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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.

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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 27 August; and then The Carlisle, Hastings on Friday 3 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.

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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.

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