Art vomit and wet dreams of the Sleeping god

So, it’s been a while.

For anyone whose been paying attention I’ve been doing more tweeting recently – not something I’d necessarily planned, but it seems to be a good way of sharing stuff, such as my artwork. I’ve been suffering a bit from art vomit recently (anyone seen Mean Girls? You can own up, this is a safe space) and tweeting the results is a good way for me to pass them about as they end up not only on the twitter tape here (lower down the side bar) but also get ported across to my FB page as well by the social media demons.

There’s been a few new developments over the last couple of weeks though, so I thought it was high time I did a proper post.

First off, after a great deal of hassle with the formatting (page numbers just would not play on Open Office) the physical edition of His Staying Hand has finally made it into the light of day. You can find it here on Amazon, or just click on the cover image to the left and then follow Amazon’s own link on the kindle edition page to its paperback format.

This volume includes Ikari and Timo’s Journey to the Dragon’s Graveyard (yes, that is a cartoon reference – prize for anyone who has spotted the other one? Post in the comments section below).

A word on the boy’s jaunt, as I’ve had a few people asking about it: this story falls in between the closing action of book two and the opening of book three. It’s a part of the story that needs telling before we sit down for the closing night of the show (volume three), and is important for the light it sheds on the nature of the Garden, and the Nym’s back story.

The other bit of news to share concerns one of my side projects; I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned Filthy Gore on here before or not.

Basically, after finishing Orphans and making it out of the self publishing mire in one piece I felt the (quite understandable, I feel) need for a break. To do something fun, light hearted, and all importantly unconnected with the Journals as a whole and Hand in particular.

Two short stories were the result.

Tom of Faerie started life as a bit of smut and a couple of sketches in my journal, on the train ride home from work one evening.

Fulcrum I *think grew out of a hangover, though I couldn’t swear to it. Some of the imagery I’ve been carrying around for a while, waiting for a home that fit. Other thoughts and ideas came fresh once I started writing.

Both are an attempt to write something honest and upfront, where I could be myself without any need to elide (as I have done in Orphans and Hand. Ask my husband how many sex scenes were cut from the first book).

The idea with the Filthy Gore ‘imprint’ (if you will) is that I might produce more as and when, without the pressures of them being an actual ‘series’ in the classical sense. The link here is one of tone and theme-of-content more than anything else. I might continue to pursue the paranormal (I’ve a few ideas along those lines), but then I might end up producing something completely different.

Time will tell.

For the time being please do enjoy/raise an eyebrow at these initial offerings.

Tom is available here.

Fulcrum can be found here.

That’s it for now. Keep an eye out on GladeFaun for the continuing art deluge and I’ll catch you next time.

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Antici…pation

I’m absolutely useless at the self-promotion thing (probably why I’m not currently sat typing this in my west wing library, whilst the tiger quietly mauls the Gautier rug) let’s have a bash.

…Drum roll… fanfare (fireworks)…

As mentioned in previous posts (I think?) I’ve been tied up of late in furious edit mode. His Staying Hand, the second instalment of The Star Plague Journals nears completion. It was actually quite exciting putting the final touches to the last chapter (I know, how sad am I?) before I began the onerous task of compiling and formatting that is necessarily part of publishing your own Kindle book.

Whilst I go through the final ‘i’ dotting and ‘t’ crossing I wanted to share the cover with you (below) and also offer a short sample from the book itself here. I hope you enjoy both!

I’m anticipating the book will be officially available on Amazon in Kindle format by this time next week, with the physical edition to follow. This will include an aside that I’m publishing separately in the e-format, hence the delay on the doorstop version. So apologies to those of you who like your literature old school, I beg just a little more of your patience. For the rest of you: not long to wait.

Watch (as they say) this space…

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