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  1. Gemmell 2011 Nominees

    Here's the official shortlist:

    Ravenheart Award
    For best fantasy book cover

    Olof Erla Einarsdottir for Power & Majesty (HarperCollins Australia)
    Victoria Frank for Tymonís Flight (HarperCollins Australia)
    Todd Lockwood for The Ragged Man (Pyr)
    Cliff Nielson for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit)
    Jon Sullivan for Shadow King (The Black Library)

    Morningstar Award
    For best debut novel
  2. State of Horror: Texas "Lubbock or Leave It" now available.

    by , April 25th, 2011 at 07:36 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    My story, my first sale, "Lubbock or Leave It" is now available in State of Horror: Texas.

    Think zombies and humor.

    Anyway. Here are some links. No obligation.

    on Amazon Kindle $2.99

    on Lulu - print version $7.99 and eBook $2.99

    eBook on SmashWords $2.99

    Looks like all the links are good. Hope nobody minds the .. well. You know.

    Anyway, if you're looking for a sample of my ...

    Updated April 30th, 2011 at 03:13 PM by expatrie

    Story Sales , Markets , Reading , Writing
  3. One more character design

    Here's one more character design I thought I'd share from the Jak Phoenix universe. Enjoy!

  4. E-Book news

    The Slingshot Saga Volume One is now available as an E-book at Amazon Kindle & Google Ebookstore. Soon at Barnes & Noble Nook.
  5. Happy Shadow Day

    To celebrate the upcoming release of my second book, Shadow's Lure, I've released a video trailer of the novel. You can see it on:

    my blog site:

    or youtube:
  6. Photoshop is Hard

    Whoo! *wipes sweat from brow* I just finished posting a photoshop tutorial at my other blog and man is it hard to explain these things. They're actually fairly easy to do, once you get the hang of the program. So much so that I'd forgotten how many words it can take to get the points across. I hope it's easy to follow! I really don't want to edit it again any time soon!
  7. First industry review...

    Hooray, a reviewer has made it all the way through my book and they have nice things to say! (Always had that little fear in the back of my head... a bad case of the 'what ifs')

    "Quest of the Demon is a rewarding high fantasy novel with an uncluttered and unoffending style that should be perfect for the younger reader."

    Not 5 Stars (3) but I'm still really happy Thanks to Ant. from SF Book for his ...
  8. Who'da thought it?

    Think this is brilliant!

    Jethro Tull meets astronaut to celebrate Yuri Gagarin's first flight.

    Sadly reminds me of the Jean Michel Jarre / Ron McNair event that never happened.

    But I do like this.

  9. The Joy of Free Books

    by , April 13th, 2011 at 06:20 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Nothing quite says joy like a free book. (Of course I'd since forgotten it was coming so I had an extraordinarily implausible scenario for why someone at HarperCollins was writing to me with a thick package....

    Anyway, I now have an "Advance Uncorrected Proof" of My New American Life by Francine Prose.

    Off to start reading what is probably the 26th book I'm "currently reading."

    Yeah, right.

    Taxes? What taxes?

    Updated April 16th, 2011 at 11:53 AM by expatrie (updated numbers. Typo.)

    Markets , Reading
  10. Book 2 Cover

    You can see the full-sized cover for Shadow's Lure on my blog:
  11. It was fifty years ago today....

    that Yuri Gagarin went into space.

    Hard to think how little we've progressed since then, but a remarkable achievement.

    And hearing some of the details about the flight, it is amazing (and extremely brave!) that it happened in the first place.

    Great play on Radio 4 today, called Titanium about Gagarin through the eyes of Titov. Good stuff!
  12. Of Indie Publishing and Pure Flail

    I haven't posted here in waaay too long. I've been busy with the indie publishing flail. I've decided to self publish my book A Sign in Blood (later this year sometime ) and I've been voraciously reading.

    So, what's you opinion on self-publishing, ebooks and Smashwords? Oh, come on! You know you have one. I think all writers have got to be asking themselves these questions right now. So have you considered self-publishing? Why or why not?
  13. Reviews

    Well... I would love some reviews of my novel. If I can't get feedback from strangers, how can I improve?

    This got me thinking (as I emailed a smashwords coupon to every fantasy reviewer I could find), why don't I review? It's only fair that I help out others the way random bloggers are going to help me by going through my work...

    Anyway, added a blog to my website with my first review. Will see how it goes

    (also ...
  14. What Needs Love? - New Way to Look at the Classic Topic, Love

    What needs love?

    The question started from the fool question in a TV show, 'Does a fish feel pain?' Some people said 'Yes, of course'. Some people said 'Maybe' or 'No'. Lots of people voted 'Yes' on this question. If you vote on 'Yes', you got it. It's easy one. What about a plant? Does a flower in your backyard feel pain? Let's go a little further on this question. Does water you drink feel pain? It sounds very strange. You may say 'what are you talking about?' and leave this page. ...

    Updated April 8th, 2011 at 12:20 AM by kater (No site links as per the rules.)

  15. Inspirational Anti-War Quotes!

    Never has there been a good war or a bad peace.
    ~ Benjamin Franklin

    War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
    ~ Desiderius Erasmus
    How many of the politicians who voted for the wars served military service in the battle fields? If you know the answer, you will agree with this quote.

    Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi
    They say "We go for war to protect ...

    Updated April 8th, 2011 at 12:20 AM by kater (No site links as per the rules.)

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