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Mongrel’s Curse

16610A bit of shameless promotion for a local Author,

Paul C Middleton has his latest work up and running with a free preview (the first 2 chapters) at It’s an email sign-up list. Don’t hate the scribbler, hate the game 🙂

If you like that, his full work can be found at over at Amazon


Get what you pay for?

book-clubSo I’m downloading a heap of $0 kindle ‘books’ today, as a kind of a reading-lite break between my own bouts of writing. I might even put up a review at the end if anything jumps out as particularly interesting.

So in no particular order

  •  ‘Dark Fate (Four Tales of Dark Fantasy & Paranormal Romance)’ by W.J. May
  • ‘The Paranormal 13 (13 free books featuring witches, vampires, werewolves, mermaids,…
  • ‘Four and a Half Shades of Fantasy Anthology: 4 Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy…
  • ‘Witch Hunt: An Urban Fantasy Mystery (Preternatural Affairs Book 1)’ by SM Reine
  • ‘Firstborn – Book 1 of the Legacy Series (An Urban Fantasy novel)’ by Ryan Attard
  • ‘Hyde: an Urban Fantasy’ by Lauren Stewart
  • ‘Crimson Midnight (A New Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Series) (The Crimson Series Book…
  • ‘Nolander (Emanations, an urban fantasy series Book 1)’ by Becca Mills
  • ‘Beyond The Veil: A Muse Urban Fantasy (The Veil Series Book 1)’ by Pippa DaCosta
  • ‘Hell Is Coming (Watchers Book 1)’ by N.P. Martin
  • ‘Touched by Darkness – An Urban Fantasy Romance (Sentinel Series Book 1)
  • ‘The Morrigna (The Maurin Kincaide Series, A Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Book 1)
  • ‘Red Hot Steele (Daggers & Steele Book 1)’ by Alex P. Berg
  • ‘The Feeling of Water (Magical Realism Action Thriller Series, Alice Brickstone Book
  • ‘The Ice Dragon’ by George R.R. Martin
  • One Wilde Night: A Novella of Immortal Vegas’ by Jenn Stark
  • ‘The Magic Mirror (The Curious Collectibles Series Book 2)’ by Lana Hart
  • ‘Alice in Sinland: A Story of Murder, Greed… Violence, Adultery and Treasure
  • ‘The Soulkeepers (The Soulkeepers Series Book 1)’ by G. P. Ching
  • ‘Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair)’ by Sharon Jones
  • ‘Boy Nobody’ by Allen Zadoff
  • ‘Girl Fights Back (An Emily Kane Adventure Book 1)’ by Jacques Antoine
  • ‘The Teriyaki Samurai (A zany comedy about life, love and the American highway)’
  • ‘Blood Magic: A Short Horror Story’ by Domino Finn
  • ‘The Theory Of Invisibility’ by Aimee Pitta
  • ‘Avanaux: A Hickory Lace Scifi-Fantasy Adventure (The Prosperine Trilogy Book 1)
  • Morgan Rice: Epic Fantasy Bundle’ by Morgan Rice
  • ‘Frey (The Frey Saga Book 1)’ by Melissa Wright
  • ‘Contamination Boxed Set (Books 0-3 in the series)’ by T.W. Piperbrook
  • ‘Better World (Fractured Era Legacy Episodes Book 1)’ by Autumn Kalquist

A lot of these are volume 1 of a given series, a marketing gimmick to get readers hooked on the first free book and buy the rest. I wonder how many will make me want to pick up volume 2, and how many make me want to claw my eyes out. My last foray into free books made me wish they were hard-copy so I could set them on fire, let’s see what they do to  my blood pressure this time.

PS I’ll colour update this as I progress Red for a dud, Green for a win.

Inspiration for Writers

If this doesn’t inspire you to write, and write well, then nothing will.



Punctuation in novels — Medium

This isn’t something that would have occurred to me, and I confess I found it fascinating. This is why the internet is such a win for collaborative thinking, the great Hive-Mind of the 21st century. Plugin and the accumulated knowledge of 50,000 years of history and innovation can on the tip of your cerebral cortex.

When we think of novels, of newspapers and blogs, we think of words. We easily forget the little suggestions pushed in b…

Source: Punctuation in novels — Medium