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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Writing For Shared Universes

This past week I enjoyed an interview with Princess of Light regarding my contribution to the 
Heroes in Hell shared universe.

If you've ever wondered what's involved in contributing to such a complex series, why not check out this little article:

If you like what you see, pop across to Perseid Press and find out what that universe has to offer:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Why Consider the IX Series?

The IX Series continues to rage from strength to strength.
Some of you might be wondering what all the fuss is about?

Take a look at some of these critical reviews from the leading lights of speculative fiction and discover for yourself why you might like to discover the world of the Ninth Legion:

And from others:

Weston knows how to keep the reader on the edge of the seat without feeling as though the mission will never end. This is a complex combination of history, imagination & science fiction magic as is available today.
Grady Harp: Hall of Fame/Top 100 /Vine Reviewer

A brilliant & amazing synthesis of military, horror and far-future science fiction.
Nebula Award Winner Michael A. Armstrong

The IX is the most inventive science fiction novel I have read since "Stranger in a Strange Land". That's saying a lot. The plot is highly complicated, and yet so clearly and gracefully written that it is easy to follow. The ending is wildly inventive and too brilliant to give away. Suffice it to say I ended the book with tears in my eyes.
Jim Morris (Vine Voice)


Come and join the IX on their epic adventure, and discover why there really is no choice, other than to...


This Week, I'll Mostly Be Enjoying...

On TV - a couple of new Series

And this weeks reading:

Updates to follow :)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ticking Along

This last week has been quite busy:

Into the final chapters of Prelude to Sorrow - the conclusion to the IX's journey.

Had a great couple of reminders from the team over at Black Gate.
Their Top April Posts reveal how well The IX Series & Hell Bound are still doing among their discerning readers.

(Check out the lists)

(Of note - is how strongly a number of other Perseid Press articles feature)
So Well Done to the team.

And I enjoyed a most excellent day with Princess of Light where they asked me for details about my all time Top 10 picks for films over the last (X) decades (Hee hee)


And Don't forget...

Pirates in Hell is Coming

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Latest Responses to the IX Series

I'd like to share some pretty encouraging responses to both The IX and Exordium of Tears.

One - a review - came from Netgalley:
Very cool concept. Lots of action and battle sequences that are well done. Quite a few characters and all of them are fleshed out nicely. We get to know and care about every one of them and feel invested in their struggles. The story itself begins as a straight forward band of misfits all brought together to make a last stand against a formidable horde, but, evolves from that simple premise into something more unique and interesting. A few nice twists and turns as we barrel towards the finale make for a very rewarding finish and a heck of a fun book.

The other came from Princess of Light in a Book Spotlight:

All in all, an encouraging week - especially as both books of the series have been ranking well.

On a personal note:
I received my new Kindle - at last - and can get back to read & reviewing.
First on my new list is a book I've been waiting for:

The Golden Sword - Part II of the Silistra Quartet.

There's lots of great reading out there:
I know what I'll be doing next week. Do you?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Golden Sword (The Silistra Quartet - Book 2)

I hope you don't mind my sharing this through my blog, but I've been waiting a while for the latest book in the Silistra Quartet to become available.

Make space on your bookshelf. It really is a treat you don't want to miss.

She had the power to create planets. 
The sixty carved bones of the Yris-tera 
foretold her ancient fate. 
Her heritage of power took her beyond 
time and space and stole from her the 
one man she loved. 
Enslaved on the planet Silistra tomorrow's 
most beautiful courtesan unleashes the 
powers of the gods.
Available now from these outlets:

And coming soon in trade paperback and hardcover.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Writing Tips Made Easy

I spotted this wonderful nugget full of great advice on Lit Reactor and just had to share it with you. See what you think.

Will Self
The writing life is essentially one of solitary confinement—if you can't deal with this you needn't apply. —The Guardian
Anton Chekhov
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. (Technically a misquote, but solid advice nonetheless.)
Neil Gaiman
The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like. —The Guardian
Helen Simpson
The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying ‘Faire et se taire’ (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as ‘Shut up and get on with it.’ —The Guardian
Billy Wilder
The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer. —Conversations with Billy Wilder
Elmore Leonard
Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. —New York Times
George Orwell
Never use the passive where you can use the active. —"Politics and the English Language"
Henry Miller
Work according to the program and not according to mood. —Henry Miller On Writing
Joyce Carol Oates
Write your heart out. —Brain Pickings
Robert McKee
The finest writing not only reveals true character, but arcs or changes that inner nature, for better or worse, over the course of the telling. —Story
Kurt Vonnegut
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. —Bagombo Snuff Box
Chuck Palahniuk
Write something that people might not “enjoy” but will never forget. —Flavorwire
Jeff VanderMeer
If you are drawn to write what's uncomfortable, it may help to recognize that you are allowed to write for yourself, and that any decisions about seeking publication are separate from that first, fundamental decision (and freedom). —Wonderbook
P.D. James
Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. —The Guardian
Harper Lee
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. —Writer's Digest
Ray Bradbury
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ―Zen in the Art of Writing
Joe Hill
Just about everything I learned about writing a good book I learned from reading lots and lots of good books. —Writer's Bone
Stephen King
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time—or the tools—to write. —On Writing
Vladimir Nabokov
Literature was not born the day when a boy crying 'wolf, wolf' came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying 'wolf, wolf' and there was no wolf behind him. —Lectures on Literature
Sylvia Plath

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.—The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
I don't know about you, but I'll be applying some of these pointers, as its always good to keep your writing fresh.