Empires Fall

Last time, I ended with, "But that's another story, for next time." And here we are, so... I was always fascinated by the way empires fall. Gibbons' tale of the Roman Empire and Asimov's Foundation series (inspired by Rome's collapse) sparked my interest. In older days, the empires of Rome, China, Persia, Egypt, Huns, Mongols, …

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Rocking Space!

  Welcome, dear reader, to the latest in the hugely successful "BEYOND THE STARS" anthology series: Rocking Space. And one of the short stories is mine! I'm proud to be a member of this elite group of sci-fi authors:- * One Last Gig (Cain V. Hopwood) * Camp Kids (Patrice Fitzgerald) * First Contract (Julia …

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Winter Is Coming

No, not another "Game of Thrones" review. It's snowing in Luxembourg, Halloween is here and there's only 55 days left to Christmas at time of writing. (To keep track of how time's running out for your gift shopping, click here.) And it's been another month of ups and downs in a writer's life... A Short Story Published "Your …

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Struggling Author

It's been a long month. Apart from the usual writerly stuff (you know, the stuff a writer thinks s/he's going to be doing like... er... writing) authors across the world have been struggling with Amazon's widespread and apparently random deletion and blocking of reviews and trying to navigate the European Union's new GDPR law. Read …

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Road Trip, Trilogies & Good News

Some of you might have noticed a long silence from me. Many will be grateful. But now I'm back! I just spent the whole of October on a road trip covering New England in the Fall and a batch of Canadian cities. Exhausted! If you want to visit New England in the Fall, you just have …

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The Price of Fame

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been running an Instafreebie promotion (where science fiction readers sign up to my newsletter and receive a free copy of my novel, "FACES OF JANUS"). Then Google Alerts notified me that the novel was available on a few pirate sites. I checked and found that one site claimed not …

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Snippets

KINDLE/NOOK AND NOVELS GIVEAWAY COMPETITION The contest I announced last week is now over and the winners' names will be released next week. So keep those fingers crossed. REVERSALS (Apologies to followers who received a draft copy of this post, sent in error last week. And this contains an update.) It's well known that book reviews are important to readers making …

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What’s With Wattpad?

I heard a few good things about Wattpad during 2014. Wikipedia (December 20, 2016) says... "Wattpad is an online storytelling community where users post written works such as articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems, either through the website or the mobile app... As of April 2014: [Yes, 2014] 85% of its traffic and usage comes from …

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Paradisi Chronicles Anthology

The latest in a long line of Chronicle Worlds Anthology best sellers just hit the Amazon electronic shelves! Another world. Another chance... In the last decades of the twenty-first century, seeking to escape a devastated Earth, ten families focus on constructing spaceships to colonize the world they call New Eden, in the Paradisi System. But the …

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My, The Force Was Strong

What a wonderful month May was. Family The first big event was my eldest daughter's engagement party in sunny Romania. It was wonderful to see her take the next step in life, and to meet her friends and her fiance's family. She looked, as ever, so lovely. My middle daughter then announced her graduation grade: an …

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