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Farewell, Musa

At the end of last week, I received a little sad news. But let me set the scene.

At the beginning of 2013, I was casting around the internet looking for writing inspiration when I came across a sort of submissions call: a small press called Musa Publishing were announcing a steampunk shared world project called The Darkside Codex, and their description of the setting sparked my interest.

theglasssealing-200I’d been tinkering with a steampunk idea for a while, but it wasn’t going anywhere, so I contacted the co-creator, Celina Summers, to request a copy of the story-world bible. Skip to the end – about nine months later I submitted a manuscript, and nine months after that, in May 2014, my first novel was published… this one:

Since mine came out, two more TDC titles have been added, one just last month, so it was a surprise to learn on Friday that Musa Publishing is closing down at the end of February – nine more months after my book came out. The doors will shortly shut for good, and that’s a shame.

Musa made every effort to put their authors first: contracts and royalties were always transparent processes, and now they are wrapping up their operations they are maintaining that philosophy, reverting rights to the writers and ensuring their organisation persists post-mortem long enough to pay everyone what they are owed. I’d like to thank all the people involved, but in particular the TDC team: Celina (and Richard C. White, her co-creator), series editor Damien Angelica Walters, Kelly Shorten for the cover art and our promotions wrangler Dianna Gunn.

As well as enabling me to call myself a published author, The Darkside Codex has also introduced me to the other series contributors, something else I’m grateful for. I wish Chris Pavesic, Eric Spannerman and Daniel Ausema all the best for the future (and, if you want to know something about each of them, why not follow those links to short interviews I’ve done with each of them).

So.

What all this means for me and my novel isn’t yet clear. One way or another, The Glass Sealing is likely to become unavailable for a while, starting in March. But, one way or another, not forever.

GIVEN NAMES

PUBLISHED!

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Given Names, the second book in the End Trails series, is now available from both good and evil online retailers.

Amazon: US | CA | MX | BR | AUS | IN | JP

Amazon Europe: UK | FR | DEES | IT | NL

Apple | Barnes&Noble | Smashwords | Goodreads

Given Names is available at half price only through February – go to Smashwords and purchase with the code:

CZ57U


Blurb

Travel the End Trails – paths into hidden places, taking you toward the unknown and from which return is far from certain. Tales of things not believed in from the comfort and safety of civilisation and only whispered about on the distant fringes of exploration, all waiting in the wilderness.

In Given Names, a Native American boy comes of age only to have the future he imagined snatched horribly away, leaving only doubt. No-one knows where the path through life will lead – but one thing is for sure: what we are at the end won’t be the same as who we were at the beginning…

This is another tale to be told around the camp-fire, something dark to unsettle the mind, before you settle down to sleep.


 

Postscript:

I said it before, but forgot to mention above, that my cover image was taken by Flickr user David Boté Estrada, and the original can be seen here. In fact, I didn’t edit it in the slightest, that’s just exactly how cool a picture it was from the start! Many thanks to David for licensing his work through

Creative Commons

“helping cheapskate authors look good since 2001″

 

Snow amongst trees

It’s pretty cold in Spain right now, but before the summer takes Madrid in its merciless grip I hope to publish at least six short ebooks. The first, End Trails, appeared at the start of this month – and as of yesterday (but only for yesterday, most likely) it was in the top twenty most popular horror-western titles in Amazon!

In case this sounds exciting to you, please bear in mind that this appears to be the result of selling two copies.

Regardless, the second book will be out on February 9th. Called Given Names, it’s another weird western, but where the two stories in End Trails were overtly horror and science fiction, the weirdness in this one is more about perception and belief – but there’s still a strong dose of the horrific in it too. You can read the (non-horrific) opening here, and a increasingly portentous scene to follow here.

Here’s the cover and below is the blurb, and it’s available on pre-order now from Amazon (see bottom of the post). However, if you fancy getting a copy for free, sign up to my mailing list before the release date and it’ll be all yours.

GivenNamesLRG

Travel the End Trails – paths into hidden places, taking you toward the unknown and from which return is far from certain. Tales of things not believed from the comfort and safety of civilisation and only whispered of out on the distant fringes of exploration, all waiting in the wilderness.

In Given Names, a Native American boy comes of age only to have the future he imagined snatched horribly away, leaving only doubt. No-one knows to what destination the path through life will lead – but one thing is for sure: you won’t be the same person when you get there…

The End Trails are stories to be told around the camp-fire, dark things to unsettle the mind, before you settle down to sleep.

A final note: that image (great, isn’t it?) was taken by a Flickr user named David Boté Estrada, one of many people who make their work available to the world via Creative Commons licenses. It’s like looking out through the eyes of my protagonist just when he thinks his world can’t get any worse. Except he’s wrong.

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