Thursday, 23 October 2014

Book Shout Out - Auto by David Wailing

David Wailing joins the ranks of generous authors who have provided their books as prizes for the festivities of the Sun Dragon launch which is now only 9 days away! As well as a Kindle copy of Auto he's has donated a signed copy of Bang - Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin. Bang is a lot of fun to read but I decided to feature Auto as it's the subtle type of sci-fi that non science fiction fans can enjoy.

In fact it's damn fine read and you shouldn't wait until the launch event to try and win a copy - just buy one right now!

Once you've done that make sure to sign up for the Sun Dragon launch event on Facebook, here's the link:

David Wailing also provided the editing for Sun Dragon, so if you're looking for an editor then check out his website:

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In 2022, everyone uses an auto. This sophisticated ‘super-app’ is a digital personal assistant which acts on your behalf. It knows your personality and habits – and mimics them. It learns from your behaviour – and copies you.

Digital detective Joanna O’Donnell has heard stories about autos going wrong, twisting people's lives inside out. She doesn’t believe it. Until it happens to her.

Unable to trust her own agency, Joanna secretly investigates and discovers these incidents may be part of a bigger, more terrifying story.

Michael Walker – the man who invented the auto, and public enemy number one – is back...

Click here to buy Auto from Amazon US / Amazon UK

ABC Drabbles of Death - U is for Undying

We're nearing the end of the ABC Drabbles of Death series with only five more to go. I have an idea for a new series to continue when this one is finished, so look out for news on that soon!

In today's drabble we reach the letter 'U' and it proved a difficult letter to pick a word for. Then I thought about an idea I've had for a future novel and one of its aspects fitted nicely. IF you've not read the other drabbles in the series then you'll find them all here:

U is for Undying

It seemed a good deal at the time. In exchange for my soul I’d never die. A deal so good I believed that I’d tricked the Devil. After all - what use was my soul if I didn’t die?

He must be laughing now.

It was a rush at first. No matter what happened I’d walk away from it. Sure it hurt, but the pain was worth the rush.

But like any drug the rush soon faded and there would be no escape. Once entropy had its fill I’d witness the end of the universe.

And I would never die.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Book Shout Out - FAG by Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill is one of several generous authors to provide prizes for the Sun Dragon launch event - 12 days to go! 'FAG' is his first full length novel and I have to say that's one of my favourite reads of the year so far. So much so I'm tempted to keep the prize for myself :-) I'll admit that the story is a little out of my usual reading comfort zone and maybe it is for you, but give it a try. It's superbly written and while it's emotional reading in places it's well worth the read.

To be in with a chance to win the signed copy or one of the other fantastic prizes on the day join the virtual launch event for Sun Dragon here:

If you're already coming then feel free to invite your friends as well!

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Brierley's Boarding School for Boys, 1930s

Gray - a kindly but weak teacher with a secret he cannot reveal
Hodges - a headmaster who wields a terrifying and brutal power
Keen - a first year boy bullied viciously and mercilessly
Smythe - a ringleader intent on enforcing his fagging rights
Thompson - a prefect struggling just to survive

A new term opens with appalling tragedy, the repercussions of which lead to devastating consequences. The headmaster, who will stop at nothing to cover up the incident, fights for the reputation of Brierley's, while several of the school's inhabitants are left fighting for their lives.

A novel of approximately 73,000 words. Readers should note that the book contains strong language, scenes of a sexual nature and adult themes.

Click here to buy FAG from Amazon US / Amazon UK

Blog Shout Out - Gay Literature

In this week's Blog Shout Out Martin Davies tells us about his blog - Gay Literature. Discover more below:

What's up with 'gay' literature? To start with, 'gay' literature can't be seen as a genre, but it suffers from the very in-vogue trend of 'tagging' and over-categorising l
books without any of the benefits...

The word 'gay' seems to be putting readers off, both gay men and straight (especially men). But the reality is that the great majority of gay novels, poems and books nowadays are not 'in your face' gay... Although they have gay characters and often deal with issues gay people face in their lives, as well as many issues we all face, like coming of age, relationships etc, they do not need readers to be gay. In the words of author Adriano Bulla, 'You don't need to have hairy feet to read The Hobbit', why should you be gay to read a gay book?'

'Gay literature' has, on the other hand, produced many a great writers, and recent developments show that 'gay' novels and poems are seeking new expressive forms, original voices and styles that could influence the whole of 'mainstream' literature profoundly if only they had a wider audience'.

The blog Gay Literature is all about promoting these books to the wider readership, to anyone who realises that they have missed out on incredible reads because of this tag, because the general perception of gay books, mainly due to the confusion between popular M/M Romance (mainly written by women for women, where gay sex is a prominent feature) and gay books (where relationships, psychology and identity are the focus). That's why the blog started with post on Ian McEwan's Enduring Love... A book about being afraid to be gay, yet not classed as 'gay'...

Our posts are sometimes cheeky, sometimes controversial and also support quality in books, no matter what tag or genre they belong to. We have promoted the Polari Literary Salon's live tour as well as the authors to look out for because their innovative work has the potential of having a huge impact on the whole of literature.

One day, hopefully not far away, there won't be a 'gay literature' any more, but just literature of all colours for everybody; gay writers are really doing a lot to be mainstream, but we can't make it without the mainstream listening and, why not? reading a 'gay' book...

Please find us and browse our posts with an open mind, you never know, you may find great reads for you, whether you have or don't have 'hairy feet':

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Shout Out - The Seance by Jack Rollins

Continuing the countdown to the Sun Dragon release on November 1st  here's a feature for another one of the books generously donated by other authors. I'e read Jack Rollins' Dr Blessing books and enjoyed them a lot - I'm a big fan of Victorian era horror! I was also fortunate enough to test read The Seance and all I can say is that I'm looking forward to the release. I have my copy pre-ordered!

To join in the festivities for the Sun Dragon release and for the opportunity to win this, or one of the other books and prizes on the day join the Facebook event here:

Everyone is welcome and feel to invite your friends!

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A gothic Victorian chiller from the author of the Dr Blessing Series Albert Kench is summoned back to London from his travels in Australia, and is shocked to find that his sister has suffered horrific mental and physical damage. A man of science and progress, when Albert is told that Sally attended a seance prior to her collapse and has been touched by otherworldly forces, he believes there must be another, more rational explanation. Albert learns of a man who claims mastery of the dark arts, who may hold the key to Sally's salvation. Albert sets off in search of answers, but can he emerge victorious without faith, or will he be forced to accept the existence of a realm beyond the world around him?

Click here to pre-order The Seance from Amazon US / Amazon UK

Jack Rollins also has an event to mark the release on 31st October - join the event here:

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