Dreamtime Dragon Anthology

I’ve had the privilege of contributing to a Fantasy anthology that focuses on dragon stories. The official release is the 15th of this month, but it’s actually available now and for a limited time, the e-book version can be obtained at Smashwords for free!

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I’ve helped edit some of the other author’s stories and I can confidently say that the quality of material is very professional and worthy of that fantastic artwork on the cover, by artist Corin Spinks.

Grab a copy while it’s free! Reviews, especially on Amazon, are greatly appreciated even if it’s only a few words to say what you thought.

This has been the result of a massive group effort and I have to say I’m proud to have been a part of it.

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The Stephen Memorial Awards

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From their website:

“The Stephen Memorial Award is run by the Bookangel.co.uk book club.

It has been nearly a year since our furry feline founder member, Stephen, (or Spike to those that knew him well) passed away, and it wasn’t just his owners who missed him a great deal. So growing out of a discussion on the book forum, the idea of the Stephen Award came about: an award for books that features cats worthy of Spike’s seal of approval.

And they have a lot to live up to, with a cat with high intelligence, opposable thumbs, the ability to lock his owners out, and taking on foxes…and noteably having vets’ notes which had a large red caution to let him see what they are doing at all times. (If he can see it and it is interesting, he’ll go along with it. Otherwise…well, on one occassion he plucked the syringe from the vet’s hand and put it down with his paw on it.)

So, as a way to remember him, and a way to bring some attention to the other unique cats out there, the Stephen Award was launched in August 2017. It was biased, subjective, judged by our reviewers on what they feel like, capricious and altogether as fitted to cat temperament as we could make it! It closed at the end of the month with more books than we expected, and left our reviewers who had volunteered to judge with a pile of books to read. They’ve managed it, and we’re proud to present our 2017 winner and runner-ups.”

KhanaAs you may guess, I’m sharing this because I submitted my book, The Wake of the Dragon. My cats tend to wander into my books and Khana, who features as a significant character, is a real cat.

We didn’t get first place, but we got runner-up and that’s against a LOT of competition!

As it happens, The Wake of the Dragon is to go on sale for my birthday weekend, October 27 -30. Just .99 at Amazon US & UK to share Khana’s adventures with airship pirates!

KhanasmIt’s no accident or random choice that Khana was my choice of cats to go on this adventure. She looks a bit like an owl and has always had a penchant for perching on high places. Even as a kitten she used to go right up the tallest trees with no qualms. So it wasn’t much of a stretch to send her up a rope to join the airship pirates on Captain Bonny’s crew!

She’s 10 years old now and does most of her perching on top of an upright freezer these days, but there is still something about her that makes her a natural aerialist.  I’m pleased for her recognition!

The Wake of the Dragon is also available in paperback and audiobook, narrated by the very talented Kevin Marchant. Have a listen of the sample!

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Fantasy Weekend

I’m having a sale for Fantasy Weekend! Friday 26 May – Tuesday 30 May, The combined volume of the Goblin Trilogy as well as my Steampunk novel will be reduced in price on Kindle!

Fantasy Weekend

Come share an adventure with me!

The Goblin Trilogy on Amazon and Amazon UK

The Wake of the Dragon on Amazon and Amazon UK

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Regular Guest Blogger

I’ve been asked to write blogs monthly for The Storyreading Ape, which is a very popular blog. How could I refuse? So between struggling to keep up with my own writing, blogs and filmmaking, I’m thinking up writing related subjects to write about every month.

Here are the articles so far:

Writing on the Edge – A World of Dark Fantasy

So You Think Your Story Would Make A Great Movie…

New Genre, New Pen Name?

Choosing Keywords

What’s Your Motivation for Writing?

Working With Non-Human Characters

Explaining Common References – Or What’s A Glock?

Writers Selling To Writers and the Fantasy Genre

I’ll add a list of links every few months to make sure readers of my blog aren’t missing these. In the meantime, I’m on a push to finish a non-fiction book in time for a conference in July. Film work is still cutting into my time, but I’m making a point of getting some of my writing done. I am, after all, first and foremost a writer!

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A Steampunk Christmas?

Everyone loves a little Victoriana at Christmas, thanks to the imagery given to us by Charles Dickens, and in my perusals of popular items on Twitter, I’ve seen a steady increase of Steampunk themed Christmas Fairs.

Wakefront150This brings to mind my own Steampunk series, which currently has one book released and two more in planning. Juggling other projects and spending a lot of time getting my films finished and released has delayed completion of the other two books, but they have not been forgotten!

The Wake of the Dragon is an Adventure story about airship pirates who steal an already waylaid shipment of opium from a warehouse in Victorian London.

Spies, mechanoids and the East India Company all get in on the act as the pirates fall foul of a dodgy businessman and the unlikeliest of heroes, his mild mannered clerk. It is available in paperback, all e-book formats and audiobook! Expertly narrated by Kevin Marchant.

Have a listen on Amazon.

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Christmas Already?

Well not quite, but it’s hurtling towards us fast.

TrilogyFront200Getting into the spirit, I’ve set up a discount weekend over Black Friday and Cyber Monday! The Goblin Trilogy will be 1.99 from 25 November to 28 November.

So, if you haven’t tried it yet, now is a good time! Or if you have a Fantasy reading friend or relative, why not gift them a copy?

What could be more fun than a journey into a land of magic and mystical creatures where ecstasy is found in the transcendent power of The Dance!

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