Friday, 24 October 2014

Spellfall Halloween Treat!

Oh, the unicorn has been neglecting you! He has an excuse. He's been hard at work creating a new cover for the only novel I've written so far with unicorns in it... SPELLFALL.

First he went for a trot in the woods and speared a few autumn leaves with his horn...

Then he persuaded me to open my paintbox...



And, after a bit of digital wizardry, we ended up with this:

SPELLFALL UKUS

Naturally, the unicorn has made himself the biggest thing on the cover, but Spellfall also contains a heroine called Natalie, a hero called Merlin, a wolf/magehound called K'tanaqui, a standing stone with a hole in it called the Thrallstone, a giant soul-tree called Oq (whose leaves are spells), a villain called Hawk (he's hiding in the woods, I think), and a police helicopter.

The story takes place partly in our own world, and partly in the enchanted world of Earthaven, which lies beyond the Boundary. Normally we can't see unicorns, or spells growing on trees. But at Halloween, the Boundary opens and all kinds of creatures can pass from one world into another - both good and evil. Can Natalie and Merlin stop Lord Hawk from killing the ancient soul-trees and destroying Earthaven?

If you have a Kindle (or a free Kindle app), you can read Spellfall for only 99p / 99c all this Halloween week... price returns to $3.99 on 1st November.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Further thoughts on blogging

Some electric cats left comments on my last post, so total annihilation of this blog has been suspended until further notice.

As the unicorn has pointed out to me (with his glittery horn), many people worked hard on guest posts for his little corner of the blogosphere, so it would not be good karma to delete those. If you haven't read them all yet, see the MUSE MONDAYS tab at the top for a full list of links.

Also, there is a long-running series of posts based upon my epic novel about Alexander the Great's horse "I am the Great Horse" and its associated projects. That series is not quite finished yet, and Bucephalas will probably bite me if I try deleting him. He'll certainly squeal at the unicorn, which could get nasty. For links to this series, see the I AM THE GREAT HORSE tab.

If you're looking for a viral blog, this is not the place to be. (But then you probably never found it in the first place, so that's okay.)

If you're looking for an information blog, you'll probably want to try somewhere else. The only information around here is some out-of-date Kindle advice (2011) that follows my own personal journey into ebooks. You're welcome to use anything you find helpful, but please be aware that things have moved on in the ebook world since I wrote those posts. For more up to date ebook advice and thoughts on the current publishing industry, try Kristine Kathryn Rusch or Do Authors Dream of Electric Books?

If you're looking for cats or unicorns, however, or are interested in my books and what this author thinks about the writing and publishing game, then this is a good place to be and you're very welcome! But don't be surprised if the unicorn takes extended breaks in the enchanted mists from time to time, because that's the only way he is ever going to write more books. There's only one of him, and it's do or... Unicorn? Are you still there?

Seems the unicorn has trotted off already, so you'll have to make do with a picture of my cat Tara, who is now famous on Facebook since she used up her ninth life earlier this week.

This is a cat blog? Really?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Apparently this is a "cat blog"...

... which means it's not really helping anyone, it's just for me and possibly my publisher (I'd call it a "unicorn blog" but that's the same thing, really, only a bit shyer and with a glittery horn.)

So the big question is this: would anyone really miss me if I deleted the whole thing?

I'll take zero comments as a big hint...

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