Friday, September 9, 2011

Meet Characters from A Thousand Glass Flowers

Meet Finnian Hero of a Thousand Glass Flowers
Prue's Character... Lalita.. another great interview.
Two incredible interviews with visual imagery courtesy of Richard Armitage. Nothing wrong with drooling is there? Oh, the words are pretty cool too. What terrific characters Prue has created.
The story is already on my MUST read pile, with images of Richard, I mean Finnian fresh in my mind, I have just switched A Thousand Glass Flowers to the top of the pile.

Thanks to Maria Grazia for hosting Prue's character  Finnian and Were, Vamps Romance for the Lalita blog post.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Calamity's Corner September

Another bright and interesting Calamity's Corner is now available as a free e-zine.
Rosalie Skinner's book, Exiled - Autumn's Peril, first of eight books in the Chronicles of Caleath series, available now as Kindle download and available from MuseItUp Publishing.
Another great book review from LJ Roberts. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny.
Movie review of Red Dog. The very popular and successful Oz movie. Am I the only unlucky one who hasn't seen it.
Travel News this month features Brittany, France. A wonderful place to holiday and visit the famous Mont of St-Michel.
Pet of the Month are those peculiar looking animals, Bactrian camels. This pair are residents of the Berlin Zoo.
And from Spain, Carlo J Vella, author of Book of Secrets, presents photos of ruins, 800 years older than Pompeii.
All this and plenty more. Contact Calamity

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Out there and bound.

And we are out there!!!

Yup, Touch of Evil is now live and selling on Lulu (print version) and Smashwords (ebook). Both versions are now selling and doing okay, print strangely enough a little better than I thought. With all the hooplah about ebooks outstripping print about a million to one, i sort of expected the ebooks to be downloaded a little faster but no. Most people I speak to still want the feel of paper under their finger tips. One person even remarked that she preferred to dog-ear her pages rather than press a 'bookmark' button.

Okay. Whatever floats your boat. But thanks to those who have bought the book. I hope you like it and enjoy it and tell your friends. The more likes I get, the better chance i have to revisit the TV show again.

But seriously, amongst us friends, and it will go no further than my next facebook post, who truly prefers paper books over ebooks? We've all read the reports. What's your fave and if you have a reason, why?? Is it sentimentality or a'feel' thing, ease or what? Let me know coz I am seriously interested.

But what next?

Well, a special hardback edition of my short story "Gone to Mum's" is going thru at the moment, with an afterword explaining a few things that aren't in there. Hoping to have it done soon, say three weeks. Sooner would be better. The usual hassle (acceptable cover) is the holdup, but having had another of my late-nite brainwaves, might have the second coolest cover in my life happening with the cutest goddaughter inn the world on there. That's cover number 2, not the second best. Wait and see. More when it happens.

Beyond that, getting into Transported Legends: Halloween. With luck it will be done Halloween Eve, with a big party here for the release. Looking to get the community involved with maybe a riverside spooky story competition and maybe danceoff or something. Not a lot of time to set it up, but the plan is starting to come together.

So much to do, so little time.

Thanks for listening.

PS, please excuse pun in the title. Out there and bound .... bound ...cover. book printing...bound. Geddit? 

okay. Sorry.

Friday, September 2, 2011

2nd September 2011

Reviewer: Carole Sutton

Historical fiction at its best

The Unhewn Stone by Wendy Laharnar

The Unhewn Stone is a fantasy tale about a young man, Stefan Gessler who returns to the time of his ancestors in the 14th Century. His primary task is to restore honour to his family name, destroyed by the William Tell legend, and secondly to learn how to change base metals into gold. Starting off as a callow youth, Stefan grows with the story to become an accomplished man.

Fantasy is not my preferred genre, but once I started this story I became drawn in to the plight of Stefan, as a modern young man, disfigured in looks, suffering from unrequited love, and bereft at the death of his dog. As the story progresses we venture into fantasy land, I continued to read, caught by the adventures of the 14th C. Stefan and his ancient family. One fascinating aspect is that Stefan retains his 21st C. outlook which at times contrasts sharply with those of his 14th C. cousins. I enjoyed his comparisons. I found the magical elements were written convincingly enough that I had no trouble suspending my disbelief.

Stefan remains very human with his faults, his sometimes overbearing attitude getting him into more trouble than necessary. He grows with the plot. He builds a good relationship with his distant cousin Rolf and various friends. The tale is sweetened by the love of Rolf and Eva Tell. It kept me reading as it bounded from one adventure after another with Stefan and Rolf fleeing their enemies, both human and spiritual in the various guises of a sibyl who is determined to steal Stefan's half of his orb and thus prevent him from returning to his own time.

The ending built up into a page turning climax that satisfied this reader.