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Corvus the Mighty reviewed

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

It's great when a reader or a reviewer really gets what you were trying to do with a story. The review of fantasy short Corvus the Mighty over at Quick Sip Reviews nails it pretty perfectly, though.

The piece does a nice job of complicating the rather classic idea of the lone warrior hero, the living legend. It leans on the way that these stories often show a battle-worn and weary hero being pulled back into one last campaign, only here things are twisted and subverted nicely. For all that it bends expectations, it treats the tropes seriously rather than as a joke, and the payoff is solid and satisfying.

Check out the complete review here.

Other Worlds available on pre-order

Sunday, 25 March 2018

My new collection of fantasy and science fiction short stories is officially released on June 2nd, but it's available now for pre-order. After release the price for the collection will be $3.99 (£2.99 in the UK) but as a subscriber you can order it now for the special pre-order price of $2.99 (£1.99 in the UK).

A constellation of wondrous stars...

Other Worlds collects together fifty-two science fiction and fantasy stories that graced the pages of some of the planet's finest speculative fiction magazines and anthologies between 2012 and 2018 - including Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, the British Fantasy Society's Horizons, Abyss & Apex, and many others.

Starships and sorcerers, aliens and demons, space exploration and forbidden magics throng these pages, in stories that are by turns thrilling, amusing, thought-provoking, terrifying and delightful.

Other worlds await...

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Full contents:
Investments * Climbing Olympus * Demonic Summoning, Ratings and Reviews * What the Darkness Is * Congratulations on the Purchase of Your New Universe! * Junker Joe * The Waters, Dividing the Land * Nicholas Semper's War * Bean Sí * A Ring, a Ring o' Roses * And Now the Zombie Forecast * Anax Britannica * The Hunter and the Hunted * Leviathan * Lord Lion's Design * Her Father's Eyes * In the Detail * Viral * Professor Pandemonium's Train of Terror * For All Time * Welcome to Vega IV! * The Last Trap * The Infestation * Corvus The Mighty * Your Call May Be Recorded For Training Purposes * Jumpjacker * The Monster * The Day The Books Left * The Chronicles of Zer * Threads * Eighteen Million Butterflies * If You Could Choose One Day * Hellfire Unleashed * Malware * The Last Fight of the Carrion Crow * A Mote in the Void * A Sarcophagus in Obsidian * A Troublesome Speck * The Sword of Power * The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome * A Midwinter Sacrifice * Safe Waters * A Distant Glimpse * Problem Hair * Adrift * The Brass Doors * The Tale of the Dog * The Cat's Tale * The Seven Other Dwarves * Earth Station Six * The Wrong Tom Jacks * Her Long Hair Shining

Corvus the Mighty reprinted and recorded in GlitterShip

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Glittership, the LGBTQ science fiction podcast, has reprinted and recorded my short story Corvus the Mighty.

Both are available here for your reading and liestening pleasure.

Hedge Witch and the Speculative YA Giveaway

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Hedge Witch is appearing in a YA fantasy and science fiction giveaway between March 7th and the 21st.

There's a whole bunch of fantastic books waiting to be downloaded for the unbeatable price of free. Check out what's available here.

Magic Mythological March Madness

Friday, 2 March 2018

Cloven Land prequel novella Hyrn is in a couple of magical promotions this month, with lots of fantasy and mythic books to download for free.

First up is Mythological March Madness, containing "an assortment of authors who write fictional works that cross Mythology into Fantasy, Science Fiction, and even the Paranormal realms. Available for free for a limited time during the month of March. These books all have some link, some essence of Mythology within their stories and characters." Check it out here.

Then there's the Magic March bundle, again containing more fantasy goodness than you could shake a wizard's staff at. Find that one here.

Meanwhile, on the off chance you don't have Hyrn, the super new BookFunnel-powered download link is here.

Selling books direct

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I recently set up an account at BookFunnel, originally just to give readers a smoother way of receiving books from me. I have to say I like the service a lot, and the way it makes everything so frictionless for the reader. Not sure why I didn't start using it a long time ago.

Then I noticed that BookFunnel also offer PayPal integration (along with a bunch of other platforms), which made me realise that I could start selling my books directly from my own website. PayPal handle the money and BookFunnel the book delivery and everything is integrated and seamless and I don't have to do anything once it's all set up. And the good news is it works a treat. A bit of copying and pasting of codes and URLs between PayPal and BookFunnel and it's done. My web site is now suddenly an online shop, offering my books at lower prices than they can be bought for on Amazon, Kobo etc.

Want to grab a copy of The Genehunter for instance? You can do so here and save 20% off the book store price.

There's a growing list of works available for direct purchase on the front page of this web site, as well as links on my various book pages. Really pleased with it.

And as a treat for readers of this blog, here's a secret link to download Hedge Witch, Volume 1 of the Cloven Land Trilogy, from BookFunnel for free. It'll only work until March 2nd so grab it while you can and see how easy the service is to use...

GlitterShip to reprint and record Corvus the Mighty

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

GlitterShip - the LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy podcast - is to reprint and record my fantasy short story Corvus the Mighty. It's always a pleasure to hear a story recorded. Really looking forward to hearing this one.