Slow Meandering Blog Tour, Part the Third

Two new interviews appeared this week. Theresa Derwin gave me space to do a guest post on her Terror Tree blog – thanks, Theresa! I included a short excerpt from Dead Men, the scene in which Jerome meets a fairy in the heart of an enchanted wood.

The second was hosted by Ralph L. Angelo Jr. on his Ralph’s Rants blog. Ralph is another New Pulp writer published by Pro Se Press and I’m very grateful for his support. He’s also included in Legends of New Pulp Fiction, the benefit anthology I mentioned in my last post.

Dead Men is beginning to get reviews – an nice 5 star one on Amazon UK and a drop dead gorgeous one on the BFS site. Thank you, Stewart Horn, and I’m so glad you liked the book!

 

Slow Meandering Blog Tour

To promote the new book, Dead Men Rise Up Never, I’ll be doing various interviews, and I’ll add links to each one here.

First up is on Nancy Hansen’s blog, Writing from Home. Nancy is another New Pulp writer and also has books out from Pro Se Press, as well as Airship 27 and Mechanoid Press. She’s running a series of interviews at the moment (she’s done Raven Dane, Bobby Nash and Jim Beard) and was kind enough to host mine. It has lots of lovely pictures of covers and some of my crafty stuff – a cross-stitch Cerebus the Aardvark, a cats, moons and stars bracelet and a phoenix tarot bag, which I keep my Ancient Egyptian Tarot in.

Nancy has added an interview with Bev Allen, who I went to school with. She was one of the terrible trio of writing friends who could always be found scribbling away and talking through scenes from the latest epic at the back of the classroom. All three of us are published authors now.

Lisa M.Collins has put up an interview here. We tried to vary the questions, so it’s a bit different. Thanks, Lisa, for doing this and also for all the promotion on Twitter and Facebook. You probably haven’t read ‘To Die A Stranger’ yet, but when you do, please don’t be offended that I called one of the baddies Michael Collins. I’m sure he isn’t from your branch of the family!

Dead Men seems to be selling well, especially in e-book. Now holding my breath and crossing my fingers as I wait for the first reviews to land.

The New Novel Is Out!

My new Afton & Jerome novel is out, available on Amazon US, UK and Smashwords (and probably other places as well). It’s SF/detective with a touch of the supernatural and a bit of humour. My usual obsessions with food, art and poetry are also included. Dave did an introduction and the book ends with an extra short story, Five of Humours; one of Melancholy; one of Honey.

Here’s a link to the announcement from Pro Se.

Here’s an Amazon UK link, and here’s one for Amazon US.

Here’s the Smashwords page.

Here’s the cover, which I think is beautiful.

Dead Men Cover

Afton & Jerome’s first outing in the novella “The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone” is also available as an e-book (link on my Amazon author pages). A paperback version will be produced by Pro Se later in the year.

Another Great Review

Just been blessed with another good review from the British Fantasy Society for Spook/Spirit/Stone.

These stories have lived for so long on my hard-drive, hidden and read by only a few. It’s strange and scary to let them out into the wild, to declare them a finished version that I can’t tinker with from time to time. It’s great that people like them and it’s really interesting to get different viewpoints on them. I’d never thought of Jerome as gruff, but that’s one of the weird tricks of fiction, that things that the author didn’t intend or plan sneak into the narrative.

There are some more Afton and Jerome stories – three short ones and two unfinished novellas. They’ll all appear on Kindle eventually, but I’m making no promises over when or how soon. As for a novel, I’m not sure I’m clever enough to write a full-length crime story, especially in first-person present tense, which these insisted they had to be in. I’d always thought of them as fragments of the detectives’ lives, each just long enough to suit the plot idea.

The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone is available from Amazon UK, Amazon US and also in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It’s priced at 77p/99 cents at the moment, so a real bargain.