J C Steel, author

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

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John Thornton, Galaxy of Authors

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

E A Copen, Galaxy of Authors

E. A. Copen “There’s some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers) Author website Twitter Goodreads Facebook Get the books! [tweetthis...

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...

Mathew McCall, Galaxy of Authors

Mathew McCall 'Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.' Social Media: Author website Amazon author page...

J D Byrne, Galaxy of Authors

J. D. Byrne 'Does Earth plug a hole in heaven, or heaven plug a hole in Earth?' - Genesis Author website Twitter Facebook Amazon author page Goodreads Instafreebie Get the books! [tweetthis...

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...

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...

World-building in the Cortii series

OK, so here’s the big, dirty secret when it comes to world-building in the Cortii series: I didn’t ‘plan’ the Cortii. The society evolved naturally as I went through the drafts of the first few...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

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...

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: “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...

Amazon Author Central – undercover to El Dorado

Amazon Author Central - Undercover to El Dorado Yo, authors! I was kidding about El Dorado. This is much better hidden. There's something provided by Amazon. It's free, it's useful, and it's very...

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...

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...

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...

Character Interviews – Irin Seviki

West stable block, Seviki Equines and Exotics - a ranch master and an author meet Irin Seviki: ...Ilan? J C Steel: Not exactly. She said she was going to visit your horses. IS: You're Ilan's...

J D Byrne, Galaxy of Authors

J. D. Byrne 'Does Earth plug a hole in heaven, or heaven plug a hole in Earth?' - Genesis Author website Twitter Facebook Amazon author page Goodreads Instafreebie Get the books! [tweetthis...

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...

Character Interviews – Irin Seviki

West stable block, Seviki Equines and Exotics - a ranch master and an author meet Irin Seviki: ...Ilan? J C Steel: Not exactly. She said she was going to visit your horses. IS: You're Ilan's...

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...

Colonisation fleets – unsuccessful, semi-successful, and very successful

Colonisation and the Cortii Given the generally cold and occasionally fissionable-hot relationship between most of the humanoid governments and the Cortii, it may not be immediately...

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...

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"...

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...

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...

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...

Urban Fantasy

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

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