Time is an Illusion

Lunchtime, doubly so. Hands up, who recognises he quote?

I seem to have neglected my blog. I’ve been writing monthly posts for The Story Reading Ape blog, but those mostly have to do with the writing process and marketing, which is not what I want to write about here.

I may, however, re-post some of the articles I’ve written here if I think they’re relevant. This blog is for talking about story, rather than writing.

Old Blood poster 2-2-125smallSo, what have I been doing that has kept me away from this blog for so long? Part of it has been film editing. My vampire comedy, Old Blood, will be available on Amazon Prime from 15th November in English speaking countries. Other countries will follow. The zombie comedy, Graveyard Shift, will get finished now, between doing more subtitles in different languages for Old Blood.

advertcomboI have also been writing. Since my last post, I’ve released two new non-fiction books, Elemental Spirits and The Chaonomicon.

These are available in both e-book and paperback from a variety of retailers. But what about new fiction?

I’ve been working on a few things. I’m working on two new short stories for anthologies at the moment, but I also have The Chase for Choronzon well along and likely to be finished soon. Notes and material for the next two books in my Steampunk series has been accruing. I haven’t been idle.

advertcombo1My first Steampunk book, The Wake of the Dragon, came out in audiobook and the goblin books are set to become audiobooks at some time as well. I’ve been holding out for a particular narrator for the first and third books, but the second one needs a different voice as the protagonist is female.

These aren’t the only projects I’ve been working on, but others are not ready to be made public. Meanwhile, with the holidays upon us, look for a Christmas sale or two in December.

Happy reading!

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Christmas Paperback Sale plus E-book

It seems the holiday season is moving in faster this year than usual, but there’s still time if you want to take advantage of a 30% off on the paperback version of The Goblin Trilogy!

 Paperback Christmas

Buy direct from Lulu!

Meanwhile, if you’re getting a new Kindle for Christmas, the E-book version of the Trilogy will be on sale for 1.99 on Christmas until the end of December at Amazon!

Getting another E-reader? Smashwords is also having a special sale event and all of my books are entered! Most will be 1.00 or even free!


Meanwhile Lulu is still offering delivery in time for Christmas so get those last minute gift orders in! Make a new reader this year!

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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!


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


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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