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  1. Killer review on Amazon

    And I don't even know this person. I mean, I know her now. I didn't know her before she read the book.

    http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Boiler-R...8019335&sr=8-1

    I'm breaking out the red wine. Wait, I've already done that. Okay, I'm breaking out more.
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  2. 4/5 stars for one massive review

    I heart reading had told me that she had given 4/5 stars. Hooray, I thought, how nice...

    At no point did I think she'd come up with such a massive and detailed review!

    http://booklog.eternalised.net

    My first interview as well!
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  3. Wordpress blog

    Yep, this is just to link to my wordpress blog: http://thedarkword.wordpress.com.
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  4. Agent Interview

    Interview with lit agent Eddie Schneider on my blog this week:

    http://jonsprunk.blogspot.com/
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  5. Plug for an Aussie Author

    Bookd Out is hosting a giveaway for Quest of the Demon.

    http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2011/0...-by-ml-sawyer/

    How awesome is this. Booked Out is hosting a give away to give an Aussie author a free plug (me being the Aussie author!)

    Internationals included in the giveaway!
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  6. Excerpt and Page Dedicated to My Series

    I have posted a page for those of you who follow my work dedicated entirely to my upcoming series, "The Hourglass of the Empire."

    Now before you go reading the excerpt that I have made available and contact me or post things about the mistakes I have made, I want to make it clear that it is an excerpt from the first draft of this book; one of my favorite scenes that I simply copied and pasted to this website directly from the file on my flashdrive. I know there are mistakes, ...
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  7. RIP The Thing

    Just heard of the death of James Arness, actor in TV Western series Gunsmoke, but to genre fans, 'The Thing' in the classic film 'The Thing from Another World'.



    One of my classic faves.

    RIP James.

    Mark
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  8. Asimov on Libraries

    http://www.boingboing.net/2011/06/03...l?dlvrit=36761

    And

    The Troy library is under threat of closure today.
    Sound familiar?

    Mark
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  9. June S/F/H deadlines

    by , June 3rd, 2011 at 07:51 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    These are all 2,500 - 7,500 word stories. I haven't seen all of these on duotrope (the folks at duotrope are pretty overwhelmed), so I figured I'd mention them here and everyone watching could get advance notice.

    State of Horror: Massachusetts - Opens June 1 - closes July 14. (rymfireebooks.com)

    Post-Apocalyptic Raids. Opens June 15th 2011 - closes August 1st 2011. (special note: No zombies). Future zombie anthologies are planned so I'll try to keep you zombie fans, ...

    Updated June 3rd, 2011 at 08:03 PM by expatrie

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  10. Books in May... sigh.

    by , May 31st, 2011 at 07:50 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Aug.

    Two.

    Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk

    Reasonably good. As a study in a different form of a novel (there are chapters of the actual main line, mixed with poems by one of the characters, then a short story by one of the characters) it's been educational.

    Chuck also does a good job of "going there" into the gross and disgusting, if you like that kind of thing, and there's very little flinching and leaving things to the imagination. ...

    Updated July 3rd, 2011 at 10:07 PM by expatrie

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  11. Sequel hits stores

    Looks like some stores are receiving copies of Shadow's Lure.

    This is the sequel to Shadow's Son, continuing the story of Caim the Knife and his ethereal friend, Kit.

    "Searching for the truth behind the murder and disappearance of his parents, Caim discovers a land in thrall to the Shadow. But there are some things a son of the Shadow cannot ignore, and some fights from which he canít run. In this battle, all of Caimís strength and skill wonít be enough. For none ...
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  12. The Joy of Royalty Statements...

    by , May 25th, 2011 at 10:38 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Got the first royalty statement for State of Horror: Texas today. It's just out and sales are starting to come in, we'll see if things pick up and in the meantime, keeping at work. For an anthology with five stories it's doing pretty well, I think. (Trying to keep my expectations low based on intimations from Bird by Bird, among others. Hope I can think of something else to promote the story and anthology but for now that's in the germinating stage.

    I got comments on a rejected ...

    Updated May 31st, 2011 at 07:43 PM by expatrie

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  13. Prologue: S.O.S.

    There was a deeply cold, almost hollow presence to the room, despite the infinite jumble of tattered wires that ran the murky depths of the station through and through. Each long corridor, filled with refuse and rust, seemed as if it had been forgotten for centuries, as was the billowing plumes of dust that haunted the beams and girders of the station. The scene would have been completely dead and devoid had it not been for a rhythmic chatter of a modem in he midst of its digital song as it hummed ...
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  14. The Finishing of Chapter II and the End of the Ongoing Debate

    After listening to a high school band somewhere in the distance of White Oak practice their fight song for quite some time, I have finally finished Chapter II of the first book of my series. Finally. It seems as if it has taken me months, although I am sure that it has only been a few weeks. Who knows? I lose track of time all of the time.
    There is a very important scene in this chapter that marks the beginning of the true plot of this portion of the saga. And well, important scenes ...
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  15. To Publish or to Self-Publish? And a story of a dream.

    I'll give you the story of the dream first, considering that's the most interesting part: I awoke this afternoon from a very strange dream that Dr. Seuss had publicly given my story a very high rating. However, the newspapers and magazines could not find the rating, so I had to travel to a mansion in which Dr. Seuss lived to gain access to his archives so that the rating could be released. The first two strange things about this dream: Firstly, Dr. Seuss has been dead for years. Secondly, if ...
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