Books by Len du Randt

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Cover of Succubus competition - RESULTS

Wow! What a ride!!! I never anticipated the overwhelming response to the Cover of Succubus competition that I received. In fact, there were three new entries on the very last day of the competition! I must admit that every single person who entered was absolutely fantastic and all are winners in my eyes. It’s a pity that only three could make it through to the next round.

Four very close friends and I will debate and decide on a final winner next week and first place and the two runner ups will be announced on Monday, the 24th of September.

Herewith the TOP 3:
Cheraldine = 1061 Votes
Liani = 1026 Votes
Leani = 777 Votes

We received a few requests and suggestions for altering the rules and allowing newcomers to stand a better chance of winning, but after much deliberation and weighing all the PROs with the CONs, we decided to rather leave the rules as-is. This will unfortunately not please everyone, but we have to be fair and stick to our guns. I trust that everyone will understand.

The rest:
Celia = 111 Votes
Clarisse = 26 Votes
Anel = 82 Votes
Bianca = 19 Votes
Erika = 32 Votes
Tiffany = 12 Votes
Roxzann = 28 Votes
Melissa = 149 Votes
Monique-Cherie = 137 Votes
Adele = 11 Votes
Shanonlea = 44 Votes
Samantha = 24 Votes
Leora = 45 Votes
Letitia = 115 Votes
Storm = 26 Votes
Mary = 495 Votes
Wendy = 50 Votes
Done = 54 Votes
Monja = 168 Votes
Nicole = 97 Votes
Michelle = 77 Votes
Mini = 410 Votes
Mini = 423 Votes
Benita = 97 Votes
Kelly = 42 Votes
Beverly = 38 Votes
Senga = 29 Votes
Ashley = 40 Votes

This competition was a huge success in my eyes and I would like to thank everyone who participated and also those who voted for the contestants.


PS: I have a new author website coming soon… keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Face of the Succubus Competition

One lucky female contestant will win a Kindle and will also be the face on the cover of my next novel!

To be on the cover of my next novel, The Succubus, simply e-mail a picture of yourself in a similar pose to that used on the cover of The Incubus to I will then upload the picture to and then it's up to you to get as many family and friends to LIKE your picture as you can.

Example of the required picture on the left:

You do NOT need to edit the picture yourself.

The Succubus is the sequel to The Incubus and the cover will be in pretty much the same style; except that the face will be female… perhaps yours!

The three pictures with the most LIKES on Saturday, the 15th of September 2012 at 12:00 PM (South African time) will be selected as the three finalists, and a panel of judges will then decide 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The three winners will be announced on Monday, the 24th of September on my Facebook Author Page and on this blog.

Note: Only images uploaded to the wall by me will be considered as legit entries.


1st Place will win a Kindle worth $110 (or an voucher for the same amount) as well as Kindle copies of The Son of Perdition, The Incubus and The Succubus as well as a $25 Amazon gift voucher.

Two runner ups will each receive Kindle copies of The Son of Perdition, The Incubus and The Succubus as well as $30 gift vouchers each.


Terms and Rules:
  • Only images on the authorlen wall will be considered as legit entries
  • Anyone can enter, no matter where in the world you are
  • The picture has to be of a woman. Girls under 18 need their parents’ permission to enter.
  • If the winner is from a country where Amazon does not ship Kindles to, a voucher of the same value ($110) will be supplied to the winner instead
  • Winner must be willing to send 3 to 5 high res images for the cover
  • Upon entering the competition, you automatically agree that the image may be manipulated and used for the cover should you win
  • Only one photo allowed per entrant
  • Entrants may replace a photo, but at the risk of losing all current votes
  • The photo has to be one of yourself. You can’t enter by using someone else’s photo

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

On writing The Incubus

When my wife and I had a miscarriage in 2004, we both mourned our own way. While she cried, I tried dealing with my inner turmoil and emotions by writing. The result of that is The Incubus.

Some of the events that happen in the book are loosely based on real life things that either happened to us, or people that my wife and I knew back then. I always wanted to write a ghost(ly) story, so when things started to go bump in the night at the place we lived then, I drew on that for inspiration. Where some people might shriek when things start moving around, I used those moments to figure out how I could work it into the book. The nightmares that Justin had were all mine and the light fixture that almost fell on Rebecca’s head nearly smashed to pieces on my wife’s head in real life. It was a strange time in our lives, but we got through it just fine.

No. We didn’t meet any angels (fallen or otherwise) to my knowledge, but we did manage to overcome our own inner demons.

Just like The Son of Perdition, both The Incubus and Succubus were also rejected by pretty much every publisher in South Africa, Australia, the UK and the US. In a sense, I’m actually glad that no one published them. I quite like the excitement of the e-Self Publishing journey and it would not have been possible to do so if the rights resided at some publisher in Helsinki or whatnot.

I initially planned a trilogy with The Incubus and The Succubus being the first two in the series, but after writing The Succubus, I realised that they stand much stronger as just the two books. I’m polishing the sequel for Kindle now and if all goes well, it should be on Amazon around mid-September this year.

Here’s to hoping…

PS: Welcome J Baxter! Thanks for following :)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Available: The Incubus

It took a few mails to tech support, but Amazon eventually sorted the glitch that hindered people from buying The Incubus. Well... it's sorted now, so if you're looking for a good book to read this weekend, I would recommend:

Then again... I am biased.

I will create a post about the "writing of" Incubus tomorrow or so.

Take care and enjoy the book!


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Incubus woes!

Okay, so I did finally manage to get The Incubus finished and uploaded. Now there's a problem with Amazon where potential buyers would get a "Pricing information not available." or "This title is not available for customers from your location in:" message.

That means that even I can't buy my own book.

The good news is that Amazon seems to be aware of this "widespread problem" and the techs are working hard to get it sorted. Once the issue is fixed up, I'll start promoting The Incubus.

Until then, I guess I'll spend my "free" time editing The Succubus. I'd LOVE to have it up before the end of August this year...

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Incubus - Still Coming Soon...

Okay, so I have not managed to upload The Incubus just yet; but I'm almost there! I only need to give it one last read-through on my Kindle and then hit upload. We're talking days here, but as always, life happens when you're making other plans.

If all goes well and according to plan, I should have it up before the end of the coming weekend.

Here's to hoping :)

I'd rather blow a deadline and upload something better than upload just anything to try and save face. At the end of the day, a better book will take me much further than one that was uploaded a week or month earlier.

I leave you with the first scene to nibble on until the upload:

The wheat flowed in the wind, like millions of swaying dancers performing a ballet. Justin shifted his gaze from the road to the horizon of sprinkled gold. He stared at it dreamily for a moment before stealing a glance at his sleeping wife.
     ‘You did it, Becky,’ Justin said softly. He loved watching her sleep; seeing her without a care in the world while the sun gently gnawed at her shoulder. ‘You made this possible.’
     Rebecca wriggled her nose and shifted her weight in the seat. She tugged at the seatbelt and moistened her lips before slumbering off again.
     Justin sighed. There weren’t many women like her. When he lost his job five months earlier, Rebecca stood firmly by his side. When he didn’t know how they were going to survive each month on her salary alone, she not only managed to save up enough money for their immediate needs, but also enough for their first year anniversary weekend away at a resort.
     ‘I don’t know how I’m going to make our first anniversary special to you,’ he told her after they had finished working out their budget. ‘The plan was to take you away somewhere far and exotic. Now I’ll be lucky if I can treat you to a movie.’
     Rebecca laughed and lovingly took Justin’s hands. ‘We don’t need money to make it special,’ she said and kissed him softly. ‘We just need each other. Nothing more. Nothing less.’
     Rebecca was his rock; a pillar of strength during the times that everything around him seemed to crumble and fall. He couldn’t imagine life without her. The road ahead was clear for as far as the eye could see, so Justin stepped down on the gas pedal slightly and the car accelerated. The wheat fields zipped past. He stole another glance at Rebecca and cupped his free hand over hers. ‘I love you, Becky,’ he said and softly squeezed her hand.
     ‘I love you too,’ she said with her eyes still closed and yawned. Slowly—like a butterfly breaking free from a cocoon—she opened her eyes and Justin could only stare in awe at the grace with which she woke.
     ‘Hey sleeping beauty,’ he said. ‘How was your—?’
     ‘Justin, look out!
     For a moment time stood still. The expression of fear on her face would forever be seared into his memory. Adrenaline flushed through his legs and Justin instinctively slammed on the brakes. It was only then that that he saw the figure standing in the middle of the road. The wheels locked and the car swerved into the opposite lane. Had another car or truck passed at that exact moment, the collision would have killed them both instantly. Justin jerked at the wheel to try and keep the car from veering off the shoulder of the road. The car over-steered and he had to pull the steering hard. After what felt like an eternity, the car finally came to a standstill.
     ‘Are you all right?’ Justin asked Rebecca. His tongue felt like cork and his voice was a coarse, quivering croak.
     Rebecca nodded, but it was a reflex move. She had no idea whether she was all right or not. She bordered on shock. The numbness of her mind was the only thing keeping her from crying.
     Justin fumbled with his seatbelt. His hands were still shaking from the adrenaline, but he finally managed to unclip it and flung the door open. A burst of afternoon heat blasted him as he clambered from the air conditioned car and slowly walked to the back of the vehicle on what felt like rubber legs. He leaned against the trunk for stability and scanned his eyes across the road. There was no trace of anyone.
     Where did he go?
     ‘Is he okay?’ a badly shaken up Rebecca asked as she joined her husband’s side.
     ‘He...he’s gone.’
     Rebecca looked around. ‘Gone?’
     Justin didn’t answer. He walked across the road and peered over the shoulder to see if anyone was lying at the bottom of the ditch. He looked up and down the road. No cars in either direction. No people either. There was only the golden wheat, the high pitched screams of the cicadas, and the distinct smell of burnt rubber.
     ‘Did you find anything?’ Rebecca asked as he made his way back.
     Justin shook his head.
     ‘Where could he have gone?’
     ‘I don’t know...’ Justin said and made a final quick scan of the area. ‘You also saw someone in the road, right? That’s why you screamed?’
     Rebecca nodded.
      A cold shiver ran down his spine. He couldn’t quite put his finger on it, but something made him feel uncomfortable. He sensed that Rebecca felt it too. ‘Come,’ he said. ‘Let’s get out of here.’ The two of them got back into the car and Justin managed to start it on the second try. He took one last look in the rear-view mirror as he stepped down on the gas pedal.

Monday, 30 April 2012

This is the cover I've decided on for my next novel, The Incubus. In a nutshell, the book is about a demon sent to prevent the birth of a child that will one day lead millions to Christ.

ETA for release = 11th of May, 2012.

If you haven't done so already, grab my end times thriller, The Son of Perdition at