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Rude Monkeys and the Power of Twitter

As you know, I didn’t blog much for a few weeks there. You may or may not know that was due to working frantically on my manuscript, Deathhawk’s Betrayal, to submit to Harper Collins Voyager, who were accepting unagented submissions for their new ebook imprint, and then finishing A Magical Melody for inclusion in Spells: Ten Tales of Magic

Now both those tasks are complete, I’ve been blogging like mad, both on my own blogs, and guest blogging for others. 

Here are two guest blogs I’ve done in the last week:

I Saved My Banana For You for Erica Lucke Dean, a tale about a naughty monkey who might be excited to see you – or maybe he just has something his pocket. Like… a banana. 

102nd Post for Mark Brassington – a look at Twitter and what it means to me – and probably many other writers as well.

Also, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, an anthology edited by Rayne Hall (also editor of the anthology in which my short story will appear), is free at Amazon from 23 – 27 October. You can find it here for US Kindle and here for UK Kindle. 


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Author Line-Up for Spells: Ten Tales of Magic Anthology

As announced in my last post, my short story A Magical Melody is appearing in Spells: Ten Tales of Magic, an anthology edited by Rayne Hall, and released 28 October. You can find it on Smashwords and shortly on Amazon.

Being as it’s ten tales, there are nine other authors apart from myself.  All of my readers are, of course, well-acquianted with me; opinionated, dragon-obsessed, friendly neighbourhood writing adviser, usually juggling any impossible number of writing projects with an insane number of workshops, and still trying to help out my fellow writers with beta reading and critiques. 

If you’d like to know about the other authors, some of whom have impressive credentials, you can check them out here on the blog of fellow Ten Tales author, Jeff Hargett.


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Spells: Ten Tales of Magic

Spells: Ten Tales of Magic is an anthology edited by Rayne Hall, released 28 October – and my short story A Magical Melody is part of the collection!

Some of you may have seen an earlier incarnation of A Magical Melody on my blog as part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge, but Spells: Ten Tales of Magic will feature the revised (and therefore improved) version. The original (first draft) version is no longer available on my blog, pending the release of the anthology. A publication date is not yet confirmed, but is expected to be later in October.

I’m delighted I was asked to submit a revised version of A Magical Melody, and even more pleased to have it accepted. The story did deserve a bit of polish – and in fact, the concept of the world intrigues me enough I’ll probably revisit it in future for a novel of its own. 

I’ve shared the cover here with you, but the official cover reveal was done yesterday on the blog of fellow anthology author, Cherie Reich. You can find the original launch, complete with an interview with the cover artist, here.

You can find the anthology on Smashwords and shortly on Amazon.

In the meantime, another anthology in the series edited by Rayne Hall, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts is free at Amazon from 23 – 27 October. If you’re interested, you can find it here for US Kindle and here for UK Kindle. 



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