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BREAKING NEWS: THE BOOM SHOW FREE TODAY ON AMAZON ?>

BREAKING NEWS: THE BOOM SHOW FREE TODAY ON AMAZON

Sorry it’s so late. I’ve had problems with WordPress today. (Don’t ask). The Boom Show, my latest short story to be published, is available free to download today, 31st October on Amazon. You can read it on your Kindle ebook reader, the Kindle app on mobile phone and tablet, and on the Kindle app on your computer.   I will be offering it free to download again on another four dates (watch this space). The reason it’s free is that…

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A new short story – The Boom Show ?>

A new short story – The Boom Show

Just to say that I’ve published a new short story, The Boom Show. It’s available now, on Amazon, price 99p (in the UK). It’s my first science fiction short story. The British Fantasy Society originally published this in the January 2018 edition of their monthly magazine, Horizons. It’s currently only available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. I am aiming to make it available on other online bookstores early 2019. It’s about a senior citizen, George, who competes in a quiz…

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Review of That Girl, Darcy by James Ramos ?>

Review of That Girl, Darcy by James Ramos

This is a review of That Girl, Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Story by James Ramos. I was interested to read it because it’s a genderswitched story. It’s a clever Young Adult adaptation of the familiar Pride and Prejudice story. Mr. Darcy is now a teenage girl called Darcy Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Bennet is now a teenage boy called Elliot. They live and go to high school in current day Phoenix, Arizona. This is Mr. Ramos’ first Pride and Prejudice fiction…

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More gender switched classics ?>

More gender switched classics

I’m doing another post about gender switched classics. (I’ve decided to use that term to save having use all the terms possible – regendered, gender switched and gender swapped). I’ve realised I didn’t look properly, the author/editor  of  The Hound of the Baskervilles Retrained has quite a few other gender switched classics on the Smashwords website. Her name is Tara Loughead but she puts a feminine version of the author’s name on each gender switched classic. For example, War of…

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Review of Prejudice and Pride: A Translated Cover Version ?>

Review of Prejudice and Pride: A Translated Cover Version

Imagine my surprise when I came across an interview with the author Kate Harrad in The Guardian online. She has also produced a gender swapped version of Pride and Prejudice called Prejudice and Pride: A Translated Cover Version and what’s more, did it before me. In my arrogance, it hadn’t occurred to me that anyone else would have had the bright idea. That’ll teach me. So, naturally I had to buy a cover to see how it compared to mine….

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2018 Summer/Winter Smashwords Sale ?>

2018 Summer/Winter Smashwords Sale

The Smashwords web site is having its 2018 Summer/Winter Sale from 1 – 31 July. It’s called a Summer/Winter Sale because while it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s winter in the summer hemisphere. Smashwords obviously likes to to make sure all their customers can benefit. My short story, “The Interview” is free instead of $0.99 (£0.75) and my novel, “Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round” is $1.00 (£0.76) instead of $2.00 (£1.52) for the duration of the sale.

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Draft Nanowrimo Novel on Smashwords ?>

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Draft Nanowrimo Novel on Smashwords

As you may know, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place every November. People attempt and often succeed in writing a 50,000 word novel during that month. As you may also know, Smashwords, the self-publishing site has a special programme to promote Nanowrimo novels and gives the opportunity to publish your draft Nanowrimo novel on its site during November. Don’t do it. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Do It If You Want a Traditional Publisher. Because once your…

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Happy New Year ?>

Happy New Year

Yes, I know it’s rather late for a Happy New Year. In fact, I’ve just squeezed it in. But still. Happy New Year. I hope it’s as happy a new year for you as it is for me. I’ve had a short science fiction story, The Boom Show, published in the British Fantasy Society’s magazine, BFS Horizons for January 2018. This makes me very happy apart from one thing. Trying to be green, I decided to have paperless copies of…

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I won Nanowrimo 2017 and how I managed it! ?>

I won Nanowrimo 2017 and how I managed it!

Yes, I won the Nanowrimo writing challenge (again) this year. But, ahem, not without a certain amount of what some might call cheating. Oh all right then, what nearly every would call cheating. I cheated. I admit I did have cheating as part of my back up plan but I was fully intending not to do it. I had a number of technical difficulties during Nanowrimo. I also didn’t make life easy for myself by going on holiday for ten…

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