J C Steel, author

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

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Bill McCormick, Galaxy of Authors

Bill McCormick All things considered I should be dead. Since I’m not I’m enjoying the ride. Author website Amazon author page Goodreads Facebook Instagram Get the books! [tweetthis...

The innermost circle…the author’s desk

The Author's Desk The centre of the madness, the eye of the storm ... where the Cortii series is written, edited, and not infrequently sworn about. Almost out of shot to the right, there is a cat...

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,...

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...

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...

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!...

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 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...

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...

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 can’t...

Cris and Clare Meyers, Galaxy of Authors

Cris and Clare Meyers Yes, we co-write with our spouse. No, we’re not crazy. And yes, the look on your face when we said that is probably the best part of saying it. Get the books! [tweetthis...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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!...

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...

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...

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...

The innermost circle…the author’s desk

The Author's Desk The centre of the madness, the eye of the storm ... where the Cortii series is written, edited, and not infrequently sworn about. Almost out of shot to the right, there is a cat...

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...

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...

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 can’t...

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...

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...

Weapons in the Cortii

Weapons in the Cortii Personal loadout, for some reasons I hope will be obvious, isn't usually made public. No one who survives Cortiian basic training underestimates the value of...

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...

Urban Fantasy

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

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