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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.
5 April 2015
Democracy: An Epitaph coming soon...
COMING SOON is Democracy: An Epitaph, a collection of political verse by up-and-coming London poet Lallafa Jeltz. This short anthology contains six poems to mark the forthcoming UK General Election: None Of The Above, Ode To Magna Carta, Civil Disobedience, The Road To Number Ten, Blameless Tiers and Democracy: An Epitaph. The ebook edition will be published 13 April 2015... Steph.
1 March 2015
Google Play, Flood City Blues and other updates
A smattering of minor updates. Firstly, Hollow Moon and Paw-Prints Of The Gods ebooks are now available from Google Play (see book pages for links). If you have an Android phone or tablet, the chances are you're already familiar with Google's mighty online store. Secondly, from 2 to 6 March (i.e. starting tomorrow), Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Amazon UK, USA and other Amazon sites.
The tentatively-entitled Flood City Blues, the third novel from The Worlds of Hollow Moon, is taking an age to write but should be completed sometime later this year. In the meantime, I've released A Message To Earth, a first-draft teaser from the new novel, just to prove this isn't all lies and I am actually writing something. Happy reading! Steph.
18 January 2015
Smashwords Reads 2014
Happy New Year! Yes, I know I'm almost three weeks late, but that still leaves over eleven months in which to make this year joyous. Once again, in the spirit of annual musings on the year now gone, the Smashwords Reads 2014 page presents a collection of short reviews of the indie ebooks that took my fancy in 2014, complete with Goodreads star ratings. Most are science-fiction: reviews are obviously subjective and my tastes can be a little quirky at times... Steph.
21 December 2014
GENIE And The LAMP
|MERRY CHRISTMAS! Published today is GENIE
And The LAMP ,
a free seasonal short story from The Worlds of Hollow Moon. A
young Angelos Inari, petty thief and self-professed
laziest man in Epsilon Eridani, is offered more money
than he's ever seen to help steal a top-secret
corporation interrogation device. Before the night is
out, the Local Ambient Megastructure Projector has
surrounded him in riches and won him the girl of his
dreams. Unfortunately, the mysterious Namtar has no
intention of letting Inari keep his wonderful new
GENIE And The LAMP is an 'origin' story for the incompetent revolutionaries Namtar and Inari. Having first appeared together in Hollow Moon, the dynamic duo will return to cause more havoc in the forthcoming third novel, tentatively titled Flood City Blues.
31 October 2014
Awesome Indies website relaunch
the book review site dedicated to quality self-published
works, is launching its shiny new website this weekend
and celebrating in style with a huge sale - 70
ebooks under $3.00! (USD) To quote Awesome
Indies: "Every one of these books is worth your
time. Buy them and support the independent authors who
are spear-heading the new wave of quality independent
I'm pleased to announce that a new additon to Awesome Indie's stable is Hollow Moon, which joins Paw-Prints Of The Gods as an 'approved' ebook for your reading pleasure. Both titles are available for £1.99 / $2.99 from all major ebook stockists.
12 October 2014
Author Interview at Pebble In The Still Waters
Book blogger Jaideep Khanduja asked me to answer some questions for his Pebble In The Still Waters blog and despite getting side-tracked for a couple of months, eventually I did just that. The resulting blog was published today! On a related note, a few other Wyrd Worlds writers have also been interviewed on various blogs, the links to which can be found in the 'Author Biographies' section on the Wyrd Worlds II page. Happy reading... Steph.
28 September 2014
Short stories galore
WYRD WORLDS II is now available online at most major ebook retailers. This should be available free of charge, but if this is not the case from your preferred retailer, all popular ereader formats are also available from Smashwords.
SPECIAL OFFER: Three Tales For Christmas will be available free of charge from Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites) on Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st October. This offer starts around midnight US Pacific Standard Time. The current edition of this Kindle-only anthology also includes the bonus short story A Wizard, A Sword And A King, so you get four tales for the price of three. Short stories are a great distraction for the daily commute! Unless you drive to work, that is (please don't read and drive). Enjoy... Steph.
20 September 2014
Wyrd Worlds II anthology out now!
|PUBLISHED TODAY is Wyrd Worlds II,
the work of an international collection of science
fiction and fantasy writers, independent authors old and
new, who have come together through the book
recommendations site Goodreads to
contribute to this anthology. This ebook contains a
bumper 19 short stories from 17 independent authors from
around the world, encompassing a wide range of science
fiction and fantasy. Here lurks tales of the future,
steampunk and time travel; of magical realms and
fantastical deeds; and of things so weird they defy
categorisation. The original Wyrd Worlds
rode upon a new wave of indie collaborations; and
now we're back!
Wyrd Worlds II includes a new Hollow Moon story, Rock Of Ages, available online. Steph.
31 August 2014
Wyrd Worlds II coming soon...
WYRD WORLDS II, the sequel to last year's anthology, is on its way! If all goes to plan, the ebook will available from Smashwords from 21 September, before being rolled out at other retailers over the following weeks. This collection contains a bumper 19 stories from 17 indie authors from around the world, encompassing a wide range of science fiction and fantasy: from tales of the future, steampunk worlds and time travel, tales of magical realms and fantastical deeds, to tales that are just weird and defy categorisation. Watch this space... Steph.
31 July 2014
Goodreads giveaway winners
|CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the
Goodreads giveaway for Hollow
Moon and Paw-Prints
Of The Gods in paperback. Around a thousand
entries per title were received for the five copies on
The readers who will each receive a copy of Hollow Moon are: Ayman Mohamed Farag Bashandy (Cairo, Egypt), Julyn Cataquiz (Tayabas City, Philippines), Mohamed Ben Taouil (Marrakech, Morocco), Areta Gedutyte (Cavan, Ireland) and Beatriz Mira Godinho Santos (Lisbon, Portugal).
The readers who will each receive a copy of Paw-Prints Of The Gods are: Vennela Indrakanti (Bangalore, India), Alexe Alexandra (Cremona, Italy), Kel Wheeldon (Springfield Lakes, Australia), Tony Drummond (Hemel Hempstead, England) and Tanu Awana (Noida, India).
Thank you to all who entered. Books are due to be posted week commencing 4 August and so should be with the winners by the end of the month. See here for post-giveaway offer on ebooks.
NOTE: This news item was edited 3 August 2014. Steph.
1 July 2014
|TO MARK THE RELEASE of Hollow Moon and
The Gods in paperback, five copies of
each book are being given away via the social
media website for books and book-lovers that is Goodreads.
This giveaway launches today and runs until 31
HOLLOW MOON - Join intrepid young heroine Ravana O'Brien in a fast-paced and witty science-fiction mystery of interstellar intrigue. As the dark priest of destiny returns from the dead, Ravana and friends find themselves on an incredible planet-hopping adventure into the shady world of politics, music and rebellion!
PAW-PRINTS OF THE GODS - Ravana 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?
But there's more! Three Tales For Christmas for the Kindle will be available free of charge from Amazon UK / USA (and other Amazon sites) on Wednesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July. As before, this is timed around US Pacific Standard Time, probably to confuse us folk in the UK and elsewhere. Happy reading! Steph.
29 June 2014
Hollow Moon and Paw-Prints Of The Gods out in paperback
MOON and PAW-PRINTS
OF THE GODS, tales of science-fiction
mystery and adventure for young adults and adults
young-at-heart, are out in paperback! The books are
available via the wonders of 'print on demand' from Amazon UK / USA (Hollow Moon)
and Amazon UK / USA (Paw-Prints Of
The Gods). These trade paperbacks (i.e. better
quality than mass-market paperbacks) have a recommended
retail price of £9.99 (UK) / $16.99
Paperbacks traditionally carry quotes of those who inspired the author in some way. I found it a challenge to select something that reflected my influences, but which also said something about the novel itself. Here is the quote I finally chose for this new paperback of Hollow Moon:
"Could it be possible that after thousands of years of struggling in the darkness we are about to discover, in the light of the new dawn, our purpose and destiny?" - Dandridge M. Cole, Beyond Tomorrow (1965).
For Paw-Prints Of The Gods, I chose:
"It is not our fault that the old books and traditions of human history exhibit so many absurdities." - Erich Von Däniken, Chariots Of The Gods? (1969).
Meanwhile, the ebook price of Paw-Prints Of The Gods has been matched with that of Hollow Moon at £1.99 (UK) / $2.99 (USA). Ebooks are available from a wide range of online stores, which now includes Txtr.
A Goodreads 'giveaway' will be announced shortly. Thanks for reading! Steph.
26 May 2014
All quiet on the WyrdStar front
It's been a couple of months since I last posted an update. This isn't through a lack of activity from yours truly, but rather because there's feverish work going on in the background that has kept me busy elsewhere. All I will say for now is Hollow Moon is being prepared for a paperback release very soon, with Paw-Prints Of The Gods to follow. I hope to celebrate this through a book giveaway on Goodreads, so watch this space!
In other news, the fine folks at Awesome Indies have given their website a facelift. This now looks very slick indeed and puts many publisher's websites to shame (including probably this one), with lots of information about showcased books, plus a new blog offering entertaining content from and about the featured authors. Awesome Indies is on a mission to find the best of independent fiction. If you're in the mood for something different, why not pay them a visit? Steph.
Older news items can be found on the WyrdStar News Archive page.
All content (c) Steph Bennion, WyrdStar and Danse Macabre 2007-2015.
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