Archive for June 2014

Little Grandmother

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

A classic fairy story… re-worked by author and story teller Robin Herne “Little Grandmother?” Vasilisa looked up at the monstrous sack of bones that filled the doorway of the ramshackle hut. The bulldog jaw yawned open revealing teeth like broken glass and a voice clawed up from the icy caverns of the Netherworld. “Yes?” The

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Transforming Pandora

Jun 30th, 2014 | By
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Excerpt from Transforming Pandora by Carolyn Mathews (Ch 1)   ‘May I ask your name?’ said Reg, addressing me. I hesitated because I hated answering that question.  People usually said something like, ‘You don’t look like a . . .’ ‘Pandora,’ I answered, and someone in the room sniggered. Reg cocked his head as if

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Author Peggy Payne: award winner

Jun 27th, 2014 | By
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Roundfire author Peggy Payne has won a bronze IPPY for visionary fiction with her third novel, Cobalt Blue. Colbalt Blue is one of Peggy Payne’s three novels about the convergence of sexuality and spirituality. The previous Sister India was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Roundfire didn’t publish that one, but we’re

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Scorpio Moons

Jun 26th, 2014 | By
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Excerpt from ‘Vanquished,’ a short story from the collection titled, ‘Scorpio Moons’ by Helen Noble. “I sit up, blinking in the darkness, to watch the crack in the bedroom doorway slowly widening. I freeze. I know exactly what is about to happen, but I just cannot do anything to stop it. Silhouetted in the moonlight, framed by the

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On Offer: The Bookseller’s Sonnets

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

From now until June 30th, the ebook version of The Bookseller’s Sonnets is offer at £2.99 / $4.99 across all available platforms. Prices vary from platform to platform. A mysterious package from an anonymous artifact donor arrives on the desk of Jill Levin, the senior curator at a Holocaust museum: a secret diary, written by the

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Creative Pathways For Writers – the 10 Secret Steps

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By
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1. There are more ideas locked away in your unconscious mind than you could ever write about in a whole lifetime – but how can they influence your creative writing.  The secret is finding the key to access them. 2. There is a story (article or poem) behind everything you encounter during your daily routine

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Review of Charnel House Blues

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

Carys Llewellyn : Freelance writer and book reviewer Just when you think that everything’s been written about vampires, along comes Suzanne Ruthven’s ‘Charnel House Blues: The Vampyre’s Tale’ giving us the most autocratic, attractive, enticing, seductive, witty, literary and discerning revenant of them all. Lord Ruthven isn’t, of course, an original creation. He’s the result

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Collen Douglas interview

Jun 18th, 2014 | By

Cosmic Egg author Colleen Douglas has a project you may well be interested in, and it seemed like an interview would be a great way of exploring it, so, here we go… Nimue: I see you’re serialising fiction on your blog… can you tell us a bit more about that project? Colleen: Yes, I decided

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Author as reviewer

Jun 16th, 2014 | By
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The more normal thing to do would be to point you at all the reviews for one book, but we’re heading off in a different direction today. Good authors are also readers. I’m personally very suspicious of anyone who says they are so busy writing that they have no time to read! (And I have

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Introduction time

Jun 14th, 2014 | By
cover art officially by Tom Brown.

If you’re a regular here and in the habit of reading the fine print you may have noticed my arrival and sudden burst of posting. This is because I am now the ‘person who puts stuff on the JHP fiction blog’. It’s a snappy job title. I came up with it myself. I could write

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