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4 December 2013
A smattering of minor news items today: The 'you set the price' special offer for Paw-Prints Of The Gods at Smashwords (normally $3.99) and Hollow Moon at Smashwords (normally $2.99) will come to an end on Sunday 8 December, so grab a bargain while it lasts! Secondly, this year's seasonal short story, A Wizard, A Sword And A King, is a bit delayed but should be out on Sunday 15 December as a WyrdStar pdf ebook.
Finally, the latest addition to the WyrdStar website reveals all (well, some) of the movie influences that made their presence felt whilst I was writing Paw-Prints Of The Gods; some influences are obvious, others maybe not. (This page is actually just an excuse to plug the near-forgotten Hammer film Moon Zero Two, which deserves wider recognition in the annals of sci-fi movie history.) I hope you find it of interest. Thanks for reading! Steph.
15 November 2013
Firstly, Paw-Prints Of The Gods has been approved for inclusion in Awesome Indies, a website which showcases the best of independent fiction. Books listed: "have been evaluated by industry professionals against specific criteria for quality fiction and deemed to be of the same quality of craftmanship as books published by mainstream publishing houses." Given all that, I'm quite pleased to have made the grade! I hope to update the ebook cover soon to show the 'Awesome Indies Approved' badge of honour.
Secondly, WyrdStar books are now being shipped to Flipkart, the India-based online retailer of books, music, movies and lots more. Those of you who have read Hollow Moon will understand why I'm quite excited about getting into the Indian ebook market! Links will be added to this website as the various titles become available.
Finally, this year's Christmas short story is on its way. A Wizard, A Sword And A King is a prequel of sorts to Paw-Prints Of The Gods, where the young orphan Artorius finds himself spending Christmas on the Londinium holovid set. The hit holovid reality show Gods Of Avalon is about to start, only things aren't quite what they seem...
NOTE: This news item was edited 17 November 2013. Steph.
21 October 2013
Kobo UK ebook store and Amazon free offers
WyrdStar ebooks are currently unavailable from the Kobo online store to UK customers. For those of you who missed the story, Kobo and UK retailer WHSmith took umbrage at certain items of 'adult' literature that they had previously accepted via the usual self-publishing channels, with the result that all self-published titles have been removed from their virtual shelves in the UK. WyrdStar does not publish such literature, but our ebooks have been removed along with the rest. Kobo has assured affected independent publishers that normal service will be resumed (for most) as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, a series of special offers are scheduled for Three Tales For Christmas, which will be available free of charge from Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites) over a month of Sundays! Or to put it another way, on Sunday 27 October, 3 November, 10 November, 17 November and 24 November. As before, these offers start around midnight US Pacific Standard Time, so should take effect from 8:00am in the UK. Steph.
12 October 2013
New book reviews and ebook price changes
Books by WyrdStar have received some nice coverage recently in the blogosphere (the internet does have some mighty strange words). Writer, blogger and reviewer for Awesome Indies D L Morrese wrote the first review for the recently published Paw-Prints Of The Gods (see D L Morrese on 'Paw-Prints Of The Gods'), though not before also giving Hollow Moon an equally-cracking write-up (see D L Morrese on 'Hollow Moon').
PRICE CHANGES: Following the release of Paw-Prints Of The Gods, ebook pricing has been reviewed, as follows:
|>||Paw-Prints Of The Gods is £2.99 / $3.99 at major ebook retailers. The 'you set the price' special offer at Smashwords, announced at the book's launch, will remain in place for the foreseeable future!|
|>||Hollow Moon is reduced to a new price of £1.99 / $2.99 at major ebook retailers. Again, the 'you set the price' special offer at Smashwords will remain in place.|
|>||Three Tales For Christmas (Amazon only) is reduced to a new price of £0.77 / $0.99 - and thanks to the wonders of Amazon's 'Select' scheme, will occasionally be free of charge (watch this space).|
|>||Wyrd Worlds and the single-story editions of 'Worlds of Hollow Moon' short stories remain free of charge.|
Going back to reviews, the Indie Book Reviewer blog has a nice write-up (and an interview with yours truly) about Wyrd Worlds. This is one of several author interviews done by contributors, links to which can be found with author biographies section of the WyrdStar book page. If you haven't already got a copy of this damn fine anthology, download it now! Steph.
29 September 2013
Paw-Prints Of The Gods out now!
|PUBLISHED TODAY is Paw-Prints Of
The Gods, the sequel to Hollow Moon! On
the forbidding planet of Falsafah, archaeologists are on
the verge of a discovery that will shake the five systems
to the core. Ravana O'Brien finds herself on another wild
adventure with a mysterious little orphan, a
cake-obsessed secret agent and a god-like watcher who is
maybe also a cat. The cyberclone monks are preparing to
meet their saviours. But nobody believes in prophecies
anymore, do they?
SMASHWORDS SPECIAL OFFER: A limited-time offer is currently running at Smashwords. For two weeks, both Paw-Prints Of The Gods and Hollow Moon are available via an exclusive 'you set the price' deal! Happy reading... Steph.
7 September 2013
Wyrd Worlds anthology out now!
|Wyrd Worlds is a new anthology
of science-fiction and fantasy short stories by indie
authors brought together by the social network Goodreads. The
collection, which contains 14 stories from 12 writers
from around the world, includes a wide range of
speculative fiction, from slices of fantasy and time
travel to steampunk and science-fiction. The tales vary
widely, yet are all born from the same drive to create,
share ideas and above all to entertain!
This collection includes a new Hollow Moon short story, In The Lap Of The Gods.
13 August 2013
Hollow Moon offer at Amazon
For the next couple of weeks (or longer if the fancy takes me), Hollow Moon is £0.77 / $0.99 from Amazon USA / UK (and other Amazon sites), reduced from the usual recommended retail price of £2.99 / $3.99. Enjoy!
1 July 2013
Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale Promotion
For one month only, thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers are providing huge discounts on ebooks. Hot on the heels of June's special offer on Amazon, Hollow Moon at Smashwords will be half price throughout July, reduced from the usual recommended retail price of $3.99, as part of the annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. The special promotion catalogue goes live on 1 July (US Pacific time) on the Smashwords home page, where readers can browse what is on offer and search by coupon levels and catagories. Seek out new authors today! Steph.
22 June 2013
Late June Offers on Amazon
For one week only from today, Hollow Moon is half price from Amazon USA / UK (and other Amazon sites), reduced from the usual recommended retail price of £2.99 / $3.99.
Secondly, for no other reason than we're currently as far away from Christmas as can possibly be, Three Tales For Christmas, my science-fiction short-story collection for the Kindle, is free on Tuesday 25 June and Thursday 27 June from Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites). As usual, this offer starts around midnight US Pacific Standard Time, so should take effect from 8:00am in the UK.
Full details on both fine ebooks can be found on the Hollow Moon page! Steph.
15 June 2013
WyrdStar Mobile Website
Mobile-friendly webpages have now been added to the WyrdStar website. The WyrdStar Mobile mini website accompanies the Hollow Moon page and offers online versions of all three short stories published to date, plus chapter excerpts from the novel itself, all in a no-frills format that can be read by the vast majority of mobile devices (it even works on the basic browser of my Kobo Touch!). The sequel to Hollow Moon and a new short story is to be published late summer.
The HOLLOW MOON WyrdStar Mobile Website can be found at: www.wyrdstar.co.uk/mobile/.
21 May 2013
New edition of Hollow Moon out now
|The new ebook edition of Hollow
Moon, which has had both an editorial refresh and
new cover artwork by Victor Habbick, is now available from Smashwords and Amazon USA / UK (recommended price
£2.99 / $3.99). The new Smashwords edition, soon to be
available from Kobo, iBooks, Sony, B&N and other
retailers, includes a bonus in the shape of the short
story It's A Blunderful Life (previously only
available for the Kindle, in Three Tales for
Hollow Moon is a fast-paced and witty space opera mystery that tells the tale of Ravana, a teenage girl who has to grow up fast when she and her father become embroiled in a plot of interstellar intrigue. For further details and the latest news, please see the Hollow Moon page.
5 May 2013
Sneak preview of new ebook artwork!
|I've been plugging away for a while on Paw-Prints Of The Gods, due for publication sometime this summer. This is a sequel to my 2012 novel Hollow Moon, which itself will be getting an editorial refresh and a second edition release very soon. The big news is that both ebooks will feature some lovely new artwork (pictured) by Victor Habbick. I am so pleased with these I couldn't resist publishing a sneak preview... Steph.|
23 March 2013
WyrdStar has two special offers this Easter. Firstly, Hollow Moon is for a short period available for just $0.99 at Smashwords using discount voucher PW26X, in an offer that runs until Monday 1 April 2013.
Secondly, despite the official arrival of spring, it's snowing here in London so it seems not entirely inappropriate to run a free offer on Three Tales For Christmas on Easter Monday (1 April) from Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites). As before, this offer starts around midnight US Pacific Standard Time, so should take effect from 8:00am in the UK.
This free offer on Three Tales for Christmas will be repeated on St. George's Day (23 April), which coincidentally is also the birthday of Nobel Prize physicist Max Planck and of course playwright William Shakespeare. I like to think that the Bard of Stratford would be pleased that The Tempest inspired the classic 1956 film Forbidden Planet, thus paving the way for the glories of space opera!
3 March 2013
Hollow Moon and 'Read an Ebook Week' at Smashwords
Hollow Moon at Smashwords is this week available at half price (see special voucher code details) as part of Smashwords' annual 'Read an Ebook Week' promotion, which has lots of offers from the authors and publishers who release works through this site. The sequel to Hollow Moon has taken longer to write than expected, but a first draft of Paw-Prints of the Gods is now awaiting editing and should be out sometime this summer. Meanwhile, I also have the WyrdStar mobile site to finish. Busy days! Steph.
27 January 2013
Website Scheduled Maintenance
WyrdStar's hosts LCN will be carrying out a platform upgrade on the morning of Saturday 2 February between 00:05 and 06:05 GMT, during which time this website will be unavailable... Steph.
6 January 2013
Smashwords Reads 2012
A belated Happy New Year to all! Since entering the world of 'indie' publishing, I have read a fair few Smashwords ebook titles on my trusty Kobo Touch. The Smashwords Reads 2012 page lists the ebooks that took my fancy in 2012, with a brief summary, review and my Goodreads ratings. I hope it may prove useful in finding your next read... Steph.
Older news items are available on the WyrdStar News Archive page.
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