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1 July 2024

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

THE SMASHWORDS SUMMER/WINTER SALE is here again! Throughout July, countless indie authors and publishers are offering marvellous deals on ebooks, including yours truly. Summer has finally arrived here in England (better late than never); ebook sales are a handy way to stock up on beach reading, if you're that way inclined. Or as a distraction to politics, though like many space opera authors I tend to add a bit of that into stories too. Writing fiction seems to be the only way to get the right people on the winning side.

Anyway... from today, Hollow Moon books #2 to #4 - Paw-Prints Of The Gods, City Of Deceit and The Avalon Job - are half price from WyrdStar at Smashwords (RRP $2.99). The Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale runs throughout July. Buy ebooks!

In other news, I'm slowly tackling the editing of Hollow Worlds, the final book in the series. The novel is complete and has been checked for continuity, plot holes and so on, but what remains is the arduous task of line-editing, where the text is scrutinised line-by-line to make sure it all flows clearly and concisely. I like to think of it as smoothing the jagged edges left over after carving the story from solid rock. Or something...

Happy reading! Steph.

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2 March 2024

Smashwords 'Read an Ebook Week' sale

THE ANNUAL SMASHWORDS 'READ AN EBOOK WEEK' takes place from 3 to 9 March. Hundreds of indie authors and publishers are offering fantastic deals on ebooks, including myself. It seemed rude not to.

The weather continues to be wet and miserable in my part of England, which is a perfect excuse to stay at home, wrap up warm and read more books. Anyway, from tomorrow for one week only, the following ebook titles are on offer from WyrdStar at Smashwords:

The Smashwords Read an Ebook Week aims to encourage readers to pick up the digital device of their choice and download a new book to read. This is a chance to grab a bargain, not just from myself but also from other great authors... who knows, you might discover your new favourite book!

Happy reading! Steph.

Reading ebooks

18 February 2024

Finally, some news on HOLLOW WORLDS...

HOLLOW WORLDS, the fifth and final novel in the Hollow Moon series, is edging closer to publication! Three and half years after the release of The Avalon Job (Hollow Moon #4), I have finally finished reading through and tweaking the completed draft novel.

Ravana O'Brien, Detective Ostara Lee, the young Artorius and their robot sabre-toothed tiger are marooned a very long way from home. Priest Taranis is reaping his twisted destiny with a new apprentice at his side. The watchers Athene and Ares are bringing their great game to a close. The incompetent mercenaries Namtar and Inari are being idiotic as always. Dyson trees, biological skyships, space dreadnoughts, alien greys: the five systems are not big enough to contain the plot...

Hollow Worlds is somewhat of an epic finale to the series and markedly longer than previous books; at seventeen chapters and almost 170,000 words, it's easily one and a half times the length of the first novel Hollow Moon. Wrapping up the various plot threads in the series needed more space (in both senses of the word) to get right. I went for big space-opera vibes this time, building on various hints and reveals of earlier stories (which was inevitable, given how The Avalon Job ends) and I'm really pleased the way the book has turned out. And also mentally exhausted... I never expected to take this long writing it!

I'm taking a break before starting the final editing, but if all goes well publication should hopefully be in the second half of this year. Somewhat surprisingly, I'm ahead of myself in terms of deciding a book cover, a draft of which is also revealed today. An extract from Chapter One is available to read online. Enjoy!

Happy reading! Steph.


2 February 2024

Hastings Fat Tuesday

ATOMIC TWITTEN, our shambolic folk-comedy duo featuring Taylor on vocals/guitar and myself on bass, is playing this year's Hastings Fat Tuesday festival, the seaside town's answer to Mardi Gras. We're participating in Unplugged Saturday on 10 February, a packed afternoon of free acoustic music sessions, which sees 60 emerging and established artists and bands (and us!) across all genres playing 15-minute sets at participating venues in Hastings and St Leonards, East Sussex.

We will be gracing the following venues in Hastings Old Town:

The Hastings Fat Tuesday five-day festival presents over 350 free gigs, gatherings, parties and parades alongside ticketed events, with acclaimed artists from across the South-East appearing alongside a wealth of local bands. A full schedule of what's happening over the five-day celebration can be found on Hastings Fat Tuesday website. Programmes can also be grabbed from participating venues. See you there...?

Support live music! Steph.


19 December 2023

Free seasonal short story - "Snakes On A Spaceship"

PUBLISHED TODAY is "Snakes On A Spaceship", this year's free seasonal tale from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon. This story is a science-fiction pastiche of the fairytale "Sleeping Beauty" and a certain movie featuring Samuel L Jackson cursing at snakes. Also, err... Die Hard. Which is a Christmas film of sorts.

Interplanetary smugglers Hanuman and Ganesa are ferrying a party of gangsters and cargo of exotic snakes through Epsilon Eridani's asteroid belt to a festive get-together at a crime-lord's secret hideaway. A distress call leads them to a crashed spacecraft and a mysterious young woman, asleep in a medical pod within an overgrown biological photosynthetic garden. Then someone releases the snakes...

The ebook collection Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf has been updated and reissued to include the new story. As per last year, the Smashwords version of this ebook release is available in ePub format only, sorry!

The final novel in the series, Hollow Worlds, will almost certainly be published in 2024 (honest). So... the two short story anthologies are probably now complete. Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf and the accompanying volume To Dance Amongst The Stars are now both priced £1.99 / $2.99; through the amazing flexibility of ebooks, readers should only need to buy each one once to get future updates free of charge.

Merry Christmas, one and all. Books and ebook readers make truly marvellous gifts! I hope you are all keeping safe, warm and well.

Happy reading! Steph.


16 December 2023


OUT NOW is History Reimagined: A Historical Fiction Bundle, a collection of speculative fiction with a historical slant. Dive into these captivating stories and reimagine history! Step into the enchanting world of History Reimagined, an ebook bundle that transports readers to captivating realms of the past...

Included in the bundle is my own novella The Battles Of Hastings, an alternate-history romp through the battlefields of England 1066. In full, the bundle contains:

This ebook bundle is currently only available from PubShare, price USD $4.99. This was actually published back in October but passed me by; my story was requested in June and I'd forgotten all about it!

Immerse yourself in the worlds of Napoleon, Jefferson, Jesus, Queen Mary, and many other towering historical figures, discovering hidden narratives, unraveling mysteries, and becoming inspired by the remarkable ability of historical fiction to shed new light on both past and present.

Happy reading! Steph.


1 December 2023

Released today - "Ain't Dead Yet" by Ditch the Demon

"AIN'T DEAD YET", the debut album by DITCH THE DEMON, is out now! (Prozakville Records).

Compact Discs of "Ain't Dead Yet" can be ordered online from Ditch the Demon's page on BandCamp, price £12.00 (plus P&P). Digital downloads of the album are also available from BandCamp, price £7.00; and also from Amazon Music, Apple Music and other online music services. CDs will also be on sale at gigs, of course!

We're really pleased with what we've achieved in "Ain't Dead Yet". With four songwriters in the band (including yours truly!), Ditch the Demon assimilates power metal and psych rock under a dark yet uplifting aura, a journey of light 'n' shade through hard rocking numbers, epic ballads, psych and even a dalliance with rock-diva vaudeville. We've been compared to bands such as Epica, Evanescence and Within Temptation, along with older influences Heart and Coven, whose songs we sometimes cover. Intrigued? Check us out!

Ditch the Demon have a couple of gigs left to play this year: Saturday 2 December at the Brickmakers B2 in Norwich (we're on around 6pm, opening a long night of rock bands) and then back in Hastings at The Carlisle on Saturday 16 December (headlining another multi-band affair). Gig details and more can be found on our website at www.ditchthedemon.co.uk. See you there...?

Happy listening! Steph.

P.S. Friday 1 December is also BandCamp Friday, where artists get a greater share of sales proceeds. Support independent artists today!

Ain't Dead Yet cover

19 October 2023

"Ain't Dead Yet" by Ditch the Demon released for pre-order

DITCH THE DEMON'S forthcoming album "AIN'T DEAD YET" is finally available for pre-orders on Bandcamp! After a few delays, I'm able to announce a release date: 1 December. This is the debut album from a certain Hasting-based psych-rock band in which I play bass. We're really pleased with how this has turned out.

"Ain't Dead Yet" can be pre-ordered from Ditch the Demon's page on BandCamp, price £7.00 (digital album) / £12.00 (compact disc). The title track (which I wrote!) is available straight away for those pre-ordering the album. More about the band can be found on our website at www.ditchthedemon.co.uk.

This album and the preceding single "Fright Night" has led to the resurrection of Prozakville Records, WyrdStar's own record label. The album "Ain't Dead Yet" by Ditch the Demon will be released on iTunes and other digital music services for pre-order from 3 November.

Finally, for those in London tomorrow evening, Ditch the Demon is playing a gig at the St. Moritz Club, 159 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WJ at around 8pm. Maybe see you there...?

Happy listening! Steph.

21 June 2023

Paperback Price Rises

The economic woes of the UK continue to make everything more expensive, including publishing books. Due to increases in Amazon's printing costs, the price of producing print-on-demand books went up as of yesterday: that is, the paperback editions of my science-fiction novels Hollow Moon, Paw-Prints Of The Gods and City Of Deceit. After running the figures, this unfortunately means a sizeable price hike to avoid selling books at a loss.

From today, WyrdStar paperbacks will priced £13.99 ($17.99). However... UK readers can continue to order paperbacks directly from WyrdStar at the current special price of £9.00 (see book pages for the order form - I will be setting up a PayPal shop at some point!).

Happy reading! Steph.

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