Five Facts about Eden and Hunted

 by 
Louise Wise
  1. Eden began when I was a teen. I had a dream of being abandoned on the moon (that bastard Neil Armstrong and Buzz!) but I didn’t do anything about it until much, much later. Eden took many, many rewrites before I was happy. From that dream you could say it took ten years to write, but the first draft is very different from how it is today. Romance prevails over the sci-fi element.
  2. I didn’t do well at school and was always told I’d never amount to anything, and when I left and joined a creative writing group I was told the old favorite ‘write what you know’. I didn’t know anything (or so I was told)! But I wanted to write, so I thought the easiest genre would be science fiction, my thought process was that I could make everything up and not have to ‘know everything’. Of course, I soon found out I was wrong, every genre needs research and sci-fi has to be based on fact. I discovered a love of astronomy during my research.
  3. Eden was accepted by Darley Anderson but dropped at the last hurdle because publishers thought it was too niche.
  4. Eden is in a ‘trademark’ battle with another book of the same name. There are many Eden books out there and we’ve all existed without problem for many years, but then a new indie author decided to bombard us with letters from his attorney to ‘cease and decease’ from using the title Eden. 
  5. I had a ‘what if’ moment while on holiday and wrote the sequel, Hunted, (in my head) whilst on the beach in sunny Spain. Once I was home I typed out the first draft (50,000 words) in three weeks! I should have entered NaNoWriMo!
Introducing…
Eden
How would you cope being abandoned on a planet you and your crew set out to explore?

You’re from the 23rd century where everything you want and need is there at the end of a button, but now you’re back where civilization began. 


There is no chance of escape or rescue.

But then you discover you aren’t alone, and you realise your nightmare has only just began.

Welcome to Jenny’s world on Eden.

Snippet from Eden
Jenny was hurled to the floor. Winded, but
managing to crawl out of the spaceship, she glimpsed Bodie turning to look and
calling for her to run. Matt picked up a rock and threw it at the alien as it
ran towards them.
She began to stand, but dizziness swamped
her. Trying to ignore the sensation, she staggered away from the spacecraft,
but the ground shifted under her feet. Time was measured for Jenny, yet around
her things were moving fast.
‘Jen! Move!’ yelled Bodie. The alien was in
between her and the two men who, by now, were at the top of the crater. She
couldn’t see them anymore, but only heard Bodie yelling for her.
‘Go! Go! GO!’ she yelled, the movement making
her eyesight pixilate. She gritted her teeth against the dizziness. ‘I’m
coming!’
‘She’s behind us,’ yelled Matt from
somewhere in the distance. ‘Get in your buggy, Bo. Get the fuck in!’
Then, the ground rose up and her head
struck a lump of metal debris protruding from the ground.
There was no more shouting. All was quiet
and peaceful. Jenny opened her eyes and, in a sudden moment of realisation, she
flipped to her side and looked to the top of the hill. With a sick feeling of dread,
she rose and scrambled to the top of the crater. It felt like a mountain, and
she slipped several times. Expecting to find Bodie and Matt dead; their bodies
torn in frenzy under the clawed hands of the alien, she was relieved to find
the men and the buggies were gone.
A glint of sunlight reflecting on something
in the sky caught her eye. The buggies, now small space shuttles, were on their
journey back to Taurus as if being
hauled back up by an invisible string.
Jenny climbed into the buggy. With shaking hands,
she pressed the controls; nothing happened. She spoke into the transmitter, but
remembered that Kate was malfunctioning. Her buggy was immobilised.
‘No, no, no,’ she said. She pressed more
buttons on the screen display. She pumped the accelerator, but nothing happened.
She couldn’t even close the buggy up; instead, it remained open-topped.
She climbed back out, her hands in her hair
as panic momentary claimed her.
‘It’s OK,’ she repeated to herself. ‘It’s
OK. It’s OK. Breathe.’
Her forehead hurt; she touched it,
expecting her fingers to come away bloody, but they were dry. A lump was
beginning to protrude, though, and she suspected she had alien finger-marks
around her throat.
She glanced around her, as if afraid the
alien was close by. Might it be possible that it had gained access to one of
the buggies and was inside Taurus? Kate
was programmed to destroy an intruder immediately, but…
She closed her eyes briefly. She couldn’t
think that way. She climbed back inside the buggy. She’d be OK. Bodie would
realise she’d been left behind. He’d override Kate to get her buggy
operational. She’d wait.
She looked upward at the now empty blue
sky.
Won’t be long, she thought. Around
her, all she could hear was the pounding of her heart. It was a lonely sound.
She sat for a long time with her head tilted back, looking up at the vastness,
the emptiness, of the sky.
As one of the suns set, she finally
acknowledged that she may have to spend a night alone on a strange planet.
Feeling vulnerable and highly visible in the buggy, she climbed out and slipped
beneath it. With the protection of its thick tracks either side of her, she
felt safer, plus she was sheltered from the icy wind that had sprung up.
She huddled in a ball, trying to get
comfortable and remain optimistic; however, as the eerie silence stretched and
played on her imagination, it was difficult to keep hold of her positivity. As the
shadows lengthened and faded, and the remaining seven moons rose and twilight
fell, her confidence had all but gone.
Shock and the long voyage through space had
exhausted her body. She slept, unaware, and, for a sweet moment, her nightmare
of being left on a desolate planet did not present itself in her dreams.
Introducing the sequel…
Hunted

NOOK  
Jenny found happiness from her extraordinary
circumstances after being abandoned on stone-age Eden. With clans of wolf-like
people, Ne
anderthals and a
savage tribe of Owains roaming the planet, she and Fly retreat to a protected corner
of the world.



But things evolve to remind Jenny that the man she’s in love with is an alien, and the world they live on isn’t Earth.


This time, it’s Jenny’s turn to fight for what she wants! It’s that, or die.




Snippet from Hunted
Now that her eyes
were accustomed to the gloom, Jenny could see a whole array of holes. She heard
voices, childlike, and a baby crying. Another face peered out of the wall.
Larger, older, than the others, but still a child. Jenny caught herself
thinking the word. Child. Early and
primitive but children all the same. All were bare of hair, had a small button
nose and a wide mouth. But it was their eyes that enchanted Jenny the most.
They were blue and humanlike.
There was strange
chirping laughter as faces played peek-a-boo with her. It was surreal.
Jenny caught herself.
Of course it was surreal. This was Eden, not Earth. She was living with an
alien man, having his alien baby, running from giant birds and other alien men
and now living with primitive creatures that’d probably rival both Jelvia and
Human when they fully evolved.
The pregnant female
was looking at her. Jenny stared back as Mum fussed around her with her
maracas. The early pain-relief had a lot of catching up to do, Jenny thought,
as a contraction made her gasp. As it passed she looked back at the others.
They were so unlike wolves. She had only called them that because of the
howling. It had been fitting, she thought. ‘But not now,’ she said aloud.
She’d finally seen it
with Bo—up close up there was nothing wolf-like about them at all. The pregnant
female was lying on her side and the other was rubbing her back as she
whimpered and made small chep-chep-chep
sounds. Mum made soft noises in return and bustled around her—patting the
foliage and furs around her form as if making her comfortable.
Jenny watched them
until a wave of pain descended on her so hard she threw back her head and
screamed. The pain had no respite now, it was continuous and she no longer
noticed her surroundings. Gentle, hairy hands moved around her and pulled off
her lower clothes. Then she was lifted beneath the armpits into a half
squatting, half-standing pose.
‘Fly-yyyyyyyyyyyy!’
Jenny yelled. A howl outside the cave answered her shout. ‘Oh, Fly,’ she said
on a half cry.
There came the soft chep-chep-chep voices in her ear. She smells, was Jenny’s last coherent
thought as her body took over from her brain, and the urge to push became so
overwhelming it couldn’t be ignored.
Then the agony was
forgotten as her baby fell into the soft nest below.

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My début novel, Eden, is being converted to Kindle!
After many reviews, and listening to what people thought, I have revised it and now it’s better than ever (or so my husband says!). 

It’s still my baby even though I’ve another book out, and my third, Misanthrope, is being pulled apart by my editor. So what’s Eden about? Somebody said it was Beauty and the Beast for Grown-ups and I thought that was very apt. 

Imagine being left stranded somewhere with no way of getting home. No telephone, no computer, no shelter. No food. Now imagine the place you’re stranded is another planet. And then you realise you’re not alone after all…
Check out this page for more details: http://louisewise-eden.blogspot.com/

If you are a writer or blogger you should know the importance of TAGS

But first what are they?
In computer terminology, a tag is a keyword which provides a visual suggestion of the number of articles tagged with a keyword. The more popular a keyword the larger it will appear in the tag cloud.
In easy-speak if you were to search the Internet for say, help or advice on blogging, you’d head over to Google or Bing and put in the search engine “blogging help” or similar. And the savvy blogger would have used your words as taglines because he wants you to visit his page.
Now, if I wanted you to be able to find my book, A Proper Charlie easily, my tags would be “chicklit” “romance” “Louise Wise” etc and your searching words would generate my taglines to be at the top, or near to the top, of your search and hopefully you’ll click to be taken to my book.
On various blogs or websites taglines look like this:
The larger the word the more popular they are. Or they can be neat like an index. But either, they work the same. Tags are generally chosen informally and personally by the blogger. It’s wise to chose them to best describe the article written.
For this one I shall use, taglines, what are taglines, how to use taglines etc.
If you have a book out and it’s on Amazon make sure you have tagged your book. At the bottom of the Amazon page you should see “Tags Customers Associate with This Product” and then a list of taglines. These are the tags that generous people have given your book. And I say generous because it IS generous. Every little tag helps navigate potential readers towards your book.
There is an option to add your own, and I fully recommend you do so. As many as you can think of relevant to your book. Mine for Eden are: science fiction romance, romance, science fiction, survival, louise wise, love story, love, relationships, contemporary romance, best sellers, holiday read, quick read, a must read, romance novel, eden,  social media.

Louise Wise
Author of Eden and A Proper Charlie

My Moment of Fame

I had a moment of fame. It may have been brief, and it may have only been brought about because of the naivety of a 10 year old, but it felt good all the same.
I was shopping in the town centre with my son, and we passed Waterstones.
‘Is your book in there, Mum?’ he asked.
‘Yes,’ I said. ‘Shall we go and have a look?’
Unbeknown to my son, that was my intention anyway. I usually breeze in, spot my book alphabetically arranged on the shelf under “w” and breeze back out again. I’m sure other writers are the same.
Incidentally, ever wonder if authors with names beginning with letters at the end of the alphabet don’t get a fair crack of the whip as those beginning with L or M (dead centre, thus centre on the shelf)? Hmm, maybe I should change my name.
Anyway, we went in and had a look at Eden on the shelf. As we left a shop I could see a man making a beeline for me with a clip board. I tried to step side him, but couldn’t.
‘Madam, please sign. It’s a good cause.’
I scribbled my name, and we walked on leaving the man trying to decipher my scrawl.
‘Oh wow, Mum,’ said son. ‘He wanted your autograph! That is well cool!’
So, for a brief, brief moment I was a famous author – all in the eyes of my ten year-old son. It felt good nevertheless!

Eden

Imagine living in an enclosed space with your boyfriend. Imagine living in an enclosed space with your exboyfriend.
Jennifer Daykin, scientist and astronaut with human frailties, escapes a life of failed relationships and joins a small crew in deep space. Matt Green is part of the crew and he makes it plain he hasn’t forgiven her for her dumping of him.

Eden is re-awakening from a long icy winter, but Jenny falls in love with the untouched world. Exploring, the three discover a crashed UFO.

‘You don’t think alien beings could still be in the ship?’
‘But we’re not talking anybody, are we?’

A story of survival, romance and horror as three people become stranded far from the safety of Earth with an unfriendly alien for company.

Eden – a romance.
Eden – a sci-fi.
Make of it what you will.
Snippet of Eden:
Jenny plodded along, stupefied. The fingers circling her nape were biting and painful, but she barely noticed. The echo of the wolves’ howling was still too strongly embedded in her mind. Part of her knew Fly was leading her to her rape, and that same part was going to allow it to happen because the other side was lying dormant through fear and exhaustion.

The corridor was laden with dirt and grime. Animal excrement, electronic debris lay in her path, but she continued to walk where he urged. His cabin door was open, and he nudged her towards the bed.

While she sat on the edge, he heated a metal canteen over a crudely assembled grill, wired haphazardly to a small accumulator. She watched as he stirred in the same beverage that she had yesterday morning. When it was steaming, he filled a cup and gave it to her.

He sat on a chair opposite, and observed her with his usual disconcerting stare.

She stared back, confused, until her fingers began to burn from holding the cracked cup. She pressed it against her lips, and it was only then that she realised her teeth were chattering.

‘You are not going to survive,’ he said finally using one of the small computers he had taken from the shelf.

She gulped a mouthful of the liquid, and tried to disguise the unwelcome tears that pooled in her eyes. Already he thought her a weak, pathetic female and, for some strange reason, she didn’t want to give him further evidence to think any worse of her.

‘How do you stand it,’ she asked quietly, ‘the endless howling, night after night?’

‘There is a worse sound, and that is no sound at all.’
Don’t take my word for it, read the reviews:

`Eden’ is a love story of sorts. It’s also science fiction of the old fashioned, planet-hopping, bug-eyed monster variety but written with a woman’s sensibilities.


On mankind’s first journey to another star system, things go seriously wrong. Jenny and her two fellow astronauts land on a living planet called Eden and stumble across the remains of a crashed alien spacecraft that made a crash landing. A computer malfunction causes the Earth ship to take off without Jenny, leaving her stranded with few provisions.

As well as the hostile carnivores of the inaccurately named Eden, Jenny has to worry about the sole survivor of the crashed ship. He is a fierce warrior who, despite his obviously alien features, resembles (in Jenny’s mind at least) a Native American.

At first, the alien is antagonistic towards Jenny. But it soon dawns on him that he has been lonely all these many years and she could provide the companionship he yearns for.

Jenny, in her turn, realises the alien (who she names Fly) is her only hope of survival. What follows is reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe meeting Man Friday, only Crusoe and Friday were never attracted to each other…


At heart, `Eden’ is a romance with echoes of `Blue Lagoon’ and any number of bodice rippers – which should please the ladies. Its science fiction elements mean there’s something there for the lads as well. (And, of course, plenty of girls like sci-fi too and I suspect there’s not a few blokes who can stand a bit of romance.)

It’s a well-written story that maintains a good pace, has two strong central characters and keeps the reader entertained. What more can you ask for from a novel?

* * *

In her book Eden, Louise Wise recreates the legendary place on a different world. To some, it’s a place of beautiful wildlife and golden waters. To others, it’s savage and dark with death around every corner.

Jenny, an astronaut commander who is left behind on Eden, is constantly torn between these two characteristics in Eden as well as the sole humanoid who inhabits the planet with her, Fly.


The most interesting thing is how Eden portrays both of these characteristics as being not mutually exclusive but as two sides of the same coin. In Fly, Jenny finds a protector that, at times, she is frightened of. Other times, she is both aroused and repulsed by him, both at the same time.


Although initially I thought that the book was dragging at times, I soon figured out that those times were necessary in order to properly set up the tension, which is particularly well manifested in the relationship that develops between Jenny and Fly.

Even at times where the tension hits its peak, Eden never seems to lose its humor and is quick to evoke a smile. The relationship between Jenny and the alien Fly is probably the most rewarding and feels just as human as any relationship that I have ever had.

* * *

The year is 2236 and Jenny has just watched her spacecraft take off without her. On the surface, this is a story of Jenny’s struggle to survive when she is stranded on a planet inhabited by wild animals and one savage alien. Beneath that is a story of fear and prejudice; redemption and tolerance. These lessons are subtly woven into an action-packed plot. And, at the heart of it all, is a love story.

Louise Wise does a wonderful job of getting at the heart of human emotions. Love, fear, and hatred mingle throughout this story. Jenny’s strength and openness shine and, hopefully, gives us all something to think about.

* * *

The book Eden is about a young space traveler named Jenny who ends up marooned on a strange planet called Eden, accidentally left behind by her two male shipmates. She’s not alone on the planet, and along with strange and feral creatures, there’s also someone else who’s been marooned. He’s not human, but he is dangerous. Jenny realizes her best hope for survival will be to make contact with this “alien.” At first, trying to trade him some coffee for some food (she’s already found and drank all his “whiskey”) she forms a tentative friendship with him. Cautiously, the two try and understand each other. And little by little, while waiting for rescue by her two shipmates, Jenny finds herself falling in love with this strange alien.

The book is well written, and truly British. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it gives the story a unique charm of its own. Just as the relationship blossoms between Jenny and “Fly” her two male, human shipmates end up crashing on the planet and are also marooned. Injured and frightened, the two men have a much harder time accepting the alien. After exploring the alien’s crashed ship, it’s discovered that “Fly” may have a hidden past, one that might threaten all three humans. Just when things start to seem like they will turn out well, the author takes you in a different direction. Well written, and a worthy read for both science buffs, and romance lovers alike! A very good start for a new author!

* * *

Earth has been studying a strange new planet named Eden. The space crew of the Taurus has been sent to be the first humans to set foot on this alien world. Sadly, the mission runs into troubles and Jenny, one of the crew is left behind after an emergency takeoff.


Stranded on an unfamiliar planet, Jenny is forced to rely on a seemingly savage Itor man for survival. Through their interactions respect blossoms and soon turns into love. Now, if only she could make her rescuers see this, things would be just fine.


I enjoyed this story immensely. The author took her time to really delve deep into the relationships of each of her characters. The blossoming love between Jenny and Fly was very well done and believable. The secondary characters felt unique and their animosity towards Jenny and Fly added a nice level of tension throughout the story.


All in all a wonderful read and a great cross-genre story.
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I’m pleased to announce…

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That EDEN is available as an ebook. The download is FREE and you can obtain your copy from here.

This is a new website set up to give new writers and poets the opportunity to see how well received their book is before committing to print. Tony Stanton is the founder of obooko and believes that new writers make their book available as a free download to gain feedback from other writers or readers, and also to promote their work.

This hasn’t cost me a penny, all rights to Eden is mine and I’ve signed no contract.

Self-Publishing Snobbery

There’s a lot of snobbery in the air when someone mentions self-publishing. A lot of pursed lips and tut-tutting. It’s the last resort of a poor writer having been rejected by countless agents and publishers, isn’t it?

Many think so, sadly.

I’ve read a few SP books and loads of “ordinary” books and have found errors in both. Funny, they are called spelling errors in SP books, but printing errors in books with a publishing house behind them.

I suppose I’m biased having written and POD-published my book. I regret not finding a decent designer for the book cover, but other than that it’s my debut book and I’m proud of it, God dammit!

So, would I do it again?

Yep, is my answer. Self-publishing, podding, whatever you call it is second best but only because you are editor, promoter, and writer all rolled into one neat ball, and being all of those is a lonely and time-consuming business (especially when all you want to do is write!). But I’d still do it again. I’ve learned so much along the way, and met so many wonderful people.

The Pros and Cons of self-publishing can be found in the links highlighted. But, at all costs, make sure your book is the best it can be if you follow the SP route (by any route, really). Pay for a detailed edit/proof-read. Pay an artist for a good cover: these don’t have to be expensive. Shop around.

Thanks to Lulu.com, youwriteon.com etc self-publishing (POD – print on demand) isn’t expensive anymore, so don’t get suckered into paying more than you can afford.

Vanity publishing is not to be confused with self-publishing. These are companies out to get as much money from authors as they can. You’ll end up with a garage full of books and an empty bank account, so be aware.

But be prepared to sell yourself; pimping on Twitter, Facebook etc. You’ll make a lot of friends from all over the world, as I have found, but you’ll also encounter a lot of snobbery.

Have you self-published? Thinking about it? I’d love to hear from you.

COMPETITION

We all love competitions, don’t we? It’s just nice to receive something for nothing. But is it something for nothing?

Nah, it’s all to do with the advertising; and I’m the same. I’m giving away a signed copy of my first book – EDEN because I’m in need of raising my profile as a writer. As a shy individual this’s come as a bit of an eye-opener! I’m finding myself in bookshops shamelessly flogging my wares, dropping my blog address all over the place, and telling anyone who’ll listen that I’VE WRITTEN A BOOK.

Eden’s a love story. It may be set in space and have a slight sci-fi kick to it, but it’s a romance all the same. An adult Beauty and the Beast only the beauty is an astronaut and the beast is an alien.
Jenny, the heroine, is left on an unknown planet after the crew accidentally leave her behind. She’s a modern woman from 2236 and is reduced to living the life of her prehistoric ancestors. She has to survive the harsh conditions on this cold planet; forage for food and hide from predatory animals. When the alien saves her life, she feels he isn’t as evil as she first believes and sets out to tame him.
The competition is open to anyone.
To enter all I’m asking is that you put a link to this blog onto your website or blog.  Let me know you’ve done it, and I’ll send you a signed copy of Eden.
I’ve only FOUR copies, so better be quick.