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Time Out To Fanfic ?>

Time Out To Fanfic

There comes a point in the writing of any book, and especially in a series, when you need to step away for a few days or weeks in order to see the bigger picture. With “Out of Egypt”, I’d reached a place where I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. So for the last month or so, I took time out to write a short Sense8 fanfic about two of my favourite characters, Will and Wolfgang. It’s turned out…

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The Avanta/JobCentre Saga, Part 2 ?>

The Avanta/JobCentre Saga, Part 2

This is Part 2 of the story I began last night. Writing it down like this, it’s made me realise just how unbelievable it all sounds. Because it gets worse. Really. On 3rd July I received a letter from Avanta, the people who conduct the work-focused interviews, telling me they’d made me an appointment for 28th July. Yeah, they really held off, didn’t they? I phoned them and politely enquired if this could be a mistake because I’d been told…

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Something I Need To Get Off My Chest ?>

Something I Need To Get Off My Chest

I wrote this post as a draft on 17th June, but chickened out on posting it because I hate to sound like I’m whining. Let’s face it, people that read this want to know about the books, not this sort of thing. But in the end I decided to post it because I would rather sound like I’m whining than have people think I’m simply lazy! There are things happening in my life that are taking away from my work…

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On Attitudes ?>

On Attitudes

I’ve always had an attitude problem. I’m not bothered by that, just stating a fact. My mother is always telling me I’m a natural-born rebel, and that I’m a hard bitch – affectionately speaking, of course. I think she sometimes regrets just how hard I’ve become, although she would never say it. But it’s how I’ve survived being so out of step with the rest of my generation; how I’ve coped with always disagreeing with the norm, with liking underground…

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About Adult Content ?>

About Adult Content

I wrote this post some time ago and never published it (I have no idea why). Recently I had cause to think about the subject again, so I thought I’d polish the dust off, post it, and add an addendum to it. OCTOBER 2, 2013: It’s no secret that in the world of fiction today, the Young Adult (and “New Adult”) genres are a massive industry. They appeal not only to the young but also to adults who prefer a…

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My Take on the Censorship of e-Books by Amazon, Kobo, and WHSmith ?>

My Take on the Censorship of e-Books by Amazon, Kobo, and WHSmith

There’s been tons in the media this week regarding the mass panic of companies such as WHSmith and Kobo, and the ridiculous solution they came up with to prevent potentially damaging erotica from being sold through their websites. Their answer was not to pull all erotica titles until they’ve been screened, which would have been understandable, but to pull ALL self-published books regardless of genre or content. Meanwhile, many trad-pub novels with similar content has escaped the cull unscathed. I…

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Getting Beyond a Joke ?>

Getting Beyond a Joke

Today has been a funny old day. Early this afternoon one of my favourite authors, Joanne Harris, tweeted that a story called Taken by the T-Rex was at #677 in Amazon’s sales rankings. Her only comment to the story was *headdesk*. I nearly always follow links that she posts, and so naturally I followed this one. Imagine my surpise when I was presented with a seventeen-page monstrosity about a prehistoric girl being ravished by a T-Rex. I mean, you just…

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Alpha Cover Artwork ?>

Alpha Cover Artwork

  Only a little update today, but it’s one I promised. 😀 There’s still some cleaning up to do, a bit of airbrushing, etc., but the final artwork for Alpha will almost certainly look like this: I hope you like! Out of curiousity, if you were browsing through book listings, would this cover catch your attention? It’s so hard to judge for oneself. 🙂

A Little Preview of “Alpha” ?>

A Little Preview of “Alpha”

  I’m very close to finishing Alpha now, but along the way it’s somehow grown from a a short story to a whopping 35,000 words! I know, I’m verbose. 😀 As I’m expecting to release it in the next couple of weeks, God willing, I thought you might like the eopening section to get you started. It still needs a final, FINAL edit, where I do the boring stuff like double-checking compound words and that I haven’t missed a smart…

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Thank You ?>

Thank You

Before I set my nose to the grindstone today, I want to take time out to say thank you. Earlier this month I had a sudden splurge of sales, and I woke this morning to find that not only had it happened again, but I had a wonderful 5-star review on Amazon.com, three new registrations on this site, and a request that the Juiced Edition be made available again. It knocked me for six, getting so much encouragement in one…

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