Mittwoch, 31. August 2016

The Left Eye.

A while ago I wrote a short story for an American/Welsh anthology called "Eto". 
Americymru is a website/community that strives to build links between Wales and America. They're a happy bunch who teach Welsh online, cover Eisteddfods and run writing competitions. There was no money involved, they'd publicized my work for nothing over a period of months and when they asked if I had a story over for their collection, I gladly scribbled one down.
The story, about a young lad in post war North Wales who is cursed by a gypsy, was well recieved and though they hardly sold anything, I was glad to have helped.
Two years down the line and I have the rights again, to do with the story as I please. So when 13th Sign mentioned they were doing a quarterly magazine and asked for stories or articles, I offered up "The Left Eye".
To cut a long story short it was deemed too good to be just given away, which is nice, so we've decided to release it on KDP, (it's only 10,000 words so Ravenous Roadkill will probably release it for a laughable 99 pence... like all our Kindle releases) AND in the 13th Sign magazine, for nothing.
Poppet from 13th Sign made a great cover, and Paul, Poppet and Elaina cast their beady eyes over it for mistakes, of which there were probably plenty.
I'll do a cover release nearer the time of publication.

On another note, I've been writing again, and not just poems and short pieces either.

To be honest, after my promotion at work things suddenly became a lot more serious in regards to my work/play ratio, which was never good in the first place. 
Now I can't just go to work with my finger up my bum and ponder storylines, character development or do online research, I actually have to think!! 
Anyway, that took the edge off of my "mojo", (whatever that actually is?), and I've been stuttering and spluttering ever since. However, all is not lost and I'm back on track, sort of. "The Division of the Damned part Two: Gulag" is in the process of being conjured up!
Time will tell, eh?

Anyway, that's the news for now.
Thanks for dropping by ;)

As you were.

Donnerstag, 21. Juli 2016

News! Finally!

Yes, something has happened!
At last I have something to report in my blog!!

Firstly, let me just say that I think my mojo has returned... whatever a mojo is? Sounds like a make of Italian sidecar but that's by the by. It's all come about quite suddenly too, let me explain...

I used to belong to a vibrant and happy stable of authors who wrote and published for Thorstruck Books, (or Publications? I can't remember). 
Anyway, we had a tremendous esprit de corps amongst our ranks; with every one of us rooting for the other, helping with edits, promotion and opinions, and all the goodness that comes out of a collective with a dream. 
Alas, when Thorstruck closed its doors, the dream withered as we went our separate ways.
Two of my books went to Wild Wolf, who also have a great sense of community and mutual support, and Paul and myself released two books on Ravenous Roadkill.
However, I won't lie, I missed the constant chit chat we had on our Thorstruck page. Wild Wolf is far larger than Thorstruck, and we weren't, "discovered" by the guys making the decisions, so there was no major support. That's not dissing WW, not by any means! It's just Division and House had run their course and nobody throws money or effort at dead fish.

Paul and myself, (Ravenous Roadkill) are defo on the same wavelength in all manner of things, but he's as busy as I am so our communication, besides the online Facebook banter wasn't anywhere near like Thorstruck.

ANYWAY... Poppet, one of the movers in Thorstruck, decided to start an ezine with a couple of friends, and long story cut short, she invited us ex-Thorstruckers to participate.
It sounds daft, there's no money involved, well not yet, and I'm not even sure what I can contribute with? Do horror stories have any place in a magazine that wants, (and I quote),
"book reviews and releases, author interviews, gardening articles, natural health articles (with journal references), and earth and animal friendly products"?

Who cares, whatever they want I'll deliver, because I'm back with the guys and it's going to ROCK !!!

I'm stoked, does it show?
Check them out here: 13th Sign Publishing

Take it easy.

Samstag, 19. März 2016

News... I have none.

Honestly, time slips by so quickly nowadays, I can't believe I haven't written anything since LAST YEAR!!!
Whatever, nothing has really happened since then anyway. A couple of reviews for Sisterhood, one for House, an interview with Tee, (link to follow), and sales so spare you'd think I've been blacklisted or something.

Anyway, Division of the Damned part two is stuttering and wheezing like a bronchitis-lamed chain smoker as I simply don't seem to find the time and energy to, "get stuck in". The story is there, everything is set, and yet my Mojo, (whatever that may be?) simply isn't playing ball.
It's on the agenda, and I know when I'm in the Zone it'll just fall out of my fingers. However, the road to this legendary "Zone" is taking its time being found.

So, no news except for a couple of good reviews, and an interview.
Here's the link for my chat with Tee, and I'll bid you all a fond, fondue.

Tee Geering's Blog

Have a great weekend, as you were.

Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2015

Montag, 28. Dezember 2015

Update... a little overdue.

So where do I begin?

Okay, I'll start with Christmas because, to be honest, nothing has really happened since my last post, (which seems unfeasible in this fast moving era of the internet, I know, but it's true).

Just before Chrimbo, Paul, (my partner in crimes against literature at Ravenous Roadkill) wrote to me to say he's sorted out the paperbacks for Sisterhood and Chronicles.

I won't lie, I was ecstatic! To write a book in itself is a labour of love, and to see it on Amazon being sold as an ebook is a real kick. However, the kudos lies in paper, and to hold my own work in my hands, in book form is like scoring with a millionaire nymphomanic photomodel, especially when you're as proud of your own mindless literary wibblings as I am.

Reality bit when I ordered my first copy. We'd set the font too small and consequently it was unreadable. A minor glitch, but one that twanged the heart strings as I planned to give a few away for Christmas, (being the absolute cheapskate that I am). There are actually still a few copies going around among my friends that need a neutron microscope to be read.

However, leaving our disappointment sitting in the dust we moved swiftly on, sorted that out and the book was good to go by the middle of December; and if I say so myself, it looks bloody good! The cover is the same as the ebook, (made by our good friend Poppet), but I twiddled some knobs, played with some photos and made the back cover and spine myself. We set the price for as low as Amazon would let us sell it for without us making a loss. On it's going for 4.99, which is a snip for a new book IMHO.

The Chronicles of Supernatural Warfare came hot on its heels. Paul had a few issues with the cover, (to say the least. It was sent back something like five times before it was accepted), but he fought through the cyber-redtape and made an excellent cover that we both liked. Formatting was an issue, as was the fact that the page numbers didn't show up and we forgot the index, but I think they've all been sorted out by now. If not... well, then not.

I know anthologies have a bad reputation when it comes to sales, but Chronicles is the product of an idea a friend of mine had years ago. Theresa Geering, or Tee to everyone, put the idea in my head about 2009, I even wrote a post on it a couple of years later, here: Short Stories post

It grew in importance and when Paul suggested we team up on it, I was sold. I'm glad we did as well, I really like the stories and to have them in print is something to cherish.
Again we set the price as low as possible without us making a loss and it's up there for 6.99 in Britain. If we could sell it for cheaper we would, but Amazon and the taxman take their tribute, which leaves us with mere pennies.

Anyway, if you're interested, here are the links to peruse at your leisure and convenience:
The Sisterhood of the Serpent

The Chronicles of Supernatural Warfare

I can't see Wild Wolf publishing Division and House in paperback, they're simply not selling, but one day it might happen again... one day...

And now to another issue. Reviews.
If anyone feels the need to write a review for Chronicles or Sisterhood, but feels a bit abashed at the seriously exorbitant price, drop me a line and I'll send you a Mobi version. However, please don't ask for a version and then forget it on your Kindle for the next five years. BTW, Mobi versions don't work with the Kindle App, but will work with Kindles.
If you don't like what I've written, fair enough, I ask only that you're nice :D
Drop me a line on my FB page, or message me with your email address. Don't feel obliged, just do it if it's convenient to you.

In January I said that there'd be no new novels out from me this year, but I lied. Sisterhood is out there, and now Chronicles. I have four books on Amazon and one short story, and I'm bloody proud of them all!

Next year I hope to release The Division of the Damned part two, (Gulag), and maybe my "War and Peace meet Jurassic Park" novel, who knows...? 
Hogs might get high, or whatever the saying is? ;)

Take it easy.