J C Steel, author

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

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...

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...

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...

Top summer books

Top summer books Seemed to me that there was a lot on this blog about writing, and since I just completed the 2017 Goodreads challenge, it seemed like a good point to write a bit about...

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,...

‘The End’ smells good

The End smell The End. I'm so close to writing those words on the rough edit of Elemental Conflict that I'm pretty sure I can smell them. And dat smell is good. On the other hand, I...

Self-publishing 101 – eBook publishing part 1: Amazon KDP

So, how do I do it?? Hello authors. (I don't call 'em 'aspiring authors', because as far as I'm concerned if you write and you're researching self-publishing, you already are the real Slim Shady...

Rabia Gale, Galaxy of Authors

Rabia Gale 'Creator of weird worlds, melder of magic and technology, consumer of chocolate.' Author website Facebook Twitter Amazon author page Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#fantasy...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Writing Playlist

Do I have a writing playlist for the Cortii series? ... oh hell yes. My Muse works best with music, and can probably be visualised with her Dockers up on the table, a joint in one hand, and scars...

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"...

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...

Background to the Cortii – history, structure, and recruitment

The Cortii are mercenaries. As we meet them in the Cortii series, they’re the descendants of a mercenary cult that has existed for more than eight millennia, since the pre-spaceflight era. As far as...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Where do you come from? Nationality and confusion

Nationality and confusion Oh, and I almost missed the only possible theme tune for this post: Rednex 'Cotton Eyed Joe', aka 'Where do you come from, where do you go?' I had an innocuous conversation...

Jon Cronshaw, Galaxy of Authors

Jon Cronshaw And so it goes. Author website Twitter Facebook Amazon author page   Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#scifi #bookboost"...

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...

Iceland vacation – this rolling stone gathers moss

Iceland, 2016 For anyone who's been wondering why my social media feeds went unfed and my websites were empty to the whistling winds of time recently ...well, I was in Iceland, caving in lava tubes,...