In the latest episode of my podcast, listen to two new stories by guest authors Claire Buss and E.M. Swift-Hook. And I give you my top five audio plays from Big Finish (after I exclude all of the obvious well known choices).
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At the very least, go watch my intro video, to see me out from behind the microphone and feeling vaguely uncomfortable!
Book launch day! Sometimes, apparently, book launches are like buses. Still recovering from the excitement around the launch of Inklings Press’s Tales from the Underground, but no rest for the wicked, as today sees the launch of the Sci-fi Roundtable’s debut anthology The Quantum Soul. Available in Kindle format right now, with paperback coming later this month.
The theme of the anthology is “What is life?” and for my story, Shepherd of Memory, I wanted to write something that really felt like good solid science fiction. The story follows a team of scientific explorers on the planet Phi Lima Upsilon, where they encounter a life form unlike any they expected. Or perhaps Dr Jim Wilson is imagining it all?
You can catch an excerpt from Shepherd of Memory in this month’s podcast, as well as the latest chapter of my novel.
New chapter of the podcast is out today! In Chapter 9, Matt faces off a new demon minion alone!
The latest anthology from Inklings Press is Tales from the Underground, available from 6th October 2017. You can pick it up from Amazon from Friday.
If the name sounds familiar, and you’re a long time listener to the podcast, you are right, it has been on StorycastRob the podcast for some time. To listen to the story, check out Episode 5, right now. The version in the anthology is a little different from the podcast version, but it is essentially the same story.
Lords of Trivia Space
- This story started life as a writing challenge I set myself. If you’ve heard or read a lot of my stories, you may have noticed that I have a lot of dialogue, letting reported speech do a lot of heavy lifting in my story. I set out to pare back the dialogue on this one, and we are several pages in before you see any quote marks. That said, the narrator’s voice became a lot more conversational as a result.
- It pulls from all over my personal history. For example, like Sarah, I worked as a medical records clerk for a while a few years ago, the struggle is real. The corridor I describe in the story exists, or at least it’s based on a corridor in Western Eye Hospital in London.
Glad we made it, September was awesome, we had so much traffic on my podcast that I hit my monthly bandwidth limit in the last few days. I hope that didn’t stop anyone listening to something they wanted to from my back catalogue. But now’s the time, the limit is reset, go listen to as much as you like!
October is going to be EVEN MORE AWESOME! Not only will I be recording the next chapter of the podcast later this week, but you will be able to buy not one, but two books with my stories in them in October.
October 6th sees the launch of Tales from the Underground, the sixth anthology from Inklings Press. In it, you will find my story The Lords of Negative Space. Pre-order now at Amazon: myBook.to/Uground
Then on October 19th, the Sci-fi Roundtable launches its first anthology, The Quantum Soul. In there you will find my story The Shepherd of Memory. Pre-order this on Amazon: myBook.to/QuantumSoul
So if you want to catch my stories, you’re spoiled for choice this month!
The new episode of my podcast is out now! To celebrate, here’s a reveal of the cover for Writ in Blood and Silver the book, which I’m hoping will hit Amazon in the first quarter next year. Although, as I say in the podcast, the more I work around book publishing, the more I realise that Delays Happen.
Thanks to Ricardo for the cover (follow him on Twitter @Winged_Leo ).
You can hear Chapter 8 of Writ in Blood and Silver, Swings and Roundabouts, right here!
However… in related news…
So, if you have to be a victim, be one of your own success, I say.
I tried out a Facebook advert promotion thing for the last episode of the podcast, and while I only got a handful of engagements (according to the metrics) it seems those who did try out the podcast must have worked their way through the entire back catalogue. Thanks for listening if you were one of those who tried out the podcast for the first time because of the advert.
The only downside is that… well… I’m already approaching the bandwidth limit for my website for September. I’m not sure what happens if I hit it… I’d guess people trying to access it won’t be able to? So, hopefully you can listen to the podcast. Apologies if you encounter a problem, it should all reset again in October. If this starts to be an ongoing problem, I might have to see about upgrading my hosting, or downgrading the quality of the audio files to make them smaller (which I don’t really want to do, but might be more practical).
Anyway. Thanks for listening, everybody, it makes me really proud to know that people stick around when they find us. Tell your friends! Except… maybe wait until October?
Listen to the latest chapter of Writ in Blood and Silver now! After Matt had Pete’s lesson in basic Magic last chapter, this time it’s Brodan’s turn with some combat training! Read Chapter 7: “I know Kung Fu” now!
Out today! Chapter six of Writ in Blood and Silver, my urban fantasy novel set in London 1999. You can listen to it on my podcast now!
In chapter six, The Wisdom of the Camel, Matt discovers something about himself, goes to the pub, and learns a new trick or two.
New to Writ in Blood and Silver? See links to all chapters on my dedicated blog page!
A very quick news update: I’ve had a story accepted into a new anthology. More details when I have them, but the story is Shepherd of Memory and the anthology is the SciFi Roundtable’s forthcoming anthology The Quantum Soul.
It’s been a busy month for the Podcast, more listens and downloads than ever before. Thanks to everybody who checked out an episode or two this month, hope you’re enjoying them. As March draws to a close, I’m looking at recording April’s episode in the next day or two.
In the meantime, if you want to read a free short story of mine, how about The Wizard of Little Coverly? It’s available now for free from InstaFreebie when you sign up for Inklings Press’s newsletter.