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Susan Carter is an author and professional artist. This site contains information pertaining to her work. We're hoping to have some cool freebees, as well as links to several sites for eBook distributors for an easy purchase option.

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Sue

Excerpt from "The Andromeda Mine"

‘My palms were sweating and my hands began to shake. I had to somehow keep control and just ask him.

Finally, Javolo finished digging. This was my chance. My heart thrummed in my ribcage and my bottom lip quivered. And I hadn’t even said anything yet…

Umm… That girl you saw the other day with the long dark hair. Have you seen her again? … Have you met her? I sighed heavily. Just do it.

Just as I worked up the courage and opened my mouth to say something, Javolo swore loudly.

My heart slammed up against my ribcage. My first thought was that he had hurt himself somehow. “What? What is it? What happened? Are you hurt?”

“No. Nothing like that. There was this really bright flash of light from out of nowhere… Blinded me for a few seconds… It’s gone now.”

“What do you mean? Is there another Digger in there too?” I checked the Nav computer for signs of other Diggers in the area. There was nothing. “There’s nothing on my screen.”

“No. No one. There’s nothing here now. No more light from any direction,” he informed me.

I continued to scan the information on the screen. “I have nothing in that area at all on screen. There should be no one near you at all.”

He sighed loudly. “Then I don’t know what it was…”

I sighed too. It didn’t make any sense. What could have caused a flash of light so far underground? Was there some kind of malfunction with the Mech-suit? Maybe he needed to get out of it before something caught alight or something.

“Whoah!”

I heard a loud crash through the Com and my heart skipped a beat. “What was that?”

“That was freaky… It just… Whatever it was, it came at me like it was going to attack me or something and it knocked me over!”

I tried to imagine the scene with the Mech-suit lying on the ground. “Are you okay? What was it? Did you get a better look this time?”

I could hear the alarm within the Suit telling him that it was in a horizontal position. “I can’t tell you what it was. It was a mass of bright coloured lights… Man, it was so weird – it went straight through me!”

Wow… “How is that even possible?”

“Uh, I don’t know.”

I tried to calm my breathing. “Are you okay?” I asked again.

“Yeah, I’m fine. Suit’s reporting all systems functioning normal. Just need to get up…”

There was pause as he got the Mech-suit to right itself again. I tried to picture it as I heard him grunt a few times with the effort. They were large and heavy and although the hydraulic system made it easier to move the heavy arms and legs, it still took some effort to do something as drastic as getting up off the ground.

“Okay,” he said finally, “I’m up.”

I thought about what he’d said. A mass of bright coloured lights in the tunnels, and it went straight through him. It couldn’t be a drone or anything from The Company. A drone would be solid. It wouldn’t be able to pass right through a guy in a heavy metal Mech-suit. Then I thought of the Ghost sightings. What else could it have been? The Ghosts supposedly didn’t exist, so was Javolo really seeing one of these Ghosts, or was he starting to lose his mind?

A thought struck me. The Company recorded all of our conversations. They would recognise this as a ‘sighting’ and act accordingly. They would make him take a so-called ‘holiday’. I wished I could do something, but there was no way to undo what had already been said.

“Javolo?” I asked quietly. I couldn’t keep the tremor out of my voice.

“Yeah?” His voice was just as quiet.

I fidgeted with the edge of my keyboard. “They’re listening…”

“I know.”

I could hear it in his voice. He knew what would happen to him. I widened the view of the surrounding tunnels on the screen. Nothing. No one. My hands were trembling. I could feel the tears. I would not let them come.

His voice sounded oddly hollow. “Do you think I’m losin’ it?”

“No!” I answered firmly. “There’s no way!”

He could still hold a coherent conversation and had done nothing to make me think that there was something even remotely wrong with him. He’d never shown any of the symptoms that I’d been told to look for. But now he was reporting seeing bright lights. Bright lights that had traveled through his body. Had even caused him to fall over in the very expensive Mech-suit because of it. The Company wouldn’t take kindly to that.

“Hey!” he shouted.

My eyes went wide. “What?”

“It’s back! It’s right in front of me!”

There goes your career out the window… I thought as I bit my bottom lip. “What’s it doin’?” I was scared, but really curious. If it was a Ghost, there were all kinds of possibilities. They would have to be extraterrestrial. Possibly native to Andromeda. Maybe even sentient.

“Nothin’. Just kinda floatin’ there… Whoah… It’s… really close…” His voice had reduced to a whisper.

“What does it look like?” I asked. My fear was quickly turning into excitement. I really wished I could see what he was seeing.

“It’s really bright and it’s all different colours… It kinda has a shape… I can see arms and legs… a head… I can see right through it… It’s moving around slowly… It must be some kinda life form… It’s checkin’ me out…”

There was a long pause and all I could hear was Javolo’s heavy breathing. I couldn’t keep quiet a moment longer. “What’s it doin’ now?”

It was amazing. This could be First Contact with an alien species. And Javolo was right there…

“Just lookin’ at me… it’s face – if you could call it that – it’s like right in front of the shield on the Mech-suit… Wow…” he breathed.

I had goose bumps all over. It was just incredible. I stared at the dot on the screen and tried to imagine being there. I wished I was there…

“It has moved back now… Hey… I put the Suit’s hand out, palm forward, and it is touching it… palm to palm. That’s weird. My hand sort of feels warm and peaceful from the touch, even though the Suit is the thing touching him.”

I tingled all over with excitement. I realised that I’d been closing my eyes while trying to picture the scene. I’d forgotten everything else. I looked at the readouts on the screen. There were still no indicators that there was anyone there with Javolo. Nothing to indicate that there was anything there at all. Maybe that was one of the reasons why the Diggers that had seen these creatures were thought to be crazy. No evidence.

“Cal?”

I tapped a fingernail on my teeth. “Yeah?”

“It seems to be callin’ me or somethin’.”

I frowned. “What do you mean?” What could it want?

“It’s kind of movin’ its arm like it’s beckoning me. Maybe it wants to take me to its leader.” He laughed out loud at his own joke.

I stifled a laugh. “Oh, you’re sooo funny…” I said sarcastically, but couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. Trust him to be joking around at a time like this… But that’s what I really liked about him.

“Oh… it seems to be gettin’ kinda agitated. It wants somethin’… Tryin’ to talk to me, I think. Maybe I should go with it…”

I suddenly remembered that I desperately wanted to talk to him. But how can I talk to him now? He has made contact with an ET. This isn’t the time… but when am I gonna get time? “Yeah, maybe you-”

A warning message flashed up on the Nav computer’s screen. My heart froze as I read it.

“Hey, there’s a message coming up on my screen…” I told him, my stomach twisting into knots. “It says that you need to return to the shuttle immediately… You’re in trouble now…”

I wasn’t joking about him being in trouble.

“But I can’t go now… I need to find out what he wants… Try to communicate…”

“These are direct orders…” I told him. I felt a sinking feeling in my chest. I needed to somehow convince him to follow orders so that he wouldn’t get into more trouble, but I didn’t want him to lose contact with the alien either.

“Just a bit longer. I can’t lose him now… and he is really goin’ crazy over there like it’s a matter of life and death…”

There was a pause. I understood why he didn’t want to move, but he was being ordered back. He shouldn’t ignore it.

Another warning message came up on the screen. My heart was suddenly in my throat. This one was a warning about ground movement in the area. In the immediate area.

“I’m gonna follow him-”

“Get out of there!” I shouted, my heart screaming at me to make him listen. “The computer is reporting ground movement. It’s gonna-”

Several things happened at once. There was a loud roar and crashing sound over the Com, but then it went completely dead. I felt something really big and really heavy hit my left shoulder and left leg, making me scream out in pain.’

"The Andromeda Mine" will be released soon on Amazon and Smashwords.

Sue

Excerpt from "Tamisan"

“Hi…” was all I managed to say. I was looking directly at Darion, looking straight into his blue eyes, and it was making me come undone. To finally meet him after so long was just so unbelievable. I’d been waiting for what seemed like forever and I was starting to think that it would never happen.

He was smiling. It was harder to see him clearly in the glow from the lamp, but my eyes adjusted quickly to the light and the shadows that were being cast across his face. I could see that it was a genuine smile, like he was happy to see me, too.

He was tall – taller than the other two men that stood either side of him – and fairly slim, but not skinny. He had short brown hair that was kind of messy on top. I managed not to giggle at the sight of them wearing loin cloths with a wide strip of fur that went across the front of their bodies and over one shoulder. I guessed they could probably pass for locals, but if you looked closely, you could see that they were different.

“Hi yourself!” he laughed, and he stepped forward to greet me.

I didn’t know what to do – should I shake his hand or just stand there? I felt nervous, like a shy schoolgirl. What should I do? What was he expecting me to do? I felt silly. I wanted to just fall into his arms, but maybe I should just give him a quick hug or a handshake or should I give him a nod or a wave?

“What took you so long?” he laughed.

“Well, there was this…” My voice trailed off as I realised that he was just joking.

I took another step toward him and we just stood there, looking into each other’s eyes. His eyes were a vivid shade of blue. Such a beautiful colour. I needed to do something, not stare at his eye colour.

I could feel the tension within me. Feel the adrenalin pumping through my body. Even though it was a warm, humid evening, I started to shiver. I noticed that my breathing was shallow and tried to force myself to take deeper breaths.

The other two men stood watching us, though I was hardly aware of their presence. Darion seemed to have forgotten them too.

“So,” he began.

“So,” I said.

“So we meet at last…”

I was a mess. Emotions raged within me, wreaking havoc. I couldn’t speak. What was wrong with me? Why was I just standing and gawking at him like an idiot? I felt like squirming on the spot and it took all my effort not to fiddle or shift my feet in the leaf mulch on the ground. What should I do? I searched for an answer in his blue eyes.

He stopped torturing me and took another step forward, wrapping both arms around me. Relief flooded over me as I fell into them and held him tight. I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. It was so good to be holding him at last and it was comforting to be in his strong embrace after all that had happened. I didn’t know how long we stood and just held each other. I was a sponge, just soaking him in.

Sucking in long, deep breaths, I realised that I was standing there with my eyes closed, but I didn’t care. I didn’t want to see the jungle anymore anyway. Tears started to roll down my cheeks as I laid my head on his chest.

Then my knees started to buckle and my arms became almost too weak to hold him, but he held me close. “It’s okay,” he whispered.’

– Tamisan is available at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com for $2.99USD.

Description:

This is Book 1 in the Tamisan Series.

They transferred my consciousness into the body of an alien without my knowledge or permission. I woke up like this. Don’t worry, I’m not small and green with large black eyes or anything. I still look human. It’s just that I can now breathe underwater and I have these cool psychic abilities like telepathy and telekinesis.

When I found myself in this situation, I quickly realised that the scientist that did this to me – Dr Starrick – was crazy. I was trapped in an underground base on the planet, Althar 3, so I escaped. Problem was, I escaped into the jungle. Maybe that wasn’t smart, but I had to get out of there. After dodging dinosaurs, I was poisoned by a plant that made me hallucinate and captured by slave traders.

The only one who could help me was a Telepath named Darion. He helped me get rid of the poison in my body using my new abilities, but I had to stay with the slave traders because it was safer than wandering through the jungle alone.

Darion worked in the other underground base on the planet and he was coming to rescue me. The only problem was, I didn’t know where I was, and Dr Starrick was looking for me too.

Approximately 124,000 words. Paranormal/Romance with a bit of Sci-fi thrown in.

Sue

For anyone out there who is thinking of writing a story or novel, the world of publishing is changing. Traditional publishing is in crisis as more and more authors are self-publishing their own eBooks.

It is possible to earn up to 80% of the purchase price of the book if you self-publish an eBook, as opposed to about 25% from traditional publishing on paper.

We will be self-publishing eBooks, selling them through Amazon.com and advertising them here and on Facebook.

I have discovered a free novel writing program called yWriter. It was created by an author who is also a programmer. He was sick of trying to write and organise all the chapters, scenes, ideas and notes for his series of books, “The Hal Spacejock” series, so he wrote a program that could organise the lot. His name is Simon Haynes.

yWriter 5 is the best novel writing software I’ve used. It is available on Simon’s website, www.spacejock.com. There are other free programs there too for you to snap up.

Sue

Another thing that has helped me tremendously is reading an e-zine and information written by Randy Ingermanson, also known as “The Snowflake Guy”. The e-zine is free and so is a lot of stuff on his website, www.ingermanson.com. Take a look.

Sue

Another person who has helped me get my novels back on track and moving forward is Ande Waggener. Her website and newsletters are terrific. Just visit her site at andewaggener.com. There is so much helpful stuff on there.

Sue

If you still want to try traditional publishing, it is a very difficult field to break into – especially if you haven’t had a book published before. Most publishers won’t talk to you – they want you to have an agent.

A lot of publishers these days will charge you an up-front fee to cover their costs in case your book doesn’t sell. Others will help you self-publish and will charge you hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars to pay for printing and binding costs.

In the past, the author did not have to pay anything at all. The publisher would pay all up-front costs and get their money back from the sales. There may be some out there that still run that way.

A relative of mine sent her manuscript to an editor that just happened to be a publisher as well. They wanted to print it and were interested in the next few books in the series. She was very excited, but they wanted her to pay $9000 for printing costs. I told her not to go ahead with it. $9000 is a ridiculous amount of money! How many books would you have to sell just to break even? Also, the book was the first in a series of ten! How much would you have to pay to get them all published?

The name of the publisher is Dorrance Publishing.

I have found a very good website that lists publishers and editors with information on whether they are a good business to use or whether they are out to just get your money.  Dorrance Publishing is on there with a bad rap. The website is called “Preditors and Editors”. Click here to have a look.

Sue

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Wednesday, 14th January, 2015


The proof has arrived and is perfect. I’ve approved it and the print version is now available by going to Amazon.com and clicking on the paperback version.

Tuesday, 30th December, 2014


I’m finished! Didn’t make it for Christmas, but I was close. I’m converting and uploading to Amazon, CreateSpace and Smashwords. CreateSpace will take longer because I’m having a proof copy sent out to make sure the printed copy is perfect before it is put online for sale.

Wednesday, 17th December, 2014


Nearly done! I’m doing my final edit and might be finished by Christmas. Just a little present for myself – and my readers!

Tuesday, 18th November, 2014


I’ve hit 120,000 words! I’ll be finished before I know it.

Sunday, 28th September, 2014


After my surgery on an Umbilical Hernia, I’m still recovering and I’m happy to report that I’m now up to 110,000 words. The book is going to be so much better this time around.

Saturday, 21st June, 2014


I’m happy to report that I am making good progress on my rewrite of Tamisan. The number of words is increasing and it will be longer than it was before. I’ve added more to the end. I haven’t really changed it, just added a little bit more.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to write at least one other book about Tamisan and Darion, so this is now Book 1 in the Tamisan series.

Friday, 16th May, 2014


I’ve been reading some blog articles about genre and I’ve realised that Sci-Fi isn’t really the main genre for my book. Or even any of the books I’m planning to write. I’ve been thinking about this for a while because all of them have a huge element of paranormal in them with the main characters possessing some sort of psychic abilities.

So really, my main genre is Paranormal Romance, because I also have a lot more romance than your average Sci-Fi novel. So that’s it then. This is my genre. My niche.

Sunday, 20th April, 2014


I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and since I’ve rewritten my next novel, The Andromeda Mine, into the first person and it is so much better for it, I’m going to do the same with Tamisan. I’m so thankful for Find and Replace.

Wednesday, 16th April, 2014


I have started to change the start of Tamisan. Ripping out all the backstory and adding it in a little bit at a time is proving to be fun. The whole first chapter is gone…

Monday, 14th April, 2014


I found an amazing website called Live Write Thrive. It is a blog on writing novels and it’s the best site of its kind I’ve ever seen!

But don’t just take my word for it. It has won multiple awards for being such a great resource for writers. Check it out for yourself. www.livewritethrive.com.

It has helped me so much, and that was just in the first post I read about getting rid of the backstory in your novel’s first 100 pages so you don’t bore your readers and lose them before they’ve even finished reading the sample for your novel.

I have now decided to do just that. I’m going to dump the flashback at the start of Tamisan. I think it will be a better book because of it.

Monday, 24th June, 2013

I have finished working on the layout of Richard Dabinett's new kid's book, "The Adventures of Harley the Hairy Nose Wombat". It will be on sale pretty soon and I am proud to be a part of its creation.

Richard self-publishes his children's books and you could email me if you are interested in buying copies. They are available as paperbacks and hard cover books.

Wednesday, 19th June, 2013

Working on "The Andromeda Mine" and I have hit the 94,000 word mark. Yaaay!

I have been very busy with work, so I should be closer to being finished, but anyway... It's still a good achievement.

Friday, 25th January, 2013

Working on "The Andromeda Mine" and I have hit the 81,000 word mark. Yaaay!

I have changed the product description for Tamisan on Smashwords and Amazon to include a bit of the romantic side of the story. I'll see if the sales change.

Self-publishing can be fun sometimes...

Monday, 20th August, 2012

Now that I have finally released Tamisan on Smashwords, I realised that the conversion process didn't go well. Half the words that were supposed to be in italics, were just formatted as plain old ordinary text.

When you write someone's thoughts in a story, you put them in italics, so that your reader knows that they are thinking the words, as opposed to saying them aloud. So, my story would have been very hard to understand.

Now it has been fixed up and is available in the formats listed in my previous post.

Hurry up and grab your copy. Follow this link: Tamisan.

Friday, 29th June, 2012

BREAKING NEWS........

I have finally released Tamisan on Smashwords!

It is available on in multiple file formats, such as HTML, .mobi (for Kindle), .epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo), .pdf, .rtf, .lrf (for older Sony Readers) and .pdb (for Palm reading devices).

Hurry up and grab your copy. Follow this link: Tamisan.

Saturday, 12th May, 2012

Sales are steady. I'm on my way!

Hurry up and grab your copy of Tamisan in Kindle format. Follow this link: Tamisan.

Tamisan will soon be available on www.smashwords.com too, in multiple file formats.

Thursday, 8th March, 2012

The free promotion last weekend was a tremendous success! I had over 300 downloads during the promotion, so the word is out there.

Hurry up and grab your copy in Kindle format. Follow this link: Tamisan.

Tamisan will soon be available on www.smashwords.com too, in multiple file formats.

Wednesday, 29th February, 2012

BREAKING NEWS........ Tamisan is going to be available this weekend for free through Amazon! Hurry up and grab your copy in Kindle format this Friday (2nd), Saturday (3rd) and Sunday (4th March). Follow this link: Tamisan.

Sunday, 12th February, 2012

I have hit the 40,000 word mark for "The Andromeda Mine". Just rolling on...

Sunday, 22nd January, 2012

Working on "The Andromeda Mine" and I have hit the 25,000 word mark, yaaay!

Sunday, 1st January, 2012

Having time to work on "The Andromeda Mine" is great. I have a lot of other ideas in the pipeline too, so I can't wait to finish this one already! I have hit the 10,000 word mark, so I'm on a roll...

Sunday, 18th December, 2011

I am now on holidays, so I have time to work on my next book, "The Andromeda Mine". I'm already a few thousand words into it. Please feel free to visit the Novels page to find out a little bit about it.

Wednesday, 26th October, 2011

--- || --- NEWS FLASH --- || ---

THE CHILDREN'S BOOK, "AUSTRALIAN BOYS ADVENTURES" IS BEING RELEASED ON SATURDAY 29TH OCTOBER, 2011!

I am the illustrator for the first story in the book called "THE LAKE" and there are two more stories in the book. One of my illustrations made it to the front cover.

It is not available on Amazon.com yet, but I'm working on it with the author, Richard Dabinett.

We are having a book launch at 3pm at the Common Groundz Community Cafe in Lalor Park Shopping Centre (for those who are local).

It's gonna be a lot of fun!

Friday, 23rd September, 2011

--- || --- NEWS FLASH --- || ---

MY NEW SCI-FI BOOK, "TAMISAN" HAS BEEN RELEASED!!!

I have decided to use Amazon.com after all, as Australia has a Tax Treaty with the US and I won't have to pay the 30% tax I thought I would have to fork out.

So click here and check it out. It is available as an eBook and only costs $4.99. It can be read on iPhone, iPod, iPad, Kindle and a few others. You can download a program for the computer that reads Kindle books – it is free from Amazon.

Check it out!!!

Also, visit my Novels page to read more about Tamisan.

Click here to read the first chapter!

Sunday, 11th September, 2011

The cover art for my new Sci-Fi book, "Tamisan" is complete and I am in the process of converting it into various eBook formats and tracking down some Australian-based eBook distributors. If I use Amazon.com, I will have to pay tax in two countries, so I have decided against it. I will keep you posted on a release date.

Tuesday, 9th August, 2011

My new Sci-Fi book, "Tamisan" is complete and I am now working to finish the cover art. It will be available as an eBook from www.amazon.com. I will keep you posted on a release date.

Sunday, 10th July, 2011

Work on the cover of Karen McKenzie's new children's book, "The Eye of Insersia" is almost complete. We will let you know the release date soon.

Monday, 4th July, 2011

We're hoping to have some eBooks for sale in the near future under the following genres:

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Childrens' Books