J C Steel, author

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

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Who’d become a vampire hunter?

The ones who don't stand by and do nothing The crew of the Artemis are an eclectic bunch, but they have exactly one thing in common; they fight to save your ass from something you don't...

Chapter Quotes – the authors

Chapter Quotes - the authors I get a lot of reader comments about the chapter quotes. They're probably the single biggest common talking point across the feedback I get, so I thought I...

Death is for the Living: Prologue

Prologue Everything was dark, but this time, she was sure she was awake. There was a damp breeze on her cheek, and a soft surface under her. By contrast, her body was burning. The air...

What do they look like?

What do they look like? It's a basic question. What do your characters look like? You describe them often enough, but as the uproar that erupted when an actress of colour was cast to play Hermione...

Brhi Stokes, Galaxy of Authors

Brhi Stokes 'Learn to let things go sooner rather than later.' Author website Twitter Facebook Instagram Amazon author page Goodreads Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#urbanfantasy...

Author: implosion

Author implosion may be a little over-dramatic. A little. I didn't wake up next to anyone I didn't recognise, I didn't wind up in the drunk tank, and no one had to call emergency services. So why,...

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 5

What they don't tell you about biometrics (Get Inspired, week 5) My boss was lying on the floor. Not a problem in and of itself; given the layers of security on this station, it should be reasonably...

Get Inspired: Week 4

I'll take Death over the Tower any day (Get Inspired, week 4) My living room windows blew in, less than a second after I hit the deck under my table. Sadly, this kind of thing happens often enough...

Elemental Conflict: Prologue

Prologue Nightmares meant you’d survived. It was one of the first things they taught, in basic training; so early that it was one of the very few memories she’d kept from the months before...

Cortiian word of the week: Akrushkar

Akrushkar, pl. akrushkari The akrushkari come up a lot in the books based on the Cortiian Base. They're the Councils' enforcers, bodyguards, and most of the rank and file of the Cortii...

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...

Greg Krojac, Galaxy of Authors

Greg Krojac “Science fiction is no more written for scientists, than ghost stories are written for ghosts” ~Brian Aldiss Author website Facebook Twitter Amazon author page Goodreads Get the books!...

Who’d become a vampire hunter?

The ones who don't stand by and do nothing The crew of the Artemis are an eclectic bunch, but they have exactly one thing in common; they fight to save your ass from something you don't...

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...

Character Interviews – Anst an Nabat

A Cortiian and an author sit on the side of a large fountain... (not the start of a bad joke) J C Steel: Nice touch of paranoia. Anst an Nabat: It's a nice fountain. Care to tell me why I'm here?...

Neven Carr, Galaxy of Authors

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

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...

Get inspired: week 11

Designated Dumbass (Get Inspired, week 11) Sometimes, alone and in the dark, you get a reminder that your instincts got on the crazy train a while before civilisation was really a thing. Right now,...

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...

Get inspired: week 7

Valentine's colours (Get Inspired, week 7) I hate those pink and white balloons in the stores around Valentine's Day. They always remind me of blood on the snow. I was trying to run, but the snow...

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...

Etymology excavation: “toe the line”

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...

D C Ballard, Galaxy of Authors

D.C. Ballard I drank what‽‽ Meddle not in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and go well with ketchup. My mind is the weapon. Everything else is merely an accessory. Author website Twitter...

Author website transition

… boldly going where no reader has gone before. Today officially marks the day when I change over all my various links and redirects to the cool, new, jcsteelauthor.com author website. Well, that's...

Who’d become a vampire hunter?

The ones who don't stand by and do nothing The crew of the Artemis are an eclectic bunch, but they have exactly one thing in common; they fight to save your ass from something you don't...

The Chapter Quotes

Why add chapter quotes? Where do you get your chapter quotes from? Aren't chapter quotes hell to format? Me, personally, I enjoy chapter quotes. Dorothy Dunnett, Seanan McGuire, and of course Frank...

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,...

Nik Krasno, Galaxy of Authors

Nik Krasno 'Time to fill the glasses (... and then empty them)' Facebook LinkedIn Goodreads Amazon author page Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#thriller #IARTG"...

John Thornton, Galaxy of Authors

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

Urban Fantasy

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

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