J C Steel, author

 Knives, spaceships, and dirty fighting – who says a mercenary cult can’t be fun?

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Fighting Shadows cover
Elemental Affinity cover
Fighting Shadows cover

UK International Novel Writing Competition

The news of the year to date: both Through the Hostage and Fighting Shadows made it through the initial cut to get into Round 2 of the UKNWC. This is particularly awesome, not just because from...

Richard L Pastore, Galaxy of Authors

Richard L. Pastore 'Making the world a better place, one manipulated smile at a time.' Social Media: Author website Amazon author page Goodreads Twitter LinkedIn Get the books! [tweetthis...

Live it, survive it, use it

No idea about anyone else, but my life occasionally gets a thematic earworm. Example: have you ever learnt a new word, and then the damn thing pops up everywhere for a week or so? Yeah. Kind of...

Elemental Conflict release day!

Release day! There's a question I like to ask other authors, and it's 'Would you live in the world you've created?' A lot of people - more than I expected, if I'm honest - say 'No way,...

Writing, on Twitter (note the comma)

Twitter (and commas) 'Cause, yeah, commas do useful shit. So do asterisks, or as one of the people I've worked with unfortunately terms them: 'Those weird star things over the 8 key?' I could've...

Get inspired: week 12

Robot Immigration (Get Inspired, week 12) I hate robot immigration. Especially robots with 'My name is Floki. Tell me how I can help you!' written on their fronts in ten languages I recognise and...

Raquel Byrnes, Galaxy of Authors

Raquel Byrnes 'So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned.' J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan: The Fairy Tales) Author website Twitter Facebook Amazon author page Author blog Goodreads...

Neven Carr, Galaxy of Authors

Neven Carr Author website Twitter Facebook Amazon author page Get the books! A twisty, complex...

Cruising for vampires

Sun, sails...and vampires Incongruous trio of concepts. When I first floated (aha) the idea of a team of vampire hunters based on a yacht in the Caribbean, I frankly expected to get shot...

Kayaks and seals and jellyfish, oh my

Kayaks and seals and jellyfish, oh my So my stay-cation hasn't all been sedentary, it included kayaks. I live on a ridge of rock sticking out, most appropriately, from the Rockies. If...

Etymology excavation: “when push comes to shove”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Elemental Conflict release day!

Release day! There's a question I like to ask other authors, and it's 'Would you live in the world you've created?' A lot of people - more than I expected, if I'm honest - say 'No way,...

Get inspired: week 9

Dreaming of reality (Get Inspired, week 9) It's cute how people try to break everything down into manageable chunks. It's like watching a five-year-old doing a jigsaw, and turning that last piece of...

Etymology Excavation: “at full tilt”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Cruising for vampires

Sun, sails...and vampires Incongruous trio of concepts. When I first floated (aha) the idea of a team of vampire hunters based on a yacht in the Caribbean, I frankly expected to get shot...

Claire Buss, Galaxy of Authors

Claire Buss 'There's no such thing as can't.' Social Media: Author website Goodreads Twitter Smashwords author page Amazon author page Pinterest Facebook Get the books! [tweetthis...

Etymology Excavation: “strong suit”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

The Virtual Book Fair 2016

The Virtual Book Fair 2016   Through the Hostage (Cortii series #1) by J C Steel Khyria Ilan is a commander in the Cortii, the most elite mercenary organisation in known space. With a past she can’t...

John Thornton, Galaxy of Authors

John Thornton “Settle for a B.” Goodreads Amazon author page Facebook Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#scifi #IARTG"...

Highlights of 2016

2016 round-up I thought that rather than making  a list of things to do next year that I know I'm not going to get to, I'd make a list, instead, of the things I actually did in 2016. (Da-da-da-done,...

Etymology excavation: “coming down the pike”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Live it, survive it, use it

No idea about anyone else, but my life occasionally gets a thematic earworm. Example: have you ever learnt a new word, and then the damn thing pops up everywhere for a week or so? Yeah. Kind of...

Etymology excavation: “when push comes to shove”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Self-publishing 101 – print-on-demand

Print-on-demand Hello authors. So, print-on-demand. Well, it's finally That Time - after months or years, you've written, revised, gathered your alpha and beta readers' input together, revised a bit...

Rick Partlow, Galaxy of Authors

Rick Partlow 'I am that rarest of species, a native Floridian.' Author website Twitter Amazon author page Goodreads Facebook BookBub Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#scifi #BookBoost"...

Richard Stephens, Galaxy of Authors

Richard H. Stephens 'Durned elf.' Author website Twitter Amazon author page Facebook Goodreads Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#fantasy #IARTG"...

Get Inspired: Week 3

Immortality doesn't mean you'll live forever...(Get Inspired, week 3) The peaches of immortality ripen only once in every three thousand years. If you find and eat one, you're guaranteed...

Steve Harrison, Galaxy of Authors

Steve Harrison 'Every major literary work began with a blank page, so all writers begin each story on an equal footing with every great writer who ever lived.' (I don’t know if that’s mine or if I...

Kayaks and seals and jellyfish, oh my

Kayaks and seals and jellyfish, oh my So my stay-cation hasn't all been sedentary, it included kayaks. I live on a ridge of rock sticking out, most appropriately, from the Rockies. If...

Get inspired: week 12

Robot Immigration (Get Inspired, week 12) I hate robot immigration. Especially robots with 'My name is Floki. Tell me how I can help you!' written on their fronts in ten languages I recognise and...

Urban Fantasy

 When ‘Here be monsters’ doesn’t only mark the unknown…

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