So hey, first online review that I can post, and it's a good 'un from Starburst!
The summary is "Moon’s Artifice is a book that demands the full attention of the reader, which isn’t a bad thing. It’s sometimes frustrating, can be a challenging read, but is ultimately rewarding, working well as a standalone story, while leaving anyone who has invested their time looking forward eagerly to the next volume of what promises to be a fascinating series."
and pleasingly for me if not anyone else, they liked Kesh best.
Yup, it's finally here - so rush, trample or fight your way out of the door to make it to your nearest bookshop and buy a copy!
Alternatively, you could go online I guess. If you're really lazy, here's a link even: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Moons-Artifice-T
I'm told these have turned up, so in case anyone still reads things I post here rather than going straight to Facebook/Twitter - who wants a copy?! Preference has to go to UK readers unless my publishers fancy joining in, but otherwise...
Ok then, Give-away time! Miles ahead of publication too, since the book's out the 21st November in the UK, but I have a spare proof to hand so what the hell, right?
Just tell me why you deserve a proof of Moon's Artifice and it could be yours! Best answer wins & there's no right answer, only wrong ones. Probably very wrong ones... I'll choose a winner over the w/e and DM or whatever for an address.
Sorry though, I think it'll have to be UK only, given postage costs these days!
This post has been a little while in coming. Truth be told I hadn’t much expected it to ever happen – after all, ask anyone and they’ll tell you short story collections don’t sell in the UK. And yet here I am, with another lovely Larry Rostant cover to admire and my name on another book. Now they’re all special – you publish a book that isn’t special to you and it either will be your last or should be. Even for a professional author, each one remains a constant for a period of your life and should trigger an emotion as strong as the smell of freshly cut grass. Where you wrote the book, who you lived with or drank with – they’re all bound up with each one but God Tattoo encompassed most of my adult life as it turned out.
I can remember writing Beast in Velvet and Afraid of the Dark in my student house, Dark of the Moor after work in the shabby (former) offices of A M Heath with that funny smell halfway up the stairs, Shadows in the Library in the little house we rented when we moved to Oxford. Memories for each – almost a different author for some given the intervening years. But they were all for my own entertainment – side-tales to the Twilight Reign mostly written off the back of my discovery of writers like M R James and Lovecraft. Older versions were released on the net and a couple of people even read them; Beast got me my first print publication (despite being a second draft which the editor cut the very last line of) and I still have the never-paid in cheque of $10 as a reminder.
As a collection however, while they belonged together I never really believe they’d appear as a grown-up book. And yet here they are at long last I’m delighted to say – some isolated little tales, others that hinted at the wider conflict and ended up charting the course of the novels themselves. Among there are my own small takes on a serial killer tale, a locked room mystery, several ghost stories, a damsel in distress and Lovecraft’s accounts of horror. But they’re all part of the Twilight Reign world. If you remember the nameless captain from the Di Senego club in Narkang, he appeared there because two of these tales and I didn’t want the Twilight Reign to happen without him. That’s the thing with stories, your emotions get tangled up in them, but I’d not have it any other way.
So here you go, my little stories, all grown up. I hope you enjoy them.
Copies of the God Tattoo are on their way to me I'm told, so how's about a couple of them up for grabs? One simple question, best answer/s wins. As usual, points are awarded as much for absurdity, childishness, tangential ramblings and anything else that amuses me at the time.... Answers here, on Facebook, via email, DM, any way you like so long as I read it! But of course, if you post it by hand the dog will probably eat!
So - how does Daken acquire his God Tattoo?
One small NB, it's not on sale in the US until later in the year so I'm afraid this doesn't include you guys. you US-ites will have to have your own comp closer to the time!
Quite a lot actually!
Another little guest post for your amusement/derision/informed comments... Having been asked to do a paragraph about Pratchett to add to an article, I clearly couldn't keep to such modest constraints and got a blog post all to myself instead!
No, I've not started a fantasy-themed Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover band - my god, the horror - but I have committed guest bloggery over at Dribble of Ink. Feel free to go over there and tell me I'm talking complete rubbish!
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Performance bonuses on completion of missions
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Sadly, it's no longer there. I guess some people have no sense of humour. ^_^