At last a Promo Video for Beyond the Mist

After creating promo videos for other people’s books, I thought it was about time that I made one for one of my own. I hope you agree it captures the mystery and wonder that the book itself evokes in its readers so far.

If you haven’t tried it yet, see what all the fuss is about by following this link.

 

Sci Phi Journal 2.0 is Live!

Sci Phi Journal is under new management, with a new look and new business strategy, though many of the old staff have stayed on, including myself. All the subscriber-only stories from the previous website are now free to read, other changes to how things will move forward can be found here:

http://sciphijournal.org/welcome-to-the-new-sci-phi-journal/

Price discounts on Beyond the Mist

A new more thumbnail-friendly cover image has been added to the kindle ebook version of Beyond the Mist, and the price of the ebook has been reduced from $3.99 to $2.99 (and by appropriate amounts in other amazon territories):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A6Z0TX6/?tag=superversivesf-20

 

In addition, for followers of this blog looking to purchase the paperback version, a discount code has been created for the createspace site that takes $2 off the cover price, meaning a price of $5.99 plus delivery for the paperback from there.

To do this, simply go to the createspace site for the book:

https://www.createspace.com/5979923/?tag=superversivesf-20

And add a copy of the book in your cart and below the subtotal of your order there is a box where you can enter the discount code

36AUPWCS

and click on the ‘Apply Discount’ button.

Compare the price via this route with buying from amazon, and choose whichever arrangement is the best deal for you.

 

Beyond the Mist paperbacks now available on amazon

The paperback version of Beyond the Mist is now available for purchase in all amazon territories, and Kindle Matchbook has been activated, meaning that anyone purchasing a paperback through amazon can download the kindle version for free.

Happy shopping!

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The option of buying directly from the author for readers in the Czech Republic is not yet available, but the first consignment of books should get to me withing the next couple of weeks.

The Paperback Version of Beyond the Mist is now on sale!

The createspace link for the paperback is now live.

Amazon link will be up in three to five business days. The amazon link will offer the possibility of free shipping to the same territory, and a free copy of the ebook to go with it, as well as boosting the book’s rating; the createspace link gives me a greater royalty per sale.

I leave it up to the discerning customer to decide which option they prefer.

Beyond the Mist is Now on Sale

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You can grab the ebook version of Beyond the Mist at amazon right now.

The paperback version is being worked on, and the book’s dedicated page has been updated.

John C. Wright seems to like it over at his blog, you can read his foreword and almost the first three chapters (including one of Cat Leonard’s wonderful illustrations) via amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature.

This is a supremely exciting time for me, and a big relief to finally have it out there for you all to enjoy.

Spread the word!

(And this is the 200th post on this blog. Highly appropriate!)

Stranded

This is the first poem I wrote specifically to submit for publication in a poetry journal. It was refused, so you all get to enjoy it instead, as well as the good people at superversiveSF.

Stranded

Stranded on a pinnacle, surrounded by a throng
Of the vilest creatures known from story, myth or song.
He led them on a merry dance when things got out of hand,
Out here to this lonely peak, amidst this barren land.

His radio is long-since smashed, his ammo’s running low,
His jetpack is all out of charge, discarded in the snow.
He’s improvised and struggled hard to keep the hordes at bay;
With no rocks left, it looks as if he won’t survive the day.

Hiding has proved futile, they smell his sweat and fear,
Their bony claws pierced through his armour, slashing his right ear.
His arms are getting heavy, his eyelids won’t stay up,
He sees bug reinforcements and his head begins to drop.

They cover the horizon, the ground squirms as they swarm,
The only thing that held them back was a great ice storm.
But now the winds are calming, they start their new ascent,
The screech of claws upon bare slate is homing on his scent.

He shivers as he stands again to face the warrior drones,
Debilitating cold and dread both pierce his weary bones.
He pictures all those he bought time to reach a safer place,
From where they could at last find peace and meet a friendly face.

He smiles to think of Sylvia enjoying motherhood,
Raising four kids and a dog beside a sleepy wood.
Jason, Mick and Frank will all be standing in salute,
As his beloved plays a mournful song on her old flute.

They’ll join their voices with the choir that sings a solemn hymn
Beside the lasting monument with which they’ll honour him.
They’ll talk about the good old times, the laughs, the games, the pranks,
Then raise their glasses in a toast to show their debt of thanks.

Then go on to enjoy the lives that he has won for them,
Each moment of sweet liberty more precious than a gem.
Just metres now and one clip left, he adds to the great heap
Of insectoid carcasses that fill the chasm deep.

With no regard for brotherhood, they trample on their own,
Fearlessly and ravenously scale that pile of bone.
His rifle clicks dead one last time, they do not pause or slow,
He catches one last glimpse of sunset’s amber afterglow,

Then all around him falls a flood of piercing metal rain,
Roaring jets and blinding searchlights drive them back again.
Pistons hiss and cargo bay doors open to his right;
Half-thinking this is all a dream, he steps into the light.

They wrap him in a blanket, and soar into the sky,
For the first time in a month his hands and head are dry.
“They’ll nuke the site from orbit as soon as we are clear,
And turn that vicious army to a sterile glassy smear.”

“How did you find me way out here? My radio was gone.”
“This was the seventh mountain range that we’ve explored since dawn.
We’ve scoured half the planetoid, all looking for your heat;
We couldn’t just leave you behind, there’s someone you should meet.”

The lovely face of Sylvia appears on a small screen,
She looks to him as if she’s just been crowned a beauty queen.
“Thank God you’re out, I couldn’t bear the thought that you were lost,
After all you did for us, and what your courage cost.

“I found the letter that you left, I really didn’t know
How much our friendship meant to you, you let so little show.”
“You weren’t supposed to read that, it was only if I didn’t—“
She puts a finger to her lips, he meekly takes the hint.

“You said you hoped I’d find a man that’s faithful, honest, good;
With whom to raise a family, who’d treat me as he should.
I know of one,” She beams a smile so full of joy and life,
Then says the words he’s longed to hear: “I’d love to be your wife!”