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Steph

21 August 2021

DITCH THE DEMON upcoming gigs

I play bass guitar with Hastings-based rockers Ditch the Demon, a psych-rock outfit with a growing repertoire of original tunes alongside a few covers of some fairly obscure songs. We've finally started gigging again after the coronavirus malarky and are playing The Dublin Castle, Camden in London on Friday 27 August; and then The Carlisle, Hastings on Friday 3 September - see the Ditch the Demon page on Facebook for more details. If you're wondering what we sound like, a couple of tracks we recorded last year can be found on the band's Bandcamp page. Happy, err... rocking! Steph.


6 June 2021

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL special pricing for Pride Month

TO MARK PRIDE MONTH, the ebook edition of THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL is available for £0.99 / $0.99 throughout June (RRP £2.99 / $3.99) at selected outlets. Writing this book was a personal labour of love and to date is my only novel with an LGBT protagonist.

THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL: Susan Jones, a transgender woman struggling to get by in the economic woes of 1990s Britain, is under the care of psychiatrist Doctor Mordussen. He in turn is obsessed by her disturbing nightmares. But are her demons real?

"I've been reading for this blog from the very beginning, and I have never picked a book up like this. And to be honest, I'm not sure I've ever picked up a book like this from the cisgender world either. This book is unique..." (Trans Book Reviews).

Pride month marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising in New York and is a chance to reflect on the on-going fight for LGBT rights across the world. Happy reading! Steph.

7 March 2021

Smashwords 'Read an Ebook Week' sale

THE TWELVE ANNUAL SMASHWORDS 'READ AN EBOOK WEEK' takes place from 7th to 13th March. Thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers are offering deep discounts on ebooks, including yours truly: The Luck Of The Devil (RRP $3.99) and short-story anthologies To Dance Amongst The Stars (RRP $1.99) and Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf (RRP $1.99) are all on offer at $0.99 each. WyrdStar ebooks at Smashwords can be found here. Happy reading! Steph.


18 December 2020

Smashwords End Of Year Sale

SO THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS... As 2021 approaches, ebook distributor Smashwords is running its usual End of Year Sale from 18th December 2020 to 1st January 2021. The Luck Of The Devil (RRP $3.99) and short-story anthologies To Dance Amongst The Stars (RRP $1.99) and Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf (RRP $1.99) are all on offer at $0.99 each. WyrdStar ebooks at Smashwords can be found here. Happy reading and best wishes for the new year... It's got to be better, right? Steph.


9 December 2020

Free seasonal short story - "Festival Of The Star"

PUBLISHED TODAY is "Festival Of The Star", this year's free seasonal tale from The Worlds Of Hollow Moon. This one is a pastiche of the macabre folk tale Bluebeard: Fifteen-year-old Tréphine has been chosen against her will to be Bishop Malebête's next wife. Three years ago the misogynist bishop and his right-hand man Doctor Falacer seized power and made his word the law. Malebête's previous brides have all disappeared without trace. As the town prepares for the Festival of the Star, can Tréphine escape her marriage and the horrid secret lurking in the basement of the bishop's château?

The short-story anthology Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf has been reissued today to include the new story. This collection (and the accompanying anthology To Dance Amongst The Stars) are priced at £1.49 / $1.99; 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. I say this every Christmas: books and ebook readers make excellent gifts! I hope you are keeping safe and well as we near the end of this strange and troubling year.

Happy reading! Steph.

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26 July 2020

THE AVALON JOB (Hollow Moon #4) is released today!

THE EBOOK EDITION OF THE AVALON JOB, the fourth novel in the Hollow Moon series, is finally available for pre-order! The ebook will be available from retailers on 14 August. Pre-sale copies can be bought and downloaded from Smashwords today!

During the pre-order period, The Avalon Job will be available to buy from Smashwords for the bargain price of £0.99 (UK) / $0.99 (US). Alternatively, the ebook can be pre-ordered at this price from the usual retailers (website links will be added to the book page as they become live). The recommended retail price of £1.99 (UK) / $2.99 (US) will apply from 15 August onwards at all outlets.

Ravana O'Brien is confronted by her past in more ways than one. Secret agent Kedesh is back on the scene, seeking help for a mission to Alpha Centauri. Artorius, the young boy taken by Que Qiao agents after fleeing the Dhusarian Church, has been traced to a shadowy American base on the moon of Avalon. A second alien portal has been found, a mysterious ancient machine that can twist space and time.
    Avalon is no ordinary world. The moon hosts epic holovid events, not least the vicious celebrity show Gods of Avalon, a game based on the legends of King Arthur where players fight to survive against cyberclone beasts. Infiltrating the secret base means getting past the game arenas, but Ravana cannot trust the slippery Kedesh and has enemies old and new out to see her fail. The rejuvenated Priest Taranis, now with the might of the new Terran Federation of Worlds at his disposal, is pulling the strings. He has a new chosen one, a man called The Raven who seeks Ravana's doom. A rumour of hidden gold is sowing confusion. Artorius is the key to those who want the alien portal open. Watchers are playing the ultimate game."

A paperback edition should be published sometime next year. Happy reading! Steph.

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19 July 2020

Flash sale: THE LUCK OF THE DEVIL

AS PART OF THE  SMASHWORDS SUMMER SALE (see news item of 1 July), the ebook of The Luck Of The Devil will be on offer for $1.00 (RRP $3.99) using code SSW75 for one week only (link goes direct to Smashwords page).

The annual Smashwords Summer Sale (or Winter, for those in the southern hemisphere) runs throughout July, with hundreds of participating authors and discounted titles. To Dance Amongst The Stars and Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf are both free of charge from Smashwords throughout July using code SS100.

In other news, The Avalon Job (Hollow Moon #4) is very nearly ready for publication. I'm still hoping this will be out by the end of the month.

Happy reading! Steph.

1 July 2020

Ebook price changes and Smashwords July Summer/Winter Sale

EBOOK BARGAINS GALORE! A few WyrdStar titles have seen price reductions: The Hollow Moon and The Battles Of Hastings ebooks are now priced £0.99 / $0.99 (from $2.99 and $1.99 respectively); and the ebook for The Luck Of The Devil is now £2.99 / $3.99 (from $4.99). The ebook for Brexit: A Haiku Diary is now £0.99 / $0.99 (was free). These recommended retail prices apply across all retailers for the foreseeable future.

The annual Smashwords Summer Sale (or Winter, for those in the southern hemisphere) runs throughout July, with hundreds of participating authors and discounted titles. To Dance Amongst The Stars and Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf are both free of charge from Smashwords throughout July using code SS100.

Happy reading! Steph.


10 May 2020

THE AVALON JOB finally has a book cover...

THE AVALON JOB, the fourth novel in the Hollow Moon series, is slowly inching closer to publication. I've finally concocted a book cover, which admittedly looks a little chaotic but there's a lot going on in this novel. Ravana O'Brien and friends find themselves in the Alpha Centauri system, where the brutal Gods of Avalon holovid show subjects third-rate celebrities to a robotic fantasy world controlled by the votes of a blood-thirsty audience. The book takes affectionate digs at Arthurian fantasy, The Hunger Games, Neuromancer, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the classic British crime comedy The Italian Job and more in a space-opera epic of mystery, adventure and tongue-in-cheek weirdness...

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Artwork is by WyrdStar, using images by Willgard, Parker-West, pendleburyannette, tony241969 and Jansen-G on Pixabay. Editing of the book itself is three-quarters done and I'm quietly confident it will be finally published this summer.

Happy reading! Steph.


21 April 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Blues

GREETINGS, DEAR READERS. I hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good health. This is my first update for a while and comes at a very weird and troubling time. Science fiction has often dabbled in the perils of global pandemics. The reality, as is often the case, is proving stranger than fiction.

How many writers predicted doctors and nurses becoming our new superheroes, on the harsh front line of key workers keeping health and welfare services going as everything else grinds to a halt? How many disaster movies start with the panic-buying of paracetamol and toilet rolls!? Who foresaw how frustrating it would be for those laid off work, isolated from friends and family, stuck at home waiting for government bailouts for the first time in their lives? I for one never imagined that after years of drafting policy in Whitehall I'd be working with Jobcentre Plus colleagues to pay welfare benefits, but here we are.

Anyway... On the fiction front, I'm halfway through editing The Avalon Job, book four of my Hollow Moon series for young adults. Imagine a space-opera version of the British film The Italian Job (1969), populated by the robotic legends of King Arthur, along with a bit of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the usual touch of humour. I confess there's been some head-scratching going on about what artwork should be on the front cover. The publishing date may slip to late summer but the ebook will definitely appear this year.

A couple of WyrdStar titles are currently on offer from Smashwords: Hollow Moon is available for just $0.99 (RRP $2.99) using code BQ85K, The Luck Of The Devil for $2.99 (RRP $4.99) using code UN49V (links go direct to Smashwords pages). Both codes are valid until the end of June 2020.

Happy reading... and stay safe. Steph.

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