Cover vote?

My latest novel, Cafe Insomnia, will soon be out on Amazon, hopefully. For my blog subscribers…would you let me have an opinion on which (or neither) of the covers seems to work best. If you vote, you get a free copy of the ebook. Just add a reply with your comments.

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Under a Banner Rocks (or Folks)!

When I listened to Under a Banner’s free sampler, I felt I was hearing shades of The Smiths intermingled with Fairport Convention, The Saw Doctors and an indefinable other thing. In any case, I’m hooked by the music – which can be plangent or pumping, to suit different moods. I absolutely want to see them live.

The band, well known for their catchy and lyrical folkish rock anthems, have recently moved their sound into heavier territories.

“Our recent album Close to the Clouds hinted a bit at our more rocking direction”, remarks lead singer and guitarist Adam Broadhurst. “We’ve just gone that little step further this time.”

From the opening notes of the celtic-tinged Magic is Real to the Deep Purple-esque Leaving Here to the pumped up Foo-ish reinterpretation of fan favourite Summer Skies, every song is delivered with a drive, gusto and energy that is built for the live setting.

Get the sampler here. Better yet, go ahead an buy their albums.

 

 

Art Dolls an Italian experience

Originally posted on craftywoman:

Travelling to Italy with doll making on my mind,

I stayed in a Magical Art House, my doll to find.

Butterfly exhibits, markets full of scarves,

Italian wine and cheese, Italians do nothing by halves.

Trip to Niki De Saint Phalle sculptures all around,

creativity, inspiration and the Empress crowned.

Now back in Scotland with an alchemists  haunt,

I place fabric and colour from my Italian jaunt.

Empress here she is The Empress of the park

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Between the Cracks: Interstitial Arts

InterIf, like me, you enjoy creative arts that fall between the cracks of conventions and genres, I’d like to recommend the Interstitial Arts Foundation, and their latest anthology, Interfictions 2.

The anthology showcases twenty-one writers from six countries.

From the Amazon book description: “Newcomers such as Alaya Dawn Johnson, Theodora Goss, and Alan DeNiro rub shoulders with established visionaries such as Jeffrey Ford (The Drowned Life), Brian Francis Slattery (Liberation), Nin Andrews (The Book of Orgasms), and M. Rickert (Map of Dreams). Also featured are works by Will Ludwigsen, Cecil Castellucci, Ray Vukcevich, Carlos Hernandez, Lavie Tidhar, Elizabeth Ziemska, Peter M. Ball, Camilla Bruce, Amelia Beamer, William Alexander, Shira Lipkin, Lionel Davoust, Stephanie Shaw, and David J. Schwartz. Colleen Mondor, of the well-known blog Chasing Ray, interviews the editors for the afterword. Henry Jenkins, ex-director of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program and now a member of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and School of Cinematic Arts, provides a fantastic introduction sure to set readers’ imaginations alight.”

Babylon Slide – Out Now

Babylon Slide coverThe third novel in my Kendrick Chronicles, Babylon Slide, has just come out as an audiobook from Blackstone Audio, Inc. John Lee does an incredible job of the narration. I’ve been a fan of his since hearing him narrate audiobooks such as Some Kind of Fairytale by Graham Joyce and The City and The City by China Mieville. You can also hear his work on books by such big names as Jo Nesbo and George R.R. “Game of Thrones” Martin. The audiobook is available on Amazon, Audible and elsewhere, in both CD and download versions – and do check out the great deals on Downpour.com.

New Thrillers

Jacquie New, that is.

My friend, Jacquie, writes some pretty twisted thrillers (I mean that in a good way). She’s offering her short story, The Yellow Cottage, for free right now.

And do check out her new collection, Predator or Prey.  Definite shades of Tales from the Crypt with a touch of O.Henry surprise endings.

Jacquie offers tons of great content on her website, like writing tips and much more. She’s a big supporter of indie writers, and she regularly showcases the ones who catch her eye. You can also sign up for her free newsletter.

Babylon Slide audiobook extract

Babylon Slide coverThe third novel in my Kendrick Chronicles crime series, Babylon Slide, is released as an audiobook on 1 February, 2015. The narrator is the wonderful John Lee. You can hear a sample of the book on Blackstone Audio’s library edition page right now. The book will be available next month through all the usual channels, such as Downpour.com, Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere.

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Review: Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

Bathing the Lion coverMy review of Jonathan Carroll’s amazing novel, Bathing the Lion, is now on Adventures in Scifi Publishing. I recorded my review for the podcast, and the text is replicated on the website. This is my first audio review for the podcast and host Shaun Farrell claims I have “an accent” – who knew?

 

Bad Seeds, free on request

The first book in my Bad Seeds series, Hack 1: Enter Sandman, has just come out for the Kindle. I am issuing free copies to anyone who may be able to write a short review on Goodreads or your blog. Just message me and I will email you with a copy (I can provide .mobi or .epub or even .pdf format).

bad_seeds_1_final_by_jakk1954-d7eoh0z London, the near future. A brain hacker has found a way to make people’s nightmares real and plans to destroy the world they know. The only hope is a group of talented but dysfunctional agents operating in the interstices between the official channels of Church and State. Led by a former suicide, Alex Marshall, this group of “bad seeds” not only has to find a way to stop the monsters of the id that can bring about an end to all things, but figure how to handle their own self-destructive natures. Bad Seeds, Hack 1: Enter Sandman is the first book in a continuing novella series.

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