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26 March 2022

Atomic Twitten presents QUILTBAG CABARET I

ATOMIC TWITTEN, the shambolic Hastings-based comedy pop/folk duo for which I play double bass, proudly present QUILTBAG CABARET!

This new open mic event aims to be something different: an open stage for live entertainment and queer perspectives, a venue for performance artists in the LGBTQ+ community, where we can try out new material with a friendly bunch of people we can relate to. If you're down Hastings way, join us for a night of quintessentially queer, unique and inspirational live performances, from the thought-provoking to the burlesque in an evening of all-round good fun.

The inaugural open mic will take place on 29 March from 7:30pm in the basement bar of the White Rock Hotel, Hastings, East Sussex.

Come, join the cabaret... Steph.

open mic event

16 March 2022

DITCH THE DEMON at The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell, Friday 25 March

THE DEMON IS RISING! I play bass guitar for Hastings-based psych-rockers DITCH THE DEMON (Facebook) and this is our first gig of the year! Formed in 2018 from the beer-soaked music scene of Hastings on England’s south coast, Ditch the Demon is a rising powerhouse of rock, assimilating psych and prog under a dark yet uplifting aura. The band's music is characterised by the haunting vocals of Amanda Brooks-Byron and Vix Tawamana, driven by seasoned musicianship and exceptional, inventive songwriting.

Our upcoming gig on Friday 25 March is at the The Acoustic Couch, The Ring, Bracknell RG12 1JG. Tickets (£6) are available from Eventbrite or on the door (£10). On the same bill is Bournemouth-based Solcura (bit of a seaside rock theme here!), who play grungy, heavy progressive rock, so this is definitely a night for those who like something a bit different with the amps turned up to eleven.

In 2020 Ditch the Demon were in the studio recording a couple of tracks for a CD EP, which can be heard (and bought!) from our Bandcamp page. We've had some radio play and more gigs are booked for 2022. Hope to see you there! Steph.

gig poster

5 March 2022

Smashwords 'Read an Ebook Week' sale

THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL SMASHWORDS 'READ AN EBOOK WEEK' takes place from 6th to 12th March. A cornucopia of independent authors and publishers are offering marvellous deals on ebooks, including yours truly. During this week, all ebook titles in the The Worlds Of Hollow Moon series are half price (50% off) from Smashwords (aside from Hollow Moon itself which remains at a special price of $0.99). Hollow Moon ebooks at Smashwords can be found here.

Happy reading! Steph.


21 December 2021

Free seasonal short story - "Stealing Christmas"

PUBLISHED TODAY is "Stealing Christmas", this year's free seasonal short story from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon. This month also marks the tenth anniversary of "To Dance Amongst The Stars", the very first Hollow Moon short story to be published! This time, I've departed from fairytales and instead gone for a science-fiction twist on Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: It is Christmas Eve and Laverna is in no mood for seasonal goodwill. Cashiered from military academy with zero career prospects, she is put to the test in a job trial like no other. The people hiding away in their smug little community are ill-prepared for her spirited sales pitch. Can she find her final target and show them what a girl of action can do?

The short-story anthology To Dance Amongst The Stars has been reissued to include the new tale, though this may take a few days to filter through to some retailers. But that's not all! This latest (and probably final) update of this collection now includes the three non-Christmas short stories previously published elsewhere: "In The Lap Of The Gods", "Rock Of Ages" (both extensively revised) and "The Non-Existence Of Gravity", thus bringing together all Hollow Moon prequel short stories in one volume.

The expanded To Dance Amongst The Stars anthology is likely to see a price rise in January, but for now this ebook (and the accompanying anthology Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf) are stilled priced at just £1.49 / $1.99. Through the amazing flexibility of ebooks, readers should only need to buy each one once to get future updates free of charge.

Merry Christmas, one and all. I say this every year: books and ebook readers make excellent gifts! Once again, I hope you are keeping safe and well as we conclude yet another strange, troubling year.

Happy reading! Steph.

ebook ebook

21 August 2021

DITCH THE DEMON upcoming gigs

I play bass guitar with Hastings-based rockers Ditch the Demon, a psych-rock outfit with a growing repertoire of original tunes alongside a few covers of some fairly obscure songs. We've finally started gigging again after the coronavirus malarky and are playing The Dublin Castle, Camden in London on Friday 27th August; and then The Carlisle, Hastings on Friday 3rd September - see the Ditch the Demon page on Facebook for more details. If you're wondering what we sound like, a couple of tracks we recorded last year can be found on the band's Bandcamp page. Happy, err... rocking! Steph.


6 June 2021

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL special pricing for Pride Month

TO MARK PRIDE MONTH, the ebook edition of THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL is available for £0.99 / $0.99 throughout June (RRP £2.99 / $3.99) at selected outlets. Writing this book was a personal labour of love and to date is my only novel with an LGBT protagonist.

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL: Susan Jones, a transgender woman struggling to get by in the economic woes of 1990s Britain, is under the care of psychiatrist Doctor Mordussen. He in turn is obsessed by her disturbing nightmares. But are her demons real?

"I've been reading for this blog from the very beginning, and I have never picked a book up like this. And to be honest, I'm not sure I've ever picked up a book like this from the cisgender world either. This book is unique..." (Trans Book Reviews).

Pride month marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising in New York and is a chance to reflect on the on-going fight for LGBT rights across the world.

Happy reading! Steph.


7 March 2021

Smashwords 'Read an Ebook Week' sale

THE TWELFTH ANNUAL SMASHWORDS 'READ AN EBOOK WEEK' takes place from 7th to 13th March. Thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers are offering deep discounts on ebooks, including yours truly: The Luck Of The Devil (RRP $3.99) and short-story anthologies To Dance Amongst The Stars (RRP $1.99) and Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf (RRP $1.99) are all on offer at $0.99 each. WyrdStar ebooks at Smashwords can be found here.

Happy reading! Steph.


18 December 2020

Smashwords End Of Year Sale

SO THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS... As 2021 approaches, ebook distributor Smashwords is running its usual End of Year Sale from 18th December 2020 to 1st January 2021. The Luck Of The Devil (RRP $3.99) and short-story anthologies To Dance Amongst The Stars (RRP $1.99) and Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf (RRP $1.99) are all on offer at $0.99 each. WyrdStar ebooks at Smashwords can be found here.

Happy reading and best wishes for the new year... It's got to be better, right? Steph.


9 December 2020

Free seasonal short story - "Festival Of The Star"

PUBLISHED TODAY is "Festival Of The Star", this year's free seasonal tale from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon. This one is a pastiche of the macabre folk tale Bluebeard: Fifteen-year-old Tréphine has been chosen against her will to be Bishop Malebête's next wife. Three years ago the misogynist bishop and his right-hand man Doctor Falacer seized power and made his word the law. Malebête's previous brides have all disappeared without trace. As the town prepares for the Festival of the Star, can Tréphine escape her marriage and the horrid secret lurking in the basement of the bishop's château?

The short-story anthology Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf has been reissued today to include the new story. This collection (and the accompanying anthology To Dance Amongst The Stars) are priced at £1.49 / $1.99; through the amazing flexibility of ebooks, readers should only need to buy each one once to get future updates free of charge.

Merry Christmas, one and all. I say this every Christmas: books and ebook readers make excellent gifts! I hope you are keeping safe and well as we near the end of this strange and troubling year.

Happy reading! Steph.

ebook ebook

26 July 2020

THE AVALON JOB (Hollow Moon #4) is released today!

THE EBOOK EDITION OF THE AVALON JOB, the fourth novel in the Hollow Moon series, is finally available for pre-order! The ebook will be available from retailers on 14 August. Pre-sale copies can be bought and downloaded from Smashwords today!

During the pre-order period, The Avalon Job will be available to buy from Smashwords for the bargain price of £0.99 (UK) / $0.99 (US). Alternatively, the ebook can be pre-ordered at this price from the usual retailers (website links will be added to the book page as they become live). The recommended retail price of £1.99 (UK) / $2.99 (US) will apply from 15 August onwards at all outlets.

Ravana O'Brien is confronted by her past in more ways than one. Secret agent Kedesh is back on the scene, seeking help for a mission to Alpha Centauri. Artorius, the young boy taken by Que Qiao agents after fleeing the Dhusarian Church, has been traced to a shadowy American base on the moon of Avalon. A second alien portal has been found, a mysterious ancient machine that can twist space and time.
    Avalon is no ordinary world. The moon hosts epic holovid events, not least the vicious celebrity show Gods of Avalon, a game based on the legends of King Arthur where players fight to survive against cyberclone beasts. Infiltrating the secret base means getting past the game arenas, but Ravana cannot trust the slippery Kedesh and has enemies old and new out to see her fail. The rejuvenated Priest Taranis, now with the might of the new Terran Federation of Worlds at his disposal, is pulling the strings. He has a new chosen one, a man called The Raven who seeks Ravana's doom. A rumour of hidden gold is sowing confusion. Artorius is the key to those who want the alien portal open. Watchers are playing the ultimate game."

A paperback edition should be published sometime next year. Happy reading! Steph.

paperback

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