J C Steel, author

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

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Gary Morgenstein, Galaxy of Authors

Gary Morgenstein 'Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.' ~Winston Churchill Social Media: Twitter BHC Press Goodreads Amazon author page Facebook Get the books!...

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...

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...

Carol van Natta, Galaxy of Authors

Carol van Natta 'My muse thinks in series.' Social Media: Author website Amazon author page Goodreads Facebook Get free samples from this author Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#scifi...

Etymology Excavation: “fascinating”

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

John Thornton, Galaxy of Authors

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

Get inspired: week 2

Shakespeare's Bargain (Get Inspired, week 2) What if Shakespeare had written the most definitive guides to demonology in existence, in iambic pentameter? In our timeline, Shakespeare was one of the...

Cortiian word of the week: Derian

Derian, pl. deriani It's a very old Cortiian word, and it literally means 'rider'. It's also, in wider use, a generic title for any Cortiian, rather like 'citizen' in the Federated...

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...

The Sisyphean task of editing

Editing Elemental Affinity My current ‘big push’ is to get the third in the Cortii series, Elemental Affinity, beta-read ready by the end of April. This is currently showcasing the Sisyphean ‘one...

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...

Define ‘mercenary’

Can the Cortii be called 'mercenaries'? Well, I had an interesting contention a couple of weeks back that no, they couldn't, because they undergo intensive training and have a command structure, so...

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...

Christopher Keene, Galaxy of Authors

Christopher Keene 'My imagination seemed more interesting than reality and I wanted to see if anyone agreed. Writing seemed the most thorough way of asking.' Author website Facebook Amazon author...

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...

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...

Get inspired: week 1

I'm going to bite off more than I can chew, but I'm going to try and add a blog post each week in 2017. (Yeah, yeah...thanks for the cynicism, folks...). I figured I would sit down each week and try...

Elemental Affinity Launch

Elemental Affinity Launch 3, 2, 1 ... Yes, Elemental Affinity, the third in the Cortii series, has finally launched!!! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#scifi"...

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"...

How do I get started writing?

Get started writing - how? Every writers' forum I've spent time in has had someone, sometime, show up asking 'how do I get started writing?' At this point I always find myself needing to...

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...

Get inspired: week 8

Invocation error (Get Inspired, week 8) Error: you have cast an undefined invocation. "Told you the pentagram was too wiggly," Toluk muttered. I glared in his general direction. The damned neon...

Damien Lutz, Galaxy of Authors

Damien Lutz 'A real villain is always preferable to a fake hero.' Tom Robbins Author website Twitter Facebook Goodreads Amazon author page Smashwords author page Instafreebie page Get the books!...

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: “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...

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...

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...

Urban Fantasy

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

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