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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.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The IX Series
Exordium of Tears

It's been a busy few weeks for Exordium of TearsAs well pleasing an already established fan base, rave reviews are starting to roll in from the likes of:

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Additionally, all sorts of different interviews abound.
Here are a few:

If that wasn't enough, Exordium of Tears is still climbing the Goodreads charts, and hitting the #1 spot in a number of choice categories.

To all the fans out there who continue to make this possible, please accept a heartfelt 
"Thank you"
Your ongoing support is much appreciated.

Don't forget. Stop by my website to ensure you stay abreast of all the latest news.
(Link at the top of the page)
Until next time...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Black Gate Fantasy
Review of Exordium of Tears

I had the privilege of being reviewed by Fletcher Vredenburgh over at
Black Gate Fantasy

See what they thought - Here:

Once again, thank you so much to the team at Black Gate for an honest review,

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Exordium of Tears Book Tour
Week 3

Well, we're into the final week of the Book Tour with:

This week, I'm calling in at the following stops.

Monday, March 21, 2016
What Readers Want - Spotlight

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Cover2Cover - Spotlight
And don't forget the competition.

You need to leave your name and Kindle email address on the comments section of this blog (or on the contact page of my website - link above)
The first name selected will receive a trade paperback version of Exordium of tears (Signed by myself)
And the runners-up will receive a Kindle copy.
Remember: You can't win unless you enter. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Exordium of Tears Book Tour
Week 2

Over the next seven days, you can find me with:

Monday, March 14, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016
Please feel free to stop by and join in the fun.

And for those of you who are new to the series, here's a little incentive to get to know the Ninth Legion of Rome that little bit better and find out what all the fuss is about. 

3 complimentary copies of Exordium of Tears for your Kindle.
One paperback copy - (signed by my good self)

Obviously, you'll need a kindle.
Then, all you have to do (Between March 13th - March 19th) is send me a message via the 'contact' page of my Website (link at the top of this page) with:
 your name and kindle email address.
And that's it!

The first name chosen at random, gets the Trade Paperback.
The next three, get the kindle copies.
(It couldn't be easier).

The lucky winners will be announced the following week as the Novel Book Tour comes to the end. Enjoy.