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Natasha Duncan-Drake
Works at Wittegen Press - I'm Tasha and I'm an author. I run my own small publishing company (Wittegenpress.com) with my twin sister and we publish genre fiction in eBook format. Check out my G+ to see my novels.
Attended University of Kent
Lives in Canterbury, UK
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I am seeking pre-release reviewers for my new book to post during the launch week which starts on 21st Feb 2016. When you boil it down the new book is gay romance with telepathic figure skaters, so if you like that sort of thing, this is the book for you :). More details further down.

I can provide an ARC of the book in PDF, Kindle (mobi) or ePub. 

There was an earlier version of the story published as part of the giveaway games anthologies, but this one has been re-polished and it has grown by a third, so it is a lot different to the original. If you think you've already read it, you haven't :).

This will be an Amazon only launch (have finally caved and am trying out a new system) so the reviews would need to go there, thank you.

Drop me a line at beren (at) dtwins (dot) co (dot) uk and I will get back to you.

Many thanks to anyone who is interested.

Title: The Machine (Rise of the Gifted)
Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
Rating: PG13
Genre: Contemporary SciFi, Romance, Gay
Length: novella (22.5K)

Rafe Derouet used to be a world class, British figure skater competing against his arch rival, flamboyant American Louis Hayes. A catastrophic knee injury ended his career and now all he can do is look on from the sidelines, commentating where he used to be a star. He hates Louis and wants nothing more than to see his nemesis go down in a blaze of failure.

Then mysterious men in black with guns take over a press meet, trying to arrest Louis, awakening something dangerous in their target, and setting in motion events they cannot control. Most shocking of all, Rafe finds out Louis can literally read his mind.

Dragged into a murky world of government agents and x-files by one of those x-files, Rafe finds his world view completely changing. And, along the way, his hatred for Louis proves to be something else entirely.

Now Rafe just needs to survive so he can decide what to do about it.
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Rob saw this on Facebook and it is an amazing version of the song.
So I know this is a little late since this song was uploaded in Dec last year, but it is brilliant. I grew up with Simon and Garfunkel in that my parents were fans, so I have always loved their music and this version of "The ...
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So today, thanks to The Martian, I found myself thinking about science and my old school's space experiment. This post is the result for #ThinkyThursdays  9
The Joy of Science So I've been thinking about science and how amazing it is. This was brought on by the fact that I have finally seen The Martian and it's brilliant (Rob is currently reading the book and I have dibs once he'...
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For #TipsTuesdays  21 I have a recipe to share with you. It has quickly become a favourite in our house and it uses sweet potatoes which are supposed to be better for you than regular potatoes too :).
So for Tips Tuedays 21 I have a recipe for you. It is based off a recipe from Simply Nigella - a superb book that I recommend to everyone - so many great recipes and so many of them are really good for you too. Honestly, my h...
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Today I have the lovely Rachael Ritchey guesting on my blog on the tour for her exciting new book The Captive Hope. There's a competition too. #WriterlyWednesdays  20
Please join me today in welcoming Rachael Ritchey to my blog on the blog tour for her exciting new book The Captive Hope. There is also a competition, so don't forget to enter. Rachael Ritchey The Captive Hope Blog Tour Cap...
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I felt like a lighter post today, so my monster of the week is witches, the evil kind from the fairy stories we all loved as children. Visit my post to see my current favourites. #MonsterMondays  31
Welcome to MonsterMondays 31 and today I am going all fairy tale for my monster of the week, with witches. Not the real kind, I have several friends who are very nice witches, I'm talking about the evil ones of bedtime storie...
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I let Rob pick the subject of my #MonsterMondays  post this week. He chose Vincent Price in one of his iconic Poe roles.
Greetings and welcome to Monster Mondays 32. It is my 19th wedding anniversary today so, for a change, rather than picking one of my own favourite monsters, I asked my darling husband to pick his. His response was "All that c...
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It's geek out time again with #FanFridays  16. Let me tell you about this South Korean drama I have fallen in love with - Vampire Prosecutor - it's awesome :).
Welcome to Fan Fridays 16 and another chance for me to share with you some of my geeky nature. Today is about a recent discovery of mine that I just have to share. :) Vampire Prosecutor Korean Drama with Fangs! So I have re...
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It's time for #WriterlyWednesdays  21 and I am very pleased to be hosting author and long time blogging friend Patricia Lynne today. Please come and enjoy.
Welcome to Writerly Wednesdays 21 and help me to make fellow author Patricia Lynne feel at home today. Patricia is talking about a very important question that come to all writers. How Serious Am I? Patricia Lynne There c...
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Looking back at my childhood today with Battle of the Planets. Loved it then, cringe a lot now :) #FanFridays  15
Welcome to Fan Fridays 15 and a trip back to my childhood :). Hope you enjoy the post. Battle of the Planets Ah the Rose Tinted Goggles of Nostalgia Now I know that Battle of the Planets was a hacked around version of the J...
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It's that time of year again, so my advice for #TipsTuesdays  20 is Go Sign Up For the AtoZChallenge. Check out the full blog post to find out what it is, why it's a fab idea and my tips for surviving it :)
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So I decided I didn't like some elements of the old version of the cover (thanks for everyone who helped me work on the details). Hence, here is the new one. What do you think?
So I never did get round to writing a blog post for Friday, sorry. That's because I was working on the new cover for "The Machine". Finally finished it yesterday. Thank you to everyone who voted on the other two versions of...
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Education
  • University of Kent
    Computer Systems Engineering, 1992 - 1995
  • University of Kent
    PhD in Electronics, 1995 - 1998
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Natasha Duncan, Tasha D-Drake (writing psued), Tasha Duncan (writing psued), Beren (fanfic psued)
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Author and geek.
Introduction
I'm Tasha and I'm an author. I run my own small publishing company (Wittegenpress.com) with my twin sister and we publish genre fiction in eBook format. Check out the links to see my novels.

I used to be a developer/database designer, but set off into pastures new when I was made redundant in 2010.

I have four novels out there at the moment Cat's Call a YA contemporary fantasy story, its sequel Cat's CreationSacrifice of An Angel, a fantasy/contemporary crime novel I wrote with my sister and Advent, an urban vampire novel, as well as quite a few short stories and anthologies that can be found at Wittegen Press.

I have also written fanfiction for many a year which can be found at My Livejournal (beren_wrties), or my AO3 account.
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I have four novels published at the moment, all contemporary fantasy or urban horror. I have a PhD :).
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Author, Cover designer, Techie
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  • Wittegen Press - I'm Tasha and I'm an author. I run my own small publishing company (Wittegenpress.com) with my twin sister and we publish genre fiction in eBook format. Check out my G+ to see my novels.
    Director, 2010 - present
  • Chaucer Digital
    Systems Consultant/Developer, 2001 - 2009
  • London Capital Group
    Developer, 2009 - 2010
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Vincent Price - The Master of the Human Monster #MonsterMondays 32
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Greetings and welcome to Monster Mondays 32. It is my 19th wedding anniversary today so, for a change, rather than picking one of my own fav

Guest Blog: How Serious Am I? Patricia Lynne - #WriterlyWednesdays 21
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Welcome to Writerly Wednesdays 21 and help me to make fellow author Patricia Lynne feel at home today. Patricia is talking about a very impo

Guest: Rachael Ritchey - The Captive Hope Blog Tour, #WriterlyWednesdays 20
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Please join me today in welcoming Rachael Ritchey to my blog on the blog tour for her exciting new book The Captive Hope. There is also a co

Review: Aimersoft Video Converter Ulitmate - Very Easy to Use Software
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Aimersoft Video Converter Ulitmate Very Easy to Use Software So I have used various video converters finding that many have issues with cert

Guest, Steve Turnbull - The Culture in Worldbuilding - #WriterlyWednesda...
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I very much hope you will join together with me today to welcome author Steve Turnbull to Tasha's Thinkings to talk about the mysterious cul

Cover Reveal - Sacrifice of An Angel (Cozy Mystery)
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Welcome to the cover reveal for the re-release of Sacrifice of An Angel (The Haward Mysteries #1). Sacrifice of An Angel, new cover 2016 Sac

14 Christmas Tips for Making it Through as Sane as You Went In - #TipsTu...
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Welcome to my blog this festive season. So today I have gathered together just a few of the small things I have learned about making the hol

Guest Interview: Dorothy Massey - #WriterlyWednesdays 17
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Please join with me to day to welcome fellow author Dorothy Massey to my blog for Writerly Wednesdays. Interview - Dorothy Massey Can you te

Birthday Bargains! 50-100% OFF eBooks
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Birthday Bargains! 50-100% OFF eBooks It's my birthday :) Coincidentally it's also my lovely twin, Sophie's birthday too, shocking I know ;)

Guest Post: The 3 Steps Of Editing, Heidi Angell
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Please join me today in welcoming Heidi Angell to my blog. She has many talents from author to editor and today she is sharing her insight i

Author Interview: Dave Higgins (Speculative Fiction) #WriterlyWednesdays 15
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I hope you will join with me today in welcoming Dave Higgins, author and blogger, to Tasha's Thinkings. He very kindly agreed to be intervie

How To Display the Blogger Labels Widget on a Separate Label's Page - #T...
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So I reorganised all my Blogger labels at the weekend because they were messy and not very helpful and I also looked into how to Display Blo

Godzilla - Giant Lizard with a Heart of Gold?! - #MonsterMondays 26
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Do you love a good rampaging monster? I know I do and before Pacific Rim (which is awesome because Idris Elba and giant monsters so double w

Share a Scare - Spooky tales - Halloween Blog Hop 2015 + Trick-or-Treat ...
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Welcome to Share a Scare - the Halloween Blog Hop 2015. Today I am here to share with you a scary story. So to my scary story. This is a fic

Extra Tips I Learned When Reformatting Two of My eBooks #TipsTuesdays 9
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So I have been re-formatting a couple of my books over the last week because I am changing the cover and took the opportunity to give them a

Mission Impossible - 5 People Can Save the World! #FanFridays 6
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It's geek time again and for Fan Fridays 6 I have chosen another old favourite of mine: Mission Impossible, the original series. I do hope y

Finally Found Some Wonderful Novel Writing Software I Like - yWriter - #...
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I suppose technically this could be for Writerly Wednesdays as well, but it's a tip, so I decided to put it here instead for Tips Tuesdays 6

ePub - The Easy Way - #TipsTuesdays 5
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Wittegen Press$2.99 | £1.99 Amazon | Other So last week I talked about converting your edited novel for Amazon and Smashwords (Checklist for

Checklist for Creating the eBook from your Beautifully Edited Novel - #T...
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I write, format and sell eBooks, so I thought for #TipsTuesdays 4 I would pass on a few words of wisdom, since I just discovered Amazon now

Pete Alexander - - #WriterlyWednesdays 4
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Today I am pleased to welcome fellow author Pete Alexander to my blog. He has been kind enough to answer a few questions for an author inter