but none of the feedback mentions it specifically.

Vague responses can be a nightmare to dissect too.

‘I loved Joe Bloggs.’

‘I hated Jane Doe.’

These might be the reactions you wanted for those characters, but they don’t tell you why or what you’ve done to create those emotions.

Making sure each beta reader has the same ‘instructions’ to guide them is imperative. Outlining your expectations of the feedback isn’t going to be a problem for anyone willing to beta read for you.

Using this Beta Reader Questionnaire, or one similar, will help ensure you’re getting quality and quantifiable feedback that you can make informed decisions about when it comes to editing. If all your betas come back saying the same thing about an element of the manuscript, then you know it’s most likely true; if only one does, then you can put that down to personal preference.

When you do get your feedback, try not to take it to heart if it’s less than complimentary at this stage. This is your opportunity to make your work the best it can be and it’s better to get it perfect now rather than when you’ve re-mortgaged the house to get stock of your paperback into every bookshop in the country!

Let me know what you think in the comments.

How did you choose your team of beta readers? Where did you find them? What else would you add to the questionnaire? Share your tips so other authors have the best chance of getting meaningful feedback.

Have a wonderful day and happy writing x

 

Author Advice, Blog Post, Cheat Sheet, Grammar Assistant

Removing these two words from your writing will make it stronger and more concise! #Strong #Verbs #CreatingPerfection #GrammarAssistant #Author #AmWriting #AmEditing

Today’s article is short and sweet.

There are few words in the English language I dislike but I must admit very and really are two I could happily live without.

Using these words before certain verbs can make your writing appear weak and lazy and using two words instead of one can damage your precious word count – so cut them out.

I’ve created a list of the most common examples I find in my work and have put them into a printable download with my suggested stronger verb alternative.

Strong Verbs

I hope this helps and happy writing!

Author Advice, Editing Assistance, Grammar Assistant, Punctuation

#GrammarAssistant #comparative and #superlative forms #AuthorAdvice #Grammar #CreatingPerfection

In today’s article I’m going to talk about comparative and superlative forms.

We use the comparative and superlative forms of adverbs and adjectives to compare people, things, states, and actions in writing.

Adjectives and adverbs have three forms: the positive, the comparative, and the superlative.

Adjectives:

Positive Comparative Superlative
Green Greener Greenest
Tall Taller Tallest
Joyful More joyful Most joyful

Adverbs:

Positive Comparative Superlative
Fast Faster Fastest
Joyfully More joyfully Most joyfully
Far Further Furthest

Comparative form

The comparative form is used to compare one person, thing, action, or state to another:

Daisies are prettier than roses.

My sister is taller than me.

Our house is noisier than the library.

Superlative form

The superlative form is used to compare one thing to ALL the others in the same category:

This road is the quietest.

My bag is the heaviest.

My rose is the prettiest.

The comparative and superlative are formed differently depending on the word’s positive form:

  • Usually we add the suffixes -er and -est: warm / warmer / warmest
  • When the adjective ends in -e we drop it and add -er and -est: large / larger / largest
  • When the adjective ends in one consonant, double it before adding -er and -est: red / redder / reddest
  • When the adjective ends in -y change it to –i and add -er and -est: juicy / juicier / juiciest
  • If an adverb ends in -ly usually add the words more (comparative form) and most (superlative form): slow / more slowly / most slowly; lazily / most lazily / most lazily
  • Some adjectives use more for the comparative form and most for the superlative: famous / more famous / most famous
  • Some comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs are irregular: bad / worse / worst; much / more / most; well / better / best

Rules for forming comparatives 

  • One-syllable words form the comparative by adding -er and -est: brave / braver / bravest; small / smaller / smallest; dark / darker / darkest
  • Two-syllable words that end in -y, -le, and -er form the comparative by adding -er and -est: pretty / prettier / prettiest; happy / happier / happiest; noble / nobler / noblest; clever / cleverer / cleverest
  • Words of more than two syllables form the comparative with more and most: beautiful / more beautiful / most beautiful; resonant / more resonant / most resonant
  • Past participles used as adjectives form the comparative with more and most: crooked / broken / damaged / defeated
  • Predicate adjectives (adjectives used to describe the subject of a sentence) form the comparative with more and most: afraid / mute / certain / alone / silent
    Ex. She is afraid / He is more afraid / They are the most afraid of them all

Following these guidelines should help stop abominations like more pretty or beautifuler from making their way into your writing!

And, as always, if in doubt, look up the preferred inflected forms in the dictionary, I find the Oxford English Dictionary Online to be a wonderful resource.

Happy writing!

 

Author Advice, Editing Assistance, Grammar Assistant, Punctuation

#Punctuation how to use #dashes and #ellipses in your writing #AmWriting #AmEditing #Authors #Writers #Writing

In today’s article I’m going to look at the use of ellipses […] and dashes [-/–/—] in fiction writing.

Ellipses

An ellipsis is a glyph made up of three full points … which is used to indicate omitted words, pauses in speech, and unfinished thoughts. If you type three full points, most word processing programmes will autocorrect them to a single glyph.

When used in sentences, the ellipsis has a space on either side and no other punctuation is needed:

‘I tried I really tried.

‘I was under the impression didn’t you start that last week?’

When used to indicate unfinished thoughts, a space is only required in front of the ellipsis:

‘I could have sworn I

Or to build tension:

The door opened slowly

When a sentence should end with an exclamation or question mark, they are included at the end of the ellipsis:

‘Didn’t you just ask for one …?

She couldn’t even reach the top …!

A comma isn’t required before or after an ellipsis.

An ellipsis can also be used in place of etc. when the reader is expected to infer to rest of a sequence or list:

We needed lots of vegetables; potatoes, leeks, carrots, onions

Dashes

There are three dashes in the punctuation world, the hyphen [-], the en dash [–], and the em dash [—].

The hyphen is typically used in compound words, numbers, prefixes, and suffixes:

The north-westerly wind was strong today.

My mother-in-law is a nightmare!

If the compound words precede the noun, they are hyphenated:

I have the up-to-date records.

But not if the noun appears first:

The records are up to date.

Nor if the first word of the compound is an adverb:

The newly married couple not the newly-married couple.

When spelling out numbers:

It was her twenty-first birthday.

Prefixes when there is a risk of collision of letters:

I needed to re-enter the room.

Her number is ex-directory.

Suffixes when the word already ends in double l:

She found a shell-like rock on the beach.

En rule/dash

Most British publishers use the en dash in place of the brackets () and a space is required on each side:

We were travelling – in the clapped out car – all night.

Em rule/dash

Most British publishers use the em dash to indicate interrupted dialogue:

‘I said I wanted to g—

‘I don’t care what you said!’ He interrupted.

I do hope these tips help you with your writing!

Have a great day x

Author Advice, Grammar Assistant, Punctuation

#Punctuation how to use colons and semicolons in your #fiction #writing #amwriting #amediting #authors #CreatingPerfection #authoradvice

In this article, I will talk about how to use the colon [:] and semicolon [;] correctly in your writing.

A semicolon is used to separate two or more strongly related main clauses that could stand as sentences in their own right.

It was spring; the trees were beginning to blossom.

It is not correct to join sentences like this with a comma. This is a common mistake known as a comma splice.

Semicolons are also used for balancing two pieces of information.

Wendy drives a BMW; Emma drives a Fiat.

They can also be used to join two clauses instead of a conjunction.

I love ice cream because it’s so cool on a hot day.

I love ice cream; it’s so cool on a hot day.

A semicolon should only be used if the sentences it divides make sense in their own right. ‘I love ice cream’ and ‘It’s so cool on a hot day’ can both stand as independent sentences.

If the second part of the sentence adds information but could not stand on its own, a colon should be used instead.

There’s only one flavour of ice cream worth eating: strawberry.

A semicolon can also be used to separate items in a list when phrases are used.

I need to buy some soup, tomato not chicken; milk, semi-skimmed not full fat; doughnuts, strawberry jam; and some bread.

If the list contains only short words, a comma will suffice.

I need soup, milk, doughnuts, and bread.

Colons

Are typically used to add information, so the second part explains the second part.

That was easy: the questions were all level two.

In this example though you could also use a full stop or a conjunction.

That was easy. The questions were all at level two.

That was easy because all the questions were all at level two.

Using a comma for the above would result in a comma splice which is wrong.

When using to introduce a list, only use a colon if the introduction makes sense on its own.

Please bring with you: a pencil, ruler, protractor, and eraser.

We also use colons to introduce quotes.

My mum had a favourite saying: ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.’

As with the semicolon, only use the colon if the first part would stand as a sentence on its own. ‘My mum used to say’ doesn’t make sense on its own so a comma would be used.

My mum used to say, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.’

I hope this helps to clarify the use of each for you.

Have a wonderful day and keep writing!

Author Advice, Case Study, Self-Publishing Author Case Study

#IndieAuthor Lee Sherred joins me to share his #selfpublishing journey ~ @LeeSherredAutho #AmEditing #AmWriting #CreatingPerfection

I have Lee Sherred joining me today to share his self-publishing journey!

Hi Lee, could you tell us who are you and when your journey began?

Lee Sherred, I’m a former British soldier and police officer and my writing journey probably only really began at the beginning of 2016 when I was injured on duty (although I’d considered writing on a number of occasions over the years before but, for one reason or another, I never took the next step).

Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish, etc.

I currently have one book published through KDP, Lines of Justice: Azdaja, which was published in June 2017 and it’s the first in a series of dark thrillers I’m working on. It’s also available in paperback through Amazon, something I delayed doing for quite some time. I’m currently working on the next in the series which, I hope, will be in some semblance of order in time to publish in the next few months (I’m still undecided on a cover or title at present).

Why did you choose to self-publish?

Simply because I had no idea of how the industry worked (I’m still finding my feet now). I went into this, more or less, totally blind. I’m certainly not an academic and I have zero writing pedigree or experience. I chose to self-publish because it seemed to be the most easily reached, obtainable rung on the writing ladder for me at the time.

What’s the best thing about self-publishing?

Probably not having to meet strict deadlines. I still work a full-time job at the same time as writing so real life often throws a spanner in the works for me. Committing to the strict deadlines required by a traditional publisher isn’t achievable … at the moment.

And the worst?

Erm … also, not having deadlines to meet. I find that I can get easily distracted and fall into the “put it off until tomorrow” frame of mind because there’s no one badgering me for the finished product. That and marketing I guess.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?

That actually writing the book is the easy part, getting people to want to read it is much harder! Had I known that at the time, I would’ve probably started marketing myself and my first book long before it was ready to be published. I had zero online presence as a writer until I was finished, which in my opinion now was too late.

If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?

I wish I’d joined some of the Facebook groups earlier. The whole process has been a steep learning curve for me, especially after publishing in June last year. A lot of that could’ve been researched and learnt before publishing.

Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?

Only as above really, join some of the writing groups early because there’s a wealth of useful knowledge and information in them and, if not, then there’s always someone to ask if you have a problem or query.

Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us all, Lee! You can keep up with Lee’s news by following his social media accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017844070359  https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/69910378-lee-sherred-author https://twitter.com/LeeSherredAutho?s=08 Lines of Justice: Aždaja https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073CJ5M6Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_pv9JAbPTRTZDE

Lee’s debut is out now, here’s the blurb … 

Lines of Justice: Aždaja by [Sherred, Lee]

Bound by honour. Driven by revenge. Two men with a score to settle.

Kosovo, 1999:
Sgt Dean Samson and his team of British soldiers are well aware of the dangers they’ll face and the things they’ll see in a country that has suffered years of oppression and ethnic cleansing. But nothing could have prepared them for Aždaja, a sadistic, mythical, serial killer with a penchant for vile humiliation and unimaginable torture.

Present day:
Since leaving the Army, Samson now a Police Officer, has struggled to erase his darkest memories of Kosovo. When he receives a devastating medical diagnosis, his nightmares come flooding to the surface, forcing him to face up to what he did….and what he didn’t do. With nothing to lose and no one to stop him, he’s at a crossroads. But is he prepared for what lies in wait? Will the horrors of Kosovo return with a vengeance?

You can get your copy over at Amazon now:

If you’re an indie author and you’d like to share your journey, click here.

About Lee … 

Lee Sherred

Author Lee Sherred has led a full life that, in many ways, rivals those of the heroes and anti-heroes he creates. A skilled martial artist, fighter, British Soldier and Police Officer, Lee has amassed a wealth of knowledge in many areas.

A lifelong reader, Lee knew long ago that he’d one day pen his own novels. After a long career serving his country, a significant injury left him with unexpected and unwanted downtime. For the first time in his life he finally found the motivation to put pen to paper, turning his firsthand experiences into absorbingly dark and humorous stories that readers will love.

When not writing, Lee can be found at his home on the South Coast of England, enjoying family time with his wife, kids and a trio of unruly family pets.