NEWS & EVENTS
The more important pieces of news and events will be posted on the Home page but I'll be posting the smaller updates here, to keep you informed of how things are progressing.
BeaconLit writing festival Flash Fiction winner.
Yesterday saw the second BeaconLit writing festival in Invinghoe, Bucks. Last yesr it was just an afternoon but this year it became a full day of sessions and discussion panels, with an array of YA, Crime and non-fiction authors.
Part of the day's activities involved a Flash Fiction competition, limited to 150 words with 'Beacon' as a theme. I was very happy, and surprised, to find out that my entry was judged as the winner!
Here it is:
The Longest of Nights
They said if I lit the Beacon then help would arrive. They said men would gather and drive the invaders from our lands. They were wrong.
The Sais chose their moment well. They'd harried our borders for months - killing the menfolk, stealing their cattle, taking their women and children as slaves. Bishop Iestyn said it was punishment because many of us still followed the old ways and hadn't taken his murdered God to our heats.
Some think the dead only walk our paths during Samhain but on this, the longest of nights, the veil between worlds is at its thinnest so we light fires for our ancestors, to guide their shadow bodies to our doors. Together we celebrate the solstice and tomorrow's rebirth of the sun to our land.
Yes, the Sais chose their moment well - for who would notice one Beacon when the whole land was on fire?
TIBERIUS FOUND - discounted price.
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TIBERIUS BOUND update.
This week saw the proof copy of Tiberius Bound arrive and it looks pretty good. It also saw the completion of the promotional videos, which have been uploaded to YouTube and can be seen here and here. It's still looking good for a late March, early April release in prnt and eBook.
TIBERIUS BOUND cover art.
The final tweaking on the cover art for Tiberius Bound has been completed and here it is. The story has a darker aspect than Tiberius Found and the cover design was intended to reflect that,
TIBERIUS FOUND giveaway.
In advance of the release of the second part of The Emperor Initiative - Tiberius Bound - I'm running a giveaway of Tiberius Found in paperback via Goodreads. From Saturday 22nd February for one month (ending 22nd March) I'll be giving away 1 signed copy to a UK winner. Goodreads will hold all info and only pass onto me the winner's details. No info will be stored or passed on to any third party, and will not be used in any email or marketing sales.
All you need to do is follow the link below and claim your free entry. But don't forget - you can only enter from Saturday 22nd February. Good luck.
Goodreads Book Giveaway
Giveaway ends March 22, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
TIBERIUS BOUND pre-release.
This week saw the formatting of Tiberius Bound - the sequel to Tiberius Found (TF) - for print version via the CreateSpace publishing platform. The hours spent yelling at my computer screen whilst going through the same procedure with TF obviously paid off as it flew through the whole process without any errors or issues.
Now that I have a total page count - a trim 278, thanks to better margin control - I've been able to engage the same designer I used for TF to start working on the cover art and full print spread. I'll let you know how it looks when they get back to me.