Sunday 19th July, 2015

Just a quiet week, this week. Mainly down to the fact that I had three out of four wisdom teeth removed on Thursday (yes, I am still moaning about it) and am still slightly out of it. I may or may not pull myself together for next week.

So, just reminders that A Pack of Lies is out. It’s the follow up to 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf, so a lot of the background information I posted about the original (titles, genre, location, characters) may be of interest, along with the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways if you want to get a feel for what they’re all about.

Sunday 12th July, 2015

So, Edge Lit #4 was attended, and I managed to make it through a reading of A Pack of Lies without anyone seriously objecting to my stumbling delivery, my lack of North Walian or Norwegian accent (where appropriate), or the stench of fear I no doubt carried around with me. It was a lot of fun meeting up with everyone again and my thanks to Alex Davis and hs team for organising it.

In other news for this week, I’ve had a rather lovely review of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf from E P Beaumont – someone who lives in a different country, on a different continent, who I barely know on Twitter, and who I did not put up to it. Beaumont read and reviewed my book alongside that of Skulk-mate Joyce Chng / J Damask’s Heart of Fire, which has a different sort of werewolf. The review post, which draws some interesting conclusions, is called Love in the Time of Starships: One Ordinary Day, with Werewolves [External Link]

If you want a feel for what 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack of Lies are like I have the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways on this site (which Beaumont links back to).

That’s everything aside from mentioning this week’s updates at the Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link], which were about Unatural Resources and the Ranger service (it may make more sense if you link through). I know world building information isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but is my fake wiki working out or do you have any comments, changes or requests?

Sunday 5th July, 2015

This week is a week of reminders:

A Pack of Lies has been released into the wild. That link will take you through to my usual link soup but there’s a Goodreads page if you click on the small cover image to the right of the screen that will (eventually) take you to your local version of Amazon in order to buy it. If you so wish.

If you want a feel for what A Pack of Lies and its predecessor, 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf, are like I have the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways on this site.

I’m also at Edge Lit, where there will be a Fox Spirit / Boo Books launch during the lunch time slot. If things go according to plan, I shall be reading from A Pack of Lies and copies of both books should be available (from the publisher) at the event – so please do come along and listen.

Having past another first Wednesday of the month, I have a new post up at The Finishing School. This month, I’m talking about the assumption that anyone who carries on a martial art, particularly HEMA, long enough will become a teacher or instructor of said art – and whether this is an unavoidable fate. You can find the post here: [External Link]

Finally, this week’s updates at the Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link] were about second sight and The Great Explorer, both mentioned in the original Hunting Unicorns story.

Sunday 28th June, 2015

Following last week’s cover reveal for A Pack of Lies ([External Link]), the book in question has just been released by Amazon. You can find my usual link soup here for the paperback version on Amazon.co.uk as well as a link for the Goodreads and BookLikes pages. When it becomes available as an ebook, I’ll update links accordingly.

As said before (and I will keep saying it despite, as Jacey Bedford [External Link] puts it, committing trilogy) it’s written to be accessible on its own. However, it does follow on in time and in characters from 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf. So if you want the full experience, you can find the opening prologue and first chapter on this site.

I should be doing a reading from A Pack Of Lies during the Fox Spirit / Boo Books launch at Edge Lit during the lunch time slot, so come along and listen if you think you might want to give it a try.

This week’s updates at the Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link] were unicorns and spirit forms – concepts important to the Hunting Unicorns story…

Published: A Pack Of Lies

Fox Spirit Books [External Link] published A Pack Of Lies (in paperback) on Friday 26th June, 2015. You can buy copies from Amazon.co.uk here: [External Link] (Or your local version, just look the title up – if you have no objections to Amazon)

The kindle format of the ebook has been available since Monday 6th July, 2015. You can buy copies from Amazon.co.uk here: [External Link] (Other Amazon sites are available…)

Ebooks will also be available from Spacewitch, and this post will be updated accordingly when they are.

Goodreads page here: [External Link]

Booklikes page here: [External Link]

Novel, horror / dark fantasy (in the Fur-Skins world)

Sunday 21st June, 2015

Happy Birthday to my big sis, Sam, and Happy Father’s Day to anyone that does a father’s job.

Not a lot going on this week. However, there’s been a cover reveal for A Pack of Lies, which will hopefully be out in time for Edge Lit (three weeks to go), on the Fox Spirit blog. The blog page is here: [External Link] but I’ve also got a copy, so:

Covers of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack Of Lies

The Elkie Bernstein series so far!

The bumpf on the back reads:

Ben is being held at the Institute in Norway and Elkie is angry, afraid and not entirely sure whether she is a prisoner or a guest. Her life is under threat both at the Institute and back home. Are werewolves capable of rehabilitation or redemption? What does the threatening Dr Olsen really want from Elkie and those she feels responsible for?

Can she trust anyone any more?

Killing werewolves may actually have been simpler that what she must now do.

Although it’s written to be accessible on its own, if you feel that sounded to complicated, you can always try 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf first. And, look! I have the opening prologue and first chapter on the site.

I should, if all things go according to plan, be doing a reading from A Pack Of Lies during the Fox Spirit / Boo Books launch at Edge Lit during the lunch time slot, so come along and listen if you think you might want to give it a try.

Oh, and the hopefully-to-become-usual Tuesday and Thursday updates have continued at the Otherworld Gazetteer [External Link] – basically a slice of alternative history and geography!

Sunday 14th June, 2015

Back at the beginning of May, I included all my social media links in a site diary. However, since then I’ve made a slight change to the way I use BookLikes [External Link] in that I only post quotes (when I remember to note some down) from things I’ve been reading. I decided to stop quoting my works in progress, and deleted the ones I’d already made, when I realised it was probably tantamount to spamming with stuff that no-one wanted to see on a site about published books.

I’ve also updated my languages page to include the fact that I’ve started learning Norwegian – and am now getting to a stage where I’m prepared to exercise it on occasion. I’ve also tweaked the details for my Welsh learning as I don’t put as much effort into that as I should, at the moment.

The change you’re more likely to notice about the place, however, is the announcement of another acceptance. Technically, Let’s Stay Together has been accepted for some time but the editor, Michael S Collins [External Link], has onyl recently been in a position to announce the anthology. So, here’s to The Christmas Book of Ghosts [External Link], to be published in aid of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland [External Link]. They’re looking for submissions, so please take a look!

And news on my wordpress space! The Otherworld Gazetteer – based on (some more) behind the scenes notes for Hunting Unicorns – has come into being. So far, I have the about page [External Link] and the first entry [External Link]. The idea is to get a bit of a link-soup wiki-type thing going on, so fingers crossed that you all enjoy it. Of course, it goes without saying that I wouldn’t have decided to go with this particular project without having been talking to Djibril al-Ayad about The Future Fire [External Link], who picked up the original story in the first place. So, thank you, Djibril, for making me revisit notes and start making sense of them!

Monday 8th June, 2015

Apologies for the late posting. I was basically otherwise engaged for most of yesterday. Which only goes to show that I really do write these things last minute instead of guessing I’ll have nothing to say a week in advance and scheduling posts. I have two things to mention this week.

First up, The Finishing School! Last month I gave you the post about how it’s okay to like doing Martial Arts but not sacrifice your life to them. This month, I give you the post explaining what Historical European Martial Arts are (sort of) and what I get out of them. You can find the post here: [External Link]

The second thing is this. You may have noticed that The Finishing School is a WordPress site. This is, but it’s not hosted by WordPress so, in order to post, I need a WordPress account. Strictly speaking, I made the account several years ago because it gave me the opportunity to play around with the WordPress structure for free before committing to it with my current host – when my site was run on a different content management system.

Anyhow, I have spare data storage and, in the equivalent of that urge that makes me want to write something important on all the blank paper in a stationary shop, I want to do something with it. After about a week of moping at people in real life and online, I believe I’ve had an idea. (Yes, it hurt.) So. Keep an eye on this: [External Link]. It may change some time this week.