Thursday, April 17, 2014

Have You Met the Triton?

Being ex military, one of the duties I used to have to perform involved diving.
Now, as any diver will tell you, the training you have to undergo to qualify is as involved as it is lengthy.
Not only that, once you're trained, you then face the prospect of having to operate whilst managing a whole load of equipment AND cumbersome oxygen respirators.
But - not any more.
A South Korean designer, Jaebyun Yeon, has invented an ingenious device that will make cumbersome diving a thing of the past.
It's called...TRITON.
TRITON operates on the basis of what is termed - an artificial gill system.
First of all, it will extract oxygen from the water through a filter. Those filters come in the form of fine threads with holes which have been designed - specifically - to be smaller than an actual water molecule. Very clever!
Then, using a tiny, but powerful micro possessor, the TRITON compresses oxygen and stores it within a special storage tank.
When the wearer bites down, hey presto! breathable oxygen.
Simple and effective.
If you want to find out more - follow this link to My Science Academy:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kiss of the Succubus

Hell hath no fury like a Cambion Scorned
Coming soon...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Terror Alert

Imagine you had been touched by evil before you were even born.
Imagine you are cursed with a terrible hunger that gnaws away at you every waking moment of every day.
Imagine that all you have to drive your insatiable rage is the hope of revenge.
Revenge on the one who caused your existence.
Revenge on those who would manipulate you.
Revenge on a hidden society who looks on humans as a food source.
Revenge – down & dirty – Plain & simple.

And now he’s back –
Augustus Thorne – Kiss of the Succubus – Coming Soon.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Kiss of the Succubus – Cover Reveal

Hi everyone,

As I promised the other week, the day has arrived to reveal the cover of the latest book in the Cambion Journals.
Kiss of the Succubus

(It is a week late, as I didn’t want to detract from the release of a new book by my friend and fellow author, Laura DeLuca. But better late than never)

Once again, this story will be available from Pagan Writers Press through a number of outlets, and the cover has been completed by the very talented, Christie Choida Gucker.

So what do you think? For those of you who have read the first book, I’m sure you’ll agree, the mood epitomizes what the Cambion Journals are all about. And of course, in line with this cover reveal, is the announcement of a competition.

As you can see, lots of goodies are available to the Grand Prize Winner.
(Of special note – look at the pendant positioned to the top-right of the mouse mat)
That’s the Pentastar
As fans of Augustus Thorne will know, part of his continued evolution and journey requires him to collect three mystic emblems. (One in each book ) In Rage of Augustus, we had the Gaia Amulet as part of the prize. For Kiss of the Succubus, it’s the Pentastar.

If you feel you’d enjoy the contents of the pack – which by the way – will also include a signed copy of Kiss of the Succubus itself, then feel free to enter the Rafflecopter draw below.

***Entries can also be made by leaving your details within the contact section of this announcement, or, by sending me a direct message of my facebook page***

1st Prize – as stated – will be the items contained in the photograph above.
(With the addition of a signed copy of Kiss of the Succubus)

There will also be two runners-up prizes of an ebook version of the story.
So there you go. Please enjoy, and enter away. a Rafflecopter giveaway
For those of you who don’t know Augustus’s a bit about the first book:

They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
Whoever they are, they’ve never met Augustus Thorne.
Born a Cambion—half-demon, half-human—and cursed with a terrible hunger he can barely control, Augustus spends his life hunting and exterminating any Incubi and Succubae he can find. But no matter how many he destroys, he can always find room for one more. Especially if it’s the foul scum who raped his mother, Augustus’s own father, Fanon.
Driven by rage, his quest leads Augustus through the centuries and around the world until fate suddenly hands him his heart’s desire.
But things are not as they appear and the revelations Augustus uncovers are mind boggling. When he finally corners his father in London, events take an unexpected twist.
Is revenge served upon a bed of scalding rage?

Welcome to the World of Augustus Thorne.
The Cambion Journals – Rage of Augustus/Kiss of the Succubus.
Pray you never rouse his anger...

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Forgotten Pharaoh

He everyone,

On my blog today, I’m highlighting the new release of a good friend of mine, Laura De Luca

Julie Gerber isn't thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting.

The pharaoh known as Djedefre was cursed for the murder of his eldest brother. The work of the archaeologists brings new secrets to light, ones that prove the fallen god-king wasn't the villain history had painted him to be. Can they prove his innocence?

As the team digs deeper into the mystery, members of the party vanish or end up dead. Someone is determined to keep the truth hidden at all costs, even 4,500 years later.

And – there’s a fantastic giveaway you can enter.

Just click on the link below to go to her website and enter.


Friday, March 21, 2014

The Dreaded Synopsis


Hello again.

This time around, I thought I’d write about something that appears to strike fear into the hearts of even the most experienced authors…the dreaded synopsis.

I have a new release coming out soon – Kiss of the Succubus – the second novel in the Cambion Journals series, so writing a synopsis is something very much on my mind.

For those of who are fans of the series, you will remember that book one, The Rage of Augustus, introduced us to our hero, Augustus Thorne. We found out a bit about him. His origins and history, what makes him tick, and so forth, and especially why he is so harsh with himself.

Augustus is a Cambion, a human/demon hybrid of stunning power and fiendish appetites who hates what he is with a vengeance. Despite his origins, Augustus has made great sacrifices to control his desires and has devoted his life to one cause. The destruction of as many demons as is possible.

In the first book we witnessed how successful he is at what he does. But we also saw the price of his success. A self imposed isolation that makes him crave what others have. The chance to meet someone. Settle down. Have a family. We shared in his pain when his only foray into romance ended in inevitable disaster, due to the machinations of his own spawn-father, Fanon, and the demon King, Samael.

(I won’t go into too much detail in case some of you haven’t read the story yet and are intrigued by the references and want to find out more. The links are in the side bar).

So – how to approach the synopsis of book two – or any book come to that?

I did a lot of research on this subject. Some of it I loved, while other suggestions made me cringe. To keep things simple, I’ll share my process with you, and you can take the bits you like from it.

The main thing I do now is a more thorough form of self editing. Once I’ve written a chapter, I check through it and jot down the relevant points each section of the story makes. By the time the first draft is completed, I have a prĂ©cis of each chapter, in note form.

Then I complete my final check of the entire manuscript. As I go through it, I ensure my notes are correct, and add in extra details…such as main character development and how this relates to the plot/sub plot evolution.

Now I’m ready to do the synopsis. The story is fresh in my mind, and important facets are still to the fore.

The first thing I do is ask myself. So, what’s this tale about? How would I sum the main thrust of it up in a concept? Doing this gets my mind working in the right way for the next – and what I’ve found to be – crucial stage for a good synopsis. A tagline.

A tagline is a simple phrase – encapsulated in a sentence or two – that encompasses what your entire story is trying to relate to the reader.

For example, In Rage of Augustus, I thought of the tagline, “He fights where evil fears to tread.” For Kiss of the Succubus, “Hell hath no fury like a Cambion Scorned.”

Read those statements for a moment. What thoughts and images do they conjure in your mind? Do you see how the tagline acts as a focusing agent? Not just to the reader, but for you too.
So, armed with those ideas, I then type out my notes. As I do so, I highlight in red where the chapters support the tagline, and in blue where important character and plot developments take place.

Come the end of the compilation, I have a set of bullet points from which to choose my synopsis material. Obviously, you will then be influenced by what each publisher expects. Some, like Tor, require between 3 to 10 pages. Others, a mere 200 words or less.

By completing notes as I construct the story, I find it helps a great deal in producing a flexible synopsis at the end. That way, I have the luxury of being as detailed or as brief as the publisher prefers.

So there you go. It’s not rocket science, and it’s a simplified explanation of a process that works for me. I hope you find something in it that helps you.

By the way.
As I’ve mentioned Kiss of the Succubus, I’m glad to announce that next weekend will see a cover release of the new book, together with details of a grand prize draw giveaway. I know…As Darth Sidious would say, “I can feel your excitement all the way from Greece. Feed it, and become strong in the ways of the Cambion.”

Until next week, take care now.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Poetry Acceptance

The Fib Review - Muse-Pie Press

I woke up to some lovely news today.
One of my poems - Coastal Surf - has been selected for inclusion within the next edition of the Fib Review, part of Muse-Pie Press.
I am particularly pleased to have been selected, as the Fib Review contains some rather unusual poems.
The Fibonacci sequence is a mathematical series of numbers, in which every figure is the sum of those preceding it. 1+1=2 / 1+2=3 / 2+3=5 / 3+5=8 and so on.
The significance of a Fibonacci poem lies in its adherence to that sequence, while retaining poetic value, e.g., can you tell your story, whilst limited to a short, restricted framework?
It was great fun to take part in, and is something I will definitely continue to explore in the future.
If you want to see previous examples, go to the link in the side bar and take a look.