Review of Spark and Carousel by Joanne Hall

  This is the first in an occasional review series that I'll be posting on this blog. A shorter version of this review has appeared on Goodreads and my other blog, Living in the Maniototo. I really enjoyed this book. It's very different to a lot of fantasy I've read, and refreshingly so. It has… Continue reading Review of Spark and Carousel by Joanne Hall

Seen and Not Heard: Joanne Hall

Seen and Not Heard: Joanne Hall on Nobody Knew She Was There This week's guest on Nobody Knew She was There, hosted by Fantasy writer Sarah Ash, is Joanne Hall, writer and editor. Here's a taster: Little girls, it’s said, should be seen and not heard. I confess, I’ve been looking back through this awesome… Continue reading Seen and Not Heard: Joanne Hall

Guest Blog for Nobody Knew She Was There by Freda Warrington. – Sarah Ash – Fantasy Author

Nobody Knew She Was There… This week's contributor on Sarah Ash's new guest blog is Freda Warrington, writing on "The Le Guin Equation". Funny and passionately argued. There’s been much discussion lately about the visibility, or should that be the invisibility, of women writers within the SFF genre. Well, with millions of titles now on… Continue reading Guest Blog for Nobody Knew She Was There by Freda Warrington. – Sarah Ash – Fantasy Author

Nobody Knew She Was There…a new blog

"Female Fantasy and Science Fiction writers share their thoughts on the state of the SFF genre today…and what’s most important to them when they pick up their pens."

Winterbloom – new extract

Winterbloom is coming along nicely, and I have now passed the 125,000 word mark, despite some rather fierce inflight editing. Our heroes (?) have now made it to Earth and are about to cause a modest amount of havoc in 1920's Bath. I'm having to bone up on such luminaries as Dr Dee, John Wood the Elder, and William Beckford.

More Winterbloom

Winterbloom is now up to 102,522 words long. I am hoping to finish the first draft by the beginning of September, unless I get distracted. And as any writer knows, there are plenty of distractions. I also know it's going to need some heavy editing when it's done. So all the extracts I share are… Continue reading More Winterbloom

Speculative Fiction Showcase: Speculative Fiction Links of the Week for July 10, 2015

From the Speculative Fiction Showcase, Cora Buhlert compiles her weekly round-up of interesting and entertaining links from the world of SF&F. Speculative fiction in general: Usman T. Malik talks about the importance of science fiction, fantasy and the imagination.  Renay talks about the weight of genre history and what it takes to be an SF… Continue reading Speculative Fiction Showcase: Speculative Fiction Links of the Week for July 10, 2015

Oh no, it’s a box set!

In a moment of rash enthusiasm, I have created a box-set version of the first three books of my Mir: shamanworld series for Kindle. You can pre-order it here. The set comprises Children of the Shaman (currently free to download), The Glass Mountain, and Malarat. It is available to pre-order from Amazon and will be… Continue reading Oh no, it’s a box set!

Indie-bum publishing: Children of the Shaman goes free (again)

I couldn't resist. I read a very interesting article by Mark Lefebvre of Kobo Writing Life and Ali Parker, a new and successful author, entitled The Secret to Marketing Your Book Series. The article is on Freebooksy's Blog (they are a well-known book promotion and review site, similar to Bookbub and Bookgorilla) and so it… Continue reading Indie-bum publishing: Children of the Shaman goes free (again)