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24 June 2016
Published today - CITY OF DECEIT
|RELEASED TODAY IS CITY OF DECEIT, the
much-delayed sequel to my science-fiction novels Hollow Moon and
The Gods. Raja Surya, young heir to the throne
of the moon of Yuanshi, cannot stay out of trouble for
long. Zotz Wak, intrepid boy inventor otherwise known as
The Flying Fox, decides Earth is the place to become a
man. Together they must battle the dystopian darkness of
23rd-century London: a city of deceit, under the thumb of
corporations, its people barricaded behind flood walls,
bewitched by the hypnotic holoverse and worse.
The United Nations is deciding the fate of Surya's world. The Que Qiao Corporation is using the threat of alien monsters to call for war. Ravana O'Brien, the heroine of their previous adventures, is stricken with a mystery illness and her hollow moon home has problems of its own. Surya never thought he would be in the captain's chair aboard the first ever interstellar battleship. Zotz never expected to find himself accused of being a spy and terrorist at the centre of political skulduggery in London. The far-flung worlds of the five systems would never be the same again. Taranis, the dark priest of destiny, has returned... Happy reading! Steph.
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20 May 2016
CITY OF DECEIT artwork unveiled...
|I've been plugging away for a while on City Of Deceit,
the sequel to my novels Hollow
Moon (2012) and Paw-Prints Of
The Gods (2013). I am pleased to be
able to unveil the lovely new artwork, which like the
covers for the previous books was produced by Victor Habbick.
The novel itself is in the final stages of editing and the ebook should be out in June or July. Watch this space... Steph.
16 March 2016
All quiet on the WyrdStar front (again)...
Spring is slowly creeping upon us. It's still cold here on England's south coast, so as a chilly reminder that winter should be behind us Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites) from Friday 18th March to Tuesday 22nd March (inclusive). As before, this offer starts around midnight US Pacific Standard Time, so should take effect from 8:00am in the UK.
In retailer news, the UK's Nook Store closed yesterday (15th March); existing users will have their accounts moved to Sainsbury's Entertainment on Demand store. The chances are that new Smashwords books will no longer be available. Nook's departure is yet another on the lengthening list of ebook retailers closing down: Diesel, Sony and Flipkart to name but three. The ebook market appears to be consolidating into a small handful of players: a good thing, or bad? Steph.
20 December 2015
The Watcher And The Priest - a seasonal short story for free download
|MERRY CHRISTMAS! Published today is The
Watcher And The Priest ,
this year's free seasonal short story from The Worlds of Hollow Moon.
Priest Taranis is far from home and close to death, his
quest to find the mythical home world of the greys having
ended in disaster. Against the odds, help is at hand, but
who is the mysterious stranger wearing his boots? Caught
between masters and slaves, sacrifices must be made if
the dark priest of destiny is to live to tell his tale...
The Watcher And The Priest is somewhat darker than previous short stories, set some years before Hollow Moon. The villainous Taranis returns in the forthcoming third novel City Of Deceit.
1 November 2015
Awesome Indies 'read to review' programme
|AWESOME INDIES BOOKS
has launched a 'read to review' programme, offering free
ebooks in exchange for honest book reviews. Readers
who sign up receive monthly updates of the Awesome
Indies approved self-published books up for review.
Selected ebooks are sent by email in whatever format the
reader chooses (ePub, Mobi, etc.).
In return for the free ebook, readers agree to post a review on the Awesome Indies Book website, Amazon and one other review website, which can be a personal blog. All offered ebooks are Awesome Indies approved, which guarantees they'll be well-written and edited (though not necessarily to the reviewer's taste!). The first selection of ebooks on offer includes my very own novel Paw-Prints Of The Gods. Happy reading! Steph.
30 September 2015
City Of Deceit and other updates
Another smattering of minor updates. The completed manuscript (well, MS-Word file) of the much-delayed City Of Deceit has been tucked away in a virtual drawer, where it will rest for a few months before being prepared for publication. The novel is a little bit darker than the first two books and shifts the landscape of the five systems further into classic space opera territory, but for now I'll say no more. This enforced break in writing is a key part of the editing process, but does mean that this third instalment of my science-fiction series will now unfortunately not see the light until early 2016.
During this break, to help clear City Of Deceit from my mind, I've finally returned to an earlier unpublished novel, The Luck Of The Devil. This is a book I've wanted to bring up to date for a long time now: it did not have a happy life when I tried submitting it to publishers many years ago (manuscripts getting lost, etc.) and I am determined to break the curse. If all goes well, The Luck Of The Devil - a light-hearted thriller of superstition, psychiatry and the supernatural - will be published by WyrdStar late 2016.
For those of you seeking free stuff, on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th October - a month of Thursdays, starting tomorrow - Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites.
Finally, I am happy to report a successful move to the damn fine town of Hastings on England's south coast. There were a few traumas - water leaks, faulty central heating boilers and one of the coldest, wettest summers in years - but we're here and loving it. We've also been befriended by a neighbour's tabby cat who looks (and acts) startlingly like the extra-dimensional mischief-maker Athene from Paw-Prints Of The Gods. I'm sure it's a good omen... Happy reading! Steph.
14 June 2015
Last post from London (hopefully)
This will probably be my last update for a while. Things are finally coming to a head on the house-moving front and it is almost time for the elderly PC behind the WyrdStar website to be packed away. With any luck, the next post will come from somewhere sunny on England's south coast. I'm very much looking forward to a welcome change of scenery; as for moving day itself, not so much.
In other news, I've finally completed the first draft of the third novel from The Worlds of Hollow Moon, which despite me calling it Flood City Blues in previous posts may have become City of Deceit. Writing this has taken longer than anticipated (and it's still yet to be edited), but I remain hopeful that the ebook will see the light of day later this year.
Secondly, from 25 to 29 June, Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites. Once again, thanks for reading... Steph.
11 April 2015
Democracy: An Epitaph out now!
|PUBLISHED TODAY is Democracy: An Epitaph,
a short collection of political verse to mark the
forthcoming UK General Election, by up-and-coming London
poet Lallafa Jeltz: None Of The Above, Ode
To Magna Carta, Civil Disobedience, The
Road To Number Ten, Blameless Tiers and Democracy:
Lallafa Jeltz is the pen-name of a London-based writer. Democracy: An Epitaph is Lallafa's first poetry collection.
Updated 13th April: The ebook is free from Smashwords from 12th April to 12th May using voucher code TV57A. Happy reading! Steph.
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