Wednesday 8th March, 2017

And this week it’s International Women’s Day, so yay for the women! Whether you’re cis or trans*, this is your day 🙂

For those of you feeling left out, there’s an International Men’s Day. Please remember to make as much noise on my Twitter and FB feeds about how men need support too as you’re doing now on November 19th.

And for today’s round up:

The Amazon.com giveaway of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf has finished and the five copies have started winging their way to the winners. And Amazon handled all of that, so I may have to do this sort of thing again!

I do have another giveaway to organise in the not too distant future, but it will have to be on another platform that Amazon. I will be attending ChapterCon, a new convention that has an interesting way of doing things. We authors and others in the industry get a work conference in the week and then the Saturday (26th August) will be open to the public – provided you buy a reader’s ticket to cover the morning or afternoon session. And I have three reader tickets available to give away.

I don’t remember to put up events pages for the Yorkshire area SFF socials as often as I should but I’m going to be at the Humber SF&F social in Hull on Easter Saturday (April 15th) so I’ve done a links page here. I’ll be there in the capacity as author as well as the more usual heckling member of the audience who talks too much.

There’s another event, that won’t make it to an event page, the weekend after next called “By the Sword – The Women’s HEMA weekender” (also occasionally referred to as “SHEMA”). I shall be attending and doing a bit of smallsword instruction. So I shall be otherwise engaged for St Patrick’s Day and the Six Nation’s Super Saturday. Greater love hath no HEMAiste, etc.

Other than that, the writing creeps on and I may be looking at the outline of another 40,000 word novella with Greenwood-y themes. I think I may have read too many fairy tales and similar as a child.

ChapterCon 2017

ChapterCon [External Link] is being launched this year;
24th – 26th August, 2017;
Teddington, England

The event is a full weekend for people in the writing business and is open to readers (i.e. for books, signings, readings and general goodies) on the Saturday 26th. Reader tickets to cover this are now available from the site. I shall be attending as an author.

Sunday 2nd August, 2015

Well, I blinked and the next thing I knew, it was August. Time moves quickly, whether you’re enjoying yourself or not…

Although I’m not sure whether that’s a valid reason to start planning two years in advance. A former school friend of mine, Katie John (who also writes), has been setting up a new YA convention for the UK and I’ve agreed to be involved, so: mark Chapter.Con [External Link] in your diaries for August 24th – 27th, 2017!

While I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing, yet, I’ve been invited due to the Elkie Bernstein part of my Fur-Skins world. I’ve previously stated why I don’t consider 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack Of Lies to be Young Adult in genre. However, as it does deal with coming of age and learning how to cope with life, there’s a significant overlap and so Katie considers me a Person Of Interest for her convention. Of course, by the time the convention actually arrives, Elkie Bernstein’s story (or my act of trilogy) should be complete with the last book hopefully seeing print sometime next year. Fingers crossed that the currently entitled “Fool If You Think It’s Over” behaves itself…

So, please don’t forget that 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf and A Pack of Lies exist in the wild. If you’ve read them, feedback and/or reviews would be gratefully received, thank you. You can find some background information to the world on this site (titles, location, characters), along with the opening prologue and first chapter of 25 Ways if you want to get a feel for what they’re all about.

Finally, next week’s post may be delayed or cancelled all together as I shall be at Nine Worlds in London. If you’re there, I’m part of a small team presenting HEMA for Writers: Swashbucklers and Bravoes on the Creative Writing Track – we’re up on Sunday afternoon but we will be wandering about all week and you may even see us sparring on occasion.