J C Steel, author

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

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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...

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...

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...

Christian Warren Freed, Galaxy of Authors

Christian Warren Freed 'Fear profits a man nothing.' Social Media: Author website Amazon author page Goodreads Twitter Facebook Bookbub Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#fantasy...

Stereotype-busting, or the art of not playing by the rules

Society takes itself so damn seriously. There are such a lot of unwritten rules (see also 'stereotypes'). Sometimes you just need to wear assless chaps and a suit jacket and walk on your...

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...

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...

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...

Books and authors

...lying on my back on the library floor, staring blankly up at my bookshelves, I realised two things. First: it's not hoarding if it's books; second, that I have a lot of series by...

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...

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...

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,...

Cortiian word of the week: Faran

Faran Spend more than five minutes with a group of Cortiians, and one of them will probably find themselves a cup of faran. It's as ubiquitous as coffee on Earth, but probably tastes...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Elemental Conflict – cover art!

Cover Art! It's here! ...well, of course it's here. You clicked on the book to get here. Cover art is, for me, one of the major rewards after months spent pounding sand editing. If I've...

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...

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...

What’s Eostre got to do with it anyway?

Easter, Eostre, Ostern Easter. Bunnies in pink waistcoats. Eggs everywhere in a gamut of unlikely colours. It's part of the season, and very few people stop to ask themselves - what the bunny duck...

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...

2017 – the here and the now

The Here and the Now - it's a wrap! While there were definitely some highlights, 2017 was spiced with plenty of drama to keep that old proverb 'May you live in interesting times' in use. In places,...

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...

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"...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Urban Fantasy

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

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