Orangeberry Summer Splash Guest Blog Post


I am participating in the Orangeberry Summer Splash blog tour to promote The Spiral Tattoo, which is somewhat funny for me being in winter. Anyway this guest post will be appearing on a number of blogs soon…

Tradition is the cord that binds the fabric of society…
“What are you writing Elanore?” I asked as I flew into her kitchen through the window.
“A short treatise on tradition,” Elanore replied.
“Why?” I asked setting down on the table and glancing at the neat handwriting on the page before her.
“The answer to that my friend as that he requires it.” Elanore carefully dipped the quill in the ink pot, the feather held firmly in her clawed hand.
“Who requires it?”
“Him,” she said and arched her great bushy black eyebrow at me.
“O Him,” I said and sat down next to the page. “What does he want?”
“He requires that I write what tradition means to me.”
“How far have you got then?”
“Tradition is the cord that binds the fabric of society together as a homogenous whole,” she read from the page.
“That’s an interesting point of view for a Troll to have,” I said. “Are you sure you wouldn’t rather play a game of dice.”
“I would rather be sewing my new dress however needs must,” Elanore said. “Now if will excuse me I need to finish this.”
“All right don’t get your leathers in a twist,” I said leaping from the table and darted out the window as behind me the sound of quill scribbling on paper filled the kitchen.
Tradition is the cord that binds the fabric of society together in a homogeneous whole. All cultures and folk within the lands have strong traditions that they hold to. Even my more simple cousins amongst the Trolls hold strongly to tradition. Otherwise the clans would fracture into anarchy.
That being said, there is room to challenge traditions. Tradition would have had me killed as a young cub, my body left to feed the vultures. I cannot say that I am upset my grandfather chose to overturn and ignore that tradition. Yet he instilled in me a strong respect for tradition. This conflict had formed a great part of the conflict that has informed my formative years.
 Now, as I sit here, tradition means strength and cohesion, it also means restrictions and bondage and fear. The battle in the mind and within society is to respect those traditions that can still have meaning and help hold us together, while challenging those that are wrong without upsetting the balance of society.
 Elanore Fursk, Corporal, Delvenport Guard.

A Success: Lots Of Free Copies Of The Spiral Tattoo Fly Out The Electronic Door


Last Friday, for one day only, we gave away copies of The Spiral Tattoo for free on Amazon. This was a big success with over 850 copies being downloaded. Not only that, but there has been an onflow to sales with The Spiral Tattoo consistently sitting at its highest ranking in the Amazon Charts for several days now.🙂

Thank you to everyone who spread the word, and I hope all of you who downloaded the story enjoy it!

Kindle Give Away Including a Pre-Loaded Copy Of The Spiral Tattoo From SpecFicNZ


SpecFicNZ Kindle Give-Away

Happy New Year and Good News!

We are thrilled to announce that SpecFicNZ will be giving away a Kindle to one of our lucky members at the end of January.

Not only will the lucky winner get a new e-reader, but it will be loaded with already purchased speculative e-fiction by SpecFicNZ members inlcuding:

Dragons Away by K.D. Berry

Sword: Tales of the Green Sahara and The Overman’s Folly by Lisa Agnew

The Last Arrival in Time by Tim Kilgour

Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Ripple by Tui Allen

Act of Will by Darusha Wehm

The Spiral Tattoo by Michael J. Parry

Nmemesis by Pat Whitaker

Samiha’s Song by Mary Victoria

To be entered in the draw for the SpecFicNZ January Kindle Give-Away, you must be a member of SpecFicNZ with membership paid up for the 2012 subscription year.

HOW TO ENTER:

If you have renewed your subscription or joined SpecFicNZ for 2012, you are already automatically entered in the draw.

If you renew or join SpecFicNZ by the end of January, you will automatically be entered in the draw.

If you purchase a gift membership to SpecFicNZ for a friend or colleague, they will automatically be entered in the draw, and you will be entered a second time for giving a gift membership. If you give SpecFicNZ membership as a gift, be sure to send us your details in an e-mail to specficnz@gmail.com, so we can enter you in the draw.

SpecFicNZ committee members are not eligible to enter.

HOW TO GET YOUR FICTION ON THE KINDLE:

If you had speculative fiction work e-published in 2011 and are a member of SpecFicNZ in good standing, we’d love to purchase your fiction to include in our Kindle Give-Away.

SpecFicNZ is giving priority to single-authored work, single-authored collections, and short stories by our members.

E-fiction must also be available for free or purchasable download by Amazon Kindle.

If you feel your work qualifies, please send your name and a link to your work to specficnz@gmail.com with the subject line Kindle Fiction by January 15, 2012.

Good luck and Happy Reading.

SpecFicNZ Kindle Give-Away

2012: What’s Around The Corner, And The Spiral Tattoo Now on Kindle Prime


It’s a new year and things are around the corner. So what’s happening for me this year?

Coming up the next couple of months I will be editing The Oaks Grove, which should come out sometime around the end of March. The Bluebell, which I need to finish writing will be coming out later in the year. These releases will be in eBook format. I am still hoping that I will be able to bring these out in paperback format – maybe if you contact my publisher, Sky Warrior Books, this will happen sooner?

The Spiral Tattoo is now exclusively on Amazon as I am trying  the Kindle Prime Lending Library service – this means that if you are a Kindle Prime member you will be able to borrow it for free. If you like why not buy as well?

I hope to be doing more writing more stories this year, so look out for more news as we go….

The October Update


Having both of us been laid flat with a very bad cold things have not moved as quickly as I would have liked. Hopefully in the next few days Kylie’s voice will have recovered enough for me to lock her in the cupboard to record more episodes of The Oaks Grove. I will be able to do some much delayed promotional work, and also writing on the third story.

In the meantime you can subscribe to The Oaks Grove here on podiobooks and download the first five episodes. Or you may want to revisit the podcast of The Spiral Tattoo?

Or even better buy the ebook version of The Spiral Tattoo for either for your Kindle, or for other formats. What would be really great if you did would be if you left a nice review or rating on Goodreads or Librarything?