This week I’m a little later than usual with the update, so apologies for that – I’ve been working through the feedback provided from my BETA readers on my next novel Since Never. I’ve taken a short break to provide you with the weekly news from my world. So here goes…
This week the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO) hosted by Mark Lawrence kicked off officially with the ten reviewers beginning to review their selected books.
This week also saw over 120 of the SPFBO entrants past and present reduced their books to 99p/99c for 5 days starting on the 1st August. More details of all the books can be found on Andrea’s website along with links to each of the books. My novel Dark of Winter is also available via multiple digital retailers, so grab a copy whilst its on offer and let me know what you think.
Thanks to those people who have already bought Dark of Winter during this sale and to “Marc from Hartlepool” who awarded me 4 Stars on Goodreads this week. I’ve also had readers from Canada grab free copies of my Origins Short Stories. Nice to see my stories reaching many continents. I’m always interested to see where my books end up and who reads them.
There was two different articles that caught my eye on astronomy this week. Both are excellent discoveries!
Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars. What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet’s south polar ice cap, and is about 20km (12 miles) across.
The black hole at the centre of our galaxy has helped astronomers confirm a key prediction of Albert Einstein’s ideas.
The World Fantasy Award Finalists have been announced however I do think they have missed a book off their list! But if you read the article it includes a celebration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein being two hundred years old! Those nuts and bolts have lasted well. Always proves a good story is timeless.
The finalists for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards have been announced, including Lifetime Achievement recipients Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim. The winners of the 2018 World Fantasy Awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, November 1-4, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. This year’s themes are “Port in a Storm,” including a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
I’m quite sure I can give the current holder of the title “Most Borrowed Author” a run for his accolade now I have one book in an English library! Okay confession time, I believe my book has been taken out once so far. I just hope it wasn’t a dear old lady liking the trees on the cover as the story is extremely violent and bloody. But hey, whoever took it I pray they enjoyed it so much they will want to get my next book when its out. No trees on the cover this time, just an incredibly talented model 🙂
According to data released by the Public Lending Right (PLR), thrillers – and in particular thrillers by James Patterson – continue to exert an inexorable pull for the majority of the UK’s library users. The US powerhouse, who publishes multiple titles every year, has been named the most borrowed author from UK libraries for the 11th year in a row.
Another article regarding libraries but this time looking at the borrowing history stamps in the books. I remember as a child having my books stamped by the librarian. However in my county this is no longer done; its all automated scanning each book in a machine with a tiddly receipt pops out. Such a shame as there is a wealth of history going astray now.
A Beautifully Nostalgic Photo Series on Expired Library Books. Photographer Kerry Mansfield shows old, well-worn library books with titles ranging from Charlotte’s Web and Madeline in London to the Babar series.
Interesting to see an author has taken up the challenge to disprove another’s theory that legendary Arthur was not a King. Personally I find Graham Phillips take on the whole Arthurian myth bang on. Check his work out, I highly recommend him. #grahamphilips.
Adrian Grant from Fife says that his book Arthur: Legend, Logic and Evidence proves comprehensively that Arthur was a war leader – and not a king from near Leeds in modern-day Yorkshire – who went north in the late fifth century to command the Britons of Strathclyde to victories over the Picts and the Scots.
Okay, so my book wasn’t published pre 2000 so its not on this list, but here’s to hearing that phone ring one day asking me if Dark of Winter can be turned into a blockbuster film. If it’s got Danny DeVito as the lead then yes….
You often see speculation about the next SF/F book series Hollywood should make into a trilogy of big-budget films. That’s understandable, since spec fic is rife with action-packed series played out against visually impressive backdrops. But there are others SF/F novels out there. Some are beautiful, lyrical novels that aren’t suitable for blockbuster trilogies, but would make the sort of film that takes home Academy Awards.
So that’s me for another week, back to the editing…
Christopher Percy x